The Board of Directors of BNP Paribas met on 5 August 2008. The meeting was chaired by Michel Pébereau and the Board examined the group's second quarter results and the first half financial statements.
Over 1.5 billion euros in Net Profits
In the second quarter 2008, BNP Paribas generated 1,505 million euros in net profits (group share), down 34% compared to the second quarter 2007.
This result shows, once again, that the Group is holding up well in the face of the financial crisis, which was reflected this quarter in the effects of the counterparty risk on monoline insurers: -542 million euros, of which -457 million euros in revenues, and -85 million euros in cost of risk. The other fair value adjustments are negligible.
The Group's revenues totalled 7,517 million euros, down only 8.5% from the record level in the second quarter 2007. Thanks to a confirmed sales and marketing drive and the Group's strengthened position in all its markets, the operating divisions achieved excellent performance with revenues down only 4.2% compared to the second quarter 2007 and up 10.6% compared to the first quarter 2008. The Corporate Centre posted revenues of -15 million euros, in the absence of any significant capital gains, compared to 349 million euros in the second quarter 2007 that was marked by substantial capital gains from disposals for BNP Paribas Capital.
The Group has controlled its operating expenses, in particular in the business units most affected by the crisis. On the whole, operating expenses were stable compared to the second quarter 2007 (+0.1%; +0.7% for the operating divisions). The operating divisions' cost/income ratio came to 62.7%, up only 3 pts compared to the second quarter 2007 and improved by 1.3 pt compared to the first quarter 2008. Gross operating income reached 2,665 million euros (-20.8%; -11.5% for the operating divisions compared to the second quarter 2007).
The cost of risk continues to rise and, in the second quarter 2008, totalled 662 million euros, up moderately by 116 million euros compared to the first quarter 2008, but up 404 million euros compared to the very low level in the second quarter 2007 (258 million euros). The cost of risk increased mostly at BancWest (+101 million euros) and at Personal Finance (+91 million euros, of which +37 million in Spain). Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) posted 86 million euros in provisions compared to a net write-back of 59 million euros in the second quarter 2007. At the Group level, the cost of risk was 49 basis points In basis points of (Basel I) risk-weighted assets. compared to 42 basis points in the first quarter 2008 and 22 basis points in the second quarter 2007.
After taxes and deducting minority interests, the net income group share came to 1,505 million euros, compared to 2,282 million in the second quarter 2007 (-34.0%).
For the first half of the year, the group's revenues totalled 14,912 million euros
(-9.2%) and net income group share was 3,486 million euros (-27.2% compared to the first quarter 2007), or net earnings per share of 3.77 euros for the half-year. Annualised return on equity was 15.8%, compared to 23.6% in the first half 2007.