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Virgin Money UK

FY 2019 results: underlying in line; dividend suspended

Virgin Money UK (VMUK) has reported an underlying operating performance broadly in line with expectations, with better headline profitability and capital due to lower payment protection...

Banks

CBI research points to no change in mortgage macroprudential rules

The Central Bank of Ireland’s (CBI) research on the mortgage market does not give rise to any major surprises. The research follows recent comments from senior CBI officials who have...

UK banks

No respite in mortgage market; downgrading Virgin Money UK to ‘Underperform’

While spreads on new mortgages stabilised during Q3, we do not think this will persist and therefore expect net interest margins (NIMs) to remain under pressure, with few lenders...

Irish banks

Mortgage market reflection following Q3 developments

Mortgage market lending continues to grow and is on track to meet our 11% growth forecast for 2019 despite Brexit uncertainty and weakening house price growth. The market recovery...

AIB Group

Capital accretive portfolio sale

The non-performing loan (NPL) sale puts AIB on track to achieve its c.5% target by end-2019 as the Q2 2019 pro-forma ratio falls to c.6.2% (from 7.5%). The overall net 20bps CET1...

Lloyds Banking Group

A miss on other income and impairments but resilient NIM

This was a somewhat disappointing update given lower other income and higher impairment charges. However, and in contrast to peers, net interest margin (NIM) remains resilient at 2.88%....

Bank of Ireland

Lending up, costs down and robust capital

Bank of Ireland’s (BOI) Q3 IMS demonstrates ongoing progress against its 2021 strategic targets, with continuing loan growth and cost reduction evident in the quarter and year-to-date...

FBD Holdings

CEO to step down in 2020

The announcement that Fiona Muldoon is to step down as CEO in 2020 comes as a surprise to us. During her time as CEO, Muldoon has helped to steer the company towards a recovery in...

REITS

Fed policy considerations: Part 3

The U-turn in monetary policy by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) is now complete. After abandoning quantitative tapering and then lowering interest rates, the latest development is the...

Bank of Ireland

Myles O’Grady appointed Group CFO, subject to regulatory approval

Myles O’Grady brings significant experience to the position of Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and his appointment will be welcomed. Delivering Bank of Ireland’s (BOI) strategic plan,...