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 Fifth Third Announces Fourth Quarter 2018 Results
   Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6:44:00 AM ET

Diluted earnings per share of $0.64, including a negative $0.05 impact from certain items on page 2 of the 4Q18 earnings release

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB):

 

Key Highlights(a)

Strong financial performance and momentum

NIM(b) up 19 bps compared to adjusted 4Q17

Expenses flat compared to 4Q17

Adjusted PPNR(b) up 14% compared to 4Q17

Average loans up 3% compared to 4Q17

Average core deposits up 4% compared to 4Q17

Remain on-track to achieve NorthStar targets(b)

ROTCE – 14.3% (adjusted 15.4%)

ROA – 1.25% (adjusted 1.34%)

Efficiency ratio – 58.8% (adjusted 56.8%)

Record 4Q18 business and credit results

Record corporate banking revenue

Record middle market & corporate loan originations

~20 year low commercial criticized ratio (3.34%)

~20 year low NPA ratio (0.41%)
 
Key Financial Data
$ millions for all balance sheet and income statement items
  4Q18   3Q18   4Q17
   
Income Statement Data(a)
Net income available to common shareholders $432 $421 $504
Net interest income (U.S. GAAP)   1,081   1,043   956
Net interest income (FTE)(b) 1,085 1,047 963
Noninterest income 575 563 577
Noninterest expense 977 970 975
 
Per Share Data(a)
Earnings per share, basic $0.65 $0.62 $0.71
Earnings per share, diluted 0.64 0.61 0.70
Book value per share 23.07 21.70 21.43
Tangible book value per share(b) 19.17 17.94 17.86
 
Balance Sheet & Credit Quality
Average portfolio loans and leases $94,757 $93,192 $92,250
Average deposits 107,495 104,666 102,790
Net charge-off ratio(c) 0.35 % 0.30 % 0.33 %
Nonperforming asset ratio(d) 0.41 0.48 0.53
 
Financial Ratios(a)
Return on average assets 1.25 % 1.22 % 1.48 %
Return on average common equity 11.8 11.4 13.3
Return on average tangible common equity(b) 14.3 13.8 16.0
CET1 capital(e)(f)(g) 10.24 10.67 10.61
Net interest margin(b) 3.29 3.23 3.02
Efficiency(b) 58.8 60.2 63.3

Other than the Quarterly Financial Review tables beginning on page 14 of the 4Q18 earnings release, commentary is on a fully taxable-equivalent (FTE) basis unless otherwise noted. Consistent with SEC guidance in Industry Guide 3 that contemplates the calculation of tax-exempt income on a taxable-equivalent basis, net interest income, net interest margin, net interest rate spread, total revenue and the efficiency ratio are provided on an FTE basis. Effective in the fourth quarter of 2018, Fifth Third retrospectively applied a change in its accounting policy for investments in affordable housing projects that qualify for low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC) to all prior period amounts presented. As a result, prior period financial results may differ compared to previous disclosures. A summary reconciliation of the change is provided on page 30 of the 4Q18 earnings release.

 


CEO Commentary

“Our fourth quarter and full year results were very strong. In 2018, we produced record results, generated profitable relationship growth, benefited from our improved balance sheet resiliency, and diligently managed our expenses while continuing to invest for future growth. We returned $2 billion to our shareholders through repurchases and dividends, including a nearly 40% increase in the dividend by the end of the year, while maintaining very strong capital ratios.”

“We recently received the regulatory non-objection related to our re-submitted capital plan, including the pro forma impact of MB Financial. We remain confident in our ability to achieve the expected financial synergies from the pending acquisition, and we continue to expect the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2019.”

“With the conclusion of Project NorthStar at the end of 2019, the ongoing MB Financial integration efforts, and a clearly-defined set of strategic priorities for the future, we remain very confident in our ability to achieve our long-term financial targets and outperform through the cycle.”

