Stable result and strong growth in deposits
CEO Carl-Viggo Östlund’s comments: SBAB’s operating profit amounted to SEK 246 million for the third quarter of 2013 and to SEK 830 million for the first nine months of the year. Excluding net result from financial instruments, profit amounted to SEK 291 million and SEK 911 million respectively. Net interest decreased as a consequence of increasing competition in the mortgage market. For the nine-month period, the return on equity was 9.9 percent and the Core Tier 1 capital ratio continued to strengthen.
Strong growth in deposits SBAB’s savings accounts continue to attract additional customers. In the third quarter, deposits increased by SEK 4.3 billion to a total of SEK 35.9 billion. Since the beginning of the year, the growth is nearly 30 percent. We currently hold slightly more than 2 percent of the deposit market, but fully 16 percent of new deposits.
People are interested in mortgages The total lending volume was stable during the quarter, while increased competition within residential mortgages is being felt through a continued pressure on margins. People are clearly interested in the subject of mortgages and the general debate is being focused on strengthening customers’ position in relation to the banks. Among current issues, it is to become easier to switch banks during the commitment period and there is to be greater transparency regarding how interest is set. I welcome these customer-driven changes and hope they will also have a positive impact on the low level of confidence in the banks that prevails.
Bank building process continues During the quarter, we put our unit for the financing of multi-family dwellings in place, generating favourable conditions to be able to offer companies and tenant-owner associations a straightforward, customer-driven offering in both loans and savings. At the same time, efforts continue to develop an everyday bank with the objective of being able to offer a palette of loan, savings and payment services to consumers in 2014. A superior customer experience is our point of departure in building the bank and this leads us towards our vision of creating a new era in banking.
SBAB’s interim report can be downloaded from: http://www.sbab.se/ir
For further information, please contact:
Carl-Viggo Östlund, CEO SBAB
+46 8 614 43 01, +46 727 17 43 01,
Adrian Westman, Communications Manager SBAB
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