press releases https://www.rabobank.com/Corporate/en/press/rss.html press releases en <![CDATA[Rabobank Posts Net Result of EUR 227 million for First Half-Year 2020]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200813-rabobank-posts-net-result-of-eur-227-million-for-first-half-year-2020.html?utm_medium=RSS In the first half of 2020 COVID-19 had a major impact on Rabobank and its customers. Rabobank maintains a strong capital and liquidity position and posted a net result of EUR 227 million.

‘Never before have we faced such rapidly changing circumstances as in this first half-year, due to COVID-19. Its impact has been enormous. First and foremost, it caused a health crisis and massive suffering across the world. It also hit the economy hard. Our customers and all our employees have been affected by multiple aspects of the corona virus, sometimes facing profound and far-reaching impacts. Moreover, the pandemic is not over yet.

As a result of consistent execution of our strategy, our bank was in a strong position when the outbreak started. Our strong buffers will help us through this difficult period and enable us to support our customers and the economy. We were quickly able to adapt to the new reality and continued delivering mainly digital services to our customers. We provided temporary financial relief to around 80,000 customers (7,500 private customers and 72,500 business clients).

Central banks have been taking several measures to support the economy as well. The purpose of these measures is to fund households, SME’s and corporate customers in need of extra liquidity. In March 2020 the European Central Bank (ECB) issued a recommendation to banks not to pay dividends until at least 1 October, 2020. The ECB published an updated recommendation on 28 July, 2020 extending this period to 1 January, 2021. Rabobank is adhering to both recommendations, which means that we will not pay any cash distributions on the Rabobank Certificates during the full year 2020. The updated recommendation itself does not preclude Rabobank from making a distribution in the form of Rabobank Certificates. We will carefully and in our full discretion assess such form of distributions. We want to emphasize that we remain committed to our longstanding relationship with both retail and institutional investors.

We saw an increased use of digital services by our customers. We were able to quickly deploy our online credit platform to ensure a rapid automated response to requests for payment holidays from SME’s. And online mortgage consultations became the norm within weeks. Another initiative was to support local food producers by setting up short food supply chains. Our worldwide sustainability efforts were recognized by Sustainalytics who once again rated Rabobank number one among a group of 374 diversified banks.

Working from home has become the new normal. Our employees have adapted to online meetings and events as part of everyday working life. COVID-19 has taught us that the 'old normal' of going to work and back home all at the same time in a full train or stuck in traffic was not that normal at all. We thank all of our employees for their boundless efforts and flexibility in the face of all the challenges that COVID-19 presented to each and every one of us.’

Net result for the first half-year 2020 was EUR 227 million. This lower result compared to the same period in 2019 can be primarily attributed to the impact of COVID-19. The persistent low interest rate environment also played a role. The effects of COVID-19 are reflected in the significantly higher loan impairment charges which have increased to EUR 1,442 (H1 2019: 440) million, equivalent to 69 (H1 2019: 23) basis points of the average loan portfolio. Income was down due to lower economic activity and negative asset revaluations driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Operating costs continued the downward trend, thanks in part to the deconsolidation of RNA in the U.S. in 2019. The cost/income ratio rose to 65.3%.

The loan portfolio remained relatively stable at EUR 415.4 billion. As a result of our strategic focus the Food&Agri loan portfolio grew by EUR 1.1 billion to EUR 108.3 billion. Rabobank remains the mortgage market leader in the Netherlands with a market share of 22%. 

Deposits from retail and wholesale customers rose by EUR 23.0 billion (+ 8%) in the first half of 2020. This is in line with the general trend in the Dutch savings market related to the impact of COVID-19 and includes the seasonal impact of holiday allowances.

Rabobank’s capital position remains robust and the common equity tier 1 (CET 1) ratio increased to 16.6%, which is well above the supervisory requirement and exceeds the ambition of at least 14%. In turbulent times, Rabobank demonstrated yet again its ongoing strong access to funding and capital by issuing a number of transactions in different formats and currencies. The return on equity amounted to 1.1% (5.9% in H1 2019).

Looking ahead to the second half of 2020 Draijer says: ‘The coming period will be marked by uncertainty: it is still not clear how the pandemic will develop, how long it will last, or what measures will be needed to bring the virus under control. In line with our mission Growing a better world together we will keep on helping our customers to weather this crisis. However, even the generous government support measures and our own initiatives will not be enough for everyone. We will see the impact of COVID-19 reflected in our full-year results for 2020 and we will remain focused on our costs.

We will continue to give top priority to our role as gatekeeper of the financial system. A great milestone was the establishment of Transaction Monitoring Netherlands (TMNL). Together with other Dutch banks we will join efforts against financial crime, on top of our own transaction monitoring initiatives. We are also continuing our collaboration within the Public Private Partnerships around themes such as Trade Based Money Laundering.

We will stay keenly focused on working towards a robust and future-proof KYC-structure and organization. The DNB evaluation regarding Rabobank’s compliance with the terms of the DNB’s injunction on this topic is ongoing. The timing of completion of DNB’s investigation and the final outcome are currently uncertain.

We will further strengthen the core of our banking business, guided by our clear mission and strategic agenda. As a cooperative bank we continue to offer our customers services that contribute to global transitions ’.

Published: August 13 2020, 07:30 CET

Elements of this press release are considered by Rabobank as inside information relating directly or indirectly to Rabobank within the meaning of article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU Regulation 596/2014) that is made public in accordance with article 17 Market Abuse Regulation.

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Press release Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:30:00 GMT 267855
<![CDATA[Publication Interim Results on August 13, 2020]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200805-publication-interim-results-on-august-13-2020.html?utm_medium=RSS Rabobank presents the Interim Results on Thursday August 13, 2020. The press release, Interim Results and infographic will be published at 7.30 AM CET.

Wiebe Draijer and Bas Brouwers will present interim results 2020 in a webinar for the press at 9.00 AM CET. Rabobank will host a webinar for analysts and institutional investors at 2.00 PM CET. This event will be conducted in English.

The press webinar will be made available at Rabobank.com as of 12.00 PM CET. The analyst webinar, including the presentation slides, will be made available at Rabobank.com at 3.30 PM CET. The presentation slides will already be available at 9.00 AM CET.

Published: August 5 2020, 9:00 CET

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Press release Wed, 05 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT 267397
<![CDATA[FAO and Rabobank’s new partnership focuses on helping make food systems more sustainable, including through innovative investments]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200706-fao-and-rabobanks-new-partnership-focuses-on-helping-make-food-systems-more-sustainable-including-through-innovative-investments.html?utm_medium=RSS Joint projects aim to lower greenhouse gas emissions, improve land and water use, and empower smallholder farmers to reduce food losses and address the challenges of climate change

Rabobank has signed a new partnership agreement with The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with the intention of helping targeted rural communities benefit from more inclusive, sustainable food systems. It also envisages jointly exploring the use of innovative financial instruments to bridge financing gaps in emerging markets and to promote sustainability in food systems investments.

