More Westpac pain ahead as dividends cut

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 17 & 21 : 5-Nov-19

Westpac has posted cash earnings of $6.85bn for 2018-19, which is 15 per cent lower than previously. Its net interest margin fell 10 basis points to 2.12 per cent in the year to 30 September, while the final dividend has been reduced from $0.94 per share to $0.80. Westpac has also advised that its customer remediation costs have totalled $1.9bn pre-tax since 2017, and CEO Brian Hartzer has warned of the potential for further compensation and litigation. Meanwhile, a $2.5bn capital raising will lift Westpac’s common equity tier one capital ratio to around 11.25 per cent.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT. AUSTRALIAN TRANSACTION REPORTS AND ANALYSIS CENTRE, MARTIN CURRIE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD

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