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IC “Universalna” increased net premiums by 56.3%, payments – by 2 times

5 March , 2024  

In 2023, Universalna Insurance Company (Kyiv) collected UAH 1.891 billion in net insurance premiums, which is 56.3% more than in 2022, according to the website of the Standard Rating agency.

The agency has affirmed the credit rating/financial strength (reliability) rating of Universalna Insurance Company at uaAAA on the national scale based on the analysis of its performance for the specified reporting period.

According to the published data, in 2023, the company collected UAH 2.005 billion of gross premiums, which is 42.87% higher than the amount of premiums received in the same period in 2022.

In the reporting period, revenues from individuals increased by 42.59% to UAH 905.272 million, and from reinsurers – by 2.19 times to UAH 2.267 million. Despite the increase in premiums from individuals, legal entities prevailed in the company’s client portfolio in 2023. At the same time, according to the results of activities during 2023, the largest shares of premiums came from land transport insurance (except for railway) – 32.22%, as well as health insurance (continuous health insurance) – 28.53%.

Insurance payments sent to reinsurers in 2023 decreased by 41.01% compared to the same period in 2022 – to UAH 114.046 million. The ratio of reinsurers’ participation in insurance premiums decreased by 8.09 p.p. to 5.69%.

The volume of insurance claims paid by Universalna in 2023 more than doubled compared to 2022, to UAH 700.220 million. Thus, the level of payments increased by 10.16 percentage points to 34.92%.

The agency also notes that in the reporting period, the company’s net profit decreased by 25.04% to UAH 142.040 million, operating profit by 44.1% to UAH 104.9 million.

As of January 1, 2024, the insurer’s assets increased by 19.68% to UAH 1.471 billion, equity showed an increase of 23.16% to UAH 755.312 million, liabilities – by 16.22% to UAH 716.005 million, cash and cash equivalents decreased by 26.84% to UAH 172.546 million.

RA notes that as of the reporting date, Universalna Insurance Company has formed a portfolio of current financial investments in the amount of UAH 987.923 million, consisting of bank deposits (UAH 640.063 million) and government bonds (UAH 347.860 million). As a result, cash and cash equivalents covered 24.10% of the company’s liabilities, liquid assets (cash, bank deposits and government bonds) exceeded the insurer’s liabilities by 1.62 times, and the company’s liability/equity ratio was 105.49%.

Universalna has an international shareholder base, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development holding a 30% stake and Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited holding a 70% stake.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Canada) is a holding company that, through its subsidiaries, is primarily engaged in accident insurance, property insurance and investment management.

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