Cembra Money Bank reports a solid performance in 2013 with a Net Income of CHF
132.9 million - The Bank's transition as a stand-alone company is well on
*Net income of CHF 132.9 million on stable net financing receivables of CHF
*Continued growth in credit cards portfolio with receivables up 19%
*Cost/income ratio of 50%, including IPO one-off items, 44% adjusted for
*Return on average equity of 14.1% or 16.6% based on 2013 year-end equity
*Strong capital base with consolidated Tier 1 ratio of 19.7% after proposed
*Dividend per share of CHF 2.85 proposed to annual general meeting - to be
paid out of reserves from capital contributions
Zurich, Switzerland - Cembra Money Bank, a leading Swiss consumer finance
bank, reports consolidated net income for the financial year 2013 of CHF 132.9
million on a US GAAP basis or CHF 4.43 per share1. This translates into a
return on average equity2 of 14.1% or 16.6% based on year-end equity. Costs
remained well under control with a cost/income ratio3 of 50% and 44% when
excluding IPO-related one-time costs. While net financing receivables remained
stable, the funding was changed to become more diversified post IPO. Based on
its strong capital position with a Tier 1 capital ratio4 of 19.7%, Cembra
Money Bank's Board of Directors proposes a dividend per share of CHF 2.85 to
be paid out of capital contributions reserves5.
Robert Oudmayer, Chief Executive Officer, said: "2013 was an exciting year for
our Bank with the successful IPO in October and the rebranding to Cembra Money
Bank. We executed on these milestones extremely well. At the same time we
didn't lose focus on our daily business as our financial results can
demonstrate. We are well positioned in our transition to being a stand-alone
Net revenues were stable at CHF 354.5 million compared to CHF 355.7 million in
2012. Net interest income, which accounts for 80% of net revenues, was
virtually unchanged at CHF 282.6 million, reflecting a stable net interest
margin6 of 7.0%. Lower interest income was compensated by cheaper funding.
Commission and fee income, which contributes 20% to net revenues, was down 2%
to CHF 71.9 million. Provisions for losses fell to CHF 7.0 million supported
by a positive CHF 21.1 million net impact from the sale of a portfolio of loss
certificates (CHF 33.1 million partially offset by an estimated CHF 12.0
million recovery impact) in the first half of 2013. Operating expenses were up
9% driven by significant IPO-related one-off costs. These costs amount to CHF
23.3 million and include the rebranding campaign to Cembra Money Bank,
transaction-related costs and share issuance costs. The cost/income ratio was
50% including one-off costs and 44% on an adjusted basis.
Cembra Money Bank's prudent risk management approach was reflected in the loss
rate7 of 0.2% of financing receivables including the gain on loss certificates
and delinquencies at low levels: 1.8% for 30+ days past due8 and 0.4% for
Balance sheet and capital developments
Total assets grew by 3% to CHF 4,590 million, mainly as a result of higher
cash holdings at year-end. Net financing receivables (representing loans and
leases to customers) were barely unchanged at CHF 3,993 million. Continued
strong growth in Credit Cards (up 19% versus 2012) was offset by lower
receivables in Personal Loans driven by the continued run-off of a product and
challenging market conditions in Auto. The funding of the balance sheet
changed significantly in 2013. Funding from former parent GE Capital was more
than halved to CHF 700 million. Cembra Money Bank tapped capital markets
successfully, issuing a second Auto ABS of CHF 200 million in the first half
of the year and its first senior unsecured bond for CHF 250 million in the
second half of the year. Both issues were very well received by the market and
could be executed at attractive terms, reflecting the confidence the market
has into Cembra Money Bank as a stand-alone company. Furthermore,
institutional deposits grew by 53% to CHF 1,165 million. Additionally, Cembra
Money Bank was granted a CHF 450 million loan by a syndicate of international
banks. Shareholder's equity fell from CHF 1,081 million to CHF 799 million as
a result of CHF 470 million dividend payments prior to the IPO, partially
offset by 2013 net income. The consolidated Tier 1 capital ratio stands at
high 19.7%, including the proposed dividend pay-out.
Based on its strong capital position Cembra Money Bank's Board of Directors
will propose to the annual general meeting on 13 May 2014 that a dividend per
share of CHF 2.85 be paid out of reserves from capital contributions. The
distribution will therefore not be subject to Swiss withholding tax for Swiss
individual investors who hold their shares as private assets. The dividend
reflects a pay-out ratio of 64% of consolidated net income.
