WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Jan. 17, 2019 /CNW/ -- BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) today reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018. Net income available to common shareholders was $754 million. Earnings per diluted common share were $0.97 for the fourth quarter of 2018, down from $1.01 last quarter. Results for the fourth quarter produced an annualized return on average assets of 1.43 percent and an annualized return on average common shareholders' equity of 11.14 percent.
Excluding merger-related and restructuring charges of $76 million ($59 million after-tax), net income available to common shareholders was $813 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, up from $1.03 last quarter.
Net income available to common shareholders was $789 million ($1.01 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2018 and $614 million ($0.77 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter of 2017.
For the full year, net income available to common shareholders was a record $3.1 billion, or $3.91 per diluted share. For 2017, net income available to common shareholders was $2.2 billion, or $2.74 per diluted share. Excluding merger-related and restructuring charges and selected items, adjusted diluted earnings per share was $4.05 for 2018, up 29.0 percent compared to $3.14 for 2017.
"We are pleased to report record taxable-equivalent revenues of $3.0 billion and strong fourth-quarter and record full-year earnings, while we continue to make significant investments in our digital platform to enhance our clients' experiences," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kelly S. King.
"Our diversified businesses continue to perform well, as evidenced by quarterly record revenues of $487 million from insurance income and $139 million from investment banking income. Our GAAP efficiency ratio increased to 60.7 percent due to higher merger-related and restructuring charges. Our adjusted efficiency ratio was 56.5 percent, which is at the lowest level since 2014. We also delivered solid loan growth for the quarter," King said.
"Asset quality remains excellent and nonperforming assets improved further during the fourth quarter," King said.
Fourth Quarter 2018 Performance Highlights
- Earnings per diluted common share were $0.97, down $0.04 compared to third quarter of 2018
- Diluted earnings per share was $1.05, excluding merger-related and restructuring charges
- Return on average assets was 1.43 percent
- Return on average common shareholders' equity was 11.14 percent
- Return on average tangible common shareholders' equity was 19.02 percent
- Taxable-equivalent revenues were a record $3.0 billion, up $11 million from the third quarter of 2018
- Net interest margin was 3.49 percent, up two basis points from the prior quarter
- Noninterest income was essentially flat; excluding income from post-employment assets that are offset by personnel expense, noninterest income was up $32 million from the prior quarter
- Insurance income was a record $487 million, up $39 million from the prior quarter
- Investment banking and brokerage fees and commissions was a record $139 million, up $23 million from the prior quarter
- Fee income ratio was 42.0 percent, compared to 42.3 percent for the prior quarter
- Noninterest expense was $1.8 billion, up $42 million compared to the third quarter of 2018
- Noninterest expense was down $71 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2017
- GAAP efficiency ratio was 60.7 percent, compared to 59.5 percent for the prior quarter
- Adjusted efficiency ratio was 56.5 percent, compared to 57.3 percent for the prior quarter
- Average loans and leases held for investment were $147.5 billion, up $1.3 billion, or 3.6 percent annualized compared to the third quarter of 2018
- Average commercial and industrial loans increased $653 million, or 4.3 percent annualized
- Average CRE loans decreased $195 million, or 3.6 percent annualized
- Average residential mortgage loans increased $603 million, or 7.8 percent annualized
- Average indirect loans increased $154 million, or 3.5 percent annualized
- Average revolving credit increased $123 million, or 16.6 percent annualized
- Average deposits were $157.8 billion compared to $157.3 billion for the third quarter of 2018
- Average noninterest-bearing deposits decreased $442 million, or 3.2 percent annualized
- Average noninterest-bearing deposits represent 34.0 percent of total deposits, compared to 34.4 percent in the prior quarter
- Cost of average interest-bearing deposits was 0.78 percent annualized, up 12 basis points
- Cost of average total deposits was 0.52 percent annualized, up nine basis points
- Asset quality remains excellent
- Nonperforming assets were 0.26 percent of total assets; lower than levels in 2006
- Loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing were 0.31 percent of loans held for investment, compared to 0.29 percent in the prior quarter
- Net charge-offs were 0.38 percent of average loans and leases, up three basis points
- The allowance for loan loss coverage ratio was 2.99 times nonperforming loans held for investment, versus 2.86 times in the prior quarter
- The allowance for loan and lease losses was 1.05 percent of loans held for investment, unchanged compared to the prior quarter
- Capital levels remained strong across the board
- Common equity tier 1 to risk-weighted assets was 10.2 percent
- Tier 1 risk-based capital was 11.8 percent
- Total capital was 13.8 percent
- Leverage capital was 9.9 percent
Earnings Presentation and Quarterly Performance Summary
To listen to BB&T's live fourth quarter 2018 earnings conference call at 8 a.m. ET today, please call 866-519-2796 and enter the participant code 876127. A presentation will be used during the earnings conference call and is available on our website at https://bbt.investorroom.com/webcasts-and-presentations. Replays of the conference call will be available for 30 days by dialing 888-203-1112 (access code 6326592).
