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St. James's Place PLC
29 April 2021
 

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ST. JAMES'S PLACE plc

27 St. James's Place, London SW1A 1NR

Telephone 020 7493 8111

 

PRESS RELEASE

29 April 2021

 

ST. JAMES'S PLACE WEALTH MANAGEMENT

 

RECORD FLOWS AND POSITIVE INVESTMENT RETURNS

TAKE FUNDS UNDER MANAGEMENT TO £135 BILLION

 

St. James's Place plc ("SJP"), the wealth management group, today issues an update on new business inflows and funds under management for the three months ended 31 March 2021.

 


Q1 2021

Q1 2020


£'Billion

£'Billion




Gross inflows

4.79

4.04

Net inflows

2.90

2.37

Closing funds under management

135.46

101.67




Funds under management retention rate (full year)

95.8%

95.4%

Net inflows/opening funds under management (full year)

9.0%

8.1%




 

Andrew Croft, Chief Executive, commented:

 

"I'm pleased to announce a record quarter for St. James's Place. The moderate growth in new business that we saw in the early weeks of 2021 gathered pace through the quarter as confidence improved and clients sought to commit accumulated savings to longer-term investments. This, together with strong activity linked to tax year-end planning, resulted in an exceptional new business performance in March bringing gross inflows for the quarter to £4.79 billion, 19% higher than the corresponding period last year. With retention of our client investments remaining strong, net inflows for the period were up 22% at £2.90 billion, representing 9% of opening funds under management on an annualised basis. The combination of strong flows, together with positive investment market returns, took total funds under management to £135.46 billion, up circa 5% since the beginning of the year.

 

These results demonstrate once again the unerring commitment of the Partnership and our entire community to ensuring clients receive the highest quality advice and service. Although COVID-19 restrictions and economic uncertainty continue, the demand for trusted advice is stronger than ever and I am confident that, given the quality of the Partnership and the strength of our client proposition, we are well placed to deliver another good year for St. James's Place."

 

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The details of the announcement are attached.

 

Enquiries:

 

Tony Dunk, Director - Investor Relations

Hugh Taylor, Director - Investor Relations

Tel: 07831 426216

Tel: 07818 075143

Jamie Dunkley, External Communications Director

Tel: 07779 999651

 

Brunswick Group: Charles Pretzlik/Ellis Murphy

 

Tel: 020 7404 5959


Email: sjp@brunswickgroup.com



 

Notes to Editor:

St. James's Place will be hosting a virtual Capital Markets Day for shareholders and analysts on the afternoon of 26 May 2021, from 15:00 - 18:00 BST. An agenda and invitation to register for the event will be circulated on 12 May 2021.

 

 

Contents

 

1.   Funds under management

2.   Analysis of funds under management

3.   Gross inflow figures

4.   EEV Net Asset Value per Share

 

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1.   Funds under management

 

Three months ended 31 March 2021

Investment


Pension


UT/ISA & DFM


Total


£'Billion


£'Billion


£'Billion


£'Billion

Opening funds under management

32.22 


61.31 


35.81 


129.34 

Gross inflows

0.58 


2.69 


1.52 


4.79 

Net investment return

0.80 


1.52 


0.90 


3.22 

Regular income withdrawals and maturities

(0.08)


(0.41)



(0.49)

Surrenders and part surrenders

(0.42)


(0.36)


(0.62)


(1.40)

Closing funds under management

33.10 


64.75 


37.61 


135.46 

Net inflows

0.08 


1.92 


0.90 


2.90 

Implied surrender rate as a percentage of

average funds under management

5.1%


2.3%


6.8%


4.2%

 

Rowan Dartington Group FUM was £2.98 billion at 31 March 2021, gross inflows were £0.13 billion for the quarter and outflows were £0.05 billion. SJP Asia FUM was £1.28 billion at 31 March 2021, gross inflows were £0.10 billion for the quarter and outflows were £0.02 billion.

 

 

Three months ended 31 March 2020

Investment


Pension


UT/ISA & DFM


Total


£'Billion


£'Billion


£'Billion


£'Billion

Opening funds under management

31.22 


52.84 


32.93 


116.99 

Gross inflows

0.54 


2.23 


1.27 


4.04 

Net investment return

(4.23)


(8.11)


(5.35)


(17.69)

Regular income withdrawals and maturities

(0.07)


(0.35)



(0.42)

Surrenders and part surrenders

(0.36)


(0.32)


(0.57)


(1.25)

Closing funds under management

27.10 


46.29 


28.28 


101.67 

Net inflows

0.11 


1.56 


0.70 


2.37 

Implied surrender rate as a percentage of

average funds under management

5.0%


2.6%


7.4%


4.6%

 

Rowan Dartington Group FUM was £2.32 billion at 31 March 2020, gross inflows were £0.13 billion for the quarter and outflows were £0.05 billion. SJP Asia FUM was £0.83 billion at 31 March 2020, gross inflows were £0.08 billion for the quarter and outflows were £0.01 billion.

 

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2.   Analysis of funds under management

 

The following table provides an analysis of the funds under management at 31 March split by geography and asset type:

 


31 March 2021


31 March 2020


£'Billion


% of total


£'Billion


% of total

North American Equities

36.1


27%


21.6


21%

Fixed Interest

22.4


17%


18.5


18%

Asia and Pacific Equities

20.1


15%


11.8


12%

UK Equities

19.2


14%


15.7


16%

European Equities

14.8


11%


11.6


11%

Alternative Investments

10.9


8%


9.1


9%

Cash

6.5


5%


7.5


7%

Property

2.4


2%


2.8


3%

Other

3.1


1%


3.1


3%

Total

135.5


100%


101.7


100%

 

 

 

3.   Gross inflow figures

 


Unaudited 3 months to 31 March




2021

2020




£'Billion

£'Billion



Gross inflows





Investment

0.58

0.54



Pension

2.69

2.23



Unit Trust/ISA & DFM

1.52

1.27




4.79

4.04


+19%

 

 

 

4.   EEV Net Asset Value per Share

 

The net asset value on the European Embedded Value basis at 31 March 2021 was approximately 1,520 pence per share (cum div) and approximately 1,482 pence per share after the payment of the proposed full year dividend on 21 May 2021.

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