Half year results from the Alliance and Leicester have shown profits at just GBP2 million, down from GBP290 million for the same time last year.
The biggest reason for this massive fall is the writedown of assets that the Alliance and Leicester carried out. This was done because of the worldwide credit crunch that has sent their asset values fall. The good news is that the market had been pre-warned about the write down so, even though it was a little more than was expected, industry experts were not too surprised.
Although investments have proved a difficult area for the Alliance and Leicester their mortgage business appears to be stable as do both personal and business banking. Numbers of mortgages provided are down but the quality is still good meaning bad debts are unlikely to cut into the bottom line.