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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) April 20, 2017
Associated Banc-Corp
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
 
 
 
Wisconsin
 
001-31343
 
39-1098068
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 
(Commission
File Number)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
 
 
 
433 Main Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin
 
54301
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code 920-491-7500
 
(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):
[ ] Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
[ ] Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
[ ] Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
[ ] Pre-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 and 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.











Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
 
On April 20, 2017, Associated Banc-Corp announced its earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. A copy of the registrant’s press release containing this information and the slide presentation discussed on the conference call for investors and analysts on April 20, 2017, are being furnished as Exhibit 99.1 and Exhibit 99.2, respectively, to this Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated herein by reference.
 
The information furnished pursuant to this Item 2.02, including Exhibit 99.1 and Exhibit 99.2, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing of the registrant under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act.
 
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
(d)  Exhibits.
 
 The following exhibits are furnished as part of this Report on Form 8-K:
 
99.1    Press release of the registrant dated April 20, 2017, containing financial information for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.
 
99.2    Slide presentation discussed on the conference call for investors and analysts on April 20, 2017.










SIGNATURES
 
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 
Associated Banc-Corp
 
(Registrant)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Date: April 20, 2017
By:
 /s/ Christopher J. Del Moral-Niles
 
 
Christopher J. Del Moral-Niles
 
 
Chief Financial Officer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

















 
ASSOCIATED BANC-CORP
 
Exhibit Index to Current Report on Form 8-K
 
Exhibit
Number
    99.1
Press release of the registrant dated April 20, 2017, containing financial information for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.
 
 
    99.2
Slide presentation discussed on the conference call for investors and analysts on April 20, 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)

Exhibit


Exhibit 99.1
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NEWS RELEASE
Investor Contact:
Jessica Vanden Heuvel, Vice President, Director of Investor Relations     
920-491-7059
Media Contact:
Jennifer Kaminski, Vice President, Manager of Public Relations
920-491-7576

Associated Banc-Corp Reports First Quarter Earnings of $0.35 per share
Earnings per share up 30% from prior year

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- April 20, 2017 -- Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) today reported net income available to common equity of $54 million, or $0.35 per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. This compares to net income available to common equity of $40 million, or $0.27 per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.
“The quarter’s margin expansion coupled with higher residential mortgage and steady commercial real estate loan growth contributed to a 30% year over year increase in earnings per common share. We continued to show progress across our fee businesses while holding expenses flat. Year over year results were also supported by an improving credit environment.” said President and CEO Philip B. Flynn. "We are in a good place - strongly positioned and fully committed to a path of continued disciplined growth. We look forward to delivering against our full year guidance."

FIRST QUARTER SUMMARY
Average loans of $20.1 billion grew $1.1 billion, or 6% from the year ago quarter
Average deposits of $21.5 billion grew $891 million, or 4% from the year ago quarter
Net interest income of $180 million increased $8 million, or 5% from the year ago quarter
Net interest margin of 2.84% improved from 2.81% in the year ago quarter
Provision for credit losses of $9 million decreased $11 million, or 55% from the year ago quarter
Noninterest income of $80 million reflected less investment gains from the year ago quarter
Noninterest expense was essentially flat at $174 million from the year ago quarter
Return on average common equity Tier 1 (CET1) was 10.6%
Total dividends per common share of $0.12 were up 9% from the year ago quarter
Capital ratios remain strong with a CET1 ratio of 9.9% at quarter end




FIRST QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS

Loans
First quarter average loans of $20.1 billion were up 6%, or $1.1 billion from the year ago quarter and were up $96 million from the fourth quarter.
With respect to first quarter average balances:
Commercial real estate lending increased 12%, or $530 million from the year ago quarter and grew $85 million from the fourth quarter to $5.0 billion.
Consumer lending increased 7%, or $541 million from the year ago quarter and grew $218 million from the fourth quarter to $7.9 billion.
Commercial and business lending increased 1%, or $78 million from the year ago quarter to $7.2 billion, but decreased $207 million from the fourth quarter, primarily driven by $200 million of lower mortgage warehouse activity.

Deposits
First quarter average deposits of $21.5 billion were up 4%, or $891 million from the year ago quarter and were down $277 million from the fourth quarter.
With respect to first quarter average balances:
Interest-bearing demand deposits increased 32%, or $1.0 billion from the year ago quarter and increased $111 million from the fourth quarter to $4.3 billion.
Savings and time deposits increased 5%, or $153 million from the year ago quarter and increased $67 million from the fourth quarter to $3.1 billion.
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits decreased 1%, or $31 million from the year ago quarter and decreased $328 million from the fourth quarter to $5.0 billion.
Money market deposits decreased 3%, or $263 million from the year ago quarter and decreased $127 million from the fourth quarter to $9.2 billion.






Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin
Net interest income was up 5%, or $8 million from the year ago quarter, with net interest margin increasing 3 basis points. First quarter net interest income of $180 million was essentially flat from the fourth quarter as higher yields on loans offset the impact of two fewer days in the quarter. Net interest margin of 2.84% increased 4 basis points from the fourth quarter.
The average yield on total loans increased to 3.51% from 3.41% in the year ago quarter and increased from 3.40% in the prior quarter.
The average cost of interest-bearing deposits increased to 0.42% from 0.30% in the year ago quarter and increased from 0.33% in the prior quarter.

Noninterest Income
First quarter total noninterest income of $80 million was down 4%, or $3 million from the year ago quarter, reflecting less investment gains. As expected, total noninterest income was down 13%, or $12 million from the prior quarter, primarily related to a shift in the Company's mortgage retention strategy.
With respect to first quarter noninterest income line items:
Brokerage and annuity commissions were up 14% from the year ago quarter and 3% from the prior quarter primarily due to a stronger market backdrop.
Capital market fees were up 10% from the year ago quarter, but decreased $4 million from the fourth quarter primarily due to fewer customer hedging transactions, lower valuation gains, and lower loan syndication activity.
Mortgage banking was up 9% from the year ago quarter, but decreased $7 million from the prior quarter reflecting reduced settlements, the Company's increased retention of mortgages on balance sheet, and the Company's switch to fair value accounting for the mortgage pipeline.
Insurance commissions were up 1% from the year ago quarter and increased 20% from the prior quarter primarily related to seasonally higher property and casualty insurance revenues.
BOLI, asset gains, and investment securities gains were down from both the year ago and prior quarters.
Noninterest Expense
First quarter total noninterest expense of $174 million was essentially flat compared to the year ago quarter and decreased $5 million, or 3% from the prior quarter.
With respect to first quarter noninterest expense line items:
Personnel expense was up $3 million from the year ago quarter, but decreased 3% from the prior quarter reflecting increased severance in the fourth quarter.
Occupancy expense was up $1 million from the year ago quarter and was up 11% from the prior quarter primarily related to increased snow plowing and higher lease terminations and adjustments.




Noninterest Expense cont.
Business development and advertising decreased $2 million from the year ago quarter and decreased 7% from the prior quarter driven by a shift in strategy largely from television to digital advertising.
All other noninterest expense line items, collectively, decreased $2 million from the year ago quarter and decreased 6% from the prior quarter.

Taxes
First quarter income tax expense was $21 million with an effective tax rate of 27%, compared to $19 million and 31% in the year ago quarter, and $24 million and 30% in the prior quarter. The first quarter's lower effective tax rate was due to a change in accounting standards related to stock compensation which lowered income tax expense by $3 million. These tax effects are expected to be higher in the first quarter when the majority of the Company’s restricted stock awards vest.

Credit
First quarter provision for credit losses of $9 million decreased $11 million from the year ago quarter and was down $6 million from the prior quarter.
Potential problem loans of $340 million were down $61 million from the year ago quarter and down $11 million from the prior quarter.
Nonaccrual loans of $260 million were down $26 million from the year ago quarter and down $15 million from the prior quarter. The nonaccrual loans to total loans ratio was 1.29% in the first quarter, compared to 1.49% in the year ago quarter, and 1.37% in the prior quarter.
First quarter net charge offs of $6 million were down $11 million from the year ago quarter and down $4 million from the prior quarter.
The allowance for loan losses of $283 million was up $5 million from the year ago quarter and was up $4 million from the prior quarter. The allowance for loan losses to total loans ratio was 1.40% in the first quarter, compared to 1.44% in the year ago quarter, and 1.39% in the prior quarter.
The allowance related to the oil and gas portfolio was $42 million at March 31, 2017 and represented 6.7% of total oil and gas loans.

Capital
The Company’s capital position remains strong, with a CET1 ratio of 9.9% at March 31, 2017. The Company’s capital ratios continue to be in excess of the Basel III “well-capitalized” regulatory benchmarks on a fully phased in basis.




FIRST QUARTER 2017 EARNINGS RELEASE CONFERENCE CALL
The Company will host a conference call for investors and analysts at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) today, April 20, 2017. Interested parties can access the live webcast of the call through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, http://investor.associatedbank.com. Parties may also dial into the call at 877-407-8037 (domestic) or 201-689-8037 (international) and request the Associated Banc-Corp first quarter 2017 earnings call. The first quarter 2017 financial tables with an accompanying slide presentation will be available on the Company's website just prior to the call. An audio archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website approximately fifteen minutes after the call is over.

