Syarikat Takaful Malaysia

#Takaful #Malaysia forms partnership with Ambank Islamic

Syarikat Takaful Malaysia said it has formed a partnership with AmBank Islamic and will market its general takaful products across the country. The takaful operator said that general takaful products for motor, fire/house and personal accident will be distributed across Ambank Islamic's distribution channels. The two companies will also promote new general takaful solutions tailored to Ambank Islamic's customers. Takaful Malaysia group CEO Datuk Sri Mohamed Hassan Kamil said he was delighted to bring the group's general takaful solutions to serve the evolving needs of AmBank Islamic customers.

Takaful’s family unit chalks up rapid contribution growth

Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Bhd (STM)’s first financial quarter ended March 31, 2016 (1QFY16) net profit was in line with their expectations, accounting for 24% of the full-year forecast. The positive takeaway from the 1QFY16 results was a swift expansion of 14.4% year-on-year (y-o-y) in gross earned contributions (GEC) to RM426.8 million. This emanated primarily from its family takaful unit, which chalked up a growth of 21.8% y-o-y in its 1QFY16 GEC (mainly from mortgage-related products).

Takaful confirms buying RM85 million 1MDB sukuk bond

Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Berhad has revealed that it bought a RM85 million Islamic bond from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in 2009, but the Islamic insurance company assured that the investment was low-risk. Takaful Malaysia group managing director Datuk Seri Mohamed Hassan Md Kamil said the bond was purchased from Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA), which was 1MDB's previous incarnation. It was purchased at a coupon rate of 5.25% and will mature in 2039. The bond iis guaranteed by the government. Hassan said the sukuk only represented about 2% to 3% of its total asset base of RM7.1 billion. He said 1MDB had yet to redeem the bond.

Takaful eyes above-average contribution growth

Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Bhd expects contributions in 2015 to grow faster than the industry average of 11 per cent, said Group Managing Director Datuk Seri Mohamed Hassan Kamil. He said the business trend and success rate in securing new customers look positive compared to the previous year especially in the Employee Benefit business, which has seen a shift from conventional to Takaful insurance. The group expects about 20 per cent growth in contributions for employee benefit from RM300 million registered last year, and aims to secure up to 600,000 policy holders, up from 400,000 recorded in 2014, said Mohamed Hasan. For the financial year ended Dec 31, 2014, the group's profit after tax grew three per cent to RM138.7 million from RM134.4 million in the previous year, while revenue decreased by 3.5 per cent to RM1.65 billion.

Merger and acquisition in takaful sector

Over the last two years, M&As in the Malaysian insurance sector have mainly involved conventional insurers, and analysts foresee some consolidation taking shape in the takaful sector in view of the Financial Services Act (FSA) and the Islamic Financial Services Act (IFSA). Among the candidates for potential M&As are Takaful Ikhlas Sdn Bhd, a unit of MNRB Holdings Bhd, and Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Bhd (STMB). The IFSA may prompt MNRB to sell its stake in Takaful Ikhlas to a strategic partner, as further internal capital injections could be complicated. In the next few years, the main thrust for M&As is expected to be on the general insurance and general takaful industry. The life insurance sector sees to have consolidated somewhat for the time being.

Takaful announces record dividends for 2013

Syarikat Takaful Malaysia has announced a final single-tiered dividend of 40%, which its shareholders approved at its AGM on Tuesday. Takaful Malaysia posted record-breaking results for 2013 as profit after tax and zakat grew by 34% to RM134.4mil from RM100.1mil in the previous financial year, with return on equity at 25.9%. With the proposed final dividends, the total single tier dividends for 2013, including the two interims dividends paid during the year, will be 82%, and this translates into a dividend yield of 6.6% based on the company’s share closing price of RM12.40 as at April 21, 2014. Group managing director, Datuk Mohamed Hassan Kamil said the company’s ultimate goal was to outpace the market and to strengthen its image through various advertising channels and marketing activities.

Takaful Malaysia says yes to inhousing, no to outsourcing

After outsourcing its information technology (IT) infrastructure for about five years, Syarikat Takaful Malaysia has decided to bring it back inhouse. The company has adopted Microsoft System Center 2012 to manage its IT infrastructure and end-user computing. It said that the decision to go inhouse has shown immediate benefits, and it has been experiencing a 40 per cent improvement in response time and 27 per cent in cost reduction. Takaful’s adoption of Microsoft System Center was mainly helped by system integrator Redynamics Asia System Management. The cost savings the company achieved from going inhouse can now be used to help the company expand into other areas.

Takaful Malaysia eyes double-digit growth

Syarikat Takaful Malaysia is targeting double digit-growth in new business this year driven by its family and group segments. Group managing director Datuk Mohamed Hassan Kamil said the company aims to maintain its lead in the group family takaful business, capturing 40% of the market sector, and 20% of the combined family and general takaful business. He noted that Takaful Malaysia will carry on being cautious in accepting only profitable underwriting contracts while avoiding those prone to greater risks. Hassan also mentioned that developing new product offerings is definitely an area the company is looking into as it strongly believes this would likely be the key driver of sales. Takaful Malaysia's growth areas are still within the fire and engineering segments.

