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VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP INCREASES PREMIUM COLLECTION IN UKRAINE IN Q1

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG, Austria) in January-March 2021 increased collection of premiums by 1.6%, to EUR3.11 billion, according to the information of the group, posted on the website of Ukrainian Insurance Group, whose main shareholder is VIG.
According to the results of the first quarter, the group’s pretax profit amounted to EUR128 million, which is 5% lower than in the previous year. Net profit increased by 15%, to EUR99 million.
The combined ratio of the group was 95.2%, which is almost in line with the indicator for the same period a year earlier. The financial result amounted to EUR175.8 million, which is 29% more than in the first quarter of 2020. As of March 31, 2021, the group’s investments, including cash and cash equivalents, amounted to EUR37.1 billion.
Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) is a leading insurer in Austria, Central and Eastern Europe. The group includes about 50 companies in 25 countries of the world.
In Ukraine, VIG is represented by the following insurance companies: Ukrainian Insurance Group, Kniazha VIG, Kniazha Life VIG.

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INSURANCE COMPANY PERSHA REDUCES GROSS PREMIUM COLLECTION IN 2020

PrJSC Insurance Company Persha (Kyiv) in 2020 collected UAH 451.6 million of gross premiums, which is 12.11% less than a year earlier.
According to Expert-Rating, confirming the financial stability rating of the company at the level of “uaAA” on the national scale, when updating the rating, the agency took into account the analysis of the insurer’s activities for 2020.
At the same time, it is noted that part of insurance premiums belonging to reinsurers decreased by 9.27%, UAH 112.410 million, and their share in the structure of the company’s gross premiums increased by 0.78 percentage points, to 24.89%.
Last year, Persha carried out UAH 215.430 million of insurance payments and compensations, which is 1.98% less than in 2019. At the same time, the level of payments increased by 4.93 percentage points, to 47.7%.
The company’s net worth in 2020 increased by 9.16%, to UAH 136.580 million, and its gross liabilities increased by 7.29%, to UAH 623.970 million.
Cash and cash equivalents on the accounts of Persha as of December 31, 2020 increased by 7.58%, to UAH 318.950 million.
Based on the results of activities in 2020, the company received a net profit of UAH 7.32 million, which is 48.73% less than in 2019. At the same time, the company received loss from operating activities in the amount of UAH 7.17 million.

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INGO INSURER RAISES PREMIUM COLLECTION IN H1

INGO Insurance Company (Kyiv) in January-June 2020 collected more than UAH 766 million of insurance premiums, which is 2.3% more than in the same period a year earlier, according to a press release from the insurer.
It is noted that premiums for motor insurance amounted to more than UAH 341 million, personal insurance more than UAH 237 million, complex insurance (property and liability) more than UAH 155 million, special lines almost UAH 30 million, other types more than UAH 2.7 million.
The company reports on the continued high dynamics of annual growth in demand for health insurance. The current situation with COVID-19 has only increased the importance of health protection, so insurance premiums and voluntary medical insurance payments are steadily increasing even in the conditions of a “quarantine” economy. Monthly sales are growing by 20-25% compared to previous months, and up to 40% compared from 2019.
The decline in demand in the corporate segment of motor insurance from INGO began at the end of March and reached its peak in April (minus 45% compared to the same period in 2019). At the same time, in May and June the deferred demand worked and the indicators for KASKO recovered to the level of 2019. There was no reduction in business activities in the OSAGO segment.
Sales of Green Card insurance contracts and insurance of people traveling abroad have dropped significantly.
The company notes that due to changes in legislation on alternative energy, the volume of construction of new solar and wind plants has significantly decreased. The development of the industry, which was the driver of growth in property insurance in 2019, actually stopped. At the same time, there is a noticeable increase in infrastructure construction (roads, bridges).

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VUSO INSURER RAISES GROSS PREMIUM COLLECTION BY 2.5% IN H1

PrJSC Insurance company VUSO (Kyiv) in January-June 2020 collected UAH 454.027 million of gross premiums, which is 2.52% more than in the same period in 2019, the rating agency Standard-Rating reports, confirming the company’s financial strength rating at “uaAA” on the national scale, based on the analysis of the company’s performance for the first half of 2020.
According to the agency report on its website, income from individuals increased by 23.53%, to UAH 323.406 million, and from reinsurers, on the contrary, decreased by 56.64%, to UAH 24.531 million. Thus, the share of individuals in gross premiums increased to 71.23%, while the share of reinsurers decreased to 5.40%, while individuals continue to prevail in the insurer’s client portfolio.
Insurance premiums sent to reinsurers for the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 decreased by 2.81%, from UAH 185.871 million to UAH 180.644 million. As a result, the coefficient of dependence on reinsurance companies decreased from 41.97% to 39.79%, or 2.18 percentage points.
The insurer’s business activity indicators in the period under review showed a growing trend: net premiums increased by 6.38%, to UAH 273.383 million, and premiums earned by 39.34%, to UAH 330.473 million.
For the six months of 2020 VUSO paid out to its clients UAH 16.846 million of insurance compensations, which is 35.57% more than the volume of payments for the same period in 2019. At the same time, the level of payments increased from 27.62% to 36.53%, or by 8.91 percentage points.
The company’s assets as of June 31 increased by 8.92%, to UAH 693.585 million.

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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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UKRAINIAN INSURANCE COMPANIES RAISE PREMIUM COLLECTION THROUGH RESIDENT INTERMEDIARIES BY 70%

Ukrainian insurance companies in January-June 2019 collected UAH 106.5 million of premiums under insurance contracts signed through resident intermediaries, which is 70.8% more compared to the same period a year earlier (UAH 62.322 million), according to the website of the National Commission for the State Regulation of the Financial Services Market. The number of contracts concluded through resident intermediaries for January-June grew by 7.3 times, to 18,937.
Remuneration for the provision of such intermediary services for the specified period grew almost 3.5-fold, to UAH 14.19 million.
According to the commission, nonresident reinsurers through brokers received UAH 347.071 million for reinsurance under 112 contracts, while in the first half of last year, UAH 630 million under 152 contracts was transferred. Payments were made in the amount of UAH 35.762 million (UAH 196.7 million in the first half of 2018). The remuneration of brokers amounted to UAH 11.360 million (a fall of 20%).
In January-June 2019, insurance companies of Ukraine collected net premiums in the amount of UAH 20.121 billion, which is 20.1% more than for the same period in 2018, the gross insurance premiums collected by insurers for the specified period amounted to UAH 27.291 billion (a 16.5% increase compared to the first half of 2018).
According to the regulator, the total number of insurance companies in Ukraine as of June 30, 2019 decreased by 42 and amounts to 249, including 26 life insurance companies.

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