26 Apr 2024

NIB in Q1: Strong financial performance continues

During the first three months of 2024, NIB signed close to EUR 1 billion in new lending and disbursed EUR 643 million. The lending was distributed across various sectors and countries, including the Bank’s first disbursements to InvestEU loans.

On 22 March, the annual meeting of the Board of Governors of NIB was held in Tallinn. The Governors approved the Bank’s audited financial statements for 2023 and the dividend payment of EUR 63 million to the Nordic and Baltic member countries. The Governors also issued a statement calling for the Bank to maximise its contribution to climate and nature, productivity and innovation, and the security and resilience of the Nordic-Baltic region.

“The message from our owners was clear. Nordic and Baltic countries are stronger together, and NIB’s mission, given by the Bank’s owner countries, remains valid. With our shared commitment, we can navigate these uncertain times, and with NIB’s long-term lending, we are continuing to work towards a more sustainable future together with our clients,” says André Küüsvek, NIB President and CEO.

During the first quarter of 2024, all loans disbursed financed projects that achieved a “good” or “excellent” mandate rating, exceeding the target of 95%.

NIB raised EUR 4 billion in new funding during the first quarter of 2024. On 21 February, NIB priced a five-year USD 1.5 billion global benchmark bond, its first USD benchmark of the year. The issue had a final orderbook of more than USD 4.5 billion, the largest ever for NIB.

Net profit increased by 26% from EUR 65 million to EUR 82 million, compared to the same period in 2023. The increase in net profit is mainly due to higher net interest income.

During the quarter, the European Commission and NIB signed an InvestEU guarantee amendment whereby NIB also becomes the implementing partner for Norway and Iceland. With Norway and Iceland joining, the guarantee now extends across all NIB’s Nordic and Baltic member countries. This expansion enables us to enhance our financing activities, particularly in driving the green transition.

NIB Q1 2024 Interim Management Statement

Key figures and ratios 
In millions of euro unless otherwise statedJan–Mar 2024*Jan–Mar 2023*YoY % changeJan–Dec 2023
Net interest income826919.4%299
Profit before net loan losses886634.1%248
Net profit826525.6%251
Lending disbursed643889-27.7%3,446
New lending signed954432120.8%2,829
% of loans achieving good or above mandate **100.0%99.6%0.4%99.8%
Lending outstanding21,75022,293-2.4%21,924
Total assets41,92541,7510.4%39,593
New debt issues4,0463,7807.0%7,152
Debts evidenced by certificates34,33433,8941.3%32,190
Total equity4,3664,1405.5%4,350
Equity/total assets ***10.4%9.9%5.2%11.0%
Net profit/average equity ***7.5%6.4%17.2%5.9%
Cost/income ***14.3%16.6%-13.9%18.8%
Number of employees at period end2492308.3%244

*  Unaudited figures
** See page 8 of the interim management statement for mandate fulfilment explanation
*** See page 18 of the interim management statement for ratio definitions

NIB is an international financial institution owned by eight member countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden. The Bank finances private and public projects in and outside the member countries. NIB has the highest possible credit rating, AAA/Aaa, with the leading rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.

For further information, please contact
André Küüsvek, President & CEO, at +358 10 618 001, info@nib.int
Kim Skov Jensen, Vice President & CFO, at +358 10 618 0209, kim.jensen@nib.int
Jukka Ahonen, Senior Director, Head of Communications, at +358 10 618 0295, jukka.ahonen@nib.int