IGI reports solid full-year 2018 results and improved GWP
International General Insurance Holdings Limited today reported earnings for the 2018 financial year.
The year 2018 saw a strong recovery for IGI following the most expensive year for catastrophe losses on record in 2017. The Group has a clear and focused vision of growth in new and existing markets, putting IGI back in track for another robust performance for the 2018 financial year.
Gross written premium (GWP) rose by 9.5% to US $301.56 million in 2018, compared to US $275.3 million the year before. The Group announced a 237% increase in net profit to US$ 26.47 million from US $7.86 million as at 31 December 2017. The combined operating ratio was 88.97%, considerably down from last year’s figure of 103.08%.
The total assets of the company increased by 2.09% to US $907.35 million in 2018 from US$ 888.79 million in 2017.
Mr. Wasef Jabsheh, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IGI, said: “Our solid performance is the result of the excellent teams, well-diversified portfolios and strong underwriting ethos we have spent the last 17 years building and developing at IGI.
“Current market conditions are presenting new and lucrative opportunities, which we will look to capitalize on whilst continuing to apply our prudent underwriting philosophy.
“We are also very pleased to see action taken by the industry to address the challenging market conditions and facilitate a more stable, profitable environment. Rates are improving, and we hope this is the beginning of the market bringing pricing back to a point where they reflect technical adequacy with the full recognition of the need to return to a stable and profitable underwriting environment.”
Established in 2001, International General Insurance (IGI) is a global privately-owned specialist commercial insurer and reinsurer. Our vision is to be the company of choice for clients and brokers through market-leading service and our reputation for stable management and capital security.
A diverse and highly experienced team of underwriters operates our office in London. We also have offices in Dubai, Amman, Casablanca and Kuala Lumpur.
Our diverse portfolio of specialty lines includes Energy, Property, Construction & Engineering, Ports & Terminals, Financial Institutions, Aviation, Professional Indemnity, Political Violence, Legal Expenses, D&O, Casualty, Forestry and Treaty Reinsurance.
Standard and Poor’s upgraded our financial strength rating to “A- “, with a Stable outlook. A.M. Best rated the company A- (Excellent), with a Positive outlook, stating, “the revised outlook reflects IGI’s consistent record of very strong operating performance and the continuous improvement in its enterprise risk management framework.”
We take pride in providing proactive claims management, coupled with open communication, leading to the efficient handling of claims. We endeavour to act fairly and honourably in our relations with clients and brokers.
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