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 09/11/2011 – Upgraded SALAMA/Islamic Arab Insurance’s ratings to “A-” with a stable outlook

Standard & Poor’s has raised to ‘A-‘, up from ‘BBB+’ the counterparty and insurer financial strength of Dubai based Islamic Arab Insurance as well as the core operating subsidiaries of its wholly owned Labuan-based reinsurance sub-group. The outlook is stable.The ratings principally reflect the Salama/IAIC group’s strong capitalization, strong consolidated business position, and now strong and stable underwriting performance. Partially offsetting factors include investment strategies that are assessed as good, but which are nonetheless relative weaknesses because they introduce potential volatility through significant exposures to equity and property assets. Additionally, our analysis reflects the potential industry and economic risks relating to certain regions and lines of business in which the group is active.

The group enjoys a strong and still-developing business position with significant insurance operations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Algeria, Egypt, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. The business profile of the group also benefits from the strong, inward reinsurance franchise maintained by its wholly owned subsidiary, BEST RE, which writes inward reinsurance in over 60 countries across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Consolidated group capitalization is also strong relative to risks; total shareholders’ funds at end-June 2011 were UAE dirham (AED) 1,634.7 million (including AED47.1 million of minority interests and AED191.5 million of intangible items). The quality of capital is deemed high, exhibiting only modest use of debt and little reliance on the revaluation of investments. Prospective risk-based capitalization is likely to remain at least strong, and the forecast position as of end-2011 is extremely strong. In S&p’s view, reinsurance protection is satisfactory, while reserving is appropriate relative to the short-tail, stable insurance, and inward reinsurance exposures underwritten by the group.

Operating performance across the group is also now strong. The group has displayed particularly stable underwriting results even across economic and industry cycles. The group’s net combined ratios have continued to cluster around the five-year average of 95.9%, despite current “soft” inward reinsurance terms constraining BEST RE in many regions. This is indicative of prudent risk selection.

Investments are regarded as good by S&P. However they are also potentially volatile given the significant, AED694.7 million holding of equities and the similarly significant AED279.4 million invested in properties reported at end-June 2011. The strong capital base of the group and the fact that a significant proportion of these equities are mutual fund assets for family takaful (life and savings) policyholders are offsetting factors. However, the significant levels of market risk leads S&P to regard the investment strategy as a relative weakness in the overall assessment of the group’s otherwise strong financial profile.

The stable outlook reflects the view that Salama/IAIC, its subsidiaries, and affiliates will together continue to enhance the group’s strong business and financial profiles. S&P anticipates that they will do so through a combination of selective business expansion and improving earnings; overall net income is expected to be about AED110 million for the whole of 2011. Gross and net premium income are both expected to increase by not more than 20% annually over the two-year outlook period, while net combined ratios are forecast to remain stable at about 95%.

S&P expects the group to continue to diversify geographically and by line of business. The ratings agency anticipates particular growth in UAE life activities and in the Saudi Arabian and Algerian insurance operations, as well as at BEST RE. Capitalization and quality of capital are expected to remain a particular strength. Modeled risk-based capital outcomes are likely to remain at least strong prospectively, and probably very strong as retained earnings largely offset any strains associated with forecast business growth. However, the group management is expected to increase paid-up share capital at BEST RE to $200 million in 2012, up from the current level of $150 million.

Any rating uplift is viewed as remote in the next two years. However, ongoing improvements in earnings and business position could ultimately prove supportive of a higher rating. This would particularly be the case if, at the same time, revenues become better balanced between the group’s insurance and reinsurance activities. S&P could take a negative rating action if earnings fall below expectations, or if the group fails to maintain strong capitalization, in line with expected growth in underwritten and investment risk exposures.

30/11/2009 – SALAMA Group Commentary on the Consolidated Results For the 1st Qtr 2010

SALAMA achieved 28% growth in premiums in the first quarter of 2010 reaching AED 526 M vs. AED 411 for the same quarter last year. In general, performance and operating efficiency across all subsidiaries in Takaful operations have improved considerably and their net results are impressive, however these good results were hard hit by the negative results from Best Re (SALAMA Retakaful arm) and hence the net results were negative of about AED 7 Million..

The negative result of Best Re was mainly due to an unusual deterioration in the underwriting results emanating from the Far East business. This resulted mainly from a series of large individual losses (in excess of US$ 500K each) reported from the Philippines, Indonesia, China and South Korea. This, combined with an adverse development in respect of two major catastrophe events (Padang earthquake in Indonesia, and Typhoon Ketsana, which hit the Philippines) seriously contributed to this disappointing underwriting performance.

This situation is deemed exceptional. Underwriting remedial actions have already been triggered but it was too early to reap the benefit of such measures. In terms of exposure in catastrophe prone territories such as Indonesia and the Philippines our commitments were cut down. Chronically underperforming accounts were also discontinued.

The two major events referred to above seem to have now stabilized and no material adverse development is anticipated and hence barring no further adverse events occurring in 2010, it is expected that this exceptional situation shall be recouped in the coming quarters and before year-end.

30/11/2009 – SALAMA ties up with Allfunds Bank for world-class Takaful products.

Unique array of Shari’a-compliant and Islamic insurance funds to be made available with new arrangement.

Dubai, 2009: SALAMA-Islamic Arab Insurance Co. (PSC), one of the region’s leading Islamic insurance (Takaful) companies, has joined hands with Allfunds Bank (AFB) – the leading European Open Architecture platform, to offer world-class Takaful and Shari’a-compliant funds across the Middle East.

As part of the tie-up, SALAMA – the leading family Takaful company in the world – will offer a select range of Shari’a compliant funds intermediated by Allfunds Bank, along with its Islamic insurance cover on a common platform to suit the diverse needs of customers in the region.

The tie-up with the leading companies reflects the potential for world-class Takaful and Shari’a-compliant investment funds to be available to SALAMA clients. As a result of the tie-up, SALAMA customers will now have direct access to the largest Shari’a range of Islamic funds through SALAMA products, thus diversifying their choice for investments.

Allfunds Bank, with assets under intermediation of approximately AED164 billion, is specialized in delivering Open Architecture solutions to banks, insurance companies, asset managers and independent financial advisors (IFAs) by offering them as many as 16000 funds from 350-plus international and local fund houses on a purely automated dealing platform.

Noel D’Mello, General Manager, SALAMA Family Takaful, said: “We are proud to announce the tie-up between SALAMA and Allfunds Bank for Takaful solutions – a major step towards our strategy to further expand our presence in the region. Given the immense potential for such Takaful and Shari’a products in the market, this tie-up will mark a new chapter in our growth and expansion.”
He added: “SALAMA has already carved a niche for itself in the Islamic insurance sector – our BBB+ rating from Standard & Poor’s and A- from AM Best proves our credentials. We are confident that this new arrangement with Allfunds Bank diversifies our offerings to our discerning regional customers.”

Gianluca Renzini, Managing Director Global Sales of Allfunds Bank, said: “We are very happy to announce our alliance with SALAMA as it will bring the best and largest Shari’a-compliant international and local funds offering to SALAMA’s product range. Our tie-up with this market leader will also induce visibility to our business model across the GCC and is part of our strategic growth plans in the region.”

The new tie-up forms another major step towards the growth of SALAMA, which recently won the Best Takaful Provider for 2009 from Global Finance magazine, the leading international financial publication headquartered in New York.

The company also won the Best Global Equity Fund award, Best Takaful Company award, Best Re-Takaful Company (Best Re) award and the Best Takaful Marketing award in the past. It has a paid-up capital of US $300 million and is listed on the Dubai Financial Market.

Allfunds Bank, a Spanish bank incorporated in December 2000, is one of the major global distribution platforms of third-party funds in the world, with presence in 16 countries, and more than 260 institutional clients including major commercial banks, private banks, insurance companies and fund managers.

10/08/2009SALAMA Celebrates 30 Years of Success and Grabs 3 Prestigious Awards

Global award coincides with SALAMA’s 30th anniversary, recognizes unique Takaful products and solutions.

SALAMA CEO Dr Saleh Malaikah honoured for Outstanding Contribution.

SALAMA-Islamic Arab Insurance Co. (PSC), one of the region’s leading Islamic insurance (Takaful) companies, has won the ‘Best Takaful Provider’ award for 2009 from Global Finance magazine, the leading international financial publication headquartered in New York.

The recognition reaffirms SALAMA’s leadership in the Takaful Insurance milieu and is a major milestone in the company’s unprecedented success as it marks its 30th anniversary celebrations this year.

Reinforcing the company’s global presence and leadership in the International Takaful insurance sector, SALAMA was also awarded the ‘Best Takaful Company’ at the recently held International Takaful Awards in London and SALAMA’s Vice-Chairman and CEO,Dr Saleh Malaikah was conferred the prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution award at the high-profile awards ceremony.

“We are very proud to have been bestowed with these prestigious awards and am humbled by the personal recognition given to me”, said Dr. Saleh Malaikah, Vice Chairman and CEO, SALAMA. “This achievement is undoubtedly the fruit of relentless efforts exerted by our entire team whose focus is to make SALAMA the first choice when it comes to Shari’ah compliant insurance solutions.”