FAO and Rabobank will work with key food and agriculture sectors on a series of projects designed to help lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve land and water use, and empower smallholder farmers to address the challenges of climate change and reduction of food losses. Special attention will be paid in ensuring the inclusion of poor, vulnerable and marginalized groups, including women and youth.

The collaboration will begin with a review of the dairy sector in two pilot countries, India and Kenya, with a view to reducing food losses in the sector and promoting a transition to more sustainable food systems. The dairy sector has an important role to play in food systems transformation, as it contributes to food security and nutrition and provides livelihoods for a number of actors along the food value chain. Though dairy production also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, it holds huge potential for improvement.

The projects undertaken in the context of the partnership will support FAO’s Hand-in-Hand initiative, which matches donors and recipients to support tailor-made, country-led efforts to assist the most vulnerable populations. The private sector is a key partner in the initiative, and Rabobank, as a global leader in food and agriculture financing and sustainability-oriented banking, is well-placed to assist in designing such interventions.

“The new partnership between FAO and Rabobank will serve to support our work to transform food systems so that they can become more inclusive and sustainable, especially within the context of the COVID-19 response and the need to build back, better. In particular it will focus on improved land and water use, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and food loss while increasing the resilience of farmers and small-scale businesses,” said FAO Director-General QU Dongyu. “I also wish to thank Rabobank’s support to FAO’s Hand-In-Hand Initiative which aims, through specific country-led interventions, to assist the most vulnerable populations,” he added.

COVID-19 has shown us that our food systems need a ‘new normal’,” said Berry Marttin, Board Member of Rabobank. “We need to identify and analyze finance gaps and debate short and long supply chains. We must focus on innovative ways to reward sustainability investments, such as implementing ‘nature costing’, a pricing structure that reflects food’s environmental impact. Rabobank is the leading bank in food and agriculture, but also a cooperative bank. We believe in working together. By partnering with FAO, we can mobilize our complementary expertise and networks to contribute to real food system transformations.”

The partnership will also map agricultural supply chains to identify opportunities for green finance hotspots in emerging markets, and explore the possibility of environmental or climate finance programming incentives that reward farmers and small agribusinesses for adopting GHG emission reduction technologies and practices.

Through its work, FAO advocates for sustainable food systems that ensure food security and nutrition for all without compromising the economic, social and environmental conditions which are necessary to generate food security and nutrition for future generations. Food systems both contribute to and are affected by extreme weather events as associated with climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss, so any response to these challenges requires a systems-based approach that addresses the range and complexities in a holistic manner.

FAO has previously collaborated successfully with the Rabobank Foundation, a corporate foundation funded by the bank, on projects aimed at improving the incomes of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania through better access to financial tools and investments.

Published: July 6st 2020, 10:30 CET

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Press release Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:30:00 GMT 267277
<![CDATA[Rabo Frontier Ventures partners with HV Holtzbrinck Ventures]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200701-rabo-frontier-ventures-partners-with-hv-holtzbrinck-ventures.html?utm_medium=RSS

Rabo Frontier Ventures (“RFV”)”, a €150 million investment fund of Rabobank, focusing globally on innovative Fintech and Agtech companies, has entered into a partnership with HV Holtzbrinck Ventures (“HV”) through a commitment to their new fund (HV VIII). HV is the leading German venture firm, backing companies early on from their inception through their entire lifetime, with amounts of up to €50 million per company. This positioning is unique in the ecosystem, with very high added value for entrepreneurs.

Due to its entrepreneurial spirit and its ability to build digital companies of global scale RFV considers HV to be the perfect partner for seed and early stage ventures in the DACH region. RFV will work together with HV in order to identify interesting technology companies that are disrupting or influencing the current business of Rabobank.

The new fund is currently being raised and will be invested from the fourth quarter 2020 onwards. HV VIII will serve as an all stage venture capital fund supporting exceptional founders in building leading digital companies. HV remains an early risk taker, backing entrepreneurs from seed stage and providing large follow-on investment amounts for the best performing assets. In addition, a new growth strategy will be introduced within the fund, to deploy a first HV ticket even at later stages of the development of a company.

“Having been around for more than two decades HV is one of the most experienced and longest established VC’s with strong traction in Europe. Over the years they have created a very strong brand name and it goes without saying that it’s a great opportunity to partner with the team. Even though it’s a very challenging environment HV has all the capability and track record to deliver again on their promise. From our focus on fintech and keeping an eye on developments in adjacent markets it’s great to add HV to our fund of fund portfolio.” said Jeroen van Doornik, managing partner at RFV.

For more than twenty years, HV has partnered with founders to support them building flagship companies, driving digital tech-innovation in the field of B2B and B2C. HV has become the leading investor in Germany and is amongst the top 5 most prominent investors in Europe by means of size, deal experience, relevance, reputation and financial achievements in its market. HV always aims to connect with entrepreneurs early on. Throughout all fund generations, HV supported them to scale companies to some of today's fastest growing European companies that have an aggregated market capitalization of around €50 billion.

RFV is a €150 million investment fund of Rabobank, focusing globally on innovative Fintech and Agtech companies. RFV aims to invest directly in the early growth stage (series B) of companies that are disrupting or influencing the current business of Rabobank and indirect in leading general tech funds such as Holtzbrinck, Northzone, Speedinvest and Valar Ventures.

HV Holtzbrinck Ventures has invested in internet and technology companies since 2000. HV is one of the most successful and financially strongest early-stage and growth investors in Europe. More than €1 billion have been raised in multiple generations of funds. HV’s consistent approach to seek market leaders in the European tech ecosystem has resulted in more than 185 investments, including success stories such as Zalando, Delivery Hero, FlixMobility, SumUp and Scalable Capital. HV supports start-ups with capital between €500.000 and €50 million. This makes HV one of the few venture capitalists in Europe that can finance start-ups through all growth phases.

Published: July 1st 2020, 14:00 CET

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Press release Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:00:00 GMT 267221
<![CDATA[Rabobank maintains number one position among diversified banks according to Sustainalytics]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200701-rabobank-maintains-number-one-position-among-diversified-banks-according-to-sustainalytics.html?utm_medium=RSS Sustainalytics, a leading global ESG research and ratings provider, has assigned an Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Risk Rating to Rabobank. In line with their methodology for rating the sustainable performance of Diversified Banks, Rabobank is ranked first out of 374 companies in the subindustry for a second consecutive year.

