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Our views 02 October 2019

Change at Metro Bank sends signal of hope

By Ashley Hamilton Claxton, Head of Responsible Investment

5 min read

Commenting on Metro Bank’s announcement this morning that chairman Vernon Hill will be stepping down, Ashley Hamilton Claxton, head of responsible investment at Royal London Asset Management, said:

“We hope this change in leadership will help the Board draw a line under the governance issues at Metro Bank and focus on restoring shareholder trust and improving financial performance. Pension savers, who are invested in listed companies through their workplace pensions, have suffered significantly as a result of the over 90% drop in Metro Bank’s share price since April 2018 when we first raised governance concerns, so we welcome this announcement.”

RLAM holds a minimal stake in Metro Bank within some of its index tracking portfolios. 

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