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Tuesday 28 November, 2017

WestBromwich BldgSoc

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 7531X
West Bromwich Building Society
28 November 2017
 

WEST BROMWICH BUILDING SOCIETY

Announcement of half-year results for the six months

to 30 September 2017

 

The West Brom today announces its half-year results for the six months to 30 September 2017.

 

Key highlights:

 

-     Profit before tax of £4.2m for the six months to 30 September 2017 (30 September 2016: loss of £23.7m)

-     An uplift in the net interest margin to 0.98% (30 September 2016: 0.93%)

-     Growth of 11% in prime residential mortgage balances to £2.6bn (31 March 2017: £2.3bn)

-     £478m advanced for new mortgage lending (30 September 2016: £441m)

-     Increased support for first time buyers, representing 28% of all new lending during the period (30 September 2016: 20%)

-     External recognition for our approach to people management from Investors in People, receiving the Gold accreditation standard.

 

 

Jonathan Westhoff, Chief Executive, commented:

 

I am pleased to report a period of solid progress for the Society during which we have continued to support the financial wellbeing of our membership.  Profits achieved represented an 11% improvement in underlying performance and will be used to deliver further member benefits for savers and borrowers alike.

 

We have successfully increased new lending for home ownership and channelled more than a quarter of these funds to help buyers taking their first step onto the property ladder.  There is still demand for mortgages, with borrowers understandably favouring longer term fixed rate products given that Bank Base Rate has finally moved and future rises are to be expected.

 

While higher interest rates are a new experience for many homeowners and therefore potentially unsettling, we believe borrowers are generally well placed to cope financially.  This is supported by a reduction in the number of our residential mortgage holders experiencing significant arrears. 

 

Savers are no doubt welcoming some improvement in the market and the opportunity to earn better returns on their investments.  At the West Brom we offer a wide range of savings products and our choice of competitively priced fixed rate bonds and fixed rate ISAs have proved particularly popular over recent months. 

 

We remain committed to serving customers through our regional branch network, however we also recognise the need to invest in our technological capabilities.  This is key to achieving future growth and also plays an important part in our defence against the risk of cyber-crime. 

 

Although the West Brom operates a traditional building society model built around the provision of savings, investments and mortgages, we must still ensure we adapt to the changing trends in how people view, manage and transact with their money.

 

It is this flexible and forward-thinking approach that puts us in a strong position to deliver against our core objectives for the remainder of the financial year, helping more members purchase their own homes and plan for a secure future. 

 

 

ENQUIRIES

The West Brom                                              0121 796 7785

Jonathan Westhoff - Chief Executive

Ashraf Piranie - Group Finance & Operations Director



 

 

West Bromwich Building Society

 

Condensed consolidated

half-yearly financial information

30 September 2017

 

Chief Executive's BUSINESS Review

 

Performance summary

 

I am pleased to announce the West Brom's results for the six months ended 30 September 2017, a period of solid progress against our traditional building society principles with an 11% growth in prime owner occupied mortgage balances to £2.6bn.  

 

In the first half of the year, the Group reported a statutory and underlying profit before tax of £4.2m (30 September 2016: statutory loss of £23.7m, underlying profit of £3.8m).

 

The results for the six months ended 30 September 2016 included a charge of £27.5m in relation to the reimbursement of interest charged on certain buy to let mortgages.

 

The table below is a comparison of the underlying performance, excluding the impact of the buy to let reimbursement, which shows that underlying net interest income and pre-tax profit have each improved against the comparative period by 11%.

 


Half 1 2017/18

Half 1 2016/17


As

Buy to let case


As

Buy to let case



reported

impact

Underlying

reported

impact

Underlying


£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m








Net interest income

      28.4

-

28.4

26.8

(1.2)

25.6

Profit/(Loss) before tax

4.2

-

4.2

(23.7)

27.5

3.8

 

 

Income statement

 

At £28.4m, net interest income was 6% higher than in the comparative period (30 September 2016: £26.8m) reflecting an uplift in net interest margin from 0.93% to 0.98%, as a result of the positive impact of growth in residential lending balances and the availability of funding via the Bank of England's Term Funding Scheme.  As a mutual, the strategy is not to maximise net interest margin but to maintain it at a level which balances the immediate and long-term benefits to both our borrowing and saving members.

 

Fees, commissions and other operating income remained at similar levels to the first half of 2016/17 and comprised income earned on insurance, investment and protection products, together with rent receivable on a portfolio of investment properties.

 

Management expenses for the first half of 2017/18 totalled £25.8m (30 September 2016: £25.0m), increasing as a consequence of higher depreciation charges as a result of investment in the future of the Society, including the development of a more efficient and resilient IT infrastructure.  This strategic spending contributed to a slight increase in the management expenses ratio from 0.87% to 0.89%. 

 

Positive house price movements delivered a £3.0m revaluation gain on the Group's residential investment property portfolio (30 September 2016: £3.3m).

 

Impairment charges of £6.3m included £5.6m (30 September 2016: £3.8m) on the non-core commercial loan book, incorporating an uplift in collective provisions to take account of uncertainties in the market outlook. With arrears levels remaining low the residential mortgage impairment charge was just £0.7m (30 September 2016: credit of £3.0m).

 

For the six months ended 30 September 2016, provisions for liabilities of £29.3m included the charge of £27.5m in relation to the reimbursement of interest charged on certain buy to let mortgages. The 2017/18 half year provisions charge of £0.5m solely comprised the Society's estimated share of Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) costs, which fell from £1.3m in the comparative period.  The annual amounts levied on deposit takers are primarily driven by interest on HM Treasury loans and are therefore reducing in line with the repayment of these loans by the FSCS.

 

In the previous financial year, the Society provided further for expected Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) redress through to the August 2019 deadline by which all complaints must be submitted.  The Society has continued to monitor the provision and concluded that, as at 30 September 2017, no additional amounts were required to be set aside (30 September 2016: £0.5m).

 

For the half year accounts, tax has been charged on the statutory profit before tax at the UK standard rate of 19%.  A full review of the tax position of the Society and its subsidiaries will be carried out at the year end date.

 

Balance sheet

 

Firm in its commitment to promote home ownership and the objective to grow owner occupied residential lending, the Society advanced £478m in the six month period (30 September 2016: £441m), of which 28% (30 September 2016: 20%) was to first time buyers. 

 

High quality liquid assets are held, on and off-balance sheet, such that the Society is positioned to meet its financial obligations as they fall due under both normal and severe, but plausible, stressed scenarios. The key regulatory measure of liquidity is the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR).  At 139% (31 March 2017: 127%), the Group's LCR was considerably above the 90% current minimum level set by the regulator.

