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    FED Issues Update on Bank Dividend and Share Repurchase Restrictions

    March 25, 2021

    FED announced that the temporary and additional restrictions that are in place on bank holding company dividends and share repurchases will end for most firms after June 30, 2021 after completion of the current round of stress tests. Firms with capital levels above those required by the stress test will no longer be subject to the additional restrictions as of that date. However, firms with capital levels below those required by the stress test will remain subject to the restrictions. Results for this year's test will be released by July 01, 2021.

    After two rounds of stress tests last year, FED found that large banks had strong capital levels, which provide a cushion against losses. However, due to economic uncertainty from the COVID event, FED put temporary and additional restrictions on capital distributions. Those restrictions limit bank dividends and share repurchases to an amount based on income over the past year. Normally, a large bank's capital distributions are restricted principally by FED's stress capital buffer, or SCB, framework. The SCB sets a capital target for each bank based on its individual stress test results, requiring the bank to hold at least enough capital to survive a severe recession. If a firm does not meet that target, automatic restrictions are imposed. 

    If a bank remains above all of its minimum risk-based capital requirements in this year's stress test, the additional restrictions will end after June 30, 2021 and it will be subject to the SCB's normal restrictions. However, a bank that falls below any of its minimum risk-based requirements in the stress test will remain subject to the additional restrictions for three extra months, through September 30, 2021. If the firm remains below the capital required by the stress test at that time, the framework of the regular SCB regime will impose even stricter distribution limitations. For a bank that is not subject to the stress test this year and on a two-year cycle, the additional restrictions will end after June 30, 2021 and its SCB requirements based on the June 2020 stress test will remain in place. Overall, the FED stress tests help ensure that large banks can support the economy during economic downturns. The tests evaluate the resilience of large banks by estimating their losses, revenue and capital levels under hypothetical scenarios over nine future quarters. 


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    Keywords: Americas, US, Banking, Stress Testing, COVID-19, Dividend Distribution, Regulatory Capital, Basel, SCB, Stress Capital Buffer, Share Buybacks, FED

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