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Thursday 10 January, 2019

Rathbone Brothers

Trading Update and Notice of Results

RNS Number : 6637M
Rathbone Brothers PLC
10 January 2019
 

Rathbone Brothers Plc

Trading Update and Notice of Results

 

Rathbone Brothers Plc ("Rathbones") announces a trading update for the three months ended 31 December 2018.

 

Whilst the final quarter of 2018 reflected weaker investment markets, total year end funds under management and administration* benefitted from the recent acquisition of Speirs & Jeffrey.

 

·     Total funds under management and administration at 31 December 2018 were £44.1 billion, up 12.8% from £39.1 billion at 31 December 2017. The FTSE 100 Index decreased 12.5% and the MSCI WMA Private Investor Balanced Index decreased 7.2% over 2018.

·     Net inflows across the group in 2018 totalled £8.5 billion (2017: £2.1 billion), which represents 21.6% (2017: 6.0%) of opening funds under management and administration and includes the impact of £6.8bn of acquired FUM driven primarily by the acquisition of Speirs and Jeffrey.

·     Funds under management and administration in Investment Management were £38.5 billion at 31 December 2018, up 13.9% from £33.8 billion at 31 December 2017; including £6.4 billion of funds related to Speirs & Jeffrey (30 September 2018: £6.7 billion). Underlying net organic inflows in Investment Management were 3.4% of opening funds under management and administration for the year ended 31 December 2018 (2017: 3.0 %).

·     In the fourth quarter, funds under management and administration in Investment Management decreased by 6.8% from £41.3 billion to £38.5 billion primarily reflecting weaker investment markets. The FTSE 100 decreased 10.4% and the MSCI WMA Private Investor Balanced Index decreased 7.9% during the same period.

·     Net organic inflows in Investment Management during the fourth quarter were higher than expected at £574 million (Q4 2017: £254 million), including a number of discretionary mandates that are expected to be managed for a relatively short period. This represents an elevated annualised rate of net organic growth of 5.6% (2017: 3.1%) for the three months ended 31 December 2018.

·     Funds managed by Unit Trusts were £5.6 billion at 31 December 2018, up 5.7% from £5.3 billion at 31 December 2017, despite the falls in investment markets during the year. Total net fund inflows of £123 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 (Q4 2017: £272 million) reflected a more difficult trading environment for asset managers generally. Full year net inflows were £543 million (2017: £883 million), representing 10.1% of opening funds under management.

 

Speirs & Jeffrey

Work to meet operational performance targets is proceeding well such that the payment of contingent share consideration of 0.6 million new Rathbones shares is now expected to be made in the second quarter of 2019 rather than by December 2019 as previously anticipated. We continue to work well with our colleagues at Speirs & Jeffrey to ensure a smooth transition into the group.

 

Outlook

Whilst market conditions can reasonably be expected to be volatile in 2019, we will continue to invest selectively for the longer term in the skills and infrastructure necessary to improve our operational efficiency and deliver high quality services to our clients.

 

Notice of results

The Company will issue its preliminary statement of annual results for the year ended 31 December 2018 on Thursday 21 February 2019.

 

*In this announcement, all previous references to funds under management (FUM) have been changed to funds under management and administration (FUMA) to reflect the higher proportion of non-discretionary mandates following the acquisition of Speirs & Jeffrey.

 

 

 

 

 

Funds under management and administration

 

 

3 months ended
31 December

 

Year ended
31 December

 

2018

2017

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

 

£m

£m

 

 (i) Investment Management

 

 

 

 

 

Opening FUMA (1 October / 1 January)

41,274

32,535

 

33,780

30,184

Net inflows

591

290

 

7,931

1,169

  Organic new business

574

254

 

1,145

902

  Acquired new business

17

36

 

6,786

267

Market adjustment

(3,409)

955

 

(3,255)

2,427

Closing FUMA (31 December)

38,456

33,780

 

38,456

33,780

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying annualised rate of net organic growth1

5.6%

3.1%

 

3.4%

3.0%

Annualised rate of net inflows

5.7%

3.6%

 

23.5%

3.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

(ii) Unit Trusts

 

 

 

 

 

Opening FUM (1 October / 1 January)

6,006

4,982

 

5,367

4,051

Net inflows

123

272

 

543

883

Market adjustment

(486)

113

 

(267)

433

Closing FUM (31 December)

5,643

5,367

 

5,643

5,367

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total FUMA (31 December) 1

44,099

39,147

 

44,099

39,147

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net fund inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Investment Management

591

290 

 

7,931

1,169 

Unit Trusts

123

272 

 

543

883 

Total

714

562 

 

8,474

2,052 

 

 

1      Includes £2.1 billion (31 December 2017: £1.2 billion) of execution only funds, Greenbank funds of £1.2 billion (31 December 2017: £1.1 billion) and funds managed with a charitable mandate of £5.3 billion (31 December 2017: £4.7 billion).

 

10 January 2019

 

For further information contact:

 

Rathbone Brothers Plc

Tel: 020 7399 0000

Email: [email protected]

Philip Howell, Chief Executive

Paul Stockton, Group Finance Director/Managing Director, Rathbone Investment Management

Shelly Patel, Head of Investor Relations

 

Camarco (Communications adviser to Rathbones)

Tel: 020 3757 4984

Email: [email protected]

Ed Gascoigne-Pees

Hazel Stevenson

 

Rathbone Brothers Plc

Rathbone Brothers Plc ("Rathbones"), through its subsidiaries, is a leading provider of high-quality, personalised investment and wealth management services for private clients, charities and trustees. Our services include discretionary investment management, unit trusts, banking and loan services, financial planning, unitised portfolio services, and UK trust, legal, estate and tax advice.

 

Rathbones has over 1,400 staff in 15 UK locations and Jersey; its headquarters is 8 Finsbury Circus, London.


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