Israel Insurance Report

Published 11 December 2014

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Israel Insurance Report

BMI View: Further expansion of life insurance, the relatively rapid growth of health insurance and currency movements should underpin fairly steady growth in premiums in Israel ' s insurance sector.

As of late 2014, the overall environment for Israel's sophisticated insurance sector is broadly the same as it was in late 2013, or 2012. Five large composite groups continue to dominate both major segments. Because of Israel's anti-trust laws and/or the financial problems of present or past strategic shareholders, the ownership situations of some of the majors are uncertain. Volume growth in much of the non-life segment is low. In many sub-sectors of the non-life segment, competition is forcing prices downwards. Collectively, the insurers are good at controlling claims and other costs. Meanwhile, at least some of the leaders have achieved strong growth in life insurance premiums and/or pension contributions: in the life segment, the majors are developing and distributing products that the clients find attractive.

The environment of low interest rates has had an impact on earnings in two ways. It has compressed investment earnings. It has also increased the present value of the long-term liabilities of the life insurers.

The new rules governing health insurance represent a significant change. Although we think that the government will be successful in curbing the growth in private health insurance premiums, we remain of the view that that sub-sector will expand quite a lot faster than the non-life segment as a whole.

Recent Developments

  • In June 2014, negotiations to sell IDB's controlling stake in Clal to Chinese investment group JT Capital Fund were blocked by the regulator.

  • In October 2014, Eliahu Group completed its sale of its holding in Bank Leumi, as required by the government following Eliahu's purchase of the controlling interest in Migdal from Generali in late 2012.

  • At the end of November 2014, the government introduced new rules, whereby it will...

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Table: Israel Total Premiums, 2010-2017
Key Insights And Key Risks
SWOT Analysis
Israel Insurance Industry SWOT
Israel Political SWOT
Israel Economic SWOT
Israel Business Environment SWOT
Life Sector Overview
Middle East And North Africa Life Sector Overview
Table: Middle East And North Africa's Life Premiums, 2010-2017 (US$mn)
Israel Life Sector Update
Life Industry Forecast Scenario
Table: Israel Life Premiums, 2010-2017
Growth Drivers And Risk Management Projections
Table: Israel Insurance Sector Key Drivers - Demographics, 2010-2017
Non- Life Sector Overview
Middle East And North Africa Non-Life Sector Overview
Table: Middle East And North Africa's Non-Life Premiums, 2010-2017 (US$mn)
Israel Non-Life Sector Update
Non- Life Industry Forecast Scenario
Table: Israel Non-Life Premiums, 2010-2017
Macroeconomic Outlook
Table: Israel - Economic Activity, 2011-2016
Table: Macroeconomic Data And Forecasts, 2010-2017
Political Stability Outlook
Table: Middle East And Africa Defence & Security Ratings
Table: Insurance Key Drivers, Disease Adjusted Life Years, 2010-2017
Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings
Table: Israel's Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings
Table: Middle East and Africa Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings
Competitive Landscape
Major Players In Israel's Insurance Sector
Local Company Profiles
Country Snapshot
Table: Israel's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
Table: Israel's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
Table: Israel's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
Table: Israel's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
BMI Methodology
Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings
Table: Insurance Risk/Reward Indicators And Rationale
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Israel Insurance Report has been researched at source and features Business Monitor International (BMI)'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.

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'An essential, multi-faceted research tool. BMI’s thorough understanding of the major market players enables an informed – and informative – review of the sector’s actual performance, together with useful insights into current industry issues, which are topped-off with detailed and invaluable forecasts of industry and macroeconomic trends.’

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