 

As a traditional building society, the West Brom remains primarily funded by retail savings balances and, at 30 September 2017, 80.0% (31 March 2017: 84.0%) of total shares and borrowings were in the form of members' retail savings. 

 

The Society, together with other financial services institutions, has participated in Bank of England schemes which aim to stimulate the mortgage markets by providing low cost term funding to lenders.

 

Asset quality

 

Asset quality remained strong with residential mortgage arrears falling from 0.81% at 31 March 2017 to just 0.67% at 30 September 2017, significantly below the market average.  These percentages report the proportion of residential loans in arrears by more than three months.  Only one loan originated since the West Brom's re-entry to the mortgage market over five years ago met this definition at the reporting date (31 March 2017: none).

 

The Group has made further progress in its objective to de-risk the balance sheet. Non-core commercial lending balances have reduced by £46m since the year end to £542m, of which £60m (31 March 2017: £73m) was securitised, thereby transferring the risk out of the Group and reducing its remaining exposure to £482m. Provisions set aside for potential losses equated to 9.3% of total commercial loan balances outstanding (31 March 2017: 6.7%).

 

Internal policy dictates that the Society's treasury investment portfolio contains only instruments rated single A or better or held with a Global Systemically Important Counterparty.  The Group has no exposure to non-UK sovereign debt or to any mortgage market outside the UK.  No impairment losses were incurred against treasury assets during the current or preceding half year.

 

Capital

 

A financial institution holds capital as the ultimate protection for depositors. Throughout the reporting period, the Society's capital has been maintained at levels which comfortably exceed minimum internal and regulatory requirements.

 

The following table illustrates the Group's capital ratios at 30 September 2017 and 31 March 2017, presented as currently calculated under CRD IV transitional rules and also with the full impact of CRD IV implementation:

 

 

 


Transitional CRD IV rules

Full implementation of CRD IV

Transitional CRD IV rules

Full implementation of CRD IV


30-Sep-17

30-Sep-17

31-Mar-17

31-Mar-17


%

%

%

%






Common Equity Tier 1 ratio

14.1

14.1

13.8

13.8

Tier 1 ratio

15.5

14.1

15.2

13.8

Total capital ratio

16.2

14.8

16.0

14.5

Leverage ratio

6.9

6.3

6.8

6.2

 

The two key measures of capital, each being an indication of an entity's financial resilience in terms of its ability to absorb unexpected losses, are the Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) and leverage ratios.

 

There has been a strengthening of the CET1 ratio from 13.8% at 31 March 2017 to 14.1% at 30 September 2017, including unaudited interim profits. The stable leverage ratio of 6.9% (31 March 2017: 6.8%) compares favourably with others in the sector and is significantly above the current regulatory minimum.

 

In the last Annual Report and Accounts, it was communicated that the Society was seeking clarification from the European Banking Authority (EBA) on the capital treatment of Profit Participating Deferred Shares (PPDS), in light of a challenge received from a third party.  The EBA's response is pending. 

 

The Board remains of the view that the PPDS are eligible CET1 capital and has agreed with the regulator (the Prudential Regulation Authority) that it is appropriate to continue to treat PPDS as CET1. Were the EBA to determine that the PPDS do not meet the criteria to be categorised as CET1, it is possible that the Society would have to reduce the degree to which the PPDS would count towards its CET1 by 50% immediately and thereafter by 10% per annum on each 1 January. Under this scenario, the immediate impact on the Society's CET1 ratio would be a reduction from 14.1% at 30 September 2017 to 10.8%. The total capital ratio of the Society would be unchanged at 16.2% as at that date because the element of PPDS that would be deemed not to qualify for CET1 would instead qualify as Tier 2 capital.

 

Until confirmation is obtained from the EBA, the Board believes that it is prudent to manage the Society so that it is protected from the possibility of an unexpected outcome. To this end, the Society continues to consider its options to help guard against the possibility of the EBA deciding that the PPDS do not comply with the criteria to qualify as CET1, including engaging as appropriate with PPDS holders.

 

Currently, the Society applies the Standardised Approach and is making significant progress on its regulatory project to move to the Internal Ratings Based (IRB) Approach to calculating its capital requirements for credit risk which commenced in October 2015.

 

Following a further assessment of the positive progress made to date on the IRB project the Society's Board has re-affirmed its commitment to the continued investment on the project and is indicatively targeting a submission of its application for IRB Permission to the Prudential Regulation Authority in 2018.

 

It is the Society's current expectation that, given the nature of the Society's residential exposures, the capital required to support its credit risk should reduce under the IRB Approach, resulting in a positive impact on the Society's already robust capital ratios.



 

 

Member value

The principles of mutuality have guided and shaped the West Brom since its foundation in 1849. Mutuality means that all of our decision-making and direction is driven by looking after the interests of members.  

Persistent low interest rates have contributed to creating great deals for borrowers. We have offered a broad selection of competitive products throughout the half year, with features such as fees assisted legal services, free valuations and cashbacks, as well as products catering for borrowers with lower deposits.  We have offered particularly competitive 5 year fixed rate mortgages over the last six months, which have been very popular with those customers seeking peace of mind at a time of uncertainty where future interest rates are concerned.

 

In contrast, the prolonged low interest rate environment and the availability of low cost funding to the sector, as a result of government stimuli, have not been good news for savings rates.  While we were compelled to react to these market forces, our depositing members continued to receive an average interest rate above the average paid across the cash savings market, as a whole, and we were delighted to receive a nomination in the Best Building Society Savings Provider category at the 2017 Moneyfacts Awards. We offer a wide range of savings products via branch, post and online channels. Our fixed rate bonds and limited access accounts enable savers to secure higher rates while instant access products give greater flexibility where required.  We welcomed the increase in the annual ISA allowance to £20,000 from April 2017, improving tax-efficient savings opportunities for our members.  

 

The West Brom is dedicated to offering members a personally relevant all-round service and does so in partnership with other leading providers. We are one of the few high street financial institutions providing access to independent financial advice, which is delivered via our branches by experts from Wren Sterling.

 

Producing the best results for our members means not only offering the right products but striving for excellence in every step of the customer journey.  This continuous desire to improve saw branch customers and callers to Customer Services rate us an impressive 9 out of 10 for satisfaction. This has only been achievable through the quality of our colleagues and we were delighted to receive the Gold Investors in People accreditation standard for the second time during the period.

