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INSURANCE | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Great Eastern Holdings' profits soar 124% to $342.7m in Q1

Gross premiums rose 6% thanks mySalam Scheme contributions.

Great Eastern Holdings (GEH) popped the champagne in Q1 2019 as its profits grew 124% to $251.44m (S$342.7m) from $112.18m (S$152.9m) in the same period in 2018.

According to its financial statement, gross premiums grew 6% to $1.90b (S$2.59b) partly due to the contribution from the mySalam Scheme for the B40 household in Malaysia.

Net investment income increased 10% due to higher interest income. Meanwhile, fees and other income fell 14% mainly due to lower fee income from the GEH’s asset management arm, Lion Global Investors Limited.

Gross claims, surrenders and annuities increased 3% due to higher policy maturities and worsened medical claim experience. Meanwhile, commissions and distribution expenses increased 9% largely due to higher sales of regular premium policies.

No interim dividend has been declared in Q1 2019.

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