It’s been a long, tough ride for investors in Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) over the past couple of years. After a disastrous 2011, the bank started 2012 as one of the worst performers among the banks put to the Fed’s stress test. Nevertheless, it finished the year strong, going into 2013 on a high note and hoping for better performance in the now two-part Fed stress test.
In this year’s first test, the Dodd-Frank Stress Test (DFAST), SunTrust fared much better than last year, remaining well above the 5% minimum in Tier 1 common capital needed to pass. Thursday afternoon, the Fed released the results from the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR), part two of the new-and-improved test. Shareholders of SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) should be pleased with the results:
Barely a blip
With the CCAR, a bank submits a plan to the Fed requesting a larger dividend or share repurchases to increase shareholder’s returns. The Fed then runs the bank through a “doomsday” scenario to see whether the bank’s Tier 1 capital ratio remains above the minimum. As you can see from the chart above, there was only a minor regression, with its capital plan not having much of an impact on the bank’s important ratio, prompting the Fed to allow the bank to go ahead with its requested plan.
What was the plan?
Earlier this week, I suggested that SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) had plenty of room to grow its dividend, mostly thanks to its low payout ratio. The Fed has stated that a 30% payout ratio would be subject to “particularly close scrutiny,” so SunTrust’s 5.5% payout ratio was definitely OK. With that in mind, let’s look at what SunTrust will be doing with its dividend:
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