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Aareal Bank Group continues its successful development during the second quarter of 2014

August 13, 2014



ENP Newswire - 13 August 2014

Release date- 12082014 - Aareal Bank Group successfully concluded the second quarter of the 2014 financial year, in a still challenging market environment characterised by further intensified competition.

At EUR65 million, consolidated operating profit was markedly higher - as expected - than in the same period of the previous year (Q2 2013: EUR45 million). The results for the first quarter of 2014, which totalled EUR217 million, can only be comparable to a limited extent - due to factors including the non-recurring negative goodwill of EUR152 million (after measurement adjustments) from the acquisition of COREALCREDIT BANK AG ('Corealcredit'). Aareal Bank Group's consolidated profit rose to EUR34 million in the second quarter (Q2 2013: EUR21 million).

Since the start of the second quarter, the figures from the operating business of Corealcredit, which was acquired as at 31 March 2014, have been included in consolidated income. These impact mainly on net interest income, and administrative expenses. In addition to the larger credit portfolio, Aareal Bank's second-quarter net interest income also benefited from the effects of early loan repayments. Overall, consolidated net interest income in the second quarter of 2014 rose markedly, to EUR169 million (Q2 2013: EUR126 million).

At EUR32 million, Aareal Bank's consolidated allowance for credit losses during the second quarter was lower than in the preceding quarter (EUR37 million), and thus remained within the pro-rata forecast range of EUR100 million to EUR150 million for the full financial year.

New business originated in the Structured Property Financing segment during the second quarter was EUR2.6 billion, thus clearly exceeding the figure for the first quarter (Q1 2014: EUR1.6 billion). As at the beginning of the year, the volume of loans set for renewal was lower during the second quarter, too: accordingly, the share of newly-originated loans remained at a high level of 63.6 per cent.

'The year-to-date business development shows that Aareal Bank Group has been holding a steady course - despite the still subdued economic development, increasing geopolitical imponderabilities, the persistent low-interest rate environment and intensified competition in commercial property financing. Our business model is robust and provides a viable foundation for our ongoing success', said Dr Wolf Schumacher, Chairman of the Management Board of Aareal Bank.

Structured Property Financing segment: higher lending volume, increased net interest income

Operating profit in the Structured Property Financing segment was EUR71 million in the second quarter of 2014, clearly exceeding the previous year's figure of EUR50 million. The expected cost increase was offset by clearly higher net interest income.

Segment net interest income in the period under review was EUR168 million, after EUR124 million in the same period of the previous year. The rise in net interest income was primarily attributable to the higher lending volume, resulting from, among other things, the acquisition of Corealcredit. Net interest income for the second quarter of the year included EUR8 million in non-recurring effects from early loan repayments.

Allowance for credit losses was EUR32 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared with EUR28 million in Q2 2013. Allowance for credit losses during the first half of the year totalled EUR69 million (H1 2013: EUR45 million) and thus remained within the pro-rata forecast range of EUR100 million to EUR150 million for the full financial year.

The volume of new business originated in the second quarter amounted to EUR2.6 billion (Q2 2013: EUR2.4 billion): a total of EUR4.2 billion has now been originated during the first half of 2014 (H1 2013: EUR4.4 billion). At EUR2.7 billion, the volume of new loans originated during the first half of 2014 was up slightly year-on-year (H1 2013: EUR2.5 billion). The second quarter showed a similar development, with newly-originated loans totalling EUR1.6 billion (Q2 2013: EUR1.4 billion). Renewals declined, however, reflecting a lower volume of portfolio loans set for renewal. Accordingly, the share of newly-originated loans rose to 63.6% in the first half of the year (H1 2013: 57.0%).

Consulting/Services segment: volume of deposits remains on a high level

At -EUR6 million, operating profit in the Consulting/Services segment during the quarter under review was in line with the level of the first quarter of 2014, and also virtually unchanged from the previous year (Q2 2013: -EUR5 million).

The business activities of the Aareon AG subsidiary were stable during the second quarter: operating profit amounted to EUR6 million, unchanged year-on-year. Aareon's positive business trend in international business continued through the second quarter. New customers were acquired and products were rolled out successfully.

Results generated from the deposit-taking business were burdened by persistently low interest rate levels. However, the importance of this business goes way beyond the interest margin generated from the deposits, which is under pressure in the current market environment. This is because the deposits from the housing industry represent a strategically important additional source of funding for Aareal Bank.

Against this background, deposit volumes from housing industry clients continued to develop favourably during the second quarter. The volume of deposits remained high, averaging EUR8.5 billion during the quarter under review (Q1 2014: EUR8.1 billion). This is clear evidence of the strong level of trust which the Bank enjoys as the long-standing lead bank to the German housing industry.

