SHANGHAI, April 27 China Life Insurance Co Ltd
, the country's biggest insurer by market
value, reported a 17.1 percent rise in first-quarter profit on
Thursday, on strong premium growth.
China Life said net profit for the quarter rose to 6.15
billion yuan ($892.24 million) in the first three months of the
year, compared with 5.3 billion yuan a year earlier.
Hong Kong-listed Chinese life insurers had average total
written premium growth of 19 percent last year, driven by almost
30 percent growth in the individual agent channel, according to
an April Moody's report.
China Life reported a lower annual profit for the first time
in four years for 2016, saying interest rates had dragged down
investment income by more than a fifth.
($1 = 6.4774 Chinese yuan)
(Reporting by Engen Tham; Editing by Stephen Coates)