Press Release

Synovus Announces Earnings for Third Quarter 2015, $300 Million Stock Repurchase Program, and 20% Increase in Quarterly Common Stock Dividend

Company Release - 10/20/2015 6:30 AM ET

COLUMBUS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Net income available to common shareholders for the third quarter of 2015 was $55.4 million or $0.42 per diluted share as compared to $53.2 million or $0.40 per diluted share for the previous quarter and $44.2 million or $0.32 per diluted share for the third quarter 2014.
    • Diluted EPS increased 32.2% as compared to the third quarter 2014; adjusted diluted EPS increased 14.6% as compared to the third quarter 2014.
  • Total loans grew $369.4 million or 6.8% annualized from the previous quarter and $1.28 billion or 6.2% as compared to the third quarter 2014.
  • Average core deposits grew $592.2 million or 11.2% annualized from the previous quarter and $2.06 billion or 10.6% as compared to the third quarter 2014.
  • Adjusted pre-tax, pre-credit costs income was $104.7 million for the third quarter 2015, an increase of $1.1 million or 1.1% from $103.6 million for the previous quarter and an increase of $1.2 million or 1.2% as compared to the third quarter 2014.
  • Credit quality continued to improve as the NPL ratio declined to 0.72% at September 30, 2015 from 0.81% at June 30, 2015 and the annualized net charge‐off ratio for the third quarter declined to 0.12% and 0.15% year‐to‐date compared to 0.24% for the third quarter 2014 and 0.41% for year‐to‐date 2014.
  • The Company completed the $250 million common stock repurchase program announced in the fourth quarter 2014, which resulted in repurchases totaling 9.1 million shares and reduced total share count by 6.5%.
  • The Board of Directors authorized a new share repurchase program of up to $300 million of the Company’s common stock to be executed over the next 15 months.
  • Additionally, the Board of Directors approved a 20% increase in the Company’s quarterly common stock dividend from $0.10 to $0.12 per share, effective with the quarterly dividend payable in January 2016.

“We are pleased to announce a $300 million share repurchase program to be executed over the next 15 months and a 20% increase in our quarterly common stock dividend. Our ability to take this action is a direct result of our sustained growth, significantly improved risk profile, and strong capital position,” said Kessel D. Stelling, Synovus Chairman and CEO. “Our performance in the third quarter demonstrated our team’s continued progress in growing loans, especially in high-growth markets; in growing core deposits across our footprint; and in improving the quality of our balance sheet. Moving ahead, we are actively engaged in initiatives that generate growth, specifically in areas that further diversify our balance sheet and improve our fee income contribution. We continue to add revenue-generating talent at an aggressive pace while also managing expenses to support our investments in growth. Above all, our team remains committed to serving customers and winning new relationships.”

Balance Sheet

  • Total loans ended the quarter at $21.86 billion, up $369.4 million or 6.8% annualized, from the previous quarter and up $1.28 billion or 6.2% as compared to the third quarter 2014.
    • Commercial real estate loans grew by $134.9 million from the previous quarter, or 7.6% annualized.
    • Commercial and industrial loans grew by $122.4 million from the previous quarter, or 4.7% annualized.
    • Retail loans grew by $111.3 million from the previous quarter, or 10.9% annualized.
  • Total average deposits for the quarter were $22.86 billion, and grew by $393.4 million or 6.9% annualized from the previous quarter and $1.92 billion or 9.2% as compared to the third quarter 2014.
  • Average core deposits for the quarter were $21.50 billion, and grew by $592.2 million or 11.2% annualized from the previous quarter and $2.06 billion or 10.6% as compared to the third quarter 2014.
  • Average core deposits, excluding state, county, and municipal deposits, grew by $745.2 million or 15.9% annualized from the previous quarter and $1.98 billion or 11.4% as compared to the third quarter 2014.

Core Performance

Adjusted pre-tax, pre-credit costs income was $104.7 million for the third quarter 2015, an increase of $1.1 million or 1.1% from $103.6 million for the previous quarter and an increase of $1.2 million or 1.2% as compared to the third quarter 2014.

