Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq/NGS: PNFP) today reported net income per fully diluted common share of $0.47 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared to net income per fully diluted common share of $0.39 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, an increase of 20.5 percent.
“First quarter was another strong quarter of execution against our targets for soundness, profitability and growth,” said M. Terry Turner, Pinnacle’s president and chief executive officer. “At 0.09 percent, the annualized rate of net charge-offs was back to our pre-recession levels. Our return on average assets of 1.20 percent was an all-time high. Average loans outstanding during the first quarter were also at an all-time high, increasing at an annualized growth rate of approximately 15 percent during the quarter.”
GROWING THE CORE EARNINGS CAPACITY OF THE FIRM:
- Loans at March 31, 2014 were a record $4.182 billion, an increase of $37.2 million from Dec. 31, 2013, and $409.3 million from March 31, 2013, reflecting year-over-year growth of 10.9 percent.
- Average balances of noninterest bearing deposit accounts were $1.129 billion in the first quarter of 2014, down 4.3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 and up 18.5 percent over the same quarter last year.
- Revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 were a record $58.6 million, an increase from $57.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and up 7.3 percent over the $54.7 million for the same quarter last year.
- The firm’s net interest margin for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was 3.76 percent, compared to 3.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 3.90 percent for the same quarter last year.
- Return on average assets was 1.20 percent for the first quarter of 2014, compared to 1.09 percent for the same quarter last year. First quarter 2014 return on tangible common equity amounted to 13.47 percent, compared to first quarter 2013 amount of 12.41 percent.
“Despite the strong growth in average loans outstanding during the quarter, period ending loans for the first quarter of 2014 were up just $37.2 million, less than the average quarterly growth we expect during 2014 but generally in line with our expectations based on historical first quarter performance trends,” Turner said. “We continue to believe we will meet or exceed the three-year loan growth targets we established for 2012-2014.”