NEM Insurance; The Good, The Uncertain And The Possible

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Friday, May 31, 2019    / 07:30PM / By TheAnalyst /Proshare Research


A growing number of investors and analyst are taking a keener look at Insurance companies as the apex regulatory body of the industry, National Insurance Commission (NAIC), announced a new capital base for different categories of insurance firms operating in Nigeria. The capital base for life insurance firms was moved from N2b to N8b; general insurance firms had their base increased from N3bn to N10bn, while composite insurers saw their capital base pushed from N10bn to N15bn.

 

The new equity base of insurers while likely to strengthen their underlying operational capacity may also lead to a flurry of mergers and acquisition in coming months.  Besides, in a slowly growing economy, one of the several industries most harshly affected by lower patronage has been insurance. Against this background a review of the performance of NEM Insurance has thrown up aspects of the business that remains resoundingly good, others that appear a bit hazy, and those that show promise if appropriate corporate actions come into play. 

 

Introduction

Data from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) show that there are 23 listed companies in the sub-sector- Insurance carriers, Brokers and services in the financial service sector of the listed companies in Nigeria. Of the listed companies;

With a market capitalization of N12.46bn (as at 20th May, 2019), NEM Insurance PLC (NEM) contributes 0.11% to the entire market capitalization of the equities market. In sector, it is the 2nd most capitalized company after MANSARD (which has a market capitalization of N18.90bn as at 20th May, 2019).

 

Financials

From a growth rate of 9.35% in Q1 2018, NEM’s earnings has more than doubled in Q1 2019 as the company reported a growth of 19.87% in its Gross Premium Written from N5.67bn in Q1 2018 to N6.80bn in Q1 2019. Overall the quarters analyzed NEM has been able to maintain a steady growth of Gross Premium Written. However, it is noteworthy that the reverse appears to be the case when it comes to profit after tax (PAT).

 

Table 1- Change in NEM Gross Premium and PAT from Q1 2018 to Q1 2019

Quarter

Gross Premium N'm

% chg in Gross Premium

PAT N'm

% chg in PAT

Q1 2018

5673

9.35%

751.97

24.38%

Q2 2018

9156

12.80%

1508

20.77%

Q3 2018

12561

13.55%

1601

-5.38%

Q4 2018

15049

12.17%

2047

-26.23%

Q1 2019

6800

19.87%

849.57

12.98%

Source: NEM Annual Reports and Accounts

 

The table above shows that the growth rate of PAT has decreased by 50% from 24.38% growth recorded in Q1 2018 to 12.98% growth recorded in Q1 2019. Furthermore, despite growth in Gross Premium Written, PAT in Q3 and Q4 declined by 5.38% and 26.23% respectively when compared with the PAT in the contemporary period of Q3 and Q4 of 2017. The decrease in PAT was as a result of an increase in claims expenses and unearned premium over the periods. 

 

Chart 1- NEM Gross Premium Written from Q1 2018 to Q1 2019

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Chart 2- NEM PAT from Q1 2018 to Q1 2019

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For insurance companies, the ability to settle claims promptly and conveniently is a vital component of the business. So far NEM appears to have coped fairly well in this regards, as growth in its claims liabilities has been supported by an increase in reserves and an improvement in invested securities, providing the liquidity support to bridge the claims gap with appropriate liquid assets.

Over the five quarters under review between 2018 and 2019, NEM has been able to record positive growth rates in invested assets and claims. In 2018, the insurer was able to grow invested assets to N22.49bn, which represented an 82.84% increase compared to Q4 2017. During this period, claims on the company increased by 9.33% from N6.52bn in Q4 2017 to N7.13bn in Q4 2018.

 

Table 2- Change in NEM Invested Assets and Claims from Q1 2018 to Q1 2019

Quarter

Invested Assets N'm

% chg in Invested Assets

Claims N'm

% chg in Claims

Q1 2018

15772.95

28.23%

7094

8.82%

Q2 2018

12985.56

5.57%

7002

7.41%

Q3 2018

13363.56

8.64%

7068

8.42%

Q4 2018

22490.95

82.84%

7127

9.33%

Q1 2019

17500.95

10.96%

7717

8.28%

Source: NEM Annual Reports and Accounts

 

NB: The Invested assets considered are the assets that are invested in the money market and easily converted to cash. These constitute financial assets, investment properties, reinsurance assets and cash and cash equivalents. The claims constitute the insurance contract liability of the company.

