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Wednesday 24 October, 2018

Metro Bank PLC

3rd Quarter Results

RNS Number : 9597E
Metro Bank PLC
24 October 2018
 

Metro Bank PLC

Q3 Trading Update 2018

October 24, 2018

 

METRO BANK REPORTS CONTINUED STRONG GROWTH AND SURPASSES 1.5 MILLION CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS

 

Metro Bank PLC (LSE: MTRO LN)

 

 

9m and Q3 Highlights

·

Continued strong deposit growth of £4.1b ($5.3b) year-on-year, up 38% to £14.8b and £1.1b quarter-on-quarter, up 8%.

·

Net deposit growth per store per month of £6.2m in the quarter, £6.3m for the nine months to 30 September 2018 representing annualised deposit growth per store of £75.6m ($98.3m).

·

Record lending growth of £4.5b ($5.9b) year-on-year, up 52% to £13.1b, increasing the loan to deposit ratio to 89%. Net lending in the quarter exceeded £1b for the fourth successive quarter.

·

Underlying profit before tax1 at £39.2m ($51.0m) for the nine months to 30 September 2018, a 197% increase from £13.2m ($17.2m) in the same period in 2017. Quarter-on-quarter underlying profit before tax1 up 7% to £15.1m ($19.6m).  

·

Surpassed 1.5 million customer accounts, increasing the total by 303,000 over the nine months to 30 September 2018, and up 102,000 in the quarter.

·

Extended the Revolution further west with the opening of our store in Bristol, alongside openings in Southampton and Oxford. Our 60th store opened in Bath in October.

·

Achieved second highest score for overall service to both personal and business customers in the CMA customer satisfaction survey. The only provider to be ranked in the top five for all qualifying business and personal services.

Note: All figures contained in this trading update are unaudited. All figures in US$ have been translated at a rate of $1.30 to the £.

 

 

£ in millions

30

September

2018

30

September

2017

Change From

Q3 17

30 June

2018

Change From

H1 18







Assets

£20,567

£14,574

41%

£19,135

7%

Loans

£13,121

£8,608

52%

£12,013

9%

Deposits

£14,813

£10,760

38%

£13,736

8%

Loan to Deposit ratio

89%

80%


87%

 

 

 

£ in millions

9m to 30 September 2018

9m to 30 September 2017

Change





Total Revenue

£294.8

£209.2

41%

Underlying Profit before tax1

£39.2

£13.2

197%

Statutory Profit before tax

£34.4

£11.1

210%

Customer NIM

2.21%

2.19%

2bp

Customer NIM + fees

2.67%

2.69%

(2bp)

Net interest margin

1.82%

1.97%

(15bp)





Underlying EPS- basic

32.6p

11.7p

179%

Underlying EPS- diluted

31.8p

11.5p

177%

1. Underlying profit before tax excludes Listing Share Awards, the FSCS levy, impairment of property, plant & equipment ("PPE") and intangible assets, and costs relating to the RBS alternative remedies package application. Statutory Profit after tax is included in the Profit and Loss Account.

 

Craig Donaldson, Chief Executive Officer at Metro Bank said:

"The first nine months of 2018 show another strong performance from Metro Bank.  We delivered double digit growth in deposits, record lending growth year-on-year and for the fourth successive quarter exceeded £1 billion in net lending. Profit trebled to £39.2 million and we welcomed over 300,000 new customer accounts to the Revolution.

"Our integrated, frictionless model - stores, online, mobile and phone - combined with superior service is a winning formula for our customers.  We have continued to invest in our mobile services and have harnessed the power of Artificial Intelligence with the launch of our new Insights tool.  Our commitment to service remains as strong as ever and it was fantastic to have that validated by the inaugural CMA survey in August. We were second for overall service quality in both personal and business banking, and the only provider to be ranked top five for qualifying business and personal services."

Vernon Hill, Chairman and Founder at Metro Bank, added:

"Since we opened the doors to our first store in July 2010 we have transformed Metro Bank from a vision to over £20 billion in assets, from a single store to a network of 60 and from the first customer to over 1.5 million customer accounts.  This year we brought the Revolution further west with our new store in Bristol and reached FANS across the UK with our current account online."

 

Financial highlights for the nine months ended 30 September 2018

 

Deposits

 

·

Total deposits increased to £14,813m as at 30 September 2018, up from £13,736m at 30 June 2018 and £10,760m at 30 September 2017; representing year-on-year growth of 38% and 8% growth last quarter. Deposits from business and commercial customers continue to show the fastest growth, representing 54% of total deposits as of 30 September 2018 (30 September 2017: 53%). In the quarter, demand savings accounts performed strongly following the base rate increase in August.

