Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Barclays LSE:BARC London Ordinary Share GB0031348658 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.15p +0.09% 166.10p 165.85p 165.95p 168.50p 165.60p 166.00p 35,089,186 16:35:04
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Banks 25,987.0 2,073.0 -1.9 - 28,122.96

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28/9/2016
09:20
Barclays Daily Update: Barclays is listed in the Banks sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker BARC. The last closing price for Barclays was 165.95p.
Barclays has a 4 week average price of 170.38p and a 12 week average price of 159.48p.
The 1 year high share price is 259.45p while the 1 year low share price is currently 121.10p.
There are currently 16,931,341,910 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 51,137,695 shares. The market capitalisation of Barclays is £28,122,958,912.51.
17/8/2016
07:18
sue999: http://www.fool.co.uk/investing/2016/08/16/head-to-head-barclays-plc-and-ht-group-plc/ Barclays (LSE: BARC) and H&T Group (LSE: HAT) both sit in the FTSE’s broad ‘Financials’ sector. However, in many respects they’re very different companies. Barclays is a FTSE 100 giant, valued at over £27bn, while H&T is listed on AIM and has a market cap of £110m. The retail division of Barclays serves a largely different customer to those who use H&T’s pawnbroking and associated services. And, thanks to its corporate and investment banking and cards and payments businesses, Barclays generates almost half its income from outside the UK, while H&T operates solely in the domestic market. Share performance of the two companies this year — particularly since the Brexit vote — has also been markedly different. Barclays is trading 12% below its pre-referendum price, and has fallen 25% since the start of the year. H&T has gained 50% year-to-date, with over 30% coming post-referendum. The Brexit effect In today’s interim results for the six months to 30 June, H&T reported a 42% rise in pre-tax profit “through a combination of strong operational performance and a rising gold price”. The gold price averaged £852 per troy ounce for the half year compared with £791 in the same period last year. Furthermore, the average for July was £1,017, which bodes well for a strong second half. The performance of Barclays, of course, like all banks, is linked to the economic cycle. Downgraded economic forecasts and a Bank of England interest rate cut since the Brexit vote aren’t ideal for Barclays, although quantitative easing (of which we have a new round) has previously helped investment banks outperform those focused solely on retail and commercial banking. Meanwhile, H&T is in many ways a counter-cyclical business. However, it does have to carefully manage the business in phases of falling gold prices, as well as enjoying (as it is at present) the turbo-boost of gold heading north. We can see, then, why shareholders of Barclays and H&T have experienced such markedly contrasting fortunes this year. But what of current valuations and longer-term prospects? Two to buy? Today’s results show H&T’s strong balance sheet. Current assets of £98m dwarf not only current liabilities of £7m, but also total liabilities of £29m. Tangible net asset value (TNAV) of £79m gives a price-to-TNAV of 1.4 at a current share price of 296p, which looks a reasonable valuation to me for a strong and expanding business. Banks’ balance sheets, of course, are notoriously opaque, and Barclays’ own valuation is further clouded by the rundown of its non-core assets. However, a price-to-TNAV of just 0.6 at a share price of 163p strikes me as providing a substantial margin of safety. As to earnings, Barclays trades on a current-year forecast price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 13.7. That may not scream ‘value’, but analysts expect earnings to advance strongly next year (despite Brexit headwinds) as non-core runs down, bringing the P/E down to just 9.1. H&T has a current-year forecast P/E of 16, falling to 15.7 next year. I see this as a reasonable rating on the basis of the strength of the business and the potential for the price of gold to remain elevated for some time, leading to earnings upgrades. In summary, although very different businesses, whose shares have also performed very differently this year, Barclays’ long-term recovery prospects and low valuation and H&T’s thriving business and reasonable valuation lead me to rate both stocks as buys at current levels. Brexit survival guide Of course, the Brexit vote has changed the potential outlook for all kinds of businesses in all kinds of ways. Which is why the experts at The Motley Fool have written a FREE guide called Brexit: Your 5-Step Investor's Survival Guide. This guide is essential reading on the risks and opportunities of Brexit for investors, and could make a real difference to your portfolio returns in the coming years. Simply click here for your copy - it's completely free and comes without any obligation.
