The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) today released its Quarterly Life Insurance Performance Statistics publication for the September 2019 quarter.
The Quarterly Life Insurance Performance Statistics publication provides industry aggregate summaries of financial performance, financial position, capital adequacy and key ratios.
Key performance statistics for the life insurance industry in the year ended 30 September:
|Net policy revenue
|Net policy expenses
|Effective movement in net policy liabilities
|Net profit after tax
The life insurance industry’s performance continues to decline. Industry net profit after tax (NPAT) was $0.2 billion for the year to September 2019, a significant reduction from $1.8 billion for the year to September 2018. This persistent decline is primarily caused by poor performance of risk business (see below).
Risk product net profit after tax for the life insurance industry in the year ended 30 September:
||Sep 2019 quarter only
|Individual lump sum
|Individual disability income insurance
|Group lump sum
|Group disability income insurance
For the 12 months to September 2019, risk products reported a combined after-tax loss of $417 million, a significant reduction from the $654 million profit for the previous 12 months. Individual Lump Sum remained largely the same pre-tax while all other risk products deteriorated, particularly Individual Disability Income Insurance (also known as Income Protection) primarily driven by loss recognition as adverse claims experience persists.
Key ratios for the life insurance industry in the year ended 30 September:
|Return on net assets
||-6.25 percentage points
|Prescribed capital amount coverage ratio
Please refer to the ‘highlights’ section in the Quarterly Life Insurance Performance Statistics publication for an analysis of material movements in the key performance statistics.
The September 2019 Quarterly Life Insurance Performance Statistics publication is available on the APRA website at: Quarterly life insurance performance statistics.