Westpac has posted a 2015-16 cash profit of $A7.8bn. Its return on equity fell by 1.85 per cent to 14 per cent in the year to 30 September 2016, and its ROE target has been scaled back from 15 per cent to 13-14 per cent due to factors such as new capital requirements for the banking sector. PwC estimates that the combined ROE of the four major banks fell by 127 basis points to 13.75 per cent in 2015-16. Meanwhile, Westpac will seek to reduce its cost-to-income ratio from 42 per cent at present to less than 40 per cent
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