“It is great honour to receive such top industry awards which coincide with our 30th anniversary celebrations. The only trigger behind this irrefutable success is our quality of service and the customer-centric approach imbedded in our culture. We thank all our stakeholders and business associates for making this possible,” added Dr Malaikah.

Rafiq Halani, General Manager, General and Health at SALAMA, said: “This honour bestowed by Global Finance is indeed a prestigious moment for SALAMA. In addition to this, the outstanding achievement award to Dr Malaikah is well deserved. Apart from heading the leading Takaful compliant company in the world, Dr Malaikah has been fostering the global conversion towards Shari’ah compliant insurance solutions.”

Commenting on these awards, Noel D”Mello, General Manager- Family Takaful said, “We are delighted to be recognized as leaders in the Takaful Industry. We continuously strive to bring innovative Takaful products to the market which is well received by Distributor and Clients alike. Our turnaround times for servicing are well recognized in the Industry and with these awards we are even more determined to raise the bar.

SALAMA has one of the most comprehensive ranges of Family Takaful products and services across the Middle East. Since its inception, the company has maintained a high level of transparency and disclosure and has facilitated its charging structure to enable its customers to accomplish their transactions with ease and convenience.

The Global Finance magazine has a circulation of 50,050, audited by BPA, and readers in 163 countries. Its headquarters is in New York, with offices in London, Rio de Janeiro and Milan. Global Finance’s audience includes Chairmen, Presidents, CEOs, CFOs, Treasurers and other senior financial officers responsible for making investment and strategic business decisions at multinational companies and financial institutions.


About SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company

SALAMA–Islamic Arab Insurance Company embarked from Dubai on its quest for expansion through acquisitions and participation in a number of Takaful and Re-Takaful companies in many Arab and Islamic countries. Today SALAMA is the largest Takaful and Re-Takaful Group in the world with a capital of USD 300 million (in excess of AED 1 billion). Its financial strength can be gauged by the “A-” rating that it received from AM Best and “BBB+” by S&P. Among the prominent subsidiaries of SALAMA, is the wholly owned Tunisia-based BEST Re, the largest global Re-Takaful company, serving customers in more than 70 countries.

27/07/2009SALAMA Changes Trading Symbol at DFM

Dubai, July 22nd 2009 – The Islamic Arab Insurance Company, leading provider of Shari’ah compliant insurance solutions around the world has decided to change its trading symbol at the Dubai Financial Market from “IAIC” to “SALAMA”.

“The move came as a natural result of the great success achieved by the name SALAMA in the UAE and abroad”, said Chairman Dr. Saleh Malaikah. “The company has managed over the years to build a very strong brand equity that transcended boundaries; as such, we believe it is about time we revisited our trading symbol to leverage the well-known SALAMA icon”.

In fact, since its inception, the Islamic Arab Insurance Company has successfully strived to reshape the scene of Shari’ah compliant insurance solutions across the region, setting new standards for the industry. The company’s key strength revolves around a customer-centric methodology, a rigorous system and an innovative approach.

“We are thankful to the positive feedback and prompt support we received from the Dubai Financial Market, who duly handled the necessary procedures in order to ensure a smooth and successful name reshuffling”, added Malaikah.

SALAMA has one of the most comprehensive ranges of Family Takaful products and services across the Middle East. The company has consistently maintained a high level of transparency and disclosure and has facilitated its charging structure to enable its customers to accomplish their transactions with ease and convenience.

About SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company
SALAMA–Islamic Arab Insurance Company embarked from Dubai on its quest for expansion through acquisitions and participation in a number of Takaful and Re-Takaful companies in many Arab and Islamic countries. Today SALAMA is the largest Takaful and Re-Takaful Group in the world with a capital of USD 300 million (in excess of AED 1 billion). Its financial strength can be gauged by the “A-” rating that it received from AM Best and “BBB+” by S&P. Among the prominent subsidiaries of SALAMA, is the wholly owned Tunisia-based BEST Re, the largest global Re-Takaful company, serving customers in more than 70 countries.

31/03/2009Directors’ report and consolidated financial statements

Directors’ report and consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2008.

06/11/2008SALAMA signs a strategic alliance with NCB Capital to offer Shari’ah compliant funds to UAE customers

Dubai, UAE: SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company, the world’s largest Takaful and Re-Takaful group, announced its strategic alliance with NCB Capital, the investment banking arm of National Commercial Bank, the region’s largest bank, in a bid to further promote the spread of Shari’ah compliant insurance solutions. As a result of the strategic alliance, SALAMA will offer its customers a host of Shari’ah compliant, open-ended, unit-linked funds through regular savings and protection plans, with a minimum contribution of AED200 per month.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Noel D’Mello, Head of Family Takaful, SALAMA, said: “In the current global financial crisis environment, most investors are skeptical about investing single contributions for the short term. SALAMA’s products are designed for regular systematic savings for the medium and long term and are therefore being well received. We continue to expand and diversify our product offerings by allying with other equally strong service providers. This tie-up with NCB Capital further strengthens our presence in the UAE market and helps us to promote Shari’ah Compliant savings and insurance products.”

A pioneer in investment banking in the region, NCB Capital has around USD 14 billion of assets under management and launched the world’s first Sharia-compliant real estate fund. It has a wide range of funds covering all asset classes which it offers to its approximately one million clients.

Mohamed Seif-El Nasr, Head of Asset Management at NCB Capital, said, “As one of the world’s largest Shariah-compliant mutual fund managers with a significant track record spanning many years, we feel privileged to ally with an equally long-established leader in the Takaful and re-Takaful industry. We look forward to working closely with SALAMA in spreading innovative and world class Shari’ah compliant investment solutions within the UAE and regionally.“

The strategic alliance agreement involves SALAMA’s subscription to 16 NCB Capital mutual funds including three Al-Manarah fund-of-fund portfolios. The specific portfolios vary in risk profile and benefit from diversification of geographies, asset classes, currencies and fund management styles.

About SALAMA-Islamic Arab Insurance Company

• SALAMA, pioneers of Shari’ah compliant insurance enjoys both Arab and international presence.

• Established in 1979 in Dubai, SALAMA has become the largest Takaful & Re-Takaful group in the world with a paid up capital of USD300 million (AED 1.1 billion).

• It enjoys strong credit rating of ‘A-’ from A.M. Best and ‘BBB+’ from S&P. These ratings clearly reflect the Company’s growth, financial strength and investor confidence.

• SALAMA offers customized and high quality yet affordable Takaful solutions to individuals, families and companies.

29/09/2008SALAMA ties up with DWS Investment to make world class Shari’ah Compliant funds accessible to its customers throughout UAE

Dubai, UAE: SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company, world’s largest Takaful and Re-Takaful Group, announced their partnership with DWS Investments, the global mutual fund arm of Deutsche Bank Group. SALAMA presents a comprehensive range of diverse Shari’ah compliant unit linked insurance products to its valued clients and the DWS Noor Islamic Funds can be accessed through these products.

As a result of the strategic tie up, SALAMA will offer its customers a host of DWS Noor Islamic Funds which are 100% Shari’ah Compliant and diversified by asset class and geography.

Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Noel D’Mello, Head of Family Takaful, SALAMA, said: “Our partnership with DWS Investments signifies another landmark achievement for SALAMA in further promoting Shari’ah Compliant savings and insurance products in the UAE. It will greatly help in achieving our objective of spreading Shari’ah Compliant insurance plans throughout UAE that are not only competitive in pricing but also flexible and affordable to meet the needs of the average person.”

With Euro 257 billion of assets under management globally, DWS is one of the top 10 largest mutual fund managers worldwide1 and the largest mutual fund company in its home country, Germany2. According to Mr. Tarek Lotfy, Director Asset Management, Middle East and North Africa, Deutsche Bank, “We are proud to have this alliance with SALAMA, UAE’s leading and specialized Takaful Company. SALAMA’s credibility, reputation for quality, diversified product range and high standards, make them our partner of choice in spreading innovative and world class DWS Shari’ah compliant investment solutions.”

About SALAMA-Islamic Arab Insurance Company

SALAMA, pioneers of Shari’ah compliant insurance enjoys both Arab and international presence. Established in 1979 in Dubai, SALAMA has become the largest Takaful & Re-Takaful group in the world with a paid up capital of USD300 million (AED 1.1 billion). It enjoys strong credit rating of ‘A-’ from A.M. Best and ‘BBB+’ from S&P. These ratings clearly reflect the Company’s growth, financial strength and investor confidence. SALAMA offers customized and high quality yet affordable Takaful solutions to individuals, families and companies.

