2013-08-22 11:02:04 -
* Rabobank Group posted net profit of EUR 1,112 million in the first half of
2013 at a continuing recession. This is EUR 175 million or 14% less than in
the first half of 2012.
* Solvency, measured as Core Tier 1 ratio, stood at 12.9%; a level that far
exceeds the requirements of Basel III.
* The liquidity position is strong with a buffer of EUR 131 billion.
* Amounts due to customers rose by 2% to EUR 340 billion. Customer savings
deposits increased by 4% to EUR 156 billion.
* Private sector lending decreased by 1% to EUR 454 billion.
Implementation of Vision 2016; Rabobank will continue to be the nearby bank
for its customers in the future.
Piet Moerland, Chairman of the Executive Board:
"Rabobank can look back on a difficult first half of 2013. The Dutch economy
remained in recession and the prospects for recovery continue to be poor. The
prolonged nature of the economic downturn is particularly taking its toll. This
led, for instance, to an increase in the number of bankruptcies and a rise in
unemployment. Our customers' financial situation did not improve in general.
This had a negative effect on our net profit. Value adjustments on our loans
remained at a high level at EUR 1,106 million. On an annualised basis, this
amounts to a loss item of 49 basis points, which is the same level as last year.
Rabobank formed a provision in the first half of 2013 within the context of the
LIBOR case. The transition to the new pension scheme effective 1 January 2013
had, combined with the before mentioned provision, on balance, an important one-
off positive effect on earnings. Rabobank Group realised, at a continuing
recession, a net profit of EUR 1,112 million in the first half of 2013, which is
EUR 175 million (14%) less than in the first half of 2012.
The loan portfolio decreased by 1% to EUR 454 billion in the first half of
2013. There was limited demand for loans and customers made more repayments on
mortgages in the first half of 2013. Amounts due to customers rose by 2% to EUR
340 billion. The amount of net profit that remains after payment of
reimbursement on Rabobank Member Certificates (MC) and on hybrid capital has
been used to strengthen the capital position. Solvency remains robust, with the
Core Tier 1 ("CT1") ratio standing at 12.9%. The CT1 ratio fell by 0.3 of a
percentage point, partly due to approximately EUR 400 million of MC being
acquired in the first half of 2013. The value of the Treasury Stock amounts to
EUR 602 million per 30 June 2013. Rabobank will withdraw these MC from the
Treasury Stock, thus ensuring the continued tradability of outstanding MC. This
is part of the capital strategy, whereby the share of MC in the core capital
will be reduced to a size that is appropriate in the present market
circumstances. Our liquidity position also remained extremely strong.
Domestic retail banking: net profit practically stable
Net profit at the domestic retail banking division ended up at EUR 615 million,
a small decrease of 3% compared to the first half of 2012. Value adjustments
remained at a high level in the first half of 2013 due to the lack of Dutch
economic recovery. Provisions had to be formed for our loans to customers
particularly in the commercial real estate sector, the construction sector,
greenhouse horticulture and inland navigation. The additional investments in
virtual customer service had a negative influence on earnings. The partial
recovery of the interest margin was a factor that provided some compensation.
The volume of the loan portfolio remained more or less stable at EUR 305
billion. We expanded our market shares in trade, industry and services to 44%.
The market share in the mortgage market and in the savings market remained
stable at respectively 31% and 39%. Amounts due to customers nonetheless rose by
2% to EUR 218 billion.
International: good underlying profit development
The wholesale banking and international retail banking division posted net
profit of EUR 496 million, a decrease of 9%. Value adjustments on loans stood at
EUR 228 million, which is considerably lower than in the first half of 2012. The
fact that net profit was higher in the first half of 2012 is attributable to
factors including the EUR 59 million book profit on the sale of the shares in
the Indian-based Yes Bank. Due in part to the scaling down of lending to non-
core customers, Rabobank International's loan portfolio decreased by 2% to EUR
105 billion in the first half of 2013. Lending to Dutch wholesale clients grew,
as a segment of this portfolio, by 5% to EUR 16 billion due in part to the
acquisition of the clients of Friesland Bank. Rabobank continued the successful
operation of its direct banks in the first half of 2013. RaboDirect is present
in six countries: Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand,
and its total savings deposits rose by 12% to EUR 27 billion.