Sustainalytics is the global leader in sustainability research and ratings for institutional investors. Rabobank was assessed as having negligible risk across several ESG issues material to banks including ESG integration in corporate finance and responsible product offering. The assessment takes into account both the content of the company’s sustainability policy and how Rabobank applies it in practice in its services and approach to risk. Financial inclusion is also measured, such as initiatives to promote access to financial services for disadvantaged people. Rabobank also received full points on anti-discrimination and diversity practices.  Among Sustainalytics’s entire ESG assessment universe of more than 12,000 companies, across multiple sectors, Rabobank stands at number 58 as the highest scoring diversified bank.

Bas Rüter, Global Head of Sustainability: “The Sustainalytics assessment takes into account both the content of the sustainability policy and how the bank applies it in practice in its services and approach to risk. This result affirms not only our sustainability ambitions with Growing a Better World Together; it also shows that we really deliver on promises as a sustainable, cooperative bank. Basically, we put our money where our mouth is."

Rabobank will continue to work on sustainability topics, collaborating with Sustainalytics as an important benchmark and standard setting body.

Rabobanks’ ESG Risk Rating assigned by Sustainalytics, is in line with public perception about Rabobank’s performance. In the annual Sustainable Brand Index awards this May Dutch consumers voted Rabobank the “” in the category of Banking.

Published: July 1st 2020, 13:00 CET

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Press release Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:00:00 GMT 267191
<![CDATA[Rabobank, Vestas and Windpark Zeewolde partner up to build Netherland’s largest onshore wind project]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200625-rabobank-vestas-and-windpark-zeewolde-partner-up-to-build-netherlands-largest-onshore-wind-project.html?utm_medium=RSS Windpark Zeewolde B.V., Vestas and Rabobank have closed contracts for turbines and financing for the Windpark Zeewolde project in the Netherlands.

Windpark Zeewolde B.V., a unique collaboration of more than 200 local farmers, residents and entrepreneurs of the Netherlands, has placed an order for 83 Vestas wind energy turbines totaling 322 MW for the wind project Zeewolde. The project is in the outskirts of Zeewolde, close to the IJsselmeer, on an area that covers over 300 square kilometers.

The wind park currently consists of more than 200 turbines which will be replaced by new Vestas turbines that will generate almost three times more energy with less the half the number of turbines, demonstrating the large potential in replacing older turbines with new and more efficient variants.

The financing of the windfarm will be arranged by Rabobank. Rabobank will provide both the junior debt and a senior debt (approx. EUR 500m) for the construction of the project. Rabobank was keen to support the financing of this project, due to its cooperative structure comprising of a large client base of the bank in addition to supporting the energy transition.

Vestas has developed a customised solution that comprises a mix of turbine variants from the 2 MW and 4 MW platforms and a 20-year Active Output Management (AOM 5000) contract, capable of maximising the annual energy production while meeting local restrictions.

"We are convinced that we have signed strong partners with Vestas and Rabobank with whom we can now realize the windfarm construction quickly and efficiently," says Sjoerd Sieburgh Sjoerdsma, Managing Director Windpark Zeewolde BV. “In October 2019 we already started with the construction of the substation and the wind farm infrastructure. This was based on the financing from our community showing the confidence and entrepreneurial spirit of our community. Now, with Vestas and Rabobank we can start the construction of the turbines”.

“I’m excited that our new customer Windpark Zeewolde B.V., chose Vestas as partner for such a unique wind energy project in my home country. It marks a great step for the renewable power supply of the region, and we are looking forward to, together with our partners, repower Europe’s largest community owned wind farm that is also Netherlands’ largest onshore wind project”, says Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe. “Leveraging customised wind energy solutions with lowest levelized cost of energy, this repowering project, for which more than 90% of the community living nearby has united as shareholders for, will almost triple the annual energy production.”

Rabobank was represented by Pieter Plantinga, Executive Director Project Finance during the process. He adds: “Watching tv, illuminating our houses, and nowadays working online from home: all available by the push of a button. Rabobank wants to ensure that when we press it, the consumed energy originates from renewable sources as much as possible. For that, we as a cooperative bank are willing to take financial risks if needed. Financing a wind farm of this magnitude requires months of effort from everyone involved. But it’s worth it, because this is a crucial step in achieving the goals of the Dutch Climate Agreement. Enabling the local community to profit from the revenues of park Zeewolde is a big plus and suits us as a cooperative bank.”

The deliveries of the wind turbines are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021. The entire park will be completed in 2022, and it will be the largest onshore wind farm in the Netherlands and the largest community-owned windfarm in Europe.

Once repowered, the Zeewolde wind project will generate electricity for more than 250.000 local households.

Published: June 25th 2020, 13:00 CET

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Press release Thu, 25 Jun 2020 15:00:00 GMT 267116
<![CDATA[Rabo Frontier Ventures and Ageras Group join forces through an investment and the acquisition of Tellow by Ageras]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200625-rabo-frontier-ventures-and-ageras-group-join-forces.html?utm_medium=RSS Rabo Frontier Ventures (“RFV”), the strategic investment fund of Rabobank, is investing in fast-growing online accounting and bookkeeping marketplace Ageras. Part of the deal, that is effectuated today, is the acquisition of Tellow by Ageras Group as part of its international expansion plans. Together, Rabobank and Ageras will further explore possibilities of jointly developing accounting and financial services for SME’s.

”It’s great to have witnessed the Tellow journey from corporate project to more independency and now successfully being acquired by a much larger group, Ageras”. says Jeroen van Doornik, managing partner of Rabo Frontier Ventures who will join the board of Ageras Group. “Based on the new foundations we believe the group, including Tellow, is well positioned to continue the growth and further strengthen its market share. Therefore we have also invested in Ageras as from our point of view Ageras and its majority shareholder Investcorp have the right approach in this segment of the market.”

Rico Andersen, founder and CEO of Ageras Group: “Ageras Group will continue to invest in Tellow in order to create a combined ecosystem which can deliver 360 degree accounting services for small and medium-sized companies in the Netherlands”. By expanding our ecosystem to new countries, where we supplement the Ageras marketplace with accounting software, we are expanding the concept of Ageras by giving business owners more than just the service of an accountant. Our customers like our ecosystem in Denmark because we can serve them throughout their entire life cycle. Now we expand this service to the Netherlands.”.

Rabobank: partner in the journey to come

Gilbert Kamieniecky, Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Technology at Investcorp and majority shareholder of Ageras Group sees the collaboration with the major European bank Rabobank as an important milestone for Ageras on their international growth-journey. Since Ageras Group is preparing to offer small and medium-sized companies financial services such as integrated banking, credit cards, business accounts, financing, and more.

“We have a clear ambition of being the technical front-runners in our market, which can help the accounting and financial services sectors by automating time-consuming and manual tasks. Rabobank is a key player in this field which - due to their insights and expertise - connects directly to the fintech part of our business model. This makes Rabobank and the team of Rabo Frontier Ventures a very exciting partner”, Gilbert Kamieniecky adds.


