Ping An Insurance

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Ping An Insurance
Native name
中國平安保險
TypePublic
IndustryFinancial Services
Founded1988; 35 years ago (1988)
FounderMa Mingzhe
Headquarters,
China
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Ma Mingzhe (Chairman), Xie Yonglin (President & Co-CEO), Tan Sin Yin (Co-CEO), Yao Jason Bo (Co-CEO & Chief Financial Officer)
Services
  • Insurance
  • Banking
  • Asset Management
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Auto Services
  • Smart City
RevenueIncrease ¥667,636 Million RMB (1H2022)
Increase ¥85,340 Million RMB (1H2022)
Increase ¥60,273 Million RMB (1H2022)
Total assetsIncrease ¥10,696,148 Million RMB (1H2022)
Total equityIncrease ¥1,117,263 Million RMB (1H2022)
Owners
  • CP Group Co., Ltd. (6.8%)
  • Shenzhen Investment Holdings Co., Ltd.(5.27%)
  • (as of 31 Dec 2021)
Number of employees
Approx. 362,035[1]
Websitehttps://group.pingan.com
Footnotes / references
in a consolidated basis[2]

Ping An Insurance known also as Ping An of China (simplified Chinese: 中国平安; traditional Chinese: 中國平安; pinyin: Zhōngguó Píng Ān), full name Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. is a Chinese holding conglomerate whose subsidiaries provide insurance, banking, asset management, financial, healthcare services. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Shenzhen. "Ping An" literally means "safe and well".

In 2022, Ping An ranked 17th on the Forbes Global 2000 list and 25th on the Fortune Global 500 list.[3] Ping An ranked 21st among the World’s top 500 Most Valuable Brands and fourth among global financial enterprises in the Global 500 2022 Report by Brand Finance.[4]

The company is considered to be the world's largest insurer, with US$121.7 billion net premiums written in 2020.[5] Its market capitalization was US$136 billion in March 2021, making it the largest insurer in the Asia-Pacific region.[6]

Ping An Insurance is one of the top 50 companies in the Shanghai Stock Exchange. It is also a constituent stock of Hang Seng Index, an index of the top 50 companies in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Ping An Insurance was also included in the pan-China stock indices CSI 300 Index, FTSE China A50 Index and Hang Seng China 50 Index.[citation needed]

Ping An is a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and was the first asset owner in mainland China to join.[citation needed]

Business[edit]

Ping An Insurance Group started off in 1988 as a property and casualty insurance company, later diversifying into insurance, banking, asset management, financial services and healthcare services.[7]

Ping An has licenses to offer financial services, including insurance, banking, trusts, securities, futures and financial leasing.[8]

Since the mid-1990s, Ping An has been subsequently taken investments from overseas firms such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs in 1994. In 2002 HSBC took a large equity interest in Ping An.[9] In early 2008, Ping An agreed to take a 50% share in Fortis Investments, a subsidiary of Fortis,[10] which had taken over ABN AMRO Asset Management as a result of the split up of ABN AMRO in late 2007; the deal was canceled in October 2008.[citation needed]

In June 2009, Ping An became a strategic investor in Shenzhen Development Bank,[11][circular reference] (now part of Ping An Bank).

In 2016, Ping An Healthcare and Technology (Ping An Good Doctor) completed a Series A funding round of a total of US$500 million, making its valuation hit US$3 billion. Ping An also bought a 48% stake in Chinese car website Autohome Inc. from Telstra Corp. for $1.6 billion.[12]

In February 2018, three technology subsidiaries of Ping An completed private placement financing, which received positive responses particularly from international institutional investors. They were Ping An Healthcare and Technology Company Limited, Ping An Medical and Healthcare Management Co., Ltd and OneConnect Financial Technology Co., LTD.[13]

In May 2018, Ping An Good Doctor was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.[14]

In June 2019, Ping An One Connect Bank officially commenced operation after receiving a virtual banking license from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority in May 2019. In December 2019, OneConnect Financial Technology was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.[15]

In October 2020, Lufax, one of China's leading online wealth management platform, listed on the New York Stock Exchange.[16]

Over the years, Ping An has launched fintech and healthcare businesses such as Lufax Holding, OneConnect, Ping An Good Doctor (1833.HK), and Ping An HealthKonnect.[citation needed]

Brand Finance ranked Ping An Insurance as one of the top global insurance brands, and as of 2021, the most valuable global financial brand in the world.[17]

In January 2022, Ping An Life received approval from the CBIRC for its investment in New Founder Group.[18]

In March 2022, Ping An Life launched a home care service for the elderly.[19]

Technology-Powered Business Transformation[edit]

