BMI View: In contrast to global standards, New Zealand ' s insurance sector can be considered relatively small. This has largely been due to subdued domestic economic conditions and currency fluctuations. From 2019 onwards, however, we expect to see the New Zealand dollar regain its strength and translate to steady premiums growth in USD terms. Over the long-term, life premiums growth will be driven primarily by rising household disposable incomes and growing consumer awareness of the benefits of traditional life products. Non-life premiums will be driven largely by property and motor solutions.
|f = BMI forecast. Source: National sources, BMI|
|Gross life premiums written, NZDbn||2.05||2.27||2.36||2.47||2.58||2.71||2.85||2.99|
|Gross life premiums written, NZD, % y-o-y||4.7||10.5||4.0||4.5||4.6||5.0||5.1||4.9|
|Gross life premiums written, USDbn||1.68||1.88||1.65||1.61||1.59||1.63||1.71||1.79|
|Gross life premiums written, USD, % y-o-y||6.0||11.8||-12.5||-2.6||-1.0||2.4||5.1||4.9|
|Gross non-life premiums written, NZDbn||4.77||5.26||5.26||5.54||5.71||5.91||6.14||6.38|
|Gross non-life premiums written, NZD, % y-o-y||7.2||10.2||0.1||5.2||3.1||3.6||3.9||3.9|
|Gross non-life premiums written, USDbn||3.91||4.36||3.67||3.60||3.51||3.55||3.68||3.83|
|Gross non-life premiums written, USD, % y-o-y||8.5||11.5||-15.8||-1.9||-2.4||1.0||3.9||3.9|
Key Updates And Forecasts
The New Zealand dollar is steadily appreciating towards the US dollar, which will carry positive effects on overall premiums growth. Accordingly, our forecasts envision recoveries in USD terms across both the life and non-life segments over 2017.
New Zealand's life insurance segment should account for 31% of total premiums written in 2017, signifying the relatively young and underdeveloped nature of this segment. This is also underscored by the low rates of insurance density and penetration. However, life insurance is picking up growth and should expand by 4.9% annually over the 2017-2020 period. Life premiums should grow from NZD2.6bn in 2017 to NZD3.0bn in 2020.
New Zealand's considerably larger and more developed non-life segment is expected to expand by 3.6% over the 2017-2020 period. Gross non-life premiums should grow from NZD5.7bn in 2017 to NZD6.4bn in 2020. Growth in this segment will be driven primarily by property insurance.
The New Zealand 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 New Zealand Insurance Report provides professionals, consultancies, government departments, regulatory bodies and researchers with independent forecasts and regional competitive intelligence on the New Zealand insurance industry.
- Benchmark BMI's independent insurance industry forecasts for New Zealand to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in New Zealand's insurance market.
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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.