 

The Society has various ways for members to tell us what they think about our products and services. We have regular face-to-face events such as Members' ViewPoint and our Annual General Meeting. There are also satisfaction surveys and comment cards while the innovation of our Customer Panel is a great example of how feedback from members can help us develop better products and services which meet their needs. Having concern for our members' needs goes hand in hand with caring for the communities in which they live, whether that be via charitable fundraising, affinity savings accounts or staff volunteering.

In recognition of our products and achievements, we were very proud to be Highly Commended in the categories of Best Regional Building Society and Community Services in the recent Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards.

 

Principal risks and uncertainties

 

Effective management of risks and opportunities is essential to achieving the Society's strategic objectives.  The Society aims to manage effectively all of the risks that arise from its activities and believes that its approach to risk management reflects an understanding of actual and potential risk exposures, the quantification of the impact of such exposures and the development and implementation of appropriate controls to manage these exposures within the Board's agreed risk appetite.

 

The Society's activities are governed by its constitution, principles and values.  The Directors have also agreed a set of statements which describe the Board's risk appetite in terms of a number of principal risk categories: business, credit, capital, liquidity, market, basis, operational, retail conduct, pension liability and information (the Society's Risk Appetite Statements). 

 

These Risk Appetite Statements drive corporate planning activity, including capital and liquidity planning, as well as providing the basis for key risk measures.

 

The principal risks and uncertainties which could influence the Society's long-term performance, together with the Society's approach to managing them, remain as outlined on pages 23 to 27 of the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017.  There have been no significant changes in the Society's approach to risk management during the six months ended 30 September 2017 and none are anticipated for the remainder of the financial year.  

 

The main areas of uncertainty impacting the West Brom, and common to most UK financial services providers, are described within the Outlook section below.

 

Outlook

 

Early Brexit discussions have done little to alleviate market uncertainty. Following an indecisive result to the snap general election, there is a real possibility that the UK government, although currently optimistic, will be unable to negotiate a trade deal with the EU, an eventuality with, as yet, unknown consequences. 

 

Despite the doubt enshrouding the overall economy, the residential mortgage markets appear reasonably buoyant. Whilst the Term Funding Scheme (TFS), launched in 2016/17, has supported the market by providing low cost four year funding, it has contributed to highly competitive mortgage pricing.  After the TFS closes to new commitments this financial year, the markets will need to adjust to the removal of this Bank of England stimulus.  The Society will continue to monitor developments in this area and consider the impact on its lending and funding plans.

 

The non-core commercial loan book has historically proven sensitive to a downturn in the economic environment.  While the Group's exposure to this sector is steadily reducing, there remains the risk of further commercial impairment provision requirements. 

 

Residential borrowers have experienced a squeeze on earnings, with inflation outstripping wage increases, and the first interest rate rise in over 10 years to 0.5% in November 2017. The markets anticipate that rates will rise further, albeit following a gradual upward trend.  The West Brom's residential mortgage portfolios are of a high credit quality and therefore able to withstand some deterioration in economic conditions before losses are incurred.  The new accounting standard IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments', which the Group will apply from 1 April 2018, encapsulates a range of economic scenarios in its determination of impairment provision requirements which must be recognised on an expected, rather than incurred, loss basis.  An intended consequence of IFRS 9 is that banks and building societies will recognise credit losses earlier than under current accounting standards.  The Society's IFRS 9 project is progressing to timetable.

 

The Society recognises the ongoing need to invest in its technological capabilities.  Technology is fundamental to delivering growth, excellent customer service and a robust defence against cyber risks.

 

Against the recent backdrop of low interest rates, political upheaval and economic uncertainty the West Brom has demonstrated the ability to grow its prime residential mortgage book, exit non-core activities in a controlled manner, deliver healthy and sustainable underlying profits, invest in the future and comfortably meet all regulatory capital and liquidity requirements.  The Society will move forward with each of these critical objectives for the remainder of the financial year maintaining emphasis, as always, on helping more borrowers to purchase their own homes and enabling savers to prepare and plan for a secure future.

 

 

Jonathan Westhoff

Chief Executive

 

Forward looking statements

Certain statements in this half-yearly report are forward looking.  Although the West Brom believes that the expectations reflected in these forward looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to be an accurate reflection of actual results. By their nature, all forward looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances that are beyond the control of the West Brom. As a result, the West Brom's actual future financial condition, business performance and results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations expressed or implied in these forward looking statements. Due to such risks and uncertainties the West Brom cautions readers not to place undue reliance on such forward looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update any forward looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated half-yearly Income Statement 

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 



 6 months

 6 months

 Year



 ended

 ended

 ended



30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

31-Mar-17



unaudited

unaudited

audited


Notes

 £m

 £m

£m






Interest receivable and similar income


48.7

57.5

108.9

Interest expense and similar charges


(20.3)

(30.7)

(53.6)






Net interest receivable


28.4

26.8

55.3






Fees and commissions receivable


1.2

1.2

2.7

Other operating income


1.9

2.1

4.1

Fair value gains/(losses) on financial instruments


2.3

(2.3)

(0.2)

Net realised profits


                 -  

0.3

0.5






Total income


33.8

28.1

62.4






Administrative expenses


(22.1)

(22.0)

(44.4)

Depreciation and amortisation

10

(3.7)

(3.0)

(5.7)






Operating profit before revaluation gains, impairment and provisions


8.0

3.1

12.3






Gains on investment properties

11

3.0

3.3

5.4

Impairment on loans and advances

6

(6.3)

(0.8)

(7.6)

Provisions for liabilities

7

(0.5)

(29.3)

(29.9)






Profit/(Loss) before tax


4.2

(23.7)

(19.8)

Taxation


(0.8)

(6.8)

(6.0)






Profit/(Loss) for the period


3.4

(30.5)

(25.8)

 

Condensed consolidated half-yearly Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 



6 months

6 months

Year



ended

ended

ended



30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

31-Mar-17



unaudited

unaudited

audited



£m

£m

£m






Profit/(Loss) for the period

3.4

(30.5)

(25.8)

Other comprehensive income




Items that may subsequently be reclassified to profit or loss




Available for sale investments





Valuation (losses)/gains taken to equity

(0.2)

            0.6

             0.5


Amounts transferred to Income Statement

               -  

          (0.3)

            (0.5)

Cash flow hedge gains/(losses) taken to equity

2.5

          (0.6)

            (0.5)

Taxation

(0.4)

               -  

             0.1

Items that will not subsequently be reclassified to profit or loss




Gains on revaluation of land and buildings

               -  

               -  

             0.6

Actuarial losses on defined benefit obligations

               -  

               -  

         (10.4)

