RBS to pay first dividend in 10 years (News)

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Royal Financial institution of Scotland has seen first-half income fall, however is heading in the right direction to pay its first dividend in 10 years.

The financial institution mentioned it might be paying 2p a share as an interim dividend as quickly as its $4.9bn (£3.8bn) settlement with the US Division of Justice over mortgage-backed securities was accomplished.

The price of the settlement meant that RBS banked decrease income for the January-to-June interval than in 2017.

Attributable revenue was £888m, in contrast with £939m in 2017.

RBS booked a £1bn cost to cope with the settlement with US regulators, which was agreed in Might. It pertains to RBS’s mis-selling of the securities within the run-up to the monetary disaster.

The financial institution had already put apart cash to cowl the remainder of the fee.

It mentioned it anticipated the cope with the Division of Justice to be finalised inside months, paving the way in which for the dividend to be paid out.

‘Extra to do’

RBS chief government Ross McEwan mentioned the financial institution was happy with its progress, though the surroundings was unsure and extremely aggressive.

He added: “We nonetheless have much more to do to attain our ambition of being one of the best financial institution for purchasers within the UK and Republic of Eire.

“Nevertheless, with our main legacy points largely behind us, we’re capable of absolutely concentrate on closing this hole.”

RBS was bailed out by the federal government on the top of the monetary disaster and remains to be 62.4% publicly owned.

Final month, the federal government misplaced £2.1bn after promoting a tranche of RBS shares at 271p every, virtually half the 502p a share it paid for them in 2008.

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