Bank of Ireland (IRE)
Q2 2012 (Interim) Earnings Call
August 10, 2012 4:00 AM ET
Richie Boucher – Group Chief Executive
Andrew Keating – CFO
Eamonn Hughes – Goodbody
Gérard Moore – Merrion Capital
David Lock – Deutsche Bank
Vincent Hung – Autonomous Research
Hi. Good morning, everyone. Welcome to our Interim Results Presentation for the Six Months to June 30, 2012. And we’d like to thank you for joining us here in Dublin and for those who are joining us by way of the conference call and webcast. I’d like to do a short presentation, following which then our CFO, Andrew Keating, will do more a detailed run-through of the numbers, and then we’ll move to a Q&A session.
So, the operating environment in the first half of 2012 has been characterized by considerable uncertainties in the Eurozone and very low official interest rates. While there the Irish economy has return to growth driven by the export sector, demand in the domestic economy has been sluggish. The external environment and interest rate environment remains challenging. However, Ireland is achieving considerable progress in the adjustments in the industry to realign the Irish economy with sustainable economic recovery. Ireland continues to meet its commitments on the EU/IMF Programme of Support. And in July, we turned to international bond market. The regulatory environment is also subject to a broad range of changes from both domestic and international regulators.
Against this backdrop, we continue to make progress in strengthening the group’s balance sheet with robust core Tier 1 capital ratios and improving liquidity ratios. We exceeded our asset disposal target of €10 billion ahead of schedule and well within the discounts assumed as part of the 2011 pre-call. In addition, redemptions and repayments remain in line with the expectations. As a result, our loan-to-deposit ratio has further improved to 136%.