Fifth Third Bancorp is to incur charges of $95 million to shrink its branch network after performing an abrupt about-turn on earlier plans to extend its high street presence.
Fifth Third expects to consolidate or sell approximately 100 branches and approximately 30 other properties purchased earlier for future branch expansion.
The bank currently operates 1303 full-service branches and 101 'Bank Mart' locations inside select grocery stores.
The Ohio-based bank cited changes in consumer demographics and a preference among customers for online and mobile channels for the shift in thinking. It expects to reap $60 million in annual savings by mid-2016 as it right-sizes the branch network.
Kevin Kabat, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Fifth Third Bancorp, states: “Technology continues to impact our service delivery and revenue generation tactics and strategies. We have been very successful in growing our market share in our footprint as the most recent FDIC data clearly shows, and we will continue to maintain the same focus going forward by optimising the size and density of our branch network.”
The bank says it will incur approximately $75-85 million in non-cash impairment charges in the second quarter of 2015. It also expects to recognise approximately $6-$10 million in other costs, primarily related to real estate contract terminations.