The presentation, including an appendix reconciling non-GAAP disclosures, is available at https://bbt.investorroom.com/webcasts-and-presentations. BB&T's Fourth Quarter 2018 Quarterly Performance Summary, which contains detailed financial schedules, is available on BB&T's website at https://bbt.investorroom.com/quarterly-earnings.
BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $225.7 billion in assets and market capitalization of approximately $33.1 billion as of December 31, 2018. Building on a long tradition of excellence in community banking, BB&T offers a wide range of financial services including retail and commercial banking, investments, insurance, wealth management, asset management, mortgage, corporate banking, capital markets and specialized lending. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., BB&T operates more than 1,800 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C. and is consistently recognized for outstanding client service by Greenwich Associates for small business and middle market banking. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at BBT.com.
Capital ratios are preliminary.
This news release contains financial information and performance measures determined by methods other than in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). BB&T's management uses these "non-GAAP" measures in their analysis of the Corporation's performance and the efficiency of its operations. Management believes these non-GAAP measures provide a greater understanding of ongoing operations, enhance comparability of results with prior periods and demonstrate the effects of significant items in the current period. The Corporation believes a meaningful analysis of its financial performance requires an understanding of the factors underlying that performance. BB&T's management believes investors may find these non-GAAP financial measures useful. These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies. Below is a listing of the types of non-GAAP measures used in this news release:
- The adjusted efficiency ratio is non-GAAP in that it excludes securities gains (losses), amortization of intangible assets, merger-related and restructuring charges and other selected items. BB&T's management uses this measure in their analysis of the Corporation's performance. BB&T's management believes this measure provides a greater understanding of ongoing operations and enhances comparability of results with prior periods, as well as demonstrates the effects of significant gains and charges.
- Tangible common equity and related measures are non-GAAP measures that exclude the impact of intangible assets and their related amortization. These measures are useful for evaluating the performance of a business consistently, whether acquired or developed internally. BB&T's management uses these measures to assess the quality of capital and returns relative to balance sheet risk and believes investors may find them useful in their analysis of the Corporation.
- Core net interest margin is a non-GAAP measure that adjusts net interest margin to exclude the impact of purchase accounting. The interest income and average balances for PCI loans are excluded in their entirety as the accounting for these loans can result in significant and unusual trends in yields. The purchase accounting marks and related amortization for a) securities acquired from the FDIC in the Colonial Bank acquisition and b) non-PCI loans, deposits and long-term debt acquired from Susquehanna and National Penn are excluded to approximate their yields at the pre-acquisition rates. BB&T's management believes the adjustments to the calculation of net interest margin for certain assets and liabilities acquired provide investors with useful information related to the performance of BB&T's earning assets.
