Panamanian insurers managed to sell $1.1 billion worth of insurance in 2011, according to the Superintendency for Insurance and Reinsurance in Panama. With the number of premiums written by the industry beating Costa Rica ($794 million) and Guatemala ($620 million).
The Panamanian market is made up of 31 insurance companies. The vast majority of these companies are affiliated with the Panamanian Association of Insurers (Apadea), and were responsible for 95% of the written premiums in 2011, reported Panamaamerica.com.pa.
The insurer in first place in Panama is the ASSA Insurance Company, which underwrote more than $34 million in January and February, or 18.74% of the pie that makes up insurance sales, according to recent data from the Superintendency for Insurance and Reinsurance in Panama.
ASSA also consolidated in Costa Rica, where premiums exceeded $18 million in 2011 , which represented an increase of 400% compared with 2010. ASSA has a presence in Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Colombia.
Private insurers are beginning to outperform the state insurance company and have so far captured a 40% market share.
The ranking of the premiums made by the Superintendency of Banks and Other Financial Institutions (Siboif) reveals that in the case of Seguros América S.A.,in the first quarter of 2013, they led the market with 29.3% of the sector.
From January to December 2012, sales of insurance premiums reflected an increase of 8.16%, reporting a total of more than $138,635,000.
Panamaamerica.com.pa reports that "up to December 2012 were offered 85 million 879 thousand 82 dollars more than the previous year, which shows that consumers are becoming aware of the importance of having an insurance policy, indicated entrepreneurs from the insurance and reinsurance sectors in Panama. "