Fifth Third Announces 2012 Earnings Per Share of $1.66, Up 41 Percent from 2011

Fourth quarter earnings per share $0.43, up 30 percent from fourth quarter 2011

  • 4Q12 net income available to common shareholders of $390 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, vs. $354 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in 3Q12 and $305 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in 4Q11. 4Q12 results included:
    • $157 million pre-tax gain (~$102 million after-tax, or $0.11 per share) on the sale of Vantiv shares
    • $134 million pre-tax expense for debt extinguishment (~$87 million after-tax, or $0.09 per share) associated with the termination of FHLB debt
    • $19 million pre-tax negative adjustment (~$12 million after-tax, or $0.01 per share) on the valuation of the warrant Fifth Third holds in Vantiv
    • $15 million pre-tax charge ($10 million after-tax, or $0.01 per share) related to valuation of Visa total return swap
    • $29 million (~$19 million after-tax, or $0.02 per share) in charges related to an increase in the mortgage representation and warranty reserve due to new Freddie Mac guidance for potential 2004-06 repurchase claims
  • 4Q12 return on assets (ROA) of 1.33%; return on average common equity of 11.5%; return on average tangible common equity** of 14.1%
  • Pre-provision net revenue (PPNR)** of $616 million in 4Q12
    • Net interest income (FTE) of $903 million, down $4 million from 3Q12; net interest margin 3.49%; end of period loans up $2.7 billion, or 3 percent, sequentially
    • Noninterest income of $880 million included $157 million gain on Vantiv shares and $37 million charges above
    • Noninterest expense of $1.2 billion included $134 million of debt extinguishment costs associated with the termination of FHLB debt as well as $26 million in additional expenses resulting from an increase in mortgage representation and warranty reserve
  • 4Q12 effective tax rate of 26.8% compared with 27.7% in 3Q12
  • Credit trends remain favorable
    • 4Q12 net charge-offs of $147 million (0.70% of loans and leases) vs. 3Q12 NCOs of $156 million and 4Q11 NCOs of $239 million; lowest NCO level since 3Q07; 4Q12 provision expense of $76 million compared with 3Q12 provision of $65 million and 4Q11 provision of $55 million
    • Loan loss allowance declined $71 million sequentially reflecting continued improvement in credit trends; allowance to loan ratio of 2.16%, 144% of nonperforming assets, 180% of nonperforming loans and leases, and 3.2 times 4Q12 annualized net charge-offs
    • Total nonperforming assets (NPAs) of $1.3 billion including loans held-for-sale (HFS) declined $174 million, or 12%, sequentially; NPAs excluding loans HFS of $1.3 billion declined $160 million, or 11%, lowest since 4Q07; NPA ratio of 1.49% down 24 bps from 3Q12, NPL ratio of 1.19% down 19 bps from 3Q12
    • Total delinquencies (includes loans 30-89 days past due and over 90 days past due) down 4% sequentially, lowest levels since 2Q04
  • Strong capital ratios*
    • Tier 1 common ratio 9.51%**, down 16 bps sequentially (Basel III pro forma estimate of ~8.8%)
    • Tier 1 capital ratio 10.65%, Total capital ratio 14.42%, Leverage ratio 10.05%
    • Tangible common equity ratio** of 8.83% excluding unrealized gains/losses; 9.10% including them
    • Repurchased ~14 million common shares through share repurchase transactions expected to settle in 1Q13 (these transaction are expected to further reduce average share count in 1Q13 versus 4Q12 by ~5 million shares)
  • Book value per share of $15.10; tangible book value per share** of $12.33 up 2% from 3Q12 and 10% from 4Q11

* Capital ratios estimated; presented under current U.S. capital regulations. The pro forma Basel III Tier I common equity ratio is management’s estimate based upon its current interpretation of the three draft Federal Register notices proposing enhancements to regulatory capital requirements published in June 2012. The actual impact to the Bancorp’s Tier I common equity ratio may change significantly due to revisions to the agencies’ final rules. See pp. 15-16 in Exhibit 99.1 of 8-k filing dated 1/17/13 for more information.

** Non-GAAP measure; see Reg. G reconciliation on page 34 in Exhibit 99.1 of 8-k filing dated 1/17/13.

CINCINNATI--()--Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) today reported full year 2012 net income of $1.6 billion, up 22 percent from net income of $1.3 billion in 2011. After preferred dividends, 2012 net income available to common shareholders was $1.5 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, up 41 percent compared with 2011 net income available to common shareholders of $1.1 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share.

Fourth quarter 2012 net income was $399 million, an increase of 10 percent from net income of $363 million in the third quarter of 2012 and 27 percent from net income of $314 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. After preferred dividends, net income available to common shareholders was $390 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $354 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012, and $305 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Earnings per diluted share increased 13 percent from the third quarter of 2012 and 30 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011.

Fourth quarter 2012 noninterest income included a $157 million gain on the sale of Vantiv shares; a $19 million negative valuation adjustment on the Vantiv warrant; and a $15 million charge related to the valuation of the Visa total return swap. Net gains on investment securities were $2 million. Fourth quarter noninterest expense included $134 million of debt extinguishment costs associated with the termination of Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) debt and $13 million in charges to increase litigation reserves. Results also included an additional $29 million of charges to increase the mortgage representation and warranty reserve due to new Freddie Mac guidance for potential 2004-2006 repurchase claims. Fourth quarter 2012 taxes were reduced by approximately $10 million due to the termination of certain leases.

Third quarter 2012 noninterest income included a $16 million negative valuation adjustment on the Vantiv warrant; $13 million in gains recognized on the sale of certain Fifth Third funds; and a $1 million reduction related to the valuation of the Visa total return swap. Net gains on investment securities were $2 million. Third quarter noninterest expense included $26 million of debt extinguishment costs associated with the redemption of Fifth Third Capital Trust V and Fifth Third Capital Trust VI trust preferred securities (TruPS), a $5 million benefit from the sale of affordable housing investments, $5 million in charges to increase litigation reserves, and $2 million of expenses associated with the sale of certain Fifth Third funds. Results also included an additional $24 million of charges associated with the increase of the mortgage representation and warranty reserve. Fourth quarter 2011 results included a $54 million pre-tax charge to noninterest income related to the valuation of the Visa total return swap and $10 million in charges to increase litigation reserves, primarily reserves associated with bankcard association membership. Fourth quarter 2011 results also included $10 million in positive valuation adjustments on Vantiv puts and warrants and investment securities gains of $5 million.