ABOUT ASSOCIATED BANC-CORP
Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) has total assets of $29 billion and is one of the top 50 publicly traded U.S. bank holding companies. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Associated is a leading Midwest banking franchise, offering a full range of financial products and services from over 200 banking locations serving more than 100 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, and commercial financial services in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Texas. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
Statements made in this document which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This includes any statements regarding management’s plans, objectives, or goals for future operations, products or services, and forecasts of its revenues, earnings, or other measures of performance.  Such forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “estimate,” “should,” “will,” “intend,” “outlook,” or similar expressions.  Forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations and, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements.  Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements include those identified in the Company’s most recent Form 10-K and subsequent SEC filings.  Such factors are incorporated herein by reference. 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
This press release and related materials may contain references to measures which are not defined in generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Information concerning these non-GAAP financial measures can be found in the financial tables.

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Associated Banc-Corp
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(In thousands)
Mar 31, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
Seql Qtr
$ Change
Sep 30, 2016
Jun 30, 2016
Mar 31, 2016
Comp Qtr
$ Change
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and due from banks
$
332,601

$
446,558

$
(113,957
)
$
356,047

$
333,000

$
287,183

$
45,418

Interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions
337,167

149,175

187,992

240,010

131,680

68,025

269,142

Federal funds sold and securities purchased under agreements to resell
19,700

46,500

(26,800
)
14,250

13,200

20,200

(500
)
Investment securities held to maturity, at amortized cost
1,554,843

1,273,536

281,307

1,253,494

1,236,140

1,176,821

378,022

Investment securities available for sale, at fair value
4,300,490

4,680,226

(379,736
)
4,846,088

4,801,766

4,905,841

(605,351
)
Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank stocks, at cost
139,273

140,001

(728
)
140,215

194,501

181,853

(42,580
)
Residential loans held for sale(1)
34,051

108,010

(73,959
)
213,883

253,682

98,250

(64,199
)
Commercial loans held for sale
2,901

12,474

(9,573
)
16,912

30,694

30,089

(27,188
)
Loans
20,147,683

20,054,716

92,967

19,844,005

19,815,286

19,227,240

920,443

Allowance for loan losses
(282,672
)
(278,335
)
(4,337
)
(269,540
)
(267,780
)
(277,370
)
(5,302
)
Loans, net
19,865,011

19,776,381

88,630

19,574,465

19,547,506

18,949,870

915,141

Premises and equipment, net
332,884

330,315

2,569

329,726

331,427

331,711

1,173

Goodwill
972,006

971,951

55

971,951

971,951

971,951

55

Mortgage servicing rights, net
60,702

61,476

(774
)
58,414

57,474

59,414

1,288

Other intangible assets, net
15,026

15,377

(351
)
15,902

16,427

16,966

(1,940
)
Trading assets
49,306

52,398

(3,092
)
60,780

77,112

53,087

(3,781
)
Other assets
1,093,896

1,074,937

18,959

1,060,627

1,042,139

1,027,606

66,290

Total assets
$
29,109,857

$
29,139,315

$
(29,458
)
$
29,152,764

$
29,038,699

$
28,178,867

$
930,990

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits
$
5,338,212

$
5,392,208

$
(53,996
)
$
5,337,677

$
5,039,336

$
5,272,685

$
65,527

Interest-bearing deposits
16,489,823

16,496,240

(6,417
)
16,410,035

15,253,514

15,412,775

1,077,048

Total deposits
21,828,035

21,888,448

(60,413
)
21,747,712

20,292,850

20,685,460

1,142,575

Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase
650,188

508,347

141,841

698,772

509,150

583,247

66,941

Other short-term funding
430,679

583,688

(153,009
)
541,321

1,402,407

834,161

(403,482
)
Long-term funding
2,761,955

2,761,795

160

2,761,635

3,511,475

2,861,316

(99,361
)
Trading liabilities
47,561

51,103

(3,542
)
62,301

79,466

55,223

(7,662
)
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
246,645

254,622

(7,977
)
243,908

213,204

176,962

69,683

Total liabilities
25,965,063

26,048,003

(82,940
)
26,055,649

26,008,552

25,196,369

768,694

Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Preferred equity
159,929

159,929


159,929

120,201

120,347

39,582

Common equity:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common stock
1,630

1,630


1,630

1,630

1,630


Surplus
1,469,744

1,459,498

10,246

1,459,161

1,453,285

1,447,368

22,376

Retained earnings
1,709,514

1,695,764

13,750

1,662,778

1,629,915

1,599,835

109,679

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
(56,344
)
(54,679
)
(1,665
)
(1,254
)
13,453

2,167

(58,511
)
Treasury stock, at cost
(139,679
)
(170,830
)
31,151

(185,129
)
(188,337
)
(188,849
)
49,170

Total common equity
2,984,865

2,931,383

53,482

2,937,186

2,909,946

2,862,151

122,714

Total stockholders’ equity
3,144,794

3,091,312

53,482

3,097,115

3,030,147

2,982,498

162,296

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
29,109,857

$
29,139,315

$
(29,458
)
$
29,152,764

$
29,038,699

$
28,178,867

$
930,990


(1)
Effective January 1, 2017, residential loans originated for sale are accounted for under the fair value option. Prior periods have not been restated.




