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 11, 2019
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
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Fifth Third Center
38 Fountain Square Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio
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(Registrants Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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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) deteriorating credit quality; (2) loan concentration by location or industry of borrowers or collateral; (3) problems encountered by other financial institutions; (4) inadequate sources of funding or liquidity; (5) unfavorable actions of rating agencies; (6) inability to maintain or grow deposits; (7) limitations on the ability to receive dividends from subsidiaries; (8) cyber-security risks; (9) Fifth Thirds ability to secure confidential information and deliver products and services through the use of computer systems and telecommunications networks; (10) failures by third-party service providers; (11) inability to manage strategic initiatives and/or organizational changes; (12) inability to implement technology system enhancements; (13) failure of internal controls and other risk management systems; (14) losses related to fraud, theft or violence; (15) inability to attract and retain skilled personnel; (16) adverse impacts of government regulation; (17) governmental or regulatory changes or other actions; (18) failures to meet applicable capital requirements; (19) regulatory objections to Fifth Thirds capital plan; (20) regulation of Fifth Thirds derivatives activities; (21) deposit insurance premiums; (22) assessments for the orderly liquidation fund; (23) replacement of LIBOR; (24) weakness in the national or local economies; (25) global political and economic uncertainty or negative actions; (26) changes in interest rates; (27) changes and trends in capital markets; (28) fluctuation of Fifth Thirds stock price; (29) volatility in mortgage banking revenue; (30) litigation, investigations, and enforcement proceedings by governmental authorities; (31) breaches of contractual covenants, representations and warranties; (32) competition and changes in the financial services industry; (33) changing retail distribution strategies, customer preferences and behavior; (34) risks relating to the potential merger with MB Financial, Inc. and Fifth Thirds ability to realize anticipated benefits of the merger; (35) difficulties in identifying, acquiring or integrating suitable strategic partnerships, investments or acquisitions; (36) potential dilution from future acquisitions; (37) loss of income and/or difficulties encountered in the sale and separation of businesses, investments or other assets; (38) results of investments or acquired entities; (39) changes in accounting standards or interpretation or declines in the value of Fifth Thirds goodwill or other intangible assets; (40) inaccuracies or other failures from the use of models; (41) effects of critical accounting policies and judgments or the use of inaccurate estimates; (42) weather-related events or other natural disasters; and (43) the impact of reputational risk created by these or other 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 SECs Web site at www.sec.gov or on our Web site at www.53.com. We undertake no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements or reflect events or circumstances after the date of this report.
Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant
On March 11, 2019, Fifth Third Bancorp (Fifth Third) entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, London Branch (JPM) pursuant to which Fifth Third will purchase $913 million of its outstanding common stock.
The repurchases will not be effective until after the Closing Date of the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated May 20, 2018, by and among Fifth Third, MB Financial, Inc., and Fifth Third Financial Corporation and each party has the right to cancel the transaction by notice in writing to the other party at any time prior to 4:00pm on the effective date. Fifth Third is repurchasing the shares of its common stock as part of its 100 million share repurchase program previously announced in a current report on Form 8-K filed on February 27, 2018.
Under the Master Confirmation dated as of March 11, 2019, supplemented by two Supplemental Confirmations each dated March 11, 2019 and each with a notional amount of $456,500,000, (together, the Repurchase Agreement) between Fifth Third and JPM, Fifth Third will pay an aggregate of $913 million to JPM on the date that is one settlement cycle immediately following the effective date, and expects to receive a substantial majority of the shares underlying the Repurchase Agreement by such date. The actual number of shares of Fifth Third common stock to be delivered by JPM will be based generally on a discount to the average of the daily Rule 10b-18 volume-weighted average NASDAQ prices of Fifth Thirds common stock during the term of the Repurchase Agreement. At settlement, JPM may be obligated to deliver additional shares of Fifth Thirds common stock to Fifth Third, or Fifth Third may be obligated to make a delivery of common stock or a payment of cash to JPM at Fifth Thirds election. Fifth Third expects the settlement of the transaction to occur on or before June 28, 2019.
The Repurchase Agreement is subject to certain customary adjustments and termination provisions. In addition, upon the occurrence of certain extraordinary events, JPM is entitled to terminate the Repurchase Agreement, in which case Fifth Third may receive fewer shares of its common stock than expected.
The foregoing description of the Repurchase Agreement is a summary and is qualified in its entirety by the terms of the Repurchase Agreement, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to Fifth Thirds Form 10-Q for the quarter ending March 31, 2019.
JPM and certain of its affiliates have performed, and in the future may perform, various financial advisory and other services for Fifth Third and Fifth Thirds affiliates for which they have received, and may in the future receive, customary fees and expenses.
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|
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/s/ James C. Leonard
|James C. Leonard|
|Executive Vice President and Treasurer|