The bank announced plans to open 100 to 125 branches in fast-growing cities across the Southeast, and will close an equal number in the Midwest. In a way, it's finishing a plan it cooked up nearly two decades ago.
Net interest income has surged thanks to rising rates, but noninterest income has lagged as trading revenue has weakened, refi demand has softened and fees from deposit service charges have barely budged. Is this the new normal?
Fifth Third last bought a bank in 2008, but CEO Greg Carmichael says "strategic bank M&A absolutely makes sense," and the Cincinnati bank is poised to clear up a blot on its regulatory record that blocked dealmaking.