Ping An posts 1.2% decline in first half-year

Despite challenges, the company chairman expressed optimism in China's insurance potential

Ping An posts 1.2% decline in first half-year

Insurance News

By Kenneth Araullo

Chinese insurance giant Ping An has disclosed a decline of 1.2% in its first half-year net profit.

The company reported a net profit of RMB69.84 billion (US$9.58 billion) compared to RMB70.73 billion in the preceding year, according to a Reuters report.

Ping An’s main growth driver, its retail business, which constitutes 83% of the overall income for the insurance conglomerate, experienced a decrease of 10.4% during the initial half of the year compared to the previous year.

This performance occurred concurrently with a 1.8% uptick in the total count of retail clients. However, the operating profit per client weakened by 12%, as revealed by the filing.

In the same financial report, company chairman Ma Mingzhe said that despite the emerging challenges to economic growth and the persistent pressure on growth stabilization, he remains optimistic about the fundamental strength of China's economy in the long term, as well as the potential of China's insurance and financial markets.

A few weeks ago, the insurance group also disclosed its IFRS 17 update and provided an explanation of the major changes and impact under the new standard.

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