Q2 Trading Update

RNS Number : 1496X
AJ Bell PLC
26 April 2019
 

26 April 2019

AJ Bell plc

Q2 trading update

 

AJ Bell plc ("AJ Bell" or the "Company"), one of the UK's largest investment platforms, today issues a trading update in respect of the three months ended 31 March 2019.

 

Performance overview

Total customer numbers increased 5% in the quarter to 214,853, with total assets under administration ("AUA") up 8% to £47.7 billion. The growth during the period was driven primarily by the platform business:

 

Platform customer numbers increased by 10,424 to a record high of 200,922, up 5% during the quarter

Platform AUA increased 9% to a new high of £40.6 billion

Platform AUA was boosted by a combination of underlying net inflows of £0.8 billion, defined benefit ("DB") pension transfers of £0.2 billion and favourable market movements of £2.3 billion

In line with industry trends and the expectations set out in the Company's Q1 trading update in January 2019, DB pension transfers to the advised platform continued to decline but still contributed to inflows during the quarter

 

Andy Bell, Chief Executive Officer at AJ Bell, commented:

 

"Trading in the second quarter of our financial year remained robust despite continued weak investor sentiment.  We continued to attract new customers and assets to our platform, with both measures hitting new highs during the period.  This positions us well for an improvement in investor sentiment. 

"We are due to announce our interim results on 23 May and we expect our financial performance to be slightly ahead of current market expectations."

 

 

Three months ended

31 March 2019

Advised Platform

£billion

D2C Platform

£billion

Total Platform £billion

Non-platform

£billion

 

Total £billion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening AUA

28.6

8.7

37.3

6.9

44.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying inflows(1)

0.8

0.5

1.3

0.1

1.4

Outflows(2)

(0.4)

(0.1)

(0.5)

(0.1)

(0.6)

Underlying net inflows

0.4

0.4

0.8

-

0.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

DB inflows(3)

0.2

-

0.2

-

0.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net inflows

0.6

0.4

1.0

-

1.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market and other movements(4)

1.7

0.6

2.3

0.2

2.5

Closing AUA

30.9

9.7

40.6

7.1

47.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customers

93,496

107,426

200,922

13,931

214,853

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

31 March 2018

Advised Platform

£billion

D2C Platform

£billion

Total Platform £billion

Non-platform

£billion

 

Total £billion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening AUA

26.1

7.5

33.6

8.4

42.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying inflows(1)

0.9

0.5

1.4

0.1

1.5

Outflows(2)

(0.4)

(0.1)

(0.5)

(0.1)

(0.6)

Underlying net inflows

0.5

0.4

0.9

-

0.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

DB inflows(3)

0.5

-

0.5

-

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net inflows

1.0

0.4

1.4

-

1.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market and other movements(4)

(0.8)

(0.4)

(1.2)

(0.4)

(1.6)

Closing AUA

26.3

7.5

33.8

8.0

41.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customers

82,466

83,173

165,639

17,843

183,482

 

(1) Includes transfers-in, subscriptions, contributions and tax relief, excluding inflows from DB pension transfers

(2) Includes transfers-out, cash withdrawals, benefits and tax payments

(3) Inflows from DB pension transfers

(4) Includes charges, taxes deducted, investment returns and revaluations

 

 

Contacts:

 

AJ Bell

 

Shaun Yates, Head of Investor Relations

+44 (0) 7522 235 898

Charlie Musson, Head of PR

+44 (0) 7834 499 554

 

 

Instinctif Partners

Public relations adviser to AJ Bell

 

 

Ross Gillam

+44 (0) 207 457 2020

Kaj Sahota

+44 (0) 7341 731 189

Katie Bairsto

+44 (0) 7946 424 651

 

 

Historical AUA and customer numbers by quarter

 

Advised Platform

 

AUA (£billion)