Amortisation of original discount on subscribed capital

               -  

               -  

0.1

Taxation

               -  

               -  

1.7

Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax

1.9

(0.3)

(8.4)

Total comprehensive income for the period

5.3

(30.8)

(34.2)











As a percentage of mean total assets

 %

 %

 %

Profit/(Loss) for the period

0.06

         (0.53)

         (0.44)

Management expenses (annualised)

0.89

0.87

0.86

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated half-yearly Statement of Financial Position

at 30 September 2017

 

 

 

30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

31-Mar-17

 

 

 unaudited

unaudited

audited

 

Notes

 £m

 £m

 £m

 





Assets





Cash and balances with the Bank of England


               212.4

 145.5

 294.8

Loans and advances to credit institutions


               143.8

 198.6

 174.0

Investment securities


               316.0

 380.8

 385.0

Derivative financial instruments


                 11.2

 8.2

 6.3

Loans and advances to customers

8

           4,866.3

 4,816.2

 4,776.5

Deferred tax assets


                 15.0

 14.4

 16.4

Trade and other receivables


                   3.3

 3.9

 3.5

Intangible assets

10

                 13.7

 9.6

 13.3

Investment properties

11

               131.6

 126.9

 128.9

Property, plant and equipment

10

                 31.1

 31.9

 32.1

Retirement benefit assets


                      -  

 0.7

 -  

Total assets


           5,744.4

 5,736.7

 5,830.8






Liabilities





Shares

9

           4,160.0

 4,398.9

 4,427.3

Amounts due to credit institutions


               683.9

 279.0

 450.3

Amounts due to other customers


               189.2

 179.0

 132.7

Derivative financial instruments


                 53.0

 89.8

 69.0

Debt securities in issue

12

               169.3

 306.3

 263.2

Deferred tax liabilities


                   4.9

 5.4

 5.0

Trade and other payables


                   7.7

 8.5

 10.2

Provisions for liabilities

7

                   2.5

 2.9

 3.1

Retirement benefit obligations


                   5.1

 -  

 6.5

Total liabilities


           5,275.6

 5,269.8

 5,367.3






 

Equity





 

Profit participating deferred shares

13

 173.8

 171.9

 173.0

 

Subscribed capital

15

 75.0

 74.9

 75.0

 

General reserves


 213.7

 216.4

 211.0

 

Revaluation reserve


 3.4

 3.4

 3.5

 

Available for sale reserve


 1.5

 1.2

 1.7

 

Cash flow hedging reserve


 1.4

 (0.9)

 (0.7)

 

Total equity attributable to members


 468.8

 466.9

 463.5

 

Total liabilities and equity


 5,744.4

 5,736.7

 5,830.8

 






 

As a percentage of shares and borrowings


 %

 %

 %

 

Gross capital


9.3

9.6

9.3

 

Free capital


6.3

6.6

6.2

 

Total liquidity


13.4

14.9

17.0

 

 

Condensed consolidated Statement of Changes in Members' Interest

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

6 months ended 30 September 2017 (unaudited)







Profit participating deferred shares

Subscribed capital

General reserves

Revaluation reserve

Available for sale reserve

Cash flow hedging reserve

Total


£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m









At 1 April 2017

173.0

75.0

211.0

3.5

1.7

(0.7)

463.5

Profit for the period

0.8

2.6

3.4

Other comprehensive income for the period








Realisation of previous revaluation gains

0.1

(0.1)

Available for sale investments: current period movement net of tax

(0.2)

(0.2)

Cash flow hedge gains

2.1

2.1

Total other comprehensive income

0.1

(0.1)

(0.2)

2.1

1.9

Total comprehensive income for the period

0.8

2.7

(0.1)

(0.2)

2.1

5.3

At 30 September 2017

173.8

75.0

213.7

3.4

1.5

1.4

468.8









6 months ended 30 September 2016 (unaudited)









Profit participating deferred shares

Subscribed capital

General reserves

Revaluation reserve

Available for sale reserve

Cash flow hedging reserve

Total


£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m









At 1 April 2016

179.5

74.9

239.3

3.4

0.9

(0.3)

497.7

Loss for the period

(7.6)

(22.9)

(30.5)

Other comprehensive income for the period








Available for sale investments: current period movement net of tax

0.3

0.3

Cash flow hedge losses

(0.6)

(0.6)

Total other comprehensive income

0.3

(0.6)

(0.3)

Total comprehensive income for the period

(7.6)

(22.9)

0.3

(0.6)

(30.8)

At 30 September 2016

171.9

74.9

216.4

3.4

1.2

(0.9)

466.9






 

 

Year ended 31 March 2017 (audited)









Profit participating deferred shares

Subscribed capital

General reserves

Revaluation reserve

Available for sale reserve

Cash flow hedging reserve

Total


£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m









At 1 April 2016

179.5

74.9

239.3

3.4

0.9

(0.3)

497.7

Loss for the period

(6.5)

(19.3)

(25.8)

Other comprehensive income for the period








Amortisation of original discount on subscribed capital

0.1

0.1

Available for sale investments: reallocation of tax*

(0.8)

0.8

Actuarial losses on defined benefit obligations

(8.5)

(8.5)

Gains on revaluation of land and buildings

0.4

0.4

Realisation of previous revaluation gains

0.3

(0.3)

Cash flow hedge losses

(0.4)

(0.4)

Total other comprehensive income

0.1

(9.0)

0.1

0.8

(0.4)

(8.4)

Total comprehensive income for the period

(6.5)

0.1

(28.3)

0.1

0.8

(0.4)

(34.2)

At 31 March 2017

173.0

75.0

211.0

3.5

1.7

(0.7)

463.5

 

* Tax in relation to available for sale investments has been reallocated to reflect the underlying transactions.

 

Under the terms of the profit participating deferred shares (PPDS), 25% of the annual post-tax profits or losses are allocated against the PPDS reserve.