DWS Investments

Established over 50 years ago in Germany, DWS Investments is the leading mutual fund company in Germany² and a top ten global player¹, with €257 billion assets worldwide. Over the last few years we have seen the global rollout of the DWS brand, covering countries and products across Europe, the United States, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. As a part of the Deutsche Bank Group, we draw on the expertise of one of the largest banks in the world. DWS Investments has pursued a consistent and successful business strategy focusing on performance, innovation, quality and trust. The superior quality of DWS Investments is widely recognized across all major financial markets, with independent rating agencies consistently confirming the exceptional performance of our products. In 2007, for example, DWS Investments in Germany won the Standard & Poor’s Fund Award in the “Larger Groups” category for the 13th consecutive year.

22/09/2008SALAMA ties up with BNP Paribas Investment Partners to provide a bouquet of Shariâ’ah compliant funds to its customers.

SALAMA, the world’s largest Takaful and Re-Takaful Group ties up with BNP Paribas Investment Partners, one of the leading asset managers, to offer BNP Paribas’s flagship Islamic Fund, the Global Equity Optimiser, with investor returns linked to Shariah compliant global equity markets, including Asia, Europe and the USA. The fund uses an actively managed optimization strategy which has consistently outperformed the global benchmark, the Dow Jones Islamic Market Titans 100 Index. SALAMA is pleased to provide it’s customers with Shari’ah compliant insurance together with value added investment services that can cater to clients long term investment needs, which are compliant to Shari’ah principles. SALAMA presents an assembly of diverse Shari’ah compliant unit linked insurance products to its discerning clients and with BNP Paribas’s asset management services it is possible to offer the best of class Shari’ah compliant investment opportunities.

Mr. Noel D’Mello, the Head of Family Takaful, SALAMA, commented, “SALAMA has entered into several tactical tie ups with renowned Islamic Fund Investment companies and distributor alliances to spread Shari’ah compliant savings and insurance products within the UAE. We are particularly delighted to have entered into collaboration with BNP Paribas Investment Partners to allow the public to have access to a gloablly recognized and award winning Islamic fund through our local presence.”

BNP Paribas has taken the lead, and has been the first to develop a Shari’ah compliant global equity optimisation strategy, that has historically always outperformed the benchmark, not only during bull markets of 2006 and 2007, but also during the recent bear market conditions in 2008.

On the occasion, Muneer Fulayfil, Director – Middle East & Africa of BNP Paribas Investment Partners, commented: “We are committed to the development of local products and Islamic funds, like the Shari’ah compliant Global Equity Optimizer, which won the Failaka award for Best Global Fund in 2007 for its strategy and excellent performance track record. Since its inception, the fund has returned close to 25% to its investors.’’ He added: “We are very pleased to collaborate with SALAMA, the largest Takaful and Re- Takaful player in the region Their offering of BNP Paribas linked investments, is one of a series of ties aimed at providing innovative solutions for our growing customers seeking Takaful and Re-Takaful solutions.”


About SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company

SALAMA, pioneers of Shari’ah compliant insurance enjoys both Arab and international presence. Established in 1979 in Dubai, SALAMA has become the largest Takaful & Re-Takaful group in the world with a paid up capital of USD300 million (AED 1.1 billion). It enjoys strong credit rating of ‘A-’ from A.M. Best and ‘BBB+’ from S&P. These ratings clearly reflect the Company’s growth, financial strength and investor confidence. SALAMA offers customized and high quality yet affordable Takaful solutions to individuals, families and companies.

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 4 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor’s. The group is present in over 85 countries, with almost 168,000 employees, including 129, 500 in Europe. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking. Present throughout Europe in all of its business lines, the bank’s two domestic markets in retail banking are France and Italy. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.

15/09/2008SALAMA Ties Up with National Bank of Fujairah to provide its Clients with a Bouquet of Comprehensive Takaful Solutions

SALAMA-Islamic Arab Insurance Company, the largest global Takaful and Re-Takaful Group, has signed a long-term agreement to pursue the bancassurance partnership with National Bank of Fujairah (NBF). The partnership will offer NBF customers access to a range of high quality yet affordable individual family Takaful solutions across the region.

Noel D’Mello, Head of Family Takaful, SALAMA said “This strengthens our position in the UAE and offers good opportunities for growth. NBF is a very well-established and successful bank. We will bring our bancassurance experience to become NBF’s first ever takaful partner”. He also added that “By combining SALAMA’s takaful insurance expertise with NBF’s distribution capability, we are confident of ensuring the future success and development of Shari’ah compliant insurance solutions in the UAE market.”

Steve Mullins CEO, National Bank of Fujairah commented “We were looking for a partner who would help us achieve our objectives of being a leading player in the takaful distribution market. We envisaged a partner who was not just a leader in bancassurance, but also in Shari’ah compliant insurance solutions. In our search, SALAMA was identified as a suitable partner and has capabilities and systems that will enable us to offer a range of products to our customers.” Mr. Mullins also added “SALAMA has one of the most comprehensive range of takaful solutions for individuals and families – be it investment plans, or protection or a combination of both. We are confident that with this range of solutions, we will be able to cater to the needs of our valued customers.”

About SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company


SALAMA, pioneers of Shari’ah compliant insurance enjoys both Arab and international presence. Established in 1979 in Dubai, SALAMA has become the largest Takaful & Re-Takaful group in the world with a paid up capital of USD300 million (AED 1.1 billion). It enjoys strong credit rating of ‘A-’ from A.M. Best and ‘BBB+’ from S&P. These ratings clearly reflect the Company’s growth, financial strength and investor confidence. SALAMA offers customized and high quality yet affordable Takaful solutions to individuals, families and companies.

02/09/2008A.M. Best affirms SALAMA’s ratings of “A-” (Excellent); expects net profit of AED 180 million.

Group’s gross premium likely to spurt by 35% in 2008

Dubai, 2008: SALAMA-Islamic Arab Insurance Group, the world’s largest Takaful and Re-Takaful Group, today announced that the world’s top credit rating agency A.M. Best has affirmed the group’s Financial Strength Ratings to ‘A-’ (Excellent) and Issuer Credit Rating (ICR) to ‘a-’.

“The outlook for both ratings remains stable,” the agency said. “A.M. Best anticipates SALAMA to maintain a good operating performance, with annual post-tax profit in the range of US$ 40-50 million per annum over the next two years. The impressive ratings reflect SALAMA’s strong risk-adjusted capitalization, supported by good operating performance and growing business portfolio.”

The credit rating agency expects SALAMA to maintain a stable combined ratio of approximately 96% coupled with a strong investment income. The group’s gross premiums are expected to increase by around 35% in 2008 and 30% in 2009, the agency added.

In his comments on the ratings, Dr. Saleh Malaikah, Vice Chairman and CEO of SALAMA, said: “The ratings for SALAMA by A.M. Best further reinforces our growth strategy and will have a positive impact on our business in the changed investment milieu in the GCC. The FSR and ICR ratings are an endorsement of our strategic plans and will further boost our financial capabilities and creditworthiness.”

He added: “The affirmation of our ratings is a reflection of the strength and quality of our Takaful and Re-Takaful products and services as we look to further expand our presence across the GCC and beyond. It is also a major impetus to the UAE government’s transparent policies in market regulation and efforts to promote economic growth and stability.”

According to the agency, SALAMA’s current and prospective risk-adjusted capitalization remains at a strong level. In 2007, SALAMA utilized its risk-adjusted capitalization aggressively mainly due to changes in the investment strategy. A.M. Best believes that SALAMA’s risk-adjusted capitalization will stay at similar levels as in 2007 and is expected to maintain its strong position supported by a medium risk profile and full retained earnings.

SALAMA’s investment strategy is still conservative, the agency said, adding that the group and its subsidiaries have a solid business profile in their traditional territories — Far East, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia, which is further improving with geographical expansion, business growth and introduction of new life lines.

Founded in 1899, A.M. Best is a global full-service credit rating organization dedicated to serving the financial and healthcare service industries, including insurance companies, banks, hospitals and healthcare system providers.

20/08/2008AM Best has reaffirmed SALAMA’s rating of A- “Excellent”.

OLDWICK, N.J., AUGUST 18, 2008

A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating (ICR) of “a-” of SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company (P.S.C.) (SALAMA) (United Arab Emirates). The outlook for both ratings is stable.

The ratings of SALAMA reflect its strong risk-adjusted capitalisation, supported by very good operating performance, and its solid and improving business profile.

In A.M. Best’s opinion, SALAMA’s current and prospective risk-adjusted capitalisation remains at a strong level. SALAMA in 2007 utilized its risk-adjusted capitalization aggressively mainly due to changes in the investment strategy as well as a significant growth in the company’s consolidated business portfolio. Going forward, A.M. Best believes that SALAMA’s risk-adjusted capitalisation is to stay at similar levels as in 2007 and is expected to maintain its strong position supported by a medium risk profile and full retained earnings.

A.M. Best anticipates SALAMA to maintain a very good operating performance, with annual post tax profit being in the range of USD 40-50 million per annum over the next two years. A.M. Best also expects the company to maintain a stable combined ratio of approximately 96% and strong investment income. SALAMA’s investment strategy changed in 2007, with a higher proportion of investments being placed in marketable and private equities; however, in A.M Best’s view, it is still conservative.

