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Swedbank provides financial services and products in its home markets of Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Co. has four segments: Swedish Banking, which is responsible for all its Swedish customers except corporates and financial institutions; Large Corporates and Institutions, which is responsible for large corporates, financial institutions and banks as well as for trading and capital market products; Baltic Banking, which operates in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; and Group Functions and Other. At Dec 31 2013, Co. had 731 branches and 1,396 automated teller machines. Also as of such date, Co. had total assets of SEK1.82 trillion and deposits of SEK620.85 billion.
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Narrow-moat Swedbank posted first-half 2019 results largely in line with our full-year expectations. Operating profits increased marginally to SEK 13.2 billion from SEK 13 billion in the same period of 2018, excluding the divestment of UC. The stable performance comes as a result of healthy income generation more than offsetting higher expenses, which were mainly related to higher anti-money laundering, or AML, staff and compliance costs. Swedbank also announced new solvency targets in light of ...
We have tweaked our 2019–2021e earnings, but we have cut 2019–2021e DPS for all banks bar SEB. We see downside risk to 2020–2021 consensus earnings in particular for SHB and Swedbank, due to ongoing pressure on mortgage margins and a likely slowdown in commercial real estate lending. Our sector top pick over the Q2 results and the next 12 months is SEB (BUY).
The general evaluation of SWEDBANK AB (SE), a company active in the Money Center Banks industry, has been upgraded by the independent financial analyst theScreener with the addition of a star. Its fundamental valuation now shows 4 out of 4 possible stars while its market behaviour can be considered as moderately risky. theScreener believes that the additional star(s) merits the upgrade of its general evaluation to Slightly Positive. As of the analysis date July 5, 2019, the closing price was SEK 146.65 and its potential was estimated at SEK 172.36.
Item 3: Approve the Remuneration Report The structure is weighted more heavily towards short-term performance. One of the performance metrics for the LTI is the payment of sustainable dividends, which is not considered appropriate as executives can potentially influence the payout level. The LTI also includes relative TSR as a performance metric. Nevertheless, the quantum is not excessive and even maximum potential amounts are moderate. On balance, we recommend shareholders vote in favor. Item 4: Approve the Remuneration PolicyThe main concern with the Company's remuneration policy is that pa...
Item 2: Approve the Remuneration ReportThe remuneration structure is unsatisfactory. The main concern at the Company is that the potential maximum incentive pay including the bonus, matching shares on the deferred portion of the bonus and the LTI amounts to 1000% of base salary, which is considered grossly excessive. Actual incentive pay during the year was1.6 times the ECGS limit. Furthermore, variable remuneration is overly reliant on a single performance metric, benchmark profit before tax. A second performance criteria will be used in the coming year. We note that the Company has adjusted ...
Leadership changes Vittorio Colao was succeeded by Nick Read who was appointed Chief Executive Designate on 27 July 2018 and became Chief Executive on 1 October 2018. Margherita Della Valle joined the Board as Chief Financial Officer on 27 July 2018. Item 15: Advisory vote on the Remuneration ReportThe structure is unsatisfactory. The maximum bonus and total incentive pay exceed guidelines. The quantum for the year was excessive. Pay weighted more towards rewarding long-term performance, but there are overlapping performance conditions as free cash flow was used for both the STI and LTI. A b...
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