Press Release

Synovus Announces Earnings for the Fourth Quarter 2018 and a 20% Increase in Common Stock Dividend

Company Release - 1/15/2019 6:30 AM ET

2018 Diluted Earnings per Share up 59.5% from 2017

COLUMBUS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2018.

Net income available to common shareholders for the fourth quarter 2018 was $101.9 million or $0.87 per diluted share as compared to $99.3 million or $0.84 per diluted share for the third quarter 2018 and $27.0 million or $0.23 per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2017. Adjusted earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2018 was $0.92, down 3.1% from the third quarter 2018 and up 28.1% from the fourth quarter 2017.

Additionally, the Company announced plans to return approximately $500 million to common shareholders this year through a 20% dividend increase and additional share repurchases.

Fourth quarter and full year results do not include financial results of FCB Financial Holdings, Inc. (FCB), which Synovus acquired on January 1, 2019.

2018 Highlights

  • Net income available to common shareholders for 2018 was $410.5 million or $3.47 per diluted share as compared to $265.2 million or $2.17 per diluted share for 2017. Diluted EPS grew 59.5% for 2018 compared to 2017.
    • Adjusted earnings per diluted share for 2018 was $3.64 as compared to $2.53 for 2017, an increase of 43.8%.
  • Return on average assets for 2018 was 1.35%, an increase of 46 basis points from 2017.
    • Adjusted return on average assets for 2018 was 1.41%, an increase of 37 basis points from 2017.
  • Return on average common equity for 2018 was 14.55%, an increase of 523 basis points from 2017.
    • Adjusted return on average common equity for 2018 was 15.29%, an increase of 443 basis points from 2017.
  • Total loans ended the year at $25.95 billion, an increase of $1.16 billion or 4.7% from 2017. Total average loans for the year grew $813.1 million or 3.3% as compared to 2017.
  • Total average deposits grew $969.7 million or 3.8% as compared to 2017.
  • Efficiency ratio of 57.99% improved 196 basis points from 2017.
    • Adjusted efficiency ratio of 56.33% improved 354 basis points from 2017.
  • The non-performing asset ratio was 0.44% at December 31, 2018, compared to 0.53% at year-end 2017.
  • Common Equity Tier 1 ratio was 10.04% at December 31, 20181, compared to 9.99% at December 31, 2017.
  • The Company returned $281 million to common shareholders during the year with repurchases of $175 million in common stock and $106 million in common dividends.
  • Synovus issued $200 million Series D preferred stock and redeemed $130 million Series C preferred stock.
  • The Company completed the transition to a single brand — Synovus — across all markets.
  • The acquisition of FCB was completed on January 1, 2019.

“Synovus became a stronger company in every respect in 2018,” said Kessel Stelling, Synovus chairman and CEO. “From completion of the single-brand transition, to the announcement and successful closing of the FCB acquisition, to surpassing all of our profitability and efficiency targets, we delivered outstanding operating and financial performance last year. These results will provide the opportunity to accelerate capital returns to shareholders in 2019 through a 20 percent increase in the common stock dividend and more than $300 million in additional share repurchases.

“As we begin the new year, we are excited to welcome the FCB team members and loyal customers to the Synovus family,” Stelling continued. “We are pleased with the integration results to date, and confident in the ability of our combined company to create value for customers, communities, and shareholders.”

Fourth Quarter Financial Results

Balance Sheet

  • Total loans ended the quarter at $25.95 billion, up $369.5 million or 5.7% annualized from the previous quarter and up $1.16 billion or 4.7% as compared to the fourth quarter 2017.
    • Commercial and industrial loans grew by $277.9 million or 8.8% annualized from the previous quarter and $757.6 million or 6.3% as compared to the fourth quarter 2017.
    • Consumer loans grew by $239.8 million or 14.9% annualized from the previous quarter and $771.2 million or 13.2% as compared to the fourth quarter 2017.
    • Commercial real estate loans declined by $147.9 million or 8.7% annualized from the previous quarter and $370.8 million or 5.3% as compared to the fourth quarter 2017.
  • Total average loans were $25.63 billion, up $303.7 million or 4.8% annualized from the previous quarter and up $1.01 billion or 4.1% from the fourth quarter 2017.
  • Total average deposits for the quarter were $26.92 billion, up $532.8 million or 8.0% annualized from the previous quarter and up $634.1 million or 2.4% as compared to the fourth quarter 2017.
    • Excluding average brokered deposits, average deposits increased $681.0 million or 11.0% annualized from the previous quarter and $1.21 billion or 5.0% compared to the fourth quarter 2017.

