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All Business 12 months to September


Year-End20132014201520162017
Gross Written Premium ($)4,770,148,6735,258,213,4775,260,803,4525,345,220,235,727,157,999
Net Written Premium ($)3,652,556,3604,018,404,4583,880,463,935 3,425,022,9233,975,655,149
Net Earned Premium ($)3,506,529,3513,912,441,1623,895,768,3053,366,482,6413,784,224,340
Claims Incurred ($)2,174,942,392 2,350,393,4252,546,016,6201,968,592,5172,710,849,427
Loss Ratio (%)62.03%60.07%65.35%58.48%71.64%
Business Costs (Staff etc) ($)1,200,746,6021,315,241,9751,367,165,6891,186,539,4001,236,198,791
Combined Ratio (%)96.27%93.69%100.45%93.72%104.30%

Commercial Material Damage and Business Interruption 12 months to September


Year-End20132014201520162017
Gross Written Premium ($)598,432,282684,399,324687,192,670680,630,993720,886,662
Net Written Premium ($)325,879,410369,583,445346,431,648357,611,986375,638,036
Net Earned Premium ($)322,693,671358,734,362369,677,595360,357,963365,001,083
Claims Incurred ($)192,309,752227,168,439208,771,487243,994,226266,340,393
Loss Ratio (%)59.60%63.32%56.47%67.71%72.97%

Domestic Buildings and Contents 12 months to September


Year-End20132014201520162017
Gross Written Premium ($)1,342,027,8811,477,326,9751,522,053,5351,560,818,0921,653,980,584
Net Written Premium ($)1,082,408,5181,219,945,7381,210,698,3651,149,372,7921,248,972,005
Net Earned Premium ($)1,002,937,3561,168,935,3641,186,680,1581,129,099,4271,201,103,163
Claims Incurred ($)582,828,477609,645,684634,005,780624,059,237716,800,290
Loss Ratio (%)58.11%52.15%53.43%55.27%59.68%

Motor Commercial and Private 12 months to September


Year-End20132014201520162017
Gross Written Premium ($)1,410,050,9051,509,389,4171,564,349,4221,644,119,1171,833,142,184
Net Written Premium ($)1,393,761,8281,487,114,1691,477,793,1201,422,592,3711,568,885,993
Net Earned Premium ($)1,366,159,7131,441,718,2271,444,274,5661,377,217,6561,475,665,889
Claims Incurred ($)886,385,444951,461,0761,003,957,7601,023,576,9101,132,804,218
Loss Ratio (%)64.88%65.99%69.51%74.32%76.77%

Marine Hull and Cargo 12 months to September


Year-End20132014201520162017
Gross Written Premium ($)137,235,745140,528,421137,394,192126,516,762134,650,106
Net Written Premium ($)112,054,232116,508,142107,813,36493,028,019101,443,977
Net Earned Premium ($)111,737,383118,685,913108,805,54392,816,80299,540,458
Claims Incurred ($)47,759,99456,416,38654,977,36362,428,51459,343,187
Loss Ratio (%)42.74%47.53%50.53%67.26%59.62%

Liability Professional & Defamation, Directors & Officers and Public Product & Other 12 months to September


Year-End20132014201520162017
Gross Written Premium ($)368,972,214457,406,090468,311,462481,262,837521,877,213
Net Written Premium ($)292,977,466345,109,879338,478,576330,448,687358,875,086
Net Earned Premium ($)284,297,206329,383,275339,225,156320,109,298343,539,963
Claims Incurred ($)119,499,270101,971,75678,081,999112,861,384100,322,242
Loss Ratio (%)42.03%30.96%23.02%35.26%29.20.%

Earthquake Domestic, Commercial M.D., Business Interruption and Marine Cargo 12 months to September


Year-End20132014201520162017
Gross Written Premium ($)608,686,700642,638,358560,528,347513,288,251554,701,233
Net Written Premium ($)221,723,316263,734,316226,368,484-81,596,028177,202,600
Net Earned Premium ($)198,612,059268,276,192261,986,321-73,258,527157,686,791
Claims Incurred ($)228,581,132291,746,108457,937,219-204,420,440363,309,158
Loss Ratio (%)115.09%108.75%174.79%279.04%230.40%

Other Personal Accident, Travel, Livestock and Other 12 months to September


Year-End20132014201520162017
Gross Written Premium ($)304,742,946346,524,892320,973,824338,584,183307,920,017
Net Written Premium ($)223,751,590216,408,769172,880,378153,565,096144,637,452
Net Earned Premium ($)220,091,963226,707,829185,118,966160,140,022141,686,993
Claims Incurred ($)117,578,323111,983,976108,285,012106,092,68671,929,939
Loss Ratio (%)53.42%49.40%58.49%66.25%50.77%

Gross Written Premiums of Business Classes 12 months to September


Year-End20132014201520162017
Commercial ($)598,432,282684,399,324687,192,670680,630,993720,886,662
Domestic ($)1,342,027,8811,477,326,9751,522,053,5351,560,818,0921,653,980,584
Motor ($)1,410,050,9051,509,389,4171,564,349,4221,644,119,1171,833,142,184
Marine ($)137,235,745140,528,421137,394,192126,516,762134,650,106
Liability ($)368,972,214457,406,090468,311,462481,262,837521,877,213
Earthquake ($)608,686,700642,638,358560,528,347513,288,251554,701,233
Other ($)304,742,946346,524,892320,973,824338,584,183307,920,017
Total ($)4,770,148,6735,258,213,4775,260,803,4525,345,220,2355,727,157,999


Premiums


Gross written premium is calculated as the actual premium less all premium refunds and rebates. Premiums are recorded gross (ie no deduction for commissions and brokerage incurred in writing the income). Inclusions:

  • inward treaty and facultative reinsurance
  • all policy administration fees related to instalment billing and any other policy charges related to the writing and/or renewal of the policy.

