BMI View: For a country of its scale, Egypt is home to an under-developed insurance industry. Growth is likely to remain slow, constrained by wider economic and political weaknesses. Non-life operations will grow faster than the life sector, held back by low household incomes, over the next five years.
Despite boasting a population of around 85mn, the third largest in Africa, Egypt's insurance sector is under-developed by the standards of most major economies and we note that at present, only 6% of Egyptians use insurance. This owes to the country's high poverty levels, relatively low incomes and GDP per capita and also the fact that many segments of the population remains unaware of the benefits insurance products can bring.
While penetration and density remain low, by nature of its size, the insurance market continues to attract new entrants, including major multi-nationals. AXA and MedGulf are the latest firms to have begun marketing to Egyptians in recent quarters. Meanwhile, the type of products on offer is becoming more sophisticated as firms find new marketing and distribution initiatives to attract a growing pool of middle class consumers. The development of micro-insurance and Takaful products by firms also illustrates a desire to reach areas of the population that may previously have been off limits.
These methods should ensure steady growth in premiums over the next few years as economic growth picks up and the country returns to a state of relative political stability following the recent crisis. We expected the non-life segment to be the main source of growth in Egypt's insurance industry over the next few years and we are looking for substantial expansion in property lines in particular to be the main driver of growth in premiums. This expansion will be further aided by the greater access to reinsurance following the inauguration of a new indigenous reinsurance company in H115, with many of the leading Egyptian insurers to hold stakes in this...
The Egypt 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 Egypt Insurance Report provides professionals, consultancies, government departments, regulatory bodies and researchers with independent forecasts and regional competitive intelligence on the Egyptian insurance industry.
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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.
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.
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.