The 28 March results showed the great progress made in profitably deploying the capital ABG generated from the partial sale of its stake in Secure Trust Bank (STB). Underlying EPS rose from 17.6p in 2017 to 40.3p, loans grew 17% to £1,225m, and deposits increased 23% to £1,714m. New businesses are diversifying income and credit risk. Commercial Banking reported a £2.5m profit (2017: £2.1m loss), Asset-Based Lending facilities totalled £43m at end-December, Specialist Finance got its first loan sanctioned in 2019, and Arbuthnot Direct is live. The group is well funded (loans 71% of deposits) and capital ratios are strong (Core Tier 1: 15.9%).
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