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May 29, 2014
08:19 EDTVNTV, FITBFifth Third Bancorp announces expected impact of Vantiv share sale
Vantiv (VNTV) recently conducted a secondary offering of 5.78 million shares of Class A Common Stock being sold on behalf of Fifth Third (FITB). Fifth Third says "The sale will result in an approximate 12% reduction in our ownership position in Vantiv (excluding the warrant noted below). Our purpose in the sale is to continue the process of monetizing the remaining portion of our stake in Vantiv in a considered, orderly fashion over time. Upon the settlement of this transaction, we would expect to recognize a pre-tax gain of approximately $125M during 2Q14. Following the settlement, Fifth Third would continue to hold approximately 43 million Class B units of Vantiv Holding, LLC, which may be exchanged for Class A common stock of Vantiv, Inc. on a one-for-one basis, as well as a warrant that is exercisable and exchangeable into Vantiv Inc. Class A Common Stock. These securities are subject to certain terms and restrictions. Fifth Third would have a remaining economic interest of approximately 22.8% of Vantivís future earnings. Our interest is accounted for under the equity method, and these earnings would be reduced reflecting the reduction in our ownership position as a result of the sale. Prior to this transaction, the carrying value of Fifth Thirdís investment in Vantiv Holding, LLC was $437M as of March 31. As previously announced on March 26, under our current capital plan, as to which the Federal Reserve provided a non-objection in its 2014 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review process, we may provide for the repurchase of shares of Fifth Third common stock in an amount up to any after-tax gains realized by Fifth Third from the sale of Vantiv shares."
News For FITB;VNTV From The Last 14 Days
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May 20, 2015
10:00 EDTVNTVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTFITBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) downgraded on valuation at JMP Securities... Ashland (ASH) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Braskem (BAK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Underperform at Baird... Crestwood Midstream (CMLP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Fifth Third (FITB) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Keysight Technologies (KEYS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Leju (LEJU) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Marrone Bio (MBII) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Southwest (LUV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Western Alliance (WAL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette.
07:36 EDTVNTVJPMorgan to hold a conference
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06:36 EDTFITBFifth Third downgraded to Neutral on valuation at Baird
As previously reported, Baird downgraded Fifth Third to Neutral from Outperform. The firm maintained its $21 price target and downgraded shares due to balanced risk reward.
06:16 EDTFITBFifth Third downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird
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May 19, 2015
16:51 EDTVNTV, VNTVVantiv initiated with a Buy at CLSA
Target $48.
09:58 EDTFITBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ascena Retail (ASNA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Enphase Energy (ENPH) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham... Fifth Third (FITB) upgraded on Vantiv outlook at Oppenheimer... Hortonworks (HDP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... NetEase.com (NTES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Potash (POT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Reed Elsevier (RUK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Sysco (SYY) upgraded at Credit Suisse... THL Credit (TCRD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Take-Two (TTWO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Tempur Sealy (TPX) upgraded on Sealy gross margin improvement at Longbow... TriState Capital (TSC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest.
07:45 EDTFITB, VNTVFifth Third upgraded on Vantiv outlook at Oppenheimer
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06:15 EDTFITBFifth Third upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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May 12, 2015
18:12 EDTFITBSenate proposes to ease 'systemically important' bank designation, FT says
Senate bank committee chairman Richard Shelby has introduced legislation that would increase the "systemically important bank" threshold from $50B to $500B, reports the Financial Times, citing draft legislation. The report notes that SunTrust (STI), Regions Financial (RF), Citizens Financial (CFG), Fifth Third (FITB), and Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) may benefit from the change if the bill passes. Some bankers believe the potential change could lead to renewed interest in mergers within the sector, adds the Financial Times. Reference Link
07:48 EDTFITBStandard & Poor's to hold a summit
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