September 26, 2017 / 6:28 AM / a year ago

British lender Close Brothers FY profit rises 13 pct

Sept 26 (Reuters) - British lender Close Brothers Group reported a 13 percent rise in full-year adjusted operating profit, driven by strength in its banking, asset management and market making divisions.

The merchant banking group, which provides loans and wealth management and securities trading services, said adjusted operating profit rose to 264.8 million pounds ($356.9 million) for the year ended July 31, from 233.6 million pounds a year earlier.

“Although current market conditions remain stable overall, the longer-term economic outlook and impact of Brexit on our customers and wider markets remain uncertain,” Close Brothers said in a statement.

The company said adjusted operating profit at its banking division rose 9 percent to 243.5 million pounds, with a 7.8 percent rise in loan book to 6.9 billion pounds.

Operating profit at market maker Winterflood jumped 47.9 percent to 28.1 million pounds, helped by high levels of retail trading activity throughout the year, the lender said.

Adjusted operating profit at Close Brothers’ asset management arm rose 21 percent to 17.4 million pounds. ($1 = 0.7419 pounds) (Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)

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