Reportstack has announced a new report on Commercial Property Insurance In The UK - Key Trends And Opportunities To 2017. Gross written premiums in the commercial property insurance category recorded sustained growth throughout the review period (2008–2012), rising at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.79%. Premiums increased at an annual rate of 6.8% in 2012, reaching a total of GBP6.72 billion; the highest level in five years.
Commercial property insurance claims paid declined by 5.5% in 2012, but this belies the rapid growth recorded since 2008. Payouts rose at a CAGR of 57.29% over the five years to 2012, while claims incurred increased at a CAGR of 28.61% during the same period. The UK has experienced frequent flooding since 2000, including two of the wettest years on record since 2008.
Despite weakness in the commercial construction market and flagging business sentiment due to poor economic conditions, the rise in premiums was driven by high claims related to severe weather and instances of civil unrest. Tentative economic recovery and improving business conditions drove growth towards the end of the review period.
Following the expiry of the Statement of Principles in June 2013, Flood Re was established by the government and the insurance industry. Unlike its predecessor, Flood Re excludes small businesses from guaranteed flood insurance at affordable prices, and will result in upward pressure on costs and premiums for insurers and their commercial customers. Commercial properties have also been omitted from a revised law on squatting, heightening the risk of damage to unoccupied commercial premises. Furthermore, an independent review into the compensation paid to insurers and businesses in the wake of civil unrest recommends reducing the scope of eligibility and prohibiting reimbursements for consequential loss.
Despite downside forces, growth in commercial property gross written premiums will prevail over the forecast period (2013–2017) as the economic recovery gains traction, business confidence improves and commercial construction activity increases. Premiums are expected to rise to GBP8.22 billion in 2017, representative of a CAGR of 4.34% over the five years from 2013.
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