Post tough FY21, Shriram General MD Prakash sets sights on growth

In Shriram General Insurance Co Ltd. a 13% decrease of premiums has shown in the past financial year due to pandemic, however, the protection significant looks set to outline an alternate course in 2021-22 (Apr-Mar). Managing Director Neeraj Prakash concludes while the current monetary might be restrained, but it will see development in premium returning. Prakash said the backup plan’s business action in Apr-May had based on the foothold seen a year prior. “I believe that the economy is now improving and once it will open and lockdown relaxed barring few states, the improvement in overall business will start happening.” Shriram General Insurance doesn’t underwrite health insurance or only depend on motor insurance, dissimilar to other general insurance companies.

Lockdowns imposed the previous year, however, implied fewer commercial vehicles on the streets. As per the data shown on the website in the March quarter, the core motor insurance segment, net earned premium fell from 14% to 4.9 bln rupees. And, the motor segment fell from 6% to 21bln rupees for the year ended Mar 31. This segment contributes about 98% to the revenue. Well, even after premium mistook, Shriram General Insurance managed to report a 7.7 bln rupee profit before tax-induced by depository income. But with the vaccination drive and economic activity picking up, Mr Neeraj Prakash somehow trusts Shriram General Insurance has seen greater stress in the initial months of this fiscal in 2020-21.

Managing direction alerted, even though the insurer perceives growth in premium this fiscal, the chance of the third wave will tell. “We are not very much optimistic for FY22 considering the pandemic situation and COVID third wave expected in a month or so, even though we have a plan to grow as per the industry growth.” ICRA Rating says the direct gross premium of general insurance companies will show a rise from 7-9% in 2021-22. Mr Prakash doesn’t expect a hike in motor third party premium rates this financial year. “Under this tariff…because in most of the types of vehicles, the loss ratio is less than or close to 100%, IRDAI can also not push to the government to increase the third party premium. “Reported by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority on third-party premium rates of India. The IRDAI is yet to reveal the rates for the current financial year.

However, growth in insurance sectors relies on bank partners. Shriram General Insurance, as well, is effectively exploring for an influential Bancassurance accomplice for the dissemination of its products for existing tie-ups with channels like co-operative and regional rural banks. The share of business can also be increased from outside sources of Shriram Group, Prakash said. “Bancassurance definitely will be a good vertical for us because each bank is having the network of its branches. And it also depends upon the lending portfolio (of the bank), and depending upon that, you will get your pie.” In the past fiscal year, Shriram Group has created a business of 49% as the total premium written by the general insurer has firmly slowed down from 59% in 2019.

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