May 7, 2020 / 10:53 PM / a month ago

Australia's Macquarie Group posts 8% fall in annual profit, halves dividend

May 8 (Reuters) - Australia’s Macquarie Group on Friday reported an 8.4% drop in annual profit, hurt by higher impairments relating to potential economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

The financial group’s profit for the year ended March 31 fell to A$2.73 billion ($1.78 billion), compared to a record profit of A$2.98 billion a year earlier, missing an estimate of A$2.81 billion by a Reuters poll.

Macquarie slashed its final dividend to A$1.80 per share, compared with last year’s payout of A$3.60 per share.

$1 = 1.5370 Australian dollars Reporting by Shriya Ramakrishnan and Shreya Mariam Job in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi and Chris Reese

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