Earnings Highlights

  For the Three Months Ended   % Change
December   September   June   March   December    
2012   2012   2012   2012   2011   Seq   Yr/Yr
Earnings ($ in millions)
Net income attributable to Bancorp $399 $363 $385 $430 $314 10% 27%
Net income available to common shareholders $390 $354 $376 $421 $305 10% 28%
 
Common Share Data
Earnings per share, basic 0.44 0.39 0.41 0.46 0.33 13% 33%
Earnings per share, diluted 0.43 0.38 0.40 0.45 0.33 13% 30%
Cash dividends per common share 0.10 0.10 0.08 0.08 0.08 - 25%
 
Financial Ratios
Return on average assets 1.33% 1.23% 1.32% 1.49% 1.08% 8% 23%
Return on average common equity 11.5 10.4 11.4 13.1 9.5 11% 21%
Return on average tangible common equity 14.1 12.8 14.1 16.2 11.9 10% 19%
Tier I capital 10.65 10.85 12.31 12.20 11.91 (2%) (11%)
Tier I common equity 9.51 9.67 9.77 9.64 9.35 (2%) 2%
Net interest margin (a) 3.49 3.56 3.56 3.61 3.67 (2%) (5%)
Efficiency (a) 65.2 63.7 59.4 58.3 67.5 2% (3%)
 
Common shares outstanding (in thousands) 882,152 897,467 918,913 920,056 919,804 (2%) (4%)
Average common shares outstanding (in thousands):
Basic 884,676 904,475 913,541 915,226 914,997 (2%) (3%)
Diluted 925,585 944,821 954,622 957,416 956,349 (2%) (3%)
 
(a) Presented on a fully taxable equivalent basis
The percentages in all of the tables in this earning release are calculated on actual dollar amounts rather than the rounded dollar amounts.

“Strong fourth quarter earnings of $399 million were highlighted by quality loan production, fee income growth, and credit improvement,” said Kevin Kabat, CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp. “Every caption in fee income was up for the quarter, including mortgage banking revenue up 29 percent and corporate banking revenue up 13 percent sequentially. Net interest income was consistent with third quarter results and stronger than expected.

“These quarterly results capped a solidly profitable year in which Fifth Third generated the second highest level of net income in our Company’s history and pre-provision net revenue of $2.5 billion. Loans increased nearly $5 billion on an end of period basis. We produced double-digit growth in commercial and industrial loans and residential mortgage loan originations due to higher demand and low interest rates. Average core deposits increased 5 percent with a continued favorable mix shift to lower cost deposits.

“Credit trends continued to be favorable, with full year net charge-offs down 40 percent from 2011 and nonperforming assets declining 29 percent, both the lowest levels reported since 2007. At year end, total delinquencies were at their lowest level since the second quarter of 2004. The improvement in credit trends resulted in a $400 million reduction in loan loss reserves during the year, although reserve levels and coverage ratios remain strong at 2.16 percent of loans and 180 percent of nonperforming portfolio loans.

“Pursuant to our capital plan, we increased the return of capital to shareholders in 2012, with our recent increase of the quarterly common stock dividend to $0.10 per share and common stock repurchases of approximately $650 million during the year, including $175 million related to Vantiv gains. Despite these actions, our strong common equity capital ratios increased for the year. Our capital plan included the potential repurchase of an additional $125 million in the first quarter of 2013. Given our capacity for internal capital generation, we would expect to continue to return capital to shareholders in a responsible manner, absent unforeseen developments.”

Income Statement Highlights

  For the Three Months Ended   % Change
December   September   June   March   December    
2012   2012   2012   2012   2011   Seq   Yr/Yr
Condensed Statements of Income ($ in millions)
Net interest income (taxable equivalent) $903 $907 $899 $903 $920 - (2%)
Provision for loan and lease losses 76 65 71 91 55 17% 38%
Total noninterest income 880 671 678 769 550 31% 60%
Total noninterest expense   1,163   1,006   937   973   993   16%   17%
Income before income taxes (taxable equivalent)   544   507   569   608   422   7%   29%
 
Taxable equivalent adjustment 4 4 4 5 4 - -
Applicable income taxes   144   139   180   173   104   4%   38%
Net income 396 364 385 430 314 9% 26%
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   (3)   1   -   -   -   NM   NM
Net income attributable to Bancorp 399 363 385 430 314 10% 27%
Dividends on preferred stock   9   9   9   9   9   -   -
Net income available to common shareholders   390   354   376   421   305   10%   28%
Earnings per share, diluted $0.43 $0.38 $0.40 $0.45 $0.33 13% 30%
                             

Net Interest Income

  For the Three Months Ended   % Change
December   September   June   March   December    
2012   2012   2012   2012   2011   Seq   Yr/Yr
Interest Income ($ in millions)
Total interest income (taxable equivalent) $1,020 $1,027 $1,031 $1,045 $1,061 (1%) (4%)
Total interest expense   117   120   132   142   141   (3%)   (17%)
Net interest income (taxable equivalent)   $903   $907   $899   $903   $920   -   (2%)
 
Average Yield
Yield on interest-earning assets (taxable equivalent) 3.94% 4.03% 4.08% 4.18% 4.23% (2%) (7%)
Yield on interest-bearing liabilities   0.65%   0.67%   0.73%   0.79%   0.79%   (3%)   (18%)
Net interest rate spread (taxable equivalent)   3.29%   3.36%   3.35%   3.39%   3.44%   (2%)   (4%)
Net interest margin (taxable equivalent) 3.49% 3.56% 3.56% 3.61% 3.67% (2%) (5%)
 
Average Balances ($ in millions)
Loans and leases, including held for sale $86,180 $84,829 $84,508 $83,757 $82,278 2% 5%
Total securities and other short-term investments 16,765 16,588 17,168 16,735 17,243 1% (3%)
Total interest-earning assets 102,945 101,417 101,676 100,492 99,521 2% 3%
Total interest-bearing liabilities 71,420 72,026 73,162 72,219 71,467 (1%) -
Bancorp shareholders' equity   13,855   13,887   13,628   13,366   13,147   -   5%
 

Net interest income of $903 million on a fully taxable equivalent basis decreased $4 million from the third quarter. The decline in net interest income was driven by the effect of approximately $10 million in non-recurring benefits recorded in the third quarter. Otherwise, net interest income benefited from a decline in interest expense driven by higher demand deposit balances and continued runoff in consumer CD balances; a $2 million reduction in long-term debt expense due to the FHLB debt termination in December; and a $5 million reduction in long-term debt expense due to the full quarter impact of the TruPS redemption in the third quarter. The benefit of net loan growth on interest income was offset by a decline in interest income attributable to loan repricing, primarily in the C&I, auto, and residential mortgage portfolios, as well as lower reinvestment rates on the securities portfolio.

