* Q4 pretax profit jumps 151 percent to 440 mln DKK
* 2012 writedowns 1.8 bln, in line with forecast for 1.6
* Proposes no dividend for the year
* Sees slow economic recovery, sluggish lending growth
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COPENHAGEN, Feb 26 Denmark's second biggest bank
by market capitalisation, Jyske Bank, said on Tuesday
it was braced for a tough economic climate as it posted a
slightly bigger-than-expected rise in fourth-quarter pre-tax
Danish banks are slowly recovering from a burst property
bubble and heavy writedowns on loans to struggling farmers.
Denmark is by far the weakest economy in the Nordic region.
And unlike their Swedish rivals, neither Jyske nor Denmark's
biggest lender - Danske Bank - proposed dividends
for 2012 as they retain earnings and boost their balance sheets
for possibly tougher times.
"Jyske expects that the economic recovery will be long in
coming. Consumer spending and investments will only grow
modestly and, also, exports will be affected by the slowdown in
growth in the euro zone," the bank said in a statement.
The bank, the last of the major Nordic banks to report
earnings, posted a 440 million Danish crown ($78 million) pretax
profit in the fourth quarter, just topping the 421 million crown
profit seen in a Reuters poll of analysts.
That compared with a 175 million crown result in the
Jyske had slipped deep into the red in the second quarter
last year after being forced to take major impairment charges
and provisions for losses, and analysts have kept a close eye on
For the full year, the bank posted 1.8 billion in loan
impairment charges after forecasting a total of between 1.6
billion and 2.0 billion crowns, up from 1.5 billion in 2011.
Many hope 2013 will mark a turning point for Danish banks.
Danske said earlier this month it expected to pay a dividend
for 2013 after posting a near four-fold rise in quarterly pretax
profits on a sharp drop in loan impairments. Jyske did not
provide any such forecast on dividends.
Danish banks have struggled to keep up with their Swedish
rivals, which wrapped up 2012 with good profitability, high
levels of capital and promises to divvy out more cash to
Jyske agreed in January to take over Sparekassen Lolland
after the unlisted rival failed to meet the financial watchdog's
Further acquisitions could be in the making.
"Under the current economic conditions, it is most likely
that acquisitions will be the primary means to achieve the
growth target," the bank said on Tuesday.
Denmark has the most fragmented banking industry in the
Nordic region with more than 100 banks and many in the industry
are predicting further consolidation in the wake of the
(Reporting by Mia Shanley)