Source - RNS
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Close Brothers Group PLC
27 September 2016
 

 

 

Preliminary results for the year ended 31 July 2016

27 September 2016

 

Good performance in more challenging conditions

 

·     The group delivered a good performance, with £234 million adjusted operating profit and a strong return on opening equity of 19%

 

·     Banking adjusted operating profit increased 7% underpinned by strong demand for our specialist lending products and historically low impairments

 

·     The loan book grew by 12%, supported by good underlying demand and an increased contribution from new initiatives, while we maintained the discipline of our business model

 

·     Winterflood's performance improved in the second half, resulting in full year operating profit of £19 million

 

·     Asset Management delivered £14 million adjusted operating profit and positive net flows at 6% of opening managed assets

 

·     Continued dividend growth with a 7% increase to 57p while maintaining high dividend cover

 

 

Financial highlights (continuing operations)

 

 

2016

£ million

2015

£ million

Change

%

Adjusted operating profit

233.6

224.9

4

Operating profit before tax

228.5

219.9

4

Adjusted basic earnings per share

128.4p

120.5p

7

Basic earnings per share

125.7p

117.8p

7

Dividend per share

57.0p

53.5p

7

 

 

 

 

Return on opening equity

18.9%

19.5%

 

Net interest margin

8.2%

8.6%1

 

Bad debt ratio

0.6%

0.7%1

 

 

 

 

 

Loan book at 31 July (£ billion)

6.4

5.7

12

Total client assets at 31 July (£ billion)

9.92

10.8

(8)

Common equity tier 1 ratio

13.5%

13.7%

 

 

1 Relevant figures and ratios for 2015 are re-presented for changes in treatment of operating lease assets and Treasury income, as announced on 13 September 2016.  See page 15 for details.

2 During the year we disposed of our corporate advice and investment management business which included £1.3 billion of client assets.

 

 

 

         

Preben Prebensen, Chief Executive, said:

 

"We are pleased to report a good performance for the 2016 financial year, with further growth in our earnings and dividend against a backdrop of more challenging market conditions. 

 

We achieved good growth in all our lending businesses, while maintaining the strong returns and prudent underwriting criteria which underpin our long track record of profitability throughout the economic cycle.

 

Although markets and the economy remain uncertain, our strong balance sheet and established business model give us confidence that we can continue to support our clients, invest in our business and generate returns for our shareholders."

 

Enquiries

 

Sophie Gillingham 

Close Brothers Group plc

020 7655 3844

Eva Hatfield

Lois Hutchings

Close Brothers Group plc

Close Brothers Group plc

020 7655 3350

020 7655 3468

Andy Donald

Maitland

020 7379 5151

 

A presentation to analysts and investors will be held today at 9.30 am GMT at our offices at 10 Crown Place, London EC2A 4FT.  A listen-only dial-in facility will be available on +44 203 059 8125.  A recording will be available for replay for two weeks by dialling +44 121 260 4861, access code 4029285#.

 

Basis of presentation

 

To improve comparability between periods, results are presented on an adjusted basis, excluding amortisation of intangible assets on aquistion and any goodwill impairment or exceptional items.  Unless otherwise indicated, all figures in this announcement relate to continuing operations.

 

About Close Brothers

 

Close Brothers is a leading UK merchant banking group providing lending, deposit taking, wealth management services and securities trading.  We employ over 3,000 people, principally in the UK.  Close Brothers Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 250.

 

BUSINESS OVERVIEW

 

The group has achieved a good performance, with adjusted operating profit of £234 million and strong return on opening equity of 18.9%, as we continue to benefit from the strength of our established business model. 

 

The economic and financial markets outlook in the UK is uncertain, but our own strategy is clear and unchanged.  We continue to focus on providing a differentiated and relationship driven service in specialist markets, where we have long-standing expertise, and on maintaining our prudent and consistent underwriting, founded in a deep knowledge of the sectors and asset classes we lend in.  This in turn allows us to generate consistent profitability through the cycle, allowing us to support our clients, invest in our business and generate returns for our shareholders in all market conditions.

 

Good Performance in More Challenging Conditions

 

The current benign environment, with low interest rates and low impairments, is inevitably attracting more credit into some of our markets from both larger banks and newer competitors.  Despite this, the loan book grew 12%, benefitting from good underlying demand across our businesses, as well as an increasing contribution from new growth initiatives, particularly in Ireland and green energy.

 

Most importantly, we continue to lend at criteria which are consistent with our objective of delivering strong and consistent returns through the cycle.  Although competition has impacted the net interest margin in some parts of our business, the return on net loan book remains strong at 3.6%.

 

These strong returns are supported by the differentiation of our offering, which focuses on providing a high level of service and building personal relationships with borrowers and intermediaries, and the quality and consistency of our underwriting across all the lending businesses.  This customer focus is strongly endorsed by our borrowers and evidenced by our high levels of repeat business and strong net promoter scores.

 

Winterflood's performance in the year has demonstrated its ability to trade successfully in a range of market conditions.  Although performance in the first half was weaker, reflecting volatile markets and low risk appetite, trading remained consistently profitable.  The second half saw a marked increase in profits as Winterflood benefited from an improvement in retail trading activity, further accelerated by the EU referendum vote.  Overall, Winterflood achieved a good result in these conditions, demonstrating the strength of its business model and the long-standing expertise of its traders.

 

Although lower market levels have affected the progression of income in Asset Management, we have continued to see good demand for our products and services, with positive net flows despite the increased market uncertainty leading up to and post the EU referendum.  We remain confident in our business model and are focused on driving further growth by expanding our adviser force and distribution capacity, and where appropriate through the selective acquisition of teams or small businesses that fit our strategy and approach.

 

Protecting and Sustaining the Business

 

We continue to invest in protecting, sustaining and developing our proven business model and brand to protect our returns and maximise growth opportunities in the long term.  The strong profitability inherent in our business means we can invest through the cycle, and in the past year we have progressed a number of key initiatives.  At the same time we have tightened our focus on cost to ensure cost growth has remained in line with revenue for the year overall.

 

Key developments in the year include the launch of our technology leasing business in Commercial Finance and continued growth of our point of sale finance offering to retailers.  We have also continued our investment in people including the Training Academy in asset finance, which had a successful first year, and in technology, including an ongoing upgrade of the systems infrastructure in premium finance. 

 

Board Changes

 

After 31 years with the group, Stephen Hodges has decided to retire and will step down from his position as chief executive of the Banking division and a director of the group, effective 17 November, the date of the Annual General Meeting ("AGM").  The Board would like to thank Stephen for his outstanding contribution to the group and his leadership of the Banking division over many years.

 

Following the AGM, Preben Prebensen will assume the role of chief executive of the Banking division, in addition to his current role as group chief executive. Preben's leadership, supported by the strength and depth of the senior team within the Banking division, will ensure continued implementation of our well-established strategy and business performance.

 

Outlook

 

Looking ahead, our established business model, long track record and strong balance sheet leave us well placed to continue to perform well in a range of market conditions.  

 

To date, we have seen little direct impact on our businesses from the EU referendum result but we continue to monitor developments closely. 

 

Our priority remains to maintain the discipline of our banking model.  We remain confident in our market position and expect continued growth at strong returns, and we will continue to actively invest in our business while maintaining a strong focus on cost control.  Winterflood has continued to benefit from increased retail investor trading activity since the financial year end, but remains sensitive to changes in market conditions.  In Asset Management, we are focused on driving continued growth. 

 

We have had a good start to the year and are confident that our business remains well positioned longer term.

 

OVERVIEW OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

 

Key Financials

 

 

2016

£ million

20151

£ million

Change

%

Operating income

 

687.4

672.8

2

Adjusted operating expenses

 

(415.9)

(406.0)

2

Impairment losses on loans and advances

 

(37.9)

(41.9)

(10)

Adjusted operating profit

 

233.6

224.9

4

Banking

 

223.0

208.7

7

Securities

 

19.0

24.6

(23)

Asset Management

 

14.4

17.8

(19)

Group

 

(22.8)

(26.2)

(13)

Amortisation of intangible assets on acquisition

 

(5.1)

(5.0)

2

Operating profit before tax

228.5

219.9

4

 

1 Relevant figures and ratios for 2015 are re-presented for changes in treatment of operating lease assets and Treasury income, as announced on 13 September 2016.  See page 15 for details.

 

Adjusted basic earnings per share

 

               128.4p

120.5p

7

Basic earnings per share

 

125.7p

117.8p

7

Basic earnings per share (including discontinued operations)

125.7p

125.4p

-

Dividend per share

 

57.0p

53.5p

7

Return on opening equity

 

                                  18.9%

19.5%

 

                 

 

A Good Financial Performance

 

In 2016 operating income increased 2% to £687.4 million, driven by higher income from the Banking division, with good demand across all our lending businesses.  This was partially offset by lower income in both Securities and Asset Management, reflecting the impact of more difficult market conditions and one-off items in the prior year.

