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PNFP Reports Diluted EPS of $1.31, ROAA of 1.55% and ROTCE of 17.74% For 2Q 2019

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Excluding non-GAAP adjustments, 2Q19 diluted EPS was $1.42, ROAA was 1.69% and ROTCE was 19.28%

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq/NGS: PNFP) reported net income per diluted common share of $1.31 for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared to net income per diluted common share of $1.12 for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, an increase of 17.0 percent. Net income per diluted common share was $2.53 for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared to net income per diluted common share of $2.20 for the six months ended June 30, 2018, an increase of 15.0 percent.

The following items impacted Pinnacle Financial’s second quarter of 2019 results:

  • $4.5 million in net losses on the sale of $382.0 million of investment securities as the firm seeks to better position its balance sheet for potential reductions in short-term rates,
  • $1.5 million loss from the sale of its remaining non-prime automobile portfolio, to finalize our exit from that business, which has been underway for some time,
  • $2.4 million write-down of facilities and land acquired in the BNC acquisition that previously had been held for potential expansion, and
  • $3.2 million non-cash impairment charge related to the proposed consolidation of five offices across the firm’s footprint.

Excluding these items, as well as merger-related charges in 2018 and ORE expense in each period, net income per diluted common share was $1.42 for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to net income per diluted common share of $1.16 for the three months ended June 30, 2018, a growth rate of 22.4 percent. Excluding the same adjustments noted above for the six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, net income per diluted common share was $2.66 for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared to net income per diluted common share of $2.28 for the six months ended June 30, 2018, a growth rate of 16.7 percent.

“Obviously, we are excited about our very strong earnings growth in the second quarter and first six months of 2019,” said M. Terry Turner, Pinnacle’s president and chief executive officer. “Highlights for the quarter included double-digit loan growth, strong hiring throughout our footprint and better than anticipated fee income associated with our investment in BHG. During the quarter, we also implemented plans for rationalization of certain assets. Our decision to sell the remainder of our non-prime automobile loans and to consolidate a number of branch offices, along with the other items noted above, negatively impacted the second quarter by approximately $12.0 million in additional expenses. However, by incurring these expenses, we believe we are much better positioned to absorb potential decreases in short-term interest rates. These actions also eliminate any future losses that could have been incurred from the non-prime automobile portfolio.”

GROWING THE CORE EARNINGS CAPACITY OF THE FIRM:

  • Loans at June 30, 2019 were a record $18.8 billion, an increase of $1.8 billion from June 30, 2018, reflecting year-over-year growth of 10.4 percent. Loans at June 30, 2019 increased $639.4 million from March 31, 2019, reflecting a linked-quarter annualized growth rate of 14.1 percent.

    • Average loans were $18.6 billion for the three months ended June 30, 2019, up $672.7 million from $17.9 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2019, an annualized growth rate of 15.0 percent.
    • At June 30, 2019, the remaining discount associated with fair value accounting adjustments on acquired loans was $75.4 million, compared to $85.8 million at March 31, 2019.
  • Deposits at June 30, 2019 were $19.4 billion, an increase of $1.6 billion from June 30, 2018, reflecting year-over-year growth of 8.9 percent. Deposits at June 30, 2019 increased $968.9 million from March 31, 2019, reflecting a linked-quarter annualized growth rate of 21.0 percent.

    • Average deposits were $18.9 billion for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to $18.4 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2019, an annualized growth rate of 11.0 percent.
    • Core deposits were $16.5 billion at June 30, 2019, compared to $16.3 billion at March 31, 2019 and $15.4 billion at June 30, 2018, a year-over-year growth rate of 7.2 percent.
  • Revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 were $259.6 million, an increase of $21.3 million from the $238.3 million recognized in the first quarter of 2019, and up $29.4 million from the second quarter of 2018. This represents a year-over-year growth rate of 12.8 percent. Second quarter 2019 revenues reflect the impact of a $7.2 million reduction in loan discount accretion when compared to the second quarter of 2018.

