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Qatar Insurance Report 2011


Qatar Insurance Report 2011

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Publisher Business Monitor International
Date of Report May 23, 2011
Quick Overview
The global financial crisis, which reached its critical phase in late 2008, appears to have had little impact on the development of Qatar’s insurance sector. The results that have been published by the five locally listed Qatari insurance companies – al-Khaleej Takaful Insurance & Reinsurance, Doha Insurance, Qatar General Insurance & Reinsurance, Qatar Insurance Company and Qatar Islamic Insurance Company – indicate that total premiums rose at a measured pace from 2006 to 2008, before falling slightly in 2009. On the basis of the results that the companies have reported in relation to H110, we are looking for premiums to achieve single-digit growth this year.
We believe that total premiums in 2010 amounted to QAR4,554mn. This includes non-life premiums of QAR4,337mn and life premiums of QAR217mn. In 2015, the corresponding figures should be QAR9,035mn, QAR8,319mn and QAR716mn. In terms of the key drivers that underpin our forecasts, we are looking for non-life penetration to rise from 0.83% of GDP in 2010 to around 1.10% by 2054. We are looking for life density to grow from US$39.72 per capita in 2010 to US$115.71 in 2015. Because of the small absolute size of Qatar’s insurance sector, BMI’s proprietary Insurance Business Environment Rating (IBER) for the country is a relatively low 45.8.
In short, much of the growth in the insurance sector is being driven by the rapid expansion of the economy. Rapid economic growth is, in turn, being driven by the rise of, and officially-sanctioned diversification away from, gas. We see the development of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) as a very positive factor. In mid-2010, the QFC Regulatory Authority began discussions with interested parties in relation to the promotion of captive insurers. However, we note that, in advancing ambitions to turn Qatar into a regional financial centre, the authorities face significant competition from nearby rivals such as Bahrain and Dubai.
Our projections assume that life insurance, which is not a major business for the five national companies, will grow quickly. If our confidence is vindicated, a beneficiary will be ALICO, formerly a subsidiary of AIG but now of MetLife. However, we would emphasise that the life segment is a small part of the Qatar insurance sector and that Qatar is a (very) small part of ALICO’s overall business.
Al-Khaleej Takaful’s renaming and re-orientation from a conventional insurer to a takaful operator (with effect from the beginning of 2010) is indicative of that company’s recognition of the opportunities from Islamic finance in general and takaful in particular. We accept the proposition that the decade 2010-2020 will be the period in which Islamic and takaful move to the mainstream. In the short-term, though, takaful will account for a (small) minority of total insurance premiums in most predominantly-Muslim countries. Qatar is no exception to this.
Key Features Of This Report
This report is structurally similar to its predecessor. However we have updated information to take into account developments that have taken place over the course of 2009. In particular, we have incorporated the various press releases issued by the Qatar Financial Centre Authority and the financial results of the five listed local insurance companies in periods ending 30 June 2010.
Table of Contents
The Sector At A Glance .................................................................................................................................. 5
Table: The Qatari Insurance Sector At A Glance ................................................................................................................................................. 5
Key Insights On The Insurance Sector Of Qatar ................................................................................................................................................... 5
Key Features Of This Report ................................................................................................................................................................................ 6
SWOT Analysis ................................................................................................................................................ 7
Qatar Insurance Industry SWOT .......................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Qatar Political SWOT ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
Qatar Economic SWOT........................................................................................................................................................................................ 9
Qatar Business Environment SWOT ................................................................................................................................................................... 10
MetLife’s Acquisition Of ALICO .................................................................................................................... 11
Table: ALICO At A Glance ................................................................................................................................................................................. 12
Table: ALICO’s Pre-Tax Profits By Segment And Region Contribution, Year To November 30 2009 (%) .......................................................... 13
Table: ALICO – A Market Leader In Japan ........................................................................................................................................................ 13
Table: MetLife’s Acquisition Of ALICO ............................................................................................................................................................. 14
Table: MetLife And ALICO Combined ................................................................................................................................................................ 15
Middle East And North Africa Overview ...................................................................................................... 16
Islamic Insurance Overview .......................................................................................................................... 20
Projections And Forecasts ............................................................................................................................ 27
Table: Qatar’s Premiums, 2007-2015................................................................................................................................................................. 27
Projections And Drivers Of Growth.................................................................................................................................................................... 28
Table: Qatar’s Growth Drivers, 2007-2015 ....................................................................................................................................................... 28
Country Update ............................................................................................................................................. 29
Macroeconomic Outlook ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 29
Table: Qatar Economic Activity, 2007-2014 ....................................................................................................................................................... 32
Political Outlook ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 33
Insurance Business Environment Rating .................................................................................................... 35
Table: Qatar – Insurance Business Environment Indicators............................................................................................................................... 35
Table: Middle East And Africa Insurance Business Environment Ratings ........................................................................................................... 36
Regional Context ........................................................................................................................................... 37
Table: Non-Life Premiums In A Regional Context, 2009 .................................................................................................................................... 37
Table: Life Premiums In A Regional Context, 2009 ............................................................................................................................................ 38
Analysis Of Competitive Conditions ............................................................................................................ 39
Table: Gross Written Premiums Of The Qatari Insurance Companies, 2007-2010 (QAR mn) ............................................................................ 39
Company Profiles .......................................................................................................................................... 40
ALICO ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 40
Allianz ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 42
Al-Khaleej Takaful Insurance & Reinsurance Company..................................................................................................................................... 44
Doha Insurance Company .................................................................................................................................................................................. 44
Qatar General Insurance & Reinsurance Company ........................................................................................................................................... 45
Qatar Insurance Company .................................................................................................................................................................................. 46
Qatar Islamic Insurance Company ..................................................................................................................................................................... 47
Country Snapshot: Qatar Demographic Data.............................................................................................. 48
Section 1: Population .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 48
Table: Demographic Indicators, 2005-2030 ....................................................................................................................................................... 48
Table: Rural/Urban Breakdown, 2005-2030 ...................................................................................................................................................... 49
Section 2: Education And Healthcare ................................................................................................................................................................. 49
Table: Education, 2002-2005 ............................................................................................................................................................................. 49
Table: Vital Statistics, 2005-2030 ....................................................................................................................................................................... 49
Section 3: Labour Market And Spending Power ................................................................................................................................................. 50
Table: Employment Indicators, 2001-2004 ......................................................................................................................................................... 50
Table: Consumer Expenditure, 2000-2012 (US$) ............................................................................................................................................... 50
Table: Average Annual Manufacturing Wages, 2001-2005 ................................................................................................................................ 50
BMI Methodology .......................................................................................................................................... 51
Basis Of Projections ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 51
Insurance Business Environment Rating .................................................................................................................................................................. 52
Table: Insurance Business Environment Indicators And Rationale ..................................................................................................................... 53
Table: Weighting Of Indicators .......................................................................................................................................................................... 54




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