Bank of Åland Plc: Year-end report for the period January – December 2012

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Mariehamn, 2013-02-15 13:00 CET (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  

Bank of Åland Plc    Year-end report    15.02.2013 14.00 hrs

 

Year-end report for the period January – December 2012

  “The fourth quarter was strong in terms of earnings, mainly due to income from the divestment of the Swedish subsidiary, which had been emptied of operations. At the quarterly level, how­ever, we can also see that our measures to improve profitability are beginning to have an impact. Yet the conditions for conducting banking operations in the euro zone remain challenging, although there are signs of increased optimism both in the stock market and the fixed income market. The significant cost increases affecting banks because of new legislation and expanded regulatory requirements will be passed on to customers. This will lead to a continued rise in margins, especially on lending.”

Peter Wiklöf, Managing Director

   

January−December 2012 compared to January−December 2011

• Net operating profit amounted to EUR 10.0 M (-5.7).

• Profit for the period attributable to shareholders was EUR 11.6 M (-6.5).

• Net interest income decreased by 4 per cent to EUR 41.2 M (43.1).

• Net commission income decreased by 16 per cent to EUR 32.7 M (38.7).

• Total expenses decreased by 9 per cent to EUR 94.0 M (103.1).

• Net loan losses were EUR 6.4 M (1.8), equivalent to a loan loss level of 0.22 (0.07) per cent.

• Return on equity after taxes (ROE) amounted to 6.4 per cent (-3.9).

• Earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.80 (-0.54).

• The Tier 1 capital ratio increased to 10.9 per cent (8.4).

• The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of EUR 0.15 (0.00) per share.

• The Bank’s earnings performance is determined to a significant degree by external factors that are difficult to predict. Since new securities legislation removes the explicit obligation in an interim report to provide an account of probable developments during the current financial period, the Bank of Åland is henceforth choosing to refrain from providing earnings forecasts in interim reports.

 

The fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2012

• Net operating profit amounted to EUR 14.5 M (-0,5). Of this, EUR 13.8 M was proceeds from the divestment of the Bank’s Swedish subsidiary, which had been emptied of operations.

• Profit for the period attributable to shareholders was EUR 14.9 M (-0.3).

• Net interest income decreased by 3 per cent to EUR 9.9 M (10.2).

• Net commission income increased by 20 per cent to EUR 9.2 M (7.7).

• Total expenses increased by 17 per cent to EUR 25.2 M (21.5).

• Net loan losses were EUR 3.1 M (1.0), including EUR 2.0 M in group impairment losses for the shipping industry.

• Earnings per share amounted to EUR 1.03 (-0.02).

 

Financial summary
 
Bank of Åland Group Q4 2012 Q3 2012  % Q4 2011  % 2012 2011 %
EUR M                
Income                
Net interest income 9.9 10.2 -3 12.1 -18 41.2 43.1 -4
Net commission income 9.2 7.7 20 8.3 11 32.7 38.7 -16
Other income 23.6 4.1   2.6   36.5 17.4  
Total income 42.7 22.0 94 23.0 86 110.4 99.2 11
Staff costs -13.7 -12.3 11 -16.7 -18 -52.3 -60.0 -13
Other expenses -11.5 -9.2 26 -12.6 -8 -41.7 -43.1 -3
Total expenses -25.2 -21.5 17 -29.3 -14 -94.0 -103.1 -9
                 
Profit before loan losses etc. 17.5 0.5   -6.3   16.4 -3.9  
Impairment losses on loans and other ­commitments -3.1 -1.0   -0.8   -6.4 -1.8  
Net operating profit 14.5 -0.5   -7.1   10.0 -5.7  
                 
Income taxes 0.6 0.3   2.6 -75 2.2 0.4  
Profit for the report period 15.1 -0.2   -4.5   12.2 -5.3  
                 
Attributable to:                
Non-controlling interests 0.2 0.2 56 0.2 32 0.6 1.2 -47
Shareholders in Bank of Åland Plc 14.9 -0.3   -4.7   11.6 -6.5  
                 
VOLUME                
Lending to the public 2,906 2,895 0 2,737 6      
Deposits from the public 2,447 2,557 -4 2,544 -4      
Managed assets 4,292 4,230 1 3,814 13      
Equity capital 186 178 5 181 3      
Balance sheet total 3,637 3,620 0 3,400 7      
Risk-weighted assets 1,402 1,420 -1 1,729 -19      
                 
FINANCIAL RATIOS                
Return on equity after taxes, % (ROE) 33.3 -0.4   -11.4   6.4 -3.9  
Expenses/income ratio, % 59 98   127   85 104  
Loan loss level, % 0.42 0.14   0.12   0.22 0.07  
Gross non-performing assets, % 0.64 0.86   0.70   0.64 0.70  
Level of provisions for doubtful receivables, % 108 67   71   108 71  
Core funding ratio, % 104 106   108   104 108  
Equity/assets ratio, % 5.1 4.9   5.3   5.1 5.3  
Core Tier 1 capital ratio, % 10.9 9.7   8.4   10.9 8.4  
Earnings per share before dilution, % 1.03 -0.02   -0.34   0.80 -0.54  
Equity capital per share, EUR 12.70 12.12   12.34   12.70 12.34  
Market price per Series A share, EUR 10.04 10.04   14.15   10.04 14.15  
Market price per Series B share, EUR 7.10 7.77   8.68   7.10 8.68  
Number of shares outstanding (not own shares) thousands 14,395 14,395   14,441   14,395 14,441
 
 
Working hours re-calculated to full-time ­equivalent positions 626 633   697   640 690  

  

Ålandsbanken follows the disclosure procedure enabled by Standard 5.2b published by the Finnish Financial Supervision Authority and hereby publishes its Year-end report for the period January – December 2012 enclosed to this stock exchange release. Ålandsbanken’s Year-end report for the period January – December 2012 is attached to this release in pdf format and is also available on the company’s web site at www.alandsbanken.fi.

 

Mariehamn, February 15, 2013

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

For more information please contact:

Managing Director, Peter Wiklöf +358 204 291255