12 CFR 208.5 - Dividends and other distributions.

§ 208.5 Dividends and other distributions.

(a)Definitions. For the purposes of this section:

(1)Capital surplus means the total of surplus as reportable in the bank's Reports of Condition and Income and surplus on perpetual preferred stock.

(2)Permanent capital means the total of the bank's perpetual preferred stock and related surplus, common stock and surplus, and minority interest in consolidated subsidiaries, as reportable in the Reports of Condition and Income.

(b)Limitations. The limitations in this section on the payment of dividends and withdrawal of capital apply to all cash and property dividends or distributions on common or preferred stock. The limitations do not apply to dividends paid in the form of common stock.

(c)Earnings limitations on payment of dividends.

(1) A member bank may not declare or pay a dividend if the total of all dividends declared during the calendar year, including the proposed dividend, exceeds the sum of the bank's net income (as reportable in its Reports of Condition and Income) during the current calendar year and the retained net income of the prior two calendar years, unless the dividend has been approved by the Board.

(2) “Retained net income” in a calendar year is equal to the bank's net income (as reported in its Report of Condition and Income for such year), less any dividends declared during such year. 3 The bank's net income during the current year and its retained net income from the prior two calendar years is reduced by any net losses incurred in the current or prior two years and any required transfers to surplus or to a fund for the retirement of preferred stock. 4

3 In the case of dividends in excess of net income for the year, a bank generally is not required to carry forward negative amounts resulting from such excess. Instead, the bank may attribute the excess to the prior two years, attributing the excess first to the earlier year and then to the immediately preceding year. If the excess is greater than the bank's previously undistributed net income for the preceding two years, prior Board approval of the dividend is required and a negative amount would be carried forward in future dividend calculations. However, in determining any such request for approval, the Board could consider any request for different treatment of such negative amount, including advance waivers for future periods. This applies only to earnings deficits that result from dividends declared in excess of net income for the year and does not apply to other types of current earnings deficits.

4 State member banks are required to comply with state law provisions concerning the maintenance of surplus funds in addition to common capital. Where the surplus of a State member bank is less than what applicable state law requires the bank to maintain relative to its capital stock account, the bank may be required to transfer amounts from its undivided profits account to surplus.

(d)Limitation on withdrawal of capital by dividend or otherwise.

(1) A member bank may not declare or pay a dividend if the dividend would exceed the bank's undivided profits as reportable on its Reports of Condition and Income, unless the bank has received the prior approval of the Board and of at least two-thirds of the shareholders of each class of stock outstanding.

(2) A member bank may not permit any portion of its permanent capital to be withdrawn unless the withdrawal has been approved by the Board and by at least two-thirds of the shareholders of each class of stock outstanding.

(3) If a member bank has capital surplus in excess of that required by law, the excess amount may be transferred to the bank's undivided profits account and be available for the payment of dividends if:

(i) The amount transferred came from the earnings of prior periods, excluding earnings transferred as a result of stock dividends;

(ii) The bank's board of directors approves the transfer of funds; and

(iii) The transfer has been approved by the Board.

(e)Payment of capital distributions. All member banks also are subject to the restrictions on payment of capital distributions contained in § 208.45 of subpart D of this part implementing section 38 of the FDI Act ( 12 U.S.C. 1831o).

(f)Compliance. A member bank shall use the date a dividend is declared to determine compliance with this section.

[ 63 FR 37637, July 13, 1998, as amended by Reg. H, 78 FR 62282, Oct. 11, 2013; 80 FR 70672, Nov. 16, 2015]

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 12 - BANKS AND BANKING

§ 24 - Corporate powers of associations

§ 36 - Branch banks

§ 92a - Trust powers

§ 93a - Authority to prescribe rules and regulations

§ 248 - Enumerated powers

§ 321 - Application for membership

§ 322 - Determination on application

§ 323 - Stock in Federal reserve banks; method of payment

§ 324 - Laws applicable on becoming members

§ 325 - Examinations

§ 326 - Acceptance of examinations and reports by State authorities; special examinations

§ 327 - Surrender of stock and cancellation of memberships

§ 328 - Withdrawals from membership

§ 329 - Capital stock required as condition precedent to membership

§ 329a - Omitted

§ 330 - Laws applicable on becoming members; discounts for State banks

§ 331 - Certifying checks on State banks admitted as members

§ 332 - Depositaries of public money; financial agents; security required

§ 333 - Mutual savings banks; application and admission to membership in Federal Reserve System