28/6/2016
10:42
johnwise: Brexit Hysteria Makes Barclays Shares Too Cheap To Ignore A superb opportunity Brexit has caused the share price of Barclays (LSE: BARC) to fall by around 28%. However, the bank was experiencing weak investor sentiment prior to Brexit, with its new strategy and subsequent dividend cut causing its shares to come under pressure in recent months. While disappointing, this share price fall presents investors with an opportunity to buy Barclays at a time when it’s trading on an ultra-low valuation. For example, it has a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of only 6.2, which indicates that an upward re-rating is very much on the cards. The bank’s new strategy could be a catalyst for that, with Barclays now more focused on improving its balance sheet strength and in reorganising its asset base so as to become leaner and more profitable. Such moves could convince the wider market that Barclays will survive any downturn resulting from Brexit, and while its shares could come under pressure in the short run, for long term investors I think the present time is a superb opportunity to buy in. http://www.fool.co.uk/investing/2016/06/28/is-this-a-once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity-to-buy-barclays-plc-banco-santander-sa-and-shawbrook-group-plc/
16/6/2016
12:09
supermarky: The great British people will decide at the referendum. Does anyone have any comments about the barc share price in the short term?
24/3/2016
10:47
diku: That is the trick!....lower the Barc share price goes and they will be able to buy whole of Barc....Lehman assests thrown in...
15/3/2016
14:27
portside1: The market price on the date the Shares were provided was GBP1.6535 per Share and the place of trading was the London Stock Exchange. Director/ Shares Shares Balance PDMR provided deducted of Shares to Director/ to cover held by PDMR tax liabilities Director ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Jes Staley 1,090,169 512,380 3,390,786 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Tushar Morzaria 643,494 302,444 1,272,360 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Michael Harte 287,242 135,005 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Bob Hoyt 483,562 227,277 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Robert Le Blanc 779,790 366,505 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Tristram Roberts 336,537 158,174 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Mike Roemer 211,989 99,638 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Amer Sajed 241,023 84,844 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Ashok Vaswani 1,085,037 509,972 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Notes: 1 The Share element of role based pay is payable quarterly and is subject to a holding period with restrictions lifting over five years (20% each year). 2 Tax liabilities on the Shares provided were met in cash and the number of Shares actually received by each individual was reduced by the value required to meet those liabilities. 3 The SVP was introduced in March 2010. SVP awards are granted to participants over Shares which may typically be released over a period of three years in equal annual tranches dependent on future service and the SVP rules. Discretionary dividend equivalent payments may also be made to participants on release of a SVP award. Since 2014, the Shares awarded to Directors and PDMRs have been subject to a six month holding period after release. SVP awards are also made to eligible employees for recruitment purposes under schedule 1 to the SVP (JSVP). 4 For further details on the Barclays LTIP, see previous disclosures in the Barclays Annual Report. -ENDS- For further information please contact: Investor Relations Media Relations Kathryn McLeland Tom Hoskin +44 (0)207 116 4943 +44 (0)20 7116 0699 This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END RDSGGUACWUPQGPA (END) Dow Jones Newswires March 15, 2016 09:30 ET (13:30 GMT) 1 Year Barclays Chart 1 Year Barclays Chart 1 Month Barclays Chart 1 Month Barclays Chart Barclays Share News (BARC) Follow BARC Start Trading Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description Barclays LSE:BARC London Ordinary Share GB0031348658 ORD 25P Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade +0.55p +0.34% 163.80p 163.75p 163.85p 164.40p 161.35p 162.20p 18,571,377 14:10:15 Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m) Banks 25,987.0 2,073.0 -1.9 - 27,519.81 Print Alert Barclays PLC Director/PDMR Shareholding 15/03/2016 1:30pm UK Regulatory (RNS & others) Barclays (LSE:BARC) Intraday Stock Chart Today : Tuesday 