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Unity Trust Bank full year financial results

Press Releases Published: April 10, 2014 5:42 pm

Unity Trust Bank full year financial results

Strong growth and stable capital position enables trades unions’ Bank to increase social impact in 2013 

  • 8% growth in total assets to £717.5 million
  • Net profit before tax at £2.3 million up from £0.4 million in 2012
  • Total customer loan portfolio increased 6% to £184.7 million
  • New customer lending of £44 million: 64% ahead of 2012
  • 8.5% growth in deposit base to £668.6 million
  • 20.3% Core Tier 1 Capital ratio
  • Customer loan to deposit ratio maintained below 30% at 27.5%

Unity Trust Bank, the specialist bank for social economy organisations, has announced positive growth in its full year financial results for 2013, with an 8% growth in total assets to £717.5 million and a significant increase in profits to £2.3 million.

Founded 30 years ago by the trades unions, the Bank exists not for the maximisation of profit but for the common good. As part of its strategic plan, Unity is committed to a double bottom line approach to business, and continues to use its commercial success to contribute to a more sustainable society.

Richard Wilcox, Chief Executive Officer at Unity Trust Bank, said: “The UK economic environment has continued to suffer during the ongoing recessionary climate and lending continues to be challenging. Despite this, the Bank has achieved positive growth across all business areas in 2013. We have remained focused on lending to the social economy sector, where we endeavour to create positive social change through our business activity.”

Unity Trust Bank has a strong Balance Sheet, which provides for shareholder, customer and market confidence and sustains the future development of the business. A Core Tier Capital 1 Ratio amounting to 20.3% at 31 December 2013 (2012: 21.0%) and a loan to customer deposit ratio of 27.5% demonstrates the Board’s commitment to maintaining that strength.

Social impact

Unity Trust Bank’s unique mission means that the generation of social impact is as important as the generation of profit. It will release its second Social Impact report at the Bank’s AGM in May but its achievements in this area include:

  • Creating and protecting over 2,000 jobs
  • The first UK bank to be accredited for paying the Living Wage
  • The bank has taken a significant step to reinforce its social values and its commitment to employees by establishing an Employee Share Ownership Plan that will ensure staff share in the Bank’s success now and in the future
  • 113.5 days were taken by staff to volunteer in local communities

Unity’s lending has continued to support organisations that are providing solutions to the UK’s most pressing social problems, particularly in employment, care and housing.

Over the past year, through it’s clients, the Bank has enabled change and growth where it is most needed in society. Examples include:  

  • Being the leading provider of wholesale finance to the UK Community Development Finance sector
  • Providing a working capital overdraft which helped to secure 26 jobs and create a further 11 positions at Monwel Signs and Services based in Ebbw Vale, a social business that provides employment to people with disabilities
  • Lending £1.29 million to Castlehill Housing Association to facilitate the development of homes for 18 families near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
  • Developing an innovative partnership structure with Big Issue Invest, which enabled Sandwell Community Caring Trust to receive £3.52 million of bank funding to purchase a residential care home.

Richard Wilcox said: “As we look to the future, our core direction and principle areas of activity will continue to be with charitable and voluntary organisations, trades unions, Community Development Finance Institutions, credit unions, Co-operatives and social enterprises.”


Notes to editors:

In January 2014 the Co-operative Bank announced its intention to sell its 27% shareholding in Unity Trust Bank. Commenting on this, Richard Wilcox said: “We continue to work closely and positively with the Co-operative Bank, the Regulator and our other major trade union stakeholders to effect a smooth transition as we move towards a wholly independent business model. We remain on track to conclude the share sale during this calendar year and look forward to welcoming and working with new shareholders as we continue to further develop our unique socially centred business plan.”

About Unity Trust Bank

Unity Trust Bank is a specialist bank for civil society, social enterprises, CICs, councils, and trade unions. It supports customers with socially responsible banking services. And because it is a social enterprise in its own right, the bank understands the sectors its customers work in.

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