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October 17, 2018
 

Jones, Rita Rita.Jones@pnfp.com

Oct 16, 2018, 5:43 PM (17 hours ago)
 
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
  MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Bass, 615-743-8219
  FINANCIAL CONTACT: Harold Carpenter, 615-744-3742
  WEBSITE: www.pnfp.com
 
 
PNFP REPORTS DILUTED EPS OF $1.21, ROAA OF 1.54 PERCENT AND ROTCE OF 18.44 PERCENT FOR 3Q 2018
Year-over-year diluted EPS growth rate of 38.6 percent (34.7 percent, excluding merger-related charges)
 
NASHVILLE, TN, Oct. 16, 2018 - Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq/NGS: PNFP) reported net income per diluted common share of $1.21 for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018, compared to net income per diluted common share of $0.83 for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2017, an increase of 45.8 percent. Net income per diluted common share was $3.41 for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018, compared to net income per diluted common share of $2.46 for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017, an increase of 38.6 percent.
No merger-related charges were recorded during the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018. Net income per diluted common share was $1.21 for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2018, compared to net income per diluted common share of $0.90 for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2017, excluding pre-tax merger-related charges of $8.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 34.4 percent. Net income per diluted common share was $3.49 for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018, excluding pre-tax merger-related charges of $8.3 million, compared to net income per diluted common share of $2.59 for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017, excluding pre-tax merger-related charges of $12.7 million, an increase of 34.7 percent.
"We continue to experience extremely strong earnings momentum," said M. Terry Turner, Pinnacle's president and chief executive officer. "We are reporting nearly 35 percent earnings growth so far this year after adjusting for merger-related charges, which showcases our associates' ability to integrate a sizable merger while maintaining our intense focus on growing the core earnings of our firm. There is great energy and optimism within our associate base, and I anticipate this will contribute to continued growth given the markets we serve, our ability to attract the best bankers to our franchise and our cultural focus on delivering differentiated customer service and enhancing long-term shareholder value."
 
GROWING THE CORE EARNINGS CAPACITY OF THE FIRM:
•        Loans at Sept. 30, 2018 were a record $17.46 billion, an increase of $421.2 million from June 30, 2018 and $2.20 billion from Sept. 30, 2017, reflecting year-over-year growth of 14.4 percent. Annualized organic loan growth during the third quarter of 2018 was 9.8 percent, compared to 13.5 percent for the third quarter of 2017.
◦        Average loans were $17.26 billion for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2018, up $529.4 million from the $16.73 billion for the three months ended June 30, 2018, an annualized growth rate of 12.6 percent.
◦        At Sept. 30, 2018, the remaining discount associated with fair value accounting adjustments on acquired loans was $110.0 million, compared to $132.1 million at June 30, 2018.
•        Deposits at Sept. 30, 2018 were a record $18.41 billion, an increase of $550.1 million from June 30, 2018 and $2.62 billion from Sept. 30, 2017, reflecting year-over-year growth of 16.6 percent.
◦        Average deposits were $18.11 billion for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2018, up $1.16 billion from the $16.95 billion for the three months ended June 30, 2018.
◦        Core deposits were $16.08 billion at Sept. 30, 2018, compared to $15.40 billion at June 30, 2018 and $14.24 billion at Sept. 30, 2017. The annualized growth rate of core deposits in the third quarter of 2018 was 17.4 percent.
•        Revenues for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018 were $240.9 million, an increase of $10.7 million and $24.7 million, respectively, from the $230.2 million recognized in the second quarter of 2018 and $216.2 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2017. That is a year-over-year growth rate of 11.4 percent and an annualized growth rate of 18.5 percent in the third quarter of this year.
◦        Revenue per fully diluted share was $3.11 for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2018, compared to $2.97 for the second quarter of 2018 and $2.80 for the third quarter of 2017.
 
