Thanks to our strong financial performance in 2022 and the best year in over a decade, we have proposed a total capital distribution of 5.25bn1, with a 1.91bn cash dividend and 3.34bn share buyback – a 40% growth in distribution. Together with 2021 this already translates to almost 60% of our at least total 16bn capital distribution ambition for 2021-2024.
The distribution is more than comfortably funded by our superior organic capital generation of 279 basis points, well ahead of the plan. Even pro forma for the distribution, our CET1 ratio will be 14.9%, 78 basis points higher versus prior year.
Throughout the year, UniCredit produced strong financial results while taking proactive actions during a macroeconomically challenging year to protect our ability to deliver sustainable and attractive distribution to our shareholders while maintaining best-in-class capital strength.
For 2023 we are assuming a mild recession as our base case with UniCredit being well-positioned and ready to navigate and continue delivering excellence and growth under any scenario.
1. Pending Shareholder and supervisory approval