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Wednesday 20 April, 2016

Metro Bank PLC

Q1 Trading Announcement

RNS Number : 7095V
Metro Bank PLC
20 April 2016



Metro Bank PLC (LSE: MTRO) has delivered a strong trading performance in the first quarter of 2016 as it continues to create Britain's leading growth bank.


Q1 2016 saw record growth in deposits (+£790m); record organic growth in lending (+£586m); and record customer account acquisition (+62,000).



Q1 Highlights


·     Completion of a £400m capital raise

·     Listing on the main market of the London Stock Exchange

·     Total deposits up 75% year-on-year to £5,898m

·     Record net deposit growth per store per month of £6.6m ($9.5m)

·     Total loans increased 125% year-on-year to £4,129m

·     Revenue up 60% year-on-year

·     Underlying loss after tax1 down to £7.9m (compared to £10.2m in Q4 2015)

·     Underlying loss after tax1 improved by 23% quarter-on-quarter


Note: all figures contained in this trading update are unaudited


Quarter ending

£ in millions

31 March 2016


31 December 2015

% Change

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31 March 2015

% Change

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Total Revenue2






Underlying profit/ (loss) after tax






[1] Underlying loss after tax excludes listing and related costs of £3.2m. Statutory loss after tax £11.1m.


2 Excludes gains on sale of investment securities





Craig Donaldson, Chief Executive Officer said:

"We have had a strong opening quarter in 2016. I am particularly pleased with the momentum and quality of our lending; net lending increased by 125% per cent year on year to £4.1 billion driven by strong growth in both residential mortgages and commercial lending.


Total deposits increased 75% year-on-year to £5,898m with deposits coming from a diversified mix of both businesses and retail customers.


We continue to move towards profitability with revenue up 60% year-on-year and the underlying quarterly loss after tax down to £7.9m (compared to £10.2m in the final quarter of 2015); an improvement of 23% quarter-on-quarter."


Vernon Hill, Chairman and Founder said:

"We continue to create a banking revolution by building Metro Bank into a major banking force in the UK. Our constant focus on customer service and convenience across all our channels, supported by our flexible IT and powerful AMAZE culture, continues to differentiate us, and provide a compelling competitive advantage in the UK market. Every day we welcome new customers into our stores and make them Fans with our exceptional customer service."


Highlights for the Quarter Ended 31 March 2016



The bank completed a £400m capital raise and listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2016.



As of 31 March total assets were £7,388m, up from £6,148m at 31 December 2015 and £4,244m at 31 March 2015; representing year-on-year growth of 74% and 20% growth in the quarter.



Record net deposit growth per store per month of £6.6m ($9.5m) in Q1 2016 versus £6.3m in Q4 2015, and £5.3m in Q1 2015. Comparative store deposit growth (a measure of deposit growth using deposit numbers from stores that have been operating for more than a full year) is 66%.



As of 31 March total deposits were £5,898m, up from £5,108m at 31 December 2015 and £3,375m at 31 March 2015; representing year-on-year growth of 75% and 15% in the quarter. Deposits for the first quarter grew £790m. Deposits from commercial customers represent 53% of 31 March 2015 total deposits (December 2015: 53%).






31 March 2016


31 March




Growth Rate







Demand: non-interest bearing






Demand: interest bearing






Fixed term






Deposits from customers












Deposits from customers include:







Deposits from retail customers






Deposits from corporate customers

















Total loans as of 31 March were £4,129m, up from £3,543m at 31 December 2015 and £1,833m at 31 March 2015; an increase of 125% year-on-year, and a 17% increase in the quarter. Loans to commercial customers represent 34% of total lending as of 31 March (December 2015: 36%).





31 March



31 March




 Growth Rate








Gross Loans and advances to customers






Less: allowance for impairment






Net Loans and advances to customers












Gross loans and advances to customers include:







Commercial loans






Residential mortgages






Consumer and other loans and advances









Customer acquisition continues to be very strong. Customer accounts have increased from 655,000 on 31 December 2015 to 717,000 at 31 March 2016; a quarterly net increase of 62,000 accounts. An increase of 45% year-on-year and a 9% increase in the quarter.



Underlying loss after tax has improved by 23% quarter-on-quarter to £7.9m (compared to £10.2m in Q4 2015). This excludes Listing costs of £3.2m leading to a Statutory loss after tax of £11.1m.



Asset quality remains strong. Loan loss reserve as a percentage of total loans was 0.18% at 31 March 2016 compared to 0.36% at 31 March 2015.



Kings Road Chelsea (store 41) opened on 15 April.



Capital ratios remain robust and well above regulatory requirements. Common Equity Tier 1 Capital ("CET1") as a percentage of risk weighted assets is 25%. Regulatory Leverage ratio is 9%. 



The bank has appointed RBC Capital Markets and Jefferies Hoare Govett as joint corporate brokers, as well as Tulchan Communications as Financial PR Advisers.


Analyst and investor call

An analyst and investor call will be held as follows:


Date: Wednesday 20 April 2016

Time: 2.00pm (London time)

Dial: +44 (0)20 3139 4830

Dial: +44 (0)808 237 0030 (UK Toll Free)

Participant Pin: 67377918#

URL for International Dial in numbers: 

An operator will assist you in joining the call.



For more information, please contact:

Metro Bank PLC Press Office

Peter Murray

+44 (0)20 3402 8423

[email protected]


Metro Bank PLC Investor Relations

Jo Roberts

+44 (0) 20 3402 8900

[email protected] 




About Metro Bank


Retail banking:


7 day a week store banking (8am-8pm Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday and bank holidays), 362 days of the year


The ultimate in new account opening convenience, with a rapid opening procedure and on the spot bank cards and cheque books (Account Opening conditions apply. All Metro Bank products are subject to status and approval.)


Free coin counting at every store, for customers and non-customers alike, with the Metro Bank Magic Money Machine™


A friendly welcome to dogs and their owners, with water bowls and dog biscuits on hand for man's best friend - dogs rule at Metro Bank!

Business banking:


The bank for entrepreneurs: Metro Bank offers tailored business banking services including a full range of lending and cash management solutions

Private banking:


Private by name, personal by nature: Metro Bank Private Banking provides bespoke banking solutions for customers' personal and commercial interests


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.


We're 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


All Metro Bank products are subject to status and approval.


Forward looking statements

This announcement contains certain forward looking statements with respect to the business, strategy and plans of Metro Bank PLC and its current goals and expectations relating to its future financial condition and performance. Such statements are not historical facts, nor are they guarantees of future performance.

By their nature, forward looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend upon circumstances that will or may occur in the future.

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