Handelsbank erhöht Dividende nach Übertreffen der Gewinnerwartungen

Title: Handelsbanken Reports Strong Fourth-Quarter Results and Increases Dividend Payout

Introduction:
Handelsbanken, one of Sweden’s largest banks, has announced its fourth-quarter results for 2020. The bank has reported a forecast-beating profit, leading to an increase in its dividend payout. However, its net interest income fell slightly short of expectations.

Financial Performance:
Handelsbanken’s fourth-quarter profit was higher than expected, with a net profit of 4.6 billion Swedish crowns ($550 million). This is a significant increase from the 3.9 billion crowns reported in the same period last year. The bank’s operating profit also rose to 5.2 billion crowns, compared to 4.5 billion crowns in the previous year.

Dividend Payout:
Following the strong financial performance, Handelsbanken has decided to increase its dividend payout to shareholders. The proposed dividend for 2020 is 5.50 crowns per share, up from 5.00 crowns in 2019. This decision reflects the bank’s commitment to providing value to its shareholders.

Net Interest Income:
While Handelsbanken’s overall performance was impressive, its net interest income fell slightly short of expectations. The bank reported a  

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