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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K)

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): July 26, 2019

 

Ameris Bancorp

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

Georgia 001-13901 58-1456434
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation) (Commission File Number) (IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

310 First Street, S.E., Moultrie, Georgia 31768
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (229) 890-1111

  

 
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

oWritten communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

oSoliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

oPre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

oPre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company ¨

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $1.00 per share ABCB Nasdaq Global Select Market

 

 

 

 

  

Item 2.02Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

 

On July 26, 2019, Ameris Bancorp (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. A copy of that press release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K (this “Report”) as Exhibit 99.1.

 

The information contained in this Item 2.02 and in Exhibit 99.1 attached to this Report is being furnished and shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of such section. Furthermore, such information shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document filed pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

Item 7.01Regulation FD Disclosure.

 

A copy of the investor presentation material that the Company will present regarding its earnings during the teleconference beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time on July 26, 2019 is attached to this Report as Exhibit 99.2. The investor presentation material is also available on the “Investor Relations” page of the Company’s website (http://www.amerisbank.com).

 

The information contained in this Item 7.01 and in Exhibit 99.2 attached to this Report is being furnished and shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of such section. Furthermore, such information shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document filed pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.
   
99.1 Press release dated July 26, 2019
   
99.2 Investor Presentation dated July 26, 2019

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.

 

  AMERIS BANCORP  
     
     
  By: /s/ Nicole S. Stokes  
    Nicole S. Stokes  
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Date: July 26, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)

Exhibit 99.1

Ameris Bancorp Announces Financial Results For Second Quarter 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameris Bancorp (Nasdaq: ABCB) (the "Company") today reported net income of $38.9 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared with $9.4 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. The Company reported adjusted net income of $45.2 million, or $0.96 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared with $29.2 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, for the same period in 2018. Adjusted net income excludes after-tax merger and conversion charges, executive retirement benefits, mortgage servicing right ("MSR") valuation adjustments, restructuring charges related to previously announced branch consolidations, loss on sale of bank premises and expenses related to hurricanes.

For the year-to-date period ending June 30, 2019, the Company reported net income of $78.8 million, or $1.66 per diluted share, compared with $36.0 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, for the same period in 2018. The Company reported adjusted net income of $87.8 million, or $1.85 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared with $57.0 million, or $1.46 per diluted share, for the same period in 2018. Adjusted net income for the year-to-date period excludes the same items listed above for the Company's quarter-to-date period.

Commenting on the Company's results, Palmer Proctor, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, said, "The positive financial results from the second quarter are reflective of the hard work and dedication of our bankers. Strong momentum on integration, growing pipelines and unique market opportunities reinforce our commitment to an organic growth strategy."

Highlights of the Company's results for the second quarter of 2019 include the following:

Following is a summary of the adjustments between reported net income and adjusted net income:

Adjusted Net Income Reconciliation









Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

2019


2018


2019


2018

Net income available to common shareholders

$

38,904



$

9,387



$

78,809



$

36,047










Adjustment items:








Merger and conversion charges

3,475



18,391



5,532



19,226


Executive retirement benefits



5,457





5,457


Restructuring charges





245




MSR valuation adjustment

1,460





1,460




Financial impact of hurricanes

50





(39)




Loss on sale of premises

2,800



196



3,719



779


Tax effect of adjustment items

(1,479)



(4,192)



(1,929)



(4,490)


