First Citizens BancShares Reports Earnings for Third Quarter 2018

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (BancShares) (Nasdaq: FCNCA) announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Net income for the third quarter of 2018 was $117.3 million, or $9.80 per share, compared to $93.3 million, or $7.77 per share, for the second quarter of 2018, and $67.1 million, or $5.58 per share, for the corresponding period of 2017, according to Frank B. Holding, Jr., chairman of the board. BancShares’ current quarter results generated an annualized return on average assets of 1.33 percent and an annualized return on average equity of 13.41 percent, compared to respective returns of 1.08 percent and 11.00 percent for the second quarter of 2018, and 0.77 percent and 8.10 percent for the third quarter of 2017.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, net income was $310.8 million, or $25.91 per share, compared to $269.3 million, or $22.43 per share, reported for the same period of 2017. Annualized returns on average assets and average equity were 1.20 percent and 12.22 percent, respectively, through September 30, 2018, compared to 1.06 percent and 11.37 percent, respectively, for the same period a year earlier. Year-to-date 2018 earnings included a pre-tax gain of $26.5 million resulting from the extinguishment of Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) debt obligations as well as favorable impacts from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Tax Act). Year-to-date 2017 earnings included pre-tax acquisition gains of $134.7 million recognized in connection with the FDIC-assisted transactions of Guaranty Bank (Guaranty) and Harvest Community Bank (HCB).

THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Loans grew by $347.9 million to $24.89 billion, or by 5.6 percent on an annualized basis, during the third quarter of 2018 primarily as the result of originated portfolio growth.
  • A tax benefit of $15.7 million was recorded during the third quarter of 2018, as a result of updating the original provisional amount recorded for the effects of the Tax Act.
  • Net interest income increased $11.1 million, or by 3.8 percent, compared to the second quarter of 2018. The increase was primarily due to higher loan balances and yields, as well as improved investment yields.
  • The taxable-equivalent net interest margin increased 9 basis points to 3.73 percent, compared to the second quarter of 2018, primarily due to higher loan yields and balances, as well as improved investment yields.
  • BancShares remained well capitalized with a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio and common equity Tier 1 ratio of 13.23 percent, total risk-based capital ratio of 14.57 percent and leverage capital ratio of 10.11 percent at September 30, 2018.
  • BancShares’ acquisition of Capital Commerce Bancorp, Inc. (Capital Commerce) as previously announced in the second quarter of 2018 received all regulatory and shareholder approvals. The transaction closed on October 2, 2018.

LOANS AND DEPOSITS

Loans at September 30, 2018, were $24.89 billion, a net increase of $347.9 million compared to June 30, 2018, representing growth of 5.6 percent on an annualized basis. Growth was primarily related to growth in the commercial mortgage portfolio and was offset by a decline in purchased credit impaired (PCI) loans of $36.3 million.

Loan balances increased by a net $1.29 billion, or 7.3 percent on an annualized basis since December 31, 2017. This increase was primarily driven by $902.9 million of organic growth and $511.6 million in non-PCI loans (balance as of September 30, 2018) acquired in the HomeBancorp, Inc. (HomeBancorp) acquisition on May 1, 2018. The PCI portfolio decreased over this period by $125.0 million.

Deposits at September 30, 2018 were $30.16 billion, a decrease of $245.3 million since June 30, 2018. The decrease was primarily due to declines in money market and interest-bearing checking account balances, offset by growth in demand deposit account balances.

Deposits increased by $897.3 million, or by 3.1 percent, since December 31, 2017, due to organic growth of $367.3 million primarily in demand deposits, savings and interest-bearing checking account balances, as well as the deposit balances acquired from HomeBancorp of $530.0 million (balance as of September 30, 2018). These increases were offset by runoff in time deposits and lower money market account balances.

ALLOWANCE AND PROVISION FOR LOAN AND LEASE LOSSES

The allowance for loan and lease losses was $219.2 million at September 30, 2018, a decrease of $5.7 million and $2.7 million from June 30, 2018, and December 31, 2017, respectively. The allowance as a percentage of total loans at September 30, 2018, was 0.88 percent, down from 0.92 percent and 0.94 percent at June 30, 2018, and December 31, 2017, respectively.