Core Performance

  • Total revenues were $365.9 million, up $2.6 million from the previous quarter and up $26.9 million or 7.9% from the fourth quarter 2017.
    • Adjusted total revenues were $368.2 million, up $5.2 million or 1.4% from the previous quarter and up $29.0 million or 8.5% from the fourth quarter 2017.
  • Net interest income was $297.9 million, up $6.3 million or 2.2% from the previous quarter and up $28.2 million or 10.5% from the fourth quarter 2017.
  • Net interest margin was 3.92%, up 3 basis points from the previous quarter. Yield on earning assets was 4.69%, up 11 basis points from the previous quarter, and the cost of funds was 0.81%, up 8 basis points from the previous quarter.
  • Total non-interest income was $68.0 million, down $3.7 million from the previous quarter and down $1.4 million from the fourth quarter 2017.
    • Adjusted non-interest income was $70.1 million, a decrease of 1.6% from the previous quarter and an increase of 1.2% from the prior-year quarter.
  • Core banking fees2 were $36.8 million, an increase of $1.1 million or 3.1% from the previous quarter and up $1.2 million or 3.5% from the fourth quarter 2017.
  • Fiduciary and asset management fees, brokerage revenue, and insurance revenues were $24.6 million, an increase of $679 thousand or 2.8% from the prior quarter, and up $2.8 million or 13.0% as compared to the fourth quarter 2017.
  • Total non-interest expense was $209.9 million, down $10.4 million or 4.7% from the previous quarter, and down $16.6 million or 7.3% from the fourth quarter 2017. Third quarter 2018 included $11.7 million of earnout liability adjustments from the Global One acquisition and $6.7 million of FCB merger-related expense.
    • Adjusted non-interest expense was $206.1 million, up $4.5 million or 2.2% from the previous quarter and up $5.0 million or 2.5% as compared to the fourth quarter 2017. The sequential quarter increase includes a $3.0 million increase in consulting fees and a $3.1 million increase in advertising expense, partially offset by a $1.7 million decline in FDIC insurance expense.
  • Efficiency ratio for the fourth quarter 2018 was 57.34% as compared to 60.62% in the previous quarter and 66.77% in the fourth quarter 2017.
    • Adjusted efficiency ratio for the fourth quarter 2018 was 55.98% as compared to 55.55% in the previous quarter and 59.29% in the fourth quarter 2017.

Credit Quality

  • Non-performing loans were $106.7 million at December 31, 2018, down $1.7 million or 1.6% from the previous quarter and down $8.8 million or 7.6% from December 31, 2017. The non-performing loan ratio was 0.41% at December 31, 2018, as compared to 0.42% at the end of the previous quarter and 0.47% at December 31, 2017.
  • Total non-performing assets were $114.5 million at December 31, 2018, down $2.5 million or 2.2% from the previous quarter and down $16.1 million or 12.4% from December 31, 2017. The non-performing asset ratio was 0.44% at December 31, 2018, down 2 basis points from the previous quarter and down 9 basis points from December 31, 2017.
  • Net charge-offs were $13.0 million in the fourth quarter 2018, down $2.2 million or 14.5% from the previous quarter. The annualized net charge-off ratio was 0.20% in the fourth quarter as compared to 0.24% in the previous quarter.
  • Total delinquencies (consisting of loans 30 or more days past due and still accruing) were 0.22% of total loans at December 31, 2018, down 9 basis points from the previous quarter and up 1 basis point from December 31, 2017.

Capital Ratios1

  • Common Equity Tier 1 ratio was 10.04% at December 31, 2018, compared to 9.90% at September 30, 2018.
  • Tier 1 Capital ratio was 10.70% at December 31, 2018, compared to 10.57% at September 30, 2018.
  • Total Risk-Based Capital ratio was 12.47% at December 31, 2018, compared to 12.36% at September 30, 2018.
  • Tier 1 Leverage ratio was 9.60% at December 31, 2018, compared to 9.58% at September 30, 2018.
  • Tangible Common Equity to Tangible Assets ratio was 8.81% at December 31, 2018, compared to 8.68% at September 30, 2018.

Capital Management

  • During the fourth quarter, the Company repurchased $40 million in common stock as part of the $25 million repurchase program announced in December 2018 and the $150 million share repurchase program announced in January 2018. Share repurchases in 2018 totaled $175 million and resulted in a reduction of 3.7 million shares, a 3.1% share count reduction from December 31, 2017.
  • Additionally, the Board of Directors authorized a new share repurchase program3 of up to $400 million of the Company’s common stock to be executed during 2019. The company currently expects to repurchase $300-$350 million under this authorization in 2019.
  • The Board of Directors also approved a 20% increase in the Company’s quarterly common stock dividend from $0.25 to $0.30 per share, effective with the quarterly dividend3 payable in April 2019.

FCB Fourth Quarter Information

  • FCB reported net income of $41.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 and diluted earnings per share of $0.87.
  • Net interest income was $94.9 million in the quarter and non-interest income was $9.6 million.
  • Non-interest expense in the quarter was $38.2 million.
  • Net interest margin in the fourth quarter of 2018 was 3.15% and the efficiency ratio was 36.22%.
  • Return on average assets was 1.32% in the quarter.
  • Tangible common equity ratio in the quarter was 10.14%.
  • Total assets at December 31, 2018, were $12.53 billion, total loans were $9.42 billion, and total deposits were $10.89 billion.

Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Synovus will host an earnings highlights conference call at 8:30 a.m. EDT on January 15, 2019. The earnings call will be accompanied by a slide presentation. Shareholders and other interested parties may listen to this conference call via simultaneous Internet broadcast. For a link to the webcast, go to investor.synovus.com/event. The replay will be archived for 12 months and will be available 30-45 minutes after the call.

1 December 31, 2018, capital ratios are preliminary.

2 Include service charges on deposit accounts, bankcard fees, letter of credit fees, ATM fee income, line of credit non-usage fees, gains from sales of government guaranteed loans, and miscellaneous other service charges.

3 Capital actions expected in 2019 are subject to customary regulatory approval pursuant to Regulation Q: 12 CFR Part 217.20.

Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $45 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services through 300 branches in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Synovus Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synovus, was named one of American Banker’s “Best Banks to Work For” in 2018 and has been recognized as one of the country’s 10 “Most Reputable Banks” by American Banker and the Reputation Institute for four consecutive years. Synovus is on the web at synovus.com, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and certain of our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission contain statements that constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of, and subject to the protections of, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. You can identify these forward-looking statements through Synovus’ use of words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “assumes,” “should,” “predicts,” “could,” “would,” “intends,” “targets,” “estimates,” “projects,” “plans,” “potential” and other similar words and expressions of the future or otherwise regarding the outlook for Synovus’ future business and financial performance and/or the performance of the banking industry and economy in general. These forward-looking statements include, among others, our expectations regarding deposit growth, loan growth and the net interest margin; expectations on our growth strategy, strategic transactions, expense initiatives, capital management and future profitability; expectations on credit trends and key credit metrics; and the assumptions underlying our expectations. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Synovus to be materially different from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the information known to, and current beliefs and expectations of, Synovus’ management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements in this press release. Many of these factors are beyond Synovus’ ability to control or predict.

These forward-looking statements are based upon information presently known to Synovus’ management and are inherently subjective, uncertain and subject to change due to any number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the risks and other factors set forth in Synovus’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, under the captions “Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” and in Synovus’ quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. We believe these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date that they are made. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as otherwise may be required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The measures entitled adjusted non-interest income; adjusted non-interest expense; adjusted total revenues; adjusted efficiency ratio; adjusted earnings per diluted share; adjusted return on average assets; adjusted return on average common equity; tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio; and common equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio (fully phased-in) are not measures recognized under GAAP and therefore are considered non-GAAP financial measures. The most comparable GAAP measures to these measures are total non-interest income; total non-interest expense; total revenues; efficiency ratio; earnings per diluted common share; return on average assets; return on average common equity; the ratio of total shareholders' equity to total assets; and the CET1 ratio, respectively.

Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful additional information about Synovus to assist management and investors in evaluating Synovus’ operating results, financial strength, the performance of its business, and the strength of its capital position. However, these non-GAAP financial measures have inherent limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analyses of operating results or capital position as reported under GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as additional views of the way our financial measures are affected by significant items and other factors, and since they are not required to be uniformly applied, they may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures at other companies. Adjusted total revenues and adjusted non-interest income are measures used by management to evaluate total revenues and non-interest income exclusive of net investment securities gains (losses), changes in the fair value of private equity investments, net, and the Cabela’s transaction fee. Adjusted non-interest expense and the adjusted efficiency ratio are measures utilized by management to measure the success of expense management initiatives focused on reducing recurring controllable operating costs. Adjusted earnings per diluted share, adjusted return on average assets, and adjusted return on average common equity are measures used by management to evaluate operating results exclusive of items that are not indicative of ongoing operations and impact period-to-period comparisons. The tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio and common equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio (fully phased-in) are used by management and bank regulators to assess the strength of our capital position. The computations of these measures are set forth in the tables below.

 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
                               
(dollars in thousands) 4Q18 3Q18 4Q17 2018 2017
Adjusted non-interest income
Total non-interest income $ 67,991 $ 71,668 $ 69,353 $ 280,093 $ 345,327
Subtract: Cabela's Transaction Fee (75,000 )
Add: Investment securities losses, net 1,296 289
Add/subtract: Decrease (increase) in fair value of private equity investments, net 2,084   (434 ) (100 ) 4,743   3,093  
Adjusted non-interest income $ 70,075   $ 71,234   $ 69,253   $ 286,132   $ 273,709  
 
Adjusted non-interest expense
Total non-interest expense $ 209,922 $ 220,297 $ 226,533 $ 829,455 $ 821,313
Subtract: Discounts to fair value for ORE accelerated dispositions (7,082 )
Subtract: Asset impairment charges related to accelerated disposition of corporate real estate and other properties (1,168 )
Subtract: Earnout liability adjustments (11,652 ) (1,700 ) (11,652 ) (3,759 )
Subtract: Merger-related expense (3,381 ) (6,684 ) (10,065 ) (110 )
Subtract/add: Litigation settlement/contingency expense (300 ) 4,026 (701 )
Subtract/add: Restructuring charges, net (140 ) (21 ) 29 51 (7,014 )
Subtract: Amortization of intangibles (292 ) (292 ) (292 ) (1,167 ) (1,059 )
Subtract: Fair value adjustment to Visa derivative (2,328 )
Subtract: Loss on early extinguishment of debt     (23,160 )   (23,160 )
Adjusted non-interest expense $ 206,109   $ 201,648   $ 201,110   $ 808,320   $ 777,260  
 
