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Strategy progressing

Annual report and accounts 2017

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Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting

Group highlights

  • – Group returned to profitability
  • – Core Business operating margin improved to 7.1%
  • – Balance sheet strengthened and higher cash balances
  • – 2017 dividend increased by 20% to 6.0 pence per share
  • – Investment managers remuneration arrangements successfully concluded
  • – Transformation programme foundations in place
  • – All non-core activities disposed of
  • – Governance framework overhaul completed

Financial Highlights

Reported profit/(loss) before tax (£m)

Dividend per share (p)

Core Business1 profit before tax (£m)

Cash (£m)

Reported basic earnings per share (p)

FuMA (£bn)

Core Business1 earnings per share (p)

Discretionary funds (£bn)

1 Core Business represents the Group’s four main operating divisions being Investment Management Services, Asset Management, Financial Planning and Charles Stanley Direct, excluding held for sale activities and adjusted for one-off items.

Our Core Business’ four main operating divisions

Investment Management Services



Asset Management



Financial Planning



Charles Stanley Direct



Our brand

Our new corporate strategy is powerfully captured in a refreshed Charles Stanley brand, which brings to life our client-centred brand proposition: focusing on you. You will have seen the new brand identity unfold across our communications during 2016.

What we do

Client-focused investment management
Charles Stanley has a distinctive client-facing approach, offering a genuine personal service across the full range of investment management services. We provide these services in three forms: our time to interact with clients, our investment insights and our willingness to make investment decisions on clients’ behalf.

Holistic wealth management
We are committed to holistic wealth management. Broadly defined, wealth management includes our core capability for private clients, Investment Management Services; Asset Management Services, where our investment specialists manage pooled vehicles and funds; Financial Planning, where clients are advised on how they should plan their financial arrangements and deploy their investments; and Charles Stanley Direct, which gives clients the ability to access our services online without the need for direct personal contact.

Transformation journey to 2020

The journey to refocus our business has three phases:

• the strategic review, which is now complete
• implementation of the revised strategy, which is progressing well
• to deliver a sizeable platform capable of sustainable growth.

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