"We continue to deliver a good financial performance in the context of the current macroeconomic environment. Our competitive position continues to grow and our financial strength is serving us well in this period of uncertainty and volatility.
These remain challenging times for Barclays, as well as the industry, and we are sorry for what has happened because of recent events. However our leadership continues to focus on the delivery of our financial performance targets and on building a platform for sustainable long term growth. Our customers and clients are at the heart of what we do. I am confident we can and will repair the reputational damage done to our business in their eyes and those of all our stakeholders."
Marcus Agius, Chairman
- Adjusted profit before tax up 13% to £4,227m with improvements of 15% in Retail and Business Banking (RBB) and 11% in Corporate and Investment Banking, and 38% in Wealth and Investment Management, demonstrating the benefits of the universal banking model
- Statutory profit before tax down 71% to £759m, including an own credit charge of £2,945m
- Adjusted return on average shareholders' equity increased to 9.9% (2011: 9.3%) with improvements in five of seven businesses and Investment Bank achieved nearly 15% despite difficult market conditions
- Adjusted income was up 1% at £15,475m despite macroeconomic challenges and the continuing low interest rate environment
- Income at Investment Bank improved 4% to £6,496m. Q2 12 income in Investment Bank was £3,032m, up 5% on Q2 11 and down 12% on Q1 12
- Credit impairment charges were flat at £1,832m, reflecting improvements across many businesses, offset principally by increased levels at Investment Bank where there was a net release of £111m in 2011
- Operating expenses, excluding the first quarter £300m (2011: £1,000m) provision for PPI and second quarter £450m (2011: nil) provision for interest rate hedging products redress, were down 3% to £9,491m. This reduction was achieved after absorbing regulatory penalties of £290m relating to the industry-wide investigation into the setting of interbank offered rates
- During the first six months of 2012, sovereign exposures to Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Cyprus reduced 22% to £5.6bn. In order to mitigate redenomination risk, the Group continues to reduce local funding mismatches in Spain and Portugal
- Core Tier 1 ratio remained strong at 10.9% (31 December 2011: 11.0%), having absorbed the impact of the final dividend for 2011, treasury share purchases and pension contributions. Risk weighted assets were stable at £390bn
- The Group continues to access both secured and unsecured term funding markets and raised £20bn of term funding in the first half of 2012 with £27bn of term maturities for full year 2012. Liquidity pool increased to £170bn (31 December 2011: £152bn) and the loan to deposit ratio continued to improve to 111% (2011: 118%)