Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF) today reported earnings for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. Key points:
- Reported net income available to common shareholders of $301 million or $0.21 per diluted share as compared to $284 million or $0.20 per diluted share in the second quarter
- Reported net income available to common shareholders from continuing operations was $312 million or $0.22 per diluted share
- Balance sheet reflects commercial loan growth amid continued customer deleveraging
- Loan growth in the middle market commercial and industrial portfolio continued, with average loans up 1.5 percent linked quarter, while consumer loans declined 1.3 percent
- Loan yields were down linked quarter to 4.18 percent or 11 basis points
- Deposit costs declined to 28 basis points down 4 basis points from second quarter and 18 basis points from the prior year
- Funding mix continued to improve as average low cost deposits grew $385 million linked quarter and higher cost time deposits declined $1.6 billion
- Pre-tax pre-provision income1 (PPI) from continuing operations totaled $481 million, a 4 percent decrease from the prior quarter
- Net interest income totaled $817 million, and the resulting net interest margin was 3.08 percent
- Non-interest revenue from continuing operations was $533 million, a 5 percent increase on a linked quarter basis primarily related to an increase in mortgage income
- Total revenue was $1.35 billion, an increase of $5 million linked quarter
- Non-interest expenses from continuing operations totaled $869 million, reflecting a 3 percent increase linked quarter
- Asset quality improved
- Non-performing loans, excluding loans held for sale, declined $31 million or 2 percent linked quarter; inflows of non-performing loans amounted to $463 million
- Net charge-offs were relatively steady linked quarter; loan loss provision of $33 million was $229 million less than net charge-offs
- Business services criticized loans declined $305 million linked quarter or 6 percent
- Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans declined 27 basis points linked quarter to 2.74 percent, while the coverage ratio of non-performing loans decreased 11 basis points to 1.09x
- Strong capital position with an estimated Tier 1 ratio of 11.5 percent and Tier 1 Common ratio1 of 10.5 percent at September 30, 2012
- Liquidity position remains solid with a low loan-to-deposit ratio of 79 percent
- Tangible book value per share was $7.02, an increase of $0.33 from the prior quarter
|Highlights||Three Months Ended:|
|(In millions, except per share data)||September 30, 2012||June 30, 2012||September 30, 2011|
|Net interest income||$817||$838||$850|
|Securities gains / (loss), net||12||12||(1)|
|Other non-interest income||521||495||514|
|Provision for loan losses||33||26||355|
|Income tax expense||136||126||17|
|Income from continuing operations||(A)||312||351||141|
|Income / (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax||(11)||4||14|
|Preferred dividends and accretion||(B)||0||71||54|
|Net income available to common shareholders||$301||$284||$101|
|Income from continuing operations available to common shareholders (A) – (B)||$312||$280||$87|
|Three Months Ended|
|September 30, 2012||June 30, 2012||September 30, 2011|
|Amount/Dil. EPS||Amount/Dil. EPS||Amount/ Dil. EPS|
|Pre-tax Pre-Provision Income (non-GAAP) 1|
|Income from continuing operations available to common shareholders (GAAP) (A) – (B)||$312||$280||$87|
|Plus: Preferred dividends and accretion (GAAP)||0||71||54|
|Plus: Income tax expense (GAAP)||136||126||17|
|Pre-tax income from continuing operations (GAAP)||448||477||158|
|Plus: Provision for loan losses (GAAP)||33||26||355|
|Pre-tax pre-provision income from continuing operations (non-GAAP) 1||$481||$503||$513|
|GAAP to non-GAAP EPS Reconciliation|
|Earnings per share (GAAP)||$0.21||$0.20||$0.08|
|Earnings (loss) per share from discontinued operations (GAAP)||(0.01)||0.00||0.01|
|Earnings per share from continuing operations (GAAP)||$0.22||$0.20||$0.07|
|Three Months Ended|
|September 30, 2012||June 30, 2012||September 30, 2011|
|Net interest margin (FTE)||3.08%||3.16%||3.04%|
|Tier 1 capital||11.5%||11.0%||12.8%|
|Tier 1 common1 risk-based ratio (non-GAAP)||10.5%||10.0%||8.2%|
|Tangible common stockholders’ equity to tangible assets1 (non-GAAP)||8.49%||8.04%||6.48%|
|Tangible common book value per share1 (non-GAAP)||$7.02||$6.69||$6.38|
|Allowance for loan losses as % of net loans||2.74%||3.01%||3.73%|
|Net charge-offs as % of average net loans~||1.38%||1.39%||2.52%|
|Non-accrual loans, excluding loans held for sale, as % of loans||2.50%||2.51%||3.41%|
|Non-performing assets as % of loans, foreclosed properties andnon-performing loans held for sale||2.93%||3.04%||4.23%|
|Non-performing assets (including 90+ past due) as % of loans, foreclosed properties andnon-performing loans held for sale||3.47%||3.57%||4.75%|
|*Tier 1 Common and Tier 1 Capital ratios for the current quarter are estimated. ~Annualized 1 Non-GAAP, refer to pages 8 and 16-19 of the financial supplement to this earnings release|
“As this quarter’s results show, our steady business performance and prudent investments are laying the foundation for long term growth,” said Grayson Hall, president and chief executive officer. “As the financial services industry manages through a prolonged and uneven economic recovery, we remain focused on our customers and finding more ways to help them succeed financially.”Continued growth in middle market commercial and industrial and indirect auto lending partially offset other loan portfolio declines as customers continue to deleverage Strong growth in indirect auto loan production and continued steady performance in commercial and industrial lending partially offset declines driven by anticipated runoff of real estate loans and continued deleveraging among both commercial clients and consumers. Average loans declined 1.3 percent sequentially driven by declines in investor real estate of 6.3 percent and commercial owner occupied loans of 3.1 percent. Investor real estate loan average balances have declined 28 percent since last year. Commercial and industrial loans experienced continued growth in the third quarter, particularly in lending to middle market customers. Average loans in this category were up 1.5 percent compared to the prior quarter and 8.6 percent over last year. Total commercial and industrial commitments grew $986 million, or 3 percent linked quarter, while commercial loan production (including renewals) totaled $11.7 billion, of which $4 billion were new loan originations. Consumer loan production totaled $3 billion in the third quarter, which is an increase of 7 percent over last quarter. Indirect auto loans experienced the highest quarter of loan production since the company re-entered the business with an increase in average balances of 6.3 percent. This was offset by declines in the residential mortgage and home equity portfolios. During the quarter Regions introduced a new home equity loan product to attract a new set of customers that will increase overall home equity production. Regions continues to deepen customer relationships and diversify our consumer loan portfolio through both the expansion of the indirect auto business and re-entry into the credit card business, which the company expects to grow incrementally over time.