BancShares recorded net provision expense of $840 thousand during the third quarter of 2018, compared to $8.4 million for the second quarter of 2018 and $7.9 million for the third quarter of 2017. The $7.6 million and $7.1 million decrease, respectively, in net provision expense was largely driven by sustained improvements in credit quality, partially offset by loan growth.

NONPERFORMING ASSETS

At September 30, 2018, BancShares’ nonperforming assets, including nonaccrual loans and other real estate owned (OREO), were $130.6 million, down from $133.3 million at June 30, 2018, and $144.3 million at December 31, 2017. The decrease from June 30, 2018, was primarily due to a $3.0 million decline in OREO balances. The decrease from December 31, 2017, was due to a $7.5 million decline in OREO balances and a $6.2 million decrease in nonaccrual loans, primarily in commercial and residential mortgage loans. The decline in OREO balances in both periods was due to sales and write-downs outpacing additions.

NET INTEREST INCOME

Net interest income increased $11.1 million to $307.4 million, or by 3.8 percent, from the second quarter of 2018. The increase was primarily due to higher loan yields and balances, and higher investment yields. These were primarily offset by a decrease in interest income earned on overnight investments.

Net interest income increased $34.2 million, or by 12.5 percent, from the third quarter of 2017. The increase was primarily due to a $25.9 million increase in net loan interest income due to loan growth and improved yields, as well as the contribution from the HomeBancorp acquisition. Net interest income also benefited from improved yields on investment securities and a decline in interest expense largely related to lower borrowing costs due to the debt extinguishments in the first quarter of 2018. These positive drivers were partially offset by a $3.6 million decrease in interest income earned on overnight investments.

The taxable-equivalent net interest margin was 3.73 percent for the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 9 basis points from the second quarter of 2018 and an increase of 38 basis points from the same quarter in the prior year. The margin improvement for both periods was primarily due to improved loan and investment yields, higher loan balances and lower borrowing costs.

NONINTEREST INCOME

Noninterest income decreased by $6.4 million to $94.5 million compared to the second quarter of 2018. The decrease was primarily due to a decline in PCI loan recoveries of $2.4 million, lower FDIC receivable adjustments of $1.2 million and a decrease in wealth management fees of $1.1 million.

Noninterest income decreased by $1.5 million compared to the third quarter of 2017. The decrease was primarily due to lower mortgage income of $2.7 million as a result of a decline in gains on sale of mortgage loans and a decrease in PCI loan recoveries of $2.5 million. These decreases were partially offset by higher wealth management fees of $3.2 million driven primarily by increases in sales volume and assets under management.

NONINTEREST EXPENSE

Noninterest expense increased by $1.5 million to $267.5 million compared to the second quarter of 2018. The increase was largely the result of higher personnel expenses of $3.2 million, offset by a decrease of $1.3 million in merger-related expenses primarily related to the HomeBancorp acquisition.

Noninterest expense increased by $9.9 million compared to the third quarter of 2017. This growth was primarily the result of a $12.4 million increase in personnel expenses and a $2.0 million increase in equipment expenses. These increases were partially offset by a decline in processing fees paid to third parties of $1.9 million primarily due to acquired bank contract terminations and a decrease in other expenses of $1.5 million.

INCOME TAXES

Income tax expense was $16.2 million for the third quarter of 2018, $29.4 million for the second quarter of 2018 and $36.6 million for the third quarter of 2017, representing effective tax rates of 12.1 percent, 24.0 percent and 35.3 percent during the respective periods. The income tax expense and effective tax rate decreases during the third and second quarters of 2018 compared to the third quarter of 2017 were primarily due to the impact of the Tax Act. Additional information was obtained in the third quarter of 2018 affecting the provisional amount initially recorded for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, to account for the effects of the Tax Act. As a result, a tax benefit of $15.7 million was recorded in the third quarter of 2018. The ultimate impact will be finalized in the fourth quarter and may differ due to additional analysis, changes in interpretations and assumptions as well as additional regulatory guidance that may be issued.

