Belfast Telegraph

1. Danske Bank

  • Chief executive: Kevin Kingston
  • Pre-tax profit: £117m
  • Employment: 1,267
  • Pay bill: £55.6m

Danske Bank is one of the leading retail banks in Northern Ireland serving the needs of personal, business and corporate customers. It is part of the Copenhagen-based Danske Bank Group and has a network of 44 branches and three regional business centres across Northern Ireland.

Danske Bank has consistently reported strong financial performances since 2013, when it returned to profit, ahead of other local banks.

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Against the backdrop of an economy still in recovery, the bank reported a pre-tax profit of £117m for 2016, with operating profit up 5% year-on-year to £91m. The increase reflected growth in both customer lending and deposit volumes, partially offset by the negative impact of a lower Bank of England base rate. It also included higher cards-related income.

Alongside strong revenue performance, the bank saw continued net loan impairment recoveries, although these writebacks declined throughout 2016 and the bank expects this trend to continue.

A sustained focus on mortgages resulted in new mortgage lending increasing across all customer touchpoints in 2016 – but particularly via the broker channel. Mortgage approvals almost doubled in the space of a year, with a 96% uplift in 2016 compared to 2015.

It was also a good year for Business Banking. A new improved business current account was launched, Danske Small Business Digital, and a £500 cashback incentive, unique to the local small business market, was introduced for switchers and start-ups.

In corporate banking, uncertainty around Brexit was a factor in 2016. While customers were not cancelling business projects, the bank said they were also not bringing new projects forward at the same rate, and overall demand was more subdued. Corporate lending has however improved in the first quarter of 2017.

Last year also saw the first Bank of England rate change in more than seven years, to a historic low of 0.25%.

All banks are now operating in an environment of historically low interest rates for a prolonged period, and Danske Bank says this will affect its profitability moving forward.

Despite the prospect of significant change in the external environment, the bank says it remains fully committed to supporting and guiding its customers, as well as to its role as a driver of growth in the local economy.