-Greg D. Carmichael, Chairman, President and CEO

Effective in the fourth quarter of 2018, Fifth Third retrospectively applied a change in its accounting policy for investments in affordable housing projects that qualify for low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC) to all prior period amounts presented. As a result, prior period financial results may differ compared to previous disclosures. A summary reconciliation of the change is provided on page 30 of the 4Q18 earnings release.

 

               

Income Statement Highlights

($ in millions, except per share data) For the Three Months Ended   % Change
December September December
2018   2018   2017   Seq   Yr/Yr
Condensed Statements of Income(a)
Net interest income (NII)(b) $1,085 $1,047 $963 4 % 13 %
Provision for loan and lease losses 95 86 67 10 % 42 %
Noninterest income 575 563 577 2 % -
Noninterest expense   977   970   975     1 %   -  
Income before income taxes(b)   $588   $554   $498     6 %   18 %
 
Taxable equivalent adjustment 4 4 7 - (43 %)
Applicable income tax expense (benefit)   129   114   (36 )   13 %   NM  
Net income $455 $436 $527 4 % (14 %)
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   -   -   -     NM     NM  
Net income attributable to Bancorp $455 $436 $527 4 % (14 %)
Dividends on preferred stock   23   15   23     53 %   -  
Net income available to common shareholders   $432   $421   $504     3 %   (14 %)
Earnings per share, diluted   $0.64   $0.61   $0.70     5 %   (9 %)
 

Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) today reported fourth quarter 2018 net income of $455 million compared to net income of $527 million in the year-ago quarter. Net income available to common shareholders was $432 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, compared to $504 million, or $0.70 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter. Prior quarter net income was $436 million and net income available to common shareholders was $421 million, or $0.61 per diluted share.

Reported full year 2018 net income was $2.2 billion, compared to full year 2017 net income of $2.2 billion. Full year 2018 net income available to common shareholders was $2.1 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share, compared to full year 2017 net income available to common shareholders of $2.1 billion, or $2.81 per diluted share.

 

Diluted earnings per share impact of certain items

   
($ in millions, except per share data)  
 
Merger-related expenses, after-tax(h) $ 21
GreenSky equity securities losses, after-tax(h) $ 17
Valuation of Visa total return swap, after-tax(h)     ($6 )
After-tax impact(h) $ 32
 
Average diluted common shares outstanding (thousands) 662,966
 
Diluted earnings per share impact $ 0.05
 

 

         

Net Interest Income

                         
(FTE; $ in millions)(b) For the Three Months Ended   % Change
December September December
2018   2018   2017   Seq   Yr/Yr
Interest Income
Interest income $ 1,397 $ 1,319 $ 1,151 6 % 21 %
Interest expense     312         272         188       15 %   66 %
Net interest income (NII)   $ 1,085       $ 1,047       $ 963       4 %   13 %
 
Average Yield/Rate Analysis bps Change
Yield on interest-earning assets 4.23 % 4.07 % 3.61 % 16 62
Rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities 1.33 % 1.20 % 0.88 % 13 45
 
Ratios
Net interest rate spread 2.90 % 2.87 % 2.73 % 3 17
Net interest margin     3.29 %       3.23 %       3.02 %     6     27  
 

Compared to the year-ago quarter, NII increased $122 million, or 13 percent, which was impacted by a $27 million remeasurement related to the tax treatment of leveraged leases in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the remeasurement, NII increased $95 million, or 10 percent, reflecting higher short-term market rates and growth in interest-earning assets, partially offset by an increase in funding costs. NIM increased 27 bps, which included an 8 bps impact from the remeasurement in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the remeasurement, NIM increased 19 bps, reflecting higher short-term market rates and growth in interest-earning assets.

Compared to the prior quarter, NII increased $38 million, or 4 percent, reflecting growth in commercial and industrial (C&I) loans, securities portfolio balance growth, and higher short-term market rates. NIM increased 6 bps, primarily driven by higher short-term market rates and growth in C&I loans.