 

Adjusted operating expenses increased 2% to £415.9 million as we continue to actively invest to support long-term growth.  At the same time, we maintain a tight focus on cost control across our businesses to balance investment and short-term earnings.  As a result, the expense/income and compensation ratios remained broadly stable at 61% (2015: 60%) and 37% (2015: 37%) respectively.

 

Overall, this resulted in adjusted operating profit growth of 4% to £233.6 million, with the operating margin broadly unchanged at 34% (2015: 33%).  The Banking division accounted for 95% of profits in the period, with adjusted operating profit up 7% to £223.0 million supported by a further reduction in impairments.  Winterflood achieved £19.0 million operating profit, while Asset Management continued to make progress in client assets and delivered adjusted operating profit of £14.4 million.  Group net expenses, which include the central functions such as finance, legal and compliance, risk and HR, reduced to £22.8 million.

 

The effective tax rate declined from 20.6% to 18.5% reflecting the one-off write up of deferred tax assets due to the bank corporation tax surcharge which came into effect in January 2016.  In the 2017 financial year, we expect the effective tax rate to increase to around 26% reflecting the full year impact of the surcharge.

 

Adjusted basic earnings per share ("EPS") increased 7% to 128.4p, generating a return on opening equity of 18.9%.  Basic EPS, which includes £5.1 million amortisation of intangible assets on acquisition, also increased 7% to 125.7p on a continuing basis.

 

Results from continuing operations in the comparative year exclude the £0.9 million profit after tax and £10.3 million profit on disposal in relation to Close Brothers Seydler, our German securities business, the sale of which completed in 2015.  There were no discontinued operations in 2016.

 

The board has proposed a 7% increase in the final dividend to 38.0p (2015: 35.5p), resulting in full year dividend growth of 7%. This reflects our progressive dividend policy, while ensuring we maintain appropriate cover to deliver sustainable dividend growth.  Subject to shareholder approval at the Annual General Meeting, the dividend will be paid on 22 November 2016 to shareholders on the register at 14 October 2016.

 

Group Balance Sheet

 

 

 

31 July 2016

£ million

31 July 2015

£ million

Loans and advances to customers

 

6,431.6

5,737.8

Treasury assets1

 

1,048.4

1,173.4

Market-making assets2

 

576.9

481.9

Other assets

 

691.3

564.2

Total assets

 

8,748.2

7,957.3

Deposits by customers

 

4,894.6

4,481.4

Borrowings

 

1,938.3

1,792.6

Market-making liabilities2

 

505.6

404.3

Other liabilities

 

312.8

269.1

Total liabilities

 

7,651.3

6,947.4

Equity

 

1,096.9

1,009.9

Total liabilities and equity

 

8,748.2

7,957.3

 

1 Treasury assets comprise cash and balances at central banks and debt securities held to support lending in the Banking division.

2 Market-making assets and liabilities comprise settlement balances, long and short trading positions and loans to or from money brokers.

 

The overall structure of our high quality and transparent balance sheet remains unchanged, and we have maintained our prudent capital, funding and liquidity positions.  Our balance sheet is predominantly made up of loans and advances to customers which are short-term in nature (with an average maturity of 14 months and around 90% secured); treasury assets held for liquidity purposes; and settlement balances held within our Securities division.  Other assets principally comprise intangibles, property, plant and equipment and prepayments.

 

In the year total assets increased to £8.7 billion, with 12% growth in the loan book predominantly funded by increased customer deposits and borrowings.  Settlement balances also increased, reflecting higher trading activity at Winterflood before the balance sheet date.  The group's return on assets was 2.1% (31 July 2015: 2.3%).

 

Group Capital Position

 

 

31 July 2016

£ million

31 July 2015

£ million

Common equity tier 1 capital

 

901.4

813.2

Total capital

 

925.4

848.0

Risk weighted assets

 

6,682.5

5,932.1

 

 

 

 

Common equity tier 1 capital ratio

 

13.5%

13.7%

Total capital ratio

 

13.8%

14.3%

Leverage ratio

 

10.2%

10.2%

 

The prudent management of capital is a core element of our business model and underpins our ability to grow our business while maintaining the confidence of shareholders, lenders, regulators and rating agencies.  Our strong capital position and consistent profitability have allowed us to grow the loan book, invest in the business and pay a dividend to shareholders over many years.

 

In the 2016 financial year the common equity tier 1 ("CET1") capital ratio remained broadly unchanged at 13.5%, as continued profit generation largely offset an increase in risk weighted assets due to loan book growth and other balance sheet movements.  Overall, CET1 capital increased around £90 million to just over £900 million, reflecting the increase in retained earnings in the period, while risk weighted assets grew to £6.7 billion principally due to higher credit and counterparty risk.

 

The leverage ratio, which is an unweighted measure of capital adequacy, remains strong and well ahead of regulatory requirements at 10.2%.

 

This strong and prudent capital position ensures we continue to comfortably meet all regulatory requirements while maintaining flexibility for future growth.

 

Group Funding

 

 

 

31 July 2016

£ million

31 July 2015

£ million

Deposits

 

4,894.6

4,481.4

Secured funding

 

1,296.3

1,220.8

Unsecured funding1

 

866.0

808.2

Equity

 

1,096.9

1,009.9

Total available funding

 

8,153.8

7,520.3

Of which term funding (>1 year)

 

4,315.7

4,018.7

 

 

 

 

Total funding as % of loan book

 

127%

131%

Term funding as % of loan book

 

67%

70%

Average maturity of term funding (excluding equity)

 

31 months

31 months

 

 

 

 

1 Unsecured funding excludes £21.0 million (2015: £8.6 million) of non-facility overdrafts included in borrowings and includes £245.0 million (2015: £245.0 million) of undrawn facilities.

 

Our Treasury function acts as a cost centre managing funding and liquidity to support the lending businesses.  In the year we continued to have good access to a wide range of funding markets, allowing us to maintain our diverse funding position, which includes retail and corporate deposits, unsecured bonds, secured funding and other wholesale facilities.  

 

Total funding reached £8.2 billion and accounted for 127% of the loan book.  This primarily reflects an increase in customer deposits to £4.9 billion as well as an increase in both secured and unsecured funding to support loan book growth.  This includes an increase in our participation in the Funding for Lending Scheme to £451.0 million.

 

In June we raised £200 million of funds in a public securitisation of our motor finance receivables, further diversifying our funding sources.

 

Term funding, with an average maturity of 31 months, covered two thirds of the loan book as we continue to apply our prudent "borrow long, lend short" principle.

 

During the year, both Moody's Investors Services ("Moody's") and Fitch Ratings ("Fitch") reaffirmed our credit ratings.  Moody's rates Close Brothers Group ("CBG") A3/P2 and Close Brothers Limited ("CBL") Aa3/P1, with stable outlooks.  Fitch rates both CBG and CBL at A/F1 with stable outlooks. 

 

Group Liquidity 

 

 

 

31 July 2016

£ million

31 July 2015

£ million

Bank of England deposits

 

847.4

1,038.0

Certificates of deposit

 

201.0

115.3

Gilts

 

-

20.1

Total treasury assets

 

1,048.4

1,173.4

 

As a group we hold a prudent level of liquidity that is in excess of internal and regulatory requirements, and we comfortably exceed the minimum level for the Liquidity Coverage Ratio requirements under Capital Requirement Directive ("CRD") IV which came into force on 1 October 2015.

 

At 31 July 2016 treasury assets were £1.0 billion, with the majority held as high quality liquid assets, on deposit with the Bank of England.  We also place surplus funding in certificates of deposit or other liquid securities.

 

BUSINESS REVIEW

 

Banking

 

Key Financials

 

 

 

2016

£ million

20151

£ million

Change

%

Operating income

 

511.2

481.9

6

 

Retail Finance

 

204.6

186.3

10

Commercial Finance

 

202.3

195.9

3

Property Finance

 

104.3

99.7

5

Adjusted operating expenses

 

(250.3)

(231.3)

8

Impairment losses on loans and advances

 

(37.9)

(41.9)

(10)

Adjusted operating profit

 

223.0

208.7

7

 

 

Net interest margin

 

8.2%

8.6%

 

Expense/income ratio

 

49%

48%

 

Bad debt ratio

 

0.6%

0.7%

 

Return on net loan book

 

3.6%

3.7%

 

Return on opening equity

 

26%

27%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average loan book and operating lease assets

 

6,226.4

5,629.2

 

               

1 Relevant figures and ratios for 2015 are re-presented for changes in treatment of operating lease assets and Treasury income, as announced on 13 September 2016. See page 15 for details.

 

Strong Financial Performance

 

The Banking division delivered strong growth and returns, notwithstanding ongoing competition in some of our markets. 

 

The loan book growth of 12% (2015: 8%) was driven by robust demand and an increasing contribution from new initiatives, while maintaining our strict risk and return criteria.  As a result, the return on net loan book at 3.6% remains ahead of the long-term average of 3.4%.