15 March 2016 Click Here for more Barclays Charts. TIDMBARC RNS Number : 1629S Barclays PLC 15 March 2016 15 March 2016 Barclays PLC (the "Company") Director/PDMR Shareholding: Disclosure and Transparency Rules 3.1.4R (1)(a) Pursuant to the Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure and Transparency Rule 3.1.4R, the Company announces that the trustee of the Barclays Group (PSP) Employees' Benefit Trust notified the Company on 14 March 2016 that on 14 March 2016 it had delivered ordinary shares of Barclays PLC with a nominal value of 25p each (the "Shares") to the Directors and Persons Discharging Managerial Responsibilities ("PDMR") of the Company as set out in the table below. The Shares delivered are: i. in respect of the quarterly payment of the Share element of the role based pay component(1) of PDMRs' fixed remuneration for the three months to 31 March 2016; ii. in respect of Share Incentive (Holding Period) Awards made in 2016 (the remaining Shares, after tax liabilities(2) were discharged, are now held in a nominee account on behalf of the individuals); and iii. to satisfy the release of Shares the subject of awards made under the Barclays Share Value Plan(3) (the "SVP") and the Barclays Long Term Incentive Plan(4) (the "LTIP") over the last three years. The market price on the date the Shares were provided was GBP1.6535 per Share and the place of trading was the London Stock Exchange. Director/ Shares Shares Balance PDMR provided deducted of Shares to Director/ to cover held by PDMR tax liabilities Director ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Jes Staley 1,090,169 512,380 3,390,786 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Tushar Morzaria 643,494 302,444 1,272,360 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Michael Harte 287,242 135,005 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Bob Hoyt 483,562 227,277 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Robert Le Blanc 779,790 366,505 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Tristram Roberts 336,537 158,174 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Mike Roemer 211,989 99,638 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Amer Sajed 241,023 84,844 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Ashok Vaswani 1,085,037 509,972 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Notes: 1 The Share element of role based pay is payable quarterly and is subject to a holding period with restrictions lifting over five years (20% each year). 2 Tax liabilities on the Shares provided were met in cash and the number of Shares actually received by each individual was reduced by the value required to meet those liabilities. 3 The SVP was introduced in March 2010. SVP awards are granted to participants over Shares which may typically be released over a period of three years in equal annual tranches dependent on future service and the SVP rules. Discretionary dividend equivalent payments may also be made to participants on release of a SVP award. Since 2014, the Shares awarded to Directors and PDMRs have been subject to a six month holding period after release. SVP awards are also made to eligible employees for recruitment purposes under schedule 1 to the SVP (JSVP). 4 For further details on the Barclays LTIP, see previous disclosures in the Barclays Annual Report. -ENDS- For further information please contact: Investor Relations Media Relations Kathryn McLeland Tom Hoskin +44 (0)207 116 4943 +44 (0)20 7116 0699 This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END RDSGGUACWUPQGPA (END) Dow Jones Newswires March 15, 2016 09:30 ET (13:30 GMT) 1 Year Barclays Chart 1 Year Barclays Chart 1 Month Barclays Chart 1 Month Barclays Chart Barclays (LSE) Barclays Share News (BARC) Follow BARC Start Trading Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description Barclays LSE:BARC London Ordinary Share GB0031348658 ORD 25P Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade +0.55p +0.34% 163.80p 163.75p 163.85p 164.40p 161.35p 162.20p 18,571,377 14:10:15 Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m) Banks 25,987.0 2,073.0 -1.9 - 27,519.81 Print Alert Barclays PLC Director/PDMR Shareholding 15/03/2016 1:30pm UK Regulatory (RNS & others) Barclays (LSE:BARC) Intraday Stock Chart Today : Tuesday 15 March 2016 Click Here for more Barclays Charts. TIDMBARC RNS Number : 1629S Barclays PLC 15 March 2016 15 March 2016 Barclays PLC (the "Company") Director/PDMR Shareholding: Disclosure and Transparency Rules 3.1.4R (1)(a) Pursuant to the Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure and Transparency Rule 3.1.4R, the Company announces