The net interest margin was 3.49 percent, a decrease of 7 bps from 3.56 percent in the previous quarter. The decline in net interest margin was driven by the 4 bps benefit in the third quarter from non-recurring items described above as well as lower loan and securities yields. The margin otherwise benefited by 2 bps from the full quarter impact of the TruPS redemption in the third quarter and 1 bp from the FHLB debt termination in December.

Compared with the fourth quarter of 2011, net interest income decreased $17 million and the net interest margin decreased 18 bps, driven by lower asset yields partially offset by higher average loan balances, run-off in higher-priced CDs and mix shift to lower cost deposit products.

Securities

Average securities and other short-term investments were $16.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $16.6 billion in the previous quarter and $17.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011. The sequential increase in average balances was related to the pre-investment in the third quarter of anticipated fourth quarter cash flows. The year-over-year decline was due to the timing of reinvestment in portfolio cash flows during 2011 as well as lower cash balances held at the Federal Reserve.

Loans

  For the Three Months Ended   % Change
December   September   June   March   December    
2012   2012   2012   2012   2011   Seq   Yr/Yr
Average Portfolio Loans and Leases ($ in millions)
Commercial:
Commercial and industrial loans $34,301 $33,111 $32,734 $31,371 $29,891 4% 15%
Commercial mortgage 9,193 9,567 9,810 10,007 10,262 (4%) (10%)
Commercial construction 686 742 873 992 1,132 (8%) (39%)
Commercial leases   3,509   3,481   3,469   3,543   3,351   1%   5%
Subtotal - commercial loans and leases   47,689   46,901   46,886   45,913   44,636   2%   7%
Consumer:
Residential mortgage loans 11,846 11,578 11,274 10,828 10,464 2% 13%
Home equity 10,129 10,312 10,430 10,606 10,810 (2%) (6%)
Automobile loans 11,944 11,812 11,755 11,882 11,696 1% 2%
Credit card 2,029 1,971 1,915 1,926 1,906 3% 6%
Other consumer loans and leases   306   314   326   345   402   (3%)   (24%)
Subtotal - consumer loans and leases   36,254   35,987   35,700   35,587   35,278   1%   3%
Total average loans and leases (excluding held for sale) $83,943 $82,888 $82,586 $81,500 $79,914 1% 5%
 
Average loans held for sale   2,237   1,941   1,920   2,257   2,364   15%   (5%)
 

Average loan and lease balances (excluding loans held-for-sale) increased $1.1 billion, or 1 percent, sequentially and increased $4.0 billion, or 5 percent, from the fourth quarter of 2011. Period end loan and lease balances (excluding loans held-for-sale) increased $2.7 billion, or 3 percent, sequentially and $4.8 billion, or 6 percent, from a year ago.

Average commercial portfolio loan and lease balances were up $788 million, or 2 percent, sequentially and increased $3.1 billion, or 7 percent, from the fourth quarter of 2011. Average C&I loans increased 4 percent sequentially and 15 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. Average commercial mortgage and commercial construction loan balances combined declined 4 percent sequentially and 13 percent from the same period the previous year. Commercial line usage, on an end of period basis, was 31 percent of committed lines in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with 32 percent in the third quarter of 2012 and 32 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Average consumer portfolio loan and lease balances increased $267 million, or 1 percent, sequentially and $976 million, or 3 percent, from the fourth quarter of 2011. Average residential mortgage loans increased 2 percent sequentially, reflecting strong originations due to continued refinancing activity associated with historically low interest rates as well as the continued retention of certain shorter term residential mortgage loans. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2011, average residential mortgage loans increased 13 percent and reflected the retention of these shorter term residential mortgage loans. Home equity loan balances declined 2 percent sequentially and 6 percent year-over-year due to lower demand and production. Average auto loans increased 1 percent sequentially and increased 2 percent year-over-year.

Average loans held-for-sale balance fluctuations were primarily driven by changes in residential mortgage held-for-sale balances. Average loans held-for-sale balances of $2.2 billion increased $296 million sequentially and decreased $127 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2011, and period end loans held-for-sale of $2.9 billion increased $1.1 billion from the previous quarter and decreased $15 million from the fourth quarter of 2011.

Deposits

  For the Three Months Ended   % Change
December   September   June   March   December    
2012   2012   2012   2012   2011   Seq   Yr/Yr
Average Deposits ($ in millions)
Demand deposits $29,223 $27,127 $26,351 $26,063 $26,069 8% 12%
Interest checking 23,556 22,967 23,548 22,308 19,263 3% 22%
Savings 20,216 21,283 22,143 21,944 21,715 (5%) (7%)
Money market 6,026 4,776 4,258 4,543 5,255 26% 15%
Foreign office (a)   1,174   1,345   1,321   2,277   3,325   (13%)   (65%)
Subtotal - Transaction deposits 80,195 77,498 77,621 77,135 75,627 3% 6%
Other time   4,094   4,224   4,359   4,551   4,960   (3%)   (17%)
Subtotal - Core deposits 84,289 81,722 81,980 81,686 80,587 3% 5%
Certificates - $100,000 and over 3,084 3,016 3,130 3,178 3,085 2% -
Other   32   32   23   19   16   (2%)   94%
Total deposits   $87,405   $84,770   $85,133   $84,883   $83,688   3%   4%

(a) Includes commercial customer Eurodollar sweep balances for which the Bancorp pays rates comparable to other commercial deposit accounts.

 

Average core deposits increased $2.6 billion, or 3 percent, sequentially and increased $3.7 billion, or 5 percent, from the fourth quarter of 2011. Average transaction deposits, which are included in core deposits, increased $2.7 billion, or 3 percent, from the third quarter of 2012 primarily driven by higher demand deposits, money market, and interest checking balances, partially offset by lower savings balances. Year-over-year transaction deposits increased $4.6 billion, or 6 percent, driven by higher interest checking, demand deposits, and money market balances, partially offset by lower foreign office and savings balances. Other time deposits, primarily CDs, decreased 3 percent sequentially and 17 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2011.