 

Operating income grew 6% to £511.2 million, with good performance across all lending areas.  Adjusted operating profit increased 7% to £223.0 million.

 

The net interest margin reduced to 8.2% principally due to ongoing price competition, especially in Commercial Finance, and lower fee income.  While it is below the prior year, our approach remains consistent with strict lending criteria across our businesses and we have maintained a strong return on opening equity of 26%. 

 

Adjusted operating expenses increased 8% to £250.3 million in the Banking division as we continue to invest in our IT systems as well as new strategic initiatives to support future growth, including our Training Academy in asset finance and continued expansion into adjacent markets. In the first half expenses increased 11% compared to income at 5%, partly reflecting the phasing of investment spendIn the second half cost growth reduced to 5%, while income grew at 7% as we tightened cost control without impacting spend on key initiatives.  This tight focus on cost is continuing, while ensuring that we maintain investment to maximise opportunities in the long term.

 

Overall, the expense/income ratio increased to 49%, which remains consistent with previous cycles.  The compensation ratio was broadly stable at 29% (2015: 28%).

 

The bad debt ratio continued to reduce to 0.6%, with all businesses now at or near historical lows, benefiting from the benign credit environment and consistent application of our prudent underwriting criteria. 

 

Diversified Business Model Driving Loan Book Growth  

 

During the year, the loan book increased 12% to £6.4 billion with strong demand across all our businesses and an increased contribution from new initiatives.

 

Loan Book Analysis

 

31 July
2016

31 July
2015

Change

 

£ million

£ million

%

Retail Finance

2,511.0

2,266.0

11

Motor finance

1,740.5

1,600.3

9

Premium finance

770.5

665.7

16

Commercial Finance

2,463.4

2,172.8

13

Asset finance

2,035.1

1,796.2

13

Invoice finance

428.3

376.6

14

Property Finance

1,457.2

1,299.0

12

Closing loan book

6,431.6

5,737.8

12

 

Retail Finance

 

Retail Finance provides intermediated finance, principally to individuals, through motor dealers, insurance brokers and retailers.  The Retail Finance loan book increased 11% to £2.5 billion with good growth in both motor and premium finance.  The motor finance loan book grew despite a competitive market environment, supported by strong underlying demand for second hand cars and associated finance.  Growth was particularly strong in the Irish loan book, which now exceeds £290 million. 

 

The premium finance book increased 16% to £770.5 million driven by robust new business levels and greater penetration of existing brokers.  We are investing to upgrade the IT systems within premium finance, which will modernise and simplify the customer experience, improve broker interaction and facilitate the future development of our business. 

 

Although still small, our new consumer point of sale initiative has experienced good growth during the year and we are increasing the number of retailers we work with.

 

Overall, operating income in Retail Finance increased 10%, reflecting loan book growth and the pricing discipline embedded in our business model.

 

Commercial Finance

 

Commercial Finance, which focuses on specialist, secured lending to the SME market, achieved good growth in the period.  The loan book increased 13% to £2.5 billion as a result of robust new business volumes, notwithstanding the competitive environment.  Growth was particularly strong in more specialist lending areas, for example green energy where the loan book now exceeds £200 million. 

 

Overall, the asset finance loan book grew at 13%, with the smaller invoice finance book increasing 14% in the period.

 

Our ongoing investment in growth initiatives includes the Training Academy in asset finance, set up to develop the next generation of specialist sales representatives.  We also launched a new technology finance business, specialising in leasing IT and other technology equipment to corporate clients, which has started operating in the period.

 

Operating income in Commercial Finance rose 3%, with a higher loan book partly offset by pricing pressure, particularly in the broker distributed part of the business.  However, we have seen good new business from our direct sales force, which accounts for over 50% of asset finance business, at continued strong margins.

 

Property Finance

 

Property Finance is primarily focused on providing specialist residential development finance to well established professional developers in the UK.  We do not lend to the buy-to-let sector, or provide any form of residential or commercial mortgages.  At this point in the cycle, the business is performing very well, with historically low impairments and strong growth in profitability as we continue to see good demand for core residential development finance as well as for shorter-term bridging and refurbishment finance. 

 

We have a successful track record of lending profitably and continue to apply the same prudent underwriting criteria with conservative loan to value ratios of 50% to 60% over a short-term period of six to 18 months.  We know our borrowers well and have long established relationships with around 75% repeat business and a deep knowledge of the markets we operate in.

 

In recent years we have expanded our reach into other high quality regional locations, where we see attractive growth opportunities, while maintaining a strong presence in London, the South East and Scotland.  Overall, the loan book increased 12% in the year to £1.5 billion, with healthy new business volumes.  

 

Operating income increased 5% and despite the on-going competitive pressure on fees, we are confident in the quality of our loan book and our ability to continue to lend to our customers in all market conditions.

 

SECURITIES

 

Key Financials

 

 

 

2016

£ million

2015

£ million

Change

%

Operating income1

 

82.3

94.6

(13)

Operating expenses

 

(63.3)

(70.0)

(10)

Operating profit1

 

19.0

24.6

(23)

 

1 Operating income and operating profit include £3.8 million (2015: £6.8 million) and £1.9 million (2015: £3.5 million) respectively relating to the disposal of Euroclear shares.

 

Bargains per day

 

52k

60k

(14)

Operating margin

 

23%

26%

 

Return on opening equity

 

21%

26%

 

 

Strong and Diverse Business Model Continues To Deliver

 

Winterflood has traded successfully throughout the year, maintaining its market leading position and delivering £19.0 million operating profit.  This includes £1.9 million (2015: £3.5 million) from the disposal of the remaining holding in Euroclear.

 

Operating income reduced 13% to £82.3 million reflecting lower trading income across most sectors but particularly in AIM, which was impacted by the significant falls in commodity prices in the first half. Performance improved across all sectors in the second half with Winterflood successfully navigating the build up and the subsequent reaction to the EU referendum vote.

 

Average daily bargains decreased 14% to 51,864, resulting from lower retail investor activity, primarily in the first half.  However, activity increased in the second half and following the EU referendum in late June.  There were four loss days in the second half, although volatility in the first half meant the total number for the full year increased to 17 (2015: 14) loss days.

 

Operating expenses decreased 10% as a result of Winterflood's variable cost model.  The expense/income and compensation ratios increased slightly to 77% (2015: 74%) and 48% (2015: 47%) respectively.

 

ASSET MANAGEMENT

 

Key Financials

 

 

2016

£ million

2015

£ million

Change

%

Investment management

 

57.4

54.1

6

Advice and other services

 

32.1

36.1

(11)

Other income

 

2.8

5.4

(48)

Operating income

 

92.3

95.6

(3)

Adjusted operating expenses

 

(77.9)

(77.8)

-

Adjusted operating profit

 

14.4

17.8

(19)

 

 

Revenue margin (bps)

 

86

88

 

Operating margin

 

16%

19%

 

Return on opening equity

 

25%

39%

 

 

Challenging Conditions Affecting Performance

 

Although lower market levels have impacted the results for the year, we remain confident in our long-term strategy, and underlying demand for our products and services remains solid.  Overall Asset Management delivered £14.4 million adjusted operating profit with positive net flows of £508 million, or 6% of opening managed assets.

 

In the year we disposed of our corporate advice and investment management business.  These activities included £682 million advised assets and £653 million managed assets at the time of disposal and contributed £3.1 million (2015: £5.8 million) income and £2.1 million (2015: £0.7 million) operating profit for the year, including a £1.7 million profit on disposal.

 

Excluding the corporate business and a one-off gain from our former private equity business in the prior year of £4.4 million, adjusted operating profit was broadly flat at £12.3 million (2015: £12.7 million).

 

Total income reduced 3% to £92.3 million, reflecting lower markets through much of the year and reduced inflows, which impacted recurring income and fees.  The revenue margin decreased slightly to 86bps.  Excluding the corporate business, the underlying revenue margin was 91bps (2015: 95bps). 

 

Adjusted operating expenses remained flat at £77.9 million, while the expense/income ratio increased slightly to 84% (2015: 81%), as an increase in staff costs was offset by the sale of the corporate business.  The compensation ratio remained broadly stable at 54% (2015: 53%).

 

Continued Positive Inflows

 

Total managed assets remained stable at £8.0 billion as net inflows and market movements were offset by the disposal of our corporate business.  Although below the prior year, net inflows remained positive at 6% and market movements benefited from the rise in markets at the period end.

 

Total client assets, which include advised assets under third party management, reduced to £9.9 billion, principally reflecting the disposal of the corporate business.

