- Net interest margin up to 1.38% on loan book repricing, lower average balance sheet and higher Financial Markets interest result
- Operating expenses were down 8.8% from 4Q12 and stable year-on-year; cost/income ratio improved to 55.2%
- Risk costs remained elevated at EUR 561 million, or 81 bps of average RWA, but improved from 85 bps in 4Q12 Insurance EurAsia 1Q13 operating result EUR 79 million, versus EUR 129 million in 1Q12 and EUR 161 million in 4Q12
- Operating results continued to be affected by lower reinvestment yields and a decline in Non-life results in the Netherlands
- Investment spread declined to 94 bps from 99 bps in 4Q12, mainly reflecting the low yield environment
- Underlying result before tax improved versus both 1Q12 and 4Q12 to EUR 85 million due to lower impact of market-related items
- Sales were on par with 1Q12 but jumped 18.8% from 4Q12 driven by seasonally higher corporate pension renewals in NL Insurance ING U.S. 1Q13 operating result EUR 87 million, versus EUR 119 million in 1Q12 and EUR 137 million in 4Q12
- Solid quarter for ongoing Insurance/IM businesses with strong net inflows, higher AuM fees, and a resilient investment margin
- Funding costs increased as more long-term debt was issued replacing shorter- term and internal debt in preparation for the IPO - Sales grew 15.1% from 1Q12 driven by the Retirement business and rose 15.7% from 4Q12 on seasonality in Employee Benefits
- Underlying result before tax was EUR -192 million reflecting losses on Closed Block VA equity hedges in place to protect capital ING maintained strong capital ratios; shareholders' equity rose by EUR 2.7 billion to EUR 54.4 billion
- Bank core Tier 1 ratio strengthened from 11.9% to 12.3% on 1Q13; or 10.9% on a fully-loaded Basel III basis - Insurance EurAsia IGD Solvency I ratio rose to 292% after divestments; US capitalisation targets estimated to be met at 31 March
- Successful NYSE listing of ING U.S. on 2 May 2013 raised EUR 0.5 billion of proceeds for the Group; reduced Group stake to 75%
"ING has demonstrated steady progress so far this year on the Group's restructuring, culminating with the successful IPO of our US insurance business, which was completed last week. The transaction satisfied our agreement with the European Commission to sell 25% of the US business before the year-end deadline, while raising EUR 0.5 billion of proceeds for the Group," said Jan Hommen, CEO of ING Group. "With that milestone completed, we are now accelerating preparations for the base case of an IPO of our European insurance company, with the aim of being ready to go to the market in 2014."
"At the same time, the Bank has continued to show strong capital generation, with a Basel III core Tier 1 ratio of 10.9%, well above our 10% target, allowing us to plan another EUR 1.5 billion upstream to the Group in the second quarter. This, combined with the US IPO proceeds, is expected to reduce the double leverage in the holding company from EUR 7 billion to EUR 5 billion, taking us a step closer to completing the financial and governance separation of the banking and insurance businesses."
"ING Bank is also making good progress on its strategic priorities. After taking major strides last year to optimise the balance sheet and de-risk the investment portfolio, we are now comfortably meeting our capital, funding and liquidity targets, giving us room to selectively grow our loan book. Net loan growth was a moderate EUR 2.5 billion in the quarter, following a contraction in the second half of 2012, while net funds entrusted grew by an impressive EUR 16.5 billion."
"Earnings at the Bank rebounded from the fourth quarter, supported by a recovery in the net interest margin to 138 bps as the loan book reprices and lending margins improved. Expenses remained under control as we continued to implement our cost-saving initiatives, bringing the cost/income ratio down to 55.2% versus our target of 50-53% for 2015. Risk costs remained elevated amid the weak economic climate in Europe, but improved compared with the fourth quarter to 81 bps of average risk-weighted assets. The return on IFRS-EU equity for the Bank also improved to 9.0% in the first quarter, approaching our target range of 10-13% for 2015."
"Total underlying net profit for the Group was EUR 800 million in the first quarter, up 38.2% from one year ago and 65.6% from the fourth quarter of 2012. Results from Insurance EurAsia remained under pressure amid the low yield environment. The ongoing businesses of ING U.S. posted solid operating results, driven by strong net inflows and growth in assets under management, while underlying results were dampened by hedge losses in the Closed Block VA as equity markets rose."
"As we look to the months ahead, we will continue to focus on driving our operating performance as we prepare the companies for standalone futures, while keeping our customers at the heart of everything we do."