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Trading Statement

Thu, 11th Oct 2018 07:00


RNS Number : 6633D
Hargreaves Lansdown PLC
11 October 2018

Trading update

11 October 2018

Hargreaves Lansdown plc ('the Group') today publishes a trading update in respect of the three month period to 30 September 2018 ('the period').

Highlights

· Net new business of £1.3 billion in the period

· Net new clients of 29,000

· Assets under administration ("AUA") of £94.1 billion as at 30 September 2018, up 3% since 30 June 2018

· Net revenue for the period of £120.8 million (2017: £104.1 million), up 16%

Chris Hill, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"I'm pleased to report a solid start to our financial year for growth in clients, net new business and revenue. The past quarter has seen an uncertain market environment and weak investor sentiment resulting in an industry-wide slowdown in net retail flows. Despite this backdrop, we believe the strength of our business model positions us well for when sentiment improves."

Assets under administration and net new business

£ billion

Three months to 30 September 2018



Opening AUA

91.6



Net new business

1.3



Market movements

1.2



Closing AUA

94.1



Net new business of £1.3 billion for the period was driven by continued investment in our digital marketing presence, higher client numbers and ongoing wealth consolidation onto our platform. During the period, we also added three further banks to our cash marketplace service, Active Savings, enabling clients to manage their cash more easily at attractive rates of interest. As a result, we increased the level of marketing and promotional activity in early September and now have over £100 million managed by clients in this service. AUA rose to £94.1 billion as at 30 September 2018 due to net new business and positive market movements.

We welcomed 29,000 new clients in the period (Q1 18: 30,000), taking active client numbers to 1,120,000.

Net revenue

Net revenue for the period was £120.8 million, up 16% on last year, benefitting from higher AUA levels due to net new business and market growth.

Contacts:

Investors

Media

Philip Johnson, Chief Financial Officer

James Found, Head of Investor Relations

+44(0)117 988 9898

Danny Cox, Head of Communications

Chris Hill, Chief Executive Officer

+44(0)117 317 1638

Forward looking statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results and business of the Group. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events, and depend on circumstances, that will occur in the future. The Group's actual results may differ materially from the results expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. Nothing in this announcement should be construed as a profit forecast. This announcement is unaudited. This statement should not be seen as a promotion or solicitation to buy Hargreaves Lansdown plc shares. It should be remembered that the value of shares can fall as well as rise and therefore you could get back less than you invested.

LEI Number: 2138008ZCE93ZDSESG90

Assets under administration

Average AUA (£billion)

3 months to 30 September 2018

2 months to 30 June 2018

4 months to 30 April 2018

3 months to 31 December 2017

3 months to 30 September 2017

Funds

52.0

50.9

48.5

48.2

46.5

Shares

32.0

30.8

28.6

27.9

26.7

Cash

9.7

9.6

9.0

8.6

8.2

HL Funds

9.6

9.6

9.1

9.1

8.8

Double count1

(9.5)

(9.5)

(9.0)

(9.0)

(8.7)

Total

93.8

91.4

86.2

84.8

81.5

AUA (£billion)

As at 30 September 2018

As at 30 June 2018

As at 30 April 2018

As at 31 December 2017

As at 30 September 2017

Funds

52.0

51.0

49.6

48.9

46.6

Shares

32.2

31.0

29.6

28.5

27.1

Cash

9.8

9.6

9.5

8.6

8.2

HL Funds

9.6

9.6

9.4

9.3

8.8

Double count1

(9.5)

(9.5)

(9.3)

(9.2)

(8.7)

Total

94.1

91.6

88.8

86.1

82.0

1 All HL Funds are held in Vantage or the Portfolio Management Service (PMS) and are included in the Funds category of the table, with the exception of a small balance held off platform by third parties. To avoid double counting, the amount held in Vantage or PMS has been deducted.

AUA (£billion)

3 months to 30 September 2018

2 months to 30 June 2018

4 months to 30 April 2018

3 months to 31 December 2017

3 months to 30 September 2017

Opening AUA

91.6

88.8

86.1

82.0

79.2

Underlying net new business

1.3

1.0

3.3

1.8

1.5

Market movements

1.2

1.9

(0.6)

3.3

1.3

Founder transfer1

-

(0.1)

-

(1.0)

-

Closing AUA

94.1

91.6

88.8

86.1

82.0

1 Underlying net new business excludes the transfer off the Vantage platform of £902 million of Hargreaves Lansdown plc shares and the withdrawal of £188 million of Hargreaves Lansdown plc placing proceeds during the period that were held by a founder.


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