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Santander named Best Bank in the World in 2012 by Euromoney magazine
Press release Santander named Best Bank in the World in 2012 by Euromoney magazine The magazine also named Santander Best Bank in the UK, Poland, Portugal, Mexico and Argentina. Euromoney highlighted the Group’s diversification, model of subsidiaries and cost/income efficiency, the best among international Banks. “It is hard to think of a bank that could have faced the challenges that Santander has already overcome better than Botín and his colleagues have done. And the smart money has to be on them doing so again,” Euromoney said.Madrid, July 6, 2012 - Euromoney has named Banco Santander Best Bank in the World in2012, the third time in seven years that the magazine has chosen Santander for this award.The publication highlighted Santander capacity to generate recurrent profits, even ineconomically difficult moments, and the soundness of Santander’s balance sheet. Themagazine attributes this to “two main reasons:” its international diversification and itsefficiency ratio, “the best in international banking.”Santander has also been named Best Bank in five of its core markets: The UK, Poland (BankZachodni WBK), Portugal, Mexico and Argentina.Banco Santander Chairman Emilio Botín, who received the award for the bank in a ceremonyin London yesterday, said: “We are the most diversified international bank and aim to be thebest bank for our customers in the ten core markets. Santander will continue to put balancesheet strength, in capital and liquidity, above any other priority in coming years.”Botín added that no other bank has leadership positions in 10 core markets, spread betweenemerging and mature markets. “This smoothes out our revenues and diversifies risks, so thateven if one country is weak, the Group remains strong.”Banco Santander chief executive Alfredo Sáenz said: “This award is particularly gratifying,given the economic and financial backdrop. Euromoney’s decision is a clear vote ofconfidence in the Group’s strategy and capacity for execution.”Euromoney said: “Over the past decade, chairman Emilio Botín and his management teamhave overseen a dramatic transformation of Santanders business, which has enabled thebank to deliver impressive and consistent growth and profitability while withstanding theComunicación Externa.Ciudad Grupo Santander – Edif. Arrecife, 2ª Planta. 28660Boadilla del Monte (Madrid). Tel. 34 91 289 5211. Fax 34 91 257 1039
shocks in its domestic market.” The magazine pointed out Santander has been able to actquickly when it has been required to raise capital.“Santander is a bank that shows the benefits of a subsidiary model, in which its businessesare autonomous in terms of capital and liquidity and locally supervised. Santander is a keyplayer in all of its core markets,“ the magazine added.Euromoney concluded, “It is hard to think of a bank that could have faced the challenges thatSantander has already overcome better than Botín and his colleagues have done. And thesmart money has to be on them doing so again.”Euromoney, founded in 1969, is a recognized leader in business and financial news andcommentary. With readership of 145,000, Euromoney is seen by top executives, regulatorsand officials in more than 170 countries. The magazine’s subscribers are mainly in Europe,with about 30%, the UK, 23%, and the US, 23%. Euromoney’s anual Awards for Excellenceare a banking industry benchmark. The award winners are selected by the Euromoney editorsaccording to objective measures including profitability, growth and efficiency, as well assubjective criteria.Banco Santander (SAN.MC, STD.N, BNC.LN) is a retail and commercial bank, based inSpain, with a presence in 10 main markets. Santander is the largest bank in the euro zoneand is among the fifteen in the world by market capitalization. Founded in 1857, Santanderhad EUR 1.383 trillion in managed funds, more than 102 million customers, 14,760 branches– more than any other international bank – and 193,000 employees at the close of 2011. It isthe largest financial group in Spain and Latin America. Furthermore, it has significantpositions in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Poland and the U.S. northeast.Santander Consumer Finance operates in the Group’s core markets as well as in the Nordicregion. In 2011, Grupo Santander registered EUR 7,021 million in recurring net profit.Comunicación Externa.Ciudad Grupo Santander – Edif. Arrecife, 2ª Planta. 28660Boadilla del Monte (Madrid). Tel. 34 91 289 5211. Fax 34 91 257 1039