Exclusions:

  • GST, FSL, and EQC charges.

Gross earned premium is gross written premium plus unearned gross premium at beginning of quarter less unearned gross premium at end of quarter.

Net written premium is gross written premium less outward treaty and facultative reinsurance premium.

Net earned premium is net written premium plus unearned net premium at beginning of quarter less unearned net premium at end of quarter.


Class of Business


Total includes the total for All Commercial Lines and All Personal Lines

All Commercial Lines includes Commercial Business Interruption, Commercial Material Damage, Commercial Motor, Earthquake: Business Interruption, Earthquake: Commercial Material Damage, Earthquake: Marine Cargo, Liability: Total, Livestock, Marine Cargo, Marine Hull: Commercial, and Other Business.

All Personal Lines includes Domestic Buildings and Contents, Earthquake: Domestic, Marine Hull: Private, Personal Accident, Travel and Private Motor.

Commercial Business Interruption excludes Company Earthquake.

Commercial Material Damage includes Fire, Material Damage, Industrial/Commercial Special Risks, Contractors' All Risks, Rural Risks (other than rural dwellings and their contents) and Office Policy, but excludes Company Earthquake.

Commercial Motor

Domestic Buildings and Domestic Contents includes rural dwellings but exclude earthquake.

Earthquake: Other includes all Earthquake business not included elsewhere.

Earthquake: Total includes Earthquake: Business Interruption, Earthquake: Commercial MD, Earthquake: Domestic and Earthquake: Other.

As far as possible all premiums relating to earthquake cover and all claims arising from earthquakes are to be recorded under one of the Earthquake categories.

Liability: Total includes all liability lines of business (Directors & Officers; Professional & Defamation; Public& Product; Statutory & Employer; Fidelity; Employment Practice; Bailee and Other)

Livestock excludes Bloodstock (see Other Business).

Marine Cargo excludes Company Earthquake.

Marine Hull: Total both Marine Hull lines of business (Commercial; Private).

Other Business includes Consumer Credit, Commercial/Trade Export Credit, Bonds, Mortgage Guarantee, Bloodstock, Computers, Engineering and all other business not included elsewhere.

Personal Accident

Personal Motor

Travel: Total includes all travel business.


Claims


Total number of claims is the total number of claims reported during the quarter.

Gross claims incurred include :

  • gross claims paid plus outstanding and IBNR claims at end of quarter less outstanding and IBNR claims at beginning of quarter;
  • all third party costs incurred in connection with claims (eg legal fees, assessors fees, claims adjustors fees etc);
  • indirect claims handling costs (ie internal costs incurred in processing and settling claims);
  • recoveries received and owing from third parties on all claims incurred.

Net claims incurred are gross incurred claims less all reinsurance claim recoveries related to those gross incurred claims.


Expenses


Staff costs

Include all payments and accruals for salaries for full-time equivalent staff, including contractors, and costs of all staff benefits and FBT. (Full-time equivalent staff = staff engaged for thirty hours or more per week).

Other costs; Include all other expenses charged against the New Zealand operation. Do not include staff costs, indirect claims handling costs and internal legal and assessors costs etc, as these are included in staff costs and claims incurred (discussed above). Internal claims settlement costs (transferred) include only the amount attributed to the claim.

Internal claims settlement costs

Shown as a credit the total amount of indirect claims handling costs incurred that have been transferred to the cost of claims above. This includes the proportion of staff and other costs related to indirect claims handling costs that under FRS 35 are included in the claims figures above.

Commissions

Net commissions and brokerage incurred (ie gross commissions/brokerage incurred in acquiring business less commissions recovered from treaty and facultative reinsurance arrangements.)

Note:

  • All definitions follow the FRS 35 definitions.
  • Accident Insurance Business (ie Workers Compensation) is NOT included in the data for this report.

Formula


Frequency per $1000 premiumTotal Number of Claims
Gross written Premium / 1000
Gross average claim sizeGross claims incurred
Total number of claims
Gross loss ratioGross claims incurred
Gross earned premium
Net average claim sizeGross earned premium
Net claims incurred
Net loss ratioNet claims incurred
Net earned premium
Expense ratioTotal management costs
Total net earned premium
Combined ratioTotal net claims incurred + Total management costs
Total net earned premium
(where total management costs = staff costs + other costs + internal claims settlement costs + commission/brokerage costs)
Proportion of business retainedNet written premium
Gross written premium
Proportion of claims cost recovered1 - Net claims incurred
Gross claims incurred
Frequency
Quarterlyequals includes total figures for the entire quarter
Yearlyequals includes total figures for the entire year or rolling twelve month figures, except where the full year's data is incomplete. Then figures are estimated, where Yearly equals(Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4)/n*4, and n is the number of quarters for which a company submitted data.

Natural disaster data

Data on the cost of severe weather events and other natural disasters can be found under Natural disasters or by clicking here.