The quarter in brief (compared with Q2, excluding items affecting comparability)
· Costs are well under control. Expenses fell by 3%.
· Business is still showing strong performance. Income increased by 5%.
· Profitability has improved. Underlying operating profit grew by 14%. RoE was 11.6%.
· Own funds have been further strengthened. The common equity tier 1 ratio was 19.4%.
- compared with Q2 2020
· Operating profit, adjusted for foreign exchange movements and items affecting comparability, increased by 14%. Profit was impacted by a provision for a restructuring reserve of SEK -1,470m. Including this item, operating profit decreased by 16% to SEK 4,227m (5,054).
· Return on equity, adjusted for non-recurring items, was 11.6%. Including these items, the return on equity was 8.4% (10.2).
· Earnings per share amounted to SEK 1.68 (2.00).
· Adjusted for foreign exchange effects, income grew by 5%. Including these effects, income increased by 4% to SEK 11,014m (10,625).
· Adjusted for items affecting comparability and foreign exchange effects, expenses fell by 3%. Including these effects, expenses rose by 23% to SEK -6,738 (-5,474).
· The C/I ratio, adjusted for non-recurring items, decreased to 47.7% (51.5). Including these items, the C/I ratio increased to 61.2% (51.5).
· The credit loss ratio was 0.00% (0.00). Expected credit losses in Stage 3 totalled SEK -28m (-11).
January - September 2020
- compared with January - September 2019
· Adjusted for foreign exchange movements and items affecting comparability, operating profit was virtually unchanged. Including these effects, profit decreased by 10% to SEK 14,423m (16,101).
· Return on equity, adjusted for non-recurring items, was 10.6% (12.6); including these items, it was 9.7% (11.9).
· Earnings per share decreased to SEK 5.66 (6.43).
· The common equity tier 1 ratio increased to 19.4% (17.4). The previously proposed dividend for 2019 is still deducted in own funds.
· The credit loss ratio was 0.03% (0.05).
· Income, adjusted for foreign exchange, was essentially unchanged. Including foreign exchange, income decreased by 1% to SEK 32,817m (33,188).
· The underlying cost increase, adjusted for foreign exchange movements and items affecting comparability, was 1.7%. Including these effects, expenses increased by 9% to SEK -17,718m (-16,189).
· Adjusted for non-recurring items, the C/I ratio was 49.3% (48.5). Including these items, the C/I ratio was 54.0% (48.8).
· In all its home markets, Handelsbanken has more satisfied customers - both private and corporate - than the average, according to SKI/EPSI 2020.
[image] In Q3 2020, a provision for a restructuring reserve of SEK -1,470m and an impairment loss on IT systems of SEK -38m were booked. During the first half of 2019, the preliminary provision for the Oktogonen profit-sharing scheme made in 2018, amounting to SEK 829m, was reversed. In the second and third quarters of 2019, restructuring reserves of SEK -30m and -900m respectively were recognised. In Q2 2019, the Bank received a dividend of SEK 55m from VISA Sweden.
The slide presentation for today's press conference will be available at 7:00 a.m. CET at handelsbanken.com/ir
For further information, please contact:
Carina Åkerström, President and Group Chief Executive
Tel: +46 (0)8 22 92 20
Carl Cederschiöld, CFO
Tel: +46 (0)8 22 92 20
Lars Höglund, Head of Investor Relations
Tel: +46 (0)8 701 51 70, email@example.com
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