Three insurers accounted for 46% of the $693 million in premiums sold in the local market during the first half of the year.
Assa Compañía de Seguros, Mapfre Panama and Internacional de Seguros (IS) are the three insurers that accounted for almost half of the premiums sold between January and June this year.Assa recorded premiums of $122 million, followed by Mapfre, with $102 million and IS, with $98 million.
Tocumen SA has postponed until October 21 the deadline for submission of bids for the supply various types of insurance policies for airport personnel.
The tender has been postponed because two of the companies that submitted bids on July 27, ASSA and Compañía Internacional de Seguros, did not meet all of the requirements stated in the specifications, according to a spokesperson from Tocumen SA
ASSA Compañía Tenedora, S.A. and ASSA Compañía de Seguros (ASSA) and American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) today announced that they have entered into a share purchase agreement under which, ASSA will acquire 100 percent of AIG’s operations in Central America located in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals in each country.
The reduction of 30% in premium income from compulsory work risk insurance accounted for most of the 8% decline in revenues from total premiums up to March.
In March general insurance and personal insurance maintained the upward trend that had been seen the previous months, with growth rates compared to the same month in 2014 of 6.1% and 8.3%, respectively.
Insurers have started to issue these policies which compete with bank share and performance guarantees.
The National Insurance Institute (INS) and Oceánica Seguros are the two companies which have been offering such policies since this year. Meanwhile, the company ASSA will start to offer them in in 2015 and Mapre is still adjusting its offers with a view to supplying them in the future.
Products in the category of life, accident and health lead the 6% increase in premiums seen in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 2013.
Total premiums paid in the first quarter amounted to $42 million, of which 37.4% were for first party car insurance, 21.0 % for fire insurance and associated lines, 19.09 % for life insurance (individual and collective) and the remaining 6.01 % for health insurance.
The state run Nacional de Seguros and PanAmerican Life share 88% of the market in the segment of accident and health policies.
The segment for Accident and Health policies showed that up to March 2014 the majority market share was held by Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) with 46.4% and 41.7% was held by Pan American Life, according to the Superintendent of Insurance (SUGESE). The remaining 11.9% is made up of the Insurers Aseguradora del Istmo, with 7.4%, and other market participants (Mapfre, BMI, Atlantic Sauther, SM) with 4.5%.
In the last interannual period personal insurance increased by 11%, general by 5% and compulsory by 9%.
From a bulletin on the Insurance Sector in November 2013 by the Superintendency of Insurance:
The total amount of direct premiums collected reached c436,3 billion in November 2013. The involvement of voluntary insurance equaled the average of the last four annual periods - Nov 20l0-Nov 20l3), 73%.
The venture is in micro-markets with products costing up to $30 per year and with compensation ranging from $10 thousand to $15 thousand.
According to Luis Della Togna, Superintendent of Insurance and Resinsurance in Panama (SSRP), "the idea is to launch low-cost products in order to generate a micro-culture among the middle and lower classes."
Pan American Life and Assa accumulate 6% of the market, reporting up to May 2013 accumulated income of $12 million.
According to the Superintendent of Insurance (SUG) these two companies have the largest reported income. "Other market participants with significant shareholdings are Mapfre Seguros with revenues of $7 million and Aseguradora del Istmo with $4.5 million," noted an article in Elfinancierocr.com.