IRESS reaps post-RC benefits

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Financial technology provider IRESS has reported a rise in business opportunities within the wealth sector post-royal commission.

At the company’s annual meeting in Melbourne, chief executive Andrew Walsh maintained the outlook IRESS had provided in its full-year results in February, expecting year-on-year segment profit growth between 6 to 11 per cent on a constant currency basis.

“We are experiencing sustained growth in wealth management, underpinned by existing and extended capability, including in data analytics software and superannuation,” Andrew Walsh, chief executive of IRESS said.


“This is against a backdrop of increased regulatory scrutiny for clients and the spotlight of the royal commission.”

IRESS chair Tony D’Aloisio said while the company was not directly involved in the royal commission, it is examining and assessing its recommendations around culture, governance and remuneration.

“More importantly at a strategic level, IRESS is focused on the opportunities for its business in the changes that the implementation of those recommendations will have on the financial services sector,” Mr D’Aloisio added.

Mr Walsh added IRESS was also seeing growth in its UK wealth and trading business. The provider doesn’t expect Brexit to directly have a significant impact on its business, but is monitoring indirect risk.

It has also recently rolled out its lending software in Australia, having partnered with local neobank Volt Bank to launch its pilot of its mortgage platform MSO.

The company’s remuneration report passed with 98.7 per cent of shareholder votes.

Mr D’Aloisio was also re-elected as chair during the meeting.

IRESS had made changes to its executive remuneration, having done away with the short-term cash STI in favour of a longer term absolute TSR measure.

For the full year up to 31 December 2018, group revenue rose by 8 per cent to $464.6 million, while reported net profit after tax was $64.1 million, up 17 per cent on the year before.

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IRESS reaps post-RC benefits
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Sarah Simpkins

Sarah Simpkins

Sarah Simpkins is a journalist at Momentum Media, reporting primarily on banking, financial services and wealth. 

Prior to joining the team in 2018, Sarah worked in trade media and produced stories for a current affairs program on community radio. 

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