Published: June 25th 2020, 11:00 CET

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Press release Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:11:52 GMT 267118
<![CDATA[Agrocorp receives USD 50mln sustainable borrowing base facility from FMO and Rabobank to enhance food supply chains in developing markets]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200602-agrocorp-receives-usd-50mln-sustainable-borrowing-base-facility-from-fmo-and-rabobank.html?utm_medium=RSS

Singapore, June 2, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged food supply chains globally and especially in developing markets in Asia, the Middle East and Africa where lockdown measures have led to reduced food production and rising prices. In order to ensure a continuous flow of food from farmers to end-consumers, the role of the commodity merchants has become more important than ever. One such merchant is Agrocorp International, and in order to increase their ability to service these markets, FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, and Rabobank have signed a USD 50 million committed sustainable borrowing base facility.

Agrocorp is a global supply chain company specialized in various agricultural commodities such as pulses, wheat, rice, oilseeds, sugar, and edible nuts that is headquartered in Singapore. The company has operations in over 20 countries. In 2019 the company moved more than 12 million tons of goods between cultivation centres such as Australia, Canada, USA, Ukraine, Myanmar and West Africa, primarily into population rich consumption centres in Asia and the Middle East such as Bangladesh, India, China, Turkey, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Crucial part in food supply chain

During these unprecedented volatile times, Agrocorp plays a crucial part in the food supply chain, by ensuring food security especially in South and South-East Asia. Over the past month, the company has increased its efforts to execute business via blockchain solutions that digitised trade documents, hence ensuring intercontinental agricultural trade could take place with flights and courier services upended.

The new loan by FMO and Rabobank is Agrocorp’s first borrowing base facility. The facility is split into 2 equal tranches with FMO covering prepayments and inventory and Rabobank financing receivables. Rabobank will also take on the role of the facility agent. As part of the facility, Agrocorp will be working with a consultancy firm, Earth Systems, to set and monitor sustainability targets and reporting requirements. Agrocorp will also be working with FMO to establish farmer training programs in markets such as Myanmar where it has a strong presence.

Vijay Iyengar Agrocorp’s Chairman and Managing Director, commented: ‘We are happy to have finalised this facility with FMO and Rabobank and are confident that this will be an important stepping stone to further growth and cooperation. It is especially commendable that this facility was closed during these turbulent times and we are grateful for the trust that both Rabobank and FMO have placed in us. We are also excited about the sustainability covenants and are well placed to meet them, not just for the lending part of the facility, but more so because sustainability is an important focus area for the company.

Linda Broekhuizen, Chief Investment Officer at FMO said: “Agrocorp is a natural partner for FMO due to its strong and growing presence in fast developing economies like India, Myanmar, Turkey and Bangladesh. Sustainability is also a priority for the company given its market leadership positions in pulses and plant proteins, the consumption of both of which is seen as an important gateway towards a more environmentally friendly food system."

Harjan Kuiper, CEO of Rabobank Singapore, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Agrocorp and FMO, both highly reputable firms. This new working capital facility will enable the client to implement a more sustainable food supply chain in emerging countries. Even more so in times like these, where food supply chains are challenged, access to capital is critical. As the premier global Food & Agri bank, this facility fits perfectly with our cooperative mission of ‘growing a better world together.’ Our knowledge, network and financial product offerings enables us to further encourage our clients to implement a more sustainable food supply chain.”

Published: June 2nd 2020, 12:00 CET

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Press release Tue, 02 Jun 2020 11:41:32 GMT 266634
<![CDATA[Rabobank provides an update on COVID-19 impact]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200520-rabobank-provides-an-update-on-covid-19-impact.html?utm_medium=RSS Today Rabobank provides an update on the expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the bank and its customers. The update should not be considered as a quarterly update on Rabobank’s financial results. As usual, Rabobank will report on its financial position and results semi-annually.

Wiebe Draijer, chairman of the Managing Board: ‘COVID-19 is not only having a major impact on people’s health, it is also hitting the (global) economy hard. That includes our customers and ourselves. With our solid capital and liquidity position, our strong strategic focus and our cooperative roots, Rabobank is well positioned to support customers and employees wherever possible in the crisis.’

Bas Brouwers, CFO of Rabobank adds: ‘The bank has robust buffers to absorb the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the present macroeconomic situation and the uncertain outlook will lead to a sharp increase of our loan impairment charges. Based on our own macroeconomic scenario dated 9 April, for the year 2020 we anticipate these to amount to approx. EUR 2 billion, which is in the upper range of twice the through-the-cycle level. Downward revision of this scenario could negatively impact these expectations. The higher loan impairment charges taken together with the expected lower income (due amongst other things to the persistent low interest rate environment) will have a significant impact on net profit for 2020.’

For more information, please find here the Investor Relations presentation.

Elements of this press release are considered by Rabobank as inside information relating directly or indirectly to Rabobank within the meaning of article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU Regulation 596/2014) that is made public in accordance with article 17 Market Abuse Regulation.

Published: May 20th 2020, 07:30 CET

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Press release Wed, 20 May 2020 07:30:00 GMT 266433
<![CDATA[Tuinders: kansen voor verduurzaming in chemie, verpakkingen en energie]]> https://www.rabobank.com?utm_medium=RSS De belangrijkste drie aandachtsgebieden voor verduurzaming in de tuinbouw zijn volgens ondernemers in de sector gelegen in chemie, verpakkingen en energie. Meer dan 60% van de respondenten noemde deze thema’s blijkt uit onderzoek van Rabobank onder 227 ondernemers in de sierteelt en groente- en fruitketen.

Sectoranalisten van de bank legden aan de tuinders voor welke aspecten met betrekking tot mens en milieu zij als belangrijkste uitdagingen zien in de komende jaren. Vijf aspecten worden door meer dan de helft van alle respondenten genoemd: chemie, verpakkingen, energie, water en verlies/verspilling. Opvallend verschil is dat ondernemers in groente en fruit veel vaker de thematiek watergebruik noemen (bijna 70%) waar dat aspect in de sierteelt bijna niet genoemd wordt. In iets mindere mate geldt dit verschil voor verlies/verspilling: 60% (groente en fruit) en 35% (sierteelt). In de sierteelt wordt meer nadruk gelegd op gebruik van chemicaliën (90%) en bodemgezondheid (45%).

“Telers kunnen door hun teeltwijze, en door afstemming in de keten veel doen om gebruik van chemie, energie, water, verspilling en verpakkingsmateriaal te verminderen,” stelt Cindy van Rijswick, analist Groente en Fruit bij Rabobank. “Oplossingen en innovaties uit de biologie en technologie helpen daarbij. Er zijn nu al opties voorhanden in verbeterd uitgangsmateriaal, biologische gewasbescherming en bemesting en hernieuwbare energiebronnen zoals geothermie en restwarmte.”

