SBAB’s Interim Report January–September 2018 is now available for download on www.sbab.se/IR.
THE QUARTER IN BRIEF
Q3 2018 (Q2 2018)
THE QUARTER/PERIOD IN NUMBERS
Q3 2018 (Q2 2018)
January–September 2018 (January–September 2017)
CEO statement from Klas Danielsson:
A major and highly significant development took place one year ago, in autumn 2017. A number of women stepped forward and spoke about the sexual harassment and abuses that they had endured at their workplaces. Their actions showcased the lack of respect and equality in our society. The #MeToo movement showed that disrespectful and inequitable norms and behaviour are all around us. To make a tangible impact in terms of respect and gender equality issues, we have worked together with the Make Equal foundation to create Respekttrappan.
Q3 2018 was yet another successful quarter in a long succession of successful quarters for SBAB over the last few years. Tangible proof of our success can be seen in the market shares we are capturing in our largest business area, Retail, in terms of both mortgages and deposits. To date this year, our market share of mortgage lending growth amounted to around 17%, which compares well with our total market share of slightly more than 8%. A fantastic growth rate that is also based on responsible credit granting and where, over the last few years, we have noted lower loan-to-value ratios, lower debt-to-income ratios and increased amortisation rates in our new lending. Our growth shows that our customers appreciate our strong offering within housing quality and household finances, with a focus on transparency, availability and extremely favourable terms. Despite an uncertain housing market, we see continued strong demand for our residential mortgage offering. I believe that we will continue to account for a substantial portion of new lending in the market and continue to gain market share. At the end of Q3, SBAB’s total lending amounted to SEK 358.0 billion. Thus far in 2018, lending growth is just over 10%. Our deposits have increased by almost 13% to a total of SEK 120.5 billion in 2018.
Earnings continue to trend favourably. Growing with healthy profitability enables a high pace of investment in various areas, such as technical infrastructure, digitalisation, the customer offering within housing quality and household finances, as well as an attractive workplace. The market is undergoing major change and we are investing to strengthen our long-term competitiveness.
An uncertain housing market
Where are we heading? On an ongoing basis, SBAB publishes two reports under this headline — Boräntenytt and Bomarknadsnytt. Our assessment is that the Riksbank will start raising the repo rate after the end of the year. A higher repo rate primarily impacts shorter fixed-interest periods for mortgages. We believe that higher mortgage rates will negatively impact house prices over the forthcoming years. In the assessment of our Head Economist, Robert Boije, housing prices will fall just under 9% leading up to 2022.
Uncertainty in the housing market, not least in terms of new construction, is so significant that it is very difficult to provide forecasts for housing price trends. The housing shortage remains large. Many new homes have been built in Sweden in recent years; unfortunately, these homes have been too expensive.
However, the market for new construction differs according to its location in Sweden. We don’t have one housing market in Sweden, we have several. As things stand today, the supply of newly produced apartments for sale in some parts of Sweden greatly exceeds the number of resale apartments for sale, yet the asking prices for the newly produced are higher than those for resale units. However, market statistics from Booli indicate that prices for new construction are falling and approaching alignment with resales.
Overall in Sweden, we believe new construction will decrease considerably over the coming years due to oversupply and excessively high prices. The market needs to correct these factors before new construction can accelerate again.
How does an unstable housing market impact SBAB? Naturally, we exercise caution to ensure we don’t finance new construction with inadequate preconditions for selling the homes. We want to help solve Sweden’s housing shortage, and that requires the construction of housing that those in need can afford and for which they can obtain mortgages. In the new construction projects financed by SBAB, we do not envisage any significant credit risks for SBAB in terms of late completion, low sales rates for apartments or apartment buyers pulling out.
Slower growth in the housing market leads to lower credit growth. These two are interrelated. However, we have not identified any signs that housing market uncertainty will materially affect our credit growth. We have a stronger customer offering, which means we are capturing market shares.
Respect and equality — Respekttrappan
We are a value-driven company. This means that all of us at SBAB need to possess the same core attitude. We define our attitude through our values, which form the foundation of our corporate culture. Inclusion suffuses our values. By inclusion, we mean transparency, knowledge sharing, approachability, trust, diversity, respect and equality. Our value-driven working approach generates courage, pace and a willingness to change, and has made us one of Sweden’s best workplaces according to Great Place to Work.
A major and highly significant development took place one year ago, in autumn 2017. A number of women stepped forward and spoke about the sexual harassment and abuses that they had endured at their workplaces. Their actions showcased the lack of respect and equality in our society. The #MeToo movement showed that disrespectful and inequitable norms and behaviour are all around us. This is completely unacceptable.
For SBAB, respect and equality mean that harassment and abuse are completely unacceptable. For us, respect and equality also include unacceptable behaviour that we might not think about, and that we might not notice in our daily lives as this behaviour has become a norm and a habit.
We do not want to treat each other in ways that could be perceived as master suppression techniques, we do not want anyone’s work attire to affect that person’s influence on the meeting, we do not want a younger, newly recruited woman’s voice to be given less attention than the loud confident voice of a young man and we do not want to refer to women as girls if we refer to boys as men. It is unprofessional to not be inclusive. We want to address all these issues we perhaps neither think about nor see, and we want to address them tangibly — now. For these reasons, we have worked together with the Make Equal foundation to create Respekttrappan.
Respekttrappan is a tool focused on a playful approach to create the preconditions that, from differing perspectives and in various ways, enable us to learn more about, to reflect on and talk about respect and equality.
Respekttrappan is based on a change perspective. Each step includes various exercises of differing character that address different subjects. Some exercises are individual, but most are group-based. These eye-opening exercises create trust within the group and can lead to strong emotional reactions and discussions.
We want to do what we can to change the world. In 2019, we intend to take the next step with Respekttrappan, together with Make Equal, and to make it available to other companies and organisations.
Finally, I would like to remind you that household finances are really fun. I hope you haven’t missed season two of “Household Finances are Really Fun.” See this year’s films on youtube.com. Our challenge in 2018 is to make a film that is viewed by the entire country — with a goal of 10 million views.
For further information, please contact:
Klas Danielsson, CEO, Telephone: +46 8-614 43 01, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mikael Inglander, CFO SBAB, Telephone: +46 8-614 43 28, email: email@example.com
The information in this report is such that SBAB Bank AB (publ.) is obligated to disclose in accordance with the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act and/or the Swedish Securities Market Act, as well as the guidelines contained in the state’s ownership policy and the guidelines for companies with state ownership. The information was submitted for publication on October 26, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (CET).