Notes on business operations
Liechtensteinische Landesbank Aktiengesellschaft with its registered office in Vaduz and two domestic branch offices is active as a full-service (universal) bank. The LLB AG has subsidiaries in Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland. At the end of 2013, LLB AG employed 505 persons (2012: 538) on a full-time equivalent basis. The average headcount in 2013 amounted to 512 persons (2012: 546) on a full-time equivalent basis. As a universal bank, LLB AG is engaged in commission and fees business, credit and lending business, money market and interbank business, as well as securities trading business.
Commissions and fees business
The major proportion of revenues from commissions and fees business is attributable to commissions earned in connection with securities trading for customers. Other important income streams are provided by securities safe custody business, asset management (incl. for investment funds) and brokering fiduciary investments.
Credit and lending business
The largest proportion of loans comprises mortgages, Lombard loans and advances to public institutions. Mortgages are granted to finance properties in Liechtenstein and in the neighbouring areas of Switzerland. Real estate financing for the rest of Switzerland and Lombard loans are granted within the scope of integrated asset management business. A major proportion of loans and advances to public authorities relates to credit facilities extended to cantons and municipalities in Switzerland. As regards international syndicated loans, the bank is active to only a very limited extent in this line of business.
Money market and interbank business
Domestic and international funds deposited with the bank, which cannot be invested in lending business, are placed with first class banks, predominantly in Switzerland and Western Europe.
Securities trading business
The bank offers its clients a full range of services in connection with the execution and settlement of securities trading transactions. It trades for its own account only to a moderate extent. Transactionswith derivative financial instruments for the bank’s own account are largely employed for hedging purposes.