ING reaction to nationalisation of SNS REAAL
Amsterdam, 1 February
In the interest of stability in the Dutch financial sector, ING welcomes the measures presented today by the Dutch Finance Ministry to nationalise SNS REAAL.
As a consequence of the arrangements made by the Dutch government, ING and the other Dutch banks will be required to pay a one-time levy of EUR 1 billion in 2014. For ING, based on current limited information, this is estimated to result in a charge of EUR 300-350 million.
ING Bank’s core Tier 1 ratio remains strong. The levy is estimated to correspond to an impact of approximately 12 basis points on ING Bank’s core Tier 1 ratio based on the 11.8% pro-forma core Tier 1 ratio as reported after the EUR 1.125 billion repayment to the Dutch State in November 2012.
ING will carefully assess further details on form, amount and timing of the levy as they become available.
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