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BBVA’s mobile banking app has been named a leader in Europe. According to the report published by Forrester Research, ‘The Forrester Banking Wave: European Mobile Apps – Q2 2018’ BBVA has the top-ranked app with an overall score of 87/100. Forrester assessed 12 mobile banking apps from top financial institutions on the continent. Garanti, BBVA’s Turkish franchise, took the second spot in the same evaluation. BBVA also took the top spot in last year’s analysis also published by Forrester.

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After obtaining the pertinent regulatory authorizations, BBVA Group has closed the sale of its 68.19% stake in BBVA Chile and other companies in the country to Scotiabank, for a total of about $2.2 billion. The transaction will yield capital gains of about €640 million and will have a positive impact on BBVA’s fully-loaded CET 1 capital ratio of about 50 basis points.

BBVA Compass Bancshares, Inc., a Sunbelt-based bank holding company (BBVA Compass), announced today that the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) did not object to its capital plan and capital actions proposed in the capital plan. BBVA Compass’ capital plan includes common dividends of $315 million during the covered period, subject to approval by BBVA Compass’ board of directors.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Athletics (UAB), BBVA Compass and Birmingham Legion FC celebrated the stadium expansion of BBVA Compass Field Wednesday on the campus of UAB.

The BBVA Compass Field stadium expansion includes a state-of-the-art 4,000-seat grandstand, along with a permanent concessions stand, bathrooms and ticket office. An additional 40×20 video board will also be added to enhance the fan experience.

BBVA Compass Iron City Showdown brings the Houston Rockets and the Memphis Grizzlies to Birmingham

BBVA Compass and the Houston Rockets teamed up on Thursday, May 3, at a press conference held at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame to announce the date, location and opponent of the BBVA Compass Iron City Showdown.

The preseason game, which was initially announced in August 2017 by Houston Rockets superstar James Harden in front of 800 Parker High School juniors and seniors, is slated for October 2 at 7 p.m. at the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex against the Memphis Grizzlies.

BBVA Compass Bancshares, Inc., a Sunbelt-based bank holding company (BBVA Compass), reported today net income of $209 million for the first quarter of 2018 compared to $52 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 ($173 million(1) adjusted for the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) and $121 million earned during the first quarter of 2017. Earnings in the quarter represented a 20 percent increase from adjusted earnings(1) in the fourth quarter and a 73 percent increase from year ago levels. Return on average assets and return on tangible equity(2) for the first quarter of 2018 were 0.96 percent and 10.51 percent, respectively.

Rewarding, simple and secure. All apt descriptors of the new BBVA Compass Rewards Card, the newest credit card offering from the U.S. subsidiary of the global financial services group BBVA. Available today, the new credit card offers rewards to customers for every purchase they make, with no cap on earnings, and boasts an easy to understand rewards structure that earns 1.5 percent in rewards for every $1 spent across all categories, and the ability to garner 2 percent in rewards with a qualifying bank relationship.

BBVA today launched its new BBVA for Everyone app, available for both iOS and Android operating systems, which enables the blind and those with physical or mild mental disabilities to use the bank’s network of over 6,300 automatic teller machines (ATMs). This new tool will guide those with visual disabilities to the ATM of their choice and help them withdraw cash. BBVA is a pioneer in this type of mobile solutions, which complement the services already available for people with disabilities on the web and corporate apps.

BBVA Compass today announced it will extend and expand its brand ambassador agreement with May 2018 Texas Longhorn graduate and rising country music singer Tyler Dial. The senior at the McCombs School of Business just finished recording the first EP for his second album project, this time recording in Nashville, Tenn. with new industry veterans by his side for production, instrumentation, background vocals and more.

BBVA presents Baby Planner, a new functionality within BBVA’s app and website that allows customers and non-customers to understand the expenses associated with having a baby. The monetary expenditure for families with a child under three is 10% higher than for those without, as concluded by estimates from BBVA Research after factoring in other differences between households. This added functionality serves to give new parents the information they need to plan their finances. BBVA Baby Planner also provides the economic effects associated with maternity and paternity-leave and other schemes to offer “work-baby balance.”

Using the full functionality of the bank in your pocket is easier at BBVA Compass with the release of version 5.4 of its Mobile Banking App.

In the latest release, the bank added a search engine inside the app so users can fully capitalize on the many features that have won it multiple awards. With the new search, users simply start typing what they would like to do in the search bar, and the app automatically displays a list of applicable functionality from which the user can select. When the client taps on one of the results in the list, the app automatically navigates the client to the exact spot in the app where that functionality is or information is located.

In December, BBVA Compass published a series of articles that captured its brand promise of “creating opportunities,” honing in on efforts and investments that will positively impact underserved communities throughout the bank’s footprint. The bank also positioned itself as an engine of opportunity for people, highlighting its commitment to helping customers digitally and through an array of financial services.

In November, BBVA Compass published a series of articles that underscored its efforts of being an inclusive and digital bank committed to the customers, clients and communities throughout its footprint. Top articles of the month were centered around a recognition for the award-winning BBVA Compass Mobile Banking app; the bank’s recent achievement from the Human Rights Campaign; dinners held for the bank’s Denver clients; and the bank’s new agreement with entertainment presenter, AEG.

