A £12.1m IT project writedown contributed to the poor figures – pre-tax profits came in at £8.6m, down from £28.4m in the previous 12-month period. It had planned to roll out a new software system to save costs and cut staff, but cancelled the scheme this year after it became bogged down and delayed.
Revenues increased two per cent to £290.5m, with fee income up 17 per cent to £177.3m.
But commission income fell five per cent to £88.6m. Analysts argued the firm has potential to bounce back.
Brewin Dolphin’s shares rose 3.73 per cent to 289.20p.