A.M. Best believes SALAMA and its subsidiaries have a solid business profile in their traditional territories (Far East, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia), which is further improving with geographical expansion, business growth and introduction of new life lines. A.M. Best anticipates group gross premiums written to increase by around 35% in 2008 and 30% in 2009.

15/06/2008SALAMA joins hands with Oasis Crescent to Provide the public with convenient and affordable access to Sharia’ah compliant funds

Aiming to spread Shari’ah compliant insurance on one side and on presenting open ended, unit linked funds on the other, SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company, the world’s largest Takaful and Re-Takaful Group joins hands with Oasis Crescent, the winner of the Best Global Equity Fund. SALAMA presents an assembly of diverse Shari’ah compliant unit linked insurance products to it’s discerning clients and the funds of Oasis Crescent can be accessed through these products for as little as AED 200 per month.

Commenting on this strategic tie up, Mr. Noel D’Mello, the Head of Family Takaful, SALAMA, said, “SALAMA has entered into several strategic tie ups with eminent Islamic Fund Management companies and distributor alliance to spread Shari’ah compliant savings and insurance products within the UAE. We are particularly pleased to have entered into collaboration with Oasis Crescent to allow the public to have access to the funds from this award winning Fund Management Company through our products.”

Mr. Parvaiz Siddiq, General Manager SALAMA on this occasion commented “SALAMA has always endeavored to make quality and affordable Takaful solutions accessible to the people of the UAE with the distinct purpose of spreading Shari’ah compliant insurance solutions in the country. Our tie-up with Oasis Crescent is one more step in this direction.”

Being part of Oasis Group, the holders of the Best Global Equity Fund award for three years, Oasis Crescent was created to provide financial products and services to cater for the needs of investors looking for long term capital growth and a high level of asset protection.

From his side Mr. Usman Butt, Group Executive, Regulatory & Compliance, Oasis Group Holdings (Pty) Limited said: “We are proud to have this alliance with SALAMA the largest Takaful and Re-Takaful player in the region. This will further assert the religious, cultural and ethical beliefs of our organization through the spread of the Shari’ah compliant insurance and investment solutions in the country and provide our clients with protection plans that abide by the Shari’ah.”

SALAMA will be able to provide its customers open ended, unit linked Shari’ah compliant funds through regular savings and protection plans with the minimum contribution of 200 AED per month, thereby offering an extensive range of funds diversified by asset class and geography.

About SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company

SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company embarked from Dubai on its quest for expansion through acquisitions and participation in a number of Takaful and Re-Takaful companies in many Arab and Islamic countries. Today SALAMA is the largest Takaful and Re-Takaful Group in the world with a capital of AED1.1 billion. Its financial strength can be gauged by “A-” rating that it received from AM Best and “BBB+” by S&P. Among the prominent subsidiaries of SALAMA, is the wholly owned Tunisia-based BEST Re serving customers in more than 70 countries around the globe. SALAMA is also a founder and the largest shareholder in Saudi IAIC for Cooperative Insurance.

18/02/2008“SALAMA” Islamic Arab Insurance Co (IAIC) Makes AED 150 Million Profits by the End of 2007

Total premium Revenue Almost One Billion AED

“SALAMA” Islamic Arab Insurance Co. (IAIC), the largest Islamic insurance (takaful and retakaful) operator in the world, has disclosed profits of AED 150 million for 2007. This was revealed in a disclosure made by the company to the Dubai Financial Market today.

SALAMA also disclosed that its takaful premium revenue reached at AED 930 at the end of 2007 compared to AED 657 million at the end of 2006, an increase of AED 273 million representing 41% jump over 2006 revenue.

Sheikh Khalid Bin Zayed Bin Sagr Al-Nahayan, Chairman of SALAMA commented: “Our company has presented a distinguished performance since its shares were listed for trade on the Dubai stock exchange one year ago. The remarkable success was not limited only to the launch of the first IPO, but we have also attained an A- Rating from one of the well distinguished and insurance focused agencies, AM BEST. We have also fully acquired the total equity of BEST Re, the largest re-takaful company in the world. These steps have contributed to expanding our geographic presence to include North Africa, especially Egypt, Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia” and last but not least Saudi Arabia where the IPO for Saudi Salama has been very successful and the company finally resumed its operations”.

From his perspective, Dr. Saleh Malaikah, the Vice Chairman and CEO of SALAMA said: “We have been blessed by Allah to obtain distinguished results for the last two years due to the company’s operational and balanced investment portfolios. We have invested during the past period in establishing new companies such as Saudi Salama and adding family takaful activities (life insurance) in UAE, Algeria, and the Senegal.

Malaikah, the Chairman of Salama KSA, added: “Saudi Salama will contribute toward increasing SALAMA UAE profits gradually and significantly. We expect strong growth during next year and following years. Based on the company’s ambitious expansion plans, we have now twelve branches in Saudi Arabia and preparing to open few more new branches during the next few months. We have also added medical insurance to our operations after having obtained a license from the Saudi Cooperative Council for health Insurance.”

Dr. Malaikah attributed the shortfall in profits by 14% from what was achieved in 2006 to two reasons, namely non-recurrent capital gains on the investment portfolio during 2006 and the impact of the unusual number of catastrophic events in 2007 on BEST Re, the major subsidiary of SALAMA. He added “Yet, we have maintained our operational profits at almost the same level of 2006. In 2007 operational profits were AED 108 million compared to AED 109 in 2006. Had it not been for the compensation that our subsidiary BEST Re had to pay out we would have achieved yet another record profits in 2007”.

SALAMA expects substantial growth during the next five years in the global takaful and re-takaful industry to reach US$ 7.5 to 10 billion, making it one of the fastest growing sectors of the financial services industry.

Dr. Malaikah explained: “We shall focus our efforts during the current year on the diversification of list of services through medical takaful and family takaful in all markets where we operate, to position ourselves to take advantage of the growing available opportunities in the global markets. We have already started family and health takaful operations not only in the UAE but also in Algeria through the Algerian SALAMA subsidiary. Also Saudi Salama has added health takaful to its activities in Saudi Arabia. Last but not least, a subsidiary has been set up in the Senegal to offer family takaful. This company is in addition to SOSAR which is also a subsidiary in the Senegal. We have also contributed towards raising the capital the Jordanian Islamic Insurance Co, a joint-stock company whose shares are traded in the Amman stock exchange, and from its capital SALAMA owns 15% . The company recently increase its capital by 100% to JOD 8 million.

SALAMA was listed on the Dubai stock exchange in September last year, which allowed raising the company’s paid capital to one billion dirham. SALAMA now includes under its umbrella six takaful companies that provide their services in 70 countries around the globe through Tunisia-based BEST Re which is the largest re-takaful company in the Islamic world. SALAMA acquired full ownership of BEST Re at the beginning of 2006 whose paid up capital is US$ 100 million.

07/01/2008A.M Best Upgrades SALAMA’s Financial Strength and Credit Ratings.

Dubai, January 7, 2008 : SALAMA (Islamic Arab Insurance Company), the world’s largest Takaful and Re-Takaful provider, today announced that A.M Best has upgraded the insurer’s FSR (Financial Strength Ratings) to A-(Excellent) from B++ (Good) and upgraded the ICR (issuer credit ratings) to “a-“ from “bbb+”. The outlook for both ratings remains stable. The upgraded rating included BEST Re, the largest re-takaful company, which is one of the major SALAMA subsidiaries.

Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Sagr Al-Nahayan, the Chairman of SALAMA (Islamic Arab Insurance Company) said, “The upgraded ratings of both SALAMA Group and its subsidiary BEST Re comes concurrent with the financial improvements of the Group during 2007 due to the improved investment environment in the GCC countries generally. We expect to continue to improve our earnings in this environment”.

According to Dr. Saleh J. Malaikah, CEO, SALAMA (Islamic Arab Insurance Company), “The upgraded ratings undoubtedly will have a favourable impact on the businesses of both SALAMA and BEST Re and probably will also favourably affect the businesses of the other companies in the group. We are certainly proud of this achievement as these ratings further reinforce the financial strength and credit worthiness of SALAMA Group and its subsidiaries. The credit rating upgrade also reinforces the UAE government’s policies in regulating the market as well as promoting economic growth and ensuring social stability.”

“As part of our strategy for future growth, we have invested AED 165M in developing our insurance products base in UAE and increased the capital of one of our subsidiaries, BEST Re, from US$55M to US$100M. We believe this strategic move has contributed to the overall improvement of our A.M Best credit rating. We are also looking at further expansion plans in the GCC and even the Far East primarily in the Re-Takaful and Takaful business.” Dr. Malaikah further added.

SALAMA enjoys both Arab and international presence. The company embarked from Dubai on its quest for expansion through acquisitions and participation in a number of Takaful and Re-Takaful companies in many Arab and Islamic countries. Among the prominent subsidiaries of SALAMA, is the wholly owned Tunisia-based BEST Re which operates in 70 countries around the globe through its regional offices. SALAMA is also a founder and the largest shareholder in Saudi IAIC for Cooperative insurance, owns 52% in SOSAR of Senegal, has 99% shareholding in the Bahrain-based Takaful and Re-Takaful International Investment Co. (TARIIC) as well owns 51% shareholdings in the Cairo-based Egyptian Saudi Insurance Home (ESIH) in addition to 90% shareholdings in SALAMA Algeria.