Successful funding activities and strong capitalisation

Aareal Bank Group continued to successfully conduct its funding activities in the second quarter of 2014, thereby securing its very solid liquidity situation. The Group raised EUR400 million in long-term funds on the capital market during the quarter under review. This sum comprised Mortgage Pfandbriefe in the amount of EUR100 million, unsecured refinancing of EUR200 million, as well as subordinated liabilities of EUR100 million.

The total volume of long-term funding raised in the first half of 2014 amounted to EUR2.1 billion, with Mortgage Pfandbriefe accounting for EUR0.8 billion. Unsecured refinancing amounted to EUR0.8 billion. In addition, EUR0.5 billion in subordinated bonds were placed with investors.

Aareal Bank therefore continues to be very solidly financed. Compared to 31 March 2014, the Tier 1 ratio as at 30 June 2014 rose to 16.3 per cent, which is also comfortable on an international level, whilst the Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio, excluding SoFFin's contribution, was 12.5 per cent on the reporting date. Aareal Bank thus already complies today with the capital and liquidity requirements under the CRD IV, which will be gradually implemented between now and the end of 2018.

Notes to Group financial performance

Consolidated net interest income of EUR169 million in the second quarter was EUR43 million higher than for the same period of the previous year (EUR126 million). The increase was particularly due to the higher lending volume, also in conjunction with the acquisition of Corealcredit. Net interest income totalled EUR313 million for the first six months of the financial year (H1 2013: EUR247 million).

Net commission income of EUR39 million for the quarter under review was unchanged year-on-year. Net commission income totalled EUR79 million for the first half of the year (H1 2013: EUR77 million).

The aggregate of net trading income/expenses, the net result on hedge accounting, and the result from non-trading assets, was EUR3 million in the second quarter (Q2 2013: EUR0 million); the relevant aggregate figure for the first six months of 2014 was EUR7 million (H1 2013: EUR2 million).

Consolidated administrative expenses totalled EUR114 million for the second quarter (Q2 2013: EUR90 million) and EUR216 million for the first half of the year (H1 2013: EUR182 million). The rise is due, among other things, to the running costs for Corealcredit that have been included in expenditure since the second quarter. Furthermore, higher project costs were incurred during the reporting period, including those in conjunction with the acquisition of Corealcredit, and regulatory measures such as the Asset Quality Review.

On balance, consolidated operating profit for the second quarter amounted to EUR65 million (Q2 2013: EUR45 million). Taking into consideration income taxes of EUR21 million and EUR5 million in income attributable to non-controlling interests, net income after non-controlling interest income amounted to EUR39 million. After deduction of net interest payable on the SoFFin silent participation, consolidated profit stood at EUR34 million for the second quarter (Q2 2013: EUR21 million).

Aareal Bank Group's consolidated operating profit for the first six months of the financial year totalled EUR282 million. Adjusted for the day-one profit from the initial consolidation of Corealcredit (EUR152 million), operating profit was EUR130 million and thus markedly higher year-on-year (H1 2013: EUR92 million). Taking into consideration income taxes of EUR41 million and non-controlling interest income of EUR10 million, net income attributable to shareholders of Aareal Bank AG amounted to EUR231 million. After deduction of net interest payable on the SoFFin silent participation, consolidated profit stood at EUR221 million.

Outlook: consolidated operating profit forecast raised slightly

Aareal Bank continues to expect a slight global economic recovery during the remainder of the 2014 financial year, even though the persistent low-interest rate environment presents a growing macro-economic challenge. Notwithstanding this demanding environment, against the background of the good business development in the first two quarters, Aareal Bank envisages a continuation of its positive business performance during the remainder of the year.

Aareal Bank is slightly increasing its original profit forecast of between EUR370 million and EUR390 million for the 2014 financial year. Thanks to the good business development during the first two quarters of the year, the Bank now believes there is a good chance to generate consolidated operating profit at the upper end of a range between EUR380 million and EUR400 million, including negative goodwill from the acquisition of Corealcredit. Adjusted for the non-recurring effect from the Corealcredit transaction, Aareal Bank expects consolidated operating profit of EUR230 million to EUR250 million. Excluding said non-recurring effect, return on equity (RoE) before taxes is projected to be around 9 %.

Aareal Bank expects net interest income to be at the upper end of the forecasted EUR610 million to EUR640 million range. Allowance for credit losses is expected to remain in the upper half of a range between EUR100 million and EUR150 million. As in previous years, the Bank cannot rule out additional allowance for unexpected credit losses that may be incurred during 2014.

Net commission income is expected to remain in a range between EUR170 million and EUR 180 million. Administrative expenses are expected in the region of EUR430 million to EUR450 million. A material reason for the projected increase over the previous year is the acquisition of Corealcredit.

In the Structured Property Financing segment, the Bank now projects new business for the full year 2014 at the upper end of the forecast range between EUR8 billion and EUR9 billion.

In the Consulting/Services segment, Aareal Bank anticipates a slightly higher profit before taxes over the previous year for its Aareon subsidiary, at around EUR28 million.


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