Constant Korthout, CFO/CRO of Van Lanschot: "Van Lanschot has a conservative risk profile, which is confirmed by the results of the European stress test. This is also reflected in the high quality of the loan book, about half of which is made up of home mortgages. Of the total loan book, 98% represents loans issued in the Netherlands and Belgium, and just 0.11% (approximately 15 million) in European periphery countries. Country risk in the bank's investment portfolio is limited to the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Canada. Van Lanschot therefore has no exposure to government bonds of Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Spain. The bank has sufficient buffers in place to absorb unexpected shocks, even in the most adverse stress scenario. This is reflected in the results of the stress tests that we perform regularly as part of our risk management procedures and was again confirmed by the affirmation of the bank's Single A minus (stable outlook) credit rating by the rating agency Standard & Poor's on 13 July 2011."
The European Banking Authority (EBA), formerly CEBS, conducted the EU-wide stress test as part of its responsibility for the stability of the European financial system (macro-prudential) and that of financial institutions (micro-prudential). This stress test seeks to assess the resilience of financial institutions to shocks to the economy and the financial markets.
Van Lanschot is not one of the 90 European banks that were obliged to carry out this EU-wide stress test. In keeping with last year, Van Lanschot has carried out the same European stress test on its own initiative.
The test was performed using the methodology, scenarios and assumptions prescribed by the EBA, including a scenario of falling residential and commercial property prices, rising unemployment and a dip in share prices. The calculations (both baseline and adverse) assume a static balance sheet and 'what-if' scenarios for comparison purposes.
Based on the assumed impact of the adverse scenario, Van Lanschot's consolidated Core Tier I ratio would still be 9.7% at year-end 2012 (thanks to its private banking activities), compared with 9.6% at year-end 2010. This stress test shows that Van Lanschot has a capital buffer of 4.7% - i.e. 565 million - over and above the benchmark Core Tier I ratio of 5.0% used for this test.
The results of the stress test for Van Lanschot are attached in the annexe.
's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, 20 July 2011
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