Dutch bank ABN Amro to cut almost 3,000 jobs by 2024

AMSTERDAM (REUTERS) – Dutch bank ABN Amro said on Monday (Nov 30) it would cut almost 3,000 jobs in the coming years, as it focuses on profitable activities in the Netherlands and north-west Europe.

ABN, one of the three dominant lenders in the Netherlands, said it would cut 15 per cent of its current staff of about 19,000 by 2024, as it looks to bring down costs by €700 million (S$1.12 billion) to €4.7 billion per year.

In an update before its annual investors day, the bank also said it would aim for a core capital adequacy ratio of at least 13 per cent, and consider share buybacks if the so-called CET 1-ratio under Basel IV rules topped 15 per cent.

The measures are needed to deliver a return on equity of 8 per cent by 2024, the largely state-owned bank said.

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