After-tax adjustment items

6,306



19,852



8,988



20,972


Adjusted net income

$

45,210



$

29,239



$

87,797



$

57,019










Reported net income per diluted share

$

0.82



$

0.24



$

1.66



$

0.92


Adjusted net income per diluted share

$

0.96



$

0.74



$

1.85



$

1.46










Reported return on average assets

1.34

%


0.44

%


1.38

%


0.89

%

Adjusted return on average assets

1.56

%


1.38

%


1.54

%


1.40

%









Reported return on average common equity

10.27

%


3.86

%


10.60

%


7.72

%

Adjusted return on average tangible common equity

18.79

%


17.26

%


18.81

%


17.18

%

Acquisition of Fidelity
On July 1, 2019, the Company completed its acquisition of Fidelity Southern Corporation ("Fidelity"), the parent company of Fidelity Bank, Atlanta, Georgia. Fidelity operated 62 full-service banking locations, 46 of which were located in Georgia and 16 of which were located in Florida. The acquisition further expands the Company's existing Southeastern footprint in the attractive Atlanta market, where the Company is the largest community bank by deposit share after the acquisition. At June 30, 2019, Fidelity had total loans of $3.9 billion, total assets of $4.8 billion and total deposits of $4.0 billion. The conversion of Fidelity's systems to the Company's is scheduled to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2019, after which management expects to fully realize operating efficiencies from the acquisition.

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin
Net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis for the second quarter of 2019 totaled $102.7 million, compared with $100.5 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $76.9 million for second quarter of 2018. The Company's net interest margin was 3.91% for the second quarter of 2019, down from 3.95% reported for the first quarter of 2019 and 3.95% reported for the second quarter of 2018. Accretion income for the second quarter of 2019 increased to $3.1 million, compared with $2.9 million for the first quarter of 2019, and $2.7 million reported for the second quarter of 2018. The Company's net interest margin, excluding the effects of accretion income, also decreased slightly during the quarter to 3.79%, compared with 3.83% in the first quarter of 2019 and 3.81% in the second quarter of 2018. The linked quarter decrease was primarily attributable to an increase in deposit costs, as the total earning asset yield was stable at 4.95% for both the first and second quarters of 2019.

Yields on all loans, excluding the effect of accretion, decreased to 5.18% during the second quarter of 2019, compared with 5.22% for the first quarter of 2019 and increased from 4.81% during the second quarter of 2018. Loan production in the banking division during the second quarter of 2019 totaled $854.7 million, with weighted average yields of 5.49%, compared with $613.5 million and 5.78%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2019 and $439.3 million and 5.46%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2018. Loan production in the lines of business (including retail mortgage, warehouse lending, SBA and premium finance) amounted to an additional $2.6 billion during the second quarter of 2019, with weighted average yields of 5.20%, compared with $1.9 billion and 5.47%, respectively, during the first quarter of 2019 and $2.1 billion and 5.25%, respectively, during the second quarter of 2018.

Interest expense during the second quarter of 2019 increased to $27.4 million, compared with $25.5 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $13.9 million in the second quarter of 2018. The Company's total cost of funds moved five basis points higher to 1.10% in the second quarter of 2019 as compared with the first quarter of 2019. Deposit costs also increased five basis points during the second quarter of 2019 to 0.97%, compared with 0.92% in the first quarter of 2019. Costs of interest-bearing deposits increased during the quarter from 1.25% in the first quarter of 2019 to 1.34% in the second quarter of 2019, with the material portion of the increase relating to MMDA and CD accounts.

Noninterest Income
Noninterest income in the second quarter of 2019 was $35.2 million, compared with $30.8 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $31.3 million in the second quarter of 2018. The increase for both the linked quarter and year over year is a result of increased service charges and mortgage banking activity. Service charge revenue increased to $12.2 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared with $11.6 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $10.6 million in the second quarter of 2018 due to the Company's increased number of deposit accounts from organic growth and the acquisitions completed in 2018.

Mortgage banking activity increased to $18.5 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared with $14.7 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $15.4 million for the second quarter of 2018. Total production in the retail mortgage division increased to $585.1 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared with $356.0 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $522.1 million for the second quarter of 2018. Gain on sale spreads decreased slightly in the second quarter of 2019, moving to 3.11% from 3.18% in the linked quarter, but increased from 2.94% for the second quarter of 2018. Mortgage banking activity for the second quarter of 2019 was impacted by an unfavorable MSR valuation adjustment of $1.5 million.

