DBS chief Piyush Gupta’s 2023 salary down 27% at S$11.2 million after pay cut

DBS chief government Piyush Gupta obtained a complete remuneration of S$11.2 million for the monetary yr ended Dec 31, 2023, representing a 27 per cent year-on-year decline from S$15.4 million beforehand.

Based on DBS’ annual report launched Wednesday (Mar 6), Gupta’s base wage of S$1.5 million remained unchanged from the earlier yr.

He obtained a decrease money bonus of S$4.1 million versus S$5.8 million in FY2022 and deferred remuneration of about S$5.6 million, down from S$8 million the yr earlier than.

Of the deferred quantity, DBS stated round 17.4 per cent or S$943,670 will probably be in money, with the remaining to be issued within the type of shares.

These shares amounting to some S$4.6 million don’t embrace the estimated worth of retention shares price S$832,650, which function a retention instrument and to compensate workers for the time worth of deferral.

DBS staff don’t obtain bizarre dividends on unvested shares.

A non-cash element amounting to S$72,992 was additionally included as a part of Gupta’s whole remuneration for FY2023. It comprised the worth of a membership, automotive and driver advantages obtained by the chief government.

Earlier in February, the financial institution had introduced that it was lowering the variable pay for its administration committee as its members take accountability for the financial institution’s digital disruptions in 2023.

Variable pay of the group administration committee was collectively diminished by 21 per cent, whereas Gupta would take a deeper lower of 30 per cent.

DBS’ announcement of Gupta’s pay lower coincided with the financial institution’s launch of its FY2023 monetary outcomes that mirrored a 3 per cent year-on-year drop in fourth quarter internet revenue to S$2.27 billion.

It declared a dividend of S$0.54 per share for the interval, up from S$0.42 per share within the earlier This autumn. This brings the bizarre dividend for the full-year to S$1.92 per share.

In addition, DBS proposed a bonus concern on the premise of 1 bonus share for each current 10 bizarre shares held.

The bonus shares will qualify for dividends beginning with the first-quarter 2024 interim dividend and can enhance the tempo of capital returns to shareholders.

An annual basic assembly (AGM) will probably be held by DBS on Mar 28.

Among the resolutions to be handed on the AGM, shareholders may even should vote to approve S$4.8 million in charges for non-executive administrators’ remuneration for the monetary yr – up from the S$4.6 million awarded the yr earlier than.

Looking forward, DBS stated that it expects its earnings to be maintained at “around 2023 levels” as barely decrease internet curiosity margins are offset by mortgage development.

The group can be assuming credit score prices to normalise “although asset quality remains resilient”. It guided for particular allowances to maneuver in direction of 70-20 foundation factors of loans.

 “In the event that credit costs deteriorate beyond our assumptions, we have the capacity to release general allowance overlays that had been prudently built up in previous years,” stated DBS chief monetary officer Chng Sok Hui.