Adjusted total revenues and adjusted efficiency ratio
Adjusted non-interest expense $ 206,109 $ 201,648 $ 201,110 $ 808,320 $ 777,260
Net interest income 297,933 291,619 269,712 1,148,413 1,023,309
Add: Tax equivalent adjustment 181 136 234 553 1,124
Add: Total non-interest income 67,991 71,668 69,353 280,093 345,327
Add: Investment securities losses, net       1,296   289  
Total FTE revenues 366,105 363,423 339,299 1,430,355 1,370,049
Subtract: Cabela's Transaction Fee (75,000 )
Add/subtract: Decrease (increase) in fair value of private equity investments, net 2,084   (434 ) (100 ) 4,743   3,093  
Adjusted total revenues $ 368,189   $ 362,989   $ 339,199   $ 1,435,098   $ 1,298,142  
Efficiency ratio 57.34 % 60.62 % 66.77 % 57.99 % 59.95 %
Adjusted efficiency ratio 55.98   55.55   59.29   56.33   59.87  
 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures, continued
                               
(in thousands, except per share data) 4Q18 3Q18 4Q17 2018 2017
Adjusted Return on Average Assets
Net income $ 105,070 $ 109,059 $ 29,606 $ 428,476 $ 275,474
Subtract: Cabela's Transaction Fee (75,000 )
Add: Provision expense on loans transferred to held-for-sale 27,710
Add: Discounts to fair value for ORE accelerated dispositions 7,082
Add: Asset impairment charges related to accelerated disposition of corporate real estate and other properties 1,168
Subtract/add: Income tax (benefit) expense, net related to Federal Tax Reform, SAB 118, State Tax Reform, and adjusted portion of other discrete items (9,865 ) 42,334 (9,148 ) 42,334
Add: Earnout liability adjustments 11,652 1,700 11,652 3,759
Add: Merger-related expense 3,381 6,684 10,065 110
Add/subtract: Litigation settlement/contingency expense 300 (4,026 ) 701
Add/subtract: Restructuring charges, net 140 21 (29 ) (51 ) 7,014
Add: Amortization of intangibles 292 292 292 1,167 1,059
Add: Fair value adjustment to Visa derivative 2,328
Add: Loss on early extinguishment of debt 23,160 23,160
Add: Investment securities losses, net 1,296 289
Add/subtract: Decrease (increase) in fair value of private equity investments, net 2,084 (434 ) (100 ) 4,743 3,093
Subtract/add: Tax effect of adjustments (591 ) 27   (8,740 ) (1,283 ) 1,337  
Adjusted net income $ 110,376 $ 117,436 $ 88,523 $ 445,219 $ 319,290
Net income annualized $ 416,854 $ 432,680 $ 117,459 $ $
Adjusted net income annualized $ 437,905 $ 465,915 $ 351,205 $ $
Total average assets $ 32,190,303 $ 31,725,604 $ 31,388,724 $ 31,668,847 $ 30,787,288
Return on average assets 1.29 % 1.36 % 0.37 % 1.35 % 0.89 %
Adjusted return on average assets 1.36   1.47   1.12   1.41   1.04  
 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures, continued
                               
(in thousands, except per share data) 4Q18 3Q18 4Q17 2018 2017
Adjusted net income per common share, diluted and adjusted return on average common equity
Net income available to common shareholders $ 101,919 $ 99,330 $ 27,046 $ 410,478 $ 265,236
Subtract: Cabela's Transaction Fee (75,000 )
Add: Provision expense on loans transferred to held-for-sale 27,710
Add: Discounts to fair value for ORE accelerated dispositions 7,082
Add: Asset impairment charges related to accelerated disposition of corporate real estate and other properties 1,168
Subtract/add: Income tax (benefit) expense, net related to Federal Tax Reform, SAB 118, State Tax Reform, and adjusted portion of other discrete items (9,865 ) 42,334 (9,148 ) 42,334
Add: Preferred stock redemption charge 4,020 4,020
Add: Earnout liability adjustments 11,652 1,700 11,652 3,759
Add: Merger-related expense 3,381 6,684 10,065 110
Add/subtract: Litigation settlement/contingency expense 300 (4,026 ) 701
Add/subtract: Restructuring charges, net 140 21 (29 ) (51 ) 7,014
Add: Amortization of intangibles 292 292 292 1,167 1,059
Add: Fair value adjustment to Visa derivative 2,328
Add: Loss on early extinguishment of debt 23,160 23,160
Add: Investment securities losses, net 1,296 289
Add/subtract: Decrease (increase) in fair value of private equity investments, net 2,084 (434 ) (100 ) 4,743 3,093
Subtract/add: Tax effect of adjustments (591 ) 27   (8,740 ) (1,283 ) 1,337  
Adjusted net income available to common shareholders $ 107,225 $ 111,727 $ 85,963 $ 431,241 $ 309,052
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted 116,986 118,095 120,182 118,378 122,012
Net income per common share, diluted $ 0.87 $ 0.84 $ 0.23 $ 3.47 $ 2.17
Adjusted net income per common share, diluted 0.92   0.95   0.72   3.64   2.53  
 
