New York Banking Law
Dividends; Payable From Net Profits; Restrictions
1. The directors of a bank or trust company may annually, semi-annually or quarterly, but not more frequently unless authorized by the superintendent by regulation or otherwise, declare such dividends as they deem judicious to be paid from net profits. No dividend shall be declared, credited or paid so long as there is any impairment of capital stock. No bank or trust company having outstanding preferred stock shall, except as otherwise authorized by the superintendent, declare dividends upon common stock for any period other than a period for which dividends are declared upon preferred stock.
2. The approval of the superintendent shall be required if the total of all dividends declared by a bank or trust company in any calendar year shall exceed the total of its net profits for that year combined with its retained net profits of the preceding two years, less any required transfer to surplus or a fund for the retirement of any preferred stock.
3. For the purposes of this section, the term “net profits” shall mean the remainder of all earnings from current operations plus actual recoveries on loans and investments and other assets, after deducting from the total thereof all current operating expenses, actual losses, accrued dividends on preferred stock, if any, and all federal and state taxes.