Notes to accounts

Note 1 General Information

SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS is the SpareBank 1 Alliance's separate legal vehicle established according to the specialist banking principle within the Norwegian legislation for covered bonds.

The Company's purpose is to acquire residential mortgages from its ownership banks organised in the SpareBank 1 Alliance and finance these by issuing covered bonds.

SpareBank1 Boligkreditt main office is located in Stavanger, visiting address Bjergsted Terrasse 1.

The accounts are prepared in accordance with "International Financial Reporting Standards" (IFRS), as determined by the EU and published by "International Accounting Standards Board" (IASB).

The Financial Statements for 2016 is approved by the Board of Directors on February 1, 2017.

Note 2 Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Presentation Currency
The presentation currency is Norwegian Kroner (NOK), which is also the Company's functional currency. All amounts are given in NOK thousand unless otherwise stated.

Recognition and De-recognition of Assets and Liabilities on the Balance Sheet
Assets and liabilities are recognised on the balance sheet at the point in time when the Company establishes real control over the rights of ownership to assets and becomes effectively responsible for the discharge of a liabilities. 

Assets are de-recognised at the point in time when the real risk of the assets has been transferred and control over the rights to the assets has been terminated or expired. Liabilities are de-recognised when they have been effectively discharged.

Lending is measured at amortised cost. Amortised cost is the acquisition cost less any repayments on the principal, adding or subtracting any cumulative amortisation from an effective interest rate method, and less any loss of value or risk of loss. The effective rate of interest is the interest that exactly discounts estimated future positive or negative cash payments made prior to the financial instrument’s maturity. Assessment of loans is thus carried out in accordance with the "lending regulation dated 21 December 2004" c.f. circular no 10/2005 from The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway.

Evaluation of impairments (write downs) on mortgage loans
The Company evaluates the occurrence of impairment to loans or groups of loans at 31 December each year.  Impairment has occurred if there is an objective proof of a reduction in value that can lead to a reduction in the future cash flow needed to service the debt.  Impairment must result from one or more events that has occurred after the first entering into of a loan or group of loans (a loss incident), and the result of the loss incident (or incidents) must also be measured reliably.  Objective proof that the value of a loan or a group of loans has been impaired includes observable data that is known to the group on the following loss incidents:

  • substantial financial difficulties for the Issuer or with the borrower
  • default on the contract, such as missing instalments or interest payments
    • the Company grants the borrower particular terms on the basis of financial or legal circumstances related to the borrower's financial situation
    • the probability that the debtor will enter into debt negotiations or other financial re-organisations
    • the active market for the financial assets cease to exist due to financial difficulties, or 
    • observable data indicates that there is a measurable reduction in the future cash flow from a group of loans since they were first entered into, even though the reduction cannot be attributed to a single loan in the group, including;
    • an unfavourable development in the payment status of the borrowers in the group, or
    • national and/or local financial conditions correlating to the default of the assets in the group                 

The Company will first evaluate whether there exists individual objective proof of impairment for loans that are individually significant. For loans that are not individually significant, the objective proof of impairment will be evaluated either on an individual basis or collectively. If the Company concludes that there does not exist objective proof of impairment for an individually evaluated loan, whether it is significant or otherwise, the asset will be included in a group of loans having the same credit risk characteristics. This group will then be evaluated collectively for a possible impairment. Assets that are being evaluated individually for signs of impairment, and where an impairment is identified, or continues to be observed, will not be a part of a collective evaluation of impairment.

If objective proof of the occurrence of impairment exist, the magnitude of the loss will be considered to be the gap between the asset's book value and the present value of the estimated cash flow (exclusive of any future credit loss that has not yet occurred) discounted by the loan's last given effective interest rate. The book value of a loan will be reduced and the loss will be reflected in the income statement.

The future cash flow from a group of loans that has been collectively evaluated for impairment will be estimated in accordance with the contractual cash flow of the group as well as any historical loss on assets with a similar credit risk. Historic losses will be adjusted in accordance with existing observable data in order to allow for the effects of any current circumstances that were not present at the time of the historic losses, as well as the adjustment of the effects of circumstances that are not currently present.

According to Transfer and Servicing Agreement which the SpareBank 1 banks have entered into with the Company, SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt has the right to off-set any losses incurred on individual mortgage loans against the commissions due to all banks for the remainder of the calendar year.  The Company has not since the commencement of its operations had any instances of off-sets against the commissions due to its owner banks.

Segments are organised by business activities and the Company has only one segment, mortgage lending to private individuals.  All of the mortgages have been acquired from the SpareBank 1 Alliance banks.  The Company's entire result therefore represents the result of the mortgage lending to private customers segment.

Established losses
When there is a prevailing possibility that the losses are final, the loss will be classified as established losses. Any established losses that have been covered by previously specified loan loss provisions will be set off against these provisions. Any established losses that have not been provided for in the loan loss provisions, as well as excessive or insufficient loan loss provisions will be reflected in the income statement.

Securities consists of certificates and bonds. These are either carried at fair value or hold to maturity. All securities that are classified at fair value in the accounts are recorded at fair value, and changes in value from the opening balance are allocated in the income statement as income from other financial investments.  Certificates and bonds that are classified as hold to maturity are recorded at amortised cost by means of the effective interest rate method. The effective rate of interest is the interest that exactly discounts estimated future positive or negative cash payments made prior to the financial instrument's maturity.             

Hedge Accounting
The company has implemented fair value hedge accounting for bonds with fixed rates and bonds in foreign currencies. These bonds are entered into a hedging relationship with individually tailored interest swaps and currency swaps. The company values and documents the efficacy of the hedge both at first entry and consecutively. In fair value hedging both the hedging instrument and the hedged object are entered into the accounts at fair value with respect to the relevant interest rate curve and currency, and changes in these values from the opening balance are recorded in net income.  The cash flow is therefore known for the entire contractual duration after the hedging relationship has been established.  Because the hedging relationship is intended to remain in place throughout the life of the hedged instrument, only those changes which the interest rate and currency swap agreements are intended to hedge have an influence on the valuation of the hedging instrument.

Valuation of Derivatives and Other Financial Instruments
The Issuer uses financial derivatives to manage essentially all market risk on balance-sheet items.  Interest rate risk is hedged to a NIBOR 3 months floating rate basis and currency risk is hedged mostly by derivatives and in some cases by natural asset liabilities hedges.  


  • The Issuer applies fair value hedge accounting under IFRS for fixed rate issued debt (covered bonds) utilizing derivatives (swaps) which hedge the fixed interest rate and currency elements of the issued bonds. 
  • Issued floating rate debt in NOK is accounted for at amortised cost


  • For liquidity management purposes the issuer maintains a portfolio of liquid assets (including bonds) of which a part is designated as held-to-maturity and valued at amortized cost
  • The majority of the liquidity portfolio (trading portfolio) is valued at fair value (market value) and the associated derivatives (swaps) which hedge interest and/or currency risk are valued at fair value.

Though the issuer hedges all material interest rate and currency risk on its balance sheet, net unrealized gains (losses) from financial instruments may occur for the following reasons:

  • Temporary mark-to-market differences in the value of an interest rate swap may occur depending on the difference between the level at which the 3 months floating rate leg in the swap was last fixed and the 3 months interest rate level at the financial reporting date.  
  • There is a credit risk element which forms a part of the fair value of the assets in the trading portfolio, which is not reflected in the value of the associated interest and/or currency swaps hedging the trading portfolio assets.  
  • There may be floating rate assets (bonds) in the held-to-maturity portfolio denominated in foreign currency which are hedged via a corresponding foreign exchange liability (issued debt) also on an effective floating rate basis. In such natural asset liability hedges there may be a small element of foreign currency risk which may impact the P&L in that the floating rate coupons on the asset and the liability are not reset on the same dates and/or may be of different magnitude.  
  • Temporary differences will result from basis swaps.  Boligkreditt uses basis swaps in order to swap cash flows from floating interest rate foreign currency liabilities and assets into floating interest rate in Norwegian kroner. The valuation of the change in the cost element to enter into these swaps with counterparties change from time to time.  The valuation change will only occur on the derivatives (hedging instrument) and not on the hedged instruments and thus can not be mitigated.  The impact in net income from this valuation element may be large and volatile.  All gains and losses from basis swaps reverse over time when basis swap prices and costs change from the point in time when a derivative was entered into and reduce over time as the derivatives remaining maturity decreases.

Intangible Assets
Purchased IT-systems and software are carried on the balance sheet at acquisition cost (including expenses incurred by making the systems operational) and will be assumed to amortise on a linear basis over the expected life span of the asset. Expenses related to development or maintenance are expensed as incurred.

Cash and Cash Equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents includes cash and deposits, other short term available funds and investments with a maturity of less than three months.      

Tax in the income statement consists of tax payable on the annual taxable result before tax and deferred tax.  Deferred tax is calculated in accordance with the liability method complying with IAS 12.  With deferred taxes the liability or asset is calculated based on temporary differences, which is the difference between tax due according to the statutory tax calculations and tax calculated according to the financial accounts, as long as it is probable that there will be a future taxable income and that any temporary differences may be deducted from this income.

The statutory tax rate for 2017 is 25%.

In terms of deferred taxes, assets will only be included if there is an expectation that a future taxable result makes it possible to utilise the tax relief.  The assessment of this probability will be based on historic earnings and the future expectations regarding margins.              

SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS has a defined contribution pension plan. A defined benefits plan and was closed to new members in 2011.  All employees were migrated to the defined contribution plan from January 1, 2016 .

Defined Contribution Plan
In a defined contribution plan the company pays a defined contribution into the pension scheme. The Company has no further obligations beyond the defined contributions. The contributions are recorded as salary expense in the accounts. Any prepaid contributions are recorded as assets in the balance sheet (pension assets) to the extent that the asset will reduce future payments when due.

The Company has eight employees as of year end 2016.  All employees are included in SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASAs pension scheme and accrue the same benefits as the other membership in that scheme which are employees of  SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA. 