Net income available to common shareholders' annualized $ 404,353 $ 394,081 $ 107,302 $ $
Adjusted net income available to common shareholders' annualized $ 425,404 $ 443,265 $ 341,049 $ $
Total average shareholders' equity less preferred stock $ 2,837,740 $ 2,824,707 $ 2,851,523 $ 2,821,311 $ 2,844,570
Return on average common equity 14.25 % 13.95 % 3.76 % 14.55 % 9.32 %
Adjusted return on average common equity 14.99   15.69   11.96   15.29   10.86  
 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures, continued                    
December 31, September 30, December 31,
(dollars in thousands) 2018 2018 2017
Tangible Common Equity to Tangible Assets Ratio
 
Total assets $ 32,669,192 $ 32,075,120 $ 31,221,837
Subtract: Goodwill (57,315 ) (57,315 ) (57,315 )
Subtract: Other intangible assets, net (9,875 ) (10,166 ) (11,254 )
Tangible assets $ 32,602,002   $ 32,007,639   $ 31,153,268  
 
Total shareholders’ equity $ 3,133,602 $ 3,040,073 $ 2,961,566
Subtract: Goodwill (57,315 ) (57,315 ) (57,315 )
Subtract: Other intangible assets, net (9,875 ) (10,166 ) (11,254 )
Subtract: Preferred Stock, no par value (195,140 ) (195,138 ) (125,980 )
Tangible common equity $ 2,871,272   $ 2,777,454   $ 2,767,017  
Total shareholders’ equity to total assets ratio 9.59 % 9.48 % 9.49 %
Tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio 8.81   8.68   8.88  
 
                   
December 31, September 30, December 31,
(dollars in thousands) 2018 2018 2017
Common equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio (fully phased-in)
Common equity Tier 1 (CET1) $ 2,897,998 $ 2,846,416 $ 2,763,168
Subtract: Adjustment related to capital components (2,720 ) (2,784 ) (17,147 )
CET1 (fully phased-in) $ 2,895,278 $ 2,843,632 $ 2,746,021
Total risk-weighted assets $ 28,871,478 $ 28,738,381 $ 27,667,906
Total risk-weighted assets (fully phased-in) $ 28,948,308 $ 28,844,942 $ 27,791,929
Common equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio 10.04 % 9.90 % 9.99 %
Common equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio (fully phased-in) 10.00   9.86   9.88  
 
 
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INCOME STATEMENT DATA
(Unaudited)       Twelve Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) December 31,
2018     2017     % Change
 
Interest income $ 1,344,305 1,162,497 15.6 %
Interest expense 195,892   139,188   40.7  
 
 
Net interest income 1,148,413 1,023,309 12.2
Provision for loan losses 51,697   67,185   (23.1 )
 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 1,096,716   956,124   14.7  
 
Non-interest income:
Service charges on deposit accounts 80,840 81,419 (0.7 )
Fiduciary and asset management fees 54,685 50,485 8.3
Card fees 42,503 39,376 7.9
Brokerage revenue 36,567 29,705 23.1
Mortgage banking income 18,958 22,798 (16.8 )
Income from bank-owned life insurance 15,403 13,460 14.4
Cabela's Transaction Fee 75,000 nm
Decrease in fair value of private equity investments, net (4,743 ) (3,093 ) nm
Investment securities losses, net (1,296 ) (289 ) nm
Other fee income 19,974 20,168 (1.0 )
Other non-interest income 17,202   16,298   5.5  
 
Total non-interest income 280,093   345,327   (18.9 )
 
Non-interest expense:
Salaries and other personnel expense 453,420 433,321 4.6
Net occupancy and equipment expense 130,482 119,964 8.8
Third-party processing expense 58,625 54,708 7.2
FDIC insurance and other regulatory fees 24,494 27,011 (9.3 )
Professional fees 26,737 26,232 1.9
Advertising expense 20,881 22,948 (9.0 )
Foreclosed real estate expense, net 2,204 12,540 (82.4 )
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 23,160 nm
Earnout liability adjustments 11,652 5,466 113.2
Merger-related expense 10,065 110 nm
Amortization of intangibles 1,167 1,059 10.2
Fair value adjustment to Visa derivative 2,328 nm
Litigation settlement/contingency expense (4,026 ) 701 nm
Restructuring charges, net (51 ) 7,014 nm
Other operating expenses 91,477   87,079   5.1  
 
Total non-interest expense 829,455   821,313   1.0  
 
 
Income before income taxes 547,354 480,138 14.0
Income tax expense 118,878   204,664   (41.9 )
 