    • Revenue per fully diluted share was $3.39 for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to $3.09 for the first quarter of 2019 and $2.97 for the second quarter of 2018.

“We hired 45 high-profile revenue producers during the first six months of 2019, a strong predictor of our continued future growth,” Turner said. “We believe our recruiting success is creating even more opportunities for our firm to move meaningful market share from larger banks. Taking market share by virtue of being able to hire the best bankers in our market is the only way I know to reliably produce outsized growth on a sound basis over the long term.

“We continue to experience much progress in the Carolinas and Virginia and could not be more proud of our successes there. We believe the BNC merger has been a great success and we anticipate many years of sustainable growth for our firm. BHG was another sound investment for our firm. Its franchise value, we believe, has increased significantly since our first investment in 2015. We believe the leadership and employees at BHG have worked tirelessly to grow their firm on a sound basis, and we anticipate more growth in future periods as our partnership continues to thrive.”

FOCUSING ON PROFITABILITY:

  • Return on average assets was 1.55 percent for the second quarter of 2019, compared to 1.52 percent for the first quarter of 2019 and 1.50 percent for the second quarter last year. Second quarter 2019 return on average tangible assets amounted to 1.67 percent, compared to 1.64 percent for the first quarter of 2019 and 1.63 percent for the second quarter of 2018.

    • Excluding the adjustments described above for both 2019 and 2018, return on average assets was 1.69 percent for the second quarter of 2019, compared to 1.55 percent for both the first quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2018. Likewise, excluding those same adjustments, the firm’s return on average tangible assets was 1.82 percent for the second quarter of 2019, compared to 1.67 percent for the first quarter of 2019 and 1.68 for the second quarter of 2018.
  • Return on average common equity for the second quarter of 2019 amounted to 9.77 percent, compared to 9.49 percent for the first quarter of 2019 and 9.18 percent for the second quarter of 2018. Second quarter 2019 return on average tangible common equity amounted to 17.74 percent, compared to 17.60 percent for the first quarter of 2019 and 18.01 for the second quarter of 2018.

    • Excluding the adjustments described above for both 2019 and 2018, return on average tangible common equity amounted to 19.28 percent for the second quarter of 2019, compared to 17.91 percent for the first quarter of 2019 and 18.58 percent for the second quarter of 2018.

“Our profitability metrics remain strong and provide us the ongoing leverage to hire more revenue producers and continue investing in our future growth,” said Harold R. Carpenter, Pinnacle’s chief financial officer. “BHG reported a remarkable quarter that was the culmination of many initiatives they have been working on for several months. They have not only developed more sophisticated tools to better target potential borrowers, but they also have expanded their reach into other professional firms such as lawyers, accountants and others. This elevated production occurred during a time when FICO scores and their internally generated credit scores for their borrowers have actually improved. During the quarter, we also took the opportunity to critically evaluate certain assets. Specifically, we executed several initiatives during the quarter to better insulate our earnings in a down rate environment such as purchasing loan interest rate floors, unwinding fixed to floating loan interest rate swaps and repositioning a portion of the bond portfolio.

“We are aware that our industry faces many macro challenges. In spite of these challenges, we continue to target top-quartile profitability and, more importantly, continue our focus on earnings per share growth and tangible book value per share accretion, having produced 5-year compounded annual growth rates of 23.7 percent and 15.8 percent, respectively, in those key metrics through the second quarter of 2019.”

