Press Release

Synovus Announces Earnings for the Third Quarter 2019

Company Release - 10/22/2019 6:30 AM ET

Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.83, down 1.6% vs. $0.84 in 3Q18

Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.97, up 2.9% vs. $0.94 in3Q18

COLUMBUS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Diluted EPS of $0.83; adjusted diluted EPS of $0.97, down 2.7% sequentially and up 2.9% year-over-year.
  • Period-end loan growth of $279.3 million, or 3.1% annualized, from prior quarter.
  • Non-interest-bearing deposits excluding public funds increased $392.6 million sequentially or 18.2% annualized.
  • Net interest margin of 3.69%, unchanged from the previous quarter. Excluding the impact of purchase accounting adjustments (PAA), net interest margin was 3.42%, down 6 basis points from the prior quarter.
  • Non-interest income declined by $1.0 million from the second quarter but grew $1.1 million or 1.2% sequentially on an adjusted basis.
  • Credit quality metrics remained solid, with non-performing loan (NPL) ratio declining 2 basis points and the non-performing asset (NPA) ratio increasing 3 basis points.
  • Repurchased $343.5 million in common stock during the quarter; year-to-date repurchases total $688.5 million of the $725 million repurchase authorization.
  • Completed $350 million Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E offering on July 1.

Third Quarter Summary

 

Reported

 

Adjusted

(dollars in thousands)

3Q19

 

2Q19

 

3Q18

 

3Q19

 

2Q19

 

3Q18

Net income available to common shareholders

$

127,435

 

 

$

153,034

 

 

$

99,330

 

 

$

149,732

 

 

$

158,892

 

 

$

111,504

 

Diluted earnings per share

0.83

 

 

0.96

 

 

0.84

 

 

0.97

 

 

1.00

 

 

0.94

 

Total loans

36,417,826

 

 

36,138,561

 

 

25,577,116

 

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

Total deposits

37,433,070

 

 

37,966,722

 

 

26,433,658

 

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

Total revenues

491,676

 

 

487,880

 

 

363,423

 

 

494,213

 

 

488,270

 

 

362,989

 

Return on avg assets

1.14

%

 

1.34

%

 

1.36

%

 

1.33

%

 

1.39

%

 

1.47

%

Return on avg common equity

11.36

 

 

13.90

 

 

13.95

 

 

13.35

 

 

14.43

 

 

15.66

 

Return on avg tangible common equity

13.19

 

 

16.09

 

 

14.33

 

 

15.46

 

 

16.70

 

 

16.08

 

Net interest margin

3.69

 

 

3.69

 

 

3.89

 

 

3.42

 

 

3.48

 

 

N/A

Efficiency ratio

56.20

 

 

54.14

 

 

60.62

 

 

51.71

 

 

52.08

 

 

55.55

 

Net charge-off ratio

0.22

 

 

0.13

 

 

0.24

 

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

NPA ratio

0.42

 

 

0.39

 

 

0.46

 

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

“Our team continues to execute on our strategic priorities, with core transaction deposit growth of $525.5 million, strong funded loan production of $2.6 billion, and solid fee income growth led by our mortgage, wealth, and capital markets teams,” said Kessel D. Stelling, Synovus chairman and CEO. “Credit quality remains strong, and we continue to focus on efficiency and expense management, the crisp execution of our FCB acquisition, talent and technology, and growth in our core business and specialty lines.”

Balance Sheet

Loans**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

3Q19

 

2Q19

 

Linked
Quarter
Change

 

Linked
Quarter %
Change*

 

3Q18

 

Year/Year
Change

 

Year/Year
% Change

Commercial & industrial

$

16,445.3

 

 

$

16,247.5

 

 

$

197.7

 

 

4.8

%

 

$

12,503.3

 

 

$

3,942.0

 

 

31.5

%

Commercial real estate

10,286.0

 

 

10,348.4

 

 

(62.4

)

 

(2.4

)

 

6,712.4

 

 

3,573.6

 

 

53.2

 

Consumer

9,709.2

 

 

9,566.1

 

 

143.1

 

 

5.9

 

 

6,385.2

 

 

3,324.0

 

 

52.1

 

Unearned income

(22.7

)

 

(23.6

)

 

0.9

 

 

(15.1

)

 

(23.8

)

 

1.1

 

 

(4.7

)

Total loans

$

36,417.8

 

 

$

36,138.6

 

 

$

279.3

 

 

3.1

%

 

$

25,577.1

 

 

$

10,840.7

 

 

42.4

%

* Annualized

** Amounts may not total due to rounding

  • Total loans ended the quarter at $36.42 billion, up $279.3 million or 3.1% annualized from the previous quarter.
  • Total funded loan production in the quarter was approximately $2.6 billion.
  • Commercial and industrial loans increased $197.7 million from the second quarter, with contributions from middle market, senior housing, health care, premium finance, and ABL teams.
  • Commercial real estate loans declined by $62.4 million from the prior quarter, as payoff activity accelerated.
  • Consumer loan growth was broad-based, with meaningful contributions from mortgage, lending partnerships, and HELOC growth.

