Bajaj Finserv is the holding company under which there are three key financial sectorbusinesses: (i) lending through Bajaj Finance Ltd. (BFL) which is itself a listedcompany;
(ii) general insurance under Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Ltd. or BAGIC;and
(iii) life insurance under Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Ltd. or BALIC. Theinsurance businesses are unlisted. In addition there are wind farm assets in Maharashtrawith an installed capacity of 65.2 MW.
In brief how did the three operating entities perform in FY2019?
Lending: Bajaj Finance Ltd. (BFL)
BFL has continued to deliver outstanding results. Here is a summary:
Consolidated assets under management (AUM) grew by 41% to H 115888 crore.
Consolidated total income rose by 45% to H 18502 crore.
Consolidated profit before tax (PBT) increased by 61% to H 6179 crore.
Consolidated profit after tax (PAT) grew by 60% to H 3995 crore.
Impairment of financial assets at a consolidated level was H 1501 crore. At0.63% BFL's consolidated net NPA was among the lowest across all NBFCs.
As on 31 March 2019 BFL's capital adequacy on a standalone basis was 20.66%which is well above the RBI norms. Tier I adequacy was 16.27%.
Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Ltd. (BAGIC)
BAGIC is one of India's leading composite general insurers offering all types ofgeneral insurance including motor health crop insurance marine and various forms ofcorporate insurance. In an extremely competitive and dynamic market it has built a strongretail franchise and retained a leading position among private insurers. BAGIC's resultsfor FY2019 were as follows:
Some 20 million policies were issued versus 13 million in FY2018.
Gross written premium (GWP) increased by 17% to H 11097 crore.
Net earned premium for FY2019 grew by 15.7% to H 7010 crore.
The combined ratio was 96.7%. A combined ratio below 100% indicates that acompany is making profits from insurance operations and is considered as a sign ofsoundness of any general insurer.
PAT decreased by 15.3% to H 780 crore in FY2019 mainly on account of lossesfrom the catastrophic Kerala floods impairment on investments in a large systemicallyimportant NBFC and additional investments to increase growth in retail channels.
The solvency margin was 255% well above the normal regulatory requirementof 150%.
Return on average equity was 16.2%. This was 6.8 percentage points lower thanthe previous year and entirely on account of lower PAT in FY2019.
Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Ltd. (BALIC)
BALIC was able to drive a balanced and sustainable product mix with a view ofde-risking its business from volatile market movements and in the process showedimpressive growth during the year. The key results for FY2019 were:
Rated individual new business premium increased by 24.7% to H 1742 crore.
New business premium grew by 14.7% to H 4923 crore.
Renewal premium grew by 19.7% to H 3934 crore.
GWP rose by 16.9% in FY2019 to H 8857 crore.
Profit after tax was H 502 crore.
AUM grew by 8.9% to H 56620 crore as on 31 March 2019.
BALIC had a solvency ratio of 804% as on 31 March 2019 well in excess ofthe regulatory minimum of 150%.
All the three businesses have operated well. Therefore congratulations are in orderfor the performance in FY2019. And here's to even better performance in FY2020.
Having completed 80 years of age and having been Chairman from the inception of theCompany I believe the time has come for me to hand over the baton to someone moreappropriate. I have thus decided to step down as Chairman. I believe Mr. Nanoo Pamnaniwho is already the Vice Chairman of your Company will make an excellent Chairman.
I sincerely thank you for the unstinted support that you have always extended to me andI am sure you will continue to provide the same for the new Chairman as well.
Wishing you and your Company all the best in the years ahead.
Rahul Bajaj Chairman
16 May 2019