VADUZ, Liechtenstein, March 11, 2024 /PRNewswire/ —LGT, the international Private Banking and Asset Management group owned by the Princely Family of Liechtenstein, achieved further strong growth in 2023. Total operating income increased 11% compared with the previous year and amounted to CHF 2.57 billion. Group profit, which reflects a growth-related rise in operating expenses, totalled CHF 375.3 million. Net asset inflows were again very strong at CHF 21.9 billion, corresponding to an organic growth rate of 8%. Assets under management rose 10% to CHF 316.0 billion, reaching the highest year-end level in LGT’s history. LGT is very well positioned to provide clients with in-depth wealth management expertise in the international market, and is confident that it will continue to grow profitably in 2024.

In the 2023 financial year, financial markets were characterised by persistent geopolitical uncertainties, as well as inflationary and other economic trends that were difficult to forecast. Despite this challenging investment environment, income for the Group developed favourably across the board. LGT’s profitable growth path is a reflection of its systematic and continuous international expansion of recent years, and its efforts to continuously expand its investment expertise and services, particularly in the areas of private markets and sustainable investing. Since September 2023, the results of the UK wealth management business acquired from abrdn have been reflected in LGT’s results.

The Group’s total operating income increased 11% in 2023 to CHF 2.57 billion. At CHF 1.56 billion, income from services was slightly lower than in the previous year (-2%) due to lower income from the brokerage business and a decrease in performance fees. Net interest income rose 33% to CHF 517.2 million, reflecting the positive interest rate environment and active balance sheet management. Income from trading activities and other operating income increased 50% to CHF 493.5 million, mainly driven by higher valuations of the bond portfolio and foreign exchange transactions.

Personnel expenses increased 12% to CHF 1.48 billion on the back of organic staff growth and recent acquisitions, as well as higher accruals for long-term performance-related compensation. Business and office expenses rose 17% to CHF 427.8 million, among other things due to increased digitalisation costs and higher project and consulting costs. Depreciation, amortisation and provisions rose to CHF 201.8 million, reflecting the value adjustment on a participation and higher provisions for operational risks.

The cost-income ratio was 74.2% as at the end of 2023, up 1.3 percentage points year-on-year. Group profit for the 2023 financial year amounted to CHF 375.3 million, which corresponds to a decrease of 11% compared with the previous year. LGT is very well capitalised with a tier 1 capital ratio of 19.9% as at the end of 2023 and has a high level of liquidity.

Net asset inflows of CHF 21.9 billion

In 2023, LGT reported excellent organic net new money of CHF 21.9 billion, which corresponds to a strong growth rate of 8% (2022: 6%). All regions and both Private Banking and Asset Management contributed to the net new asset growth. As indicated in the results announcement for the first half of 2023, net new assets for the reporting year include an inflow of around CHF 7 billion from a large pension fund client of LGT Capital Partners.

Assets under management were up 10% and totalled CHF 316.0 billion as at 31 December 2023, compared with CHF 287.2 billion as at end 2022. In addition to the organic net new money growth, LGT’s acquisition of abrdn’s UK wealth management business contributed CHF 6.4 billion to this result. Positive market performance during the reporting period was offset by slightly higher negative foreign currency effects.

Outlook

LGT is very well positioned to provide clients with in-depth wealth management expertise in the international market, and is confident that it will continue to grow profitably in 2024. By broadening its international presence in recent years, LGT has opened new avenues for growth. Private Banking’s recent expansion in the Asia Pacific region, namely to Australia, India, Thailand and Japan, is already delivering favourable results. Its entry into the German private banking market in the autumn of 2022 is also developing very positively: after opening a first office in Hamburg, LGT Private Banking is now also present in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt, and plans to expand to further locations in 2024.

LGT Capital Partners also capitalised on its excellent market position last year to achieve further growth. The company now serves over 700 institutional clients at 15 locations worldwide, and during 2023 for the first time reached USD 100 billion in assets under management. In addition, LGT Capital Partners recently launched its new brand identity, highlighting the successful completion of the separation of the two LGT entities into standalone companies.

LGT is placing a strong focus on further developing its client platform. With the opening of the LGT Incubator and Accelerator Centre in Barcelona in the spring of 2023, it now has an innovation hub that will drive the development of modern digital services and products. The Centre’s primary focus is on applications that increase the efficiency and quality of digital banking services. LGT is also making significant investments to build its resources in the area of artificial intelligence.

Sustainability has been a priority for LGT for over 15 years, and it has set itself the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its operations and own investments to net zero by 2030. LGT also continues to pursue its goal of expanding its sustainable investments offering, which includes developing decarbonisation solutions for clients’ investment portfolios. LGT’s investment expertise was once again recognised last year with a number of awards, including the best Sustainability Offering award at the WealthBriefing Wealth for Good Awards 2023. In addition, LGT was named Best Private Bank for Alternatives for the fifth time at the prestigious Global Private Banking Awards organised by the Financial Times publications Professional Wealth Management and The Banker.

HSH Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein, Chairman LGT, stated: “Our results for 2023 are further evidence of the high level of trust that our clients place in us, and of LGT’s strong competitive position. Thanks to our skilled employees, supported by digital solutions, our international presence and stable business model, we will continue to provide our clients with outstanding expertise, and sustainable wealth and investment solutions. We are confident that this will position us well for further growth.”

LGT in brief

LGT is a leading international private banking and asset management group that has been fully controlled by the Liechtenstein Princely Family for over 90 years. As at 31 December 2023, LGT managed assets of CHF 316.0 billion (USD 375.6 billion) for wealthy private individuals and institutional clients. LGT employs over 5600 people who work out of more than 30 locations in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Australia and the Middle East. www.lgt.com

Key figures as per 31.12.2023

31.12.2023

31.12.2022

Change in %

Consolidated income statement (in CHF m)

Net interest income and credit losses

517.2

390.0

33

Income from services

1 556.2

1 590.2

-2

Income from trading activities and other operating income

493.5

328.7

50

Total operating income

2 567.0

2 308.9

11

Personnel expenses

1 478.0

1 318.1

12

Business and office expenses

427.8

364.5

17

Total operating expenses

1 905.8

1 682.5

13

Depreciation, amortization and provisions

201.8

138.4

46

Tax and minority interests

84.0

67.1

25

Group profit

375.3

420.8

-11

Assets under management (in CHF bn)

316.0

287.2

10

Net asset inflow (in CHF bn)

21.9

17.1

Asset growth from acquisitions (in CHF bn)1

6.4

16.6

Total assets (in CHF bn)

58.1

61.1

-5

Group equity capital (in CHF m)

5 987

6 022

-1

Ratios

Cost/income ratio

74.2 %

72.9 %

BIS/Basel III leverage ratio

7.7 %

7.3 %

Common equity tier 1 capital ratio (CET 1)2

19.9 %

19.1 %

Liquidity coverage ratio (LCR)

235.9 %

229.0 %

Headcount

5 638

4 913

15

Rating Moody’s/Standard & Poor’s for LGT Bank Ltd.

Aa2/A+

Aa2/A+

 

1 Acquisition of the wealth management business of abrdn in the UK as of 1 September 2023, acquisition of Australian wealth manager Crestone Wealth Management as of 12 May 2022 and acquisition of Indian wealth manager Validus Wealth as of 19 August 2022.
² LGT’s CET1 ratio equals tier 1 capital ratio and total capital ratio.

Final audit: 25 April 2024

Source : LGT reports strong growth and very high net asset inflows in 2023

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