Rabobank is betrokken bij diverse projecten waarbij CO2-voetafdruk-tools ontwikkeld worden, vertelt Rabobanks sectorspecialist tuinbouw Arne Bac, bijvoorbeeld voor de hardfruitsector. “Zo’n tool gaf Kwekerij Reijm uit Nieuwerkerk inzichten om hun uitgangsmateriaal voor de teelt van kamerplanten niet meer per vliegtuig, maar per schip uit Zuid-Amerika naar Nederland te vervoeren. Het had niet alleen een forse verlaging van de CO2-uitstoot als gevolg, maar ook als bijkomend voordeel een verkorting van de teeltduur in Nederland.”

Ook een factor is het feit dat de wereldwijde markt voor groene financieringen in minder dan vijf jaar is vertienvoudigd. Door te investeren in ‘groene’ projecten, en duurzaamheidscriteria mee te laten wegen bij het verstrekken van financieringen, spelen banken een belangrijke rol bij verduurzaming. Rabobank heeft duurzaamheid onderdeel gemaakt van het kredietbeleid omdat dit belangrijk is voor het bestaansrecht van bedrijven op de lange termijn.

Met de duurzaamheidsmatrix gaan we het gesprek over duurzaamheid aan met onze klanten en stellen we vast waar de klant op dat moment staat. Met deze matrix willen we onze klanten stimuleren om duurzame keuzes te maken. Bedrijven die investeren in verduurzaming of als koploper worden aangemerkt, kunnen in aanmerking komen voor gunstigere tarieven met bijvoorbeeld een Groenlening of een Impactlening. Klanten die echt achterblijven kunnen niet zomaar een aanvullend krediet krijgen, tenzij de investering leidt tot een betere duurzaamheidscategorie. De criteria in de duurzaamheidsmatrix veranderen mee met het voortschrijdend inzicht in de sector en de maatschappij. Hierdoor zijn we in staat met onze klant het goede gesprek te voeren over de onderwerpen van nu en de toekomst en wordt duurzaamheid dus heel concreet en dichtbij.

Gepubliceerd: 18 mei 2020, 09:00 CET

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Press release Mon, 18 May 2020 09:00:00 GMT 266394
<![CDATA[Sustainable Brand Index: Rabobank takes top spot among Dutch banks]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200512-sustainable-brand-index-rabobank-most-sustainable-bank-in-the-netherlands.html?utm_medium=RSS Consumers have voted Rabobank as the most sustainable bank in the Netherlands. The Sustainable Brand Index, Europe’s largest sustainability brand survey, made the announcement on Tuesday, May 12.

According to the Sustainable Brand Index (SBI), Rabobank’s top performance is notable because consumers have rated Rabobank as more sustainable than the “green” banks in the Netherlands. “We are grateful to be recognized for the efforts we make together with our members and customers as a sustainable, cooperative bank,” says Bas Rüter, Rabobank’s Sustainability Director. “In recent years we have focused on embedding sustainability throughout our organization. We meet our customers where they are and help them to make their homes, businesses or investment portfolios more sustainable, step by step.”

Rüter: “Sustainability is staying on the agenda. We use our knowledge, networks and financial solutions to influence important goals such as energy and food transitions. We’re working together towards the Paris climate goals, and also working on making the global food system more sustainable. This is in line with our position as a sustainable, cooperative bank and our mission ‘Growing a better world together.’”

SBI Country Director Annemarije Tillema: “Through the Sustainable Brand Index, we want to increase the importance of a sound sustainability policy and make it transparent towards end users and consumers. We also believe that this current crisis offers opportunities in many sectors that can accelerate systemic changes towards more sustainability and circularity.”

The Sustainable Brand Index was released for the 10th time this year and 58,000 consumers participated. The survey took place for the fourth time in the Netherlands and over 7,700 consumers were asked to rate well-known brands for sustainability. In total, 175 brands from 14 sectors in the Netherlands were assessed on the basis of the UN’s global goals for sustainable development.

Tony’s Chocolonely has been voted the most sustainable brand in the Netherlands overall. In addition, winners per industry were also announced: IKEA (Retail), Albert Heijn (Supermarkets), Greenchoice (Energy), ANWB (Mobility), Tesla (Automotive), Landal Greenparks (Travel & Leisure), Tony’s Chocolonely (Food), KPN (Telecom) and Rabobank (Banks).

The aim of the Sustainable Brand Index is to emphasize the value of sustainability to consumers and to create awareness, so that consumers can make better and more responsible choices in everyday life. The respondents consist of a nationally representative sample of the Dutch population. Brands are selected based on a series of independent parameters, namely: market share, turnover and general brand awareness.

Find more information about sustainability at Rabobank: https://www.rabobank.com/en/about-rabobank/in-society/sustainability/index.html

Learn more about the Sustainable Brand Index: https://www.sb-index.com/

Published: May 12th 2020, 12:00 CET

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Press release Tue, 12 May 2020 12:00:00 GMT 266344
<![CDATA[Global agriculture supply chain partners make cross-continent commodity trade transaction via blockchain]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200413-global-agriculture-supply-chain-partners-make-cross-continent-commodity-trade-transaction-via-blockchain.html?utm_medium=RSS


This is a joint press release, made by dltledgers, Cargill and Agrocorp

Cargill and Agrocorp, in partnership with Rabobank and other logistics partners, have completed a cross-continent commodity trade transaction of wheat from North America to Southeast Asia on a blockchain platform provided by Singapore-based dltledgers. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the transaction demonstrates the power of partnerships to help ensure the global agriculture supply chain delivers food to where it’s needed in a time of uncertainty.

The shipment, valued at $12 million and settled on 1 April 2020 from North America to Indonesia, occurred with six trading partners participating on a common blockchain platform. Both the platform and the transaction represent a big win for both the blockchain and commodity trading industries.

Partners included Cargill, Rabobank North America, Rabobank Singapore, ship owner Amarante, shipping agent Transmarine, and agri-commodity trader Agrocorp International. The dltledgers blockchain solution is built on the open-source Hyperledger Fabric platform.

The blockchain platform provides a repeatable framework for end-to-end digital trade executions, digitalizing the document and trade execution process. The trade took a total of just five days to settle, whereas traditional trading processes can take up to a month. The platform created a shared, immutable record of the transaction – a single source of truth for all parties.

Cross-border commodity trading is one of the most promising sectors for blockchain, which allows for real-time monitoring by multiple parties, dispenses with concerns about data ownership, and simplifies the exchange of documents in a digital, secure and decentralized manner. The solution is a key way to continue operations within the global constraints of the pandemic.

“We are constantly seeking ways to work with our partners to help make food and agricultural supply chains more inclusive and respond to demands,” said Jennifer Davidson, trade execution lead, Cargill. “We see this transaction as the latest example of how working together and using technology to solve challenges can improve trade, as well as traceability, food safety, nutrition and more.”

