Barclays share price in focus as bank posts Q3 results

on Oct 27, 2016
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Barclays (LON:BARC) is under the spotlight today, as the blue-chip bank announced its third-quarter trading results.

**Highlights from the company’s statement:**
· Core profit before tax increased 4% to £4,898m reflecting diversification benefits from consumer and wholesale customers and clients, geographies and products, and the appreciation of USD and EUR against GBP
· Double digit Core RoTE of 10.7% (Q315 YTD: 12.9%) excluding notable items based on an increased average tangible equity base of £40bn (Q315 YTD: £36bn) with a basic earnings per share contribution of 19.4p (Q315 YTD: 21.3p) excluding notable items

· Strong Barclays UK RoTE of 20.0% (Q315 YTD: 23.2%) excluding notable items. Net interest margin (NIM) increased 7bps to 3.63% on increased customer deposit balances, offset by lower interchange fee income in Barclaycard Consumer UK and higher credit impairment charges following a one-off impact from a management review of the cards portfolio impairment modelling
· Double digit Barclays International RoTE of 10.5% (Q315 YTD: 11.5%) excluding notable items. Strong growth in Consumer, Cards and Payments products and encouraging CIB performance, particularly in Q316

· Group profit before tax decreased 10% to £2,900m driven by the acceleration of Non-Core rundown resulting in a 33% increase in loss before tax to £1,998m
· Group RoTE decreased to 4.4% (Q315 YTD: 5.8%)
· Tangible net asset value per share decreased modestly to 287p (June 2016: 289p) in the quarter driven by the UKRF defined benefit pension net assets moving from a £0.1bn surplus to a £1.1bn deficit and £600m of provisions for UK customer redress, partially offset by favourable currency translation reserve movements and profit generated in the period
James E Staley, Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our strategic priorities remain: strengthening our Core businesses; closing Barclays Non-Core as fast as possible; progressing the sell down of our stake in Barclays Africa to a point where we can achieve regulatory deconsolidation; eliminating costs in both Core and Non-Core; dealing with legacy issues; and meeting our end state capital requirements.
Taken together, the picture in the third quarter is one of strong progress against this agenda. Our Core businesses are performing well, Non-Core rundown is approaching the final lap toward closure, we are on top of costs, and our capital position is resilient with strong reasons for confidence in meeting our end state target.
The growing momentum in attaining our strategic goals means we can feel optimistic of our prospects of completing the restructuring of Barclays – a restructuring to a simplified transatlantic, consumer, corporate and investment bank with the capacity to deliver sustainable high quality returns for shareholders. This quarter has seen us take another important stride toward that state.”
**More to follow…**

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