Interim report for the first half of 2020

In the second quarter of 2020, we saw a rebound in lending activity, which had a positive impact on net interest income. Furthermore, a normalisation of the financial markets led to a recovery in net trading income. Impairments were significantly lower than in the first quarter, and we expect to have booked most of the impairments needed for the full year. Expenses increased, due mainly to transformation costs and costs related to the continued strengthening and remediation of our compliance setup. However, we are seeing the first effects of our focus on bringing down underlying costs, and this remains a priority. To ensure adequate progress, we will take additional cost reduction measures, which unfortunately will have to include further staff reductions.

We continued to make progress on our 2023 plan to become a better bank. We took important steps towards working in a fundamentally different and more agile way in key areas, optimising our customer journeys and industrialising our IT landscape. We also further streamlined our organisation and product portfolio across Banking Nordic. Our improvements in the compliance area are progressing well. In the quarters to come, we will continue to deliver across the initiatives that will help us become an even better bank for all our stakeholders.

Chris Vogelzang

Chief Executive Officer, Danske Bank

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Green mortgage bonds targeted at corporate customers have been assigned the highest liquidity classification – level 1.
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COVID-19 teaches Danske Bank a virtual lesson

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In a joint effort to fight financial crime, the five largest banks in Sweden have launched the Swedish Anti Money Laundering initiative (SAMLIT) with Swedish police.
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Danske Bank's response to coronavirus

The spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) and its impact on society is a concern for Danske Bank as well as for our customers. We are applying appropriate measures to respond to any new developments.

Find information and links to the most recent updates on how we respond to the situation. 
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