Dr Schröder: "After two difficult and costly years, KfW is back to earning profits. The income earned from current operations in the first quarter is very encouraging. This development gives us the strength we need to continue intensifying our promotion in the current recessionary phase and to put all our energy to work in fulfilling our tasks under the economic stimulus package."
After two difficult years of heavy losses resulting from the IKB rescue and the crisis of financial markets, KfW is back to earning profits in the first quarter of 2009. The interim accounts of the KfW Group according to IFRS as at 31 March 2009 closed with a consolidated profit of EUR 80 million.
The operating result before valuation developed particularly favourably at EUR 660 million, as compared with EUR 359 million in the same period of 2008. KfW was able to benefit from the sharp decline in interest rates in the money and capital markets. The result was reduced by EUR 157 million from the valuation of derivatives which were used solely to hedge risks.
This effect, which is purely a result of the fair value principle applied under IFRS, does not constitute a financial burden for KfW.
KfW takes this effect into account in its report of a consolidated profit before hedging, which was EUR 237 million in the first quarter of 2009. The result reported in KfW's individual financial statements, prepared in accordance with the German Commercial Code, is on a similar level.
Dr Ulrich Schröder, Chairman of the Managing Board of KfW Bankengruppe, said: "KfW possesses a functioning business model, and our outstanding result from current operations in the first quarter of 2009 demonstrates this forcefully. After the two previous years, which closed with a high loss particularly as a result of the rescue of IKB and the financial market crisis, we can now return to focusing fully on our promotional mission. Given the difficult economic times we are going through, this is more important than ever before."
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