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Associated Banc-Corp
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)—Quarterly Trend
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seql Qtr
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comp Qtr
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
1Q17
 
4Q16
 
$ Change
 
% Change
 
3Q16
 
2Q16
 
1Q16
 
$ Change
 
% Change
Interest Income
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest and fees on loans
 
$
173,649

 
$
169,473

 
$
4,176

 
2
 %
 
$
167,350

 
$
163,059

 
$
159,656

 
$
13,993

 
9
 %
Interest and dividends on investment securities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Taxable
 
23,475

 
22,418

 
1,057

 
5
 %
 
22,948

 
24,270

 
25,516

 
(2,041
)
 
(8
)%
Tax-exempt
 
8,129

 
8,184

 
(55
)
 
(1
)%
 
8,141

 
7,894

 
7,830

 
299

 
4
 %
Other interest
 
1,536

 
1,380

 
156

 
11
 %
 
1,064

 
1,318

 
1,067

 
469

 
44
 %
Total interest income
 
206,789

 
201,455

 
5,334

 
3
 %
 
199,503

 
196,541

 
194,069

 
12,720

 
7
 %
Interest Expense
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest on deposits
 
16,924

 
13,773

 
3,151

 
23
 %
 
13,118

 
11,678

 
11,766

 
5,158

 
44
 %
Interest on Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase
 
515

 
314

 
201

 
64
 %
 
326

 
378

 
296

 
219

 
74
 %
Interest on other short-term funding
 
1,080

 
458

 
622

 
136
 %
 
296

 
845

 
515

 
565

 
110
 %
Interest on long-term funding
 
7,996

 
6,875

 
1,121

 
16
 %
 
7,229

 
6,923

 
9,505

 
(1,509
)
 
(16
)%
Total interest expense
 
26,515

 
21,420

 
5,095

 
24
 %
 
20,969

 
19,824

 
22,082

 
4,433

 
20
 %
Net Interest Income
 
180,274

 
180,035

 
239

 
 %
 
178,534

 
176,717

 
171,987

 
8,287

 
5
 %
Provision for credit losses
 
9,000

 
15,000

 
(6,000
)
 
(40
)%
 
21,000

 
14,000

 
20,000

 
(11,000
)
 
(55
)%
Net interest income after provision for credit losses
 
171,274

 
165,035

 
6,239

 
4
 %
 
157,534

 
162,717

 
151,987

 
19,287

 
13
 %
Noninterest Income
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trust service fees
 
11,935

 
12,211

 
(276
)
 
(2
)%
 
11,700

 
11,509

 
11,447

 
488

 
4
 %
Service charges on deposit accounts
 
16,356

 
16,447

 
(91
)
 
(1
)%
 
17,445

 
16,444

 
16,273

 
83

 
1
 %
Card-based and other nondeposit fees 
 
12,465

 
12,592

 
(127
)
 
(1
)%
 
12,777

 
12,717

 
11,991

 
474

 
4
 %
Insurance commissions
 
21,620

 
17,977

 
3,643

 
20
 %
 
19,431

 
22,005

 
21,382

 
238

 
1
 %
Brokerage and annuity commissions
 
4,333

 
4,188

 
145

 
3
 %
 
4,155

 
4,098

 
3,794

 
539

 
14
 %
Mortgage banking, net
 
4,579

 
11,559

 
(6,980
)
 
(60
)%
 
18,291

 
4,067

 
4,204

 
375

 
9
 %
Capital market fees, net 
 
3,883

 
7,716

 
(3,833
)
 
(50
)%
 
7,012

 
3,793

 
3,538

 
345

 
10
 %
Bank owned life insurance income
 
2,615

 
3,338

 
(723
)
 
(22
)%
 
3,290

 
2,973

 
4,770

 
(2,155
)
 
(45
)%
Asset gains (losses), net
 
(234
)
 
767

 
(1,001
)
 
(131
)%
 
(1,034
)
 
(343
)
 
524

 
(758
)
 
(145
)%
Investment securities gains (losses), net
 

 
3,115

 
(3,115
)
 
(100
)%
 
(13
)
 
3,116

 
3,098

 
(3,098
)
 
