Achmea Bank NV reports a positive result of EUR 37 million
Achmea Bank reported a profit before tax of EUR 37 million in 2020 (2019 EUR 50 million). The 2019 result included an one-off accounting result of EUR 18 million related to the a.s.r. transaction. The operating result for 2020, excluding one-off results and fair value result, increased from EUR 34 million in 2019 to EUR 42 million in 2020. The increase in operating result is mainly due to a higher interest margin of EUR 16 million. Impairment charges amounted EUR 3 million (2019 EUR +4 million).
2020 was dominated by the Covid-19 crisis. This crisis affects the social and economic living environment and thereby also our customers. Since March 2020, Achmea Bank offered the possibility of a payment holiday to mortgage customers with payment difficulties directly related to the Covid-19 crisis. During 2020 we were able to help almost 430 mortgage customers of Achmea Bank (0.5% of the total). With this payment holiday customers temporarily do not have to pay interest and principal on their mortgage loan. By deferring the mortgage payments, it is more likely that customers will not get into liquidity problems and can keep affording their homes. This is one of the solutions that Achmea Bank offered to its mortgage customers. The impact of Covid-19 on the loan loss provision is an increase of EUR 3 million, mainly caused by the update of the macro economic developments.
In 2020, Achmea Bank acquired a portfolio of Dutch residential mortgages from BinckBank, part of the Saxo Bank Group, with a size of EUR 0.5 billion. In 2020 the origination of new mortgages decreased with EUR 0.2 billion to EUR 1.6 billion, of which EUR 0.9 billion for Achmea Pensioen- en Levensverzekeringen N.V. (2019 EUR 1.0 billion). Combined with the acquired portfolio and prepayments of EUR 1.7 billion (2019 EUR 1.2 billion), the regular mortgage portfolio of Achmea Bank decreased from EUR 12.1 billion to EUR 11.6 billion by the end of 2020. Total assets under management, including mortgages originated for Achmea Pensioen- en Levensverzekeringen N.V. of Achmea Bank increased to EUR 14.3 billion.
In October 2020, Achmea Bank joined the Achmea Mortgages Investment Platform of Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance. This platform is a separate account for mortgages which allows institutional investors to build their own Dutch residential mortgage portfolio with the risk and duration profile they desire. These mortgages are marketed under the Centraal Beheer brand. Achmea Bank is one of the first investors in this platform. The introduction of the Achmea Mortgages Investment Platform is another step forward for Achmea in the process of combining its mortgage activities. As of 1 October 2020, Achmea's operational mortgage activities have largely been placed within Syntrus Achmea. By joining forces of its mortgage activities and the introduction of the Achmea Mortgages Investment Platform, Achmea aims to increase its market share in the mortgage market in the coming years.
The savings portfolio remained stable at EUR 7.2 billion (2019 EUR 7.2 billion). In 2020 Achmea Bank redeemed EUR 0.9 billion RMBS notes and issued a 5Y conditional pass-through covered bond of EUR 0.5 billion. The Bank has a diversified funding mix, comprising retail funding as well as unsecured and secured wholesale funding. At year-end 2020, Achmea Bank has drawn EUR 0.4 billion on the refinancing operations (PELTROs) offered by the European Central Bank. The Bank retained its sound liquidity position with liquidity ratios well above limits. In February 2021, the Bank announced that the Bank is preparing for an additional Soft bullet Covered Bond Programme to further diversify its funding mix.
The Total Capital ratio increased to 20.4% (2019: 19.2%). The Total Capital ratio increased, mainly due to the addition of the net result 2019 and decrease of the mortgage portfolio. Achmea Bank currently applies the standardized approach to calculate the risk weighting of its assets. Achmea Bank is working towards the implementation of Advanced Internal Rating Based (AIRB) models for their regular mortgage portfolio(s).
In line with the recommendation of The European Central Bank and the European Banking Authority concerning dividend pay-outs, not to distribute any dividends, Achmea Bank proposes to add the net result of 2020 to the other reserves. Achmea Bank intends to pay out a total dividend of EUR 56 million, which equals to the distributable net result over 2019 and 2020, as soon as it is in accordance with the ECB recommendation to make such payment.
In June 2020, Fitch confirmed the Issuer Default Rating of A/Stable (Fitch). Standard and Poor’s confirmed the Issuer Credit Rating Outlook per 30 October 2020 at A-/stable.