Expenses impacted by costs associated with capital plan actions
Non-interest expenses of $884 million increased 5 percent from the prior quarter, including $56 million in costs related to capital plan actions. Excluding these costs 1, non-interest expense declined 2 percent compared to the prior quarter. During the quarter, legal and professional fees as well as credit costs declined and were partially offset by increases in salaries and benefits. Total headcount increased this quarter by 226 positions primarily related to the addition of income-producing associates in the Regions Investment Services division that is part of the Wealth Management line of business.
Asset quality improvement continues
Asset quality continued to improve in the second quarter. The provision for loan losses totaled $31 million, or $113 million less than net charge-offs. Total net charge-offs were $144 million, a decline of 20 percent linked quarter and net charge-offs as a percentage of total average loans was 0.77 percent. The company’s loan loss allowance to non-performing loans coverage ratio was 1.09x and the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans was 2.18 percent as of June 30, 2013.Non-performing assets totaled $1.7 billion and were down $93 million, or 5 percent linked quarter. Non-performing loans, excluding loans held for sale, improved $80 million, or 5 percent linked quarter. Inflows of non-performing loans were $328 million and total delinquencies were down 7 percent. Commercial and investor real estate criticized loans declined 4 percent in the quarter and were down 28 percent year-over-year. Strong capital and solid liquidity As previously mentioned, during the second quarter the company executed a number of transactions that continue to enhance the cost and efficiency of the company’s debt and capital structure. Tier 1 and Tier 1 common 1 capital ratios remained strong, ending the second quarter at an estimated 11.7 percent and 11.2 percent, respectively. The company’s liquidity position at both the bank and the holding company remains solid. As of June 30, 2013, the company’s loan-to-deposit ratio was 81 percent compared to 79 percent in the first quarter. 1 Non-GAAP, refer to pages 8 and 16-17 of the financial supplement to this earnings release. About Regions Financial Corporation Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $119 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,700 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com. Forward-looking statements This release may include forward-looking statements which reflect Regions’ current views with respect to future events and financial performance. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“the Act”) provides a “safe harbor” for forward-looking statements which are identified as such and are accompanied by the identification of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. For these statements, we, together with our subsidiaries, unless the context implies otherwise, claim the protection afforded by the safe harbor in the Act. Forward-looking statements are not based on historical information, but rather are related to future operations, strategies, financial results or other developments. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s expectations as well as certain assumptions and estimates made by, and information available to, management at the time the statements are made. Those statements are based on general assumptions and are subject to various risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the views, beliefs and projections expressed in such statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, those described below:
- The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) became law in July 2010, and a number of legislative, regulatory and tax proposals remain pending. Future and proposed rules may have significant effects on Regions and the financial services industry, the exact nature and extent of which cannot be determined at this time.
- Possible additional loan losses, impairment of goodwill and other intangibles, and adjustment of valuation allowances on deferred tax assets and the impact on earnings and capital.
- Possible changes in interest rates may increase funding costs and reduce earning asset yields, thus reducing margins. Increases in benchmark interest rates could also increase debt service requirements for customers whose terms include a variable interest rate, which may negatively impact the ability of borrowers to pay as contractually obligated.
- Possible adverse changes in general economic and business conditions in the United States in general and in the communities Regions serves in particular.
- Possible changes in the creditworthiness of customers and the possible impairment of the collectability of loans.
- Possible changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies, laws and regulations and other activities of governments, agencies, and similar organizations, may have an adverse effect on business.
- Possible regulations issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or other regulators which might adversely impact Regions’ business model or products and services.
- Regions’ ability to take certain capital actions, including paying dividends and any plans to increase common stock dividends, repurchase common stock under current or future programs, or issue or redeem preferred stock or other regulatory capital instruments, is subject to the review of such proposed actions by the Federal Reserve as part of Regions’ comprehensive capital plan for the applicable period in connection with the regulators’ Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) process and to the acceptance of such capital plan and non-objection to such capital actions by the Federal Reserve.
- Possible stresses in the financial and real estate markets, including possible deterioration in property values.
- Regions’ ability to manage fluctuations in the value of assets and liabilities and off-balance sheet exposure so as to maintain sufficient capital and liquidity to support Regions’ business.
- Regions’ ability to expand into new markets and to maintain profit margins in the face of competitive pressures.
- Regions’ ability to develop competitive new products and services in a timely manner and the acceptance of such products and services by Regions’ customers and potential customers.
- Cyber-security risks, including “denial of service,” “hacking”and “identity theft,” that could adversely affect our business and financial performance, or our reputation.
- Regions’ ability to keep pace with technological changes.
- Regions’ ability to effectively identify and manage credit risk, interest rate risk, market risk, operational risk, legal risk, liquidity risk, reputational risk, counterparty risk, international risk, regulatory risk, and compliance risk.
- Regions’ ability to ensure adequate capitalization which is impacted by inherent uncertainties in forecasting credit losses.
- The cost and other effects of material contingencies, including litigation contingencies, and any adverse judicial, administrative or arbitral rulings or proceedings.
- The effects of increased competition from both banks and non-banks.
- The effects of geopolitical instability and risks such as terrorist attacks.
- Regions’ ability to identify and address data security breaches.
- Possible changes in consumer and business spending and saving habits could affect Regions’ ability to increase assets and to attract deposits.
- The effects of weather and natural disasters such as floods, droughts, wind, tornados and hurricanes, and the effects of man-made disasters.
- Possible downgrades in ratings issued by rating agencies.
- Possible changes in the speed of loan prepayments by Regions’ customers and loan origination or sales volumes.
- Possible acceleration of prepayments on mortgage-backed securities due to low interest rates and the related acceleration of premium amortization on those securities.
- The effects of problems encountered by larger or similar financial institutions that adversely affect Regions or the banking industry generally.
- Regions’ ability to receive dividends from its subsidiaries.
- The effects of the failure of any component of Regions’ business infrastructure which is provided by a third party.
- Changes in accounting policies or procedures as may be required by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other regulatory agencies.
- The effects of any damage to Regions’ reputation resulting from developments related to any of the items identified above.
- Preparation of Regions’ operating budgets
- Monthly financial performance reporting
- Monthly close-out reporting of consolidated results (management only)
- Presentation to investors of company performance