Sydney, 28 October 2022
Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG; ADR: MQBKY) today announced a net profit after tax attributable to ordinary shareholders of $A2,305 million for the half year ended 30 September 2022 (1H23), up 13 per cent on the half year ended 30 September 2021 (1H22) and down 13 per cent on the half year ended 31 March 2022 (2H22).
Macquarie Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Shemara Wikramanayake, said: “Macquarie’s businesses continued to perform well against a backdrop of more challenging market conditions, reflecting the diversity of our activities and ongoing focus on prudent risk management. We continue to adapt to meet our clients’ needs.”
Annuity-style activities, which are undertaken by Macquarie Asset Management (MAM), Banking and Financial Services (BFS) and certain businesses in Commodities and Global Markets (CGM), generated a combined net profit contribution5 of $A2,281 million, in line with 1H22 and down 15 per cent on 2H22. Positive performances recorded in MAM and BFS were offset primarily by the partial sale of the UK Meters portfolio in CGM in the prior corresponding period.
Markets-facing activities, undertaken by Macquarie Capital and most businesses in CGM, delivered a combined net profit contribution of $A2,292 million, up 35 per cent on 1H22 and down 18 per cent on 2H22. The strong result was primarily driven by positive performances from CGM’s businesses.
Net operating income of $A8,641 million was up 11 per cent on 1H22 and down nine per cent on 2H22, while operating expenses of $A5,613 million increased 11 per cent on 1H22 and decreased two per cent on 2H22. International income accounted for 72 per cent of Macquarie’s total income.
The income tax expense of $A735 million was up from $A603 million in 1H22 and down from $A983 million in 2H22. The effective tax rate was 24.2 per cent6, up from 22.8 per cent in 1H22 and down from 27.0 per cent in 2H22. The higher effective tax rate was mainly driven by the geographic composition and nature of earnings.
At 30 September 2022, the Group employed 19,266 people7, which was up six per cent on 31 March 2022. In addition, approximately 238,000 people were employed across managed fund assets and investments8.
Assets under management at 30 September 2022 were $A795.6 billion, up 3 per cent from $A774.8 billion at 31 March 2022. The increase was primarily due to investments made by MAM Private Markets-managed funds and foreign exchange movements, partially offset by market movements in MAM Public Investments.
MAM delivered a net profit contribution of $A1,402 million, up 28 per cent from $A1,097 million in 1H229. The increase was driven by investment-related income, primarily due to the timing of asset realisations in the green energy sector. This was partially offset by significant income10 from the disposition of assets in Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation11 reflected in the prior corresponding period.
BFS delivered a net profit contribution of $A580 million, up 20 per cent from $A482 million in 1H22. The result reflected growth in the loan portfolio and total BFS deposits12, improved margins and lower credit impairment charges. This was partially offset by increased technology investment and higher average headcount to support business growth and regulatory requirements.
CGM delivered a net profit contribution of $A1,996 million, up 15 per cent from $A1,729 million in 1H22. The result reflected a strong risk management contribution across the platform, particularly from the Gas and Power, Resources and Global Oil businesses, due to increased client hedging activity. Inventory management and trading income also increased. Financial Markets’ improved contribution across major products and markets was due to increased client hedging and financing activity. The decrease in the contribution from Asset Finance was largely related to the partial sale of the UK Meters portfolio in the prior corresponding period.
Macquarie Capital delivered a net profit contribution of $A595 million, down 12 per cent from $A676 million in 1H229. Fee and commission income was down on a strong prior corresponding period reflecting weakening market conditions, with operating expenses also higher than the prior corresponding period. This was partially offset by a net increase in investment-related income, primarily driven by material asset realisations in the Americas and Europe, particularly in the real estate and digital infrastructure sectors.
Macquarie’s financial position exceeds the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s (APRA) Basel III regulatory requirements, with a Group capital surplus of $A12.2 billion2 at 30 September 2022, up from $A10.7 billion at 31 March 2022.
The Bank Group APRA Basel III Level 2 Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio was 12.8 per cent (Harmonised: 15.9 per cent3) at 30 September 2022, up from 11.5 per cent (Harmonised: 14.6 per cent3) at 31 March 2022. The Bank Group’s APRA Leverage Ratio was 4.7 per cent (Harmonised: 5.3 per cent3), the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) was 172 per cent4 and the Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR) was 116 per cent4 at 30 September 2022.
The Macquarie Group Limited Board today announced a 1H23 interim ordinary dividend of $A3.00 per share (40 per cent franked), up on the 1H22 interim ordinary dividend of $A2.72 per share (40 per cent franked) and down on the 2H22 final ordinary dividend of $A3.50 per share (40 per cent franked). This represents a payout ratio of 50 per cent. Macquarie’s dividend policy remains a 50 to 70 per cent annual payout ratio.
The record date for the interim ordinary dividend is 8 November 2022 and the payment date is 13 December 2022. Shares are to be acquired on-market to satisfy the Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRP) for the 1H23 interim ordinary dividend15.
Dennis Leong has indicated his intention to retire after 41 years of service with Macquarie and will step down as Company Secretary and be replaced by Simone Kovacic effective 1 December 2022. Mr Leong has been Company Secretary since 1993, ahead of Macquarie Bank’s Initial Public Offering in 1996.
We continue to maintain a cautious stance, with a conservative approach to capital, funding and liquidity that positions us well to respond to the current environment.
The range of factors that may influence our short-term outlook include:
Ms Wikramanayake said: “Macquarie remains well-positioned to deliver superior performance in the medium term. This is due to our deep expertise in major markets; strength in business and geographic diversity and ability to adapt the portfolio mix to changing market conditions; an ongoing program to identify cost saving initiatives and efficiency; ongoing technology spend across the Group; a strong and conservative balance sheet; and a proven risk management framework and culture.”