SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15 (d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 22, 2005
FIFTH THIRD BANCORP
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
|(Commission File Number)||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
|Fifth Third Center|
|38 Fountain Square Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio||45263|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or address, if changed since last report)
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|Item 1.01||Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement|
On March 22, 2005, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the Committee) of the Board of Directors of Fifth Third Bancorp (the Company) determined the 2005 compensation for Directors of the Company.
For 2005, non-employee Directors of Fifth Third Bancorp will receive a single annual retainer of approximately $50,000, payable $25,000 in cash and a restricted stock award of 592 shares granted under the Fifth Third Bancorp Incentive Compensation Plan and vesting in full on December 22, 2005. Additionally, non-employee Directors of Fifth Third Bancorp will receive a grant of stock appreciation rights with respect to 5,000 shares of Fifth Third Bancorp common stock under the Fifth Third Bancorp Incentive Compensation Plan.
Non-employee Directors (other than committee chairs) will also receive a fee of $1,500 per Board meeting attended and a fee of $1,500 per committee meeting attended. Non-employee committee chairs will receive an additional annual retainer of $7,500 and receive $2,500 per committee meeting. Directors who are also employees receive no additional compensation for service on the Board or its Committees.
Pursuant to a Deferred Compensation Plan, Directors may annually defer from one-half to all of their cash compensation as Directors until age 65 or until they cease to serve on the Board, whichever occurs last. The deferred funds bear interest until paid at an annually adjusted rate equal to 1% over the U.S. treasury bill rate or Directors may elect to receive a return on deferred funds at a rate equal to the rate of return on the Companys Common Stock.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
FIFTH THIRD BANCORP
March 24, 2005
|/S/ R. MARK GRAF|
R. Mark Graf
Senior Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer