The patchy performance of the economies of the countries in Southeast Europe (SEE) proved a drag on the region’s insurance industry in 2013, leading to a drop of 2.0% to 6.2 billion euro in the combined gross written premiums (GWP) of the entrants in the 2013 edition of the SEE TOP 100 insurers ranking compared to the companies that made the 2012 cut.
The performance of SEE’s TOP 100 insurers in 2012 is something of a feat. Judging by the overall figures, insurance companies may have finally glimpsed the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel given expectations for a return to GDP growth (albeit very modest) in the region.
The net profit of Triglav Group, active on seven markets across Southeast Europe as well as in the Czech Republic, rose 78% to 47.5 million euro in 2011. Return on equity at both Triglav Group and its parent company, Zavarovalnica Triglav, improved dramatically, moving closer to 12% − the target value for 2015. The combined ratio in 2011 was 90.1% at the group level. Last year saw the beginning of talks on the entry of a strategic partner, the International Finance Corporation, into the Triglav Group through the company Triglav INT, a process that was formally finalised this year.