ABOUT FIRST CITIZENS BANCSHARES

BancShares is the financial holding company for Raleigh, North Carolina-headquartered First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company (First Citizens Bank). First Citizens Bank provides a broad range of financial services to individuals, businesses, professionals and the medical community through branch offices in 19 states, including digital banking, mobile banking, ATMs and telephone banking. As of September 30, 2018, BancShares had total assets of $34.95 billion.

For more information, visit First Citizens’ website at firstcitizens.com. First Citizens Bank. Forever First®.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  Three months ended   Nine months ended
(Dollars in thousands, except share data; unaudited) September 30, 2018   June 30, 2018   September 30, 2017   September 30, 2018   September 30, 2017
SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS                  
Interest income $ 315,706     $ 303,877     $ 284,333     $ 912,184     $ 817,732  
Interest expense 8,344     7,658     11,158     24,166     32,605  
Net interest income 307,362     296,219     273,175     888,018     785,127  
Provision for loan and lease losses 840     8,438     7,946     16,883     28,501  
Net interest income after provision for loan and lease losses 306,522     287,781     265,229     871,135     756,626  
Gain on acquisitions                 134,745  
Noninterest income excluding gain on acquisitions 94,531     100,927     96,062     318,142     278,605  
Noninterest expense 267,537     265,993     257,642     801,593     749,389  
Income before income taxes 133,516     122,715     103,649     387,684     420,587  
Income taxes 16,198     29,424     36,585     76,844     151,242  
Net income $ 117,318     $ 93,291     $ 67,064     $ 310,840     $ 269,345  
Taxable-equivalent net interest income $ 308,207     $ 297,021     $ 274,272     $ 890,476     $ 788,414  
PER SHARE DATA                  
Net income $ 9.80     $ 7.77     $ 5.58     $ 25.91     $ 22.43  
Cash dividends 0.35     0.35     0.30     1.05     0.90  
Book value at period-end 294.40     286.99     275.91     294.40     275.91  
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET                  
Cash and due from banks $ 262,525     $ 260,525     $ 296,386     $ 262,525     $ 296,386  
Overnight investments 943,025     1,223,311     2,432,233     943,025     2,432,233  
Investment securities 7,040,674     7,190,545     6,992,955     7,040,674     6,992,955  
Loans and leases 24,886,347     24,538,437     23,149,073     24,886,347     23,149,073  
Less allowance for loan and lease losses (219,197 )   (224,865 )   (231,842 )   (219,197 )   (231,842 )
Other assets 2,041,285     2,100,613     1,945,349     2,041,285     1,945,349  
Total assets $ 34,954,659     $ 35,088,566     $ 34,584,154     $ 34,954,659     $ 34,584,154  
Deposits $ 30,163,537     $ 30,408,884     $ 29,333,949     $ 30,163,537     $ 29,333,949  
Other liabilities 1,292,109     1,232,796     1,936,374     1,292,109     1,936,374  
Shareholders’ equity 3,499,013     3,446,886     3,313,831     3,499,013     3,313,831  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 34,954,659     $ 35,088,566     $ 34,584,154     $ 34,954,659     $ 34,584,154  
SELECTED PERIOD AVERAGE BALANCES                  
Total assets $ 34,937,175     $ 34,673,927     $ 34,590,503     $ 34,628,652     $ 34,113,525  
Investment securities 7,129,089     7,091,442     6,906,345     7,091,456     7,033,878  
Loans and leases 24,698,799     24,205,363     22,997,195     24,193,870     22,511,818  
Interest-earning assets 32,886,276     32,669,810     32,555,597     32,627,578     31,991,031  
Deposits 30,237,329     30,100,615     29,319,384     29,939,492     28,982,354  
Interest-bearing liabilities 18,783,160     18,885,168     19,484,663     18,899,001     19,627,222  
Shareholders’ equity $ 3,470,368     $ 3,400,867     $ 3,284,044     $ 3,401,450     $ 3,167,684  
Shares outstanding 11,971,460     12,010,405     12,010,405     11,997,281     12,010,405  
SELECTED RATIOS                  
Annualized return on average assets 1.33 %   1.08 %   0.77 %   1.20 %   1.06 %
Annualized return on average equity 13.41     11.00     8.10     12.22     11.37  
Taxable-equivalent net interest margin 3.73     3.64     3.35     3.65     3.29  
Efficiency ratio (1) 67.33     67.73     70.03     68.49     70.76  
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 13.23     13.06     12.95     13.23     12.95  
Common equity Tier 1 ratio 13.23     13.06     12.95     13.23     12.95  
Total risk-based capital ratio 14.57     14.43     14.34     14.57     14.34  
Leverage capital ratio 10.11     9.99     9.43     10.11     9.43  
(1) The efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure which measures productivity and is generally calculated as noninterest expense divided by total revenue (net interest income and noninterest income). The efficiency ratio removes the impact of BancShares’ securities gains, acquisition gains, one-time gains on extinguishment of debt, fair market value adjustment on marketable equity securities and FDIC shared-loss termination from the calculation. Management uses this ratio to monitor performance and believes this measure provides meaningful information to investors.
 


ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN AND LEASE LOSSES AND ASSET QUALITY DISCLOSURES

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(Dollars in thousands, unaudited) September 30, 2018   June 30, 2018   September 30, 2017   September 30, 2018   September 30, 2017
ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN AND LEASE LOSSES (ALLL)                  
ALLL at beginning of period $ 224,865     $ 223,116     $ 228,798     $ 221,893     $ 218,795  
Provision (credit) for loan and lease losses:                  
PCI loans (1) (1,514 )   161     (537 )   1,000     (810 )
Non-PCI loans (1) 2,354     8,277     8,483     15,883     29,311  
Net charge-offs of loans and leases:                  
Charge-offs (9,447 )   (9,712 )   (8,494 )   (28,856 )   (26,688 )
Recoveries 2,939     3,023     3,592     9,277     11,234  
Net charge-offs of loans and leases (6,508 )   (6,689 )   (4,902 )   (19,579 )   (15,454 )
ALLL at end of period $ 219,197     $ 224,865     $ 231,842     $ 219,197     $ 231,842  
ALLL at end of period allocated to loans and leases:                  
PCI $ 10,909     $ 12,423     $ 12,959     $ 10,909     $ 12,959  
Non-PCI 208,288     212,442     218,883     208,288     218,883  
ALLL at end of period $ 219,197     $ 224,865     $ 231,842     $ 219,197     $ 231,842  
Reserve for unfunded commitments $ 1,089     $ 1,554     $ 1,309     $ 1,089     $ 1,309  
SELECTED LOAN DATA                  
Average loans and leases:                  
PCI $ 652,983     $ 682,521     $ 865,580     $ 689,482     $ 860,408  
Non-PCI 24,045,816     23,522,842     22,131,615     23,504,388     21,651,410  
Loans and leases at period-end:                  
PCI 638,018     674,269     834,167     638,018     834,167  
Non-PCI 24,248,329     23,864,168     22,314,906     24,248,329     22,314,906  
RISK ELEMENTS                  
Nonaccrual loans and leases $ 86,949     $ 86,625     $ 91,081     $ 86,949     $ 91,081  
Other real estate 43,601     46,633     53,988     43,601     53,988  
Total nonperforming assets $ 130,550     $ 133,258     $ 145,069     $ 130,550     $ 145,069  
Accruing loans and leases 90 days or more past due $ 40,713     $ 44,445     $ 68,250     $ 40,713     $ 68,250  
RATIOS                  
Net charge-offs (annualized) to average loans and leases 0.10     0.11     0.08     0.11     0.09  
ALLL to total loans and leases:                  
PCI 1.71     1.84     1.55     1.71     1.55  
Non-PCI 0.86     0.89     0.98     0.86     0.98  
Total 0.88     0.92     1.00     0.88     1.00  
Ratio of total nonperforming assets to total loans, leases and other real estate owned 0.52     0.54     0.63     0.52     0.63  
(1) Loans and leases are evaluated at acquisition and where a discount is noted at least in part due to credit quality, the loans are accounted for under the guidance in ASC Topic 310-30, Loans and Debt Securities Acquired with Deteriorated Credit Quality. Loans for which it is probable at acquisition that all required payments will not be collected in accordance with the contractual terms are considered purchased credit-impaired (PCI) loans. PCI loans and leases are recorded at fair value at the date of acquisition. No allowance for loan and lease losses is recorded on the acquisition date as the fair value of the acquired assets incorporates assumptions regarding credit risk. An allowance is recorded if there is additional credit deterioration after the acquisition date. Non-PCI loans include originated and purchased non-impaired loans.
 