“It’s our mission to digitize trade finance operations,” said Rabobank’s key facilitators, Mario Cortinhal in North America and Olivier De Jong in Singapore. “Consensus-driven smart contracts in this deal minimized our time spent on processing documents by more than half. Riding on the success of this test-case, Rabobank is excited to advance the $10 trillion trade-finance industry.”

“We have been engaging in digital trade execution using blockchain for over 18 months now and have been able to increase efficiency internally and externally”, said Abhinav Vijay, Sustainability Manager, Agrocorp International. In addition, it is great to partner with Cargill to drive the commodities industry forward. Considering the current world climate and the logistical challenges to move physical documents around the globe, this is just a start and we hope to execute more trades via the platform in the near future".

“Working with Cargill, Agrocorp and Rabobank to facilitate this deal on our platform has proven our blockchain solution’s ability to go mainstream,” said Samir Neji, CEO, dltledgers. “Our ready-to-use, plug-and-play modules make it relatively straightforward to set up and to implement blockchain throughout a supply chain or cross-border trade flow. We’re extremely excited about the increasing levels of adoption we’re witnessing. I believe we and our platform participants are well positioned to benefit as commodity trade continues to digitize, and blockchain adoption proliferates.”

“What’s interesting here is that each transaction can include multiple unconnected counterparties, represent tens of millions of dollars, and involve the registration of hundreds of different data points into the platform,” said Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Hyperledger Consortium. “The numbers are truly impressive, but what’s more remarkable is that this is not a proof-of-concept, but real production use.”

Published: April 14th 2020, 09:30 CET

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Press release Tue, 14 Apr 2020 09:19:00 GMT 265913
<![CDATA[Mark Pensaert appointed to Rabobank Supervisory Board]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200409-benoeming-rvc.html?utm_medium=RSS The General Members Council of Rabobank has appointed Mark Pensaert to the Supervisory Board with effect from 8 April 2020.

Mark Pensaert

Mark Pensaert (1964) is a Belgian national. He obtained a Master’s in law from the University of Ghent and specialized in Corporate and Securities Law at Cambridge. He started his career at Lazard merchant banking in London. Over many years he gained extensive international experience in various roles in banking and insurance. He also worked as financial director of several family businesses in different sectors. Since May 2018 Mark Pensaert has held consultancy and supervisory positions by leading listed companies in Belgium and France. He is currently a supervisory board member of Agfa-Gevaert N.V. and Tikehau Capital Belgium S.A.
 
Chair of the Rabobank Supervisory Board, Ron Teerlink:“The Supervisory Board welcomes this appointment as a solid addition to our ranks. Mark Pensaert brings in-depth knowledge and executive experience in the financial sector and in capital markets. He combines an international profile with a sound understanding of the different perspectives in the Netherlands. He is a born leader with a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. Bringing these qualities to bear as a Supervisory Board member he will ask the right questions and challenge members of the Managing Board. We are looking forward to working with him.”

The other Supervisory Board members of Rabobank are: Ron Teerlink (chair), Marjan Trompetter (vice-chair), Annet Aris, Leo Degle, Petri Hofsté, Arian Kamp, Jan Nooitgedagt and Pascal Visée.

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Press release Thu, 09 Apr 2020 07:30:09 GMT 265865
<![CDATA[Banken nemen noodzakelijke veiligheidsmaatregel met sealbagautomaten]]> https://www.rabobank.com?utm_medium=RSS In aanvulling op de eerder genomen maatregelen tegen plofkraken op geldautomaten beperken de banken per direct de beschikbaarheid van zogeheten ‘sealbagautomaten’. Deze tijdelijke maatregel is noodzakelijk uit het oogpunt van veiligheid. Voor ondernemers blijven er mogelijkheden voor afstorting.

Sealbagautomaten zijn bestemd voor de geregelde afstort van geld door met name ondernemers. Afgelopen week hebben enkele plofkraken plaatsgevonden op sealbagautomaten. Hierbij zijn zware explosieven gebruikt, is veel schade veroorzaakt en zijn er tijdelijk woningen ontruimd. Om dit af te stoppen en herhaling te voorkomen en de veiligheid te bevorderen, vinden de banken en Geldmaat het noodzakelijk deze maatregel te nemen.

Plofkraken brengen grote risico’s mee voor de veiligheid. Sinds december afgelopen jaar passen banken en Geldmaat daarom nachtsluiting al toe op veruit de meeste geldautomaten in Nederland.

Eelco Dubbeling, directeur van de Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken: “We moeten een duidelijke grens trekken tegen deze extreme vorm van geweld. De veiligheid maakt deze nieuwe stap in de strijd tegen plofkraken noodzakelijk. We zetten criminelen hiermee de voet dwars en zetten ons er tegelijk voor in de hinder voor ondernemers zoveel mogelijk te beperken.”

In het belang van een veilige afstort van geld door ondernemers blijft een deel van het huidige aantal sealbagautomaten beschikbaar, op een redelijke wijze verspreid over het land. De openingstijden van deze sealbagautomaten (het tijdvak waarin geld kan worden gestort) zullen beperkt zijn van 6-18.30 uur. De overige automaten zijn leeggehaald en uitgezet. Ook de automaten die openblijven, worden dagelijks leeggehaald en uitgezet. Welke automaten beperkt beschikbaar blijven, wordt bekend gemaakt via de websites van de banken en Geldmaat. Eventueel kunnen ondernemers tijdens openingsuren van bankkantoren ook terecht bij een gewone afstortautomaat om cash geld te storten. Zij kunnen hierover informatie vinden op de website van de bank of contact opnemen met hun bank.

Banken adviseren ondernemers zoveel mogelijk betalingen via (contactloze) pinbetalingen of betaalverzoeken te ontvangen; ook dit draagt bij aan de veiligheid. Contant betalen blijft natuurlijk mogelijk.

Door de coronacrisis en de overheidsmaatregelen wordt op dit moment circa veertig procent minder gebruik gemaakt van de sealbagautomaten door ondernemers. Onder normale omstandigheden storten horecaondernemers vaak op een laat tijdstip hun omzet af. Als horecagelegenheden weer open mogen, zullen banken opnieuw kijken naar de beschikbare afstortmogelijkheden

Gepubliceerd: 7 april 2020, 12:00 CET

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Press release Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:00:00 GMT 265823
<![CDATA[Rabobank adheres to ECB’s recommendation to banks not to pay dividends during the COVID-19 pandemic until at least October 2020]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200329-dividend-corona.html?utm_medium=RSS Following recent ECB and DNB announcements Rabobank has decided not to make distributions on the Rabobank Certificates in March, June and September 2020. Herewith Rabobank adheres to the recommendation of the ECB not to pay dividends until at least October 2020.

