pbb off to a good start in 2022 – with pre-tax profit of €42 million in the first quarter

  • Net interest and commission income stable at €124 million
  • Net income from realisations amounts to €5 million due to lower prepayment fees – interest-bearing real estate financings rise to €28 billion
  • Risk provisioning increases to €18 million, predominantly model related due to changed economic forecasts in the wake of the war in Ukraine
  • New business volume once again reaches a solid level of €2.1 billion
  • CEO Andreas Arndt: “The first quarter confirms our expectation for the full year. The impact of the war in Ukraine is hard to predict.”

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG (pbb) got off to a good start in the new financial year, generating pre-tax profit of €42 million in the first quarter (Q1 2021: €52 million; IFRS, consolidated, unaudited). The Bank generated a stable net interest and commission income of €124 million (Q1 2021: €125 million) and increased its operating income to €149 million (Q1 2021: €146 million). Higher earnings from net income from fair value measurement of €9 million (Q1 2021: €2 million) and higher other operating income of €10 million (Q1 2021: €-1 million) more than offset lower net income from realisations of €5 million (Q1 2021: €21 million); the latter item was impacted by lower prepayment fees. While pbb’s operating income posted an increase, risk provisioning increased to €18 million (Q1 2021: €10 million); the increase in particular resulted from the effect on the risk models from lower macroeconomic growth assumptions as a result of the war in Ukraine. In addition, the bank levy and similar dues increased to €31 million (Q1 2021: €28 million) because the EU Single Resolution Fund’s target volume increased once again. General and administrative expenses also picked up, amongst other things due to IT and strategic project costs (€53 million, Q1 2021: €51 million).

Based on the performance generated in the first quarter, pbb believes that it will be able to achieve its goal of a full-year pre-tax profit of between €200 million and €220 million, provided that the war in Ukraine does not lead to sustained or worsening market distortions.

pbb’s CEO Andreas Arndt commented: “We maintain our risk-conservative approach which has us well-prepared for a challenging market situation once again. Sound capitalisation and risk provisioning as well as net interest income stabilized over the long term due to lower prepayment provide a solid basis. The first quarter confirms our expectations for the full year 2022 – even though the impact of the war in Ukraine is hard to predict.

pbb once again achieved a solid new business volume of €2.1 billion (Q1 2021: €2.1 billion, both figures including extensions by more than one year). Gross margins in new business were around 150 bps (2021: ~170 bps) due to individual transactions with below average LTVs and margins, some of which were high in volume. However, pbb expects a higher average gross margin in the second quarter. Thanks to the solid new business volume, the loan book in Commercial Real Estate Finance increased to €28.0 billion as at the end of the first quarter (Dec 2021: €27.6 billion).

pbb remains strongly committed to ESG – as demonstrated by the increasing volume of green loans (more than €800 million at the end of March), which the Bank has been providing since the fourth quarter of 2021. pbb was also active on the green bond market, with a €750 million issue, and a €200 million tap in April 2022. With three green benchmark bonds placed since the beginning of 2021 and €2 billion in outstanding volume, pbb is among the most active issuers in this segment.

pbb is currently seeing no direct impact from the Ukraine war on its business. Since Ukraine and Russia are not among pbb’s target markets, the Bank has no direct exposure to these countries; the implications for the loan book and operating business are, from today's perspective, thus low and manageable. Likewise, indirect risks are also limited. Funding spreads for pbb have only moderately widened. So far, the crisis is also having a limited impact on real estate investment markets; transaction volumes and prices are proving particularly resilient for prime and core properties as favoured by pbb. The war in Ukraine, is, however affecting construction activity, with the successful completion of new buildings becoming an increasing concern and the pressure on construction costs rising in the light of higher prices for building materials and supply chain issues. pbb’s applies a prudent approach Bank has implemented a more cautious calibration of its risk requirements. Should economic growth continue to slow down, this would entail further risks.


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