The Lloyds Banking Group plc Board has recommended a final ordinary dividend of 1.33 pence per share. This is in addition to the interim ordinary dividend of 0.67 pence per share that was announced in the 2021 half year results. The recommended total ordinary dividend per share for 2021 is therefore 2.00 pence per share.
Other financial highlights include:
- Statutory profit before tax of £6.9 billion and statutory profit after tax of £5.9 billion, benefitting from higher income and a net impairment credit. Tangible net asset value per share of 57.5 pence, up 5.2 pence per share
- Solid net income of £15.8 billion, up 9 per cent, with underlying net interest income of £11.2 billion, up 4 per cent, underlying other income of £5.1 billion, up 12 per cent and a reduction in operating lease depreciation. Underlying net interest income benefitted from increased average interest-earning banking assets, up 2 per cent and a strengthened banking net interest margin of 2.54 per cent
- Sustained cost discipline with operating costs of £7.6 billion, up 1 per cent compared to the prior year, including the impact of rebuilding variable pay. Remediation charges of £1,300 million, with £775 million in the fourth quarter, including £600 million in the quarter for HBOS Reading
- Asset quality remains strong. Net underlying impairment credit of £1.2 billion, including a net credit of £467 million in the fourth quarter, benefitting from improvements to the macroeconomic outlook for the UK, combined with robust observed credit performance