Commercial average transaction deposits increased 5 percent sequentially and 8 percent from the previous year. Sequential performance reflected higher demand deposits and money market balances. Year-over-year growth was primarily driven by higher inflows to interest checking and demand deposit account balances, partially offset by lower foreign office balances. Average public funds balances were $5.0 billion compared with $5.1 billion in the third quarter of 2012 and $5.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Consumer average transaction deposits increased 2 percent sequentially and increased 4 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. The sequential increase reflected higher money market, demand deposits, and interest checking balances, which were partially offset by lower savings balances. Year-over-year growth was primarily driven by increased interest checking and demand deposit balances partially offset by lower savings balances. Consumer CDs included in core deposits declined 3 percent sequentially, driven by customer reluctance to purchase CDs given the current low rate environment, and declined 17 percent year-over-year driven by maturities of higher-rate CDs.

Noninterest Income

  For the Three Months Ended   % Change
December   September   June   March   December    
2012   2012   2012   2012   2011   Seq   Yr/Yr
Noninterest Income ($ in millions)
Service charges on deposits $134 $128 $130 $129 $136 5% (1%)
Corporate banking revenue 114 101 102 97 82 13% 38%
Mortgage banking net revenue 258 200 183 204 156 29% 65%
Investment advisory revenue 93 92 93 96 90 1% 3%
Card and processing revenue 66 65 64 59 60 2% 10%
Other noninterest income 215 78 103 175 24 NM NM
Securities gains, net 2 2 3 9 5 - (60%)

Securities gains (losses), net - non-qualifying hedges on mortgage servicing rights

  (2)   5   -   -   (3)   NM   NM
Total noninterest income $880 $671 $678 $769 $550 31% 60%
 
NM: Not Meaningful                            
 

Noninterest income of $880 million increased $209 million sequentially, or 31 percent, and increased $330 million, or 60 percent, compared with prior year results. The sequential and year-over-year increases were both driven by a $157 million gain from the sale of Vantiv shares and higher mortgage banking and corporate banking revenue.

Fourth quarter 2012 noninterest income results included a $19 million negative valuation adjustment on the Vantiv warrant, compared with a $16 million negative valuation adjustment in the third quarter of 2012 and a $10 million positive valuation adjustment on the Vantiv warrant and put instruments in the fourth quarter of 2011. Current quarter’s results also included a $15 million charge related to the valuation of the total return swap entered into as part of the 2009 sale of Visa, Inc. Class B shares. Negative valuation adjustments on this swap were $1 million in the third quarter of 2012 and $54 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Third quarter 2012 results also included $13 million in gains recognized on the sale of certain Fifth Third funds. Excluding these items, the gain from the sale of Vantiv shares, and investment securities gains in all periods, noninterest income of $755 million increased $82 million, or 12 percent, from the previous quarter and increased $166 million, or 28 percent, from the fourth quarter of 2011.

Service charges on deposits of $134 million increased 5 percent from the third quarter and decreased 1 percent compared with the same quarter last year. Retail service charges grew 10 percent sequentially largely due to a seasonal increase in consumer overdrafts as well as the initial benefit of the transition to our new and simplified deposit product offerings. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2011, retail service charges decreased 11 percent primarily due to changes in our overdraft policies during 2012. Commercial service charges increased 2 percent sequentially and 6 percent from a year ago primarily as a result of higher treasury management fees.

Corporate banking revenue of $114 million increased 13 percent from the third quarter of 2012 driven by higher syndication fees, business lending fees, and derivative fees, which benefited from higher activity in anticipation of changes to tax rules. Corporate banking revenue increased 38 percent from the same period last year driven by increased syndication fees and business lending fees as a result our investments in our capital markets and treasury management capabilities, which are creating more lead opportunities and increased production.

Mortgage banking net revenue was $258 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 29 percent increase from the third quarter of 2012 and a 65 percent increase from the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter 2012 originations were $7.0 billion, compared with $5.8 billion in the previous quarter and $7.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter 2012 originations resulted in gains of $239 million on mortgages sold, reflecting higher mortgage sales revenue partially offset by lower gain on sale margins. This compares with gains of $226 million during the previous quarter and $152 million during the fourth quarter of 2011. Mortgage servicing fees this quarter were $64 million, compared with $62 million in the previous quarter and $58 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Mortgage banking net revenue is also affected by net servicing asset value adjustments, which include mortgage servicing rights (MSR) amortization and MSR valuation adjustments (including mark-to-market adjustments on free-standing derivatives used to economically hedge the MSR portfolio). These net servicing asset valuation adjustments were negative $45 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 (reflecting MSR amortization of $52 million and MSR valuation adjustments of positive $7 million); negative $88 million in the third quarter of 2012 (MSR amortization of $48 million and MSR valuation adjustments of negative $40 million); and negative $54 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 (MSR amortization of $47 million and MSR valuation adjustments of negative $7 million). The mortgage servicing asset, net of the valuation reserve, was $697 million at quarter end on a servicing portfolio of $62 billion.

Net losses on securities held as non-qualifying hedges for the MSR portfolio were $2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with net gains of $5 million in the third quarter of 2012 and net losses of $3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Investment advisory revenue of $93 million increased 1 percent sequentially and increased 3 percent year–over-year, reflecting higher private client services and institutional trust fees, which benefited from improvement in equity and bond market values, partially offset by lower mutual fund fees largely due to the sale of certain Fifth Third funds in the third quarter of 2012.

Card and processing revenue was $66 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 2 percent sequentially and 10 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011, reflecting higher transaction volumes, higher levels of consumer spending, and new products.

Other noninterest income totaled $215 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $78 million in the previous quarter and $24 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The growth sequentially and from the fourth quarter of 2011 was primarily driven by the $157 million gain on the sale of Vantiv shares. Other noninterest income includes effects of the valuation of the Vantiv warrant and changes in income related to the valuation of the Visa total return swap. For quarters ending December 31, 2012, September 30, 2012, and December 31, 2011, the impact of warrant and put option valuation adjustments were negative $19 million, negative $16 million, and positive $10 million, respectively, and reductions in income related to the Visa total return swap were $15 million, $1 million, and $54 million, respectively. Third quarter 2012 results also included $13 million in gains recognized on the sale of certain Fifth Third funds. Excluding the items detailed above, other noninterest income of $92 million increased approximately $10 million from the previous quarter and increased approximately $24 million from the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net credit-related costs recognized in other noninterest income were $13 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 versus $14 million last quarter and $33 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter 2012 results included $4 million of net gains on sales of commercial loans held-for-sale and $3 million of fair value charges on commercial loans held-for-sale, as well as $10 million of losses on other real estate owned (OREO). Third quarter 2012 results included $2 million of net gains on sales of commercial loans held-for-sale and $3 million of fair value charges on commercial loans held-for-sale, as well as $11 million of losses on OREO. Fourth quarter 2011 results included $9 million of net gains on sales of commercial loans held-for-sale, $18 million of fair value charges on commercial loans held-for-sale, and $22 million of losses on OREO.