 

Chart 3- NEM Invested Assets from Q1 2018 to Q1 2019

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Chart 4- Claims on NEM from Q1 2018 to Q1 2019

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Share Price Movement

NEM started 2018 with a share price of N1.56 and closed Q1 2018 with a share price of 2.70 representing the highest share price of the company in the first quarter. As at the end of the trading day in 2018, the share price of the company was at N2.62, which represents a 67.95% Y-o-Y growth rate in the company’s shares. In 2019, NEM opened the year with a share price of N2.70 and closed Q1 2019 at a share price of N2.22 which represents a 17.78% decline during Q1 2019. Over the last seven trading days, the company’s share price increased marginally by 7.27% from N2.20 to N2.36 as at 22nd May 2019.


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Graph – Year to Date Share Price Movement

 

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Peer Review – Financials, Key Ratios and Share Price Performance

NEM Financials Compared with Peers

Table 3- Peer Analysis on Invested Assets

Companies

Y-o-Y PEER ANALYSIS (Invested Assets)

Q1 2019 N’m

Q1 2018 N’m

% Chg in Invested Assets

AIICO

115825

99806

16.05%

GUINEAINS

3159

2768

14.13%

CORNERST

18758

16569

13.21%

LAWUNION

10574

9442

11.99%

NEM

17501

15773

10.96%

REGALINS

7926

7228

9.66%

CHIPLC

9188

8757

4.92%

MANSARD

66762

63967

4.37%

MBENEFIT

40091

38561

3.97%

STDINSURE

6272

6044

3.77%

LINKASSURE

22267

21687

2.67%

SUNUASSUR

9296

9144

1.66%

NIGERINS

9450

9535

-0.89%

STACO

6131

6281

-2.39%

UNIVINSURE

5315

5533

-3.94%

AFRINSURE

37359

39609

-5.68%

WAPIC

13780

14677

-6.11%

PRESTIGE

10039

10885

-7.77%

SOVRENINS

7428

8243

-9.89%

LASACO

13971

16354

-14.57%

GOLDINSURE

255

329

-22.49%

Source: Companies Reports, Proshare Research

 

Of the 21 insurance companies analyzed, the table shows that 12 recorded a Y-o-Y increase in invested assets. When compared with peers, NEM fairs well as it ranks 5th in terms of growth in invested assets as it recorded a 10.96% increase in invested assets Y-o-Y. Invested assets increased from N15.77bn in Q1 2018 to N17.50bn in Q1 2019.


Chart 5- Peer Analysis on Y-o-Y % Change in Invested Assets

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AIICO tops in the category both in terms of the amount invested and in the growth of invested assets as the company’s invested assets grew from N99.81bn in Q1 2018 to N115.83bn in Q1 2019. However, GOLDINSURE recorded the least growth in invested assets with a Y-o-Y decline of 22.49%.


Chart 6- Q1 2019 & Q1 2018 Invested Assets of NEM and Peers

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Table 4- Peer Analysis on Reserves

Companies

Y-o-Y PEER ANALYSIS (Reserve)

Q1 2019 N’m

Q1 2018 N’m

% Chg in Reserve

AFRINSURE

-30983

-26368

17.50%

CORNERST

2311

1999

15.61%

AIICO

8255

7286

13.30%

LINKASSURE

4514

4075

10.77%

WAPIC

5207

4716

10.41%

NEM

9174

8324

10.21%

CHIPLC

2122

1928

10.06%

LASACO

2787

2539

9.77%

MANSARD

10284

9397

9.44%

MBENEFIT

3030

2802

8.14%

SUNUASSUR

-4305

-4082

5.46%

SOVRENINS

2774

2648

4.76%

STDINSURE

1673

1611

3.85%

PRESTIGE

2071

2012

2.93%

STACO

-3097

-3018

2.62%

REGALINS

1983

1936

2.43%

LAWUNION

2277

2236

1.83%

NIGERINS

1257

1241

1.29%

GOLDINSURE

-9604

-9826

-2.26%

GUINEAINS

-396

-467

-15.20%

UNIVINSURE

-1661

-2647

-37.25%

Source: Companies Reports, Proshare Research

 

In terms of reserve, most insurance companies experienced an increased growth Y-o-Y as only 3 of the companies analyzed experienced a decline. The growth of NEM’s reserve  Y-o-Y above its peers indicates underlying operating strength; NEM’s reserve growth is 6th with a 10.21% increase from N8.32bn in Q1 2018 to N9.17bn in Q1 2019. It is important to note that GOLDINSURE recorded a decline in reserves just as the growth of its invested assets equally fell Y-o-Y. UNIVINSURE tops the list of companies which saw a fall in reserves, followed by GUINEAINS.

