Absa's chief executive Maria Ramos is to forego her bonus due to the group's "disappointing" results.
Addressing a presentation of the group's results to end December‚ Ramos said: "We are reporting disappointing results. Our numbers refect a difficult year."
ABSA's results were hit by credit impairments in home loans and commercial property. Absa's home loans division recorded a headline loss of R992m versus a profit of R516m in the previous year.
A large percentage of mortages written between 2006 and 2008 "went bad"‚ chief financial officer David Hodnett said.
In the retail markets‚ business credit impairments rose 53% to R6bn compared with the previous period as mortgage impairments more than doubled to R4.4bn.
Absa on Tuesday (12 February) reported a 9% decline in diluted headline earnings per share to 1‚224.6 cents for the period, down from 1‚350.0 cents a year earlier.
Headline eanrnings were down 9% to R8.8bn.
The group's return on equity decreased from 16,4% in 2011 to 13.6% last year.
"We maintained a total dividend per share of 684 cents‚ after considering regulatory changes‚ our strong capital position‚ strategy‚ growth plans‚ and near-term business objectives‚" Absa said.
It said that higher credit impairments‚ particularly in retail mortgages and commercial property finance‚ were the principal reason for lower earnings.
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