 

Condensed consolidated half-yearly Statement of Cash Flows

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 



 6 months 

 6 months 

 Year 



 ended

 ended

 ended



30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

31-Mar-17



unaudited

unaudited

audited



 £m

 £m

 £m






Net cash (outflow)/inflow from operating activities (below)


           (91.9)

           (40.0)

          138.7

Cash flows from investing activities





Purchase of investment securities


           (37.8)

         (115.5)

         (230.4)

Proceeds from disposal of investment securities


             124.8

          118.0

          213.1

Proceeds from disposal of investment properties


               0.3

               0.1

               0.2

Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets


             (2.9)

             (2.9)

             (9.6)

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment


                 -  

               0.5

               0.5

Net cash flows from investing activities


             84.4

               0.2

           (26.2)






Cash flows from financing activities





Repayment of mortgage backed loan notes


           (86.9)

           (62.7)

         (106.0)

Net cash flows from financing activities


           (86.9)

           (62.7)

         (106.0)

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents


           (94.4)

         (102.5)

               6.5

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


          475.3

          468.8

          468.8

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


          380.9

          366.3

          475.3

 

 

For the purposes of the cash flow statement, cash and cash equivalents comprise the following balances with less than 90 days maturity:

 

 



30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

31-Mar-17



unaudited

unaudited

audited



 £m

 £m

 £m

Cash and cash equivalents





Cash in hand (including Bank of England Reserve account)


          205.4

          138.4

          287.6

Loans and advances to credit institutions


          143.8

          198.6

          174.0

Investment securities


             31.7

             29.3

             13.7



          380.9

          366.3

          475.3

 

 

The Group is required to maintain certain mandatory balances with the Bank of England which, at 30 September 2017, amounted to £7.0m (30 September 2016: £7.1m and 31 March 2017: £7.2m). The movement in these balances is included within cash flows from operating activities.

 

Condensed consolidated half-yearly Statement of Cash Flows (continued)

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

 



 6 months 

 6 months 

 Year 



 ended

 ended

 ended



30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

31-Mar-17



unaudited

unaudited

audited



£m

£m

£m

Cash flows from operating activities





Profit/(Loss) on ordinary activities before tax from continuing activities


               4.2

           (23.7)

           (19.8)

Movement in prepayments and accrued income


               0.3

             (1.2)

             (0.8)

Movement in accruals and deferred income


             (2.0)

             (4.9)

             (2.6)

Impairment on loans and advances


               6.3

               0.8

               7.6

Depreciation and amortisation


               3.7

               3.0

               5.7

Revaluation of investment properties


             (3.0)

             (3.3)

             (5.4)

Movement in provisions for liabilities


             (0.6)

               0.2

               0.4

Movement in derivative financial instruments


           (20.9)

             13.4

             (5.5)

Movement in fair value adjustments


               8.0

           (13.3)

             (0.7)

Movement in subscribed capital


                 -  

                 -  

               0.1

Change in retirement benefit obligations


             (1.4)

               0.1

             (3.1)

Cash flows from operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities

             (5.4)

             (28.9)

             (24.1)




Movement in loans and advances to customers


         (111.2)

           (64.6)

           (47.7)

Movement in loans and advances to credit institutions


               0.2

             (0.4)

             (0.5)

Movement in shares


         (264.8)

             13.7

             45.7

Movement in deposits and other borrowings


          290.1

             42.0

          167.0

Movement in trade and other receivables


(0.1)

-

-

Movement in trade and other payables


             (0.7)

             (1.8)

             (1.7)

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from operating activities


           (91.9)

           (40.0)

          138.7

 

Notes to condensed consolidated half-yearly financial information

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

1 General information

 

These half-yearly financial results do not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 81A of the Building Societies Act 1986. A copy of the statutory accounts for the year to 31 March 2017 has been delivered to the Financial Conduct Authority and the relevant information in this report has been extracted from these statutory accounts. These accounts have been reported on by the Group's auditor and the report of the auditor was (i) unqualified, and (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report.

 

The consolidated half-yearly financial information for the six months to 30 September 2017 and 30 September 2016 is unaudited and has not been reviewed by the Group's auditor.

 

 

2 Basis of preparation

 

This condensed consolidated half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2017 has been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and with IAS 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union. The half-yearly condensed consolidated financial report should be read in conjunction with the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union.

 

 

3 Going concern

 

Details of the Group's objectives, policies and processes for managing its exposure to risk are contained in the Risk Management Report of the 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.  The Directors also include a statement in the Directors' Report in respect of going concern on page 32 of the 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.

 

The Directors have reviewed the plans and forecasts for the Group giving consideration to liquidity and capital adequacy, with due regard given to the economic outlook and the third party challenge over the eligibility of the Society's profit participating deferred shares to be treated as Common Equity Tier 1 capital. The Directors consider the Group has adequate liquidity to meet both the normal demands of the business and the requirements which might arise in stressed circumstances for the foreseeable future.  Accordingly they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing these half-yearly financial results.

 

 

4 Accounting policies

 

The accounting policies adopted by the Group in the preparation of its 2017 Interim Financial Report are consistent with those disclosed in the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017. There were no new or amended accounting standards in the period which had a material impact on the interim financial statements.

 

Of the new or amended accounting standards issued but not effective for the six months ended 30 September 2017, the most significant is IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments', which will be adopted in the Group financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019.The standard introduces new rules for classification and measurement, impairment and hedge accounting for financial instruments.  It substantially changes the methodology for calculating loan loss provisions, moving from an incurred to expected credit loss approach and requiring the incorporation of multiple, probability-weighted outcomes including forecasts of future economic conditions.

 

The Group's IFRS 9 implementation project is progressing to timetable with a number of updates made to the Society's systems and business processes. New models, built to meet the expected credit loss requirements defined in the standard, have been tested and will be subject to parallel running during the second half of the year with supporting governance created to ensure that the models and integral assumptions are properly controlled. 

 

It is not considered appropriate to quantify the financial impact of implementing IFRS 9 in this interim report, as the effect is highly dependent on the portfolios and economic view as at the date of transition. Further details on IFRS 9 can be found on pages 55 to 56 of the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017.  

 

 

5 Business segments

 

Operating segments are reported in accordance with the internal reporting provided to the Group Board (the chief operating decision maker), which is responsible for allocating resources to the reportable segments and assessing their performance.

 

The Group has three main business segments:

 

   - Retail - incorporating residential lending, savings, investments and protection; 

   - Commercial - primarily representing loans for commercial property investment; and

   - Property - a portfolio of residential properties for rent.

 

Central Group operations have been included in Retail and comprise risk management, finance, treasury services, human resources and computer services, none of which constitute a separately reportable segment.

 

There were no changes to reportable segments during the period.

 

Transactions between the business segments are carried out at arm's length. The revenue from external parties reported to the Group Board is measured in a manner consistent with that in the consolidated Income Statement.

 

Funds are ordinarily allocated between segments, resulting in funding cost transfers disclosed in inter-segment net interest income. Interest charged for these funds is based on the Group's cost of capital. Central administrative costs are also allocated between segments and are disclosed in inter-segment administrative expenses.  There are no other material items of income or expense between the business segments.

 

The Group does not consider its operations to be cyclical or seasonal in nature.