In addition to the defined contribution plan, the Company has other uncovered pension obligations accounted for directly in the profit and loss statement. These obligations exist for early pensions according to AFP (“Avtalefestet pensjon”) and other family pension benefits in conjunction with a previous Chief Executive Officer. For the current Chief Executive Officer of SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt future pension obligations for remuneration above the limit of 12 times the basic allowance or limit (12G) as formulated by the national pension scheme are also accounted for in the Company's accounts. 

Cash Flow Statement
The cash flow statement has been presented according to the direct method, the cash flows are grouped by sources and uses.  The cash flow statement is divided into cash flow from operational, investment and finance activities. 

The Company will create reserves when there is a legal or self-administered liability following previous events, it is likely that this liability will be of a financial character, and it can be estimated sufficiently accurately. Reserves will be assessed on every accounting day and subsequently adjusted to reflect the most accurate estimate. Reserves are measured at the present value of the expected future payments required to meet the obligation. An estimated interest rate which reflects the risk free rate of interest in addition to a specific risk element associated with this obligation will be used as the pre-tax rate of discount.

Supplier Debt and other Short Term Liabilities                
Supplier debt is initially booked at fair value. Any subsequent calculations will be at amortised cost, determined by using the effective rate of interest method. Supplier debt and other short term liabilities where the effect of amortising is negligible, will be recorded at cost.

Interest Income and Expense
Interest income and expense  associated with assets, and liabilities measured at amortised cost, are recorded according to the effective rate of interest method. Any fees in connection with interest bearing deposits and loans will enter into the calculation of an effective rate of interest, and as such will be amortised over the expected maturity.

Commission Expense
Commissions are paid by the Company to its parents banks and represent most of the net interest margin earned in Boligkreditt.

Proposed dividends are recorded as equity during the period up until they have been approved for distribution by the Company's general assembly.

Events after the Balance Sheet Date
The annual accounts are deemed to be approved for publication when the Board of Directors have discussed and approved them. The General Meeting and any regulatory authorities may subsequently refuse to approve the annual accounts, but they cannot change them. Events up until the annual accounts are deemed to be approved for publication and that concern issues already known on the accounting day, will be part of the information that the determination of accounting estimates have been based on, and as such will be fully reflected in the accounts. Events that concern issues not known on the accounting day, will be commented upon, provided that they are of relevance.

The annual accounts have been presented under the assumption of continuing operations. This assumption was, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, justified at the time when the accounts were presented to the Board of Directors for approval.                 

Share Capital and Premium
Ordinary shares are classified as equity capital. Expenses directly related to the issuing of new shares or options with tax relief, will be recorded in the accounts as a reduction in the proceeds received.

Fair Value Measurement
IFRS 13 establishes a single source of guidance under IFRS for all fair value measurements and disclosures about fair value measurements. The scope of IFRS 13 is broad; the fair value measurement requirements of IFRS 13 apply to both financial instrument items and non-financial instrument items for which other IFRSs require or permit fair value measurements and disclosures about fair value measurements, except for  share-based payment transactions that are within the scope of IFRS 2 Share-based Payment, leasing transactions that are within the scope of IAS 17 Leases, and measurements that have some similarities to fair value but are not fair value (e.g. net realizable value for the purpose of measuring inventories or value in use for impairment assessment purposes).

IFRS 13 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction in the principal (or most advantageous) market at the measurement date under current market conditions. Fair value under IFRS 13 is an exit price regardless of whether that price is directly observable or estimated using another valuation technique. Also, IFRS 13 includes extensive disclosure requirements.

Adoption of New and Revised International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs)
For the previous year, no new or revised IFRS have been incorporated into the Company's accounts

Standards issued but not yet effective
Standards issued but not yet effective up to the date of issuance of the Company’s financial statements are listed below. This listing of standards and interpretations issued are those that the Company reasonably expects to have an impact on disclosures, financial position or performance when applied at a future date. The new and revised IFRSs are not mandatorily effective for the year ended December 31, 2016. The Company intends to adopt these standards when they become effective.  

IFRS 9 Financial instruments 

IFRS 9 Financial instruments will replace today’s IAS 39 Financial instruments – recognition and measurement. IFRS 9 concerns recognition, classification, measurement and de-recognition of financial assets and liabilities as well as hedge accounting.  IFRS 9 will be applicable from 1. January 2018 and has been approved by the EU.  There is a possibility to implement the new standard early, which SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt will not do.  In 2015 the SpareBank 1 Gruppen has created a joint task team across several work disciplines with participants from all the banks which use IFRS, and which will plan and implement IFRS 9 (‘the Project’).  The Project has a management group and the following sub-teams:

  1. Models and methods

Development of a calculation solutions and models in order to establish forward looking estimates for expected loss.

  1. Strategy, organisation and processes

Define how the ongoing accounting work according to IFRS 9 shall be organised between all the cooperating banks.

  1. Accounts and reporting

Specify the accounting and notes, including accounting principle note and templates

  1. Classification and measurement

Map the financial instruments in the group and classify these in various categories

A description of the new requirements in IFRS 9 and changes from earlier standards follows below.  Furthermore a clarification of the choices which SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt (the ‘Company’) has taken and the status of the Project implementation

  1. Classification and measurement

Financial assets
According to IFRS 9 financial assets are to be classified into three categories: fair value with changes in fair value over other income and expense (OCI), fair value with changes in fair value over the profit and loss and amortized cost.  The measurement category is determined at the initial accounting for the asset. Within financial assets a differentiation is made between debt instruments, derivatives and equity instruments, where debt instruments are all instruments which are not derivatives or equity instruments.  The classification of financial assets is determined based on the contractual terms and conditions for the assets and according to which business model is employed for the management of the portfolio which the assets are included in.

Financial assets which are debt instruments
Debt instruments with contractual cash flows which consists solely of interest rates and principal payments on specified dates and which are held for the purpose of receiving the contractual cash flows are measured at amortized cost. Instruments with contractual cash flows which consists solely of interest rates and principal payments on specified dates and which are held in order to both receive the contractual cash flows and in order to sell the instruments are measured at fair value with changes in fair value over OCI, but with interest income and any write downs included in the ordinary profit and loss statement.  Changes to fair value recorded in OCI shall be reclassified to the profit and loss upon sale or upon any other de-recognition of the asset.  

Other debt instruments are measured at fair value with changes in fair value over profit and loss.  These are instruments with cash flows which involve not just the payment of interest rate (which is payment for the time value of money, credit margin and other normal margins tied to lending and receivables) and principal amount, and instruments which are  included in portfolios where the aim is not the receipt of contractual cash flows.  Instruments which according to IFRS 9 should be accounted for at amortized cost or at fair value with changes I fair value over OCI may be measured at fair value with changes over profit and loss if this eliminates or materially reduces an accounting mismatch.

All derivatives are measured at fair value with changes in fair value over profit and loss, though derivatives which are designated as hedging instruments are to be accounted for according to the principles of hedge accounting.

Financial liabilities
The rules for financial liabilities are essentially unchanged compared to today’s IAS 39. As a main rule financial liabilities are measured at amortized cost with the exception of financial derivative measured at fair value, financial instruments which are included in a trading portfolio and financial liabilities designated to be accounted for at fair value with changes in fair value over the profit and loss statement. A change compared to IAS 39 is that for financial liabilities which are accounted for at fair value over the profit and loss, the changes in fair value that are due to the company’s own credit risk are included in OCI, and not in the regular profit and loss as today.

Hedge accounting
IFRS 9 simplifies the requirements for hedge account in that the hedge efficiency is tied to management’s risk control and thereby more room for judgment is provided.  The requirement of hedge efficiency within the 80 to 125 per cent range has been removed and replaced with more qualitative requirements, including an economic connection between the hedge instrument and the hedged instrument and that credit risk is not the dominating factor for changes in the value of the hedging instrument.  According to IFRS 9 it is sufficient with a prospective test of efficiency, while the hedge efficiency according to IAS 39 has to be evaluated both prospectively and retrospectively. Hedge documentation is still required.  The preliminary assessment is that hedge accounting will be continued along the same lines a today.

SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt has made the following choices for selected issues:

All loans the Company has made are at variable interest rates.  The Company has the right to adjust the interest rate terms according to changes in market rates, in credit exposures, in the competitive landscape and so on. At the same time the debtor has the right to prepay the loan at par.  The loans are made at standard terms and conditions for residential real estate mortgages in Norway, and the debtor’s right to early prepayment and the competition between banks means that the cash flows of the loans do not materially deviate from what IFRS 9 defines as the payment of interest rates and principal at defined dates.  In the Project team’s assessment the nature of the loans are consistent with the requirement for measurement at amortized cost.  The business model which the loans are included in is one where contractual cash flows are received, and therefore the conclusion is that the classification according to IFRS 9 is at amortized cost.

Lending at fixed interest rates and with a right to prepayment
Loans at fixed interest rates may be prepaid prior to maturity in exchange for the payment of an amount above or below par.  Contractual terms which give a right to prepayment below par may result in that fixed rates loans have to be accounted for at fair value with changes in fair value in the profit and loss statement.  This is due to that the nature of these cash flows are assessed not to be consistent with the receipt of only interest rate and principal payments.  Rights which are provided by legal statutes as opposed to contracts may be disregarded in the assessment of classification. The Company’s assessment is that these loans are measured at fair value with changes in fair value over profit and loss according to IFRS 9.  The question of whether prepayment rights lead to a requirement that such instruments must be accounted for at fair value has been raised with the IASB and changes to the rules in this area can not be excluded.   SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt bars the transfer of fixed rate loans to its cover pool at the present time, and it has never been possible for the SpareBank1 banks to sell fixed rate loans to the Company since the founding  in 2005.

Liquidity portfolio
The Company maintains a liquidity portfolio which has a business model that is the receipt of contractual cash flows and sales and the assessment is that this portfolio is accounted for at fair value with changes in fair value over profit and loss.

  1. Write downs for loan losses

According to today’s rules, write downs for loan losses are only to be made when objective evidence exists that a loss event has occurred. According to IFRS 9 the loan loss provisions shall be made based on expected loan losses (ECL). The general model for loan write downs of financial assets in IFRS 9 will be applicable to financial assets measured at amortized cost or at fair value with changes in fair value over OCI.

