Insurance Newsletter, No. 275, August 27, 2015

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Romanian supervisor announces the bankruptcy of ASTRA Asigurari
by mihai.cracea@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
The Financial Supervisory Authority announced the bankruptcy of ASTRA Asigurari, the third largest insurer in Romania, after a year and a half of special administration.
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Consolidated premiums totaling EUR 4.9 billion and top rating A+ for VIG in the first half of 2015
by adina.tudor@mxp.ro, 2015-08-25
VIENNA Insurance Group wrote EUR 4.9 billion in consolidated premiums in the first six months of 2015 (minus 1.5 percent), without single premium policies reporting a solid increase of 2.2 percent compared to the previous year.
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TRUST Re, 1H2015: Net Profit up by 180%
by daniela.ghetu@mxp.ro, 2015-08-27
In the first six months of the year TRUST Re's Gross Written Premium reached USD 328.6 million representing a 4.5% increase y-o-y. Net Underwriting Profit rose by 75.4% to reach USD 12.1 million, largely as a result of the improvement in the loss experience during the reporting period.

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- for Trust Re
by mihai.cracea@mxp.ro, 2015-08-24
A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of "a-" of Trust International Insurance & Reinsurance Company B.S.C. (c) Trust Re (Trust Re) (Bahrain). The outlook for both ratings remains stable.
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Save your seat at the International Catastrophic Risks Forum!
by adina.tudor@mxp.ro, 2015-08-27
Climate change and its impact on the insurance industry, risk modelling in the new context dominated by extreme weather events and natural disasters, and agricultural insurance as a risk management tool are among the key issues that will be analyzed during the 12th edition of ICAR - International Catastrophic Risks Forum.

A new issue of XPRIMM Insurance Report and 4 new Country Profiles, to be launched at Baden-Baden in October
by adina.tudor@mxp.ro, 2015-08-27
The forthcoming issue of XPRIMM Insurance Report 1H2015 - containing the financial results for the first half of 2015 -, as well as the latest issues of XPRIMM Insurance Profile for Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Russia will be officially launched on October 18th, during the Baden-Baden XPRIMM Reception.

Active reinsurance in Bulgaria and the MTPL segment in Romania and Macedonia increased EIG's GWP by more than 50% in H1
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
The Bulgarian insurance group EUROINS (EIG) - member of EUROHOLD, reported for the first half of 2015 a 53.65% increase of gross written premiums (GWP), up to EUR 115.97 million, according to preliminary data published by the group. Positive rates in GWP were reported by EUROINS Romania (+61.9%), EUROINS Bulgaria (+47.5%) and EUROINS Macedonia (14.8%), while the two specialized insurers - EUROINS Life (-6.3%) and EUROINS Health (-44.2%) reported negative dynamics.

STATISTICS: Bank of Lithuania, 1H2015: Insurance market reaches record volumes, although the growth rates of the insurance branches vary
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
The insurance market recorded a year-on-year 6.4% increase over the first half of this year in terms of premiums written, with its volumes reaching record heights - EUR 312.3 million. "Growth in life insurance was less robust than a year ago, but this branch remains the main engine of growth within the entire insurance market. The non-life insurance market boosted as well, although the most numerous in terms of contracts concluded, the motor third party liability (MTPL) insurance class did not avoid a decline", says Mindaugas SALCIUS, Deputy Director of the Prudential Supervision Department of the Supervision Service at the Bank of Lithuania.
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STATISTICS: ESTONIA's insurance market posts 4.6% half-year growth in GWP
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
The insurers activating on the Estonian market reported total gross written premiums of EUR 178 million at the end of June 2015, up by 4.6% y-o-y, according to the market figures published by the Estonian National Statistics Board. At the same time, the value of paid claims was up by 7.1% y-o-y to EUR 99 million.
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STATISTICS: LATVIA: Insurers profit down by almost 50% in 1H2015
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
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.
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Credit Europe Asigurari
ALLIANZ, 1H2015: strong reasons to expect a high profit for 2015
by daniela.ghetu@mxp.ro, 2015-08-27
Total revenues of the ALLIANZ Group rose by 7.1% y-o-y in 1H2015, to EUR 67.9 billion. Operating profit climbed 3.7% to EUR 5.70 billion, while net income attributable to shareholders advanced 13.1%, to EUR 3.84 billion.
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TRIGLAV, 1H2015: Foreign subsidiaries pushed up the Group's premium production
by daniela.ghetu@mxp.ro, 2015-08-27
The foreign subsidiaries of the TRIGLAV Group had a determinant contribution to the 4% positive y-o-y GWP evolution reported by the Group, to EUR 507.8 million. Thus, while the Slovenian mother company TRIGLAV, booked 1% less y-o-y or EUR 333.9 million in GWP, in the other five Adriatic countries where the Group is active, all subsidiaries saw premium growth compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, whith the highest growth rate in Serbia.
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SAVA Re, 1H2015: 34% increase in profit driven by the non-life business
by daniela.ghetu@mxp.ro, 2015-08-27
The international reinsurance and non-Slovenian insurance business were the main drivers of the increase in income saw by the SAVA Group in 1H2015. GWP amounted to EUR 276.7 million, over 3% up y-o-y, while the net profit increased by 33.9%, to EUR 17.1 million, exceeding the budgeted figure for the first six months. The largest contributions to the profit figure came from Slovenian non-life insurance business, followed by Slovenian life business and reinsurance business.
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STATISTICS: GREECE, 1H2015: Life insurance maintained the market on a positive track
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
The Greek insurers reported a GWP of EUR 1.96 billion in the first half of 2015, as compared with EUR 1.92 billion a year earlier, according to the 1H2015 Report published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC). The Report published by HAIC includes the figures for 57 insurers accounting for 95.8% of the insurance market's full data for 2014. Of these, 21 were active in the life segment (97.4% market share) and 47 were active in the non-life segment (94.4% market share).

