SBAB's CEO, Per Anders Fasth, comments:
SBAB’s operating profit amounted to SEK 255 million for the fourth quarter and to SEK 1,085 million for the 2013 full-year. For the full-year, the return on equity was 9.5 percent. The capital base remained strong with a Core Tier 1 capital ratio of 23.3 percent.
In the fourth quarter, earnings continued to be affected by competition in residential mortgages and real-estate lending, which led to pressure on margins in both the retail and corporate markets. Combined with an increase in costs, to some extent of a non-recurring nature, profit was lower than in preceding quarters. These results lead to greater demands on cost and capital efficiency, so that we can provide a strong customer offering while achieving healthy profitability.
On 13 January 2014, Carl-Viggo Östlund was dismissed as CEO. SBAB’s strategy of broadening and developing its operations remains firm. This means that SBAB will also offer everyday banking services within payments and cards in addition to the current savings and loan products. I am convinced that customer experience is the key to success in the Swedish banking market. Part of that experience involves delivering new services and products in the most efficient manner possible, not least to be able to offer our customers attractive prices.
During the final quarter of the year, strong customer growth persisted and SBAB’s popular savings accounts continued to attract customers. More than 50,000 new customers opened saving accounts over the year. Deposits increased by slightly more than SEK 18 billion, corresponding to a growth of 66 percent. SBAB’s market share of new deposits from households amounted to fully 22 percent. With more than 250,000 customers, we already have a firm foundation ahead of the forthcoming launch of our everyday banking services.