Principality Growth Continues as it Posts Excellent Half-Year Results
Steve Hughes, Chief Executive of Principality Building Society, said:
“It’s been a great start to the year for the Society, with a really strong lending performance. Our capital and liquidity remains strong and our low arrears levels reflect the prudent nature of our balance sheet. The building society has delivered a profit of £31.8m with all of our businesses making a meaningful contribution, providing resilience and security for our Members.”
“I have been in post as Chief Executive since March and during that time I have visited every one of our 71 branches and agencies. I have witnessed the importance of the personal service we provide. I have had great feedback from our Members on how they value our excellent personal service and I can see the important role we play in our local communities.
“We are a mutual organisation, owned by our Members and we will continue to run the business for the long-term benefit of our Members. To achieve this we will implement our strategy with appropriate prudency, focus and rigour. Our strategy is ambitious with a clear focus on transforming our core mortgage and savings business. Growing the residential mortgage business is important and benefits our Members through building a sustainable business and providing the scale to allow us to invest for the future.”
The business has delivered an excellent trading performance in the first half of the year, with the following key highlights:
- Total assets £9.0bn (31 December 2016: £8.2bn)
- Savings balances have increased by £366.9m (30 June 2016: £298.7m)
- Net residential mortgage balances of £6,215.8m (31 December 2016: £5,858.3m)
- Gross residential mortgage lending for the first six months of the year of £814.8m (30 June 2016: £802.4m)
- Pre-tax profits of £31.8m (30 June 2016: £23.9m)
- 88.9% of mortgages funded by savers (31 December 2016: 87.2%)
- Strong capital with a Common Equity Tier 1 ratio of 23.4%1 (31 December 2016: 23.5%)
- Arrears levels remain consistently low, with the percentage of first charge cases greater than three months in arrears currently standing at 0.59% (31 December 2016: 0.63
- Customer Service Net Promoter Score performed strongly at 74.0%2 (31 December 2016: 72.7%)
- Net interest margin 1.45% (30 June 2016: 1.62%)
- Excluding unaudited interim profits. The equivalent ratio including interim profits to 30 June 2017 would be 24.6%.
- Source: Based on internal survey data for 6 months ended 30 June 2017
Commenting on the work that Principality has been doing to support its local communities around Wales and the borders, Steve said:
“Supporting our local communities and helping them prosper is what we do as a mutual building society. Our colleagues have yet again put in considerable effort to raise £63,000 for our three chosen charity partners Llamau, School of Hard Knocks and Cancer Research Wales.
“They have also volunteered more than 450 hours to help us achieve our Corporate Social Responsibility objectives of helping people to stay in a home for longer, health & wellbeing and financial education. The Society has also invested £60,000 to support 95 community groups and school projects across Wales.”
Looking to the second half of the year Steve said:
“Our outlook for the second half of the year looks robust. However, headline profitability will fall in the coming years as we consciously invest in the business to improve further the propositions and service we provide for Members and customers.
This will involve significant investment in technology, processes, and our colleagues and in developing our branch network to meet the changing demands of our Members. Political and economic uncertainty has undoubtedly affected the financial landscape but the Principality balance sheet is strong and is well positioned to deal with any impacts this might have. We will continue to provide a stand out experience for our Members and customers whilst investing in our business for the long term.”