28. February 2019
Good results reflect stable operations
Kvika’s net earnings in 2018 amounted to ISK 1,752 million (ISK 1,795 million pre-tax) compared to ISK 1,591 million (ISK 1,418 million pre-tax) in 2017.
The bank saw 14% revenue growth in 2018 with most of the growth coming from increased commission income. Net fee and commission income grew by 32% between years and amounted to ISK 3,698 million, with 85% of the increase coming from asset management. Net interest income amounted to ISK 1,701 million and rose by 9%, whereas investment income increased slightly and amounted to ISK 521 million for the year. Operating costs amounted to ISK 4,009 million in 2018 and increased by 9% between years, mainly as a result of increased activity following the merger with Virðing and acquisition of Alda in 2017.
Return on equity in 2018 amounted to 15.7%.
Strong liquidity position and high capital ratio
The total assets of Kvika Bank at the end of 2018 amounted to ISK 88.3 billion, compared to ISK 75.6 billion at the end of 2017. Loans to customers increased by ISK 4.1 billion and amounted to ISK 29.4 billion at year-end. The liquidity position of the bank is very strong, with the bank´s assets in cash and government-guaranteed bonds amounting to ISK 30.6 billion at year-end 2018. Kvika’s Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) was 277%, far above the regulatory minimum of 100%.
Customer deposits increased by 15% year-on-year and amounted to ISK 47.9 billion at year-end versus ISK 41.7 billion at the end of 2017.
The bank continued to issue bills and bonds during the year as well as issuing a new 10 year subordinated bond. Total issuance at year-end amounted to ISK 8.7 billion. Kvika’s equity significantly exceeds the regulator´s requirements and the capital ratio (CAR) at year-end was 25.1%, compared with the Icelandic FSA requirement of 20.25%, including capital buffers.
In March 2018, the bank’s shares were listed on the Nasdaq Iceland First North market. The number of shareholders were 733 at year-end (119 at year-end 2017). In March 2019, the bank intends to list its shares on the Nasdaq Iceland Main Market.
Kvika will be hosting a meeting for investors at 8:45 PM on Friday 1st of March at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica where the results will be presented.
Ármann Thorvaldsson, CEO of Kvika:
2018 was a satisfying year and we are pleased with the financial results, which are in line with budget, despite difficult market conditions. The bank signed agreements in 2018 to acquire Gamma Capital Management. The Icelandic FSA has approved the acquisition, but the approval of the Icelandic Competition Authority is still pending.
The results of the bank were good, its funding base strengthened, and operating costs were successfully kept within budget. The bank has made good progress, interest income increased and we have seen a substantial rise in commission income. Earnings from asset management more than doubled between years, mainly due to the mergers with Virðing and Alda Asset Management. 2018 was the first whole year that included the two acquired companies and we expect the mergers to continue to have a positive impact going forward.
The outlook for the bank is good and the mergers and acquisitions of the past years have resulted in a more stable operating income than previously. We are also optimistic about the opportunities that come with the scheduled acquisition of Gamma Capital Management.