PRLog - June 12, 2014 - WARSAW, Poland -- Insurers operating in Poland are expected to take advantage from the ongoing economic recovery. The improving situation in the corporate sector is likely to drive up non-life premiums. Better economic situation in households sector resulting from lower unemployment and increasing real wages could boost the demand for unit-linked life insurance. However, the record low interest rates will take their toll on insurers' own investment result, which traditionally has been vital to their overall profitability. As a consequence, growing premium volumes might not be directly reflected in insurers' bottom line.
After a series of M&A deals taking place through 2012, the insurance market stabilized and the concentration did not change considerably in 2013. Currently, Poland's insurance sector is controlled by 3 major groups: PZU, Talanx and Vienna Insurance Group with a combined market share of ~57% in terms of total premium written. In 2013, the market leader - PZU - was able to reverse the trend of falling market share across most of its key business lines, including: life- and car insurance. Moreover, in early 2014, PZU committed to take over businesses of RSA Insurance Group in Baltic States and in Poland, including acquisition of the leading Polish direct insurer– Link4. This transaction is likely to strengthen the competitive position of PZU in the economy TPL insurance segment. As for the future trends, a further market consolidation seems inevitable and some new mergers have been already announced (e.g. joining of VIG subsidiaries Compensa TUnŻ and Benefia TUnŻ).
Inteliace Research expects the insurance sector to resume growth in 2015. Insurance premiums are expected to increase at an average rate of 6% and 7% in the non-life and life insurance business respectively during 2014–2016.
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