Form 8-K







Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): August 8, 2017 (August 7, 2017)




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)



(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)


001-33653   31-0854434


(Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)


Fifth Third Center                  

38 Fountain Square Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio                              



(Address of Principal Executive Offices)                             (Zip Code)

(800) 972-3030


(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

Not Applicable


(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.                              ☐


This report contains statements that we believe are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Rule 175 promulgated thereunder, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Rule 3b-6 promulgated thereunder. These statements relate to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance or business. They usually can be identified by the use of forward-looking language such as “will likely result,” “may,” “are expected to,” “is anticipated,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “projected,” “intends to,” or may include other similar words or phrases such as “believes,” “plans,” “trend,” “objective,” “continue,” “remain,” or similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “might,” “can,” or similar verbs. You should not place undue reliance on these statements, as they are subject to risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the risk factors set forth in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended from time to time by our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind these risks and uncertainties, as well as any cautionary statements we may make. Moreover, you should treat these statements as speaking only as of the date they are made and based only on information then actually known to us.

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 or real estate market conditions, either nationally or in the states in which Fifth Third, one or more acquired entities and/or the combined company do business, weaken or 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 and adequate sources of funding and liquidity 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) changes in customer preferences or information technology systems; (12) effects of critical accounting policies and judgments; (13) changes in accounting policies or procedures as may be required by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) or other regulatory agencies; (14) 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; (15) ability to maintain favorable ratings from rating agencies; (16) failure of models or risk management systems or controls; (17) fluctuation of Fifth Third’s stock price; (18) ability to attract and retain key personnel; (19) ability to receive dividends from its subsidiaries; (20) potentially dilutive effect of future acquisitions on current shareholders’ ownership of Fifth Third; (21) declines in the value of Fifth Third’s goodwill or other intangible assets; (22) effects of accounting or financial results of one or more acquired entities; (23) difficulties from Fifth Third’s investment in, relationship with, and nature of the

operations of Vantiv Holding, LLC; (24) loss of income from any sale or potential sale of businesses (25) difficulties in separating the operations of any branches or other assets divested; (26) losses or adverse impacts on the carrying values of branches and long-lived assets in connection with their sales or anticipated sales; (27) inability to achieve expected benefits from branch consolidations and planned sales within desired timeframes, if at all; (28) ability to secure confidential information and deliver products and services through the use of computer systems and telecommunications networks; and (29) the negotiation and (if any) implementation by Vantiv and/or Worldpay Group plc of the potential acquisition of Worldpay Group plc by Vantiv and such other actions as Vantiv and Worldpay Group plc may take in furtherance thereof; and (30) the impact of reputational risk created by these developments on such matters as business generation and retention, funding and liquidity.

You should refer to our periodic and current reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or “SEC,” for further information on other factors, which could cause actual results to be significantly different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Copies of those filings are available at no cost on the SEC’s Web site at or on our Web site at We undertake no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements or reflect events or circumstances after the date of this report.


Item 8.01 Other Events.

Fifth Third Bancorp issued a press release on August 8, 2017 announcing that it and Fifth Third Bank had entered into a transaction agreement with Vantiv, Inc. and Vantiv Holding, LLC (the “Repurchase Agreement”), pursuant to which (i) Fifth Third Bank has agreed to exercise its right to exchange 19,790,000 of its Class B Units in Vantiv Holding, LLC for 19,790,000 shares of Vantiv, Inc.’s Class A common stock and (ii) Vantiv, Inc. has agreed to repurchase the newly issued shares of Class A common stock (the “Share Repurchase”) directly from Fifth Third Bank at a price of $64.04 per share.

The Share Repurchase is conditioned on Vantiv, Inc. publishing a firm offer to acquire Worldpay Group plc. (the “Worldpay Acquisition”) and is subject to termination, if among other things, the firm offer is not made by August 31, 2017. On consummation of the Share Repurchase, Fifth Third will no longer be entitled to appoint a director to Vantiv Inc.’s board of directors, and consequently Fifth Third’s remaining director will resign from Vantiv Inc.’s board. Additionally, the Company and Fifth Third Bank have agreed to certain accommodations under the tax receivable agreements between the parties to minimize the effects of the Company’s ownership of a foreign entity and/or foreign operations, as well as provisions that could require additional sales of the Company’s common stock by Fifth Third Bank in certain limited circumstances.

A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference. A copy of the Repurchase Agreement entered into on August 7, 2017 is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2 and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Exhibit 99.1 –   Press Release dated August 8, 2017
Exhibit 99.2–  

Transaction Agreement dated as of August 7, 2017 by and among Vantiv, Inc.,

Vantiv Holding, LLC, Fifth Third Bank and Fifth Third Bancorp.


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.


August 8, 2017       /s/ JAMES C. LEONARD
      James C. Leonard
      Executive Vice President and Treasurer