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January 7, 2014
09:02 EDTUSB, RBSU.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 Oneís Chicago retail branch network, small business operations, and select middle market relationships. Once complete, the acquisition will nearly double U.S. Bankís 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. Bancorpís 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.
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July 23, 2014
09:00 EDTRBSU.K. committee chair says RBS 'willfully obtuse' with evidence, Reuters says
The chairman of the U.K.'s Treasury Select Committee accused Royal Bank of Scotland of being "willfully obtuse" when giving evidence to lawmakers probing its Global Restructuring Group unit, which deals with corporate clients who find themselves in financial distress, said Reuters. Reference Link
06:56 EDTRBSRBS could sell Ulster Bank to private equity firm, Irish Examiner reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is considering selling its Ulster Bank unit to a private equity firm, the Irish Examiner. A purchase price for the unit could be anywhere between EUR500M-EUR2.5B, depending on what assets are included in the sale, the publication says. KKR (KKR) and Apollo (APO) are rumored buyers for the unit. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
11:21 EDTRBSBritish antitrust regulator to investigate country's banks, NY Times reports
The U.K.'s antitrust authorities said they expected to open a formal investigation into Britain's retail banking industry, reports the New York Times. The regulators cited barriers to competition that include control of a national network of branches by four large banks that control more than three-quarters of the market. Reference Link
06:31 EDTRBSRBS winds-down distressed-debt unit as Weiss leaves, Bloomberg says
Royal Bank of Scotland is capping a distressed-debt division as it scales back its investment firm to revive profitability, according to Bloomberg citing three people familiar with the matter. The sources said that global head of a special situations group, Jon Weiss, departed this month. Reference Link
06:20 EDTRBSRBS considers selling Coutts' overseas operations, FT reports
Royal Bank of Scotland is eyeing the sale of Coutts' overseas operations, the Financial Times reports. The bank is currently conducting a review of its wealth management division. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
09:54 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp says loan demand "strong" across the U.S.
09:44 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp sees efficiency ratio in the low 50s going forward
Sees net charge offs, nonperforming assets remaining "relatively stable" in Q3. Says capital position is "strong." Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
07:22 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp reports end Q2 book value per share $20.98
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07:19 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp reports Q2 common equity tier 1 capital ratio 9.6%
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07:17 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp reports Q2 EPS 78c, consensus 77c
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July 15, 2014
15:19 EDTUSBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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July 11, 2014
07:20 EDTUSBBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. 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). Reference Link
06:48 EDTRBSBank of England says banks' capital requirement could rise, Reuters reports
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