The bank, which is 82 percent owned by British taxpayers, said its fourth quarter losses increased 44 percent from a year earlier, to 2.60 billion pounds. That led to a full-year loss of 5.97 billion pounds ($9 billion), up from a shortfall of 2 billion pounds in 2011...RBS suggested that when investors take into account the one-time costs — such as paying the LIBOR fine — the bank is in much better shape than it might look. Operating profit, a measure of earnings before tax and one-time charges, rose to 3.46 billion pounds last year from 1.82 billion pounds. "I think we are coming really closer to the point where we are a normal company again," Hester told the BBC. [NYP]
9 Straight Years Of Losses So Close RBS Can Taste It
This thing's in reach, baby!
Bonus Watch '13: RBS's Chairman Doesn't Give A Baker's Fuck If Parliament Thinks His CEO Is Overpaid
Philip Hampton isn't going to go so far as to say Stephen Hester earned it but he is going to to just put it out there that other bank CEO's get paid a lot more, so if you think about it, Hester is barely making enough money to put food on the table. Relatively speaking.
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Those rate rigging penalties aren't going to pay for themselves.