Manulife beats profit estimates on strong Asia, Canada performance

CANADA’S largest insurer Manulife Financial on Wednesday (Feb 14) beat analysts’ estimate for quarterly core earnings, pushed by robust efficiency at its Canadian and Asia items.

Manulife’s outcomes mirror that of smaller peer Sun Life, which additionally beat earnings estimates on robust gross sales.

Both corporations have seen their Asia companies growth as mainland Chinese guests have flocked to Hong Kong after pandemic restrictions had been lifted.

Annual premium equal, a gross sales metric higher often known as APE, rose 10 per cent at Manulife, pushed by an 11 per cent rise in Asia and a 44 per cent leap in Canada, largely helped by group insurance coverage gross sales.

The insurer, which operates throughout Asia, and in North America and Europe, can also be reshaping its portfolio to give attention to extra worthwhile areas for development, together with signing a US$10 billion reinsurance deal final yr.

“Much of the strength in the quarter for Manulife came from the Asia segment,” Morningstar analyst Suryansh Sharma stated.

“Some of the strong results in the profitability for the new business underwritten (within the Canadian segment) were due to the higher rate environment and product decisions made by management in recent years.”

Manulife has additionally been on the radar after it stated final month that prospects on its Specialty Drug Care program could be primarily delivered by Loblaw’s Shoppers Drug Mart, main it to roll again the coverage to permit prospects to fill these prescriptions at any pharmacy.

Total funding earnings at Manulife rose to C$7.2 billion (S$7.2 billion) within the quarter from C$1.8 billion within the year-earlier interval.

It posted core earnings of C$1.77 billion, or 92 Canadian cents per share, within the three months ended Dec 31, in contrast with C$1.54 billion, or 77 Canadian cents per share, a yr earlier.

Analysts had forecast earnings of 85 Canadian cents, in keeping with LSEG knowledge.

The firm additionally introduced a 9.6 per cent dividend improve. REUTERS