DALLAS, June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) today announced that the Federal Reserve has completed its 2017 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review ("CCAR") and did not object to the Comerica capital plan and capital distributions contemplated in the plan. The plan includes equity repurchases of up to $605 million for the four-quarter period commencing in the third quarter 2017 and ending in the second quarter 2018. The timing and ultimate amount of equity repurchases will be subject to various factors, including the Company's financial performance and market conditions.
In addition, at its meeting on July 25, 2017, the Board will consider increasing the Company's quarterly dividend to $0.30 per common share, a 15 percent increase over the current dividend rate.
"We remain focused on responsibly managing our capital to maximize growth opportunities, execute our GEAR Up initiatives and maintain a solid balance sheet," said Ralph W. Babb Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. "With our strong capital position and improved financial performance, we continue to return excess capital in a meaningful way to further enhance long-term value for our shareholders. In that regard, we are pleased that the Federal Reserve did not object to our 2017 capital plan to significantly increase our equity repurchases and dividend."
Shares reacquired pursuant to the equity repurchase program will be held as treasury shares and may be used for various corporate purposes, including to offset issuances of common shares under Comerica's compensation plans.
Comerica Incorporated is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Comerica reported total assets of $73 billion at March 31, 2017.
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