Bank of Åland

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Bank of Åland Plc
Ålandsbanken
Type Public company
Industry Financial Services
Founded 1919
Headquarters Åland
Area served Åland, Finland and Sweden
Key people Peter Wiklöf, President and CEO
Göran Lindholm, Chairman of the board
Products Banking
Revenue EUR 74 million (2008)
Net income EUR 20,0 million (2008)
Employees 700+ (2009)
Website http://www.alandsbanken.ax

Bank of Åland Plc (Swedish: Ålandsbanken) is a Finnish commercial bank and banking group with over 700 employees and operations in Åland, Finland and Sweden. The bank was founded in 1919 and was listed on the stock exchange in 1942. President and CEO is Peter Wiklöf.

History[edit]

Bank of Åland was founded in 1919 and has been listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange since 1942. In the 1990s Bank of Åland expanded its operations to the Finnish mainland and in March 2009 the bank established itself in Sweden through the acquisition of the Icelandic Kaupthing Bank Sverige AB.

The acquisition of Kaupthing Bank Sverige AB[edit]

In October 2008 Kaupthing hf in Iceland was nationalized and the shares in the subsidiary Kaupthing Bank Sverige AB were taken by the Bank of Sweden as a pledge. In March 2009 Bank of Åland Plc acquired most of Kaupthing’s Swedish activities.

Bank of Åland paid SEK 388 million for the companies Kaupthing Bank Sverige AB, Kaupthing Fonder AB and Alpha Management Company S.A, with a total balance sheet of SEK 5 billion and an equity of SEK 832 million. The acquisition included operations in private banking, wealth management and institutional equity trading. Most of the lending to companies was not included in the deal, but was transferred to its parent company Kaupthing hf. The liquidity support Kaupthing Bank Sverige AB received from the Bank of Sweden in autumn 2008 was repaid in full. Kaupthing Bank Sverige AB changed its name to Ålandsbanken Sverige AB.

Activity[edit]

Bank of Åland has 30 branch offices across Finland and Sweden and the number of retail and private banking customers is about 90 000. In Finland, Bank of Åland is a full service bank focused on private banking and premium banking. The Swedish branch, Ålandsbanken Sverige, has private banking and asset management as its main business areas. It was converted from a subsidiary into a branch on Dec. 1, 2011.

Bank of Åland has 19 branch offices on the Åland Islands. The branch offices in the Finnish mainland are located in Helsinki, Espoo, Turku, Pargas, Tampere and Vaasa. In Sweden, the branch offices are situated in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

The Bank of Åland group includes wholly owned Crosskey Banking Solutions Ab Ltd, which is a Nordic provider of banking solutions with 150 employees and offices in Mariehamn, Stockholm, Helsinki and Turku. Other subsidiaries are Ålandsbanken Fonder AB, Ålandsbanken Fondbolag Ab, Ålandsbanken Asset Management Ab, Ålandsbanken Equities Ab, Alpha Management Company S.A. and Ab Compass Card Ltd Oy.

The group headquarters are located in Mariehamn on the Åland Islands. The Swedish head office occupies six floors of the classic property Stureplan 19, built in 1893-1895, in central Stockholm.

Ratios[edit]

  • Revenue: EUR 74 million (2008)
  • Net operating profit: EUR 20,0 million (2008)
  • Total assets: EUR 2 770 million (2008)
  • Risk-based capital ratio: 12,8% (2008)
  • Return on equity: 10,7% (2008)
  • Employees: 700+ (2009)
  • Offices: 30

Awards[edit]

  • Customer Index 2009 | Bank of Åland has the most loyal customers in Finland.
  • Euromoney magazine Private Banking Survey 2009 | Bank of Åland is best in customer relations in Finland and the second best bank in Finland with private banking services
  • Lipper Fund Awards 2008 | The Ålandsbanken Euro Bond mutual fund was named the best Nordic fund in its category

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