The Latvian Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK) aprooved the transaction between Austrian VIENNA Insurance Group and the local non-life insurer AAS Baltikums. In late July, VIG announced it signed an agreement to purchase 100% of Riga-based insurer. At the moment, VIG is present in Latvia through local insurer COMPENSA Life while non-life products are offered by a EU branch of COMPENSA Poland. The acquisition of BALTIKUMS AAS makes VIG one of the top 5 insurance companies in Latvia.
According to the figures published by the Financial and Capital Market Commission - FKTK, Latvian insurers (local and EU branches in Latvia) posted aggregated gross written premiums of EUR 273.6 million in the first half of the year, which is 6.3% more compared with the same period last year. At the same time, the value of paid claims and indemnities increased by 9.7% y-o-y to EUR 148.4 million.
Samsung Baltics, in cooperation with insurance company Balta, has introduced free insurance services for smartphones affected by water, reportd Db.lv. Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones can be covered with the service, which is activated using the Screen Care+ application. The insurance will be valid for one year.
According to FKTK - The Financial and Capital Market Commission, the Latvian insurance market totaled EUR 151.21 million at the end of March 2015, or 5.98% more y-o-y. At the same time, the value of paid claims and indemnities was up by 11.69%, reaching EUR 75.64 million. The GWP of branches of EU insurers decreased by 2.05% to EUR 38.84 million (or 25.68% from the total amount of premiums), while the Latvian-based local insurers accounted for the rest of 74.32% or EUR 112.38 million (up by 9.06% y-o-y).
The Latvian financial watchdog, the Financial and Capital Market
Commission (FKTK), has granted the license for insurance operations to
BTA Baltic Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the non-life insurer BTA
Insurance Company, the FKTK announced.
The insurance company Balta earned EUR 96,000 in the first quarter this
year, reports LETA, according to the company's announcement. For
comparison - in the first quarter last year, Balta earned EUR 6,000.
In the first quarter of the year 2015, Swedbank in Latvia earned a net profit of EUR 23 million, compared to EUR 32 million for Q1 2014. Swedbank Lithuania earned a net profit of EUR 21 million in Q1 2015 and Swedbank Estonia earned a net profit of EUR 37.1 million, informs LETA.
According to the figures published by the Financial and Capital Market Commission - FKTK, in 2014 the Latvian insurance sector totaled EUR 517.4 million, or 9.9% more y-o-y. During the reporting period, gross premiums written by local insurers went up by 6% to EUR 371 million (71.7% of total market), while the EU branches' business saw a double-digit growth rate (+21%) to EUR 146.3 million (28.3% of total GWP).