(100
)%
Other 
 
2,279

 
2,379

 
(100
)
 
(4
)%
 
2,180

 
1,789

 
2,171

 
108

 
5
 %
Total noninterest income
 
79,831

 
92,289

 
(12,458
)
 
(13
)%
 
95,234

 
82,168

 
83,192

 
(3,361
)
 
(4
)%
Noninterest Expense
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personnel expense
 
104,419

 
107,491

 
(3,072
)
 
(3
)%
 
103,819

 
102,129

 
101,398

 
3,021

 
3
 %
Occupancy
 
15,219

 
13,690

 
1,529

 
11
 %
 
15,362

 
13,215

 
13,802

 
1,417

 
10
 %
Equipment
 
5,485

 
5,328

 
157

 
3
 %
 
5,319

 
5,396

 
5,446

 
39

 
1
 %
Technology
 
14,420

 
14,413

 
7

 
 %
 
14,173

 
14,450

 
14,264

 
156

 
1
 %
Business development and advertising
 
5,835

 
6,298

 
(463
)
 
(7
)%
 
5,251

 
6,591

 
8,211

 
(2,376
)
 
(29
)%
Other intangible amortization
 
513

 
525

 
(12
)
 
(2
)%
 
525

 
539

 
504

 
9

 
2
 %
Loan expense
 
2,620

 
3,443

 
(823
)
 
(24
)%
 
3,535

 
3,442

 
3,221

 
(601
)
 
(19
)%
Legal and professional fees
 
4,166

 
5,184

 
(1,018
)
 
(20
)%
 
4,804

 
4,856

 
5,025

 
(859
)
 
(17
)%
Foreclosure / OREO expense, net
 
1,505

 
677

 
828

 
122
 %
 
960

 
1,330

 
1,877

 
(372
)
 
(20
)%
FDIC expense
 
8,000

 
9,250

 
(1,250
)
 
(14
)%
 
9,000

 
8,750

 
7,750

 
250

 
3
 %
Other
 
11,509

 
12,616

 
(1,107
)
 
(9
)%
 
12,566

 
13,662

 
12,473

 
(964
)
 
(8
)%
Total noninterest expense
 
173,691

 
178,915

 
(5,224
)
 
(3
)%
 
175,314

 
174,360

 
173,971

 
(280
)
 
 %
Income before income taxes
 
77,414

 
78,409

 
(995
)
 
(1
)%
 
77,454

 
70,525

 
61,208

 
16,206

 
26
 %
Income tax expense
 
21,144

 
23,576

 
(2,432
)
 
(10
)%
 
23,638

 
21,434

 
18,674

 
2,470

 
13
 %
Net income
 
56,270

 
54,833

 
1,437

 
3
 %
 
53,816

 
49,091

 
42,534

 
13,736

 
32
 %
Preferred stock dividends
 
2,330

 
2,348

 
(18
)
 
(1
)%
 
2,188

 
2,169

 
2,198

 
132

 
6
 %
Net income available to common equity
 
$
53,940

 
$
52,485

 
$
1,455

 
3
 %
 
$
51,628

 
$
46,922

 
$
40,336

 
$
13,604

 
34
 %
Earnings Per Common Share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
0.36

 
$
0.35

 
$
0.01

 
3
 %
 
$
0.34

 
$
0.31

 
$
0.27

 
$
0.09

 
33
 %
Diluted
 
$
0.35

 
$
0.34

 
$
0.01

 
3
 %
 
$
0.34

 
$
0.31

 
$
0.27

 
$
0.08

 
30
 %
Average Common Shares Outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
150,815

 
149,253

 
1,562

 
1
 %
 
148,708

 
148,511

 
148,601

 
2,214

 
1
 %
Diluted
 
153,869

 
151,563

 
2,306

 
2
 %
 
149,973

 
149,530

 
149,454

 
4,415

 
3
 %
 

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Associated Banc-Corp
Selected Quarterly Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
($ in millions, except share and per share, full time equivalent employee data and branch count)
 
1Q17
4Q16
3Q16
2Q16
1Q16
Per Common Share Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends
 
$
0.12

$
0.12

$
0.11

$
0.11

$
0.11

Market value:
 
 
 
 
 
 
High
 
26.50

25.15

19.91

18.84

18.79

Low
 
23.40

19.05

16.49

15.84

15.48

Close
 
24.40

24.70

19.59

17.15

17.94

Book value
 
19.42

19.27

19.42

19.27

18.96

Tangible book value / share
 
$
13.00

$
12.78

$
12.89

$
12.72

$
12.41

Performance Ratios (Annualized)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Return on average assets
 
