27 Apr 2016 05:02

SEB first quarter 2016 – underlying operating profit SEK 4,493m (5,505)

Excluding one-off items amounting in total to SEK 5,949m, operating profit for the first quarter was SEK 4,493m (5,505) and a return on equity of 10.1 per cent. Including the one-off items, operating profit was SEK -1,456m and the return on equity was -6.6 per cent.

"2016 marks the start of our new three-year business plan. However in the first quarter the prevailing market sentiment led to low customer activity. Few large corporate transactions, limited credit demand and decreasing market values affected the operating result. With a strong balance sheet and a Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio of 19.1 per cent, we are well prepared to support our customers going forward, says Annika Falkengren, SEB's President and CEO, commenting on the quarterly result.”

“We have set out on an ambitious journey to deliver world-class service to our customers and with eleven more quarters to deliver on our business plan, we remain highly focused and determined to accomplish that.”

  Reported One-off items Underlying   Q4     Jan - Mar
SEK m Q1 2016 Q1 2016   2015 %   2015 %
Total operating income 10,222 0 10,222   11,280 -9   11,538 -11
Total operating expenses -11,365 -5,949 -5,416   -5,478 -1   -5,484 -1
Profit before credit losses -1,143 -5,949 4,806   5,802 -17   6,054 -21
Net credit losses etc -313 0 -313   -297 5   -264 19
Operating profit -1,456 -5,949 4,493   5,505 -18   5,790 -22

Excluding one-off items amounting in total to SEK 5,949m, operating profit for the first quarter was SEK 4,493m (5,505) and a return on equity of 10.1 per cent. Including the one-off items, operating profit was SEK -1,456m and the return on equity was -6.6 per cent.

Operating income in the first quarter amounted to SEK 10.2bn, a decrease of 9 per cent compared to the last quarter 2015. Operating expenses decreased by 1 per cent to SEK 5,416m, excluding one-off items.

Asset quality remained high. The net credit loss level was 8 basis points during the quarter. The liquidity coverage ratio was 132 per cent (128). The Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio was further strengthened to 19.1 per cent (18.8).

For further information, please contact:
Jan Erik Back, CFO, +46 8 22 19 00
Jonas Söderberg, Head of Investor Relations, +46 8 763 83 19; +46 73 521 02 66
Viveka Hirdman-Ryrberg, Head of Corporate Communication, +46 8 763 85 77, +46 70 550 35 00

SEB is a leading Nordic financial services group. As a relationship bank, SEB in Sweden and the Baltic countries offers financial advice and a wide range of financial services. In Denmark, Finland, Norway and Germany the bank's operations have a strong focus on corporate and investment banking based on a full-service offering to corporate and institutional clients. The international nature of SEB's business is reflected in its presence in some 20 countries worldwide. At 31 March 2016, the Group's total assets amounted to SEK 2,700bn while its assets under management totalled SEK 1,637bn. The Group has around 15,500 employees.