Banco Santander fourth quarter profits rise to €1.6bn
Stock gained over 28% in past year with improved growth expected for 2017
Banco Santander: fourth-quarter profit rose to €1.6 billion. Photograph: iStock
Net income at Spain’s biggest bank compared with €25 million a year earlier when profit was hit by charges, including provisions for the wrongful sale in the UK of payment protection insurance.
Analysts had expected earnings of €1.48 billion, the average of five analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
The bank lowered its profitability target for 2018 in September, citing diminished prospects for growth, especially after the UK vote to leave the European Union. Britain contributes about a fifth of the bank’s profit, the same as Brazil.
“Going forward, we have many opportunities for profitable growth in Europe and the Americas, in an environment we anticipate will be volatile but generally better than 2016,” Ms Botin said.
The stock has gained more than 28 per cent in the past year, more than the 13 per cent increase in the benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 Banks Price Index.