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$FNB announced a significant financial commitment to both its employees and the communities it serves relating to the signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. As an investment in its workforce, $FNB plans to raise the minimum hourly wage for its employees to $15 by the end of 2019, accelerating an ongoing initiative to elevate hourly wages.
$BAC said it expects solid NII growth in 2018 from loan and deposit growth. "The increase is going to depend upon the amount of loan growth, the utilization of rates increasing along the forward curve and obviously our ability to manage the deposit rate pay," CFO Paul Donofrio said.
Net interest income grew 11.4% to $11.46Bil for $BAC in 4Q17. This was primarily driven by three interest rate increases in 2017. However, non-interest income fell 7% to $9Bil due to the impact of the tax act and lower mortgage banking income.
Joining the bandwagon of other banking giants, $BAC reported 4Q17 earnings that almost halved to $2.37Bil, or 20 cents per share, weighed down by charges related to Republican tax reforms, as well as lower trading. Excluding this charge, net income was 47 cents per share. Revenue for the quarter edged up 2% to $20.4Bil.
Financial services company $FNB has appointed Bryant Mitchell as EVP of Capital Markets and Specialty Finance Businesses. He will report to Chief Wholesale Banking Officer Robert Moorehead. In the past, Mitchell had held several key leadership roles in leading organisation.
$BAC announced that Joe Gianni will succeed Kevin Cunningham as Market President, serving as the company’s enterprise leader in Hartford. Cunningham will focus full-time on his new responsibilities as the Global Commercial Bank Credit executive for Specialized Industries and Canada.
Barrington Bank & Trust, a unit of financial services firm $WTFC, has closed the acquisition of certain assets of iFreedom Direct Corp DBA Veterans First Mortgage. The deal, which includes assumption of certain liabilities, is expected to be modestly accretive to Wintrust’s 2018 earnings. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
$WBS announced an acceleration of investment in its employees and the communities it serves following the passage of new federal tax reform legislation. These include: lifting minimum wage to $15 per hour by the end of 2018, and payment of one-time $1,000 cash bonus in 1Q18 to full-time employees who are below the vice president level.
$BXS announced an additional investment in its employees, which includes pay increases and /or one-time bonuses to nearly all non-commissioned employees. The investment of over $10MM in 2018 will benefit 96% of the company's non-commissioned workforce. Pay increases were effective Jan. 1, 2018.
$WBS named Frederick Smith as Controller of Webster Bank and Webster Financial Corporation. As Corporate Controller, Smith will serve as a senior leader within $WBS's Accounting Department and oversee the corporation's accounting operations, close and consolidation, and financial reporting activities.
$CBSH announced that following the enactment of the new federal tax reform legislation, a cash payment of $1,000 will be made to all full-time employees and a $250 cash payment to all part-time employees employed by the company on December 31, 2017.
Financial services provider $BXS said the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance have accorded regulatory clearance for closure of the merger of Louisiana-based Ouachita Bancshares and Central Community Corp, Texas, with and into it. The transaction is expected to close on January 15, 2018.
$ASB said Breck Hanson, vice chairman of the bank and Chicago market president, will retire from his position on December 31, 2017. Rod A. Murray, senior vice president, Commercial Banking business segment leader, was named as Chicago market president.