On Tuesday, April 14, BNY Mellon held its 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders in New York City. BNY Mellon Chairman and CEO Gerald Hassell recapped 2014 financial performance, highlighting the company’s expense control initiatives and total shareholder return.
Many of the expense-reduction initiatives that were put in place in prior years started to pay off in 2014. Operating expenses were well controlled, down 2 percent versus 2013.1,2 BNY Mellon also outperformed the average of its trust peers, the median of its proxy peers and the S&P Financial Index on total shareholder return in 2014 (18%) and over the past three years (117%).
BNY Mellon is also moving aggressively to execute against its strategic priorities:
- Driving revenue growth: BNY Mellon is leveraging its expertise and scale to offer broad-based, innovative strategic solutions to clients – and clients are satisfied. More than three-quarters of BNY Mellon’s top 100 clients have relationships encompassing both Investment Services and Investment Management, giving BNY Mellon dual revenue streams and broad and deep client relationships. High levels of client satisfaction across many of the dimensions most important to them are shown by recent third-party surveys of “strategic clients.”*
- Improving business processes, productivity and effectiveness, while reducing structural costs and enhancing efficiency: BNY Mellon has been taking action to enhance productivity and service quality and reduce costs and risk throughout the organization. In particular, BNY Mellon sees technology as a strategic asset and is continuing to optimize and simplify its infrastructure to reduce costs and increase its agility. Annual infrastructure spending decreased 6% from 2012 to 2014, even as demand for technology services rose. Strategic investments now represent nearly 60% of application development investments, up from 40% in 2012. BNY Mellon is continuing to invest in its private cloud, the BNY Mellon eXtreme Platform (BXP); its proprietary Big Data analytics platform, Digital Pulse; and its intelligent, open-architecture platform, NEXEN, which will be rolled out later this year.
- Being a strong, trusted counterparty by maintaining safety, soundness and industry-leading liquidity and capital positions: BNY Mellon’s capital position remains very strong, and Hassell said that BNY Mellon is well positioned to more than meet its regulatory capital requirements into the future. BNY Mellon delivered a strong return on tangible common equity of 18% for 2014.2 Also, the results of the 2015 comprehensive capital analysis and review, or CCAR, demonstrate that under the severely adverse scenario our projected minimum tier 1 common ratio and common equity tier 1 ratio under stress were the most resilient of the 14 Advanced Approaches bank holding companies evaluated using the Advanced Approach in the severely adverse scenario.
- Generating excess capital and deploy it effectively: Over the last four years, BNY Mellon has generated approximately $12.9 billion of tangible capital. It returned more than half of that capital to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends even as it has increased its capital to meet the new higher regulatory requirements.
- Attracting and retaining top talent: Over the last few years, BNY Mellon strengthened its executive management team by adding new talent and placing existing leaders in new roles that leverage their capabilities and expertise. It also added four new directors to its board – three in 2014 and one earlier this year. Importantly, 13 of the 14 directors are independent.
In the 2015 proxy voting, the director nominees and say on pay resolution were overwhelmingly approved by shareholders. The 2015 proxy voting results are available here.
“Over these past several months I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many of our shareholders in the U.S. and abroad,” Hassell told shareholders. “What I’ve been pleased to hear is broad-based support for our business model and leadership, and agreement that we are executing on the right things and moving in the right direction. “But I also heard and recognize that investors expect to see improving financial performance. I am confident we are on the right track. We have a plan in place and we are executing on our priorities to achieve our stated targets.”
The full 2015 Annual Meeting presentation can be viewed here.
*Results from two Global Client Management surveys in November 2014; 206 strategic client respondents; 49% response rate. “Strategic clients” are those that generate significant revenue, use multiple products and/or have high-growth potential.
1. Total noninterest expense is non-GAAP and excludes amortization of intangible assets, M&I, litigation and restructuring charges and the charge related to investment management funds, net of incentives.
2. This represents a non-GAAP measure. Additional disclosure regarding non-GAAP measures is available in the Annual Meeting presentation filed with the SEC and available at www.bnymellon.com/investorrelations.
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