Qtr to 31 March

2018

Qtr to 30

June

2018

Qtr to 30 September 2018

Qtr to 31 December

2018

Qtr to 31 March

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening AUA

26.1

26.3

28.4

29.9

28.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying inflows(1)

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.8

Outflows(2)

(0.4)

(0.3)

(0.4)

(0.4)

(0.4)

Underlying net inflows

0.5

0.6

0.4

0.4

0.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

DB inflows(3)

0.5

0.4

0.3

0.3

0.2

Bulk migration inflows

-

-

0.5(6)

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net inflows

1.0

1.0

1.2

0.7

0.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market and other movements(5)

 

(0.8)

 

1.1

 

0.3

 

(2.0)

 

1.7

Closing AUA

26.3

28.4

29.9

28.6

30.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customers

82,466

85,131

88,658

90,865

93,496

 

D2C Platform

 

AUA (£billion)

Qtr to 31 March

2018

Qtr to 30

June

2018

Qtr to 30 September 2018

Qtr to 31 December

2018

Qtr to 31 March

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening AUA

7.5

7.5

8.3

8.7

8.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying inflows(1)

0.5

0.7

0.4

0.4

0.5

Outflows(2)

(0.1)

(0.2)

(0.1)

(0.2)

(0.1)

Underlying net inflows

0.4

0.5

0.3

0.2

0.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulk migration inflows

-

-

-

0.2(4)

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net inflows

0.4

0.5

0.3

0.4

0.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market and other movements(5)

 

(0.4)

 

0.3

 

0.1

 

(0.4)

 

0.6

Closing AUA

7.5

8.3

8.7

8.7

9.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customers

83,173

89,660

94,555

99,633

107,426

 

Non-platform

 

AUA (£billion)

Qtr to 31 March

2018

Qtr to 30

June

2018

Qtr to 30 September 2018

Qtr to 31 December

2018

Qtr to 31 March

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening AUA

8.4

8.0

8.0

7.5

6.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inflows(1)

0.1

-

-

-

0.1

Outflows(2)

(0.1)

(0.2)

(0.1)

(0.3)

(0.1)

Underlying net outflows

-

(0.2)

(0.1)

(0.3)

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulk migration outflows

-

-

(0.5)(6)

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net outflows

-

(0.2)

(0.6)

(0.3)

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market and other movements(5)

 

(0.4)

 

0.2

 

0.1

 

(0.3)

 

0.2

Closing AUA

8.0

8.0

7.5

6.9

7.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customers

17,843

17,083

14,699

13,985

13,931

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total closing AUA

41.8

44.7

46.1

44.2

47.7

 

(1) Includes transfers-in, subscriptions, contributions and tax relief, excluding inflows from DB pension transfers and bulk migrations

(2) Includes transfers-out, cash withdrawals, benefits and tax payments

(3) Inflows from DB pension transfers

(4)AJ Bell plc shares held by employees and former employees of the Company, which were migrated onto the D2C Platform ahead of IPO

(5) Includes charges, taxes deducted, investment returns and revaluations

(6) Non-recurring inflows/(outflows) from bulk customer migrations

 

About AJ Bell:

Established in 1995, AJ Bell is one of the largest investment platforms in the UK.

We operate in both the advised and direct-to-consumer segments of the platform market and our flagship platform propositions are AJ Bell Investcentre (adviser) and AJ Bell Youinvest (direct-to-consumer).

We offer SIPPs, ISAs and General Investment / Dealing Accounts. We aim to make it easy for our customers to invest by providing them with additional support in the form of various investment solutions and information. We offer a broad investment range including shares and other instruments traded on the major stock exchanges around the world, as well as all mainstream collective investments available in the UK and our own range of AJ Bell funds.

AJ Bell is headquartered in Manchester, UK.

 

Forward-looking statements

 

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties, and actual results and developments may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. These forward-looking statements are statements regarding AJ Bell's intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things, its results of operations, financial condition, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which it operates. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this announcement and AJ Bell does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this announcement.


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