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Insurance Newsletter, No. 227, August 22, 2013

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TOP NEWS
SERBIA, 1Q2013: Slowing down without leaving the positive territory
by daniela.ghetu@mxp.ro, 2013-08-22
On the Serbian insurance market the first quarter of 2013 didn't bring significant changes, unless the somewhat slowed pace visible both on the life and non-life business side. Thus, the market indicators denominated in local currency show a 2.29% y-o-y overall growth rate in 1Q2012, as compared with the FY2012 growth rate of 7.24%. The same trend is noticeable for the y-o-y comparison, as in 1Q2012 the Serbian's insurance market growth rate stood at 3.9%.
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MONTENEGRO 1Q2013: Beginning of 2013 confirms the trends witnessed in 2012
by daniela.ghetu@mxp.ro, 2013-08-22
The 1Q2013 results of the Montenegrin insurance market confirmed the trends already visible by the end of 2012 - an obviously slowing growth trend on the non-life insurance segment together with a continuously improving dynamic on the life insurance lines. Thus, the overall GWP volume amounted to EUR 16.05 million, 2.8% up y-o-y, while GWP went up y-o-y by 10% for the life insurance segment and by only 1.7% for the non-life business lines.
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BiH, 1Q2013: RS based insurers pushed up the market figures
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2013-08-22
BiH's insurance market went up 3.6% to almost EUR 62 million in the first three months of 2013, primarily as a result of an increase of over 7% of insurance companies based in the Republic of Srpska (RS), the Insurance Agency of Republika Srpska (AZORS) informed. At the same time, the volume of GWP of FBiH insurers increased slightly by 2.4% y-o-y, the Insurance Supervisory Agency of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (NADOS) reported. In the structure of the total premium, the share of the 12 companies domiciled in FBiH amounted to 74.7% (EUR 46 million), while the 11 RS - based companies accounted for 25.3% (almost EUR 16 million).
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FYROM 1Q2013: Life insurance drives the market growth
by daniela.ghetu@mxp.ro, 2013-08-22
Gross premium written by the Macedonian insurers in 1Q2013 amounted to MKD 1.76 billion (EUR 28.5 million), 3.1% up y-o-y, according to data published by the insurance supervising authority. Once again, in line with trend witnessed by the end of 2012, the life insurance segment was the growth driver as GWP for this line of business went up by 19%. Yet, life insurance continues to represent a still very small share of the market, of only 7.5%.
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ALLIANZ-TIRIAC announces stable revenues and increasing profit for the first half of the year
by andreea.ionete@mxp.ro, 2013-08-22
The Romanian insurance company ALLIANZ-TIRIAC has increased its profitability during the first half of the year, while maintaining at a constant rate its revenues (EUR 104 mil.). The operational profit reached EUR 1.98 million, 22.5% more than in the first half of 2012, while net profit for the first six months climbed to EUR 1.62 million, from EUR 1.21 million in 1H2011.
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Flood claims shrinks MUNICH Re Q2 profit to EUR 529 million
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2013-08-22
MUNICH Re - the world's biggest reinsurer posted a 35% drop in second-quarter IFRS consolidated profit attributable to equity holders to EUR 529 million, from EUR 808 million in the same period last year: "Performance in primary insurance and reinsurance was good as a whole, although the second quarter was marked by claims burdens of EUR 230m from the floods in Germany and neighboring countries and by above-average major losses. In the first half-year, the group achieved a profit of EUR 1.5 billion", MUNICH Re officials said.
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SWISS Re net income up nine-fold in Q2 2013
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2013-08-22
SWISS Re reported that its net income increased more than nine-fold for the second quarter of 2013 to USD 786 billion, despite what the report described as a "period that saw high levels of natural catastrophes." Net income in Q2 2012 was USD 83 million, impacted by a net loss of USD 916 million of the ADMIN Re business. Premiums earned and fee income increased by 11%, to USD 6.80 billion, while the Group's combined ratio was 100.1%, compared to 85.7% in Q2 2012.
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AON Q2 net income down 2% y-o-y
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2013-08-22
For the second quarter of 2013, risk and insurance brokerage service provider AON reported total revenues of USD 2.9 billion, 3% more y-o-y, while the operating income decreased 3% to USD 382 million as compared to USD 394 million for the same period in 2012.
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MARSH & McLENNAN Q2 net profit up 18%
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2013-08-22
MARSH & McLENNAN Companies (MMC) reported a USD 388 million net profit for Q2 2013, up 18% from the USD 329 million level the group reported a year earlier. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, the company posted a profit of USD 801 million, compared with USD 676 million in 1H2012. Consolidated revenue in the second quarter of 2013 totaled USD 3.1 billion 3% more y-o-y (respectively USD 6.2 billion in 1H2013), while the operating income increased 12% to USD 577 million vs. USD 518 million in Q2 2012.
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ACHMEA and EUROINS agree on transfer of INTERAMERICAN Bulgaria
by oana.radu@mxp.ro, 2013-08-22
ACHMEA and EUROINS Insurance Group signed a transaction agreement concerning the transfer of ACHMEA's Bulgarian insurance companies INTERAMERICAN Non Life and INTERAMERICAN Life. Finalization of the transaction is subject to approval by the regulatory authorities and is expected to take place in the second half of 2013.
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Non life underwriting result drives HANNOVER Re's 1H2013 net income up 0.6%
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2013-08-22
HANNOVER Re has reported net income of EUR 407.7 million for the first half of 2013, representing a slight increase of 0.6% y-o-y. "The modest rise in group's net income to EUR 408 million was driven mainly by an 85% increase in the underwriting profit for non-life reinsurance", Chief Executive Officer Ulrich WALLIN explained. "This more than made up for the reduced profitability in life and health reinsurance and somewhat lower investment income."
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AXA 1H2013 revenues up 4% y-o-y
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2013-08-22
The French insurer AXA reported total revenues of EUR 50 billion for the financial period January-June 2013, up 4% y-o-y, while the net income was stable at EUR 2.5 billion, decreasing by one percent. Adjusted earnings were up by 26% to EUR 3 billion, mainly driven by "higher underlying earnings and higher realized capital gains, including EUR 151 million from the sale of a 2.4% equity stake in BNP Paribas", according to the Activity Indicators published by the French group.
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Credit Europe Asigurari
PRESS CUTTINGS
ACHMEA posts net profit of EUR 123 million

