AJ Bell profits surge following year of strong growth

Andy Bell

AJ Bell sees profits surge 29%

Annual profits at Manchester-headquartered AJ Bell have surged 29% as the investment platform’s assets under administration have risen to nearly £40bn.

The company, which provides online pension, investment and stockbroking services saw pre-tax profits for the year to September 30 2017 grow to £21.7m from £16.8m.

Retail customers increased by 17% to 164,557, while assets under administration rose 25% to £39.8bn from £31.8bn.

The increase in assets under administration was driven primarily by £6.4bn of new business, up 78% on the previous year’s figure of £3.6bn.

Revenue grew 17% to £75.6m from £64.5m and AJ Bell is continuing its progressive dividend policy with a 10% increase to 28.25p a share, equating to a total shareholder pay-out of £11.6m. 

AJ Bell’s figures absorb the cost of moving into its new head office at Salford Quays in the summer, providing the necessary space to support the company’s rapid growth. It employs nearly 700 people, most of whom are based at the new HQ at Exchange Quay.

In November the company announced it would be bringing a further 100 jobs at the site by moving its stockbroking services from Tunbridge Wells.

Andy Bell, chief executive at AJ Bell, said: “We are pleased to report another year of strong growth for the business, both in terms of the number of customers using our investment platform and our financial performance. 

“To support that growth, we moved into our new head office in Salford Quays during the year and we are in the process of making that the main hub for all our core operations. 

“As we go through that process in 2018 we will be recruiting locally to continue building a highly-skilled workforce who can help us achieve our vision of being the easiest investment platform to use in the UK.”