Nordea Moves HQ from Stockholm to Helsinki

Nordic The Nordea Board of Directors initiates a re-domiciliation of the parent company to Finland – operations in all Nordic home markets remain unchanged.

2017-09-07

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Nordea’s pan-Nordic and international structure has meant that existing national regulatory frameworks do not fully accommodate Nordea’s operating model and recent strategic developments. Domiciling in a country that is participating in the banking union will mean that Nordea will be subject to the same regulatory framework as our European peers, with greater consistency of application and therefore more of a level playing field.
 
”The Board's decision to initiate the re-domiciliation of the parent company to Finland is the outcome of six months of careful study and analysis of the competitive conditions and challenges facing Nordea. We see the move as an important strategic step in positioning Nordea on a par with its European peers. The level playing field and predictable regulatory environment offered by the banking union are, we believe, in the best interest of Nordea’s customers, shareholders and employees,” says Björn Wahlroos, chairman of the Board of Directors, Nordea.
 
”We will continue to deliver value for all customers, as we will keep on working with the Nordic operating model in the same way as we do today. We remain relentlessly committed to all of our four home markets and look forward to continuing to create strong products and solutions for our customers and contribute to the Nordic societies and economies,” says Casper von Koskull, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nordea.
 
The resolution and deposit guarantee fees for 2018 are expected to increase by approximately EUR 60-200M compared to 2017 and for 2019 the fees are expected to be approximately EUR 60-150M higher compared to 2017. The final outcome is, among other things, depending on the exact timing of the re-domiciliation. Nordea expects that the net present value of resolution fees, deposit guarantees and other transitional effects will be positive by approximately EUR 1,000-1,100M.
 
On the capital side, it is noted that there are different regulatory regimes as of now, but it is too early to have a view of how the total capital requirements for the Nordea Group will be affected by a re-domiciliation.
 
Nordea intends to maintain its capital and dividend policy.
 
The focus on maintaining Nordea’s business model and AA rating will not be impacted.
 
The Nordea share will remain listed on the stock exchanges of Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen.
 
The re-domiciliation is intended to be carried out by way of a downstream cross-border merger through which Nordea will be merged into a newly established Finnish subsidiary. The merger is planned to be effected during the second half of 2018 and will be subject to e.g. the necessary regulatory approvals and the shareholders’ approval at a general meeting.
 




Axel Ohlsson
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