KBC Group: Second-quarter result of 793 million euros
Outside trading hours - Regulated information*
Brussels, 5 August 2021 (07.00 a.m. CEST)
KBC Group: Second-quarter result of 793 million euros
In many countries, the large-scale rollout of vaccines that started in the first quarter of 2021 is now running at full speed. While caution is still paramount, the general feeling is one of anticipation for a long-awaited, full resumption of social activities, and optimism for a worldwide economic recovery. From the start of this crisis almost a year and a half ago, we have taken responsibility in safeguarding the health of our staff and customers, while ensuring that services continue to be provided. We have also worked closely with government agencies to support all customers impacted by the coronavirus, implementing various measures such as loan deferrals. Besides the turmoil caused by the coronavirus crisis, various areas in Europe have been hit by recent extreme weather conditions. Parts of the Czech Republic were hit by a tornado in June, while a number of Belgian provinces recently suffered the devastating consequences of heavy flooding. Our thoughts are very much with the thousands of people who have been affected by these disasters.
More than ever, we believe that the world emerging from these crises has to be a more sustainable one and we are working tirelessly towards that scenario and are fully committed to put climate change at the top of our agenda. In that respect, following the gradual reduction in our direct exposure to the thermal coal sector since 2016, we completely eliminated our remaining direct exposure to coal in June 2021, a good six months ahead of our own schedule. At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to support investments in green energy infrastructure. In the past quarter, for example, we signed an important new project financing transaction for the first Belgian subsidy-free wind farm in Ghent. This fits into our overall target of expanding our share of renewables to 65% of our energy loan portfolio by 2030.
As regards our financial performance in the past quarter, we delivered an excellent net result of 793 million euros. Total income fell somewhat quarter-on-quarter, due primarily to a lower trading and fair value result. Net interest income and net fee and commission income, however, increased quarter-on-quarter, as did our earned non-life insurance premiums and life insurance sales. Costs decreased significantly, as the bulk of bank taxes for the full year had been recorded in the previous quarter. Lastly, we were able to reverse a significant amount of previously booked loan loss impairment charges. Our solvency position remained very strong, with a common equity ratio of 17.5% on a fully loaded basis. It is the intention of our Board to distribute, in November 2021, an additional gross dividend of 2 euros per share for financial year 2020 and – in line with our general dividend policy – pay an interim dividend of 1 euro as an advance on the total dividend for financial year 2021.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all stakeholders who have continued to put their trust in us. I especially wish to express my appreciation to all our staff who have also ensured that our group has been able to operate solidly and efficiently in these challenging times and was able to continue providing high-quality services to our customers. We will reflect that appreciation by providing an exceptional Covid-related bonus to all staff as recognition of their unrelenting efforts in ensuring that our group remains the reference in bank-insurance in all our home markets.
Chief Executive Officer
Full press release attached
AttachmentsTo view this piece of content from www.globenewswire.com, please give your consent at the top of this page.
To view this piece of content from ml-eu.globenewswire.com, please give your consent at the top of this page.
One Liberty Plaza - 165 Broadway
NY 10006 New York
GlobeNewswire is one of the world's largest newswire distribution networks, specializing in the delivery of corporate press releases financial disclosures and multimedia content to the media, investment community, individual investors and the general public.