The company’s aggregate loan yield was down 11 basis points linked quarter to 4.18 percent. This was primarily driven by the continued low interest rate environment, higher mortgage prepayments and pricing competition. In addition, the previous quarter benefited from significant interest recoveries on loan reversals.Funding mix improvement continues to drive decline in deposit costs Average low-cost deposits grew 0.5 percent linked quarter while higher cost time deposits declined 9.5 percent. This shift drove an improvement in the company’s funding mix during the quarter, as average low-cost deposits as a percentage of total deposits rose to 84 percent compared to 78 percent last year. This positive mix shift resulted in deposit costs declining to 28 basis points for the quarter, down 4 basis points from second quarter and 18 basis points from last year. Total funding costs declined to 56 basis points, down 19 basis points from one year ago. Net interest income from continuing operations was $817 million, a $21 million or 3 percent decrease linked quarter. The resulting net interest margin declined linked quarter to 3.08 percent due to lower loan yields and higher prepayments resulting in lower yields in the investment portfolio partially offset by lower deposit costs. Record mortgage income drives growth in non-interest revenue Non-interest revenues from continuing operations totaled $533 million, up 5 percent linked quarter. Mortgage revenue increased to a record high of $106 million, which is 18 percent higher than the previous quarter and 56 percent higher than prior year. Mortgage production for the quarter was approximately $2.2 billion, an 8 percent increase from the prior quarter. HARP II loan production year to date was $1.2 billion, already surpassing the full year company goal of $1 billion in HARP II loans. Throughout 2012 approximately 50 percent of HARP II applications were for homeowners whose mortgage was not originally serviced by Regions. Customers continue to take advantage of the low interest rate environment through traditional and HARP II mortgages for both refinancing and new home purchases.
Non-interest expenses from continuing operations were $869 million, an increase of $27 million linked quarter or 3 percent. This increase in expenses was primarily driven by higher credit related expenses due to lower net gains realized on held for sale property. Specifically, last quarter credit related expenses benefited from net gains of $26 million compared to $17 million in the third quarter. In addition, marketing expenses were elevated this quarter due to the credit card conversion and related expenses.Asset quality continued to improve Asset quality continued to improve in the third quarter. The provision for loan losses totaled $33 million or $229 million less than net charge-offs and was materially consistent from second quarter’s provision of $26 million. Total net charge-offs decreased linked quarter by 1 percent or $3 million to $262 million. The company’s loan loss allowance to non-performing loan coverage ratio was 1.09x and the allowance for loan losses as a percent of loans was 2.74 percent as of September 30, 2012. Non-performing loans, excluding loans held for sale, totaled $1.9 billion and were down $31 million or 2 percent linked quarter. Seasonal factors impacted inflows of non-performing loans resulting in an increase to $463 million or 47 percent from the second quarter, however inflows were down 39 percent from the prior year. Business Services criticized loans also declined 6 percent in the quarter and are down 30 percent year-over-year. Strong capital and solid liquidity Tier 1 and Tier 1 common 1 capital ratios remained strong, ending the third quarter at an estimated 11.5 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively. The company’s liquidity position at both the bank and the holding company remains solid as well. As of September 30, 2012, the company’s loan-to-deposit ratio was 79 percent. Tangible book value reached $7.02 for the third quarter, an increase of 5 percent over the second quarter. 1 Non-GAAP, refer to pages 8 and 16-19 of the financial supplement to this earnings release
About Regions Financial CorporationRegions Financial Corporation, with $122 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 presentation 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, 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. Additionally, the U.S. Treasury Department and federal banking regulators continue to implement, but are also beginning to wind down, a number of programs to address capital and liquidity in the banking system. Future and proposed rules, including those that are part of the Basel III process, are expected to require banking institutions to increase levels of capital. All of the foregoing 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 would 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 changes in general economic and business conditions in the United States in general and in the communities Regions serves in particular, including any prolonging or worsening of the current unfavorable economic conditions including unemployment levels.
- 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.
- Possible stresses in the financial and real estate markets, including possible continued 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.
- Regions' ability to keep pace with technological changes.
- Regions' ability to effectively manage credit risk, interest rate risk, market risk, operational risk, legal risk, liquidity risk, reputational risk, and regulatory 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.
- 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.
- The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. For discussion of these and other factors that may cause actual results to differ from expectations, look under the captions “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Regions’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and the "Forward-Looking Statements" section of Regions' Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, and June 30, 2012.
- The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "project," and similar expressions often signify forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. We assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements that are made from time to time.
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