Cadence Bancorporation Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE:CADE) (“Cadence”) today announced net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 of $44.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share (“per share”), compared to $47.1 million or $0.56 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, and $48.3 million or $0.37 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. Annualized returns on average assets and tangible common equity for the third quarter of 2019 were 0.99% and 10.43%, respectively, compared to 1.61% and 17.50%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2018 and 1.10% and 12.23%, respectively, for the second quarter of 2019.

“We have a great franchise in attractive markets with experienced bankers and a solid strategy. Pre-tax, pre-loan provision net earnings were up meaningfully on a linked quarter basis. However, for the second quarter in a row, we incurred elevated charge-offs and higher provisions, primarily driven by a small number of existing nonperforming credits that experienced further deterioration. More broadly, the underlying fundamentals for our borrowers and our business remain strong, and we remain confident in our strategy and ability to generate sustainable attractive long-term returns,” stated Paul B. Murphy, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cadence Bancorporation.

Adjusted Performance Metrics (1):

  • Adjusted net income(1), excluding non-routine income and expenses(2), was $44.2 million for the third quarter of 2019, a decrease of $5.1 million or 10.4% compared to the third quarter of 2018 and a decrease of $7.3 million or 14.2% compared to the second quarter of 2019, primarily due to the higher provision for credit losses in the current quarter.
  • Adjusted pre-tax pre-provision net earnings(1) increased in the third quarter of 2019 to $100.8 million, an increase of $37.7 million or 59.9% compared to the third quarter of 2018 and an increase of $4.7 million, or 4.9% compared to the second quarter of 2019.
  • Adjusted EPS(1) for the third quarter of 2019 of $0.34 decreased from the prior year quarter of $0.58 and from the linked quarter of $0.40.
  • Adjusted annualized returns on average assets(1) and adjusted tangible common equity(1) for the third quarter of 2019 were 0.99% and 10.47%, respectively, compared to 1.69% and 18.30%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2018 and 1.17% and 12.96%, respectively, for the second quarter of 2019.

Highlights:

Cadence’s fundamental operating performance during the third quarter of 2019 continued to reflect the strengths of the business model, partially offset by the elevated credit costs in the current quarter. Third quarter of 2019 compared to the linked 2019 quarter:

  • Adjusted pre-tax pre-loan provision net earnings(1) were $100.8 million, an increase of $4.7 million or 4.9%.
  • Core deposits were $14.3 billion, reflecting a meaningful increase of $657.6 million or 4.8%, including an increase in non-interest bearing deposits of $306.2 million, or 9.3%.
  • Total loans were $13.6 billion, a slight increase of $9.1 million or 0.1%.
  • Net interest margin (“NIM”) was 3.94%, a decline of 3 basis points or 0.8%.
  • Total costs of funds of 1.41% and total cost of deposits of 1.32%, declines of 9 and 7 basis points, respectively.
  • Adjusted noninterest expenses(1) of $93.3 million declined $2.7 million or 2.8%.
  • Adjusted efficiency ratio(1) also improved 190 basis points to 48.1%.
  • Provision for credit losses of $43.8 million, an increase of $14.8 million.
  • Net charge-offs of $31.3 million, an increase of $12.7 million.

Balance Sheet:

Total assets increased to $17.9 billion as of September 30, 2019, an increase of $6.1 billion or 51.8%, from September 30, 2018, and an increase of $351.9 million or 2.0%, from June 30, 2019. The year-over-year increases throughout this release are impacted by the acquisition of State Bank which added $4.8 billion in total assets on January 1, 2019.

Loans. Period-end loan balances for the third quarter of 2019 reflected moderated organic growth, offset by net paydowns in the General C&I, Restaurant and Healthcare portfolios.

Loans at September 30, 2019 totaled $13.6 billion as compared to $9.4 billion and $13.6 billion at September 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019, respectively. Loans increased $875.3 million or 9.3% since September 30, 2018, excluding the impact of the loans acquired from State Bank, and increased $9.1 million or 0.1% from June 30, 2019. On a year-to-date basis, loans grew $265.2 million or 2.6%, excluding the State Bank loans, as compared to 14.4% year-to-date for 2018, with the 2019 growth reflecting management’s efforts to moderate loan growth combined with higher payoff activity compared to 2018.

