Damage control: Higher premiums have aided revenue growth, despite declining profit

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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The General Insurance industry provides protection for individuals, households and businesses from financial loss associated with events such as natural disasters, car accidents, theft and malpractice. The industry collects regular payments (known as premiums) from policyholders, part of which is used to pay for claims against losses from aforementioned events. The industry has performed well over the past five years, spurred by rising demand for domestic and commercial insurance products. Industry revenue is forecast to rise by an annualised 4.0% over the five years through 2017-18, to total $5.9 billion.

Industry revenue has consistently risen since 2011-12, albeit at a declining pace...

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Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

Insurance is a financial product that aims to safeguard the policyholder against risks related to loss, damage or theft. When customers purchase insurance, they make regular payments (known as premiums) to their insurer. Their insurer then pools them with premiums collected from their other policyholders. The insurer’s pool of premiums pays for claims made by policyholders. In New Zealand, insurance is divided into three categories: general, life and health insurance. The General Insurance industry has performed well on a revenue basis over the past five years, fuelled by rising demand for both domestic and commercial insurance.

Revenue growth has been consistently positive since 2011-12, despite slowing significantly over the period. The..

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Additional Insights for the General Insurance Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the General Insurance Industry are

  • Ability to effectively manage risk
  • Provision of a related range of goods/services ("one stop shop")
  • Well developed internal processes
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Natural disasters and Number of households in the General Insurance industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the General Insurance in New Zealand Industry?

    General insurers underwrite insurance policies to protect individuals and businesses from financial loss associated with property damage, motor vehicle damage, liability and other risks. Underwriting involves assuming risks and assigning premiums. Reinsurers assume all or part of the risk associated with existing insurance policies underwritten by other insurers.

    Industry Products
    Domestic insurance
    Motor vehicle insurance
    Commercial insurance
    Liability insurance
    Marine insurance
    Other insurance
    Industry Activities
    Home insurance provision
    Motor vehicle insurance provision
    Professional indemnity insurance provision
    Employers' liability insurance provision
    Mortgage and consumer credit insurance provision
    Fire insurance provision
    Travel insurance provision

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Natural disasters
  • Number of households
  • Number of motor vehicles
  • Cash rate

  • Current Performance
  • Operating environment
  • Earthquake damage
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Natural disasters
  • Industry competition
  • Table: General Insurance Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - General Insurance Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining in New Zealand
  • General Practice Medical Services in New Zealand
  • Banking in New Zealand
  • Agribusiness in New Zealand
  • Consumers in New Zealand

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Insurance Brokerage in New Zealand

  • Products & Services
  • Domestic insurance
  • Motor vehicle insurance
  • Commercial insurance
  • Liability insurance
  • Other insurance
  • Marine insurance
  • Chart: General Insurance Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Private clients
  • Commercial clients
  • Insurers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the General Insurance Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs General Insurance

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the General Insurance Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    IAG (NZ) Holdings LimitedSuncorp Group Holdings (NZ) LimitedQBE Insurance Group Limited
  • Table: IAG (NZ) Holdings Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Suncorp Group Holdings (NZ) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: QBE Insurance Group Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the General Insurance Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the General Insurance Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A computer program that simulates human conversation via machine-learning software (artificial intelligence).
  • Credit Rating
  • An assessment of the creditworthiness of an institution or individual in general terms or with respect to a particular debt or financial obligation.
  • Underwriting
  • Accepting liability under an insurance policy and guaranteeing payment in case of loss or damage.
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