Ceska pojist'ovna, the Czech insurance market leader of 2018, announced the decision to merge with the Czech branch of Generali, the unification of the two companies creating the largest local insurer in terms of total market share.
According to the most recent figures available on the CNB website (Czech National Bank), the local insurance industry totaled about CZK 41.8 billion (~EUR 1.6 billion) at the end of March 2019, down by 4.2% y-o-y.
GENERALI CEE Holding announces some changes in the managements of its subsidiaries CESKA pojistovna (Czech Republic), Generali Poistovna (Slovakia), and Generali osiguranje (Croatia), to become effective in the upcoming weeks and months once the necessary approvals have been received.
According to preliminary data for the first quarter of 2019, the total GWP according to the Czech Insurance Association - CAP methodology is CZK 34.82 billion (EUR 1.35 billion), compared to the first quarter of 2018 with a premium premium of approximately CZK 33.49 billion.
Allianz Capital Partners (ACP) on behalf of Allianz insurance companies has, in a consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), reached an agreement to purchase a stake in GasNet.
According to the most recent figures available on the CNB website (Czech National Bank) - the local insurance industry totaled about CZK 155.05 billion (~EUR 6.03 billion) at the end of 2018, up by 2.05% y-o-y.
Youplus, a new life insurance company, will launch in the Czech and Slovak insurance markets in May 2019. Youplus will begin operation in the Czech Republic the first half of 2019 and enter the Slovak market in the second half.
Starting with March 2019, AXA Group will have a new Chief Risk Officer and a new Chief Technical Insurance Officer operating inside Czech Republic and Slovakia. The changes are waiting for regulator's approvals.
Bulgaria-based Euroins Insurance Group (EIG) has made a purchase agreement with Germany-based ERGO International AG for buying 4 ERGO insurance companies. EIG will take control over ERGO's life and non-life subsidiaries in Romania and Czech Republic, as well as the non-life company in Belarus.
Between 2008-2017, the Czech insurance industry grew in terms of gross written premiums (GWP) by EUR 836 million (+ 16.5%). Overall, the market increased on all main business lines, with the exception of MTPL, which dropped EUR 6 million (- 0.7%) by the end year.
Czech insurers ended 2018 with a 4.1% y-o-y increase in GWP, to EUR 5.03 billion. Most of the market growth was owed to the higher growth rates seen on the motor insurance lines, data provided by CAP - the Czech Insurance Association show.
Three top Czech insurers have identified fraudulent insurance claims worth CZK 640 million, in 2018. While Prague was the region providing for the highest amount of fraud attempts, the main lines of business affected by the fraudulent behavior of insureds were property, motor and lianility insurance.
The newly founded insurance company Simplea was finally licensed by the Czech National Bank to start its activity, and it is expected to start operating in the second quarter of 2019.
The new Insurance Distribution Act that became effective in the Czech Republic on 1 December 2018, and replaced the still effective Act on Insurance Intermediaries and Loss Adjusters (IILA) has introduced important changes on insurance distribution, as Schoenherr Journal wrote.
RENOMIA, a leading insurance broker in Central and Eastern Europe, announced it bought a majority stake in IMG, one of the leading Czech insurance brokers providing services to corporate and individuals.
NN Group announced that it has completed the acquisition of AEGON's Life Insurance business in the Czech Republic and AEGON's Life Insurance and Pension businesses in Slovakia.
According to the market results published by CAP - the professional association of the Czech insurers -, the local market saw a 5.55% y-o-y increase in GWP, to EUR 3.78 billion, most of which came from the non-life insurance segment.
While other European countries have experienced heavy rains causing severe flooding episodes, the Czech Republic is challenged by one of the worst droughts in its recent history, causing losses of over CZK 12 billion (~EUR 473 million) to the local farmers.