Securities. Investment securities for the third quarter of 2019 increased $20.5 million to $1.7 billion, comprising 9.6% of total assets at September 30, 2019 as compared to $1.2 billion, or 10.3% of total assets at September 30, 2018 and $1.7 billion, or 9.6% of total assets at June 30, 2019.

Funding. Our funding activities reflected continued strong performance this quarter, with meaningful core deposit growth, improved deposit mix, and further decline in period-end brokered deposits and wholesale funds.

Deposits at September 30, 2019 totaled $14.8 billion as compared to $9.6 billion and $14.5 billion at September 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019, respectively. Excluding the impact of deposits assumed from State Bank, deposits increased by $1.1 billion or 11.9% from September 30, 2018. The year-over-year deposit increase was driven by growth in core customer deposits (total deposits excluding brokered deposits) of $1.3 billion or 15.3% from September 30, 2018. The linked quarter change included an increase of $657.6 million, or 4.8% in core deposits, while brokered deposits declined by $355.7 million to $512.3 million or 3.5% of total deposits at September 30, 2019.

Total borrowings were $371.9 million at September 30, 2019, down from $662.7 million at September 30, 2018 and $376.2 million at June 30, 2019. The year-over-year decline was largely due to lower FHLB borrowings as a result of increased core deposits, as well as a decline of approximately $50 million in long-term debt in the second quarter of 2019.

Shareholders’ equity reflected a 2.1% growth during the third quarter of 2019 driven by increases in the value of our interest rate collar based on lower interest rate expectations, as well as net earnings for the quarter. Shareholders’ equity was $2.5 billion at September 30, 2019, an increase of $1.1 billion from September 30, 2018, and an increase of $49.9 million from June 30, 2019.

  • Tangible common shareholders’ equity(1) was $1.9 billion at September 30, 2019, an increase of $778.6 million from September 30, 2018, and an increase of $48.0 million from June 30, 2019. The year-over-year increase resulted primarily from common stock issued of $826.1 million related to the merger with State Bank Financial Corporation. The linked quarter increase resulted from net income of $44.0 million and an increase of $37.3 million in other comprehensive income due to increased fair values of derivatives and securities. These items were partially offset by dividends of $22.4 million and an increase of $10.1 million in treasury stock.
  • Tangible book value per share(1) was $14.66 as of September 30, 2019, an increase of $1.51 from $13.15 as of September 30, 2018, and an increase of $0.45 from $14.21 as of June 30, 2019.
  • Total outstanding shares at September 30, 2019 were 128.2 million. Cadence repurchased $10.3 million of treasury stock at an average price per share of $15.51 during the quarter.
  • Total shareholders’ equity to total assets and tangible equity to tangible assets were 13.9% and 10.9%, respectively, at September 30, 2019.

Asset Quality:

Credit quality. Credit costs were elevated during the third quarter of 2019 as we experienced deterioration in certain credits resulting in increased charge-offs and loan provisions.