Varied results at our subsidiaries
With net profit of EUR 232 million, the leasing segment once again made a fine
contribution to our group profit. De Lage Landen's lease portfolio grew by 2% to
more than EUR 30 billion. Rabo Real Estate Group continues to face extremely
difficult market conditions and had to take substantial impairments on land. Due
to the fact that value adjustments also increased further, a net loss of EUR
198 million was posted. Rabobank announced in May that the activities in the
field of commercial real estate development will be phased out. Robeco
contributed fully to group profit in the first half of 2013. Net profit from
discontinued operations was EUR 98 million. The sale of Robeco to Orix was
finalised in July 2013 and the book profit of approximately EUR 1.5 billion will
be recognised in our earnings in the second half of 2013.
Economic outlook calls for decisive action
We expect the contraction of domestic spending in the Netherlands to persist in
the second half of 2013. Private consumption in the Netherlands is declining
both due to a further decrease in disposable income and in light of the drop in
Dutch government spending due to the announced budget cuts. Companies that
depend primarily on domestic spending for their sales will consequently be more
reluctant to make investments. Export demand is expected to provide greater
support for the Dutch economy in the second half of 2013 than it did in the
first half. With respect to Rabobank Group, we expect that value adjustments
will also remain at a high level in the second half of 2013. Domestic lending
will decrease further due to falling demand and rising repayments.
We must continue to focus very expressly on our costs in order to keep our
profit and capital position up to standard. This is why, following intensive
negotiations, Rabobank entered into a new subdued Collective Labour Agreement in
the first half of 2013, which will remain in effect until 1 January 2016. The
more subdued employment benefits will be noticeable to all employees in the
organisation, including the senior management.
In the first half of 2013, Rabobank got off to a flying start with the
implementation of a far-reaching restructuring: the Vision 2016 programme. The
bank is focusing fully on the virtualisation of its services because customers
today prefer to take care of their banking via their personal computer, tablet
or mobile phone. This will be accompanied by a substantial drop in the costs of
the domestic banking division because fewer physical branch offices will be
required and there will be far fewer employees. An estimated 8,000 of the
28,000 jobs will be eliminated at the local Rabobanks in the coming years. Costs
will be reduced by a total of EUR 1 billion. This enables us to respond to the
necessity of realising a structural improvement in the earnings of the domestic
retail banking division. Rabobank is a cooperative bank comprised of 136
autonomous local Rabobanks. Approximately one hundred local Rabobanks are
expected to remain in 2016.
The cooperative model will remain the foundation on which the Rabobank
organisation stands, also with fewer banks and fewer employees. Nearly two
million customers have given shape to their involvement by becoming members of
their local Rabobank. Members join in the thought and decision-making process
concerning the policy of their bank and ensure that their Rabobank stays in
touch with the community in which it is a part. Rabobank continues to be the
bank with the greatest branch density in the Netherlands and remains the
country's largest private employer. Rabobank is committed to continuing to be
the nearby bank for its customers in the future".
Amounts in millions of euros 30-06-13 31-12-12 %
Total assets 698,388 750,653 -7
Private sector loan portfolio 454,419 458,091 -1
Amounts due to customers 339,844 334,271 2
Equity 40,658 42,253 -4
Tier 1 capital 37,377 38,412 -3
Core Tier 1 capital 28,433 29,307 -3
Number of employees (in FTEs) 59,506 59,628
Total capital ratio 18.7% 19.0% -0.3
Core Tier 1 ratio 12.9% 13.2% -0.3
2013-I 2012-I %
Income 6,445 6,883 -6
Operating expenses 4,243 4,391 -3
Value adjustments 1,106 1,096 1
Taxation 82 180 -54
Net profit 1,112 1,287 -14
Return on equity 5.8% 6.8% 1
Efficiency ratio 65.8% 63.8% 2
Rabobank Group Press Office, +31 30 216 2758
The 2013 interim report and the presentation are available on
This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of
Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that:
(i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and
other applicable laws; and
(ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and
originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Rabobank via Thomson Reuters ONE