  • Net interest income was $207.8 million for the third quarter 2015, up $4.1 million from $203.6 million in the previous quarter and up $1.5 million or 0.7% as compared to the third quarter 2014.
  • Net interest margin declined one basis point to 3.14% compared to 3.15% in the previous quarter. Yield on earning assets was 3.60%, one basis point lower than the previous quarter, and the effective cost of funds was unchanged from the previous quarter at 0.46%.
    • The yield on loans decreased 4 basis points to 4.10%.
    • Average balances at the Fed decreased $215.2 million or 14.4%.
  • Adjusted non-interest income was $67.1 million, up $211 thousand or 0.3% compared to $66.8 million for the previous quarter and up $3.1 million or 4.8% as compared to the third quarter 2014.
    • Core banking fees1 were $33.9 million, up $1.5 million or 4.7% from the previous quarter, primarily driven by higher service charges on deposit accounts and other service charges.
    • Financial Management Services revenues, consisting primarily of fiduciary and asset management fees and brokerage revenue, were $19.8 million, up 0.2% from the previous quarter.
    • Mortgage banking income decreased $1.5 million or 20.6% from the previous quarter, due to a decrease in production volume of 18.4%.
    • Gains from the sale of SBA loans of $1.1 million were down $300 thousand from the previous quarter and up $922 thousand year-to-date as compared to 2014.
  • Total non-interest expense for the third quarter 2015 was $177.9 million, flat to the previous quarter and down $15.8 million or 8.2% as compared to the third quarter 2014.
  • Adjusted non-interest expense for the third quarter 2015 was $170.1 million, up $3.3 million or 2.0% from the previous quarter and up $3.4 million or 2.0% as compared to the third quarter 2014.
    • Employment expense of $94.3 million decreased $224 thousand from the previous quarter.
    • Advertising expense of $5.5 million increased $2.6 million from the previous quarter.
    • Professional fees of $6.4 million decreased $46 thousand from the previous quarter.
      • Compared to the third quarter 2014, professional fees were up $3.8 million; the third quarter 2014 included a benefit from a $3.6 million net insurance recovery for incurred legal fees related to litigation.

Credit Quality

Broad-based improvement in credit quality continued.

  • Total credit costs were $10.3 million in the third quarter 2015 compared to $12.8 million in the previous quarter.
  • Non-performing loans, excluding loans held for sale, were $157.6 million at September 30, 2015, down $16.0 million or 9.2% from the previous quarter, and down $84.7 million or 35.0% from September 30, 2014. The non-performing loan ratio was 0.72% at September 30, 2015, compared to 0.81% at the end of the previous quarter and 1.18% at September 30, 2014.
  • Total non-performing assets were $222.0 million at September 30, 2015, down $18.1 million or 7.5% from the previous quarter, and down $102.4 million or 31.6% from September 30, 2014. The non-performing asset ratio was 1.01% at September 30, 2015, compared to 1.11% at the end of the previous quarter and 1.57% at September 30, 2014.
  • Total delinquencies (consisting of loans 30 or more days past due and still accruing) remain low at 0.18% of total loans at September 30, 2015 compared to 0.24% at June 30, 2015 and 0.35% at September 30, 2014. Total loans past due 90 days or more and still accruing were 0.01% of total loans at September 30, 2015, down from June 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014 at 0.02%.
  • Net charge-offs were $6.8 million in the third quarter 2015, down $1.5 million or 27.4% from $5.3 million in the previous quarter. The annualized net charge-off ratio was 0.12% in the third quarter compared to 0.10% in the previous quarter.

Capital Ratios

Capital ratios remained strong and include the impact of common stock repurchases completed through September 30, 2015.

  • Common Equity Tier 1 ratio was 10.62% at September 30, 2015 compared to 10.73% at June 30, 2015.
  • Tier 1 Capital ratio was 10.62% at September 30, 2015 compared to 10.73% at June 30, 2015.
  • Total Risk Based Capital ratio was 12.04% at September 30, 2015 compared to 12.18% at June 30, 2015.
  • Tier 1 Leverage ratio was 9.44% at September 30, 2015 compared to 9.48% at June 30, 2015.
  • Tangible Common Equity ratio was 10.18% at September 30, 2015 compared to 10.13% at June 30, 2015.

Capital Management

  • During the third quarter, the Company completed the $250 million common stock repurchase program announced in the fourth quarter 2014, which resulted in 9.1 million total shares repurchased and reduced total share count by 6.5%.
  • Additionally, during the third quarter, the Board of Directors authorized a new share repurchase program of up to $300 million of the Company’s common stock to be executed over the next 15 months.
  • The Board of Directors also approved a 20% increase in the Company’s quarterly common stock dividend from $0.10 to $0.12 per share, effective with the quarterly dividend payable in January 2016.

Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Synovus will host an earnings highlights conference call at 8:30 a.m. EDT on October 20, 2015. The earnings call will be accompanied by a slide presentation. Shareholders and other interested parties may listen to this conference call via simultaneous Internet broadcast. For a link to the webcast, go to www.synovus.com/webcasts. The replay will be archived for 12 months and will be available 30-45 minutes after the call.

About Synovus

Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $28 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 28 locally-branded divisions, 258 branches, and 336 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Synovus Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synovus, was recognized as one of America's Most Reputable Banks by American Banker and the Reputation Institute in 2015. Synovus is on the web at synovus.com, on Twitter @synovus, and on LinkedIn at http://linkedin.com/company/synovus.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and certain of our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission contain statements that constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of, and subject to the protections of, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. You can identify these forward-looking statements through Synovus’ use of words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “assumes,” “should,” “predicts,” “could,” “would,” “intends,” “targets,” “estimates,” “projects,” “plans,” “potential” and other similar words and expressions of the future or otherwise regarding the outlook for Synovus’ future business and financial performance and/or the performance of the banking industry and economy in general. These forward-looking statements include, among others, our expectations on credit trends and key credit metrics; expectations regarding deposits, loan growth and the net interest margin; expectations on our growth strategy, expense initiatives, talent acquisition, and future profitability; expectations regarding our capital management, including our announced share repurchase program; and the assumptions underlying our expectations. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Synovus to be materially different from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the information known to, and current beliefs and expectations of, Synovus’ management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements in this press release. Many of these factors are beyond Synovus’ ability to control or predict.