The measurement of the provision for expected losses in the general model depends on whether the credit risk has materially changed since the assets was originally recorded.  At the initial accounting for a new assets and when the credit risk has not increased materially thereafter a loan loss provision corresponding to a 12 months expected loss shall be made. The 12 months expected loss is the loss that can be expected to occur over the life time of the instrument, but which is tied to events that may occur in the first 12 months. If the credit risk has materially increased a loan loss provision for the entire life of the asset shall be made.

The management team of the Project has established a method to determine whether the credit risk since the first recognition of a loan has materially increased by calculating the change in the probability of default for the remaining life time of the loan.  The expected credit loss is calculated based on the present value of all cash flows according to the contract and the cash flows the lender expects to receive, discounted by the effective interest rate for the loan.

The method in the IFRS 9 standard implies a somewhat increased volatility in loan write downs based on the economic outlook.  It is to be expected that loan write downs will occur at an earlier date that according to todays practice.  This will be especially noticeable at the downturn of the economic and business cycle.  The Company does however not expect any material increase in write downs at the time of implementation of IFRS 9. Preliminary tests indicate this.  

The model for loan loss provisions
The assessment of loan losses will be made quarterly and will be based upon the existing database where all past history for all account- and customer data for the credit portfolio, lending and guarantees are included.  The loan loss provisions will be calculated based on a customer’s probability of default (PD), the loan loss given default (LGD) and loan exposure at default (EAD).  The database contains historical data for PD and LGD observations. This will form the basis on which estimates for future values for PD and LGD are made.  Based on IFRS 9, the Company will categorize its loans into three levels.  All limits are temporary and may be adjusted depending on the development of methods, new guidance and observed practice.

Level 1:
This is the starting point for all financial assets included in the general loan loss provision model. All assets which have no materially increased credit risk since the initial recognition will have a loan loss provisions corresponding to a 12 months expected loss.  This level includes all assets not transferred to Level 2 or 3.

Level 2:
In level 2 in the loan loss provision model are assets which have had a material increase in credit risk since the initial recognition, but where an objective evidence of a loan loss does not exist. For these assets a loan loss provision corresponding to an expected loss over the life time of the asset is made. At this level there are accounts where a material degree of change with regards to adverse credit risk has taken place, but belong to customers which are classified as not in default, i.e. that have not been assigned to risk class J or K (default).  The demarcation line between Level 2 and 3 is then clear.  IFRS 9 does describe that a material increase in credit risk has taken place, unless it can be proven otherwise, when a payment is 30 or more days delayed.

SpareBank 1 has further defined that assets associated to customers which are on a watchlist shall be included in Level2 and that as a main rule there has been a material increase in credit risk when a loan has negatively migrated by two or more risk classes. Two risk classes translates into an increase in PD of approximately 150 per cent.  A lower bound for PD has been set at 0.6 per cent in order that customers with a low PD are not included in Level 2.

The following criteria thereby must be met for a material adverse change in credit risk to have occurred:

  • Payment delayed by 30 or more days or
  • The probability of default has increased by 150% and
  • The PD is above 0.6%

Level 3:
At Level 3 in the loan loss provision model there are assets which have had a material increase in credit risk since initial recognition and where there are objective evidence of a loss in existence at the balance sheet date.  The Company has defined objective evidence when customers are categorized in risk classes J or K. This definition matches the definition which applies for internal risk management and control procedures and for the regulatory capital requirement calculation for the IRB banks.  Customers in risk class J or K are in default.  Default is defined as:

  • 90 days past due payment of an amount larger than 1,000 kroner.
  • Loss occurred
  • Bankruptcy / debt restructuring

Further development of the model
The model for loan loss provision is still under continuous development. The Company will assess prospective information for macroeconomic factors such as for example unemployment, GDP growth rates, interest rates and real estate prices in order to attempt to make forecasts for input into the model. The model will calculate loan loss provisions per month-end and adjustments will be made for events occurring prior to the reporting point in time.

Note 3 Risk Management

SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS is an institution which acquires residential mortgages from banks in the SpareBank 1 Alliance.

This activity is predominantly financed by the issuance of covered bonds.  The Company is therefore subject to the Norwegian legislation for covered bonds and the demands this imply for exposure to risk. In addition, the Company wishes to maintain the AAA/Aaa ratings from Fitch and Moody's, respectively, with regards to the covered bonds, which also requires a high degree of attention to risk management and a low risk exposure profile. 

The purpose with the risk and capital adequacy management within SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS is to ensure a satisfactory level of capital and a responsible management of assets in accordance with the Company's statutes and risk profile. This is ensured through an adequate process for risk management and planning and implementation of the Company's equity capital funding and capital adequacy.  

The Company's risk- and capital management are aiming to be in accordance to best practices - and this is ensured through:

  • A risk culture characterised through high awareness about types of risk and the management thereof
  • A competent risk analysis and control environment
  • A good understanding of which material risks the Company is exposed to"

Organisation and organisational culture
SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS is focused on maintaining a strong and alert organisational culture characterised by high awareness about risk management.

SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS is focused on independence and control, and the responsibilities are divided between different roles within the organisation:

  • The Board of Directors determines the main principles for risk management, including determining the risk profile, limits and guidelines. The Board also carries the responsibility to review capital levels in accordance with the risk profile and the requirements of the regulatory authorities.
  • The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the day to day administration of the Company's business and operations according to laws, statutes, powers of attorney and instructions from the Board.  Strategic items or operational items of an unusual nature or importance are discussed with and presented to the Board of Directors. The CEO may however decide a matter in accordance with a power of attorney from the Board. The CEO is responsible for implementing the Company's strategy and in cooperation with the Board to also develop and evolve the strategy. 
  • The risk manager reports both directly to the CEO and to the Board.  The risk manager is tasked with developing the framework for risk management including risk models and risk management systems.  The position is further responsible for the independent evaluation and reporting of risk exposure in addition to maintain all relevant laws and regulations.
  • The balance sheet committee is an advisory council for the operational management of the Company's balance sheet within the framework determined by the Board of Directors.  The committee is an important component of Boligkreditt's operative management of liquidity risks.  The balance sheet committee is headed by the CEO and consists of the CFOs of the largest banks in the SpareBank 1 Alliance in addition to one representative from the smaller Alliance banks (Samspar).
  • The investment committee is an advisory council for the evaluation of counterparty exposure limits and for the composition of the liquidity portfolio.   The committee is headed by the CEO and consists of Boligkreditt's financial director and director for asset liability management.  The committee advises on credit limits for counterparties and the composition of the liquidity portfolio.  The CEO has been tasked by the Board to make decisions regarding credit limits for counterparties and individual investments. "               

Risk Categories:
In its risk management the Company's differentiates amongst the following categories of risk:

  • Credit Risk: The risk of loss as a result of that counterparties are unwilling and/or unable to meet their obligations to the Company.  Credit risk management is detailed in the Company's credit risk policy and this policy is approved by the Board of Directors annually. 
  • Liquidity Risk: The risk that the Company is unable to meet its obligations and/or finance its assets
  • Market Risks: The risk of loss as a result of changes in observable market variables such as interest rates, foreign exchange rates and securities.

Further details about risk categories are discussed in later Notes

Note 4 Important Estimates and Considerations Regarding Application of Accounting Policies

The presentation of financial information in accordance with IFRS results in that management uses estimates and makes assumptions which affect the outcome of certain accounting principles, including the amounts accounted for assets, liabilities, income and cost.

Loss on loans and guarantees
The Company makes loan provisions for individual loans if an objective incident has occurred which can be identified in relation to a single exposure, and the objective incident reduces the future expected cash flow for repayment of the exposure.  Objective incident may be the default, bankruptcy, lack of liquidity or other material financial problems. Individual loan loss provisions are calculated as the difference between the book value of the loan and the net present value of the future cash flow based on the effective interest rate at the time of the initial calculation of the individual write off.  Subsequent changes in interest rates are considered for loan agreements with floating interest rates to the extent this impacts expected cash flow. Group loss provisions are estimated on groups of loans where there are objective evidence that an incurrence of loss has taken place following the initial accounting recognition of these loans on the balance sheet. Objective evidence include observable data which allows for a conclusion that the future cash flow from the group of loans is reduced.  The development in probability of default over time is one such objective evidence which is utilised in order to identify a need for a group loan loss provision.  Where a requirement for a group write down exists, the loss on the group of loans is calculated as the difference between the book value and the net present value of the future estimated cash flow.  In order to calculate this difference (which equates to the amount of write downs) the starting point is the expected loss for the group of loans. The estimates of individual and group loan loss provisions are always evaluated and formulated with a considerable degree of uncertainty.  Futures estimates based on historical incidents may prove to be erroneous because it is uncertain which relevance historical data have as a predictor for the future.  Where loans are secured on collateral in stressed situations, such as when certain objects or industries are in distress, the proceeds from sales of collateral in relative illiquid markets may be subject to a high degree of uncertainty.

Fair value of financial instruments
The fair value of financial instruments which are not traded in a liquid market are determined using valuation techniques.  The Company utilises methods and assumptions which are as far as possible based on observable market data and which represent market conditions as of the date of the financial accounts.  When valuing financial instruments where no observable market data are available, the Company estimates values based on what it is reasonable to expect that market participants would use as a basis for valuation of financial instruments.

Net pension obligations are based on a number of estimates including future investment returns, future interest rate and inflation levels, developments in compensation, turnover, development in the "G" amount (the basic level of pension as determined by the public pension system and used as a yardstick in several calculations nationally) and the general development in the number of disabled persons and life expectancy are of significant importance.  The uncertainty is primarily related to the gross obligation for pensions and not the net amount which is recorded in the financial accounts (balance sheet).  Changes in pension obligation estimates which may result from changes in the factors mentioned above will be charged directly against the Company's recorded equity.

Income Taxation
The calculation of the income tax also incorporates material estimates.  For many transactions and calculations there will be a degree of uncertainty related to the final tax obligation. SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS records tax obligations in tax- and other legal disputes based upon whether future income tax obligations are expected to materialise.  If the final outcome of a particular case deviate from the original accrued amount for tax, the difference will affect the profit and loss account for tax expense. The recognised amounts for deferred taxation in the period where the difference is established will also be affected.

