Saudi's Al Rajhi Bank halves H2 dividend after Q4 profit drop

DUBAI Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:08am EST

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DUBAI Jan 19 (Reuters) - Al Rajhi Bank, Saudi Arabia's largest listed lender, said in a bourse filing on Sunday its board had recommended a cash dividend of 1 riyal ($0.27) per share for the second half of 2013.

The dividend is half of what Al Rajhi paid out for the final six months of 2012.

Al Rajhi reported a 19.1 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profit last Thursday as operating expenses rose - likely due to higher provisioning.

In a separate statement on Sunday, Al Rajhi said it would boost its capital by 8 percent through a bonus share issue, which would gift shareholders 1 free share for every 12 shares they own in the bank. ($1 = 3.7505 Saudi riyals) (Reporting by David French; Editing by Olzhas Auyezov)