committed to the real estate market in the longer term and intends to continue to finance projects of genuine merit. The fact that current conditions are more difficult than they have been for some time is precisely the type of challenge that a specialized realty bank welcomes. The performance of the Dutch arm of FGH BANK in the financial year up to the end of 1990 was extremely encouraging, both in terms of the volume of business and profitability levels. The bank was able to utilize its vast experience of the realty market to good effect throughout the year. A number of factors can be highlighted, which have contributed to the volume of business the bank managed to attract. More emphasis was focused on providing additional services connected with the management, maintenance and insurance of real estate in addition to the bank’s traditional financing and advisory services. FGH BANK was also able to assist its clients with the purchase and sale of real estate via its network of contacts. Reaction to the reorganization program appe ars to have been favorable, with the short fines of communication being particularly valued. The balance of services offered by FGH BANK is not only geared to meeting the needs of property invest ment funds, foreign and domestic investors, property developers and professional realty brokers, but also those of companies and institutions with large pro perty interests such as retail chains, healthcare orga nizations and housing associations. In the new organization, the Friesch- Groningsche Hypotheekbank N.V. and the affiliated bank FGH Kredietbank N.V. and FGH assurantiën B.V. will trade under the name of FGH BANK. FGH assurantiën assists clients by acting as an inter mediary on insurance matters. Also affiliated to the FGH business group is B.V. Keizersveer, a realty management company, which, among others, looks after the property portfolios of Transveer B.V. and Gemeenschappelijk Eigendom B.V. for the AEGON insurance company. United States Recessionary forces have been evident in the American economy throughout much of the present reporting period. The ensuing economic downturn and the problems of the savings and loans industry have had a serious effect on the realty market and the banking sector. Conditions in the real estate market in the northeast of the United States, where the FGH Realty Credit Corporation Inc. (RCC) operates, have been particularly difficult. The willingness of some banks to lend large sums for speculative property developments has left them extremely exposed and has contributed to the crisis of confidence confronting the industry. The down ward spiral has been exacerbated by the sharp cut off in the availability of investment finance which occurred in the second half of 1990. RCC, which operates on a similar concept to that employed by FGH in the Netherlands, was for ced to restrict the size of loans granted in relation to underlying asset values during the course of 1990. Despite the stricter financial controls, RCC could not escape the general malaise in the real estate market. A number of RCC’s clients were badly affected by the fall in realty values, which reduced RCC’s profitability in 1990. Increased provisions were made for doubtful loans in the reporting year and additional controls introduced. As yet, there are no signs of recovery in the realty market and it is assumed that it will take several years for activity to return to normal levels. 12 REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD REVIEW OF ACTIVITIES The Netherlands

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