Sydney, 24 July 2014
Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG; ADR: MQBKY) Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Moore, said today that the operating groups’ contribution1 for the first quarter of the 2015 financial year (1Q15) was down on the first quarter of the 2014 financial year (1Q14) and the prior quarter (4Q14).
Speaking ahead of Macquarie's 2014 annual general meeting, Mr Moore said that Macquarie’s annuity-style businesses for 1Q15 were broadly in line with 1Q14 and 4Q14.
"Macquarie's capital markets facing businesses for the first quarter were down on 1Q14 and 4Q14 due to the timing of transactions and lower volatility and volumes impacting Macquarie Securities and certain Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities businesses," Mr Moore said.
There were no significant one-off items in the quarter.
Macquarie remains well capitalised with APRA Basel III Group capital of $A12.4 billion at 30 June 2014, a $A2.0 billion4 surplus in excess of Macquarie's minimum regulatory capital requirement, which was down from $A2.7 billion at 31 March 2014.
The APRA Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 ratio for Macquarie Bank was 9.5 per cent at 30 June 2014, which was down from 9.6 per cent at 31 March 2014.
The acquisition of Macquarie shares required for the financial year ended 31 March 2014 (FY14) profit share and promotion awards under the Macquarie Group Employee Retained Equity Plan (MEREP) was completed in June 2014. A total of approximately $A265 million of Macquarie shares were purchased at an average purchase price of $A59.56 per share.
In commenting on the Group’s start to the 2015 financial year (FY15), Mr Moore noted the following highlights:
Macquarie also provided an update today on the Enforceable Undertaking (EU) that Macquarie Private Wealth (MPW) entered into with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on 29 January 2013. MPW is Macquarie’s retail financial advice business within BFS.
The EU focused on the effectiveness of compliance, in particular processes, controls and systems previously in place in MPW, such as record keeping, monitoring and supervision. As noted in the EU, which is available on ASIC’s website, MPW acknowledged ASIC’s concerns.
Macquarie takes its regulatory obligations seriously and always seeks to ensure compliance with the requirements of all its regulators.
MPW has completed three of the four phases of the implementation program, which is subject to independent oversight by ASIC and an Independent Expert, KPMG.
While the impact of future market conditions makes forecasting difficult, we continue to expect that the FY15 combined net profit contribution11 from operating groups will be up on FY14, broadly offsetting the FY14 realised gain relating to the SYD distribution and notwithstanding that a lower contribution is now expected from Macquarie Securities.
The FY15 tax rate is currently expected to be broadly in line with FY14.
Accordingly, the FY15 result for the Group is currently expected to be broadly in line with FY14, with the potential for a better result if market conditions improve. In line with previous years, it is currently expected that the 2H15 result will be stronger than 1H15.
Our short term outlook remains subject to a range of challenges including:
Over the medium term, Macquarie remains well positioned to deliver superior performance. The Group has deep expertise in major markets and we continue to build on our strength in diversity and adapt our portfolio mix to changing market conditions. We are seeing the ongoing benefits of continued cost initiatives, our balance sheet is strong and conservative, and we have a proven risk management framework and culture.
In providing an overview of FY14, Macquarie Group Chairman, Kevin McCann, noted that global market conditions continued to improve in the year to 31 March 2014.
Mr McCann said: “As we outlined at our full year result, Macquarie recorded a profit of $A1,265 million for the year to 31 March 2014, an increase of 49 per cent on the prior year.”
Earnings per share increased by 53 per cent to $A3.84.
"While client activity remained subdued for certain parts of Macquarie's capital markets facing businesses, investor sentiment showed an overall improvement and we were pleased that all of Macquarie’s operating groups achieved an improved performance.
"Another feature of Macquarie's result was that for the first time, Australia was not the highest contributor of income. The Americas region, predominantly the United States, accounted for 35 per cent of our operating income compared to 32 per cent from our successful Australian operations."
Mr McCann also noted the activities of Macquarie’s staff and the Macquarie Group Foundation across the various communities in which it operates.
"In the year to 31 March 2014, the Foundation and Macquarie staff contributed almost $A25 million to more than 1,500 community organisations around the world and gave 32,000 hours of their time as volunteers, fundraisers and pro bono advisers.
"We are proud of this record and the commitment shown by Macquarie staff to the communities in which they live and work around the world.”
The Macquarie Group Foundation 2014 Annual Review is now available on Macquarie's website at: https://www.macquarie.com/au/en/about/community/annual-review.html. The Review provides an update on the contribution Macquarie staff members are making in their communities around the world.