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PACRA maintains IFS Rating of State Life insurance Corporation

Rating Type IFS
(11-Sep-20 )
(27-Dec-19 )
Action Maintain Maintain
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

The rating takes into account State Life Insurance Corporation’s sound market position in life insurance industry emanating from extensive and well-penetrated distribution network, experienced management team and robust financial profile. The rating reflects State Life Insurance Corporation's robust risk absorption capacity on the back of Government of Pakistan's (GoP) guarantee for policyholders' liabilities. The sum insured including bonuses (if any) declared by State Life Insurance Corporation are guaranteed as to payment in cash by GoP under article 35 of the Life Insurance (Nationalization) Order, 1972. The company in the midst of challenging economic climate and management restructuring has been able to sustain its GPW. Improvement is expected by year-end. With an emphasis on existing business lines, the organization pursues a growth strategy that seeks to broaden its product offerings. – Health Insurance, Bancassurance, Window Takaful and Microinsurance.
Prior to COVID-19, the life insurance industry witnessed miniscule growth of 1% YoY as single premium declined due to multiple factors. The current pandemic further affected the life insurance industry, which plummeted the growth. The large investment book, however, provides cushion. The industry intends to sustain its existing position while aiming to launch innovative product.
State Life Insurance Corporation's ability to maintain its leadership in the life insurance sector is important. In this regard, successful execution of the envisaged business strategy including diversification and growth is essential. Additionally, implementation of core insurance ERP system will enable efficient business operations with the real time provision of services to all stakeholders.

About the Entity
State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan (SLIC) was incorporated in March 1972 when the life insurance business in Pakistan was nationalized. Currently, the Corporation operates through a widespread sales network throughout Pakistan and also has presence in the Middle East. State Life Insurance Corporation is the largest life insurer in Pakistan with ~ 52% market share.

Mr. Riaz Ahmed Memon - the Chairman (appointed 14th July,2020) possesses diversified experience in various government organizations. The Corporation has a seven member board including the Chairman. Other board members are a good mix of individuals belonging to public sector, private financial and corporate sectors. All board members have been active in strategic oversight of the corporation. The management team comprises Executive Directors nominated by Federal Government on deputation, who are assisted by a team of professionals, associated with the Corporation since long.

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