• First Horizon wraps up 2017 with strong momentum

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 19 Jan 2018 11:30:20   Europe/London

    MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fundamentals remained strong in 2017 at First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN), driven by solid growth trends in loans and deposits at First Tennessee Bank, as well as the closing of the Capital Bank transaction. Reported earnings per share were $0.65 in 2017, compared to $0.94 in 2016. On an adjusted basis, earnings per share in 2017 were $1.111, excluding the impact from tax reform, other tax adjustments and acquisition expense, as well as other notable items. Reflected in the fourth quarter results are the previously announced $1,000 bonuses to approximately 70 percent of First Horizon employees, and a contribution of $16.5 million to the company’s Foundation.

    During the fourth quarter, First Horizon completed the merger with Capital Bank that had been announced in May, 2017, resulting in a $41 billion asset organization with more than 350 branches serving the Southeast. While the Capital Bank merger closed late in the quarter, significant progress has been made on integration planning. Further, our expectations of revenue and cost synergies have increased over the past six months.

    “The fourth quarter caps an outstanding and transformative 2017. Our adjusted core results were strong with continued robust customer activity,” said Bryan Jordan, First Horizon’s chairman and CEO. “We closed our merger with Capital Bank, the largest in our company’s history, significantly expanding our balance sheet, customers, markets and opportunities, all as we identified greater cost savings and revenue opportunities than originally announced. We begin 2018 with momentum and confidence in our abilities to create value for our communities, customers and shareholders.” 

    2017 Financial Highlights (all comparisons vs 2016)

    Diluted EPS /
    Adjusted EPS1
    $0.65 / $1.11
     ROA /
    Adjusted ROA1
    0.59% / 0.96%
     ROTCE1 /
    Adjusted ROTCE1
    7.2% / 12.6%

    Regional Banking Highlights

    • Pre-tax income up 36 percent
    • Revenue up 12 percent from increased net interest income and higher fee income
      •  Net interest income up 14 percent, primarily from higher loan volume with the Capital Bank acquisition and growth in specialty lending areas
      •  Fee income up 4 percent, reflects growth in brokerage, trust and other services
    • Average loans up 13 percent and average deposits up 11 percent

    Other Highlights

    • Fixed income average daily revenue at $696,000 in 2017
    • Net interest margin expanded to 3.12 percent from 2.94 percent
    • Loan loss provision at $0 in 2017, reflects continued strong performance in both the commercial and consumer portfolios
    • Period-end assets of $41 billion

    1These non-GAAP numbers that are reconciled to reported GAAP numbers in the non-GAAP table that follows

     4Q17 Changes vs. Twelve Months Ended 2017 vs.
    (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)4Q17 3Q17 4Q16  3Q17 4Q16 2017 2016 2016
    Income Statement Highlights                 
    Net interest income$242,088  $209,817  $195,551  15 %24 % $842,314  $729,084  16 %
    Noninterest income133,053  112,411  124,209  18 %7 % 489,627  551,100  (11)%
    Securities gains/(losses), net137  6  (132) NM  NM   592  1,341  (56)%
    Total revenue375,278  322,234  319,628  16 %17 % 1,332,533  1,281,525  4 %
    Noninterest expense346,670  236,869  237,897  46 %46 % 1,023,661  925,204  11 %
    Provision for loan losses3,000      NM  NM     11,000  NM  
    Income before income taxes25,608  85,365  81,731  (70)%(69)% 308,872  345,321  (11)%
    Provision for income taxes73,989  13,596  24,008  NM  NM   131,892  106,810  23 %
    Net income/(loss)(48,381) 71,769  57,723  NM  NM   176,980  238,511  (26)%
    Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest2,910  2,883  2,879  1 %1 % 11,465  11,465  * 
    Net income/(loss) attributable to controlling interest(51,291) 68,886  54,844  NM  NM   165,515  227,046  (27)%
    Preferred stock dividends1,550  1,550  1,550  * *  6,200  6,200  * 
    Net income/(loss) available to common shareholders$(52,841) $67,336  $53,294  NM  NM   159,315  $220,846  (28)%
    Common Stock Data                 
    EPS$(0.20) $0.29  $0.23  NM NM  $0.66  $0.95  (31)%
    Basic shares (thousands)265,169  233,749  232,731  13 %14 % 241,436  232,700  4 %
    Diluted EPS$(0.20) $0.28  $0.23  NM NM  $0.65  $0.94  (31)%
    Diluted shares (thousands)265,169  236,340  235,590  12 %13 % 244,453  235,292  4 %
    Period-end shares outstanding (thousands)326,736  234,231  233,624  39 %40 % 326,736  233,624  40 %
    Cash dividends declared per share$0.09  $0.09  $0.07  * 29 % $0.36  $0.28  29 %
    Balance Sheet Highlights (Period-End)                 
    Total loans, net of unearned income$27,658,929  $20,166,091  $19,589,520  37 %41 %       
    Total deposits30,629,196  22,099,254  22,672,363  39 %35 %       
    Total assets41,423,388  29,622,636  28,555,231  40 %45 %       
    Total liabilities36,842,900  26,739,085  25,850,147  38 %43 %       
    Total equity4,580,488  2,883,551  2,705,084  59 %69 %       
    Asset Quality Highlights                 
    Allowance for loan losses$(189,555) $(194,867) $(202,068) (3)%(6)%       
    Allowance / period-end loans0.69 %0.97 %1.03 %           
    Net charge-offs$8,312  $2,390  $(511) NM  NM         
    Net charge-offs (annualized) / average loans0.15 %0.05 % NM             
    Non-performing assets (NPA)$177,156  $140,177  $164,623  26 %8 %       
    NPA % (a)0.61 %0.66 %0.80 %           
    Key Ratios & Other                 
    Return on average assets ("ROA") (quarters are annualized) (b)(0.58)%0.99 %0.80 %     0.59 %0.87 %  
    Return on average common equity ("ROE") (quarters are annualized) (c)(6.73)%10.79 %9.00 %     6.18 %9.60 %  
    Return on tangible common equity ("ROTCE") (quarters are annualized) (d)(8.78)%12.17 %9.89 %     7.23 %10.59 %  
    Net interest margin (e)3.27 %3.19 %3.00 %     3.12 %2.94 %  
    Efficiency ratio (f)92.41 %73.51 %74.40 %     76.85 %72.27 %  
    Common equity tier 1 ratio ("CET1") (g)8.68 %10.04 %9.94 %           
    Tier 1 ratio (g)9.64 %11.20 %11.17 %           
    Market capitalization (millions)$6,531.5  $4,485.5  $4,674.8             