 

Chart 7- Q1 2019 & Q1 2018 Reserve of NEM and Peers

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As can be seen from the chart above, AFRINSURE has a negative reserve and this has increased Y-o-Y by 17.50%. It is the worst performing insurer in terms of reserves as its negative reserve is the highest of the companies (SUNUASSUR, STACO, GOLDINSURE, GUINEAINS and UNIVINSURE) which declared negative reserves over the period.


Chart 8- Peer Analysis on Y-o-Y % Change in Reserve

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Table 5- Peer Analysis on Claims

Companies

Y-o-Y PEER ANALYSIS (Claims)

Q1 2019 N’m

Q1 2018 N’m

% Chg in Claims

LINKASSURE

4458

2828

57.64%

LAWUNION

4434

3523

25.86%

LASACO

6438

5188

24.09%

MANSARD

27228

22539

20.80%

UNIVINSURE

858

713

20.34%

MBENEFIT

12321

10299

19.63%

CORNERST

12659

10653

18.83%

AIICO

75858

65541

15.74%

NEM

7717

7094

8.78%

STDINSURE

4972

4637

7.22%

REGALINS

3245

3103

4.58%

CHIPLC

3973

3804

4.44%

GOLDINSURE

4557

4430

2.87%

WAPIC

9891

9621

2.81%

AFRINSURE

37228

36278

2.62%

SUNUASSUR

3985

3929

1.43%

SOVRENINS

3102

3089

0.42%

NIGERINS

10063

10023

0.40%

GUINEAINS

471

556

-15.29%

STACO

2888

3563

-18.94%

PRESTIGE

2751

3605

-23.69%

Source: Companies Reports, Proshare Research

 

The table on the claims of insurance companies follows the same pattern as that of reserves. The table shows that the majority of insurance companies experienced an increase in claims against them. The data showed that the claims on NEM increased over the period by 8.78% while LINKASSURE topped the list with 57.64% growth in claims and PRESTIGE topped the list of companies with a decline in claims over the period as claims fell by 23.69%.


Chart 9- Q1 2019 & Q1 2018 Claims on NEM and Peers

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Of all the companies compared, AIICO has the highest claims on it as the total claims on it during Q1 2019 was N75.86bn, which represents a 15.74% increase from N65.54bn recorded in Q1 2018. GUINEAINS recorded the lowest amount of claims on it.

 

Chart 10- Peer Analysis on Y-o-Y % Change in Claims

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Table 6- Peer Analysis on Gross Premium

Companies

Y-o-Y PEER ANALYSIS (Gross Premium)

Q1 2019 N’m

Q1 2018 N’m

% Chg in Gross Premium

UNIVINSURE

809

535

51.21%

PRESTIGE

1989

1354

46.90%

LASACO

7797

5778

34.94%

AIICO

14324

10752

33.22%

CORNERST

9604

7367

30.37%

LAWUNION

2241

1801

24.43%

GUINEAINS

939

759

23.72%

MANSARD

17423

14168

22.97%

CHIPLC

2572

2131

20.69%

NEM

6800

5673

19.87%

STACO

4782

4368

9.48%

WAPIC

4813

4466

7.77%

MBENEFIT

11891

11053

7.58%

REGALINS

2030

1890

7.41%

GOLDINSURE

845

813

3.94%

LINKASSURE

2216

2172

2.03%

STDINSURE

3420

3917

-12.69%

SOVRENINS

4210

5207

-19.15%

AFRINSURE

4037

5105

-20.92%

SUNUASSUR

851

1203

-29.26%

NIGERINS

3042

7136

-57.37%

Source: Companies Reports, Proshare Research

 

Compared to peers, NEM has been a key player in terms of growth in premium written in the sector. The table above shows that NEM recorded a Y-o-Y increase of 19.87% from N5.67bn recorded in Q1 2018 to N6.80bn recorded in Q1 2019. UNIVINSURE tops this list with a growth in premium written of 51.21% Y-o-Y while NIGERINS declared the highest decline in gross premium written over the period under review.


