BAWAG P.S.K. Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft und Österreichische Postsparkasse Aktiengesellschaft

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Consolidated Interim Report - H1 2014 (with document)

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6-month report

BAWAG P.S.K. reports first half 2014 net profit of EUR 175 million, +87%

o  Net profit EUR 175.0 million, +87% from H1 2013 
o  Core revenues of EUR 432.5 million, +21%
o  Cost-income ratio continues to trend downward at 51.9%, down 11.4pts
o  Business net interest margin improved by 32bps to 2.26%
o  Retail consumer lending market share up 70bps over past six months to 8.7%
o  CET1 ratio (fully loaded) at 11.2%, up 1.8pts since year-end 2013
o  Full year targets on track

VIENNA, Austria - August 20, 2014 - BAWAG P.S.K. today reported a net profit of
EUR 175 million for the first half 2014, up 87% versus the same period last
year. Annualized return on equity was 16.2%, up 6.2 points. Net interest margin
improved 53 basis points to 1.84% with business net interest margins up 32 basis
points. Operating expenses were down 17% and risk costs down 41%. Overall
performance in the first half reflects the continuous repositioning efforts of
the Bank.
"BAWAG P.S.K. continued to deliver strong results with a net profit of EUR 175
million representing an increase of 87%. We had strong performance across all
business segments while facing a challenging market environment", said Chief
Executive Officer, Byron Haynes. "We are starting to see the significant
investments made over the past few years paying off. We are proud of the
accomplishments in the first half 2014 and expect this strength to continue into
the future."

"We continue to execute on our long-term strategic repositioning. The first half
results are a reflection of significant prior year investments and restructuring
measures geared towards positioning BAWAG P.S.K. to be one of the most efficient
banks across Europe with a capital efficient, low risk balance sheet", said
Chief Financial Officer, Anas Abuzaakouk. "We feel this business model will
allow us to continue to be successful in a competitive and constantly evolving
European banking environment."

Key Highlights in H1 2014
Despite a low-interest rate environment and a slow-growth European
macro-environment, BAWAG P.S.K. delivered strong results while maintaining a
focus on providing competitive and innovative products to its customers. The
Bank also further improved its cost structure and continued to strengthen its
capital base. 

Operating income was EUR 483.2 million, up 2%. Core revenues of EUR 432.5
million increased 21% due to strength in net interest income. Net interest
income was up 25% driven by a focus on liability optimization measures and
reduced funding costs. Customer loan development remained stable, creating
positive earnings leverage. The 9% increase of net commission income reflects
continued fee income growth in the Bank's core retail and corporate franchises.
In markets where BAWAG P.S.K. saw slower loan demand and compressed margins, the
Bank maintained a disciplined pricing approach with net interest margin up 53bps
to 1.84%. Other revenue was down 57% driven by non-recurring security sales in
the first half 2013. 

Operating expenses decreased by 17% in the first half 2014. Our focus on
efficiency and productivity continues to produce savings. The cost-income ratio
improved to 51.9%, down 11.4 points.

Credit performance continued to improve. Risk costs decreased by 41% to EUR 37.5
million resulting from improvements in the overall credit quality of the core
businesses and positive effects from historical de-risking actions. Risk cost
ratio was 0.28% in the first half 2014, a decrease of 16bps compared to first
half 2013. Our focus continues to be in safe haven economies like Austria and
other developed Western countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom. We
significantly reduced our CEE exposure over the years, today below 2%. The NPL
ratio of 3.4% remained unchanged compared to year-end 2013 and was 1.1 points
better versus 30 June 2013. 

BAWAG P.S.K.'s capital base continues to be strong with a fully loaded Common
Equity Tier 1 capital ratio of 11.2% and a total capital ratio of 15.1%. In
addition to the redemption of the remaining EUR 350 million of participation
capital in March 2014, the Bank redeemed the non-sustainable minorities of EUR
400 million in the first half 2014 and the remaining EUR 60 million of
non-sustainable Tier 1 instruments on 31 July 2014. 

The Bank's funding base remains its core customer deposits. BAWAG P.S.K. focuses
on reducing funding costs and maintains a conservative liquidity management
strategy with a loan-to-deposit ratio of 101%. The liquidity reserve amounted to
EUR 3.4 billion as of 30 June 2014.

Retail Banking and Small Business was a key driver of the Bank's strong results.
Core revenues increased by 16% driven by positive developments in NII and NCI,
up 19% and 9% respectively. Prior year investments in our retail franchise
continue to pay off. Current accounts increased by 13% in the first half 2014,
loans by 21% and funds by 8% contributing to the strength in net commission
income. Retail consumer loan market share was up 70bps since year-end 2013 to
8.7%. Funding costs continue to decrease as we focus on reducing non-core
funding, re-pricing initiatives and shifting our deposit mix. The direct banking
subsidiary easybank continued its strong performance in the first half 2014
opening 21,000 new customer accounts.

Corporate Lending and Investments continued to strengthen its operating leverage
by reducing its operating expenses by 16%. Austrian corporate new lending
volumes increased 47% versus first half 2013. Ongoing portfolio management
activities reduced non-core exposures by EUR 440 million since 30 June 2013 and
lending margins remained stable through our re-pricing activities. The segment
NPL ratio continued to decrease to 2.48%. The new business volume in our core
international corporate business reflected a mix of investment grade securities
purchases combined with select leveraged loan investments. International
commercial real estate investments increased with continued portfolio
diversification. Overall assets in the core international business totaled EUR
4.1 billion as of 30 June 2014. 

Treasury Services and Markets reported net interest income up 5% and operating
income up 16% since first half 2013 driven by new investments and strategic
sales. Increased operating efficiency led to a decrease of operating expenses of
40%. The total investment portfolio amounted to EUR 5.7 billion with an average
duration of 3.9 years. 100% of the securities are investment grade, of which 71%
were rated single A or higher. The geographic mix of the portfolio is quite
diverse with no direct exposure in South-East Europe, Hungary, Ukraine and

For charts please see attached PDF-document of this press release.

About BAWAG P.S.K. 

BAWAG P.S.K. is one of Austria's largest retail banking institutions with 1.6
million customers and a well recognized national brand. The Bank focuses on
three business segments: Retail Banking and Small Business include lending,
savings, payment, card, investment and insurance services for private and small
business customers. Austrian corporate lending activities and other fee-driven
financial services as well as international activities are managed within the
Corporate Lending and Investments segment. The majority of the Bank's lending
activities are within Austria. The International Business is focused on
corporate and commercial real estate financing primarily in Western Europe.
Treasury Services and Markets include all activities associated with providing
trading and investment services for the Group's treasury activities and the
management of the Bank's portfolio of financial securities.
BAWAG P.S.K.'s aim is to have a capital efficient, low risk and low leverage
business model while being the most efficient, centrally managed bank across
Austria. Delivering competitive, transparent and simple products and services to
our customers is the core of our strategy.

BAWAG P.S.K.'s Investor Relations website
contains further information about the Bank, including financial and other
information for investors.
Attachments with Announcement:

Further inquiry note:
Mag. Sabine Hacker, Konzernpressesprecherin
T: 43 1 534 53 - 31210
F: 43 1 534 53 - 33015

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