MAINTAINING A FORTRESS BALANCE SHEET:

  • Net charge-offs were $4.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared to $3.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 and $4.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. Annualized net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 were 0.09 percent, compared to 0.08 percent for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 and 0.10 percent for the second quarter of 2018.
  • Nonperforming assets decreased to 0.55 percent of total loans and ORE at June 30, 2019, from 0.61 percent at March 31, 2019, and up slightly from 0.53 percent at June 30, 2018. Nonperforming assets were $102.7 million at June 30, 2019, compared to $111.3 million at March 31, 2019 and $91.1 million at June 30, 2018.
  • The classified asset ratio at June 30, 2019 was 13.9 percent, compared to 13.0 percent at March 31, 2019 and 12.6 percent at June 30, 2018. Classified assets were $337.8 million at June 30, 2019, compared to $306.8 million at March 31, 2019 and $267.3 million at June 30, 2018.
  • The allowance for loan losses represented 0.48 percent of total loans at each of June 30, 2019 and March 31, 2019, compared to 0.44 percent at June 30, 2018.

    • The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans increased to 118.6 percent at June 30, 2019, from 90.7 percent at March 31, 2019 and 106.7 percent at June 30, 2018. At June 30, 2019, purchase credit impaired loans of $7.2 million, which were recorded at fair value upon acquisition, represented 9.4 percent of the firm’s nonperforming loans.
    • Provision for loan losses was $7.2 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $7.2 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $9.4 million in the second quarter of 2018.

“Asset quality continues to be a highlight for our firm,” Carpenter said. “Net charge-offs, nonperforming assets and classified assets remain very low. Net charge-offs in our primary loan segments of C&I, CRE and construction have been very low for an extended period of time. Year-to-date in 2019, net charge-offs in these segments were 0.07 percent annualized, compared to 0.07 percent in 2018 and 0.02 percent in 2017.”

GROWING REVENUES

  • Net interest income for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 was $188.9 million, compared to $187.2 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $182.2 million for the second quarter of 2018, a year-over-year growth rate of 3.7 percent. Net interest margin was 3.48 percent for the second quarter of 2019, compared to 3.62 percent for the first quarter of 2019 and 3.69 percent for the second quarter of 2018.

    • Included in net interest income for the second quarter of 2019 was $8.9 million of discount accretion associated with fair value adjustments, compared to $9.7 million of similar discount accretion recognized in the first quarter of 2019 and $16.1 million in the second quarter of 2018.
    • Average earning assets included $81.4 million of fair value adjustments related to our acquisitions at June 30, 2019, compared to $92.4 million at March 31, 2019 and $143.3 million at June 30, 2018.
  • Noninterest income for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 was $70.7 million, compared to $51.1 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $47.9 million for the second quarter of 2018, a year-over-year growth rate of 47.4 percent.

    • Wealth management revenues, which include investment, trust and insurance services, were $11.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared to $11.6 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $10.5 million for the second quarter of 2018.
    • Income from the firm’s investment in BHG was $32.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared to $13.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 and $9.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. Income from the firm’s investment in BHG grew more than 200 percent for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2018.
    • Other noninterest income was $16.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 compared to $14.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 and $15.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. Contributing to the increase were increased credit card interchange fees and increased fees related to the firm’s various lending programs. Other noninterest income for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 was also impacted by a $1.5 million charge associated with the sale of the firm’s remaining non-prime automobile portfolio in the second quarter of 2019.

“For good reason, the rate environment has attracted much attention from the broader banking community, including not only bankers but also investors and analysts,” Carpenter said. “Operating in this environment while funding high quality loan growth as inexpensively as possible is clearly a challenge. We will continue to support our relationship managers as they attract great clients to our firm, which typically begins with loans.

“We remain optimistic about our deposit-gathering strategies, which are largely dependent upon our continuing to recruit deposit gatherers to our firm. We are fortunate that we operate in markets with outstanding bankers that allow us to focus on growing revenues consistently and organically over the longer term. Our track record is strong, and we believe we have the runway in our current footprint to accomplish our goals of continuing to be a top-quartile performer.”

