MAPFRE MSV Life p.l.c. registered a profit before tax of €12.3 million for the year ended 31 December 2017
MAPFRE MSV Life p.l.c. registers Pre-Tax Profits of€12.3 million
MAPFRE MSV Life p.l.c. registered a profit before tax of €12.3 million for the year ended 31 December 2017, up 6.6% on the previous year where an €11.6 million profit before tax was generated. Profit after tax is recorded at €10.0 million, up 16.7% on the previous year.
Operating results were supported by strong inflows of premium revenue across the Company’s range of insurance and investment products resulting from stronger customer demand.
Gross premiums written for financial year 2017 increased by 6.1% from €272.6 million to €289.2 million. This was mainly due to an increased demand across all products in particular single premium savings contracts and life protection business.
Claims decreased to €137.4 million through the year compared to a prior year €144.4 million. During the year the Company had a lower mix of maturing medium-term single premium contracts, the large proportion of which has subsequently been re-invested in new medium-term contracts.
In aggregate, the balance on the long term business technical account increased to €11.8 million from a prior year €10.7 million as a result of a technical result improvement well supported by strong business growth and underwriting performance.
The MAPFRE MSV Group’s total assets increased by 9.7% from €1,930.4 million at the end of 2016 to €2,116.8 million at the end of 2017, whilst net technical provisions (including investment contracts without DPF) increased by 10.7% from €1,733.4 million in 2016 to €1,918.8 million in 2017.
The value of in-force business, which projects future transfers to shareholders arising from policies in force at the end of the year, increased by 4.0% from €60.0 million in 2016 to €62.4 million in 2017. This is partially attributable to the future value of business written during the year and the impact of the year’s updated mortality assumptions.
Total shareholders’ funds at the close of 2017 amounted to €161.2million (2016: €160.3 million), an increase of 0.6% over the previous year.
The net asset value per share has increased from €7.32 as at the end of 2016 to €7.36 per share driven by the underlying profitability of the business.
The Directors recommend the payment of a final net dividend of €12.30 million (2016: €11.55million). MAPFRE MSV Life remains focused on the generation of capital and its disciplined allocation and appropriation.
The MAPFRE MSV With Profits Fund stood at €1.79 billion at 31 December 2017 (2016: €1.61 billion). The Fund is invested in a very diverse portfolio of assets and underpinned by a rigorous and prudent investment management process and robust governance framework. 2017 was another strong year for the equity markets and the satisfactory investment returns registered by the Fund were driven mainly by the positive returns of the major equity markets.
The Chairman of MAPFRE MSV Life, Mr. John Cassar White stated, “in 2017, the life insurance market in Malta retained strong demand patterns. We continue to see good momentum in all our product groupings as customers continue to choose MAPFRE MSV Life, reflecting trust in our brand and in the quality of our service proposition.”
Mr. Cassar White stated, “the shareholders of MAPFRE MSV Life are wholly committed to ensuring that the Company remains adequately capitalised at all times and well positioned for both business growth and the regulatory capital requirements of the Solvency II framework. The smooth and seamless transition into the Solvency II regime has allowed MAPFRE MSV Life to recognise a higher element of excess regulatory capital. This has been taken into consideration by the Directors when drawing up dividend and retention policies.”
The Chief Executive Officer of MAPFRE MSV Life, Mr. David G. Curmi, stated, “going forward we will maintain strong focus on our customers by continuously assessing our business processes and operations in order to provide good value and excellent service. To this end we will continue to invest and innovate in information technology. During 2017 we progressed on our major IT programme and commenced on a series of product rollouts from old legacy systems to new technologies. This will enable us offer superior levels of service to our customer base.”
Mr. Curmi added, “we have a number of initiatives lined up to strengthen further our digital platform and widen our digital marketing strategy. During 2017 we have substantially completed the development work in connection with SavviSave, an innovative simplified digital savings product that uses mobile technology and which we have developed jointly with Munich RE and MAPFRE Group. We expect to launch SavviSave in the first half of 2018.
Mr. Curmi added, “we consider our distribution footprint in Malta to be one of our key strengths. Whilst bancassurance remains our most important distribution channel, to ensure that we provide customers with greater accessibility and a better service, we are continuously seeking to strengthen all other distribution channels.
MAPFRE MSV Life continues to seek growth in its core business lines and believes that its increasing integration with MAPFRE Group strategies will further strengthen and consolidate business prospects.”
The Board expressed its gratitude and appreciation to the management and staff for their commitment and contribution to another satisfactory year, to intermediaries for their continued support and to the many loyal customers for placing their trust in MAPFRE MSV Life p.l.c.
MAPFRE MSV Life p.l.c. (C-15722) is authorised by the Malta Financial Services Authority to carry on Long Term Business under the Insurance Business Act, 1998. Com. No: