Between the years 1900 and 1919, Banco Santander doubled its balance, extended its capital to ten million pesetas, increased its revenue, came close to the number of half million pesetas in profits in the fiscal year of 1917 and its profitability was above the average of the Spanish credit companies. Apart from that, during these years, the three most important Spanish banks which would later be integrated in Banco Santander, were founded: Banco Hispanoamericano (1900), Banco Español de Crédito (1902) and Banco Central (1919).
Banco Santander is a global, multinational bank which was named the Best Bank in the World, in 2012 in the annual Euromoney ranking for the third time in recent years. At the close of the latest fiscal year, Santander was the largest bank in the eurozone and one of the thirteen leading banks in the world in terms of market capitalisation: 63 billion euros.
Based on a business model that focuses on retail banking products and services for private customers, SMEs, and companies, Santander currently serves more than 100 million customers through a global network of 14,400 branches, the largest in the international banking sector. It has 1.388 billion euros in managed funds in all customer segments, more than 3.3 million shareholders, and 187,000 employees.
Santander is currently the main financial group in Spain, its country of origin, and in Latin America, a continent where its main markets are Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina. It also holds a significant position in the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Poland, and the north-east of the United States. In addition to these main markets, it also offers consumer finance services in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, and Belgium.
Santander shares are the most liquid in the Eurostoxx, and are listed in the Madrid, New York, London, Lisbon, Mexico, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Milan stock exchanges. They are listed in 63 different stock exchange indices.
Santander holds a unique position in the international banking sector, which allows it to increase its profits year after year, generating value for its shareholders, clients, and all of society. In 2012, in the midst of a severe global financial crisis, Santander’s profit before provisions grew to 23.559 billion euros, one of the three largest figures in the international banking sector. Santander closed the year with a 10.33% core capital ratio, and easily passed the strictest financial soundness tests required by all the competent national and international authorities.
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