About A.M.Best

A.M. Best Company is a worldwide insurance-rating and information agency with more than 100 years of history. The company was founded in 1899 by Alfred M. Best. Offices are located in the United States, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. It is the largest and longest-established company devoted to issuing in-depth reports and financial-strength ratings about insurance organizations. In addition, A.M. Best Company is currently the sole agency providing comprehensive interactive rating services to small and mid-sized community U.S. banks. The company has also begun to issue ratings for hospitals and health care systems.

11/11/2007 – SALAMA’s Premium increase by 50% to reach AED 684 million 

Operating income increases to AED 95 million, an increase of 25% by the end of Sept 2007. 

SALAMA (IAIC) of UAE announced that its interim net profit for the third quarter of 2007 is AED 35 million compared to AED 41 million for the same quarter in 2006. The volume of insurance premiums up to the third quarter of 2007 reached AED 684 million compared to the AED 463 million of the third quarter of 2006, showing a growth rate of about 50%. 

SALAMA’s operating income reflected through the “Net Underwriting Income” reached to AED 95 million against last years amount of AED 75 million, which is an impressive increase of 25%. Income through investment dropped to AED 91 million against AED 130 million. 

Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Saqr Al-Nahayan, the company’s chairman, said that profitability of the core business has increased continuously however income from investments has fallen behind. Nevertheless the performance of the investments will improve by the end of the year, given the recent positive momentum in the stock market. 

Dr. Saleh J. Malaikah, SALAMA’s Vice Chairman and CEO, believes that the increase in “Net Underwriting Income” shows that the performance of SALAMA’s core activities have yielded better result and as expected the core activities will gradually contribute to the overall profitability of Salama in a more meaningful manner. He was confident that the recent positive movement in the market will help us in improving the performance of investments in the 4th Quarter. 

SALAMA has a paid-up capital of AED 1.1 billion (about US$300 million). Its shares are traded on the Dubai Financial Market. It enjoys the rating of BBB+ from S&P and B++ from A M Best, making it one of the very few Takaful companies in the region to have been rated by either one of the two rating agencies. It holds the distinction of being the first Takaful group to be rated by S&P. 

SALAMA enjoys both Arab and international presence. The company embarked from Dubai on its quest for expansion through acquisitions and participation in a number of Takaful and Re-Takaful companies in many Arab and Islamic countries. Among the prominent subsidiaries of SALAMA, is the wholly owned Tunisia-based BEST Re which operates in 70 countries around the globe through its regional offices. SALAMA is also a founder and the largest shareholder in Saudi IAIC for Cooperative insurance, owns 52% in SOSAR of Senegal, has 99% shareholding in the Bahrain-based Takaful and Re-Takaful International Investment Co. (TARIIC) as well owns 51% shareholdings in the Cairo-based Egyptian Saudi Insurance Home (ESIH) in addition to 90% shareholdings in SALAMA Algeria.

21/10/2007 – SALAMA Insurance Trophy 

Abu Dhabi. October 21, 2007. Salama-Islamic Arab Insurance Company is pleased to associate itself with Abu Dhabi Cricket Club (ADCC) and the cricketing fraternity, and to sponsor the Salama Insurance Trophy.

On this historic occasion, Mr. Parvaiz Siddiq, General Manager of Salama, UAE said “Salama is extremely delighted with its partnership with ADCC and with the opportunity to participate in the spread and development of the game amongst cricket lovers all over the UAE.

We hope that this association with ADCC shall bring greater awareness of our diverse and competitive Shari’ah complaint products to the cricket community and other like–minded institutions.

We are also pleased to find that common denominators exist between our core values and principles and those practiced on the cricket field. The attributes of cricket such as integrity, honesty, fair play and team work are the very values cherished by us in defining our operational culture and standards.

We look forward to this association and hope that with our participation we can contribute towards the healthy development of the sport.”

CEO of ADCC on the occasion said “It is an extremely significant development for the game of cricket in the UAE that a world leading Shari’ah compliant company like Salama associate themselves with the promotion and development of the sport of cricket.”

About Salama: Salama has been in existence since 1979 and is the largest Takaful & Re-Takaful Group in the world. Best Re, its Tunisia based Re-Takaful Insurance subsidiary is the largest Re-Takaful company in the world providing Re-Takaful and Re-insurance solutions in more than 60 countries.  Salama on the other hand, has operations in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Senegal.

Salama is a publicly quoted company on the Dubai Financial Markets with a paid up capital of AED 1.1 Billion. Salama is the only Takaful (Shari’ah Complaint Insurance) Group in the world to have received credit rating of BBB+ by Standard and Poor and B++ by A.M.Best. These ratings clearly reflect the Company’s growth, financial strength and investor confidence.

Under the leadership of Mr. Parvaiz Siddiq as General Manager of UAE operations and ably supported by a dedicated regional team of experts, Salama is a highly profitable and well structured organization catering to commercial mainstream accounts as well as family and health Takaful.

About the Tournament: A high profile tournament comprising of participation of approx 40 teams, 80 round matches, 8 Pre-Quarters, 4 Quarters, 2 semi-finals and a final, to be played on ADCC domestic grounds.  During the round matches 12 games shall be played every week and tournament duration shall be till end December and even possibly first week of January, depending on climatic conditions.

In terms of prize money and awards, the winners shall earn AED 4,000 and the Runners-Up AED 3,000. There are several other prizes as well as trophies for individual performances.

The tournament comprising of a 25 over format, shall commence with an Inaugural game schedule for October 26.  Games shall start at 8.00am in the morning and afternoon matches shall start at 1:30pm. The final shall be played in the Zayed Cricket Stadium.
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For more information, please contact:
M. Kashif Usman
Head of Marketing
Salama-Islamic Arab Insurance Company
Tel # 04-3355300.

30/07/2007 – SALAMA Profit for Second Quarter 2007 reach AED 33.6 Million Premiums Rise By 50% 

SALAMA (IAIC) of UAE announced that its interim net profits for the second quarter of 2007 AED 33.6 million compared to AED 32.0 million for the same quarter 2006, at a growth rate of 5% over last year’s figures. The volume of insurance premiums in the first half of 2007 reached AED 462 million compared to AED 310 M in the first half of 2006, growing at the rate of 50%.

Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Sagr Al-Nahayan, the company’s chairman, said that the volume of business of all subsidiary companies has grown. He added that most of such growth does not get reflected in the interim quarterly statements due to the need of building.

reserves for insurance operations. However, he said, it is expected operational profits will grow at a similar rate by the end of the year.  During  the  2nd  Quarter  2007, the current market position  and  the  maintaining of a conservative reserving policy have led
Best  Re  to  a  slight  increase in its loss reserves of 5%. This
situation do not  affect  the  final  semi-annual  result neither the ROE
progressing however of 12%.”

Dr. Saleh J. Malaikah, SALAMA’s Vice Chairman and CEO, drew attention that these figures do not reflect the beneficial effects of the operations of the newly created Saudi IAIC for Cooperative Insurance in which SALAMA holds is the largest shareholder.  Takaful operations in Saudi Arabia, the largest market for Takaful in the region, are likely to constitute a significant source of income for SALAMA. 

Malaikah pointed out that the capital of SALAMA is AED 1.1 billion (about US$300 million). He added that the company’s shares are traded on the Dubai Financial Market and that,.SALAMA enjoys the rating of BBB+ from S&P and B++ from A M Best, making it one of the very few Takaful companies in the region to have been rated by either of the two rating agencies. It hold the distinction of being the first Takaful company to be rated by S&P. 

The shares of Saudi IAIC (SALAMA) began trading on the Saudi stock exchange since 16.06.2007 where the share price ranged between SR 95 and SR 99, reaching a peak price of SR 1 18 . Malaikah considered this high value of the company’s shares a reflection of investors’ confidence in the company’s marketing plans and outlook. He considered this as a positive sign that the company is on the right track, depending on experience and professional pioneering in the Takaful industry.  

SALAMA enjoys both Arab and international presence. The company embarked from Dubai on its quest for expansion through acquisition and participation in a number of Takaful and Re-Takaful companies in a number of Arab and Islamic countries. Among the prominent subsidiaries of SALAMA is the wholly owned Tunisia-based BEST Re which operates in 70 countries around the globe through its regional offices. SALAMA is also a founder and the largest shareholder in Saudi IAIC for Cooperative insurance,    owns 52% in SOSAR of Senegal, has 96% shareholding in the Bahrain-based Takaful And Re-Takaful International Investment Co. (TARIIC) as well owns 51% shareholding in the Cairo-based Egyptian Saudi Insurance Home (ESIH) in addition to 90% shareholding in SALAMA Algeria.
03/06/2007 – A.M Best Upgrades SALAMA’s Financial Strength and Credit Ratings.

