- Barclays plc
company_name = Barclays Bank PLC
company_type = Public (lse|BARC, NYSE|BCS, tyo|8642)
company_slogan = Now there's a thought
foundation = 1690
London, England, UK
Marcus Agius( Chairman)
John S. Varley
(Group Chief Executive) & (
Executive Director) Robert Diamond( President)
num_employees = 147,000 ("2008")
US$ 43.74 Billion ("2008")
revenue = £ 23,000 Million("2007")
operating_income = £ 7,048 Million("2007")
net_income = £ 5,095 Million ("2007")
assets = £ 1.227 Trillion ("2007")
equity = £ 23.291 Billion ("2007")
Commercial banking Investment banking Investment management
homepage = [http://www.barclays.com Barclays.com]
Barclays PLC is a major global financial services provider operating in
Europe, North America, the Middle East, Latin America, Australia, Asiaand Africa. It is a holding companythat is listed in London, New York and Tokyo. It operates through its subsidiary Barclays Bank PLC.
Barclays PLC is ranked as the 25th largest company in the world according to
Forbes Global 2000(2008 list) and the fourth largest financial services provider in the world according to Tier 1 capital($32.5 billion). It is the third largest bank in the United Kingdombased on market capitalisation. [cite news |url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16542441/ |accessdate=2007-01-30
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banktraces its roots back to 1690 in London. The name "Barclays" became associated with the business in 1736, when James Barclay, son-in-law of one of the founders, became a partner in the business. [cite web |url=http://www.aboutbarclays.co.uk/content/detail.asp?NewsAreaID=138|accessdate=2007-01-30
title=Company History |work=Barclays Newsroom: Business History
publisher=Barclays See also: "Barclays: The Business of Banking, 1690-1996" by Margaret Ackrill and Leslie Hannah; Cambridge UP, 2001 ISBN 0-52179-035-2 ] In 1728, the bank moved to 54 Lombard Street, which was identified by the 'Sign of the Black
Spread Eagle', over the years becoming a core part of the bank's identity. [cite web |url=http://www.aboutbarclays.co.uk/content/detail.asp?NewsAreaID=138|accessdate=2008-05-11
title=Company History |work=Barclays.com | About us: Our History | 1690-1972
*1896 — Several banks in London and the English provinces, notably
Backhouse's Bankof Darlingtonand Gurney's Bankof Norwich, unite under the banner of Barclays and Co., a joint-stockbank
*1905–1916 — Acquisitions of small English banks extends the branch network
*1918 — Barclays amalgamates with the London, Provincial and South Western Bank
*1919 — The British Linen Bank was acquired by Barclays Bank though it retained a separate board of directors and continued to issue its own bank notes.
*1924 — Planned takeover of National Bank of Kingston reaches near-completion but halted three days before finalisation
*1965 — Barclays establishes a US affiliate, Barclays Bank of California in
Barclaycardlaunched, the first credit card in the UK
*1967 — Barclays unveils the first ATM cash machine at
Enfield, north London.
*1969 — Planned merger with
Martins Bankand Lloyds Bank; forbidden by the Mergers and Monopolies Commission
*1969 — Acquisition of
*1969 — The
British Linen Banksubsidiary sold to the Bank of Scotlandin exchange for a 25% stake (effective from March 1971).
*1984 — record profits posted
*1985 — Barclays Bank and Barclays Bank International merge. As part of the corporate reorganisation, the former Barclays Bank PLC becomes a group holding company, renamed as "Barclays PLC". UK
retail bankingis integrated under the former BBI, and renamed "Barclays Bank PLC".
*1986 — Barclays sells its
South African operations under the Barclays National Bank name after protests against Barclays' involvement in South Africa and its apartheidgovernment.
*1986 — Buys
de Zoete & Bevanand Wedd Durlacherto form BZW, to take advantage of Big Bang on the London Stock Exchange
*1988 — Barclays sells Barclays Bank of California to
Wells FargoBank, N.A.