Noninterest income from our SBA division increased to $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared with $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $1.3 million in the second quarter of 2018. Net income for the division increased over 22% from the first quarter of 2019 and over 52% from the second quarter of 2018 to $1.4 million in the second quarter of 2019.

Noninterest Expense
Noninterest expense increased $5.8 million, or 7.7%, to $81.3 million during the second quarter of 2019, compared with $75.4 million for the first quarter of 2019. During the second quarter of 2019, the Company recorded $6.3 million of charges to earnings, the majority of which was related to merger and conversion activity and loss on sale of premises, compared with $3.1 million in the first quarter of 2019 that were related principally to merger and conversion activity and loss on sale of premises. Excluding these charges, adjusted expenses increased approximately $2.6 million, or 3.6%, to $74.9 million in the second quarter of 2019, from $72.3 million in the first quarter of 2019. The majority of this increase is attributable to an increase in mortgage commissions of $3.9 million related to increased production compared with the first quarter of 2019. The Company continues to focus on its operating efficiency ratio. The Company's adjusted efficiency ratio declined from 57.53% in the second quarter of 2018 and 55.12% in the first quarter of 2019 to 53.77% in the second quarter of 2019.

Income Tax Expense
The Company's effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2019 was 23.7%, compared with 22.3% in the first quarter of 2019 and 20.5% for the second quarter of 2018. The increased rate for the second quarter of 2019 was attributable to certain non-deductible merger expenses and increased state tax expense.

Balance Sheet Trends
Total assets at June 30, 2019 were $11.9 billion, compared with $11.4 billion at December 31, 2018. Total loans, including loans held for sale, purchased loans and purchased loan pools, were $9.31 billion at June 30, 2019, compared with $8.62 billion at December 31, 2018. Strong loan production in the second quarter of 2019 helped offset the impact of early pay downs and pay offs experienced during the first quarter of 2019. Loan production in the banking division during the second quarter of 2019 was 39% higher than the first quarter of 2019 and was 95% higher than the second quarter of 2018.

At June 30, 2019, total deposits amounted to $9.58 billion, or 93.6% of total funding, compared with $9.65 billion and 97.4%, respectively, at December 31, 2018. The decrease in total deposits in the second quarter was primarily due to the maturity of approximately $310.0 million of brokered deposits as part of our liquidity management strategy. Excluding those maturities, non-brokered deposits increased $91.4 million, or 3.9% annualized, in the second quarter. At June 30, 2019, noninterest-bearing deposit accounts were $2.77 billion, or 28.9% of total deposits, compared with $2.52 billion, or 26.1% of total deposits, at December 31, 2018. Non-rate sensitive deposits (including non-interest bearing, NOW and savings) totaled $4.71 billion at June 30, 2019, compared with $4.60 billion at December 31, 2018. These funds represented 49.1% of the Company's total deposits at June 30, 2019, compared with 47.6% at the end of 2018.

Shareholders' equity at June 30, 2019 totaled $1.54 billion, an increase of $80.8 million, or 5.5%, from December 31, 2018. The increase in shareholders' equity was primarily the result of earnings of $78.8 million during the first six months of 2019, offset by dividends declared of $9.5 million and treasury stock purchases of $11.6 million. Tangible book value per share was $20.81 at June 30, 2019, up from $18.83 at December 31, 2018. Tangible common equity as a percentage of tangible assets was 8.68% at June 30, 2019, compared with 8.22% at the end of the 2018.

Credit Quality
Credit quality remains strong in the Company. During the second quarter of 2019, the Company recorded provision for loan loss expense of $4.7 million, compared with $3.4 million in the first quarter of 2019. Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets decreased by three basis point to 0.51% during the quarter. The net charge-off ratio for non-purchased loans was 11 basis points for the second quarter of 2019, compared with 27 basis points in the first quarter of 2019 and 26 basis points in the second quarter of 2018.

