According to the year-end market figures published by the Central Bank of Hungary - MNB, the insurance sector's FY2019 premium income amounted to HUF 1,150.48 billion (~EUR 3.48 billion), rising by 12.33% y-o-y.
During February 2020, Fitch Ratings, the leading provider of credit ratings, affirmed the ratings of Russia ('BBB'), Kazakhstan ('BBB'), Georgia ('BB'), Turkey ('BB-'), Bulgaria ('BBB') and Hungary ('BBB').
NN officially announced its entrance in the Hungarian non-life insurance market. The company plans to offer three non-life types of products which will widen its product portfolio.
David BARANYAI, currently CSO NN Hungary, has been appointed CEO NN Insurance Hungary on an ad interim basis, subject to regulatory approval. The appointment is effective as of 17 February 2020.
About 10,000 claim files were reported by Hungarian insurers following the first week of February's storms, Budapest Business Journal reported quoting MABISZ (the Hungarian Association of Insurers) representatives.
Based on the 3Q2019 results, last year was a successful one for Hungarian insurance companies, the 11% y-o-y increase in GWP justifying optimistic expectations for the year-end result. "Premium income of the sector is expected to exceed HUF 1,100 billion (~EUR 3.3 billion) by the end of the year," said Mihaly ERDOS, vice president of the Hungarian Insurance Association (MABISZ).
Hungarian insurance market totaled HUF 862.20 billion (EUR 2.66 billion) at the end of Q3 2019, 10.97% more y-o-y, official statistics showed. In terms of damages, the value of incurred claims (paid claims and reserves, summed-up) amounted to HUF 312.95 billion for life insurance contracts (+10.72% y-o-y) and HUF 198.45 billion for non-life policies, +13.96 more y-o-y.
The Central Bank of Hungary (MNB) announced the introduction of Certified Consumer-Friendly Home Insurance system (Minositett Fogyasztobarat Otthonbiztositas - MFO), to be available to consumers starting Q1 2020.
Michal HUCAL will be appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NN Hungary, effective 1 January 2020, subject to regulatory approval, as the Dutch insurance group informed in a statement. "As CEO of NN Hungary, he will focus on continuing our growth in the local market".
The National Bank of Hungary (MNB) announced the decision to temporarily suspend NOVIS life insurance product distribution after the regulator found several problems that might affect the Hungarian customers.
Hungarian branch of UNIQA was fined with HUF 108 million (~ EUR 320,000) by the Central Bank of Hungary (MNB), following an investigation from the regulator who found several problems regarding internal control, insurance portfolio management and customer service.
In terms of summer storms losses, 2019 was an average year for Hungarian insurers. As the latest Association of Hungarian Insurance Companies (MABISZ) analysis shows, local insurers paid around HUF 4.1 billion (~ EUR 12 million) in households claims related to weather events, between May 1st - August 31st.
Hungarian H1 insurers' GWP rose 11.3% year-on-year to HUF 591.5 billion (~EUR 1.8 billion) according to the quarterly market figures published by the National Bank of Hungary (MNB).
Alexander PROTSENKO has been appointed as the new President and CEO of Allianz Hungarian branch. He will take over the position held by Peter KISBENEDEK, who served Allianz Hungaria Zrt. for more than 11 years, after choosing to continue his career outside Allianz.
25 Hungarian insurers reported 1Q2019 aggregate GWP up by 14.8% y-o-y to HUF 316.4 billion (EUR 986 million), according to the quarterly market data published by the National Bank of Hungary (MNB). Life insurance GWP increased by 11.2% to HUF 132 billion (EUR 411 million), while non-life GWP increased by 17.5% to HUF 185 billion (EUR 575 million), as the MNB figures reveal.
The high interest in digitalization of the Hungarian branch of UNIQA paid off, making UNIQA an innovation "trendsetter" in the local market with its recently launched projects, like UNIQA HomeGuard and UNIQA CHERRISK.
Italian insurer GENERALI announced signing an agreement to take over the entire life, non-life and composite insurance portfolios of three entities of ERGO International AG in Hungary and Slovakia. The sale is subject to certain regulatory and anti-trust approvals, as is customary for transactions of this kind. The parties have agreed not to provide details of the purchase price and other terms.
New amendments from the Hungarian Ministry of Finance on unit-linked life insurance will come into force on July 1, 2019. The adjustment of the Insurance Activities Act creates new obligations for insurers.
Hungarian insurersʼ revenues from premiums rose 7.1% y-o-y in 2018 to
HUF 1,024 billion (EUR 3.2 billion), as the figures recently published
by the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) show.