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Banco Santander SA

SAN: XMAD (ESP)
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Santander: Despite Exceptional 2023 Results, Future Growth Expected to Slow Down

Business Strategy and Outlook

Santander generates around 45% of its earnings from its highly profitable Latin American operations. The subscale returns Santander has historically recorded in Europe and the U.S. have obscured the high-double-digit/early-20s returns on equity Santander generates from its Latin American operations. Santander is confident that it can significantly improve the profitability of its European and U.S. businesses, supported by higher interest rates. We wonder if Santander could boost its profitability, release capital, and rerate its valuation by trimming its portfolio, so that it operates only in areas where it has a clear competitive advantage.

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