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May 29, 2014
08:19 EDTFITB, VNTVFifth 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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October 17, 2014
10:00 EDTFITBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... AMD (AMD) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest... Atlantic Power (AT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... DHT Holdings (DHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IPG Photonics (IPGP) upgraded at Stifel... ITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Manpower (MAN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded at Cowen... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded at SunTrust... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded at Cowen... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Tesco (TESO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
06:11 EDTFITBFifth Third Bancorp upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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October 16, 2014
09:39 EDTFITBActive equity options trading on open
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09:35 EDTFITBFifth Third Bancorp sees Q4 NIM down about 6bps from Q3
says sees continued investments in risk management. Says loan growth was "more muted" than in previous quarters. Says taking prudent approach to lending. Sees strength of deposit franchise continuing. Sees Q4 NII down "a few million dollars" vs. Q3. Sees Q4 NIM down about 6bps from Q3. Sees mid single digit growth for loans in Q4, but sees loan growth at lower end of view. Sees Q4 expenses up in low to mid single digit range. Sees Q4 net charge-offs down about 10% vs. Q3. Says balance sheet "well positioned" for rising rates. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call.
07:45 EDTFITBFifth Third Bancorp sees stable to modest growth in NII for 2014
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06:32 EDTFITBFifth Third Bancorp reports Q3 EPS 39c, consensus 43c
Q3 EPS includes 4c negative valuation adjustment on the warrant Fifth Third holds in Vantiv. Reports Q3 return on average assets of 1.02% Reports Q3 net charge-offs of $115M, Q3 provision expense of $71M. Reports Tier 1 common ratio of 9.64% in Q3, Tier 1 risk-based common ratio of 10.93% in Q3. Reports tangible common equity ratio of 8.84% in Q3. Reports book value per share of $16.87, tangible book value per share of $13.95.
October 15, 2014
15:28 EDTFITBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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October 7, 2014
13:31 EDTVNTVVantiv upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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10:02 EDTVNTVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:35 EDTVNTVVantiv initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest
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