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Third Quarter Results 2016

Stock exchange releases | 26-10-2016 07:00

CEO Casper von Koskull’s comments on the results:

“The third quarter was characterised by a stable environment with low volatility on financial markets but also continued low growth. Net interest income was down 4% in local currencies compared to the third quarter of 2015, but is up 1% from the previous quarter, and we continue to believe that the trough levels are now over. Net inflow to our assets under management was at an all-time-high of EUR 9.6bn and Nordea’s leading position in corporate advisory services was confirmed. In terms of deal value, we are ranked as number two in Europe as global co-ordinator of IPO’s. Total income increased by 10% compared to the third quarter in 2015, and the cost-to-income ratio improved by 1.0%-point to 48.1%. Our credit quality remains solid with a loan loss level at the 10-year average. Despite an increase in CET1 ratio of 160bps to 17.9%, the return on equity improved 1.2%-points to 11.6% compared to the third quarter of 2015.

We are now one year into our business and culture transformation journey. We are simplifying our legal structure, replacing the core banking platform and investing in our compliance functions, as well as appointing world-class experts, many of whom have an international background, to several key strategic positions. The overall aim is to continue building the bank our customers want us to be. ”

Third quarter 2016 vs. Third quarter 2015 (Third quarter vs. Second quarter[1])

  •  Net interest income EUR 1,178m, -4%; -4% in local currencies (+1%, +1% in local currencies)
  •  Total operating income[1] EUR 2,466m, +9%; +10% in local currencies (+3%, +3% in local currencies)
  •  Total expenses EUR 1,183m, +7%; +8% in local currencies (-2%, -1% in local currencies)
  •  Profit before loan losses[1] EUR 1,283m, +12%; +12% in local currencies (-5%, -5% in local currencies)
  •  Net loan losses EUR 135m, +21%; +23% in local currencies (+6%, +5% in local currencies)
  •  Operating profit[1] EUR 1,148m, +11%; +11% in local currencies (+7%, +7% in local currencies)
  •  Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio 17.9%, up from 16.3% (up 110 bps from 16.8%)
  •  Cost/income ratio[1] 48%, down from 49% (down 2%-points from 50%)
  •  Loan loss ratio of 16 bps, up from 13 bps (up 1 bps from 15 bps)
  •  Return on equity[1] 11.6%, up from 10.4% (up 20 bps from 11.4%)
  •  Diluted EPS EUR 0.22 vs. EUR 0.19 (EUR 0.22 vs. EUR 0.25)

Exchange rates used for Q3 2016 for income statement items are for DKK 7.4474, NOK 9.3801 and SEK 9.3713.
[1] Excl. non-recurring items (Q2 2016: gain related to VISA Inc.'s acquisition of VISA Europe amounted to EUR 151m, net of tax). 

For further information: 

Casper von Koskull, President and Group CEO, +46 10 157 1020 Torsten Hagen Jørgensen, Deputy CEO and Group COO, +45 5547 2200
Rodney Alfvén, Head of Investor Relations, +46 72 235 05 15 Helga Baagøe, Acting Head of Group Communications, +46 721 411 807

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