Subscribe to releases from GlobeNewswire
Subscribe to all the latest releases from GlobeNewswire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Latest releases from GlobeNewswire
Repurchase of shares in Millicom24.9.2021 23:00:00 CEST | Press release
Repurchase of shares in Millicom Luxembourg, September24, 2021 - During the period September 16, 2021 – September 22, 2021, Millicom repurchased a total of 122,612 of its Swedish Depository Receipts (SDRs), hereinafter referred to as shares within the framework of the repurchase program announced on July 29, 2021 (the Repurchase Program), details of which are shown in the table below. DateNumber of shares repurchasedWeighted average repurchaseprice (SEK) excluding commissionsTotal daily transaction value (SEK), excluding commissions 16/09/2021 17,000 315.2166 5,358,682.20 17/09/2021 13,000 316.9849 4,120,803.70 20/09/2021 47,000 310.3055 14,584,358.50 21/09/2021 22,000 312.2228 6,868,901.60 22/09/2021 23,612 311.9609 7,366,020.77 All purchases were carried out on Nasdaq Stockholm by Citigroup Global Markets Limited on behalf of Millicom. Following the purchases, as of September 22, 2021, Millicom holds 915,037 treasury shares and has repurchased 739,438 shares under the Repurchase Prog
Jotul Holdings SA's direct subsidiary Jøtul AS issues senior secured floating rate bonds of NOK 475,000,00024.9.2021 18:00:00 CEST | Press release
Jotul Holdings SA's direct subsidiary Jøtul AS has successfully issued senior secured floating rate bonds in an amount of NOK 475,000,000 under a framework of up to NOK 750,000,000 with ISIN NO0011104069. The bonds were issued at par, are due in October 2024 and carry a floating interest rate of NIBOR 3m + 6.95 per cent. The proceeds from the bond issue will be used to finance, redemption of existing debt including Jotul Holdings SA's existing bond loan with ISIN NO0010815749, as well as general corporate purposes. Pareto Securities AB acted as sole arranger and bookrunner in connection with the bond issue. For more information, please visit Jotul Holdings SA’s website at www.intl.jotul.com/investor-relations or contact: Pareto Securities in capacity of Sole Bookrunner and Financial Advisor: Markus Wirenhammar, Head of Investment Banking Tel: +46 708 72 51 86 Jotul Holdings SA: Nils Agnar Brunborg, Chief Executive Officer Tel: +47 90 60 55 7869 35 90 00 Mail: Nils.Brunborg@jotul.no Thi
Nordic American Tankers Ltd (NAT) – Board Members of NAT buy stock in NAT24.9.2021 16:28:10 CEST | Press release
Friday, September 24, 2021 Dear Shareholders and Investors, All Board Members of NAT have recently increased their shareholdings in the company. The Founder, Chairman & CEO, Herbjorn Hansson, Norway, bought 75,000 shares in NAT September 17. Board Member Alexander Hansson, Monaco, bought 100,000 shares in NAT August 31, and 50,000 shares September 20. Board Member Jim Kelly, New York, has also adjusted his holding upwards to 175,000 shares in NAT. Doug Penick of Dallas, Texas, joined the Board at the NAT AGM July 19, 2021. He has already accumulated 125,000 shares in NAT. It is a strong sign of confidence that board members buy stock in our company. The Hansson family is the third largest shareholder group in NAT. Sincerely, Herbjorn Hansson Founder, Chairman & CEO Nordic American Tankers Ltd. www.nat.bm CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Ac
CONDITIONS FOR RIKSBANK BID PROCEDURE KOMMUNINVEST BONDS24.9.2021 16:20:00 CEST | Press release