 

6 months ended 30 September 2017 (unaudited)

Retail

Commercial

Property

Consolidation adjustments

Total Group


£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Income






Interest receivable and similar income

50.6

5.3

(7.2)

48.7

Interest expense and similar charges

(19.7)

(6.3)

(1.5)

7.2

(20.3)

Net interest receivable/(expense)

30.9

(1.0)

(1.5)

28.4

Fees and commissions receivable

1.2

1.2

Other operating (expense)/income

(0.1)

2.0

1.9

(0.4)

2.7

2.3

Total income/(expense)

31.6

1.7

0.5

33.8

Administrative expenses

(21.3)

(0.7)

(0.1)

(22.1)

(3.7)

(3.7)

Operating profit/(loss) before revaluation gains, impairment and provisions

6.6

1.0

0.4

8.0

Gains on investment properties

3.0

3.0

Impairment on loans and advances

(0.7)

(5.6)

(6.3)

(0.5)

(0.5)

5.4

(4.6)

3.4

4.2







Total assets

5,677.3

491.9

134.2

(559.0)

5,744.4

Total liabilities

5,217.4

544.6

124.4

(610.8)

5,275.6

Capital expenditure

3.1

3.1

 

6 months ended 30 September 2016 (unaudited)

Retail

Commercial

Property

Consolidation adjustments

Total Group


£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Income






Interest receivable and similar income

57.5

8.3

(8.3)

57.5

Interest expense and similar charges

(30.0)

(7.5)

(1.6)

8.4

(30.7)

Net interest receivable/(expense)

27.5

0.8

(1.6)

0.1

26.8

Fees and commissions receivable

1.2

1.2

Other operating (expense)/income

(0.1)

2.2

2.1

Fair value (losses)/gains on financial instruments

(3.1)

0.1

0.7

(2.3)

Net realised profits

0.3

0.3

Total income

25.8

0.9

0.6

0.8

28.1

Administrative expenses

(21.1)

(0.8)

(0.1)

(22.0)

Depreciation and amortisation

(3.0)

(3.0)

Operating profit before revaluation gains, impairment and provisions

1.7

0.1

0.5

0.8

3.1

Gains on investment properties

3.3

3.3

Impairment on loans and advances

3.0

(3.8)

(0.8)

Provisions for liabilities

(29.3)

(29.3)

(Loss)/Profit before tax

(24.6)

(3.7)

3.8

0.8

(23.7)







Total assets

5,927.0

520.9

131.2

(842.4)

5,736.7

Total liabilities

5,447.1

619.5

89.4

(886.2)

5,269.8

Capital expenditure

2.9

2.9

Year ended 31 March 2017 (audited)

Retail

Commercial

Property

Consolidation adjustments

Total Group


£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Income






Interest receivable and similar income

107.2

18.2

(16.5)

108.9

Interest expense and similar charges

(52.4)

(14.8)

(2.9)

16.5

(53.6)

Net interest receivable/(expense)

54.8

3.4

(2.9)

55.3

Fees and commissions receivable

2.7

2.7

Other operating income

37.5

4.1

(37.5)

4.1

Fair value (losses)/gains on financial instruments

(0.3)

0.1

(0.2)

Net realised profits

0.5

0.5

Total income

95.2

3.5

1.2

(37.5)

62.4

Administrative expenses

(42.5)

(1.7)

(0.2)

(44.4)

Depreciation and amortisation

(5.7)

(5.7)

Operating profit before revaluation gains, impairment and provisions

47.0

1.8

1.0

(37.5)

12.3

Gains on investment properties

5.4

5.4

Impairment on loans and advances

3.5

(11.1)

(7.6)

Provisions for liabilities

(67.4)

37.5

(29.9)

(Loss)/Profit before tax

(16.9)

(9.3)

6.4

(19.8)







Total assets

5,744.3

548.8

132.1

(594.4)

5,830.8

Total liabilities

5,295.2

588.6

125.8

(642.3)

5,367.3

Capital expenditure

9.0

9.0

 

 

6 Allowance for losses on loans and advances to customers

 


 6 months

 6 months

 Year


 ended

 ended

 ended


30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

31-Mar-17


unaudited

unaudited

audited


 £m

 £m

£m





Impairment charge for the period

6.3

0.8

7.6





Impairment provision at end of period




Loans fully secured on residential property

16.4

17.4

16.3

Loans fully secured on land

50.6

42.6

39.4

Total

67.0

60.0

55.7

 

 

7 Provisions for liabilities

 

6 months ended 30 September 2017 (unaudited)

Buy to









let

FSCS

Other

Total






£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 










At beginning of period




0.8

2.3

3.1

Utilised in the period




(0.9)

(0.2)

(1.1)

Charge for the period




0.5

0.5










At end of period




0.4

2.1

2.5










6 months ended 30 September 2016 (unaudited)

Buy to









let

FSCS

Other

Total






£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 










At beginning of period




1.4

1.3

2.7

Utilised in the period




(27.5)

(1.4)

(0.2)

(29.1)

Charge for the period



27.5

1.3

0.5

29.3










At end of period



 

1.3

1.6

2.9










Year ended 31 March 2017 (audited)


Buy to









let

FSCS

Other

Total






£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 










At beginning of period




1.4

1.3

2.7

Utilised in the period




(27.5)

(1.4)

(0.6)

(29.5)

Charge for the period




27.5

0.8

1.6

29.9










At end of period




0.8

2.3

3.1

 

 

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

 

In common with all regulated UK deposit takers, the Society pays levies to the FSCS.  The provision at 30 September 2017 was calculated based on the Society's share of protected deposits and the FSCS estimate of total management expenses for the scheme year, which reduced significantly following the sale of certain Bradford & Bingley assets, enabling a substantial repayment of the loan from HM Treasury to the FSCS.

 

Buy to let provision

 

In December 2013, West Bromwich Mortgage Company (the Company) chose to vary the interest rate margin charged for certain multi-property landlords in line with the terms and conditions of their buy to let mortgages.  Certain impacted parties initiated legal proceedings against the Company to challenge this increase.  Following a successful defence of this challenge in the High Court a final judgement was made in the Court of Appeal in June 2016 which ruled against the Company.  During 2016/17, the interest rate variation applied since December 2013 was refunded in full to all buy to let borrowers affected.

 

Other provisions

 

Other provisions primarily relate to Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) redress and represent the amounts expected to be settled based on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) introduced deadline of 29 August 2019.  Following the Supreme Court's decision in the case of Plevin v Paragon Personal Finance Limited, the FCA has sought to define circumstances whereby the levels of commission earned on PPI sales gave rise to a potentially 'unfair relationship'. Other provisions include the Society's expected obligations under these new FCA rules and guidelines.

