Half Year 2020 Results

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Financial Results

Barclays has published its H1 2020 results

29 July 2020

Barclays has published its Half Year 2020 Results

Jes Staley, Group CEO said “This has been a period focussed on supporting our customers, clients and the UK economy through the COVID-19 pandemic – providing the people and businesses that we serve with a bridge to recovery in every way we can.

Since late March, we have helped to deliver around £22bn of vitally important COVID-19 government support measures to UK businesses to help fund them, including c.250k government backed Bounce Back Loans totalling c.£7.7bn, c.£2.5bn under the CBILS programmes and c.£11.7bn of commercial paper issuance.1

To help consumers with their short-term household finances more than 600k payment holidays1 have been provided along with other fee waivers and support measures. We have also already distributed £45m of our £100m Community Aid Package to COVID-19 related charities in the UK, US and India to help rebuild communities.

Our Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB) is taking a leading role helping clients to access capital markets to raise equity and debt, underwriting c.£620bn of new issuance in the quarter. In the equity capital markets, where we are a UK leader and broker to 40 of the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, we supported UK companies to raise £4.0bn as they navigate this crisis.

I remain very proud of the dedication and diligence of our 88k colleagues who have been working extremely hard to help our clients and customers through these tough times, playing our full part in the recovery efforts and delivering support at scale.

The reason that we have been able to support the economy as extensively as we have and remain financially resilient is because of our diversified universal banking model. Our strength in diversification has delivered pre-provision profits of £5.0bn and, even after impairment, we remain profitable. Income increased 8% to £11.6bn for the half, with total costs down 4% to £6.6bn resulting in positive jaws of 12%, and an improved cost to income ratio of 57% versus prior year.

In our CIB, income increased 31% to £6.9bn driven by strong performance in our Markets business, particularly in FICC (up 83%) and Equities (up 26%), and an 8% increase in Banking fees income through continued momentum in both debt and equity capital markets.

Our consumer business income decreased by 11% in Barclays UK and 21% in CC&P as a result of the lower interest rate environment, fewer interest earning balances, reduced payments activity and action to provide support for customers.

Credit impairment charges increased to £3.7bn in the first half due to the forecast impact of COVID-19. However, our improved pre-impairment performance ensured that we still delivered £1.3bn profit before tax for the first half of 2020, post impairment.

In the quarter Group total income decreased 4% year-on-year to £5.3bn, with total costs down 6% to £3.3bn. Following our £1.6bn quarterly credit impairment charge, profit before tax was £359m, and Group RoTE was 0.7%, with EPS of 0.5p.

Our CET1 ratio stands at 14.2% which underscores the strength of our balance sheet. Although we will remain well capitalised and ahead of our minimum requirements, we may experience stronger capital headwinds in the second half of the year. The Board will decide on future dividends and capital returns at the year-end 2020.

While the remainder of 2020 will be challenging, our diversified model means we can remain financially resilient and continue to support our customers and clients.”

1       Payment holiday data as at 22 July 2020. Business lending and commercial paper issuance data as at 27 July 2020.

An infographic showcasing Barclays COVID-19 support during H1 2020

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