That is on top of the £1.3bn pay-out it announced in last week’s fourth-quarter and full-year results.
“Over 2019 to 2021 we expect £11bn of capital distribution (£3.8bn via ordinary dividends, £2.8bn via special dividends, £4.5bn via directed buyback), which represents c.36% of the market capitalization (40% if including the 4Q dividend yet to be paid),” read a note to clients on Tuesday.
The recent dividend announcement went down a treat with investors, including the UK Treasury which owns a 62.3% stake in the lender.
Deutsche was impressed too, while it also liked the pick-up in margins during the fourth quarter.
“The bank delivered on two areas in particular. Net interest margin: following a disappointing 3Q, this was up 2bps underlying in 4Q, with the net interest income a beat to DBe / in line with consensus.
“[And] capital return, which was well above consensus and DB forecasts for 4Q at 11p. This makes RBS one of the few banks in recent years in Europe to have surprised positively on capital return, and we think the decision by management to pay a large special dividend and not wait for Brexit / a government placement is a sign of confidence and intent on capital distributions.”
The analysts repeated their ‘buy’ recommendation as they hiked their price target up to 296p from 276p.
RBS shares hit five-month highs on Tuesday, climbing just over 1% to 254.9p.