  • Net charge-offs were $31.3 million or 0.91% of average loans compared to $3.1 million or 0.13% and $18.6 million or 0.54% for the quarters ended September 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019, respectively. On a year-to-date basis, 2019 charge offs are 0.49% of average loans as compared to 0.06% for the full year 2018 and 0.40% for the trailing four quarters. The current quarter charge-offs included $15.0 million related to one General C&I non-SNC credit that also incurred a $5.0 million charge-off in the second quarter of 2019, representing 48% of the third quarter 2019 net charge-offs and 40% of the YTD 2019 net charge-offs. This credit was made to a company that experienced negative results caused by an expansion strategy that failed. The company quickly ran out of liquidity and entered into a costly restructuring process that ultimately ended with a highly distressed sale. The sale of the company was completed in October with no further provision for loan losses. In addition to this one sizable charge-off, the third quarter also included charge-offs on a $3.0 million non-SNC C&I credit, a $5.3 million Energy SNC, and a $4.4 million Restaurant SNC. All of these credits were previously identified as nonperforming, and are in the late stages of resolution.
  • Provision for credit losses for the third quarter of 2019 was $43.8 million driven by higher charge-offs and specific reserves, as well as credit migration of certain credits primarily in the General C&I and Restaurant portfolios. Specifically, 51% of the quarter’s provisioning related to loans incurring a charge-off this quarter. In light of these specific loans with partial charge-offs being in the late stages of the resolution process, we do not anticipate any incremental provision for loan losses associated with these credits.
  • The allowance for credit losses (“ACL”) increased to $127.8 million or 0.94% of total loans as of September 30, 2019, as compared to $86.2 million or 0.91% of total loans as of September 30, 2018, and $115.3 million or 0.85% of total loans as of June 30, 2019.
  • The ACL to total nonperforming loans was 118.2% as of September 30, 2019, as compared to 182.5% as of September 30, 2018, and 106.1% as of June 30, 2019.
  • Loans 30-89 days past due were 0.15% of total loans at September 30, 2019, compared to 0.10% at September 30, 2018 and 0.15% at June 30, 2019.
  • Nonperforming loans (“NPLs”) as a percent of total loans were 0.79% at September 30, 2019, compared to 0.50% at September 30, 2018 and 0.80% at June 30, 2019. NPLs totaled $108.1 million, $47.2 million and $108.7 million as of September 30, 2019, September 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019, respectively.
  • Total criticized loans (see Table 6) at September 30, 2019 were $571.9 million or 4.19% as a percent of total loans as compared to $275.7 million or 2.92% at September 30, 2018 and $408.5 million or 3.00% at June 30, 2019. The linked quarter increases included migration of certain credits in General C&I and Energy.

Total Revenue:

This quarter’s total operating revenue reflected stable underlying revenue driven by flat earning assets that, as compared to the linked quarter, was positively impacted by lower funding costs and hedge income. Total operating revenue(1) for the third quarter of 2019 was $194.8 million, up 59.6% from the same period in 2018 and up 1.2% from the linked quarter. On a year-to-date basis, operating revenue for 2019 was $587.3 million, up 63.9% from the same period in 2018. The year over year revenue increase reflects loan growth during the period as well as the impact of the State Bank acquisition.

Net interest income for the third quarter of 2019 was $160.2 million, an increase of $62.1 million or 63.3%, from the same period in 2018, and a decrease of $0.6 million or 0.4% from the second quarter of 2019.

  • Our fully tax-equivalent net interest margin (“NIM”) in the third quarter of 2019 was 3.94% as compared to 3.58% for the third quarter of 2018 and 3.97% for the second quarter of 2019.
  • On a year-to-date basis, the NIM for 2019 increased to 4.04% compared to 3.63% for 2018.

The year-over-year increase in NIM reflects the merger with State Bank and the related positive impact on our funding costs, loan yields and accretion income. The third quarter 2019 NIM as compared to the linked quarter change was driven primarily by:

  • -12 bp NIM impact in total loan yields including:

    • -22 bp impact on our loan yields due to declining LIBOR and prime rates in the current quarter;
    • +12 bp impact on income from our hedge positions;
    • -6 bp impact of the sale of $130 million of acquired non-credit impaired loans late in the second quarter 2019; and
    • +4 bp impact from higher accretion income.
  • + 9bp NIM impact from lower funding costs including:

    • +6 bp impact from lower deposit costs due to improved mix, including increased non-interest bearing deposits and lower brokered deposits, and targeted reductions of deposit rate costs in step with index rate cuts; and
    • +3 bp impact from lower borrowing costs due to a reduction in average FHLB borrowings and lower long-term debt levels due to the late second quarter senior debt refinancing that reduced debt levels approximately $50 million.

Average earning assets for the third quarter of 2019 were $16.2 billion, an increase of $5.3 billion from the prior year’s quarter from both organic and acquired growth, and a decline of $0.1 billion from the linked quarter due to overall flat loan growth.

