UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

     
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):   May 14, 2014

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
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(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

     
Maryland 1-34073 31-0724920
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(State or other jurisdiction
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(Commission
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(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.)
      
41 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio   43287
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(Address of principal executive offices)
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(Zip Code)
     
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   614-480-8300

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Former name or former address, if changed since last report

 

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Item 8.01 Other Events.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Huntington Bancshares Incorporated announced today that it has agreed to purchase 13 Michigan branches from Bank of America Corporation, which follows a recent agreement between the companies for Huntington to purchase 11 other branches in the state.

With the 13-branch acquisition, Huntington will purchase approximately $500 million in deposits, for a deposit premium of 3.5 percent based on deposit balances at the time the transaction closes, which is expected to be in the second half of 2014, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.





While there is no assurance that any list of risks and uncertainties or risk factors is complete, below are certain factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained or implied in the forward-looking statements: (1) worsening of credit quality performance due to a number of factors such as the underlying value of collateral that could prove less valuable than otherwise assumed and assumed cash flows may be worse than expected; (2) changes in general economic, political, or industry conditions; uncertainty in U.S. fiscal and monetary policy, including the interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; volatility and disruptions in global capital and credit markets; (3) movements in interest rates; (4) competitive pressures on product pricing and services; (5) success, impact, and timing of our business strategies, including market acceptance of any new products or services implementing our “Fair Play” banking philosophy; (6) changes in accounting policies and principles and the accuracy of our assumptions and estimates used to prepare our financial statements; (7) extended disruption of vital infrastructure; (8) the final outcome of significant litigation; (9) the nature, extent, timing, and results of governmental actions, examinations, reviews, reforms, regulations, and interpretations, including those related to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Basel III regulatory capital reforms, as well as those involving the OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC, and CFPB; and (10) the outcome of judicial and regulatory decisions regarding practices in the residential mortgage industry, including among other things the processes followed for foreclosing residential mortgages. Additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those described above can be found in our 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K and documents subsequently filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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SIGNATURES

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.

         
    Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
          
May 14, 2014   By:   Richard A. Cheap
       
        Name: Richard A. Cheap
        Title: Secretary


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Exhibit Index


     
Exhibit No.   Description

 
99.1
  News Release of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated dated May 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2014

Contacts:

         
Media   Investors    
Maureen Brown
614.480.5512
maureen.brown@huntington.com
  Todd Beekman
614.480.3878
todd.beekman@huntington.com
  Mark Muth
614.480.4720
mark.muth@huntington.com
 
       

HUNTINGTON BANCSHARES’ 13-BRANCH MICHIGAN ACQUISITION ANNOUNCEMENT
IS LATEST AFFIRMATION OF STRATEGIC INVESTMENT WITHIN THE STATE

Acquisition contributes to four-year total of more than 500 jobs and more than 75 branches
added through Huntington growth in Michigan by yearend 2014

FLINT and MONROE, Michigan and COLUMBUS, Ohio – Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ: HBAN; www.huntington.com ) announced today that it has agreed to purchase 13 Michigan branches from Bank of America Corporation, which follows a recent agreement between the companies for Huntington to purchase 11 other branches in the state.

The agreement for the additional 13-branch purchase will fill in Huntington’s presence further in East Michigan. In addition to welcoming new branch colleagues, the cumulative acquisitions will result in approximately 40 new Huntington Michigan operations jobs, contributing to Huntington employment growth of more than 500 jobs in the state between 2011 and 2014.

“With this announcement, Huntington has committed within the past four years to increase our Michigan branch network by more than 120 new locations,” said Stephen D. Steinour, chairman, president and CEO of Huntington. “We view Michigan as very attractive. We plan to continue to significantly grow our presence within the state, providing financial services solutions to an increasing Huntington consumer and commercial customer base.

“Huntington’s activity in Michigan over the past several years has not only contributed supportive investment by Huntington as an increasingly significant statewide employer, but also job retention and creation throughout Michigan as a leading business lender,” Steinour said.