 

Movement in Client Assets

 

 

31 July 2016

£ million

 

31 July 2015

£ million

Opening managed assets

7,996

6,922

Inflows

1,238

1,477

Outflows

(730)

(777)

Net inflows

508

700

Market movements

196

374

Disposals

(653)

-

Total managed assets

8,047

7,996

Advised only assets

1,854

2,797

Total client assets1

9,901

10,793

 

1 Total client assets include £3.0 billion (31 July 2015: £2.7 billion) of assets that are both advised and managed.

 

Net flows as % of opening managed assets

6%

10%

 

Our investment strategy is intended to deliver long-term returns with a prudent investment approach, tailored to individual clients' risk profiles.  Although short-term performance has been affected by recent volatile markets, at the financial year end the majority of our funds and bespoke strategies were ranked first or second quartile over three years.

 

During the year we agreed the acquisition of a high net worth independent financial advisory business based in London which will add around £350 million of advised assets and 600 clients, and is expected to complete in the first half of 2017.  This is consistent with our strategy to support organic growth with small acquisitions, where we see a good cultural fit and low integration risk.

 

Following the year end we have entered into an agreement regarding the sale of OLIM Investment Managers, which will further increase our focus on our core integrated wealth management offering.  The disposal represented around £490 million of managed assets as at 31 July 2016, and contributed income of £2.5 million and adjusted operating profit of £0.9 million in the 2016 financial year.

 

DEFINITIONS

 

Adjusted: Adjusted measures are used to increase comparability between periods and exclude amortisation of intangible assets on acquisition, and any goodwill impairments and exceptional items

 

Bad debt ratio: Impairment losses on average net loans and advances to customers and operating lease assets

 

Compensation ratio: Total staff costs on operating income

 

Earnings per share: Profit after tax plus non-controlling interests on number of basic shares

 

Exceptional items: Income or costs which are material in size and non-recurring in nature

 

Expense/income ratio: Total adjusted operating expenses on adjusted operating income

 

High quality liquid assets: Assets which qualify as high quality liquid assets for FCA liquidity purposes, including deposits with the Bank of England, gilts and Treasury Bills drawn under the Funding for Lending Scheme

 

Leverage ratio: Tier 1 capital as a percentage of total balance sheet assets, adjusting for certain capital deductions, including intangible assets, and off balance sheet exposures

 

Net interest margin: Net income generated by lending activities, including net interest income, net fees and commissions and net operating lease income (deducting depreciation), on average net loans and advances to customers and operating lease assets

 

Return on net loan book: Adjusted operating profit from lending activities on average net loans and advances to customers and operating lease assets

 

Return on opening equity: Adjusted operating profit after tax and non-controlling interests on opening equity, excluding non-controlling interests

 

Revenue margin: Income from advice, investment management and related services on total client assets

 

Term funding: Funding with a remaining maturity greater than 12 months

 

 

Re-presentation of treasury income and operating lease assets

 

As announced on 13 September 2016, we have implemented minor changes to the calculation of our key metrics in the Banking division to better represent the contribution of operating lease assets and the role of Treasury.  The net interest margin now includes the full amount of Treasury income (2015: £13.4 million), which is allocated to individual lending businesses, reflecting its role as a cost centre.  Furthermore, operating lease income has been adjusted to deduct depreciation of operating lease assets (2015: £16.7 million), which is now reported as a cost of sales and included in operating income in the group's consolidated income statement.  The calculation of key ratios has also been adjusted to take into account the value of operating lease assets (2015: average of £115.4 million) on the balance sheet.

 

These adjustments do not reflect any changes in the underlying business and have no effect on the adjusted operating profit or operating profit before tax, earnings per share, balance sheet or regulatory capital measures.  

 

Consolidated Income Statement

for the year ended 31 July 2016

 

 

2016 

20151 

                                                                                                                Note

£ million 

£ million 

Interest income

 

550.1 

528.8 

Interest expense

 

(127.5)

(132.3)

 

 

 

 

Net interest income

 

422.6 

396.5 

 

 

 

 

Fee and commission income

 

189.2 

195.7 

Fee and commission expense

 

(28.5)

(30.2)

Gains less losses arising from dealing in securities

 

67.9 

72.0 

Other income

 

55.8 

55.5 

Depreciation of operating lease assets

 

(19.6)

(16.7)

 

 

 

 

Non-interest income

 

264.8 

276.3 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

687.4 

672.8 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

(415.9)

(406.0)

Impairment losses on loans and advances

7

(37.9)

(41.9)

Total operating expenses before amortisation of intangible

   assets on acquisition

 

 

(453.8)

 

(447.9)

Operating profit before amortisation of intangible assets

   on acquisition

 

 

233.6 

 

224.9 

Amortisation of intangible assets on acquisition

 

(5.1)

(5.0)

 

 

 

 

Operating profit before tax

 

228.5 

219.9 

Tax

3

(42.2)

(45.4)

 

 

 

 

Profit after tax from continuing operations

 

186.3 

174.5 

Profit from discontinued operations, net of tax

4

11.2 

Profit after tax

 

186.3 

185.7 

Profit attributable to non-controlling interests from continuing operations

 

(0.2)

 

 

 

 

Profit attributable to shareholders

 

186.5 

185.7 

 

 

 

 

From continuing operations

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

5

125.7p

117.8p

Diluted earnings per share

5

124.3p

116.5p

 

 

 

 

From continuing and discontinued operations

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

5

125.7p

125.4p

Diluted earnings per share

5

124.3p

124.0p

 

 

 

 

Interim dividend per share paid

6

19.0p

18.0p

Final dividend per share

6

38.0p

35.5p

 

 

1  Re-presented - see note 1.

 

Consolidated Statement of COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

for the year ended 31 July 2016

 

 

2016

2015

 

£ million

£ million

Profit after tax

186.3 

185.7

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income/(expense) that may be

 

 

   reclassified to income statement from continuing operations

 

 

Currency translation gains/(losses)

3.2 

(3.0)

Losses on cash flow hedging

(6.1)

(5.5)

Gains/(losses) on equity shares classified as available for sale

0.2 

(0.5)

Available for sale investment gains transferred to income statement on disposal

(4.2)

(6.8)

Tax relating to items that may be reclassified

0.9 

2.5 

 

 

(6.0)

 

(13.3)

Other comprehensive (expense)/income that will not be reclassified to

   income statement from continuing operations

 

 

Defined benefit pension scheme losses

(1.9)

(2.0)

Tax relating to items that will not be reclassified

0.3 

0.4 

 

 

(1.6)

 

(1.6)

 

Other comprehensive expense, net of tax from continuing operations

 

(7.6)

 

(14.9)

Other comprehensive expense, net of tax from discontinued operations

(1.2)

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

178.7 

169.6 

 

 

 

Attributable to

 

 

Non-controlling interests

(0.2)

Shareholders

178.9 

169.6 

 

 

 

 

178.7 

169.6 

       

 

Consolidated Balance Sheet

at 31 July 2016

 

 

 

 

2016

2015

Note

£ million

£ million

Assets      

 

 

 

Cash and balances at central banks

 

847.4 

1,038.0 

Settlement balances

 

478.1 

398.3 

Loans and advances to banks

 

121.5 

84.6 

Loans and advances to customers

7

6,431.6 

5,737.8 

Debt securities

8

221.3 

149.5 

Equity shares

9

28.2 

41.2 

Loans to money brokers against stock advanced

 

52.4 

38.4 

Derivative financial instruments

 

44.7 

19.7 

Intangible assets

10

147.9 

144.2 

Property, plant and equipment

 

185.8 

148.4 

Deferred tax assets

 

55.2 

39.4 

Prepayments, accrued income and other assets

 

134.1 

117.8 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

8,748.2 

7,957.3 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

Settlement balances and short positions

12

475.6 

404.3 

Deposits by banks

13

71.1 

35.1 

Deposits by customers

13

4,894.6 

4,481.4 

Loans and overdrafts from banks

13

469.1 

381.2 

Debt securities in issue

13

1,422.8 

1,365.0 

Loans from money brokers against stock advanced

 

30.0 

Derivative financial instruments

 

16.3 

7.1 

Current tax liabilities

 

20.0 

17.9 

Accruals, deferred income and other liabilities

 

205.4 

209.0 

Subordinated loan capital

 

46.4 

46.4 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

7,651.3 

6,947.4 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

37.7 

37.7 

Share premium account

 

284.0 

284.0 

Retained earnings

 

797.5 

694.4 

Other reserves

 

(22.1)

(6.3)

 

 

 

 

Total shareholders' equity

 

1,097.1 

1,009.8 

 

 

 

 

Non-controlling interests

 

(0.2)

0.1 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

1,096.9 

1,009.9 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

 

8,748.2 

7,957.3 

 

 

COnsolidated Statement of CHANGES IN EQUITY

for the year ended 31 July 2016

 

 

 

 

Other reserves

 

 

 

 

Called up

share

capital

 

Share premium account

 

 

Retained earnings

Available

for sale movements reserve

Share-based

payments

reserve

 

Exchange movements reserve

Cash

flow hedging reserve

Total attributable to equity holders

 

Non-controlling interests

 

 