Ping An invests 1% of its revenues into R&D (which itself consists of 10% of its annual profits), specifically, on new technologies of AI, Blockchain and Cloud Computing for ten years to transform its financial services and support the building of its five ecosystems: financial services, healthcare, auto services, real estate services, and smart city services.[20]

More than 598 million users are connected to at least one of those ecosystems.[21]

Over the years, Ping An has successfully launched fintech and healthtech businesses such as Lufax Holding, OneConnect, Ping An Good Doctor (1833.HK), and Ping An HealthKonnect.[citation needed]

Ping An's AskBob Doctor has ranked first in one of the three tasks in MEDIQA 2021, an AI healthcare questionand- answer contest hosted by the Association for Computational Linguistics. In 2021, AskBob Doctor scored an average 92.4 points while the six endocrinologists human team scored 89.5 points in an International Human-Machine Competition on Diabetes Management.[22]

In August 2022, Ping An launched an earth observation optical remote sensing satellite, PinAn-3 which also called Taijing-1 01.[23]

Ownership[edit]

Ping An is a publicly listed company.[24]

As of 31 December 2021, Charoen Pokphand Group is the single shareholder in Ping An, holding a 6.8% stake. The Shenzhen government, via Shenzhen Investment Holdings, owns a 5.27% stake as the second largest shareholder.[25]

Ping An has the classification of a civilian-run enterprise. Richard McGregor, author of The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers,[26] said that "the true ownership of large chunks of its shares remains unclear" and that the ownership of Ping An is a "murky structure".[27] In October 2012, The New York Times reported that relatives and associates of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao controlled stakes in Ping An worth at least US$2.2 billion in 2007.[28]

HSBC acquired 48.22% of H shares by means of different HSBC subsidiaries[29] (H shares accounted for 34.83% of the share capital as at 31 December 2009,[29] which was later increased to 41.88% in 2015[30]). HSBC holds 16.80% of total shares of Ping An, making it the biggest shareholder as of 31 December 2009.[29]

Markets[edit]

Since 24 June 2004 Ping An has been listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (subsidiary of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing) as SEHK: 2318. Since 1 March 2007, it has a listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange as SSE: 601318.

Ping An replaced Anhui Expressway in the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index (HSCEI) in 2004.[citation needed]

The Hang Seng Index Services Company announced on 11 May 2007, that Ping An would join as Hang Seng Index Constituent Stock effective on 4 June 2007.[citation needed]

Operations[edit]

Ping An has operations across all of the People's Republic of China, and in Hong Kong and Macau through Ping An Insurance Overseas. Lufax, OneConnect and Ping An Good Doctor have now expanded overseas. OneConnect served 100+ customers in 20 countries and regions mainly in Southeast Asia.[31]

ESG[edit]

The financial group is the first Chinese asset owner to have signed Climate Action 100+ and the United Nations’ Principle of Responsible Investment (UNPRI). PRI chief Reynolds called Ping An's decision "a milestone on China's road toward the full embrace of ESG".[32]

Ping An has invested more than USD$140 billion in clean energy and affordable healthcare. It has extended credit lines of more than USD$8.5 billion towards companies with green initiatives, with a balance of loans at the end of 2019 exceeding USD$3.4 billion. It was the first Chinese company to join UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance.[33]

It was the first insurance company from mainland China to be selected for the 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index (DJSI).[34]

Ping An was named ESG Investor of the Year for Insurers, China at The Triple A Sustainable Investing Awards for Institutional Investor, ETF, and Asset Servicing Providers by The Asset Magazine.[35]

Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. of China Ltd. target to achieve operational carbon neutrality in 2030. And promised to support China's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, on the 52nd annual Earth Day.[36] Ping An Insurance Group published its green finance strategy in their 2020 Climate Risk Management Report.[37]

In July 2022, Ping An shown to support the floods in Henan by launching contingency measures after the unrivalled rainstorm hit Central China's Henan province.[38]

In 2022, The China Enterprise Reform and Development Society released the first China-focused ESG disclosure standard which collaborated with Ping An and dozens of other companies in China. Ping An drafted the standard by incorporating the insurer’s in-house CN-ESG evaluation system framework to provide a standardised scientific approach for corporate ESG information disclosure. Ping An Insurance Group published its green finance strategy in their 2020 Climate Risk Management Report.[39]

A global leading ESG rating firm, Sustainalytics, rated Ping An as low ESG risk and score of 18.3. This was the best score among 290 Mainland China's insurance companies.[40]