Net income 428,476 275,474 55.5
 
Less: Preferred stock dividends and redemption charge 17,998   10,238   75.8  
 
 
Net income available to common shareholders $ 410,478   265,236   54.8  
 
 
Net income per common share, basic $ 3.49 2.19 59.4 %
 
Net income per common share, diluted 3.47 2.17 59.5
 
Cash dividends declared per common share 1.00 0.60 66.7
 
Return on average assets* 1.35 % 0.89 46bps
Return on average common equity* 14.55 9.32 523
 
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic 117,644 121,162 (2.9 )%
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted 118,378 122,012 (3.0 )
 
nm - not meaningful
bps - basis points
* - ratios are annualized
 
 
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INCOME STATEMENT DATA
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)       2018     2017
                           
Fourth     Third     Second     First Fourth     Year/Year
Quarter     Quarter     Quarter     Quarter Quarter     % Change
 
Interest income $ 357,394 343,942 329,834 313,134 306,934 16.4 %
Interest expense 59,461   52,323 45,257   38,850   37,222   59.7  
 
 
Net interest income 297,933 291,619 284,577 274,284 269,712 10.5
Provision for loan losses 12,148   14,982 11,790   12,776   8,565   41.8  
 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 285,785   276,637 272,787   261,508   261,147   9.4  
 
 
Non-interest income:
Service charges on deposit accounts 20,320 20,582 19,999 19,940 20,371 (0.3 )
Fiduciary and asset management fees 13,805 13,462 13,983 13,435 13,195 4.6
Card fees 10,862 10,608 10,833 10,199 9,762 11.3
Brokerage revenue 9,643 9,329 8,900 8,695 7,758 24.3
Mortgage banking income 3,781 5,290 4,839 5,047 5,647 (33.0 )
Income from bank-owned life insurance 3,682 3,771 3,733 4,217 3,900 (5.6 )
(Decrease)/increase in fair value of private equity investments, net (2,084 ) 434 (37 ) (3,056 ) 100 nm
Investment securities losses, net (1,296 )
Other fee income 5,587 4,510 5,259 4,618 4,041 38.3
Other non-interest income 2,395   3,682 7,174   3,951   4,579   (47.7 )
 
Total non-interest income 67,991   71,668 73,387   67,046   69,353   (2.0 )
 
 
 
Non-interest expense:
Salaries and other personnel expense 113,496 114,341 111,863 113,720 111,242 2.0
Net occupancy and equipment expense 34,260 32,088 32,654 31,480 30,127 13.7
Third-party processing expense 14,803 14,810 15,067 13,945 14,826 (0.2 )
FDIC insurance and other regulatory fees 4,728 6,430 6,543 6,793 6,288 (24.8 )
Professional fees 8,650 6,298 6,284 5,505 6,184 39.9
Advertising expense 6,834 3,735 5,220 5,092 8,080 (15.4 )
Foreclosed real estate expense, net 1,095 360 (107 ) 856 1,693 (35.3 )
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 23,160 nm
Earnout liability adjustments 11,652 1,700 nm
Merger-related expense 3,381 6,684 nm
Amortization of intangibles 292 292 292 292 292
Fair value adjustment to Visa derivative 2,328
Litigation settlement/contingency expense (1,400 ) (2,626 ) 300 nm
Restructuring charges, net 140 21 103 (315 ) (29 ) nm
Other operating expenses 22,243   23,586 25,210   20,437   22,670   (1.9 )
 
Total non-interest expense 209,922   220,297 204,057   195,179   226,533   (7.3 )
 
 
 
Income before income taxes 143,854 128,008 142,117 133,375 103,967 38.4
Income tax expense 38,784   18,949 30,936   30,209   74,361   (47.8 )
 
Net income 105,070 109,059 111,181 103,166 29,606 254.9
 
Less: Preferred stock dividends and redemption charge 3,151   9,729 2,559   2,559   2,560   23.1  
 
Net income available to common shareholders $ 101,919   99,330 108,622   100,607   27,046   276.8  
 
Net income per common share, basic $ 0.88 0.85 0.92 0.85 0.23 286.5 %
 
Net income per common share, diluted 0.87 0.84 0.91 0.84 0.23 287.2
 
Cash dividends declared per common share 0.25 0.25 0.25 0.25 0.15 66.7
 
Return on average assets * 1.29 % 1.36 1.42 1.34 0.37 92bps
Return on average common equity * 14.25 13.95 15.39 14.62 3.76 1,049
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic 116,303 117,241 118,397 118,666 119,282 (2.5 )%
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted 116,986 118,095 119,139 119,321 120,182 (2.7 )
 
nm - not meaningful
bps - basis points
* - ratios are annualized
 
 
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BALANCE SHEET DATA December 31, 2018 September 30, 2018 December 31, 2017
(Unaudited)
 
(In thousands, except share data)
 
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks $ 468,426 436,540 397,848
Interest-bearing funds with Federal Reserve Bank 641,476 515,493 460,928
Interest earning deposits with banks 19,841 34,470 26,311
Federal funds sold and securities purchased under resale agreements 13,821   25,430   47,846  
Cash and cash equivalents 1,143,564 1,011,933 932,933
 
