Fifth Third Bancorp 8-K 2008
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): December 29, 2008
FIFTH THIRD BANCORP
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
(Registrants Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
On December 31, 2008, as part of the Capital Purchase Program established by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (the EESA), Fifth Third Bancorp (the Company or the Registrant) entered into a Letter Agreement (including the Securities Purchase AgreementStandard Terms incorporated by reference therein, the Purchase Agreement) with Treasury dated December 31, 2008 pursuant to which the Company issued and sold to Treasury for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $3.4 billion in cash: (i) 136,320 shares of the Companys Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series F, having a liquidation preference of $25,000 per share (the Series F Preferred Stock), and (ii) a ten-year warrant to purchase up to 43,617,747 shares of the Companys common stock, no par value per share (Common Stock), at an initial exercise price of $11.72 per share (the Warrant).
Cumulative dividends on the Series F Preferred Stock will accrue on the liquidation preference at a rate of 5% per annum for the first five years, and at a rate of 9% per annum thereafter, but will be paid only if, as and when declared by the Companys Board of Directors. The Series F Preferred Stock has no maturity date and ranks senior to the Common Stock (and pari passu with the Companys other authorized series of preferred stock) with respect to the payment of dividends and distributions and amounts payable upon liquidation, dissolution and winding up of the Company. The Series F Preferred Stock generally is non-voting.
The Company may redeem the Series F Preferred Stock at its liquidation value after December 31, 2011. Prior to this date, the Company may redeem the Series F Preferred Stock at its liquidation value if (i) the Company has raised aggregate gross proceeds in one or more Qualified Equity Offerings (as defined in the Purchase Agreement and set forth below) in excess of $852 million, and (ii) the aggregate redemption price does not exceed the aggregate net proceeds from such Qualified Equity Offerings. Any redemption is subject to the consent of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
The Purchase Agreement defines a Qualified Equity Offering to mean the sale and issuance for cash by the Company, to persons other than the Company or any Company subsidiary after the closing, of shares of perpetual Preferred Stock, Common Stock or any combination of such stock, that, in each case, qualify as and may be included in Tier 1 capital of the Company for regulatory purposes at the time of issuance under the applicable risk-based capital guidelines of the Companys federal banking agency (other than any such sales and issuances made pursuant to agreements or arrangements entered into, or pursuant to financing plans which were publicly announced, on or prior to October 13, 2008).
Prior to December 31, 2011, unless the Company has redeemed the Series F Preferred Stock or the Treasury Department has transferred the Series F Preferred Stock to a third party, the consent of the Treasury Department will be required for the Company to (1) declare or pay any dividend or make any distribution on its common stock (other than regular quarterly cash
dividends of not more than $0.15 per share of common stock) or (2) redeem, purchase or acquire any shares of the Companys common stock or other equity or capital securities, other than in connection with benefit plans consistent with past practice and certain other circumstances specified in the Purchase Agreement.
The Series F Preferred Stock and the Warrant were issued in a private placement exempt from registration pursuant to Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Upon the request of Treasury at any time, the Company has agreed to promptly enter into a deposit arrangement pursuant to which the Series F Preferred Stock may be deposited and depositary shares (Depositary Shares), representing fractional shares of Series F Preferred Stock, may be issued. The Company has agreed to register the resale of the Series F Preferred Stock and the Depositary Shares, if any, and the Warrant, and the issuance of shares of Common Stock upon exercise of the Warrant (the Warrant Shares), as soon as practicable after the date of the issuance of the Series F Preferred Stock and the Warrant. Neither the Series F Preferred Stock nor the Warrant are subject to any contractual restrictions on transfer, except that Treasury may only transfer or exercise an aggregate of one-half of the Warrant Shares prior to the earlier of (i) the date on which the Company has received aggregate gross proceeds of not less than $3.4 billion from one or more Qualified Equity Offerings and (ii) December 31, 2009.
The Warrant is immediately exercisable. In the event the Company completes one or more Qualified Equity Offerings on or prior to December 31, 2009 that result in the Company receiving aggregate gross proceeds of not less than $3.4 billion, the number of the shares of Common Stock underlying the portion of the Warrant then held by Treasury will be reduced by one-half of the shares of Common Stock originally covered by the Warrant.
In the Purchase Agreement, the Company agreed that, until such time as Treasury ceases to own any debt or equity securities of the Company acquired pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the Company will take all necessary action to ensure that its benefit plans with respect to its senior executive officers comply with Section 111(b) of EESA as implemented by any guidance or regulation under the EESA that has been issued and is in effect as of the date of issuance of the Series F Preferred Stock and the Warrant, and has agreed to not adopt any benefit plans with respect to, or which covers, its senior executive officers that do not comply with the EESA. Additionally, each of Messrs. Kevin Kabat, Ross Kari, Greg Carmichael, Charles Drucker, Bruce Lee, Dan Poston, Robert A. Sullivan and Terry Zink (the Senior Executive Officers), (i) executed a waiver (the Waiver) voluntarily waiving any claim against Treasury or the Company for any changes to such Senior Executive Officers compensation or benefits that are required to comply with the regulation issued by Treasury under the Capital Purchase Program and acknowledging that the regulation may require modification of the compensation, bonus, incentive and other benefit plans, arrangements and policies and agreements (including so-called golden parachute agreements) (collectively, Benefit Plans) as they relate to the period Treasury holds any equity or debt securities of the Company acquired through the Capital Purchase Program; and (ii) entered into a letter agreement (the Letter Agreement) with the Company amending the Benefit Plans with respect to such Senior Executive Officer as may be necessary, during the period that Treasury owns any debt or equity securities of the Company acquired pursuant to the Purchase Agreement or the Warrant, to comply with Section 111(b) of the EESA.
Additionally, the Company and its Executive Officers entered into restated change-in-control agreements on December 31, 2008 for compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code and the provisions of the EESA.
Copies of the Purchase Agreement, the Warrant, the Certificate of Amendment to the Companys Second Amended Articles of Incorporation, as amended, with respect to the Series F Preferred Stock, the form of Waiver executed by the Senior Executive Officers, the form of Letter Agreement executed by the Senior Executive Officers and the forms of change-in-control agreements executed by the Executive Officers are included as exhibits to this Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated by reference into these Items 1.01, 3.02, 3.03, 5.02 and 5.03. The foregoing summary of certain provisions of these documents is qualified in its entirety by reference thereto.
On December 29, 2008, the Company filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Ohio a Certificate of Amendment to the Companys Second Amended Articles of Incorporation, as amended, establishing the terms of the Series F Preferred Stock. A copy of the Amendment to the Companys Articles of Incorporation is included as an exhibit to this Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference into this Item 5.03.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.