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OP Mortgage Bank’s Half-year Financial Report for 1 January–30 June 2022

·12-min read

OP Mortgage Bank
Stock Exchange Release 27 July 2022 at 10.00am EEST
Half-year Financial Report

OP Mortgage Bank’s Half-year Financial Report for 1 January–30 June 2022

OP Mortgage Bank (OP MB) is part of OP Financial Group. Together with OP Corporate Bank plc, its role is to raise funding for OP from money and capital markets. OP MB is responsible for the Group’s funding with regard to covered bond issuance.

Financial standing

The intermediary loans and loan portfolio of OP MB totalled EUR 18,758 million (18,275)* on 30 June 2022. Bonds issued by OP MB totalled EUR 17,915 million (16,415) at the end of June 2022.

In April, OP MB issued a green covered bond in the international capital market. The fixed-rate one-billion-euro covered bond had a maturity of five and a half year. The proceeds of the bonds were in full intermediated to 98 OP cooperative banks in the form of intermediary loans.

In June, OP MB issued a one-billion-euro retained covered bond with a maturity of one year and three months. The bond issue was performed as an internal issue within OP Financial Group.

On 30 June 2022, 115 OP cooperative banks had a total of EUR 15,591 million (14,691) in intermediary loans from OP MB.

Earnings before tax totalled EUR 3.7 million (2.6). The company’s financial standing remained stable throughout the reporting period.

Impairment loss on receivables related to loans in OP MB’s balance sheet totalled EUR 0.1 million (–0.7). Loss allowance was EUR 2.9 million (3.1).

* The comparatives for 2021 are given in brackets. For income statement and other aggregated figures, January–June 2021 figures serve as comparatives. For balance-sheet and other cross-sectional figures, figures at the end of the previous financial year (31 December 2021) serve as comparatives.

Collateralisation of bonds issued to the public

On 30 June 2022, loans as collateral in security of the covered bonds issued under the Euro Medium Term Covered Note programme worth EUR 20 billion established on 12 November 2010 under the Act on Mortgage Credit Banks (Laki kiinnitysluottopankkitoiminnasta 688/2010) totalled EUR 16,480 million. On the same date, loans as collateral in security of the covered bonds issued under the Euro Medium Term Retained Covered Note programme worth EUR 10 billion established on 15 June 2020 totalled EUR 3,543 million.

Capital adequacy

OP MB’s Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio stood at 29.6% (92.9) on 30 June 2022. The ratio was weakened by the adoption of the risk-weighted assets floor based on the Standardised Approach in OP Financial Group according to the decision made on 1 March 2022. The minimum CET1 capital requirement is 4.5% and the requirement for the capital conservation buffer is 2.5%, i.e. the total CET1 capital requirement is 7%. The minimum total capital requirement is 8% and 10.5% with increased capital conservation buffer. Earnings for the reporting period were not included in CET1 capital.

OP MB uses the Internal Ratings Based Approach (IRBA) to measure its capital adequacy requirement for credit risk. OP MB uses the Standardised Approach to measure its capital adequacy for operational risks. The capital adequacy requirement is increased by the RWA floor based on the Standardised Approach.

OP MB belongs to OP Financial Group. As part of the Group, OP MB is supervised by the ECB. OP Financial Group presents capital adequacy information in its financial statements bulletins and interim and half-year financial reports in accordance with the Act on the Amalgamation of Deposit Banks. OP Financial Group also publishes Pillar III disclosures.

Capital base and capital adequacy, TEUR

30 June 2022

31 Dec 2021

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity

367,659

370,077

Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) before deductions

367,659

370,077

Excess funding of pension liability

-57

-57

Share of unaudited profits

-2,945

-5,364

Shortfall of ECL minus expected losses

-2,090

-2,856

Common Equity Tier 2 (CET1)

362,567

361,800

Tier 1 capital (T1)

362,567

361,800

Excess of ECL minus expected losses

8

 

Tier 2 capital (T2)

8

 

Total capital base

362,575

361,800

 

 

 

Total risk exposure amount

 

 

Credit and counterparty risk

288,745

359,126

Operational risk

26,908

30,130

Other risks*

910,672

 