Note 5 Net Interest Income

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Interest income
Interest income and similar income from loans to and balances with credit institutions 526,792 300,398
Interest income and similar income from loans to and balances with customers 4,511,245 5,258,746
Interest income treasury bills 7,877 7,849
Commission expense (payable to shareholder banks) * -1,247,952 -1,687,085
Total interest income 3,797,962 3,879,909
Interest expense
Interest expense and similar expenses to credit institutions 12,258 31,291
Interest expense and similar expenses on issued bonds 3,265,299 3,359,422
Interest expense and similar expenses on issued certificates 9,107 1,735
Interest expense and similar expenses on Tier 1 capital ** 45,227 22,047
Interest expense and similar expenses on Tier 2 capital 54,001 58,537
Other interest expenses 1,073 19
Total interest expense 3,386,965 3,473,052
Net interest income 410,997 406,857

* Commissions to our parent banks are calculated daily for each mortgage loan transferred, whereby the commission equals the customer loan rate less a rate which incorporates the Company's average cost of funding and operational costs. The operational add-on element is expressed through an average rate which is from time to time decided by the Company's Board of Directors.

** The reclassification on Tier 1 capital, Hybrid capital to equity, occurred at 31.12.2016 so that the interest will first be recognized in other equity as of 01.01.2017

Note 6 Net Gains from Financial Instruments

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Net gains (losses) from financial liabilities (1) -3,274,659 -408,266
Net gains (losses) from financial derivatives. hedging liabilities. at fair value. hedging instrument (1.3) 3,641,152 160,711
Net gains (losses) from financial assets (2) -665,916 -34,613
Net gains (losses) from financial derivatives. hedging assets. at fair value. hedging instrument (2.3) 77,376 48,869
Net gains (losses) due to changes in basisswapspreads (4) -299,947 467,146
Net gains (losses) -521,993 233,847

(1) The Company utilizes hedge accounting as defined in IFRS for issued fixed rate bonds (covered bonds) with derivatives (swaps) which hedges fixed rates to floating and foreign currencies to Norwegian kroner.  The hedges are individually tailored to each issued bond and exactly matches the cash flows and duration of the issued bonds. Some liabilities in foreign currency are hedged with natural hedges (corresponding assets in the same currency) and this will cause the valuation change of the liabilities to be different to the valuation changes in the derivatives hedging the liabilities. There will also be valuation differences due to the the amortization of issuance costs and when the bonds are issued at prices different from par value.

(2) SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS manages its liquidity risk by refinancing its outstanding bonds ahead of expected maturities and keeping proceeds as a liquidity portfolio. The majority of this portfolio is valued according to observed market values (fair value).  Fixed rate bonds and bonds in other currencies than Norwegian kroner are hedged using swaps. The latter are valued according to interest rate and foreign exchange rates and are also valued at fair value (though differences may occur because the valuation of the bonds include a credit risk/spread element which the swaps do not contain).  A smaller part of the portfolio is classified as hold-to-maturity and consist of bonds in Norwegian kroner at floating rates. Included in assets in the table are also investments which are hedged with natural currency hedges, as well as investments in short term, highly rated bonds from funds received from swap counterparties for collateral purposes. Such investments do not have a corresponding value change in the financial derivatives hedging the assets (and are also not included in the liabilities in line 1 in the table above as this contains only the Company's issued debt securities).

(3) All derivatives are valued at fair value according to changes in market interest rates and foreign exchange rates.  Changes in valuations from the previous period is accounted for in profit and loss. 

(4) The Company utilizes basis swaps, which is the foreign exchange swap that changes foreign currency exposure into Norwegian kroner exposure, and this is entered into at a certain cost expressed in bps per annum.  The change in this cost is used to adjust the valuation of all of the outstanding basis swaps each quarter, along with the change in other transaction charges to enter into the swaps.  An increase in the costs for basis swaps results in a positive adjustment (gain), while a reduction in basis swap costs lead to a negative adjustment (loss).  The effect of the basis swap valuation adjustments can be material from quarter to quarter because the Company's portfolio of swaps is extensive.  All basis swap valuation adjustments will reverse in line the with the passage of time and will become zero at the latest at the point of the scheduled swap termination date.

Note 7 Salaries and Remuneration

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Salary 9,903 10,726
Salaries reinvoiced to SpareBank1 Næringskreditt* -2,691 -3,108
Pension expenses 1,956 706
Social insurance fees 1,699 1,736
Other personnel expenses 541 640
Total salary expenses 11,409 10,700
Average number of full time equivalents (FTEs) 8 8

* The company’s employees have shared employment between SpareBank 1 Næringskreditt and SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt. All remuneration is effectuated through SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt and a portion is reinvoiced to SpareBank 1 Næringskreditt. The company also buys administrative services from SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA and SpareBank 1 Gruppen. Pension benefit obligations are covered in SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt through participation in the pension fund of SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA. This pension scheme meets the legal demands on mandatory occupational pension.

Note 8 Salaries and other Remuneration of Management

Paid in 2016

NOK 1 000 Total compensation Bonus Other compensation Pension cost Accrued Pensions Employee mortgage loan
Chief Executive Office - Arve Austestad 2,122 - 277 536 5,438 3,828
Chief Operating Officer - Henning Nilsen 1,394 - 34 - 1,096 6,885
Chief Financial Officer - Eivind Hegelstad 1,439 - 63 - - 4,178
Total for Management 4,955 - 374 536 6,534 14,891

Paid in 2015

NOK 1 000 Total compensation Bonus Other compensation Pension cost Accrued Pensions Employee mortgage loan
Chief Executive Office - Arve Austestad 2,089 - 168 706 4,637 4,163
Chief Operating Officer - Henning Nilsen 1,347 - 35 208 1,043 1,383
Chief Financial Officer - Eivind Hegelstad 1,314 - 35 - - 4,425
Total for Management 4,750 - 238 914 5,680 9,971

All employees have an offer of an employee mortgage loan from SpareBank 1 SR-Bank. The terms and conditions for this include an interest rate one percentage point below the standard rate as determined by the Norwegian Treasury Department from time to time.

The Board of Directors 2016 2015
Kjell Fordal 100 100
Inge Reinertsen 80 79
Tore Anstein Dobloug 80 79
Merete N. Kristiansen 80 79
Merete Eik 80 79
Trond Sørås (Observer) 23 20
Geir-Egil Bolstad (Observer) 23 17
Total for the Board of Directors 466 450
The Control Committee
Ola Neråsen 10 10
Brigitte Ninauve 10 10
Solveig Midtbø 5 5
Kjersti Hønstad 13 13
Total for the Control Committee 39 38
The Committee of Representatives
Arne Henning Falkenhaug 10 9
Sveinung Hestnes - 2
Vegard Sæten - 2
Kjersti Hønstad 2 2
Hanne J Nordgaard 2 2
Gudrun Michelsen - 2
Thor-Christian Haugland 2 -
Vidar Norheim 2 -
Kåre Johan Osen 2 -
Total for the Committee of Representatives 18 18

Note 9 Pensions

SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt employees (eight in total) are all at a defined contribution pension scheme. The Company pays the agreed contribution into the pension scheme and has no further obligations. For the Company's CEO the Company has future pension,obligations for salary above 12G (the cap for contributions according to the defined contribution scheme) and these liabilities are,accounted for in the Company's accounts.

2016 2015
Net pension obligations on the balance sheet
Present value pension obligation as of Dec 31 15,980 15,567
Pension assets as of Dec 31 4,121 4,734
Net pension obligation as of Dec 31 11,859 10,833
Employer payroll tax 2,265 1,527
Net pension obligation recorded as of Dec 31 14,124 12,360
2,016 2,015
Pension expense in the period
Defined benefit pension accrued in the period 941 602
Defined contribution plan pension costs including AFP 1,019 292
Pension expense accounted for in the income statement 1,960 894
The following economic assumptions have been made when calculating the value of the pension obligations which are not related to the defined contribution plan:
2,016 2,015
Discount rate 2,60 % 2,70 %
Expected return on pension assets 2,60 % 2,70 %
Future annual compensation increases 2,50 % 2,50 %
Regulatory cap change 2,25 % 2,50 %
Pensions regulation amount 1,60%/2,00% 1,60%/2,00%
Employer payroll taxes 14,10 % 14,10 %

Note 10 Administration Expenses

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
IT operation and maintenance 9,456 9,705
Travel 944 1,087
Telephone and postage 123 163
Misc other adm expenses 9 10
Cost share with SpareBank 1 Næringskreditt AS -284 -340
Total 10,247 10,625

Note 11 Other Operating Expenses

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Auditing. hired personnel from SpareBank 1 Group. other services 11,761 9,062
Operating expenses rented offices 618 675
Operating expenses reinvoiced to SpareBank 1 Næringskreditt -500 -462
Misc other operating expenses 436 486
Total 12,315 9,760


Remuneration to Deloitte AS and cooperating companies is allocated as follows:

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Legally required audit 516 571
Other attestation services. incl. examination services. loan documents sample testing. comfort letters 611 841
Other services outside auditing 300 57
Total (incl VAT) 1,427 1,469

Note 12 Taxes

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Pre-tax profit -146,334 607,635
Permanent differences 2 18
Change in temporary differences due to net unrealized gain/loss 1,577,616 -1,425,662
Change in temporary differences due to use of previously tax deficit -931,692
Tax base/taxable income for year 499,591 -818,009
Tax payable 124,898 0
Change in deferred taxes -161,481 164,066
Change in deferred tax due to rate change from 27 % to 25 % 0 -29,530
Tax expense -36,583 134,535
Effective tax rate 25,00 % 22,14 %
Tax effect on pension estimate deviation -264 1,421
Tax effects on elements in comprehensive income and loss -264 1,421
Temporary differences as of 31.12
Net unrealized gain/loss 1,069,618 2,646,524
Pension -14,124 -12,360
Tax deficit to be carried forward - -931,692
Corrections to be carried forward -220,230 -220,230
Total temporary differences that affect taxable income 835,264 1,482,242
Net deferred tax benefit (-) / deferred tax (+) 208,816 370,561
Taxrate applied 25 % 27 %
Taxrate applied for temporary differences 25 % 25 %

Note 13 Other Assets

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Intangible assets * 1,245 1,880
Account receivables from SpareBank 1 Næringskreditt AS 299 1,791
Total 1,543 3,671

Intangible assets *

NOK 1 000
Acquisition cost 01.01.2015 32,397
Acquisitions 962
Acquisition cost 31.12.2015 33,359
Accumulated depreciation and write-downs 01.01.2015 29,494
Periodical depreciation 1,985
Periodical write-down -
Disposal ordinary depreciation -
Accumulated depreciation and write-downs 31.12.2015 31,479
Book value as of 31.12.2015 1,880
Acquisition cost 01.01.2016 33,359
Acquisitions 732
Acquisition cost 31.12.2016 34,091
Accumulated depreciation and write-downs 01.01.2016 31,479
Periodical depreciation 1,367
Periodical write-down -
Disposal ordinary depreciation -
Accumulated depreciation and write-downs 31.12.2016 32,846
Book value as of 31.12.2016 1,245
Financial lifespan 3 years
Depreciation schedule linear

Note 14 Lending to Customers

Lending to customers are residential mortgages only. The mortgages generally have a low loan-to-value and losses have been very low. The total amount of lending to customers at the end of 2016 were NOK 174,5 billion. All mortgages carry a variable interest rate.

