The Board of Directors of BNP Paribas met on 3 May 2012. The meeting was chaired by Baudouin
Prot and the Board examined the Group’s results for the first quarter 2012.
GOOD PERFORMANCE ACHIEVED WHILST IMPLEMENTING THE GROUP’S ADAPTATION PLAN
Against a backdrop of economic slowdown in the euro zone, the BNP Paribas Group achieved
good performance all the whilst rapidly implementing its adaptation plan. Eighty percent of the
target of improving the common equity Tier 1 ratio by 100 basis points is achieved.
Revenues totalled 9,886 million euros, down 15.4% compared to the first quarter 2011. Three
exceptional items had an adverse impact on revenues this quarter for a total of
-1,059 million euros: own debt revaluation (-843 million euros), losses from sales of sovereign
bonds (-142 million euros) and losses from sales of loans (-74 million euros). Excluding these
items, revenues came to 10,945 million euros, a decline of only 6.3% compared to the first quarter
2011, which was marked by very good business activity.
Operating expenses, which were 6,847 million euros, edged up 1.8%. Excluding one-off adaptation
costs at CIB and Personal Finance which totalled 84 million euros, they inched up 0.5%, confirming
good cost control.
Gross operating income was down 38.7% for the period at 3,039 million euros. Excluding
exceptional items, the decline was 15.6%.
The Group’s cost of risk, which was 945 million euros or 55 basis points of outstanding customer
loans, edged up only 2.8% compared to the first quarter 2011 and still remains low, illustrating the
good risk controls.
Non-operating items totalled 1,844 million euros due to 1,790 million euros of exceptional income
booked after the Group’s sale of a 28.7% stake in Klépierre SA. This sale was part of the plan to
adapt BNP Paribas’ balance sheet in preparation for Basel 3.
BNP Paribas posted 2,867 million euros in net income (attributable to equity holders), up 9.6%
compared to the first quarter 2011. The average corporate income tax rate was thus 24% due to a
lower tax rate on the capital gain from the sale of the stake in Klépierre. Excluding this effect, the
average rate was 30.9%.
Adjusted for the exceptional items, net income amounted to 2,038 million euros, down 22.1%
compared to the first quarter 2011.
This good performance and the Group’s rapid implementation of its adaptation plan helped further
strengthen solvency with a common equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel 2.5 (CRD 3) of 10.4% (+80bp
compared to 31 December 2011).
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