Rathbone Brothers Plc (LON:RAT) announced a trading update for the three months ended 31 March 2019.
Philip Howell, Chief Executive of Rathbones, said:
“In spite of ongoing political and economic uncertainties, our operating income in the first quarter increased 13.1% to £85.3 million (Q1 2018: £75.4 million) reflecting the impact of recent acquisitions and a 10.7% increase in the FTSE 100 Index since 31 December 2018. The integration of Speirs & Jeffrey is proceeding well as we continue to focus on the successful transfer of clients to the Rathbones platform. Accordingly, we expect the operational performance targets in respect of the initial contingent consideration to be met very shortly and ahead of our original schedule. Total funds under management and administration increased 7.7% to reach a new high of £47.5 billion during the quarter.
“Whilst we expect weak investor sentiment to continue in the short term, we continue to provide our clients with quality investment and advice solutions whilst pursuing future growth opportunities.”
– Total funds under management and administration were £47.5 billion at the end of the first quarter*, up 7.7% from £44.1 billion at 31 December 2018. Underlying net operating income was £85.3 million during the quarter, up 13.1% from £75.4 million from the same period last year.
– Total net organic and acquired growth in Investment Management was £130 million during the quarter (2018: £199 million), representing a total net annualised growth rate of 1.4% (2018: 2.4%). Net organic growth principally reflected ongoing weak investor sentiment and the anticipated muted growth from Speirs & Jeffrey whilst their focus remains on integration. As a result, net organic growth in the first quarter represents an annualised growth rate of 0.1% compared to 2.0% in the first three months of 2018.
– Net operating income of £76.8 million in Investment Management for the first quarter of 2019 was 15.3% higher than the £66.6 million for the comparable period in 2018. The value of the FTSE 100 Index on the first quarter charging date was 7447 compared with 7200 a year ago. The MSCI WMA Private Investor Balanced Index was 1610 compared to 1538 on the equivalent dates.
– Funds under management in Unit Trusts grew 8.9% to £6.1 billion at 31 March 2019 from £5.6 billion at 31 December 2018. Although net inflows of £59 million during the quarter were lower than the £142 million posted in the prior year, this was a positive result amid an industry backdrop of negative net retail sales. Net operating income of £8.5 million for the three months ended 31 March 2019 was marginally lower than the £8.8 million for the comparable period in 2018 as managers’ box dealing profits ceased from mid-January 2019 (Q1 2019: £0.2 million, Q1 2018: £0.9 million).
* Funds under management at the end of the first quarter are measured at 5 April for Investment Management (to coincide with the first charging date for Investment Management private clients) and at 31 March for Unit Trusts and Speirs & Jeffrey.