2013-07-28 05:28:00 - New Financial Services research report from Business Monitor International is now available from Fast Market Research
Key Insights And Key Risks
As of mid-2013, we remain of the view that the key factors driving growth in Iran's insurance sector have been higher (real) prices in just two lines - Compulsory Motorists Third Party Liability, and (especially) health insurance. We are not convinced, though, that this is evidence of a definitive change for the better in the non-life segment or in the insurance sector as a whole.
The latest data published by Bimeh Markazi Iran, the insurance regulator, suggest that total premiums continued to develop strongly in Iranian year 1390, which ended in March 2012 (please note this year is shown as 2011 in the tables in this report). We think that the key factors have been higher (real)
prices in just two lines - Compulsory Motorists Third Party Liability, and health insurance. We are not convinced, though, that this is evidence of a definitive change for the better in the non-life segment or in the insurance sector as a whole.
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In spite of the strong growth in life premiums in the year to March 2012, we remain of the view that the segment is expanding from a very low base and is still in an embryonic state of development. One of the defining characteristics of the economy is entrenched high inflation (and expectations) thanks to persistent monetisation of fiscal deficits. This produces an environment in which no prudent person would enter into a long-term savings contract. Unless economic policies in Iran change radically, the reality of the insurance sector will fall a long way short of its potential.
Iran's insurance sector has a number of strengths, including scale in terms of gross written premiums per annum. Bimeh Iran, the largest state-owned enterprise, is one of the largest underwriters in the Middle East and would rate as a reasonably large insurer in most countries. Non-life penetration has, as noted above, consistently remained slightly above 1% of GDP. Among other things, this suggests the regulatory regime is reasonably sound. Iran's insurers have managed to survive in the face of various challenges - not least of which is the almost complete lack of access to the global reinsurance markets. Unlike in other Middle Eastern countries, Iran's insurance sector is dominated by a surprisingly large number of sub-scale non-life companies that are offshoots of local business interests that do not have a clear edge in the industry.
The sector is undergoing 'privatisation', via listings of companies on the Tehran Stock Exchange, and 'liberalisation', in that the decisions over products and pricing are moving from Bimeh Markazi Iran (the regulator and, to a certain extent, provider of reinsurance service) to the insurers themselves. However, in contrast to privatisation in other countries, the deals in Iran are not necessarily reducing government control and are certainly not increasing formerly state-owned companies' access to capital. The limited data available suggest the main impact of 'liberalisation' is to transfer resources from shareholders of private sector companies (including the recently 'privatised' Bimeh Alborz, Bimeh Asia and Bimeh Dana) to the still state-controlled Bimeh Iran, employees and, to a certain extent, insurance customers. A new private sector insurer - Arman - opened its doors in March 2012.
Report Table of Contents:
BMI Industry View
- Table: Total Premiums, 2010-2017
- Business Environment
- Table: Total Life Premiums, 2010-2017
- Non Life
- Table: Total Non-Life Premiums, 2010-2017
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
- Iran Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings
- Table: Iran's Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings
- MENA Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings
- Table: MENA Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings
- Life Sector Update
- Non Life Sector Update
Industry Trends And Developments
- Life Growth Drivers and Risk Management Projections
- Table: Insurance Key Drivers, Demographics, 2010-2017
- Non Life Growth Drivers and Risk Management Projections
- Macroeconomic Outlook
- Table: Iran - Economic Activity
- Political Stability Outlook
- Table: Middle East And Africa Security Ratings
- Table: Insurance Key Drivers, Disease Adjusted Life Years, 2010-2017
- Table: Insurance Key Drivers, Autos, 2010-2017
- Bimeh Alborz
- Bimeh Asia
- Bimeh Dana
- Bimeh Iran
- Parsian Insurance
- Middle East And North Africa Non Life Overview
- Table: Middle East And North Africa's Non Life Premiums, 2010-2017 (US$mn)
- Middle East And North Africa Life Overview
- Table: Middle East And North Africa's Life Premiums, 2010-2017 (US$mn)
- Table: Iran's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
- Table: Iran's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
- Table: Iran's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
- Table: Iran's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
- Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings
- Table: Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings Indicators And Rationale
- Table: Weighting Of Indicators
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