City National Corporation ( CYN) F4Q11 Earnings Call January 19, 2011 05:00 PM ET Executives Cary Walker - SVP and Manager of Corporate Communications Russell Goldsmith - President and CEO Chris Carey - CFO Analysts Steven Alexopoulos - JPMorgan Joe Morford - RBC Capital Markets Brian Klock - Keefe, Bruyette & Woods John Pancari - Evercore Partners Jennifer Demba - SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Aaron Deer - Sandler O’Neill & Partners Brett Rabatin - Sterne Agee Steve Scinicariello - UBS Securities Connor Fitzgerald - Bank of America-Merrill Lynch Gary Tenner - D.A. Davidson Brian Klock - Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Operator
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This afternoon, City National issued a news release outlining its fourth quarter and year end 2011 financial results. To take a copy please visit our website at cnb.com. After comments by management today we we’ll open up your call to questions.And now I'll turn the call over to our CEO, Russell Goldsmith. Russell Goldsmith Thank you very much and good afternoon. We appreciate everybody joining us for this quarterly call. As you know, City National just announced a very solid result for 2011. We are very pleased with the performance of City National both in the fourth quarter and throughout 2011. Despite the continuing very low interest rates in the country, continuing margin pressure and they are still slow growing economy, earnings for the fourth quarter at City National grew to $43.9 million or $0.82 a share which is up 11% from the fourth quarter of 2010 on a year-over-year basis, and net income for the year increased quite strongly by 37% to $172 million. I am happy to tell you that assets, revenue and deposits all reached record levels for City National. Loan growth picked up in the second half of the year and credit quality continued to show very strong improvement. You know, sitting here at the end of the year, reflecting back on where City National and the country were just three years ago, we are particularly pleased with how City National has emerged from what has certainly been the worst economy in my lifetime. City National today is bigger, better, safer and stronger than ever before, which I am not sure that everybody would have predicted three years ago. Since the financial crisis began in earnest in the fall of 2008, City National has added on a net basis, 17 banking offices and grown its deposits more than 60% by about $7.7 billion. And of that, our core deposit base is now 96% of our total deposit base, which is quite unusual.
We have essentially taken almost all of the construction risk out of our loan portfolio. We have added 267 colleagues on a net basis, which is almost 10% of our colleague base. Certainly we have added thousands of new clients and grown our capital. We bought four banks from the FDIC, repositioned and strengthened our private bank and our wealth management businesses, grown our physical and digital platforms substantially.Through all of this, City National has had a consistent set of lending practices. We have been open for business in supporting and lending to our clients through this whole period. And we have grown our earning assets by more than 40% over these past three years. And in every quarter of those three years, City National has been profitable. In fact, City National has been profitable in every quarter of the past 19 years. So, we have strengthened our balance sheet, enhanced our reputation, increased our market share, improved what we do for our clients, our shareholders, our colleagues and our communities. Importantly over the past three years and going forward into 2012, City National remains unencumbered by many of the challenges still facing so many banks, especially the very largest ones. City National never loaded up on sub-prime loans, never bought broker mortgages or exotic derivatives. Nor did we fund mortgage backed securities. We do not face foreclosure related legal challenges and we have no exposure to European debt. City National is highly personalized relationship driven client centric value proposition as the private and business bank, our broad product and service offering and the exceptional service, scale and relationships that are 3300 colleagues provide, continue to distinguish City National from other financial institutions, as they have for almost 60 years. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com