Van Lanschot today released its 2015 interim results. Karl Guha, Chairman, said: “Our wealth management strategy is showing through in strong results, with our core activities Private Banking, Asset Management and Merchant Banking all making positive contributions to net profit. We are pleased with net profit development: while the first half of 2014 was marked by a substantial capital gain, the comparable period in 2015 saw commission revenue – our main source of income – add 24% and improve the quality of our results. Our capital position remains robust, with the Common Equity Tier I ratio at 14.6%.
Private and institutional client assets grew to over €58 billion, and our Private Banking clients are increasingly opting for discretionary management following the launch of our new personalised wealth planning advice service. Kempen Corporate Finance and Kempen Securities, our Merchant Banking activities, had a very strong first half, doubling their revenues.
We will continue to implement our wealth management strategy and the second half has got off to an excellent start with the announced takeover of MN UK by Kempen Capital Management and the sale of a portfolio of non-performing property loans. We are well on track to achieve our long-term objectives.”
*Phase-in Common Equity Tier I ratio, excluding retained earnings.
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