Edgar Pearce, the "Mardi Gras Bomber", begins a terror campaign against the bank and the supermarketchain Sainsbury's
*1996 — Buys Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors (WFNIA) and merges it with BZW Investment Management to form
Barclays Global Investors
*1998 — BZW business is broken up and parts sold to
Credit Suisse First Boston. Retains debt business which forms the foundation of what is now Barclays Capital.
*1999 — In an unusual move as part of the trend at the time for
free ISPs, Barclays launches an internet service called Barclays.net. This entity is acquired by British Telecomin 2001. [ [http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.barclays.net Internet Archive Wayback Machine ] ]
*2000 — Acquisition of Woolwich plc (formerly the
Woolwich Building Society)
*2001 — Barclays closes 171 branches in the
UK, many of them in rural communities. Calls itself "THE BIG BANK" but this is quickly given a low profile after a series of embarrassing PR stunts.
*2003 — Barclays buys American credit card company Juniper Bank from
CIBC, re-branding it as "Barclays Bank Delaware". Acquisition of Banco Zaragozano, the 11th Spanish bank.
*2004 — Barclays takes over the
Premier Leagueas a sponsor from Barclaycard
*2005 — Barclays seals £2.6bn takeover of
Absa Group Limited, South Africa's largest retail bank, acquiring a 54% stake on 27 July
*2006 — Barclays purchases HomEq servicing corporation for $469 million in cash from
*2006 — Acquisition of the financial website Comparetheloan [ [http://www.comparetheloan.co.uk Comparetheloan - Cheap Homeowner Loans , Compare Loans , UK Secured Loans ] ]
*2006 — Barclays announces plans to rebrand Woolwich branches as Barclays, migrating Woolwich customers onto Barclays accounts and migrating back-office processes onto Barclays systems. The Woolwich brand will be used for Barclays mortgages.
*2007 — Barclays announces that it has purchased the naming rights to the
Barclays Center, a proposed 18,000-seat arena in Brooklyn, New York, where the New Jersey Netsplan to relocate.
*2007 — Barclays announces a
mergerwith (effectively a takeoverof) the Dutch bank ABN AMRO. This prompts a separate bid for the Dutch bank from a consortium led by the RBS Group and comprising of the Belgian bank Fortis and the Spanish bank Santander, under the name "RFS" (Royal/Fortis/Santander}.
*2007 — Barclays agrees to purchase Equifirst Corporation from
Regions Financial Corporationfor $225 million.
*2007 — Barclays withdraws the bid for ABN AMRO allowing the
Royal Bank of Scotlandled consortium to succeed with their offer.
*2007 — Barclays Personal Investment Management announce the closure of their International office in Peterborough and its re-siting to Glasgow, laying off nearly 900 members of staff.
*2008 — Barclays buys the credit card brand Goldfish for $70 million gaining 1.7 million customers, and $3.9 billion in receivables
*2008 — Barclays buys a controlling stake in Russian retail bank Expobank for $745 million
*2008 — Barclays commences its
Pakistanoperations with $100 million
*2008 — Barclays buys
Lehman BrothersNorth American investment banking assets totalling $1.3 billion [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7626624.stm]
Constituents of the Barclays Group
*Barclays Bank PLC
*Mercers Debt Collection Agency
*Barclays Bank Delaware (formerly Barclaycard US, originally Juniper Bank, acquired 2003)
*Barclays Retail Bank — UK clearing bank
*Barclays Commercial Bank — Dealing with medium and larger corporate UK business.
*Barclays Wealth — Stockbrokers, Offshore and Private bank
*Barclays Private Clients International Ltd. — subsidiary based in the
Isle of Manwith branches in the Channel Islands
Barclays Private Equity
Barclaycard— Global credit card business
*Barclaycard US — Separate from the Barclaycard global operation, this is the corporation's US credit card operation (formerly known as "Juniper Bank"). Issues branded credit cards such as US Airways, Midwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines MasterCard, Airtran Airways Visa card, and
Apple StoreVisa and MasterCard accounts.