that the trustee of the Barclays Group (PSP) Employees' Benefit Trust notified the Company on 14 March 2016 that on 14 March 2016 it had delivered ordinary shares of Barclays PLC with a nominal value of 25p each (the "Shares") to the Directors and Persons Discharging Managerial Responsibilities ("PDMR") of the Company as set out in the table below. The Shares delivered are: i. in respect of the quarterly payment of the Share element of the role based pay component(1) of PDMRs' fixed remuneration for the three months to 31 March 2016; ii. in respect of Share Incentive (Holding Period) Awards made in 2016 (the remaining Shares, after tax liabilities(2) were discharged, are now held in a nominee account on behalf of the individuals); and iii. to satisfy the release of Shares the subject of awards made under the Barclays Share Value Plan(3) (the "SVP") and the Barclays Long Term Incentive Plan(4) (the "LTIP") over the last three years. The market price on the date the Shares were provided was GBP1.6535 per Share and the place of trading was the London Stock Exchange. Director/ Shares Shares Balance PDMR provided deducted of Shares to Director/ to cover held by PDMR tax liabilities Director ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Jes Staley 1,090,169 512,380 3,390,786 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Tushar Morzaria 643,494 302,444 1,272,360 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Michael Harte 287,242 135,005 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Bob Hoyt 483,562 227,277 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Robert Le Blanc 779,790 366,505 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Tristram Roberts 336,537 158,174 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Mike Roemer 211,989 99,638 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Amer Sajed 241,023 84,844 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Ashok Vaswani 1,085,037 509,972 ----------------- -------------- ----------------- ----------- Notes: 1 The Share element of role based pay is payable quarterly and is subject to a holding period with restrictions lifting over five years (20% each year). 2 Tax liabilities on the Shares provided were met in cash and the number of Shares actually received by each individual was reduced by the value required to meet those liabilities. 3 The SVP was introduced in March 2010. SVP awards are granted to participants over Shares which may typically be released over a period of three years in equal annual tranches dependent on future service and the SVP rules. Discretionary dividend equivalent payments may also be made to participants on release of a SVP award. Since 2014, the Shares awarded to Directors and PDMRs have been subject to a six month holding period after release. SVP awards are also made to eligible employees for recruitment purposes under schedule 1 to the SVP (JSVP). 4 For further details on the Barclays LTIP, see previous disclosures in the Barclays Annual Report. -ENDS- For further information please contact: Investor Relations Media Relations Kathryn McLeland Tom Hoskin +44 (0)207 116 4943 +44 (0)20 7116 0699 This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END RDSGGUACWUPQGPA (END) Dow Jones Newswires March 15, 2016 09:30 ET (13:30 GMT) 1 Year Barclays Chart 1 Year Barclays Chart 1 Month Barclays Chart 1 Month Barclays Chart
01/3/2016
15:40
smurfy2001: Selling Barclays Africa is CRAZY. WTF is the CEO doing?! Barclays’ decision to cut off its Africa operations – one of the few parts of its core business that generates a return above its cost of equity – is a sign of how far the continent has fallen in investors’ estimations and the cost of financial regulation. Perhaps it’s a statement of intent, signalling Barclays’ commitment to a leaner and simpler business model, while underscoring its poor pre-crisis move to buy South African lender Absa. Until last year, the group pointed to its Africa operations as one of its most attractive areas of growth. However, on Tuesday, Barclays said it would slim down its 62.3% Africa stake in the next two to three years, after reporting a drop in full-year profits and a dividend cut that triggered an 11% fall in its share price. Analysts at Citi are not impressed. "Africa attributable profit grew 4% on a constant currency basis in 2015 and the RoTE of 11.7% is higher than the core bank average and double the investment bank," they state. "Meanwhile, the majority of any capital benefit from selling the 62% stake is only likely to materialize when the holding drops below 20%, which could take two to three years. We question the