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XPRIMM News No. 294, January 21, 2016

Insurance Newsletter, No. 294, January 21, 2016

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GRAWE Romania ready to enter the motor insurance segment
by Adina TUDOR, 2016-01-21
The insurance company GRAWE Romania, part of GRAWE Group, announced earlier this year its intention to enter the MTPL and Motor Hull insurance segments. The company filed the required authorization documentations and it is currently waiting for the approval of Romania's Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF).
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JLT Fac launches new division, JLT Fac
by Mihai CRACEA, 2016-01-19
JLT Re announced the launch of a new division - JLT Fac and the appointment of Vanessa MACDONALD-SMITH who will lead the division.
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STATISTICS: CEE 3Q2015: Mixed results for the Unit-Linked life insurance business
by Daniela GHETU, 2016-01-21
While the overall regional life insurance GWP went down by 3.4%, driven by the negative trend recorded in Poland and the Czech Republic, the Unit-Linked segment saw an almost 2% increase in GWP, to EUR 4.7 billion. However, across the region there are huge differences in the trends recorded in various countries.

STATISTICS: CEE 3Q2015: Czech and Polish markets account for over 70% of the regional GTPL business
by Daniela GHETU, 2016-01-21
GTPL insurance accounted for 4.4% of the CEE overall portfolio, a share fairly unchanged as compared with the line's weight 12 months before. In 3Q2015, GWP for this class went up by 5.3%, to EUR 1.06 billion, with most of the additional premium volume coming, in absolute terms, from the Czech market.
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STATISTICS: Top 50 CEE insurance companies dominated by Polish players both in the life and non-life rankings
by Daniela GHETU, 2016-01-21
The Top 50 rankings of the life and non-life insurance companies in the CEE are probably the most evident proof of difference in size among the Polish market and the rest of the CEE markets. Thus, the Polish companies are obviously dominating the top part of the rankings: Top 5 on the life insurance segment and Top 3 on the non-life side are entirely Polish.
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Credit Europe Asigurari
VERISK releases industry's first cyber exposure data standard
by Mihai CRACEA, 2016-01-19
VERISK Analytics announced that it has released the industry's first global cyber exposure data standard. This standard will help create a uniform method for data transfer across the insurance value chain. Verisk's catastrophe modeling business AIR Worldwide has also developed a preparer's guide to assist companies in collecting and storing the necessary cyber exposure data in an open format suitable for modeling.
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EUROINS Insurance Group increased its GWP by 43% in 2015
by Vlad BOLDIJAR, 2016-01-21
Bulgarian-based EUROINS Insurance Group (EIG) reported preliminary GWP of EUR 230.86 million during 2015, 43.34% more y-o-y, according to a press release published by its owner, the financial holding EUROHOLD.
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7% growth in GWP expected for the Latvian market in 2016
by Daniela GHETU, 2016-01-21
Competition will remain tough in all segments on the Baltic insurance markets in 2016, preventing significant rises in the insurance premiums level. As a result, the Latvian market is expected to maintain the 7% growth pace experienced in 2015, informs LETA quoting Ingrida KIRSE, ERGO Board member in the Baltic states.

SLOVAKIA: ALLIANZ acquires "Central Shopping Center" in Bratislava
by Vlad BOLDIJAR, 2016-01-21
ALLIANZ Real Estate (ARE) has acquired 100% of the shares of Central Shopping Center in Bratislava from IMMOCAP Group, a Slovakian real estate development company, for around EUR 175 million. It is the first real estate investment of ALLIANZ in Slovakia.


UNIQA launches EUR 500 million investment program
by Vlad BOLDIJAR, 2016-01-21
The Austrian insurer UNIQA announced it launches a long term investment programme worth EUR 500 million "in order to align processes and products with customer requirements and expectations that are being transformed by the digital revolution".