These forward-looking statements are based upon information presently known to Synovus’ management and are inherently subjective, uncertain and subject to change due to any number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the risks and other factors set forth in Synovus’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 under the captions “Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” and in Synovus’ quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. We believe these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date that they are made. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as otherwise may be required by law.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The measures entitled average core deposits; average core deposits excluding average state, county, and municipal deposits; tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio; adjusted net income per diluted common share; adjusted pre-tax, pre-credit costs income; adjusted non-interest income; and adjusted non-interest expense are not measures recognized under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and therefore are considered non-GAAP financial measures. The most comparable GAAP measures are total average deposits; total shareholders’ equity to total assets ratio; net income per diluted common share; income before income taxes; total non-interest income; and total non-interest expense, respectively.

Synovus believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful additional information about Synovus to assist management and investors in evaluating Synovus’ capital strength and the performance of its core business. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as substitutes for total average deposits; total shareholders’ equity to total assets ratio; net income per diluted common share; income before income taxes; total non-interest income; and total non-interest expense determined in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures at other companies.

The computations of average core deposits; average core deposits excluding average state, county, and municipal deposits; tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio; adjusted net income per diluted common share; adjusted pre-tax, pre-credit costs income; adjusted non-interest income; and adjusted non-interest expense; and the reconciliation of these measures to total average deposits; total shareholders’ equity to total assets ratio; net income per diluted common share; income before income taxes; total non-interest income; and total non-interest expense are set forth in the tables below.

1 Include service charges on deposit accounts, bankcard fees, letter of credit fees, ATM fee income, line of credit non-usage fees, and miscellaneous other service charges.

                               
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures                    
(dollars in thousands) 3Q15     2Q15     1Q15     4Q14     3Q14
 
Average core deposits
Average core deposits excluding state, county, and municipal deposits
Average total deposits $ 22,860,019 22,466,102 21,615,049 21,336,007 20,938,587
Subtract: Average brokered deposits  

(1,357,163

)

(1,555,931

)

(1,594,822

)

(1,602,354

)

(1,494,620

)

Average core deposits

 

21,502,856

  20,910,171   20,020,227   19,733,653   19,443,967  
Subtract: Average state, county, and municipal deposits   (2,124,812 ) (2,277,783 ) (2,224,193 ) (2,184,757 ) (2,045,817 )

Average core deposits excluding state, county, and municipal deposits

 

$ 19,378,044   18,632,388   17,796,034   17,548,896   17,398,150  
 
Tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio
Total assets $ 28,167,827 28,205,870 27,633,784 27,051,231 26,519,110
Subtract: Goodwill (24,431 ) (24,431 ) (24,431 ) (24,431 ) (24,431 )
Subtract: Other intangible assets, net  

(667

)

(863 ) (1,061 ) (1,265 ) (1,471 )
Tangible assets   28,142,729   28,180,576   27,608,292   27,025,535   26,493,208  
 
Total shareholders’ equity 3,017,116 3,006,157 3,030,635 3,041,270 3,076,545

Subtract: Goodwill

(24,431 ) (24,431 ) (24,431 ) (24,431 ) (24,431 )

Subtract: Other intangible assets, net

(667 ) (863 ) (1,061 ) (1,265 ) (1,471 )

Subtract: Series C Preferred Stock, no par value

  (125,980 ) (125,980 ) (125,980 ) (125,980 ) (125,980 )
Tangible common equity $ 2,866,038   2,854,883   2,879,163   2,889,594   2,924,663  
Total shareholders’ equity to total assets ratio 10.71 % 10.66

 

10.97 11.24

 

11.60
Tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio 10.18 % 10.13

 

10.43 10.69

 

11.04
 
Adjusted net income per common share, diluted
Net income available to common shareholders $ 55,369 44,229
Add: Litigation settlement expenses (after-tax) - 7,545
Deduct: Recovery of previously incurred legal costs related to certain legal matters, net of legal costs incurred in 3Q14 related to those same legal matters (after-tax)(1) - (2,211 )
Add: Restructuring charges (after-tax) 42 494
Add: Visa indemnification charges (after-tax)  

222

1,209

Adjusted net income available to common shareholders $ 55,633 51,266
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 132,297 139,726
Adjusted net income per common share, diluted $ 0.42   0.37  
 
                               
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures, continued
(dollars in thousands) 3Q15     2Q15     1Q15     4Q14     3Q14
 
