Insurance equity analysts expect top-performing companies to achieve high growth and return on equity in 2012, according to new research.
Accenture, Chicago, published this finding in a survey of insurance equity analysts to learn how recent events have influenced their expectations about the companies’ financial performance. Accenture commissioned Institutional Investor Market Research Group to survey 68 analysts from North America, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, African and Latin America.
When asked, “What performance do you expect in 2012 from life insurers to which you give superior ratings?” the analysts collectively expect an annual mean growth of 9.6% and a mean pre-tax return on equity of 15.1%.
In answer to the question, “What should insurers’ most important priorities be in the year ahead, 50% of the respondents say “risk control” and 44% flag “sustainable growth.”
Respecting the biggest external challenges that insurers face in coming years, more than 8 in 10 analysts (83%) identify “new regulations and reforms.” And 65% peg “volatile investment returns,” the survey states.