Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Shareholders' Equity

Shareholders' Equity
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Equity [Abstract]  
Shareholders' Equity Shareholders’ Equity
Common Stock
Declared Quarterly Cash Dividends on Common Stock (1)
Declaration Date Record Date Payment Date Dividend Per Share
October 21, 2020 December 4, 2020 December 24, 2020 $ 0.18 
July 22, 2020 September 4, 2020 September 25, 2020 0.18 
April 22, 2020 June 5, 2020 June 26, 2020 0.18 
January 29, 2020 March 6, 2020 March 27, 2020 0.18 
(1)In 2020, and through October 30, 2020.
In June 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) announced that due to economic uncertainty resulting from COVID-19, all large banks would be required to suspend share repurchase programs in the third quarter of 2020, except for repurchases to offset shares awarded under equity-based compensation plans, and to limit dividends to existing rates that do not exceed the average of the last four quarters’ net income.
The Federal Reserve’s directives regarding share repurchases aligned with the Corporation's decision to voluntarily suspend repurchases during the first half of 2020. The suspension of the Corporation's repurchases did not include repurchases to offset shares awarded under its equity-based compensation plans.
During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, the Corporation repurchased and retired 4 million and 216 million shares of common stock, which reduced shareholders’ equity by $114 million and $6.8 billion.
During the nine months ended September 30, 2020, in connection with employee stock plans, the Corporation issued 66 million shares of its common stock and, to satisfy tax withholding obligations, repurchased 26 million shares of its common stock. At September 30, 2020, the Corporation had reserved 513 million unissued shares of common stock for future issuances under employee stock plans, convertible notes and preferred stock.
On October 21, 2020 the Board declared a quarterly common stock dividend at the current rate of $0.18 per share.
Preferred Stock
During the three months ended March 31, 2020, June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020, the Corporation declared $469 million, $249 million and $441 million of cash dividends on preferred stock, or a total of $1.2 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. On October 29, 2020, the
Corporation issued 44,000 shares of 4.375% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series NN for $1.1 billion, with quarterly dividends commencing in February 2021. The Series NN preferred stock has a liquidation preference of $25,000 per share and is subject to certain restrictions in the event the Corporation fails to declare and pay full dividends. For more information on the Corporation's preferred stock, including liquidation preference, dividend requirements and redemption period, see Note 14 – Shareholders’ Equity to the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Corporation’s 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K.