Adjusted Pre-tax, Pre-credit Costs Income
Income before income taxes $ 93,986 88,034 85,812 78,928 72,656
Add: Provision for losses on loans 2,956 6,636 4,397 8,193 3,843
Add: Other credit costs(2) 7,344 6,175 11,273 8,213 11,858
Add: Restructuring charges 69 5 (107 ) 3,484 809
Add: Litigation contingency/settlement expenses - 4,400 - 463 12,349
Subtract: Investment securities gains, net - (1,985 ) (725 ) - -
Add: Visa indemnification charges   363   354   375   310   1,979  
Pre-tax, pre-credit costs income $ 104,718   103,619   101,025   99,591   103,494  
 

Adjusted Non-interest Income

Total non-interest income $ 67,059 68,832 65,854 64,549 63,985
Subtract: Investment securities gains, net   -   (1,985 ) (725 ) -   -  
Adjusted non-interest income $ 67,059   66,847   65,129   64,549   63,985  
 
Adjusted Non-interest Expense
Total non-interest expense $ 177,907 177,806 178,908 184,883 193,749
Subtract: Other credit costs(2) (7,344 ) (6,175 ) (11,273 ) (8,213 ) (11,858 )
Subtract: Restructuring charges (69 ) (5 ) 107 (3,484 ) (809 )
Subtract: Visa indemnification charges (363 ) (354 ) (375 ) (310 ) (1,979 )
Subtract: Litigation contingency/settlement expenses   -   (4,400 ) -   (463 ) (12,349 )
Adjusted non-interest expense $ 170,131   166,872   167,367   172,413   166,754  
                               
 

(1) Recovery of previously incurred legal costs represents a reimbursement from an insurance carrier for attorney fees incurred in previous periods in connection with certain litigation. This amount, net of attorney fees incurred in 3Q14 relating to the same legal matters, is recorded as a component of professional fees in the consolidated income statement. These items are also a component of adjusted pre-tax, pre-credit costs income.

(2) Other credit costs consist primarily of foreclosed real estate expense, net.

 
         
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INCOME STATEMENT DATA Nine Months Ended
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) September 30,
             
 
2015 2014 Change
             
 
Interest income $ 703,148 693,989 1.3 %
Interest expense   88,450   82,160   7.7  
 
 
Net interest income 614,698 611,829 0.5
Provision for loan losses   13,990   25,638   (45.4 )
 
 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   600,708   586,191 2.5  
 
 
Non-interest income:
Service charges on deposit accounts 59,621 58,610 1.7
Fiduciary and asset management fees 34,722 33,536 3.5
Brokerage revenue 20,978 20,201 3.8
Mortgage banking income 19,960 13,459 48.3
Bankcard fees 24,910 24,394 2.1
Investment securities gains, net 2,710 1,331 103.6
Other fee income 15,371 14,495 6.0
Gain on sale of Memphis branches, net (1) - 5,789 nm
Other non-interest income   23,474   25,740   (8.8 )
 
 
Total non-interest income   201,746   197,555   2.1  
 
 
Non-interest expense:
Salaries and other personnel expense 285,394 279,855 2.0
Net occupancy and equipment expense 79,650 79,436 0.3
Third-party processing expense 31,858 29,604 7.6
FDIC insurance and other regulatory fees 20,315 25,369 (19.9 )
Professional fees 18,382 18,427 (0.2 )
Advertising expense 11,797 15,935 (26.0 )
Foreclosed real estate expense, net 18,350 18,818 (2.5 )
Visa indemnification charges 1,092 2,731 (60.0 )
Litigation contingency/settlement expenses 4,400 12,349 (64.4 )
Restructuring charges, net (33 ) 17,101 nm
Other operating expenses   63,416   60,490   4.8  
 
 
Total non-interest expense   534,621   560,115   (4.6 )
 
 
Income before income taxes 267,833 223,631 19.8
Income tax expense   100,149   81,554   22.8  
 
Net income 167,684 142,077 18.0
 
Dividends on preferred stock   7,678   7,678   -  
 
 
Net income available to common shareholders $ 160,006   134,399   19.1 %
 
 
Net income per common share, basic $ 1.20 0.97 24.3 %
 
Net income per common share, diluted 1.20 0.96 24.1
 
Cash dividends declared per common share 0.30 0.21 42.9
 
Return on average assets 0.80 % 0.72 8bps
Return on average common equity 7.40 6.21 119
 
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic 133,120 138,989 (4.2 )%
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted 133,876 139,600 (4.1 )
 
nm - not meaningful
bps - basis points
 
(1)

Consists of gain, net of associated costs, from the 1Q14 sale of certain loans, premises, deposits, and other assets and liabilities of the Memphis, Tennessee branches of Trust One Bank, a division of Synovus Bank.

