An economic crisis was averted and at ANZ we were able to unwind some of the emergency provisions the accounting rules required us to take. Our profits were solid and, as you can read in this newsletter, the bank is in very strong shape with an agenda for growth underway.
Importantly, we have been able to return our dividend to more normal settings. Indeed, we announced the second largest dividend per share of the Big 4 banks and our one year Total Shareholder Return was best of the Big 4 at 70.7 per cent.
If the last two years have taught us anything it is that certainty is something of a mirage but I can assure you our board and executive are focused on positioning ANZ so it remains in a strong position to help our customers, our staff and of course you, our shareholders to thrive.
As you can read in the story of our ANZx transformation, we are continuing the work of simplifying the bank but critically building the flexibility and customer service that will be essential in the future.
You can find below all the key presentations from the 2021 annual general meeting, a fascinating interview with chairman Paul O'Sullivan, insight into our executive team and stories about some of our inspirational customers.
Given the extent of the disruption in 2020 and 2021 its likely volatility will continue however we are well placed to deal with that.
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Jill Campbell is Group General Manager Investor Relations at ANZ