 

         

Noninterest Income

                   
($ in millions) For the Three Months Ended   % Change
December September December
2018   2018   2017   Seq   Yr/Yr
Noninterest Income
Service charges on deposits $ 135 $ 139 $ 138 (3 %) (2 %)
Corporate banking revenue 130 100 77 30 % 69 %
Mortgage banking net revenue 54 49 54 10 % -
Wealth and asset management revenue 109 114 106 (4 %) 3 %
Card and processing revenue 84 82 80 2 % 5 %
Other noninterest income 93 86 123 8 % (24 %)
Securities (losses) gains, net (32 ) (6 ) 1 433 % NM
Securities gains (losses), net - non-qualifying
hedges on mortgage servicing rights     2       (1 )     (2 )   NM     NM  
Total noninterest income   $ 575     $ 563     $ 577     2 %   -  

Reported noninterest income was flat from the year-ago quarter, and increased $12 million, or 2 percent, from the prior quarter. The comparisons reflect the impact of certain significant items in the table below.

Compared to the year-ago quarter, service charges on deposits decreased $3 million, or 2 percent. Corporate banking revenue increased $53 million, or 69 percent, which was impacted by a $25 million lease remarketing impairment in the year-ago quarter. Excluding this impact, corporate banking revenue increased $28 million, or 27 percent, primarily driven by strong capital markets revenue led by record M&A advisory fees as well as increased syndication revenues. Mortgage banking net revenue was flat primarily driven by lower negative net valuation adjustments and higher gross mortgage servicing fees, partially offset by lower origination fees and gains on loan sales. Mortgage originations of $1.6 billion decreased 18 percent. Wealth and asset management revenue increased $3 million, or 3 percent, primarily driven by higher personal asset management revenue reflecting positive net inflows. Card and processing revenue increased $4 million, or 5 percent, reflecting increases in credit card spend and debit transaction volumes, partially offset by higher rewards.

Compared to the prior quarter, service charges on deposits decreased $4 million, or 3 percent. Corporate banking revenue increased $30 million, or 30 percent, primarily driven by increases in M&A advisory and syndication revenues. Mortgage banking net revenue increased $5 million, or 10 percent, primarily driven by lower negative net valuation adjustments partially offset by lower origination fees and gains on loan sales. Mortgage originations decreased 16 percent. Wealth and asset management revenue decreased $5 million, or 4 percent, primarily driven by lower institutional trust and brokerage fees. Card and processing revenue increased $2 million, or 2 percent, reflecting increases in credit card spend volumes, partially offset by higher rewards.

 

Noninterest Income excluding certain items

                         
($ in millions)   For the Three Months Ended     % Change
December  

September

  December    
2018   2018   2017   Seq   Yr/Yr
Noninterest Income excluding certain items
Noninterest income (U.S. GAAP) $575 $563 $577
Valuation of Visa total return swap (7) 17 11
GreenSky equity securities losses 21 8 -
Securities losses / (gains), net (excluding GreenSky)   11     (2)     (1)          
Noninterest income excluding certain items(b)   $600     $586     $587     2%   2%
 

Compared to the year-ago quarter, noninterest income excluding the items in the table above increased $13 million, or 2 percent. Compared to the prior quarter, noninterest income excluding these items increased $14 million, or 2 percent.

Other noninterest income on a reported basis in the current and previous quarters was impacted by the Visa total return swap valuation adjustments. Excluding this item, other noninterest income of $86 million decreased $48 million, or 36 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, primarily driven by a decrease in the revenue recognized from Worldpay related to the tax receivable agreement and a decline in equity method earnings from the ownership interest in Worldpay. Compared to the prior quarter, other noninterest income excluding the Visa total return swap valuation adjustments decreased $17 million, or 17 percent, primarily driven by lower private equity investment income, partially offset by the revenue recognized from Worldpay related to the tax receivable agreement.