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Revolving loans - retail market 53,353,004 54,205,342
Amortising loans - retail market 120,969,630 114,989,151
Accrued interest 148,277 152,202
Total loans before specified and unspecified loss provisions 174,470,911 169,346,696
Specified loan loss provisions - -
Unspecified loan loss provisions 7,708 7,708
Total net loans and claims with customers 174,463,203 169,338,988
Unused balances under customer revolving credit lines (flexible loans) 13,593,736 18,636,235
Total 13,593,736 18,636,235
Defaulted loans
Defaults* 0.0 % 0.0 %
Specified loan loss provisions 0.0 % 0.0 %
Net defaulted loans 0.0 % 0.0 %
Loans at risk of loss
Loans not defaulted but at risk of loss 0.0 % 0.0 %
- Write downs on loans at risk of loss 0.0 % 0.0 %
Net other loans at risk of loss 0.0 % 0.0 %

*The entire customer loan balance is considered to be in default and will be included in overviews of defaulted loans when overdue instalments and interest payments are not received within 90 days or if credit limits on revolving loans are exceeded for 90 days or more.

Changes to loan loss provisions

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Loan loss provisions as of 01.01 7,708 7,708
Change in group loan loss provisions 0 0
Loan loss provisions as of 31.12 7,708 7,708

Loans sorted according to geography (Norwegian countries)

NOK 1 000 Lending 2016 Lending 2016 % Lending 2015 Lending 2015 %
NO01 Østfold 6,529,476 3.74 % 6,145,884 3.63 %
NO02 Akershus 19,581,758 11.22 % 18,026,924 10.65 %
NO03 Oslo 17,923,579 10.27 % 17,205,312 10.16 %
NO04 Hedmark 13,334,486 7.64 % 12,782,891 7.55 %
NO05 Oppland 5,439,439 3.12 % 4,570,495 2.70 %
NO06 Buskerud 10,316,497 5.91 % 9,347,308 5.52 %
NO07 Vestfold 7,394,448 4.24 % 6,825,251 4.03 %
NO08 Telemark 6,473,779 3.71 % 6,027,434 3.56 %
NO09 Aust Agder 421,288 0.24 % 459,263 0.27 %
NO10 Vest Agder 1,792,554 1.03 % 1,923,355 1.14 %
NO11 Rogaland 21,176,762 12.14 % 24,310,677 14.36 %
NO12 Hordaland 3,245,956 1.86 % 3,604,683 2.13 %
NO14 Sogn og Fjordane 369,652 0.21 % 316,366 0.19 %
NO15 Møre og Romsdal 10,341,902 5.93 % 9,615,178 5.68 %
NO16 Sør Trøndelag 18,470,852 10.59 % 17,932,825 10.59 %
NO17 Nord Trøndelag 7,779,190 4.46 % 7,655,581 4.52 %
NO18 Nordland 9,800,260 5.62 % 9,050,823 5.34 %
NO19 Troms 9,848,163 5.64 % 9,713,575 5.74 %
NO20 Finnmark 4,177,157 2.39 % 3,792,768 2.24 %
Svalbard 46,006 0.03 % 32,397 0.02 %
SUM 174,463,203 100.0 % 169,338,988 100.0 %

Note 15 Share Capital and Shareholder Information

List of shareholders as of 31.12.2016

No of Shares in per cent Share of votes
SpareBank 1 SMN 12,081,960 19.09 % 19.09 %
SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge 9,247,688 14.61 % 14.61 %
SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA 8,778,079 13.87 % 13.87 %
Bank 1 Oslo Akershus AS 6,466,157 10.21 % 10.21 %
Sparebanken Hedmark 6,357,786 10.04 % 10.04 %
BN Bank ASA 3,820,090 6.03 % 6.03 %
SpareBank 1 BV 2,926,026 4.62 % 4.62 %
SpareBank 1 Østfold Akershus 2,817,655 4.45 % 4.45 %
Sparebanken Telemark 2,669,547 4.22 % 4.22 %
SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland 2,322,759 3.67 % 3.67 %
SpareBank 1 Nordvest 1,390,766 2.20 % 2.20 %
SpareBank 1 Modum 921,156 1.46 % 1.46 %
SpareBank 1 Nøtterøy Tønsberg 885,033 1.40 % 1.40 %
SpareBank 1 Søre Sunnmøre 823,622 1.30 % 1.30 %
SpareBank 1 Hallingdal Valdres 758,599 1.20 % 1.20 %
SpareBank 1 Gudbrandsdal 587,012 0.93 % 0.93 %
SpareBank 1 Lom og Skjåk 451,547 0.71 % 0.71 %
Total 63,305,482 100 % 100 %

The share capital consists of 63 305 482 shares with a nominal value of NOK 100

Note 16 Liabilities incurred by issuing Securities

NOK 1 000 Nominal value* 2016 Nominal value 2015
Short term notes. unsecured 950,000 -
Repurchased short term notes. unsecured - -
Senior unsecured bonds 3,481,000 6,476,000
Repurchased senior unsecured bonds -232,000 -74,000
Covered bonds 185,292,077 177,244,869
Repurchased Covered bonds -1,951,550 -4,917,100
Total debt incurred by issuing securities 187,539,527 178,729,769

* Nominal value is incurred debt at exchange rates (EUR/NOK and USD/NOK) at the time of issuance

NOK 1 000 Book value 2016 Book value 2015
Short term notes. unsecured 949,966 -
Repurchased short term notes. unsecured - -
Senior unsecured bonds 3,480,574 6,475,779
Repurchased senior unsecured bonds -231,456 -73,998
Covered bonds 209,376,266 215,868,978
Repurchased covered bonds -2,136,734 -5,125,020
Activated costs incurred by issuing debt -163,181 -158,707
Accrued interest 1,781,147 1,866,571
Total debt incurred by issuing securities 213,056,583 218,853,602

Liabilities categorized by debt instrument and year of maturity (nominal value*, net of repurchased bonds) NOK 1,000:

Senior Unsecured Bonds and notes

Due in 2016 2015
2015 - -
2016 - 3,752,000
2017 2,518,000 2,650,000
2018 800,000 -
2019 881,000 -
Total 4,199,000 6,402,000

Covered bonds

Due in 2016 2015
2016 - 20,621,625
2017 19,449,500 21,013,000
2018 35,754,250 35,754,250
2019 27,535,470 27,167,690
2020 24,958,500 24,958,500
2021 28,770,128 25,402,456
2022 21,148,750 12,648,750
2023 9,252,750 -
2024 1,517,529 1,462,848
2025 1,010,000 1,010,000
2026 12,185,000 1,650,000
2027 475,850 475,850
2028 1,282,800 162,800
Total 183,340,527 172,327,769

* Nominal value is incurred debt at exchange rates (EUR/NOK and USD/NOK) at the time of issuance

Debt incurred by currency (book values at the end of the period)

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
NOK 62,584,741 56,218,289
EUR 120,282,131 120,721,290
USD 29,922,726 41,625,965
SEK 266,985 288,058
Total 213,056,583 218,853,602

Note 17 Subordinated Debt

NOK 1000 ISIN Interest rate Issued year Call option Nominal amount 2016 2015
With maturity
Subordinated debt (Tier 2 capital instrument) NO0010704109 3M Nibor + 225 bp 2014 43,592 1,600,000 1,600,000 1,600,000
Accrued interest 3,778 3,778
Additional tier 1 capital classified as hybrid capital as of 31/12-16
Hybrid (Tier 1 capital instrument) * NO0010713746 3M Nibor + 310 bp 2014 43,594 350,000 - 350,000
Hybrid (Tier 1 capital instrument) * NO0010745920 3M Nibor + 360 bp 2015 44,097 300,000 - 300,000
Hybrid (Tier 1 capital instrument) * NO0010746191 3M Nibor + 360 bp 2015 44,103 180,000 - 180,000
Hybrid (Tier 1 capital instrument) * NO0010767643 3M Nibor + 360 bp 2016 44,369 250,000 - -
Accrued interest * 0 603
Book value 1,603,778 2,434,380

*All hybrid instruments have been reclassified to equity from 31.12.2016. This is according to the definition of a financial liability under IAS 32.

