(6,91 EUR, -0,42%) has paid € 1.125bn to the Dutch State, including a € 750m repayment of core Tier 1 securities and € 375m in premiums and interest. This payment was approved by the Dutch Central Bank (DNB). Today's transaction brings the total paid to the Dutch State to € 10.2bn including € 7.8bn in principal and € 2.4bn in interest and premiums.
The payment of € 1.125bn has been funded by a dividend from Bank to Group. In addition, Bank has paid a dividend of € 1bn to Group to reduce double leverage at Group level. The total dividend upstream will lead to a reduction of the Bank's core Tier 1 ratio of c. 75bps. The capital ratios of bank remain strong with a core Tier 1 ratio of 11.8% on a pro-forma basis under Basel II, including the sale of Direct Canada. On a fully-loaded Basel III basis the pro-forma core Tier 1 ratio would be 10.2%.
The payment of the first tranche of the remaining state aid was part of the amended restructuring plan that was agreed with EC.
We maintain our Accumulate rating and € 9.0 target.