SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): April 13, 2021
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|Ohio|| ||001-33653|| ||31-0854434|
|(State or other jurisdiction|
| ||(IRS Employer|
|Fifth Third Center|
|38 Fountain Square Plaza||,||Cincinnati||,||Ohio||45263|
|(Address of Principal Executive Offices)||(Zip Code)|
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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|Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:|
|Title of each class|| ||Trading|
| ||Name of each exchange|
on which registered
|Common Stock, Without Par Value|| ||FITB|| ||The ||NASDAQ|| Stock Market LLC|
|Depositary Shares Representing a 1/1000th Ownership Interest in a Share of 6.625% Fixed-to-Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series I|| ||FITBI|| ||The ||NASDAQ|| Stock Market LLC|
|Depositary Shares Representing a 1/40th Ownership Interest in a Share of 6.00% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Class B Preferred Stock, Series A|| ||FITBP|| ||The ||NASDAQ|| Stock Market LLC|
|Depositary Shares Representing a 1/1000th Ownership Interest in a Share of 4.95% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series K|| ||FITBO|| ||The ||NASDAQ|| Stock Market LLC|
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
(e) As described in Item 5.07 below, Fifth Third’s shareholders approved the Fifth Third Bancorp 2021 Incentive Compensation Plan (the “Plan”) at the annual meeting of shareholders on April 13, 2021. The Plan was adopted by Fifth Third’s Board of Directors on February 17, 2021, subject to shareholder approval. Now that shareholder approval has been obtained, the Plan is effective as of April 13, 2021. Subject to adjustment in certain circumstances, the Plan authorizes the grant of awards with respect to up to 50 million shares of common stock, plus shares that become available for issuance under the Plan from cancellations or forfeitures of awards under the Company’s prior plans.
Any officer, employee, director, regional director or consultant of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates is eligible to receive an award under the Plan. Generally, grants may be made in any of the following forms:
• Stock Appreciation Rights
• Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units
• Performance Shares and Performance Units
• Stock Options
• Awards under Deferred Compensation or Similar Plans
• Annual Incentive Awards
• Other Incentive Awards
A detailed summary of the Plan appears on pages 87-97 of Fifth Third’s definitive proxy statement for its 2021 annual meeting of shareholders which was filed with the SEC on March 2, 2021 (the “2021 Proxy Statement”). That summary is incorporated herein by reference. A copy of the Plan was included as Annex A to the 2021 Proxy Statement, and is incorporated by reference as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
On April 13, 2021, Fifth Third Bancorp held its Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
The results of shareholder voting on the proposals presented were as follows:
1. Election of all members of the Board of Directors to serve until the Annual Meeting of Shareholders in 2022:
Number of Votes of Common Shares and Series A, Class B Preferred Stock Voting Together as a Class (the “Preferred Shareholders”)
|Votes For||Votes Against||Abstain||Broker Non-Vote|
|Nicholas K. Akins||546,118,956 ||3,395,988 ||2,816,855||76,912,470|
|B. Evan Bayh III||538,178,142||12,551,498||1,602,159||76,912,470|
|Jorge L. Benitez||547,120,249||2,391,603||2,819,947||76,912,470|
|Katherine B. Blackburn||547,080,142||2,521,106||2,730,551||76,912,470|
|Emerson L. Brumback||534,901,772||15,780,579||1,649,448||76,912,470|
|Greg D. Carmichael||521,770,867||27,294,844||3,266,088||76,912,470|
|Linda W. Clement-Holmes||549,242,478||1,474,608||1,614,713||76,912,470|
|C. Bryan Daniels||547,532,449||1,939,257||2,860,093||76,912,470|
|Mitchell S. Feiger||545,826,758||4,789,280||1,715,761||76,912,470|
|Thomas H. Harvey||547,175,960||2,331,419||2,824,420||76,912,470|
|Gary R. Heminger||532,902,946||17,729,243||1,699,610||76,912,470|
|Jewell D. Hoover||541,786,863||7,712,559||2,832,377||76,912,470|
|Eileen A. Mallesch||545,323,457||4,180,246||2,828,096||76,912,470|
|Michael B. McCallister||538,738,169||10,719,992||2,873,638||76,912,470|
|Marsha C. Williams||531,791,640||19,229,467||1,310,692||76,912,470|
2. The ratification and appointment of the firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP to serve as the independent external audit firm for Fifth Third Bancorp for the year 2021 was approved by a vote of the common shareholders and the Preferred Shareholders of 607,853,032 votes for, 19,894,842 votes against, and 1,496,395 abstain, with no broker non-votes.
3. Executive compensation was approved by an advisory vote of the common shareholders and the Preferred Shareholders of 480,395,071 votes for, 69,195,673 votes against, and 2,741,055 abstain, with 76,912,470 broker non-votes.
4. Holding a shareholder vote on the compensation of executives every 1 year was approved by an advisory vote of the common shareholders and the Preferred Shareholders of 536,361,441 votes for every 1 year, 820,503 votes for every 2 years, and votes 13,737,185 for every 3 years, and 1,412,670 abstain, with 76,912,470 broker non-votes.
5. The proposal to approve the Fifth Third Bancorp 2021 Incentive Compensation Plan, including the issuance of shares of common stock authorized thereunder, was approved by a vote of the common shareholders and the Preferred Shareholders of 518,549,586 votes for, 31,388,810 votes against, and 2,393,403 abstain, with 76,912,470 broker non-votes.
6. The proposal to amend the Fifth Third Bancorp Articles of Incorporation to eliminate statutory supermajority vote requirements was approved by a vote of the common shareholders and the Preferred Shareholders of 545,702,811 votes for, 4,530,783 votes against, and 2,098,205 abstain, with 76,912,470 broker non-votes.
7. The proposal to amend the Fifth Third Bancorp Articles of Incorporation to eliminate cumulative voting was approved by a vote of the common shareholders and the Preferred Shareholders of 605,180,456 votes for, 21,255,802 votes against, and 2,808,011 abstain, with no broker non-votes.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
Exhibit 104 – Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
| ||FIFTH THIRD BANCORP|
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|April 15, 2021||/s/ SUSAN B. ZAUNBRECHER|
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| ||Susan B. Zaunbrecher|
| ||Executive Vice President and|
Chief Legal Officer