 

                     
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INCOME STATEMENT DATA
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)

2015

 

2014

3rd Quarter
                               
Third Second First Fourth Third '15 vs. '14
Quarter     Quarter     Quarter     Quarter     Quarter     Change
 
Interest income $ 238,093 233,654 231,401 234,703 233,394 2.0 %
Interest expense   30,303   30,010 28,138   27,248 27,131 11.7  
 
 
Net interest income 207,790 203,644 203,263 207,455 206,263 0.7
Provision for loan losses   2,956   6,636 4,397   8,193 3,843 (23.1 )
 
 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   204,834   197,008 198,866   199,262 202,420 1.2  
 
 
Non-interest income:
Service charges on deposit accounts 20,692 19,795 19,133 20,287 20,159 2.6
Fiduciary and asset management fees 11,308 11,843 11,571 11,690 11,207 0.9
Brokerage revenue 6,946 6,782 7,251 6,887 7,281 (4.6 )
Mortgage banking income 5,965 7,511 6,484 4,895 4,665 27.9
Bankcard fees 8,334 8,499 8,077 8,536 8,182 1.9
Investment securities gains, net - 1,985 725 - - nm
Other fee income 5,521 4,605 5,246 4,635 4,704 17.4
Other non-interest income   8,293   7,812 7,367   7,619 7,787 6.5  
 
 
Total non-interest income   67,059   68,832 65,854   64,549 63,985 4.8  
 
Non-interest expense:
Salaries and other personnel expense 94,341 94,565 96,488 92,049 93,870 0.5
Net occupancy and equipment expense 26,937 26,541 26,172 26,370 26,956 (0.1 )
Third-party processing expense 10,844 10,672 10,343 10,437 10,044 8.0
FDIC insurance and other regulatory fees 6,591 6,767 6,957 8,115 7,839 (15.9 )
Professional fees 6,371 6,417 5,594 8,013 2,526 152.2
Advertising expense 5,488 2,865 3,443 8,102 7,177 (23.5 )
Foreclosed real estate expense, net 4,503 4,351 9,496 6,502 9,074 (50.4 )
Visa indemnification charges 363 354 375 310 1,979 (81.7 )
Litigation contingency/settlement expenses (1) - 4,400 - 463 12,349 nm
Restructuring charges, net 69 5 (107 ) 3,484 809 nm
Other operating expenses   22,400   20,869 20,147   21,038 21,126 6.0  
 
Total non-interest expense   177,907   177,806 178,908   184,883 193,749 (8.2 )
 
 
 
Income before income taxes 93,986 88,034 85,812 78,928 72,656 29.4
Income tax expense   36,058   32,242 31,849   25,757 25,868 39.4  
 
 
Net income 57,928 55,792 53,963 53,171 46,788 23.8
 
Dividends on preferred stock   2,559   2,559 2,559   2,559 2,559 -  
 
Net income available to common shareholders $ 55,369   53,233 51,404   50,612 44,229 25.2 %
 
Net income per common share, basic $ 0.42 0.40 0.38 0.37 0.32 32.4 %
 
Net income per common share, diluted 0.42 0.40 0.38 0.37 0.32 32.2
 
Cash dividends declared per common share 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.07 42.9
 
Return on average assets * 0.81 % 0.80 0.80 0.79 0.70 11bps
Return on average common equity * 7.64 7.39 7.16 6.89 5.97 167
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic 131,516 132,947 134,933 137,031 139,043 (5.4 )%
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted 132,297 133,625 135,744 137,831 139,726 (5.3 )
 
nm - not meaningful
bps - basis points
* - ratios are annualized
 

(1)

Amounts for other periods presented herein are not reported separately as amounts are not material.

 
Synovus            
       
BALANCE SHEET DATA September 30, 2015 December 31, 2014 September 30, 2014
(Unaudited)
 
(In thousands, except share data)
 
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 329,396 485,489 386,402
Interest bearing funds with Federal Reserve Bank 837,641 721,362 750,446
Interest earning deposits with banks 21,170 11,810 13,612

Federal funds sold and securities purchased under resale agreements

69,732 73,111 70,918
Trading account assets, at fair value 5,844 13,863 12,705
Mortgage loans held for sale, at fair value 73,623 63,328 72,333
Investment securities available for sale, at fair value 3,487,332 3,041,406 3,050,257
 
Loans, net of deferred fees and costs 21,864,309 21,097,699 20,588,566
Allowance for loan losses   (250,900 ) (261,317 ) (269,376 )
Loans, net   21,613,409   20,836,382   20,319,190  
 
Premises and equipment, net 449,078 455,235 456,633
Goodwill 24,431 24,431 24,431
Other real estate 64,346 85,472 81,636
Deferred tax asset, net 526,492 622,464 656,151
Other assets   665,333   616,878   624,396  
 
Total assets $ 28,167,827   27,051,231   26,519,110  
 
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities:
Deposits:
Non-interest bearing deposits $ 6,570,227 6,228,472 5,813,809
Interest bearing deposits, excluding brokered deposits 14,961,388 13,660,830 13,609,038
Brokered deposits   1,245,798   1,642,398   1,566,934  
Total deposits 22,777,413 21,531,700 20,989,781
 
