Stanbic dominates as bancassurance sees 2nd quarter growth

Stanbic dominates as bancassurance sees 2nd quarter growth

The Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) of Uganda, has published industry performance for the period April-June 2021 with bancassurance recording a 54% growth dominated by Stanbic Bank which consolidated its market share to 21.2% from 19.1 between January and March.

This was followed by Absa Bank with 17.7%, Centenary Bank 7.7%, dfcu Bank 6.2%, Orient Bank 5.5%, Housing Finance 4.7%, Standard Charted Bank 3.8% and KCB with 2.8%.

According to IRA, the insurance industry registered impressive growth in the first six months of 2021 on account of improved product uptake and interest generating a total of sh600billion in gross premiums.

Bancassurance (life assurance and other insurance products sold through banking institutions) contributed 8.2% of the industry’s total business in the first six months of the year.

In 2020, the bancassurance sector produced sh32bn (full-year volume) compared to sh49.3bn in the first half of 2021 which represents a 54.24% growth, as per an industry report published by the regulator.

For the period under review (April-June 2021), Stanbic Bank consolidated its first position by growing its industry market share from 19.1% to 21.2%.

Stanbic Bank’s assurance business dominated its rivals in the industry, attracting sh10.4billion in total gross premiums for the period April-June 2021.

The bank also outearned its peers, raking in sh1.91bn representing 24.4% of all bank assurance commissions paid to banks for the period under review.

Stanbic Bank also dominated the bancassurance business for non-life (general insurance) product lines generating sh3.5b which is equivalent to 28% of total industry volumes.

Dogo Singh, Stanbic Bank’s head of bancassurance said the focus will be on gaining market leadership for the Life insurance business where the lender enjoys a 12% market share equivalent to sh6.9b but two percentage points behind the top spot.

He added that the bank’s good performance in the second quarter was driven by growth in general insurance and credit life business as well as short-term insurance covers for clients.“These are stable, and our projection is that they will continue to grow on account of their unique positioning to address customer coverage needs coupled with our assured fast claims service,” Singh explained.For the period ahead, Dogo sees Stanbic’s Bank assurance efforts focusing on expanding dominance in individual life products with value propositions on essential services such as education, medical, and life insurance policies.“As Stanbic Bank transforms into a platform business, we hope to leverage on digital, data and behavioural science investment to drive growth, backed by enhanced ability to […]

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