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ING records 2Q14 underlying net profit of EUR 1,181 million

ING Group 2Q14 underlying net profit of EUR 1,181 million from EUR 901 million in 2Q13 and EUR 988 million in 1Q14

  • 2Q14 net result EUR 1,067 million, or EUR 0.28 per share, including special items, discontinued operations and divestments
  • Given ING's priority to repay the Dutch State, an interim dividend on common shares will not be paid in 2014

Bank 2Q14 underlying result before tax of EUR 1,278 million, up 11.4% from 2Q13 and 8.7% higher than 1Q14

  • 2Q14 results reflect solid income despite adverse CVA/DVA impacts and deconsolidation of Vysya; risk costs declined further
  • Strong customer focus generated EUR 7.4 billion in net lending and attracted EUR 7.4 billion of net funds entrusted
  • Capital position further strengthened with a fully-loaded common equity Tier 1 ratio of 10.5% as of 30 June 2014

NN Group 2Q14 result before tax of EUR 310 million, up from EUR 113 million in 2Q13 and EUR -372 million in 1Q14

  • 2Q14 operating result ongoing business of EUR 249 million; 2Q14 underlying result before tax improved to EUR 337 million

ING Group has substantially completed its repositioning as a bank

  • NN Group successfully listed on Euronext Amsterdam in early July; ING Group stake in NN Group reduced to 68.1%
  • EUR 8.1 billion market values of ING's stakes in Voya and NN Group comfortably exceed ING's EUR 2.4 billion pro-forma core debt
  • Remaining 10% stake in SulAmérica sold in 2Q14, completing the divestment of ING Group's holding
  • ING Group reclassified into the Banks subsector in 2Q14 by ICB, one of the world's leading classification benchmarks

CEO STATEMENT

"The successful IPO of NN Group in early July was a pivotal moment for ING Group," said Ralph Hamers, CEO of ING Group. "This step represents the final major transaction in our restructuring and in the repositioning of ING as a leading European bank. It has unlocked significant financial flexibility for the Group, with the EUR 8.1 billion combined market values of our remaining stakes in NN Group and Voya Financial, Inc. comfortably exceeding the pro-forma Group core debt of EUR 2.4 billion."

"ING Group's second-quarter financial performance was strong, with an underlying net result of EUR 1,181 million that was primarily attributable to ING Bank. The Bank's quarterly underlying result before tax was EUR 1,278 million, up 11.4% year-on-year and 8.7% sequentially. The improvement compared with both prior quarters mainly reflects solid income generation, despite the impact of negative CVA/DVA adjustments and the deconsolidation of ING Vysya Bank, and a further decline in risk costs. ING Bank's underlying return on IFRS-EU equity rose to 10.7% for the first half of 2014, which is within the Ambition 2017 target-range for return on IFRSEU equity of 10-13%. ING Bank's capitalisation strengthened further, leading to a fully-loaded common equity Tier 1 ratio of 10.5% at the end of June."

"Our unwavering commitment to our customers contributed to robust business growth during the quarter, with ING Bank extending EUR 7.4 billion of net lending and attracting EUR 7.4 billion of net funds entrusted. During the first six months of 2014, ING Bank gained over half a million new individual customers, demonstrating the strength of our franchise and the attractiveness of our customer proposition. In May, ING Direct Spain celebrated its 15th anniversary and recently welcomed its three-millionth customer. We are grateful that our customers choose to do business with us and we remain committed to supporting their financial needs anytime, anywhere, and making the experience of banking with us truly differentiating. I am convinced that our Chief Innovation Officer will drive our strategic innovation agenda and think beyond traditional banking to serve our customers' changing needs."

"The 2 July listing of NN Group marked the official beginning of the company's standalone future. We congratulate NN Group on this milestone and wish CEO Lard Friese and his team every success. For the second quarter of 2014, ING continued to consolidate 100% of NN Group in our results. The underlying result before tax of NN Group improved to EUR 337 million from EUR 101 million in the second quarter of 2013 and EUR 210 million in the previous quarter. As a result of the IPO, ING Group's stake in NN Group was reduced to 68.1%; this change will be reflected in our third-quarter shareholders' equity."

"We are very proud of the progress that we have made with the restructuring over the past several years, which has brought ING Group well into the end stage of our transformation. We are moving forward as a stronger, simpler and more sustainable company. I am confident that we are well placed to achieve the strategic priorities of ING Bank while continuing to serve our customers and the communities in which we operate to the best of our ability."

For further information please download the press release and watch the video interview with Ralph Hamers.