Total

1,226,324

389,256

*Addition of risk-weighted assets based on the Standardised Approach

 

 

 

Key ratios, %

 

 

CET1 capital ratio

29.6

92.9

Tier 1 capital ratio

29.6

92.9

Capital adequacy ratio

29.6

92.9

 

 

 

Capital requirement

 

 

Capital base

362,575

361,800

Capital requirement

128,766

40,872

Buffer for capital requirements

233,809

320,928

Joint and several liability of amalgamation

Under the Act on the Amalgamation of Deposit Banks, the amalgamation of cooperative banks comprises the organisation’s central cooperative (OP Cooperative), the central cooperative's member credit institutions and the companies belonging to their consolidation groups as well as credit and financial institutions and service companies in which the above together hold more than half of the total votes. This amalgamation is supervised on a consolidated basis. On 30 June 2022, OP Cooperative’s member credit institutions comprised 117 cooperative banks as well as OP Corporate Bank plc, OP Mortgage Bank and OP Retail Customers plc.

The central cooperative is responsible for issuing instructions to its member credit institutions concerning their internal control and risk management, their procedures for securing liquidity and capital adequacy as well as for compliance with harmonised accounting policies in the preparation of the amalgamation’s consolidated financial statements.

As a support measure referred to in the Act on the Amalgamation of Deposit Banks, the central cooperative is liable to pay any of its member credit institutions an amount that is necessary to prevent the credit institution from being placed in liquidation. The central cooperative is also liable for the debts of a member credit institution which cannot be paid using the member credit institution's assets.

Each member bank is liable to pay a proportion of the amount which the central cooperative has paid to either another member bank as part of support action or to a creditor of such member bank in payment of an amount overdue which the creditor has not received from the member bank. Furthermore, in the case of the central cooperative’s default, a member bank has unlimited refinancing liability for the central cooperative’s debts as referred to in the Co-operatives Act.

Each member bank’s liability for the amount the central cooperative has paid to the creditor on behalf of a member bank is divided between the member banks in proportion to their last adopted balance sheets. OP Financial Group’s insurance companies do not fall within the scope of joint and several liability.

According to section 25 of the Act on Mortgage Credit Banks, the holder of a covered bond has the right to receive payment, before other claims, for the entire term of the bond in accordance with the contract terms, from the assets entered as collateral, without this being prevented by OP MB's liquidation or bankruptcy.

Corporate responsibility

OP Financial Group’s core values and principles governing corporate responsibility also guide the operations of OP MB. Corporate responsibility is an integral part of OP Financial Group’s business and strategy. Responsible business is one of OP Financial Group’s strategic priorities. The Group’s aim is to be a forerunner of corporate responsibility within its sector in Finland. OP Financial Group’s Corporate Responsibility Programme is built around four themes: we improve financial literacy in Finland, we foster a sustainable economy, we support local vitality and community spirit, and we use our information capital responsibly.

OP Financial Group is committed to complying with the ten principles of the UN Global Compact initiative in the areas of human rights, labour rights, the environment and anti-corruption. OP has agreed to follow the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. OP Financial Group is a Founding Signatory of the Principles for Responsible Banking under the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).

In March 2022, OP MB published a Green Covered Bond Report on Finland’s first green covered bond issued in March 2021. According to OP MB’s Green Covered Bond Framework, funds raised through the bond have been allocated to mortgages with energy-efficient residential buildings as collateral. According to the Report, the environmental impacts for 2021 allocated to the green covered bond include: annual avoided energy use of 26,000 MWh, annual avoided CO2-equivalent emissions of 4,100 tonnes.

In April, OP MB issued a one-billion-euro green covered bond with a maturity of 5.5 years. This fixed-rate covered bond is targeted at international institutional investors, and proceeds raised with the bond will be allocated to OP Financial Group’s home loans recognised as green ones according to the Green Covered Bond Framework of OP Mortgage Bank. The sector to be financed is energy-efficient residential buildings (green buildings).

Personnel

On 30 June 2022, OP MB had eight employees. OP MB has been digitising its operations and purchases all the most important support services from OP Cooperative and its Group members, reducing the need for its own personnel.

