The Swedish local government debt office, Kommuninvest i Sverige AB, reports an increase in lending, stable results and a strengthening of capital, according to its annual accounts for 2016. Operating profit was SEK 398 (656) million and the reported leverage ratio was 1.56 (0.87) percent. At 31 December 2016, lending amounted to SEK 277 (254) billion.
2016 in review
The local government sector’s investment and funding needs continue to increase, due to strong population growth, urbanisation and demographic trends. The growth in borrowing was however slower than expected due to solid results in municipal companies, additional migration-related state grants, increased liquidity focus due to negative interest rates and a shortage of capacity, particularly within the construction sector.
Kommuninvest’s lending rose to SEK 276,982.1 (254,421.7) million. Kommuninvest strengthened its position as the largest lender to Swedish municipalities and county councils/regions, with an estimated market share of 48 (46) percent of the local government sector’s total borrowing.
Total equity increased by SEK 2,169.7 million to SEK 6,514.0 (4,344.3) million. The increase was primarily an effect of capital contributions from members of the Kommuninvest Cooperative Society being transferred to Kommuninvest i Sverige AB as new share capital. The capital build-up is caused by forthcoming leverage ratio regulations.
Operating profit was SEK 398.2 (655.5) million.
The balance sheet total was SEK 361,725.4 (340,626.3) million and net interest income was SEK 762.0 (798.5) million.
Kommuninvest meets all of the requirements regarding risk-weighted capital adequacy. The core Tier 1 capital ratio was 103.7 (44.6) percent, the Tier 1 capital ratio was 103.7 (44.6) percent and the total capital ratio 122.1 (59.8) percent.
The leverage ratio, calculated according to the EU Capital Requirement Regulation CRR, was 1.56 (0.87) percent. Including the subordinated loan issued to Kommuninvest Cooperative Society, the leverage ratio was 1.84 (1.16) percent.
Total membership in the Kommuninvest Cooperative Society was 286 (280) members at year-end, of which 275 (272) municipalities and 11 (8) county councils/regions. During the year, 6 (0) new members joined the Kommuninvest cooperation: Kävlinge municipality, Partille municipality, Sollentuna municipality, Region Jämtland Härjedalen, Region Kronoberg and Västerbotten County Council.
Comments by Tomas Werngren, President and CEO
- The local government sector is in a period of large-scale and far-reaching welfare investment. Being able to meet the investment needs in a sustainable way will be central to meet the future challenges.
- During 2016, Kommuninvest reached its target of a capitalization equivalent to a 1.5 percent leverage ratio. The capital measures undertaken by Kommuninvest’s members demonstrate their commitment to the Kommuninvest cooperation and its ability to continue to provide the Swedish local government sector with efficient and secure investment financing. High levels of customer satisfaction and solid results creates a good platform for our continued efforts, where value creation for customers is in focus.
This release contains such information that Kommuninvest is required to disclose pursuant to the Swedish Securities Markets Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for disclosure on 15 February 2017 at 08:00 a.m.
Comparative earnings figures relate to the same twelve-month period previous year (1 January–31 December 2015). Comparative balance sheet figures relate to 31 December 2015.
Kommuninvest is a municipal cooperation for efficient and sustainable financing of housing, infrastructure, schools, hospitals etc. Together, we get better loan terms than each one individually. Since its inception in 1986, the Kommuninvest collaboration has helped lower the local government sector’s borrowing costs by many billion kronor. Currently, 287 municipalities and counties/regions are members of this voluntary cooperation, following the new membership of Mölndal municipality in January 2017. With total assets of around SEK 360 billion (USD ~40 billion), Kommuninvest is the largest lender to the local government sector and the sixth largest credit institution in Sweden. The head office is located in Örebro.
Contact persons for enquiries
President & CEO Tomas Werngren, tel. +46 70 645 06 69
Chief Financial Officer, CFO Johanna Larsson tel. +46 70 516 78 33
Head of Media Relations Björn Bergstrand, tel. +46 70 886 94 76 or email@example.com
 The loan terms for the subordinated loan are such that the loan is not eligible for inclusion as Tier 1 capital according to CRR. Kommuninvest’s intention has been to replace the existing subordinated loan with a new one or with another capital form that is eligible for inclusion as Tier 1 capital well in advance of year-end 2017. Recently published proposals from the European Commission regarding the leverage ratio may however result in modified requirements on Kommuninvest. For further information, see page 10 in the annual accounts.