Federal funds purchased and securities sold under repurchase agreements 135,475 126,916 107,160
Long-term debt 2,038,719 2,140,319 2,130,934
Other liabilities   199,104   211,026   214,690  
 
Total liabilities   25,150,711   24,009,961   23,442,565  
 
 
 
Shareholders' equity:
Series C Preferred Stock - no par value, 5,200,000 shares outstanding at September 30, 2015, December 31, 2014, and September 30, 2014 125,980 125,980 125,980
Common stock - $1.00 par value. 130,632,731 shares outstanding at September 30, 2015, 136,122,843 shares outstanding at December 31, 2014, and 139,064,621 shares outstanding at September 30, 2014 140,526 139,950 139,878
Additional paid-in capital 2,986,333 2,960,825 2,974,319
Treasury stock, at cost - 9,892,877 shares at September 30, 2015, 3,827,579 shares at December 31, 2014, and 813,350 shares at September 30, 2014 (364,428 ) (187,774 ) (114,176 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net (6,092 ) (12,605 ) (24,827 )
Retained earnings (deficit)   134,797   14,894   (24,629 )
Total shareholders' equity   3,017,116   3,041,270   3,076,545  
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 28,167,827   27,051,231   26,519,110  
 
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AVERAGE BALANCES AND YIELDS/RATES (1)
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
2015

 

2014

           

 

   
Third Second First Fourth Third
Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter
                 
Interest Earning Assets
   
Taxable investment securities (2) $ 3,380,543 3,165,513 2,998,597 3,027,769 3,035,940
Yield 1.76 % 1.79 1.85 1.85 1.84
 
Tax-exempt investment securities (2) (4) $ 4,509 4,595 4,967 5,030 5,168
Yield (taxable equivalent) 6.21 % 6.15 6.21 6.19 6.21
 
Trading account assets $ 7,278 12,564 14,188 12,879 16,818
Yield 1.84 % 3.72 3.02 3.08 2.52
 
Commercial loans (3) (4) $ 17,522,735 17,297,130 17,176,641 16,956,294 16,603,287
Yield 3.99 % 4.01 4.06 4.09 4.17
 
Consumer loans (3) $ 4,105,639 3,986,151 3,929,188 3,895,397 3,814,160
Yield 4.31 % 4.37 4.45 4.42 4.44
 
Allowance for loan losses $ (256,102 )   (254,177 )   (257,167 )   (268,659 )   (274,698 )
 
Loans, net (3) $ 21,372,272 21,029,104 20,848,662 20,583,032 20,142,749
Yield 4.10 % 4.14 4.19 4.22 4.29
 
Mortgage loans held for sale $ 69,438 90,419 64,507 60,892 70,766
Yield 3.82 % 3.39 3.92 3.84 3.96
 

Federal funds sold, due from Federal Reserve Bank, and other short-term investments

$ 1,380,686 1,590,114 1,123,250 898,871 974,363
Yield 0.24 % 0.24 0.24 0.23 0.23
 
Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank stock (5) $ 71,852 76,091 80,813 75,547 78,131
Yield 4.71 % 4.57 3.90 4.53 3.57
                         
Total interest earning assets $ 26,286,578 25,968,400 25,134,984 24,664,020 24,323,935
Yield 3.60 % 3.61 3.73 3.78 3.81
                         
 
Interest Bearing Liabilities
   
 
Interest bearing demand deposits $ 3,955,803 3,919,401 3,800,476 3,781,389 3,722,599
Rate 0.18 % 0.18 0.19 0.19 0.19
 
Money market accounts $ 6,893,563 6,466,610 6,210,704 6,009,897 6,044,138
Rate 0.36 % 0.35 0.32 0.29 0.29
 
Savings deposits $ 685,813 675,260 649,597 638,813 645,654
Rate 0.06 % 0.06 0.05 0.07 0.07
 
Time deposits under $100,000 $ 1,338,994 1,351,299 1,324,513 1,315,905 1,335,848
Rate 0.66 % 0.68 0.61 0.57 0.56
 
Time deposits over $100,000 $ 2,086,851 2,061,434 1,926,380 1,877,602 1,871,136
Rate 0.88 % 0.88 0.80 0.76 0.75
 
Brokered money market accounts $ 221,817 185,909 181,754 191,103 174,538
Rate 0.31 % 0.31 0.30 0.28 0.27
 
Brokered time deposits $ 1,135,346 1,370,022 1,413,068 1,411,252 1,320,082
Rate   0.71 %   0.67     0.63     0.58     0.52  
 
Total interest bearing deposits $ 16,318,187 16,029,935 15,506,492 15,225,961 15,113,995
Rate 0.42 % 0.42 0.39 0.36 0.35
 