Barclays Capital— Investment bank
Barclays Global Investors— Investment managementcompany
*Woolwich plc — UK mortgage brand
*Barclays Africa — To be transferred to ABSA (South Africa)
*Barclays Spain (550 branches) [http://uk.reuters.com/article/mergersNews/idUKL271397520080902]
*Barclays Portugal (162 branches) [http://uk.reuters.com/article/mergersNews/idUKL271397520080902]
Absa Group Limited( South Africa)
*Firstplus Financial Group PLC
* Barclays Partner Finance (formerly Clydesdale Financial Services)
Barclays is headed by Marcus Agius, the Group Chairman, who joined the Board on 1 September 2006 and succeeded Matthew Barrett as Chairman from 1 January 2007. Agius is also the senior executive Director of the BBC and was formerly Chairman of BAA PLC, Chairman of Lazard in London and a Deputy Chairman of Lazard LLC until 31 December 2006.
Reporting directly to the Group Chairman is John Varley, the Group Chief Executive, who is responsible for the strategic direction and planning of all Barclays operations. Varley was appointed to the role in September 2004 prior to which he served as Deputy Chief Executive (January-September 2004) and Group Finance Director (2000-2003).
The operating units of Barclays are grouped under two umbrellas; Investment Banking and Investment Management (IB&IM) and Global Retail and Commercial Banking (GRCB). IB&IM oversees three core operating units: Barclays Capital, Barclays Global Investors (BGI) and Barclays Wealth Management.
GRCB oversees multiple operating units. Principally it has responsibility for UK Retail Banking (UKRB), Barclays Commercial Bank (formally UK Business Banking), Barclaycard and International Retail and Commercial Banking (IR&CB).
=Board of Directors [ [http://www.newsroom.barclays.co.uk/content/default.asp?NewsAreaID=1 Barclays Bank Website, Board of Directors] ] =
Marcus Agius- Chairman
* Sir Nigel Rudd - Deputy Chairman
* Sir Richard Broadbent - Senior Independent Director
* Richard Leigh Clifford - Non Executive Director
* Professor Dame Sandra Dawson - Non Executive Director
* Sir Andrew Likierman - Non Executive Director
* Stephen Russell - Non Executive Director
* Sir John Sunderland - Non Executive Director
* Dr. Danie Cronjé - Non Executive Director, Chairman of Absa
Barclays currently has no COO or CIO listed. Paul Idzik, the previous COO, left in May 2008.Barclays CIO is Bob Rickert (former employee of Key Corp) who replaced former CIO Don Trotta.
Barclays has over 1800 UK high street branches (including former Woolwich branches) and it has also joined up with the
Post Office Ltdto provide personal banking services to customers who live near a Post Office branch and those who need financial services such as secured or unsecured loans.
Worldwide, Barclays has over 4,750 branches in over 50 countries [http://uk.reuters.com/article/mergersNews/idUKLG49160920080916] .
Most Barclays branches have 24/7 ATMs. Barclays' customers and customers of many other banks can use Barclays ATMs free of charge.
Barclays is a member of the
Global ATM Alliance. [ [http://www.atmmarketplace.com/article.php?id=1886 "Five big banks form Global ATM Alliance"] , ATMmarketplace.com. 9 January 2002. Accessed 22 June 2007.]
Since 2004, Barclays has sponsored the
Premier Leagueand, from 2006, the Churchill Cup. Barclays also sponsored the Football Leaguefrom 1987 until 1993, succeeding "Today" newspaper and being replaced by Endsleigh Insurance. It also sponsored the 2008 Dubai Tennis Championships. [ [http://www.dubaitennischampionships.com/ Dubai Tennis Championships] ]
Barclays' legal situation
Currentlywhen|date=September 2008, a
South African activist group, the Jubilee South Africabacked Khulumani Support Group, is seeking reparations from Barclays in addition to Citigroup, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Ford, GM, and Deutsche Bankfor their roles indirectly supporting the apartheid government in South Africa during the 1970s and 1980s. The legal proceedings are being heard at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, and the South African Ministry of Justice is seeking dismissal of the case on the grounds that it undermines its national sovereignty. [ [http://news.independent.co.uk/business/news/article340003.ece Barclays faces apartheid court action.] Julia Kollewe, 21 January 2006.]
