The banking operation recorded a net surplus of 7percent of $42.1m, while gross premiums grew 5percent, bringing total revenue for the period to $991m.
“Funds under management (Fum) for the asset management business were up 50percent, from $1.8bn to $2.7bn, largely due to a combination of growth in net client cash flows generated and gains on ZSE-listed equity investments,” said board chairperson Johannes Gawaxab.
“As a result of the growth in Fum, fee income and profit before tax for the asset management business increased by 28percent and 64percent to $20.6m and $10.7m respectively.”
After-tax profits soared 139percent to $219.3m.
The company said there was strong operating profit across the business, as well as non-banking investment returns, which grew 448percent - from $116.9m to $640.9m.
The insurer also recorded higher profits from its life business, as well as increased long-term investment returns on the back of a higher asset base.
Gross premiums underwritten shot up 5percent at $194.8m for the life and short-term insurance businesses, because of “a combination of improved client retention and new business” underwritten for the period. However, the short-term insurance business achieved an underwriting margin that dropped from 18percent to 13percent.
- BUSINESS REPORT