 

 

£ in millions

30

September

2018

30

September

2017

Change From

Q3 17

30 June

2018

Change From

H1 18







Demand: current accounts

£4,502

£3,274

38%

£4,238

6%

Demand: savings accounts

£6,810

£5,113

33%

£6,155

11%

Fixed term: savings accounts

£3,501

£2,373

48%

£3,343

5%

Deposits from customers

£14,813

£10,760

38%

£13,736

8%







Deposits from customers includes:





Deposits from retail customers

£6,768

£5,108

32%

£6,381

6%

Deposits from business and corporate customers

£8,045

£5,652

42%

£7,355

9%







·

Net deposit growth per store per month of £6.2m in Q3 2018, £6.3m in the nine months to 30 September 2018, representing annualised deposit growth per store of £75.6m ($98.3m) .

 

·

Cost of deposits was 61bps in Q3 2018, an increase from 59bps in Q2 2018. Cost of deposits for the nine month period to 30 September 2018 was 59bps, owing to the base rate rise from 0.50% to 0.75% in August which led to an increase in rates offered to depositors with variable rate accounts in September.

 

·

Comparative store deposit growth (a "like for like" measure of deposit growth using deposit numbers from stores that have been operating for more than a full year) is 33% as of 30 September 2018.

 

Loans

·

Total net loans as of 30 September were £13,121m, up from £12,013m at 30 June 2018 and £8,608m at 30 September 2017; an increase of 52% year-on-year, and a 9% increase in the quarter. Loans to commercial customers have remained stable, representing 32% of total lending as of 30 September 2018 (30 September 2017: 34%).

 

£ in millions

30

September

2018

30

September

2017

Change From

Q3 17

30 June

2018

Change From

H2 18







Gross Loans and advances to customers

£13,152

£8,620

53%

£12,053

9%

Less: allowance for impairment2

£(31)

£(12)

158%

£(40)

(23%)

Net Loans and advances to customers

£13,121

£8,608

52%

£12,013

9%







Gross loans and advances to customers includes:

 






Commercial loans

£4,166

£2,909

43%

£3,905

7%

Residential mortgages

£8,715

£5,503

58%

£7,889

10%

Consumer and other loans and advances

£271

£208

30%

£259

5%

 

2. The allowance for impairment is calculated under IAS 39 as at 30 September 2017, and under IFRS 9 at 30 June 2018 and 30 September 2018.

 

·

Loan to deposit ratio increased to 89% (30 June 2018: 87%) driven by our fourth successive quarter of £1bn+ lending growth.

 

·

Asset quality remains strong as we grow. Non-performing loans reduced to 0.15% of the portfolio (30 June 2018: 0.17%). Cost of risk remained low at 0.07% in the nine months to 30 September 2018 (nine months to 30 September 2017: 0.10%). The impairment allowance increased year-on-year owing to the adoption of IFRS 9 in January 2018.

 

Profit and Loss Account

 

·

Underlying profit before tax has grown 197% year-on-year to £39.2m for the nine months to 30 September 2018, up from £13.2m in the same period last year. Statutory profit after tax of £25.1m has grown 222% compared to £7.8m for the nine months to 30 September 2017. Third quarter 2018 underlying profit before tax at £15.1m is up 7% quarter-on-quarter and more than doubled compared with the same period last year.

 

·

Cost:Income ratio has remained flat at 84% quarter-on-quarter as the bank absorbed a full quarter of debt servicing costs relating to the Tier 2 issuance in June.

 

·

Customer net interest margin showed a slight increase in the quarter to 2.21% from 2.20% in the second quarter (nine months to 30 September 2017: 2.19%). Whilst we continue to manage the cost of deposits, competition in residential mortgages continues to exert pressure on asset yields which has slowed margin progress. However, we continue to lend into low-risk assets which management believes will preserve Cost of Risk in the long term.

 

·

Customer net interest margin plus fees increased slightly to 2.66% in the quarter from 2.65% in the second quarter.

 

Capital

 

·

Capital ratios remain robust. Common Equity Tier 1 Capital ("CET1") of £1,164m as at 30 September 2018 is 15.7% as a percentage of risk weighted assets, currently exceeding our Tier 1 regulatory minimum of 9.7%3. This was supported by the completion of a £303m equity raise in July. Risk weighted assets at 30 September 2018 were £7,398m. The Regulatory Leverage ratio is 5.7%. Our total capital as a percentage of risk weighted assets is 19.1%.

 

3. Based on current capital requirements, excluding any confidential PRA buffer, if applicable

 

Customer Experience

 

·

Surpassed 1.5 million customer accounts, increasing from 1,418,000 at 30 June 2018 to 1,520,000 at 30 September 2018; a quarterly net increase of 102,000.

 

·

Achieved second place for overall quality of service among both business and personal customers in the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) inaugural service quality rankings. Awarded first place for store and overdraft services among Personal Current Account customers, and the only provider to be ranked in the top five for all qualifying business and personal services.

 

·

Expanded the network with store openings in Southampton, Oxford, Bristol and, most recently, our 60th store in Bath on 19th October. The Bristol site also includes the latest regional training hub, reflecting our dedication to developing colleagues as we expand.  A total of nine stores are currently in build from Ashford to Birmingham.

 

·

Launched Insights, our app-based Artificial Intelligence powered money management tool, as we continue to develop the customer experience across all channels. 

