22.04.2004 - comdirect bank: best quarter
comdirect bank (ISIN DE0005428007) closed the first three months of 2004 with a new record profit. Before taxes, the group result is EUR 21.0m - after EUR4.7m in the first quarter of 2003.
The number of executed securities orders increased by 62.0% year-on-year to 2.1m, thus achieving the highest number of orders for three years. Against the 2003 year end (EUR7.6bn), the portfolio volume (incl. funds volume) increased considerably to EUR8.5bn. At EUR30.9m, net commission income almost doubled against the equivalent period of the previous year.
Against the record level of 31 December 2003 the volume of deposits declined by 6.3% from EUR2.8bn to EUR2.6bn. This was due not only to shifting of customer deposits into securities but also the fact that after the expiry of a limited special interest rate period, some of the deposits were transferred back to investors. Net interest income before provisions increased by 5.6% year-on-year to EUR16.2m.
The number of comdirect customers, at 661,488, reached the highest level in the history of the bank - an increase of 3.3 % since the beginning of the year.
At EUR28.8m, administrative expenses were 3.0% down on the figure of the equivalent period of the previous year. Personnel costs declined by 3.0% to EUR7.9m, with other administrative expenses moving up 8.5 % against the value of the previous year to EUR17.5m. At EUR3.4m, depreciation was 7.8 % down on the figure of the previous year of EUR3.7m.
With the very good earnings performance and stable costs in the first three months of 2004, the cost/income ratio improved to 57.9% after 84.7% in the first quarter of 2003.
For the whole year, the Board of Management is increasing its target for pre-tax profits for the bank to at least EUR50m.
Information and explanatory notes on this ad hoc release:
Net interest income
|Provision for possible loan losses||-370||652||45||-|
|Net commission income||15,927||21,911||30,862||93.8|
|Profit from ordinary activities||4,698||7,217||20,973||346.4|