Meeting expectations: reassuring or boring?

Boring is good - well, at least it is reassuring. Predictability implies a lower risk of unpleasant surprises.So it is a matter of satisfaction that, in trading conditions that are far less than helpful, some Financials have just reported that results for calendar 2014 will be in line with expectations. Fairpoint …

Published: 26th January 2015


Interesting times for brokers / fund managers

The last couple of weeks have been a busy period for several of the listed fund management groups and AIM quoted brokers. Numis Securities and Brewin Dolphin have both reported their full year results, Charles Stanley reported its interims, and WH Ireland produced a trading update. Numis produced strong results for …

Published: 9th December 2014


Moving up-market

The success of Rathbones strategy is reflected in a doubling of AUM from £13.0bn to £26.3 bn in the last five years, mostly through organic growth. Going forward, the target of a further 50% growth in AUM to $40bn is "challenging" but the reasoning was sound, provided we don't have …

Published: 24th November 2014


Old kid on the block

Aside from the continuing volatility of markets in recent days, the big news this week in the world of asset managers has been the acquisition of Quilter Cheviot by Old Mutual (OML) for £585 million, or 3.6% of its £16.2 billion of Assets under Management & Administration. This looks a …

Published: 20th October 2014


Gathering clouds

The publication of its interim results by Helios triggered a 9% fall in the share price: despite improvements in forecasts for both open years of account, 2012 and 2013, and two good acquisitions, interim profits were lower than last year. It is now priced at an 18% discount to NAV …

Published: 6th October 2014


Uphill struggles

H&T had warned us a year ago, before Albemarle's problems became public knowledge, that there were too many shops chasing the same customers. The latest interim dividend has been maintained at 2.1p, where it is covered nearly twice by eps and if the final is likewise maintained the yield is …

Published: 1st September 2014