Planned merger with ABN AMRO
In March 2007 Barclays announced plans to merge with
ABN AMRO, the largest bank in the Netherlands. [ [http://www.newsroom.barclays.co.uk/content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=985&NewsAreaID=2 Barclays and ABN AMRO Announce Outline of Preliminary Discussions ] ] [http://www.abnamro.com/pressroom/releases/2007/2007-03-20-en.jsp] [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/19/business/19deal.html?ref=business Barclays Bank Makes Inquiry on Takeover of ABN Amro - New York Times ] ] However, on 5 October 2007 Barclays announced that it had abandoned its bid, [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/business/7029297.stm BBC NEWS | Business |Barclays abandons ABN Amro offer ] ] citing inadequate support by ABN shareholders. Fewer than 80% of shares had been tendered to Barclay's cash-and-shares offer. [ [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119158340445950068.html?mod=googlenews_wsj Free Preview - WSJ.com ] ] This left the consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotlandfree to proceed with its $99.9 billion counter-bid for ABN AMRO.
To help finance its bid for ABN AMRO, Barclays sold a 3.1% stake to
China Development Bankand a 3% stake to Temasek Holdings, the investment arm of the Singaporean government.
Leo Salom, CEO for Western European markets, estimated in February 2008 that the failed takeover had cost the Barclays group "in the region of £8.67billion", but expressed a "personal opinion that the outcome was overall the best outcome for the Group".
On 30 August 2007, Barclays was forced to borrow £1.6bn ($3.2bn) from the
Bank of Englandsterling standby facility. This is made available as a last-resort when banks are unable to settle their debts to other banks at the end of daily trading.
Despite rumours about liquidity at Barclays, the loan was necessary due to a technical problem with their computerised settlement network. A Barclays spokesman was quoted as saying "There are no liquidity issues in the U.K markets. Barclays itself is flush with liquidity." [ [http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=aqA8hFXWD3JY&refer=uk Bloomberg.com: U.K. & Ireland ] ]
On 9 November 2007, Barclays shares dropped 9% and were even temporarily suspended for a short period of time, due to rumours of a £4.8bn ($10bn) exposure to bad debts in the US. However, a Barclays spokesman denied the rumours. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7087451.stm BBC NEWS | Business |Barclays denies bad debt rumour ] ]
Subsequent write-downs at the bank were announced to be £1 billion ($1.9 billion), much less than feared.
In July 2008, Barclays attempted to raise £4.5bn through a non-traditional rights issue to shore up its weakened Tier 1 capital ratio, which involved a rights offer to existing shareholders and the sale of a stake to
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Only 19 per cent of shareholders took up their rights leaving investors China Development Bankand Qatar Investment Authoritywith increased holdings in the bank. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7513178.stm Barclays share sale raises £4.5bn] ]
Involvement with South Africa under apartheid
Barclays bank was known by many in the 1980s as 'Boerclaysbank', due to its continued involvement in
South Africaduring the Apartheidregime [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2005/oct/25/southafrica.internationalnews Return from exile for apartheid's banker] ] . A student boycott of the bank led to a drop in its share of the UK student market from 27 per cent to 15 per cent by the time it pulled out in 1986 [ [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/barclays-faces-apartheid-court-action-523883.html Barclays faces apartheid court action] ] .
Financial support for the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe
Barclays helps to fund President Robert Mugabe's regime in
Zimbabwe. [ [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2848046.ece Barclays bankrolls Mugabe’s brutal regime] ] The most controversial of a set of loans provided by Barclays is the £30m it gives to help sustain land reforms that saw Mugabe seize white-owned farmland and drive more than 100,000 black workers from their homes. Opponents have called the bank's involment a 'disgrace' and an 'insult' to the millions who have suffered human rights abuses. [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2007/jan/28/accounts.Zimbabwenews Barclays' millions help to prop up Mugabe regime] ] Barclays spokesmen say the bank has had customers in Zimbabwe for decades and abandoning them now would make matters worse, 'We are committed to continuing to provide a service to those customers in what is clearly a difficult operating environment". [ [http://news.scotsman.com/zimbabwe/Barclays-helping-to-fund-Mugabe.3497546.jp Barclay's 'helping to fund Mugabe regime'] ]
Barclays also provides two of Mugabe’s associates with bank accounts, ignoring European Union sanctions on Zimbabwe [ [http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/zimbabwe/Barclays-helping-to-fund-Mugabe.3497546.jp Barclays 'helping to fund Mugabe regime'] ] . The men are Elliot Manyika and minister of public service Nicholas Goche. Barclay's has defended it's position by insisting that the EU rules do not apply to its 67%-owned Zimbabwean subsidiary because it was incorporated outside the EU [ [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4232283.ece Robert Mugabe henchmen backed by Barclays] ] .