Note 18 Financial Derivatives

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Interest rate derivative contracts
Interest rate swaps
Nominal amount 69,479,995 80,539,030
Asset 4,346,925 5,345,413
Liability -667,779 -638,503
Currency derivative contracts
Currency swaps
Nominal amount 138,286,431 153,531,262
Asset 22,604,660 35,103,579
Liability -1,113,441 -51,812
Total financial derivative contracts
Nominal amount 207,766,425 234,070,292
Asset 26,951,585 40,448,992
Liability * -1,781,221 -690,315
All derivative contracts exist for the purpose of hedging changes in interest rates and currency exchange rates.
* Including basis swap spread adjustments. see note 6.
Asset 26,951,585 40,448,992
Net gain (loss) on valuation adjustment of basisswap spreads 198,803 498,751
Net asset derivatives 27,150,388 40,947,743

Basis swaps are currency swaps and are entered into at a certain cost (spread) between SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt and banks which offer such swaps and which have signed an ISDA agreement with the Company. Changes in the cost are valued each quarter across all of the Company's swaps in accordance with the IFRS rules. An increase in the cost would result in an increase in the value of the basisswaps while a cost decrease would reduce the value of the basis swaps. The effect may be material from quarter to quarter because the Company's portfolio of swaps is extensive. All basisswap value changes will reverse over time towards the point of termination of the swaps.

Note 19 Classification of Financial Instruments

NOK 1 000 Financial instruments accounted for at fair value * Financial assets and debt accounted for at amortised cost Financial assets held to maturity Non-financial assets and liabilities 2016
Deposits at and receivables from financial institutions - 8,129,096 - - 8,129,096
Norwegian government short term debt certificates 1,948,409 - - - 1,948,409
Bonds 40,483,363 - 74,846 - 40,558,209
Lending to customers - 174,463,203 - - 174,463,203
Financial derivatives 27,150,388 - - - 27,150,388
Other assets - - - 1,543 1,543
Total Assets 69,582,160 182,592,299 74,846 1,543 252,250,848
Debt incurred by issuing securities 169,924,011 43,132,572 - - 213,056,583
Collateral received in relation to financial derivatives - 24,304,397 - - 24,304,397
Financial derivatives 1,781,221 - - - 1,781,221
Deferred taxes - - - 208,816 208,816
Taxes payable - - - 124,898 124,898
Subordinated dept - 1,603,778 - - 1,603,778
Other liabilities - - - 117,865 117,865
Total Liabilities 171,705,232 69,040,747 - 451,579 241,197,558
Total Equity - 1,081,034 - 9,972,256 11,053,290
Total Liabilities and Equity 171,705,232 70,121,781 - 10,423,835 252,250,848

*Fair value calculation according to changes in market interest rates and currencies exchange rates

NOK 1 000 Financial instruments accounted for at fair value * Financial assets and debt accounted for at amortised cost Financial assets held to maturity Non-financial assets and liabilities 2015
Deposits at and receivables from financial institutions - 8,083,543 - - 8,083,543
Norwegian government short term debt certificates 8,705,692 - - - 8,705,692
Bonds 41,888,568 - 225,094 - 42,113,662
Lending to customers - 169,338,988 - - 169,338,988
Financial derivatives 40,947,743 - - - 40,947,743
Other assets - - - 3,671 3,671
Total Assets 91,542,003 177,422,531 225,094 3,671 269,193,299
Debt incurred by issuing securities 178,925,021 39,928,581 - - 218,853,602
Collateral received in relation to financial derivatives - 36,950,453 - - 36,950,453
Financial derivatives 690,315 - - - 690,315
Deferred taxes - - - 370,561 370,561
Taxes payable - - - - -
Subordinated dept - 2,434,380 - - 2,434,380
Other liabilities - - - 156,116 156,116
Total Liabilities 179,615,336 79,313,414 - 526,677 259,455,427
Total Equity - - - 9,737,872 9,737,872
Total Liabilities and Equity 179,615,336 79,313,414 - 10,264,549 269,193,299

*Fair value calculation according to changes in market interest rates and currencies exchange rates

Note 20 Financial Instruments at Fair Value

Methods in order to determine fair value

The interest rate curve that is used as input for fair value valuations of hedging instruments and hedging objects consists of the NIBOR-curve for maturities less than one year. The swap-curve is used for maturities exceeding one year.

Interest rate and currency swaps
Valuation of interest rate swaps at fair value is done through discounting future cash flows to their present values.  Valuation of currency swaps will also include the element of foreign exchange rates.

Valuation of bonds at fair value is done through discounting future cash flows to present value.

With effect from 2009 SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS has implemented the changes in IFRS 7 in relation to the valuation of financial instruments as of the date of the financial accounts. The changes require a presentation of the fair value measurement for each Level. We have the following three Levels for the fair value measurement:

Level 1: Quoted price in an active market.  Fair value of financial instruments which are traded in active markets are based on the market price at the balance sheet date. A market is considered to be active if the market prices are easily and readily available from an exchange, dealer, broker, industry group, pricing service or regulating authority and that these prices represent actual and regular market transactions on an arm's length basis.

Level 2: Valuation based on observable factors.  Level 2 consist of instruments which are not valued based on listed prices, but where prices are indirectly observable for assets or liabilities, but also includes listed prices in not active markets.

Level 3: The valuation is based on factors that are not found in observable markets (non-observable assumptions).  If valuations according to Level 1 or Level 2 are not available, valuations are based on not-observable information.  The Company has a matter of principle neither assets nor liabilities which are valued at this level.

The following table presents the company’s assets and liabilities at fair value as of 31.12.2016

NOK 1 000 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Total
Bonds and bills 25,742,489 16,764,091 - 42,506,579
Financial Derivatives - 27,150,388 - 27,150,388
Total Assets 30,189,424 45,929,039 - 76,118,463
Bonds - 169,924,011 - 169,924,011
Financial Derivatives - 1,781,221 - 1,781,221
Total Liabilities - 171,705,232 - 171,705,232

The following table presents the company

NOK 1 000 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Total
Bonds and bills 41,286,375 9,307,886 - 50,594,260
Financial Derivatives - 40,947,743 - 40,947,743
Total Assets 41,286,375 50,255,628 - 91,542,003
Bonds - 178,925,021 - 178,925,021
Financial Derivatives - 690,315 - 690,315
Total Liabilities - 179,615,336 - 179,615,336

Note 21 Bonds classified as Hold to Maturity

As of 31.12.2016

Bonds classified as Book value 01.01.2016 Investments Matured Amortizing Exchange rate effects Amortised cost 31.12.2016
Hold to maturity 224,605 - -150,000 240 - 74,845
Total certificates and bonds 224,605 - -150,000 240 - 74,845

Market value of bonds in hold to maturity portfolio

Bonds classified as Book value Market value incl fx effect Effect on results if fair value
Hold to maturity 74,845 75,204 358
Total certificates and bonds 74,845 75,204 358

Note 22 Other Liabilities

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Employees tax deductions and other deductions 1,470 1,478
Employers national insurance contribution 476 462
Accrued holiday allowance 1,011 1,015
Commission payable to shareholder banks 92,506 117,921
Deposits* 1,010 12,977
Pension liabilities 14,124 12,360
Other accrued costs 7,267 9,902
Total 117,865 156,116

The Company does not have an overdraft facility or a revolving credit facility as of 31.12.2016
* Deposits represents temporary balances paid in by customers in excess of the original loan amount

Note 23 Credit Risk

Credit risk is defined as the risk that losses can occur as a consequence of that customers and others do not have the ability or willingness to meet their obligations to SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt as and when agreed.

Credit risk mainly includes loans to customers which are collateralised by private residences (residential mortgage loans), but also includes credit risk in derivatives contracts (counterparty credit risk) and investment in bonds within the Company's liquidity portfolio.  SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS maintains a credit policy and limits in order to manage and closely monitor all credit risk the company is exposed to.

According to the Transfer and Servicing agreement between SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt and each parent bank, the Company has the right to reduce commissions payable for the remainder of the current calendar year to all of its parents banks by an amount equal to any incurred losses on individual mortgage loans.  The Company has not since the commencement of its operations had any instances of off-set against the commissions due to its parent banks. 

Credit exposure

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Loans to customers 174,463,203 169,338,988
Loans to and deposits with credit institutions 8,129,096 8,083,543
Government certificates 1,948,409 8,705,692
Bonds 40,558,209 42,113,662
Financial derivatives 27,150,388 40,947,743
Total assets 252,249,305 269,189,628
Unused credit on flexible loans 13,593,736 18,653,742
Received collateral in relation to derivative contracts -24,304,397 -36,950,453
Total credit exposure 241,538,644 250,905,798

Lending to customers (residential mortgage loans)

The risk classification of the Company's lending is conducted on the basis of an evaluation of the exposures.  The evaluation is based on the following main criteria:

• Ability of the customer to pay (income and debt)

• Willingness to pay (payment remarks)

• Size of the loan

• Loan to value (maximum loan to collateral value is 75% and the collateral must be valued by an independent source,  Valuations are updated quarterly for the whole loan portfolio)

• Location

SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS utilizes the SpareBank 1 Alliance's IT platform and custom developed IT systems for the acquisition of loans from the banks in the SpareBank 1 Alliance. Credit risk is monitored by measuring the development of the mortgage portfolio's credit quality, details about missed payments, defaults and over the limit withdrawals.  For defaults and losses in the portfolio the Company has set the following limits:

• Maximum probability of default for the portfolio:  0.90 %

• Expected loss in the portfolio:  < 0.02 % of the loan volume

• Unexpected loss in the portfolio (at a 99.97% confidence level):  < 0,75 % of the loan volume

The following risk classification, step 1 to 3 is executed monthly based on objective data

1.Probability of default (PD): The customers are classified in PD classes depending on the likelihood for default within the next 12 months based on a long average (through cycle). The PD is calculated on the basis of historical dataseries for financial key numbers tied to income and source of income, as well as on the basis of non-financial criteria such as age and behaviour.  In order to group the customers according to PD, nine classes of probability of default are used (A to I).  In addition the Company has to default classes (J and K) for customers with defaulted and/or written down exposures.

2. Exposure at default:  This is a calculated number which provides the exposure with a customer at the point of default.  This exposure is usually of lending volume and the approved but not utilized credit lines.  Customers approved but not utilized credit lines are multiplied with a 100 per cent conversion factor.

3. Loss given default (LGD): This is a calculated number which expresses how much the Company potentially stands to lose if a custiner defaults on his or her obligations.  The assessment takes into consideration the collateral and the cost the Company could incur by foreclosing and collecting on the defaulted exposure.  The Company determines the realizable value on the collateral based on the experience of the SpareBank 1 banks over time, and so that the values reflect a cautious assessment in the lower point of an economic cycle.  Seven classes (1 to 7) are used to classify the exposures according to LGD. 

SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS will only purchase loans from the shareholder banks that have a high servicing capacity and low loan to value. This implies that the loans bought by the Company are in lower risk groups. The Company utilizes the same risk classification as the other banks in the SpareBank 1 Alliance. Presented below is an overview that shows how loans are allocated over the risk groups. The allocation in risk groups is based on expected loss (PD multiplied by LGD for each individual loan).

Definition of risk groups - based on probability of default

Risk group Lower limit Upper limit Distribution in % 2016 Distribution in % 2015 Total lending * 2016 Total lending * 2015
Lowest 0,00 % 0,01 % 83,49 % 75,98 % 145,420,072 128,452,104
Low 0,01 % 0,05 % 12,66 % 18,61 % 22,058,993 31,469,568
Medium 0,05 % 0,20 % 2,60 % 3,84 % 4,531,889 6,483,931
High 0,20 % 0,50 % 0,62 % 0,72 % 1,079,148 1,216,783
Highest 0,50 % 100 % 0,63 % 0,85 % 1,094,298 1,433,267
Total 100,00 % 100,00 % 174,184,400 169,055,653

* Total exposures are presented as exposure at default exclusive of accrued interest and before group loan loss provisions.

Loans to and deposits with credit institutions
SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt only has deposits with financial institutions rated A-/A2 or higher as of 31.12.2016

Bonds and certificates

Rating class 2016 2015
AAA/Aaa Covered Bonds 24,681,109 14,832,945
Norw. Government bills 1,948,409 8,705,692
Other government or gov guaranteed bonds 12,154,915 25,468,493
Financial institutions
Total 38,784,432 49,007,130
AA+/Aa1 to AA-/Aa3 Covered Bonds 3,722,186 1,812,225
Financial institutions 3,981,316 3,319,040
Total 7,703,501 5,131,265
A+/A1 - A/A2 Financial institutions 4,147,781 4,764,503
Total 4,147,781 4,764,503
Total 50,635,714 58,902,897

Fitch/Moody's/S&P rating classes are used. If the ratings differ, the lowest counts. All bonds are publicly listed.

Financial derivatives
Derivative contracts are only entered into with counterparties with a certain minimum rating by Fitch Ratings and Moody's Ratings. Service. If the value of the derivative exceeds the credit limits held by SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt for counterparty risk in derivative contracts the counterparty must post cash collateral in either NOK or EUR. SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt is not required to post collateral if the value of the contract should be in favour of the counterparty. Collateral received is included in the balance sheet under receivables with and debt to credit institutions.

Note 24 Liquidity Risk

Liquidity risk is defined as the risk that the business is not able to meet its obligations at maturity.

SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS issues covered bonds at shorter maturities than the residential mortgages which make up the largest portion of assets on the Company’s balance sheet. The Liquidity risk which arises is closely monitored and is in compliance with the Norwegian covered bond legislation which amongst other things requires that the cash flow from the cover pool is sufficient to cover outgoing cash flows for holders of preferential claims on the cover pool (holders of covered bonds and counterparties in associated hedging contracts (swaps). In order to manage the liquidity risk certain limits and liquidity reserves have been approved by the Board of Directors. SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS maintains a liquidity reserve which will cover undrawn amounts under revolving loans, a theoretical temporary halt to incoming interest payments from the mortgage loans and at any point in time cover bond maturities for the next six months (100 per cent) and 50 per cent for maturities between 6 and 12 months, according to the proposals for a new Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR). Liquidity risk is monitored on a regular basis and weekly reports are presented to the management and monthly reports to the Board.                            
Boligkreditt's shareholder banks have committed themselves to buying covered bonds in a situation where the primary market for issuance of covered bonds is not functioning.  This commitment has no liquidity effects on the SpareBank 1 banks because the covered bonds can be deposited with the central bank at any time.  The Company may require its shareholder banks to acquire covered bonds from it in an amount which is capped at the amount of the next 12 months upcoming maturities less what the Company holds as its own liquidity reserve.  Each shareholder bank's responsibility is pro rata in accordance with its ownership stake in the Company and secondary up to a level of twice its pro rata stake if other banks are unable or unwilling to meet their commitment. Each bank may make a deduction in its commitment for bonds already purchased under this commitment. 

Liquidity Risk - all amounts in 1000 NOK

31.12.2016 No set term Maturity 0 to 1 month Maturity 1 to 3 months Maturity 3 to 12 months Maturity 1 to 5 years Maturity more than 5 years
Loans to credit institutions 48,687,305 3,994,435 3,357,730 8,578,924 8,044,821 22,730,132 1,981,263
Lending to customers 174,463,203 461 11,380 54,358 1,335,536 173,061,469
Derivatives 27,150,388 1,683,619 3,687,768 19,877,432 1,901,571
Treasury Bills 1,948,409 1,556,606 391,802
Other assets with no set term 1,543 1,543
Total Assets 252,250,848 3,995,978 3,358,191 11,830,529 12,178,749 43,943,099 176,944,302
Liabilities incurred when issuing securities -213,056,583 163,142 -11,729,124 -15,631,589 -137,982,657 -47,876,356
Other liabilities with a set term -24,304,397 -24,304,397
Derivatives -1,781,221 -4,334 -1,665 -26,161 -910,328 -838,733
Liabilities with no set term -451,579 -451,579
Subordinated debt -1,603,778 -1,603,778
Equity -11,053,290 -9,972,256 -1,081,034
Total liabilities and equity -252,250,848 -10,260,693 -24,308,730 -11,730,788 -15,657,751 -138,892,985 -51,399,901
Net total all items -6,264,714 -20,950,540 99,741 -3,479,002 -94,949,886 125,544,401

Liquidity Risk - all amounts in 1000 NOK

31.12.2015 No set term Maturity 0 to 1 month Maturity 1 to 3 months Maturity 3 to 12 months Maturity 1 to 5 years Maturity more than 5 years
Loans to credit institutions 50,197,205 6,434,928 3,286,100 11,086,835 15,806,019 12,100,177 1,483,146
Lending to customers 169,338,988 9,322 14,151 47,161 1,329,844 167,938,509
Derivatives 40,947,743 6,565,858 25,343,180 9,038,705
Treasury Bills 8,705,692 4,739,781 3,965,912
Other assets with no set term 3,671 3,671
Total Assets 269,193,299 6,438,598 3,295,422 15,840,767 26,384,950 38,773,201 178,460,360
Liabilities incurred when issuing securities -218,853,602 158,707 -672,290 -568,436 -29,744,075 -136,813,686 -51,213,822
Other liabilities with a set term -36,950,453 -36,950,453
Derivatives -690,315 -3,130 -35,394 -447,723 -204,067
Liabilities with no set term -526,677 -526,677
Subordinated debt -2,434,380 0 -2,434,380
Equity -9,737,872 -9,737,872
Total liabilities and equity -269,193,299 -10,105,841 -37,625,873 -568,436 -29,779,469 -137,261,409 -53,852,269
Net total all items -3,667,243 -34,330,451 15,272,331 -3,394,519 -98,488,209 124,608,091

Note 25 Interest Rate Risk

The interest rate risk is the risk of a negative profit effect due to rate changes.

The balance sheet of SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt consists in all essence of loans to retail clients with a variable interest rate that can be changed after a 6 week notice period, floating rate current deposits, bonds and certificates in the Company's liquidity portfolio and of issued bonds and certificates. In accordance with the Norwegian legislation applicable to Covered Bonds and internal guidelines, SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt hedges all interest rate risk by utilising interest rate swaps. The Board approves limits for interest rate risk for different terms. Reports to the Board are presented on a monthly basis. The table below reports the effect on market value in NOK for one per cent change in interest rates for the Company’s portfolios of mortgages, derivatives and issued bonds. The interest rate sensitivity shows the expected effect from a 100 basis points parallel shift in the interest rate curve:

Interest rate risk - all amounts in 1 000 NOK

31.12.2016 No set term Maturity 0 to 1 month Maturity 1 to 3 months Maturity 3 to 12 months Maturity 1 to 5 years Maturity more than 5 years
Loans to credit institutions 48,687,305 14,280,822 20,056,453 6,637,569 5,930,120 1,782,340
Lending to customers 174,463,203 174,463,203
Treasury Bills 1,948,409 1,556,606 391,802
Other assets with no set term 1,543 1,543
Total Assets 225,100,459 1,543 14,280,822 196,076,262 7,029,372 5,930,120 1,782,340
Liabilities incurred when issuing securities -213,056,583 163,142 -2,582,945 -53,356,072 -13,584,329 -102,482,711 -41,213,669
Other liabilities with a set term -24,304,397 -24,304,397
Liabilities with no set term -451,579 -451,579
Subordinated debt -1,603,778 -1,603,778
Equity -11,053,290 -9,972,256 -1,081,034
Total liabilities and equity -250,469,627 -34,565,089 -2,582,945 -53,356,072 -13,584,329 -102,482,711 -43,898,481
Net interest rate risk
before derivatives -25,369,168 -34,563,546 11,697,877 142,720,191 -6,554,958 -96,552,591 -42,116,140
Derivatives 25,369,168 0 -13,613,890 -108,987,025 12,419,060 96,568,067 38,982,956
Net interest rate risk -34,563,546 -1,916,013 33,733,166 5,864,102 15,476 -3,133,185
% of total assets 14 1 13 2 0 1

Interest rate risk - all amounts in 1 000 NOK

31.12.2015 No set term Maturity 0 to 1 month Maturity 1 to 3 months Maturity 3 to 12 months Maturity 1 to 5 years Maturity more than 5 years
Loans to credit institutions 50,197,205 13,798,383 18,996,862 13,290,834 3,674,048 437,078
Lending to customers 169,338,988 169,338,988
Treasury Bills 8,705,692 4,739,781 3,965,912
Other assets with no set term 3,671 3,671
Total Assets 228,245,556 3,671 13,798,383 193,075,631 17,256,746 3,674,048 437,078
Liabilities incurred when issuing securities -218,853,602 158,707 -7,165,766 -34,399,765 -23,706,227 -109,208,193 -44,532,358
Other liabilities with a set term -36,950,453 -36,950,453
Liabilities with no set term -526,677 -526,677
Subordinated debt -2,434,380 -2,434,380
Equity -9,737,872 -9,737,872
Total liabilities and equity -268,502,984 -47,056,294 -7,165,766 -34,399,765 -23,706,227 -109,208,193 -46,966,738
Net interest rate risk
before derivatives -40,257,428 -47,052,624 6,632,617 158,675,866 -6,449,482 -105,534,145 -46,529,660
Derivatives 40,257,427 0 -15,586,140 -117,215,091 22,625,436 105,544,855 44,889,626
Net interest rate risk -47,052,624 -8,953,523 41,460,774 16,175,954 10,710 -1,640,034
% of total assets 17 % 3 % 15 % 6 % 0 % 1 %

The table below presents a net change in market value in NOK for all the Company's asset and liabilities given a one per cent parallel move of the interest rate curve.