"Our model of hiring experienced bankers to produce outsized loan and deposit growth continues to work extremely well," Turner said. "Last week, we announced that we had hired 23 high-profile revenue producers across all of our markets during the third quarter, a strong predictor of our continued future growth. This compares to 39 hires in the second quarter and 22 in the first quarter. We believe our recruiting strategies are hitting on all cylinders and have resulted in accelerated hiring in our markets, which is our principal investment in future growth.
"Loan growth was approximately 10 percent on an annualized linked-quarter basis and continues to be exceptional for our firm this year, up nearly 15.6 percent on an annualized basis since the end of last year. Importantly, we are also pleased that we have experienced 16.6 percent loan growth in our primary loan growth segments, C&I and owner-occupied commercial real estate, since Dec. 31, 2017. Much of this is occurring in the Carolinas and Virginia, where many believed our ability to grow a C&I franchise would take an extended period of time. Lastly, core deposits also showed strong growth during the third quarter, up nearly 18 percent on an annualized basis, reflecting our relationship managers’ ability to gather deposits from across the franchise."
 
FOCUSING ON PROFITABILITY:
•        Return on average assets was 1.54 percent for the third quarter of 2018, compared to 1.50 percent for the second quarter of 2018 and 1.21 percent for the third quarter last year. Third quarter 2018 return on average tangible assets amounted to 1.67 percent, compared to 1.63 percent for the second quarter of 2018 and 1.32 percent for the third quarter last year.
◦        Excluding merger-related charges, of which there were none in the third quarter of 2018, return on average assets was 1.54 percent for the third quarter of 2018, compared to 1.54 percent for the second quarter of 2018 and 1.31 percent for the third quarter of 2017. Likewise, excluding these merger-related charges, the firm’s return on average tangible assets was 1.67 percent for the third quarter of 2018, compared to 1.67 percent for the second quarter of 2018 and 1.43 for the third quarter of 2017.
•        Return on average common equity for the third quarter of 2018 amounted to 9.60 percent, compared to 9.18 percent for the second quarter of 2018 and 6.99 percent for the third quarter last year. Third quarter 2018 return on average tangible common equity amounted to 18.44 percent, compared to 18.01 percent for the second quarter of 2018 and 14.25 percent for the third quarter last year.
◦        Excluding merger-related charges, of which there were none in the third quarter of 2018, return on average tangible common equity amounted to 18.44 percent for the third quarter of 2018, compared to 18.45 percent for the second quarter of 2018 and 15.44 percent for the third quarter of 2017.
 
"Our profitability metrics remain very strong and provide us leverage to invest in our future growth," said Harold R. Carpenter, Pinnacle's chief financial officer. "We are very proud of our 1.54 percent return on average assets and our 18.44 percent return on tangible common equity for the third quarter. Importantly, we continue to experience increased tangible book value accretion. Since the merger with BNC Bancorp was completed in June 2017, our tangible book value per common share has increased by more than 16 percent. We think this is a significant achievement, because since the merger date we’ve also absorbed over $39.4 million in merger-related charges, which obviously dilutes tangible book value.
"Additionally, and as a testament to our commitment to grow this firm, we now have more associates working for our firm than we had immediately following the merger, despite the fact that since the merger date we’ve completed systems conversions, branch closures and other reductions normally associated with the execution of a merger synergy case. A reduction in staff personnel is usually critical to the financial success of a merger. Rarely can a firm continue to aggressively hire for critical roles and revenue producers during the integration process and, at the same time, achieve rock-solid profitability metrics."
 
MAINTAINING A FORTRESS BALANCE SHEET:
•        Nonperforming assets increased to 0.55 percent of total loans and ORE at Sept. 30, 2018, compared to 0.53 percent at June 30, 2018 and 0.51 percent at Sept. 30, 2017. Nonperforming assets were $95.6 million at Sept. 30, 2018, compared to $91.1 million at June 30, 2018 and $78.1 million at Sept. 30, 2017.
•        The allowance for loan losses represented 0.46 percent of total loans at Sept. 30, 2018 compared to 0.44 percent at June 30, 2018 and 0.43 percent at Sept. 30, 2017.
◦        The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans was 102.7 percent at Sept. 30, 2018, compared to 106.7 percent at June 30, 2018 and 122.0 percent at Sept. 30, 2017. At Sept. 30, 2018, purchase credit impaired loans of $12.1 million, which were recorded at fair value upon acquisition, represented 15.8 percent of our nonperforming loans.
◦        Net charge-offs were $4.4 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018, compared to $3.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 and $3.7 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2017. Annualized net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans for both the quarters ended Sept. 30, 2018 and June 30, 2018 were 0.10 percent, compared to 0.14 percent for the third quarter of 2017.
◦        Provision for loan losses was $8.7 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $9.4 million in the second quarter of 2018 and $6.9 million in the third quarter of 2017.
 