0.79
%
0.75
%
0.74
%
0.69
%
0.62
%
Effective tax rate
 
27.31
%
30.07
%
30.52
%
30.39
%
30.51
%
Dividend payout ratio(1)
 
33.33
%
34.29
%
32.35
%
35.48
%
40.74
%
Selected Trend Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
Average full time equivalent employees
 
4,370

4,439

4,477

4,415

4,374

Branch count
 
215

217

217

215

215

Trust assets under management, at market value
 
$
8,716

$
8,302

$
8,179

$
7,944

$
7,844

Mortgage loans originated for sale during period
 
$
101

$
287

$
466

$
324

$
194

Mortgage loan settlements during period
 
$
197

$
396

$
655

$
270

$
222

Mortgage portfolio serviced for others
 
$
7,909

$
7,975

$
8,011

$
7,776

$
7,877

Mortgage servicing rights, net / mortgage portfolio serviced for others
 
0.77
%
0.77
%
0.73
%
0.74
%
0.75
%
Shares outstanding, end of period
 
153,734

152,121

151,243

151,036

150,994

Selected Quarterly Ratios
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loans / deposits
 
92.30
%
91.62
%
91.25
%
97.65
%
92.95
%
Stockholders’ equity / assets
 
10.80
%
10.61
%
10.62
%
10.43
%
10.58
%
Risk-based Capital (2) (3)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total risk-weighted assets
 
$
21,121

$
21,341

$
21,265

$
21,168

$
20,454

Common equity Tier 1
 
$
2,085

$
2,033

$
1,984

$
1,941

$
1,903

Common equity Tier 1 capital ratio
 
9.87
%
9.52
%
9.33
%
9.17
%
9.30
%
Tier 1 capital ratio
 
10.63
%
10.27
%
10.08
%
9.73
%
9.88
%
Total capital ratio
 
13.05
%
12.68
%
12.49
%
12.16
%
12.35
%
Tier 1 leverage ratio
 
8.05
%
7.83
%
7.64
%
7.43
%
7.55
%

(1)
Ratio is based upon basic earnings per common share.
(2)
The Federal Reserve establishes regulatory capital requirements, including well-capitalized standards for the Corporation. The regulatory capital requirements effective for the Corporation follow Basel III, subject to certain transition provisions.
(3)
March 31, 2017 data is estimated.


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Associated Banc-Corp
Selected Asset Quality Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
(In thousands)
 
Mar 31, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
Seql Qtr % Change
 
Sep 30, 2016
Jun 30, 2016
Mar 31, 2016
Comp Qtr % Change
Allowance for Loan Losses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance at beginning of period
 
$
278,335

$
269,540

3
 %
 
$
267,780

$
277,370

$
274,264

1
 %
Provision for loan losses
 
10,000

18,000

(44
)%
 
20,000

11,000

20,000

(50
)%
Charge offs
 
(11,854
)
(11,609
)
2
 %
 
(28,964
)
(24,621
)
(21,245
)
(44
)%
Recoveries
 
6,191

2,404

158
 %
 
10,724

4,031

4,351

42
 %
Net charge offs
 
(5,663
)
(9,205
)
(38
)%
 
(18,240
)
(20,590
)
(16,894
)
(66
)%
Balance at end of period
 
$
282,672

$
278,335

2
 %
 
$
269,540

$
267,780

$
277,370

2
 %
Allowance for Unfunded Commitments
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance at beginning of period
 
$
25,400

$
28,400

(11
)%
 
$
27,400

$
24,400

$
24,400

4
 %
Provision for unfunded commitments
 
(1,000
)
(3,000
)
(67
)%
 
1,000

3,000


N/M

Balance at end of period
 
$
24,400

$
25,400

(4
)%
 
$
28,400

$
27,400

$
24,400

 %
Allowance for credit losses
 
$
307,072

$
303,735

1
 %
 
$
297,940

$
295,180

$
301,770

2
 %
Provision for credit losses
 
$
9,000

$
15,000

(40
)%
 
$
21,000

$
14,000

$
20,000

(55
)%
Net Charge Offs
 
Mar 31, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
Seql Qtr % Change
 
Sep 30, 2016
Jun 30, 2016
Mar 31, 2016
Comp Qtr % Change
Commercial and industrial
 