AVERAGE BALANCE AND NET INTEREST MARGIN SUMMARY

  Three months ended  
  September 30, 2018   June 30, 2018   September 30, 2017  
  Average        Yield/   Average        Yield/   Average       Yield/  
(Dollars in thousands, unaudited) Balance   Interest    Rate (2)   Balance   Interest    Rate (2)   Balance   Interest   Rate (2)  
INTEREST-EARNING ASSETS                                    
Loans and leases (1) $ 24,698,799     $ 272,868     4.39   % $ 24,205,363     $ 261,703     4.34   % $ 22,997,195     $ 247,262     4.27   %
Investment securities:                                    
U. S. Treasury 1,504,594     7,104     1.87     1,532,868     7,139     1.87     1,617,153     4,580     1.12    
Government agency 129,634     840     2.59     84,640     468     2.21     41,001     171     1.66    
Mortgage-backed securities 5,266,282     29,160     2.21     5,270,891     28,184     2.14     5,075,795     23,912     1.88    
Corporate bonds and other 121,855     1,609     5.28     94,401     1,298     5.50     62,338     974     6.25    
State, county and municipal             764     8     4.07                
Marketable equity securities 106,724     249     0.93     107,878     267     0.99     110,058     164     0.59    
Total investment securities 7,129,089     38,962     2.18     7,091,442     37,364     2.11     6,906,345     29,801     1.72    
Overnight investments 1,058,388     4,721     1.77     1,373,005     5,612     1.64     2,652,057     8,367     1.25    
Total interest-earning assets $ 32,886,276     $ 316,551     3.83   % $ 32,669,810     $ 304,679     3.75   % $ 32,555,597     $ 285,430     3.48   %
INTEREST-BEARING LIABILITIES                                    
Interest-bearing deposits:                                    
Checking with interest $ 5,177,349     $ 319     0.02   % $ 5,228,803     $ 314     0.02   % $ 4,981,667     $ 255     0.02   %
Savings 2,506,421     210     0.03     2,468,677     194     0.03     2,320,899     173     0.03    
Money market accounts 7,878,484     2,455     0.12     7,989,268     2,125     0.11     8,053,197     1,690     0.08    
Time deposits 2,367,980     2,163     0.36     2,401,434     1,888     0.32     2,559,977     1,721     0.27    
Total interest-bearing deposits 17,930,234     5,147     0.11     18,088,182     4,521     0.10     17,915,740     3,839     0.09    
Repurchase agreements 547,385     398     0.29     516,999     373     0.29     594,344     613     0.41    
Other short-term borrowings 43,720     287     2.57     46,614     448     3.82     86,631     816     3.71    
Long-term obligations 261,821     2,512     3.77     233,373     2,316     3.96     887,948     5,890     2.61    
Total interest-bearing liabilities $ 18,783,160     $ 8,344     0.18     $ 18,885,168     $ 7,658     0.16     $ 19,484,663     $ 11,158     0.22    
Interest rate spread         3.65   %         3.59   %         3.26   %
Net interest income and net yield on interest-earning assets     $ 308,207     3.73   %     $ 297,021     3.64   %     $ 274,272     3.35   %
(1) Loans and leases include PCI and non-PCI loans, nonaccrual loans and loans held for sale.
 
(2) Yields related to loans, leases and securities exempt from both federal and state income taxes, federal income taxes only, or state income taxes only are stated on a taxable-equivalent basis assuming statutory federal income tax rates of 21.0 percent, 21.0 percent and 35.0 percent as well as state income tax rates of 3.4 percent, 3.4 percent and 3.1 percent for the three months ended September 30, 2018, June 30, 2018 and September 30, 2017, respectively. The taxable-equivalent adjustment was $845, $802 and $1,097 for the three months ended September 30, 2018, June 30, 2018 and September 30, 2017, respectively.
 

Contact:
Barbara Thompson
First Citizens BancShares
919.716.2716

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