The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHI) Plc,Â Mr. Eddie Efekoha has assured shareholders of the company ofÂ more returns in the nearest future asÂ Â strategies to boost the companyâ€™s performance are being put in place.
Efekoho spoke against the backdrop of the recent successful raising of N500 million from the capital market through a Rights Issue.Â According to him, recent capacity expansion and growth initiatives such as the establishment of new subsidiaries such as its Health Management Organisation (HMO) to focus on identified growth markets, launching of a revamped website with retail customer and broker interface, reinvigoration of the retail network and deployment of latest technology will help to further grow revenue.
Â Efekoha,Â who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA),Â Â Â explained further thatÂ Â other strategies have been put in place to improve on the bottom line through cost-cutting initiatives in management expenses.
Speaking on the current share price of the stock, heÂ saidÂ discerning investors would rather scramble to take position on the stock, at a bargain price now rather than sell their valuable stock that has consistently made returns for them via growth in assets and dividend payments over the years.
According to him,Â Â the intrinsic book value of the stock is presently over 70 kobo, and with its current liquidity levels in the market, more market players are now gearing up to take position while expecting an upside in price especially against the backdrop of the expected 2017 year end financials.
A quick glance at the companyâ€™s fundamentals show why existing investors may want to hold on to CHI stocks, whileÂ Â new investors may want to take position. Firstly,Â the company is trading at a 12-month price to earnings (PE) ratio of 8.9X, price to book ratio of 0.39x and a dividend yield of 6.9 per cent. In addition, the companyâ€™s nine month financialsÂ Â ended September 30,Â Â 2017 shows a profitable insurance business, with an underwriting profit of N836 million.
The company also grewÂ Â its total assets value to N8.14 billionÂ Â from N4.65 billionÂ Â in 2007.Â CHI is one of the few insurance businesses that delivers value to its shareholders in the Nigerian insurance market though regular dividend payouts.
Besides, CHI Plc has consistently grown revenue since the 2007 merger of three legacy companies â€“ from N1.506 billion in 2007 to N5 billion and has paid dividends to shareholders sevenÂ Â out of 10 years post-merger. The company is known for very high professional and ethical standards, with excellent customer service and prompt claims settlement as its key selling points.