Financial platform Nucleus hails record first-half

Nucleus founder and chief executive David Ferguson. Picture: Ditte Solgaard/First Light Photography
Nucleus founder and chief executive David Ferguson. Picture: Ditte Solgaard/First Light Photography
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NUCLEUS, the Edinburgh-based financial “wrap” provider, has hailed its best-ever first-half results.

The company, which describes itself as an adviser-owned platform providing general, Isa, pension, onshore and offshore bond accounts for investors, said its operating profit grew by 140 per cent year-on-year to reach £2.4 million. This was backed by turnover increasing by 33 per cent to £14.8m.

Gross inflows were up by 5 per cent on the year-ago period to about £1 billion, and the platform also pointed out that it added more than £1bn of new assets in the first half.

Total assets under administration (AUA) at 30 June were up by 22 per cent from 12 months previously to reach £8.8bn.

Nucleus was founded in July 2006 by founder and chief executive David Ferguson and a team of seven adviser firms, aiming to “democratise” financial services. Its adviser-built and adviser-owned platform now has a user community of more than 400 adviser practices across the UK.

Ferguson said the results, “against a backdrop of turmoil in our sector, with large-scale corporate withdrawals from the UK sitting alongside confirmed takeovers and rumoured sales, are further validation of the strength, value and absolute relevance of our business model”.

Looking at the first-half results, he said they “only sharpen our focus to accelerate the momentum of our development programme and to move into 2016 delivering ever-improving service levels for our users”.

He also noted that last week the firm launched its new portfolio planning tool, and is “committed to investing even more in our core platform proposition and with our H1 results and new technology foundation set, we’re massively excited about this springboard to an even brighter future”.

Last year Ferguson told The Scotsman that wraps and platforms “are changing the life industry” although he said this could take a decade to play out. He also said at the time that the firm was considering how to grow its AUA to “£15bn, £25bn, £35bn”.