Maximizing and Protecting Shareholder Value
In 2014, Commerce Bancshares continued to deliver on our strategic plan to provide a superior value proposition to both our customers and investors. Investors continue to value our consistent, strong financial performance, unique product mix, investment in growth opportunities and targeted geographical expansion.
Commerce Bancshares enjoyed strong financial performance in 2014. Return on average assets totaled 1.2%, while return on average equity was 11.7%. This compares favorably to the top 50 bank industry average of 0.8% for return on average assets and 7.5% for return on average equity in 2014. Some other highlights include:
- With total assets of $24 billion, Commerce ranks 37th among U.S. banks and had market capitalization of greater than $4 billion as of March 31, 2015.
- For the sixth year in a row, Commerce Bank was ranked among the top ten on Forbes' list of America’s Best Banks. Commerce ranked ninth on the list.
- Commerce paid a dividend of $0.857/share*, making 2014 the 46th consecutive year regular cash dividends were increased. Additionally, Commerce paid a 5% stock dividend for the 21st year in a row.
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