JAKARTA, INDONESIA – South Korea’s first life insurance company, Hanwha Life Insurance, is seeking to hire 650 new financial consultants in Indonesia within this year to double its existing number of consultants in the country.
Aside from hiring new consultants, Hanwha Life Insurance, an affiliate of chemicals-to-finance conglomerate Hanwha Group, also aims to open new outlets in Indonesia and further offer services to the local banking industry.
Hanwha currently has 650 local financial consultants and five outlets in the country.
The insurer, which is an affiliate of Hanwhwa Group, is just one of South Korea’s life insurance companies that are looking to expand into overseas markets as the domestic market becomes almost saturated.
The Korea Times reported that Samsung Life, an affiliate of South Korea’s biggest conglomerate Samsung Group is also expanding overseas to find new earnings sources.
Non-life insurers such as Dongbu Insurance, Meritz Fire & Marine Insurance and Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance have also opened outlets in emerging markets.
Earlier, Indonesia’s most profitable bank, PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia, has announced plans to sell 40 percent stake in its pension fund’s life insurance arm, BRIngin Life, in a deal that could fetch about USD500m, Bloomberg reported.
A source said Bank Rakyat has invited bids from investment banks for the sale, which will likely include an agreement that will allow the buyer to sell products through the bank’s 10,000 outlets across Indonesia.
Bank Rakyat’s finance director Haru Koesmahargyo said the bank is seeking a partner to develop its life insurance unit. He, however, did not elaborate.
BRIngin Life, formally known as PT Asuransi Jiwa Bringin Jiwa Sejahtera, is 90.2% owned by Bank Rakyat’s pension fund.
The insurer has more than 7.2 million clients. The state lender earlier said it is in negotiations to take over a life insurance company as part of its efforts to boost the bank’s insurance business. – BusinessNewsAsia.com