BankNordik's operating profit before impairment charges and special items will be largely in line with the guidance already provided for 2013. Demand for loans remains soft, and the market for new lending is extremely competitive, putting interest margins under considerable pressure. As a result, operating income fell in 2013, but the decline was largely offset by the drop in operating costs achieved through extensive rationalisation measures.
Insurance operations have performed largely as expected in 2013. However, an unusual number of major windstorm claims were reported in the Faroe Islands in December causing above-average losses, which means that the insurance arm will contribute approximately DKK 10 million less to the consolidated results than previously expected.
As previously announced, BankNordik has decided to move all head office functions to a new, efficient property in Tórshavn. The previous head office facility has been sold and will be vacated when the new property is ready for occupation in 2015. The sale of the head office produced an accounting gain of DKK 18 million in the first half of 2013, which is being offset, however, by a similar impairment charge on the new construction project, which under current rules must be valued not according to costs incurred, but rather according to an estimated rental value.
The impairment charges for the year are expected to be DKK 145-150 million (2012: DKK 115 million). Most of the impairment charges relate to personal customers and small corporate customers.
Profit forecast for 2013
In an overall preliminary estimate that includes the actual value adjustments at 31 December 2013, BankNordik currently expects a profit for 2013 of approximately DKK 100–120 million before (2012: DKK 121 million).
The 2013 profit before value adjustments and tax is expected to be DKK 85–100 million (2012: DKK 102 million). The previous guidance for this figure was DKK 130–160 million.
A preliminary calculation shows BankNordik's solvency ratio at 31 December 2013 to be about 14.8%, which is 5.9 percentage points higher than the individual solvency need of about 8.9%. Also, at 31 December 2013, BankNordik had solid excess liquidity cover of about 178%.
BankNordik's annual report for 2013 is expected to be published on 27 February 2014.
Janus Petersen, CEO, tel. (+298) 330 340
Árni Ellefsen, CFO, tel. (+298) 330 348
Johnny í Grótinum, Investor Relations, tel. (+298) 230 380, email@example.com
BankNordik has banking activities in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands and insurance activities in the Faroe Islands and Iceland. Founded in the Faroe Islands more than a century ago, the Group has 180,000 customers, total assets of DKK 17bn and 510 employees. The Bank is subject to the supervision of the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority and is listed on NASDAQ OMX. www.banknordik.dk.