Federal funds purchased and securities sold under
repurchase agreements $ 207,894 232,531 222,658 186,993 171,429
Rate 0.09 % 0.08 0.08 0.07 0.08
 
Long-term debt $ 2,073,185 2,173,595 2,207,215 2,084,636 2,142,705
Rate 2.46 % 2.39 2.41 2.55 2.54
                         
 
Total interest bearing liabilities $ 18,599,266 18,436,061 17,936,365 17,497,590 17,428,129
Rate 0.65 % 0.65 0.63 0.62 0.62
                         
 
Non-interest bearing demand deposits $ 6,541,832 6,436,167 6,108,558 6,110,047 5,824,592
 
Effective cost of funds 0.46 % 0.46 0.45 0.44 0.44
                         
 
Net interest margin       3.14 %   3.15     3.28     3.34     3.37  
 
Taxable equivalent adjustment $ 315 330 349 372 408
 
(1) Yields and rates are annualized.
(2) Excludes net unrealized gains and losses.
(3) Average loans are shown net of unearned income. Non-performing loans are included.

(4) Reflects taxable-equivalent adjustments, using the statutory federal income tax rate of 35%, in adjusting interest on tax-exempt loans and investment securities to a taxable-equivalent basis.

(5) Included as a component of Other Assets on the consolidated balance sheet
 
               
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LOANS OUTSTANDING AND NON-PERFORMING LOANS COMPOSITION
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
 
September 30, 2015
 
 
Loans as a % Total Non-performing Loans
of Total Loans Non-performing as a % of Total
Loan Type Total Loans Outstanding Loans Nonperforming Loans
                             
 
 
Multi-Family $ 1,345,688 6.2 % $ 222 $ 0.1 %
Hotels 684,106 3.1 392 0.2
Office Buildings 1,388,965 6.4 355 0.2
Shopping Centers 944,690 4.3 - 0.0
Commercial Development 101,946 0.5 8,945 5.7
Warehouses 545,346 2.5 397 0.3
Other Investment Property 546,836 2.5 272 0.2
       
 
Total Investment Properties 5,557,577 25.4 10,583 6.7
 
 
1-4 Family Construction 159,237 0.7 - 0.0
1-4 Family Investment Mortgage 777,196 3.6 7,287 4.6
Residential Development 158,120 0.7 9,707 6.2
       
 
Total 1-4 Family Properties 1,094,553 5.0 16,994 10.8
 
 
Land Acquisition 538,127 2.4 19,009 12.1
       
 
Total Commercial Real Estate 7,190,257 32.9 46,586 29.7
       
 
Commercial, Financial, and Agricultural 6,277,768 28.6 50,656 32.0
Owner-Occupied 4,265,408 19.5 18,148 11.5
       
 
Total Commercial & Industrial 10,543,176 48.2 68,804 43.6
       
 
Home Equity Lines 1,684,046 7.7 16,263 10.3
Consumer Mortgages 1,888,456 8.6 24,154 15.3
Credit Cards 241,315 1.2 - -
Other Retail Loans 345,426 1.6 1,833 1.2
       
 
Total Retail 4,159,243 19.0 42,250 26.8
       
 
Unearned Income (28,367 ) (0.1 ) - nm
       
 
Total $ 21,864,309   100.0   % $ 157,640   100.0   %
 
 
LOANS OUTSTANDING BY TYPE COMPARISON
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
         
Total Loans 3Q15 vs. 2Q15 3Q15 vs. 3Q14
Loan Type September 30, 2015 June 30, 2015 % change (1) September 30, 2014 % change
           
 
 
Multi-Family $ 1,345,688 1,286,747 18.2 % $ 1,152,728 16.7 %
Hotels 684,106 663,286 12.5 674,607 1.4
Office Buildings 1,388,965 1,348,234 12.0 1,114,671 24.6
Shopping Centers 944,690 917,678 11.7 856,828 10.3
Commercial Development 101,946 118,263 (54.7 ) 131,011 (22.2 )
Warehouses 545,346 524,525 15.7 566,343 (3.7 )
Other Investment Property 546,836 544,661 1.6 543,416 0.6
         
 
Total Investment Properties 5,557,577 5,403,394 11.3 5,039,604 10.3
 
 
1-4 Family Construction 159,237 147,572 31.4 138,647 14.9
1-4 Family Investment Mortgage 777,196 788,704 (5.8 ) 818,474 (5.0 )
Residential Development 158,120 161,130 (7.4 ) 179,168 (11.7 )
         
 
Total 1-4 Family Properties 1,094,553 1,097,406 (1.0 ) 1,136,289 (3.7 )
 
Land Acquisition 538,127 554,501 (11.7 ) 598,901 (10.1 )
         
 
Total Commercial Real Estate 7,190,257 7,055,301 7.6 6,774,794 6.1
         
 
Commercial, Financial, and Agricultural 6,277,768 6,259,553 1.2 5,958,575 5.4
Owner-Occupied 4,265,408 4,161,268 9.9 4,029,085 5.9
         