rationale behind the disposal." What's more, Barclays says selling the African stake would boost its capital ratio by just one percentage point. The divestment, therefore, raises questions. If Barclays thinks antagonizing shareholders by selling off one of the few parts of its core business that generates a return on equity above its cost of equity is worth the risk, is that because it has particularly depressing read on Africa’s profitability prospects going forward? Barclays’ decision comes at a tough time for Africa. The downturn in the commodities cycle has highlighted many African countries’ lack of economic diversification, and in some cases – notably Nigeria – their governance challenges. The sale at first glance looks like the man at the top of the global financial community, Barclays’ CEO Jes Staley, is turning cold on Africa’s fundamental opportunities as well as its short-term difficulties. Meanwhile, it is hard to see how a Gulf or Chinese banking group – or a vehicle cobbled together by former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond – would bring better technical competence to African banking. Barclays’ African operations – from Ghana, to Kenya, to Zambia and beyond – are a unique franchise dating back more than 100 years. Of late, the business as a whole has also outperformed the only other big international banking group to have a widespread universal banking franchise on the continent, Standard Chartered. Perhaps the Barclays exit – rather than on comment on global banking regulation – indicts the prospects of the South Africa unit specifically. South Africa was always a poor and unrepresentative cheerleader for the rest of the continent’s much-feted resurgence, even during the commodities boom. Barclays’ South African business, however – a relatively new addition to the group – is the bank’s biggest national market on the continent. Aside from the regulatory costs of retaining the 62.3% stake in Barclays Africa, Staley highlights how Barclays Africa’s local currency ROE of 17% in 2015 has fallen to 8.7% at the group level, in sterling. South African policymakers – and arguably its president’s misjudged handling of finance ministry appointments – can take much of the blame for that. Absa Now Barclays could be selling out of a 100-year-old franchise largely because of a purchase it made little more than 10 ago – Absa. Barclays’ £2.9 billion acquisition of South Africa’s third biggest lender in 2005 might always have been a bad bet. Aside from South Africa’s poor growth prospects – developed country-style growth with frontier-market political risks – it might also have been the wrong bank. The old Barclays franchise in South Africa – before it exited during the late apartheid era – was FNB, now a thriving part of FirstRand. Hardly surprising, then, if the purchase of Absa was beset from the outset with cultural clashes. Barclays was buying one of its old rivals, while its old franchise remained a competitor. Absa and the rest of Barclays’ African businesses only got round to merging in 2013, despite it being part of the plan behind the acquisition. It was ironic, then, when two years ago Diamond’s newly launched African banking investment vehicle Atlas Mara bought a big chunk of another former Barclays franchise – Union Bank in Nigeria – now the continent’s biggest economy. How much more ironic if the rest of Barclays Africa – perhaps minus the old Absa franchise – were to end up back in Diamond’s hands via Atlas Mara. Whether or not a Diamond solution would be the best outcome for African banking is up for debate, but it is certainly not the only permutation imaginable. South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC), for one, would be keen to up its stake in Barclays Africa, according to management comments reported by local media last month. Interestingly, PIC – alongside Nedbank (the number-four South African lender) and Qatar National Bank – also holds a big stake in a home-grown pan-African group Ecobank, which unlike Barclays is less strong in east and southern Africa. Barclays’ Africa exit is just another post-crisis example of bulge-bracket banks’ downsizing their global footprint, but the move seems counter-intuitive given its profitability. Perhaps it serves as a positive signal to investors that the bank is becoming a more-simple, nimble franchise with a targeted transatlantic business strategy, and is, therefore, less prone, in theory, to event-driven and regulatory risk. Full article: hTTp://www.euromoney.com/Article/3533791/Category/0/ChannelPage/0/Staley-cements-Barclays-new-order-with-Africa-exit.html
05/2/2016
08:06
