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Brewin Dolphin loses 5% of income as RDR bites
by David Campbell on Jan 31, 2013 at 07:26
Brewin Dolphin lost 5% of its income over the three months to 30 January as trail commission was removed and admitted that the introduction of its new fee structure was ‘slower than anticipated’.
Total income for the period, which coincided with the launch of the retail distribution review, was 13.7% up on the year before however, at £67.8 million versus £59.7 million in 2011/12.
At 9am, the company was trading down 2.42% at 209p, versus a broadly flat market.In a note published in November 2012 broker Peel Hunt said that Brewin Dolphin stood to lose more than its peers from the removal of trail payments.
The company said it was experiencing a ‘period of consolidation’ after several years of strong growth, and alongside internal investment, said it was exploring tighter cost controls.
Overall funds were ‘stable’ at £26 billion, although the business saw outflows from its advisory division, ‘a result of ongoing service reviews as part of the move to new pricing’.
‘The trend towards an increasing proportion of recurring fee income is continuing, albeit at a marginally slower pace than during 2012,’ the company said in a statement.
‘Repricing and moving to new national rate cards remains on track for completion by the end of this financial year although progress was slower than anticipated in the first quarter.
‘The recovery in the commission levels from the sharp falls experienced in the first quarter of the last financial year has stabilised and first quarter total commission income was in line with the average for the final two quarters of the previous financial year.’
New discretionary funds over the quarter remained consistent, but were balanced against the loss of a team of managers.
‘The group is in a period of consolidation after the expansion-led growth of recent years. In particular, the priority remains continued improvement in the quality of service to clients, increasing shareholder returns through improved operational efficiency.
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