Conference Call
The Company will host a teleconference at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time today (July 26, 2019) to discuss the Company's results and answer appropriate questions. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-504-1190 (or 1-855-669-9657 for participants in Canada and 1-412-902-6630 for other international participants). The conference ID name is Ameris Bancorp ABCB. A replay of the call will be available one hour after the end of the conference call until August 9, 2019. To listen to the replay, dial 1-877-344-7529 (or 1-855-669-9658 for participants in Canada and 1-412-317-0088 for other international participants). The conference replay access code is 10133078. The conference call replay and the financial information discussed will also be available on the Investor Relations page of the Ameris Bank website at www.amerisbank.com.

About Ameris Bancorp
Ameris Bancorp is a bank holding company headquartered in Moultrie, Georgia. The Company's banking subsidiary, Ameris Bank, had 176 locations in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina at July 1, 2019, including the 62 locations acquired in the Fidelity acquisition.

This news release contains certain performance measures determined by methods other than in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Management of Ameris Bancorp (the "Company") uses these non-GAAP measures in its analysis of the Company's performance. These measures are useful when evaluating the underlying performance and efficiency of the Company's operations and balance sheet. The Company's management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide a greater understanding of ongoing operations, enhance comparability of results with prior periods and demonstrate the effects of significant gains and charges in the current period. The Company's management believes that investors may use these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the Company's financial performance without the impact of unusual items that may obscure trends in the Company's underlying performance. 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.

This news release contains forward-looking statements, as defined by federal securities laws, including, among other forward-looking statements, certain plans, expectations and goals, and including statements about the benefits of the merger between the Company and Fidelity. Words such as "may," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "will," "should," "plan," "estimate," "predict," "continue" and "potential" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, as well as similar expressions, are meant to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this news release are based on current expectations and are provided to assist in the understanding of potential future performance. Such forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such statements, including, without limitation, the following: general competitive, economic, political and market conditions and fluctuations, including, without limitation, movements in interest rates; competitive pressures on product pricing and services; the businesses of the Company and Fidelity may not be integrated successfully or such integration may take longer to accomplish than expected; the expected cost savings and any revenue synergies from the merger may not be fully realized within the expected timeframes; disruption from the merger may make it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or others; diversion of management time to merger-related issues; and the success and timing of other business strategies. For a discussion of some of the other risks and other factors that may cause such forward-looking statements to differ materially from actual results, please refer to the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and its subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

AMERIS BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

FINANCIAL TABLES






Financial Highlights

Table 1


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


Jun


Mar


Dec


Sep


Jun


Jun


Jun

(dollars in thousands except per share data)

2019


2019


2018


2018


2018


2019


2018















EARNINGS














Net income

$

38,904



$

39,905



$

43,536



$

41,444



$

9,387



$

78,809



$

36,047


Adjusted net income

$

45,210



$

42,587



$

45,897



$

43,292



$

29,239



$

87,797



$

57,019
















COMMON SHARE DATA














Earnings per share available to common
shareholders














Basic

$

0.82



$

0.84



$

0.92



$

0.87



$

0.24



$

1.66



$

0.93


Diluted

$

0.82



$

0.84



$

0.91



$

0.87



$

0.24



$

1.66



$

0.92


Adjusted diluted EPS

$

0.96



$

0.90



$

0.96



$

0.91



$

0.74



$

1.85



$

1.46


Cash dividends per share

$

0.10



$

0.10



$

0.10



$

0.10



$

0.10



$

0.20



$

0.20


Book value per share (period end)

$

32.52



$

31.43



$

30.66



$

29.58



$

28.87



$

32.52



$

28.87


Tangible book value per share (period end)

