Posted on Dec 20, 2011 by Sergio Ulloa
Despite mixed stock movements in China recently, Chinese insurance companies have seen premium income grow over last year's results, including China Life which recently begun trading in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
China Life Insurance, China Pacific Insurance Group and Ping An Insurance Group, which includes Ping An Life Insurance, Ping An Health Insurance, Ping An Annuity and Ping An Casualty Insurance, all saw positive growth on premium income over 2010.
China Pacific Insurance Group reported total premium income of CNY 143.8 billion (US$ 22.67 billion), demonstrating year-on-year growth of 12 percent. China Pacific's life insurance business earned CNY 87.9 billion (US$ 13.86 billion) in the first 11 months of the year, while the property and casualty business reported CNY 55.9 billion (US$ 8.81 billion) for the first 11 months of 2011.
Ping An reported large gains for the first 11 months of the year, with each of its four main insurance businesses reporting over 20 percent year on year growth. Ping An Health Insurance saw the largest rate of growth in premium income of Ping An's business segments, reporting 92.08 percent year-on-year growth to hit CNY112 million (US$ 17.66 million). Ping An Casualty Insurance grew 34.42 percent, earning CNY 74.68 billion (US$ 11.77 billion). Ping An Annuity earned premium income worth CNY 4.773 billion (US$ 752.48 million) showing a 21.62 year-on-year growth, while Ping An Life Insurance with the highest premium income of the group earned CNY 110.03 billion (US$ 17.35 billion) at 29.36 percent growth year-on-year. The Ping An Insurance Group saw overall premium income reach CNY 189.55 billion (US$ 29.89 billion) for the first 11 months of 2011, demonstrating year-on-year growth of 31.12 percent.
China Life Insurance earned premium income worth CNY 301.2 billion (US$ 47.49 billion) for the first 11 months of the year, showing more meager growth of 0.63 percent over last year's CNY 299.3 billion (US$ 47.19 billion) for the same period. China Life Insurance has also recently had held their IPO for both the Hong Kong and Shanghai bourses in December, 2011.
So far, China Life has had mixed trading results, with stocks in China growing at 13.7 percent during its first day of trading on the back of a 2 percent rally of the Shanghai Index. China Life's stock closed at CNY 26.44 (US$ 4.17) on Friday December 16th
. China Life's Hong Kong listed stocks started trading on Thursday, when they dropped 9.8 percent, although it rallied on Friday in light of Shanghai's strong percent, rising 2.7 percent to close at HK$26.45 (US$ 3.40). Trading in the near future may be difficult to predict, as stock markets in Asia are already on edge due to the unexpected death of North Korea's Kim Jong Il.
China Life Insurance
China Life Insurance Company Limited (China Life) is a People's Republic of China-based life insurance company. The products and services include individual life insurance, group life insurance, accident and health insurance. The Company operates in four business segments: individual life insurance business, group life insurance business, short-term insurance business, and corporate and other business.
China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co., Ltd. (CPIC) is a insurance company providing, through its subsidiaries, a range of life and property and insurance services and pension products to individual and corporate customers throughout the country. CPIC was founded on May 13, 1991, and is headquartered in Shanghai. The company was listed in Shanghai Stock Exchange on Dec. 25, 2007, with the stock code of 601601 and the stock name of "China Pacific". The Company was listed in the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited on Dec. 23, 2009, with the stock code "02601" and the stock name of "CPIC".
Ping An Insurance is the first integrated financial services conglomerate in China that blends its core insurance operations into services including securities brokerage, trust and investment, commercial banking, asset management and corporate pension business to create a highly efficient and diversified business profile. The group was established in 1988 and headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China.