Business news from Ukraine

VEHICLE INSURANCE ACCOUNTS FOR 80% OF ARX INSURER PAYMENTS IN H1

In January-June 2021, ARX Insurance Company (Kyiv) paid out UAH 603 million of insurance indemnities to clients, which is 30% more than in 2020, of which 80.7% is vehicle insurance.
As reported on the company’s website, in the KASKO segment, payments over the first half of the year amounted to about UAH 425 million, which is 46% more than in the same period in 2020, OSAGO – more than UAH 62 million (more by 37%).
It is also noted that payments on voluntary medical insurance for the indicated six months amounted to more than UAH 89 million of insurance claims, which is 12% more than in 2020.
The company also reports that a large-scale project with Visa was launched in February 2021. Holders of VISA Platinum, Signature and Infinite premium cards received a free bonus – telemedicine consultations from ARX.
The company pays out about UAH 4 million to its clients every day. On average, the company pays more than UAH 100 million per month, the main categories remain KASKO, OSAGO and healthcare.
As reported, ARX has been operating in the insurance market for 26 years and has been the leader in KASKO insurance for the 12th year in a row. It ranked first among Ukrainian insurers in terms of net insurance premiums and net insurance payments for 2019. It is part of the international insurance holding Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Canada).

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MTIBU EXCLUDES U.B.I.-COOP INSURER FROM MEMBERS

The Motor (Transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine (MTIBU) has excluded U.B.I.-COOP Insurance Group (Kyiv) from the associated members of the Bureau.
As reported on the MTIBU website, the reason for this decision was the insurer’s debt to pay the guarantee fee to the MTIBU funds.
In this regard, from September 1, the company has no right to conclude contracts for compulsory civil liability insurance of land vehicle owners (OSAGO).
At the same time, the Bureau notes that the termination of U.B.I.-COOP insurer’s membership in MTIBU does not relieve the insurer from fulfilling obligations under the OSAGO contracts concluded by it.
As reported, the rating agencies Standard-Rating and Expert-Rating at the end of April 2021 decided to suspend the financial stability rating of U.B.I.-COOP Insurance Group due to the temporary suspension of all licenses of the insurer by the National Bank of Ukraine on April 19, 2021.
U.B.I.-COOP, registered in 2000, specializes in providing services in the field of risk insurance.

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FOZZY GROUP INTENDS TO ACQUIRE INSURER

Vostok Capital LLC (Kyiv), the main shareholder of which is Fozzy Group, has announced its intention to acquire 4.762 million shares (with a par value of UAH 47.620 million) of Arsenal Insurance Company (Odesa), which is 80.741% of the charter capital of the insurer.
According to the information disclosure system of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission, at the time of submission and publication of this report, Vostok Capital and its affiliates do not own shares of Arsenal insurer.
according to the data of the unified state register of legal entities, individual entrepreneurs, the founders of Vostok Capital are PrJSC Fozzy Group, whose contribution is UAH 214.014 million, and Vermont closed non-diversified venture capital investment fund with UAH 214.014 million.
The charter capital of Vostok Capital is UAH 428.028 million.
Arsenal insurer was registered in 2005.
Fozzy Group is one of the largest Ukrainian retailers with nearly 690 points of sale throughout the country. As of 2019, the total area of its stores exceeded 1 million square meters. The company develops retail chains of various formats: Silpo supermarkets, Fozzy Cash & Carry wholesale hypermarkets, Fora convenience stores, Thrash! discounters, Bila Romashka pharmaceutical supermarkets, Ringoo personal electronics stores.

