DALLAS, July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) announced a 4.5 percent increase of the quarterly cash dividend for common stock to 23 cents($0.23) per share. The dividend is payable October 1, 2016, to common stock shareholders of record on September 15, 2016.
"Today's dividend increase reflects our Board's confidence in Comerica's solid capital position, business model and strategic direction, as well as our future growth potential," said Ralph W. Babb Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. "As we have always done, we expect to continue to actively manage capital in a way that maximizes returns to shareholders, while ensuring that we meet regulatory capital requirements."
The board also authorized an increase of the number of shares of common stock that Comerica is authorized to repurchase under its share repurchase program by up to 10 million additional shares. These actions were taken in conjunction with Comerica's announcement on June 29, 2016, that the Federal Reserve did not object to Comerica's annual capital plan and contemplated capital distributions under the 2016 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review ("CCAR"). The plan includes up to $440 million in equity repurchases for the four-quarter period commencing in the third quarter 2016 and ending in the second quarter 2017. The timing and ultimate amount of equity repurchases will be subject to various factors, including the Company's capital position, financial performance and market conditions, including interest rates. Shares and/or warrants will be purchased from time to time in the open market, through privately negotiated transactions, utilizing Rule 10b5-1 plans or otherwise. The repurchased shares may be held as treasury stock or retired. The repurchased warrants may be retired and cancelled.
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.
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