    Certain previously reported amounts have been reclassified to agree with current presentation.
    NM - Not meaningful * Amount is less than one percent.
    (a)  NPAs related to the loan portfolio over period-end loans plus foreclosed real estate and other assets.
    (b)  Calculated using net income.
    (c)  Calculated using net income available to common shareholders.
    (d)  This non-GAAP measure is reconciled to ROE in the non-GAAP to GAAP reconciliation.
    (e)  Net interest margin is computed using net interest income adjusted to a fully taxable equivalent ('FTE") basis assuming a statutory federal income tax rate of 35 percent and, where applicable, state income taxes.
    (f)   Noninterest expense divided by total revenue excluding securities gains/(losses).
    (g)  Current quarter is an estimate; estimate does not include the favorable impact of reclassification from AOCI to retained earnings of approximately $58 million in connection with tax law change per bank regulatory guidance issued on January 18, 2018.

    Use of Non-GAAP Measures
    Several financial measures in this release are non-GAAP, meaning they are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the U.S. The non-GAAP items presented in this release are adjusted earnings per share ("EPS"), return on tangible common equity ("ROTCE"), adjusted ROTCE, and adjusted return on average assets ("ROA"). These profitability measures are reported to First Horizon’s management and directors through various internal reports. First Horizon’s management believes these measures are relevant to understanding the financial results of First Horizon and its business segments. Non-GAAP measures are not formally defined by GAAP or codified in the federal banking regulations, and other entities may use calculation methods that differ from those used by First Horizon. First Horizon has reconciled each of these measures to a comparable GAAP measure below:

     Twelve Months Ended 
    (Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)4Q17
       2017 2016 
    Average Tangible Common Equity (Non-GAAP) 
    Average total equity (GAAP)$3,506,165   $2,866,757   $2,746,828   2,970,308  2,691,478  
    Less: Average noncontrolling interest (a)295,431   295,431   295,431   295,431  295,431  
    Less: Average preferred stock (a)95,624   95,624   95,624   95,624  95,624  
    (A) Total average common equity3,115,110   2,475,702   2,355,773   2,579,253  2,300,423  
    Less: Average intangible assets (GAAP) (b)726,958   280,575   213,019   376,306  214,915  
    (B) Average tangible common equity (Non-GAAP)$2,388,152   $2,195,127   $2,142,754   2,202,947  2,085,508  
    Net Income Available to Common Shareholders             
    (C) Net income/(loss) available to common shareholders (quarters are annualized) (GAAP)(209,641)  267,148   212,017   159,315  220,846  
    (C)/(A) Return on average common equity ("ROE") (GAAP)(6.73)% 10.79 % 9.00 % 6.18 %9.60 %
    (C)/(B) Return on average tangible common equity ("ROTCE") (Non-GAAP)(8.78)% 12.17 % 9.89 % 7.23 %10.59 %
    Adjusted Net Income Available to Common ("NIAC")/EPS   2017 
    (Dollars in Millions)    Pre-tax Income  NIACDiluted EPS 
    Reported (GAAP)      $308.9   $159.3 (D)$0.65 (c)
    Mortgage Repurchase Liability      (20.0)  (12.4)   
    Acquisition Expenses      61.3   38.0    
    Legal Matters      40.3   29.2    
    Loss on Equity Securities Repurchase      14.3   8.9    
    Special Employee Bonuses      9.9   8.2    
    Tax Reform       N/A   82.0    
    Capital Loss Valuation/Other       N/A   (42.0)   
    Adjusted (Non-GAAP)      $414.7   $271.2 (E)$1.11 (c)
    Adjusted Net Income           2017 
    (Dollars in Millions)             
    (F) Net income (GAAP)           $177.0  
    Less:  After Tax Impact of Notable Items           (111.8) 
    (G) Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP)           $288.8  
    Average Assets             
    (H) Average Assets (GAAP)           $29,924.8  
    Average Tangible Common Equity (Non-GAAP)             
    (I) Average tangible common equity (Non-GAAP)           $2,202.9  
    Less: Equity impact for notable items (d)           49.2  
    (J) Adjusted average tangible common equity (Non-GAAP)           $2,153.7  
    (F)/(H) Return on Average Assets ("ROA") (GAAP )           0.59 %
    (G)/(H) Adjusted ROA (Non-GAAP)           0.96 %
    (D)/(I) ROTCE (Non-GAAP)           7.2 %
    (E)/(J) Adjusted ROTCE (Non-GAAP)           12.6 %