 

           

Noninterest Expense

                         
($ in millions) For the Three Months Ended     % Change
December September December
2018   2018   2017     Seq   Yr/Yr
Noninterest Expense(a)
Compensation and benefits $ 506 $ 503 $ 500 1 % 1 %
Net occupancy expense 73 70 74 4 % (1 %)
Technology and communications 79 71 68 11 % 16 %
Equipment expense 31 31 29 - 7 %
Card and processing expense 33 31 34 6 % (3 %)
Other noninterest expense     255       264       270     (3 %)   (6 %)
Total noninterest expense   $ 977     $ 970     $ 975     1 %   -  
 

Compared to the year-ago quarter, noninterest expense was flat, including merger-related expenses in the current quarter. The merger-related expenses primarily impacted other noninterest expense, with a lesser impact on technology and communication expense. Excluding these expenses in the current quarter, as well as one-time employee bonuses following the recently-enacted tax reform and a Fifth Third Foundation contribution in the year-ago quarter, noninterest expense increased $5 million. Results reflected an increase in compensation and benefits resulting from an increase in incentive based payments from record commercial loan originations and capital markets activities, and continued technology investments, offset by the elimination of the FDIC surcharge.

Compared to the prior quarter, noninterest expense increased $7 million, or 1 percent, reflecting merger-related expenses. Excluding the merger-related expenses in the current quarter, noninterest expense decreased $20 million, or 2 percent, despite elevated incentive based payments reflecting record commercial loan originations and capital markets activities. Results also reflect the elimination of the FDIC surcharge and continued technology investments.

 

         

Average Interest-Earning Assets

                         
($ in millions) For the Three Months Ended   % Change
December September December
2018   2018   2017   Seq   Yr/Yr
Average Portfolio Loans and Leases
Commercial loans and leases:
Commercial and industrial loans $ 43,829 $ 42,494 $ 41,438 3 % 6 %
Commercial mortgage loans 6,864 6,635 6,751 3 % 2 %
Commercial construction loans 4,885 4,870 4,660 - 5 %
Commercial leases     3,632       3,738       4,016     (3 %)   (10 %)
Total commercial loans and leases $ 59,210 $ 57,737 $ 56,865 3 % 4 %
Consumer loans:
Residential mortgage loans $ 15,520 $ 15,598 $ 15,590 (1 %) -
Home equity 6,438 6,529 7,066 (1 %) (9 %)
Automobile loans 8,970 8,969 9,175 - (2 %)
Credit card 2,373 2,299 2,202 3 % 8 %
Other consumer loans     2,246       2,060       1,352     9 %   66 %
Total consumer loans $ 35,547 $ 35,455 $ 35,385 - -
 
Portfolio loans and leases $ 94,757 $ 93,192 $ 92,250 2 % 3 %
Loans held for sale 641 785 615 (18 %) 4 %
Securities and other short-term investments     35,674       34,822       33,756     2 %   6 %
Total average interest-earning assets   $ 131,072     $ 128,799     $ 126,621     2 %   4 %
 

Compared to the year-ago quarter, average portfolio loans and leases increased 3 percent, primarily driven by higher C&I and other consumer loans, partially offset by declines in home equity loans and commercial leases. Period end portfolio loans and leases increased 4 percent year-over-year. Compared to the prior quarter, average portfolio loans and leases increased 2 percent, primarily driven by higher C&I and commercial mortgage loans, partially offset by a decline in commercial leases. Period end portfolio loans and leases increased 2 percent from the prior quarter.

Compared to the year-ago quarter, average commercial portfolio loans and leases increased 4 percent, primarily driven by higher C&I loans. Compared to the prior quarter, average commercial portfolio loans and leases increased 3 percent, primarily driven by growth in C&I and commercial mortgage loans. Period end commercial line utilization was 36 percent, compared to 34 percent in the year-ago quarter and 35 percent in the prior quarter.

Compared to the year-ago quarter, average consumer portfolio loans were flat, primarily driven by higher other consumer loans resulting from an increase in unsecured personal loans and growth in credit card loans, offset by declines in home equity and automobile loans. Compared to the prior quarter, average consumer portfolio loans were flat, as higher other consumer loans resulting from an increase in unsecured personal loans and growth in credit card loans were offset by declines in home equity and residential mortgage loans.

