Saturday 29 October 2016

Lloyds posts £1.9billion Q3 profits despite Brexit fear


Lloyds Banking Group has been reported third-quarter profits largely unchanged from a year ago.

Underlying pretax profits were £1.9 billion ($2.31 billion), slightly under the £1.97 billion booked in the corresponding period a year ago.

Total income for the quarter was £4.3 billion, broadly in line with Q3 2015.

Britain's largest retail bank also booked a fresh £1billion charge to compensate customers mis-sold loan insurance after the Financial Conduct Authority pushed back the claims deadline by a year to mid-2019.

"The outlook for the UK economy remains uncertain, however the strength of the recovery in recent years means the UK is well positioned," the bank said in a statement.

Lloyds also reported a £740million deficit in its pension fund, which has been hit by falling bond yields in recent months.

Rescued in a £20.5billion taxpayer bail-out during the financial crisis, Lloyds is the first major British bank to report results that fully capture the period after the referendum results.

Chief Executive Officer Antonio Horta-Osório is searching for ways to prop up Lloyds' dividend and profits against a more testing economic environment and the effects of lower-for-longer interest rates caused by the vote to leave the EU.

Since June's referendum, shares in Lloyds have fallen by about a quarter, partly reflecting their heavy exposure to any downturn in the British economy.

Lloyds said total loans and advances to customers fell £1billion to £452 billion compared to three months earlier.



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