Originated Loans and Hedge Income:

  • Average originated loans increased $146.2 million linked quarter, with year-over-year growth of $1.5 billion, reflecting moderated growth in 2019.
  • Yield on originated loans was 5.31% for the third quarter of 2019, as compared to 5.11% and 5.43% for the third quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2019, respectively. The third quarter 2019 originated loan yield was negatively impacted by declines in LIBOR, however that impact on net interest income was partially offset by the positive impact of our hedges linked quarter in addition to the growth in average originated loans.

    • $4 billion notional LIBOR collar: Hedge income (loss) for the collar for the third quarter of 2019 was $2.7 million as compared to ($1.7) million for the second quarter of 2019. The collar income year-to-date for 2019 was $2.7 million. The collar contract expires February 2024.
    • $650 million rate swaps: Hedge income (loss) for the swaps for the third quarter of 2019 was ($1.2) million as compared to ($1.6) million for the third quarter of 2018 and ($1.5) million for the second quarter of 2019. Swap income year-to-date for 2019 was ($4.2) million as compared to ($3.1) million for 2018. One swap contract for $300 million expires on December 31, 2019, with the remaining $350 million contracts expiring February 27, 2026.
  • Yield on the underlying originated loans (excluding hedge impact) was 5.25% for the third quarter of 2019, as compared to 5.18% and 5.56% for the third quarter of 2018 and second quarter of 2019, respectively.
  • Approximately 68% of the total loan portfolio is floating at September 30, 2019.

Acquired Loans:

  • Acquired loan average balances declined $348.8 million during the third quarter of 2019 due to the sale of approximately $130 million in ANCI loans near the end of the second quarter and routine payoff activity, with the increase year-over-year due to the State Bank acquisition.
  • Acquired loan yields during the third quarter of 2019 were impacted by the $130 million loan sale in second quarter yielding 8.9% on average, as well as various State Bank purchase accounting adjustments applied in the third quarter incorporating impact from January 1, 2019 (“Day 1”).
  • Year-to-date 2019 yields are 10.32% on the ACI portfolio, excluding recovery accretion, and 6.59% on the ANCI portfolio. We currently believe that the year-to-date yields of the acquired portfolios, excluding recovery accretion, materially represent those portfolio’s effective yields for the remainder of 2019, under current market conditions and payoff expectations.

Cost of Funds:

  • We experienced declines in funding costs this quarter with total cost of funds for the third quarter of 2019 of 1.41%compared to 1.33% for the third quarter of 2018 and 1.50% in the linked quarter. Total cost of deposits for the third quarter of 2019 was 1.32% compared to 1.15% for the third quarter of 2018, and 1.39% for the linked quarter.
  • The decrease in costs during the linked quarter related primarily to declines in brokered deposit balances as a result of core deposit growth, a decrease in borrowing costs due to lower total borrowings resulting from the June subordinated debt issuance and senior debt repayment, and an increase in noninterest-bearing deposits to 23.8% of total deposits compared to 22.4% at June 30, 2019.

Noninterest income for the third quarter of 2019 was $34.6 million, an increase of $10.7 million or 44.5% from the same period of 2018, and an increase of $2.9 million or 9.2% over the linked quarter.

  • Total service fees and revenue for the third quarter of 2019 were $30.6 million, an increase of $10.2 million or 49.6% from the same period of 2018, and an increase of $2.8 million or 9.9% from the second quarter of 2019. The year-over-year increase in fees was due to across the board business growth and the merger. The linked quarter results included business volume driven increases in investment advisory, service charges on deposits, credit-related fees, and SBA income, which were offset by modest declines in bankcard fees, trust services revenue, and other service fees.
  • Other noninterest income was $4.0 million and increased by $0.5 million from the third quarter of 2018 and by $0.2 million from the linked quarter. The year over year variance included an increase of $0.8 million in gains on sales of securities. The linked quarter increase primarily resulted from $1.3 million in increased earnings from limited partnerships plus the second quarter 2019 was reduced by the $2.0 million earnout receivable revaluation. These items were partially offset by a $1.5 million decline in gain on sale of loans related to the second quarter 2019 sale of $130 million of ANCI loans.
  • Noninterest income as a percent of total revenues was 17.8% for the third quarter of 2019 compared to 19.6% and 16.5% for the third quarter of 2018 and second quarter of 2019, respectively.

