BMI View: Dominated by the local elements of South Africa's leading insurance companies, Namibia's insurance sector unsurprisingly shares many characteristics with that of the much larger neighbour. At around 8.1% of GDP and USD457 per capita, respectively, total penetration and density are at levels that are very high by the standards of Sub-Saharan Africa. Both major segments should enjoy steady growth through the forecast period, thanks to innovation by the insurers in terms of product development (e.g. micro-insurance) and distribution (e.g. through mobile phones). The smaller non-life segment should grow significantly faster than the life segment. This is because the non-life segment will benefit from the further expansion of basic private accident covers. The non-life segment's fortunes should also be boosted by the rapid growth in the number of cars on Namibia's roads and by coverage of presently uninsured cars.
Namibia resembles neighbouring South Africa in four respects: many of the leading players in both segments are South African; the insurers are adept at producing and delivering products and solutions that are attractive to lower income groups. In terms of widely used metrics such as penetration (8.1% of GDP across both major segments) and density (USD457 per capita), insurance is well established by the standards of Sub-Saharan Africa (and, indeed, many developed countries); and, the life segment is much larger than the non-life segment in terms of premiums written.
In 2015, growth in premiums in USD terms will likely be boosted by currency movements. Nevertheless, they should grow by 16% in local currency terms. The increase will be driven by four factors. These are: the expansion of the national car fleet which implies higher volumes for the motor vehicle insurance sub-sector of the non-life segment; coverage of presently uninsured cars; continuing good growth of personal accident insurance; and respectable growth in life insurance. Both...
The Namibia 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.
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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.
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