Ping An was recognized in The S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2022 , the world’s most comprehensive publication of its kind, for its commitment to progress in sustainability by scoring within the top 15% of the insurance industry and achieving an S&P Global ESG Score within 30% of the industry’s top-performing company.[41]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Why Investing in Ping An Insurance Group can be Lucrative".
  2. ^ "2018 Audited Results" (PDF). Ping An Insurance. Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 12 March 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  3. ^ "GLOBAL2000 How The World's Biggest Public Companies Endured The Pandemic". Forbes.
  4. ^ "GLOBAL2000 How The World's Biggest Public Companies Endured The Pandemic". Forbes.
  5. ^ "The world's largest insurers".
  6. ^ "Largest insurance companies worldwide as of July 2019, by market capitalization".
  7. ^ "Ping An ups the digital stakes in China and beyond". AsiaMoney. 26 September 2018. Archived from the original on 2019-08-01. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  8. ^ "China's Ping An Insurance aims to join Alibaba, Tencent ranks as tech behemoth".
  9. ^ "China's Ping An overtakes BlackRock to become HSBC's biggest shareholder". www.internationalinvestment.net. 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  10. ^ The Ping An-Fortis Deal: Who Really Wins? Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, Caijing Magazine, 3 April 2008
  11. ^ "Ping an Bank".
  12. ^ "pingan to buy autohome from telstra for 1.6billio". Bloomberg News.
  13. ^ "Three Technology Subsidiaries under Ping An Group Receive Financing from International Investors". Bloomberg.com. 2 February 2018.
  14. ^ {{|title=Good Doctor trades briskly on debut, but ends flat after raising US$1.1b in biggest IPO this year|date=4 May 2018|url=https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2144638/ping-good-doctor-jumps-much-7pc-trading-debut-after-raising-us11b}}
  15. ^ "pingan's oneconnect flat in debut after $312 millionipo", Bloomberg.com, 13 December 2019
  16. ^ "Chinese Lender Lufax Raises $2.36 Billion in IPO. Why It's a Broken Deal".
  17. ^ "Ping An Named the World's Most Valuable Insurance Brand Fifth Year in a Row". 3 May 2021.
  18. ^ "China:Ping An clinches go-ahead for investment in troubled business arm of Peking University". 22 Feb 2022.
  19. ^ "Ping An Business Case Studies: Breaking the Mold by Breaking Into Elderly Care in China". 22 Feb 2022.
  20. ^ "China insurance giant Ping An plans tech R&D investment at $15bn". 8 Nov 2018.
  21. ^ "Ping An Reports Steady YoY Growth of 4.9% in Operating Profit Attributable to Shareholders of the Parent Company in 2020". 3 Feb 2021.
  22. ^ "Ping An's AskBob beats six doctors by 2.9 points in diabetes competition". 3 Nov 2021.
  23. ^ "Ping An launches PingAn-3 satellite to support development of inclusive finance". 23 Aug 2022.
  24. ^ Chen, Shu-Ching Jean. "Chinese Giant Ping An Looks Beyond Insurance To A Fintech Future". Forbes. Shu-Ching Jean Chen.
  25. ^ 2021 Annual Report (PDF) (Report). Ping An Insurance. 2021. p. 134. Retrieved 25 Mar 2021.
  26. ^ McGregor, Richard (2010). The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers. New York, 2012: Allen Lane.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  27. ^ McGregor, p. 204 Archived 2017-02-20 at the Wayback Machine-205.
  28. ^ David Barboza, "Billions in Hidden Riches for Family of Chinese Leader" Archived 2017-05-19 at the Wayback Machine, The New York Times, 25 October 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  29. ^ a b c "2009 Annual Report" (PDF). Ping An Insurance. archive of Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 27 April 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  30. ^ "2015 Annual Report" (PDF). Ping An Insurance. Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 29 March 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  31. ^ {{|title=OneConnect to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results|date=15 Feb 2022|url=https://finance.yahoo.com/news/oneconnect-announce-fourth-quarter-full-140000954.html}}
  32. ^ "China awakens to the power of responsible investing".
  33. ^ "China:Ping An is 1st Chinese company to join UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance".
  34. ^ "Ping An named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index".
  35. ^ "Ping An Named Insurance Company of the Year, ESG, China by The Asset".
  36. ^ "Ping An to achieve operational carbon neutrality in 2030".
  37. ^ "Ping An releases climate risk management report for 2020".
  38. ^ "Chinese insurers move swiftly to handle rising claims after floods in Henan".
  39. ^ "Chins issues first China-focused ESG disclosure standard based on pingan framework".
  40. ^ "Ping An Receives Best ESG Score Among Mainland China's Insurance Companies: Here's What Investors Need To Know".
  41. ^ "The Sustainability Yearbook - 2022 Rankings".

External links[edit]

  • Business data for Ping An Insurance:
  • News website about Ping An systems upgrade Archived 2010-12-15 at the Wayback Machine