 

 

8 Loans and advances to customers

 






30-Sep-17


30-Sep-16


31-Mar-17






 unaudited


unaudited


audited






 £m


 £m


 £m











Loans and receivables









Loans fully secured on residential property


     4,410.8


     4,242.1


     4,253.8

Other loans










Loans fully secured on land


        474.3


        542.8


         506.7


Other loans



               -  


             0.1


                -  
















     4,885.1


     4,785.0


     4,760.5

At fair value through profit or loss








Other loans










Loans fully secured on land


           12.2


           18.8


           17.8
















     4,897.3


     4,803.8


     4,778.3











Fair value adjustment for hedged risk


           36.0


           72.4


           53.9

Less: impairment provisions



         (67.0)


         (60.0)


         (55.7)
















     4,866.3


     4,816.2


     4,776.5

 

Included within loans and advances to customers are £541.9m (31 March 2017: £587.5m) of commercial lending balances of which £60.3m (31 March 2017: £73.4m) have been sold by the Group to bankruptcy remote structured entities. A further £841.6m (31 March 2017: £1,012.6m) of residential mortgage balances, included within loans and advances to customers, have also been sold by the Group to structured entities. The structured entities have been funded by issuing mortgage backed securities (MBSs) of which £721.4m (31 March 2017: £810.5m) are held by the Society.

 

 

9 Shares

 


30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

31-Mar-17


unaudited

unaudited

audited


 £m

 £m

£m





Held by individuals

4,158.3

4,391.2

4,423.2

Other shares

1.1

1.1

1.1

Fair value adjustment for hedged risk

0.6

6.6

3.0


4,160.0

4,398.9

4,427.3

 

 

10 Property, plant, equipment and intangible assets


Intangible assets

Tangible assets

6 months ended 30 September 2017 (unaudited)

£m

£m




Net book value at 1 April 2017

13.3

32.1

Additions

1.8

1.3

Depreciation, amortisation, impairment and other movements

(1.4)

(2.3)

Net book value at 30 September 2017

          13.7

          31.1





Intangible assets

Tangible assets

6 months ended 30 September 2016 (unaudited)

£m

£m




Net book value at 1 April 2016

8.2

33.9

Additions

2.8

0.1

Disposals

(0.5)

Depreciation, amortisation, impairment and other movements

(1.4)

(1.6)

Net book value at 30 September 2016

            9.6

          31.9





Intangible assets

Tangible assets

Year ended 31 March 2017 (audited)

£m

£m




Net book value at 1 April 2016

8.2

33.9

Additions

7.8

1.2

Disposals

               -  

(0.6)

Revaluation

               -  

0.6

Depreciation, amortisation, impairment and other movements

(2.7)

(3.0)

Net book value at 31 March 2017

          13.3

          32.1

 

Capital commitments

 

The Group has placed contracts amounting to a total of £0.3m (31 March 2017: £0.3m) for future expenditure that was not provided in the financial statements.

 

 

11 Investment properties


 6 months

 6 months

 Year


ended

 ended

 ended


30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

31-Mar-17


unaudited

unaudited

audited


 £m

 £m

£m





Valuation








At beginning of period

128.9

123.7

123.7

Disposals

(0.3)

(0.1)

(0.2)

Revaluation gains

3.0

3.3

5.4

At end of period

131.6

126.9

128.9

 

 

12 Debt securities in issue

 


30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

31-Mar-17


unaudited

unaudited

audited


£m

£m

£m





Non-recourse finance on securitised advances

169.3

306.3

263.2

 

 

The non-recourse finance comprises mortgage backed floating rate notes (the Notes) secured over portfolios of mortgage loans secured by first charges over residential and commercial properties in the United Kingdom.  Prior to redemption of the Notes on the final interest payment date, the Notes will be subject to mandatory and/or optional redemption, in certain circumstances, on each interest payment date.

 

 

13 Profit participating deferred shares

 


30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

31-Mar-17


unaudited

unaudited

audited


£m

£m

£m

Book value




Nominal value

182.5

182.5

182.5

Cumulative fair value adjustments at date of transition

3.8

3.8

3.8

Capitalised issue costs

(2.2)

(2.2)

(2.2)


184.1

184.1

184.1

Cumulative reserve deficit




At beginning of period

(11.1)

(4.6)

(4.6)

Share of profit/(loss) for the period

0.8

(7.6)

(6.5)


(10.3)

(12.2)

(11.1)

Net value at end of period

173.8

171.9

173.0

 

The profit participating deferred shares (PPDS) are entitled to receive a distribution, at the discretion of the Society, of up to 25% of the Group's post-tax profits in the future (calculated prior to payment of the PPDS dividend). No such distribution may be made if the cumulative reserves are in deficit. 

 

 

14 Related party transactions

 

Related party transactions for the six months to 30 September 2017 are within the normal course of business and of a similar nature to those for the last financial year, full details of which are disclosed in the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017.

 

 

15 Subscribed capital

 


30-Sep-17

30-Sep-16

31-Mar-17


unaudited

unaudited

audited


 £m

 £m

£m

Permanent interest bearing shares

           75.0

74.9

75.0

 

 

In a winding up or dissolution of the Society the claims of the holders of permanent interest bearing shares (PIBS) would rank behind all other creditors of the Society, with the exception of holders of profit participating deferred shares (PPDS) with which the PIBS rank pari-passu, and the claims of members holding shares as to principal and interest. The holders of PIBS are not entitled to any share in any final surplus upon winding up or dissolution of the Society.

 

With respect to future interest payments, as a condition of the PPDS, the Society has undertaken to pay an amount which, when annualised, represents the lower of: 6.15% of the outstanding principal amount of the PIBS and the dividend yield attributable to the PPDS with respect to the prior financial year ending 31 March whose payment is at the discretion of the Society.

 

 

16 Financial instruments

 

Fair values of financial assets and financial liabilities

 

Fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The Group determines fair values by the following three tier valuation hierarchy:

 

Level 1: Quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

 

Level 2: Valuation techniques where all inputs are taken from observable market data, either directly (i.e. as prices) or indirectly (i.e. derived from prices).

 

Level 3: Valuation techniques where significant inputs are not based on observable market data.

 

Valuation techniques include net present value and discounted cash flow models, comparison to similar instruments for which market observable prices exist and other valuation models. Assumptions and market observable inputs used in valuation techniques include risk-free and benchmark interest rates, equity index prices and expected price volatilities. The objective of valuation techniques is to arrive at a fair value determination that reflects the price of the financial instrument at the reporting date that would have been determined by market participants acting at arm's length. Observable prices are those that have been seen either from counterparties or from market pricing sources including Bloomberg. The use of these depends upon the liquidity of the relevant market.

