UniCredit Bank stays on profit in Romania – EUR 60.6 M last year


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UniCredit Bank ended last year in Romania with a consolidated net profit of RON 269.5 million (EUR 60.6 million), significant financial good results compared to the level posted in 2014, of RON 143.8 million (EUR 32.3 million), Razvan Radu, Country Chairman of UniCredit in Romania and CEO of UniCredit Bank announced in a press conference on Wednesday.

Consolidated operating revenues were placed at RON 1.52 billion (EUR 342 million), despite a continuous decline in market interest margins. Operating expenses amounted to RON 777.5 million (EUR 174.9 million), while the bank continued to closely monitor its costs.

“We continued to develop our business, registering positive developments both in the area of lending, where we scored last year an increase of nearly 5 percent of the gross loan portfolio and attracting resources at local level, customer deposits increasing in 2015 by some 12 percent over the previous year,” Radu said.

At the same time, bank’s operating income stood at RON 743.9 million (EUR 167 million).

UniCredit Bank’s financial indicators show a balanced position: return on equity (ROE) was 8.3 percent at the end of 2015, while return on assets (ROA) was placed at 0.8 percent. The ratio between costs and revenues reached to 51.1 percent.

The volume of consolidated assets at December 31, 2015, totaled RON 34.6 billion (EUR 7.6 billion), up 6.8 percent compared to the previous year.

Loan provisions reached RON 406.6 million (EUR 91.5 million) at the end of last year. NPLs, including exposures with improbability of full payment, were located at 14.40 percent, while the cost of lending risk was ranked at 1.86 percent compared to 2.92 percent in 2014.

The segment of financing projects with EU funds has displayed a remarkable evolution last year, the last year of implementation of the budget period 2007 – 2013: the balance of using loans by the beneficiaries of European funds increased by 75 percent during December 31, 2014 – December 31, 2015.

At the same time, UniCredit Leasing reached a total of EUR 242.5 million in financing in 2015 and the purchase value of goods financed stood at EUR 294.7 million, maintaining its leading position in the field, while UniCredit Consumer Financing posted a 4.5 percent rise in the segment of consumer loans.

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