"Overall, asset quality for our firm remains exceptional," Carpenter said. "We have allocated reserves to consider potential incurred losses from Hurricane Florence of approximately $2.5 million as of Sept. 30, 2018. Additionally, as we had projected last quarter, our commercial real estate to total risk-based capital ratio decreased to below 300 percent during the third quarter of 2018 and was 287.6 percent at Sept. 30, 2018. The ratio of construction loans to total risk-based capital also decreased to 87.8 percent at Sept. 30, 2018."
 
GROWING REVENUES
•        Net interest income for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018 was $189.4 million, compared to $182.2 million for the second quarter of 2018 and $172.9 million for the third quarter of 2017. That represents an annualized organic growth rate of 15.6 percent between the second and third quarter of 2018.
◦        Net interest margin was 3.65 percent for the third quarter of 2018, compared to 3.69 percent for the second quarter of 2018 and 3.87 percent for the third quarter of 2017.
◦        Included in net interest income for the third quarter of 2018 was $17.1 million of discount accretion associated with fair value adjustments, compared to $16.1 million of discount accretion recognized in the second quarter of 2018.
•        Noninterest income for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018 was $51.5 million, compared to $47.9 million for the second quarter of 2018 and $43.2 million for the third quarter of 2017, up 29.3 percent on an annualized basis.
◦        Wealth management revenues, which include investment, trust and insurance services, were $10.5 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018, compared to $10.5 million for the second quarter of 2018 and $8.4 million for the third quarter of 2017.
◦        Income from the firm's investment in Bankers Healthcare Group (BHG) was $14.2 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018, compared to $9.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 and $8.9 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2017. Income from the firm's investment in BHG grew 59.3 percent for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018, compared to the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2017.
 
"We are reporting an annualized growth rate in net interest income of almost 16 percent, as well as a significant increase in noninterest income for the third quarter of 2018 when compared to the second quarter," Carpenter said. "Our net interest margin decreased to 3.65 percent from 3.69 percent during the previous quarter. Earning asset yields improved this quarter by 10 basis points, which was the same level of improvement reported in the previous quarter. Total funding rates increased by 14 basis points during the third quarter, compared to a 20 basis point increase in the second quarter. BHG had a strong third quarter, and we anticipate they will have a great fourth quarter as they finish out 2018.
"While many are focused internally on cost-cutting exercises, we are aggressively growing our client base across our franchise. Despite potential modest deterioration in our margins, we will continue our focus on growing net interest income since that is the key to growing our earnings and meeting our tangible book value growth goals. We believe our track record for delivering results quarter after quarter and year after year provides confidence to our shareholders that, over the long term, this firm is a sound investment for the future."
 
CREATING OPERATING LEVERAGE
•        Noninterest expense for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018 was $114.0 million, compared to $110.9 million in the second quarter of 2018 and $109.7 million in the third quarter of 2017, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 3.9 percent.
◦        Salaries and employee benefits were $69.1 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $64.1 million in the second quarter of 2018 and $64.3 million in the third quarter of last year, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 7.5 percent.
▪        Included in salaries and employee benefits are costs related to the firm’s annual cash incentive plan. Incentive costs for this plan amounted to $10.0 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $6.9 million in both the second quarter of 2018 and in the third quarter of last year.
◦        The efficiency ratio for the third quarter of 2018 decreased to 47.3 percent, compared to 48.2 percent for the second quarter of 2018. The ratio of noninterest expenses to average assets decreased to 1.87 percent for the third quarter of 2018 from 1.91 percent in the second quarter of 2018.
▪        Excluding merger-related charges, of which there were none in the third quarter of 2018, and other real estate owned (ORE) expense, the efficiency ratio was 47.3 percent for the third quarter of 2018, compared to 46.6 percent for the second quarter of 2018, and the ratio of noninterest expense to average assets was 1.87 percent for the third quarter of 2018, compared to 1.85 percent for the second quarter of 2018.
◦        The effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2018 was 20.7 percent, compared to 20.9 percent for the second quarter of 2018 and 35.2 percent for the third quarter of 2017. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced the aggregate blended federal and state statutory income tax rate for the firm from 39.23 percent to 26.14 percent.
▪        Included in income tax expense for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018 were excess tax benefits of $199,000 and $3.0 million, respectively, related to the application of FASB Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09, Stock Compensation Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Activity compared to $59,000 and $4.6 million, respectively, for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017.
▪        Inclusive of all of these matters, the firm anticipates an effective tax rate of between 20.0 and 21.0 percent for calendar year 2018. 
 