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BROKBUSINESS INSURER REDUCES GROSS PREMIUM COLLECTION

Brokbusiness insurer (Kyiv) in 2020 collected UAH 197.580 million of gross premiums, which is 6.48% less than a year earlier, the rating agency Expert-Rating reported on the confirmation of the financial stability rating of the insurer at the level “uaAA” on the national scale.
According to the agency, part of insurance premiums belonging to reinsurers increased by 2.59%, and their share in the structure of the company’s gross premiums increased by 0.78 percentage points, to 8.86%.
Brokbusiness made insurance payments and compensations in the amount of UAH 68.720 million, which is 24.35% less than in 2019. The level of payments of the insurer in 2020 decreased to 34.78%.
The company’s net worth as of December 31, 2020 increased by 10.03%, to UAH 91.2 million, the insurer’s liabilities increased by 6.49%, to UAH 138.21 million, the amount of cash and cash equivalents on the company’s accounts rose by 28.93%, to UAH 100.02 million.
The rating agency notes that the activity of Brokbusiness over 2020 was profitable, while in 2019 the company received net and operating losses. In particular, the financial result from the operating activities of the insurer for 2020 amounted to UAH 11.610 million, and its net profit to UAH 4.330 million.
As reported, Brokbusiness has been operating in the Ukrainian insurance market for over 25 years and is represented in all regions of Ukraine. The insurer has 39 licenses for voluntary and compulsory types of insurance.

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UNIVERSALNA INSURER INCREASES NET PREMIUM COLLECTION IN 2020

Universalna insurance company (Kyiv) in 2020 collected UAH 813.184 million in net insurance premiums, which is 5.5% more than in 2019, according to the website of the Standard-Rating agency.
The agency has affirmed the financial reliability/credit rating of the insurer at “uaAA +” guided by the results of 2020.
According to the report, the volume of gross premiums of the insurer in 2020 amounted to UAH 953.829 million, which is 0.44% higher than the volume of premiums in 2019. At the same time, receipts from individuals increased by 5.93%, to UAH 357.918 million, while receipts from reinsurers decreased by 43.14%, to UAH 1.668 million.
It is noted that, despite the increase in premiums from individuals and an increase in their share in gross premiums, legal entities continue to prevail in the company’s client portfolio. In particular, for the year the largest part (more than 48%) came from insurance of land transport (except for railway).
Insurance payments to reinsurers in 2020 decreased by 21.36% compared to the same period in 2019, to UAH 140.645 million, and the ratio of their participation in insurance premiums decreased by 4.08 percentage points (p.p.), to 14.75%.
Last year, Universalna insurer made insurance payments and compensations for UAH 298.370 million, which is 42.31% less than in 2019. As a result, the level of payments decreased by 23.18 p.p., to 31.28%.
The financial result of the insurer’s operating activities amounted to UAH 66.519 million versus a negative result in 2019. Net profit increased to UAH 72.077 million, which is 12.98 times higher than it was in the previous year.
The company’s assets by December 31, 2020 increased by 9.64%, to UAH 1.131 billion, equity capital by 25.44%, to UAH 355.368 million, liabilities by 3.66%, to UAH 775.508 million, and cash and cash equivalents decreased from UAH 129.549 million to UAH 73.952 million (by 42.92%).
As of the indicated date, the company formed a portfolio of bank deposits in the amount of UAH 450.208 million, and the insurer invested UAH 54.476 million in government domestic loan bonds.
As of the end of 2020, cash and cash equivalents covered 9.54% of the company’s liabilities, liquid assets covered 74.61% of liabilities, and the coverage ratio of liabilities by equity capital was 45.82%.
Universalna insurance company was founded in 1991. It specializes in providing services in the field of risk insurance. It offers services in 42 types of insurance. It has the regional network of more than 300 points of sale throughout Ukraine.

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UKRAINIAN FORTE LIFE INSURER CHANGES OWNER

Astrum Ukraine LLC, which owns 99% of the shares of Forte Life insurance company (Kyiv), has reduced its stake to zero, according to the official information of the insurer.
It is noted that Oksana Kuleshina became the owner of 99% of the shares of the insurance company.
According to the unified state register of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs, Kuleshina is the ultimate beneficiary of Astrum Ukraine LLC.
Forte Life (formerly Insurance Union Life), registered in 2005, specializes in providing services in the field of life insurance.

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