Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results 2012

Stock exchange releases | 30-01-2013 07:00

CEO Christian Clausen’s comment to the results:
“In 2012, we had more customers, more capital and higher profit than ever before. We are ahead of the plan that was established in 2011. On that foundation, we will shape the future of Nordea, with closer customer relationships, unchanged costs and increased return on equity.

85,000 new relationship customers and more business with our customers have led to an increased income in the quarter and the year. The flat cost target was achieved in 2012. Despite lending growth of 3%, risk-weighted assets were reduced by 9%.

Return on equity increased in 2012 to 11.6% and the core tier 1 capital ratio increased to 13.1%. Dividend is proposed to be EUR 0.34, which corresponds to a payout-ratio of 44%, in line with our policy.”

(For further viewpoints, see CEO comments, page 2)

Full year 2012 vs full year 2011 (fourth quarter 2012 vs third quarter 2012):

  • Total operating income up 8% (up 7%), operating profit up 11%* (up 15%)
  • Core tier 1 capital ratio up to 13.1% from 11.2% excl. transition rules (up from 12.2%)
  • Loan loss ratio 28 basis points, up from 23 basis points (down to 29 bps from 30 bps)
  • Assets under Management EUR 218bn, up 16% (up 4%)
  • Return on equity 11.6%, up from 11.1%* (up to 12.1% from 10.1%)
  • Proposed dividend EUR 0.34 (last year EUR 0.26)
  • Ambitious financial target and new capital policy established
Summary key figures,
EURm
Q4
2012
Q3
2012
Ch.
%
Q4
2011
Ch.
%
2012 2011 Ch.
%
Net interest income 1,429 1,441 -1 1,427 0 5,752 5,456 5
Total operating income 2,630 2,469 7 2,558 3 10,236 9,501 8
Profit before loan losses 1,303 1,176 11 1,292 1 5,050 4,282 18
Net loan losses -244 -254 -4 -263 -7 -933 -735 27
Loan loss ratio (ann.), bps 29 30 33 28 23
Operating profit 1,059 922 15 1,029 3 4,117 3,547 16
Operating profit, adjusted             3,718* 11*
Risk-adjusted profit 846 749 13 815 4 3,245 2,714 20
Diluted EPS, EUR 0.21 0.17   0.19   0.78 0.65  
Return on equity, % 12.1 10.1   12.3   11.6 10.6  
Return on equity, adjusted, %             11.1*  

* Excluding restructuring provision in the third quarter 2011 of EUR 171m.
Currency rates used for DKK, NOK and SEK for the fourth quarter 2012 are for income statement items 7.44, 7.48 and 8.71 respectively.

For further information:
Christian Clausen, President and Group CEO, +46 8 614 7804
Torsten Hagen Jørgensen, Group CFO, +46 8 614 7814
Rodney Alfvén, Head of Investor Relations, +46 8 614 7880 (or +46 72 235 05 15)
Jan Larsson, Head of Group Identity & Communications, +46 8 614 7916 (or +46 70 593 34 12)

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