STATISTICS: KOSOVO insurers reported a loss of EUR 2.5 million at the end of June
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
During the January-June 2015 period, the Kosovo insurance market maintained similar results to those reported for the 1H2014 period - GWP of EUR 39.3 million, while the value of paid claims increased by 22% y-o-y to EUR 19.4 million, according to financial figures published by the Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo (CBK). During 1H2015, the number of policies sold by insurance companies was 447.9 thousand, representing an annual increase of 4.5%.

Credit Europe Asigurari
PZU 1H2015: record-breaking sales, benefitting from the international expansion of the Group
by daniela.ghetu@mxp.ro, 2015-08-27
PZU Group's sales saw a record-breaking amount in 1H2015, of PLN 9.13 billion (EUR 2.17 billion), some 8.2% more than in the corresponding period last year. In the first six months of this year the insurer recorded net profit in excess of PLN 1.3 billion (EUR 309 million). The company also sustained its high return on equity with an ROE of 21.1%.

ERGO recorded positive results in the Baltic States, outperforming the region's market dynamic
by daniela.ghetu@mxp.ro, 2015-08-27
ERGO's Baltic subsidiaries reported for the first half year 2015 GWP amounting to EUR 89.3 million, 15% up y-o-y, a growth pace outperforming by far the average 6.2% increase in premium written seen in the Baltic markets during the period. Positive bottom line result amounted to EUR 5.22 million profit which is more than double than same period last year. At regional level, ERGO's market share increased to 13.2%.

STATISTICS: BELARUS, 1H2015: Devaluation of the BYR against the "hard" currency had a negative influence on the main types of insurance that can be bought in foreign currency
by olesea.adonev@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
The growth and strengthening of the crisis phenomenon due to the fall of oil prices (editor's note: On August, 2015 the cost of Brent crude oil fell below USD 42.87/per barrel, so once again the price for the Brent crude oil is close to its lowest level in six years), as well as the devaluation of RUB, the extending of sanctions for Russia (which is the main trade partner of the Republic of Belarus) and the fall on the Chinese stock market led to the low economic growth in Belarus last year.
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STATISTICS: UZBEKISTAN, 1H2015: Claims paid by the insurers up by 69.6%
by olesea.adonev@mxp.ro, 2015-08-25
In the first half of 2015 the Uzbek insurance market reached a total GWP volume of UZS 270.9 billion, up by 21.8% in local currency. Total claims paid were amounted to UZS 56.7 billion, 69.6% more than in January-June 2014.
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AXA reported record half-year profit of EUR 3.1 billion
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
Driven by growth in all its business segments, the French insurer AXA reported total revenues of EUR 54.5 billion for the 1H2015 period, up 2% y-o-y on a comparable basis. At the same time, the net income was down by 7% to almost EUR 3.1 billion, according to the half year activity indicators published by the group. On a reported basis, the two mentioned indicators increased by 10% and 2%, the group noted in a press release.