On Friday 27 March the ECB adopted a recommendation on dividend distributions during the COVID-19 pandemic (ECB/2020/19). The ECB considers it essential that banks conserve capital to retain their capacity to support the economy in these uncertain times. The ECB therefore expects banks to refrain from dividend distributions for the financial years 2019 and 2020 until at least 1 October 2020 to ensure that banks retain their capacity to be able to support households, small businesses and corporates.

Following recent ECB and DNB announcements, Rabobank has decided to use its discretion not to pay any distributions on its CET1 instrument, the Rabobank Certificates, on the upcoming scheduled payment dates of 29 March, 29 June and 29 September 2020.

Bas Brouwers, Chief Financial Officer Rabobank: ‘As a cooperative bank we want to maximize our support to the real economy and help our clients through this crisis. It is our priority, together with the banking sector, government, supervisory institutions and other stakeholders, to support our clients, who are being hit so severely by the corona pandemic, by offering them several possibilities for temporary financial relief. As a cooperative bank we want and can be part of the solution and help our clients through this crisis’.

Rabobank is committed to its longstanding relationship with both retail and institutional investors and understands that the decision not to pay distributions will affect the direct return for investors on the Rabobank Certificates during this period until at least 1st October 2020.

Rabobank will closely monitor further updates and recommendations from the regulators, including the ECB’s announced evaluation of the economic situation and the possibility of dividend distributions after 1 October 2020. At such time Rabobank will determine in its full discretion the payments on the Rabobank Certificates, which could result in no, lower or higher payments being made.

For more information about the cooperative Rabobank (its capital position and governance) and the payment policy of the Rabobank Certificates, we refer to www.rabobank.com/ir.

For more information: 
Rabobank Press Office
+31 (0) 30 216 2758 of pressoffice@rabobank.nl

Elements of this press release are considered by Rabobank as inside information relating directly or indirectly to Rabobank within the meaning of article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU Regulation 596/2014) that is made public in accordance with article 17 Market Abuse Regulation.

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Press release Sun, 29 Mar 2020 21:09:28 GMT 265686
<![CDATA[Jan van Nieuwenhuizen to leave Rabobank]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200309-Jan-van-Nieuwenhuizen-to-leave-Rabobank.html?utm_medium=RSS Jan van Nieuwenhuizen will step down from the Managing Board of Rabobank this summer, ending a 35-year banking career. After working in the financial sector in the Netherlands, London and Frankfurt, he joined the Executive Board of Rabobank in March 2014 where he was responsible for the Dutch and international wholesale banking business and the commercial real estate division.

“The time has come to move on and explore how I can put my knowledge and insights to work in the next phase of my career. I look back on ten fine and intensive years at Rabobank which gave me the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to our mission of Growing a better world together,” says Jan van Nieuwenhuizen.

For Wiebe Draijer, chairman of Rabobank’s Managing Board, Van Nieuwenhuizen is a driven and dedicated banker. “We are sorry to see Jan go. He is a prudent banker and a fine person with a sound moral compass. I’m sure we will have the opportunity to work with Jan again in the future in a different context, not least because his personal mission and that of the cooperative Rabobank are so closely aligned.”

Ron Teerlink, chairman of Rabobank’s Supervisory Board: “We are grateful to Jan for his major contribution to making Rabobank what it is today. Jan is a competent and professional executive and we will truly miss him. His discretion and prudence as a banker have always been exemplary.”

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Press release Mon, 09 Mar 2020 17:59:14 GMT 265387
<![CDATA[Rabobank pays fine for old remuneration issue dating from 2014]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200213-rabobank-pays-fine-for-old-remuneration-issue-dating-from-2014.html?utm_medium=RSS Rabobank has been fined EUR 2 million by Dutch regulator DNB for incorrect application of European remuneration rules in its international business. The case occurred in 2014.

Wiebe Draijer, chairman of the Managing Board: ‘The fine relates to an old case dating from 2014. In that year we did not correctly apply European remuneration rules to a small group of employees in our international business. We accept the fine which DNB is now imposing. From 2015 these European remuneration rules have been correctly applied.’

Published: February 13th 2020, 09:45 CET

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Press release Thu, 13 Feb 2020 10:00:00 GMT 264953
<![CDATA[Rabobank posts EUR 2.2 billion net profit for 2019]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200213-rabobank-posts-euro-2-2-billion-net-profit-for-2019.html?utm_medium=RSS Rabobank is making progress on its strategic objectives despite challenging market conditions. In 2019, we posted a net profit of EUR 2.2 billion.

“2019 was a dynamic year. We had to deal with international political and economic instability and persistent low interest rates. The consequences are apparent in our results. Yet even in this challenging environment we can report a net profit of EUR 2.2 billion and that we made good progress on our strategic objectives. Interest income was down slightly. We managed to further reduce costs. Our capital position has improved and remains solid. We completed the sale of non-core activities and invested in future-proofing the bank.

We have made good progress on contributing to major societal themes. We have invested in more sustainable housing and in the energy transition. Together with our subsidiary and residential area developer BPD, we are developing new build properties to tackle bottlenecks in the rental market. Our efforts to make the international food chain more sustainable are taking shape, partly through the AGRI3 Fund which Rabobank initiated and the work of Rabo Foundation in Africa. We help our private customers in the Netherlands achieve greater financial self-reliance and reduce debt problems. These initiatives are fine examples of how the cooperative Rabobank expresses its mission to Grow A Better World Together.

We are proud of the transition our bank has made in the past few years. This is starting to show in our daily operations. Customer satisfaction and our employee engagement are rising, the balance sheet has been optimized, our cost levels are lower and we are working more efficiently. We have significantly expanded and improved our digital service offer to both private and commercial customers.

This was all made possible thanks to the efforts and active commitment of our employees and many of our members. Thank you all for that.”

Net profit in 2019 is lower than the record level of EUR 3 billion we posted over 2018. The interest rate environment significantly impacted our results and contributed to the impairment of our equity stake in Achmea by EUR 300 million. The sale of RNA resulted in a one-off positive result of EUR 342 million. In the past year loan impairment charges were substantially higher than the historically low level of previous years. At 23 basis points impairment charges have reverted to a normalized level.

Costs were down by 4% and the cost/income ratio improved from 65.9% to 63.8%. Structural factors driving cost development will include substantial investments in digitalization and the IT infrastructure and costs related to regulation and supervision, including CDD and AML activities. Nonetheless Rabobank aims to further improve the cost/income ratio to a percentage in the low 60’s in the coming years. The long-term ambition is for a percentage in the mid 50’s. Achieving this level is conditional on, among others, normalizing interest rate levels.

Rabobank’s capital position further strengthened: the common equity tier 1 (CET 1) ratio is 16.3%, which is well above the regulatory requirement and Rabobank’s ambition of at least 14%. The increase of 0.3 percentage points is partly attributed to retained earnings and the sale of non-core activities. Our strong capital position enables Rabobank to absorb the future impact of, among others, Basel IV. The return on equity amounted to 5.3% (7.3% in 2018).