    Numbers may not add to total due to rounding.
    (a) Included in Total equity on the Consolidated Balance Sheet.
    (b) Includes goodwill and other intangible assets, net of amortization.
    (c) Calculated using diluted shares of 244.5 million.
    (d) Includes the average annual after-tax impact of $(27.9) million of notable items recognized in second quarter 2017 and $7.1 million of notable items recognized in third quarter 2017.

    Conference call

    Management will hold a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Central Time today to review earnings and performance trends. There will also be a live webcast accompanied by the slide presentation available in the investor relations section of www.FirstHorizon.com.  The call and slide presentation may involve forward-looking information, including guidance.

    Callers wishing to participate may call toll-free starting at 8:15 a.m. CT on Jan. 19 by dialing 888-317-6003 and entering access code 2418560. The number for international participants is 412-317-6061. 

    Participants can also listen to the live audio webcast with the accompanying slide presentation through the investor relations section of www.fhnc.com. A replay will be available from noon CT on Jan. 19 until midnight CT on Feb. 3. To listen to the replay, dial 877-344-7529 or 412-317-0088. The access code is 10115517. The event also will be archived and available beginning Jan. 20 by midnight CT in the events and presentations section of http://ir.fhnc.com.

    Debt Investor Materials
    First Horizon expects to post additional materials for debt investors on February 2 in the investor relations section of www.FirstHorizon.com  First Horizon will also provide these materials to analysts at upcoming meetings. The debt investor materials posted may contain forward-looking statements, including guidance, involving significant risks and uncertainties, which will be identified by words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "should," "is likely," "will," "going forward" and other expressions that indicate future events and trends and may be followed by or reference cautionary statements. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking information. These factors are outlined in our most recent earnings press release and in more detail in our most current 10-Q and 10-K reports. First Horizon disclaims any obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements that are made from time to time to reflect future events or developments or changes in expectations.

    Disclaimers and Other Information

    This communication contains forward-looking statements involving significant risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking information. Those factors include general economic and financial market conditions, including expectations of and actual timing and amount of interest rate movements including the slope of the yield curve, competition, ability to execute business plans, geopolitical developments, recent and future legislative and regulatory developments, inflation or deflation, market (particularly real estate market) and monetary fluctuations, natural disasters, customer, investor and regulatory responses to these conditions and items already mentioned in this press release, as well as critical accounting estimates and other factors described in First Horizon's annual report on Form 10-K and other recent filings with the SEC. First Horizon disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein or therein to reflect future events or developments or changes in expectations.

    About First Horizon

    First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) provides financial services through its First Tennessee, Capital Bank, FTB Advisors, and FTN Financial businesses. First Horizon operates more than 350 bank locations across the southern U.S. and 28 FTN Financial offices across the entire U.S. Our banking subsidiary was founded in 1864 and has the 14th oldest national bank charter in the country. Our First Tennessee and Capital Bank brands have the largest deposit market share in Tennessee and one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country. We have been ranked by American Banker as No. 5 among the Top 10 Most Reputable U.S. Banks. Our FTB Advisors wealth management group has over 300 financial advisors and about $30 billion in assets under administration. FTN Financial is a capital markets industry leader in fixed income sales, trading and strategies for institutional customers in the U.S. and abroad. We have been recognized as one of the nation’s best employers by Working Mother and American Banker magazines and the National Association for Female Executives. More information is available at www.FirstHorizon.com.


    First Horizon Investor Relations, Aarti Bowman, (901) 523-4017
    First Horizon Media Relations, James Dowd, (901) 523-4305

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