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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Monobank ASA: MONO-ME Solid fourth quarter 2017 - strong foundation for expansion in 2018

Monobank ASA    

Published: 07:46 CET 15-02-2018 /GlobeNewswire /Source: Monobank ASA / : MONO-ME /ISIN: NO0010752231

Monobank ASA: MONO-ME Solid fourth quarter 2017 - strong foundation for expansion in 2018

· Record-high loan growth for the quarter, net loan balance of NOK 2.35bn per year end 2017
· Consumer loan business in Finland confirms scalability in operational platform 
· Net interest income of NOK 55.9 million in Q4 2017, up from NOK 44.6 million in Q3 2017
· Net profit after tax reached NOK 9.7 million in Q4 2017, up from NOK 7.6 million in Q3 2017
· Credit quality develops in line with projections 
· Well positioned for further growth and expansion of customer offering
· Preparing for listing on Oslo Stock Exchange during 2018 

Monobank ASA ("Monobank") reports solid development in the fourth quarter 2017. Both the Norwegian and the Finnish operation has developed better than expected. In addition, development projects such as preparations for a credit card launch in May, has progressed in line with plans. The geographical expansion and the broadened customer offering, are regarded to be evidences of the scalability in Monobanks operational platform.   

The net loan balance was NOK 2.35bn per year-end 2017. This is above previously communicated targets. The credit quality has improved in line with expectations. With a rapidly growing data base, the tuning of the internally developed credit model
continues. The goal is to further optimize credit quality overall and selective
pricing among different customer groups.

"The fourth quarter and the start of 2018 has been eventful. We are pleased to see that the loan portfolio grow at a more rapid pace than expected. Furthermore, we invest in the development of a wider and more innovative offering. In total this positions Monobank well in a competitive landscape still offering attractive opportunities. With several milestones reached and investments made, I look forward to a 2018 where Monobank will strengthen its market presence and where we are positioned for a strong pick up in the results", says Monobank CEO, Bent H. Gjendem. 

Monobank presents the fourth quarter and 2017 full year figures today 15 February in Bergen at 08:00 at Monobank offices, Telegrafen (entrance from Olav Kyrresgate). The company will also hold a presentation in Oslo today February 15, 13:00 at Hotel Continental. 

Webcast: The presentation from Bergen will be broadcasted live through the
following link: www.monobank.no/ir

For further information contact:
Bent H. Gjendem, Chief Executive Officer at Monobank, phone: +47 996 11 996

About Monobank ASA:
Monobank is a digital bank offering unsecured lending to qualified private individuals in Norway and Finland. Operations started out of Bergen, Norway, in November 2015 after received its banking license from the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway. The bank also offers attractive deposit rates on its savings accounts. Deposits up to NOK 2 million are guaranteed by the Norwegian Banks Guarantee fund, of which Monobank is a member. For further information, please visit the company web page www.monobank.no
This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5 -12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

Monobank ASA Interim Presentation Q4 17
Monobank Annual Report 2017

This announcement is distributed by Nasdaq Corporate Solutions (One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, New York, NY 10006. Tel: +1 212 401 8700. www.nasdaqomx.com) on behalf of Nasdaq Corporate Solutions clients. Source: Monobank ASA, Starvhusgaten 4, Bergen 5014, Norge
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