AMP has reported net cashflows of $426 million for its platforms business during the third quarter, a fall of 43 per cent on the $748 million of net cashflows recorded in Q3 2022.
In a quarterly update to the ASX on Wednesday, AMP said this decline was “predominantly driven by the reduction in non-superannuation investment in response to the current economic conditions”.
Platforms assets under management (AUM) held steady between Q2 and Q3 2023 at $68.3 billion, with Q3’s net cashflows offsetting pension payments of $499 million, while market movements only had a “minor positive impact”.
“In platforms, we continue to focus on driving flows from independent financial advisers, with a 17 per cent increase on the prior corresponding period,” commented AMP chief executive officer Alexis George.
“AUM remained steady, and net cashflows were lower as we continued to see a reduction in discretionary investment, as clients respond to the current economic environment.”
AMP Bank’s total loan book grew by $0.5 billion to $25.0 billion in Q3 2023.
Residential loan growth through to the end of August was 1.64x system. But AMP warned that growth is expected to be “subdued” for the rest of 2023. Meanwhile, total deposits increased by $0.8 billion to $22.1 billion, with a majority of inflows coming from customer deposits.
“We continue to actively manage the bank portfolio in what remains a highly competitive environment, particularly as the Term Funding Facility (TFF) refinancing continues across the market,” Ms George said.
“We expect to see subdued growth for the remainder of the year as we continue to manage net interest margin (NIM), with full year NIM now expected to be below previous guidance of 1.30–1.35 per cent.”
In AMP’s Master Trust business, negative net cashflows of $4.9 billion were declared for the quarter, compared to negative net cashflows of $722 million in the same period a year earlier. AUM fell from $55.4 billion in Q3 2022 to $50.3 billion in Q3 2023.
“As we confirmed at [our] half-year results, the transfer of a Master Trust mandate loss in August was reflected in negative net cashflows and a decline in AUM,” Ms George noted.
AMP also indicated that its New Zealand Wealth Management business had been impacted by a strategic decision to divest legacy products in order to simplify and de-risk the business.
Negative net cashflows of $36 million were recorded for New Zealand Wealth Management in Q3 2023, versus positive net cashflows of $23 million in Q3 2022. AUM slipped from $10.8 billion to $10.4 billion between the second and third quarters of this year.
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