Standing firm: Although growth has been uneven, revenue has risen overall over the past five years

Building societies are cooperative financial institutions owned by their members, namely their customers, depositors and borrowers. Like banks, they take deposits and provide banking and financial services. Unlike banks, however, profit is distributed among the members of a building society rather than among external shareholders. In addition, the Building Society Act 1986 stipulates that at least 75% of a building society's assets must be loans secured on residential property, making residential mortgages the industry's largest product. Revenue is derived from interest receivables, commission and fees. The industry's four largest players are Nationwide, Yorkshire Building Society, Coventry Building Society and Skipton Building more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry performance has been steady over the past five years, supported by sustained demand
  • Stringent legislation on investors with multiple properties has squeezed out potential clients
  • Regulatory changes could relax funding rules, facilitating improved industry performance
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The Building Societies industry generates revenue through charging interest on products and services such as loans, or through administrative and processing fees and commission on transactions. Building societies have predominantly the same core products and services as banks, although they offer a narrower range and are traditionally aimed at mortgage lending. Retail depositors, to whom building societies pay interest, provide the majority of funds that building societies lend. Interest paid to these depositors is the largest cost incurred by the industry. The industry's products can be largely segmented into residential mortgages (80% of industry revenue), commercial loans (9%), Consumer retail banking and personal loans (7.5%) and other (3.5%)...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Building Societies Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Building Societies Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Management of a high quality assets portfolio
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of residential property transactions and Official bank rate in the Building Societies industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Building Societies Industry?

    Building societies are cooperative financial institutions that are owned by their members (i.e. their customers, depositors and borrowers). Like banks, they take deposits and provide banking and financial services, particularly mortgage lending. Unlike banks, however, profit is distributed among its members rather than among external shareholders.

    Industry Products
  • Residential mortgages
  • Commercial loans
  • Consumer retail banking and personal loans
  • Other fees
  • Industry Activities
  • Accepting deposits from members
  • Lending to members
  • Residential financing (mortgages)
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of residential property transactions
  • Official bank rate
  • Ratio of household debt to disposable income
  • Consumer confidence index
  • House price index

  • Current Performance
  • Rising demand
  • Rising prices
  • Technology and growth
  • Competitive threats
  • Regulatory restraints
  • Current concerns
  • Profit and market structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue constraints
  • Revenue growth
  • Rising deposits and extended products
  • Potential regulatory changes
  • Potential regulatory changes continued
  • Table: Building Societies Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Building Societies Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Clothing Manufacturing
  • Department Stores
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Banks
  • Consumers

  • Products & Services
  • Residential mortgages
  • Commercial loans
  • Consumer retail banking and personal loans
  • Other fees
  • Chart: Building Societies Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Interest rates
  • Economic climate and consumer confidence
  • Residential housing market
  • Demand for substitutes

  • Major Markets
  • Re-mortgage and other financing buyers
  • Movers and other
  • Personal loans and business
  • First-time buyers
  • Investor buyers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Building Societies Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitInterest costsWagesLoan write-offs, credit impairment and provisionsRent, utilities, depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Building Societies

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Building Societies Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Nationwide Building Society, Yorkshire Building Society, Coventry Building Society,
  • Table: Nationwide Building Society - financial performance
  • Table: Yorkshire Building Society - financial performance
  • Table: Coventry Building Society - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Building Societies Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Building Societies Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • When a mutual company owned by members converts to a company owned by shareholders. In effect, members exchange their rights of use for shares.
  • Interest Margin
  • The ratio of net interest (interest paid minus interest received) to interest received.
  • Libor ( London Interbank Offered Rate)
  • The interest rate at which banks offer to lend funds (wholesale money) to one another in the international interbank market.
  • Retail Deposits
  • A sum of money held in a building society on behalf of an individual.
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