Both liquidity and solidity were maintained at comfortable levels through the first three months of 2014.
Net interest income was NOK 120 million for the first quarter of 2014, compared to NOK 202 million for the first quarter of 2013. The change was a result of the lower level of interest generating assets combined with reduced return on investments due to the stabilization of the financial markets.
Comprehensive income according to IFRS was negative NOK 1,666 million for the first three months of 2014, compared to negative NOK 1,118 million for the same period of 2013. The negative figures were primarily due to reversals of previously unrealized gains on Eksportfinans’ own debt.
Profit excluding unrealized gains and losses on financial instruments amounted to NOK 28 million for the first quarter of 2014, compared to NOK 124 million for the first quarter of 2013. The profit was negatively affected by reduced net interest income.
Total assets amounted to NOK 97 billion at March 31, 2014, compared to NOK 101 billion at December 31, 2013. The reduction was in line with expectations and due to the limitations on new lending business since 2011 as well as repayments on the current debt portfolios.
The core capital adequacy ratio was 37.1 percent at March 31, 2014, compared to 36.8 percent at December 31, 2013. At the end of the first quarter of 2014, the company had liquidity reserves totaling NOK 34.4 billion.
Facts about Eksportfinans ASA
Eksportfinans manages a solid portfolio of loans to the Norwegian export industry and foreign buyers of Norwegian capital goods. The loans are guaranteed by GIEK (The Norwegian Guarantee Institute for Export Credits) and/or banks. The company also manages a substantial portfolio of international securities. The business is funded through bonds and commercial paper issued in the international capital markets. Eksportfinans was established in 1962 and is owned by banks operating in Norway and the Ministry of Trade and Industry on behalf of the Norwegian government. Entering 2014 total assets amounted to approximately NOK 100 billion. The company is staffed by highly skilled individuals, around 55 in total, and is located in Dronning Maud’s gate (Vika) in central Oslo.
Some of the information we are giving constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, which may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied from the forward-looking statements. As a result, any forward-looking statements included herein should not be regarded as a representation that the plans, objectives, results or other actions discussed will be achieved. Please see the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-f filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of certain factors that may cause actual results, performance or events to be materially different from those referred to herein. Eksportfinans disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.