Royal Bank of Scotland has slightly beaten expectations by reporting a net income of £1.62 billion ($2.07 billion) for 2018 on Friday.
Analysts were expecting a net income of £1.58 billion for the full-year, according to Reuters' Eikon.
In terms of quarterly performance, net income stood at £286 million versus £448 million in the third quarter.
Here are some other highlights for the full-year:
- Profit stood at £3.34 billion versus £2.24 billion in 2017
- Common Equity Tier 1 ratio of 16.2 percent versus 15.9 percent at the end of 2017
- It proposed a full-year ordinary dividend of 3.5 pence per share
The U.K. lender has been at the center of a long legal saga with the DOJ over its selling of toxic mortgages in the U.S. in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. The lengthy settlement agreement process had prevented the bank from providing dividends to its shareholders. In the summer last year, the bank proposed its first dividend in 10 years.
RBS' chief executive Ross McEwan said in a statement: "2018 was a year of strong progress on our strategy - we settled our remaining major legacy issues, paid our first dividend in ten years and delivered another full year bottom line profit."
However, there are significant concerns over Brexit and the future of the U.K. economy.