Dubai, January 7, 2008 : SALAMA (Islamic Arab Insurance Company), the world’s largest Takaful and Re-Takaful provider, today announced that A.M Best has upgraded the insurer’s FSR (Financial Strength Ratings) to A-(Excellent) from B++ (Good) and upgraded the ICR (issuer credit ratings) to “a-“ from “bbb+”. The outlook for both ratings remains stable. The upgraded rating included BEST Re, the largest re-takaful company, which is one of the major SALAMA subsidiaries. 

Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Sagr Al-Nahayan, the Chairman of SALAMA (Islamic Arab Insurance Company) said, “The upgraded ratings of both SALAMA Group and its subsidiary BEST Re comes concurrent with the financial improvements of the Group during 2007 due to the improved investment environment in the GCC countries generally. We expect to continue to improve our earnings in this environment”. 

According to Dr. Saleh J. Malaikah, CEO, SALAMA (Islamic Arab Insurance Company), “The upgraded ratings undoubtedly will have a favourable impact on the businesses of both SALAMA and BEST Re and probably will also favourably affect the businesses of the other companies in the group. We are certainly proud of this achievement as these ratings further reinforce the financial strength and credit worthiness of SALAMA Group and its subsidiaries. The credit rating upgrade also reinforces the UAE government’s policies in regulating the market as well as promoting economic growth and ensuring social stability.” 

“As part of our strategy for future growth, we have invested AED 165M in developing our insurance products base in UAE and increased the capital of one of our subsidiaries, BEST Re, from US$55M to US$100M. We believe this strategic move has contributed to the overall improvement of our A.M Best credit rating. We are also looking at further expansion plans in the GCC and even the Far East primarily in the Re-Takaful and Takaful business.” Dr. Malaikah further added. 

SALAMA enjoys both Arab and international presence. The company embarked from Dubai on its quest for expansion through acquisitions and participation in a number of Takaful and Re-Takaful companies in many Arab and Islamic countries. Among the prominent subsidiaries of SALAMA, is the wholly owned Tunisia-based BEST Re which operates in 70 countries around the globe through its regional offices. SALAMA is also a founder and the largest shareholder in Saudi IAIC for Cooperative insurance, owns 52% in SOSAR of Senegal, has 99% shareholding in the Bahrain-based Takaful and Re-Takaful International Investment Co. (TARIIC) as well owns 51% shareholdings in the Cairo-based Egyptian Saudi Insurance Home (ESIH) in addition to 90% shareholdings in SALAMA Algeria. 

About A.M.Best 

A.M. Best Company is a worldwide insurance-rating and information agency with more than 100 years of history. The company was founded in 1899 by Alfred M. Best. Offices are located in the United States, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. It is the largest and longest-established company devoted to issuing in-depth reports and financial-strength ratings about insurance organizations. In addition, A.M. Best Company is currently the sole agency providing comprehensive interactive rating services to small and mid-sized community U.S. banks. The company has also begun to issue ratings for hospitals and health care systems. 

28/02/2007 – 40% of Saudi IAIC from March 17 to 26 

Salama (IAIC) Owns 30% of Saudi IAIC Capital 

Saudi Insurance Market to Reach SR 15 Billion Annually

The Saudi Capital Markets Authority (CMA) announced its approval to float 40% of Saudi IAIC Co for Cooperative Insurance in an IPO during the period from March 17 to 26, 2007.   among a group of five cooperative insurance companies. 

On this occasion, Dr. Saleh Malaikah predicted that the volume of the Saudi cooperative insurance market could reach 15 billion riyals a year.. This prediction was made within the context of of Dr. Malaikah’s comments welcoming the CMA announcement. In his capacity as chairman of Saudi IAIC.

 Dr. Malaikah indicated that Salama (IAIC) of the UAE had participated with 30% of the Saudi IAIC share capital of 100 million riyals. It is worth noting that Salama (IAIC) is the biggest takaful company in the world whose capital exceeds one billion UAE dirhams. Salama was the first insurance company In the world that practiced Islamic insurance (takaful). The company’s operations in Saudi Arabia extend to more than a quarter of a century.

On his part, Mr. Faisal Al-Kordy, the general manager of Saudi IAIC for Cooperative Insurance, welcomed the CMA approval to offer 40% of the company’s capital in an IPO. He indicated that despite the relatively recent establishment of Saudi IAIC, it is in fact a well founded company as a continuation of Salama (IAIC) operations in the Kingdom’s markets for over a quarter of a century.

11/02/2007 – SALAMA SHARE BUY BACK

The Board of Directors of SALAMA, largest Takaful and Re-Takaful Company, met today to discuss the financial for year ended on 31st Dec 2006. Board of Directors expressed satisfaction on the performance of the Company. The underwriting profit of AED 82.5 million represents strong operating performance of the company compared to AED 75.3 million for year 2005. Net profit of year 2006 is AED 181.015 against AED 110.741 million for the year 2005 representing 65% increase over last year. Board of Directors decided to buy back up to 10% of company shares subject to regulatory approval; this buy back represents confidence of Board of Directors on the performance of the Company.

31/01/2007 – “SALAMA” Islamic Arab Insurance Co (IAIC) Makes AED 181 Million Profits by the End of 2006

Profits Represent 65% Increase Over Last Year’s

SALALMA” Islamic Arab Insurance Co. (IAIC), the largest Islamic insurance (takaful and retakaful) operator in the world, has achieved new record profits by the end of 2006.  The achieved profits represent a 65% increase over those of 2005. This was revealed in the profits disclosure statement submitted today to the Dubai Financial Markets.

It is worth noting that Saudi IAIC, a subsidiary of SALAMA, has obtained a license to commence operations in Saudi Arabia . The Royal Decree has been issued to incorporate the company and it is expected 40% of the company’s capital will be offered for subscription in Saudi Arabia during March 2007. 

Sheikh Khalid Bin Sagr Al-Nahayan, Chairman of SALAMA commented: “Our company has presented a distinguished performance since its shares were listed for trade on the Dubai stock exchange one year ago. The remarkable success was not limited only to the launch of the first IPO, but we have also a 96% majority shareholding in the Takaful & Retakaful International Investment Co. (TARIIC) of Bahrain , and the total equity of BEST Re, the largest re-takaful company in the world. These steps have contributed to expanding our geographic presence to include North Africa, especially Egypt, Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia” and last but not lease Saudi Arabia where the IPO for Saudi IAIC is expect during next month, Allah willing.” 

From his perspective, Dr. Saleh Malaikah, the Vice Chairman and CEO of SALAMA said: “We have been blessed by Allah to obtain distinguished results for the last two years due to the company’s operational and balanced investment portfolios. We have invested during the past period in establishing new companies such as Saudi IAIC and adding family takaful activities (life insurance) in UAE, Algeria, and the Senegal .  

Malaikah added” “Saudi IAIC will contribute toward increasing SALAMA’s profits gradually and significantly. We expect strong growth during next year and following years. Based on the company’s ambitious expansion plans, we are preparing to open eight new branches during the next few months in addition to the existing six branches. We have also added medical insurance to our operations after having obtained a license from the Saudi Medical Insurance Board.  

SALAMA expects substantial growth during the next five years in the global takaful and re-takaful industry which, currently, is valued at US$ 1.7 billion to reach US$ 7.5 to 10 billion, making it one of the fastest growing sectors of the financial services industry.  

Dr. Malaikah explained: “We shall focus our efforts during the current year on the diversification of list of services through launching systems for medical takaful and family takaful in all markets where we operate, to position ourselves to take advantage of the growing available opportunities in the global markets. We have already started family and health takaful operations not only in the UAE but also in Algeria through the Algerian SALAMA subsidiary. Also Saudi IAIC has added health takaful to its activities in Saudi Arabia . Last but not least, a subsidiary has been set up in the Senegal to offer family takaful. This company is in addition to SOSAR which is also a subsidiary in the Senegal . We have also contributed towards raising the capital the Jordanian Islamic Insurance Co, a joint-stock company whose shares are traded in the Amman stock exchange, of whose capital SALAMA owns 15% . The company recently increase its capital by 100% to JOD 8 million.  

SALAMA was listed on the Dubai stock exchange in September last year, which allowed raising the company’s paid capital to one billion dirham. SALAMA now includes under its umbrella six takaful companies that provide their services in 70 countries around the globe through Tunisia-based BEST Re which is the largest re-takaful company in the Islamic world. SALAMA acquired full ownership of BEST Re at the beginning of 2006 whose paid capital is US$ 100 million.

23/07/2006 – SALAMA IAIC Profits AED 101 Million for the First Half of 2006

SALAMA, the Islamic Arab Insurance Company (IAIC), the largest Takaful (Islamic Insurance) company in the world, has achieved AED 101 million profits for the first half of 2006, exceeding the expected profits for the entire year as announced by the company one year ago in the placement memorandum for raising the company’s capital to AED 1 billion. This profit is over six times the company’s profits for the same period in 2005. This announcement was contained in the company’s profits declaration that was submitted on July 20 to the Dubai Financial Market (DFM).

