Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG or the “Company”) today announces the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) has communicated to the Company its preliminary Stress Capital Buffer (“SCB”) of 4.0%, effective October 1, 2023, following the release of the Federal Reserve’s DFAST stress test results on June 28, 2023.
The Company’s regulatory minimum CET1 ratio implied by the preliminary SCB is now 8.5%, up from 7.9%. Citizens expects the second quarter 2023 CET1 ratio to be approximately 175 basis points above the implied regulatory minimum, reaffirming the capital strength of the Company. This strong capital position permits continued support of customer needs and organic growth initiatives as well as strong ongoing return of capital to shareholders. The remaining capacity under Citizens’ Board of Directors’ February 2023 authorization of common share repurchases is $1.344 billion as of June 30, 2023.
“We are pleased that the Federal Reserve’s stress test results illustrate Citizens’ strong capital position well in excess of our regulatory minimum and the resilience of our balance sheet and business model. In addition, we take further comfort in the fact that our company-run stress test results imply significantly lower capital drawdown than the Federal Reserve’s models,” said John F. Woods, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer.
About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $222.3 billion in assets as of March 31, 2023. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a full-service customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,300 ATMs and approximately 1,200 branches in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers a broad complement of financial products and solutions, including lending and leasing, deposit and treasury management services, foreign exchange, interest rate and commodity risk management solutions, as well as loan syndication, corporate finance, merger and acquisition, and debt and equity capital markets capabilities. More information is available at www.citizensbank.com or visit us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.
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- Negative economic, business and political conditions, including as a result of the interest rate environment, supply chain disruptions, inflationary pressures and labor shortages, that adversely affect the general economy, housing prices, the job market, consumer confidence and spending habits;
- The general state of the economy and employment, as well as general business and economic conditions, and changes in the competitive environment;
- Our capital and liquidity requirements under regulatory standards and our ability to generate capital and liquidity on favorable terms;
- The effect of changes in the level of commercial and consumer deposits on our funding costs and net interest margin;
- Our ability to implement our business strategy, including the cost savings and efficiency components, and achieve our financial performance goals, including the anticipated benefits of the Investors acquisition and HSBC transaction;
- The effects of geopolitical instability, including as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions on Russia and other actions in response, on economic and market conditions, inflationary pressures and the interest rate environment, commodity price and foreign exchange rate volatility, and heightened cybersecurity risks;
- Our ability to meet heightened supervisory requirements and expectations;
- Liabilities and business restrictions resulting from litigation and regulatory investigations;
- The effect of changes in interest rates on our net interest income, net interest margin and our mortgage originations, mortgage servicing rights and mortgages held for sale;
- Changes in interest rates and market liquidity, as well as the magnitude of such changes, which may reduce interest margins, impact funding sources and affect the ability to originate and distribute financial products in the primary and secondary markets;
- Financial services reform and other current, pending or future legislation or regulation that could have a negative effect on our revenue and businesses;
- Environmental risks, such as physical or transitional risks associated with climate change, and social and governance risks, that could adversely affect our reputation, operations, business, and customers;
- A failure in or breach of our operational or security systems or infrastructure, or those of our third-party vendors or other service providers, including as a result of cyber-attacks; and
- Management’s ability to identify and manage these and other risks.
In addition to the above factors, we also caution that the actual amounts and timing of any future common stock dividends or share repurchases will be subject to various factors, including our capital position, financial performance, capital impacts of strategic initiatives, market conditions, receipt of required regulatory approvals and other regulatory considerations, as well as any other factors that our Board of Directors deems relevant in making such a determination. Therefore, there can be no assurance that we will repurchase shares from or pay any dividends to holders of our common stock, or as to the amount of any such repurchases or dividends.
More information about factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in the “Risk Factors” section in Part I, Item 1A of our 2022 Form 10-K.
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