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.
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%.
After two years of full competition in Costa Rica, insurers are keeping in place aggressive pricing tactics and incentives in the battle for customers.
In an interview conducted by Sergio Morales for Elfinancierocr.com, William Constenla, president of the National Insurance Institute (INS by its initials in Spanish), explained that the company has been forced to confront the price war by offering more services or range of products, offering, for example, zero deductible car insurance, which means that the insured party does not have to pay anything in case of an accident.
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.
The Panamanian Aseguradores Association (APADEA), is a non-profit organisation, that was created in 1952 with the objective of developing, enlarging and coordinating the activity of the insurance market throughout Panama.
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