The company had made AED 110 million profits for 2005. Thus the profits for the first half represent over 90% of profits made for the entire last year.

“During the past few months the performance of our company has been distinguished”, said Sheik Khaled bin Zayed bin Sagr Al Nahyan, SALAMA’s chairman, “Success was not limited to the IPO only. We have succeeded in acquiring majority shareholdings in Takaful and Re-Takaful International Investment Co. (TARIIC) of Bahrain and BEST Re, the largest Re-Takaful in the world.. These steps have contributed to widening our geographic presence to include North Africa, especially in Egypt, Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia ”. 

Sheikh Khaled added, “We have achieved a huge success in listing the company’s shares for trading on the Dubai stock exchange in addition to developing the company’s commercial identity. We have also achieved exceptional financial results that exceeded our expectations for the entire 2006 year as announced in the IPO last year. These financial results reflect the success of our company’s operations in the local and regional markets through providing complementary Shari’a compliant Takaful solutions for communities around the globe”. The company’s progressive performance has continued during 2006 through making net profits of AED 101 million (about US$ 27.8 million) for the first half of the year at a rate of growth exceeding 600% over the same period of last year.

“The financial results for the first half of 2006 exceeded the expectations forecast in the IPO memorandum”, said Dr. Saleh Malaikah, SALAMA’s Vice chairman and CEO, “The company, as reflected in the IPO memorandum, anticipated profits of AED 93 million for the whole 2006. So far we have achieved 110% of the entire year forecast”.

Malaikah added “We invest AED 1.1 billion (US$ 300 million) in developing and consolidating our company’s operations. We expect to continue growing at a brisk rate during the remainder of this year and following years, based on our ambitious strategy of opening up new markets and launching new and innovative Takaful products”.

SALAMA is anticipating a huge growth in the Takaful and Re-Takaful industry globally which is currently valued at US$ 1.7 billion to US$ 7.5 to 10 billion during the next five years, making it one of the fastest growing sectors of financial services in the world.

“We shall concentrate our efforts during the current year on diversifying our services portfolio through launching systems of Health Takaful and Family Takaful in all markets where we operate capitalizing on available global growth opportunities”, Sheikh Khaled asserted.

SALAMA was listed on the Dubai stock exchange last September which brought its paid up capital to AED 1 billion. SALAMA umbrella extends to six Takaful companies with operations in 70 countries abound the globe through Tunisia based BEST Re, the largest Re-Takaful company in the world.

Sheikh Khaled concluded, “Our company’s shares have recorded a very strong performance on the DFM following the successful IPO. SALAMA shares soon became among the most traded shares on the Dubai stock exchange.”

20/07/2006 – SALAMA to Open Up Shareholding to Foreign Investors

In line with UAE policy to open up its economy to foreign investors, SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company’s board of directors has resolved to recommend to the shareholders’ Extra-Ordinary General Assembly to open up shareholding to foreign nationals for up to 25% of the company’s issued shares.

“The Board’s resolution is in response to the UAE policy to implement WTO provisions”, said Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed bin Saqr Al Nahayan, SALAMA Chairman. He added, “SALAMA has a history of market leading initiatives. We had moved quickly to open up the company’s shareholding to GCC nationals. We were the first in the insurance sector to receive Ministry of Economy and Planning authorization to allow GCC nationals to own our shares and we expect this time around to be the first to receive authorization to allow foreign nationals to own up to 25% of our shares.”

SALAMA share is one of the actively traded shares on the Dubai Stock Exchange. At the end of the first quarter 2006, the company announced an interim profit of AED 70.6 million. The company’s assets by the end of March 2006 stood at AED 1.34 billion

SALAMA, the world’s largest Takaful and Re-Takaful firm, expects global demand for Takaful and Re-Takaful products and services to grow significantly over the next five years. Market value is forecast to increase from US$ 1.7 billion to US$ 7.5 billion and US$ 10 billion.

As part of its strategy for future growth, SALAMA has invested in developing its insurance products base in the UAE. At the same time SALAMA has raised its controlling shareholding in Takaful & Re-Takaful International Investment Co. (TARIIC) to 90.81% which, in turn, owns a controlling shareholding in a number of Takaful and Re-Takaful companies among which is BEST Re – the world’s largest Islamic re-insurance company. BEST Re is rated by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) BBB (Good) which means that the company has good financial security characteristics. BEST Re has increase its capital from US$ 55 million to US$ 100 and this increase is expected to help the company improve its S& P rating.

SALAMA was listed on the Dubai Financial Market following an IPO offering which helped raise the capital to AED 1 billion. SALAMA has subsidiaries offering Takaful products in Egypt , Lebanon , Tunisia , Algeria , Senegal and Malaysia . It also provides Re-Takaful services in 70 countries through Tunisia headquartered BEST RE, the world’s biggest Re-Takaful  company.

27/05/2006 – SALAMA Consolidates its Holding in Best-Re

SALAMA, Islamic Arab Insurance Company, the world’s largest Takaful and Re-Takaful company, has increased its shareholding in BEST-Re, the world’s largest Re-Takaful company, from 60% to 100%.

Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed bin Saqr al Nahyan, Chairman, SALAMA, Islamic Arab Insurance Company said, “The consolidation of shareholding in BEST-Re further supports SALAMA’s aggressive expansion plans into the Takaful and Re-Takaful markets.

We have also consolidated our holding in all subsidiaries in North Africa by increasing our shareholding in TARIIC to 95%, so we are now positioned ^ to further improve the operational efficiency of all our subsidiaries which in turn will improve the operational result of the entire company. 

“This will allow us to implement the vital strategic work we are doing on new products in the UAE into these new markets, and will encourage further revenue growths.” 

BEST-Re was established in 1985 and is the world’s first Re-Takaful company, it also remains the largest with an impressive global presence in over 60 countries.  BEST-Re is the only Re-Takaful company which has investment grade ratings by two renowned international rating agencies – Standard & Poor (S&P) and AM Best.

It was recently awarded a B++ ‘Very Good’ rating from AM Best and a BBB ‘Good’ rating from Standard & Poor, along with an AAA rating for having a very strong capital adequacy ratio.   AM Best assign their B++ rating to companies that have, in their opinion, a good ability to meet their ongoing obligations to policyholders. 

The Standard & Poor’s insurer’s credit report showed BEST-Re as having strong and stable loss ratios; a very strong capital adequacy ratio (AAA); a consolidating and geographically diversified competitive position in emerging markets; and very flexible and local organisation, with strong knowledge of local markets’ underwriting terms and conditions.

Dr. Saleh Malaikah, Vice-Chairman and CEO, SALAMA, Islamic Arab Insurance Company said: “Our results for the year ended for 2005 were exceptional, achieving more than double the profit originally forecast. Recently announced first quarter 2006 results are also impressive, recording a profit of AED 70 million – which is almost 70% of year 2005 profits.” 

26/02/2006 – SALAMA launches Health Takaful in UAE

Signals Start of AED 165m Market Expansion

SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company, the worlds largest Takaful and Re-Takaful provider, has launched Health Takaful in the United Arab Emirates, the start of an AED 165 million expansion of its insurance products base in the emirates that will help drive future profitability.

The launch follows the signing of a landmark agreement with the MedNet Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Munich Re, one of the worlds largest reinsurance companies. MedNet will process all SALAMAs Health Takaful claims.

“This is the beginning of an aggressive expansion into the personal insurance market by SALAMA. In addition to Health Takaful, we will be launching our innovative Life Takaful product shortly, “said Dr Saleh Malaikah, Vice Chairman and CEO, SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company.

“Health Takaful, along with Life Takaful, will make a significant contribution to our growth over the next five years. Both products will eventually be offered in all markets in which SALAMA operates.”

SALAMA is the first insurance company to provide Health Takaful through the MedNet Group network that has over 750,000 members and provides access to more than 4,000 hospitals in Europe, the United States and the Middle East.

“Takaful products are in huge demand because they rely so heavily on the virtue of fairness and are concurrent with the teachings of Islam,” said Parvaiz Siddiq, General Manager, SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company. “As a pioneering, market-leader we are committed to providing the highest quality Takaful products to our customers.”

Industry forecasts predict the global Takaful personal insurance sector, including Health Takaful, will reach AED 17.8 billion by 2015. Saudi Arabia is expected to generate close to AED 3.3bn, followed by the UAE (AED 1.75bn) and Egypt (AED 1.7bn). All three are key markets for SALAMA. 

Shahid Qazi, Assistant General Manager and Head of Health Takaful at SALAMA, said the switch from all embracing, publicly funded, healthcare to a greater reliance on private insurance, along with high population growth, will drive demand for Health Takaful.

“There is an expanding need for high-quality healthcare that is both accessible and affordable. However, access to publicly funded medical services is going to become increasingly restricted as governments seek to contain costs. Health Takaful will bridge the growing divide between public and private healthcare for those individuals who want Shariah compliant products and services.”


