Leading European insurance companies ranked by total assets 2016-2019

Total assets are a key indicator of the size of a company, indicating the enterprises possessions, both tangible and intangible. With some of the world’s largest insurance companies residing in Europe, it is unsurprising that at the end of 2019, the German insurer Allianz SE and AXA of France have assets totaling almost 1.2 trillion euros. Total assets are just one aspect that measures the size and performance of an insurer.

Gross written premiums

Gross written premiums are used as an accounting term by insurers to display the total amount owed by clients and customers in exchange for the coverage offered by insurance companies. Written premiums can be accounted in gross and net premiums. Gross premiums written does not factor in any deductions made via expenses, for example fees to agents or salaries. In terms of total insurance premiums made (gross) in Europe, 2018 was the best year on record.

Net premiums earned

As insurance premiums are paid in advance, insurance companies record both written premiums unearned and premiums earned. A premium is not earned and deemed as profit until the insurance company has fulfilled its obligation of insuring a policy over a given period. In 2018, the United Kingdom (UK), which is Europe's largest insurance market in terms of gross written premiums, saw net premiums of over 232 billion euros for non-life and approximately 76.7 billion euros for life insurance.

Largest insurance companies in Europe from 2016 to 2019, by total assets

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2016 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Only includes insurance companies trading on a stock exchange.
Figures rounded.
All original reporting currencies converted to USD.
* Registered shares.
** Registered shares. Muenchener Rueckversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG

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