Fifth Third Ranks 8th Among Barron's 500

Stock, Equity Returns Merit Fifth Third's Berth as Only Commercial Bank

in Top 25!



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Fifth Third Bancorp

    CINCINNATI, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifth Third is pleased to report that
 it has been named to the Barron's 500!  Published annually in the Dow Jones
 Business & Financial Weekly, the Barron's 500 is a unique report card that
 grades the top 500 U.S. firms on their investment performance using four
 criteria: stock market return; cash flow return on investment (CFROI) or real
 return on equity for financial institutions; forecast growth or decline in
 CFROI/real return on equity; and sales growth over a 12-month period ending
 March 31, 2001.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991117/FITBLOGO )
     The top 10-ranking companies and other banks listed in the April 23 issue
 of Barron's include:
 
                                 Stock     3-Year
                                 Market    Media    CFROI    Sales
                                 Return    CFROI    Change   Growth   G.P.A.
     Rank
      #1  Quest Diagnostics         A        C         A        A      3.50
       2  Household Internat'l      A        B         A        B      3.50
       3  Pfizer                    C        A         A        A      3.50
       4  General Dynamics          B        A         A        C      3.25
       5  Jones Apparel             C        A         A        B      3.25
       6  Engelhard                 A        C         A        B      3.25
       7  Owens & Minor             A        B         A        C      3.25
      #8  FIFTH THIRD               B        B         A        B      3.25
       9  Dynegy                    A        D         A        A      3.25
      10  Washington Mutual         A        A         B        C      3.25
 
      35  US Bancorp                C        A         A        D      2.75
     133  PNC Financial Services    A        A         D        D      2.50
     189  Citigroup                 D        A         D        B      2.25
     266  Keycorp                   B        B         D        D      2.00
     398  Bank One                  C        A         F        F      1.50
 
     Since March 31, 2000, Fifth Third posted a one-year total return on its
 common stock of 29.2%. During the first quarter of 2001, Fifth Third achieved
 a return on average equity of 19.6%, a marked accomplishment given that the
 Bank's capital-to-asset ratio exceeded 11%.  Fifth Third's operating earnings
 for the 12-month trailing period were $924 million.  Additionally, 2000 marked
 Fifth Third's 27th consecutive year of record, increased earnings and
 dividends per share.
     Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) is a diversified financial services
 company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Company has $70 billion in
 assets, operates 17 affiliates with 975 full-service Banking Centers,
 including 147 Bank Mart(R) locations open seven days a week inside select
 grocery stores and 1,905 Jeanie(R) ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Florida,
 Arizona, Michigan and Illinois.  A leader in e-commerce, Fifth Third was named
 #1 e-business innovator by PC Week.  The financial strength of Fifth Third's
 affiliate banks continues to be recognized by rating agencies with deposit
 ratings of AA- and Aa2 from Standard & Poor's and Moody's, respectively.
 Additionally, Fifth Third Bancorp continues to maintain the highest short-term
 ratings available at A-1+ and Prime-1, and was recently recognized by Moody's
 with one of the highest senior debt ratings for any U.S. bank holding company
 of Aa3.  Fifth Third operates four main businesses:  Retail, Commercial,
 Investment Advisors and Midwest Payment Systems, the Bank's data processing
 subsidiary.  Investor information and press releases can be viewed at
 www.53.com ; press releases are also available by fax at no charge by calling
 800/758-5804, identification number 281775.  The Company's common stock is
 traded in the over-the-counter market through The Nasdaq National Market under
 the symbol "FITB."
 
 

SOURCE Fifth Third Bancorp
    CINCINNATI, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifth Third is pleased to report that
 it has been named to the Barron's 500!  Published annually in the Dow Jones
 Business & Financial Weekly, the Barron's 500 is a unique report card that
 grades the top 500 U.S. firms on their investment performance using four
 criteria: stock market return; cash flow return on investment (CFROI) or real
 return on equity for financial institutions; forecast growth or decline in
 CFROI/real return on equity; and sales growth over a 12-month period ending
 March 31, 2001.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991117/FITBLOGO )
     The top 10-ranking companies and other banks listed in the April 23 issue
 of Barron's include:
 
                                 Stock     3-Year
                                 Market    Media    CFROI    Sales
                                 Return    CFROI    Change   Growth   G.P.A.
     Rank
      #1  Quest Diagnostics         A        C         A        A      3.50
       2  Household Internat'l      A        B         A        B      3.50
       3  Pfizer                    C        A         A        A      3.50
       4  General Dynamics          B        A         A        C      3.25
       5  Jones Apparel             C        A         A        B      3.25
       6  Engelhard                 A        C         A        B      3.25
       7  Owens & Minor             A        B         A        C      3.25
      #8  FIFTH THIRD               B        B         A        B      3.25
       9  Dynegy                    A        D         A        A      3.25
      10  Washington Mutual         A        A         B        C      3.25
 
      35  US Bancorp                C        A         A        D      2.75
     133  PNC Financial Services    A        A         D        D      2.50
     189  Citigroup                 D        A         D        B      2.25
     266  Keycorp                   B        B         D        D      2.00
     398  Bank One                  C        A         F        F      1.50
 
     Since March 31, 2000, Fifth Third posted a one-year total return on its
 common stock of 29.2%. During the first quarter of 2001, Fifth Third achieved
 a return on average equity of 19.6%, a marked accomplishment given that the
 Bank's capital-to-asset ratio exceeded 11%.  Fifth Third's operating earnings
 for the 12-month trailing period were $924 million.  Additionally, 2000 marked
 Fifth Third's 27th consecutive year of record, increased earnings and
 dividends per share.
     Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) is a diversified financial services
 company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Company has $70 billion in
 assets, operates 17 affiliates with 975 full-service Banking Centers,
 including 147 Bank Mart(R) locations open seven days a week inside select
 grocery stores and 1,905 Jeanie(R) ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Florida,
 Arizona, Michigan and Illinois.  A leader in e-commerce, Fifth Third was named
 #1 e-business innovator by PC Week.  The financial strength of Fifth Third's
 affiliate banks continues to be recognized by rating agencies with deposit
 ratings of AA- and Aa2 from Standard & Poor's and Moody's, respectively.
 Additionally, Fifth Third Bancorp continues to maintain the highest short-term
 ratings available at A-1+ and Prime-1, and was recently recognized by Moody's
 with one of the highest senior debt ratings for any U.S. bank holding company
 of Aa3.  Fifth Third operates four main businesses:  Retail, Commercial,
 Investment Advisors and Midwest Payment Systems, the Bank's data processing
 subsidiary.  Investor information and press releases can be viewed at
 www.53.com ; press releases are also available by fax at no charge by calling
 800/758-5804, identification number 281775.  The Company's common stock is
 traded in the over-the-counter market through The Nasdaq National Market under
 the symbol "FITB."
 
 SOURCE  Fifth Third Bancorp

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