Net gains on investment securities were $2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with investment securities gains of $2 million in the previous quarter and $5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Noninterest Expense

  For the Three Months Ended   % Change
December   September   June   March   December    
2012   2012   2012   2012   2011   Seq   Yr/Yr
Noninterest Expense ($ in millions)
Salaries, wages and incentives $416 $399 $393 $399 $393 4% 6%
Employee benefits 96 79 84 112 84 22% 15%
Net occupancy expense 76 76 74 77 79 - (3%)
Technology and communications 52 49 48 47 48 6% 10%
Equipment expense 27 28 27 27 27 (2%) (1%)
Card and processing expense 31 30 30 30 28 5% 10%
Other noninterest expense   465   345   281   281   334   35%   39%
Total noninterest expense   $1,163   $1,006   $937   $973   $993   16%   17%
 

Noninterest expense of $1.2 billion increased 16 percent from the third quarter of 2012 and increased 17 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter 2012 expenses included $134 million of debt extinguishment costs associated with the termination of $1 billion of FHLB debt; $26 million of additional expenses associated with the increase in the representation and warranty reserve; and $13 million in charges to increase litigation reserves. Third quarter 2012 expenses included $26 million of debt extinguishment costs associated with the redemption of Capital Trust V and Capital Trust VI TruPS; $22 million of additional expenses associated with the increase in the mortgage representation and warranty reserve; $5 million in charges to increase litigation reserves; a $5 million benefit from the sale of affordable housing investments; and $2 million of costs associated with the sale of certain Fifth Third funds. Fourth quarter 2011 expenses included $10 million in charges to increase litigation reserves, primarily related to bankcard association membership. Excluding these items, noninterest expense of $990 million increased $34 million, or 4 percent, compared with the third quarter of 2012 and increased $7 million, or 1 percent, compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. The increase in both periods was largely due to higher compensation-related expenses, primarily performance incentives, driven by strong mortgage originations and commercial and corporate banking results. In addition, the sequential comparison was affected by $6 million of annual pension settlement expense in the fourth quarter.

Credit costs related to problem assets recorded as noninterest expense totaled $68 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $59 million in the third quarter of 2012 and $44 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter credit-related expenses included provisioning for mortgage repurchases of $44 million, compared with $36 million in the third quarter and $18 million a year ago. (Realized mortgage repurchase losses were $15 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $15 million last quarter and $17 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.) The increase in mortgage representation and warranty expense was primarily due to an increase in the reserve as a result of additional information obtained from Freddie Mac regarding changes to their selection criteria for future mortgage repurchases and file requests, which now includes 2004 through 2006 vintages. As such, we were able to better estimate the losses that are probable on loans sold to Freddie Mac with representation and warranty provisions. (Freddie Mac loans represent approximately 56 percent of Fifth Third’s mortgage servicing portfolio.) Provision for unfunded commitments was an expense of $3 million in the current quarter, compared with a benefit of $2 million last quarter and a benefit of $6 million a year ago. Derivative valuation adjustments related to customer credit risk were positive $2 million, $2 million, and $5 million for this quarter, last quarter and the year ago quarter, respectively. OREO expense was $5 million this quarter, compared with $6 million last quarter and $8 million a year ago. Other problem asset-related expenses were $19 million in the fourth quarter, compared with $21 million the previous quarter and $28 million in the same period last year.

Credit Quality

  For the Three Months Ended
December   September   June   March   December
2012   2012   2012   2012   2011
Total net losses charged off ($ in millions)
Commercial and industrial loans ($36) ($29) ($46) ($54) ($62)
Commercial mortgage loans (17) (28) (25) (30) (47)
Commercial construction loans (4) (4) - (18) (4)
Commercial leases 1 (1) (7) - -
Residential mortgage loans (23) (26) (36) (37) (36)
Home equity (34) (37) (39) (46) (50)
Automobile loans (9) (7) (7) (9) (13)
Credit card (19) (18) (18) (20) (21)
Other consumer loans and leases   (6)   (6)   (3)   (6)   (6)
Total net losses charged off (147) (156) (181) (220) (239)
 
Total losses (177) (188) (219) (253) (280)
Total recoveries   30   32   38   33   41
Total net losses charged off ($147) ($156) ($181) ($220) ($239)
Ratios (annualized)

Net losses charged off as a percent of average loans and leases (excluding held for sale)

0.70% 0.75% 0.88% 1.08% 1.19%
Commercial 0.46% 0.53% 0.67% 0.89% 1.00%
Consumer   1.01%   1.04%   1.15%   1.34%   1.43%
 

Net charge-offs were $147 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, or 70 bps of average loans on an annualized basis, the lowest level since the third quarter of 2007. Net charge-offs declined 6 percent compared with third quarter 2012 net charge-offs of $156 million, and declined 38 percent versus fourth quarter 2011 net charge-offs of $239 million.

Commercial net charge-offs were $56 million, or 46 bps, down $6 million compared with $62 million, or 53 bps, in the third quarter driven by declines in commercial mortgage net charge-offs. Commercial net charge-offs were at the lowest level since the third quarter of 2007. Commercial mortgage net charge-offs were $17 million, down $11 million from $28 million in the previous quarter. C&I net charge-offs totaled $36 million, compared with net losses of $29 million in the previous quarter. Commercial construction net charge-offs were $4 million in the fourth quarter, or flat compared with the prior quarter. The homebuilder / developer portfolio now totals $318 million, down from a peak of $3.3 billion in the second quarter of 2008. We recorded no material net charge-offs on these loans in the fourth quarter of 2012. This lending was suspended in 2007 and originations remain extremely limited.

Consumer net charge-offs were $91 million, or 101 bps, down $3 million sequentially. Net charge-offs on residential mortgage loans in the portfolio were $23 million, down $3 million from the previous quarter. Home equity net charge-offs were $34 million, down $3 million from the third quarter. Net charge-offs on brokered home equity loans represented 35 percent of fourth quarter home equity losses; such loans are 14 percent of the total home equity portfolio. The home equity portfolio included $1.3 billion of brokered loans, down from a peak of $2.6 billion in 2007; originations of these loans were discontinued in 2007. Net charge-offs in the auto portfolio of $9 million increased $2 million compared with the prior quarter. Net charge-offs on consumer credit card loans were $19 million, up $1 million from third quarter. Net charge-offs in other consumer loans were $6 million, or flat compared with the previous quarter.

