HOUSTON, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass Bancshares, Inc. announced today that the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) accepted its capital plan and did not object to the proposed capital actions, which included a semi-annual common dividend of approximately $51 million beginning in the second quarter of 2014. The common dividends are subject to approval by BBVA Compass' board of directors.
"Acceptance of our capital plan is further evidence of our strong capital base, sound risk profile and ability to generate retained earnings sufficient to support ongoing business opportunities and balance sheet growth," said
Manolo Sanchez, chairman and CEO of BBVA Compass. "We firmly believe our capital management plan is prudent given our current economic outlook and capital position."
BBVA Compass submitted its capital plan, approved by its board of directors, to the Federal Reserve in January 2014 as part of the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) of the 30 largest U.S. bank holding companies. The capital plan includes proposed potential capital actions covering the period from April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015.
March 20, the Federal Reserve disclosed the results of its 2014 Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test (DFAST) for those same 30 companies. Under the hypothetical supervisory severely adverse scenario, BBVA Compass reported a minimum Tier 1 common capital ratio of 8.5 percent, well above the minimum 5 percent threshold and above the 7.6 percent average for the 30 bank holding companies. Additional information pertaining to BBVA Compass' DFAST and CCAR results can be found on its website at
www.bbvacompass.com under the Investor Relations tab.
About BBVA Group BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at www.bbva.com .About BBVA Compass BBVA Compass Bancshares, Inc. is a Sunbelt-based bank holding company whose lead subsidiary, BBVA Compass, operates 685 branches, including 350 in Texas, 90 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 64 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration and was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com.