New policy may have adverse impacts on bancassurance

A new regulation on banning commercial banks from selling insurance together with banking services will negatively affect banks’ bancassurance revenue in the future, some analysts have claimed.

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A contract of a life insurance policy purchased through a bank. (Photo: VNA)

A new regulation on banning commercial banks from selling insurance together with banking services will negatively affect banks’ bancassurance revenue in the future, some analysts have claimed.

The regulation under the amended Law on Credit Institutions was recently passed by the National Assembly and will take effect from July this year.
According to broker MB Securities, with the passing of the law, bancassurance activities will be more strictly managed, which will cause the growth rate of income from bancassurance of banks to decline compared to the 2019-21 period.

Sharing the same view, Yuanta Vietnam Securities also believes the new regulation will greatly affect banks whose fee income mainly comes from bancassurance.

In fact, revenue from selling insurance through banks (bancassurance) decreased sharply in the first nine months of 2023.

According to banks’ Q3 2023 financial reports, there were eight banks giving detailed information about income from insurance activities, of which all except PG Bank, recorded a decrease in insurance revenue. In the first nine months of 2023, the total insurance revenue of the eight banks reached more than 9.4 trillion VND, down 26.1% over the same period last year.

MB saw revenue from insurance sales decrease by 16.9% to nearly 5.99 trillion VND in the first nine months of 2023. The decrease in revenue caused the bank’s net profit from insurance activities to drop by 28.21% to more than 2.1 trillion VND. In the same period of 2022, insurance brought MB more than 7.2 trillion VND in revenue and more than 2.9 trillion VND in net profit.

VPBank's revenue from insurance activities also decreased from 2.44 trillion VND in the first nine months of 2022 to 1.86 trillion VND in the first nine months of 2023, a decrease of 23.6%.

Techcombank, VIB and TPBank also saw revenue from insurance activities to decrease from more than 1.06 trillion VND, 936 billion VND and 661 billion VND to 458 billion VND, 689 billion VND and 291 billion VND, respectively.

According to Vietcombank Securities Company (VCBS), income from bancassurance in the banking industry last year was affected after some banks were found to have fraud and coercion bancassurance to banks’ customers in July last year.

At the same time, bancassurance business last year was also less positive as people's income decreased due to economic difficulties. VCBS estimated profits from insurance premiums in 2023 to decrease by some 10-15% compared to the previous year./.

Source: VNA
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