- Secure Trust Bank said its full-year results were expected to be in line with market expectations.

The company said it continued to re-position its lending portfolios away from higher-risk consumer lending during the final quarter of 2017.

The shift culminated in the profitable sale of a residual unsecured personal loan book in the final quarter.

Overall customer numbers and associated retail finance, motor finance, mortgages and SME lending balances continued to grow "in a carefully controlled manner", the company said.

"Following a year of very significant transition and new proposition development, STB enters 2018 well placed to pursue its strategic priorities through developing its business model organically and pursuing M&A opportunities," it added.

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