Openwork has posted a profit for the fourth consecutive year after boosting its revenue despite volatile market conditions and the demands of the Mortgage Market Review.
We have made an operating profit of £4.8m in 2015, broadly in line with 2014’s strong financial performance and marking four years since we posted our first-ever profit in 2012 as a standalone trading company.
We signed an agreement in February that will see Zurich divest its 25 per cent shareholding in the network within four years. By March 2020, Zurich will transfer its shares to our other main shareholder, Openwork Partnership LLP, which represents over 600 adviser firms and 3,000 advisers.
In April, we announced that Just Mortgages Direct had transitioned to the network, becoming our largest mortgage-focused Appointed Representative firm. Since joining Just Mortgages has submitted more than 1,000 cases and is already on a run-rate to deliver in excess of £1bn in mortgage lending annually. Overall, we are on course to surpass £10bn of mortgage lending this year.
Commenting on the 2015 results, Mark Duckworth our CEO said: “It is extremely gratifying to announce results that are broadly consistent with 2014’s strong performance, particularly given the significant challenges associated with the Mortgage Market Review. For that we owe a debt of gratitude to our advisers, who continue to work tirelessly to ensure their clients always receive high quality advice and great outcomes.
“In recent months we have signed a significant shareholder agreement that will result in our advisers owning the network, and welcomed major advice businesses like Just Mortgages into the fold. We have a fantastic base from which to develop the business further and we look forward to enhancing our proposition and infrastructure over the coming months and years while growing our revenue and profits.”