CREATING OPERATING LEVERAGE

  • Noninterest expense for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 was $127.7 million, compared to $114.1 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $110.9 million in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 15.1 percent. Excluding the impairment charges associated with our branch consolidation initiatives, ORE expenses and merger-related charges for the relevant periods as described above, noninterest expense increased 13.8 percent over the second quarter of 2018.

    • Salaries and employee benefits were $75.6 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $70.4 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $64.1 million in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 17.9 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 $11.0 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $6.3 million in the first quarter of 2019 and $6.9 million in the second quarter of last year.
    • The efficiency ratio for the second quarter of 2019 increased to 49.19 percent, compared to 47.86 percent for the first quarter of 2019 and 48.18 percent in the second quarter of 2018. The ratio of noninterest expenses to average assets increased to 1.98 percent for the second quarter of 2019 from 1.85 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and 1.91 percent in the second quarter of 2018.

      • Excluding the adjustments noted elsewhere in this release for both 2019 and 2018, the efficiency ratio was 45.92 percent for the second quarter of 2019, compared to 47.37 percent for the first quarter of 2019 and 46.57 percent for the second quarter of 2018. Excluding the above described impairment charge, ORE expense and merger-related charges, the ratio of noninterest expense to average assets was 1.89 percent for the second quarter of 2019, compared to 1.84 percent for the first quarter of 2019 and 1.85 percent for the second quarter of 2018.
    • The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2019 was 19.6 percent, compared to 19.7 percent for the first quarter of 2019 and 20.9 percent for the second quarter of 2018. The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2019 includes tax expense related to equity compensation of $68,000, compared to a benefit of $769,000 in the first quarter of 2019 and $72,000 in the second quarter of 2018, respectively, associated with vesting of equity-based awards.
    • During the second quarter of 2019, the firm acquired 130,888 shares of its common stock in open market transactions pursuant to its previously announced share repurchase program, at an average price of $56.31.

“We continue to be pleased with the management of our expense base and our team’s focus on growing revenues,” Carpenter said. “We reviewed our branch network for opportunities and believe the proposed consolidation of approximately five facilities is sufficient at this time. We are not exiting any market or entering into any formal personnel reduction programs as a result of these actions.

“Additionally, we are reporting an adjusted efficiency ratio of 46 percent for our firm for the second quarter of 2019, providing further support that our firm can generate outsized returns efficiently and that we take our reputation of being sound operators seriously.”

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DECLARES DIVIDEND

On July 16, 2019, Pinnacle’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.16 per common share to be paid on Aug. 30, 2019 to common shareholders of record as of the close of business on Aug. 2, 2019. 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 July 17, 2019 to discuss second quarter 2019 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. Pinnacle Bank has the No. 1 deposit market share in the Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin MSA, according to June 30, 2018 deposit data from the FDIC. Pinnacle earned a place on FORTUNE’s 2017, 2018 and 2019 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 $26.5 billion in assets as of June 30, 2019. 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.

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 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 differences in interest rates on loans or deposits from those that Pinnacle Financial is modeling or anticipating 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 for associates) or otherwise to attract customers from other financial institutions; (xiv) the ability of Pinnacle Financial to implement its branch consolidation strategy on the timelines, and at the costs, presently contemplated; (xv) deterioration in the valuation of other real estate owned and increased expenses associated therewith; (xvi) 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; (xvii) approval of the declaration of any dividend by Pinnacle Financial’s board of directors; (xviii) 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; (xix) the possibility of increased compliance and operational costs as a result of increased regulatory oversight (including by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), 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; (xx) 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; (xxi) changes in state and federal legislation, regulations or policies applicable to banks and other financial service providers, like BHG, including regulatory or legislative developments; (xxii) risks associated with the possible shutdown of the United States federal government, including adverse effects on the national or local economies and adverse effects resulting from a shutdown of the U.

Contacts

MEDIA CONTACT:

Joe Bass, 615-743-8219

FINANCIAL CONTACT:

Harold Carpenter, 615-744-3742

WEBSITE: www.pnfp.com

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