Management

The Board composition is as follows:

Chair

Mikko Timonen

Chief Financial Officer, OP Cooperative

Members

Satu Nurmi

Head of Retail Customer Financing and Housing related Services, OP Retail Customers plc

 

Mari Heikkilä

Head of Group Treasury and Asset and Liability Management, OP Corporate Bank plc

The Board was chaired by Vesa Aho until 28 February 2022 and Mikko Timonen has chaired the Board since 1 March 2022.

Lauri Iloniemi was a Board member until 8 May 2022 and Mari Heikkilä has been a Board member since 23 May 2022.

Kaisu Christie was a Board member until 23 May 2022 and Satu Nurmi has been a Board member since 23 May 2022.

OP MB’s Managing Director is Sanna Eriksson. The deputy Managing Director is Tuomas Ruotsalainen, Senior Covered Bonds Manager at OP MB.

On 11 March 2022, the Finnish Parliament ratified a new Act on Mortgage Credit Banks and Covered Bonds (151/2022) that will enter into force in July. On 30 June 2022, the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority granted OP MB a licence to engage in mortgage credit bank operations in accordance with section 8 of the Act on Mortgage Credit Banks and Covered Bonds (Laki kiinnitysluottopankeista ja katetuista joukkolainoista 151/2022). The Act entered into force on 8 July 2022.

Risk exposure

When entering 2022, OP MB had a strong capital base, capital buffers and risk-bearing capacity.

The Covid-19 pandemic, Russia’s aggressive war in Ukraine and a strong rise in raw material prices constitute a situation where their combined effects are very hard to predict. The risk factors may affect lending, liquidity maintenance and business processes. OP MB’s capital base is sufficient to secure business continuity.

OP MB’s most significant risks are related to the quality of collateral and to the structural liquidity and interest rate risks on the balance sheet for which limits have been set in the Risk Policy of Banking. The key credit risk indicators in use show that OP MB’s credit risk exposure is stable. The liquidity buffer for OP Financial Group, managed by OP Corporate Bank, is exploitable by OP MB. OP MB has used interest rate swaps to hedge against its interest rate risk. Interest rate swaps have been used to swap home loan interest, intermediary loan interest and interest on issued bonds into the same basis rate. OP MB has concluded all derivative contracts for hedging purposes, with OP Corporate Bank plc being their counterparty. OP MB’s interest risk exposure is under control, and it has been within the set limit.

OP Financial Group analyses the business environment as part of the continuous strategy process. Megatrends and future visions behind the strategy reflect driving forces that affect the daily activities, conditions and future of OP Financial Group and its customers. Such factors shaping the business environment include sustainable development and responsibility (ESG), demographic change in the population, geopolitical factors and fast technological progress.

For example, climate and environmental changes and other factors in the business environment are considered thoroughly so that their effects on the customers’ future success are understood. Through advice and business decisions, OP Financial Group encourages its customers in bolstering their sustainable and successful business in the future. At the same time, OP Financial Group ensures that its operations are profitable and in compliance with its values in the long term.

Events after the reporting period

On 26 July 2022, OP Cooperative’s Board of Directors decided to file a pre-application with the European Central Bank (ECB) on the use of the Standardised Approach in capital adequacy calculation, instead of the internal models (IRBA) and the currently applied risk-weighted assets floor based on the Standardised Approach. A possible transfer to the Standardised Approach will not affect OP MB’s capital adequacy or risk exposure. These decisions were based on increased regulatory requirements and discussions with the banking supervisor (ECB) on the application of the IRBA.

Outlook towards the year end

Several exceptional factors affect the economic outlook. The Covid-19 pandemic, Russia’s aggressive war in Ukraine, high inflation, increasing uncertainty in the financial market and the tightening monetary policy are undermining the economic outlook. In the wake of the pandemic, there is, however, a lot of pent-up demand and the economic situation is still strong.

It is expected that OP MB’s capital adequacy will remain extremely strong and the overall quality of the loan portfolio good. This will make it possible to issue new covered bonds in the future as well.

Schedule for Interim Reports in 2022
                
Interim Report 1 January–30 September 2022                26 October 2022

Helsinki, 27 July 2022

OP Mortgage Bank
Board of Directors

For more information, please contact:
Sanna Eriksson, Managing Director, tel. +358 10 252 2517

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