  For the Three Months Ended
December   September   June   March   December
2012   2012   2012   2012   2011
Allowance for Credit Losses ($ in millions)
Allowance for loan and lease losses, beginning $1,925 $2,016 $2,126 $2,255 $2,439
Total net losses charged off (147) (156) (181) (220) (239)
Provision for loan and lease losses   76   65   71   91   55
Allowance for loan and lease losses, ending 1,854 1,925 2,016 2,126 2,255
 
Reserve for unfunded commitments, beginning 176 178 179 181 187
Provision for unfunded commitments   3   (2)   (1)   (2)   (6)
Reserve for unfunded commitments, ending 179 176 178 179 181
 
Components of allowance for credit losses:
Allowance for loan and lease losses 1,854 1,925 2,016 2,126 2,255
Reserve for unfunded commitments   179   176   178   179   181
Total allowance for credit losses $2,033 $2,101 $2,194 $2,305 $2,436
Allowance for loan and lease losses ratio
As a percent of loans and leases 2.16% 2.32% 2.45% 2.59% 2.78%
As a percent of nonperforming loans and leases (a) 180% 167% 150% 157% 157%
As a percent of nonperforming assets (a) 144% 133% 125% 127% 124%
 
(a) Excludes non accrual loans and leases in loans held for sale
                     

Provision for loan and lease losses totaled $76 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, up $11 million from the third quarter of 2012 and up $21 million from the fourth quarter of 2011. The allowance for loan and lease losses declined $71 million sequentially reflecting continued improvement in credit trends. This allowance represented 2.16 percent of total loans and leases outstanding as of quarter end, compared with 2.32 percent last quarter, and represented 180 percent of nonperforming loans and leases, 144 percent of nonperforming assets, and 317 percent of fourth quarter annualized net charge-offs.

      As of    
December September June March December
Nonperforming Assets and Delinquent Loans ($ in millions) 2012   2012   2012   2012   2011
Nonaccrual portfolio loans and leases:
Commercial and industrial loans $234 $309 $377 $358 $408
Commercial mortgage loans 215 263 357 347 358
Commercial construction loans 70 76 99 118 123
Commercial leases 1 5 3 8 9
Residential mortgage loans 114 126 135 135 134
Home equity 30 29 30 26 25
Automobile loans - - 1 1 -
Other consumer loans and leases   1   -   -   1   1
Total nonaccrual loans and leases $665 $808 $1,002 $994 $1,058
Restructured loans and leases - commercial (nonaccrual) 177 153 147 157 160
Restructured loans and leases - consumer (nonaccrual)   187   192   193   201   220
Total nonperforming loans and leases $1,029 $1,153 $1,342 $1,352 $1,438
Repossessed personal property 8 10 9 8 14
Other real estate owned (a)   249   283   268   313   364
Total nonperforming assets (b) $1,286 $1,446 $1,619 $1,673 $1,816
Nonaccrual loans held for sale 25 38 55 110 131
Restructured loans - commercial (nonaccrual) held for sale   4   5   5   7   7
Total nonperforming assets including loans held for sale   $1,315   $1,489   $1,679   $1,790   $1,954
 
Restructured Consumer loans and leases (accrual) $1,655 $1,641 $1,634 $1,624 $1,612
Restructured Commercial loans and leases (accrual) $431 $442 $455 $481 $390
 
Total loans and leases 90 days past due $195 $201 $203 $216 $200
Nonperforming loans and leases as a percent of portfolio loans, leases and other assets, including other real estate owned (b) 1.19% 1.38% 1.62% 1.64% 1.76%
Nonperforming assets as a percent of portfolio loans, leases and other assets, including other real estate owned (b) 1.49% 1.73% 1.96% 2.03% 2.23%
 
(a) Excludes government insured advances.
(b) Does not include nonaccrual loans held-for-sale.                    

Total nonperforming assets, including loans held-for-sale, were $1.3 billion, a decline of $174 million, or 12 percent, from the previous quarter. Nonperforming assets held-for-investment (NPAs) were $1.3 billion or 1.49 percent of total loans, leases and OREO, and decreased $160 million, or 11 percent, from the previous quarter. Nonperforming loans held-for-investment (NPLs) at quarter end were $1.0 billion or 1.19 percent of total loans, leases and OREO, and decreased $124 million, or 11 percent, from the previous quarter.

Commercial portfolio NPAs were $883 million, or 1.78 percent of commercial loans, leases and OREO, and decreased $134 million, or 13 percent, from the third quarter. Commercial portfolio NPLs were $697 million, or 1.41 percent of commercial loans and leases, and decreased $109 million from last quarter driven by declines in C&I and commercial mortgage NPLs. C&I portfolio NPAs of $352 million decreased $55 million from the previous quarter. Commercial mortgage portfolio NPAs were $434 million, down $55 million from the prior quarter. Commercial construction portfolio NPAs were $88 million, a decline of $23 million from the previous quarter. Commercial real estate loans in Michigan and Florida represented 46 percent of commercial real estate NPAs and 37 percent of our total commercial real estate portfolio. Within the overall commercial loan portfolio, residential real estate builder and developer portfolio NPAs of $88 million declined $16 million from the third quarter, of which $26 million were commercial construction assets, $51 million were commercial mortgage assets and $11 million were C&I assets. Commercial portfolio NPAs included $177 million of nonaccrual troubled debt restructurings (TDRs), compared with $153 million last quarter.

Consumer portfolio NPAs of $403 million, or 1.10 percent of consumer loans, leases and OREO, decreased $26 million from the third quarter. Consumer portfolio NPLs were $332 million, or 0.91 percent of consumer loans and leases and decreased $15 million from last quarter. Of consumer NPAs, $352 million were in residential real estate portfolios. Residential mortgage NPAs were $290 million, $28 million lower than last quarter, with Florida representing 47 percent of residential mortgage NPAs and 14 percent of total residential mortgage loans. Home equity NPAs of $62 million were flat compared with last quarter. Credit card NPAs were also flat compared to the previous quarter at $39 million. Consumer nonaccrual TDRs were $187 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $192 million in the third quarter 2012.

Fourth quarter OREO balances included in portfolio NPA balances described above were $249 million, down $34 million from the third quarter, and included $186 million in commercial OREO and $63 million in consumer OREO. Repossessed personal property of $8 million consisted largely of autos.

