Fifth Third Announces 2014 CCAR Capital Plan; Potential Increase in Dividend to $0.13; $669M Buyback
Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) announced today that the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“the Federal Reserve”) did not object to the proposed potential capital actions from April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015 (the “CCAR period”) included in Fifth Third's capital plan submitted in January under the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (“CCAR”) process. Fifth Third also published on its website the company-run internal stress test results required under the Dodd-Frank Act stress testing rules.
In comments related to Fifth Third's announcement regarding its 2014 capital plan under CCAR, Kevin Kabat, CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp, said, “Our capital plan reflects our strong capital base, profitability and earnings generation, which enable us to return excess capital to shareholders while retaining more than sufficient capital to support ongoing business opportunities and balance sheet growth. Our proposed capital distributions would represent an estimated total payout ratio in the mid to upper end of our longer-term target range of 60 to 80 percent. We designed our 2014 CCAR plan to maintain regulatory common equity capital ratios generally at current levels, similar to our goals in previous submissions. We believe our plan for capital management and retention is balanced and prudent given our expectations, our capital position, current regulatory capital rules and expectations, and the current economic outlook.”
2014 CCAR Capital Plan
Fifth Third's capital plan included the following potential capital actions related to common dividends and share repurchases for the period beginning April 1, 2014 and ending March 31, 2015, subject to Board approval and other factors including regulatory developments and market conditions.
The potential increase in the quarterly common stock dividend to $0.13 during the CCAR period The potential repurchase of common shares in an amount up to $669 million The additional ability to repurchase shares in the amount of any after-tax gains from the sale of Vantiv, Inc. (“Vantiv”) stock, if realized. The Federal Reserve's non-objection applies only to those actions proposed in Fifth Third's CCAR submission to be taken from April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015. Any actions that Fifth Third assumed as part of this CCAR submission that it may potentially take subsequent to March 31, 2015 would be subject to a subsequent CCAR plan submission and non-objection for that subsequent period. Any capital actions, including those contemplated in the above announced actions, are subject to evaluation and approval by the Board of Directors at any given time, Fifth Third's performance, the state of the economic environment, market conditions, regulatory factors, and other risks and uncertainties. Fifth Third has no current information and makes no representations as to whether, when or in what amounts there may be a) future gains from the sale of Vantiv stock or b) other capital actions or distributions requiring future Board approval, future regulatory developments, or future requisite market conditions.
Disclosure of Company-Run Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test (DFAST)
Additionally, Fifth Third is disclosing the results of its company-run stress test as required by the Dodd-Frank Act stress testing rules (12 CFR Part 252), or “DFAST.” These rules require that covered companies disclose certain results from its stress test including: a description of the types of risk included in the stress test, a general description of methodologies used in the stress test, estimates of certain financial results and pro forma capital ratios, and an explanation of the most significant causes of the changes in regulatory capital ratios. The results are available on Fifth Third's Investor Relations website at http://ir.53.com by clicking on “Financials & Regulatory Filings”. The results are also available at the following link: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=72735&p=disclosures.
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of December 31, 2013, the Company had $130 billion in assets and operated 17 affiliates with 1,320 full-service Banking Centers, including 104 Bank Mart® locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,586 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 25% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2013, had $302 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB."
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There are a number of important factors that could cause future results to differ materially from historical performance and these forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: (1) general economic conditions and weakening in the economy, specifically the real estate market, either nationally or in the states in which Fifth Third, one or more acquired entities and/or the combined company do business, are less favorable than expected; (2) deteriorating credit quality; (3) political developments, wars or other hostilities may disrupt or increase volatility in securities markets or other economic conditions; (4) changes in the interest rate environment reduce interest margins; (5) prepayment speeds, loan origination and sale volumes, charge-offs and loan loss provisions; (6) Fifth Third's ability to maintain required capital levels and adequate sources of funding and liquidity; (7) maintaining capital requirements may limit Fifth Third's operations and potential growth; (8) changes and trends in capital markets; (9) problems encountered by larger or similar financial institutions may adversely affect the banking industry and/or Fifth Third; (10) competitive pressures among depository institutions increase significantly; (11) effects of critical accounting policies and judgments; (12) changes in accounting policies or procedures as may be required by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) or other regulatory agencies; (13) legislative or regulatory changes or actions, or significant litigation, adversely affect Fifth Third, one or more acquired entities and/or the combined company or the businesses in which Fifth Third, one or more acquired entities and/or the combined company are engaged, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; (14) ability to maintain favorable ratings from rating agencies; (15) fluctuation of Fifth Third's stock price; (16) ability to attract and retain key personnel; (17) ability to receive dividends from its subsidiaries; (18) potentially dilutive effect of future acquisitions on current shareholders' ownership of Fifth Third; (19) effects of accounting or financial results of one or more acquired entities; (20) difficulties from Fifth Third's investment in or the results of operations of Vantiv, LLC; (21) loss of income from any sale or potential sale of businesses that could have an adverse effect on Fifth Third's earnings and future growth; (22) ability to secure confidential information and deliver products and services through the use of computer systems and telecommunications networks; and (23) the impact of reputational risk created by these developments on such matters as business generation and retention, funding and liquidity.
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