Sydney, 28 October 2016
Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG; ADR: MQBKY) today announced a net profit after tax attributable to ordinary shareholders of $A1,050 million for the half-year ended 30 September 2016 (1H17), down two per cent on the half-year ended 30 September 2015 (1H16) and up six per cent on the half-year ended 31 March 2016 (2H16).
Macquarie Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nicholas Moore said: “1H17 highlighted the strength of Macquarie’s global platform, the benefit of recent acquisitions and its ability to adapt to changing conditions.
“Macquarie’s annuity-style businesses (Macquarie Asset Management (MAM), Corporate and Asset Finance (CAF) and Banking and Financial Services (BFS)), which represent approximately 70 per cent of the Group’s performance5, continued to perform well, with a full period contribution from AWAS and Esanda as well as a gain on the disposal of Macquarie Life6, compared to 1H16 which benefited from significant performance fees in MAM. Macquarie’s annuity-style businesses’ combined net profit contribution of $A1,639 million was down 15 per cent on 1H16 and up 36 per cent on 2H16.
“Macquarie’s capital markets facing businesses (Macquarie Securities Group (MSG), Macquarie Capital and Commodities and Financial Markets (CFM)) benefited from lower impairments and increased principal realisations in Macquarie Capital and CFM, offset by lower trading activity. Macquarie’s capital markets facing businesses’ combined net profit contribution of $A695 million remained broadly in line with 1H16 and up 15 per cent on 2H16.”
Net operating income of $A5,218 million in 1H17 was down two per cent on 1H16 and up eight per cent on 2H16, while operating expenses of $A3,733 million were up one per cent on 1H16 and up nine per cent on 2H16.
While Macquarie continued to build on the strength of its Australian franchise, its international income accounted for approximately 60 per cent of the Group’s total income for 1H17.
Macquarie’s assets under management (AUM) at 30 September 2016 were $A493.1 billion, up three per cent from $A478.6 billion at 31 March 2016, largely due to favourable market movements and additional fund investments in Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), partially offset by asset realisations in MIRA, unfavourable foreign currency movements and small net outflows in Macquarie Investment Management (MIM).
Mr Moore said: “The Group remains well positioned, with a strong and diverse global platform and deep expertise across a range of products and asset classes. This is built on the foundation of a strong balance sheet, surplus capital, a robust liquidity and funding position and a conservative approach to risk management which is embedded across all operating groups.”
Macquarie also announced today an interim ordinary dividend of $A1.90 per share (45 per cent franked), up from the 1H16 dividend of $A1.60 per share and down from the 2H16 dividend of $A2.40 per share, both 40 per cent franked. This represents a payout ratio of 62 per cent. The record date for the interim dividend is 9 November 2016 and the payment date is 14 December 2016.
Macquarie currently expects the year ending 31 March 2017 (FY17) combined net profit contribution from operating groups to be broadly in line with the year ended 31 March 2016 (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.”
Half-year result overview
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Patrick Upfold said: “Net operating income of $A5,218 million for 1H17 was down two per cent on 1H16, while total operating expenses of $A3,733 million were up one per cent on 1H16.”
Key drivers of the change from the prior corresponding period (1H16) were:
Staff numbers were 13,816 at 30 September 2016, down from 14,372 at 31 March 2016.
The income tax expense for 1H17 was $A438 million, down 17 per cent from $A530 million in 1H16 mainly due to a decrease in operating profit before income tax, as well as changes in the geographic composition of earnings, with increased income being generated in Australia and the UK, and lower income in the US. The effective tax rate of 29.4 per cent was down from 33.1 per cent in 1H16.
Strong funding and balance sheet position
“Macquarie remains well funded with a solid and conservative balance sheet, while pursuing its strategy of diversifying funding sources by continuing to grow its deposit base and accessing a variety of funding markets.” Mr Upfold said.
Total customer deposits7 increased by 5.7 per cent to $A46.1 billion at 30 September 2016 from $A43.6 billion at 31 March 2016. During 1H17, $A4.0 billion of new term funding8 was raised covering a range of sources, tenors, currencies and product types.
Macquarie Group’s financial position comfortably exceeds APRA’s Basel III regulatory requirements, with Group capital surplus of $A3.7 billion at 30 September 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 10.4 per cent (Harmonised: 12.6 per cent) at 30 September 2016, down from 10.7 per cent at 31 March 2016. The Bank Group’s APRA leverage ratio was 5.6 per cent (Harmonised: 6.5 per cent) and average LCR was 169 per cent.
The Basel Committee has proposed a number of changes to the calculation of risk weighted assets, most of which are under consultation. Any impact on capital will depend upon the final form of the proposals and local implementation by APRA.
