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City National Corporation's 2013 Net Income Grows To $230.0 Million, Up 11 Percent From 2012; Fourth-Quarter 2013 Net Income Totals $55.1 Million, Up 17 Percent

Loan balances exceed $17 billion for the first time

Deposits grow to all-time high of $25.7 billion

Total assets reach a record $29.7 billion

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- City National Corporation (NYSE:CYN), the parent company of wholly owned City National Bank, today reported full-year 2013 net income of $230.0 million, up 11 percent from $208.0 million in 2012. Earnings per share were $3.99, compared with $3.83 per share in 2012.

Fourth-quarter 2013 net income totaled $55.1 million, up 17 percent from $47.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Earnings per share were $0.95, up 9 percent from $0.87 per share in the year-ago period. Fourth-quarter results included net securities losses of $2.7 million after tax, or $0.05 per share.

City National also announced today that its Board of Directors has increased the company's quarterly common stock cash dividend from $0.25 per share to $0.33 per share, payable on February 19, 2014 to stockholders of record on February 5, 2014.

FOURTH-QUARTER 2013 HIGHLIGHTS
  • Average fourth-quarter loans and leases, excluding those covered by City National's acquisition-related loss-sharing agreements with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), grew to $16.8 billion, up 20 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012. Average commercial loans were up 24 percent from the year-ago period. Period-end loan balances grew to a new record of $17.2 billion at December 31, 2013.  
  • Fourth-quarter deposit balances averaged $25.9 billion, up 11 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012. Average core deposits, which equal 98 percent of total balances, were up 12 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012. Period-end deposit balances grew to a new record of $25.7 billion at December 31, 2013.  
  • Trust and investment fee income grew to $50.6 million, up 15 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012.  For the full year, it was up 27 percent, to $196.5 million. City National's assets under management or administration grew to $64.7 billion, up 13 percent from December 31, 2012.  
  • Net loan recoveries in the fourth quarter of 2013 totaled $14.7 million, compared to net recoveries of $6.8 million in the third quarter of 2013. Excluding FDIC-covered loans, fourth-quarter 2013 results included no provision for loan and lease losses. City National recorded a $7.0 million provision in the fourth quarter of 2012. The company remains appropriately reserved at 1.76 percent of total loans, excluding FDIC-covered loans.  
  • On November 7, 2013, City National issued $100 million of 6.75 percent fixed-to-floating rate non-cumulative preferred stock, Series D, which qualifies as Tier 1 capital.

"2013 was another very good year of robust growth across the company for City National, which has now been profitable for 83 consecutive quarters – almost 21 years," said Chairman and CEO Russell Goldsmith. "Since this month marks the 60 th anniversary of City National Bank, it is fitting that it also marks new record levels of assets, loans, deposits, and investment assets under management as well as a market value in excess of $4 billion for the first time. The company also increased its dividend and maintained its long-standing guideline of paying between 30 percent and 35 percent of prior-year earnings.

"In spite of continuing margin pressure, as expected, from the runoff of covered assets, competitive pressures and the low-rate environment, the strong increase in net income reflects, in part, City National's continuing addition of new clients, a modest increase in loan demand across all sectors of the bank, and very sound and improving credit quality. This income growth occurred even as the company continued to invest significantly in the addition of people, products, technology and new bank branches in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, while still keeping expense levels well contained for the year. The successful integration of City National Rochdale also contributed to the growth and the strong investment performance of City National's expanding wealth management business. 

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