Income up 18% for Brooks after headcount cutback

Underlying revenue earlier than tax rose 18% year-on-year to £17.1m (H1 FY23: £14.5m) for wealth supervisor and Monetary Planner Brooks Macdonald for the six months ended 31 December.

Income elevated by 8% to £63.3m, primarily pushed by larger Monetary Planning income following acquisitions made within the 2023 monetary yr.

Nonetheless, the wealth supervisor and Monetary Planner reported internet outflows of £0.2bn for the interval.

The agency mentioned it expects to proceed to see excessive ranges of outflows given prevailing macro-economic situations, with internet outflows anticipated for the total yr.

This was offset by an funding efficiency rise of 5.3%.

Complete funds beneath administration grew 4.3% over the half to a file £17.6bn (30 June 2023: £16.8bn).

Out of £5.3bn beneath administration or recommendation on behalf of personal shoppers, £4.4bn associated to portfolios inside the agency’s funding administration and £0.8bn was for portfolios with third social gathering funding managers.

Underlying prices elevated by 4.7% because of the impression of the acquisitions made in 2023 and price inflation. The agency expects the fee advantages from the organisational modifications it applied in December to be realised within the second half of this yr.

Final Autumn Brooks introduced that it will cut back its headcount to chop prices yearly by £4m. The agency axed round 55 jobs, about 10% of its workforce, as a part of the cost-saving measures.

The wealth supervisor added that it had accomplished the primary section of the implementation of its new consumer relationship administration system. The primary section has been targeted on monetary adviser-facing processes and techniques.

In its Monetary Planning division, Brooks has additionally accomplished the implementation of its recommendation software program which it claims will present persistently sturdy consumer service.

Andrew Shepherd, CEO of Brooks Macdonald, mentioned: “Over the past six months our precedence has been to assist our shoppers and advisers navigate the difficult markets that the wealth administration trade has continued to face. The necessity for trusted recommendation and sturdy long-term funding administration stays as sturdy as ever.

“As a administration group, we’ve been proactive in adapting our enterprise to the present surroundings, leading to a gaggle that’s in a stronger operational place, well-placed to reap the benefits of the chance forward.”

For the rest of this yr, Brooks mentioned it expects its strongest progress to come back from its Platform MPS and BMIS companies. For the primary half of its monetary yr, roughly half of the inflows seen for the agency had been inside its MPS Platform service.


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