APRA has released a consultation package covering: a new standardised approach for measuring counterparty credit risk exposures on derivatives (SA-CCR); and capital requirements for bank exposures to central counterparties (CCPs). APRA has proposed that the new standards will take effect from 1 January 2018. Macquarie is working through the potential capital implications and engaging in APRA’s consultation process.
APRA has indicated that it expects to finalise Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR) requirements by the end of 2016. The NSFR and associated changes to Prudential Standard APS 210 will be effective from 1 January 2018. While the impact remains uncertain, Macquarie expects to meet the overall requirements of the NSFR.
Operating group performance
Macquarie Asset Management delivered a net profit contribution of $A857 million for 1H17, down 25 per cent from $A1,139 million in 1H16, and up 70 per cent from $A505 million in 2H16, mostly due to performance fees and investment-related income. Performance fee income in 1H17 decreased 72 per cent from a particularly strong 1H16 of $A609m, and increased 102 per cent from $A84 million in 2H16, and included performance fees from Macquarie Atlas Roads (MQA), Macquarie Korea Infrastructure Fund (MKIF), Australian managed accounts and from co-investors in respect of infrastructure assets. Investment-related income included gains from the partial sale of MIRA's holding in MQA, gains on sale of unlisted real estate holdings in MIRA and income from the sell down of infrastructure debt in Macquarie Specialised Investment Solutions (MSIS). Base fee income was broadly in line as investments made by MIRA-managed funds, growth in the MSIS Infrastructure Debt business and positive market movements in MIM, were largely offset by small net AUM outflows in the MIM business, asset realisations by MIRA-managed funds and foreign exchange impacts. Assets under management of $A491.3 billion decreased two per cent on 30 September 2015.
Corporate and Asset Finance delivered a net profit contribution of $A521 million for 1H17, down 15 per cent from $A611 million in 1H16. The decrease was mainly driven by lower income due to the timing of prepayments and realisations as well as lower loan volumes, which resulted in a reduced contribution from the Lending portfolio. This was partially offset by profit from the AWAS portfolio acquisition and the acquisition of the Esanda dealer finance portfolio in the prior year. The AWAS and Esanda acquisitions have been successfully integrated and continue to perform in line with expectations. CAF’s asset and loan portfolio of $A38.1 billion increased 17 per cent on 30 September 2015.
Banking and Financial Services delivered a net profit contribution of $A261 million for 1H17, up 54 per cent from $A170 million in 1H16. The improved result reflects increased income from growth in Australian lending, deposit and platform volumes, as well as a gain on sale of Macquarie Life’s risk insurance business. This was partially offset by a loss on the disposal of the US mortgages portfolio, increased costs mainly due to elevated project activity as well as a change in approach to the capitalisation of software expenses in relation to the Core Banking platform, and increased impairment charges on loans, equity investments and intangible assets. BFS deposits of $A42.2 billion increased nine per cent on 30 September 2015 and funds on platform of $A62.1 billion increased 33 per cent on 30 September 2015. The Australian mortgage portfolio of $A28.6 billion increased four per cent on 30 September 2015, representing approximately two per cent of the Australian mortgage market.
Macquarie Securities delivered a net profit contribution of $A18 million for 1H17, down from $A240 million in 1H16. 1H16 benefited from strong trading revenues, particularly in Asia, while trading opportunities in 1H17 were limited due to market uncertainty. Macquarie was ranked No.1 in Australia for IPOs and No.2 for equity, equity-linked and rights deals in calendar year 2016.10
Macquarie Capital delivered a net profit contribution of $A205 million for 1H17, up 21 per cent from $A170 million in 1H16. The increase was predominately due to increased income from principal realisations, lower M&A, advisory and underwriting fees and increased operating expenses. During 1H17, Macquarie Capital advised on 201 transactions valued at $A65 billion including being adviser to Brookfield Infrastructure, together with its institutional partners, on the acquisition of Asciano Limited; adviser on behalf of Seoul Tunnel Co., Ltd. in connection with Seoul Jemulpo Tunnel Project; adviser to Siris Capital on its acquisition of Polycom and sole bookrunner and sole lead arranger on the debt financing to support the acquisition; and capital raising and acquisition in conjunction with CFM of a 50 per cent principal investment in the 299MW Tees Renewable Energy Plant.
Commodities and Financial Markets delivered a net profit contribution of $A472 million for 1H17, up 67 per cent from $A282 million in 1H16. The result reflects an increase in income generated from the sale of equity investments and a reduction in provisions for impairment compared to prior periods. This was partially offset by reduced commodities-related net interest and trading income compared to 1H16, which benefited from higher levels of volatility across a number of commodities, particularly oil. CFM continued to experience strong results across the energy platform, particularly from Global Oil and North American Gas, and increased customer activity in foreign exchange, interest rates and futures markets due to ongoing market volatility. Macquarie Energy maintained its Platts ranking of No.3 US physical gas marketer in North America.