Average securities and other short-term investments were $35.7 billion compared to $33.8 billion in the year-ago quarter and $34.8 billion in the prior quarter. Average available-for-sale debt and other securities of $33.4 billion were up 7 percent compared to the year-ago quarter and up 2 percent compared to the prior quarter.

 

         

Average Deposits

                         
($ in millions) For the Three Months Ended     % Change
December September December
2018   2018   2017   Seq   Yr/Yr
Average Deposits
Demand $ 31,571 $ 32,333 $ 35,519 (2 %) (11 %)
Interest checking 32,428 29,681 26,992 9 % 20 %
Savings 12,933 13,231 13,593 (2 %) (5 %)
Money market 22,517 21,753 20,023 4 % 12 %
Foreign office(i)     272       317       323     (14 %)   (16 %)
Total transaction deposits $ 99,721 $ 97,315 $ 96,450 2 % 3 %
Other time     4,366       4,177       3,792     5 %   15 %
Total core deposits $ 104,087 $ 101,492 $ 100,242 3 % 4 %
Certificates - $100,000 and over 2,662 2,596 2,429 3 % 10 %
Other deposits     746       578       119     29 %   527 %
Total average deposits   $ 107,495     $ 104,666     $ 102,790     3 %   5 %
 

Compared to the year-ago quarter, average transaction deposits increased 3 percent and core deposits increased 4 percent. Performance was primarily driven by higher commercial interest checking deposits and consumer money market deposits, partially offset by lower commercial demand deposits reflecting continued migration from demand deposits to interest-bearing accounts. Average commercial transaction deposits increased 4 percent and average consumer transaction deposits increased 3 percent.

Compared to the prior quarter, average transaction deposits increased 2 percent and core deposits increased 3 percent. Performance continued to partially reflect migration from demand deposits to interest-bearing accounts. Average commercial transaction deposits increased 5 percent, and average consumer transaction deposits were flat.

 

         

Average Wholesale Funding

                         
($ in millions) For the Three Months Ended     % Change
December September December
2018   2018   2017   Seq   Yr/Yr
Average Wholesale Funding
Certificates - $100,000 and over $ 2,662 $ 2,596 $ 2,429 3 % 10 %
Other deposits 746 578 119 29 % 527 %
Federal funds purchased 2,254 1,987 602 13 % 274 %
Other short-term borrowings 578 1,018 2,316 (43 %) (75 %)
Long-term debt     14,420       14,434       14,631     -     (1 %)
Total average wholesale funding   $ 20,660     $ 20,613     $ 20,097     -     3 %
 

Compared to the year-ago quarter, average wholesale funding increased 3 percent reflecting interest-earning asset growth over the past year. Compared to the prior quarter, average wholesale funding was flat reflecting higher federal funds borrowings, offset by a decline in other short-term borrowings.

 

         

Credit Quality Summary

                           
($ in millions) For the Three Months Ended
December September June March December
2018   2018   2018   2018   2017
 
Total nonaccrual portfolio loans and leases (NPLs) $ 348 $ 403 $ 437 $ 452 $ 437
Repossessed property 10 8 7 9 9
OREO     37         37         36         43         43  
Total nonperforming portfolio assets (NPAs) $ 395 $ 448 $ 480 $ 504 $ 489
 
NPL ratio(j) 0.37 % 0.43 % 0.47 % 0.49 % 0.48 %
NPA ratio(d) 0.41 % 0.48 % 0.52 % 0.55 % 0.53 %
 
Total loans and leases 30-89 days past due (accrual) 297 270 217 299 280
Total loans and leases 90 days past due (accrual) 93 87 89 107 97
 
Allowance for loan and lease losses, beginning $ 1,091 $ 1,077 $ 1,138 $ 1,196 $ 1,205
Total net losses charged-off (83 ) (72 ) (94 ) (81 ) (76 )
Provision for loan and lease losses     95         86         33         23         67  
Allowance for loan and lease losses, ending $ 1,103 $ 1,091 $ 1,077 $ 1,138 $ 1,196
 
