Iron Rock’s first profitable quarter

Iron Rock hits 52 weeks’ high of $4.07 on Friday.

Improvement in its bottom-line of Iron Rock Insurance continued into the September quarter, with profit of $1.1 million, the first quarterly profit in its short history. For the nine months’ period, the company suffered a loss of just $7.6 million down from $60.4 million in 2017.
For the quarter, gross premium income (GPI) increased to $99.4 million from $83.9 million in 2017 with net premium written of $41 million and net earned premium of $48.3 million. For the nine months of 2018, GPI grew 48 percent to $382 million, up from $257 million in 2017 and net earned premium increased 272 percent to $129 million from just $47 million in 2017.
Operating expenses inched up to $36.5 million in the quarter from $35 million in 2017 and grew 11 percent to $111 million from $100 million in 2017. Insurance claims jumped to $23 million from $12 million for the quarter and $61 million for the nine months, from $34 million last year.
Other income totaled $13.5 million for the quarter, from $10 million previously and $35 million for the period to September, versus $24 million. The company is projected to end the year with an overall profit.
Shareholders’ equity now stands at $525 million, down from $512 million at the end of September last year. Cash and investments now amount to $617 million, while Insurance liabilities, claims and other payables amount to $373 million.
The stock now trades on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at $4.80.

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