Westpac Annual Net Profit Down 15%
Westpac Banking (OTC: WEBNF) reported a 15% drop in its fiscal-year profit.
Westpac's annual net profit declined to 5.97 billion Australian dollars (US$6.17 billion), from A$6.99 billion, in the year-ago period.
Its cash earnings increased 5% to A$6.6 billion, from A$6.3 billion. However, analysts were expecting a profit of A$6.5 billion.
Westpac also announced its plans to pay a dividend of 84 Australian cents a share in the second half.
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