Bid procedure, 2021-09-28BondsKOMMUNINVEST I SVERIGE: 2410. SE0010469205. 2024-10-02 KOMMUNINVEST I SVERIGE: 2602, SE0013745452, 2026-02-04 BidsBids on interest and volume are entered via Bloomberg Bond Auction SystemBid date2021-09-28Bid times10.00-11.00 (CET/CEST) on the Bid dateRequested volume (corresponding nominal amount)2410: 1500 mln SEK +/-750 mln SEK 2602: 1000 mln SEK +/-500 mln SEK Highest permitted bid volume (corresponding nominal amount)2410: 1500 mln SEK per bid 2602: 1000 mln SEK per bid Lowest permitted bid volume (corresponding nominal amount)SEK 50 million per bidExpected allocation timeNot later than 11.15 (CET/CEST) on the Bid dateDelivery and payment date2021-09-30Delivery of bondsTo the Riksbank's account in Euroclear Sweden AB's securities settlement system 1 4948 6383General Terms and ConditionsGeneral Terms and Conditions General Terms and Conditions för the Riksbank’s Purchases of Bonds via Bid Procedure 2020:3. dated 20 November 2020 (see the Riksbank´s web
CONDITIONS FOR THE RIKSBANK´S PURCHASES OF COMMERCIAL PAPER24.9.2021 16:20:00 CEST | Press release
Bid procedure, 2021-09-29CertificateCommercial paper issued in SEK by non-financial companies with their registered office in Sweden and with a remaining maturity of up to six months on the Bid date. i.e. with the latest maturity date as of 2022-03-29 Delivery may not be made in commercial paper purchased by the Counterparty from the issuer less than one week prior to the date for announcing the Special terms, i.e. the purchase may not have been made after 2021-09-17 BidsCounterparties may make one bid per Credit rating class and maturity class. Bids are made to tel 08-696 69 70 and confirmed by e-mail to EOL@riksbank.se.Bid date2021-09-29Bid times09.00-09.30 (CET/CEST) on the Bid dateRequested volume (corresponding nominal amount)SEK 4 billionHighest permitted bid volume (corresponding nominal amount)The total bid volume from one Counterparty for the two Credit rating classes may not exceed SEK 4 billion. No bid may contain Commercial paper in excess of SEK 250 million issued by the s
CONDITIONS FOR RIKSBANK REVERSED AUCTIONS SEK GOVERNMENT BONDS24.9.2021 16:20:00 CEST | Press release
Bid procedure, 2021-10-01BondsSWEDISH GOVERNMENT: 1062. SE0013935319. 2031-05-12 SWEDISH GOVERNMENT: 1063, SE0015193313, 2045-11-24 Bid date2021-10-01Bid times09.00-10.00 (CET/CEST) on the Bid dateRequested volume (corresponding nominal amount)1062: 500 mln SEK +/-250 mln SEK 1063: 500 mln SEK +/-250 mln SEK Highest permitted bid volume (corresponding nominal amount)1062: 500 mln SEK per bid 1063: 500 mln SEK per bid Lowest permitted bid volume (corresponding nominal amount)SEK 50 million per bidExpected allocation timeNot later than 10.15 (CET/CEST) on the Bid dateDelivery and payment date2021-10-05Delivery of bondsTo the Riksbank's account in Euroclear Sweden AB's securities settlement system 1 4948 6383 Stockholm, 2021-09-24 This is a translation of the special terms and conditions published on www.riksbank.se. In the case of any inconsistency between the English translation and the Swedish language version, the Swedish language version shall prevail. Complete terms and conditions c
CONDITIONS FOR RIKSBANK REVERSED AUCTIONS SEK COVERED BONDS24.9.2021 16:20:00 CEST | Press release
Bid procedure, 2021-09-30BondsSWEDBANK HYPOTEK AB: 196. SE0015244991. 2026-03-18 STADSHYPOTEK AB: 1587, SE0010441303, 2023-06-01 SWEDISH COVERED BOND: 147, SE0009383664, 2026-06-17 SKANDINAVISKA ENSKILDA: 575, SE0010546572, 2022-12-21 LANSFORSAKRINGAR HYPOTEK: 516, SE0009190390, 2023-09-20 DANSKE HYPOTEK AB: 2512, SE0013877214, 2025-12-17 NORDEA HYPOTEK AB: 5534, SE0012230415, 2024-09-18 Bid date2021-09-30Bid times09.00-10.00 (CET/CEST) on the Bid dateRequested volume (corresponding nominal amount)196: 400 mln SEK +/-200 mln SEK 1587: 1900 mln SEK +/-950 mln SEK 147: 700 mln SEK +/-350 mln SEK 575: 500 mln SEK +/-250 mln SEK 516: 600 mln SEK +/-300 mln SEK 2512: 500 mln SEK +/-250 mln SEK 5534: 400 mln SEK +/-200 mln SEK Highest permitted bid volume (corresponding nominal amount)196: 400 mln SEK per bid 1587: 1900 mln SEK per bid 147: 700 mln SEK per bid 575: 500 mln SEK per bid 516: 600 mln SEK per bid 2512: 500 mln SEK per bid 5534: 400 mln SEK per bid Lowest permitted bid volume (co