ING posts 2Q12 underlying net profit of EUR 1,045 million
8 August 2012
- ING Group’s 2Q12 net result was EUR 1,171 million, or EUR 0.31 per share, including divestments and special items. The results of Asia Insurance/IM are reported as results from discontinued operations.
- Bank underlying result before tax amounted to EUR 995 million despite higher risk costs and de-risking measures.
- Insurance operating result improved to EUR 304 million. Underlying result before tax was EUR 229 million, including hedge gains and the change in the provision for separate account pension contracts in the Benelux.
- ING’s capital position improved further. The Bank’s core Tier 1 ratio strengthened to 11.1%. The Insurance IGD solvency ratio rose to 240%. Given ING’s priority to repay the Dutch State, no interim dividend will be paid in 2012.
“ING posted solid second-quarter results. In these uncertain times the financial strength of the company is our highest priority: capital, liquidity and funding have all improved,” said Jan Hommen, CEO of ING Group. “As the eurozone crisis deteriorated, we accelerated our efforts to de-risk the investment portfolio at the Bank, and brought down our Spanish exposure to reduce the funding mismatch in that country. At Insurance, we continued to hedge to protect regulatory capital, leading to volatility in IFRS earnings.”
“Provisions for loan losses at the Bank increased as the macroeconomic environment weakened, and the net interest margin declined, despite easing competition for savings. We increased our vigilance on costs, and expenses declined for the second consecutive quarter. Progress on balance sheet optimisation is gaining traction, with integration initiatives reaching EUR 7.2 billion in the seven months ended in July. Commercially, the Bank generated strong retail deposit growth of EUR 4.3 billion during the second quarter, further strengthening the funding profile. Demand for lending remains weak, but total lending rose modestly as ING continued to support clients with their financial needs.”
“We continue to work tirelessly to deliver on our performance improvement plans and prepare our banking and insurance businesses for their independent futures. The sales process for our Insurance and Investment Management businesses in Asia is on track, and ING US made an important step with its inaugural benchmark debt issuance as it works to separate its funding and liquidity from the Group ahead of its planned IPO. For Insurance Europe, we are stepping up our efforts as we prepare for the base case of an IPO. As the Group moves forward with its transformation, our employees continue to place the utmost priority on the needs of our customers to deliver the exemplary service and products they require.”
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ING Group’s Annual Accounts are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (‘IFRS-EU’).
In preparing the financial information in this document, the same accounting principles are applied as in the 2011 ING Group Annual Accounts. All figures in this document are unaudited. Small differences are possible in the tables due to rounding.
Certain of the statements contained herein are not historical facts, including, without limitation, certain statements made of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those in such statements due to, without limitation: (1) changes in general economic conditions, in particular economic conditions in ING’s core markets, (2) changes in performance of financial markets, including developing markets, (3) consequences of a potential (partial) break-up of the euro, (4) the implementation of ING’s restructuring plan to separate banking and insurance operations, (5) changes in the availability of, and costs associated with, sources of liquidity such as interbank funding, as well as conditions in the credit markets generally, including changes in borrower and counterparty creditworthiness, (6) the frequency and severity of insured loss events, (7) changes affecting mortality and morbidity levels and trends, (8) changes affecting persistency levels, (9) changes affecting interest rate levels, (10) changes affecting currency exchange rates, (11) changes in investor, customer and policyholder behaviour, (12) changes in general competitive factors, (13) changes in laws and regulations, (14) changes in the policies of governments and/or regulatory authorities, (15) conclusions with regard to purchase accounting assumptions and methodologies, (16) changes in ownership that could affect the future availability to us of net operating loss, net capital and built-in loss carry forwards, (17) changes in credit-ratings, (18) ING’s ability to achieve projected operational synergies and (19) the other risks and uncertainties detailed in the Risk Factors section contained in the most recent annual report of ING Groep N.V. Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of ING speak only as of the date they are made, and, ING assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or for any other reason. This document does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities.
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