Antoine Boublil, Chief Financial Officer, commented: "We have made good
progress in 2013 on our funding plans as an independent company and we are
also ahead of our capital ratio guidance."
Net financing receivables in Personal Loans stood at CHF 1.9 billion (decrease
of 2% versus 2012) by end 2013 while interest income was down 3% to CHF 218.5
million in 2013.
Credit Cards again recorded double digit growth with net financing receivables
increasing by 19% to CHF 0.5 billion. Interest income of CHF 32.3 million was
26% higher than in the previous year. The number of issued cards grew by 17%
to 553'000 with the Cumulus MasterCard being the main driver. The contracts
with Migros and Conforama were successfully extended.
In a very competitive environment Auto defended its market position. Net
financing receivables declined 3% or CHF 56 million to CHF 1.6 billion.
Interest income slipped 9% to CHF 92.9 million as a result of lower rates
offered in the market.
Cembra Money Bank is currently expecting interest rates to stay at
historically low levels and therefore pricing competition to remain fierce in
particular in Auto. Credit Cards is expected to continue on its growth path.
Medium-term targets remain unchanged including a dividend pay-out ratio of
60-70% of net income. Considering the current market conditions Cembra Money
Bank is expecting earnings per share of between CHF 4.40 and CHF 4.60 for
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28 March 2014 Publication of Annual Report 2013
13 May 2014 Annual General Meeting 2014
15 May 2014 Ex-dividend date
19 May 2014 Record date
20 May 2014 Dividend payment date
29 August 2014 First-half 2014 results
About Cembra Money Bank AG
Cembra Money Bank is a Bank with a well-established position in Swiss consumer
finance. The Bank is regulated by Finma, holds a banking license and provides
a range of financial products and services. The Bank holds leading positions
in Switzerland for its Personal Loans and Auto business. It has a growing
Credit Cards business based on partnering with Swiss retailers and other
Headquartered in Zurich, the Bank operates exclusively in Switzerland through
a nationwide network of 25 branches as well as through alternative
distribution and sourcing channels, such as the internet, credit card
partners, independent agents and over 3,200 auto dealers.
The Bank generated a net income of CHF 132.9 million in 2013. As at 31
December 2013, the Bank had financing receivables of CHF 4 billion and a
consolidated Tier 1 capital ratio of 19.7%. It had ca. 700 full time
equivalent employees, serving approximately 624,000 customers.
Presentation for analysts of Cembra Money Bank's 2013 results via audio
webcast and telephone conference (in English)
Date and time: 3 March 2014 at 09.00 a.m. CET
Speakers: Robert Oudmayer, CEO
Antoine Boublil, CFO
Audio webcast: www.cembra.ch/en/investor
Telephone: Europe: +41 (0)58 310 50 00
UK: +44 (0)203 059 58 62
USA: +1 (1)631 570 5613
Q&A: Following the presentation, participants will have the
opportunity to ask questions via the telephone conference.
1 Basic earnings per share based on weighted-average numbers of common shares
2 The return on average equity is defined as the ratio of net income to
average total shareholder's equity (2-point average).
3 The cost/income ratio is defined as the ratio of total operating expenses to
The Tier 1 capital ratio: this means the ratio (expressed as a percentage)
of the Bank's consolidated Tier 1 capital (CET1) to the Bank's consolidated
risk-weighted assets as at 31 December 2013. The Bank's consolidated Tier 1
4 capital as well as the risk-weighted assets have been derived from the
Banks's statutory consolidated financial statements as at 31 December 2013,
which were prepared in accordance with Swiss law, and calculated in
accordance with applicable Swiss regulatory requirements.
The capital contributions reserves are discussed in the statutory financial
5 statements of the Parent Office. For US GAAP purposes the dividend will be
paid out of retained earnings.
The net interest margin is defined as the ratio of net interest income to
6 average financing receivables (net of deferred income and costs and before
allowance for losses; calculated on a quarterly basis).
The loss rate is defined as the ratio of provisions for losses on financing
7 receivables to average financing receivables (net of deferred income and
costs and before allowance for losses; 2-point average).
8 This ratio represents the Bank's 30+ days past due balances divided by the
financing receivables (excluding initial direct costs).
9 The non-performing loans (NPL) ratio is defined as the ratio of non-accrual
interest-bearing assets (at period-end) to interest-bearing assets
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opportunities, as well as those of the markets it serves or intends to serve,
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differences include, but are not limited to: changing business or other market
conditions; legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments; general economic
conditions in Switzerland, the European Union and elsewhere; and the Bank's
ability to respond to trends in the financial services industry. Additional
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