AEGON grows earnings, sales and cash flows in Q2 2013

ARMENIA: Insurers posted AMD 552.8 milllion in net profit in 1H2013

AZERBAIJAN has chosen the Turkish model for the development of agricultural insurance

AZERBAIJAN insurance market for 2013: exclusive rights fail

CROATIA: CO raising stake in Slovenian insurance company

ING 2Q profit dips on hedging. Operations improve

KAZAKHSTAN to set up state company for insurance of building owners liability to home investors

KBC Group: Strong first-half profit of EUR 1.04 billion

LATVIA, PZU: 57% do not feel safe about their health

LITHUANIA: Insurance payments from recent storms expected to top USD 578,000

MACEDONIA: QBE Makedonija changes name to Osiguruvanje Makedonija VIG

RUSSIA: PUTIN insured for USD3 million against damage to third parties in Baku

SERBIA: Societe Generale arm takes over portfolio of local KBC unit

UKRAINIAN Agricultural Insurance Pool signs 527 agreements on forward contracts insurance for 6 months
EDITORIAL
Nature rules, insurers pay

Heavy rains have washed the territory of Central and Eastern Europe this summer causing massive floods that resulted in what Swiss Re called "the second most expensive freshwater flood event on record". In short, economic losses of almost USD 18 billion added-on to the pain caused by the 22 lives claimed by the waters.
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daniela.ghetu@mxp.ro


JLT

INTERVIEW
Dragan MARKOVIC
General Manager
TRIGLAV Insurance
Belgrade

Clients can not be "taken"; in fact, they are the ones who choose. We believe that the decisions that they make increasingly consider the quality of TRIGLAV Insurance, primarily a high level of confidence that is reflected in the rating of the entire Group, but also a high level of adaptability to the needs of each insured in Serbia.
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Metropolitan Life

STATISTIC UPDATES
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