The 13-branch purchase is for 11 locations in the Monroe and Flint markets and two locations in Holland and Muskegon. In terms of overlap, only the Holland and Muskegon branches and one Monroe branch overlap within two miles of Huntington’s existing branch network.

With the 13-branch acquisition, Huntington will purchase approximately $500 million in deposits, for a deposit premium of 3.5 percent based on deposit balances at the time the transaction closes, which is expected to be in the second half of 2014. No loans are included in the purchase. Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, this purchase agreement and Huntington’s previously announced agreement to purchase 11 branches in Saginaw and other markets includes nearly $1 billion of deposits.*
Huntington’s Michigan branch growth journey began in 2009 with the acquisition of the deposits of Warren Bank and continued with the 2012 acquisition of Fidelity Bank; combined, the acquisitions increased Huntington’s Michigan branches by 15. Also in 2012, Huntington announced an exclusive partnership to locate Huntington branches within Michigan Meijer stores, with 40 open to date toward more than 80 in-store Meijer branches by 2020. Correspondent with Huntington’s physical expansion in Michigan, its workforce will grow from approximately 1,500 in 2011 to more than 2,000 by the end of 2014, including staffing for branches pending acquisition.

Furthermore, Huntington has engaged in a series of public-private partnerships with the state of Michigan and Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) since 2011, including the successful completion of a $2 billion statewide lending commitment to commercial and small businesses, and the launch of the Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative. Huntington is also in the process of successfully concluding a $100 million Michigan affordable housing investment statewide commitment.

“Huntington is a proven partner supporting Michigan households, businesses and neighborhoods,” said Michael A. Finney, MEDC president and CEO. “The bank is also a valued Michigan employer. Expansion and investment in Michigan will provide even greater scale for Huntington and demonstrates its commitment to small business lending, a customer-friendly approach and local workforces that has and will continue to benefit Michigan’s strengthening economy.”

As a Michigan business lender, Huntington maintains the No. 1 ranking as the top Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in the state, currently making more SBA 7(a) loans in Michigan than all other lenders combined. As a consumer lender, Huntington is expecting increasing activity this year in residential mortgage and home equity lending as housing values continue to improve in Michigan and its other markets. Huntington also offers unique products including Asterisk-Free Checking®, a checking account with no monthly fee and no minimum balance requirement that comes with 24-Hour Grace® providing the opportunity to avoid overdraft fees. Huntington’s credit card, Voice™, comes with Late Fee Grace™ and the ability to choose among triple rewards categories.

Following completion of the acquisition, customers also will have access to Huntington’s entire 1,500-ATM network throughout the Midwest, with no service charge, as well as more than 700 traditional and in-store branch locations.

For more information on Huntington products and services, customers can call 1-800-480-BANK (2265) or visit www.huntington.com .

*Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Summary of Deposits Data as of June 30, 2013

About Huntington

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ: HBAN and www.huntington.com ) is a $60 billion asset regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The Huntington National Bank, founded in 1866, provides full-service commercial, small business, and consumer banking services; mortgage banking services; treasury management and foreign exchange services; equipment leasing; wealth and investment management services; trust services; brokerage services; customized insurance brokerage and service programs; and other financial products and services. The principal markets for these services are Huntington’s six-state retail banking franchise: Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The primary distribution channels include a banking network of more than 700 traditional branches and convenience branches located in grocery stores and retirement centers, and through an array of alternative distribution channels including internet and mobile banking, telephone banking, and more than 1,500 ATMs. Through automotive dealership relationships within its six-state retail banking franchise area and selected other Midwest and New England states, Huntington also provides commercial banking services to the automotive dealers and retail automobile financing for dealer customers.

Member FDIC. ® and Huntington ® are federally registered service marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. Asterisk-Free Checking ®, and 24-Hour Grace ® are federally registered service marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. The 24-Hour Grace ® system and method are patented: US Pat. No. 8,364,581.

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