Lower level of interest generating asset continues to affect the profit in the first quarter of 2016. Liquidity is good and the capital base remains solid.
Net interest income was NOK 76 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to NOK 101 million for the same period in 2015. The reduction was primarily due to the lower level of interest generating assets.
Profit, excluding unrealized gains and losses on financial instruments, amounted to NOK 42 million for the first three months in 2016, compared to NOK 61 million for the corresponding period in 2015. The primary reason for this decrease was an extraordinary gain in the first quarter of 2015 related to the realization of ISK 2 billion of previously frozen funds in Iceland.
Comprehensive income according to IFRS was negative NOK 18 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to negative NOK 142 million for the first quarter in 2015. The negative figures were primarily due to the reversal of previously unrealized gains on Eksportfinans’ own debt. This effect decreased in 2016 due to lower remaining volumes of previously unrealized gains.
Total assets amounted to NOK 63 billion at March 31, 2016, compared to NOK 64 billion at December 31, 2015. The reduction was in line with expectations and is due to the limitations on new lending business as well as exchange rate fluctuations in the first quarter of 2016.
The core capital ratio was 39.9 percent at March 31, 2015, compared to 36.5 percent at December 31, 2015. At the end of the first quarter 2016 the company had liquidity reserves totaling NOK 29 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, Industry and Fisheries on behalf of the Norwegian government. Entering 2016 total assets amounted to approximately NOK 65 billion. The company is staffed by highly skilled individuals and is located in Dronning Maud’s gate (Vika) in central Oslo.
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