mj19: All the way back in 2007, Barclays (LSE: BARC) hit an all-time high of 781p. Since then the bank's shares have tumbled and now trade at just 177p, which is a fall of 77% in less than nine years. While they may not trade at 781p for a little while yet, a gain of 341% could be achievable over the coming years, even if the market currently feels that Barclays' future is rather downbeat.Clearly, Barclays is undergoing a major transition at the present time. Its CEO has only been in the job for around two months and as such, the bank's long-term strategy is still being formulated. However, it seems likely that Barclays will focus to a greater degree on investment banking in future years, since it has historically been a more profitable space than retail banking.Growth nowThat said, Barclays is expected to post strong numbers on the earnings front right now, with bottom-line growth due to come in at 24% for 2015. This has the potential to improve market sentiment in the coming months. With the bank due to record a rise in earnings of 21% in the current year, investor perception of Barclays could begin to change as it begins to put together a run of index and sector-beating financial performances.If investor sentiment in Barclays were to improve, it has scope to do so on a major scale. In other words, Barclays trades on a rock bottom valuation and has the potential to benefit from a huge upward rerating. For example, using 2015's expected earnings it has a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of just 8.2. Using 2016's forecast earnings, this falls to just 6.8. For a company growing its bottom line at such a rapid rate, a P/E ratio of three times that figure could easily be justified and would still give a price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of less than one.For instance, if Barclays were to trade on a forward P/E ratio of 20.5, it would have a PEG ratio below one. Encouragingly, its shares would be priced at 531p in that scenario.And the future?Of course, that's still some way off its all-time high, but with Barclays performing so well as a business and having a potentially refreshed strategy, it could continue to grow its earnings at a rapid rate. As such, there's scope for further share price increases in the long run. That's especially the case with the global economy continuing to improve and Barclays being well-placed to benefit from a recovering US and eurozone in particular.Although a share price gain of 341% sounds rather excessive, Barclays has the potential to rapidly deliver stunning capital gains. After a hugely disappointing period that has left many investors feeling negative about the bank, the present ebb in its valuation could be the perfect opportunity to buy, ahead of a period of welcome outperformance for a bank that seems to have been a perennial under-achiever in recent years.
02/12/2015
13:56
christh: Barclays PLC 29.2% Potential Upside Indicated by Deutsche Bank Posted by: Ruth Bannister 2nd December 2015 Barclays PLC with EPIC/TICKER LON:BARC has had its stock rating noted as ‘Retains’ with the recommendation being set at ‘BUY’ today by analysts at Deutsche Bank. Barclays PLC are listed in the Financials sector within UK Main Market. Deutsche Bank have set their target price at 303 GBX on its stock. This now indicates the analyst believes there is a possible upside of 29.2% from the opening price of 234.5 GBX. Over the last 30 and 90 trading days the company share price has decreased 18.8 points and decreased 49 points respectively. Barclays PLC LON:BARC has a 50 day moving average of 242.86 GBX and a 200 Day Moving Average share price is recorded at 260.48 GBX. The 1 year high stock price is 289.9 GBX while the year low share price is currently 215.4 GBX. There are currently 17,075,208,465 shares in issue with the average daily volume traded being 36,109,029. Market capitalisation for LON:BARC is £39,921,837,912 GBP. Barclays PLC (Barclays) is a global financial services holding company. The Company operates in five business segments: Personal and Corporate Banking (PCB), Barclaycard, Africa Banking, Investment Bank and Head Office. Barclays Bank PLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays. The Personal and Corporate Banking (PCB) comprises personal banking, mortgages, wealth & investment management, and corporate banking. hTtp://www.directorstalkinterviews.com/barclays-plc-29-2-potential-upside-indicated-by-deutsche-bank/412685941
20/11/2015
08:45
diku: Any small movement up in Barc share price is proving to be false sense of security...chartist sure kept it below 230p....those HFT really have this well controlled...
