The Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda (IRA) has published industry performance for the period April-June 2021 (Q2) with Bancassurance recording a 54% growth dominated by Stanbic Bank Uganda.
According to IRA, the insurance industry registered impressive growth in the first six months of 2021 on account of improved product uptake and interest generating a total of UGX600bn in gross premiums.
Stanbic Bank was followed by Absa Bank, Centenary Bank, Post Bank Uganda, DFCU, Orient, Housing Finance Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and KCB Bank.
For starters, Bancassurance refers to life assurance and other insurance products sold through banking institutions and this contributed to 8.2% of the industry’s total business in the first six months of the year.
In 2020, the bancassurance sector produced UGX32bn (full year volume) compared to UGX49.3bn in the first half of 2021 which represents a 54.24% growth, as per industry report published by the regulator.
For the period under review (April-June 2021), Stanbic Bank consolidated its first position by growing its industry market share from 19.1% in Q1 2021 to 21.2% in Q2 of 2021.
Stanbic Bank’s bancassurance business dominated its rivals in the industry, attracting UGX10.4billion in total Gross Premiums for the period April-June 2021.
Singh Dogo, Stanbic Bank Uganda’s Head of Bancassurance said the focus will be on gaining market leadership for the Life insurance business where the lender enjoys 12% market share equivalent to UGX6.9Bn.
He added that the bank’s good performance in the second quarter was driven by growth in general insurance and credit life business as well as short-term insurance covers for clients.
“These are stable, and our projection is that they will continue to grow on account of their unique positioning to address customer coverage needs coupled with our assured fast claims service,” Dogo explained.
Dogo foresees Stanbic’s Bancassurance efforts focusing on expanding dominance in individual life products with value propositions on essential services such as Education, Medical, and life insurance policies.