The preliminary market figures submitted by Macedonian ISA to XPRIMM.com, indicate that at the end of 2019 the local insurance industry totaled MKD 10.58 billion (EUR 172 million), up by 6.61% y-o-y.
Insurers of North Macedonia achieved a 7.2% y-o-y consolidated market growth after the first three quarters of 2019, to a total GWP volume of EUR 129 million. Three business lines have provided for about 80% of the GWP increase: MTPL, fire insurance and life insurance.
Macedonian insurers ended 1H2019 with an aggregate GWP volume of EUR 85.37 million, 6.7% up y-o-y. In relative terms, the life insurance sector showed a double-digit growth rate, but in absolute value, it was still the non-life insurance segment providing for the largest contribution to the market growth.
At the end of March 2019, the Macedonian insurance market totaled about a quarter billion MKD (EUR 40 million), up by 4.6% y-o-y, according to data provided by the local Insurance Supervision Agency.
Turkey-based Halkbank announced the acquisition of Macedonian Nova Insurance, and now shows interest in investing in Moldova, too. Halkbank is already active in North Macedonia and Serbia, making Moldova the third country in the region Halkbank wants to develop.
The preliminary FY2018 statistics provided by Macedonian ISA indicate for the local insurance market a total gross written premiums (GWP) volume of EUR 161.4 million (MKD 9.9 billion), up by 10.4% y-o-y.
EUROLINK Insurance, Macedonia, was awarded for its contribution to the development of entrepreneurship in Central and Southeastern Europe at the 2018 Creators for Centuries project, the company said.
Slovenia's top insurer Zavarovalnica Triglav plans to expand its activity in the Macedonian private pensions market. The Group is already present on the local insurance market, with two companies.
Stopanska Banka has become one of the largest insurance distribution channels in Macedonia, by starting - in the year that marked its 75th annyversary, a partnership with two important life insurers from the local market: CROATIA Insurance and UNIQA.
Macedonian insurers nine-months 2018 aggregate GWP amounted MKD 7.4 billion (~EUR 120 million), 8.9% more y-o-y, according to the market figures provided by the Insurance Supervision Agency of Macedonia.
The Macedonian insurance market recorded a constant ascendant trend during the last decade, with GWP increasing between 2008 and 2017 by about 40%. Yet, as the life insurance sector gained more relevance in the recent years, its contribution to the market growth became more visible.
Macedonian insurers ended 1H2018 with an aggregated GWP volume of EUR 80 million, up 6.7% y-o-y. Most of the market growth came from the non-life insurance segment, namely from MTPL and fire and allied perils insurance lines.
Macedonian insurers reported GWP worth EUR 38.4 million, 5.5% up y-o-y in 1Q2018, half of the market growth being owed to the MTPL insurance class and to the life insurance segment, which provided for about 40% of the premiums volume increase.
On July 2, a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Macedonian Insurance
Supervision Agency and the Regulatory Authority for Insurance
Supervision of Turkey was signed in Skopje, by Mr.Klime POPOSKI,
President of the Council of Experts (Macedonia) and Ahmet GENK, Vice
Insurer Osiguruvanje Makedonija, a subsidiary of the Vienna Insurance Group (VIG), said on Wednesday that its non-consolidated net profit rose to 32.6 million denars (530,600 euro) in the first quarter of the year from 11.2 million denars in the prior-year period.
The Macedonian insurance market totalled MKD 8.99 billion (EUR 146.24 million) at the end of 2017, up by 3.10% y-o-y, according to data published by the local Insurance Supervision Agency.
Slovenian SAVA Re announced it got the approval from the Macedonian Agency for Supervision of Fully Funded Pension Insurance (MAPAS) and the required approvals from other competition authorities for the acquisition of NLB Nov penziski fond AD Skopje.