Mortgage loans held for sale, at fair value 37,129 37,276 48,024
Investment securities available for sale, at fair value 3,991,632 3,883,574 3,987,069
 
Loans, net of deferred fees and costs 25,946,573 25,577,116 24,787,464
Allowance for loan losses (250,555 ) (251,450 ) (249,268 )
Loans, net 25,696,018   25,325,666   24,538,196  
 
Cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance 554,134 551,061 540,958
Premises and equipment, net 434,307 431,012 426,813
Goodwill 57,315 57,315 57,315
Other intangible assets 9,875 10,166 11,254
Deferred tax assets, net 141,134 185,116 165,788
Other assets 604,084   582,001   513,487  
 
Total assets $ 32,669,192   32,075,120   31,221,837  
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities:
Deposits:
Non-interest-bearing deposits $ 7,650,967 7,628,736 7,686,339
Interest-bearing deposits 19,069,355   18,804,922   18,461,561  
 
Total deposits 26,720,322 26,433,658 26,147,900
 
Federal funds purchased and securities sold under repurchase agreements 237,692 191,145 161,190
Other short-term borrowings 650,000 478,540 100,000
Long-term debt 1,657,157 1,656,909 1,606,138
Other liabilities 270,419   274,795   245,043  
 
Total liabilities 29,535,590   29,035,047   28,260,271  
 
 
Shareholders' equity:
Series D Preferred Stock - no par value. Authorized 100,000,000 shares; 8,000,000 shares issued and outstanding at December 31,2018 and September 30, 2018 195,140 195,138
 
Series C Preferred Stock - no par value. 5,200,000 outstanding at December 31, 2017 125,980
 
Common stock - $1.00 par value. Authorized 342,857,143 shares; 143,300,449 issued at December 31, 2018, 143,093,317 issued at September 30, 2018, and 142,677,449 issued at December 31, 2017; 115,865,510 outstanding at December 31, 2018, 116,714,463 outstanding at September 30, 2018 and 118,897,295 outstanding at December 31, 2017 143,300 143,093 142,678
 
Additional paid-in capital 3,060,561 3,049,233 3,043,129
 
Treasury stock, at cost – 27,434,939 shares at December 31, 2018, 26,378,854 shares at September 30, 2018, and 23,780,154 shares at December 31. 2017 (1,014,746 ) (974,478 ) (839,674 )
 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net (94,420 ) (143,720 ) (54,754 )
 
Retained Earnings 843,767   770,807   544,207  
 
Total shareholders’ equity 3,133,602   3,040,073   2,961,566  
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 32,669,192   32,075,120   31,221,837  
 
 
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AVERAGE BALANCES AND YIELDS/RATES (1)
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
      2018     2017
Fourth     Third     Second     First Fourth
Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter
Interest Earning Assets
Taxable investment securities (2) $ 4,073,685 4,061,239 4,077,564 4,097,162 3,937,278
Yield 2.45 % 2.38 2.34 2.34 2.29
Tax-exempt investment securities(2)(4) $ 89 115 140 180
Yield (taxable equivalent) % 5.91 6.87 6.57 7.97
Trading account assets(5) $ 7,493 16,646 23,772 8,167 7,360
Yield 1.90 % 2.52 2.79 2.66 2.78
Commercial loans(3)(4) $ 19,150,252 19,025,830 18,857,271 18,963,515 18,935,774
Yield 5.13 % 4.98 4.85 4.64 4.49
Consumer loans(3) $ 6,476,026 6,298,643 6,092,899 5,899,015 5,704,629
Yield 4.85 % 4.80 4.76 4.71 4.54
Allowance for loan losses $ (251,098 ) (251,684 ) (257,966 ) (251,635 ) (252,319 )
Loans, net(3) $ 25,375,180 25,072,789 24,692,204 24,610,895 24,388,084
Yield 5.11 % 4.99 4.88 4.70 4.55
Mortgage loans held for sale $ 36,477 49,030 50,366 38,360 45,353
Yield 4.79 % 4.71 4.42 3.95 3.96
Federal funds sold, due from Federal Reserve Bank, and other short-term investments $ 641,832 544,704 724,537 516,575 922,296
Yield 2.20 % 1.90 1.77 1.48 1.31
Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank Stock(5) $ 162,369 163,568 165,845 177,381 159,455
Yield 4.31 % 4.41   4.63   3.39   4.03  
Total interest earning assets $ 30,297,036 29,908,065 29,734,403 29,448,680 29,460,006
Yield 4.69 % 4.58   4.47   4.31   4.15  
Interest Bearing Liabilities
Interest bearing demand deposits $ 4,692,804 4,701,204 5,001,826 5,032,000 4,976,239
Rate 0.41 % 0.38 0.35 0.31 0.28
Money Market accounts $ 8,050,732 7,936,621 7,791,107 7,561,554 7,514,992
Rate 0.89 % 0.72 0.55 0.43 0.36
Savings deposits $ 815,588 824,935 829,800 811,587 804,853
Rate 0.04 % 0.03 0.03 0.03 0.03
Time deposits under $100,000 $ 1,242,811 1,205,987 1,161,890 1,143,780 1,166,413
Rate 1.16 % 0.99 0.82 0.71 0.70
Time deposits over $100,000 $ 2,478,649 2,273,582 2,021,084 1,895,545 2,004,031
Rate 1.67 % 1.46 1.22 1.02 0.99
Non-maturing brokered deposits $ 349,480 358,277 262,976 424,118 546,413
Rate 2.46 % 2.10 1.94 1.14 0.81
Brokered time deposits $ 1,275,276 1,414,700 1,659,941 1,527,793 1,651,920
Rate 2.03 % 1.94   1.85   1.75   1.63  
Total interest-bearing deposits $ 18,905,340 18,715,306 18,728,624 18,396,377 18,664,861
Rate 0.96 % 0.83 0.70 0.58 0.54
Federal funds purchased and securities sold under repurchase agreements $ 194,370 230,504 207,655 202,226 184,369
Rate 0.18 % 0.25 0.35 0.21 0.15
Other short-term borrowings $ 112,228 146,794 3,024 394,056 3,261
Rate 2.51 % 2.12 2.84 1.52 1.42
Long-term debt $ 1,657,022 1,656,743 1,852,094 1,733,938 1,710,721
Rate 3.06 % 2.87   2.66   2.51   2.67  
Total interest-bearing liabilities $ 20,868,960 20,749,347 20,791,397 20,726,597 20,563,212
Rate 1.12 % 0.99   0.87   0.76   0.72  
Non-interest bearing demand deposits $ 8,014,761 7,672,006 7,539,451 7,391,695 7,621,147
Cost of funds 0.81 % 0.73   0.64   0.56   0.52  
Net interest margin 3.92 % 3.89   3.86   3.78   3.65  
 
