In line with the new shareholder payout policy announced at the bank’s Investor Day in February, the 2023 interim shareholder remuneration will be approximately €2,620 million, some 50% of Santander’s first-half attributable profit1.
Approximately half of the remuneration will be paid to shareholders in the form of a cash dividend of 8.1 euro cents per share, an increase of 39% versus last year’s interim payment, with the remaining half distributed through a share repurchase programme, subject to regulatory approval.
Since 2021 Santander has repurchased over 7% of its outstanding shares through share buybacks.
The board of directors approves the appointment of Glenn Hutchins as vice chair and lead independent director effective 1 October 2023. Mr Hutchins succeeds Bruce Carnegie-Brown, who will retire from the board at the next Annual General Meeting in 2024 after more than nine years of service.
Madrid, 26 September 2023.
The board of directors of Banco Santander today announced its decision to pay an interim cash dividend against 2023 results of 8.10 euro cents per share, an increase of 39% compared to the same dividend last year. Furthermore, the board has agreed to execute a share repurchase programme for an approximate amount of €1,310 million, subject to regulatory approval.
As a result, Santander’s payout ratio (the proportion of earnings distributed to shareholders) increases from 40% to 50% of attributable profit1, consistent with the new remuneration policy announced at the bank’s Investor Day in February. The interim shareholder remuneration against the 2023 results will total approximately €2,620 million. The cash dividend will be paid on 2 November 2023.
The board of directors of Banco Santander will agree on the final distribution from 2023 earnings in the first quarter of 2024, subject to the appropriate corporate and regulatory approvals. The 2023 interim shareholder remuneration represents an equivalent annualised yield of over 9%2. Since 2021 Santander has repurchased over 7% of its outstanding shares through share buybacks.
Ana Botín, Banco Santander executive chair, said: “Our business continues to perform extremely well and we are on track to meet all our 2023 targets. The recent announcement to align our operating model in retail & commercial and consumer finance to our strategy allows us to better serve our customers while delivering profitable growth and increasing efficiency. In the past 12 months, we have delivered 11% growth in tangible net asset value plus dividend per share.”
Glenn Hutchins appointed lead independent director
The board of directors of Banco Santander also announces the appointment of Glenn Hutchins as vice chair and lead independent director, following the recommendation of the board’s nomination committee. Mr Hutchins’ appointment is effective from 1 October 2023. José Antonio Álvarez, non-executive director of the board, is also vice chair of Banco Santander.
Glenn Hutchins, who joined Santander’s board of directors in 2022 as a non-executive director (independent), will replace Bruce Carnegie-Brown, who will retire from the board in 2024 after more than nine years. Mr Hutchins will replace Mr Carnegie-Brown as chair of the board remuneration committee effective on 1 October 2023, with Mr Carnegie-Brown remaining as a member of that committee until the 2024 annual general meeting (AGM) to ensure an orderly transition. Mr Carnegie-Brown will also continue as chair of the board nomination committee until the AGM, while he is stepping down from the board executive committee and innovation & technology committee.
Ana Botín said: “We are very grateful to Bruce for the outstanding contribution he has made to Santander’s board over the last nine years. His insight and counsel have been invaluable in guiding the bank through a period of significant growth and success. Glenn is a superb candidate to succeed Bruce and has already added significant value to the board of directors since joining last year. I look forward to working together more closely in his new capacity as lead independent director.”
Santander’s board of directors has 15 members, of which 66% are independent. The membership incorporates a broad spectrum of professional expertise and diversity in nationality and skills. Furthermore, 40% of its members are women.
Glenn Hutchins co-founded US technology and investment firm Silver Lake, where he was CEO until 2011. He has been a senior managing director at The Blackstone Group (1994-1999) and Thomas H. Lee Co. (1985-1994), and a consultant at Boston Consulting Group. He has also served on the boards of SunGard Data Systems (Chair, 2005-2015), Nasdaq (2005-2017) and Virtu Financial (2017-2021), and served as a director and chair of the audit and risk committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2011 to 2021. Mr Hutchins was born in Virginia (US) in 1955 and graduated with a bachelor of arts, an MBA and a juris doctor from Harvard University.
1. The target payout will be approximately 50% of the group net attributable profit (excluding the impacts that do not affect cash or capital ratios directly), split approximately 50% in cash dividends and 50% in share buybacks. Implementation of the shareholder remuneration policy is subject to future corporate and regulatory decisions and approvals.
2. Per Banco Santander's market capitalization on 25 September 2023.