Total equity

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

At 1 August 2014

37.7

283.8

589.8 

9.6 

(7.5)

1.0 

2.1 

916.5 

1.1 

917.6 

Profit for the year

-

-

185.7 

185.7 

185.7 

Other comprehensive

   (expense)/income

 

-

 

-

 

(1.6)

 

(6.3)

 

 

(3.8)

 

(4.4)

 

(16.1)

 

 

(16.1)

Total comprehensive

   income/(expense)

   for the year

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

184.1 

 

 

(6.3)

 

 

 

 

(3.8)

 

 

(4.4)

 

 

169.6 

 

 

 

 

169.6 

Exercise of options

-

0.1

0.1 

0.1 

Dividends paid

-

-

(74.3)

(74.3)

(0.1)

(74.4)

Shares purchased

-

-

(18.2)

(18.2)

(18.2)

Shares issued

-

0.1

0.1 

0.1 

Shares released

-

-

20.5 

20.5 

20.5 

Other movements

-

-

(8.3)

0.7 

(7.6)

(0.9)

(8.5)

Income tax

-

-

3.1 

3.1 

3.1 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2015

37.7

284.0

694.4 

3.3 

(4.5)

(2.8)

(2.3)

1,009.8 

0.1 

1,009.9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

186.5 

186.5 

(0.2)

186.3 

Other comprehensive

   (expense)/income

 

-

 

-

 

(1.6)

 

(3.3)

 

 

1.7 

 

(4.4)

 

(7.6)

 

 

(7.6)

Total comprehensive

   income/(expense)

   for the year

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

184.9 

 

 

(3.3)

 

 

 

 

1.7 

 

 

(4.4)

 

 

178.9 

 

 

(0.2)

 

 

178.7 

Exercise of options

-

-

Dividends paid

-

-

(80.3)

(80.3)

(80.3)

Shares purchased

-

-

(24.4)

(24.4)

(24.4)

Shares issued

-

-

Shares released

-

-

12.8 

12.8 

12.8 

Other movements

-

-

(2.5)

1.8 

(0.7)

(0.1)

(0.8)

Income tax

-

-

1.0 

1.0 

1.0 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2016

37.7

284.0

797.5 

(14.3)

(1.1)

   (6.7)

1,097.1 

(0.2)

1,096.9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

for the year ended 31 July 2016

 

 

 

2016

2015

Note

£ million

£ million

Net cash outflow from operating activities                                       15(a)

(18.8)

(18.0)

 

 

 

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from investing activities

 

 

Purchase of:

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

(13.6)

(14.8)

Intangible assets - software

(21.7)

(19.1)

Subsidiaries and non-controlling interest                                               15(b)

(3.6)

(1.0)

Sale of:

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

0.1 

0.1 

Equity shares held for investment

7.6 

5.6 

Subsidiary                                                                                              15(c)

2.3 

23.2 

 

 

 

 

(28.9)

(6.0)

 

 

 

Net cash outflow before financing activities

(47.7)

(24.0)

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

Issue of ordinary share capital, net of transaction costs                        15(d)

0.1 

Purchase of own shares for employee share award schemes

(24.4)

(18.2)

Equity dividends paid

(80.3)

(74.2)

Dividends paid to non-controlling interests

(0.1)

Interest paid on subordinated loan capital and debt financing

(28.0)

(18.6)

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash

(180.4)

(135.0)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

1,103.7 

1,238.7 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year                                       15(e)

923.3 

1,103.7 

 

 

THE NOTES

 

1.     Basis of preparation and accounting policies

The financial information contained in this announcement does not constitute the statutory accounts for the years ended 31 July 2016 or 31 July 2015 within the meaning of section 435 of the Companies Act 2006, but is derived from those accounts. The accounting policies used are consistent with those set out in the Annual Report 2015.

 

The financial statements are prepared on a going concern basis. 

 

Whilst the financial information has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), this announcement does not itself contain sufficient information to comply with IFRS.  The company expects to publish full financial statements that comply with IFRS by 3 October 2016.

 

The financial information for the year ended 31 July 2016 has been derived from the audited financial statements of Close Brothers Group plc for that year. Statutory accounts for 2015 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and those for 2016 will be delivered following the company's Annual General Meeting. The auditor, Deloitte LLP, has reported on those accounts: their report was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain statements under Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

Re-presentation of consolidated income statement

As announced on 13 September 2016, following a review of our financial reporting, we have implemented minor changes to the calculation of key metrics in the Banking division to better represent the contribution of operating lease assets and the role of Treasury. This has resulted in depreciation of operating lease assets, previously included in administrative expenses, to be reported as a cost of sales and included in operating income in the consolidated income statement.

 

To enable comparisons and in line with the treatment adopted for the 2016 consolidated income statement, the 2015 comparative information has also been re-presented. This has resulted in non-interest income and operating income to decrease by £16.7 million with a corresponding decrease in administrative expenses and total operating expenses before amortisation of intangible assets on acquisition.

 

There has been no impact on profit attributable to shareholders or equity.

 

2. Segmental analysis

The Executive Committee, which is considered to be the group's chief operating decision maker, manages the group by class of business as determined by the products and services offered and presents the segmental analysis on that basis. The group's activities are organised in three primary operating divisions: Banking, Securities and Asset Management. The Group segment includes the group's central functions which comprise Group Executive, Finance, Marketing, Communications, Investor Relations, Legal, Human Resources, Internal Audit, Compliance, Corporate Development, Company Secretariat and Risk. Group administrative expenses include staff costs, legal and professional fees and property costs attributable to the central functions which support and assist the development of the divisions. Income within Group is typically immaterial and will include interest on cash balances at Group. In the segmental reporting information which follows, Group consists of the central functions described above as well as various non-trading head office companies and consolidation adjustments, in order that the information presented reconciles to the consolidated income statement and balance sheet.

 

Divisions charge market prices for services rendered to other parts of the group. Funding charges between Banking businesses are determined by the Banking division's Treasury operation taking into account commercial demands.  Funding arrangements between other segments is limited.  More than 90% of all the group's activities, revenue and assets are located in the UK.

 

 

 

Banking

 

Securities

Asset Management

 

Group

Continuing operations

 

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Summary Income Statement for

   year ended 31 July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income/(expense)

422.2 

(0.6)

0.4 

0.6 

422.6 

Non-interest income

89.0 

82.9 

91.9 

1.0 

264.8 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

511.2 

82.3 

92.3 

1.6 

687.4 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

(229.7)

(61.7)

(75.9)

(24.2)

(391.5)

Depreciation and amortisation

(20.6)

(1.6)

(2.0)

(0.2)

(24.4)

Impairment losses on loans and advances

(37.9)

(37.9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

(288.2)

(63.3)

(77.9)

(24.4)

(453.8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating profit/(loss)1

223.0 

19.0 

14.4 

(22.8)

233.6 

Amortisation of intangible assets on

   acquisition

 

(0.5)

 

 

(4.6)

 

 

(5.1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit/(loss) before tax

222.5 

19.0 

9.8 

(22.8)

228.5 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External operating income/(expense)

524.6 

82.3 

92.9 

(12.4)

687.4 

Inter segment operating (expense)/income

(13.4)

(0.6)

14.0 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment operating income

511.2 

82.3 

92.3 

1.6 

687.4 

               

 

1  Adjusted operating profit/(loss) is stated before amortisation of intangible assets on acquisition, profit on disposal of discontinued operations and tax.

 

 

 

Banking

 

Securities

Asset

Management

 

Group

 

Total

 

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Balance Sheet Information at

   31 July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

7,988.7

647.5

104.8

7.2

8,748.2

Total liabilities

7,195.5

577.8

49.1

(171.1)

7,651.3

Equity

793.2

69.7

55.7

178.3

1,096.9

             

 

Other segmental information for the

   year ended 31 July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant, equipment and intangible

   asset expenditure

 

95.0

 

3.4

 

3.0

 

-

 

101.4

Employees (average number)

2,077

238

570

61

2,946

 

The following table provides further detail on operating income:

 

2016

20151

 

£ million

£ million

Banking

 

 

Retail Finance

204.6

186.3

Commercial Finance

202.3

195.9

Property Finance

104.3

99.7

Securities

 

 

Market-making and related activities

82.3

94.6

Asset Management

 

 

Investment management

57.4

54.1

Advice and other services

32.1

36.1

Other income

2.8

5.4

Group

1.6

0.7

 

 

 

Operating income from continuing operations

687.4

672.8

 

1  Re-presented - see note 1.

 

 

 

Banking

 

Securities

Asset Management

 

Group

Continuing operations

 

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Summary Income Statement for year  

   ended 31 July 20151

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income/(expense)

396.5 

(0.9)

0.2 

0.7 

396.5 

Non-interest income

85.4 

95.5 

95.4 

276.3 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

481.9

94.6 

95.6 

0.7 

672.8 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

(214.6)

(69.0)

(76.4)

(26.3)

(386.3)

Depreciation and amortisation

(16.7)

(1.0)

(1.4)

(0.6)

(19.7)

Impairment losses on loans and advances

(41.9)

(41.9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

(273.2)

(70.0)

(77.8)

(26.9)

(447.9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating profit/(loss)2

208.7 

24.6 

17.8 

(26.2)

224.9 

Amortisation of intangible assets on

   acquisition

 

(0.5)

 

 

(4.5)

 

 

(5.0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit/(loss) before tax

208.2 

24.6 

13.3 

(26.2)

219.9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External operating income/expense

511.8 

94.6 

96.5 

(13.4)

689.5 

Inter segment operating (expense)/income

(13.2)

(0.9)

14.1 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment operating income

498.6 

94.6 

95.6 

0.7 

689.5 

                     

 

1  Re-presented - see note 1.

2  Adjusted operating profit/(loss) is stated before amortisation of intangible assets on acquisition, profit on disposal of discontinued

    operations and tax.