$

20.81



$

19.73



$

18.83



$

17.78



$

17.12



$

20.81



$

17.12


Weighted average number of shares














Basic

47,310,561



47,366,296



47,501,150



47,514,653



39,432,021



47,353,678



38,703,449


Diluted

47,337,809



47,456,314



47,593,252



47,685,334



39,709,503



47,394,911



38,980,754


Period end number of shares

47,261,584



47,585,309



47,499,941



47,496,966



47,518,662



47,261,584



47,518,662


Market data














High intraday price

$

39.60



$

42.01



$

47.25



$

54.35



$

58.10



$

42.01



$

59.05


Low intraday price

$

33.57



$

31.27



$

29.97



$

45.15



$

50.20



$

31.27



$

47.90


Period end closing price

$

39.19



$

34.35



$

31.67



$

45.70



$

53.35



$

39.19



$

53.35


Average daily volume

352,684



387,800



375,773



382,622



253,413



369,959



244,914
















PERFORMANCE RATIOS














Return on average assets

1.34

%


1.42

%


1.53

%


1.47

%


0.44

%


1.38

%


0.89

%

Adjusted return on average assets

1.56

%


1.51

%


1.61

%


1.53

%


1.38

%


1.54

%


1.40

%

Return on average common equity

10.27

%


10.95

%


12.09

%


11.78

%


3.86

%


10.60

%


7.72

%

Adjusted return on average tangible common
equity

18.79

%


18.82

%


20.95

%


20.50

%


17.26

%


18.81

%


17.18

%

Earning asset yield (TE)

4.95

%


4.95

%


4.81

%


4.78

%


4.66

%


4.95

%


4.60

%

Total cost of funds

1.10

%


1.05

%


0.94

%


0.90

%


0.75

%


1.08

%


0.69

%

Net interest margin (TE)

3.91

%


3.95

%


3.91

%


3.92

%


3.95

%


3.93

%


3.93

%

Noninterest income excluding securities
transactions, as a percent of total revenue
(TE)

21.27

%


19.59

%


19.75

%


19.77

%


25.72

%


20.45

%


25.25

%

Efficiency ratio

59.36

%


57.95

%


58.30

%


56.00

%


80.50

%


58.67

%


71.82

%

Adjusted efficiency ratio (TE)

53.77

%


55.12

%


54.10

%


54.42

%


57.53

%


54.43

%


58.67

%















CAPITAL ADEQUACY (period end)














Shareholders' equity to assets

12.93

%


12.83

%


12.73

%


12.29

%


12.26

%


12.93

%


12.26

%

Tangible common equity to tangible assets

8.68

%


8.46

%


8.22

%


7.77

%


7.65

%


8.68

%


7.65

%















EQUITY TO ASSETS RECONCILIATION














Tangible common equity to tangible assets

8.68

%


8.46

%


8.22

%


7.77

%


7.65

%


8.68

%


7.65

%

Effect of goodwill and other intangibles

4.25

%


4.37

%


4.51

%


4.52

%


4.61

%


4.25

%


4.61

%

Equity to assets (GAAP)

12.93

%


12.83

%


12.73

%


12.29

%


12.26

%


12.93

%


12.26

%















OTHER DATA (period end)














Full time equivalent employees














Banking Division

1,336



1,343



1,370



1,432



1,477



1,336



1,477


Retail Mortgage Division

348



328



332



317



308



348



308


Warehouse Lending Division

10



9



8



8



7



10



7


SBA Division

21



22



22



23



22



21



22


Premium Finance Division

62



64



72



67



68



62



68


Total Ameris Bancorp FTE headcount

1,777



1,766



1,804



1,847



1,882



1,777



1,882
















Assets per Banking Division FTE

$

8,889



$

8,679



$

8,353



$

7,981



$

7,577



$

8,899



$

7,577


Branch locations

114



114



125



125



126



114



126


Deposits per branch location

$

84,056



$

85,973



$

77,195



$

73,451



$

69,536



$

84,056



$

69,536


AMERIS BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

FINANCIAL TABLES






Income Statement

Table 2


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


Jun


Mar


Dec


Sep


Jun


Jun


Jun

(dollars in thousands except per share data)

