Close Brothers posts strong Q3 results driven by growth in AUM

FTSE 250-listed specialist financial services group Close Brothers Group has unveiled strong results for the third quarter relating to the period from February 1st to April 30th, underpinned by growth in the loan book and assets under management.

FTSE 250-listed specialist financial services group Close Brothers Group has unveiled strong results for the third quarter relating to the period from February 1st to April 30th, underpinned by growth in the loan book and assets under management.

The loan book increased 2.0% to £4.5bn, driven by growth in motor finance and the Commercial businesses. Close Brothers reported that growth remained "solid but slightly lower than last year" due to a moderation in demand in some of its markets.

The group added that the bad debt ratio was in line with the first half, at the lower end of its longer-term range, reflecting continued strong credit performance across the loan book and the net interest margin was described as remaining broadly stable.

In the asset management division, assets under management increased 4.0% to £9.2bn. The group said this reflected positive market movements and positive net flows.

Going forwards, the group was said it remained well placed for the rest of the financial year.

Close Brothers' share price was up 0.83% to 1,099p at 08:09 on Friday.

MF

Recommended

Why it pays to face up to your investment mistakes
Investment strategy

Why it pays to face up to your investment mistakes

Buying stocks can be a complicated business. But selling stocks can be tricky, too – even if you sell for the right reasons. Max King explains how to …
17 Sep 2021
Share tips of the week – 17 September
Share tips

Share tips of the week – 17 September

MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to the best of this week’s share tips from the rest of the UK's financial pages.
17 Sep 2021
Royal Mail will deliver for investors – here's how to play it
Trading

Royal Mail will deliver for investors – here's how to play it

Royal Mail Group has found its feet in the past 18 months and looks cheap. Matthew Partridge looks at how to trade the shares.
14 Sep 2021
The times may be changing, but don’t change how you invest
Small cap stocks

The times may be changing, but don’t change how you invest

We are living in strange times. But the basics of investing remain the same: buy fairly-priced stocks that can provide an income. And there are few be…
13 Sep 2021

Most Popular

The times may be changing, but don’t change how you invest
Small cap stocks

The times may be changing, but don’t change how you invest

We are living in strange times. But the basics of investing remain the same: buy fairly-priced stocks that can provide an income. And there are few be…
13 Sep 2021
Two shipping funds to buy for steady income
Investment trusts

Two shipping funds to buy for steady income

Returns from owning ships are volatile, but these two investment trusts are trying to make the sector less risky.
7 Sep 2021
Should investors be worried about stagflation?
US Economy

Should investors be worried about stagflation?

The latest US employment data has raised the ugly spectre of “stagflation” – weak growth and high inflation. John Stepek looks at what’s going on and …
6 Sep 2021