Wells Fargo Announces Minnesota, Twin Cities CRA Rating of ‘Outstanding’

Performance Exam shows high marks in Lending, Investment, Service in low- to moderate-income communities
May 4, 2020 1:30 PM ET

Wells Fargo Announces Minnesota, Twin Cities CRA Rating of ‘Outstanding’

MINNEAPOLIS, May 4, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Wells Fargo & Company today announced that its most recent Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rating for both the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota is “Outstanding.” Wells Fargo also received a national rating of “Outstanding” from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) as a result of the company’s strong performance on the exam’s components and the company’s proven commitment to serving low- to moderate-income communities. The bank’s strong performance on the exam’s components reflected positive results in Minnesota and other markets the bank serves.

Established by Congress in 1977, the CRA encourages banks to meet the credit needs of all segments of the communities where and with whom they do business, including low- to moderate-income populations and individuals.

"While we’re incredibly proud that our national CRA rating reflects the work Wells Fargo has been doing to serve low- to moderate-income communities, we’re also honored that our work in the Twin Cities and Minnesota has been recognized as ‘Outstanding,’ ” said Laurie Nordquist, lead region president. “This result reflects our ongoing commitment to lending to, investing in and providing service to communities throughout the state. We will continue to promote economic growth, sustainable homeownership and neighborhood stability in low- to moderate-income communities in Minnesota and everywhere else we do business.”

Wells Fargo’s most recent CRA rating covers the years 2012 to 2018, and a copy of the OCC’s entire report can be found on Wells Fargo’s website (Minnesota results available beginning on page 449). Specifically, in Minnesota, Wells Fargo received an “Outstanding” rating on the Lending Test, an “Outstanding” rating on the Investment Test and a “High Satisfactory” rating on the Service Test. Wells Fargo also received an “Outstanding” rating on the Lending Test, an “Outstanding” rating on the Investment Test and a “High Satisfactory” rating on the Service Test for the Twin Cities.

Wells Fargo maintains a strong commitment to each community it serves. For example, the Wells Fargo Diverse Community Capital program – a five-year, $175 million commitment to empower diverse small businesses in collaboration with Opportunity Finance Network – has delivered more than 322,000 hours of technical assistance and $781 million in financing to minority-owned small businesses, enabling over 103,000 jobs across the U.S. In March, the company announced that it plans to invest up to $50 million in African-American Minority Depository Institutions in order to support economic growth in African-American communities.

Additionally, since the close of the most recent exam period, Wells Fargo has deepened its commitment to philanthropy in low- to moderate-income communities. In 2019, the company invested more than $13 million in grants to 486 Minnesota organizations and nonprofits that address local needs. In March, the company announced that, in response to the impact of COVID-19, it would distribute $175 million in donations this year to help address food, financial health, shelter, small business and housing stability, as well as to provide help to public health organizations. In Minnesota this year, the Wells Fargo Foundation is focusing its funding to vulnerable residents and businesses who are experiencing housing, financial stability or small business issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.98 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,400 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 31 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 263,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2019 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Additional information may be found at www.wellsfargo.com | Twitter: @WellsFargo.

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