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ARSENAL INSURANCE SEES 15% RISE IN PREMIUM COLLECTION IN H1

Kyiv-based insurance company Arsenal Insurance collected over UAH 1 billion in insurance premiums in January-June 2019, which was 15% up year-over-year, according to a press release issued by the insurer.
The number of contracts concluded over the period under review reached 440,000, which is 12.74% more than in the same period of 2018.
The company also reports that it has achieved the most significant results in its priority segment of car insurance. Sales of voluntary car insurance (KASKO) policies increased by 33.6%, to UAH 383.1 million. About 7,300 private car owners and 4,000 corporate clients used KASKO services. Compulsory vehicle owners’ civil liability (OSAGO) premiums increased by 7.4%, to UAH 80.5 million.
“Arsenal Insurance, a company with 100% Ukrainian capital, is among the TOP 3 insurers popular with Ukrainians. Our portfolio is quite diversified. Voluntary types of insurance (KASKO, property insurance, medical insurance for groups and other types) account for 91.4% of the total premiums, mandatory types account for 8.6%,” the press release quoted Chairman of the company’s Board Serhiy Avdeyev as saying.
The company also reports that it continues to actively develop digital insurance – an organic increase in online sales was 50%. Among the products that customers bought through the site are OSAGO, travel insurance and express insurance of property.
In the first half of 2019, Arsenal Insurance handled UAH 263.1 million in insurance claim payments. Of these, payments on KASKO policy events accounted for 71% (UAH 187.5 million); the share of payments on OSAGO policy events was 16% (UAH 41.9 million).
In addition, the company settled a number of large losses of property belonging to corporate clients, in particular, UAH 8.3 million in insurance compensation for a grain dryer destroyed in a fire at an agricultural enterprise’s site and UAH 32 million for a loss related to the theft of seeds and crop protection chemicals at a warehouse.
The company also notes that its daily insurance claim payments exceed UAH 2 million on the average. The share of reimbursements compensated by reinsurers in the first half of 2019 was 13.3%.
The company’s assets as of June 30, 2019, amounted to UAH 1.964 billion, which is 46.4% more than in the same period of 2018. The amount of cash and cash equivalents is UAH 468.3 million (18% up). Insurance reserves for the first half of the year increased by 48.3%, to over UAH 1.140 billion.
The company’s actual solvency margin is UAH 344.8 million (7.6% up) and exceeds the standard level by 28.3%.
IC Arsenal Insurance is the successor of IC Arsenal-Dnipro, operating in Ukraine since 2005. It has retail outlets in all regional centers and some major cities in the country.
Its partners are leading European reinsurers, namely HannoverRe, Polish Reinsurance Company, SCOR SE, Gen.

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NUMBER OF GREEN CARD INSURANCE CONTRACTS IN UKRAINE UP BY 50%

The number of Green Card international insurance contracts signed by the companies that are members of the Motor (Transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine (MTIBU) increased by 50.3% in January-May 2019 compared with January-May 2018, to 299,531.
According to the MTIBU’s website, the amount of accrued insurance premiums for this period rose by 39.06% compared to the same period last year, to UAH 737.1 million.
At the same time, the amount of compensation paid under the claims grew by 0.44%, to EUR 4.779 million.
The number of settled claims fell by 1.04%, to 2,098.

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NUMBER OF GREEN CARD INSURANCE CONTRACTS IN UKRAINE UP BY 48.9%

The number of Green Card international insurance contracts signed by the companies that are members of the Motor (Transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine (MTIBU) increased by 48.99% in January-March 2019 compared with January-March 2018, to 212,616.
According to the MTIBU’s website, the amount of accrued insurance premiums for this period rose by 39.87% compared to the same period last year, to UAH 453.5 million.
At the same time, the amount of compensation paid under the claims decreased by 12.41%, to EUR 2.473 million.
The number of paid claims fell by 8.49%, to 1,229.

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CYBERSECURITY RISK INSURANCE TO BE TREND IN 2019 IN UKRAINE

Ernst & Young is waiting for a spike in proposals to insure cybersecurity risks in Ukraine in 2019, according to a study by Ernst & Young Global Limited posted by the Ukrainian representative office of the company.
“The high level of damage to business from cybercrime around the world encourages companies to look for ways to manage these risks from the outside. One of the available options is to insure cyber risks, so similar offers from insurance companies are the expected trend of 2019 in Ukraine,” Senior Manager of information technology and IT risk management department of EY in Ukraine Dmytro Lazuchenkov said.
According to EY Global Information Security Survey 2018–2019, Ukrainian businesses are still characterized by the active migration of large Enterprise IT solutions to cloud services and the performance of business-critical operations in public “clouds.”
In a highly competitive environment, cloud solution providers are trying to reduce costs by reducing investment in technical tools and staff skills that are necessary to ensure the security of a cloud solution. This leads to the fact that cloud environments are becoming more susceptible to attacks by cybercriminals,” the company said in a press release.
EY said that the state-run institutions of Ukraine also should not forget about countering cyber threats.
According to EY Global Information Security Survey 2018-2019, vulnerabilities with the most increased risk exposure over the past 12 months were careless/unaware employees (34%), Outdated security controls (26%), unauthorized access (13%), and related to cloud-computing use (10%).
Most organizations (82%) are not sure if they successfully identify cybersecurity incidents. Among organizations suffered from incidents over the past 12 months, less than one third (31%) say that the incident was revealed by the cybersecurity service of the company.
EY said that 60% of organizations say that the person directly responsible for information security is not a board member. Only 18% of organizations say that information security fully influences business strategy plans on a regular basis.

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AXA INSURANCE INCREASES ASSETS BY 8%

AXA Insurance (Kyiv) in 2018 increased its assets by 8%, to UAH 1.933 billion, according to the materials to the agenda of a general meeting of its shareholders scheduled for April 11.
The retained earnings at the end of the year totaled UAH 108.4 million, which is 15.5% less than a year ago. Net profit of the insurer came to UAH 69.9 million, while in 2017 the company saw UAH 127.6 million in net loss.
Net worth of AXA Insurance in 2018 slightly grew compared with the previous year, to UAH 489.075 million. Cash and cash equivalents grew by 28.5%, to UAH 677.111 million.
Noncurrent liabilities rose by 11%, to UAH 1.357 billion, and current liabilities – by 10.9%, to UAH 86.272 million.
Total receivables remained almost at the level of 2017, being UAH 326.607 million.
The charter capital did not change, being UAH 261.975 million.
AXA Insurance has been operating on the Ukrainian market since 2007. In 2018, the company collected UAH 1.9 billion in insurance premiums, which is 13% more than in 2017.
Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited Group LTD (FFHL Group LTD, Canada) in 2018 acquired 99.98% of the charter capital of AXA Insurance (Kyiv).

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NUMBER OF GREEN CARD INSURANCE CONTRACTS IN UKRAINE UP BY 13%

The number of Green Card international insurance contracts signed by the member companies of the Motor (Transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine (MTIBU) in January 2019 increased by 12.79% compared to January 2018, to 61,104.
According to the website of the MTIBU, the amount of accrued insurance premiums for January 2019 rose by 14.55% compared to the same month last year, to UAH 147.164 million.
At the same time, the amount of claim fee payments decreased by 55.15%, to EUR417,036.
The number of paid claims was down by 48.37%, to 222.

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