SALAMA’s profit surges to AED 137.06m
The company announced an interim cash dividend of 3 fils per share for 2020.
SALAMA has continued to build on the strong progress made in H1 2020, in particular delivering significant growth in underlying net profit, with the first nine months of 2020 more than doubling to AED 73.69m (YTD 2019: AED 34.99m).
This growth, which sees SALAMA further deliver on the Board’s plans to enhance core business profitability and investment income, was underpinned by strong performances in the UAE and Egypt businesses despite the ongoing challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic. SALAMA has also benefited from the prudent investment strategy adopted by the Board which has shielded SALAMA from equity market volatility in the period. The company was also able to reduce its accumulated losses significantly to AED 284.82m (AED 376.82m as at 31 Dec 2019) owing to the strong performance.
Including the one-off profit of AED 63.37m from the partial sale of SALAMA’s holding in SALAMA Cooperative Insurance Co. (SALAMA KSA), net profit for the 9-month period surged 392% to AED 137.06m. The sale of shares in SALAMA KSA is in line with SALAMA’s intention to focus on the local market, where it sees the most growth potential, and also to strengthen its financial position in order to be able to pay dividends to its shareholders.
The company remains committed to delivering returns to its shareholders via dividend distributions. SALAMA recently announced an interim cash dividend of 3 fils per share for 2020, its first interim dividend since IPO, which was approved at its General Assembly Meeting held in October 2020. In addition, in August 2020, SALAMA announced a payment of surplus cash returns of AED11.5m to eligible group credit life policyholders, making it one of few Takaful provides in the region to do so.
Overall, SALAMA reported growth of 7.5% in gross written contribution, from AED 883m YTD in 2019 to AED 949m for the same period in 2020. As already highlighted, the UAE and Egypt delivered especially strong performances during the period and all lines of the business and its subsidiaries have maintained their positive trajectory in line with expectations, with the exception of SALAMA Algeria which reported a decrease in gross premium income in the first nine months of 2020. it is expected that the performance of Algeria will improve in coming periods.
SALAMA is committed to putting the customer at the heart of its offerings, underpinned by strong business practices and technology-driven solutions, and this drive has enabled it to serve customers and partners quickly and seamlessly during the pandemic. As a result, the gross written premium for the first nine months of 2020 has risen, helping SALAMA to maintain its market-leading position in the Takaful segment of the UAE market.
Underwriting income grew from AED 108.21m in the first nine months of 2019 to 121.58m in 2020, an increase of 12.35% year-on-year.
Mustafa G. Kheriba, SALAMA’s Group Managing Director, said: “During the first nine months of 2020, SALAMA has maintained its positive growth despite the challenges arising from the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is particularly pleasing to see the results reflect the efforts of the entire SALAMA team to continue to serve our customers in these uncertain times with the speed and efficiency that SALAMA is known for. It is this reputation which positions us as the leading Takaful provider in the UAE and underpins our success.
”Looking ahead, we remain firmly focused on executing our growth strategy to drive core business profitability and investment income. As the strong 9-month performance demonstrates, we are making great progress in this aim and we remain confident that we can thereby create long-term value for our shareholders.”
SALAMA stands as the largest shari’ah compliant Takaful operator with ‘AAA’ level capital adequacy as per S&P. SALAMA remains committed to serving partners and customers while enhancing shareholder returns in 2020 and beyond. – [email protected]