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February 4, 2010

Santander announces €8.9bn profits in 2009

by Richard Kilner

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Spanish banking giant Banco Santander has announced that it met all the targets it was set at the shareholders’ meeting held in June.

The firm recorded attributable profits of €8.9bn for 2009, a rise of 1%, with shareholder remuneration rising by 2% to €4.9bn.

In July Santander indicated its confidence in matching the €8.8bn annual profit achieved in 2008, following announcement of its €4.52bn half-yearly net income.

Costs rose by 10%, but was outstripped by revenue which increased by 18%.

When exchange rate effects and the integration of new acquisitions are taken into account, revenue was up 11% but costs rose by less than 1%.

Group profit was bolstered to the tune of €1.5bn by the numerous recent acquisitions Banco Santander has made, including Banco Real, Bradford & Bingley, Alliance & Leicester, Sovereign and the consumer finance units.

Chairman Emilio Botin has expressed his delight at the very healthy results, which were achieved during an extremely difficult year for world banking.


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