Insurance market data for 2015 published by the Czech National Bank (CNB) confirm the GWP growth on the non-life insurance segment, at a pace of 4.9%, to CZK 90.98 billion (EUR 3.37 billion). Life insurance GWP went down by 12.3%, according to CNB data, while the entire market recorded an almost 3% decrease, to CZK 153.4 billion (EUR 5.67 billion).
The preliminary results of the Czech Insurance Association (CAP) for 2015 show an annual increase of CZK 1.1 billion, which is a 1% rise, in the premium volume. Premium growth accelerated in the second half of the year compared to a 0.3% increase in the first half. Same as last year, the insurance market is backed up by non-life insurance, which strengthened by 4%. Life insurance, on the other hand, is continuously weakening, namely by 3.5% in comparison with 2014.
The Czech insurance market totaled at the end of the first three quarters of 2015 about CZK 116 billion (EUR 4.3 billion), 3.6% less y-o-y, according to data provided by the Czech National Bank (CNB). Non-life segment reported a positive dynamic in GWP (+4.8% y-o-y to CZK 69.2 billion), while the life insurance segment contracted by 13.7% to CZK 46.8 billion.
The Czech antitrust watchdog (UOHS) announced it allowed the Czech insurance branches of financial group WUSTENROT & WURTTEMBERGISCHE (the non-life insurer WUSTENROT Pojistovna and the life insurer WUSTENROT Zivotni Pojistovna) to be aquired by the German group ALLIANZ.
The Czech insurance market ended the first three quarters of 2015 with GWP of EUR 3.23 billion (CZK 87.96 billion), 1.87% up y-o-y, according to data provided by the Czech Insurance Association (CAP). Non-life recorded a positive change in GWP, acting thus as the market driver, while the life insurance segment saw a further decrease in premiums.
According data provided by the Czech National Bank, in the first half of 2015 the Czech insurance market saw a 5.7% decrease in GWP (or 4.99% decrease for the market results denominated in European currency), to CZK 78.2 billion (EUR 2.87 billion). The life insurance segment is entirely responsible for the negative trend, mostly because of the huge decrease in single premium insurance products sales.
The results of the Czech Insurance Association (CAP) member companies for the first quarter of 2015 show an increase of 0.5% in total annual premiums. Market stagnation mainly results from an ongoing decline in life insurance reaching almost 3%. Non-life insurance is still experiencing a mild recovery, namely from 2.3% at the end of 2014 to 2.6%.
The Czech unit of the Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) saw a 1.8 pct decline in written premiums to EUR 457.8m in Q1 2015.
The Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP) insured exports totalling CZK 720bn (EUR 26bn) since 1992. The export headed into more than 100 countries of the world, primarily risky territories.
Czech insurance company Pojistovna Ceske sporitelny, Vienna Insurance
Group (Pojistovna CS) invests millions of Czech crowns in IT. Besides
the biometric signature, it offers also applications to secure
information about insurance, or model contracts (SmartClient), CIANEWS
was told by company spokeswoman Jana Jiraskova. According to her words,
the insurance company wants to allow insured event reports online,
introduce a client portal with information about policies and it wants
to focus on multi-channel communication in the future.
KOOPERATIVA pojistovna - VIG, the second largest insurer in the Czech market, paid CZK 1.5 billion (~EUR 54 million), for 21,000 claims arising from the natural disasters in 2014. By comparison, in the previous year 23,000 similar claims were reported, with a total value of CZK 2 billion, of which CZK 1.6 billion were paid only for the damages produced by the June floods which affected the territory of the Czech Republic in 2013.
Hopes for a strong recovery of the insurance market were not confirmed as the full year figures of the CAP - the Czech Insurers Association show only a very small growth in terms of GWP (1.05%), to CZK 115.19 billion. In European currency, given the significant depreciation of the Czech koruna, the total GWP amounted to EUR 4.15 billion, a value close to the one from 2013.
According to third-quarter figures of the Czech National Bank, the sector's supervising authority, the Czech insurance market development shows no unexpected major changes. Annual premiums totalled CZK 120.23 billion, 2.6% up y-o-y. Both life and non-life insurance segments saw a positive evolution in terms of GWP.
An ice storm that has affected the Czech Republic in the last couple of
days has hit insurers and rail operators, with the latter providing
compensation to passengers, but has had little impact on manufacturing
and construction firms.
The profit of VIG insurance group, parent company of Kooperativa pojistovna and CPP, prior to taxation reached a total of EUR 127.6m for January to September of 2014. This represents a year-on-year decrease by 11.9%. Gross insurance prescribed by the group in the Czech Republic has decreased year on year by 2.8 % to EUR 1.28bn. Out of this, the segment of life insurance posted 2.7% growth to EUR 645.4m and non-life insurance posted a decrease by 7.9% to EUR 635.2m.
TRIGLAV Group exits the Czech market by selling its local subsidiary TRIGLAV pojistovna, Brno to VIGO Finance, part of VIGO Investments Group. The sale is expected to be completed by May 2015. The decision on the sale is in line with the TRIGLAV Group Strategy, focused on increasing the value of the Group and effectively managing the TRIGLAV Group's subsidiaries. Zavarovalnica TRIGLAV estimates that the sale of the subsidiary will have no major impact on the Group's performance.
The slightly positive trend of the Czech insurance market continued in the first half of 2014, with an overall increase in GWP of 3.6%, to CZK 82.95 billion. However, the almost 6% depreciation of the Czeck currency against the euro made the market results to show a negative change of 2% when denominated in euro, to EUR 3.02 billion.
RENOMIA GROUP, the largest group of insurance brokers on the market in
the Czech Republic, closed out the 2013 fiscal year with a record amount
of insurance premiums negotiated, reaching CZK 5.3 billion, an increase
of 10%. It has thus confirmed its leading position on the Czech
insurance market. In 2013 RENOMIA, a.s. achieved a consolidated pre-tax
profit of CZK 94 million.
Companies, state institutions and insurance companies have been busy tabulating potential losses for Czech businesses due to EU sanctions as well as restrictive measure taken by Russia.
First-quarter figures of the Czech Insurance Association (CAP) member companies revealed a mild recovery after a long period of stagnation in the insurance market. Annual premiums grew by almost CZK 400 million to CZK 30.6 billion (Note: ~EUR 1.1 billion), which is a 1.3% increase. Non-life insurance played an important role in the recovery. Life insurance, a long-term stabilizing segment, went up by only 0.7%.