$
(4,368
)
$
(6,566
)
(33
)%
 
$
(16,407
)
$
(18,564
)
$
(14,936
)
(71
)%
Commercial real estate—owner occupied
 
19

(221
)
(109
)%
 
(154
)
(20
)
(43
)
(144
)%
Commercial and business lending
 
(4,349
)
(6,787
)
(36
)%
 
(16,561
)
(18,584
)
(14,979
)
(71
)%
Commercial real estate—investor
 
(514
)
5

N/M

 
(564
)
(560
)
1,239

(141
)%
Real estate construction
 
11

(86
)
(113
)%
 
(22
)
(219
)
(28
)
(139
)%
Commercial real estate lending
 
(503
)
(81
)
N/M

 
(586
)
(779
)
1,211

(142
)%
Total commercial
 
(4,852
)
(6,868
)
(29
)%
 
(17,147
)
(19,363
)
(13,768
)
(65
)%
Residential mortgage
 
(128
)
(1,048
)
(88
)%
 
(540
)
(757
)
(1,232
)
(90
)%
Home equity revolving lines of credit
 
85

(611
)
(114
)%
 
36

275

(902
)
(109
)%
Home equity loans junior liens
 
88

120

(27
)%
 
89

42

(244
)
(136
)%
Home equity
 
173

(491
)
(135
)%
 
125

317

(1,146
)
(115
)%
Other consumer
 
(856
)
(798
)
7
 %
 
(678
)
(787
)
(748
)
14
 %
Total consumer
 
(811
)
(2,337
)
(65
)%
 
(1,093
)
(1,227
)
(3,126
)
(74
)%
Total net charge offs
 
$
(5,663
)
$
(9,205
)
(38
)%
 
$
(18,240
)
$
(20,590
)
$
(16,894
)
(66
)%
Net Charge Offs to Average Loans (in basis points)*
 
Mar 31, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
 
 
Sep 30, 2016
Jun 30, 2016
Mar 31, 2016
 
Commercial and industrial
 
(28
)
(40
)
 
 
(98
)
(114
)
(97
)
 
Commercial real estate—owner occupied
 
1

(10
)
 
 
(7
)
(1
)
(2
)
 
Commercial and business lending
 
(24
)
(36
)
 
 
(87
)
(100
)
(85
)
 
Commercial real estate—investor
 
(6
)
 N/M

 
 
(6
)
(7
)
15

 
Real estate construction
 
N/M

(3
)
 
 
(1
)
(7
)
(1
)
 
Commercial real estate lending
 
(4
)
(1
)
 
 
(5
)
(7
)
11

 
Total commercial
 
(16
)
(22
)
 
 
(55
)
(64
)
(48
)
 
Residential mortgage
 
(1
)
(7
)
 
 
(3
)
(5
)
(8
)
 
Home equity revolving lines of credit
 
4

(29
)
 
 
2

13

(41
)
 
Home equity loans junior liens
 
39

49

 
 
34

15

(83
)
 
Home equity
 
8

(21
)
 
 
5

13

(46
)
 
Other consumer
 
(90
)
(80
)
 
 
(67
)
(78
)
(72
)
 
Total consumer
 
(4
)
(12
)
 
 
(6
)
(7
)
(17
)
 
Total net charge offs
 
(11
)
(18
)
 
 
(36
)
(42
)
(36
)
 
Credit Quality
 
Mar 31, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
Seql Qtr % Change
 
Sep 30, 2016
Jun 30, 2016
Mar 31, 2016
Comp Qtr % Change
Nonaccrual loans
 
$
259,991

$
275,303

(6
)%
 
$
289,911

$
282,602

$
286,395

(9
)%
Other real estate owned (OREO)
 
7,540

10,274

(27
)%
 
14,499

13,669

16,056

(53
)%
Other nonperforming assets
 
7,418

7,418

 %
 



N/M

Total nonperforming assets
 
$
274,949

$
292,995

(6
)%
 
$
304,410

$
296,271

$
302,451

(9
)%
Loans 90 or more days past due and still accruing
 
$
1,720

$
1,613

7
 %
 
$
1,511

$
1,494

$
1,629

6
 %
Allowance for loan losses to loans
 
1.40
%
1.39
%
 
 
1.36
%
1.35
%
1.44
%
 
Allowance for loan losses to nonaccrual loans
 
108.72
%
101.10
%
 
 
92.97
%
94.76
%
96.85
%
 
Nonaccrual loans to total loans
 
1.29
%
1.37
%
 
 
1.46
%
1.43
%
1.49
%
 
Nonperforming assets to total loans plus OREO
 
1.36
%
1.46
%
 
 
1.53
%
1.49
%
1.57
%
 
Nonperforming assets to total assets
 
0.94
%
1.01
%
 
 
1.04
%
1.02
%
1.07
%
 
Year-to-date net charge offs to average loans *
 
0.11
%
0.33
%
 
 
0.38
%
0.39
%
0.36
%
 
* Annualized
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
N/M = Not meaningful
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Associated Banc-Corp
Selected Asset Quality Information (continued)
(in thousands)
 
