Israel Insurance Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the insurance industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, Industry Forecasts, BMI's Insurance Risk Reward Index and Company Profiles.

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BMI View: Israel's insurance market is well developed and diversified, with well capitalised domestic providers ensuring a comprehensive range of products is available in both the life and non-life sectors. Premium growth is expected to broadly track wider economic growth in the country, though we do see room for product and distribution innovation to capture previously excluded sections of the potential consumer base, leading to more rapid growth in sectors such as health and personal accident insurance.

Headline Insurance Forecasts (Israel 2013-2020)
2013 2014e 2015e 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f
e/f = BMI estimate/forecast. Source: BMI/Israel Insurance Association
Gross life premiums written, ILSbn 26.63 27.67 29.33 30.29 31.90 33.90 36.09 38.43
Gross life premiums written, ILS, % y-o-y 4.6 3.9 6.0 3.3 5.3 6.3 6.5 6.5
Gross life premiums written, USDbn 7.38 7.73 7.55 7.82 8.40 9.29 9.89 10.53
Gross life premiums written, USD, % y-o-y 11.7 4.9 -2.4 3.7 7.3 10.6 6.5 6.5
Gross non-life premiums written, ILSbn 19.43 23.53 23.77 25.41 27.17 29.04 31.02 33.13
Gross non-life premiums written, ILS, % y-o-y 5.9 21.1 1.0 6.9 6.9 6.9 6.8 6.8
Gross non-life premiums written, USDbn 5.38 6.58 6.12 6.57 7.15 7.96 8.50 9.08
Gross non-life premiums written, USD, % y-o-y 13.0 22.2 -6.9 7.3 8.9 11.3 6.8 6.8

Key Updates And Forecasts

  • Transparency in the market is gradually improving. In September 2016 the Finance Ministry announced plans to create a database of all insurance policies which consumers can access to ensure they do not subscribe to multiple policies covering the same risk.

  • Attempts continue to sell IDB Development Corp's 55% stake in leading domestic insurance provider Clal. IDB has reportedly instructed JP Morgan to find a buyer after two attempts to sell the insurer to Chinese investors failed.

  • We hold a broadly positive outlook for Israel's life and non-life sectors. In the larger life sector, premiums are forecast to grow by 3.3% in 2016 to reach ILS30.3bn while in the non-life sector we expect to see stronger growth of 6.9% to reach a total of ILS25.4bn.

BMI Industry View
Table: Headline Insurance Forecasts (Israel 2013-2020)
Industry Forecast
Life Premiums Forecast
Table: Life Premiums (Israel 2013-2020)
Table: Life Insurance Claims (Israel 2008-2015)
Non-Life Premiums Forecast
Table: Non-Life Premiums (Israel 2013-2020)
Table: Non-Life Insurance Claims (Israel 2009-2013)
Non-Life Sub-Sector Forecast
Table: Non-Life Insurance Premiums by Product Line (Israel 2013-2020)
Insurance Risk/Reward Index
MENA Insurance Risk/Reward Index
Table: MENA Insurance Risk/Reward Index - Q316
Market Overview
Life Market Overview
The Product Offering
Table: Life Insurance Premiums (USDmn), 2007-2013
The Competitive Landscape
Table: Life Market (%), 2007-2013
Non-Life Market Overview
The Product Offering
Table: Non-Life Insurance Premiums (USDmn), 2007-2013
The Competitive Landscape
Table: Non-Life Segment (%), 2007-2012
Company Profile
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Indicators
Table: Weighting of Indicators

The Israel 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 Israel Insurance Report provides professionals, consultancies, government departments, regulatory bodies and researchers with independent forecasts and regional competitive intelligence on the Israeli insurance industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent insurance industry forecasts for Israel to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in Israel's insurance market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Israel 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).


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.


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.