1 April 2020
SANTANDER UK GROUP HOLDINGS PLC (“Santander UK”)
SANTANDER UK ANNOUNCES SUSPENSION OF 2020 DIVIDEND POLICY
In order to help us to serve the needs of businesses and households through the extraordinary challenges presented by Covid-19, the board has decided that until the end of 2020 we will undertake no quarterly or interim dividend payments, accrual of dividends, or share buybacks on ordinary shares. Our board will decide on any 2020 dividend policy and amounts at year-end 2020. This follows the 2020 dividend announcement from Banco Santander on 23 March 2020.
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Notes to editors
Santander UK wholly owns Santander UK plc which is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. At 30 December 2019, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c23,500 employees and operates through 616 branches (which includes 51 university branches). Santander UK plc is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers’ eligible deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.
Banco Santander (SAN SM, STD US, BNC LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, based in Spain, with a meaningful market share in 10 core countries in Europe and the Americas. Banco Santander is among the world’s top banks by market capitalisation. Founded in 1857, Banco Santander has 144 million customers and over 200,000 employees at the close of September 2019. In September 2019, Banco Santander made attributable profit of EUR 3,732 million.
Banco Santander has a standard listing of its ordinary shares on the London Stock Exchange and Santander UK plc has preference shares listed on the London Stock Exchange.