Interim report January – June 2011

  • Operating income increased by 13 per cent (31 %) to SEK 356 million (SEK 316 m)
  • The profit after tax increased by 4 per cent (35 %) to SEK 147 million (SEK 142 m)
  • Earnings per share incresaed by 2 per cent (35 %) to SEK 5.24 (5.13)
  • Net savings totalled SEK 4,790 million (SEK 7,060 m), corresponding to 6 per cent (12 %) of the total savings capital at the beginning of the year
  • The number of accounts increased by 10 per cent (16 %) to 387,500 (352,200 as of 31st December 2010),
    and the total savings capital increased by 3 per cent (13 %) to SEK 84,200 million (SEK 82,000 m as of 31st December 2010)

Second quarter

  • Operating income increased by 7 per cent (21 %) to SEK 172 million (SEK 161 m)
  • The profit after tax decreased by 16 per cent (+11 %) to SEK 57 million (SEK 68 m)
  • Earnings per share decresaed by 19 per cent (+12 %) to SEK 2.01 (2.47)
  • Non-recurring costs of SEK 12 million and credit losses totalling SEK 6 million have been charged to the quarter’s results. Measures have been taken to ensure that credit losses in conjunction with similar events in the future will be of only a marginal nature
  • Martin Tiveus takes over as the new Managing Director not later than October 15, 2011

Comments from the Managing Director

”We can do considerably better, profit-wise, than we did during the second quarter. A number of negative factors coincided. Stock market gloom meant that trading activity was down 25 per cent on the corresponding period in 2010, and nonrecurring costs of SEK 12 million and credit losses of SEK 6 million were charged to the quarter. Avanza Bank aims to ensure that a credit loss on this scale is a one-off event and we are consequently taking steps to ensure that any credit losses in conjunction with similar events in the future will be of only a marginal nature”, says Nicklas Storåkers, Managing Director of Avanza Bank.

”The preconditions for a substantially better result in the coming quarters are good, and we are, therefore, still of the opinion that Avanza Bank will achieve its long-term goal of the 15–20 per cent annual growth in profits before non-recurring costs in 2011.”

”The net inflow across the entire savings market was weak during the first half of 2011 which is believed to be due to higher interest rates as resulted in more people to save by amortising their housing loans. This negative effect has lasted between 3 and 6 months in conjunction with previous interest rate rises. Avanza Bank continues, however, quickly to take market shares. This is visible especially for savings accounts and pension- and insurance savings, where savings capital increased by 154 respective 27 per cent in the past year. We have also improved the long-term growth opportunities this past spring with Sparkonto+ by offering both better variable and fixed term interest rates on savings than any of the major banks, and the net inflow overall is expected to improve in relative terms during the latter half of the year.”


For additional information:

Nicklas Storåkers, Managing Director of Avanza Bank, tel: +46 (0)70 861 80 01
Birgitta Hagenfeldt, CFO of Avanza Bank, tel: +46 (0)73 661 80 04

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Avanza is an Internet bank founded in 1999. The Parent Company, Avanza Bank Holding AB (publ), is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Avanza’s vision is that as a customer you will have more money in your pocket than if you banked with other banks or institutions. The services include, amongst other things, saving in shares, funds, savings accounts and a strong pension offering. Avanza has more than 340,000 customers and more than SEK 130 billion in savings capital. This is equivalent to just over 2 percent of the Swedish savings market. Avanza is the largest in terms of the number of transactions of Swedish banks on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. During the last four years Avanza has won SKI’s (Swedish Quality Index) award, “Year’s Most Satisfied Savings Customers”. For more information visit: www.avanza.se

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