Chart 11- Peer Analysis on Y-o-Y % Change in Gross Premium

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Table 6- Peer Analysis on PAT

Companies

Y-o-Y PEER ANALYSIS (PAT)

Q1 2019

Q1 2018

% Chg in PAT

AFRINSURE

-4708

-2187

115.27%

WAPIC

490

233

110.30%

LASACO

542

401

35.16%

AIICO

1027

806

27.42%

PRESTIGE

355

280

26.79%

LINKASSURE

439

375

17.07%

NEM

850

752

13.03%

MANSARD

890

822

8.27%

CHIPLC

199

210

-5.24%

REGALINS

214

240

-10.83%

MBENEFIT

666

790

-15.70%

SUNUASSUR

-222

-296

-25.00%

STDINSURE

314

435

-27.82%

GOLDINSURE

-149

-243

-38.68%

LAWUNION

65

113

-42.48%

SOVRENINS

309

560

-44.82%

NIGERINS

16

364

-95.60%

STACO

-11

-1198

-99.08%

UNIVINSURE

0.844

-307

-100.27%

CORNERST

659

-2114

-131.17%

GUINEAINS

-134

70

-291.43%

Source: Companies Reports, Proshare Research

 

As at the end of Q1 2019, only 8 of the companies declared growth in their PAT of which NEM is among. NEM was able to grow its PAT by 13.03%. The PAT grew from N752mln recorded in Q1 2018 to N850mln in Q1 2019. This emanated from an increase in the company’s gross premium and investment income as the investment income increased from N136.05mln in Q1 2018 to N236.63mln in Q1 2019.


Chart 12- Peer Analysis on Y-o-Y % Change in PAT

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Among the peers, AFRINSURE recorded the highest growth in PAT, followed by WAPIC and LASACO to complete the top 3. GUINEAINS, CORNERST and UNIVINSURE tops the list of companies with the highest decline in PAT.


NEM Financials Compared with Peers


Table 7- Peer Analysis on Liquidity Ratio

Companies

Y-o-Y PEER ANALYSIS (Liquidity Ratio)

Q1 2019 N’m

Q1 2018 N’m

% Chg in Liquidity Ratio

GUINEAINS

6.7070

4.9784

34.72%

PRESTIGE

3.6492

3.0194

20.86%

STACO

2.1229

1.7628

20.43%

REGALINS

2.4425

2.3294

4.86%

NEM

2.2679

2.2234

2.00%

CHIPLC

2.3126

2.3021

0.46%

AIICO

1.5269

1.5228

0.27%

SUNUASSUR

2.3327

2.3273

0.23%

NIGERINS

0.9391

0.9513

-1.29%

STDINSURE

1.2615

1.3034

-3.22%

CORNERST

1.4818

1.5553

-4.73%

AFRINSURE

1.0035

1.0918

-8.09%

WAPIC

1.3932

1.5255

-8.67%

SOVRENINS

2.3946

2.6685

-10.26%

LAWUNION

2.3848

2.6801

-11.02%

MBENEFIT

3.2539

3.7441

-13.09%

MANSARD

2.4520

2.8381

-13.60%

UNIVINSURE

6.1946

7.7602

-20.17%

GOLDINSURE

0.0560

0.0743

-24.65%

LASACO

2.1701

3.1523

-31.16%

LINKASSURE

4.9948

7.6687

-34.87%

Source: Companies Reports, Proshare Research

 

The liquidity ratio of the insurance companies is a measure of the ratio of their invested assets over the claims on them. The higher the liquidity ratio, the more liquid they are. GUINEAINS recorded the highest liquidity ratio in Q1 2019 and it also topped other insurance companies in terms of growth in the ratio Y-o-Y. NEM is also in the green in this metric as it recorded a marginal increase of 2.0% in its liquidity ratio from 2.22 in Q1 2018 to 2.27 in Q1 2019.  However, LINKASSURE recorded the highest decline in liquidity ratio as the ratio decreased from 7.67 in Q1 2018 to 4.99 in Q1 2019.