Bimeh Markazi Iran intends to develop a cooperation with the Russian re/insurers. SOGAZ sees the potential of cooperation
by Olesea ADONEV, 2016-01-21
Bimeh Markazi Iran, (Central Insurance of IR Iran), intends to develop a cooperation with Russian companies, including the exchange of knowledge and experience in re/insurance industry, according to the official document signed by the Russian-Iranian commissions, stated TASS.
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ZURICH expects Q4 losses in General Insurance business
by Vlad BOLDIJAR, 2016-01-21
ZURICH Insurance Group expects its General Insurance business to record a business operating loss in the fourth quarter 2015 due to natural catastrophe claims, including those related to recent storms and floods in the UK and Ireland, and a significant level of large losses. "Operating results for Farmers and Global Life should be in line with expectations, and the Group's capital position remains very strong across all key metrics", the ZURICH representatives pointed out.

ALLIANZ to buy commercial P&C portfolio from AEGON
by Vlad BOLDIJAR, 2016-01-21
AEGON the Netherlands announced the sale of its commercial line non-life business to ALLIANZ Benelux. This portfolio has two parts: the active commercial portfolio with a total volume of about EUR 90 million and two run-off portfolios: authorized agents and co-insurance. With this transaction, ALLIANZ'S P&C market share in the Netherlands will rise from 4.4% to 5.0%.
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QIC posts 49% increase in GWP and USD 292 million net profit for 2015
by Mihai CRACEA, 2016-01-21
Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) announced strong financial results for the full year 2015, benefiting from the successful diversification of the firm into more geographies and lines of business.


Business interruption (BI) is top global business risks according to Allianz Risk Barometer 2016
The impact of business interruption (incl. supply chain disruption), market developments (volatility, intensified competition and market stagnation) and cyber incidents are the major risks occupying the attention of companies at the start of 2016, according to the fifth annual Allianz Risk Barometer, which surveys over 800 risk managers and corporate insurance experts from more than 40 countries.

ARMENIA: Insurers pay AMD 8.7 billion in 40,939 car compensation claims in 2015

HUNGARY's OTP in talks to buy AXA Bank's local mortgages

Insurance payments in Russia and Kazakhstan amounted to only about 40-50 percent of set sums

KYRGYZSTAN: Basic CMTPL insurance premium totally unfounded

RUSSIA: Without a license, the Central Bank's 8 insurance companies

First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board

In reinsurance, the problem will be the decreasing of the investors' interest for this segment due to high competition and the reduction of margins in this business, or due to the changes of stock value of insurers that also lead to an outflow of capital from the insurance segment. But, as I see this will not be associated with any natural disaster, instead will be a stock factor, or a decrease of investor interest for this segment.

Dieter PSCHEIDL is VIG's new Head of European Affairs
by Adina TUDOR, 2016-01-21
In January 2016, Dieter PSCHEIDL, the former Representative to the European Union of the Austrian Insurance Association (VVO), was named Head of European Affairs at VIENNA Insurance Group.
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Michal KRUPINSKI appointed as new CEO of PZU
by Vlad BOLDIJAR, 2016-01-21
The Polish state-controlled insurer PZU (Powszechny Zaklad Ubezpieczen) announced on January 20th, the appointment of Michal KRUPINSKI as Company's Chief Executive Officer.

AZERBAIJAN FY 2014 & 1H2015
KAZAKHSTAN FY2014 & 1H2015
RUSSIA FY 2014 & 1H2015
TURKEY FY2014 & 1H2015
Ins. Report CEE, SEE & CIS – FY2014 & 1H2015
Motor Ins. Report FY2014 & 1H2015
Property Ins. Report FY2014


CEE Overall market data 3Q2015
CEE Life ins. data 3Q2015
CEE Life Unit-linked ins. data 3Q2015
CEE Non-life ins. data 3Q2015
CEE MTPL market data 3Q2015
CEE Motor hull ins. data 3Q2015
CEE Property ins. data 3Q2015
CEE GTPL ins. data 3Q2015
CEE TOP 50 Life Ins. ranking
CEE TOP 50 Non-Life Ins. Ranking

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