Sydney, 23 July 2015
Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG; ADR: MQBKY) Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Moore, said today that both Macquarie’s annuity-style businesses’ and capital markets facing businesses’ contributions1 for the first quarter of the 2016 financial year (1Q16) were significantly up on the first quarter of the 2015 financial year (1Q15) and broadly in line with the prior quarter (4Q15).
Speaking ahead of Macquarie’s 2015 annual general meeting, Mr Moore said “Macquarie’s annuity-style businesses2 were up significantly on 1Q15, driven by the underlying growth of the businesses, a weaker Australian dollar, as well as increased performance fees and asset disposals in Macquarie Asset Management.”
“Macquarie’s capital markets facing businesses3 were also up significantly on 1Q15 reflecting a weaker Australian dollar and the continued improvement in trading conditions across most of the businesses.”
There were no significant one-off items in the quarter.
Macquarie remains well capitalised with APRA Basel III Group capital of $A15.8 billion at 30 June 2015, a $A2.4 billion4 surplus in excess of Macquarie’s minimum regulatory capital requirement from 1 January 2016, which was down from $A2.7 billion at 31 March 2015.
The APRA Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio for Macquarie Bank was 9.9 per cent at 30 June 2015, which was up from 9.7 per cent at 31 March 2015.
As previously announced to the market, on 20 July 2015 APRA released its changes to the level of capital required to be held against residential mortgages. The proposed changes do not come into effect until 1 July 2016, however, based on our current mortgage portfolio, the impact on Macquarie’s APRA Basel III capital surplus would be approximately $A150m (at 8.5% RWAs), equivalent to a 20 basis point reduction in the Bank Group’s CET1 ratio. This increased capital requirement will be accommodated from the existing capital surplus and retained earnings.
The acquisition of Macquarie shares required for the financial year ended 31 March 2015 (FY15) profit share and promotion awards under the Macquarie Group Employee Retained Equity Plan (MEREP) was completed in July 2015. A total of approximately $A383 million of Macquarie shares were purchased on-market at an average purchase price of $A80.68 per share.
First quarter business highlights
In commenting on the Group’s start to the 2016 financial year (FY16), Mr Moore noted the following highlights:
While the impact of future market conditions makes forecasting difficult, we currently expect the FY16 combined net profit contribution from operating groups to be up on FY15.
The FY16 tax rate is currently expected to be broadly in line with 2H15 and down on FY15.
Accordingly, the Group’s result for FY16 is currently expected to be up on FY15.
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.
Highlights from the address of Chairman, Kevin McCann
In providing an overview of FY15, Macquarie Group Chairman, Kevin McCann, noted that trading conditions continued to improve across most markets Macquarie operates in for the year to 31 March 2015. Together with many years of investing in the businesses, this has resulted in a significant increase of Macquarie’s operating income and profit.
Mr McCann said: “As we outlined at our full year result, Macquarie recorded a profit of $A1.6 billion for the year to 31 March 2015, an increase of 27 per cent on the prior year.”
“Operating income was up 14 per cent to $A9.3 billion, a record level for the Group.”
“International income from the Group continued to grow, accounting for 70 per cent of total income, compared with 35 per cent 10 years ago.”
Mr McCann also noted the activities of Macquarie’s staff and the Macquarie Group Foundation across the various communities in which it operates.
“This year the Foundation celebrates 30 years of giving to communities in which we operate. This makes it one of the oldest and largest corporate foundations in Australia.”
“In the year to 31 March 2015, over $A24 million was contributed to more than 1,300 community organisations around the world and staff gave 33,500 hours of their time as volunteers, fundraisers and pro bono advisers.”
“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 2015 Annual Review is now available. The Review provides an update on the contribution Macquarie staff members are making in their communities around the world.
1 Represents management accounting profit before unallocated corporate costs, profit share, income tax and period end reviews.
2 Annuity-style businesses consists of Macquarie Asset Management, Corporate and Asset Finance, and Banking and Financial Services.
3 Capital markets facing businesses consists of Macquarie Securities, Macquarie Capital, and Commodities and Financial Markets.
4 Calculated at 8.5 per cent Risk Weighted Assets (RWA) including capital conservation buffer (CCB), per the 1 January 2016 minimum requirements in APRA Prudential Standard 110. The APRA Basel III Group capital surplus is $A3.8 billion calculated at existing requirements of 7.0 per cent RWA, per the internal minimum Tier 1 ratio of the Bank Group.
5 Dealogic, 1Q FY16.
6 Dealogic, 1Q FY16 (by number).
7 Dealogic, 1Q FY16.