Sensitivity of net interest rate expense in NOK 1000
Currency Change in basis points 2,016 2,015
NOK 100 57,009 74,560

Mortgage rates (variable) are set by SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS, but for all practical purposes follow the recommendations from the local originating banks. The mortgage interest rates are set dependent on collateral and LTV, customer risk category and the competitive mortgage lending landscape.

Note 26 Currency Risk

The foreign exchange risk is the risk of a negative P&L impact as a result of changes in foreign currencies.

SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS’s balance sheet consists mainly of lending to private individuals in Norway and in NOK, current deposits in NOK and liabilities issued in the Norwegian or international capital markets. In accordance with the Norwegian covered bond legislation and its internal guidelines the Company hedges all currency risk, either by the utilisation of swaps or by way of asset liability management, i.e. maintaining exposures in assets and liabilities of the same currency. Weekly risk reports are created by the management team and reports to the Board of Directors have a monthly frequency. The currency risk (sensitivity to currency movements) are calculated by adding the exposure in the various currencies. No other currencies than the NOK had a material net position on the Company's balance sheet at the end of the year.

Net currency exposure in NOK 1 000

Currency 2016 2015
EUR 2,378 -2,706
- Bank Deposits 6,015 2,117
- Issued Bonds -120,282,093 -120,721,290
- Derivatives 111,776,825 116,867,190
- Bond investments 8,501,631 3,849,277
USD 14,246 38,900
- Bank Deposits 14,142 38,975
- Issued Bonds -29,922,726 -41,625,965
- Derivatives 29,922,831 41,625,891
- Bond investments
SEK 0 0
- Bank Deposits - -
- Issued Bonds -266,985 -288,058
- Derivatives 266,985 288,059
- Bond investments - -
Total 16,625 36,195

P&L effect before tax. in NOK 1000

Currency Change in Exchange Rate (per cent) 2016 2015
EUR +10 -297 219
USD +10 183 4,422
SEK +10 - -
Total -114 4,642

Note 27 Operational Risk

Operational risk is defined as the risk of loss due to error or neglect in transaction execution, weakness in the internal control or information technology systems breakdowns. Reputational, legal, ethical and competency risks are also elements of operational risk.

The operational risk in SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS is limited. The Company is only involved in lending for residential real estate purposes, the placement of liquid assets in highly rated and liquid bonds and the financing of these activities. 

Several of the operational processes and systems are supplied by third parties and the Company uses standardized systems for its own operations, such as Simcorp Dimension, for portfolio registration and valuation functions for liquid assets and debt issuances. Several tasks have been outsources to SpareBank 1 SR-Bank, which is a larger organization with overlaps with the systems and tasks of the Company within several treasury functions. The Company also cooperates closely with its other larger parent banks. Evry is the provider of basic bank IT functions, as it is for most banks in Norway and all banks within the SpareBank 1 Alliance. The Evry systems manage the informational data with regards to each individual loan and calculates interest rate payments, installments due and in SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt’s case also provisions due to parent banks on mortgage loans sold and transferred to the Company. Any potential changes and/or additions in the operations of the Company will be vetted thoroughly before implementation. The Company annually holds a risk-works shop to discuss and look for risks and improvements in any aspects of the operational systems. The Company’s management and control of operational risks are satisfactory. 

Based on these facts there are no reasons which would lead to a different conclusion than that the standard method for the calculation of capital for operational risks are required. The Company therefore applies the standard method under the capital adequacy rules (CRD IV, Pillar 1) as method to calculate the operational risk capital requirement. The capital so calculated amounts to 52.9 million for 31.12.2016 (see also the note for capital adequacy).

Note 28 Asset Coverage Test

The asset coverage is calculated according to the Financial Services Act § 2-31 (Covered Bond Legislation). There is a discrepancy between the asset coverage test and the amounts in the balance sheet because for the purposes of the test mortgage loans which may have migrated above the 75% loan to value level are reduced to reflect the decrease in the value of the underlying collateral so that only a maximum loan corresponding to a value of 75% of the collateral is considered. Market values are used for all substitute collateral in the test. In addition any defaulted loans, i.e. loans in arrears at or beyond 90 days, are excluded from the test (there have been no occurrences of any defaults starting with the commencement of operations through 31.12.2016).

NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Covered Bonds 211,161,257 217,752,078
Repurchased Bonds -2,155,498 -5,155,728
Derivatives -25,321,068 -39,848,930
Total Covered Bonds 183,684,691 172,747,420
Lending to customers 173,757,431 168,792,683
Norwegian government s-t debt 0 7,210,022
Substitute collateral (liquid assets) 26,181,743 14,664,356
Total Cover Pool 199,939,174 190,667,061
Asset-coverage 108.8 % 110.4 %

Note 29 Capital Adequacy

The primary goal for the Company's management of capital reserves is to ensure compliance with laws and regulatory requirements and maintain solid financial ratios and a high quality credit assessment in order to best support its business.

A new capital requirements directive was introduced in Norway as of January 1, 2007 (Basel II). SpareBank1 Boligkreditt AS obtained permission from the Financial Services Authority in Norway (Finanstilsynet) for the implementation of its own Internal Ratings Based (IRB) model for credit risks from the second quarter of 2009.

Transitional rules have been implemented by the FSA whereby regulated financial institutions with approved IRB models will not be able to fully benefit from the results of such models until the year 2018. Regulated entities are allowed to reduce by 20% the total sum of risk weighted assets which would otherwise have been in place under the previous Basel I framework.  In the following years until the end of 2017, the transitional rules will lead to significantly higher capital requirements than what would otherwise have been applicable under Basel II.

The European Union has approved new regulatory requirements, CRD IV, which is implemented in Norway. The requirement of 15.0% total capital in effect from July 1, 2016 includes a 11.5% Core Tier 1 capital, including a 1.5% countercyclical buffer, and 3.5% other capital.  From 31.12.2017 the countercyclical buffer will increase to 2.0%.

The Company's parent banks have committed themselves to keep the Equity Core Tier 1 capital at a minimum 9% (is currently being reviewed with a target to increase to 11%). Primarily this commitment is pro rata according to the ownership stakes in the Company, but it is a joint and several undertaking if one or more ownership banks are unable to comply, up to the maximum of twice the initial pro rata amount. 

Capital. NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Share capital 6,330,548 5,710,548
Premium share fund 3,167,922 2,857,922
Other equity capital 359,836 1,169,402
Common equity 9,858,306 9,737,872
Intangible assets -1,245 -1,880
Declared share dividend - -105,074
100% deduction of expected losses exceeding loss provisions IRB (CRD IV) -322,613 -326,724
Prudent valuation adjustment (AVA) -71,438 -83,752
Core equity capital 9,463,010 9,220,442
Hybrid bond 1,080,000 830,000
Tier 1 equity capital 10,543,010 10,050,442
Supplementary capital (Tier 2) 1,600,000 1,600,000
Total capital 12,143,010 11,650,442
Minimum requirements for capital. NOK 1 000 2016 2015
Credit risk 3,173,049 3,122,194
Market risk - -
Operational risk 52,871 41,779
Depreciation on groups of loans - -
CVA Risk 109,651 165,228
Difference in capital requirement resulting from transitional floor 2,545,697 2,463,358
Minimum requirement for capital 5,881,268 5,792,559

Capital coverage

2016 2015
Risk-weighted assets incl. transitional floor 73,515,848 72,406,991
Capital coverage (%) 16.52 % 16.09 %
Tier 1 capital coverage (%) 14.34 % 13.88 %
Core Tier 1 capital coverage (%) 12.87 % 12.73 %
Leverage ratio (%) 4.38 % 3.54 %

Note 30 Related parties

The Company has 174 463 MNOK loans to customers. These are loans acquired from shareholder banks at market values (i.e. nominal value).

SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA
The Company purchases a substantial amount of their support functions from SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA. A complete SLA is established between the Company and SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA.

SpareBank 1 - Alliance
In addition the Company has a Transfer and Servicing agreement in place with each individual shareholder bank regulating amongst other things the servicing of mortgage loans.

SpareBank 1 Næringskreditt AS
All employees within SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS are also to various degrees working for SpareBank 1 Næringskreditt AS.  Twenty percent of the administrative expenses in SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS to be charged to SpareBank 1 Næringskreditt AS. This division of administrative expenses between the two companies reflect the actual resources utilisation in SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS

Note 31 Collateral Received

SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt has signed ISDA-agreements including CSAs (Credit Support Annexes) with a number of financial institutions that are counterparties in interest rate and currency swaps. These institutions post collateral in the form of cash deposits to SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt. At the end of the period 31.12.2016 this collateral amounted to NOK 24 304 million. This amount is included in the balance sheet, but represents restricted cash.  According to signed ISDA and CSA agreement, it is not permitted for the parties in derivatives transactions to net amounts amongst various transactions.

Note 32 Contingencies and Events after the Balance Sheet Date

SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt AS is not a party to any ongoing legal proceedings

No events have taken place after the balance sheet date which are expected to have any material impact on the financial statements as of the end of the period 31.12.2016

The dividend for 2016 is proposed to be NOK 114 million (NOK 1.8 per share)