Noninterest expense for the third quarter of 2019 was $94.3 million, an increase of $33.1 million or 54.0% from $61.2 million for the same period in 2018, and a decrease of $6.2 million or 6.2% from $100.5 million for the second quarter of 2019. The year over year increase was related to the State Bank acquisition. The linked quarter decrease resulted from:

  • Decrease of $3.6 million in merger related costs;
  • Decrease of $1.5 million in personnel costs related to lower management incentive accruals;
  • Decrease of $1.3 million in FDIC insurance assessment related to credits received for assessments paid prior to reaching $10 billion in total assets; and
  • Decrease of $2.7 million in loan related expenses primarily associated with cost deferral on certain mortgage loans.

Adjusted noninterest expenses(1), which exclude the impact of non-routine items(2), were $93.3 million for the third quarter of 2019, up $34.2 million or 58.0% from $59.0 million for the third quarter of 2018 and down $2.7 million or 2.8% from $96.0 million for the second quarter of 2019. Non-routine expenses included merger related expenses of $1.0 million, $0.2 million and $4.6 million, for the third quarter of 2019, third quarter of 2018 and second quarter of 2019, respectively.

Our efficiency ratio(1) improvement for the third quarter of 2019 reflects increases in operating revenue combined with decreases in quarterly operating expenses. The third quarter of 2019 adjusted efficiency ratio(2) was 48.1% compared to 48.4% for the third quarter of 2018 and 50.0% for the second quarter of 2019.

(1)

 

Considered a non-GAAP financial measure. See Table 10 “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of our non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

(2)

See Table 10 for a detail of non-routine income and expenses.

Taxes:

The effective tax rate for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 was 22.5% compared to 23.3% for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, and 24.2% for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The full year 2019 effective tax rate is currently estimated as 22.9%.

Supplementary Financial Tables (Unaudited):

Supplementary financial tables (unaudited) are included in this release following the customary disclosure information.

Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call:

Cadence Bancorporation executive management will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2019 results on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 7:30 a.m. CT / 8:30 a.m. ET. Slides to be presented by management on the conference call can be viewed by visiting www.cadencebancorporation.com and selecting “Events & Presentations” then “Presentations”.

Conference Call Access:

To access the conference call, please dial one of the following numbers approximately 10-15 minutes prior to the start time to allow time for registration and use the Elite Entry Number provided below.

 

Dial in (toll free):

1-888-317-6003

International dial in:

1-412-317-6061

Canada (toll free):

1-866-284-3684

Participant Elite Entry Number:

3972074

 

For those unable to participate in the live presentation, a replay will be available through November 6, 2019. To access the replay, please use the following numbers:

 

US Toll Free:

1-877-344-7529

International Toll:

1-412-317-0088

Canada Toll Free:

1-855-669-9658

Replay Access Code:

10135639

End Date:

November 6, 2019

 

Webcast Access:

The call and corresponding presentation slides will be webcast live on the home page of the Company’s website: www.cadencebancorporation.com.

About Cadence Bancorporation

Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE: CADE), headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a regional financial holding company with $17.9 billion in assets as of September 30, 2019. Cadence operates 98 branch locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, and provides corporations, middle-market companies, small businesses and consumers with a full range of innovative banking and financial solutions. Services and products include commercial and business banking, treasury management, specialized lending, asset-based lending, commercial real estate, SBA lending, foreign exchange, wealth management, investment and trust services, financial planning, retirement plan management, payroll and insurance services, consumer banking, consumer loans, mortgages, home equity lines and loans, and credit cards. Clients have access to leading-edge online and mobile solutions, interactive teller machines, and more than 55,000 ATMs. The Cadence team of 1,800 associates is committed to exceeding customer expectations and helping their clients succeed financially.

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Contacts

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713-871-4051

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