Latvian insurers generated EUR 4.8 million in first quarter net profit, EUR 2.2 more compared with Q12018, according to figures released by the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK). About 64% of total GWP were written by local insurers (EUR 132.5 million, or 1% less y-o-y), the rest by EU insurers (EUR 75 million, up by 7.9% y-o-y).
Regulation on state support for insurers to provide compensation in case of drought damage has been approved in Latvia. It will contribute to the development of agro insurance, according to the Latvian Association of Insurers.
The Latvian Motor Insurers Bureau (LTAB) reported that the number of road traffic accidents (RTA) in Latvia involving uninsured vehicles decreased in 2018, compared to the previous year. In 2017, about 1.24% of total RTA were caused by uninsured vehicles, while last year 1.11% of RTA were caused by vehicles without a valid MTPL policy (- 0.13 pp).
Last year, insurance companies in Latvia generated EUR 12.4 million in aggregate profit, down 22.6% from 2017, according to the data released by the Financial and Capital Market Commission, FKTK.
On March 14, Saeima, the parliament of Latvia, adopted a set of amendments to the current MTPL system (OCTA). The changes aim to refine the present law of MTPL and eliminate the shortcomings in everyday practice. The amendments will enter into force 1 May 2019.
Data collected by the Latvian Motor Insurers' Bureau (LTAB) shows that the 9 MTPL insurers from Latvia earned EUR 3.61 million revenues from this business line. It is the first time in the past 10 years when Latvian MTPL insurers profited from this type of business line.
Insurance market premiums in 2018 increased by 11.3% overall compared to 2017. Life insurance as a whole remains the most important insurance group, but its recorded evolution shows near stagnation.
The Baltic countries - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -, have recorded between 2008-2017 a trend similar to the other CEE markets. The same main pattern can be distinguished, splitting the evolution of the market in three periods: decline (2008-2010), recovery (2010-2013) and growth (2013-2017).
Latvian insurance companies generated EUR 9.33 million in aggregate 3Q2018 profit, down by 28.5% y-o-y from EUR 13.05 million a year ago, the quarterly figures published by FKTK (Financial and Capital Market Commission) showed.
BMW, Audi and Toyota are the brands most targeted by the car thieves in Latvia, as well as seven to 12 years old automobiles, a representative of BALTA Insurance - member of the PZU Group, stated for the LETA news agency.
SEB - one of the largest life insurers in Baltic region announced is planning to merge its units in the Baltic States, "into one legal entity to further improve our operational efficiency and deliver improved customer services. The merger will not affect our services to the customers".