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Another Record Breaking Year For The Coventry Building Society
  • Record net receipts from savers of £609 million – up 41% and double "natural" share
  • Gross mortgage lending of £1.1 billion – significantly ahead of "natural" share
  • Net mortgage lending of £507 million, representing growth of 12.3%
  • Deliberate reduction in profit to £34.8 million, so as to bring further benefits to members
  • Increase in total assets of £450 million to £5.7 billion
  • Management expenses ratio down from 0.77% to 0.73% - the lowest ever
  • Gross capital maintained at over 6.0%
  • Customer base expanded by 85,000 members

Coventry Building Society, the UK’s sixth largest building society, reports another successful year of business results for 1999.

Commenting upon the Society’s performance, Martin Ritchley, Chief Executive, said:

"With no dividends to pay to outside shareholders, these results reflect the clear advantages that building society status brings us in an increasingly competitive market place.

"Unlike the banks, profit maximisation is not our objective. Already, we were operating on one of the narrowest interest margins of any financial institution, but in 1999 we have been able to reduce this still further, from 1.24% to 1.14% of average assets, bringing further benefits to our savers and borrowers, whilst maintaining the strong financial ratios for which we are renowned.

"The competitive rates which we offer have enabled us to grow our savings and mortgage business substantially. Record net receipts from savers of £609 million represented a 41% improvement on last year’s figure, which in itself was a record. In addition, for the second year running, mortgage lending exceeded £1 billion, significantly ahead of the Society’s "natural" market share. Consequently, our customer base has expanded by an impressive 85,000 members.

"Despite the narrowing of interest margin and the consequent reduction in profitability, the Society’s gross capital ratio remained virtually unchanged at 6.03%. In addition, the Society improved its efficiency for the fourth year running, with the ratio of management expenses to average assets reducing to 0.73% - the lowest ever and one of the best in the sector.

"Our aim is to establish long term relationships with an increasing number of saving and borrowing members. In December 1999, for the fourth time in succession, Money£acts identified Coventry Building Society’s Privilege Rate mortgage as charging the least amount of interest to established borrowers of any top 30 UK mortgage lender. In April last year, we extended this concept to savers as well, with the launch of our Privilege ISA, which has offered a market leading rate ever since and has delivered additional benefits to even more long standing members.

"We are delighted with our results for 1999 which continue to demonstrate the tangible benefits which we are delivering to our members year after year. At a time when converted societies are struggling to maintain market share whilst satisfying outside shareholders, Coventry Building Society continues to go from strength to strength."

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