Sydney, 28 July 2016
Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG; ADR: MQBKY) Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Moore, said today that performance from Macquarie’s operating groups was in line with expectations, with the first quarter 2017 financial year’s (1Q17) contribution down on a strong first quarter of the 2016 financial year (1Q16) and up on the prior quarter (4Q16).
Speaking ahead of Macquarie’s 2016 Annual General Meeting, Mr Moore said: "Macquarie’s annuity-style businesses4, which represent more than 70 per cent of the Groups’ performance5, continued to perform well. Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) benefited from higher base fees, while performance fees and asset disposals were lower compared to a strong 1Q16. The AWAS and Esanda acquisitions in Corporate and Asset Finance (CAF) have been successfully integrated and are performing in line with expectations, partially offsetting the strong loan repayment income in the prior corresponding period (pcp). Growth continued across Banking and Financial Services’ (BFS) mortgages, business banking and deposit books during the quarter."
"Macquarie’s capital markets facing businesses4 experienced mixed trading conditions with subdued market conditions in Macquarie Capital and Macquarie Securities Group (MSG) as previously foreshadowed, particularly compared to a strong pcp. Commodities and Financial Markets (CFM), however, experienced stronger activity, reflecting resilient trading across most of its businesses."
There were no significant one-off items in the quarter.
Macquarie Group’s financial position comfortably exceeds APRA’s Basel III regulatory requirements2, with Group capital surplus of $A3.5 billion at 30 June 2016, which was down from $A3.9 billion at 31 March 2016. The Bank Group APRA Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio was 10.3 per cent (Harmonised: 12.1 per cent) at 30 June 2016, down from 10.7 per cent at 31 March 2016, following payment of the final FY16 dividend and the FY16 Macquarie Group Employee Retained Equity Plan (MEREP) buying requirement. The Bank Group’s APRA leverage ratio was 5.3 per cent (Harmonised: 6.2 per cent) and average LCR was 166 per cent3.
The acquisition of Macquarie shares required for the financial year ended 31 March 2016 (FY16) profit share and promotion awards under the MEREP was completed in June 2016. A total of approximately $A433 million of Macquarie shares were purchased: $A308 million off-market under arrangements announced to the market on 6 May 2016 and $A125 million on-market. The shares were acquired at a weighted average purchase price of $A71.55 per share.
First quarter business highlights
In commenting on the Group’s start to the 2017 financial year (FY17), Mr Moore noted the following highlights:
Macquarie Asset Management (MAM)
Macquarie Asset Management had $A496.9 billion in assets under management at 30 June 2016, up four per cent on 31 March 2016 due to market movements and the impact of foreign exchange. 1Q17 included performance fees from several funds including Macquarie Atlas Roads and Macquarie Korea Infrastructure Fund. During the quarter, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets invested equity of $A2.8 billion across seven acquisitions and five follow-on investments in eight countries. Macquarie Investment Management was awarded over $A600 million in new institutional mandates across seven strategies in three countries and Macquarie Specialised Investment Solutions raised over $A1 billion for Australian principal protected investments and specialist funds.
Corporate and Asset Finance
Corporate and Asset Finance’s (CAF) asset and loan portfolio of $A39.0 billion at 30 June 2016, remained broadly in line with 31 March 2016. The Esanda dealer finance portfolio, consisting of over 300,000 contracts, was successfully migrated during the quarter. In addition, $A0.9 billion of motor vehicle and equipment leases and loans were securitised.
Banking and Financial Services
Banking and Financial Services (BFS) had total BFS deposits6 of $A41.4 billion at 30 June 2016, up two per cent on 31 March 2016. The Australian mortgage portfolio of $A28.8 billion increased one per cent on 31 March 2016, funds on platform7 of $A59.9 billion increased three per cent on 31 March 2016 and the business banking loan portfolio of $A6.1 billion increased three per cent on 31 March 2016.
Macquarie Securities Group
Macquarie Securities Group (MSG) experienced lower client volumes, particularly in Asia. ECM and Derivatives trading were also lower. Asian trading opportunities in pcp were not repeated.
Macquarie Capital’s client activity was impacted by subdued market conditions during the quarter. 108 deals were completed at $A28 billion in 1Q17, down on 1Q16 and up on 4Q16 (by number and value). Principal realisations during the quarter were in line with expectations. Macquarie Capital was ranked No.1 for announced and completed M&A deals8 and No.1 for completed ECM deals8 in ANZ.
Commodities and Financial Markets
Commodities and Financial Markets (CFM) experienced solid customer and trading activity in energy markets, primarily in Global Oil and North American Gas. Client hedging and trading opportunities remained steady across the metals and agriculture platforms. CFM also experienced increased customer activity in foreign exchange, interest rates and futures markets. Macquarie Energy maintained its Platts ranking of No.3 US physical gas marketer in North America and Winner of the Oil & Products House of the Year9.
Macquarie currently expects the FY17 combined net profit contribution10 from operating groups to be broadly in line with FY16.
The FY17 tax rate is currently expected to be broadly in line with FY16.
Accordingly, the Group’s result for FY17 is currently expected to be broadly in line with FY16.
The Group’s short-term outlook remains subject to a range of challenges including:
Mr Moore said: "Macquarie remains well positioned to deliver superior performance in the medium-term due to its deep expertise in major markets, strength in diversity and ability to adapt its portfolio mix to changing market conditions, the ongoing benefits of continued cost initiatives, a strong and conservative balance sheet and a proven risk management framework and culture."
Highlights from the address of Chairman, Peter Warne
In providing an overview of FY16, Macquarie Group Chairman, Peter Warne, noted that notwithstanding challenging market conditions, operating income and profit continued to grow for the year to 31 March 2016. Together with the return on many years of investment across the business, the result highlighted the mix and quality of Macquarie’s businesses.
Mr Warne said: "As we outlined at our full year result announcement, Macquarie reported a record profit of $A2,063 million for the year to 31 March 2016, an increase of 29 per cent on the prior year."
"Operating income was up nine per cent to $A10,135 million. Earnings per share was $A6.19, an increase of 23 per cent from $A5.02 in the prior year."
Mr Warne commented on Macquarie’s sound risk culture, its commitment to achieving the highest standards of professional conduct across all operations, and effective consequence management as a key aspect of Macquarie’s risk management framework and risk culture.
Mr Warne also noted the activities of Macquarie’s staff and the Macquarie Group Foundation across the various communities in which it operates.
"One of the oldest and largest corporate foundations in Australia, the Macquarie Group Foundation has contributed more than $A270 million since its establishment in 1985."
"In the year to 31 March 2016, the Foundation and Macquarie staff globally contributed close to $A30 million in donations to more than 1,500 community organisations around the world."
"We are very proud of the commitment shown by Macquarie staff to the communities in which they live and work around the world."
The Macquarie Group Foundation 2016 Annual Review is now available. The Review provides an update on the contribution Macquarie staff members are making in their communities around the world.