For the period between January and October 2019, life insurance had a positive trend. According to the data of EAEE (The Association of Insurance Companies of Greece), the Greek life sector saw a 19.1% rise y-o-y, reaching EUR 1.65 billion.
Latest news available show the group of bidders interested by the sale of the leading Greek insurance company Ethniki to five: the Chinese group Fosun, the investment funds CVC Capital Partners, Centerbridge and Lone Star, and a special purpose vehicle called I3CP, which is associated with Leadenhall Capital Partners.
The Greek insurers reported aggregate GWP of EUR 3 billion at the end of September 2019, up by 7.8% y-o-y, according to the nine-months market report published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC).
Hellenic Bank signed a share-purchase agreement with MetLife Services Cyprus Limited for the acquisition of the entire participation interest of MetLife (equal to 27,5%) in the share capital of Hellenic Alico Life Insurance Company Limited.
A new round of bids to sell Ethniki was initiated, this time with the deadline set to the end of Q1 2020, for 80% stake in the national company, valued at EUR 658 million, Insurance Daily
At the end of June 2019, the Greek insurance market totaled EUR 2 billion, up by 3.9% y-o-y, according to the preliminary market figures published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC).
According to the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC), the local insurance market grew by 2.2% y-o-y from January-April 2019. Total GWP reached EUR 1.3 billion by the end of April.
For the first four months of this year, life insurance increased by 7.4% y-o-y, reported insuranceworld.gr and Insurancedaily.gr according to EAEE (Association of Insurance Companies of Greece).
On May 28, the 12th Insurance Conference was held in Greece with participation of top insurance market executives and institutional players in the country, in collaboration with the financial & business portal banks.com.gr, the portal Insuranceworld.gr, and the magazine, Insurance World.
The global trade credit insurance COFACE announced the launch of its credit insurance offer in Greece, after being granted a license from the Greek regulatory authority to operate as credit insurer.
Greece-based Aegean Insurance will start using the Finland-based Tieto "Insurance-in-a-Box" platform to become a leading innovator in the Greek insurance market.
During 1993-2018, Greece insurers paid EUR 359 million for natural catastrophes claims. The 1999 earthquake was by far the most devastating and costly natural disaster, when a total of EUR 111 million in insurance indemnities were paid to the victims.
The insurance market of Greece totaled EUR 3.19 billion at the end of December 2018, up by 1.8% y-o-y, according to the preliminary figures published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC).
The Greek central bank's Credit and Insurance Committee announced it has banned the proposed acquisition of a 100% stake in Credit Agricole Life by the Bulgarian Euroins Insurance Group (EIG).
After the failure of the previously announced acquisition attempts made by Fosun, Exin or Gongbao, it seems that a new opportunity to sell Ethniki - Hellenic General Insurance Co. presented itself to National Bank of Greece, with a bid launched by a consortium led by Hannover Re S.E.
The Greek insurers reported aggregate GWP of EUR 2.87 billion at the end of September 2018, up by 2.1% y-o-y, according to the nine-months market report published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC).
The National Bank of Greece (NBG) and the owner of the largest and the oldest Greek insurer - Ethniki - will ask the EU for more time to complete the planned asset sale under the EU-approved restructuring plan, according to sources quoted by international media.