Investec has proposed a final dividend of 17.5p per share

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Investec has proposed a final dividend of 17.5p per share

The Investec Board has proposed a final dividend of 17.5p per share, resulting in a full year dividend of 31.0p (FY2022: 25.0p). The payout ratio of 45.0% is within the Group's 30% to 50% payout range.

Other financial highlights include:

• The Group achieved strong financial performance amidst a complex macroeconomic backdrop that prevailed throughout the financial year

• Adjusted earnings per share increased 25.0% to 68.9p (FY2022: 55.1p), at the upper end of previous guidance

• Funds under management (FUM) decreased 4.5% to £61.0 billion (FY2022: £63.8 billion) largely reflecting the unfavourable market movements. Net inflows were £377 million, with £810 million inflows in discretionary FUM partly offset by £433 million net outflows in non-discretionary FUM

• Net core loans increased to £30.2 billion (FY2022: £29.9 billion) increasing 7.7% in neutral currency; largely driven by corporate lending and residential mortgage lending in both core geographies

• Customer accounts (deposits) increased 5.8% in constant currency, and decreased by 1.4% to £39.6billion on reported basis

• Revenue grew 14.6%, benefitting from higher global interest rates and loan growth, which was underpinned by client acquisition and increased client activity. Fee and commission income was negatively impacted by the unfavourable market movements and weakening macro backdrop

• The cost to income ratio improved to 59.6% (FY2022: 63.3%) as operating costs grew by 9.5%. Fixed operating expenditure increased by 11.3%, due to inflationary pressures, continued investment in people and technology to support growth, and post-pandemic normalisation in certain discretionary spend

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