First Mutual operating profit up more than 1000 percent in four months


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Insurance group First Mutual Holdings’ operating profit for the four months to April was up by over 1 000 percent to $1 million driven by growth in gross premiums written (GPW) and cost reduction, chief executive Douglas Hoto said yesterday.

In a trading update after the group’s annual general meeting, Hoto said GPW had increased to$39.2 million from $37.3 million during the period under review but claims also rose to $26.6 million from $21 million.

“Early this year when we announced (financial results for 2014), we said we had taken a number of measures to reduce the expenses of management,” Hoto said.

“In the first four months of the year, we see that reduction of almost $700 000 as a result of the effect of the staff rationalisation and right-sizing that we did. So when you look at the total expenses and the total net income, we have an operating profit of just over $1 million in the first four months compared to the nearly break-even operating position (of last year.)”

Administration expenses declined to $7.7 million from $8.4 million, Hoto said.- The Source

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