"Our efficiency ratio for the third quarter was 47 percent, slightly higher than the ratio for the second quarter, excluding merger-related charges and ORE expense," Carpenter said. "We are very pleased with both the efficiency ratio and the expense to asset ratio given our hiring activity and that we were able to increase our incentive accruals in the third quarter by $3.1 million over the amounts we expensed in the second quarter. We have increased our target payout percentage to approximately 90 percent as of Sept. 30, 2018. Our ability to maintain our incentive accrual at 90 percent or increase it will depend on our ability to achieve the revenue and earnings necessary to fund such increases."
 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS DECLARES DIVIDEND
 
On Oct. 16, 2018, Pinnacle’s Board of Directors approved an increase to the quarterly cash dividend to $0.16 per common share to be paid on Nov. 30, 2018 to common shareholders of record as of the close of business on Nov. 2, 2018. The amount and timing of any future dividend payments to common shareholders will be subject to the discretion of Pinnacle’s Board of Directors.
 
WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
 
Pinnacle will host a webcast and conference call at 8:30 a.m. (CDT) on Oct. 17, 2018 to discuss third quarter 2018 results and other matters. To access the call for audio only, please call 1-877-602-7944. For the presentation and streaming audio, please access the webcast on the investor relations page of Pinnacle's website at www.pnfp.com.
For those unable to participate in the webcast, it will be archived on the investor relations page of Pinnacle's website at www.pnfp.com for 90 days following the presentation.
Pinnacle Financial Partners provides a full range of banking, investment, trust, mortgage and insurance products and services designed for businesses and their owners and individuals interested in a comprehensive relationship with their financial institution. The firm is the No. 1 bank in the Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin MSA, according to 2018 deposit data from the FDIC. Pinnacle earned a place on FORTUNE’s 2017 and 2018 lists of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S., and American Banker recognized Pinnacle as one of America’s Best Banks to Work For six years in a row.
The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $24.6 billion in assets as of Sept. 30, 2018. As the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Tennessee, Pinnacle operates in 11 primarily urban markets in Tennessee, the Carolinas and Virginia.
Additional information concerning Pinnacle, which is included in the Nasdaq Financial-100 Index, can be accessed at www.pnfp.com.
 
