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ANZ’s cash profit for continuing operations was $A3.76 billion, down 42 per cent compared with the prior comparable period. The statutory profit after tax was $A3.58 billion in the full year, a 40 per cent decrease.
On the decision to pay a solid, albeit reduced, dividend of A35 cents fully franked, Elliott said he was proud the bank made that judgement without diluting shareholders.
“We didn’t put our hand out to shareholders for more capital,” he explained. “We’ve kept our share count the same [so] I think it’s a pretty balanced and good result.”
Elliott said ANZ had increased its investment into customer data platforms which has provided the bank with “amazing insight” into customer behaviour.
“We’re literally able to see in real-time how people are behaving,” he said. “That really gives us the ability to deal with customers as individuals.”
Melbourne-based Elliott said he felt a sense of optimism as COVID-19 restrictions begin being lifted across the state of Victoria and the focus shifts to economic recovery.
“Victoria is a very important part of Australia – economically and otherwise. As economies and businesses emerge from this lockdown, you do get quite a sharp recovery,” he said. “So there will be a bounce back. We’ve seen that happen elsewhere and we’re very, very confident it will happen here in Victoria.”
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Andrew Cornell is Managing Editor of bluenotes