Lloyds pretax profit down 26%Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 20, 2020
Lloyds Banking Group today reported fiscal 2019 pre tax profit of 4.39 billion pounds, down 26 percent from 5.96 billion pounds in the previous year.
Lloyds Lloyds statutory profit after tax declined 33 percent to 3.01 billion pounds
For the fiscal period, Lloyds underlying profit was 7.53 billion pounds, down 7 percent from 8.07 billion pounds last year, reflecting continued revenue pressure and higher impairments partly offset by lower total costs.
Lloyds net interest income for the year decreased 3 percent to 12.38 billion pounds from 12.71 billion pounds last year.
Looking ahead to fiscal 2020, Lloyds expects increased statutory return on tangible equity of 12 to 13 percent in 2020, driven by resilient underlying profit and lower below the line charges.
Lloyds board has recommended a final ordinary dividend of 2.25 pence per share. This is in addition to the interim ordinary dividend of 1.12 pence per share that was announced in the 2019 half year results.
The recommended total ordinary dividend per share for 2019 is therefore 3.37 pence per share, up 5 per cent from the 3.21 pence per share in 2018.
Lloyds announced that it will move to the payment of quarterly dividends in 2020, with the first quarterly dividend in respect of the first quarter of 2020 payable in June 2020. ■