23 Jan 2009, Alastair Marsh, Risk magazine
Fortis lost €12.5 billion on its purchase of ABN Amro, due to a €9 billion impairment on the banks' Dutch business, Fortis Bank Nederland Holding, which included the acquired parts of ABN Amro.
Additionally, Fortis incurred a €1.8 billion goodwill impairment on its asset management business following the collapse of a €2.15 billion deal brokered on March 19, 2008 with Chinese insurance company Ping An to acquire a 50% equity stake in the Dutch firm's asset management operations.
The bank also blamed deteriorating market conditions for its poor performance in the first three quarters of the year. Losses of between €4 billion and €5 billion are predicted for Q4.