Virgin Money UK PLC Full Year Results 2023
David Duffy, Chief Executive Officer:
“We made good progress executing our strategy in 2023, growing both our relationship customer base and target lending segments. With the momentum we carry into 2024, we are confident in the outlook for our business and we expect to deliver around £800m in distributions to our investors by the end of the three-year period ending in 2024.”
“Under the Virgin brand, our ambition is to create the UK’s best digital bank. To help achieve this goal, we are stepping up investment in our technological capability to future proof our business and protect our customers from the growing risk of fraud strategies driven by advances in AI."
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(2) For definitions of the KPIs, refer to ‘Measuring the Group’s performance’ from page 372 of the Group's 2023 Annual Report & Accounts
Delivered strong financial performance and attractive shareholder distributions
- NIM expanded to 1.91% (2022: 1.85%), supported by early management of deposit migration, hedge re-investment & lending mix
- Total income up 8%, reflecting 8% growth in NII and positive fair value movements benefitting non-interest income
- CIR stable at 51.9% in line with guidance; underlying costs of £971m 6% higher as gross savings offset by inflation and investment
- Underlying operating profit before impairments of £902m up 9% on FY22, reflecting positive jaws
- Credit impairment charge of £309m (42bps cost of risk) reflecting prudent macroeconomics and provision build from higher modelled ECL; credit quality remains robust with low arrears; provision coverage of 84bps significantly above pre-pandemic levels
- Adjusting items £67m higher YoY, primarily reflecting higher restructuring charges as anticipated, including 30% reduction in the store network, and an intangible asset write-down, given deferred implementation and redesign of the new mortgage platform
- Statutory profit decreased 42% YoY, reflecting higher impairments and adjusting items; statutory RoTE of 3.9% (2022: 10.3%)
- CET1 ratio remains strong at 14.7% (2022: 15.0%); announced further £150m buyback, above prior guidance, taking FY23 buybacks to £200m; 5.3p full-year dividend means total shareholder distributions of £272m for FY23, c.2% higher than FY22
Driving continued growth in target lending segments and relationship deposits
- 5% growth in active relationship customer accounts during FY23 to 3.8m accounts
- Relationship deposits 2% higher in FY23 at £35.4bn, remaining 53% of total deposits; total deposits also increased 2% to £66.6bn
- Strong growth in target segments; Unsecured +5.8%, driven by growth in cards; Business lending +6.0% as growth in BAU balances offset a reduction in Government scheme lending; resilient performance in Mortgages (1.1)% leaving overall lending stable
Strong strategic delivery for customers
- Re-launched Virgin Money Investments, including pensions; launched Digital Wallet to Virgin Atlantic customers with good take-up
- 18% YoY growth in business current account (BCA) sales; net growth in BCA accounts for 22 consecutive months
- Call waiting times down c.65% from peak following additional resource costs to support customer service
- Embedded Consumer Duty requirements; supporting customers through Mortgage Charter and our Cost of Living hub
FY24 and medium-term outlook
- NIM of 190-195bps in FY24, supported by structural hedge re-investment, deposit mix & ongoing growth in target segments
- Continued loan growth in Unsecured & BAU Business, while maintaining mortgage market share in the medium term; volume growth and improving margin to drive income growth in medium term
- Underlying cost:income ratio(3) expected to remain broadly stable in FY24; continue to target less than 50% in medium term
- Expect cost of risk for FY24 to be in the range of 30-35bps, following strengthened provision coverage in FY23
- Now expect higher annualised gross cost savings of £200m (previously £175m); anticipate majority of remaining c.£60m restructuring charges in FY24
- Anticipate c.£40m investment in financial crime prevention in FY24 with c.£130m FY24-26 (excluded from underlying performance)
- CET1 to be in target 13-13.5% range in FY24 with total shareholder distributions in FY24 to be around FY23 nominal level(4); total shareholder distributions between FY22-24 now expected to be around £800m(4)
- Expect to deliver Underlying RoTE of c.10% in FY24(5) reflecting good business momentum with statutory RoTE of c.8%
- Committed to generating sustainable double-digit statutory returns in the medium term
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