Reserve for unfunded commitments, beginning $ 129 $ 131 $ 151 $ 161 $ 157
Provision for (benefit from) unfunded commitments     2         (2 )       (20 )       (10 )       4  
Reserve for unfunded commitments, ending $ 131 $ 129 $ 131 $ 151 $ 161
                             
Total allowance for credit losses $ 1,234 $ 1,220 $ 1,208 $ 1,289 $ 1,357
 
Allowance for loan and lease losses ratio
As a percent of portfolio loans and leases 1.16 % 1.17 % 1.17 % 1.24 % 1.30 %
As a percent of nonperforming portfolio loans and leases 317 % 270 % 247 % 252 % 274 %
As a percent of nonperforming portfolio assets 279 % 243 % 224 % 226 % 245 %
 
Total losses charged-off $ (116 ) $ (112 ) $ (118 ) $ (103 ) $ (94 )
Total recoveries of losses previously charged-off     33         40         24         22         18  
Total net losses charged-off $ (83 ) $ (72 ) $ (94 ) $ (81 ) $ (76 )
 
Net charge-off ratio (NCO ratio)(c) 0.35 % 0.30 % 0.41 % 0.36 % 0.33 %
Commercial NCO ratio 0.19 % 0.19 % 0.34 % 0.21 % 0.22 %
Consumer NCO ratio     0.61 %       0.50 %       0.52 %       0.60 %       0.51 %
 

Compared to the year-ago quarter, NPLs decreased $89 million, or 20 percent, with the resulting NPL ratio of 0.37 percent decreasing 11 bps. NPAs decreased $94 million, or 19 percent, with the resulting NPA ratio of 0.41 percent decreasing 12 bps. Compared to the prior quarter, NPLs decreased $55 million, or 14 percent, with the resulting NPL ratio decreasing 6 bps. NPAs decreased $53 million, or 12 percent, with the resulting NPA ratio decreasing 7 bps.

The provision for loan and lease losses totaled $95 million in the current quarter compared to $67 million in the year-ago quarter and $86 million in the prior quarter. The resulting allowance for loan and lease loss ratio represented 1.16 percent of total portfolio loans and leases outstanding in the current quarter, compared with 1.30 percent in the year-ago quarter and 1.17 in the prior quarter. The allowance for loan and lease losses represented 317 percent of nonperforming loans and leases and 279 percent of nonperforming assets in the current quarter.

Net charge-offs totaled $83 million in the current quarter compared to $76 million in the year-ago quarter and $72 million in the prior quarter. The resulting NCO ratio of 0.35 percent in the current quarter increased 2 bps compared to the year-ago quarter and increased 5 bps compared to the prior quarter.

 

         

Capital and Liquidity Position

                         
For the Three Months Ended
December September June March December
2018   2018   2018   2018   2017
Capital Position(a)
Average total Bancorp shareholders' equity as a percent of average assets 10.95 % 11.29 % 11.28 % 11.41 % 11.58 %
Tangible equity(b) 9.63 % 9.97 % 10.19 % 9.98 % 9.79 %
Tangible common equity (excluding unrealized gains/losses)(b) 8.71 % 9.02 % 9.23 % 9.03 % 8.83 %
Tangible common equity (including unrealized gains/losses)(b) 8.64 % 8.53 % 8.88 % 8.78 % 8.88 %
 
Regulatory Capital and Liquidity Ratios(g)
CET1 capital(e)(f) 10.24 % 10.67 % 10.91 % 10.82 % 10.61 %
Tier I risk-based capital(e)(f) 11.32 % 11.78 % 12.02 % 11.95 % 11.74 %
Total risk-based capital(e)(f) 14.48 % 14.94 % 15.21 % 15.25 % 15.16 %
Tier I leverage(f) 9.72 % 10.10 % 10.24 % 10.11 % 10.01 %
Modified liquidity coverage ratio (LCR)   128 %     119 %     116 %   113 %     129 %