2019


2019


2018


2018


2018


2019


2018















Interest income














Interest and fees on loans

$

117,010



$

112,401



$

111,749



$

110,470



$

82,723



$

229,411



$

155,990


Interest on taxable securities

9,383



9,043



8,686



8,792



6,321



18,426



11,528


Interest on nontaxable securities

102



156



195



204



179



258



501


Interest on deposits in other banks

2,276



3,150



1,964



1,581



723



5,426



1,439


Interest on federal funds sold

257



179



155



72





436




Total interest income

129,028



124,929



122,749



121,119



89,946



253,957



169,458
















Interest expense














Interest on deposits

23,454



21,684



18,858



15,630



7,794



45,138



14,566


Interest on other borrowings

3,923



3,850



4,337



6,451



6,153



7,773



10,092


Total interest expense

27,377



25,534



23,195



22,081



13,947



52,911



24,658
















Net interest income

101,651



99,395



99,554



99,038



75,999



201,046



144,800


Provision for loan losses

4,668



3,408



3,661



2,095



9,110



8,076



10,911


Net interest income after provision for loan
losses

96,983



95,987



95,893



96,943



66,889



192,970



133,889
















Noninterest income














Service charges on deposits accounts

12,168



11,646



12,597



12,690



10,613



23,814



20,841


Mortgage banking activity

18,523



14,677



11,883



14,082



15,403



33,200



27,689


Other service charges, commissions and fees

793



768



810



777



697



1,561



1,416


Gain (loss) on securities

69



66



1



48



(123)



135



(86)


Other noninterest income

3,683



3,614



5,179



2,574



4,717



7,297



7,911


Total noninterest income

35,236



30,771



30,470



30,171



31,307



66,007



57,771
















Noninterest expense














Salaries and employee benefits

38,441



38,370



38,982



38,446



39,776



76,811



71,865


Occupancy and equipment expenses

7,834



8,204



7,945



8,598



6,390



16,038



12,588


Data processing and telecommunications expenses

8,388



8,391



8,293



8,518



6,439



16,779



13,574


Credit resolution related expenses(1)

979



911



1,174



1,248



1,045



1,890



1,594


Advertising and marketing expenses

1,987



1,741



1,633



1,453



1,256



3,728



2,485


Amortization of intangible assets

3,121



3,132



3,650



2,676



2,252



6,253



3,186


Merger and conversion charges

3,475



2,057



997



276



18,391



5,532



19,226


Other noninterest expenses

17,026



12,619



13,136



11,138



10,837



29,645



20,966


Total noninterest expense

81,251



75,425



75,810



72,353



86,386



156,676



145,484
















Income before income tax expense

50,968



51,333



50,553



54,761



11,810



102,301



46,176


Income tax expense

12,064



11,428



7,017



13,317



2,423



23,492



10,129


Net income

$

38,904



$

39,905



$

43,536



$

41,444



$

9,387



$

78,809



$

36,047
















Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.82



$

0.84



$

0.91



$

0.87



$

0.24



$

1.66



$

0.92
















(1) Includes expenses associated with problem loans and OREO, as well as OREO losses and writedowns.





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FINANCIAL TABLES


Period End Balance Sheet

Table 3


Three Months Ended


Jun


Mar


Dec


Sep


Jun

(dollars in thousands)

2019


2019


2018


2018


2018











Assets










Cash and due from banks

$

151,186



$

144,801



$

172,036



$

158,453



$

151,539


Federal funds sold and interest-bearing deposits in banks

186,969



712,199



507,491



470,804



273,170


Time deposits in other banks

748



7,371



10,812



11,558



11,558


Investment securities available for sale, at fair value

1,273,244



1,234,435



1,192,423



1,162,570



1,153,703


Other investments

32,481



15,157



14,455



35,929



44,769


Loans held for sale, at fair value

261,073



112,070



111,298



130,179



137,249












Loans

6,522,448



5,756,358



5,660,457



5,543,306



5,380,515


Purchased loans

2,286,425



2,472,271



2,588,832



2,711,460



2,812,510


Purchased loan pools

240,997



253,710



262,625



274,752



297,509


Loans, net of unearned income

9,049,870



8,482,339



8,511,914



8,529,518



8,490,534


Allowance for loan losses

(31,793)



