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January 7, 2014
09:02 EDTRBS, USBU.S. Bancorp acquires Chicago branch banking ops of RBS Citizens Financial
U.S. Bancorp (USB) announced today that its lead bank, U.S. Bank National Association, has reached an agreement to acquire the Chicago branch banking operations of the Charter One Bank franchise owned by RBS Citizens Financial Group (RBS). The acquisition includes Charter One’s Chicago retail branch network, small business operations, and select middle market relationships. Once complete, the acquisition will nearly double U.S. Bank’s deposit market share in the Chicago metro area. Under the terms of this transaction, U.S. Bank will acquire approximately $5.3B of deposits, $1.1B of loans, 94 branches, and 800 employees for a deposit premium of approximately $315M, or 6%. At close, U.S. Bank will have combined deposits of approximately $11.3B in Chicago. Approximately 35 percent of the $5.3B of acquired deposits are non-interest bearing and NOW accounts; 48 percent are money market and savings accounts; and 17% are time deposits. This acquisition is expected to meet or exceed U.S. Bancorp’s internal financial hurdles for internal rate of return and earnings per share accretion. This transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is anticipated to close in mid-2014. RBS Citizens Financial Group Chicago branches will continue to operate under their current name, Charter One, during the transition, and will be re-branded as U.S. Bank branches once the transaction is complete.
News For USB;RBS From The Last 14 Days
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December 18, 2014
15:16 EDTUSBFed gives banks until July 2016 to to conform investments with covered funds
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTUSBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: BB&T (BBT) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Bank of America (BAC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Citigroup (C) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Extended Stay America (STAY) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... Infinera (INFN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... JPMorgan (JPM) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Morgan Stanley (MS) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Nike (NKE) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Peak Resorts (SKIS) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Peak Resorts initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ralph Lauren (RL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Under Armour (UA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Estee Lauder (EL) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Huntsman (HUN) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Dow Chemical (DOW) initiated with a Buy at Nomura.
09:02 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp's Elavon, Union Bank extend multi-year alliance
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06:56 EDTRBSRoyal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds fail stress test, NY Times says
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds (LYG) failed a stress test performed by the Bank of England, according to The New York Times. The central bank found that Royal Bank and Lloyds would not have had enough capital to withstand a severe financial shock at the end of last year, the newspaper stated. However, Lloyds has raised enough capital this year to survive the stress test scenario, the newspaper quoted the Bank of England as saying. Reference Link
06:35 EDTRBSBank of England says seven of eight banks pass stress test
The Bank of England said that all but one of the eight banks passed its stress test. The one bank, Co-operative, needs to submit a revised plan to strengthen its balance sheet. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Lloyds (LYG) and Co-operative were found to be the most susceptible to a housing crash and spike in unemployment. RBS and Lloyds passed the stress test, however. Both banks need improved capital positions, but have already put in place plans to do so, the central bank's Prudential Regulation Authority stated. Reference Link
06:07 EDTRBSRBS to sell portfolio of Irish real estate loans to Cerberus for GBP 1.1B
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group announced the agreement to sell a portfolio of Irish real estate loans to an entity controlled by Cerberus. At completion, RBS will receive cash consideration of up to GBP 1.1B at current exchange rates. Completion is expected in 1Q15. The sale proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. The transaction, which represents RWA equivalent of cGBP 1.22B as at September 30, is part of the continued reduction of assets in its RBS Capital Resolution division and is in line with the bank's plan to strengthen its capital position and reduce higher risk exposures. The carrying value of the loans is cGBP 1B, the gross assets are cGBP 4.8B and generated a loss of GBP 0.8B, principally impairment provisions, in the year to December 31, 2013.
December 15, 2014
16:14 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim
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December 12, 2014
08:09 EDTUSBBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
December 11, 2014
13:40 EDTRBSEuro zone banks accepted $160B in low interest loans, NY Times says
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December 10, 2014
11:27 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp CFO says would consider special dividend
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10:00 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp long-term goals include ROE 16%-19%
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08:45 EDTRBSRBS to exit bond trading in Japan, WSJ reports
Royal Bank of Scotland Group plans to give up its primary dealership in the Japanese government bond market early next year as part of the bank’s strategy to scale back its fixed-income businesses due to increasing regulatory costs, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. The move will likely result in "sizable" job cuts, the report added. Reference Link
December 9, 2014
14:42 EDTUSBFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
December 8, 2014
10:00 EDTUSBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:56 EDTRBSRBS asks Credit Suisse, others for Coutts bids by Christmas, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTUSBValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
05:59 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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