 
Total Commercial & Industrial 10,543,176 10,420,821 4.7 9,987,660 5.6
         
 
Home Equity Lines 1,684,046 1,683,651 0.1 1,685,972 (0.1 )
Consumer Mortgages 1,888,456 1,793,752 20.9 1,621,904 16.4
Credit Cards 241,315 246,724 (8.7 ) 253,853 (4.9 )
Other Retail Loans 345,426 323,741 26.6 293,232 17.8
         
 
Total Retail 4,159,243 4,047,868 10.9 3,854,961 7.9
         
 
Unearned Income (28,367 ) (29,121 ) (10.3 ) (28,849 ) (1.7 )
         
 
Total $ 21,864,309   21,494,869   6.8   % $ 20,588,566   6.2   %
 
(1) Percentage change is annualized.
 
                   
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CREDIT QUALITY DATA
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

2015

 

2014

3rd Quarter
                 

 

         
Third Second First Fourth Third '15 vs. '14
Quarter     Quarter     Quarter     Quarter     Quarter Change
 
Non-performing Loans $ 157,640 173,638 194,232 197,757 242,382 (35.0) %
Other Loans Held for Sale (1) - - 1,082 3,606 338 (100.0)
Other Real Estate 64,346 66,449 74,791 85,472 81,636 (21.2)  
Non-performing Assets 221,986 240,087 270,105 286,835 324,356 (31.6)
 
Allowance for Loan Losses 250,900 254,702 253,371 261,317 269,376 (6.9)
 
Net Charge-Offs - Quarter 6,758 5,306 12,343 16,253 12,250 (44.8)
Net Charge-Offs - YTD 24,407 17,649 12,343 79,055 62,802 (61.1)
Net Charge-Offs / Average Loans - Quarter (2) 0.12 % 0.10 0.23 0.31 0.24
Net Charge-Offs / Average Loans - YTD (2) 0.15 0.17 0.23 0.39 0.41
 
Non-performing Loans / Loans 0.72 0.81 0.92 0.94 1.18
Non-performing Assets / Loans, Other Loans Held for Sale & ORE 1.01 1.11 1.28 1.35 1.57
Allowance / Loans 1.15 1.18 1.20 1.24 1.31
 
Allowance / Non-performing Loans 159.16 146.69 130.45 132.14 111.14

Allowance / Non-performing Loans (3)

205.90 202.08 197.55 197.22 176.47
 
Past Due Loans over 90 days and Still Accruing $ 2,998 4,832 5,025 4,637 4,067 (26.3) %
As a Percentage of Loans Outstanding 0.01 % 0.02 0.02 0.02 0.02
 
Total Past Due Loans and Still Accruing $ 39,350 50,860 57,443 51,251 72,712 (45.9)
As a Percentage of Loans Outstanding 0.18 % 0.24 0.27 0.24 0.35
 
Accruing Troubled Debt Restructurings (TDRs) $ 240,370 268,542 313,362 348,427 408,737 (41.2)
 
(1) Represent impaired loans that are intended to be sold. Held for sale loans are carried at the lower of cost or fair value, less costs to sell.
(2) Ratio is annualized.
(3) Excludes non-performing loans for which the expected loss has been charged off.
 
                                       
 
 
SELECTED CAPITAL INFORMATION (1)
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)      
September 30, 2015 December 31, 2014 September 30, 2014
 
Capital Rules in effect: Basel III Basel I Basel I
 
Tier 1 Capital $ 2,636,522 2,543,625 2,553,764
Total Risk-Based Capital 2,989,159 2,987,406 3,005,346
Common Equity Tier 1 Ratio (transitional) 10.62 % na na
Common Equity Tier 1 Ratio (fully phased-in) 10.00 na na
Tier 1 Common Equity Ratio na 10.28 10.60
Tier 1 Capital Ratio 10.62 10.86 11.19
Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio 12.04 12.75 13.17
Tier 1 Leverage Ratio 9.44 9.67 9.85
Common Equity as a Percentage of Total Assets (2) 10.26 10.78 11.13
Tangible Common Equity as a Percentage of Tangible Assets (3) 10.18 10.69 11.04
Tangible Common Equity as a Percentage of Risk Weighted Assets (3) 11.54 12.33 12.82
Book Value Per Common Share (4) 22.13 21.42 21.22

Tangible Book Value Per Common Share (3)

21.94 21.23 21.03
 
 

(1) Current quarter regulatory capital information is preliminary. 2015 regulatory capital ratios determined under Basel III capital rules. 2014 ratios were determined under Basel I capital rules.

(2) Common equity consists of Total Shareholders' Equity less Preferred Stock.
(3) Excludes the carrying value of goodwill and other intangible assets from common equity and total assets.
(4) Book Value Per Common Share consists of Total Shareholders' Equity less Preferred Stock divided by total common shares outstanding.

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