Sydney, 06 May 2022
Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG; ADR: MQBKY) today announced a net profit after tax attributable to ordinary shareholders of $A4,706 million for the year ended 31 March 2022 (FY22), up 56 per cent on the year ended 31 March 2021 (FY21). Profit for the half year ended 31 March 2022 (2H22) was $A2,663 million, up 30 per cent on the half year ended 30 September 2021 (1H22) and up 31 per cent on the half year ended 31 March 2021 (2H21).
Macquarie Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Shemara Wikramanayake, said: “While many of the regions and markets in which Macquarie operates saw heightened levels of volatility this year, our longstanding strategy to address key areas of unmet need in the community is unchanged. Over time, this has seen us build deep and differentiated franchises in each of our areas of activity, all of which delivered sound outcomes and strong performance in FY22.”
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 contribution of $A4,132 million, up 25 per cent on FY21.
Markets-facing activities, which are undertaken by Macquarie Capital and most businesses in CGM, delivered a combined net profit contribution of $A5,330 million, up 92 per cent on FY21.
Net operating income of $A17,324 million was up 36 per cent on FY21, while operating expenses of $A10,785 million increased 22 per cent on FY21. International income accounted for 75 per cent of Macquarie’s total income.
The income tax expense of $A1,586 million was up 76 per cent on FY21 and the effective tax rate was 25.2 per cent5, up from 23.0 per cent in FY21. The higher effective tax rate was mainly driven by the geographic composition and nature of earnings.
Assets under management at 31 March 2022 were $A774.8 billion, up 37 per cent from $A563.5 billion at 31 March 2021, largely due to the acquisitions of Waddell & Reed Financial, AMP Capital’s public investments business and Central Park Group as well as investments by Private Markets-managed funds and net inflows in Public Investments.
MAM delivered a net profit contribution8 of $A2,150 million, up four per cent from $A2,074 million in FY21. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, the result reflected income related to the disposition of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation9 assets as well as growth in base fees. This was partially offset by a gain on the sale of Macquarie European Rail in the prior year and lower performance fees.
BFS delivered a net profit contribution of $A1,001 million, up 30 per cent from $A771 million in FY21. The result reflected strong growth in the loan portfolio, funds on platform and total BFS deposits10 together with releases in net credit impairments. 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 $A3,911 million, up 50 per cent from $A2,601 million in FY21. The result was driven by increased revenue across Commodities with strong risk management revenue driven by increased client hedging activity and trading activity as a result of elevated volatility and commodity price movements, partially offset by the impact of fair value adjustments across the derivatives portfolio. The contribution from Commodities inventory management and trading was also up while Financial Markets continued to deliver strong performance. The contribution from Asset Finance also increased and was largely related to the partial sale of the UK Meters portfolio and increased activity across its other sectors.
Macquarie Capital delivered a net profit contribution of $A2,400 million, up 269 per cent from $A651 million in FY21. The result reflected significantly higher fee and commission income due to mergers and acquisitions and debt capital markets activities. This was partially offset by lower equity capital markets fee income and brokerage income. Investment-related income was up substantially due to material asset realisations in the green energy, technology and business services sectors and an increase in the private credit portfolio.
Macquarie’s financial position exceeds the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s (APRA’s) Basel III regulatory requirements, with a Group capital surplus of $A10.7 billion2 at 31 March 2022, up from $A8.8 billion at 31 March 2021.
The Bank Group APRA Basel III Level 2 Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio was 11.5 per cent (Harmonised: 14.6 per cent3) at 31 March 2022, down from 12.6 per cent (Harmonised: 16.2 per cent3) at 31 March 2021. The Bank Group’s APRA Leverage Ratio was 5.0 per cent (Harmonised: 5.6 per cent3), the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) was 175 per cent4 and the Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR) was 121 per cent4 at 31 March 2022.
Total customer deposits11 increased to $A101.5 billion at 31 March 2022, up from $A84.0 billion at 31 March 2021. Term funding12 of $A48.3 billion was raised during FY22 which included $A9.5 billion drawn from the Reserve Bank of Australia Term Funding Facility. In addition, $A2.8 billion of equity capital was raised through a $A1.5 billion institutional placement and a $A1.3 billion share purchase plan.
The Macquarie Group Limited Board today announced a FY22 final ordinary dividend of $A3.50 per share (40 per cent franked), up on the FY21 final ordinary dividend of $A3.35 per share (40 per cent franked). This represents a FY22 ordinary dividend of $A6.22 per share (40 per cent franked), 2H22 payout ratio of 50 per cent and FY22 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 final ordinary dividend is 17 May 2022 and the payment date is 4 July 2022. Shares will be issued to satisfy the Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRP) for the FY22 final ordinary dividend at a discount to the prevailing market price13 of 1.5 per cent.
The Board has resolved to purchase shares14 to satisfy the FY22 MEREP requirements of approximately $A870m. The buying period for MEREP will commence on 16 May 2022 and is expected to be completed by 30 June 202215.
As previously noted, Peter Warne will step down as Chair of the Macquarie Group Limited (MGL) and Macquarie Bank Limited (MBL) Boards on 9 May 2022 and will be replaced by Glenn Stevens. Michael Coleman has announced his intention to retire as a Voting Director of MGL and MBL after 10 years on the Boards. Mr Coleman’s retirement will be effective at the conclusion of the 2022 AGM. As previously noted, Michelle Hinchliffe joined the Macquarie Boards effective 1 March 2022 and will replace Mr Coleman as Chair of the Board Audit Committee.
Macquarie has been working with APRA to strengthen the voice of MBL within the Group, making good progress on a comprehensive remediation plan in recent months, including detailed programs of work across governance, remuneration, risk culture, regulatory reporting, prudential risk management, and a simplified group structure. The changes proposed under the plan, on which Macquarie will continue to deliver through financial year 2023 and beyond, will have a positive impact on MBL through improved systems, frameworks, processes, and further strengthen its risk culture. As part of the governance workstream, three bank-only non-executive directors (BONDs) are proposed to be added to the MBL Board. Consistent with similar structures in other markets where a banking entity sits within a broader group structure, this change introduces additional safeguards to better protect the interests of MBL within the Group. After these appointments, the MBL Board will comprise the MGL non-executive directors, Shemara Wikramanayake, Stuart Green and the three BONDs with all MBL Board committees benefiting from BONDs representation.
We are pleased to announce Ian Saines as the first MBL BOND, subject to completion of necessary approvals. Mr Saines is an experienced leader in commercial and investment banking and asset management, having held senior roles at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Challenger, Zurich Financial Services and Bankers Trust Australia. He began his career at the Reserve Bank of Australia and has a strong background in financial markets and highly regulated environments combined with audit, risk and investment committee experience. We expect to announce further BONDs appointments in due course.
APRA has finalised or is in the process of implementing changes to a number of prudential standards17. Of note, APRA’s Prudential Standard Remuneration (“CPS 511”) will come into effect for Macquarie on 1 January 202318. Work is underway to implement changes required to Macquarie’s remuneration framework and we maintain regular dialogue with APRA on this topic. The Board undertook a review of the various components of remuneration to address certain aspects of CPS 511 (including the deferral arrangements for senior executives), as well as the evolving expectations of our stakeholders. As part of this review, the Board considered diverse perspectives, including those of shareholders and regulators, as well as global peer group benchmarking and increased global competition for talent in many of Macquarie’s areas of activity. These changes will be implemented in a phased approach from FY22. Full details are disclosed in the Remuneration Report.
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; a strong and conservative balance sheet; and a proven risk management framework and culture.”