Deposits**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

3Q19

 

2Q19

 

Linked
Quarter
Change

 

Linked
Quarter %
Change*

 

3Q18

 

Year/Year
Change

 

Year/Year
% Change

Non-interest-bearing DDA

$

8,970.2

 

 

$

8,577.6

 

 

$

392.6

 

 

18.2

%

 

$

6,936.7

 

 

$

2,033.5

 

 

29.3

%

Interest-bearing DDA

4,714.8

 

 

4,847.2

 

 

(132.4

)

 

(10.8

)

 

3,943.2

 

 

771.6

 

 

19.6

 

Money market

9,212.1

 

 

8,952.9

 

 

259.3

 

 

11.5

 

 

7,536.2

 

 

1,675.9

 

 

22.2

 

Savings

897.3

 

 

891.2

 

 

6.1

 

 

2.7

 

 

816.5

 

 

80.8

 

 

9.9

 

Public funds

3,795.3

 

 

4,351.3

 

 

(556.0

)

 

(50.7

)

 

2,024.7

 

 

1,770.6

 

 

87.5

 

Time deposits

6,647.8

 

 

7,343.0

 

 

(695.2

)

 

(37.6

)

 

3,492.5

 

 

3,155.3

 

 

90.3

 

Brokered deposits

3,195.5

 

 

3,003.5

 

 

192.0

 

 

25.4

 

 

1,683.8

 

 

1,511.7

 

 

89.8

 

Total deposits

$

37,433.1

 

 

$

37,966.7

 

 

$

(533.7

)

 

(5.6

)%

 

$

26,433.7

 

 

$

10,999.4

 

 

41.6

%

* Annualized

** Amounts may not total due to rounding

  • Total deposits ended the quarter at $37.43 billion, down $533.7 million or 5.6% annualized from second quarter 2019.
  • Deposit costs and mix improved in the quarter, with core transaction deposits increasing $525.5 million, while public funds and CDs declined by $556.0 million and $695.2 million, respectively. Core transaction deposits consist of non-interest bearing, NOW/savings, and money market deposits excluding public and brokered funds.
  • Deposit costs peaked in July; core deposit costs, excluding brokered deposits and PAA, declined 1 basis point from the prior quarter to 0.99%.
  • On a period-end basis, non-interest bearing demand deposit accounts grew $392.6 million, or 18.2% annualized from the second quarter, while money market accounts increased $259.3 million, or 11.5% sequentially. Brokered deposits increased $192.0 million from the prior quarter.
  • The loan to deposit ratio for the quarter was 97.3%, up from 95.2% in the prior quarter, and within our targeted range.

Income Statement Summary**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands, except per share data)

3Q19

 

2Q19

 

Linked
Quarter
Change

 

Linked
Quarter %
Change

 

3Q18

 

Year/Year
Change

 

Year/Year
% Change

Net interest income

$

402,097

 

 

$

397,262

 

 

$

4,835

 

 

1.2

%

 

$

291,619

 

 

$

110,478

 

 

37.9

%

Non-interest income

88,760

 

 

89,807

 

 

(1,047

)

 

(1.2

)%

 

71,668

 

 

17,092

 

 

23.8

 

Non-interest expense

276,310

 

 

264,126

 

 

12,184

 

 

4.6

 

 

220,297

 

 

56,013

 

 

25.4

 

Provision expense

27,562

 

 

12,119

 

 

15,443

 

 

127.4

 

 

14,982

 

 

12,580

 

 

84.0

 

Income before taxes

$

186,985

 

 

$

210,824

 

 

$

(23,839

)

 

(11.3

)%

 

$

128,008

 

 

$

58,977

 

 

46.1

%

Income tax expense

51,259

 

 

54,640

 

 

(3,381

)

 

(6.2

)

 

18,949

 

 

32,310

 

 

170.5

 

Preferred stock dividends

8,291

 

 

3,150

 

 

5,141

 

 

163.2

 

 

9,729

 

 

(1,438

)

 

(14.8

)

Net income available to common shareholders

$

127,435

 

 

$

153,034

 

 

$

(25,599

)

 

(16.7

)%

 

$

99,330

 

 

$

28,105

 

 

28.3

%

Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted

154,043

 

 

159,077

 

 

(5,034

)

 

(3.2

)

 

118,095

 

 

35,948

 

 

30.4

%

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.83

 

 

$

0.96

 

 

$

(0.13

)

 

(14.0

)%

 

$

0.84

 

 

$

(0.01

)

 

(1.6

)

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.97

 

 

$

1.00

 

 

$

(0.03

)

 

(2.7

)%

 

$

0.94

 

 

$

0.03

 

 

2.9

 

