Australia Insurance Report

Published 06 May 2015

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Australia Insurance Report

BMI View: Australia ' s insurance sector is one of the best developed and most profitable in the world. However, the market faces a number of challenges, including a weakening local currency, economic headwinds and the strength of the country ' s superannuation system. That said, we believe most areas of the market will experience solid premiums growth over the next few years.

In Australia, both the non-life and the life segments are dominated by organisations that have the advantages of well-established brand names, ability to develop innovative products, proven ability to execute acquisitions, broad product portfolios, multi-channel distribution, financial strength, scale, access to capital and - in many cases - the advantage of being part of a broader financial services business with banking (and other) facets. In part because of government policy decisions in the past, both segments are highly competitive. Aside from annuities in the life segment, volumes are growing at a measured pace in most lines and sub-sectors.

In terms of premiums, the split between life and non-life insurance in Australia is roughly 50/50. The size of non-life insurance is boosted by the inclusion of private health insurance, which accounts for about 30% of all premiums written in that segment. In contrast, the relative size of Australian life insurance compared with other developed markets is compressed by the tendency of formally constituted insurers to focus on protection. In Australia, savings solutions, which would be delivered by life insurers in other countries, are delivered by the massive superannuation system, whose assets under management (AUM) amounted to over AUD1.8tn in mid-2014.

The non-life sector will be the clear outperformer of the two markets. Growth will be driven, in large part, by the rapid expansion of the private health insurance industry, which stands to benefit from plans by Tony Abbott's current government to increasingly scale back state-funded universal...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
7
SWOT
10
Political
12
Economic
13
Operational Risk
14
Industry Forecast
16
Life Premiums Forecast
16
Life Premiums
16
Table: Gross Life Premiums Written (Australia 2012-2019)
18
Life Claims
18
Table: Life Insurance Claims (Australia 2009-2014)
19
Life Insurers' Assets
19
Table: Assets (Australia 2008-2014)
19
Life Insurance Drivers
20
Table: Life Expectancy by Gender (Australia 2012-2019)
20
Table: Demographic Breakdown (Australia 2012-2019)
21
Non-Life Premiums Forecast
22
Non-Life Premiums
22
Table: Gross Non-Life Premiums Written (Australia 2012-2019)
24
Table: Net Non-Life Premiums Written (Australia 2012-2019)
24
Non-Life Claims
25
Table: Non-Life Insurance Claims (Australia 2007-2014)
25
Table: Non-Life Insurance Claims by Line (Australia 2008-2014)
26
Non-Life Insurers' Assets
26
Table: Assets (Australia 2007-2014)
27
Non-Life Sub-Sector Forecast
28
Table: Non-Life % Breakdown (Australia 2012-2019)
29
Motor Vehicle Insurance
30
Table: Motor Vehicle Insurance (Australia 2012-2019)
31
Table: Insurance Key Drivers, Autos (Australia 2012-2019)
32
Transport Insurance
33
Table: Transport Insurance (Australia 2012-2019)
33
Table: Insurance Key Drivers, Freight Tonnage (Australia 2012-2019)
34
Property Insurance
34
Table: Property Insurance (Australia 2012-2019)
35
Health Insurance
35
Table: Health Insurance (Australia 2012-2019)
36
Table: Insurance Key Drivers, Private Health Expenditure (Australia 2012-2019)
37
Personal Accident Insurance
37
Table: Personal Accident Insurance (Australia 2012-2019)
38
General Liability Insurance
38
Table: General Liability Insurance (Australia 2012-2019)
39
Credit Insurance
39
Table: Credit/Financial Guarantee Insurance (Australia 2012-2019)
40
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
41
Asia Pacific Industry Risk/Reward Index
41
Table: Asia Pacific Insurance Risk/Reward Index
42
Market Overview
43
Life Market Overview
43
Non-Life Market Overview
45
Table: Non-Life Market Share (%), 2005-2013
47
Company Profile
49
AMP Limited
49
Comminsure/CFSGAM
52
Insurance Australia Group
54
QBE Insurance Group
56
Suncorp Group Limited
58
Demographic Forecast
60
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Australia 1990-2025)
61
Table: Key Population Ratios (Australia 1990-2025)
61
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Australia 1990-2025)
62
Table: Population By Age Group (Australia 1990-2025)
62
Table: Population By Age Group % (Australia 1990-2025)
63
Methodology
65
Industry Forecast Methodology
65
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
68
Table: Indicators
70
Table: Weighting of Indicators
71

The Australia Insurance Report has been researched at source and features BMI Research's independent assessment and forecasts for the insurance sector. It examines industry developments, key growth drivers and risk management projections, including the macroeconomic situation, government policy, regulatory environment and the level of development and potential for growth, broken down by line. Leading insurers are profiled, covering premiums, products and services and competitive positioning.

BMI's Australia Insurance Report provides professionals, consultancies, government departments, regulatory bodies and researchers with independent forecasts and regional competitive intelligence on the Australian insurance industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent insurance industry forecasts for Australia to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in Australia's insurance market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Australia through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, investments and macroeconomic developments.
  • Exploit latest competitive intelligence on your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).

Coverage

BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the Life and Non-Life segments, the evolving competitive landscape and business operational risks.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the insurance sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (2005-2014) and forecasts to end-2019 for key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:

  • Life/non-life Premiums: Total premium growth (USDmn), premium growth (% y-o-y), penetration (% of GDP), density (USD per capita) for Life and Non-Life sectors, claims reinsurance, and assets and liabilities.
  • Non-life subsectors: Data on gross written premiums for all major Non-Life segments (motor, transport, property, personal accident, health, general liability and credit financial).

BMI’s Insurance Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (Life and Non-Life) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

Growth Drivers & Risk Management Projections

Key data and forecasts to end-2019 focusing on the growth drivers and downside risks to specific insurance lines including:

  • Population: Male/female, by age group, active/pensionable/youth population % of total, urban/rural population % of total.
  • Freight: Tonnage – air freight, rail freight, road freight, inland waterway.
  • Motor: Fleet size by type of vehicle % change y-o-y.
  • Epidemiology: Disease Adjusted Life Years and private health expenditure.

Market Overview & Rankings

Illustration of the insurance industry via rankings tables comparing gross written premiums by company (USDmn) and market share (%) for the top 20 players in both Life and Non-Life. This chapter also includes in-depth regional analysis of the market position, business strategies and investment potential of the leading insurance companies.

Sources

The insurance Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.

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