Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2021
BankingRegulation [Abstract]  
Huntington and the Bank are subject to certain risk-based capital and leverage ratio requirements under the U.S. Basel III capital rules adopted by the Federal Reserve, for Huntington, and by the OCC, for the Bank. These rules implement the Basel III international regulatory capital standards in the United States, as well as certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. These quantitative calculations are minimums, and the Federal Reserve and OCC may determine that a banking organization, based on its size, complexity or risk profile, must maintain a higher level of capital in order to operate in a safe and sound manner.
Under the U.S. Basel III capital rules, Huntington’s and the Bank’s assets, exposures and certain off-balance sheet items are subject to risk weights used to determine the institutions’ risk-weighted assets. These risk-weighted assets are used to calculate the following minimum capital ratios for Huntington and the Bank:
CET1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio, equal to the ratio of CET1 capital to risk-weighted assets. CET1 capital primarily includes common shareholders’ equity subject to certain regulatory adjustments and deductions, including with respect to goodwill, intangible assets, certain deferred tax assets, and AOCI.
Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio, equal to the ratio of Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets. Tier 1 capital is primarily comprised of CET1 capital, perpetual preferred stock and certain qualifying capital instruments.
Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio, equal to the ratio of total capital, including CET1 capital, Tier 1 capital and Tier 2 capital, to risk-weighted assets. Tier 2 capital primarily includes qualifying subordinated debt and qualifying ALLL. Tier 2 capital also includes, among other things, certain trust preferred securities.
Tier 1 Leverage Ratio, equal to the ratio of Tier 1 capital to quarterly average assets (net of goodwill, certain other intangible assets and certain other deductions).
The total minimum regulatory capital ratios and well-capitalized minimum ratios are reflected on the following page.
Failure to be well-capitalized or to meet minimum capital requirements could result in certain mandatory and possible additional discretionary actions by regulators that, if undertaken, could have an adverse material effect on our operations or financial condition. Failure to be well-capitalized or to meet minimum capital requirements could also result in restrictions on Huntington’s or the Bank’s ability to pay dividends or otherwise distribute capital or to receive regulatory approval of applications.
In addition to meeting the minimum capital requirements, under the U.S. Basel III capital rules Huntington and the Bank must also maintain the required stress capital buffer, which has been established as 2.5% for Huntington, to avoid becoming subject to restrictions on capital distributions and certain discretionary bonus payments to management. The stress capital buffer is calculated as a ratio of CET1 capital to risk-weighted assets, and it effectively increases the required minimum risk-based capital ratios.
As of December 31, 2021, Huntington’s and the Bank’s regulatory capital ratios were above the well-capitalized standards and met the applicable stress capital buffer. Please refer to the table below for a summary of Huntington’s and the Bank’s regulatory capital ratios.
Minimum Minimum Basel III
Regulatory Ratio+Capital Well- December 31,
Capital Conservation Capitalized 2021 2020
(dollar amounts in millions) Ratios Buffer (1) Minimums Ratio Amount Ratio Amount
CET 1 risk-based capital Consolidated 4.50  % 7.00  % N/A 9.33  % $ 12,249  10.00  % $ 8,887 
Bank 4.50  7.00  6.50  % 10.15  13,261  10.65  9,438 
Tier 1 risk-based capital Consolidated 6.00  8.50  6.00  10.99  14,426  12.47  11,083 
Bank 6.00  8.50  8.00  11.06  14,445  11.97  10,601 
Total risk-based capital Consolidated 8.00  10.50  10.00  13.14  17,246  14.46  12,856 
Bank 8.00  10.50  10.00  12.58  16,427  13.58  12,032 
Tier 1 leverage Consolidated 4.00  N/A N/A 8.56  14,426  9.32  9,854 
Bank 4.00  N/A 5.00  8.60  14,445  8.94  10,601 
(1)     Reflects the stress capital buffer of 2.5%.
Huntington and its subsidiaries are also subject to various regulatory requirements that impose restrictions on cash, debt, and dividends. The Bank is required to maintain cash reserves based on the level of certain of its deposits. This reserve requirement may be met by holding cash in banking offices or on deposit at the FRB. During 2021 and 2020, the average balances of these deposits were $7.2 billion and $3.9 billion, respectively.
Under current Federal Reserve regulations, the Bank is limited as to the amount and type of loans it may make to the parent company and nonbank subsidiaries. At December 31, 2021, the Bank could lend $1.6 billion to a single affiliate, subject to the qualifying collateral requirements defined in the regulations.
Dividends from the Bank are one of the major sources of funds for the Company. These funds aid the Company in the payment of dividends to shareholders, expenses, and other obligations. Payment of dividends and/or return of capital to the parent company is subject to various legal and regulatory limitations. During 2021, the Bank paid dividends of $1.4 billion to the parent company. Also, there are statutory and regulatory limitations on the ability of national banks to pay dividends or make other capital distributions