Taxable equivalent adjustment $ 181 136 120 116 234
 
(1) Yields and rates are annualized.
(2) Excludes net unrealized gains and losses.
(3) Average loans are shown net of unearned income. Non-performing loans are included.
(4) Reflects taxable-equivalent adjustments, using the statutory federal income tax rate of 35%, in adjusting interest on tax-exempt loans and investment securities to a taxable-equivalent basis.
(5) Included as a component of Other Assets on the consolidated balance sheet.
 
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LOANS OUTSTANDING BY TYPE
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)          
Total Loans Total Loans Linked Quarter Total Loans Year/Year
Loan Type December 31, 2018 September 30, 2018 % Change (1) December 31, 2017 % Change
 
Commercial, Financial, and Agricultural $ 7,449,698 7,281,466 9.2 % $ 7,179,487 3.8 %
Owner-Occupied 5,331,508   5,221,828   8.3   4,844,163   10.1  
 
Total Commercial & Industrial 12,781,206 12,503,294 8.8 12,023,650 6.3
 
Multi-Family 1,208,033 1,330,006 (36.4 ) 1,492,159 (19.0 )
Hotels 704,319 760,885 (29.5 ) 741,703 (5.0 )
Office Buildings 1,451,048 1,368,608 23.9 1,499,834 (3.3 )
Shopping Centers 808,540 815,696 (3.5 ) 791,311 2.2
Warehouses 627,353 679,184 (30.3 ) 581,410 7.9
Other Investment Property 761,658   711,311   28.1   563,648   35.1  
 
Total Investment Properties 5,560,951 5,665,690 (7.3 ) 5,670,065 (1.9 )
 
1-4 Family Construction 174,259 183,044 (19.0 ) 198,200 (12.1 )
1-4 Family Investment Mortgage 505,611   524,152   (14.0 ) 583,419   (13.3 )
 
Total 1-4 Family Properties 679,870 707,196 (15.3 ) 781,619 (13.0 )
 
Commercial Development 60,675 61,608 (6.0 ) 70,062 (13.4 )
Residential Development 93,166 91,578 6.9 114,079 (18.3 )
Land Acquisition 169,829   186,334   (35.1 ) 299,463   (43.3 )
 
Land and Development 323,670   339,520   (18.5 ) 483,604   (33.1 )
 
Total Commercial Real Estate 6,564,491   6,712,406   (8.7 ) 6,935,288   (5.3 )
 
Consumer Mortgages 2,934,235 2,843,244 12.7 2,633,503 11.4
Home Equity Lines 1,515,796 1,465,419 13.6 1,514,227 0.1
Credit Cards 258,245 245,149 21.2 232,676 11.0
Other Consumer Loans 1,916,743   1,831,385   18.5   1,473,451   30.1  
 
Total Consumer 6,625,019   6,385,197   14.9   5,853,857   13.2  
 
Unearned Income (24,143 ) (23,781 ) 6.0   (25,331 ) (4.7 )
 
Total $ 25,946,573   25,577,116   5.7   $ 24,787,464   4.7 %
 
(1) Percentage change is annualized.
 
NON-PERFORMING LOANS COMPOSITION
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
         
Total Total Total
Non-performing