The Board of Directors of BNP Paribas met on 4 November 2009. The meeting was chaired by Michel Pébereau and the Board examined the Group’s results for the third quarter and the first nine months of the year.
NET PROFITS OF 1.3 BILLION EUROS CONFIRMING A ROBUST PROFIT GENERATION CAPACITY
In an environment characterised by an economic cycle still in a downturn but capital markets that are returning to normal, BNP Paribas Group again performed very well this quarter: it generated net profits (attributable to shareholders) of 1,305 million euros (of which 277 million euros by BNP Paribas Fortis), up 44.8% compared to the third quarter 2008.
In its new scope, the Group generated revenues of 10,663 million euros, up 40.0% compared to the third quarter 2008 (including a 308 million euros negative impact from its own debt revaluation compared to a 123 million euro positive impact in the third quarter 2008). Operating expenses, at 6,037 million euros, were up 30.2% and gross operating income, at 4,626 million euros, grew 55.3%. This solid operating performance combined with a limited rise in the cost of risk (+15.5%), at 2,300 million euros, enabled the Group to generate 2,326 million euros in operating income, more than twice the amount of the third quarter 2008, which was marked by the failure of Lehman Brothers.
For the first nine months of 2009, the Group’s revenues totalled 30,133 million euros (+33.8% compared to the first nine months of 2008) and the net income attributable to equity holders was 4,467 million euros, up 1.8% compared to the same period a year earlier despite a doubling of the cost of risk.
Earnings per ordinary share was 3.8 euros. The annualised return on equity was 11.0% compared to 13.1% for the first nine months of 2008.
VERY SOLID OPERATING PERFORMANCE
Again this quarter, all the Group’s divisions continued their business development and made a positive contribution to the Group’s results.