Underlying profit for the first half was €4,205 million (+153% in constant euros), excluding restructuring costs from the first quarter
Revenues increased 8% and net operating income grew 13% on a constant currency basis
Madrid, 28 July 2021
Banco Santander achieved an attributable profit of €3,675 million in the first half of 2021. This compares to a loss of €10.8 billion in the same period last year, when the bank made a non-cash adjustment to the valuation of goodwill and deferred tax assets (DTAs). Excluding net charges of €530 million for restructuring costs already announced in Q1 2021, underlying profit for the first half was €4,205 million, up 153% versus the same period of last year. This is Santander’s highest underlying profit in the first half since 2010.
The bank’s strong performance was driven by good volume growth, with loans increasing 2% and deposits 4%. Across the group, businesses continued to focus on supporting customers, revenue growth, effective net interest income management and cost control.
The results illustrate the benefits of Santander’s geographic and business diversification, with its three regions (Europe, North America and South America), making similar contributions to the group’s overall profit. Underlying profit in the first half nearly tripled in Europe to €1,426 million (+172%) and North America to €1,628 million (+178%), while it grew 41% in South America to €1,645 million.
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