RBS reported an operating loss before tax of £4,082 million for 2016 and an attributable loss(1) of £6,955 million, which included litigation and conduct costs of £5,868 million, restructuring costs of £2,106 million, the final Dividend Access Share (DAS) dividend of £1,193 million and Capital Resolution disposal losses and impairments of £825 million. Restructuring costs included a £750 million provision in respect of the 17 February 2017 update on RBS’s remaining State Aid obligation regarding Williams & Glyn. An operating loss before tax of £4,063 million and an attributable loss of £4,441 million were reported in Q4 2016.
Across our Personal & Business Banking (PBB), Commercial & Private Banking (CPB) and NatWest Markets (NWM) franchises, RBS reported a £163 million, or 4%, increase in adjusted operating profits to £4,249 million for 2016, and an adjusted return on equity of 11.1%, compared with 11.2% in 2015. Q4 2016 adjusted operating profit of £848 million was £320 million, or 61%, higher than Q4 2015.
In 2016 RBS delivered against all of its operating financial targets; PBB and CPB had combined
income growth of 2%, adjusting for transfers, underpinned by 10% net lending growth, expenses
have been reduced by around £1 billion for the third year in succession as the bank continues to
focus on digital channels and on simplification of its processes, and Capital Resolution RWAs have reduced by a further £14.5 billion, or 30%, to £34.5 billion, with 80% of RWAs now relating to PBB, CPB and NatWest Markets compared with 72% at the end of 2015. RBS is committed to achieving its sub 50% cost:income ratio and 12% return on tangible equity targets by 2020.
Common Equity Tier 1 ratio of 13.4% reduced by 210 basis points during 2016, but remains ahead of our target despite recognising significant charges relating to remaining legacy issues.
(1) Attributable to ordinary shareholders.