SALAMA launches Health Takaful


With over one billion Muslims worldwide, SALAMA expects the global Takaful market to develop rapidly over the next five years, from US $ 1.7 billion to between US $7.5 billion and US $10 billion, making it one of the fastest expanding financial industries in the world.

 

As part of its strategy for future growth, SALAMA has invested in developing its insurance products base in UAE and increased the capital of BEST Re – the world”s largest Islamic reinsurance company – from US $55m to US $100m. It is expected the capital enhancement of BEST Re will help improve Standard & Poors (S & P) BBB “Good” and A M Best”s B++ ”Very Good” ratings. SALAMA also intends to set up a Dhs 1 billion Re-Takaful company in Saudi Arabia and a Dhs 100m Takaful business in Malaysia.

Other plans include an Initial Public Offering of shares in the Islamic Arab Insurance Company, Saudi Arabia, in which SALAMA will have a major stake. The company has already been incorporated and final approval for the IPO is awaited. SALAMA has also initiated a new Family Takaful company in Senegal, SOSAR Life, a sister company for SOSAR Aman, a subsidiary of SALAMA. Other developments include the launch of Family Takaful in Algeria. In addition, SALAMA is finalising the procedures to establish a Family Takaful company in Egypt and has plans to launch a Family Takaful programme in the UAE. 

On January 1, SALAMA established the first Shariah syndicate at Lloyd”s of London, with an initial underwriting capacity of US $72 million. The syndicate enjoys “A” security rating afforded to all Lloyd”s Syndicates by Standard and Poor”s, AM Best and Fitch. On February 12, in another pioneering move, SALAMA became the first UAE insurance company to offer its shares to nationals of other GCC countries. In the first week of trading more than one million SALAMA shares were snapped up by non UAE nationals.

SALAMA was listed on the Dubai Financial Market following an Initial Public Offering which helped raise the company”s capital to Dhs 1 billion. SALAMA has six Takaful companies and provides services in 70 countries through Tunisia headquartered BEST Re, the world”s biggest Re-Takaful company.

20/02/2006 – SALAMA Establishes First Shari’ah Syndicate at Lloyd’s

Strategic move will drive profit and Re-Takaful industry growth
  
SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company, the world”s largest Takaful and Re-Takaful company, has concluded a landmark agreement to establish a Shari”ah syndicate at Lloyd”s of London, the first of its kind at the world famous insurance market.

The agreement also establishes SALAMA as the first Middle East Takaful and Re-Takaful company conducting business at Lloyd”s. The primary role of the syndicate will be to promote Re-Takaful and drive expansion of the Islamic re-insurance sector. 

The Takaful Syndicate commenced trading on January 1 with an initial underwriting capacity of US $72 million. The syndicate enjoys “A” security rating afforded to all Lloyd”s Syndicates by Standard and Poor”s, AM Best and Fitch. 

“The London insurance market is the world”s leading centre for international insurance and reassurance and Lloyd”s is the world”s leading specialist insurance market. Nowhere is there such a concentration of specialist underwriting and brooking expertise. That”s why SALAMA sees this agreement as an important strategic business move that will have a fundamental impact on the growth of Takaful and Re-Takaful worldwide,” said Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed bin Saqr Al Nehayan, Chairman of SALAMA Islamic Insurance Company. 

“SALAMA has a proud record of being the market leader in Takaful and Re-Takaful. This agreement is another first that will significantly contribute to the future profitability of the company. It will also create a unique opportunity for Takaful and Re-Takaful companies to benefit from Lloyd”s security.

“As an investor in a Lloyds” entity, SALAMA will be able to provide Takaful companies, in the Middle East and elsewhere, with the capacity they need to provide fast, good value insurance solutions. In this way we believe we can help the entire Islamic insurance industry to grow.”

SALAMA signs Lloyd’s agreement – 2

“Reinsurance is big business at Lloyd”s. It accounted for 30% of US $28 billion in gross premium income in 2004, “said Dr Saleh Malaikah, CEO, SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company. “We believe there is strong latent demand for Re-Takaful solutions among existing Lloyd”s clients which we can fulfil, as well as a fast growing demand for Shariah products from the Muslim world.

Due to the low capacity available in the market, Takaful companies have faced the problem of having to re-insure on a conventional basis, contrary to their preference for cover on Islamic principles. In the Middle East, for example, up to 80% of risk is re-insured on a conventional basis.

“Our association with Lloyd”s will enable us to develop new business that would otherwise have gone to non-Shariah compliant international reinsurance companies,” added Dr Malaikah.

Salama expects the Takaful international market to grow rapidly over the next five years, from US $ 1.7 billion to between US $7.5 billion and US $10 billion.

Bruce Graham, CEO of Creechurch, the syndicate”s managing agent, said: “We are delighted to have identified SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company as a long-term partner for Creechurch in this unique venture. Their commitment, experience and profile within the Islamic insurance and reinsurance sectors should help us to participate profitably in what we expect to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the insurance industry throughout the next decade.”

As part of its strategy for future growth, SALAMA has invested in developing its insurance products base in UAE and increased the capital of BEST Re – the world”s largest Islamic reinsurance company – from US $55m to US $100m. It is expected the capital enhancement of BEST Re will help improve Standard & Poors (S & P) BBB “Good” and A M Best”s B++ “Very Good” ratings. SALAMA also intends to set up a Dhs 1 billion Re-Takaful company in Saudi Arabia and a Dhs 100m Takaful business in Malaysia. 

SALAMA signs Lloyd’s agreement – 3

Other plans include an Initial Public Offering of shares in the Islamic Arab Insurance Company, Saudi Arabia, in which SALAMA will have a major stake. The company has already been incorporated and final approval for the IPO is awaited. SALAMA has also initiated a new Family Takaful company in Senegal, SOSAR Life, a sister company for SOSAR Aman, a subsidiary of SALAMA. Other developments include the launch of Family Takaful in Algeria. In addition, SALAMA is finalising the procedures to establish a Family Takaful company in Egypt and has plans to launch a Family Takaful programme in the UAE.

On February 12, in a landmark development, SALAMA became the first UAE insurance company to offer its shares to nationals of other GCC countries. The move followed a UAE government decision to treat GCC nationals as locals in the country”s stock markets. It was also in line with a decision by SALAMA”s shareholders to allow equity ownership to be extended to GCC nationals.

SALAMA was listed on the Dubai Financial Market following an Initial Public Offering which helped raise the company”s capital to Dhs 1 billion. SALAMA has six Takaful companies and provides services in 70 countries through Tunisia headquartered BEST Re, the world”s biggest Re-Takaful company

10/01/2006 – SALAMA company’s annual profit soars by 3000% to AED 110 million

Net profit forecast to quadruple by 2010

SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company, the world’s largest Takaful and Re-Takaful company has announced a provisional 2005 net profit of AED 110 million (US $30.14m), up from AED 3.599m (US $1m) in 2004.

“By any measure this is a remarkable business performance. The provisional profit is 1.7 times more than the profit projected for 2005 at the time of our Initial Public Offering in June last year, and roughly double the profit announced for the first nine months of 2005,” said Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed bin Saqr Al Nehayan, Chairman of SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company.

We fully expect this strong growth in profitability to continue in 2006 and beyond, driven by a very aggressive expansion into new markets and products. We are investing close to AED 1 billion in growing the company and are confident net profits will be higher in the coming years.”

Other plans for 2006 include the establishment of a Re-Takaful company in Saudi Arabia, setting up a Takaful arm in Malaysia, the launch of a family Takaful company in Egypt and incorporation of SOSAR Life, a family Takaful provider in Senegal. In addition, SALAMA has a major stake in the IAIC Saudi Arabia, an insurance company licensed by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA).

2005 was an excellent year for SALAMA. Not only was the IPO a major success but we also acquired a majority stake in TARIIC and BEST RE, the world’s largest Re-Takaful company. In addition we made a strong debut on the Dubai Financial Market and successfully rebranded the company,” said Dr Saleh Malaikah, CEO, SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company.

SALAMA Profit Soars – 2

There will be no let up in 2006. The company’s activities are set to grow substantially over the next 12 months. Our strategy is to expand SALAMA’s geographic reach and to diversify our income stream and product base to place the company in a position to take advantage of the emerging opportunities in the Takaful and Re-Takaful markets.”

Dr Malaikah explained the company’s final results will be published by the end of March 2006. He said the company needed additional time to consolidate financial information from its subsidiaries, particularly BEST RE which has to obtain account confirmations from companies doing business with it. “This is inherent due to the nature of the re-insurance business,” added Dr Malaikah.

SALAMA expects global demand for Takaful and Re-Takaful products and services to grow significantly over the next five years. Market value is forecast to increase from US $1.7 billion to between US $7.5 billion and US $10 billion. 

SALAMA was listed on the Dubai Financial Market in October 2005, following the IPO, which helped raise the company’s capital to Dhs 1 billion. SALAMA has six Takaful companies and provides services in 70 countries through Tunisia-headquartered BEST RE.