Mar 31, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
Seql Qtr % Change

Sep 30, 2016
Jun 30, 2016
Mar 31, 2016
Comp Qtr % Change
Nonaccrual loans
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commercial and industrial
 
$
164,891

$
183,371

(10
)%
 
$
205,902

$
193,439

$
197,115

(16
)%
Commercial real estate—owner occupied
 
17,925

9,544

88
 %
 
6,995

9,635

9,443

90
 %
Commercial and business lending
 
182,816

192,915

(5
)%
 
212,897

203,074

206,558

(11
)%
Commercial real estate—investor
 
8,273

18,051

(54
)%
 
8,028

11,528

12,330

(33
)%
Real estate construction
 
1,247

844

48
 %
 
864

957

840

48
 %
Commercial real estate lending
 
9,520

18,895

(50
)%
 
8,892

12,485

13,170

(28
)%
Total commercial
 
192,336

211,810

(9
)%
 
221,789

215,559

219,728

(12
)%
Residential mortgage
 
54,183

50,236

8
 %
 
53,475

52,300

52,212

4
 %
Home equity revolving lines of credit
 
8,817

8,588

3
 %
 
9,462

8,797

8,822

 %
Home equity loans junior liens
 
4,395

4,413

 %
 
4,885

5,566

5,250

(16
)%
Home equity
 
13,212

13,001

2
 %
 
14,347

14,363

14,072

(6
)%
Other consumer
 
260

256

2
 %
 
300

380

383

(32
)%
Total consumer
 
67,655

63,493

7
 %
 
68,122

67,043

66,667

1
 %
Total nonaccrual loans
 
$
259,991

$
275,303

(6
)%
 
$
289,911

$
282,602

$
286,395

(9
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restructured loans (accruing)
 
Mar 31, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
Seql Qtr % Change
 
Sep 30, 2016
Jun 30, 2016
Mar 31, 2016
Comp Qtr % Change
Commercial and industrial
 
$
30,852

$
31,884

(3
)%
 
$
30,248

$
29,179

$
28,908

7
 %
Commercial real estate—owner occupied
 
5,532

5,490

1
 %
 
7,445

7,509

7,693

(28
)%
Commercial and business lending
 
36,384

37,374

(3
)%
 
37,693

36,688

36,601

(1
)%
Commercial real estate—investor
 
14,563

15,289

(5
)%
 
15,352

20,191

20,993

(31
)%
Real estate construction
 
327

359

(9
)%
 
365

372

386

(15
)%
Commercial real estate lending
 
14,890

15,648

(5
)%
 
15,717

20,563

21,379

(30
)%
Total commercial
 
51,274

53,022

(3
)%
 
53,410

57,251

57,980

(12
)%
Residential mortgage
 
18,535

18,100

2
 %
 
18,049

18,314

19,807

(6
)%
Home equity revolving lines of credit
 
683

555

23
 %
 
585

576

1,377

(50
)%
Home equity loans junior liens
 
7,526

7,201

5
 %
 
7,100

6,379

5,540

36
 %
Home equity
 
8,209

7,756

6
 %
 
7,685

6,955

6,917

19
 %
Other consumer
 
1,041

979

6
 %
 
926

906

893

17
 %
Total consumer
 
27,785

26,835

4
 %
 
26,660

26,175

27,617

1
 %
Total restructured loans (accruing)
 
$
79,059

$
79,857

(1
)%
 
$
80,070

$
83,426

$
85,597

(8
)%
Restructured loans included in nonaccrual loans (not included with restructed loans (accruing))
 
$
78,902

$
29,385

169
 %
 
$
31,758

$
34,841

$
35,232

124
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accruing Loans 30-89 Days Past Due
 
Mar 31, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
Seql Qtr % Change
 
Sep 30, 2016
Jun 30, 2016
Mar 31, 2016
Comp Qtr % Change
Commercial and industrial
 
$
1,675

$
1,413

19
 %
 
$
950

$
2,124

$
2,901

(42
)%
Commercial real estate—owner occupied
 
970

1,384

(30
)%
 
869

193

520

87
 %
Commercial and business lending
 
2,645

2,797

(5
)%
 
1,819

2,317

3,421

(23
)%
Commercial real estate—investor
 
1,122

931

21
 %
 
630

2,715

1,072

5
 %
Real estate construction
 
431

369

17
 %
 
402

524

415

4
 %
Commercial real estate lending
 
1,553

1,300

19
 %
 
1,032

3,239

1,487

4
 %
Total commercial
 
4,198

4,097

2
 %
 
2,851

5,556

4,908

(14
)%
Residential mortgage
 
7,243

8,142

(11
)%
 
6,697

7,382

3,594

102
 %
Home equity revolving lines of credit
 
3,332

4,219

(21
)%
 
4,137