** Amounts may not total due to rounding

nm - not meaningful

Core Performance

  • Total revenues were $491.7 million in the third quarter, up $3.8 million from the previous quarter.
  • Net interest income increased $4.8 million or 1.2% compared to the prior quarter.
  • Net interest margin was 3.69%, unchanged from the previous quarter, and favorably impacted by $16.1 million of loan accretion, $1.7 million of investment securities accretion, and $11.0 million of deposit premium amortization. Excluding the impact of PAA, net interest margin was 3.42%, down 6 basis points from the prior quarter.
    • The sequential decrease in net interest margin was driven by an 8 basis points decline in total earning asset yields and a 2 basis points decrease in the effective cost of funds.
  • Non-interest income decreased $1.0 million or 1.2% from the prior quarter and increased $17.1 million or 23.8% compared to third quarter 2018. Adjusted non-interest income increased $1.1 million or 1.2% from the second quarter and $20.1 million or 28.2% year-over-year.
    • Capital markets fee income in the quarter was $7.4 million, up $6.2 million from the third quarter of 2018. Mortgage revenues in the quarter were $10.4 million, up $2.4 million or 30.9% from the previous quarter and up $5.1 million or 95.7% year-over-year.
  • Non-interest expense increased $12.2 million or 4.6% from the second quarter due primarily to a $10.5 million increase in the earnout liability associated with our 2016 Global One acquisition and a $4.6 million loss on early extinguishment of debt. Adjusted non-interest expense increased $1.8 million or 0.7% from the prior quarter.
    • The increase in adjusted expenses resulted mainly from merit raises and commission expenses, higher occupancy and equipment expenses, amortization of intangibles, and professional expenses.
  • Provision expense was $27.6 million, a $15.4 million increase from the previous quarter, primarily resulting from charge-offs and the impact of gross loan production.
  • The effective tax rate was 27.4% for the quarter and included a $4.4 million discrete tax item associated with state tax reform.

Capital Ratios

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3Q19

 

 

2Q19

 

3Q18

Common equity Tier 1 capital (CET1) ratio

8.96

%

(1)

 

9.61

%

 

9.90

%

Tier 1 capital ratio

10.27

 

(1)

 

10.09

 

 

10.57

 

Total risk-based capital ratio

12.30

 

(1)

 

12.11

 

 

12.36

 

Tier 1 leverage ratio

9.02

 

(1)

 

8.89

 

 

9.58

 

Tangible common equity ratio(2)

8.04

 

 

 

8.56

 

 

8.68

 

(1) Ratios are preliminary

(2) Non-GAAP measure; see applicable reconciliation

Capital

  • Capital ratios remained strong.
  • As a result of capital actions during the quarter, the Total Risk Based capital ratio increased to 12.30% and the CET1 ratio decreased to 8.96%, consistent with the low end of our operating range.
  • Repurchased $343.5 million in common stock, or 9.6 million shares, during the quarter; year-to-date repurchases total $688.5 million, or 18.8 million shares, of the $725 million repurchase authorization.
    • Share count has declined by 10.7% from January 1, 2019.
  • Completed $350 million Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E offering on July 1.

Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Synovus will host an earnings highlights conference call at 8:30 a.m. EDT on October 22, 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.

Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $48 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services through 298 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 “Most Reputable Banks” by American Banker and the Reputation Institute. 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 our future operating and financial performance, including our outlook for future growth; our expectations regarding net interest income and net interest margin; expectations on our growth strategy, strategic transactions, expense initiatives, capital management and future profitability; expectations on credit quality and performance; 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, 2018, 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 tangible efficiency ratio; adjusted net income available to common shareholders; adjusted earnings per diluted share; adjusted return on average assets; adjusted return on average common equity; return on average tangible common equity; adjusted return on average tangible common equity; tangible common equity ratio; and common equity Tier 1 capital (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-FTE; net income available to common shareholders; 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 capital 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) and gains on sales and changes in the fair value of private equity investments, net. Adjusted non-interest expense and the adjusted tangible efficiency ratio are measures utilized by management to measure the success of expense management initiatives focused on reducing recurring controllable operating costs. Adjusted net income available to common shareholders, 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. Return on average tangible common equity and adjusted return on average tangible common equity are measures used by management to compare Synovus’ performance with other financial institutions because it calculates the return available to common shareholders without the impact of intangible assets and their related amortization, thereby allowing management to evaluate the performance of the business consistently. The tangible common equity ratio and common equity Tier 1 capital (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)

3Q19

 

2Q19

 

3Q18

Adjusted non-interest income

 

 

 

 

 

Total non-interest income

$

88,760

 

 

$

89,807

 

 

$

71,668

 

Add: Investment securities losses, net

3,731

 

 

1,845

 

 

 

Subtract: Gain on sale and fair value increase of private equity investments

(1,194

)

 

(1,455

)

 

(434

)

Adjusted non-interest income

$

91,297

 

 

$

90,197

 

 

$

71,234