Sharia-compliant insurance company Amana Takaful (Maldives) PLC has announced a cumulative profit of MVR 4.5 Million (US$292,208) since listing on the Maldives Stock Exchange back in 2011.
Following the company’s second annual general meeting held Sunday (April 28), Amana Takaful said a 10 percent dividend of MVR 2.6 million (US$168,831) would be paid among its Maldives-based shareholder members for the group’s performance during 2012.
Growth for the company during last year was said to be driven in particular by demand for medical and motor insurance following amendments to government regulations that has seen a number of insurers moving to offer 3rd party coverage in these areas.
A spokesperson for the company claimed that 3rd party motor cover was anticipated to continue to help drive growth for its Maldives operations in the coming years as a result of recent legislation imposed on the country’s motorists.
During its AGM, Amana Takaful also announced an underwriting result – earnings from premiums after deducting the costs of operating expenses and insurance claims – of MVR 20.7 million (US$1.3 million). This was said to be a 61 percent increase on the previous year.
As well as Sharia-compliant insurance, a growing number of private groups in the Maldives have moved to offer Islamic financing to their customers.
Specialist groups such as the Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB) are set to be joined in the segment by Bank of Maldives (BML), which this month announced the appointment of a four-member Sharia Advisory Committee.