§ 334 - Reports from affiliates; penalty for failure to furnish

§ 335 - Dealing in investment securities; limitations and conditions

§ 336 - Certificates of stock; representation of stock of other corporations

§ 337 - Repealed. Pub. L. 89–485, § 13(g), July 1, 1966, 80 Stat. 243

§ 338 - Examination of affiliates; forfeiture of membership on refusal of affiliate to give information or pay expense

§ 338a - Investments to promote public welfare and community development; limitation on investments

§ 371d - Investment in bank premises or stock of corporation holding premises

§ 461 - Reserve requirements

§ 481 - Appointment of examiners; examination of member banks, State banks, and trust companies; reports

§ 482 - Employees of Office of Comptroller of the Currency; appointment; compensation and benefits

§ 483 - Special examination of member banks; information of condition furnished to Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

§ 484 - Limitation on visitorial powers

§ 485 - Examination of Federal reserve banks

§ 486 - Waiver of requirements as to reports from or examinations of affiliates

§ 601 - Authorization; conditions and regulations

§ 611 - Formation authorized; fiscal agents; depositaries in insular possessions

§ 1814 - Insured depository institutions

§ 1816 - Factors to be considered

§ 1818 - Termination of status as insured depository institution

§ 1820 - Administration of Corporation

§ 1823 - Corporation monies

§ 1828 - Regulations governing insured depository institutions

§ 1831 - Separability of certain provisions of this chapter

§ 1831o - Prompt corrective action

§ 1831p-1 - Standards for safety and soundness

§ 1831r-1 - Notice of branch closure

§ 1831w - Safety and soundness firewalls applicable to financial subsidiaries of banks

§ 1831x - Insurance customer protections

§ 1833 - Repealed. Pub. L. 104–208, div. A, title II, § 2224(b), Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009–415

§ 1835a - Prohibition against deposit production offices

§ 1882 - Security measures

§ 2901 - Congressional findings and statement of purpose

§ 2902 - Definitions

§ 2903 - Financial institutions; evaluation

§ 2904 - Report to Congress

§ 2905 - Regulations

§ 2906 - Written evaluations

§ 2907 - Operation of branch facilities by minorities and women

§ 3105 - Authority of Federal Reserve System

§ 3310 - Establishment of Appraisal Subcommittee

§ 3331 - Purpose

§ 3332 - Functions of Appraisal Subcommittee

§ 3333 - Chairperson of Appraisal Subcommittee; term of Chairperson; meetings

§ 3334 - Officers and staff

§ 3335 - Powers of Appraisal Subcommittee

§ 3336 - Procedures for establishing appraisal standards and requiring use of certified and licensed appraisers

§ 3337 - Startup funding

§ 3338 - Roster of State certified or licensed appraisers; authority to collect and transmit fees

§ 3339 - Functions of Federal financial institutions regulatory agencies relating to appraisal standards

§ 3340 - Time for proposal and adoption of standards

§ 3341 - Functions of Federal financial institutions regulatory agencies relating to appraiser qualifications

§ 3342 - Transactions requiring services of State certified appraiser

§ 3343 - Transactions requiring services of State licensed appraiser

§ 3344 - Time for proposal and adoption of rules

§ 3345 - Certification and licensing requirements

§ 3346 - Establishment of State appraiser certifying and licensing agencies

§ 3347 - Monitoring of State appraiser certifying and licensing agencies

§ 3348 - Recognition of State certified and licensed appraisers for purposes of this chapter

§ 3349 - Violations in obtaining and performing appraisals in federally related transactions

§ 3350 - Definitions

§ 3351 - Miscellaneous provisions

§ 3905 - Accounting for fees on international loans

§ 3906 - Collection and disclosure of international lending data

§ 3907 - Capital adequacy

§ 3908 - Foreign loan evaluations

§ 3909 - General authorities

§ 5371 - Leverage and risk-based capital requirements

U.S. Code: Title 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE
U.S. Code: Title 31 - MONEY AND FINANCE

Title 12 published on 10-Feb-2018 04:12

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 12 CFR Part 208 after this date.

  • 2016-12-16; vol. 81 # 242 - Friday, December 16, 2016
    1. 81 FR 90949 - Expanded Examination Cycle for Certain Small Insured Depository Institutions and U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks
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