HDFC Standard Life hopes to break-even in FY12

Insurer HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Ltd expects to break-even in the 2011/12 financial year, helped by an increase in premium income and reduction in operating costs, its chief executive said.

The joint venture between India’s top mortgage lender, HDFC, and Britain’s Standard Life, had posted a loss of 2.75 billion rupees ($62 million) in the year ended March 2010, lower than 5.03 billion a year ago and is expected to stay in the red this year.

“If the premium continues to see the growth we are seeing and if we are able to manage the costs well, we should be able to break-even next year,” Amitabh Chaudhry said in an interview late on Wednesday.

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