westpac banking corp (WEBNF) Key Developments
Westpac SPS II Announces Expected Distribution for the Quarter Ending September 30, 2014, Payable on September 30, 2014
Jul 2 14
Westpac Banking Corporation advises the market that the expected final distribution for Westpac SPS II for the quarter ending September 30, 2014 is $1.1424. The distribution is payable on September 30, 2014. Record date is on September 22, 2014.
Westpac Banking Corporation Announces Interim Ordinary Dividend for the Year 2014, Payable on July 2, 2014
Jul 1 14
The Westpac Banking Corporation board announced a fully franked interim ordinary dividend of 90 cents per share, up 4 cents on first half 2013 and 2 cents on second half 2013-maintaining its consistent pattern of dividend increases over recent halves. The company’s payout ratio of 74% reflects its commitment to return a high proportion of its earnings to its 585,000 shareholders. The 2014 interim dividend will be paid on July 2, 2014. The ex-dividend date for interim dividend is May 14, 2014 and record date for interim dividend is on May 16, 2014.
Westpac Banking Corporation Provides Dividend Guidance for Westpac Capital Note for Distribution Period Ending September 8, 2014
Jun 11 14
Westpac Banking Corporation announced expected quarter dividend of $1.0372 for Westpac Capital Note for the period ending June 8, 2014 to September 8, 2014. Dividend is payable on September 8, 2014 and record date is August 29, 2014.
Westpac Group Announces Executive Changes
Jun 3 14
Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer, Gail Kelly, announced the retirement of Greg Targett from Westpac's executive team and the appointment of Alexandra Holcomb to the position of Chief Risk Officer. Ms Holcomb joined Westpac in 1996 from management consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton where she specialised in international credit. She has held a number of senior executive positions within Westpac Institutional Bank, as well as in Group Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions. She is currently General Manager, Global Transactional Services. Her responsibilities include transactional banking and trade sales and services for institutional and corporate customers, as well as managing Westpac's payments, trade products and related infrastructure.
Westpac Banking Corporation Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Second Half of 2014
May 5 14
Westpac Banking Corporation reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the six months ended March 31, 2014. For the quarter, the company reported net profit 10% to $3.622 billion from $3.287 billion a year ago. Revenue was up 7% to $9.79 billion from $9.17 billion. Cash earnings per share rose 7% to $1.213 from $1.133. Net interest income was $6,639 million against $6,292 million a year ago. Profit before income tax was $5,254 million against $4,799 million a year ago. Net profit attributable to owners of the company was $3,622 million against $3,287 million a year ago. Net cash provided by operating activities was $13,969 million against $703 million a year ago. Purchase of intangible assets was $358 million against $286 million a year ago. Purchase of property, plant and equipment was $157 million against $78 million a year ago. Cash return on average ordinary equity was 16.5%.
The company provided earnings guidance for the second half of 2014. For the period, the company reported that the company is positive about the second half for the bank.