enior management bonuses
Robert Diamond, a US-born banker on the board of Barclays, was set to receive a £14.8m bonus in 2008 even though the subprime mortgage crisisin the US forced his group to take a £1.6bn hit in 2007. [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/feb/20/barclaysbusiness.executivesalaries Barclays director lands £14.8m bonus] ]
Lehman Brothers acquisition
On September 16, 2008, Barclays announced its agreement to purchase, subject to regulatory approval, the investment-banking and trading divisions of
Lehman Brothers, a United States financial conglomerate that had filed for bankruptcy. In the deal, Barclays will also acquire the New York headquarters building of Lehman Brothers.
Revised deal and judgment
September 20, 2008, a revised version of the deal, a $1.35 billion (£700 million) plan for Barclays plc to acquire the core business of Lehman Brothers (mainly Lehman's $960 million Lehman's Midtown Manhattanoffice skyscraper, with responsibility for 9,000 former employees), was approved. Manhattancourt bankruptcyJudge James Peck, after a 7 hour hearing, ruled: "I have to approve this transaction because it is the only available transaction. Lehman Brothers became a victim, in effect the only true icon to fall in a tsunami that has befallen the credit markets. This is the most momentous bankruptcy hearing I've ever sat through. It can never be deemed precedent for future cases. It's hard for me to imagine a similar emergency." [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7626624.stm news.bbc.co.uk, Judge approves $1.3bn Lehman deal] ]
Luc Despins, the creditors committee counsel, said: "The reason we're not objecting is really based on the lack of a viable alternative. We did not support the transaction because there had not been enough time to properly review it." In the amended agreement, Barclays would absorb $47.4 billion in securities and assume $45.5 billion in trading liabilities. Lehman's attorney
Harvey R. Millerof Weil, Gotshal & Manges, said "the purchase price for the real estate components of the deal would be $1.29 billion, including $960 million for Lehman's New York headquarters and $330 million for two New Jersey data centers. Lehman's original estimate valued its headquarters at $1.02 billion but an appraisal from CB Richard Ellis this week valued it at $900 million." Further, Barclays will not acquire Lehman's Eagle Energy unit, but will have entities known as Lehman Brothers Canada Inc, Lehman Brothers Sudamerica, Lehman Brothers Uruguay and its Private Investment Management business for high net-worth individuals. Finally, Lehman will retain $20 billion of securities assets in Lehman Brothers Inc that are not being transferred to Barclays. [ [http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssFinancialServicesAndRealEstateNews/idUSN1932554220080920 reuters.com, Judge approves Lehman, Barclays pact] ] Barclays had a potential liability of $2.5 billion to be paid as severance, if it chooses not to retain some Lehman employees beyond the guaranteed 90 days. [ [http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hHts3gSHE_WcIZt-IgZWwYpgmeewD93ABG080 ap.google.com, Judge says Lehman can sell units to Barclays] ] [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/feedarticle/7812904 guardian.co.uk, US judge approves Lehman's asset sale to Barclay] ]
* "Barclays Bank Limited 1926-1969: Some Recollections" by A W Tuke and R J H Gillman. [ From a copy of "Barclays Bank Limited 1926-1969" published by Barclays Bank Limited
Londonin 1972. A hardback with 167 pages and with no reference to an ISBN ]
* "The Eagle Looks Back: A Silver Jubilee Anthology of Twenty-Five years Contributions to "The Spread Eagle" (Staff magazine which first appeared in 1926) [ From a copy of "The Eagle Looks Back" published by Barclays Bank Limited (Spread Eagle)
London1951 with no ISBN ]
European Financial Services Roundtable
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