The loan portfolio increased by EUR 6 billion in 2019, excluding the sale of the RNA portfolio, due mainly to growth in international Food & Agri and at leasing subsidiary DLL. Underlying deposits from customers rose by EUR 11 billion with the most evident growth in domestic retail banking.

Looking ahead to the year 2020 Draijer says: “The impact of the low interest rate caused by central bank policy and monetary stimulus measures are hitting us harder. We would certainly welcome a monetary policy aimed at normalizing interest rates. The economy is unpredictable and the effects of climate change are affecting us all.

The sale of non-core activities in North America (RNA) and Ireland (ACC loan portfolio) and the remaining retail activities in Indonesia gives us space to grow our core activities. We see opportunities in Food & Agri where we have been a strong player for many years in the Netherlands and around the world. This position provides a strong foundation to achieve more economies of scale and increase our market share. We see the lease market as another opportunity. The shift from ownership to usage based models provides interesting opportunities for our subsidiary DLL, which is well-positioned in this market.

Rabobank gives its role as gatekeeper to the financial system once again highest priority in the coming year. We are joining forces with the other leading Dutch banks to work together in the public domain. Only then can we truly take a stance on financial crime and illicit finance. In the past year we made considerable investments in people and resources to further reinforce our role as gatekeeper of the financial system. Once again, this year we will devote considerable attention to the associated challenges including risk management, transaction monitoring and customer due diligence.

After a year in which many Dutch farmers took to the streets for their futures, we wish to emphasize that Rabobank is and will remain their partner. We continue to support the agricultural sector on its road to more sustainable land use and natural balance. At the same time, we are conscious of the challenges to the future prospects of the farmers themselves. In the coming year we will make further active efforts to support this transition.

We will continuously improve our core and at the same time will spread our wings. We want to make a meaningful contribution to major societal transitions both as a cooperative bank and as part of our growth in the Netherlands and in the international food & agri business. At the same time, we have a duty to safeguard the revenue model of our cooperative way of providing services. To this end we will seek closer connections with our members. We will work together on solutions that benefit our customers, society and the world around us.”

Elements of this press release are considered by Rabobank as inside information relating directly or indirectly to Rabobank within the meaning of article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU Regulation 596/2014) that is made public in accordance with article 17 Market Abuse Regulation.

Published: 13 February 2020, 07:30 CET

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Press release Thu, 13 Feb 2020 09:30:00 GMT 264680
<![CDATA[New chair established for conducting research into family businesses]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200211-new-chair-established-for-conducting-research-into-family-businesses.html?utm_medium=RSS In 2016, BDO and Rabobank entered into a partnership with the Erasmus Centre for Family Business (ECFB) with the aim of improving expertise relating to family businesses in the Netherlands and the development of this segment. This partnership is now being stepped up further through the establishment of a chair in family businesses. The chair will be held by Pursey Heugens, professor of organisation theory, development, and change at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

Family businesses are very different from other businesses. For example, family business are more likely to be run by their owners than non-family businesses, and they are also more focused on business continuity. When making important decisions, family businesses ought to be assisted by a party that listens to them and is prepared to provide advice based on sound academic research as this will contribute to their ongoing sustainable development.

Rabobank and BDO have traditionally been regarded as trusted advisers by family businesses. “We are keen to fulfil a leading role for family businesses, working in partnership with Erasmus University Rotterdam and Rabobank. We have collaborated closely during the past four years, and this has allowed us to share expertise and many new insights. We have therefore decided to build on - and step up - the partnership by establishing a dedicated chair in family businesses. This will ensure academic research into new developments in the area of family businesses continues,” said Joost Vat, partner at BDO, which is the main sponsor of the chair.

In recent years, the ECFB, BDO Accountants & Adviseurs and Rabobank have actively worked together to support top-quality research into the organisation, strategies and governance of family businesses. So far, research reports have been published on topics such as shared values within family businesses, opportunities for doing international business and the role that family businesses play as employers.

“These are not topics that are frequently discussed at many family businesses. Research of this kind can help businesses adapt to today's demands while also helping them to think about their long-term competitiveness,” Mr Heugens said. “Given this, we always select themes that reflect the current state of the economy.”

Mirelle Pennings, Director of Corporate Clients Netherlands at Rabobank, said, “During our meetings with family businesses, we can see that sharing new insights and expertise is greatly appreciated. The ability to learn from the experiences of other family businesses and the practical application of academic research are aspects that are particularly valued by family businesses, which we have a relationship based on trust. The establishment of the new chair will enhance this.’’

Published: February 11th 2020, 09:00 CET

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Press release Tue, 11 Feb 2020 09:00:00 GMT 264909
<![CDATA[SurePay becomes an independent member of Rabobank Group]]> https://www.rabobank.com/en/press/search/2020/20200204-surepay-becomes-an-independent-member-of-rabobank-group.html?utm_medium=RSS SurePay becomes an independent member of Rabobank Group. SurePay was founded as a corporate start-up and offers services to make online payments more secure. In this capacity, it introduced the IBAN-Name Check (a Dutch Confirmation of Payee solution).

“By becoming a private limited company, SurePay will continue to grow as an independent service provider for financial institutions, (semi-)government, and other business and organisations in both the Netherlands and Europe”, says David-Jan Janse, CEO and co-founder of SurePay, as he explains the spin out.

SurePay invented the IBAN-Name Check, with which now >90% of all online payments in the Netherlands are checked. This vastly improved the ease of use and security of online payments for consumers and businesses alike. Additionally, SurePay’s corporate customer base has grown to over 40 companies and organisations in the Netherlands. They apply the IBAN-Name Check, directly or via partners, to detect fraudulent or misdirected payments in their business processes. In 2019, over 1 billion online payments were checked by SurePay and more than 10 million checks were performed for businesses and organisations. The company is on the brink of introducing additional innovative services to improve the security of online payments and detect fraudulent payments.

Dorine van Basten, CCO of SurePay, says: “Due to our existing record of success in the Netherlands, we were approached by several financial institutions in the United Kingdom. As of March 2020, Confirmation of Payee will be in effect in the UK. This is a legal obligation to give end-users of payment systems greater assurance that they are sending money to the intended recipient. We have high hopes of our growth potential in the United Kingdom. As a vendor we are currently working closely with several financial institutions to implement Confirmation of Payee.”

Harrie Vollaard, head of Rabo Frontier Ventures, which handles Rabobank’s strategic investments, says: “Security is high on the agenda for every company and investments in fintech are still on the rise. SurePay is perfectly positioned to take advantage of this sentiment. SurePay is proof that innovations from within our own organization can grow into a successful company. It all started with a great idea, that was encouraged to grow. We’re very proud to see SurePay evolve into an independent company now.”

Published: February 5th 2020, 08:00 CET

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Press release Wed, 05 Feb 2020 08:00:00 GMT 264801