 

 

 

 

Banking

 

Securities

Asset

Management

 

Group

 

Total

 

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Balance Sheet Information at

   31 July 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

7,303.1

538.7

101.1

14.4 

7,957.3

Total liabilities

6,592.0

466.8

53.5

(164.9)

6,947.4

Equity

711.1

71.9

47.6

179.3 

1,009.9

             

 

Other segmental information for the year ended 31 July 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant, equipment and intangible

   asset expenditure

 

74.7

 

3.5

 

2.6

 

0.1 

 

80.9

Employees (average number)

1,910

232

562

63 

2,767

 

3. Taxation

 

 

 

 

2016

2015

 

£ million

£ million

Tax charged/(credited) to the income statement

 

 

Current tax:

 

 

UK corporation tax

56.5 

49.1 

Foreign tax

2.5 

2.6 

Adjustments in respect of previous years

(1.1)

(0.2)

57.9 

51.5 

Deferred tax:

 

 

Deferred tax credit for the current year

(16.5)

(6.5)

Adjustments in respect of previous years

0.8 

0.4 

 

 

 

 

42.2 

45.4 

 

 

 

Tax on items not (credited)/charged to the income statement

 

 

Current tax relating to:

 

 

Share-based transactions tax allowance in excess of expense recognised

(2.1)

(4.1)

Deferred tax relating to:

 

 

Cash flow hedging

(1.7)

(1.1)

Defined benefit pension scheme

(0.3)

(0.4)

Financial instruments classified as available for sale

(0.7)

(1.0)

Share-based transactions tax allowance in excess of expense recognised

1.1 

1.0 

Currency translation gains/(losses)

1.5 

(0.4)

 

 

 

 

(2.2)

(6.0)

 

 

 

Reconciliation to tax expense

 

 

UK corporation tax for the year at 20.0% (2015: 20.7%) on operating profit

45.7 

45.5 

Gain on sale of subsidiaries and available for sale investment

(0.5)

Effect of different tax rates in other jurisdictions

(0.6)

(0.8)

Disallowable items and other permanent differences

1.5 

0.3 

Banking surcharge

8.2 

Deferred tax impact of (increased)/decreased UK corporation tax rate

(11.8)

0.2 

Prior year tax provision

(0.3)

0.2 

 

 

 

 

42.2 

45.4 

 

The standard UK corporation tax rate for the financial year is 20.0% (2015: 20.7%).  From 1 January 2016 an additional 8% surcharge applies to banking company profits as defined in legislation.

 

The effective tax rate is 18.5% (2015: 20.6%) which is below the UK corporation tax rate.  This reflects a write up of deferred tax assets due to the introduction of the bank corporation tax surcharge, more than offsetting the surcharge payable on profits for the period since 1 January 2016.

 

Movements in deferred tax assets and liabilities were as follows:

 

 

 

Capital

allowances

 

 

Pension scheme

Share-based payments and deferred compensation

 

Available for sale assets

 

Cash flow hedging

 

 

Intangible assets

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

Total

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

At 1 August 2014

27.8 

(1.0)

10.9 

(1.7)

(0.5)

(4.2)

0.4 

31.7 

Credit to the income

   statement

 

4.9 

 

 

0.3 

 

 

 

0.9 

 

 

6.1 

Credit to other

   comprehensive income

 

0.4 

 

0.4 

 

 

1.0 

 

1.1 

 

 

 

2.9 

Charge to equity

(1.0)

(1.0)

Acquisition

(0.3)

(0.3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2015

33.1 

(0.6)

10.2 

(0.7)

0.6 

(3.6)

0.4 

39.4 

Credit to the

   income statement

 

13.3 

 

 

1.1 

 

 

 

1.0 

 

0.3 

 

15.7 

(Charge)/credit to other

   comprehensive income

 

(1.5)

 

0.3 

 

 

0.7 

 

1.7 

 

 

- 

 

1.2 

Charge to equity

(1.1)

(1.1)

Acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2016

44.9 

(0.3)

10.2 

2.3 

(2.6)

0.7 

55.2 

                     

 

As the group has been and is expected to continue to be consistently profitable, it is appropriate to recognise the full 

deferred tax assets.

 

4. Discontinued operations

On 5 January 2015, the group completed the sale of Close Brothers Seydler ("Seydler") to Oddo & Cie for a gross cash consideration of €46.5 million (£36.4 million), which includes a post year end adjustment of £0.5 million following finalisation of completion accounts.  The profit on disposal was £10.3 million.

 

Based in Frankfurt, Seydler provided equity and debt capital markets services, securities trading and research primarily in German small and mid-sized companies and was part of the Securities division.

 

The transaction fulfilled the requirements of IFRS 5 to be classified as "Discontinued operations" in the consolidated income statement, the results of which are set out below:

 

Results of discontinued operations

 

 

2016

20151

 

£ million

£ million

Operating income

-

11.7 

Operating expenses

-

(10.4)

Operating profit before tax

-

1.3 

Tax

-

(0.4)

 

 

 

Profit after tax

-

0.9 

 

 

 

Profit on disposal of discontinued operations, net of tax

-

10.3 

Profit from discontinued operations

-

11.2 

 

1  Profit after tax is up until the point of disposal.

 

Cash flow from discontinued operations

 

 

2016

20151

 

£ million

£ million

Net cash flow from operating activities

-

6.6 

Net cash flow from investing activities

-

(0.1)

Net cash flow from financing activities

-

 

1  Up until the point of disposal.

 

 5. Earnings per share

The calculation of basic earnings per share is based on the profit attributable to shareholders and the number of basic weighted average shares. When calculating the diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of shares in issue is adjusted for the effects of all dilutive share options and awards.

 

 

2016

2015

Continuing operations

 

 

Basic

125.7p

117.8p

Diluted

124.3p

116.5p

Adjusted basic1

128.4p

120.5p

Adjusted diluted1

127.0p

119.2p

 

 

 

Continuing and discontinued operations

 

 

Basic

125.7p

125.4p

Diluted

124.3p

124.0p

 

 

 

Discontinued operations

 

 

Basic

-

7.6p

Diluted

-

7.5p

 

1  Excludes amortisation of intangible assets on acquisition, discontinued operations and their tax effects.

 

 

2016 

2015 

 

£ million 

£ million 

Profit attributable to shareholders

186.5 

185.7 

Less profit from discontinued operations, net of tax

11.2 

Profit attributable to shareholders on continuing operations

186.5 

174.5 

Adjustments:

 

 

Amortisation of intangible assets on acquisition

5.1 

5.0 

Tax effect of adjustments

(1.0)

(1.0)

 

 

 

Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders on continuing operations

190.6

178.5 

 

 

2016 

2015 

 

million 

million 

Average number of shares

 

 

Basic weighted

148.4 

148.1 

Effect of dilutive share options and awards

1.7 

1.7 

 

 

 

Diluted weighted

150.1 

149.8 

 

6. Dividends

 

 

2016

2015

 

£ million

£ million

For each ordinary share

 

 

Final dividend for previous financial year paid in November 2015: 35.5p

   (2014: 32.5p)

 

52.3 

 

47.6 

Interim dividend for current financial year paid in April 2016: 19.0p

   (2015: 18.0p)

 

28.0 

 

26.7 

 

 

 

 

80.3 

74.3 

 

A final dividend relating to the year ended 31 July 2016 of 38.0p, amounting to an estimated £56.1 million, is proposed. This final dividend, which is due to be paid on 22 November 2016 to shareholders on the register at 14 October 2016, is not reflected in these financial statements.

