Barclays share price: FY profit before tax up 12% to £5.5bn

on Mar 3, 2015
Updated: Oct 21, 2019
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Barclays (LON:BARC) has this morning released its full-year results. Here are the highlights from Barclays’ statement with more to follow:

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Steady progress towards our Transform targets. Higher Group and Core profit before tax were driven by focused cost saving initiatives. Significant Non-Core run down throughout the year contributed to strengthening of Group capital and leverage ratios
– Group adjusted profit before tax increased 12% to £5,502m with Core profit before tax increasing 3% to £6,682m and areduction in Non-Core loss before tax of 24% to £1,180m; – Total adjusted operating expenses decreased 9% to £18,069m driven by savings from Transform programmes, including a 5% net reduction in headcount. Operating expenses excluding costs to achieve Transform reduced £1,780m to £16,904m

– Fully loaded CRD IV Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio increased to 10.3% (2013: 9.1%) achieving further progress towards the 2016 Transform target in excess of 11%. The improvement was mainly driven by a £40.6bn reduction in RWAs to £402bn, demonstrating good progress on the Non-Core run-down, and capital growth to £41.5bn (2013: £40.4bn). Including the sale of the Spanish business, completed on 2 January 2015, the fully loaded CRD IV CET1 ratio would have increased to 10.5% as at 31 December 2014

– A provision of £1,250m was recognised in H214 for ongoing investigations and litigation relating to Foreign Exchange. This included an additional provision of £750m recognised in Q414
– An additional PPI redress provision of £200m was recognised in Q414 based on an updated best estimate of future redress and associated costs, resulting in a full year net charge of £1,110m in relation to PPI and interest rate hedging redress
Group Chief Executive Officer’s Review
“Barclays today is a stronger business, with better prospects, than at any time since the financial crisis.

While our work in transforming the bank is not complete, our performance in 2014 gives us confidence that we are on the right track.

Group adjusted profit before tax increased 12% year on year. Our Personal and Corporate Banking and Barclaycard businesses continue to thrive and grow, Africa Banking has done well despite currency headwinds, and we saw encouraging performance in several areas of our Investment Bank.

We made good progress against our Transform 2016 targets during the year, notably on cost, capital, and leverage, providing further evidence that our strategy is working.

On cost, we delivered significant reductions in 2014, with operating costs reducing nearly £1.8bn, equivalent to 10% of the Group adjusted cost base excluding costs to achieve Transform. This achievement over the past twelve months, with further reductions to come in 2015, will better position Barclays to grow returns and drive sustainable competitive advantages across all of our businesses. In our Core business, the future of Barclays, adjusted Return on Equity was nearly 11% excluding costs to achieve Transform, tracking well towards the 12% plus we are targeting for 2016. Barclays Non-Core run-down is ahead of target, with RWAs reducing by nearly £35bn to £75bn, and its RoE dilution reducing from 7.2% to 4.1%.

We made substantial progress in strengthening our capital position in 2014. Our fully loaded CET1 ratio improved to 10.5%, taking into account the effect of the disposal of our Spanish business completed on 2 January 2015 and a further provision in Q4 for ongoing investigations and litigation relating to Foreign Exchange, compared to 9.1% a year ago. Equally important, our leverage ratio increased to 3.7%. This means we are now well positioned to achieve the Transform 2016 targets of greater than 11% and 4% respectively.

In terms of dividends, we declared a cash dividend of 6.5p for 2014 despite the impact of provisions for conduct items. We have a growing confidence in the capital position of the Group and continue to target a 40-50% payout ratio.

Barclays is also making steady progress on the targets in our Balanced Scorecard, implemented across the organisation for the first time this year. Specific measures across Customers and Clients, Colleagues, Conduct, Citizenship, and Company – tied directly to executive and staff appraisals and remuneration – ensure that we are delivering performance in the right way, in line with our purpose and values.

We remain focussed on addressing outstanding conduct issues, including those relating to Foreign Exchange trading. I regard the behaviour at the centre of these investigations as wholly incompatible with our values, and I share the frustration of colleagues and shareholders that matters like these continue to cast a shadow over our business. But resolving these issues is an important part of our plan for Barclays and, although it may be difficult, I expect that we will make significant progress in this area in 2015.

So despite our real progress in 2014, we still have more work to do. We are determined to build on the momentum across the Group, to continue to improve returns across our businesses, and to accelerate execution of our plans.

2015 will be a year of continued delivery for Barclays.”
As of 07:07 GMT, Tuesday, 03 March, Barclays share price is 262.75p.

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