Capital ratios remained strong during the quarter. The CET1 capital ratio was 10.24 percent, the tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio was 8.71 percent (excluding unrealized gains/losses), and 8.64 percent (including unrealized gains/losses). The Tier I risk-based capital ratio was 11.32 percent, the Total risk-based capital ratio was 14.48 percent, and the Tier I leverage ratio was 9.72 percent. Current period capital ratios were impacted by the accounting policy change related to investments in affordable housing projects that qualify for the LIHTC. The change in accounting policy reduced the current CET1 capital ratio by approximately 11 basis points.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, Fifth Third entered into open market repurchase transactions of 14.9 million shares, or approximately $400 million, of its outstanding common stock, which settled between October 26, 2018, and November 14, 2018.

Tax Rate

The effective tax rate was 22.4 percent compared with negative 7.5 percent in the year-ago quarter and 20.7 percent in the prior quarter. The effective tax rates in all periods were impacted by the decision to retrospectively apply a change in accounting policy for investments in affordable housing projects that qualify for the LIHTC.

Other

Fifth Third announced on December 28, 2018, that the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“the Federal Reserve”) did not object to Fifth Third’s Resubmitted Capital Plan for potential capital actions through June 30, 2019.

The capital actions in Fifth Third’s Resubmitted Capital Plan through June 30, 2019 remain unchanged compared to the originally submitted 2018 CCAR plan. The timing and amount of this activity is subject to market conditions and applicable securities laws. Through December 2018, Fifth Third has executed approximately $900 million of $1.81 billion in share repurchases authorized under the 2018 CCAR process. Additionally, Fifth Third continues to have the authorization to increase the common dividend to $0.24 beginning the second quarter of 2019.

The pending acquisition of MB Financial, Inc. is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

As of December 31, 2018, Fifth Third Bank owned approximately 10.3 million units representing a 3.3 percent interest in Worldpay Holding, LLC, convertible into shares of Worldpay, Inc., a publicly traded firm. Based upon Worldpay’s closing price of $76.43 on December 31, 2018, Fifth Third’s interest in Worldpay was valued at approximately $780 million. The difference between the market value and the book value of Fifth Third’s interest in Worldpay’s shares is not recognized in Fifth Third’s equity or capital.

Conference Call

Fifth Third will host a conference call to discuss these financial results at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) today. This conference call will be webcast live and may be accessed through the Fifth Third Investor Relations website at www.53.com (click on “About Us” then “Investor Relations”).

Those unable to listen to the live webcast may access a webcast replay through the Fifth Third Investor Relations website at the same web address. Additionally, a telephone replay of the conference call will be available after the conference call until approximately February 5, 2019 by dialing 800-585-8367 for domestic access or 404-537-3406 for international access (passcode 4692779#).

Corporate Profile

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had $146 billion in assets and operates 1,121 full-service Banking Centers, and 2,419 Fifth Third branded ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. In total, Fifth Third provides its customers with access to approximately 52,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Wealth & Asset Management. As of December 31, 2018, Fifth Third also had a 3.3% interest in Worldpay Holding, LLC, a subsidiary of Worldpay, Inc. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2018, had $356 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $37 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com . Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.”