 

7. Loans and advances to customers 

 

 

 

 

On

demand

 

 

Within three months

Between three

months and

one year

 

 

Between one and two years

 

 

Between two and five years

 

 

After more than five years

 

 

 

Impairment provisions

 

 

 

 

Total

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

At 31 July 2016

58.1

1,746.0

2,014.4

1,279.3

1,328.2

65.3

(59.7)

6,431.6

At 31 July 2015

45.4

1,543.5

1,797.8

1,108.2

1,254.1

44.9

(56.1)

5,737.8

 

 

 

2016

2015

 

£ million

£ million

Impairment provisions on loans and advances to customers

 

 

At 1 August

56.1 

48.3 

Charge for the year

37.9 

41.9 

Amounts written off net of recoveries

(34.3)

(34.1)

 

 

 

At 31 July

59.7 

56.1 

 

 

 

Loans and advances to customers comprise

 

 

Hire purchase agreement receivables

2,782.4 

2,552.9 

Finance lease receivables

440.1 

473.0 

Other loans and advances

3,209.1 

2,711.9 

 

 

 

At 31 July

6,431.6 

5,737.8 

 

At 31 July 2016, gross impaired loans were £158.5 million (31 July 2015: £162.3 million) and equate to 2% (31 July 2015: 3%) of the gross loan book before impairment provisions. The majority of the group's lending is secured and therefore the gross impaired loans quoted do not reflect the expected loss.

 

8. Debt securities

 

 

Held for trading

Available for sale

Loans and receivables

 

Total

 

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Long trading positions

20.3

-

-

20.3

Certificates of deposit

-

-

201.0

201.0

Gilts

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2016

20.3

-

201.0

221.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Held for trading

Available for sale

Loans and receivables

 

Total

 

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Long trading positions

14.1

-

-

14.1

Certificates of deposit

-

-

115.3

115.3

Gilts

-

20.1

-

20.1

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2015

14.1

20.1

115.3

149.5

 

Movements on the book value of gilts comprise:

 

 

 

 

 

£ million

At 1 August 2014

 

 

 

45.6 

Redemptions at maturity

 

 

 

(25.0)

Movement in value

 

 

 

(0.5)

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2015

 

 

 

20.1 

 

 

 

 

 

Redemptions at maturity

 

 

 

(20.0)

Movement in value

 

 

 

(0.1)

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2016

 

 

 

 

9. Equity shares

 

 

31 July

31 July

 

2016

2015

 

£ million

£ million

Long trading positions

26.1

31.1

Other equity shares

2.1

10.1

 

 

 

 

28.2

41.2

 

Movements on the book value of other equity shares comprise:

 

 

 

Available

for sale

Fair value through profit

or loss

 

 

Total

 

£ million

£ million

£ million

At 1 August 2014

19.5 

0.1

19.6 

Disposals

(8.1)

(8.1)

Currency translation differences

(0.4)

(0.4)

Movement in value of:

 

 

 

Equity shares classified as available for sale

(1.0)

(1.0)

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2015

10.0 

0.1 

10.1 

 

 

 

 

Disposals

(7.7)

-

(7.7)

Currency translation differences

0.4 

-

0.4 

Movement in value of:

 

 

 

Equity shares classified as available for sale

(0.7)

-

(0.7)

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2016

2.0 

0.1

2.1 

 

10. Intangible assets

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

Software

Intangible assets on acquisition

 

 

Total

 

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Cost

 

 

 

 

At 1 August 2014

156.1 

68.8 

42.4 

267.3 

Additions

0.3 

20.3 

1.5 

22.1 

Disposals

(10.4)

(8.1)

(18.5)

Foreign exchange

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2015

146.0 

81.0 

43.9 

270.9 

Additions

1.7 

24.1 

0.4 

26.2 

Disposals

(6.9)

(0.5)

(7.4)

Foreign exchange

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2016

140.8 

104.6 

44.3 

289.7 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortisation and impairment

 

 

 

 

At 1 August 2014

68.0 

35.2 

17.8 

121.0 

Amortisation charge for the year

13.5 

5.0 

18.5 

Disposals

(6.2)

(6.5)

(0.1)

(12.8)

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2015

61.8 

42.2 

22.7 

126.7 

Amortisation charge for the year

17.2 

5.1 

22.3 

Disposals

(6.9)

(0.3)

(7.2)

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2016

54.9 

59.1 

27.8 

141.8 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value at 31 July 2016

85.9 

45.5 

16.5 

147.9 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value at 31 July 2015

84.2 

38.8 

21.2 

144.2 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value at 1 August 2014

88.1 

33.6 

24.6 

146.3 

 

Additions in goodwill of £1.7 million and intangible assets on acquisition of £0.4 million in 2016 relates to the 100% acquisition of Finance for Industry Group ("FFI").  The principal activities of FFI are those of provision of instalment credit (mainly asset backed finance) to business customers to assist in their acquisition of business equipment and financial brokering to third party lenders. Cash consideration of £3.6 million was paid and a contingent consideration of £1.3 million is expected to be paid in the future for the equity of the business.  Additions in goodwill of £0.3 million and intangible assets on acquisition of £1.5 million in 2015 relates to the 100% acquisition of Mackay Stewart and Brown Limited, a Scottish Independent Financial Adviser with £72.0 million of client assets, for cash consideration of £1.8 million for the equity of the business.  These acquisitions are not regarded as material in the context of the group's financial statements and therefore information required for material acquisitions by IFRS 3 has not been disclosed.

 

Disposal of £6.9 million goodwill in 2016 relates to the sale of Asset Management's corporate advice and investment management activities.  Disposal of £10.4 million goodwill in 2015 relates to the Seydler disposal of £4.2 million and the write off of fully impaired goodwill of £6.2 million relating to the wind up of Fortune Asset Management Limited.

 

Intangible assets on acquisition relates to broker and customer relationships and are amortised over a period of eight to 20 years.

 

In the 2016 financial year, £5.1 million (2015: £5.0 million) of the amortisation charge is included in amortisation of intangible assets on acquisition and £17.2 million (2015: £13.5 million) of the amortisation charge is included in administrative expenses shown in the consolidated income statement.

 

11. Property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

 

Leasehold

property

 

Fixtures,

fittings and

equipment

Assets

held under

operating

leases

 

 

Motor

vehicles

 

 

 

Total

 

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 August 2014

10.1 

34.9 

132.7 

1.2 

178.9 

Additions

7.4 

7.7 

43.7 

58.8 

Disposals

(0.1)

(8.0)

(11.3)

(0.4)

(19.8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2015

17.4 

34.6 

165.1 

0.8 

217.9 

Additions

4.3 

9.2 

61.6 

0.1 

75.2 

Disposals

(0.2)

(3.6)

(25.3)

(0.5)

(29.6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2016

21.5

40.2 

201.4 

0.4 

263.5 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 August 2014

5.7 

26.7 

28.9 

0.6 

61.9 

Charge for the year

1.6 

4.5 

16.7 

0.1 

22.9 

Disposals

(0.1)

(7.5)

(7.5)

(0.2)

(15.3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2015

7.2 

23.7 

38.1 

0.5 

69.5 

Charge for the year

2.5 

4.6 

19.6 

0.1 

26.8 

Disposals

(2.2)

(16.1)

(0.3)

(18.6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2016

9.7 

26.1 

41.6 

0.3 

77.7 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value at 31 July 2016

11.8 

14.1 

159.8 

0.1 

185.8 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value at 31 July 2015

10.2 

10.9 

127.0 

0.3 

148.4 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value at 1 August 2014

4.4 

8.2 

103.8 

0.6 

117.0 

 

The gain from the sale of assets held under operating leases for the year ended 31 July 2016 was £0.1 million (2015: £nil).

 

12. Settlement balances and short positions

 

 

31 July

31 July

 

2016

2015

 

£ million

£ million

Settlement balances

456.3

376.5

Short positions held for trading:

 

 

Debt securities

5.8

13.7

Equity shares

13.5

14.1

 

19.3

27.8

 

 

 

 

475.6

404.3

 

 

13. Financial liabilities

 

 

 

On demand

Within three

months

Between three months and one year

Between

one and

two years

Between two and five years

After

more than

five years

 

 

Total

 

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Deposits by banks

31.9

1.9

26.5

10.1

0.7

-

71.1

Deposits by customers

130.8

918.0

2,117.3

1,233.4

495.1

-

4,894.6

Loans and overdrafts

   from banks

 

11.0

 

207.8

 

160.1

 

90.2

 

-

 

-

 

469.1

Debt securities in issue

30.2

7.1

557.1

201.5

589.1

37.8

1,422.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2016

203.9

1,134.8

2,861.0

1,535.2

1,084.9

37.8

6,857.6

                 

 

 

 

On demand

Within three

months

Between

three months and one year

Between

one and

two years

Between

two and

five years

After

more than

five years

 

 

Total

 

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Deposits by banks

11.5

22.8

0.5

-

-

35.1

Deposits by customers

154.8

2,347.7

851.2

299.3

-

4,481.4

Loans and overdrafts

   from banks

 

8.6

 

99.1

 

123.7

 

59.9

 

89.9

 

-

 

381.2

Debt securities in issue

11.2

1.1

747.8

299.3

298.9

1,365.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2015

186.1

934.5

2,495.3

1,659.4

688.5

298.9

6,262.7

                 

 

The group has repurchase agreements at 31 July 2016 whereby £451.0 million (2015: £375.0 million) Treasury Bills have been drawn and lent in exchange for cash which is included within loans and overdrafts from banks above.  Residual maturities of the repurchase agreements are as follows:

 

 

 

On demand

Within three

months

Between

three months and one year

Between

one and

two years

Between

two and

five years

After

more than

five years

 

 

Total

 

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

At 31 July 2016

-

197.8

160.1

90.2

-

-

448.1

At 31 July 2015

-

99.1

123.7

59.9

89.9

-

372.6

                 

 

14. Capital

At 31 July 2016, the group's common equity tier 1 capital ratio was 13.5% (31 July 2015: 13.7%).

