Belgium Insurance Market Intelligence: 2011 Edition

Date: January 22, 2011
Pages: 22
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Publisher: Koncept Analytics
Report type: Strategic Report
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Belgium Insurance Market Intelligence: 2011 Edition
Belgium is the ninth largest insurance market in Europe as of the year end 2009 and is dominated by bancassurance conglomerates. Insurance industry in Belgium is categorized into life and non-life segments. Both these segments experienced a high single-digit decline in 2009. In the life market, unstable stock markets led to a decline in sales of unit-linked products. Non-life premiums have generally been little affected by the economic downturn except for a small number of lines of business, such as credit and surety insurance that have strong links to economic activity.

The overall Belgian insurance industry is mainly dominated by AG Insurance Group which controlled about one-fourth of the premium market in 2009. The top five non-life insurers accounted for more than half of market share in terms of gross premiums in 2009 with AXA being the market leader. Major life insurers include Ethias, DIB, ING Life, Delta Llyod and Allianz.

Besides the twin challenges of political instability and a growing national debt, economic recovery, which started in Q309, is expected to continue at a moderate pace with rise in new employment opportunities and domestic demand. The Government of Belgium has also implemented various restructuring plans to establish stability in bancassurance groups like Fortis, Dexia and KBC in H109 to stabilize market confidence of banking and insurance companies in the financial system. Further, expected positive growth in economy, growing individual life insurance premiums, rising automobile insurance premiums and rising health insurance premiums are major factors that will be driving Belgium’s insurance sector in future.
1. INDUSTRY SNAPSHOT

1.1 Industry Structure
  1.1.1 Supervised by an independent commission - National bank of Belgium
  1.1.2 Bancassurance Dominating the Insurance Sales Channels
  1.1.3 Compulsory insurance classes include are third party motor liability, worker’s compensation etc
  1.1.4 Car insurance has a system of no-claims bonuses known as the Bonus-Malus system
1.2 Market Overview
  1.2.1 Market Size & Growth
    1.2.1.1 Decline in overall insurance premiums due to aftereffects of financial crisis
    1.2.1.2 Shifting preference towards policies offering guaranteed rate of return
    1.2.1.3 Belgian insurance companies posted profits and improved solvency ratio
  1.2.2 Market Segments
    1.2.2.1 Falling demand in unit linked savings products impacted life insurance premiums
    1.2.2.2 Combined ratio close to 100% in 2009
    1.2.2.3 Decline new car sales and registrations slowed down motor insurance premiums
  1.2.3 Market Density & Penetration
    1.2.3.1 Decline in both insurance density and penetration in 2009
  1.2.4 Market Share
    1.2.4.1 Consolidated Structure with 5 Major Players Dominating the Market
    1.2.4.2 Life Insurance Market Dominated by AG and in non-life, AXA is the Biggest Player

2. INDUSTRY ANALYSIS

2.1 Industry Developments
  EU Cleared Belgian Export Credit Insurance Aid Plan
  Ageas Sold Ukrainian Life Business
  Baloise Group acquired Avéro Schadeverzekering Benelux N.V
  KBC Group Sold its Reinsurance Subsidiary Secura NV
  Cigna Acquired Belgium's Vanbreda International
2.2 Market Drivers
  Resilient Economy
  Rising Household Expenditure
  Rising Expenditure on Health
  Motor Market

3. COUNTRY ANALYSIS: RISK ASSESSMENT

3.1 Political Environment
3.2 Macro-economic Indicators: Current and Projections

4. INDUSTRY OUTLOOK: FORECAST AND PROJECTIONS

4.1 Political instability and rising national debt led to slower growth in premiums
4.2 Fiscal Stimulus provided by Government expected to boost overall growth

LIST OF CHARTS:

Annual Premium – Belgium Insurance Industry: 2002-2009
Belgium Insurance Premium Share (%) by Segment – 2009
Belgium Insurance Premiums by Segment – 2002-2009
Belgium Life Insurance Premium Share (%) by Segment – 2009
Belgium Non-Life Insurance Premium Share (%) by Segment – 2009
Belgium Insurance Density (US$): 2002 – 2009
Belgium Insurance Penetration: 2002 – 2009
Belgium Top Ten Insurer’s Market Shares: (2009)
Belgium Major Non-Life Insurer’s Market Share: (2009)
Belgium Major Life Insurer’s Market Share: 2009
Belgium - GDP Growth: 2002 – 2009
Belgium Final Consumption Expenditure of Households (2002 - 2009)
Belgium Expenditure on Insurance (Ex Pension Funds): 2002-2009
Belgium Annual Expenditure on Health in Belgium (2002 – 2009)
Belgium Automobile Insurance Premiums (2002 – 2009)
New Passenger Cars Registered in Belgium (2002-2009)
Forecast: Belgian Insurance Industry: 2009A - 2013F
Forecast: Belgian Life & Non-Life Insurance Industry: 2009A - 2013F

LIST OF TABLE:

Key Macroeconomic Indicators: (2009 – 2014F)
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