), the Utah-based lender, in a regulatory filing revised the
impact of the Volcker Rule on its earnings following a relaxation
in the rule recently. After meeting the present regulatory
requirements, the company expects to report a net loss between 31
cents to 33 cents per share in fourth-quarter 2013.
Following their concerns over the negative impact of the rule,
analysts have been revising 2013 estimates downward over the last
Previously, as per the Volcker Rule, most of Zions' bank and
insurance trust preferred collateralized debt obligation (CDO)
securities and other asset-backed CDO securities came under the
category of restricted investment and had to be divested.
As Zions holds a huge proportion of CDOs among all U.S. banks,
any divesture would have largely disoriented the market thereby
causing losses to other small community banks.
The Volcker Rule was faced with widespread criticism and was
challenged by the American Bankers Association (ABA) in the U.S.
Court of Appeals. Moreover, major Wall Street banks including
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Bank of America Corp.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
) was expected to follow the suit.
Consequently, clauses of the Rule were somewhat relaxed. As per
the interim final rule, a major portion of Zions' trust preferred
securities CDOs could be retained. The regulatory authority
further clarified that the aforementioned CDOs were exempted as
they were invested in "qualifying TruPS collateral."
Nevertheless, the remaining CDOs will be disposed by Zions and
will entail a one-time pre-tax cost ranging from $135 million to
$145 million, down from the earlier projection of $387 million.
Moreover, the company has to bear an additional $80 million
charge for successful tender and retirement of subordinated debt
in the fourth quarter.
Further, Zions' tangible common equity per share is expected to
improve following the divesture of the CDOs as these securities
carry higher regulatory risk weighting. Therefore, it is likely
that Zions will resubmit its 2014 capital plan to the Federal
Reserve to present the revised impact of the Volcker Rule on its
Zions will release fourth-quarter earnings on Jan 27, 2014 after
the market closes.
Currently, Zions carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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