Insurance brokers book higher premiums
Citing data from the documents submitted by regulated entities, Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa said the total premium produced by insurance brokers amounted to P75.38 billion last year.
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Insurance brokers book higher premiums
Mary Grace Padin (The Philippine Star) - November 22, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Premiums generated by insurance brokerage businesses increased in 2019, while reinsurance brokers saw a decline in their total premium income, according to data from the Insurance Commission (IC).

Citing data from the documents submitted by regulated entities, Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa said the total premium produced by insurance brokers amounted to P75.38 billion last year.

This was 11.08 percent higher than the P67.86 billion premiums generated by the industry in 2018.

“In terms of product line, insurance brokers generated the most premiums in health insurance, amounting to P22.38 billion as of year-end 2019. This is followed by the fire insurance and life insurance lines, amounting to P17.6 billion and P11.53 billion, respectively,” Funa said.

Aon Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers Philippines Inc. emerged as the best performing firm in the industry in terms of premiums with P10.96 billion generated. The company ranked second last year. It was followed by BDO Insurance Brokers Inc., Marsh Philippines, HSBC Insurance Brokers (Philippines) and Lockton Philippines Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers Inc.

Meanwhile, commissions earned by insurance brokers also reached P8.48 billion in 2019, 4.05 percent higher than the P8.15 billion in the previous year.

BDO Insurance Brokers ranked first in terms of commissions in 2019, with P1.73 billion earned.

Aon Philippines placed second, followed by Marsh Philippines, Intertrade Insurance Brokers, and Lockton Philippines.

On the other hand, reinsurance brokers generated P2.19 billion in premiums in 2019, 42 percent lower than the previous year.

Funa, in a text message to The STAR, said the difference in the performance of the insurance and reinsurance brokerage industries could be attributed to the companies’ risk appetite.

“We noticed that insurance companies and NatRe (National Reinsurance Corp. of the Philippines) have been aggressive in accepting risks so there are more premiums on direct business than reinsurance business,” Funa said, quoting one of his staff.

Commissions earned from the reinsurance business likewise declined by 31.58 percent to P128.62 million.

PhilPacific Insurance Brokers and Managers ranked first in terms of premiums last year, with P769.17 million collected. It also topped the industry in terms of commissions earned amounting to P50.57 million.

It was followed by KRM Reinsurance Brokers Philippines, Anchor Insurance Brokerage, Alsons Insurance, and Pana Harrison Reinsurance Brokers (Philippines) Inc. in terms of premium production.

“Reinsurance brokers generated the most reinsurance premiums in 2019 in the fire insurance line, with P1.24 billion; in miscellaneous lines in the aggregate amount of P323.24 million, and in the engineering line with P250.06 million,” Funa said.           

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