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Ping An Achieves Bumper Profits in the First Half of 2010

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 by Sergio Ulloa ()  | Tags: H1 2010 Financial Results, Ping An Insurance

Ping An Insurance, the second largest insurer in the world, achieved a 27.9 percent increase in net profit in the first half of the year, reaching US1.65 billion (EUR 1.3 billion), attributing it to a steady growth in sales of insurance products and banking services. The gross written premiums reported for the first half of the year reached US$15.4 million (EUR 12.1 million), representing approximately 15.8 percent of the total written premiums in China during that period. After acquiring a 30 percent stake in Shenzhen Development Bank, combined with their efforts to promote their own banking services, Ping An Insurance reported profits from its banking unit to the tune of US$182 million (EUR 143 million), compared to the US$95.5 million (EUR 75 million) reported a year earlier, equivalent to an almost one hundred percent increase year-on-year. Financial analysts had estimated that Ping An Insurance would achieve a Q2 net profit of US$529.4 million (EUR 415.8 million), when it actually achieved a net profit of US$744 million (EUR 584.5 million), beating estimates by a nearly 41 percent. Despite the low penetration level of insurance in China, which is among the lowest in the world, Ping an Insurance continues moving towards becoming a major bancassurance distributor, combining its banking unit with Shenzhen Development Bank, aiming to get a larger share of the vibrant financial products market. Looking forward to the second half of 2010, Ping An anticipates a slowdown caused by the Chinese government's efforts to reign in their racing economy, compounded by volatility in the stock market and the overall uncertain outlook of the world economy. Insurance Company mentioned: Ping An Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (Ping An) is engaged in providing a range of financial products and services. The Company focuses on three businesses: insurance, banking and investment. The Company operates in five business segments: life insurance business, property and casualty insurance business, banking business, securities business, corporate and other businesses. The Company's subsidiaries include Ping An Life Insurance Company of China, Ltd. (Ping An Life), Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China, Ltd. (Ping An Property & Casualty), China Ping An Trust & Investment Co., Ltd. (Ping An Trust), Ping An Securities Company, Ltd. (Ping An Securities), Ping An Bank Co., Ltd. (Ping An Bank), Ping An Annuity Insurance Company of China, Ltd. (Ping An Annuity) and Ping An Health Insurance Company of China, Ltd. (Ping An Health), among others.
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