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Metro Bank PLC

20 October 2021

Metro Bank PLC (LSE: MTRO LN)

20 October 2021

Third Quarter 2021 Trading Update

                          30          30       Change from       30       Change from 
   GBP in millions     September      June      half year     September     Q3 2020 
                         2021         2021         2021         2020 
 Assets               GBP22,767    GBP23,013      (1)%       GBP22,140        3% 
 Loans(1)             GBP12,315    GBP12,325       0%        GBP15,085       (18%) 
 Deposits             GBP16,412    GBP16,620      (1)%       GBP15,622        5% 
 Loan to deposit 
  ratio                  75%          74%          1pp          97%         (22)pp 
-------------------  -----------  ----------  ------------  -----------  ------------ 

Q3 total deposits of GBP16,412 million were 1% below Q2 as the Bank managed the deposit mix, and benefitted from the continued roll-off of higher-cost fixed term deposits and growth in current account and instant access balances. Maintaining a high-quality deposit mix remains a near-term focus for 2021.

Q3 total net loans of GBP12,315 million were broadly flat and reflected growth in consumer unsecured lending and specialist mortgages, offset by the attrition of lower-yielding residential mortgages and commercial term loans including the initial repayment of BBLS(2) . Front-book yield continued to improve benefitting from the mix shift towards higher-yielding lending categories, partially offset by pricing pressures in the mortgage market. Credit impairments were benign, in line with guidance provided at the half year. The year-on-year decrease in loan to deposit ratio reflected the GBP3.1 billion mortgage portfolio disposal completed in February 2021 and the increase in deposits in the period. The Bank continues to hold an elevated liquidity position.

The Bank's MREL resources currently exceed its requirement of 20.5%(3) , however as indicated at the half year, the Bank is comfortable operating within buffers.

Daniel Frumkin, Chief Executive Officer at Metro Bank, said:

"The Bank has continued to deliver against its strategic priorities during the quarter. We have seen improvements in our lending mix from our expanded product offering. We are seeing signs of a gradual return to normality and have adopted a hybrid way of working for office-based colleagues. We remain focused on executing on our plans and returning the Bank to sustainable profitable growth."

1. At 30 September 2020 the loans balance includes GBP3.1 billion of mortgages since disposed, the disposal completed on 2 February 2021

   2.     Government supported Business Bounce Back Loans 

3. MREL requirement of 18.0% plus capital conservation buffer (CCoB) of 2.5%, excluding any confidential PRA buffer, if applicable

For more information, please contact:

Metro Bank PLC Investor Relations

Jo Roberts

+44 (0) 20 3402 8900


Metro Bank PLC Media Relations

Mona Patel

+44 (0) 7815 506845



Charles Armitstead / Haya Herbert Burns

+44 (0)7703 330269 / +44 (0) 7342 031051



About Metro Bank

Metro Bank services more than two million customer accounts and is celebrated for its exceptional customer experience. It is the highest rated high street bank for overall service quality and best bank for service in-store for personal and business customers in the Competition and Market Authority's Service Quality Survey in August 2021. It was recognised as 'Bank of the Year' at the 2020 MoneyAge Awards and 'Banking Brand of The Year' at the Moneynet Personal Finance Awards 2021, received Gold Award in the Armed Forces Covenant's Employer Recognition Scheme 2021 and won Best Open Banking Partnership - Commercial at the inaugural Open Banking Expo Awards 2021.

The community bank offers retail, business, commercial and private banking services, and prides itself on giving customers the choice to bank however, whenever and wherever they choose, and supporting the customers and communities it serves. Whether that's through its network of 78 stores open seven days a week, 362 days a year; on the phone through its UK-based 24/7 contact centres; or online through its internet banking or award-winning mobile app: the bank offers customers real choice.

Metro Bank PLC. Registered in England and Wales. Company number: 6419578. Registered office: One Southampton Row, London, WC1B 5HA. 'Metrobank' is the registered trademark of Metro Bank PLC.

It is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. Most relevant deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. For further information about the Scheme refer to the FSCS website www.fscs.org.uk. All Metro Bank products are subject to status and approval.

Metro Bank PLC is an independent UK bank - it is not affiliated with any other bank or organisation (including the METRO newspaper or its publishers) anywhere in the world. Please refer to Metro Bank using the full name.

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