 

 

Outlook

 

·

Nine month and third quarter 2018 results demonstrate continued growth across Metro Bank.  Recent competitive trends in the mortgage market, however, have persisted despite the base rate increase in August as we have continued to focus on high quality growth of low risk assets.

·

Our bid application for the RBS alternative remedies package is ready to submit once the process commences in November as reported at the half year.

·

There is no update to the AIRB application for residential mortgages submitted earlier this year and we still expect an outcome in 2H19.

·

We remain intensely focused on our 2020 targets and the long term growth of the bank.

 

Metro Bank PLC

Summary Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Account

(Unaudited)

Annual Growth Rate


2018

2017


30-Sep

30-Jun

30-Sep



£'m

£'m

£'m






52%


13,121

12,013

8,608



6,698

6,453

5,393



748

669

573

41%


20,567

19,135

14,574











38%


14,813

13,736

10,760



3,801

3,801

2,123



249

249

-



300

252

598



19,163

18,038

13,481


1,404

1,097

1,093



20,567

19,135

14,574

 

4 Comprises investment securities, cash & balances with the Bank of England, and loans and advances to banks

5 Comprises property, plant & equipment, intangible assets and other assets

 


Annual Growth Rate

Nine months to 30 September

2018

2017


£'m

£'m





241.1

171.7


45.0

35.2


8.7

2.3

41%

294.8

209.2




31%

(249.6)

(191.0)


(6.0)

(5.0)

197%

39.2

13.2





(9.4)

(3.5)

207%

29.8

9.7





(0.8)

(1.1)


(0.3)

(0.4)


(1.7)

(0.4)


(1.9)

-

222%

25.1

7.8




Underlying earnings per share - basic


32.6p

11.7p

Underlying earnings per share - diluted


31.8p

11.5p

 

 


Annual Growth Rate

2018

2017

Q3

Q2

Q3


£'m

£'m

£'m






84.8

81.3

64.3


16.2

14.7

12.9


4.0

2.0

0.9

34%

105.0

98.0

78.1





26%

(87.9)

(82.1)

(69.6)


(2.0)

(1.8)

(1.3)





110%

15.1

14.1

7.2






(3.5)

(3.7)

(1.9)





119%

11.6

10.4

5.3






(0.2)

(0.2)

(0.3)


0.3

(0.5)

0.1


(1.2)

(0.1)

(0.4)


(0.5)

(0.8)

-

113%

10.0

8.8

4.7





Underlying earnings per share - basic


11.9p

11.8p

6.3p

Underlying earnings per share - diluted


11.6p

11.5p

6.2p

Net interest margin (NIM)


1.77%

1.85%

1.94%

Customer NIM


2.21%

2.20%

2.22%

Customer NIM + Fees


2.66%

2.65%

2.72%

Underlying cost:income ratio


84%

84%

89%

 

 

Analyst and investor call

An analyst and investor call will be held as follows:

 

Date: Wednesday October 24 2018

Time: 2.00pm (BST)

From the UK dial: 0800 358 9473 (Toll Free)

From the US dial: +1 855 85 70686 (Toll Free)

Participant Pin: 96838618#

URL for other international dial in numbers: http://events.arkadin.com/ev/docs/NE_W2_TF_Events_International_Access_List.pdf

An operator will assist you in joining the call.

 

For more information, please contact:

Metro Bank PLC Investor Relations

Jo Roberts

+44 (0) 20 3402 8900

[email protected]

 

Metro Bank PLC Media Relations

Tina Coates/Deborah Lewis

+44 (0) 7811 246016/ +44 (0) 7811 994 554

[email protected] 

Tulchan Communications

Martin Pengelley/ Tom Murray

+44(0)20 7353 4200

[email protected] 

 

ENDS



 

About Metro Bank

 

Metro Bank is the revolution in British banking. It is celebrated for its exceptional customer experience and was awarded 'Best All Round Personal Finance Provider' at the Moneynet Personal Finance Awards 2018, as well as

'Most Trusted Financial Provider' at the Moneywise Customer Service Awards in 2016 and 2017 and 'Best Financial Provider' at the Evening Standard Business Awards 2017. It is also recognised by Glassdoor in its 'Best Place to Work UK 2018' top 50 list.

Offering retail, business, commercial and private banking services, it prides itself on using technology to give customers the choice to bank however, whenever and wherever they choose. Whether that's through its growing network of stores open seven days a week, from early in the morning to late at night, 362 days a year;  on the phone through its UK-based 24/7 contact centres manned by people not machines; or online through its internet banking or award-winning mobile app: the bank offers customers real choice.

The bank employs over 3,500 colleagues and is headquartered in Holborn, London. 

Metro Bank PLC. Registered in England and Wales. Company number: 6419578. Registered office: One Southampton Row, London, WC1B 5HA. 'Metrobank' is the registered trade mark of Metro Bank PLC.

It is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. Most relevant deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. For further information about the Scheme refer to the FSCS website www.fscs.org.uk.

All Metro Bank products are subject to status and approval.

 


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