TALANX lowered its 2015 targeted profit after writing off goodwill of EUR 155 million in its German life insurance business
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
Affected by the impairment in full of goodwill amounting to EUR 155 million in the German life insurance business, the insurer TALANX posted a half-year net income of EUR 311 million (vs. EUR 381 million in 1H2014) and gross written premiums of EUR 16.8 billion, or EUR 1.8 million more compared with the 1H2014 figure. At the same time, the operating profit (EBIT) improved by 1% "to just over EUR 1 billion despite the one-off burden", the German insurer announced in a statement.

Substantially higher net income for GROUPAMA in 1H2015
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
For the first six months of 2015, the French insurer GROUPAMA posted a substantially higher net income of EUR 266 million (+90% y-o-y), a solid solvency margin of 251% (vs. 253% at 31 December 2014), while the net non-life combined ratio was 98.7% vs. 98.5% at 30 June 2014. At the same time, the French Group reported an improvement in economic operating income to EUR 116 million, EUR 16 million more compared with a year earlier.

New trends and the best ways to deal with future challenges
by oana.racatej@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
LIMRA European Annual Conference, "The sharing economy, a new opportunity for insurance?", which takes place at AVIVA Headquarters in Paris between September 20th - 22nd, focuses on the opportunities, how to increase profitability and how to improve competitiveness in the new context of the sharing economy.

Insurance Europe: Insurers on track with Solvency II implementation
by adina.tudor@mxp.ro, 2015-08-24
Europe's insurers are making significant progress towards implementing Solvency II by the end of 2015. However, many are extremely concerned about the pressure which insurers face due to additional last minute requirements that are being imposed in the run-up to the regime coming into force, according to a survey conducted by Insurance Europe - the European insurance and reinsurance federation.


STATISTICS: GWP of MACEDONIAN insurers up by more than 10% in Q1
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
Macedonian insurers posted aggregate gross written premiums of EUR 34.86 million (MKD 2.14 billion) at the end of March 2015, according to figures published on the Insurance Supervisions Agency website. The mentioned figure is about 10.2% higher y-o-y. The value of paid claims increased by 16.4% y-o-y to EUR 13.3 million.

STATISTICS: SLOVAK insurance market up by 4.4% in 1Q2015, NBS
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
In 1Q2015 the Slovak insurance market totaled EUR 614.20 million, 4.43% up y-o-y, the statistics published by the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) indicated. The value of paid claims increased by 4.67% y-o-y to EUR 313.88 million.

MMC posted a 2% decline in revenue in Q2 2015
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
MARSH & McLENNAN Companies (MMC) reported for the second quarter of 2015 consolidated revenues of USD 3.22 billion, a decline of 2% compared with Q2 2014, "reflecting the continuing impact of the strong US dollar", the company noted in the press release. Operating income was USD 629 million compared with USD 647 million in the prior year, while the net income attributable to the Company was USD 419 million (vs. USD 431 million in Q2 2014).

AON's Q2 net income down by 41% y-o-y to USD 178 million
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-26
For the second quarter of 2015, the risk and insurance brokerage services provider AON posted a total revenue of USD 2.8 billion, down by 4% y-o-y "primarily by a 7% unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation, partially offset by 2% organic revenue growth and a 1% increase in commissions and fees related to acquisitions, net of divestitures". The net income attributable to shareholders was down by 41% y-o-y to USD 178 million, or USD 0.62 per share, compared to USD 304 million, or USD 1.01 per share, for the prior year quarter.

President of the Council of Bureaux

All Moldavian insurance companies will not be allowed to sell green card policies anymore, which means that they will lose an important part of their business. Another one, the Moldavian drivers will have no possibility to freely go outside of the country without purchasing frontier insurance. And frontier insurance is much more expensive than buying a green card here. Also, the Moldavian Bureau will still have to pay claims for policies sold before.


Visit the XPRIMM stand in Monte Carlo for your complimentary copy of XPRIMM Insurance Report!
by adina.tudor@mxp.ro, 2015-08-27
All the professionals participating this year at "Les Rendez-vous de Septembre 2015" in Monte-Carlo will have the opportunity to complete their XPRIMM Publications collection with the latest issues of the specialized magazines. Those who visit the XPRIMM Stand at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo will receive a free copy of XPRIMM Insurance Report.

