30.04.2019 comdirect bank AG  DE0005428007

DGAP-News: comdirect: Very strong growth at start the year


 

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comdirect: Very strong growth at start the year

30.04.2019 / 07:30
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comdirect: Very strong growth at the start of the year

Quickborn, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 30 April 2019. At comdirect, the first quarter of 2019 was marked by high new customer acquisition and investments in growth. The comdirect group posted a solid pre-tax profit of EUR18.1m. "comdirect is a growth company, as we have once again demonstrated in the first quarter. With 84k new customers in just one quarter, this is one of the strongest-ever quarters in the history of comdirect," says Arno Walter, CEO of comdirect bank AG. "With smart products and outstanding services, we create exceptional customer experiences and are always available, wherever our customers are," adds Walter. "We are particularly pleased that this has been backed up by external studies and that we have been able to successfully defend our "Best Bank" and "Best Direct Bank" titles in the extensive bank test carried out by financial magazine Euro*."

Strong new customer and custody account growth
The number of customers in the core B2C business stood at 2.61m as of the end of the first quarter of 2019. With 84k new customers, growth was up considerably on the previous year's quarter (52k) and represents the strongest new customer growth in ten years.

Furthermore, the number of custody accounts rose sharply, climbing by 62k new custody accounts to 1.45m as of the end of the quarter. The number of current accounts rose by 52k to 1.62m. Total assets under control rose from EUR62.1bn at year-end to EUR68.7bn. This is due to the net fund inflow of EUR2.7bn as well as positive effects associated with share price gains on the stock markets.

Profit influenced by investments in growth and slow trading activity
The pre-tax profit of the comdirect group in the first quarter came in at EUR18.1m, which was up on the same figure for the fourth quarter of 2018 (EUR6.5m). On account of increased investment in growth and a year-on-year decline in trading activity on the stock markets, it fell short of the very high prior-year figure (EUR29.3m).

Total income in the core business of B2C amounted to EUR87.3m in the first three months (previous year: EUR88.9m). Net commission income, which is affected by trading activities, came in at EUR50.1m and therefore corresponded to the average level of the past three quarters, but below the record level of the first quarter of 2018 (EUR59.2m). The average number of trades per custody account p.a. stood at 16.0 in the first quarter of 2019, compared with 19.3 in the previous year. A total of 5.7m trades were executed in the first quarter (previous year: 5.9m). Despite the continued zero-interest environment, comdirect increased net interest income after provisions for possible loan losses to EUR31.8m, compared with EUR26.3m in the previous year. This rise is underpinned by increases in deposit and credit volumes, as well as stabilisation of the interest margin.

Administrative expenses in the core B2C business went up from EUR63.0m in the previous year to EUR74.8m. The main driver of this rise was an increase in other administrative expenses caused by additional sales expenses.

Profit in the core business (from continued activities) came to EUR12.5m before taxes in the first quarter of 2019 (previous year: EUR25.9m). At EUR5.6m, the discontinued activities (ebase) generated pre-tax profit above that of the previous year (EUR3.4m). This increase was mainly down to reduced administrative expenses as a result of the discontinuation prescribed by IFRS 5 of depreciation, amortisation and write-downs as part of the initiated sale. The sale of subsidiary ebase to the FNZ Group was agreed in July 2018 and remains subject to the approval of the supervisory authorities. The transaction is expected to be concluded in the second quarter of 2019. In total, a contribution to pre-tax profit in excess of EUR85m from discontinued activities is expected.

Innovative services result in exceptional customer experiences
In the first quarter, the focus remained on systematic implementation of the strategy of being a smart financial companion for customers and the top address in saving, investing and trading with securities. Thanks to the chat order service, comdirect is making it as easy to buy and sell securities as it is to send an instant message. Recently, comdirect also became one of only a few brokers that enable trading on all German stock exchanges.

With the banking partnership with HSV Fußball AG launched in the first quarter, comdirect is creating a high degree of brand identification for customers and football fans. Alongside cashless payment at all permanent sales outlets at Hamburg's Volksparkstadion, the product range also includes an HSV fan account with a wristband in the HSV colours for contactless payments and an HSV banking app.

Efficient processes bolster growth
With a view to scaling the business model and growing it efficiently, the digital service for opening accounts and custody accounts was expanded in the first quarter, among other things. New customers recently started receiving their login details in digital form. Including immediate legitimation via VideoIdent or E-Ident, the paperless process takes just a few minutes.

A dialogue function was also added to the website search function at the beginning of April, allowing customers to find information even more quickly. In customer services, this is complemented by the targeted use of a hybrid chat bot, a voice response system and automated standard processes based on robotic process automation (RPA). By harnessing innovative technologies, comdirect can operate more cost-effectively and deliver top-class customer experiences.

Overview**

in EURk Q1 18 Q2 18 Q3 18 Q4 18 Q1 19 Q1 19 vs
            Q1 18
Net interest income            
after provisions 26,262 30,218 29,739 30,748 31,830 21.2%
Net commission income 59,247 48,644 47,658 50,771 50,149 -15.4%
Other income 3,423 3,768 3,228 558 5,307 55.0%
Administrative            
expenses 63,032 67,087 68,718 80,749 74,798 18.7%
Pre-tax profit from continued activities 25,900 15,543 11,907 1,328 12,488 -51.8%
Pre-tax profit from discontinued activities 3,399 3,109 4,412 5,125 5,606 64.9%
Pre-tax consolidated profit 29,299 18,652 16,319 6,453 18,094 -38.2%
Consolidated net profit 21,697 13,618 12,002 3,052 14,382 -33.7%
 

** In connection with the agreed sale, the business of ebase is reported as "discontinued activity". The previous year's figures were adjusted accordingly.

Contacts for this press release
Annette Siragusano
Tel. +49 (0)41 06 704 1960
Email: [email protected]

Ullrike Hamer
Tel. +49 (0)41 06 704 1545
Email: [email protected]

Information for editorial teams
You can find more information about business performance in the first quarter of 2019 here:
https://www.comdirect.de/cms/ueberuns/de/investorrelations/veroeffentlichungen.html

All our press releases are available at www.comdirect.de/presse
Updates about digital trends and innovations in all things finance can be found on the comdirect Board of Managing Directors blog at www.bank-neu-denken.de.

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Language: English
Company: comdirect bank AG
Pascalkehre 15
25451 Quickborn
Germany
Phone: + 49 (0) 4106/704-0
Fax: + 49 (0) 4106/708-2580
E-mail: [email protected]
Internet: www.comdirect.de
ISIN: DE0005428007
WKN: 542800
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
EQS News ID: 804673

 
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