 

 

Financial assets and financial liabilities held at amortised cost

 

The tables below show the fair values of the Group's financial assets and liabilities held at amortised cost in the Statement of Financial Position, analysed according to the fair value hierarchy described above.

 

6 months ended 30 September 2017 (unaudited)

Carrying

Fair value

Fair value

Fair value

Fair value


value

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total


 £m

 £m

 £m

 £m

 £m







Financial assets






Cash and balances with the Bank of England

        212.4

        212.4

               -  

               -  

        212.4

Loans and advances to credit institutions

        143.8

               -  

        143.8

               -  

        143.8

Loans and advances to customers

     4,854.1

               -  

               -  

     4,940.1

     4,940.1


     5,210.3

        212.4

        143.8

     4,940.1

     5,296.3







Financial liabilities






Shares

     4,160.0

               -  

               -  

     4,140.0

     4,140.0

Amounts due to credit institutions

        683.9

               -  

        683.9

               -  

        683.9

Amounts due to other customers

        189.2

               -  

        189.2

               -  

        189.2

Debt securities in issue

        152.7

        143.5

             7.2

               -  

        150.7


     5,185.8

        143.5

        880.3

     4,140.0

     5,163.8

 

 

6 months ended 30 September 2016 (unaudited)

Carrying

Fair value

Fair value

Fair value

Fair value


value

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total


 £m

 £m

 £m

 £m

 £m







Financial assets






Cash and balances with the Bank of England

        145.5

        145.5

               -  

               -  

        145.5

Loans and advances to credit institutions

        198.6

               -  

        198.6

               -  

        198.6

Loans and advances to customers

     4,797.7

               -  

               -  

     4,755.5

     4,755.5


     5,141.8

        145.5

        198.6

     4,755.5

     5,099.6







Financial liabilities






Shares

     4,398.9

               -  

               -  

     4,390.4

     4,390.4

Amounts due to credit institutions

        279.0

               -  

        279.0

               -  

        279.0

Amounts due to other customers

        179.0

               -  

        179.0

               -  

        179.0

Debt securities in issue

        288.5

        272.7

             8.1

               -  

        280.8


     5,145.4

        272.7

        466.1

     4,390.4

     5,129.2

 

Year ended 31 March 2017 (audited)

Carrying

Fair value

Fair value

Fair value

Fair value


value

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total


 £m

 £m

 £m

 £m

 £m







Financial assets






Cash and balances with the Bank of England

        294.8

        294.8

               -  

               -  

        294.8

Loans and advances to credit institutions

        174.0

               -  

        174.0

               -  

        174.0

Loans and advances to customers

     4,758.2

               -  

               -  

     4,790.0

     4,790.0


     5,227.0

        294.8

        174.0

     4,790.0

     5,258.8







Financial liabilities






Shares

     4,427.3

               -  

               -  

     4,416.6

     4,416.6

Amounts due to credit institutions

        450.3

               -  

        450.3

               -  

        450.3

Amounts due to other customers

        132.7

               -  

        132.7

               -  

        132.7

Debt securities in issue

        245.8

        230.0

             8.2

               -  

        238.2


     5,256.1

        230.0

        591.2

     4,416.6

     5,237.8

 

 

a) Loans and advances to customers

The fair value of loans and advances to customers has been determined taking into account factors such as impairment and interest rates. The fair values have been calculated on a product basis and as such do not necessarily represent the value that could have been obtained for a portfolio if it were sold at 30 September 2017.

 

b) Shares and borrowings

The estimated fair value of deposits with no stated maturity, which includes non-interest bearing deposits, is the amount repayable on demand. The estimated fair value of fixed interest-bearing deposits and other borrowings without quoted market price is based on discounted cash flows using interest rates for new deposits with similar remaining maturity. The fair values have been calculated on a product basis and as such do not necessarily represent the value that could have been obtained for a portfolio if it were sold at 30 September 2017.

 

c) Debt securities in issue

The aggregate fair values are calculated based on quoted market prices. For those notes where quoted market prices are not available, a discounted cash flow model is used based on a current yield curve appropriate for the remaining term to maturity.

Financial assets and financial liabilities held at fair value through profit or loss

 

The tables below show the fair values of the Group's financial assets and liabilities held at fair value in the Statement of Financial Position, analysed according to the fair value hierarchy described previously.

 

6 months ended 30 September 2017 (unaudited)

Level 1

Level 2

Total


£m

£m

£m

Financial assets




Investment securities

        316.0

               -  

        316.0

Derivative financial instruments

               -  

          11.2

          11.2

Loans and advances to customers

               -  

          12.2

          12.2






        316.0

          23.4

        339.4

Financial liabilities




Derivative financial instruments

               -  

          53.0

          53.0

Debt securities in issue

               -  

          16.6

          16.6






               -  

          69.6

          69.6

 

 

6 months ended 30 September 2016 (unaudited)

Level 1

Level 2

Total


£m

£m

£m

Financial assets




Investment securities

        378.8

             2.0

        380.8

Derivative financial instruments

               -  

             8.2

             8.2

Loans and advances to customers

               -  

          18.5

          18.5






        378.8

          28.7

        407.5

Financial liabilities




Derivative financial instruments

               -  

          89.8

          89.8

Debt securities in issue

               -  

          17.8

          17.8






               -  

        107.6

        107.6

 

 

 

Year ended 31 March 2017 (audited)

Level 1

Level 2

Total


£m

£m

£m

Financial assets




Investment securities

        385.0

               -  

        385.0

Derivative financial instruments

               -  

             6.3

             6.3

Loans and advances to customers

               -  

          18.3

          18.3






        385.0

          24.6

        409.6

Financial liabilities




Derivative financial instruments

               -  

          69.0

          69.0

Debt securities in issue

               -  

          17.4

          17.4






               -  

          86.4

          86.4

 

 

17 Statement of Directors' responsibilities

 

The Directors confirm that this condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union, and that the interim management report herein includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R and DTR 4.2.8R.

 

The Directors of West Bromwich Building Society are listed in the West Bromwich Building Society Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2017.  Subsequent to the publication of the Annual Report, Claire Hafner resigned from the Board on 27 July 2017.

 

 

Signed on behalf of the Board of Directors:

 

 

Jonathan Westhoff                                                                              Ashraf Piranie

Chief Executive                                                                                     Group Finance & Operations Director

 

 

28 November 2017


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