Danske Bank

Donegall Square West

Belfast

BT1 6JS

Tel: 028 90 245277

www.danskebank.co.uk

Position Company name Sector Year end Pre-tax profits £'000 Pre-tax profits Year ago £'000 % change No. Employees Pay Bill £'000
1 Danske Bank Bank 12.16 117,000 141,935 -18% 1,267 55,638
2 Schrader Electronics Electronic.Eng 12.15 61,726 31,326 97% 1,390 54,574
3 Shorts: Bombardier Aerospace[£=$1.24] 12.16 61,531 (273,582) Profit rest 4,558 219,510
4 N.I.Water Utility 3.16 54,433 62,058 -12% 1,222 57,349
5 First Trust Bank Bank 12.16 54,000 47,000 15% 771 n.a
6 Viridian Gp. Invest. Utility 3.16 50,400 (13,000) Profit rest 491 22,000
7 N.I.E.Networks Utility 12.16 50,200 50,700 -1% 1,258 67,800
8 N.I.I.B. Group Finance 12.16 39,045 38,687 1% 125 5,150
9 Moy Park Food processing 12.15 35.721 46,109 -23% 9,230 226,489
10 Norbrook Hlds Veterinary Prod. 7.16 35,545 21,469 66% 2,224 69,683
11 Belfast Harbour Port 12.15 33,536 36,410 -18% 138 7,000
12 W&R Barnett Grain imports 7.15 29,828 31,760 -6% 512 28,036
13 Almac Group Pharmaceuticals 9.15 27,977 12,623 122% 3,554 151,643
14 Phoenix Natural gas Utility 12.15 25,397 28,949 -12% 113 5,556
15 Terex GB Engineering 12.15 23,440 22,787 3% 1,778 60,027
16 SHS Group Distribution 12.15 21,114 17,067 24% 764 29,117
17 John Henderson Distribution 12.16 20,347* 21,987 -7% 2,998 58,597
18 Old Bushmills Dis. Spirits 12.15 20,035 22,052 -9% 105 3,829a
19 F.P.McCann Gp Construction 12.16 19,150 14,686a 30% 1,319 46,412
20 Randox Holdings. Medical Prd 12.15 17,970 12,743 41% 1,129 30,397
21 John Graham Construction 3.16 17,168 6,946 147% 1,761 73,169
22 Lissan Coal Distribution 9.15 16,536 19,330 -16% 176 5,281
23 TG Eakin Medical equip. 3.16 16,471 15,614 5% 64 1,757
24 Seagate Tech. IT 6.15 15,075 14,390 5% 1,395 64,430
25 Kainos Group plc IT 3.16 14,261 11,837 20% 733 35,373
26 Montupet Engineering 12.15 13,692 15,422 -11% 593 19,941
27 Thompson Aero Seats Engineering 3.16 13,690 10,643 29% 285 12,401
28 Dunnes Stores Distribution 1.16 13,198 11,206 18% 1,474 18,479
29 Capita managed IT sol IT 12.15 12,927 18,359a -30% 770 29,660
30 Progressive Build. S. Finance ser. 12.16 11,759 14,024 -16% 175 6,444
31 Wrights Group Bus Manuf. 12.15 11,718 11,638a 1% 1,741 52,451
32 Retlan Manuf. Engineering 3.16 11,528 8,525 35% 828 25,669
33 Andor Technology Sc. Cameras 3.16 11,002 1,280a Large inc 284 14,806
34 Firmus Energy Dist Utility 12.15 10,781 11,926 -10% 92 4,323
35 Hilton Foods [NI] Meat processing 12.15 10,437 11,214 -7% 18 5,017
36 First Derivatives IT 2.16 10,384 17,476 -41% 1,306 65,730
37 McAleer & Rushe cont Construction 12.16 10,030 5,060 98% 270 13,600
38 Isaac Agnew [9 cos] Vehicle sales 12.15 9,996 9.744 3% 930 28,046
39 Tennents NI Drinks dist. 2.16 9,884 6,913 43% 108 4,351
40 Firstsource Solutions Call Centre 3.16 9,858 6,639 48% 3,687 60,073
41 Coca-Cola HBC Drinks 12.15 9,681 10,020 -3% 522 23,430
42 SONI Utility 9.15 9,455 (147) Profit res 129 7,779
43 Beannchor No.1 Hotels & pubs 6.16 9,028 2,508 260% 482 6,794
44 Westland Horticulture Garden centre 8.15 8,893a 5,540 61% 426 19,522a
45 Cooneen by Design Textiles 11.15 8,340 7,263 15% 154 5,415
46 Denvir Hlds Distribution 6.16 7,561 4,196 80% 579 6,486
47 Lagan Const. Grp Construction 3.16 7,554 4,329 74% 527 25,332
48 Kilwaughter Hld. Lime. 4.16 7,466 7,232 3% 130 4,917
49 Charles Hurst Distribution 12.15 7,178 8,749 -18% 1,014 30,195
