The General Assembly
of Bahrain Kuwait Insurance approve 15% Cash dividend
During its Annual General Meeting for the financial year 2019 held
at the Company’s Head office in Seef District on Wednesday 25th
March 2020, Shareholders of Bahrain Kuwait Insurance Company (BSC) approved the
Board of Directors’ recommendation to distribute a cash dividend of 15% (BD
2,140,349) of the paid-up capital, excluding treasury shares. The General
Assembly also approved the rest of agenda items of this meeting. Finally, the
General Assembly approved the appointment of Mr. Khalid Saoud Alhasan, Shawqi
Ali Fakroo, Dr. Emad Jawad Bukhamseen, Mr. Bijan Khosrowshahi, Mr. Thamer Ebrahim
Arab and Mr. Mubarak Al Ayyar as representatives of the Board for the financial
period (2020-2022). Also, the AGM approved the election of Mr. Murad Ali Murad ,
Mr. Hasan Mohamed Zainalabedin, Mr. Mohamed Ebrahim Zainal and Mohamed Ahmed
Alrayes to this new Board for the same period.
Mr. Murad Ali Murad – the Chairman stated in his report the challenges being faced
by the insurance industry during the year 2019 and the importance of using
technology to keep pace with modern developments in the field of insurance. He
also added that business plan for the next three years has been approved by the Board, aiming to
increase productivity in addition to maximizing investment income and
cost-saving in order to maintain the leading position in the insurance market
in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Mr. Murad Ali Murad explained the rationale behind the decrease in
the company's profits compared to the year before. The following extraordinary
expenses/provisions incurred by the company during the year, say (1) VAT on UPR
of policies issued in 2018 and in force in 2019 which were not collected from
customers (2) the compensation paid to the employees on the voluntary early
retirement program (3) the increase in technical reserves based on the external actuary’s recommendation report.
Mr. Murad added that that the international rating agency A.M.
Best has affirmed the credit rating of the company “A- with stable outlook”
after reviewing the company’s performance in 2019. This rating reflects the
company’s stability and the ability to meet all its financial obligations.
Mr. Ebrahim Alrayes –
the CEO said that the fierce competition in the market has become a major
concern for companies operating in the sector, especially in the motor and
As for the financial
results, the company achieved net premium revenue of BD 33.3 million, compared
to BD 31.7 million in the previous year, recording a growth of 5%. The loss
ratio also improved, as it decreased from 76.8% to 73.6%. It reflected
positively in technical profits which increased by 14% from BD 1.95 million in
2018 to BD 2.22 million in 2019.
On the other hand, Mr.
Alrayes mentioned that the
company gives great importance to the development within the company, whether
through training of individuals or through developing services and finding new
As for the future outlook, Mr. Alrayes said that despite the
instability of political and economic conditions in the world in general, we
expected the company to achieve better results considering the fact that in
2019, it incurred some extraordinary expenses and an increase in insurance
reserves that had a direct impact on profits. In addition, the company’s
business plan aims towards limiting the increase
in expenses. However, we must take into account the impact of the outbreak of
COVID 19 in the global economy in general and Bahrain in particular.