Loans still accruing over 90 days past due were $195 million, down $6 million, or 3 percent, from the third quarter of 2012. Commercial balances 90 days past due of $24 million were up $1 million sequentially. Consumer balances 90 days past due of $171 million were down $7 million from the previous quarter. Loans 30-89 days past due of $330 million decreased $15 million, or 4 percent, from the previous quarter. Commercial balances 30-89 days past due of $17 million were down $7 million sequentially driven by increased payoffs, paydowns, and renewals and consumer balances 30-89 days past due of $313 million decreased $8 million from the third quarter, reflecting declines in mortgage.

Commercial nonaccrual loans held-for-sale were $29 million, compared with $43 million at the end of the third quarter. During the quarter, $11 million of nonaccrual held-for-sale loans were sold; no nonaccrual commercial loans from the portfolio were transferred to loans held-for-sale, and $1 million of loans from loans held-for-sale were transferred to OREO. Negative valuation adjustments of $3 million were recorded on held-for-sale loans and net gains of $4 million were recorded on loans that were sold or settled during the quarter.

Capital Position

  For the Three Months Ended
December   September   June   March   December
2012   2012   2012   2012   2011
Capital Position
Average shareholders' equity to average assets 11.65% 11.82% 11.58% 11.49% 11.41%
Tangible equity (a) 9.17% 9.45% 9.50% 9.37% 9.03%
Tangible common equity (excluding unrealized gains/losses) (a) 8.83% 9.10% 9.15% 9.02% 8.68%
Tangible common equity (including unrealized gains/losses) (a) 9.10% 9.45% 9.49% 9.37% 9.04%
Tangible common equity as a percent of risk-weighted assets (excluding unrealized gains/losses) (a) (b) 9.57% 9.74% 9.84% 9.71% 9.41%

Regulatory capital ratios: (c)

Tier I capital 10.65% 10.85% 12.31% 12.20% 11.91%
Total risk-based capital 14.42% 14.76% 16.24% 16.07% 16.09%
Tier I leverage 10.05% 10.09% 11.39% 11.31% 11.10%
Tier I common equity (a) 9.51% 9.67% 9.77% 9.64% 9.35%
Book value per share 15.10 14.84 14.56 14.30 13.92
Tangible book value per share (a) 12.33 12.12 11.89 11.64 11.25
 
(a) The tangible equity, tangible common equity, tier I common equity and tangible book value per share ratios, while not required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP), are considered to be critical metrics with which to analyze banks. The ratios have been included herein to facilitate a greater understanding of the Bancorp's capital structure and financial condition. See the Regulation G Non-GAAP Reconciliation table for a reconciliation of these ratios to U.S. GAAP.
 
(b) Under the banking agencies risk-based capital guidelines, assets and credit equivalent amounts of derivatives and off-balance sheet exposures are assigned to broad risk categories. The aggregate dollar amount in each risk category is multiplied by the associated risk weight of the category. The resulting weighted values are added together resulting in the Bancorp's total risk weighted assets.
 
(c) Current period regulatory capital data ratios are estimated.
 

Capital ratios remained strong, reflecting growth in retained earnings and included the impact of share repurchase activity during the quarter. Compared with the prior quarter, the Tier 1 common equity ratio* decreased 16 bps to 9.51 percent. The tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio* was 8.83 percent (excluding unrealized gains/losses) and 9.10 percent (including unrealized gains/losses). The Tier 1 capital ratio decreased 20 bps to 10.65 percent. The Total capital ratio decreased 34 bps to 14.42 percent and the Leverage ratio decreased 4 bps to 10.05 percent. The Tier 1 common capital ratio was reduced during the quarter by approximately 20 bps due to the repurchase of $225 million in common shares.

Book value per share at December 31, 2012 was $15.10 and tangible book value per share* was $12.33, compared with September 30, 2012 book value per share of $14.84 and tangible book value per share of $12.12.

As previously announced, Fifth Third entered into a share repurchase agreement with a counterparty on November 6, 2012, whereby Fifth Third would purchase approximately $125 million of its outstanding common stock. For the quarter, this transaction reduced Fifth Third’s share count by 7.7 million shares on the initial transaction date, which had a 4 million impact on average share count. Fifth Third expects the settlement of the forward contract to occur on or before February 7, 2013.

In addition, Fifth Third entered into another share repurchase agreement with a counterparty on December 14, 2012, whereby Fifth Third would purchase approximately $100 million of its outstanding common stock. For the quarter, this transaction reduced Fifth Third’s share count by 6.3 million shares on the initial transaction date, which had a 1 million impact on average share count. Fifth Third expects the settlement of the forward contract to occur on or before March 14, 2013. Our annual capital plan included a remaining $125 million in additional potential repurchases through March 31, 2013.

U.S. banking regulators recently proposed new capital rules for U.S. banks as well as changes to risk-weightings for assets, which implement portions of rules proposed by international banking regulators known as Basel III and Basel II. Fifth Third would be subject to the proposed “standardized approach” for risk-weightings of assets and would be subject to the Market Risk Rule for trading assets and liabilities. These proposals were presented for public comment, which regulators are currently studying. We continue to evaluate these proposals and their potential impact. Our current estimate of the pro-forma fully phased in Tier I common equity ratio at December 31, 2012 under the proposed capital rules is approximately 8.8%** compared with 9.5%* as calculated under the existing Basel I capital framework. The primary drivers of the change from the existing Basel I capital framework to the Basel III proposal are an increase in Tier I common equity of approximately 40 bps (primarily from the inclusion of AOCI) which would be more than offset by the impact of increases in risk-weighted assets (primarily from 1-4 family senior and junior lien residential mortgages and commitments with an original maturity of one year or less). The pro forma Tier I common equity ratio exceeds the proposed minimum Tier I common equity ratio of 7% comprised of a minimum of 4.5% plus a capital conservation buffer of 2.5%. The pro forma Tier I common equity ratio does not include the effect of any mitigating actions the Bancorp may undertake to offset the impact of any final capital rules. As noted, the proposed rules remain subject to public comment, interpretation, and change.

Under the Dodd-Frank Act financial reform legislation, TruPS were to be phased out of Tier 1 capital over three years beginning in 2013. The new regulations proposed by U.S. banking regulators also propose to cease Tier 1 capital treatment for outstanding TruPS, with a similar phasing period. Fifth Third’s Tier 1 and Total capital levels at December 31, 2012 included $810 million of TruPS, or 0.8 percent of risk weighted assets. We will continue to evaluate the role of these types of securities in our capital structure, based on regulatory developments. To the extent these types of securities remain outstanding during and after the phase-in period they would be expected to continue to be included in Total capital, subject to final rule-making for U.S. capital standards. We expect to manage our capital structure over time – including the components represented by common equity and non-common equity – to adapt to and reflect the effect of legislation, changes in U.S. bank capital regulations that reflect international capital rules developments, regulatory expectations, and our goals for capital levels and capital composition as appropriate given any changes in rules.

