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After poor show in Sept, non-life insurers’ premiums up 15.5% YoY in Oct

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The industry bounced back in October, as premiums grew at 15.51 per cent year-on-year (YoY) and marked a change from a disappointing number in September.

The industry netted premiums to the tune of Rs 20,423.38 crore in October, up 15.51 per cent from the year-ago period, according to data put out by General Council (GIC).

General insurers, who operate multiple lines of business, reported a 17.5 YoY growth of Rs 18,390.86 crore on the back of a robust performance by state-owned firms. Standalone health insurers reported a 20 per cent YoY jump in premiums in the same period.

Four state-owned insurers saw a 22.46 per cent YoY jump in premiums. Premiums of private sector insurers increased by 14.5 per cent YoY. Among top private sector insurers, ICICI Lombard netted premiums to the tune of Rs 2,047.12 crore, up 22.19 per cent YoY; Bajaj Allianz general’s premiums were up 24.54 per cent YoY to Rs 1,230 crore; and HDFC Ergo’s premiums were up 5 per cent YoY to Rs 1,298.19 crore.

In FY23, non-life insurers have reported a premium growth of 15 per cent YoY to Rs 1.45 trillion, driven by robust growth witnessed by private sector general insurers, and standalone health insurers. After over 20 per cent growth in Q1 FY23, the industry saw a tapering of growth in Q2FY23 as it reported only 10 per cent growth during this period. In H1 FY23, the industry grew 15.3 per cent, compared to 12.6 per cent in the same period last year. This growth was driven by health (especially the group segment), motor, and crop insurance.

premiums, riding on vehicle sales and repricing of third-party premiums, compensated for the normalization of growth. premiums have moderated in H1 FY23 after witnessing high levels of growth during the pandemic.

Despite moderation in growth, experts believe demand for will continue, albeit not at the level witnessed during the pandemic. Further, the long-term growth of would be driven by growth in the automotive industry.

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