VZ HOLDING AG (FRA:CH002820) EQS-Adhoc: VZ Holding AG: VZ Group continues to grow

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01/03/2018 06:50

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VZ Holding AG: VZ Group continues to grow

01-March-2018 / 06:50 CET/CEST
Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

Press release

Source: VZ Holding AG / SIX: VZN / ISIN: CH0028200837

VZ Group continues to grow

Zurich, 1 March 2018 - VZ Group's operating revenues grew 10.3 % in comparison to the previous year to CHF 260.2 million. Due to the additional provision of CHF 5.2 million, net profit grew less strongly at 3.2 % and reached CHF 86.8 million. CEO Matthias Reinhart expects revenues and net profit to continue growing in the current year.

Operating revenues +10 per cent
Relative to 2016, revenues grew 10.3 %, specifically from CHF 235.9 million to
CHF 260.2 million. As expected, growth levelled off slightly during the second half of the year. Net profit grew less strongly at 3.2 % to reach CHF 86.8 million in the year under report. This was due in part to the additional provision of CHF 5.2 million related to uncertainties regarding value added tax, which VZ Group reported in November. These additional costs had a one-off impact on net profit.

Margins remain under pressure...
Pressure on margins has been high for a number of years. Mandates with all-in fees are becoming increasingly popular in asset management, which leads to lower transaction revenues. Negative interest is an additional burden on revenues. Together, these factors further reduced the margin on assets under management in the year under report.

... while the client base keeps growing
Trust in VZ Group's services is directly expressed by the rise in the volume of assets under management. These assets grew from CHF 18.4 billion to reach CHF 21.8 billion, whereby net new money accounted for CHF 2.3 billion. All-in fees make the management of assets predictable and transparent. This is attractive and helps the group to gain even more clients. VZ is confident that the inflow of new clients will offset pressure on margins in the longer term. At the same time, more activity has been recorded on the consultancy side. In particular, the discussion about the financial health of the Swiss pension system has unsettled many clients, increasing their demand for sound advice.

Sound balance sheet and higher dividend
Relative to the start of the year, the balance sheet total rose 11.0 % to CHF 2.7 billion. The equity and core capital ratios are significantly above the industry average at 17.0 % and 30.4 %, respectively. The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of CHF 4.35 per share (2016: CHF 4.20) to the Shareholders' Meeting, in line with its policy of distributing around 40 % of profits to shareholders.

«The broader client base and higher volumes indicate that revenues and net profit will continue to grow in the current year, in spite of sinking margins - provided that financial markets develop in a stable manner», says Matthias Reinhart, Chairman of VZ Group's Executive Board. «We are expecting costs to keep rising in step with revenues, despite the fact that we will continue to invest in digitalisation in order to extend our competitive advantage.»

Annual report
The detailed annual report as well as an investor presentation can be downloaded from the investor relations section on VZ Group's website: www.vzch.com.

Conference call
Media representatives and analysts are invited to discuss VZ Group's results in one of today's teleconferences hosted by Matthias Reinhart (Chairman of the Executive Board) and Rafael Pfaffen (Chief Financial Officer). For details please get in touch with Mr Pavone or Ms Märk:

Adriano Pavone 
Head of Media Relations 
Phone +41 44 207 25 22 

Petra Märk
Investor Relations
Phone +41 44 207 26 32

VZ Group
VZ Group is an independent Swiss financial service company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Pension and estate planning as well as asset management for individuals and insurance and pension fund management for companies are VZ Group's core services. VZ Holding is headquartered in Zurich, and VZ has 30 branch offices throughout Switzerland and Germany.

Forward-looking statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties or other factors that may cause the actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Against the background of these uncertainties, readers should not rely on such forward-looking statements. The company assumes no responsibility to up-date forward-looking statements or to adapt them to future events or developments.

Key figures

Income statements (CHF '000)

  2017 2016
Operating revenues 260'235 235'865
Operating expenses 149'194 128'660
Operating profit (EBITDA) 111'041 107'205
Net profit1 86'823 84'124

1 Including minority interests.

Balance sheets (CHF '000)

  31.12.2017 31.12.2016
Total assets 2'703'475 2'434'598
Equity1 459'470 420'056
Net cash2 366'001 389'595

1 Including minority interests.
2 Cash & cash equivalents, short-term investments, marketable securities, financial assets less current liabilities due to customers, long-term debts and due to banks.

Equity key figures

  31.12.2017 31.12.2016
Leverage ratio1 17.0% 17.3%
Common equity tier 1 capital ratio (CET 1)2 30.4% 31.7%
Total eligible capital ratio (T1 & T2)2 30.4% 31.7%

1 Equity compared to the consolidated balance sheet total.
2 VZ Group applies the international standard approach for credit risks (SA-BIZ) for the first time. The previous year's figure has been adjusted accordingly.

Funds under management (CHF million)

  31.12.2017 31.12.2016
Assets under Management 21'775 18'415


  31.12.2017 31.12.2016
Full-time equivalents (FTE) 840.4 771.5

Additional features:

Document: http://n.eqs.com/c/fncls.ssp?u=RKOOUYHSND
Document title: Press release 01032018

End of ad hoc announcement
Language: English
Company: VZ Holding AG
Beethovenstrasse 24
8002 Zurich
Phone: +41 44 207 27 27
Fax: +41 44 207 27 28
E-mail: ir@vzch.com
Internet: www.vzch.com
ISIN: CH0028200837
Listed: SIX Swiss Exchange

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