AJ Bell said platform customer numbers increased by 7,285 to 190,498, up 4% during the period and underlying platform inflows increased 20% to £1.2bn ($1.6bn, €1.4bn), compared to £1.0bn in the same period last year. But negative market movements wiped £2.7bn from its total assets under administration which totalled £44.2bn.
The stock is currently trading around 285p, significantly higher than its 160p price at listing, which quickly surged to 220p on the first day of conditional dealing. Our sister publication, Portfolio Adviser, reported at the time that major shareholder Invesco had missed £46m in upside following the IPO.
Bella Caridade-Ferreira, chief executive at Fundscape, said its share price is evidence of “a sound business, strong fundamentals and robust long-term potential”. “Its trading expensively on its own merits and business mix.”
Caridade-Ferreira said the platform had done well post IPO. “Assets have obviously declined marginally but given market turbulence every platform will be in the same boat.”
Andy Bell, chief executive officer at AJ Bell, said the firm remains on track to hit its goals and that it had attracted new customers and inflows to the platform, despite volatile investment markets.
Bell added that the Financial Conduct Authority is due to deliver the final report of its investment platforms market study and based on its interim report, this is expected to focus on value for money and easier transfers between platforms.
“Our competitive pricing model and service proposition means we are well positioned to benefit from anticipated developments in these areas,” he said.
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