Fifth Third is one of 31 large U.S. Bank Holding Companies (BHCs) subject to the Federal Reserve’s (FRB) Capital Plans Rule which was issued November 9, 2012. Under this rule, we are required to submit our annual capital plan to the Federal Reserve, for its objection or non-objection. Fifth Third submitted its 2013 capital plan on January 7, 2013, as required. The plan included those capital actions Fifth Third intends to pursue or contemplate during the period covered by the FRB’s response, which is the second quarter of 2013 through the first quarter of 2014. Our plan for the covered period included the possibility that we would increase our common dividend, consistent with the FRB’s 30 percent payout ratio guidance and conduct common share repurchases at levels consistent with the pace of recent activity, which would be expected to maintain common equity capital levels in the current range. Any such actions would be based on the FRB’s non-objection, environmental conditions, earnings results, our capital position, and other factors, as well as approval by the Fifth Third Board of Directors, at the time. The Federal Reserve has indicated to the BHCs that it will issue its response on or before March 31, 2013.

* Non-GAAP measure; see Reg. G reconciliation on page 34 in Exhibit 99.1 of 8-k filing dated 1/17/13.

** The pro forma Tier I common equity ratio is management’s estimate based upon its current interpretation of the three draft Federal Register notices proposing enhancements to regulatory capital requirements published in June 2012. The actual impact to the Bancorp’s Tier I common equity ratio may change significantly due to further clarification of the agencies proposals or revisions to the agencies final rules, which remain subject to public comment.

Tax Rate

The effective tax rate was 26.8 percent this quarter compared with 27.7 percent in the third quarter, due to a benefit of approximately $10 million related to the termination of certain leases.

Other

Fifth Third Bank owns 70.2 million units representing a 33 percent interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Based upon Vantiv’s closing price of $20.42 on December 31, 2012, our interest in Vantiv was valued at approximately $1.4 billion. Next month in our 10-K, we will update our disclosure of the carrying value of our interest in Vantiv stock which was approximately $651 million as of September 30, 2012. The difference between the market value and our book value is not recognized in Fifth Third’s equity or capital. Additionally, Fifth Third has a warrant to purchase additional shares in Vantiv which is carried as a derivative asset at a fair value of $177 million.

Conference Call

Fifth Third will host a conference call to discuss these financial results at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) today. This conference call will be webcast live by Thomson Financial and may be accessed through the Fifth Third Investor Relations website at www.53.com (click on “About Fifth Third” then “Investor Relations”). The webcast also is being distributed over Thomson Financial’s Investor Distribution Network to both institutional and individual investors. Individual investors can listen to the call through Thomson Financial’s individual investor center at www.earnings.com or by visiting any of the investor sites in Thomson Financial’s Individual Investor Network. Institutional investors can access the call via Thomson Financial’s password-protected event management site, StreetEvents (www.streetevents.com).

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 beginning approximately two hours after the conference call until Thursday, January 31 by dialing 800-585-8367 for domestic access and 404-537-3406 for international access (passcode 79425141#).

Corporate Profile

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had $122 billion in assets and operated 15 affiliates with 1,325 full-service Banking Centers, including 106 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,415 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 33% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2012, had $308 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® National Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements that we believe are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Rule 175 promulgated thereunder, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Rule 3b-6 promulgated thereunder. These statements relate to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance or business. They usually can be identified by the use of forward-looking language such as “will likely result,” “may,” “are expected to,” “is anticipated,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “projected,” “intends to,” or may include other similar words or phrases such as “believes,” “plans,” “trend,” “objective,” “continue,” “remain,” or similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “might,” “can,” or similar verbs. You should not place undue reliance on these statements, as they are subject to risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the risk factors set forth in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind these risks and uncertainties, as well as any cautionary statements we may make. Moreover, you should treat these statements as speaking only as of the date they are made and based only on information then actually known to us.

There are a number of important factors that could cause future results to differ materially from historical performance and these forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: (1) general economic conditions and weakening in the economy, specifically the real estate market, either nationally or in the states in which Fifth Third, one or more acquired entities and/or the combined company do business, are less favorable than expected; (2) deteriorating credit quality; (3) political developments, wars or other hostilities may disrupt or increase volatility in securities markets or other economic conditions; (4) changes in the interest rate environment reduce interest margins; (5) prepayment speeds, loan origination and sale volumes, charge-offs and loan loss provisions; (6) Fifth Third’s ability to maintain required capital levels and adequate sources of funding and liquidity; (7) maintaining capital requirements may limit Fifth Third’s operations and potential growth; (8) changes and trends in capital markets; (9) problems encountered by larger or similar financial institutions may adversely affect the banking industry and/or Fifth Third; (10) competitive pressures among depository institutions increase significantly; (11) effects of critical accounting policies and judgments; (12) changes in accounting policies or procedures as may be required by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) or other regulatory agencies; (13) legislative or regulatory changes or actions, or significant litigation, adversely affect Fifth Third, one or more acquired entities and/or the combined company or the businesses in which Fifth Third, one or more acquired entities and/or the combined company are engaged, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; (14) ability to maintain favorable ratings from rating agencies; (15) fluctuation of Fifth Third’s stock price; (16) ability to attract and retain key personnel; (17) ability to receive dividends from its subsidiaries; (18) potentially dilutive effect of future acquisitions on current shareholders’ ownership of Fifth Third; (19) effects of accounting or financial results of one or more acquired entities; (20) difficulties from the separation of or the results of operations of Vantiv, LLC from Fifth Third; (21) loss of income from any sale or potential sale of businesses that could have an adverse effect on Fifth Third’s earnings and future growth; (22) ability to secure confidential information and deliver products and services through the use of computer systems and telecommunications networks; and (23) the impact of reputational risk created by these developments on such matters as business generation and retention, funding and liquidity.

You should refer to our periodic and current reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or “SEC,” for further information on other factors, which could cause actual results to be significantly different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

Contacts

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Jim Eglseder (Investors), 513-534-8424
or
Laura Wehby (Investors), 513-534-7407
or
Debra DeCourcy, APR (Media), 513-534-4153

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Fifth Third Bancorp
Jim Eglseder (Investors), 513-534-8424
or
Laura Wehby (Investors), 513-534-7407
or
Debra DeCourcy, APR (Media), 513-534-4153