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Fifth Third Profit Increases on Lending Growth and Vantiv Gain

July 18, 2013

Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB:US), Ohio’s largest lender, said second-quarter profit rose 58 percent as lending and fee income grew and the bank posted a gain from selling a stake in Vantiv Inc. (VNTV:US)

Net income climbed to $594 million, or 66 cents a share, from $376 million, or 40 cents, a year earlier, the Cincinnati-based bank said today in a statement. The average estimate (FITB:US) of 26 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was 42 cents a share.

“Nearly all fee income categories increased quarter-over-quarter, highlighted by mortgage banking net revenue and corporate banking,” Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kabat, 56, said in the statement. “Credit trends continued to improve.”

The bank incurred a gain of $242 million on the sale of its shares in Vantiv, a payment processor, and a $76 million benefit from the valuation of a Vantiv warrant. Fifth Third raised its quarterly dividend (FITB:US) last month 9 percent to 12 cents a share. The bank’s stock has gained 25 percent this year, compared with the 26 percent advance of the 24-company KBW Bank Index. (BKX)

To contact the reporter on this story: Erika Waddell in at ewaddell1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scheer at dscheer@bloomberg.net; Christine Harper at charper@bloomberg.net.


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Companies Mentioned

  • FITB
    (Fifth Third Bancorp)
    • $20.92 USD
    • -0.09
    • -0.43%
  • VNTV
    (Vantiv Inc)
    • $32.49 USD
    • 0.25
    • 0.77%
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