BMI View: The main themes and trends within Israel's insurance sector have remained unchanged for several years. As is the case in South Africa and Taiwan, a peculiar geopolitical and financial history has resulted in the domination of the sector by a small number of diversified financial services organisations, whose interests generally go beyond insurance. These organisations are, in world terms, sophisticated and large. However, they do not constitute a cosy oligopoly: the normal situation includes downwards pressure on prices and margins, competition by way of product innovation and development of new distribution channels and attention of antitrust regulators. The market is emphatically open to foreign competition. However, the strengths of the entrenched local players are such that few foreign insurers see the market as offering an attractive opportunity.
The demographics of Israel are such that the life segment is continuing to grow steadily, if not rapidly. However, and in spite of being in a steadily rising trend, life density (premiums per capita) are not particularly high for a country of Israel's per capita incomes. This is because conventional life insurance faces substantial competition as a conduit for organised savings from pension funds, the main providers of which are the leading local life insurers. Through 2013, the main change to the competitive landscape is that Harel has acquired the life insurance business of Eliahu, and the asset management and mutual fund operations of Clal Finance. Thanks to the better performance of financial markets through 2013, most of the companies in the life segment have reported a significant improvement to investment earnings in the latest year.
The non-life segment is also mature. Low double-digit growth in health insurance premiums is offset by very pedestrian rises (or worse) in premiums for other lines. Nevertheless, strengths are evident. Retention rates are high (and, by the standards of other...
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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.
Individual analysis of both Life and Non-Life insurance sector developments and prospects across developed states and emerging markets - supported by BMI's global industry growth forecasts. This is followed by an in-depth evaluation of region- and country-specific trends, focusing on BMI's country-by-country market growth data.
Business Environment Ratings
BMI's Insurance Business Environment Ratings provide a country-comparative Risk-Reward Ratings index aimed at investors (Life and Non-Life) in the insurance market.
The ratings methodology makes sophisticated use of over 40 industry, economic and demographic data points and is part of BMI's integrated Country Risk-Industry Ratings products.
BMI Industry Forecasts
Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for key industry and economic indicators (see list below) supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:
Premiums: Total (US$mn), growth (% y-o-y), penetration (% of GDP), density (US$ per capita) for Life and Non-Life sectors, and total premiums.
Life: Data on gross written premiums for all major non-life segments (e.g. motor, fire, work).
Non-life: Data on gross written premiums for all major life segments (e.g. life, retirement).
Economic: Nominal GDP (US$bn), real GDP growth (%), GDP per capita (US$), population (mn), unemployment (%), exchange rate (against US$).
Competitive Landscape & Rankings
Illustration of the insurance industry via rankings tables comparing gross written premiums by company (US$mn) and market share (%). This chapter also includes in-depth regional analysis of the market position, business strategies and investment potential of the leading insurance companies.
Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. 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.