MOTOR Insurance Report FY2014
PROPERTY Insurance Report FY2014


Lithuania 1H2015
Estonia 1H2015
Latvia 1H2015
Greece 1H2015
Kosovo 1H2015
Belarus 1H2015
Uzbekistan 1H2015
Macedonia 1Q2015
Slovak Rep. 1Q2015


Dr. Werner ZEDELIUS is the new head of the ALLIANZ CEE business
by daniela.ghetu@mxp.ro, 2015-08-27
Starting September 1st, the CEE insurance business of the ALLIANZ Group will be managed by Dr. Werner ZEDELIUS, who will take over this assignment from Manuel BAUER. The change is part of a larger reorganization action meant to reduce the German insurer's Management Board from 10 members to 9.
UKRAINE: Olena ULJEE takes on CEO role at UNIQA non-life subsidiary
by vlad.boldijar@mxp.ro, 2015-08-27
Starting 19th August, 2015, Olena ULJEE appointed on the positions of CEO/COO/CFO at UNIQA Insurance, the non-life insurance company in Ukraine, succeeding Yuriy YEFIMOV - who will be moving to the Supervisory Board.
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Changes in the Board of Directors of VIG Re
by daniela.ghetu@mxp.ro, 2015-08-21
Claudia STRANSKY, Member of the Board of Directors of VIG Re, has decided to step down from her executive duties on 31 December 2015 in order to pursue career opportunities outside of the industry.


Regional Conference "Solvency II: What can go wrong?"
September 2, 2015
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Organizer: Insurance Supervision Agency of Slovenia
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WorldPensionSummit 2015
September 10-11, 2015
The Hague, Netherlands
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5th Annual Risk Management Forum
September 10-11, 2015
Vienna, Rennaisance Wien Hotel
Organizer: Global Leading Conferences KFT
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2nd Annual Insurance Business Forum
September 7-11, 2015
Sochi, Russia
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Les Rendez-vous de Septembre 2015
September 12-17, 2015
Monte Carlo, Monaco
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XV-Annual International Financial Forum
September 16-19, 2015
Odessa, Ukraine
Organizers: LIOU and Business Strategy Center Perspektiva
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For details: www.cbs.org.ua
LIMRA European Annual Conference Paris 2015 - The Sharing Economy Opportunities
September 20-22, 2015
Paris, France
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For details: www.limra.com
17th Hydra Meeting
September 24-26, 2015
Hydra Island, Greece
Organizer: Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies
For details: www.eaee.gr
IAA Regional Seminar
September 28-29, 2015
Baku, Azerbaijan
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For details: www.actuaries.org
12th ICAR - International CAtastrophic Risks Forum
October 1th, 2015
HILTON Hotel - Bucharest, Romania
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20th African Reinsurance Forum
October 4-6, 2015
Hotel Movenpick Tangier, Morocco
Organizer: Societe Centrale de Reassurance - SCR and African Insurance Organization - AIO
For details: www.aioforum2015.com
Global Summit for Insurance Innovation
October 7-8, 2015
Madrid, Spain
Organizer: INESE
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For details: www.innovation.inese.es
2nd Annual Claims Management Conference
October 8-9, 2015
Ayre Hotel Caspe, Barcelona, Spain
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ACE Reports Second Quarter Operating Income of USD 788 Million

Achmea doubles operational result to EUR 285 million

Aegon reports increase in earnings, sales and cash flows for the second quarter of 2015

AIG Reports Second Quarter 2015 Net Income of USD 1.8 Billion

ARMENIAN Insurers Assets down by 5.1% yoy and by 2.8% in Q2

ARMENIAN Insurers Increasing Net Worth by 4.5% yoy with a 1.2% Quarter Decrease

Aviva plc 2015 Interim Results Announcement

Aviva says considering 'bolt-on' acquisitions in POLAND

AZERBAIJAN prepares for compulsory health insurance

BULGARIA's Euroins buys Credit Agricole's Greek insurance business

Experts think manat devaluation to affect AZERBAIJAN's insurance market in 3rd quarter

Future quake could cause USD 120 bn damage in TURKEY

Hannover Re increases Group net income by around 20 percent

HUNGARY's MNB fines Uniqa Insurance HUF76m for violations

If half-year profit in Baltics reduced by 13% in H1

Iranian banks, insurance companies to fully resume work AZERBAIJAN

KOSOVO: Belgrade-Pristina vehicle insurance deal in force as of midnight

MetLife Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results

NN Group posts strong 2Q15 results

POLAND: A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Polskie Towarzystwo Reasekuracji S.A.

RUSSIA: A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of SOGAZ

RUSSIA: VTB Insurance increased 6-month IFRS insurance premiums by 11.6%

SCOR delivers a strong performance for the first half of 2015 with a net income of EUR 327 million, up 28% from H1 2014

TURKEY's Halk insurance units' privatisation cancelled

TURKEY:Nearly 75 percent of the insurance sector is either foreign-owned or partnered

Willis Group Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results

Zurich reports business operating profit of USD 2.2 billion for the first half of 2015


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