03/3/2015
20:56
fjgooner: About time - dump the IB and derisk the group. And achieve a superb ROE from the other very strong units. And whilst at it, exit the litigious US market completely. The ROE in the Investment Bank is just appalling - see the article below. Without it, Barclays could do rather well and no longer have the annual bonus pool embarrassments to endure. hxxp://www.whatinvestment.co.uk/financial-news/shares-and-trading/2480542/barclays-is-now-the-and39most-investableand39-uk-bank-following-latest-results.thtml Barclays is now the 'most investable' UK bank following latest results Despite the share price falls that have engulfed shares in Barclays (LON:BARC) since this morning’s results announcement, it has now overtaken HSBC to become the most investible UK bank, according to Rob James, banking analyst at Old Mutual Global Investors. Barclays’ shares are down 2.32 per cent this morning, with many analysts highlighting the disappointing return on equity number and lackluster cost to income ratio. James remarked that, ‘The share have performed well over the past year, and it is true that on a group level the return on equity and some other metrics are uninspiring. But if you look at the business on a unit-by-unit basis, the retail and corporate banking, Barclaycard and African business are performing very strongly. The target level of return on equity for a bank or part of a bank is 10 per cent, all of those units hit that target, but the investment bank is returning 2.5 per cent and dragging the rest down, something has to happen there. There were lots of costs for litigation etc. from that part of the business.’ James principally works on the Old Mutual UK Alpha Equity fund, a £2 billion fund which has an investment of approximately £80 million in Barclays. He continued that, ‘I think part of the reason for the share price reaction today has been that, while Barclays has achieved all of the goals it set itself at this time last year, the market was hoping to hear about a new strategy, or a new cost savings plan, the market needed more, and they didn’t get it. But Barclays is getting a new chairman soon, John McFarlane, who is coming from Aviva. We know him from Aviva and know that likes to be a very hands-on chairman, and we think he would want to be involved in any plan, and that is why there has been no announcement today.’ James added that, ‘when you look at the investment bank, there is £14 billion of equity deployed in that business. Now as I said before, with a bank you should expect a 10 per cent return on equity. That would imply a post-tax profit from the investment banking division of £1.4 billion, it actually made around £300 million. That is simply not good enough.’ He continued that, ‘So the challenge to grow the return on equity means you have to dredge another £1 billion of profit out of the investment bank. You can either grow the top line, the revenue, or cut the costs. Now in the current regulatory environment, it is very hard for an investment bank to grow revenue, because the amount of capital you have to keep to go into many of the areas that can grow revenue is so high as to make it not worthwhile. That leaves the costs side, and the cost base of the Barclays investment bank currently stands at £5.5 billion, that is probably the area to be addressed.’ James remarked that he had hoped for a ‘token’ increase in the dividend, but that it didn’t come because the bank wants to sort out its capital position, particularly considering the levels of fines and penalties it is paying. He commented that investors should expect to see Barclays having to make one-off provisions ‘for a quite a few more reporting periods yet.’ Nonetheless, with all four of the major UK listed banks, HSBC, Lloyds, Barclays and RBS having now issued their full year results, he believes that Barclays has overtaken HSBC to become the most investable of those banks. The key to his view is the valuation, ‘Barclays shares are currently trading at less than 0.9 times the book value of the company’s assets. When a company is trading at less than its book value, that is the market saying that it expects quite a lot more bad news to come, yet the management of Barclays have, so far, done everything they said they would, and the price factors in very little expectation for good news. I think that HSBC will have a lacklustre sort of year, and it and Lloyds are joint second behind Barclays in the ‘most investable stakes, with RBS a long way behind all of them.’
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