“The profitability of insurers operating in Poland has been growing steadily for a few years with ROAE exceeding 20% in 1H 2019 in both life and non-life segments,” said Marcin Mazurek, director of Inteliace Research, during a presentation of Inteliace's latest report, Insurance Market in Poland, 2019-2021.
Recent years have been particularly challenging for life insurers as the regulatory developments and disclosure rules have changed the way life insurance products are distributed. This led to significant changes in market shares as less adaptive players lost market share while more flexible players reinforced their position. Increasing regulatory pressure has also triggered market consolidation. After multiple M&A transactions recorded in 2018, there are new deals upcoming with the recently speculated withdrawal of AXA. The ongoing consolidation in the insurance sector is for sure taking out some pressure from the market in terms of pricing and tariffs as well it is helping to increase the scale of operations for survivors.
Both, life and non-life insurers have seen improving profitability in 2018 and the first half of 2019. This has been primarily an effect of increasing automation and better cost control. The combined ratio for non-life insurers (CR) remained below 90% on average while it stood below 96% in both TPL and Casco car insurance. The overall net profit of non-life insurers increased to 4.2 billion as of 2018. Similarly, a favorable trend in profitability could be observed within the life insurance sector. Despite falling premiums, life insurers managed to improve the bottom line to PLN 2.4 billion.
The mid-term outlook for insurers operating in Poland remains positive, although there are challenges ahead. Within the non-life segment, further automation of processes and a more advanced risk assessment will be key to offering attractive prices and staying ahead of the competition. Within the life insurance segment, the premium income is expected to stabilize as insurers will adjust their product and service portfolio to a new regulatory regime.
For more information on recent developments in the Polish insurance sector, please refer to the publication “Insurance Market in Poland, 2019-2021” at:
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“Insurance Market in Poland, 2019-2021” is the latest update of our comprehensive publication about the banking sector in Poland. It describes the present market structure and recent trends in the market and also provides short-term estimates of key banking through 2021. When preparing this report, Inteliace Research responded to feedback received from its clients. Compared to the previous edition, it has been fully revised and updated.
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