Business news from Ukraine

AUSTRIANS VIG APPROVES GLOBUS INSURER’S JOINING TO UKRAINIAN INSURANCE GROUP

The shareholders of Ukrainian Insurance Group on December 19 approved an agreement to merge Globus Insurance Company with Ukrainian Insurance Group (both based in Kyiv), the insurer has reported in the public information base of the National Commission on Securities and the Stock Market. It was also decided to issue shares to convert the shares of Globus: 694,001 common registered shares with a nominal value of UAH 100 per share in the amount totaling UAH 69.400 million.
As reported, Ukrainian Insurance Group and Globus are part of Vienna Insurance Group, one of the largest insurance groups in Central and Eastern Europe.
Ukrainian Insurance Group has been operating in the Ukrainian market of conventional insurance since 2000. Globus insurance company with additional liability was founded in 1994. Both companies specialize in risk insurance.
In addition to these two companies, the Vienna Insurance Group in Ukraine also includes Kniazha Vienna Insurance Group and Kniazha Life Vienna Insurance Group.

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BROKBUSINESS INSURER REDUCES GROSS PREMIUM COLLECTION BY 10%

Brokbusiness insurance company (Kyiv) in January-September 2019 collected UAH 159.4 million in gross premiums, which is 9.59% less than in the same period a year earlier, according to Expert-Rating agency that confirmed the company’s financial stability rating at “uaAA-“according to the national scale.
According to the agency, at the same time, part of insurance premiums owned by reinsurers almost doubled, to UAH 16.5 million, which accounted for 10.35% of gross premiums.
For the three quarters of 2019, the company made insurance claim fee payments in the amount of UAH 70.170 million. The insurer’s payment level increased by 6.12 percentage points, to 44.02%.
By September 30, 2019 the assets of Brokbusiness decreased by 0.37%, to UAH 222.7 million, net worth by 4.82%, to UAH 94.840 million, gross liabilities decreased by 3.91%, to UAH 127.850 million. As a result, the coverage of the insurer’s liabilities by net worth for this period increased by 6.18 percentage points, to 74.18%.
Cash and cash equivalents on the company’s accounts amounted to UAH 70.840 million, which is 16.85% less than at the end of the third quarter of the year before.
In the nine months, Brokbusiness posted a net loss of UAH 10.4 million, while in the nine months of 2018 the figure was UAH 16.7 million.

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ORANTA INSURER SEES 18% RISE IN PREMIUMS

Oranta national joint-stock insurance company (Kyiv) in January-September 2019 collected gross insurance premiums for the amount of UAH 679.3 million, which is 17.9% more than a year ago.
The company said that in particular, premiums for voluntary car insurance over the period grew by 25.2%, to UAH 32 million, premiums on compulsory insurance of vehicle owners’ civil liability (OSAGO) – by 9.2%, to UAH 383.4 million, Green Card – by 45.2%, to UAH 121.3 million, property insurance – by 5.4%, to UAH 64.9 million, liability insurance – by 50.7%, to UAH 35 million and voluntary medical insurance – by 49.5%, to UAH 27.373 million.
According to the company, in January-September 2019, 1.553 million insurance contracts were concluded, which is 7.9% more than the same period a year earlier. In particular, the number of concluded voluntary medical insurance contracts increased 78%, mandatory car insurance – by 60.4%, Green Card – by 54.4%, cargo insurance – twice, and liability insurance – 62.8%.
Over the period, Oranta paid out UAH 238.8 million in claims to customers, which is 29.1% more than in the same period last year. The largest payments were made under OSAGO – UAH 168.4 million (a rise of 31.8%), Green Card – UAH 35.6 million (a rise of 11.2%), voluntary car insurance – UAH 16.2 million (a rise of 19.9%), property insurance – UAH 10.5 million (a rise of 60.6%), voluntary medical insurance – UAH 5.515 million (a rise of 92.9%).
The company also said that the level of payments for the reporting period amounted to 35.1%, while for this period a year earlier it was 32.1%.
Oranta is the legal successor of Ukrgosstrakh, founded on November 25, 1921. In 1993, Ukrgosstrakh was reorganized into OJSC Oranta.

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CANADIAN FAIRFAX COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF UKRAINIAN INSURER

FFHL Group Ltd., a subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Canada), a financial services holding company headquartered in Toronto (Canada), on November 6, 2019 acquired a controlling stake in Universalna insurance company (Kyiv), according to the insurer’s website. The company also reports that as a result of the transaction, no changes are planned in the operating activities of Universalna insurance Company, and all insurance contracts remain valid in accordance with the conditions under which they were concluded.
In addition, under this agreement, no additional actions are required from the clients or partners of Universalna, and the company continues its operations.
As reported, at the beginning of October 2019 FFH Ukraine Holdings LLC (Kyiv) announced its intention to acquire 136.021 million shares, or 70.58% of the charter capital of Universalna insurance company. It was planned to purchase shares at a nominal value of UAH 1 per share.
Universalna insurer was founded in 1991. It specializes in providing services in the field of risk insurance. It offers services on 42 types of insurance, the regional network has more than 300 sales points throughout Ukraine.

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CITIZEN OF LITHUANIA BECOMES OWNER OF UKRAINIAN INSURER

Arunas Siksta, a citizen of Lithuania, has become the ultimate beneficiary owner of double liability company Guardian insurance company, the insurer has said in a press release. On September 24, 2019, the National Commission for Financial Service Markets Regulation of Ukraine in decree No. 1855 approved the acquisition of a substantial holding in Guardian insurer via indirect holding of 70% of shares of the charter capital of the financial institution.
Guardian has been working in the insurance market since 2007. It is a universal company that has 35 licenses issued by the National Commission for Financial Service Markets Regulation. The company has an extensive regional network and covers 21 regions of Ukraine.
Guardian is an associate member of the Motor (Transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine (MTIBU), a member of the Ukrainian Association of Automobile Importers and Dealers (VAAID), a member of the League of Insurance Organizations of Ukraine (LIOU).

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FINANCIAL MARKET WATCHDOG CANCELS LICENSES OF UKRAINIAN FARLONG INSURER

The National Commission for Regulation of the Financial Services Market under the decision No.1602 has cancelled seven licenses for voluntary insurance that have been issued to Farlong LLC insurance company (Kyiv). As the regulator reported on its website, the decision comes into force in 30 days, on September 27, 2019.
The licenses were cancelled for company’s failure to fulfill order of the financial market watchdog as of July 23, 2019 on removal of violated license conditions.
Farlong was put into the State Register of Financial Organizations of Ukraine in March 2016.
According to the State Register of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs, Adamant Trading LLC is the main shareholder of insurer with 99.99% of its charter capital.
The charter capital of the company is UAH 35 million.

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