In the first half of 2015, GWP by the Georgian insurers amounted to EUR 83.11 million, up 20.2% y-o-y (GEL 207.72 million). Analyzing the official results one may conclude that the insurance industry has recovered after a sharp y-o-y decline in 2014 when the market decreased by 32.3%. The main reason for the 2014 decline was the complete removal of the insurers from all government's projects, such as the universal healthcare program.
Within the first quarter of 2015, insurance company GPI Holding, a
member of Vienna Insurance Group, made significant achievements in
various lines of insurance, securing the position of leading company in
the insurance industry.
In January-March 2015, the Georgian insurance market increased by 31% y-o-y in local currency to GEL 115.92 million (EUR 48 million), according to the data published by the Insurance Supervisory Office - ISO. The positive trend recorded by the local insurance industry was driven by the increasing of GWP reported in almost all business lines.
Georgian insurers were confronted with a challenging year in 2014, mainly because of the health insurance program cessation. "The state health insurance program - initiated by the Government of Georgia in 2007 in order to provide medical insurance to vulnerable groups of Georgian population via private insurance companies -, represented app. 45% the total 2013 GWP. In 2014 the program was canceled. As a result, despite the robust growth in corporate sector, the insurance market shrank by 30%," Vakhtang DEKANOSIDZE, CEO IRAO told XPRIMM.
According to a new legislative proposal in Georgia, the insurance companies, which are currently registered as Limited Liability Companies, must change their status and form a Joint Stock Company until the 1st of July, 2015.
In January-September 2014, the Georgian insurance market decreased by 44% y-o-y in local currency to GEL 225.95 million (EUR 101.6 million), according to data published by the Insurance Supervisory Office - ISO.
In 1H2014, the Georgian insurance market decreased by 18.82% y-o-y in local currency to GEL 159.58 million, according to data published by the Insurance State Supervision Service of Georgia. Due to exchange rate variations in the European currency, the insurance market decreased by ~27.30%, to EUR 66.27 million.
In Q1 2014, the Georgian insurance market decreased by 20% y-o-y in local currency to GEL 88.5 million, according to data published by the Insurance Supervisory Office - ISO. Due to the exchange rate variations, in European currency, the insurance market decreased by ~29%, to EUR 36.9 million.
The Georgian insurance market ended the financial year 2013 with a slump, as gross written premiums decreased by 16.50% in European currency, to EUR 197.21 million (GEL 471.15 million), according to the reports of the Georgian State Insurance Supervisory Service. Since April 15, 2013 the state supervision over insurance activities has been carried out by the Service for the state insurance supervision and not by the National Bank of Georgia, as was the case before.
On February 28th 2013, the universal healthcare program was launched in Georgia, addressing the needs of citizens who do not have adequate health insurance. In less than five months 1,347,658 people have been enrolled, more than 40 thousand of those being served in an out-patient setting, and almost 15.5 thousand receiving treatment in hospital, which cost the state treasury of Georgia nearly GEL 6.4 million.
On February 28th this year the universal healthcare program was launched in Georgia. This concerns the interests of citizens who do not have adequate health insurance. In less than five months since this program was initiated 1,347,658 people have been enrolled, more than 40 thousand of those being served in an out-patient setting, and almost 15.5 thousand receiving treatment in hospital, which cost the state treasury of Georgia nearly GEL 6.4 million.
The Georgian insurance market ended the financial year 2012 in black, as gross written premiums increased by 60.5% y-o-y to GEL 515 million (EUR 236 million), as the National Bank of Georgia reports. About three quarters of this value was generated by only one segment: health insurance.
Armenian ambassador to Georgia Hovhannes Manoukian met March 12 with Georgian Healthcare Minister David Sergeyenko. Ambassador Manoukian voiced hope that the cooperation between the
countries will continue. Minister Sergeyenko, in turn, noted
Armenian-Georgian collaboration in healthcare sector as a significant
area in bilateral relations.
The total insurance premium volume in Georgia increased impressively to EUR 215 million (GEL 460.3 million) in the period January - September 2012, 75% more as compared with the same period a year ago, according to the data published by the National Bank of Georgia. In terms of claims, the local insurers paid out EUR 83.6 million in insurance damages until the end of September, 10.7% more y-o-y.
Georgian insurers posted underwritings worth GEL 233.9 mil (EUR 115 million) between January-June 2012, a 24.3% growth in national currency as compared with the 1H 2011 results. Paid claims have increased by 1.2% reaching GEL 118.2 million (EUR 58 million), according to financial results published by the National Bank of Georgia.
Following negative figures registered during the whole year 2011, the insurance sector saw growth momentum into first quarter of 2012. Practically, Georgian insurance industry ended 1Q2012 with a respectable growth of 67 per cent over the previous year.
The largest player was established in the Georgian insurance and hospital markets, as on April 5th, insurance Company ALDAGI BCI became the owner of an 85% capital share of IMEDI L, in a deal of GEL 8 million (EUR 3.8 million), announced by COMMERSANT.
In January-September, 2011, Georgian insurers generated a premium volume of EUR 116 million, 6% less compared to 3Q2010. Despite this decrease, life insurance premiums recorded a double value to EUR 5 million, but this type of insurance is still significantly under-represented, with a share of less than 5% in the total premium volume.
According to research done by The FINANCIAL, out of the insurance companies in Georgia the most reliable is Aldagi BCI.
The net profit of the insurance companies from Georgia, totaled in 2010, GEL 33.9 million (about USD 20 million), with 89.4% more than the results registered in 2009.