BBVA has appointed María Abascal as Global Director of Institutional Relations. Abascal brings to the post more than 15 years of experience in the analysis of economic, financial, regulatory and institutional affairs in the public and private sector. Prior to her new appointment, since June 2010 she had been BBVA Research’s Chief Economist for Regulation and Public Policies.

BBVA today announced an agreement with a subsidiary of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. (Cerberus) to create a joint venture (JV) for its real estate business in Spain, reducing almost entirely its exposure to non core real estate assets. On the closing of the operation, BBVA will sell an 80% stake in the JV to Cerberus for about €4 billion. The transaction marks a milestone in BBVA Group’s strategy.

BBVA customers in Spain now have access to a new feature that completely simplifies mobile-to-mobile money transfers. The transfers are totally secure and do not require customers to use BBVA’s mobile banking app. Both Android and iOS users can send money through BBVA’s “chatbots” on instant messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and Telegram. And those using the iOS operating system (iPhone) will also be able to do so with the voice assistant, Siri. All this has been made possible thanks to an evolution of the Bizum system, which enables users to send money between cell phones with the apps of the major Spanish banks.

Positive market conditions and investor appetite have helped BBVA to get an excellent reception for its sixth issue of CoCos. The Group has issued a $1 billion bond, with the lowest coupon in dollars for an issuer from southern Europe (6.125%), and the longest maturity (perpetual, with a ‘call’ option starting in the tenth year). Registration of a prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has prompted a bigger participation from American, European and Asian investors.

Last month, BBVA Compass showcased its digital prowess with headline stories about BBVA Open Talent, its 2017 online banking award from Javelin Strategy & Research, and Tuyyo, BBVA’s new money transfer mobile app. The bank also published articles that highlighted it as an engine of opportunity for its employees and the communities throughout its footprint. The bank wrapped up its month of stories on Oct. 27, releasing its third quarter earnings.

BBVA Compass Bancshares, Inc., a Sunbelt-based bank holding company (BBVA Compass), reported today net income of $130 million for the third quarter of 2017, an 8 percent increase from the $120 million earned during the third quarter of 2016. Included in third quarter 2017 results is approximately $60 million (pre-tax) of provision expense related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Return on average assets and return on average tangible equity(1) for the third quarter of 2017 were 0.59 percent and 6.40 percent, respectively.

  • Operating income: Recurring revenues continued their upward trend, growing 4.2% between January and September. This, together with cost containment efforts (expenses dropped 1.7% in the year to September), drove operating income to a record €9.52 billion
  • Risks: The NPL ratio continued to improve, reaching 4.5% in September (vs. 4.8% in June), the lowest level in the past five years. Coverage increased to 72%
  • Capital: The fully-loaded CET1 ratio rose to 11.2% in September, reflecting a capital generation of 30 basis points in the first nine months of the year
  • Transformation: The digital customer base grew 24% y-o-y to 21.1 million in September. Of these, the number of customers banking with their smartphones surged 43% to 15.8 million
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BBVA Compass was recognized as a leader in Financial Fitness from Javelin Strategy & Research in its 2017 Online Banking Scorecard, with independent research firm spotlighting the bank for providing a notable online banking experience that guides customers on a financial journey.

Javelin Strategy & Research’s competitive analysis of the nation’s top 28 financial institutions examines more than 225 online banking features in six critical areas of banking success: ease of use, security empowerment, financial fitness, money movement, customer service, and account opening.

The ‘Leader’ in Financial Fitness recognition was given to just 3 financial institutions out of 28 measured that Javelin found to be proactive and vigilant financial advisers that demonstrate that they:

  • Have financial oversight and guidance anchored by the ability for customers to conveniently view balances and transactions for all of their accounts in a single view.
  • Give consumers alerts that help them stay on top of their finances.
  • Serve up personalized content and insights to help them understand and manage their money better.
  • Have online banking services that boast the tools and advice that help customers save for specific goals.

BBVA Compass has closed a $5 million equity investment in Pathway Lending, becoming the largest investor in Alabama’s effort to build up small businesses in the state’s Appalachian region. Pathway Lending, a Community Development Financial Institution certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury, will operate the state’s new loan fund for small businesses in the 37 counties of Appalachian Alabama.

BBVA’s Group Executive Chairman said that developing the best banking application in the world (according to Forrester) has been a work that “has taken many years.” To get to this point, Francisco González underscored that “the most important thing was when we adopted ‘agile’ work methodologies that allow us to deliver upgrades every three months.” The application helps customers make better financial decisions and manage their financial lives better. Ultimately, he stated, we “want to be the best adviser of our customers.”

BBVA has crowned DOV-E as its winner in the BBVA Open Talent Global Trends fintech competition, winning €30,000 and a spot at the BBVA Open Summit and Immersion Week in October at the BBVA Group headquarters in Madrid.

DOV-E, based in Israel, provides wireless connectivity using audio technology between any consumer’s mobile device and any merchant platform. It won the award after beating strong competition from hundreds of other entries from across the world.

BBVA Compass branches to host Amazon’s Treasure Truck

BBVA Compass is today announcing that some of its branches in Houston and Dallas will serve as offer day pick-up locations for Amazon’s Treasure Truck.

The news comes seven months after BBVA Compass announced a collaboration with Amazon to pilot its Locker program at 11 Austin, Texas-area branches, the first time the program was made available at a bank location. Today’s announcement also marks the first time a bank in the Southeast has been chosen as a location to host the Treasure Truck.