In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to create a negative impact on supply chains and disrupt the global economy. In this complex operating environment, CITIC Limited remained focused on the implementation of its 14th Five-Year Plan. Leveraging the unique competitive advantages of its diverse business platform, the Company continued to advance its high-quality development in accordance with the principles of reform, speed and quality.
CITIC Limited realised a profit attributable to ordinary shareholders of HK$70.2 billion in 2021, a historic high and 24% more than in 2020. The comprehensive financial services segment, the largest contributor to the bottom line, recorded a 12% increase in revenue and a 20% increase in net profit for the year. The four non-financial business segments, led by strong performance in advanced materials, recorded profit growth of 40% as we capitalised on market opportunities and enhanced operating efficiency. The contribution of non-financial business segments to total profit rose to 36%, up from 32% in 2020.
The board recommends a final dividend payment of HK$0.456 per share, giving shareholders a total dividend of HK$0.606 per share for the year 2021, 24.2% more than in 2020.