The Hague, 25 March 2019
FMO in 2018: Solid Development Impact Results and Strong Results Loan Portfolio
Peter van Mierlo, Chief Executive Officer of FMO: “As a new member of the FMO team since July 2018, I am very proud of what was achieved over the course of the full year, most notably in terms of the positive impact we made. We performed above target on our green and inequality investments and are on target for our overall volume. Our impact results are primarily driven by solid performance of our three core sectors, Agribusiness, Food & Water, Energy and Financial Institutions. Not as many third-party investments as expected were mobilized, due to the high liquidity in several of our syndicated loan markets.”
“I am deeply impressed with FMO’s brand value in all our operating markets. And equally, with the responsibilities entrusted to us by the European Commission around the NASIRA risk-sharing facility and the role FMO has been asked to play to support the Dutch economy to invest in emerging markets.”
The year 2018 brought more consensus globally that climate change and inequality are among the world’s most pressing challenges. Van Mierlo: “We are running out of time and only doing makes the difference. We need to act decisively on the SDGs and the Paris agreement, and we need to do this in partnership.
FMO will therefore continue to use its convening power to share expertise to mobilize funds and other partners for higher impact.”
Participation in a state-owned company to support Dutch private sector with investments in emerging markets
FMO’s mandate for two Dutch government funds increased and extended for 10 years
First close of the NN-FMO Emerging Markets Loans Fund, largest fund to date for FMO Investment Management
Management of NASIRA risk-sharing facility awarded to FMO by European Commission
Agreement with United Nation’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) signed
Pioneering 1.5°C vision and methodology presented at the COP24 (Poland)
FMO is asked to participate in a Dutch state-owned company that will help the Dutch private sector invest outside the Netherlands, provided we can be additional to the commercial banks and other relevant stakeholders. Within FMO we have built a team of 25 people as a start-up for this new entity and are proud of the pipeline they have already developed.
In addition, our mandates for the Dutch state’s Infrastructure Development Fund (IDF) and Access to Energy Fund (AEF) were extended for a decade until 2028 and both funds will grow substantially.
FMO Investment Management (FIM) reached its first close of the NN-FMO Emerging Markets Loans Fund (USD 250 million). Its largest fund to date enables European institutional investors to co-invest alongside FMO. Furthermore, the European Commission awarded us the management of the NASIRA risk-sharing facility, which will allow us to finance underserved entrepreneurs in the European neighbourhood and Sub-Saharan Africa. And we signed an agreement with the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund (GCF), which will enable us to provide blended finance solutions to accelerate climate mitigation and adaptation projects.
Our Future of Finance and Making Solar Bankable conferences attracted each around 500 participants from across the world. By connecting and inspiring our stakeholders, our impact extends well beyond our own investments. Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, in her capacity of the UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, spoke at the Power of Partnerships. This event brought together female entrepreneurs from emerging markets, financial institutions and women business networks to see how finance can contribute towards gender equality.
We are harmonizing our procedures around impact reporting and, with valuable input from our peers and various subject matter experts, have developed a pioneering vision and underlying accounting methodology for our investment portfolio to steer our commitments to not exceed 1.5°C temperature rise, which we presented at the COP24 meeting in Poland.
Our net profit in 2018 amounted to €151 million, which is down from €255 million in 2017. The difference is mainly explained by lower results from equity investments and lower results from financial transactions. Net profit was positively influenced by a limited level of impairments (2018: €12 million vs 2017: €18 million). The Common Equity Tier 1 (CET-1) ratio remained stable at 24.6% as the inclusion of net profit of the first half of 2018 in eligible capital was offset by the increase in risk weighted assets caused due to the appreciation of the US dollar versus the euro and the general increase of the portfolio.
Culture of our organization
All staff were involved in a process that yielded four values that underpin our culture: making the difference, diversity, quality and integrity. These values and the underpinning behaviours will provide a clear guide for FMO on how we make decisions and steer our strategy.
Our team grew and diversified further; with 50 nationalities, we are well on our way to reflect the markets we operate in. Employee satisfaction remained stable at 7.4; in 2019 we will strive for a solid 8.
In 2018 key projects were launched to further professionalize and digitalize our organization; optimizing business processes, improving information management and steering metrics will result in higher quality and more efficient processes.
Van Mierlo: “The new year holds an ambitious agenda for FMO. We will continue to invest in making FMO the preferred partner to invest in local prosperity. Partnerships are crucial and much needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We will further enlarge our mobilizing role and continue to deliver impact results and investment returns.”
For more information, please see our full annual report
 Includes changes in the fair value of loans under IFRS 9 (EUR 16.5 million)