South Korea Insurance Report

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

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South Korea Insurance Report
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BMI View: Both the life and the non-life segments of South Korea's sophisticated insurance sector should benefit from the ageing of the population. There are upside risks to our forecasts for th e life segment and for the long term products that are offered by the non-life insurers. There are some downside risks to our forecasts for property and motor vehicle insurance.

Headline Insurance Forecasts (South Korea 2012-2019)
Indicator 2012 2013 2014 2015f 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f
BMI/KIRI
Gross life premiums written, KRWbn 115,309.00 106,084.28 110,575.00 115,559.38 121,524.56 128,938.16 137,011.63 145,813.17
Gross life premiums written, KRW, % y-o-y 31.3 -8.0 4.2 4.5 5.2 6.1 6.3 6.4
Gross life premiums written, USDbn 102.37 96.91 105.01 98.77 96.26 104.19 116.61 129.61
Gross life premiums written, USD, % y-o-y 29.1 -5.3 8.4 -5.9 -2.5 8.2 11.9 11.2
Gross non-life premiums written, KRWbn 68,542.00 71,420.76 76,575.00 81,732.52 87,811.48 95,453.92 103,806.41 112,897.52
Gross non-life premiums written, KRW, % y-o-y 12.4 4.2 7.2 6.7 7.4 8.7 8.8 8.8
Gross non-life premiums written, USDbn 60.85 65.25 72.72 69.86 69.55 77.13 88.35 100.35
Gross non-life premiums written, USD, % y-o-y 10.6 7.2 11.5 -3.9 -0.4 10.9 14.5 13.6

Latest Updates And Forecasts

  • South Korea is in many ways the archetypal North Asian insurance sector. Life insurance has long played a central role in the economy and society as a conduit for organised savings. This is in a country where the savings rate has typically been high and the provision of social security by the state has been limited. Two factors set the insurance sector apart from others. One is the fact that long-term savings and protection products are also a very important business for South Korea's non-life companies, which effectively operate as composites. The other is that many of the leading companies benefit from their association with the Chaebol corporate groups which dominate South Korea's economy.

  • Recent results from the largest insurers confirm that they are benefiting from a number of factors. In particular, life insurance is seen as an attractive opportunity relative to other savings and investments, given very low interest rates and the volatility of financial markets. Over the long-term, demand for retirement income products will grow thanks to the ageing of the population. The risks to our forecasts are overwhelmingly to the upside.

  • The ageing of the population should also boost demand for long-term savings and protection products that are offered by the non-life insurers. Demographic changes should also support the development of health and personal accident insurance. However, other sub-sectors of the non-life segment face a number of headwinds. These include the sedate pace of economic growth and downwards pressure on prices in the property and motor vehicle insurance sub-sectors.

BMI Industry View
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SWOT
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Insurance
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Political
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Economic
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Operational Risk
13
Industry Forecast
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Life Premiums Forecast
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Life Premiums
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Table: Gross Life Premiums Written (South Korea 2012-2019)
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Life Insurance Claims and Assets
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Table: Life Insurance Claims (South Korea 2007-2014)
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Table: Assets (South Korea 2007-2014)
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Life Insurance Drivers
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Table: Life Expectancy by Gender (South Korea 2012-2019)
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Table: Demographic Breakdown (South Korea 2012-2019)
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Non-Life Premiums Forecast
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Non-Life Premiums
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Table: Gross Non-Life Premiums Written (South Korea 2012-2019)
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Non-Life Claims
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Table: Non-Life Insurance Claims (South Korea 2007-2014)
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Table: Non-Life Insurance Claims by Line (South Korea 2007-2014)
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Non-Life Assets
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Table: Assets (South Korea 2007-2014)
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Non-Life Sub-Sector Forecast
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Table: Non-Life % Breakdown (South Korea 2012-2019)
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Motor And Transport Insurance
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Table: Motor Vehicle Insurance (South Korea 2012-2019)
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Table: Insurance Key Drivers, Autos (South Korea 2012-2019)
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Table: Transport Insurance (South Korea 2012-2019)
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Property Insurance
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Table: Property Insurance (South Korea 2012-2019)
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Credit/ Financial Guarantee Insurance
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Table: Credit/Financial Guarantee Insurance (South Korea 2012-2019)
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Health Insurance
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Table: Insurance Key Drivers, Private Health Expenditure (South Korea 2012-2019)
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Industry Risk Reward Ratings
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Asia Pacific Industry Risk/Reward Index
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Table: Asia Pacific Insurance Risk/Reward Index
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Market Overview
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Life Market Overview
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The Product Offering
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Competitive Landscape
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Table: Company Performance: Life Insurance Market (USDmn) 2007-2012
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Table: Company Performance: Life Insurance Market (%) 2007-2012
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Non-Life Market Overview
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The Product Offering
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The Competitive Landscape
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Table: Company Performance: Non-Life Insurance Market (USDmn) 2011-2012
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Table: Company Performance: Non-Life Insurance Market (%) 2011-2012
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Company Profile
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Hanwha Life
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Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance
48
Samsung Life
51
Samsung Fire & Marine
54
Demographic Forecast
57
Demographic Outlook
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Table: Population Headline Indicators (South Korea 1990-2025)
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Table: Key Population Ratios (South Korea 1990-2025)
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Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (South Korea 1990-2025)
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Table: Population By Age Group (South Korea 1990-2025)
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Table: Population By Age Group % (South Korea 1990-2025)
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Methodology
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Industry Forecast Methodology
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Risk/Reward Index Methodology
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Table: Indicators
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Table: Weighting of Indicators
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The South Korea 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 South Korea Insurance Report provides professionals, consultancies, government departments, regulatory bodies and researchers with independent forecasts and regional competitive intelligence on the Korean insurance industry.

Key Benefits

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

Coverage

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.

Sources

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.