New Zealand Insurance Report

Published 16 October 2015

Quarterly 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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New Zealand Insurance Report
Product Price

BMI View: The insurance market in New Zealand is relatively small, by global standards, and a subdued domestic economic outlook means that premiums growth in both the life and non - life sectors will be slow throughout our forecast period to 2019. The strengthening of the US dollar also means that the market will contract in USD terms in the short term. Over the longer term, demand for key non - life lines such as property and motor are likely to remain high while demand for life products ( the smaller market currently ) is expected to grow as awareness of the benefits of life pro ducts in conjunction with state- provided retirement schemes is raised.

Headline Insurance Forecasts (New Zealand 2012-2019)
Indicator 2012 2013 2014e 2015f 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f
National Sources/BMI
Gross life premiums written, NZDbn 1.96 2.06 2.17 2.26 2.37 2.50 2.63 2.77
Gross life premiums written, NZD, % y-o-y 6.8 4.7 5.4 4.4 4.9 5.3 5.3 5.2
Gross life premiums written, USDbn 1.59 1.69 1.80 1.58 1.54 1.50 1.58 1.66
Gross life premiums written, USD, % y-o-y 9.4 6.0 6.6 -11.8 -2.6 -2.8 5.3 5.2
Gross non-life premiums written, NZDbn 4.45 4.77 4.94 5.08 5.23 5.39 5.57 5.75
Gross non-life premiums written, NZD, % y-o-y 11.8 7.2 3.7 2.6 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.3
Gross non-life premiums written, USDbn 3.60 3.91 4.10 3.55 3.40 3.24 3.34 3.45
Gross non-life premiums written, USD, % y-o-y 14.5 8.5 4.8 -13.4 -4.3 -4.8 3.2 3.3

Key Updates A nd Forecasts

  • New Zealand's life insurance market is underdeveloped but does offer growth potential. At present, we expect life premiums to grow broadly in line with GDP, increasing from NZD2.3bn in 2015 to NZD2.8bn while over the longer term demographic trends, including an ageing population, will lead to increased...

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BMI Industry View
Table: Headline Insurance Forecasts (New Zealand 2012-2019)
Industry Forecast
Life Premiums Forecast
Table: Life Premiums (New Zealand 2012-2019)
Table: Life Insurance Claims (New Zealand 2007-2013)
Non-Life Premiums Forecast
Table: Non-Life Premiums (New Zealand 2012-2019)
Table: Non-Life Insurance Claims (New Zealand 2008-2013)
Non-Life Sub-Sector Forecast
Table: Non Life Insurance Premiums by Product Line (New Zealand 2012-2019)
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Asia Pacific Industry Risk/Reward Index
Table: Asia Pacific Insurance Risk/Reward Index
Market Overview
Life Market Overview
The Product Offering
The Competitive Landscape
Non-Life Market Overview
The Product Offering
The Competitive Landscape
Company Profile
AMP Limited
Insurance Australia Group
Suncorp Group
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Indicators
Table: Weighting of Indicators

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.

Key Benefits

  • 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.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in New Zealand 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.