Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 14 : 8-May-18
Westpac’s shares rose $A0.24 to $A29.34 on 7 May after the bank reported an interim cash profit of $A4.25 billion, up six per cent. In releasing its latest results, Westpac took the opportunity to criticise the banking royal commission’s release of documents that had been critical of its lending standards. CEO Brian Hartzer also took the opportunity to restate the bank’s commitment to its BT Financial Group wealth business, despite other banks having indicated their intention to exit the wealth management sector.
WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, BT FINANCIAL GROUP PTY LTD, PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS AUSTRALIA (INTERNATIONAL) PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, BT INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED – ASX BTT, ALPHINITY INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT PTY LTD