Branch-focused Metro Bank turns in profit as customer accounts surpass one million

Source: Metro Bank

Metro Bank PLC (LSE: MTRO), the revolution in British banking, has delivered another strong trading performance in Q2 and H1 2017.

H1/Q2 Highlights

Deposits from customers up 49% year-on-year to £9.8b ($12.7b), whilst the cost of deposits dropped from 61bp in Q1 2017 to 53bp in Q2 2017.
Net deposit growth per store per month of £6.4m ($8.3m) in H1 2017 versus £6.2m ($8.1m) in H1 2016.
Lending up 67% year-on-year to £7.8b ($10.1b) and an increased loan to deposit ratio of 79%.
Underlying profit before tax in H1 2017 of £6.0m (compared to a loss of £13.0m in H1 2016).
Underlying profit before tax (1) doubled in the quarter from £2.0m in Q1 2017 to £4.0m in Q2 2017.
Awarded Moneywise Most Trusted Financial Provider for the second year running. Also won Best Mobile Banking App.
58,000 increase in customer accounts in quarter to 1,045,000, surpassing one million customer accounts less than seven years after launch.

Craig Donaldson, Chief Executive Officer at Metro Bank said:

“This has been another great half year for Metro Bank with extremely strong organic lending supported by a c£600m book purchase increasing our Loan to Deposit ratio to 79%. This, taken together with continued strong deposit growth at a reducing cost of deposits, has led to us doubling our profits quarter on quarter, from £2m to £4m, and reporting our fourth consecutive quarter of profitability.

We are extremely proud that for the second consecutive year Metro Bank won the Most Trusted Financial Provider, as well as Best Mobile App, from Moneywise the largest independent survey in the UK. All of this is at the same time as we passed the one million customer account mark showing that Metro Bank continues to deliver exceptional service and convenience across every channel to our business and personal customers”.

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

“Almost seven years in and the Metro Bank story just gets better and better. Our ability to meet the banking needs of business, commercial and retail customers in and outside London is proving to be an attractive proposition for British consumers and businesses alike. In the last six months alone we have opened a further 130,000 accounts and more FANS are joining every day. The Metro Bank model is revolutionising British Banking and 2017 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for us.”

Highlights for the Half Year and Quarter Ended 30 June 2017

As of 30 June total assets were £13,094m, up from £11,624m at 31 March 2017 and £8,351m at 30 June 2016; representing 13% growth in the quarter and year-on-year growth of 57%.
The loan to deposit ratio increased to 79% (30 June 2016: 70%).
Net deposit growth per store per month of £6.4m ($8.3m) in H1 2017 versus £6.2m ($8.1m) in H1 2016. Annualised this represents deposit growth per store of £77m ($100m).
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 45%.
As of 30 June total deposits were £9,805m, up from £9,010m at 31 March 2017 and £6,599m at 30 June 2016; representing year-on-year growth of 49% and 9% in the quarter.
Deposits from commercial customers represent 52% of 30 June 2017 total deposits (31 March 2017: 50%).
Non-interest bearing account (current account) deposits grew year on year by 71% and represent 31% of the deposit book.

Asset quality remains strong. Cost of risk remained low and stable in Q2 2017 at 0.12% compared to 0.11% in Q1 2017 and 0.10% in the full year to 31 December 2016. Non-performing loans were 0.26% of the portfolio and the loan loss reserve as a percentage of non-performing loans was 50% at 30 June 2017.
Capital ratios remain robust and well above regulatory requirements. Common Equity Tier 1Capital (“CET1”) as a percentageof risk weighted assets is 13.5%. The Regulatory Leverage ratio is 4.9%.
Customer acquisition goes from strength to strength and we surpassed one million customer accounts in May 2017, less than seven years since our launch. Customer accounts have increased from 987,000 on 31 March 2017 to 1,045,000 at 30 June 2017; a net quarterly increase of 58,000 accounts. This represents an increase of 6% in the quarter and 34% year-on-year.
Underlying profit before tax doubled between Q1 and Q2 2017. Underlying profit before tax improved to £4.0m in Q2 2017 (compared to £2.0m in Q1 2017 and £1.5m in Q4 2016), and statutory profit before tax of £2.9m in Q2 2017 (compared to £1.5m in Q1 2017).
For the first half of 2017, statutory profit before tax was £4.4m, compared to a loss of £18.1m in H1 2016.
The positive P&L “jaws” continue with Revenue up 56% year-on-year and Operating Expenses up 28%.
Net interest margin was 1.92% in Q2 2017 compared to 2.02% in Q1 2017. Net interest margin was depressed in the quarter by higher cash balances held in advance of the completion of the UK mortgage portfolio purchase on 2 June.
We will strengthen our network with a further eight to ten new stores in 2017 as we continue to both in-fill and expand our coverage.
We have refined our 2020 targets. We have increased our 2020 loan to deposit ratio target to c.85% from c.80% and moved our 2020 Return on Equity target of c.18% to 2022, with an interim 2020 target of c.14%.

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