HDFC Life Q1 Result: Insurer’s Net Profit Jumps 15 Per Cent To Rs 415 Crore

HDFC Life Q1 Result: Insurer’s Net Profit Jumps 15 Per Cent To Rs 415 Crore

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Insurance provider HDFC Life reported a 15 per cent increase in its net profit on a year-on-year (YoY) basis in its first quarter (Q1) earnings on Friday. It logged a net profit of Rs 415 crore for the June quarter in the current financial year (FY24) against Rs 361 crore in the first quarter of the previous fiscal year (FY23).

Against a net loss of Rs 7,000 crore from market investments in Q1 FY23, the company posted a net income of Rs 6,600 crore in the reported quarter. Value of new business, which measures the expected profits of policies sold in the quarter, increased by 18 per cent to Rs 610 crore from Rs 518 crore on a YoY basis. HDFC Life’s chief executive and managing director Vibha Padalkar claimed the company’s growth to be 1.5 times more than the industry’s average growth in the quarter, as reported by PTI. The company also declared its highest-ever bonus of Rs 3,660 crore to over 23 lakh policyholders. 

“HDFC Bank Ltd. now holds 50.4 percent of HDFC Life. Our focus is on strengthening our partnership with HDFC Bank, enhancing collaboration, and maximising customer engagement within our group”, Padalkar noted in the company’s press release. 

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Listing the problems of open architecture and competition from unlisted insurers, Padalkar maintained that HDFC Life’s “market share has steadily increased from 12.5% in FY19 to 16.5% in FY23 in the private sector and 7.2% to 10.8% at an overall industry level”.

The insurer missed market expectations of an annualised premium equivalent (APE) of Rs 2340 crores and stated APE of Rs 2328 crores, as reported by MoneyControl. APE is a measure of new business written by a life insurance company. 

With an increase of 45 per cent in the retail protection trends on a YoY basis, HDFC Life expects healthy growth in the year ahead. The board has recommended a dividend of Rs 1.90 per share totaling a pay-out of Rs 408 crores subject to shareholders’ approval. 

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s decision in Budget 2023, to make income from insurance policies with a premium above Rs 5 lakh taxable, greatly impacted insurance companies including HDFC Life.

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