This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

3 Banks Ready to Repay Uncle Sam

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Investors are looking for most of the large stress-tested banks to increase their dividend payouts and authorize share buybacks after the Federal Reserve announces the results of its stress tests Tuesday afternoon, but there are three large holding companies hoping for permission to repay federal bailout funds.

The Fed is set to publicly disclose an unusually detailed set of stress test results today at 4:30, with most of the largest U.S. bank holding companies having submitted plans that include an increased return of capital to investors, through higher dividends and share buybacks.

In order to gain the Fed's permission for an increased return of capital to investors, the banks need to prove that they could maintain Tier 1 common equity ratios of at least 5%, while increasing their return of capital and suffering through a dire economic scenario that includes real GDP contracting "sharply through late 2012, with the unemployment rate reaching a peak of just over 13 percent in mid-2013," while also assuming "that U.S. equity prices fall by 50 percent from their Q3 2011 values through late 2012 and that U.S. house prices fall by more than 20 percent through the end of 2013."

That's a whopper of a stress test scenario, which also assumes "foreign real GDP growth is also assumed to contract, with growth slowdowns in Europe and Asia in 2012."

So investors can be pretty sure that the Fed won't have to change its mind about approving any dividend increases or share buybacks.

JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report) on Tuesday announced that the Federal Reserve "not object to the Firm's proposed capital distributions submitted pursuant to" the stress tests, and that it would raise its quaterly dividend payout by a nickel, to 30 cents a share.

JPMorgan also said it had "authorized a new $15 billion equity repurchase program, of which up to $12 billion is approved for 2012 and up to an additional $3 billion is approved through the end of the first quarter of 2013."

JPMorgan CEO James Dimon said the company was "pleased to be in a position to increase our dividend and to establish a new equity repurchase program," and expected "to generate significant capital and deploy that capital to the benefit of our shareholders." The company said the timing of the buybacks "will be consistent with the Firm's capital plan and will depend on various factors, including market conditions."

Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) didn't include plans to increase dividends or authorize buybacks as part of its stress test submission to the Federal Reserve.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday afternoon that Bank of America had also passed the stress tests, no doubt causing investors to breathe a sigh of relief, as the stress tests included hypothetical mortgage putback losses, based on the real information provided by the holding companies and factoring in that brutal additional 20% housing price drop included in the adverse economic scenario.

KBW's bank research team on Monday had said in a report that out of the 24 bank holding companies subject covered by the firm and subject to the stress tests, "most will weather the storm," with Basel I Tier 1 common equity ratios above 5% under the stress test scenario, except for Bank of America, which could wind up with an estimated Tier 1 common ratio of 4.66%, and Regions Financial, which could end up with an estimated Tier 1 common ratio of just 4.06%.
1 of 4

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
ZION $25.88 -0.19%
BAC $13.82 -2.20%
JPM $61.24 -0.54%
MTB $114.22 0.09%
RF $9.04 0.00%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,660.71 +9.45 0.05%
S&P 500 2,050.63 -0.49 -0.02%
NASDAQ 4,717.0940 -8.5450 -0.18%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs