LONDON – Lloyds Banking Group is recommending paying a dividend for the first time since it was rescued by British taxpayers after reporting net income of 1.13 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) compared with a loss in 2013.
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Chief Executive Antonio Horta-Osorio says the results published Friday demonstrate that Lloyds' capital position has improved significantly, enabling a dividend for the first time in six years. The bank plans to pay 0.75 pence per share, resulting in a total payout of 535 million pounds.
Horta-Osorio says it is a "symbolic development that bears testament to our successful transformation and improved risk profile of the business."
The bank also plans to spend 1 billion pounds over the next three years to improve mobile and online services and cut costs by an additional 1 billion pounds.