MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) announced that it has received its results of the December 2020 Stress Test from the Federal Reserve. Based on the results, the company’s common equity tier 1 (CET1) capital requirement remains at 7.0 percent which includes the Stress Capital Buffer requirement of 2.5 percent. Under the Supervisory Severely Adverse and Supervisory Alternative Severe scenarios the company’s minimum CET1 ratio was 7.6 and 7.8 percent, respectively, above the regulatory requirement.
The Federal Reserve extended, with modifications, the capital restrictions through the first quarter of 2021 due to “ongoing economic uncertainty and to preserve the strength of the banking sector.” These restrictions include capping common stock dividends at existing rates and limiting the aggregate amount of common stock dividends and share repurchases to an amount that does not exceed the average net income of the four preceding calendar quarters.
The U.S. Bancorp board of directors currently intends to maintain the quarterly common stock dividend of $0.42 per common share. The company’s quarterly common stock dividends are subject to approval of the board of directors.
The U.S. Bancorp board of directors has approved an authorization to repurchase up to $3 billion of the company’s outstanding common stock beginning January 1, 2021 and the company intends to begin repurchasing shares in the first quarter of 2021. The stock may be repurchased in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. U.S. Bancorp will utilize the share repurchase program at its discretion as it continues to monitor the economic environment, manage to its long-term earnings distribution targets while maintaining strong capital levels and remain in compliance with regulatory requirements. The company will adjust its capital distributions as conditions warrant. Additional capital distributions, including share repurchases, are subject to the approval of the company’s board of directors.
“The results of this stress test reflect again, the strength of our balance sheet, our diverse businesses and our strong financial discipline,” said Andy Cecere, chairman, president and CEO of U.S. Bancorp. “Our capital position remained strong through these challenging times and we believe the reinstatement of the share repurchase program will allow us to continue to deliver on our commitment of creating long-term value for our shareholders, customers and employees through continued investment in our business, support to our customers and prudent deployment of capital to our shareholders.”
About U.S. Bancorp
U.S. Bancorp, with more than 70,000 employees and $540 billion in assets as of September 30, 2020, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank one of the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies. Visit U.S. Bank at www.usbank.com or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.
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For discussion of these and other risks that may cause actual results to differ from expectations, refer to U.S. Bancorp’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the sections entitled “Corporate Risk Profile” and “Risk Factors” contained in Exhibit 13, and all subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020. In addition, factors other than these risks also could adversely affect U.S. Bancorp’s results, and the reader should not consider these risks to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and U.S. Bancorp undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.