CFDs are leveraged products. CFD trading may not be suitable for everyone and can result in losses that exceed your deposits, so please consider our Risk Disclosure Notice and ensure that you fully understand the risks involved. CFDs are leveraged products. CFD trading may not be suitable for everyone and can result in losses that exceed your deposits, so please consider our Risk Disclosure Notice and ensure that you fully understand the risks involved.

ANZ, CBA and NAB share prices: why dividend pressure is set to stay

According to Macquarie Wealth Management, dividend pressure looks set to continue for the big four, as revenue and earnings headwinds persist.


The last few weeks have seen the majority of the big four report their FY19 full-year results – save for CBA – which reported their first quarter results for the 2020 fiscal year.

Overall, these releases and the market reaction that followed were a mixed bag.

NAB cut their dividend by 16% but their share price rose; ANZ kept their dividend stable but slashed their franking rate, and CBA showed modest earnings and lending volume growth.

Yet even so, Macquarie Wealth Management predicts trouble ahead for the big four – especially as it concerns their all-important dividends.

Practise trading Australian bank stocks with an IG demo account now

ANZ share price: a sour outlook

Centrally, cost pressure means that the Macquarie believes that ANZ's underlying earnings will fall by around 7% in FY20 to FY21.

Moreover, while ANZ's 'unquestionably strong' CET1 ratio of 11.5% (pro forma) looks strong on the face of it, with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) set to roll out a set of likely even more strict capital requirements – the investment bank believes ANZ may be required to pursue a capital raise in the future.

As a point of reference, Westpac saw its share price fall steeply when they announced a $2.5bn capital raise to the market as part of their full-year results. NAB opted against such a move, instead revealing a dividend reinvestment plan (DRP) worth $700m during their FY19 results.

With all this considered, Macquarie has a neutral rating on the commercially-focused bank and a 12-month price target of $26.50 – slightly ahead of ANZ’s current share price.

CBA share price: low rates persist

While Macquarie noted that CBA’s recent Q1 FY20 results were ahead of its big four peer group; overall the investment bank expects that it will become increasingly difficult for CBA to maintain their current dividend levels – as historically low interest rates continue to weigh on the bank(s).

Instructively then and as we previously wrote, UBS:

‘Expects CBA's NIM [net interest margin] to decline in the second quarter [of FY20] as the impact of lower rates becomes more apparent.’

In line with this, Macquarie has an underperform rating on CBA and a share price target of just $75.00

NAB share price: things remain neutral

Finally, like ANZ, Macquarie has a neutral rating on NAB and a 12-month price target of $27.00.

Though Macquarie believes NAB's results were better than ANZ and Westpac’s, the investment bank still posits that NAB's underlying earnings are likely to decline by around 6% in FY20-FY21.

In step with this, earnings per share (EPS) is expected to contract by around 15% over that time frame – and like ANZ – put pressure on NAB’s ability to maintain a its dividend over time.

According to the ASX, NAB currently has a significant dividend yield of 6.01%.


The information on this page does not contain a record of our trading prices, or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instrument. IG Bank S.A. accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representation or warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk. Any research provided does not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any specific person who may receive it and as such is considered to be a marketing communication. Although we are not specifically constrained from dealing ahead of our recommendations we do not seek to take advantage of them before they are provided to our clients. See full non-independent research disclaimer.

Act on share opportunities today

Go long or short on thousands of international stocks with CFDs.

  • Get full exposure for a comparatively small deposit
  • Trade on spreads from just 0.1%
  • Get greater order book visibility with direct market access

See opportunity on a stock?

Try a risk-free trade in your demo account, and see whether you’re on to something.

  • Log in to your demo
  • Take your position
  • See whether your hunch pays off

See opportunity on a stock?

Don’t miss your chance – upgrade to a live account to take advantage.

  • Trade a huge range of popular stocks
  • Analyse and deal seamlessly on fast, intuitive charts
  • See and react to breaking news in-platform

See opportunity on a stock?

Don’t miss your chance. Log in to take your position.

Live prices on most popular markets

  • Forex
  • Shares
  • Indices
liveprices.javascriptrequired
liveprices.javascriptrequired
liveprices.javascriptrequired

Prices above are subject to our website terms and agreements. Prices are indicative only. All shares prices are delayed by at least 15 mins.

You might be interested in…

Find out what charges your trades could incur with our transparent fee structure.

Discover why so many clients choose us, and what makes us a world-leading provider of CFDs.

Stay on top of upcoming market-moving events with our customisable economic calendar.