CLEVELAND, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- KeyBank (NYSE: KEY) has earned its eighth "Outstanding" rating from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), for exceeding the terms of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) exam. Key is the only U.S. national bank among the 25 largest to be rated Outstanding by the OCC for eight consecutive review periods, since the Act's passage in 1977.
"We're honored to have earned an 'Outstanding' rating from the OCC for the eighth consecutive time," said Beth Mooney, KeyCorp chairman and chief executive officer. "It's a testament to the character of our people and our commitment to serving all markets in our footprint. We're especially proud to have provided loans, investments and services throughout the exam period, which was the height of the financial crisis. Being a responsible bank during difficult times matters to the communities that we serve."
The Community Reinvestment Act requires banks to meet the credit needs of low- and moderate-income communities across America. The exam rates institutions in three categories: lending, investment, and services. Included in the assessment are bank practices such as mortgage lending, small business lending, community development lending, investments in community development organizations and projects, bank services to communities, and employee community involvement. For the overall rating and the three subcategories, banks are assigned one of four ratings: "Outstanding," "Satisfactory," "Need to Improve" or "Substantial Noncompliance." The OCC completes a CRA exam for a bank every three to four years, and Key's recent exam period covered July 1, 2008 – September 30, 2011.
"It's not enough to just satisfy compliance requirements," said Bruce Murphy, head of KeyBank's Corporate Responsibility Group. "We focus on broadly investing in our communities in terms of philanthropy, affordable housing, business and mortgage loans, programs with community partners, and services that make a difference. Our business approach is to balance mission and margin, so that both shareholders and communities benefit from our investments."
Significant community achievements during the exam period (July 1, 2008 to September 30, 2011), which led to KeyBank's Outstanding rating, include:
KeyBank's CRA focus is part of its overall commitment to corporate responsibility, which includes the bank's philanthropy, sustainability, volunteerism, and diversity efforts, such as:
KeyCorp was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, Key had assets of approximately $89.2 billion at March 31, 2013.
Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and small and mid-sized businesses in 14 states under the name KeyBank National Association. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.