This announcement contains inside information 31 March 2020
UPDATE ON DIVIDEND PAYMENTS
In order to help us to serve the needs of businesses and households through the extraordinary challenges presented by Covid-19, the board has decided that until the end of 2020 we will undertake no quarterly or interim dividend payments, accrual of dividends, or share buybacks on ordinary shares. In addition, in response to a request from the PRA and to preserve additional capital for use in serving our clients, the board has agreed to cancel payment of the final 2019 dividend in relation to ordinary shares. Accordingly, resolution 17 in relation to the declaration of that dividend will be withdrawn from the AGM, scheduled to take place on 21 May 2020. Our board will decide on any dividend policy and amounts at year-end 2020.
The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement is Douglas Radcliffe, Group Investor Relations Director.
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For further information:
Douglas Radcliffe +44 (0) 20 7356 1571
Group Investor Relations Director
Matt Smith +44 (0) 20 7356 3522
Head of Media Relations
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