Earnings Release End Notes

(a)   Effective in the fourth quarter of 2018, Fifth Third retrospectively applied a change in its accounting policy for investments in affordable housing projects that qualify for low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC) to all prior period amounts presented. As a result, prior period financial results may differ compared to previous disclosures. See page 30 of the 4Q18 earnings release for the impact of the change in accounting policy.
(b) Non-GAAP measure; see discussion of non-GAAP and Reg. G reconciliation beginning on page 26 of the 4Q18 earnings release.
(c) Net losses charged-off as a percent of average portfolio loans and leases.
(d) Nonperforming portfolio assets as a percent of portfolio loans and leases and OREO.
(e) Under the U.S. banking agencies' Basel III Final Rule, assets and credit equivalent amounts of off-balance sheet exposures are calculated according to the standardized approach for risk-weighted assets. The resulting values are added together resulting in the Bancorp’s total risk-weighted assets.
(f) Effective in the fourth quarter of 2018, Fifth Third retrospectively applied a change in its accounting policy for investments in affordable housing projects that qualify for low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC). Prior period regulatory capital ratios reflect amounts filed on the Bancorp’s FR Y-9C filings and were not required to be restated as a result.
(g) Current period regulatory capital and liquidity ratios are estimated.
(h) Assumes a 21% tax rate.
(i) Includes commercial customer Eurodollar sweep balances for which the Bank pays rates comparable to other commercial deposit accounts.
(j) Nonperforming portfolio loans and leases as a percent of portfolio loans and leases and OREO.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

In connection with the proposed merger, Fifth Third Bancorp has filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes the Proxy Statement of MB Financial, Inc. and a Prospectus of Fifth Third Bancorp, as well as other relevant documents concerning the proposed transaction. This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REGARDING THE MERGER AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

A free copy of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus, as well as other filings containing information about Fifth Third Bancorp and MB Financial, Inc., may be obtained at the SEC’s Internet site (http://www.sec.gov ). You will also be able to obtain these documents, free of charge, from Fifth Third Bancorp at ir.53.com or from MB Financial, Inc. by accessing MB Financial, Inc.’s website at investor.mbfinancial.com .

Copies of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus can also be obtained, free of charge, by directing a request to Fifth Third Investor Relations at Fifth Third Investor Relations, MD 1090QC, 38 Fountain Square Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45263, by calling (866) 670-0468, or by sending an e-mail to ir@53.com or to MB Financial, Attention: Corporate Secretary, at 6111 North River Road, Rosemont, Illinois 60018, by calling (847) 653-1992 or by sending an e-mail to dkoros@mbfinancial.com .

Fifth Third Bancorp and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of MB Financial, Inc. in respect of the transaction described in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus. Information regarding Fifth Third Bancorp’s directors and executive officers is contained in Fifth Third Bancorp’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and its Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, dated March 6, 2018, which are filed with the SEC. Information regarding MB Financial, Inc.’s directors and executive officers is contained in its Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on April 3, 2018. Additional information regarding the interests of those participants and other persons who may be deemed participants in the transaction may be obtained by reading the Proxy Statement/Prospectus regarding the proposed merger. Free copies of this document may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraph.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, but not limited to, Fifth Third Bancorp’s and MB Financial, Inc.’s expectations or predictions of future financial or business performance or conditions. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “target,” “estimate,” “continue,” “positions,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “goal,” “objective,” “prospects,” “possible” or “potential,” by future conditional verbs such as “assume,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “could” or “may”, or by variations of such words or by similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and we assume no duty to update forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from current projections.

In addition to factors previously disclosed in Fifth Third Bancorp’s and MB Financial, Inc.’s reports filed with or furnished to the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this communication, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: the ability to obtain regulatory approvals and meet other closing conditions to the merger, including the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained or are obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; delay in closing the merger; difficulties and delays in integrating the businesses of MB Financial, Inc. or fully realizing cost savings and other benefits; business disruption following the merger; changes in asset quality and credit risk; the inability to sustain revenue and earnings growth; changes in interest rates and capital markets; inflation; customer acceptance of Fifth Third Bancorp’s products and services; customer borrowing, repayment, investment and deposit practices; customer disintermediation; the introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of business initiatives; competitive conditions; the inability to realize cost savings or revenues or to implement integration plans and other consequences associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; economic conditions; and the impact, extent and timing of technological changes, capital management activities, and other actions of the Federal Reserve Board and legislative and regulatory actions and reforms.

Annualized, pro forma, projected and estimated numbers are used for illustrative purpose only, are not forecasts and may not reflect actual results.

Investors:
Chris Doll, 513-534–2345

Media:
Larry Magnesen, 513-534–8055

Source: Fifth Third Bancorp



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