Chart 13- Peer Analysis on Y-o-Y % Change in Liquidity Ratio

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Table 8- Peer Analysis on Loss Ratio

Companies

Y-o-Y PEER ANALYSIS (Loss Ratio)

Q1 2019 N’m

Q1 2018 N’m

% Chg in Loss Ratio

NIGERINS

3.30802

1.40457

135.52%

LINKASSURE

2.01173

1.30203

54.51%

SUNUASSUR

4.68273

3.266

43.38%

AFRINSURE

9.2217

7.10637

29.77%

SOVRENINS

0.73682

0.59324

24.20%

STDINSURE

1.4538

1.18381

22.81%

MBENEFIT

1.03616

0.93178

11.20%

LAWUNION

1.97858

1.95614

1.15%

GOLDINSURE

5.3929

5.44895

-1.03%

MANSARD

1.56276

1.59084

-1.76%

REGALINS

1.59852

1.6418

-2.64%

WAPIC

2.05506

2.15428

-4.61%

LASACO

0.8257

0.89789

-8.04%

CORNERST

1.3181

1.44604

-8.85%

NEM

1.13485

1.25048

-9.25%

AIICO

5.29587

6.0957

-13.12%

CHIPLC

1.54471

1.78508

-13.47%

UNIVINSURE

1.06057

1.33271

-20.42%

STACO

0.60393

0.81571

-25.96%

GUINEAINS

0.5016

0.73254

-31.53%

PRESTIGE

1.38311

2.66248

-48.05%

Source: Companies Reports, Proshare Research

 

The loss ratio measures the ratio of claims over the gross premium of the insurance companies. The claims represent the losses while gross premium represents the gains. Therefore, in general term, a loss ratio is the ratio of losses to gains. Therefore, a high loss ratio may indicate that the insurance company will not be able to meet its financial obligations and the lower the loss ratio, the better.


Chart 14- Peer Analysis on Y-o-Y % Change in Loss Ratio

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In Q1 2019, NEM was able to reduce its loss ratio by 9.25% thereby making it come 7th in the companies that have the highest decline in loss ratio. The company’s loss ratio decreased from 1.25 in Q1 2018 to 1.13 in Q1 2019. NIGERINS topped the list as the company with the highest loss ratio as it recorded a spike of 135.52% growth in loss ratio Y-o-Y. PRESTIGE came top among the companies with a decline in loss ratio as the company was able to reduce its loss ratio by 48.05% over the period.

 

Table 9: Peer Analysis on Share Price Performance

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Except for NEM, MANSARD and AIICO, all the other insurance companies listed on the NSE are traded below 50 kobo as at 22nd May, 2019. NEM has the highest share price of N2.36. However, this price represents a decline of 1.26% from N2.39, with which it started the year. Based on YTD performance, only 3 of the insurance companies have experienced YTD growth as at 22nd May, 2019. SOVRENINS records the highest gain as its share price increased by 15%. LASACO and AIICO followed with YTD share price increase of 6.90% and 3.13% respectively. While STACO last traded on 18th September, 2018, there was no trading in the shares of GOLDINSURE in 2018 due to its suspension by the NSE for late filing of its financial statements.


Chart 15- Peer Analysis on YTD Share Price Performance

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Among those that have a negative share price growth YTD, NEM is the lowest as it recorded 1.26% decline as at 22nd May, 2019. In Q1 2019, it also recorded decline in share price movement as it ended the Q1 at N2.22 which represents 7.11% decline from N2.39 which it used in starting the year. However, in Q1 2018, NEM topped the gainers list among its peers as its share price grew by 51.93% from N1.81 at the beginning of the year to N2.75 as at 31st March, 2018.




Conclusion

In 2018, NEM was among the top 3 best-performing stocks and the best performing stock in its sector on the bourse. NEM has the highest share price in its sector as of 22nd May, 2019.

Comparing the company’s financials with its peers, NEM has fared better in all metrics as it has recorded moderate growth between Q1 2018 and Q1 2019. However, its share price YTD has declined by 1.26%, a situation that bucks the company’s financial performance.

 

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