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Forward-Looking Statements
 
All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this press release, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "may," "should," "plan," "believe," "seek," "estimate" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but other statements not based on historical information may also be considered forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the statements, including, but not limited to:  (i) deterioration in the financial condition of borrowers resulting in significant increases in loan losses and provisions for those losses; (ii) the ability to grow and retain low-cost core deposits and retain large, uninsured deposits; (iii) the inability of Pinnacle Financial, or entities in which it has significant investments, like BHG, to maintain the historical growth rate of its, or such entities', loan portfolio; (iv) changes in loan underwriting, credit review or loss reserve policies associated with economic conditions, examination conclusions, or regulatory developments; (v) effectiveness of Pinnacle Financial's asset management activities in improving, resolving or liquidating lower-quality assets; (vi) the impact of competition with other financial institutions, including pricing pressures (including those resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) and the resulting impact on Pinnacle Financial’s results, including as a result of compression to net interest margin; (vii) greater than anticipated adverse conditions in the national or local economies including in Pinnacle Financial's markets throughout Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia,  particularly in commercial and residential real estate markets; (viii) fluctuations or unanticipated changes in interest rates on loans or deposits or that affect the yield curve; (ix) the results of regulatory examinations; (x) a merger or acquisition; (xi) risks of expansion into new geographic or product markets; (xii) any matter that would cause Pinnacle Financial to conclude that there was impairment of any asset, including intangible assets; (xiii) reduced ability to attract additional financial advisors (or failure of such advisors to cause their clients to switch to Pinnacle Bank), to retain financial advisors (including as a result of the competitive environment resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) or otherwise to attract customers from other financial institutions; (xiv) further deterioration in the valuation of other real estate owned and increased expenses associated therewith; (xv) inability to comply with regulatory capital requirements, including those resulting from changes to capital calculation methodologies, required capital maintenance levels or regulatory requests or directives, particularly if Pinnacle Financial's level of applicable commercial real estate loans were to exceed percentage levels of total capital in guidelines recommended by its regulators; (xvi) approval of the declaration of any dividend by Pinnacle Financial's board of directors; (xvii) the vulnerability of Pinnacle Bank's network and online banking portals, and the systems of parties with whom Pinnacle Financial contracts, to unauthorized access, computer viruses, phishing schemes, spam attacks, human error, natural disasters, power loss and other security breaches; (xviii) the possibility of increased compliance and operational costs as a result of increased regulatory oversight, including oversight of companies in which Pinnacle Financial or Pinnacle Bank have significant investments, like BHG, and the development of additional banking products for Pinnacle Bank's corporate and consumer clients;  (xix) the risks associated with Pinnacle Financial and Pinnacle Bank being a minority investor in BHG, including the risk that the owners of a majority of the equity interests in BHG decide to sell the company if not prohibited from doing so by Pinnacle Financial or Pinnacle Bank; (xx) changes in state and federal legislation, regulations or policies applicable to banks and other financial service providers, like BHG, including regulatory or legislative developments; (xxi) the availability and access to capital; (xxii) adverse results (including costs, fines, reputational harm, inability to obtain necessary approvals and/or other negative effects) from current or future litigation, regulatory examinations or other legal and/or regulatory actions; and (xxiii) general competitive, economic, political and market conditions. Additional factors which could affect the forward looking statements can be found in Pinnacle Financial's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC and available on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. Pinnacle Financial disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, which speak only as of the date hereof, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 
Non-GAAP Financial Matters
 
This release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, including, without limitation, revenues per diluted share, earnings per diluted share, efficiency ratio and the ratio of noninterest expense to average assets, in each case excluding the impact of expenses related to other real estate owned, gains or losses on sale of investments, the revaluation of Pinnacle Financial’s deferred tax assets and other matters for the accounting periods presented. This release also includes non-GAAP financial measures which exclude expenses associated with Pinnacle Bank's merger with BNC. This release may also contain certain other non-GAAP capital ratios and performance measures that exclude the impact of goodwill and core deposit intangibles associated with Pinnacle Financial's acquisitions of BNC, Avenue Bank, Magna Bank, CapitalMark Bank & Trust, Mid-America Bancshares, Inc., Cavalry Bancorp, Inc. and other acquisitions which collectively are less material to the non-GAAP measure. The presentation of the non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for any measure prepared in accordance with GAAP. Because non-GAAP financial measures presented in this release are not measurements determined in accordance with GAAP and are susceptible to varying calculations, these non-GAAP financial measures, as presented, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures presented by other companies.
 
Pinnacle Financial believes that these non-GAAP financial measures facilitate making period-to-period comparisons and are meaningful indications of its operating performance. In addition, because intangible assets such as goodwill and the core deposit intangible, and the other items excluded each vary extensively from company to company, Pinnacle Financial believes that the presentation of this information allows investors to more easily compare Pinnacle Financial's results to the results of other companies. Pinnacle Financial's management utilizes this non-GAAP financial information to compare Pinnacle Financial's operating performance for 2018 versus certain periods in 2017 and to internally prepared projections.