Arbuthnot Banking - Pre Close Trading Update London Stock Exchange
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Arbuthnot Banking Group PLC
21 February 2019

21 February 2019





Pre Close Trading Update


Arbuthnot Banking Group PLC ("Arbuthnot" or "the Group") today issues a pre close trading update ahead of its final results announcement for the year ended 31 December 2018 which is scheduled for 28 March 2019.


The Group continued to make good progress in the fourth quarter of 2018 and as a result expects to announce underlying full year pre-tax profits in line with market expectations.


Additionally, the results will include a one-off adjustment reducing the anticipated liability related to the management team earn out for the acquisition of Renaissance Asset Finance ("RAF").  The adjustment is expected to be approximately £2.5m and will therefore increase the reported pre-tax profits accordingly. Regardless of the adjustment RAF continues to trade well and has seen its customer loan balances increase by 21% during the year.


The Group's other new ventures are also making good progress.  Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending division ended the year with drawn balances of £25m and issued facilities of £43m, having made its first loan in May 2018.


The Arbuthnot Specialist Lending business, which will focus on providing short-term secured lending solutions to professional property businesses and entrepreneurs, is currently undertaking a soft launch and has had Credit Committee approval for its first customer loan.


Arbuthnot Direct Deposit platform went live this week following a successful pilot. This will enable our clients to access our deposit products via this new internet platform with rates advertised on "best buy" tables.


Thus the Group continues to grow and diversify its revenue and funding sources following the sale of its majority investment in Secure Trust Bank.




Arbuthnot Banking Group

0207 012 2400

Sir Henry Angest, Chairman and Chief Executive

Andrew Salmon, Group Chief Operating Officer

James Cobb, Group Finance Director


Stifel Nicolaus Europe Ltd trading as KBW (Nomad and Joint Broker)

0207 710 7600

Robin Mann

Gareth Hunt

Stewart Wallace

Numis Securities Ltd (Joint Broker)

0207 260 1000

Stephen Westgate



Sam Cartwright

Jais Mehaji

020 7379 5151


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