RBI increases common equity tier 1 ratio (transitional) to 12.5 per cent


  • Net interest income decreases 13.4 per cent year-on-year to € 1,455 million (HY/2015: € 1,681 million)
  • Operating income decreases 6.5 per cent to € 2,284 million (HY/2015: € 2,444 million)
  • Net provisioning for impairment losses decreases 33.3 per cent to € 403 million (HY/2015: € 604 million)
  • Profit before tax decreases 1.1 per cent to € 450 million (HY/2015: € 455 million)
  • Profit after tax decreases 14.8 per cent to € 268 million (HY/2015: € 314 million)
  • Consolidated profit decreases 23.8 per cent to € 210 million (HY/2015: € 276 million)
  • Non-performing loan ratio improves 1.5 percentage points to 10.4 per cent compared to year-end 2015
  • Common equity tier 1 ratio (transitional) increases 0.4 percentage points to 12.5 per cent compared to year-end
  • Common equity tier 1 ratio (fully loaded) increases 0.7 percentage points to  12.2 per cent compared to year-end
  • Earnings per share decrease 23.8 per cent to € 0.72 (HY/2015: € 0.94)

All figures are based on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

“We have been successfully working on the realization of our transformation program also in the first half of 2016. This can be seen in our equity ratios, which we have increased significantly since the beginning of the year. The improvement of our capital base remains the top priority,” explained Karl Sevelda, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI).

In the first half of 2016, RBI Group generated a profit before tax of € 450 million, which represents a year-on-year decrease of 1 per cent. Profit after tax decreased 15 per cent to € 268 million year-on-year, while consolidated profit decreased 24 per cent to € 210 million.

“Due to the ongoing low interest rate environment and the reduction of our loan volume, our income remains under pressure. What is pleasing though, is that results from business with retail customers were above our expectations despite the difficult market environment,” Sevelda said.

Net interest income decreased 13 per cent

Operating income was down 7 per cent year-on-year, or €160 million, to € 2,284 million.

In the first six months of 2016, net interest income fell 13 per cent, or € 226 million, to € 1,455 million. This was primarily attributable to the continuing low market interest rates in many of the Group’s countries, existing excess liquidity, as well as a reduction of € 104 million, particularly in Russia, in interest income from derivatives entered into for hedging purposes, which were impacted by market fluctuations in the first half of 2015. A decline in the loan portfolios at Group head office and in Asia also contributed to the reduction in net interest income.

Net fee and commission income fell 3 per cent year-on-year, or € 25 million, to € 719 million due to currency devaluations in Eastern Europe as well as lower sales in Central Europe.

Net trading income increased € 83 million year-on-year to € 84 million.

Net provisioning for impairment losses decreased 33 per cent

Compared to the same period of the previous year, net provisioning for impairment losses fell by a total of 33 per cent, or € 201 million, to € 403 million. This was mainly due to a € 162 million reduction in individual loan loss provisioning to € 432 million.

“I am very satisfied with the development of our risk costs. Especially in retail business, we were able to reduce net provisioning substantially. Non-performing loans decreased significantly as well,” said Sevelda.

The NPL ratio improved 1.5 percentage points compared to year-end 2015 to 10.4 per cent. Non-performing loans compared to loan loss provisions of € 5,308 million, resulting in a NPL coverage ratio of 72.1 per cent, up from 71.3 per cent at the year-end.

Common equity tier 1 ratio (transitional) of 12.5 per cent

Total capital under Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) amounted to € 10,972 million as at 30 June 2016.

Based on total risk, the common equity tier 1 ratio (transitional) was 12.5 per cent while the total capital ratio (transitional) was 17.8 per cent.

Excluding the transitional provisions as defined in the CRR, the common equity tier 1 ratio (fully loaded) stood at 12.2 per cent and the total capital ratio (fully loaded) was 17.6 per cent.

Comparison of results with the previous quarter

Compared to the first quarter of 2016, net interest income rose 3 per cent, or € 20 million, to € 738 million in the second quarter of 2016.

Net fee and commission income rose 7 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2016, or € 26 million, to € 372 million.

Compared to the previous quarter, net trading income improved € 28 million to € 56 million.

At € 694 million in the second quarter of 2016, general administrative expenses were down 3 per cent, or € 24 million, on the previous quarter.

Compared to the previous quarter, net provisioning for impairment losses increased € 192 million to € 297 million. The rise was mainly attributable to further allocations for existing non-performing loans in the corporate customer business in Asia (up € 108 million) and in the Group Corporates segment (up € 57 million).

In the second quarter of 2016, consolidated profit amounted to € 96 million, which represents a decrease of 16 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2016, when RBI posted a consolidated profit of € 114 million.


RBI targets a CET1 ratio (fully loaded) of at least 12 per cent and a total capital ratio (fully loaded) of at least 16 per cent by the end of 2017.

After the implementation of the strategic measures defined at the beginning of 2015, the cost base should be approximately 20 per cent below the level of 2014 (general administrative expenses 2014: € 3,024 million).

RBI aims for a return on equity before tax of approximately 14 per cent and a consolidated return on equity of approximately 11 per cent in the medium term.

The bank further aims to achieve a cost/income ratio of between 50 and 55 per cent in the medium term.

RBI expects net provisioning for impairment losses for 2016 to be below the level of 2015 (€ 1,264 million).

General administrative expenses for 2016 should be slightly below the level of the previous year (2015: € 2,914 million).

""The outlook remains unchanged. I would like to highlight that the development of the business in our core markets Central Europe and Southeastern Europe has been particularly solid in the first half of this year – which you can see in the numbers. In addition, we believe we will have fully absorbed the problems in Asia this year. These two factors in combination, coupled with the good equity development, make me optimistic for the future,"" summarized Sevelda.

* * * * *

You can access the online version of the quarterly report at http://qr022016.rbinternational.com.

The German version is available under http://zb022016.rbinternational.com.

Printed versions can also be ordered via this webpage.

* * * * *

Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) regards Austria, where it is a leading corporate and investment bank, as well as Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. 14 markets of the region are covered by subsidiary banks. Additionally, the Group comprises numerous other financial service providers, for instance in the fields of leasing, asset management, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

In total, around 51,000 employees service 14.2 million customers through around 2,600 business outlets, the great majority of which are located in CEE.

RBI is a fully-consolidated subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG (RZB). RZB indirectly owns around 60.7 per cent of the shares, the remainder is in free float. RBI's shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is the central institution of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the country's largest banking group, and serves as the head office of the entire RZB Group, including RBI.

For further information please contact:

Ingrid Krenn-Ditz (+43-1-71 707-6055, [email protected]) or

Christof Danz (+43-1-71 707-1930, [email protected])

http://www.rbinternational.com, http://www.rzb.at