Takaful operators to use IFSA grace period to ensure growth

Takaful operators in Malaysia are aggressively strategising their operations to ensure profitable growth and taking advantage of the five-year time frame given to composite takaful players to fully comply with the new Islamic Financial Services Act (IFSA). Under the Financial Services Act (FSA) and IFSA, which came into force on July 1, composite insurers and takaful players would be, among others, required to split their life and general insurance businesses under separate licences. Takaful Malaysia group managing director Datuk Mohamed Hassan Kamil said his company will be devising and evaluating potential options to achieve more efficient solutions from the capital management and shareholder return perspectives. On whether the Act would take a hit on Takaful Malaysia’s bottomline in view of the split in operations of its family (life) and general businesses, Hassan said although there would be potentially higher cost initially due to start-up costs, in the long run.

Takaful Malaysia still on the hunt for strategic partner in Indonesia

Syarikat Takaful Malaysia remains in the hunt for a strategic partner in Indonesia to help expand its distribution network there. The takaful operator was in talks to sell a stake or issue new shares in its Indonesian unit to a local partner last year, but the deal fell through. According to Takaful Malaysia Group managing director Mohammad Hassan Kamil, the group has not given up on its search for a strategic partner and is still actively scouting. Takaful Malayisa needs a strategic partner to put in the capital as well as provide the necessary expertise and people to help run the company. The Indonesian operations currently contribute less than 15% of the group's total revenue and less than 5% of its earnings. However, analysts say that the group's operations in Indonesia are poised for explosive growth of high double-digit rates in the next two to four years.

Takaful Malaysia suspends foreign property foray plans, awaits IFSA clarity

Syarikat Takaful Malaysia has put all future investments on hold until it gets a clearer picture on the newly-enforced Islamic Financial Services Act (IFSA). The takaful player had planned to make its first foray into the overseas property market last year and was vying for high yielding properties in London, the UK. However, with news of sweeping regulatory changes expected to be introduced under the IFSA, Takaful Malaysia is temporarily suspending plans. The firm has to study on how to utilise the required financial holding company as a vehicle for us to purchase foreign properties, according to group managing director Datuk Mohamed Hassan Kamil. As such, Takaful Malaysia is holding back its property purchases for now because later when the company is split into two separate units, it would be difficult with the property investment in the mix. Takaful Malaysia will have about RM335 million for property investment overseas.

Takaful Malaysia sets 15pc no claim rebate

Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Bhd will offer an additional 15 per cent no claim rebate to all its participants in the general and selected family takaful products. Moreover, the company will increase its value added service delivery amidst tougher competition. It was reported that Takaful Malaysia is confident of disbursing about RM35 million in no claim rebate this year to its customers given the positive growth in its General Takaful portfolio. Group managing director Datuk Mohamed Hassan Kamil said last year, Takaful Malaysia paid out a record RM31 million in no claim rebate to its customers, adding it is optimistic on capturing a more than 50 per cent market share from the current 40 per cent.

Staff pinching worry in insurance arena

The Financial Services Act (FSA) and Islamic Financial Services Act (IFSA) which are expected to come into force by the middle of this year, would require composite insurers and takaful players to split their life and general insurance businesses under separate licences. Takaful Malaysia group managing director Datuk Mohamed Hassan Kamil said the Act would have an impact not only on talent hiring but also on retaining the existing talent, and would lead to staff pinching, resulting in higher wages but little improvement in productivity and efficiency. According to analysts, the impact would be felt more by takaful operators due to the higher number of composite or dual licences issued to them compared with conventional insurers.

Takaful Malaysia's tall order

Although Takaful in Malaysia is becoming an increasingly crowded marketplace, Syarikat Takaful Malaysia continues to believe that it can grow further in its home market.
Mohamed Hassan Kamil, the group managing director, suggested that the company will be taking more agents and will instigate both a retirement insurance scheme and an investment-linked product over the summer to stimulate further demand.

Amana Investments: The torchbearer of Islamic banking in Sri Lanka

Amana Investments Ltd. has been the torchbearer of Islamic banking in Sri Lanka for almost the last two decades. In that time the parent company also established a Takaful (Islamic insurance) subsidiary, Amana Takaful, in a joint venture with Syarikat Takaful Malaysia and Amana Capital. At the helm at Amana are Chairman Osman Kassim and Managing Director and CEO Faizal Salieh, arguably the two most seasoned Islamic bankers in the country.
Last month, President and Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka granted a full commercial banking license to Amana Investments Ltd. to set up Amana Bank, which is scheduled to start full operations later this year. The bank is headquartered in Colombo and has 13 branches in the west and east of the country as well as one in the south, in Galle, that are being converted into fully fledged branches of Amana Bank.

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