UTB hits record pre-tax profit and new lending figures

Bank's operating profit also increased, as well as its loan book

UTB hits record pre-tax profit and new lending figures

United Trust Bank (UTB) has announced a 35% increase in pre-tax profit to £60.2 million in 2022, driven by record new lending of over £1.9 billion.

Despite last year’s economic headwinds, the specialist lender’s annual report and accounts for the year ending December 31, 2022, showed the bank’s operating profit also increased by 22% to £61.9 million, reflecting loan book growth, a stable net interest margin, and careful cost management. Return on equity was 21.7%.

UTB said it had continued to invest in its digital strategy, product development, and recruitment, with staff numbers increasing 17% in 2022.

The company added that the hard work and dedication of its team was reflected in the bank and its people collectively winning 21 awards last year, including Specialist Lender of the Year at the 2022 Mortgage Introducer Awards.

“Consumers and businesses have had a lot to contend with over the last year and the outlook for 2023 looks equally challenging,” commented Harley Kagan (pictured), chief executive at United Trust Bank. “Higher inflation, energy prices, and borrowing costs are putting a lot of pressure on household and corporate finances, and we have to be mindful that the consequences of those pressures are likely to worsen.

“Our people have had to deal with a lot of change in 2022, much of this due to the bank’s growth, emerging from the pandemic, and the volatile markets. These impressive results would not have been possible without the dedication of our staff who have collectively delivered on every measure. Their resilience and tenacity, together with the skilled leadership of the bank’s senior management team, have driven this strong performance and we can look to the future, confident that we can overcome any challenges which lie ahead.

“I would like to congratulate and thank all our people for their contributions and also thank our customers and broker partners for their continued support.”

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