- The adjusted diluted earnings per share is non-GAAP in that it excludes merger-related and restructuring charges and other selected items, net of tax. BB&T's management uses this measure in their analysis of the Corporation's performance. BB&T's management believes this measure provides a greater understanding of ongoing operations and enhances comparability of results with prior periods, as well as demonstrates the effects of significant gains and charges.
- The adjusted operating leverage ratio is non-GAAP in that it excludes securities gains (losses), amortization of intangible assets, merger-related and restructuring charges and other selected items. BB&T's management uses this measure in their analysis of the Corporation's performance. BB&T's management believes this measure provides a greater understanding of ongoing operations and enhances comparability of results with prior periods, as well as demonstrates the effects of significant gains and charges.
- The adjusted performance ratios are non-GAAP in that they exclude merger-related and restructuring charges and, in the case of return on average tangible common shareholders' equity, amortization of intangible assets. BB&T's management uses these measures in their analysis of the Corporation's performance. BB&T's management believes these measures provide a greater understanding of ongoing operations and enhances comparability of results with prior periods, as well as demonstrates the effects of significant gains and charges.
A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is included in BB&T's Fourth Quarter 2018 Quarterly Performance Summary, which is available at https://bbt.investorroom.com/quarterly-earnings.
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- general economic or business conditions, either nationally or regionally, may be less favorable than expected, resulting in, among other things, slower deposit and/or asset growth, and a deterioration in credit quality and/or a reduced demand for credit, insurance or other services;
- disruptions to the national or global financial markets, including the impact of a downgrade of U.S. government obligations by one of the credit ratings agencies, the economic instability and recessionary conditions in Europe, the eventual exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union;
- changes in the interest rate environment, including interest rate changes made by the Federal Reserve, as well as cash flow reassessments may reduce net interest margin and/or the volumes and values of loans and deposits as well as the value of other financial assets and liabilities;
- competitive pressures among depository and other financial institutions may increase significantly;
- legislative, regulatory or accounting changes, including changes resulting from the adoption and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act may adversely affect the businesses in which BB&T is engaged;
- local, state or federal taxing authorities may take tax positions that are adverse to BB&T;
- a reduction may occur in BB&T's credit ratings;
- adverse changes may occur in the securities markets;
- competitors of BB&T may have greater financial resources or develop products that enable them to compete more successfully than BB&T and may be subject to different regulatory standards than BB&T;
- cybersecurity risks could adversely affect BB&T's business and financial performance or reputation, and BB&T could be liable for financial losses incurred by third parties due to breaches of data shared between financial institutions;
- higher-than-expected costs related to information technology infrastructure or a failure to successfully implement future system enhancements could adversely impact BB&T's financial condition and results of operations and could result in significant additional costs to BB&T;
- natural or other disasters, including acts of terrorism, could have an adverse effect on BB&T, materially disrupting BB&T's operations or the ability or willingness of customers to access BB&T's products and services;
- costs related to the integration of the businesses of BB&T and its merger partners may be greater than expected;
- failure to execute on strategic or operational plans, including the ability to successfully complete and/or integrate mergers and acquisitions or fully achieve expected cost savings or revenue growth associated with mergers and acquisitions within the expected time frames could adversely impact financial condition and results of operations;
- significant litigation and regulatory proceedings could have a material adverse effect on BB&T;
- unfavorable resolution of legal proceedings or other claims and regulatory and other governmental investigations or other inquiries could result in negative publicity, protests, fines, penalties, restrictions on BB&T's operations or ability to expand its business and other negative consequences, all of which could cause reputational damage and adversely impact BB&T's financial conditions and results of operations;
- risks resulting from the extensive use of models;
- risk management measures may not be fully effective;
- deposit attrition, customer loss and/or revenue loss following completed mergers/acquisitions may exceed expectations; and
- widespread system outages, caused by the failure of critical internal systems or critical services provided by third parties, could adversely impact BB&T's financial condition and results of operations.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any forward-looking statement. Except to the extent required by applicable law or regulation, BB&T undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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