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2011 Results

Francisco González: “We strengthened our ability to grow during the crisis”


  • Resilient earnings: BBVA’s income exceeds ¤20 billion for the third year running. Recurrent profit for 2011 comes to ¤4.02 billion, 12.8% less than the previous year. After an accounting adjustment affecting goodwill in the U.S., profit was ¤3.00 billion
  • Strong capital position: BBVA will comfortably comply with the European Banking Authority recommendations without selling strategic assets. In the fourth quarter alone BBVA increased its core capital by ¤5.30 billion, which is further proof of the Group’s ability to adapt to changing regulations
  • Comfortable liquidity position: BBVA Group has reduced its funding requirements and its redemptions in 2012 are well below the average of its peer group
  • Asset quality: risk indicators are stable for the eighth quarter running thanks to the prudent and anticipatory strategy. The NPA ratio improved to 4% in December and coverage stands at 61%

In 2011 BBVA obtained recurrent net attributable profit of ¤4.02 billion, which is 12.8% less than the previous year, before an accounting adjustment to goodwill in the U.S. franchise. These earnings are evidence of BBVA’s strength, supported by a portfolio that is balanced and diversified across regions, businesses and segments. “Once again our earnings confirm BBVA’s extraordinary ability to generate profit – even in the most complex scenarios,” BBVA Chairman Francisco González said. “We strengthened our ability to growth during the crisis,” he added.

BBVA’s structural resilience and its ability to adapt to the new financial environment were key factors in 2011. The Group will easily comply with the European Banking Authority (EBA) recommendations without selling any strategic assets. As of December 31, 2011, BBVA had already met a large part of the recommendation and will cover the remaining amount by organic means during the first half of 2012. In the fourth quarter alone BBVA increased its core capital by ¤5.30 billion. In December 2011, and under the present rules, the core capital ratio rose to 10.3%. BBVA has a higher density of risk-weighted assets to total assets than any other bank in its peer group.


In 2012 the Group’s liquidity position will be comfortable. BBVA has reduced its funding requirements and redemptions are well below the average for its peer group. Furthermore, the bank has demonstrated it can access the markets in adverse conditions and has enough additional collateral to resist any new liquidity shock.

BBVA’s prudent and anticipatory strategy has kept risk indicators stable for eight consecutive quarters. The non-performing asset ratio (NPA ratio) in December stood at 4.0%, compared to 4.1% in September, and the coverage ratio is 61%.

Prior to the accounting adjustment related to goodwill in the U.S. franchise, net attributable profit for the quarter was ¤872 million. Profit for the full year came to ¤4.02 billion, down 12.8% compared to 2010. Including the adjustment of ¤1.01 billion after tax, net attributable profit in 2011 was ¤3.00 billion (down 34.8%). The decline in goodwill is an accounting measure that has no effect on the Group’s liquidity or capital adequacy.

Recurrent revenues grew during the year. Net interest income rose for the fourth consecutive quarter and amounted to ¤3.49 billion in the last three months of 2011. The key factors here were the buoyant activity in emerging countries, appropriate pricing in all geographic areas and diversification by region and business line. For the full year, net interest income came to ¤13.16 billion, down 1.2% compared to a year earlier. Eliminating the impact of currency changes, net interest income rose 1.0%.


Gross income in the fourth quarter increased 19% over the previous quarter to total ¤20.57 billion for the complete year (down 1.6% year-over-year). Without the currency effect, the year-over-year comparison was positive (up 0.3%).

Impairment losses on financial assets in 2011 came to ¤4.23 billion, reflecting a decrease of 10.4% compared to 2010. In the fourth quarter BBVA increased the level of provisions, taking advantage of the higher income in the final three months.

The proven efficiency of BBVA’s business model helped the Group to maintain its level of investment and maximize growth opportunities. In 2011 the bank strengthened its franchises, mainly in emerging markets, and maintained its commitment to investing in technology. As a result of this investment and the wider perimeter following the incorporation of a stake in Garanti, operating costs in 2011 came to ¤9.95 billion. Therefore the cost/income ratio (a measure of efficiency) stands at 48.4%, which makes it one of the best in the worldwide financial sector.

As part of the same strategy and in the present complex economic circumstances, the BBVA Group increased its workforce 3.4% to 110,645 in 2011, including the net creation of 518 jobs in Spain. It ends the year with nearly one million shareholders, 7,457 branches and 18,794 ATMs.

In terms of business activity, gross lending to Group customers rose 3.7% year-over-year to ¤361.3 billion. And total customer funds on the balance sheet came to ¤282.2 billion (up 2.3%).

The highlight in Spain was the resilience of net interest income, supported by active defense of customer spreads and cost containment. Profit came to ¤202m for the quarter and ¤1.36 billion for the year (down 39.5%). Asset quality remained stable for the eighth consecutive quarter with the NPA ratio at 4.8% and the coverage ratio at 44%. In a scenario in which the sector is restructuring, BBVA is in a better position to tackle any new regulatory demands associated with developers. Its exposure to real estate assets in difficulty is notably smaller than that in the overall financial system.

In Eurasia, China and Turkey were extremely active. Profit was ¤322 million in the quarter and ¤1.03 billion in the full year (up 74.8% year-over-year). This result reflects the Group’s decision to enter emerging economies that have growth potential.

Business is growing in Mexico in terms of both lending and deposits. Attributable net income for the year came to ¤1.74 billion (up 5.4% in constant euros). BBVA Bancomer set new quarterly and annual records for net interest income and gross income. The positive trend allowed it to continue its growth plans and to keep risk stable (the NPA ratio is 3.5% and the coverage ratio is 120%).

The dynamic level of business in South America boosted revenues with new quarterly and annual records for net interest income and gross income. BBVA has an ambitious growth plan for the region. Moreover risk indicators have improved (the NPA ratio is 2.2% and the coverage ratio is 146%). Net attributable profit in the area came to ¤1.01 billion (up 16.2% in constant euros).

In the United States the main feature is the selective growth of business and the good management of prices, which had a positive impact on income. Risk also continues to improve (the NPA ratio is 3.6% and the coverage ratio 73%). The good performance of net attributable profit excluding one-off items (up 23.2% in constant euros to ¤289m) is evidence of the changes in the business model.

In Corporate & Investment Banking income was diversified in terms of products and regions. Despite the complex environment earnings came to ¤1.12 billion (down 7.1% in constant euros) and income from customers strengthened.

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BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, it is the largest financial institution in Mexico and it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States. Its diversified business is biased to high-growth markets and it relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. BBVA ranks among the leading Euro zone banks in terms of ROE and efficiency. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes.


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