50 Dunbia Meat Process. 4.16 7,156 6.566 9% 3,778 77,810
51 SSE Airtricity Gas Natural Gas 3.16 6,883a (5,633) Profit res 60 1,289a
52 United Dairy Farm. Milk Processor 3.16 6,824 (714) Profit res 1,087 30,672
53 Fane Valley Co-op Milk processor 9.14 6,765 8,719 -22% 2,312 52,549
54 Northwest Bookmak. Bookmaker 12.15 6,749 (35,649) Profit rest 354 6,277
55 Multi Packaging Packaging 6.16 6,722 4,837 39% 165 5,202
56 Liberty Info.Tech. IT 12.15 6,628 5,620 18% 430 21,456
57 Ulster Carpet Mills Textiles 3.16 6,593 8,284 -20% 564 20,006
58 Bemis Healthcare Paper manuf. 12.15 6,543 7,627 -14% 260 7,208
59 Gardrum Hlds Auctions 12.15 6,509 7,166 -9% 88 2,545
60 Calor Gas NI Gas 12.15 6,450 3,564 81% 82 3,825
61 O & S Holdings Furniture 12.15 6,045 6,337 -5% 336 8,068
62 Diageo [2 cos] Drinks 6.16 5,833 5,682 3% 258 12,614
63 Irish Salt Mining Mining 11.15 5,793 1,652 251% 55 2,756
64 Severfield (NI) Steelwork 3.16 5,701 3,603 58% 288 10,932
65 Elite Electronic Sy. PCB etc 3.16 5,690 5,154 10% n.s 3,588
66 Allstate NI IT 12.15 5,596 (1,852) Profit rest 2,107 76,496
67 Golf Holdings Drinks distribution. 12.15 5,406 2,860 89% 2,014 27,284
68 Avondale Foods C'avn Food Manufacture 3.16 5,316 1,366 289% 425 9,034
69 Macnaughton Blair Distribrution 12.15 5,264 3,110 69% 450 12,948
70 MJM Marine Const. Fit out 12.15 4,948 2,387 107% 185 6,122
71 H&A Holds (NI) Const. contracts 5.16 4,910 5,095 -4% n.s n.s
72 Huhtamaki Food ser. Packaging 6.15 4,762 5,343 -11% 257 7,968
73 Gordons Chemist Distribution. 4.16 4,745 2,421 96% 655 11,166
74 Brett Martin Construct materials 12.15 4,732 5,235 -10% 589 20,856
75 Lagan: White Mtn. Construction 12.15 4,617 5,041 -9% 207 7,940
76 Springvale EPS Manufacturer 6.15 4,597 1,652 178% 113 3,741
77 Ballyvesey Hld Transport 9.15 4,576 3,284 39% 2,665 81,724
78 Creagh Concrete Manufacturer 3.16 4,409 3,087 43% 486 16,172
79 Northstone (NI) Construction 12.15 4,354 452 Large inc. 991 41,275
80 Prestige Insurance Insurance 3.16 4,313 (381) Profit rest 443 13,497
81 Sangers NI Distribution 9.15 4,291 11,975 -64% 216 7,153
82 Heatons (NI) Distribution 4.16 4,273 4,368 -2% 446 4,956
83 Hastings Hotel Gp Hotels 10.15 4,234 2,197 93% 1,185 11,841
84 Tobermore Conc Manufacturing 4.16 4,111 6,664 -38% 198 5,902
85 Huhtamaki (Lurgan) Paper products 12.15 4,087 3,884 5% 205 7,286
86 Walter Watson Struct Steel 12.15 4,051 1,059 283% 221 6,301
87 Lynn's Cty Foods Manufacturer 8.15 3,966 2,201 81% 245 6,304
88 Skea Egg Farms Food 12.15 3,915 2,762 42% 118 2,347
89 Moyallen Hlds Property 12.15 3,807 23,903 -84% 62 2,010
90 SISK Healthcare Dist medical devi. 12.15 3,773 1,991 90% 51 2,876
91 Western Build S Hl Manufacturer 4.16 3,669 4,440 -17% 44 1,856
92 Budget Energy Electricity Supply 6.15 3,649 627 Large inc. 42 1,100
93 DCC Energy Energy Fuel 3.16 3,631 2,980 22% 173 5,375
94 Quinn Cement (N.I) Distribution 12.15 3,588 1,175 205% 3 121
95 BA Kitchen Comp Wood units 3.16 3,443 2,280 51% 237 7,369
96 Devenish (NI) Feedstuffs 5.16 3,429 5,260 -35% 370 18,530
97 Decora Blind Systems Manufacturer 12.15 3,386 3,405 -1% 441 8,855
98 Natural world prod. Recycling 12.15 3,383 2,081 63% 34 1,382
99 Warner Chilcott UK Medical processor 12.15 3,290 2,129 54% 150 7,265
100 Lough Erne Invest. Egg processor 12.15 3,187 4,199 -24% 85 2,254

(*)after £3.5m revaluation

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