Barclays shares down after restructuring cuts

Posted by Simon Hadley in Banking on 4 March 2016 - Simon is a Credit Analyst at checkmyfile.

Barclays shares have dropped by 11% after the multinational lender announced plans to sell its African division, as well as slashing its dividend.

The bank has reported a 2% drop in pre-tax profits for 2015 and a financial dividend of 3.5p per share.

Jes Staley, Barclays chief executive, is hopeful that the bank will be able to cut its dividend by more than half by the end of 2017 in a bid to boost its capital. Barclays made £5.4bn in profit last year, down from £5.5bn in 2014.

Explaining the decision, Mr Staley says, “We're cutting the dividend for a very simple reason: We need to accelerate the closure of our non-core business. If we can get the majority of our non-core business, these are things like the Italian retail business which we sold recently or the US wealth management business that we sold recently.

“If we can close these transactions and just have Barclays illuminate the core franchise that we have as a transatlantic bank with a strong consumer franchise, corporate bank and investment bank, and let the profitability of that core business stand for itself, Barclays would be in a very good position.”

Barclays slide to a pre-tax loss of £1.9bn at the end of the last year, having previously took a significant hit of £1.45bn after being found guilty of mis-selling its customers payment protection insurance (PPI). Bonuses were also cut across the board for employees by 10% to £1.6bn.

The decision to pull out of Africa, where the bank has had an active division for over 100 years, has been a “very difficult” decision says Mr Staley, having described it as a “high quality franchise”.

Barclays Africa Group is currently one of the largest banks outside of the UK, employing 45,000 people over 12 countries including Ghana, Kenya and Uganda. Mr Staley has confirmed that the bank will be looking to sell its 62.3% stake in the next three years.

“You go to places like Uganda and Kenya and the brand of Barclays is as strong there as it is in the UK."But we have to make some very difficult decisions if we are going to get Barclays into focused, clear, compelling business model that generates returns for our shareholders," says Mr Staley.

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