 

Common equity tier 1 capital increased to £901.4 million (31 July 2015: £813.2 million) primarily due to growth in profit attributable to shareholders.

 

Risk weighted assets increased to £6,682.5 million (31 July 2015: £5,932.1 million) as a result of growth in credit and counterparty risk associated with the loan book.  Notional risk weighted assets for operational risk also increased reflecting increased performance over recent years. 

 

The composition of capital remained broadly stable with 97.4% (31 July 2015: 95.9%) of the total capital consisting of common equity tier 1 capital.

 

 

31 July

31 July

 

 2016

 2015

 

£ million

£ million

Common equity tier 1 capital

 

 

Called up share capital

37.7 

37.7 

Share premium account

284.0 

284.0 

Retained earnings

797.5 

694.4 

Other reserves recognised for common equity tier 1 capital

21.8 

18.3 

Deductions from common equity tier 1 capital

 

 

Intangible assets, net of associated deferred tax liabilities

(145.3)

(140.6)

Foreseeable dividend1

(56.1)

(52.4)

Investment in own shares

(37.2)

(25.6)

Pension asset, net of associated deferred tax liabilities

(0.9)

(2.5)

Prudent valuation adjustment

(0.1)

(0.1)

 

 

 

Common equity tier 1 capital

901.4 

813.2 

 

 

 

Tier 2 capital

 

 

Subordinated debt2

24.0 

31.5 

Unrealised gains on available for sale equity shares

3.3 

 

 

 

Tier 2 capital

24.0 

34.8 

 

 

 

Total regulatory capital

925.4 

848.0 

 

 

 

Risk weighted assets (notional) - unaudited

 

 

Credit and counterparty credit risk

5,824.9 

5,103.2 

Operational risk3

784.9 

753.5 

Market risk3

72.7 

75.4 

 

 

 

 

6,682.5 

5,932.1 

 

 

 

Common equity tier 1 capital ratio

13.5%

13.7%

Total capital ratio

13.8%

14.3%

 

1  Under the Regulatory Technical Standard on own funds, a deduction has been recognised at 31 July 2016 and 31 July 2015

    for a foreseeable dividend being the proposed final dividend as set out in note 6.

2  Shown after applying the Capital Requirements Regulations transitional and qualifying own funds arrangements.

3  Operational and market risk include a notional adjustment at 8% in order to determine notional risk weighted assets.

 

The following table shows a reconciliation between equity and common equity tier 1 capital after deductions:

 

 

31 July

31 July

 

 2016

 2015

 

£ million

£ million

Equity

1,096.9 

1,009.9 

Regulatory deductions from equity:

 

 

Intangible assets, net of associated deferred tax liabilities

(145.3)

(140.6)

Foreseeable dividend1

(56.1)

(52.4)

Pension asset, net of associated deferred tax liabilities

(0.9)

(2.5)

Prudent valuation adjustment

(0.1)

(0.1)

Other reserves not recognised for common equity tier 1 capital:

 

 

Available for sale movements reserve

(3.3)

Cash flow hedging reserve

6.7 

2.3 

Non-controlling interests

0.2 

(0.1)

 

 

 

Common equity tier 1 capital

901.4 

813.2 

 

1  Under the Regulatory Technical Standard on own funds, a deduction has been recognised at 31 July 2016 and 31 July 2015

    for a foreseeable dividend being the proposed final dividend as set out in note 6.

 

The following table shows the movement in common equity tier 1 capital during the year:

 

 

 

£ million

Common equity tier 1 capital at 31 July 2015

 

813.2 

Profit in the period attributable to shareholders

 

186.5 

Dividends paid and foreseen

 

(84.0)

Other movements in retained reserves

 

(3.1)

Decrease in share-based payments reserve

 

(9.8)

Increase in exchange movements reserve

 

1.7 

Increase in intangible assets, net of associated deferred tax liabilities

 

(4.7)

Decrease in pension assets, net of associated deferred tax liabilities

 

1.6 

 

 

 

Common equity tier 1 capital at 31 July 2016

 

901.4 

 

15. Consolidated cash flow statement reconciliation

 

 

 

 

 

31 July

 

31 July

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

 

£ million

 

£ million

(a)

Reconciliation of operating profit before tax to net cash inflow from

   operating activities

 

 

 

Operating profit before tax from continuing operations

 

228.5 

 

219.9 

Profit before tax on discontinued operations

 

 

 

11.6 

Tax paid

 

 

(53.7)

 

(53.4)

Depreciation and amortisation

 

 

49.1 

 

41.4 

(Increase)/decrease in:

 

 

 

 

 

Interest receivable and prepaid expenses

 

 

(16.0)

 

(4.2)

Net settlement balances and trading positions

 

 

(9.7)

 

22.8 

Net loans to/from money broker against stock advanced

 

 

16.0 

 

(2.9)

Interest payable and accrued expenses

 

 

3.2 

 

8.2 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash inflow from trading activities

 

 

217.4 

 

243.4 

(Increase)/decrease in:

 

 

 

 

 

Loans and advances to banks not repayable on demand

 

(26.7)

 

1.6 

Loans and advances to customers

 

 

(693.8)

 

(448.1)

Assets held under operating leases

 

 

(51.9)

 

(39.8)

Certificates of deposit

 

 

(85.7)

 

(115.3)

Gilts

 

 

20.0 

 

25.0 

Other assets less other liabilities

 

 

28.9 

 

(19.1)

Increase/(decrease) in:

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits by banks

 

 

36.0 

 

(14.5)

Deposits by customers

 

 

413.2 

 

(23.0)

Loans and overdrafts from banks

 

 

87.9 

 

371.8 

Debt securities in issue, net of transaction costs

 

 

35.9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash inflow from operating activities

 

 

(18.8)

 

(18.0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(b)

Analysis of net cash outflow in respect of the purchase of

   subsidiaries and non-controlling interests

 

 

 

 

 

Cash consideration paid

 

 

(3.6)

 

(1.0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(c)

Analysis of net cash inflow in respect of the sale of a subsidiary

 

 

 

 

 

Cash consideration received

 

 

2.4 

 

36.9 

Cash and cash equivalents disposed of

 

 

(0.1)

 

(13.7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.3 

 

23.2 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(d)

Analysis of changes in financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital (including premium), group bond and subordinated

   loan capital1:

 

 

 

 

 

Opening balance

 

 

566.6 

 

596.5 

Prepayment of subordinated loan capital

 

 

 

(30.0)

Shares issued for cash

 

 

 

0.1 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

566.6 

 

566.6 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(e)

Analysis of cash and cash equivalents2

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and balances at central banks

 

 

840.6 

 

1,031.2 

Loans and advances to banks repayable on demand

 

 

82.7 

 

72.5 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

923.3 

 

1,103.7 

                               

 

1  Excludes accrued interest.

2  Excludes Bank of England cash reserve account and amounts held as collateral.

 

Cautionary statement

Certain statements included or incorporated by reference within this preliminary results announcement may constitute "forward-looking statements" in respect of the group's operations, performance, prospects and/or financial condition.  Forward-looking statements are sometimes, but not always, identified by their use of a date in the future or such words as "anticipates", "aims", "due", "could", "may", "will", "should", "expects", "believes", "intends", "plans", "potential", "targets", "goal" or "estimates". By their nature, forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions and actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements. Accordingly, no assurance can be given that any particular expectation will be met and reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statement. Additionally, forward-looking statements regarding past trends or activities should not be taken as a representation that such trends or activities will continue in the future. No responsibility or obligation is accepted to update or revise any forward-looking statement resulting from new information, future events or otherwise. Nothing in this preliminary results announcement should be construed as a profit forecast. This preliminary results announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase any shares or other securities in the company, nor shall it or any part of it or the fact of its distribution form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract or commitment or investment decisions relating thereto, nor does it constitute a recommendation regarding the shares or other securities of the company. Past performance cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance and persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser. Statements in this preliminary results announcement reflect the knowledge and information available at the time of its preparation. Liability arising from anything in this preliminary results announcement shall be governed by English law. Nothing in this preliminary results announcement shall exclude any liability under applicable laws that cannot be excluded in accordance with such laws.

 

 

 

 

 


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