Updates from the Co-op and Jupiter


Just a 6.36 point climb for the FTSE 100 on Thursday, to 6,641.9. M&S saw the biggest dive, down 3.07% to 442p on disappointing quarterly numbers. Morrisons slid 2.28% to 197.30p while BA owner IAG dipped 1.59% to 413.90p.

The Dow Jones though swung 1.62% lower to 16,170.2 after more new media and biotech nervousness.

We commence with confirmation from the Co-op Bank of record £1.3bn losses for last year. Moreover, the Co-op confirms it does not anticipate making any profits for 2014 or 2015. Up to £5m in bonuses to former execs will not be paid.

However this reining in of pay has not stopped a £2.9m pay package for chief exec Niall Booker, plus £1.2m bonus, linked to future performance. The £1.3bn in losses is in line with City expectations.

Despite the news, Booker says "initial progress on our business plan is encouraging and we remain enthusiastic about the long-term potential for the bank."

Much of the current Co-op losses relate to the deeply troubled merger with Britannia building society in 2009.

Next, Jupiter says assets under management increased to £32.2 billion in the three months to 31 March 2014 with net mutual fund inflows of £465 million in the three months to 31 March 2014.

"These flows," says chief exec Maarten Slendebroek, "came predominantly from our mutual fund franchise, which will continue to be the main driver of growth going forward following the recently announced disposal of our private client operations."

Overall net inflows for the quarter were £547 million, supported by the win of the F&C US Smaller Companies investment trust mandate during the quarter.

Lastly, Investec says it has entered into a contract with Bank of Queensland to purchase Investec's Bank of Australia (IBAL) professional finance and asset finance and leasing businesses, plus deposit book.

The price has been agreed at an Aus$210 million premium to tangible net asset value (NAV), for the shares in IBAL.

"The transaction," says Investec in a statement, "is subject to regulatory approval. Further details will be provided when the transaction becomes unconditional."