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The following are some guidelines for the conduct of this meeting which we would appreciate your following. If you wish to address the meeting and, if you are addressing the meeting for the first time, please state your name and the number of shares you are representing. All questions should be directed to the Chair.
An agenda has been distributed to each of you. For the meeting to proceed in an orderly fashion, the agenda must be followed. Every stockholder who wishes to speak will be given that opportunity from a standing microphone.
If a stockholder has multiple questions, we certainly welcome these. But, please allow other stockholders to have an opportunity to speak. Questions should be raised one at a time and the Chairman will come back to the person who has multiple questions.
Q. How large will the new Chase be?
A. The new institution will have nearly $300 billion in assets and $20 billion in stockholders' equity. The new Chase will be one of the best capitalized banking companies in the world.
Q. What will be the new dividend of the surviving corporation?
A. Chemical and Chase currently expect that the Board of Directors of the new Chase will continue to declare Chemical's regular quarterly cash dividends on the Chemical Common Stock following the Merger. Currently, the dividends on the Chemical Common Stock are $0.50 per share per quarter, or $2.00 per share per year. Future dividends will be determined by the Board of Directors of the new Chase in light of the earnings and financial condition of the new Chase and its subsidiaries and other factors, including applicable governmental regulations and policies.
A. The new Chase network will have over 600 branches in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In the New York metropolitan region, where the two networks overlap, approximately 100 branches will be consolidated into nearby branches. Many of these branches are in very close proximity to each other, usually within a couple of blocks, where consolidation will not inconvenience the communities.
Q. Will the new Chase remain a leader in serving the needs of low and moderate income communities?
A. Yes. We will continue to serve all of the low and moderate income communities in which we currently do business. Both Chase and Chemical have a long and proud history of meeting the needs of the communities they serve. Chase and Chemical have announced that the new Chase will make $18.1 billion in community investments across the U.S. over five years, beginning after the two companies merge. The commitment is the largest ever for a bank and was achieved in consultation with more than 350 community organizations and government officials, primarily in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas, where the merged company will have full-service subsidiary banks.
Q. What are the estimated cost savings from the Merger?
A. Chemical and Chase currently expect to achieve substantial savings in the base of operating costs by consolidating certain operations and eliminating redundant expenses. Such savings are expected to be realized over time as such consolidation is completed. Although no assurances can be given that any specific level of cost savings will be achieved or as to the timing thereof, annual savings are expected to amount to approximately $600 million in the first year following consummation of the Merger, approximately $1.05 billion in the second year, and approximately $1.5 billion in each year thereafter. Such savings are expected to be realized primarily through reductions in staff, the consolidation and elimination of certain branches and office facilities and the consolidation of certain data processing and other back office operations.
Q. What are the estimated expenses of the Merger?
A. It is expected that a one-time, pre-tax restructuring charge of $1.5 billion will be incurred upon consummation of the Merger, principally as a result of severance expenses, costs in connection with planned office eliminations, and other Merger-related expenses.
Q. How many jobs will be lost as a consequence of the Merger?
A. Approximately 12,000 positions will be eliminated from a combined staff of approximately 75,000 located in 39 states and 51 countries around the world. We expect to rely as much as possible on normal attrition combined with internal redeployment; however, there will be a need for some involuntary layoffs.