In a tough economic climate, we have ensured we are ‘open for business’, supporting our customers when and where they need us.
Retail and Business Banking
Our focus in Retail and Business Banking (RBB) is on making our customers’ lives much easier. We have put this at the heart of our business and this is now making a significant difference for our customers.
We have focused on improving customer service, listening to our customers and understanding their needs. As a result, we have made changes, so that, for example, all standing order and direct debit changes in the UK are now processed on the day they are received. On a year-on-year basis, banking complaints in the UK (excluding PPI) reduced by 30% and we are committed to reducing these further still.
In a tough economic climate, we have ensured we are ‘open for business’, supporting our customers when and where they need us. In addition to exceeding our lending targets to businesses in the UK, Barclays ran more than 800 seminars across the country to help customers network with their peers and improve their growth. We returned 1,900 existing businesses to health and helped 108,000 entrepreneurs to open their doors for the first time. Of the almost one million home owners to whom we provided loans, more than 10,000 were buying their first property, with our new 90 per cent loan to value mortgage helping customers access the housing market. Every day, across our network, our staff help customers to achieve their aspirations, whether buying a new home, starting a business, investing for the future or simply managing their day to day finances. Their engagement and commitment is the bedrock of our success.
Innovation has also continued to be a differentiator for Barclays as we look to address the changing needs of our customers. We now have 17 million contactless cards in issue in the UK and we have maintained our leading position in this fast-developing area of payments with more than 61,000 retailers using our contactless terminals. We also began the roll-out of contactless payments in South Africa during 2011 and Barclaycard launched the first contactless mobile phone in the UK with Orange. More recently we have launched Barclays Pingit in 2012, Europe’s first person-to-person service for sending and receiving money using mobile phone numbers. We will continue to innovate to meet our customers’ needs.
A relentless focus on our customers is the foundation of our performance and, we believe, will generate sustainable value for our shareholders. In 2011, in our core UK banking market, we attracted new customers in all our major product categories. Adjusted return on average equity in UK Retail and Business Banking at 15%, and in Barclaycard at 17%, exceeded the Barclays target of 13%, with Africa RBB improving to 10% and Europe RBB returns reflecting the repositioning of the business. Adjusted profit before tax in Retail and Business Banking increased 48% in 2011.
I am confident that we are making good progress on our customer agenda and that through this we are delivering significant value to all our stakeholders.
Through continued uncertainty in the markets, and in the global economy, we will continue to focus relentlessly on the need of our clients.
Jerry del Missier and Rich Ricci
Corporate and Investment Banking
Our Corporate and Investment Banking business provides clients with loans, financing, risk management, strategic advice and transactional payments support. It supports corporate clients to achieve growth and job creation in the real economy, governments to deliver their stability and growth plans, and institutions to meet the long-term investment needs of their clients.
Against a backdrop of challenging economic and market conditions, results for Barclays Capital were resilient compared with the industry. Profit before tax fell 32%, driven by a 22% reduction in income. However we held or gained market share, and continued to win recognition for our client focus – including Euromoney’s Best Global Investment Bank and IFR’s Bank of the Year.
The strength of our client-focused model means that we are bringing clients integrated solutions that draw expertise from across the organisation. We continued to see real client benefits in 2011 from managing the business in a more integrated way, to bring clients the best of Barclays.
Revenues generated from delivering Barclays Capital products to Barclays Corporate clients increased 28% year on year, and 73% over the past three years, while revenues from delivering Barclays Corporate products to Barclays Capital clients are up 20%.
The substantial improvements we have seen in the results for Barclays Corporate reflect the significant progress we’ve made across every aspect of the business in 2011, delivering on a clear growth strategy and turning an adjusted loss of £388m in 2010 into an adjusted profit of £126m in 2011.
We have continued to take a disciplined approach to investment across Corporate and Investment Banking. Our focus remains on building our platform in those areas where we see real opportunity to deliver an advantage for our clients.
Barclays Capital continues to strengthen its Equities and Investment Banking franchises in EMEA and Asia Pacific, and Barclays Corporate has expanded its hubs in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. Our success in securing 16 Corporate Broking mandates in the UK last year is a good example of the strength and reputation we are building in our newer businesses.
We remain committed to our targets for returns, income growth and cost management. Through continued uncertainty in the markets, and in the global economy, we will continue to focus relentlessly on the needs of our clients.
We continue to transform Barclays Wealth into a premier global wealth manager.
Thomas L. Kalaris
Chief Executive, Barclays Wealth
In 2011, the second year of our five year strategy, we delivered a first rate performance and continued to meet all our financial and franchise targets. We remain well on track against our 2014 commitments.
Unprecedented market turmoil and a challenging business environment underpinned most of 2011. Under these conditions we benefited as a part of Barclays, a global institution with a robust balance sheet, significant product capability and a clear strategy. This provided us with a unique opportunity to serve our clients more comprehensively than before; positioned to bring the best of Barclays to them.
2011 also marked the second year of the five year “Gamma” program; a complex, challenging and ambitious plan to transform Barclays Wealth into a premier global wealth manager. We are well on track to deliver against our promises - a step change improvement in client experience and a significant increase in the productive capacity of the firm.
The execution of this strategy delivered differentiating performance. Our financial results were strong with income growth of 12% to £1.7bn and 27% growth in profit before tax to £207m. The productivity of our relationship managers improved; with the top 25 generating 21% higher revenue than last year. Our clients have begun to benefit from better on-boarding processes; faster turn around of credit decisions; improved reporting and a broader set of products.
2012 will undoubtedly be a challenging year as we deliver the third year of our Gamma plan while still meeting ambitious financial targets. But we are strongly positioned; we have proven the concept and shown that we can deliver. I remain confident that we can meet our commitments to our clients, thereby meeting our commitments to our shareholders.