“Looking back on 2021, I’m pleased with our performance,” said ING CEO Steven van Rijswijk. “Despite the challenging conditions impacting customers, colleagues and society – from the ongoing pandemic to supply-chain pressures, rising energy prices and inflation – we achieved good results. I’m encouraged by increased lending volumes and strong fee income growth in the final quarter of 2021, a sign of growing confidence in the economy as the world seeks ways to live with the coronavirus. Both of these contributed to a 10.9% increase in total income compared to the same quarter in 2020.
“I’m particularly satisfied with the consistent growth we’ve recorded in our diversifying sources of income. Fee income rose 17% in 2021 compared to a year earlier and contributed 19% to our total full-year income. This has been supported by our customers’ changing preferences in the low-interest environment and by an expansion in our range of investment products. In Germany, thanks to products and services like digital advice and our cooperation with an online investment manager, we now have more than two million investment-product accounts, an increase of 21% in 2021 compared to last year.
“Smart and easy digital investment products help us to establish and deepen primary banking relationships, as do continuous improvements to the seamless digital experience we offer. For example, the mortgage application process in the Netherlands has been made less complex as customers can now easily collect and submit necessary data in an app directly from various government sources – saving time for both the customer and the bank, and increasing the number of customer applications that are ‘first time right’. We gained 481,000 primary customers in 2021, bringing the total number to 14.3 million, 3.5% higher than at end-2020.
- 4Q2021 result before tax of €1,331 million; ING's full-year 2021 result before tax rose 78%
- Strong growth in fee income of 17% in 2021, net interest income resilient.
- 4Q2021 net core lending growth of €13.4 billion and €30.6 billion in FY2021; 4Q2021 net customer deposits growth of €-2.1 billion and €10.3 billion in FY2021.
- Operating expenses remain under control. This quarter’s expenses include €141 million of restructuring costs and impairments related to the announcement to exit the retail banking market in France.
- Full-year ROE rose to 9.2%, CET1 ratio strengthens to 15.9%; proposed final 2021 dividend of €0.41 per share.