(28,659)



(28,819)



(28,116)



(31,532)


Loans, net

9,018,077



8,453,680



8,483,095



8,501,402



8,459,002












Other real estate owned

5,169



6,014



7,218



9,375



8,003


Purchased other real estate owned

9,506



10,857



9,535



7,692



7,272


Total other real estate owned

14,675



16,871



16,753



17,067



15,275












Premises and equipment, net

141,378



141,698



145,410



145,885



144,484


Goodwill

501,140



501,308



503,434



505,604



504,764


Other intangible assets, net

52,437



55,557



58,689



54,729



53,561


Cash value of bank owned life insurance

105,064



104,597



104,096



103,588



103,059


Deferred income taxes, net

30,812



33,295



35,126



38,217



40,240


Other assets

120,052



123,236



88,397



93,009



98,324


Total assets

$

11,889,336



$

11,656,275



$

11,443,515



$

11,428,994



$

11,190,697












Liabilities










Deposits










Noninterest-bearing

$

2,771,443



$

2,753,173



$

2,520,016



$

2,333,992



$

2,356,420


Interest-bearing

6,810,927



7,047,702



7,129,297



6,847,371



6,405,173


Total deposits

9,582,370



9,800,875



9,649,313



9,181,363



8,761,593


Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase

3,307



4,259



20,384



14,071



11,002


Other borrowings

564,636



151,454



151,774



656,831



862,136


Subordinated deferrable interest debentures

89,871



89,529



89,187



88,986



88,646


FDIC loss-share payable, net

20,596



18,834



19,487



18,740



18,716


Other liabilities

91,435



95,740



57,023



64,026



76,708


Total liabilities

10,352,215



10,160,691



9,987,168



10,024,017



9,818,801












Shareholders' Equity










Preferred stock










Common stock

49,099



49,126



49,015



49,012



49,012


Capital stock

1,053,500



1,053,190



1,051,584



1,050,752



1,049,283


Retained earnings

446,182



412,005



377,135



338,350



301,656


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

16,462



(1,178)



(4,826)



(16,576)



(12,571)


Treasury stock

(28,122)



(17,559)



(16,561)



(16,561)



(15,484)


Total shareholders' equity

1,537,121



1,495,584



1,456,347



1,404,977



1,371,896


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

11,889,336



$

11,656,275



$

11,443,515



$

11,428,994



$

11,190,697












Other Data










Earning assets

$

10,804,385



$

10,563,571



$

10,348,393



$

10,340,558



$

10,110,983


Intangible assets

553,577



556,865



562,123



560,333



558,325


Interest-bearing liabilities

7,468,741



7,292,944



7,390,642



7,607,259



7,366,957


Average assets

11,625,344



11,423,677



11,307,980



11,204,504



8,529,035


Average common shareholders' equity

1,519,598



1,478,462



1,428,341



1,395,479



974,494


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Asset Quality Information



Table 4


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


Jun


Mar


Dec


Sep


Jun


Jun


Jun

(dollars in thousands)

2019


2019


2018


2018


2018


2019


2018















Allowance for Loan Losses














Balance at beginning of period

$

28,659



$

28,819



$

28,116



$

31,532



$

26,200



$

28,819



$

25,791
















Provision for loan losses

4,668



3,408



3,661



2,095



9,110



8,076



10,911
















Charge-offs

3,496



5,379



4,430



8,112



5,717



8,875



8,589


Recoveries

1,962



1,811



1,472



2,601



1,939



3,773



3,419


Net charge-offs (recoveries)

1,534



3,568



2,958



5,511



3,778



5,102



5,170
















Ending balance

$

31,793



$

28,659



$

28,819



$

28,116



$

31,532



$