“This quarter we have started to see our efforts to increase customer satisfaction bearing fruit and we see signs of improving momentum across our various businesses among both corporate and household customers. We are delivering on cost, compliance, capital and credit quality, which is the foundation for continuing to be the stable, safe and trusted banking partner of our customers today and tomorrow.
In recent years, Nordea has simplified and focused its business on its core Nordic markets and customers. The planned acquisition of Gjensidige Bank is a further step on that journey. It is a profitable, growing, digital bank, and together with our strategic partnership with Gjensidige, we are creating opportunities to strengthen our position in one of our core Nordic franchises and take part of a profitable growth.
We have achieved another major milestone in our transformation journey with the European Central Bank granting a banking licence to Nordea Bank Abp, our new parent company upon re-domiciliation. The licence is essential for Nordea to be able to operate within the Banking Union in order to achieve stability, predictability and a level playing field.
This quarter we have seen signs that business momentum is improving in some of our core markets, lending volumes have stabilised and are picking up in certain sectors and we have a good momentum in our capital markets and advisory businesses, whilst the savings related fees and commissions remain challenged and household lending margins continue to be under pressure. Although we expect some modest growth for the remainder of the year, given the slower first half of 2018, it is unlikely that the repeating revenues in 2018 will reach the 2017 level* but we still expect to report higher net profit in 2018 versus 2017. We are on track to meet our cost guidance of EUR4.9bn for 2018 and loan losses in the coming quarters are expected to be lower than the long-term average.”
*2017 revenues adjusted for the deconsolidation of the Baltic operations and Nordea Life and Pension in Denmark.