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|Synovus Reports Results for First Quarter 2010
· The net loss for the first quarter of 2010 was $215.7 million, or $0.47 per common share.
· The first quarter results include a $43 million after-tax gain from the sale of the merchant services business.
· Total credit costs for the first quarter were $394.5 million, compared to $427.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Credit costs primarily include provision expense of $341.0 million and foreclosed real estate costs of $45.5 million. Allowances and cumulative write-downs on all remaining non-performing assets are approximately 49% of unpaid principal balances, compared to 45% in the fourth quarter of 2009.
· Net charge-offs decreased by $45.9 million versus the previous quarter, while non-performing assets were up slightly by $11.5 million, from the fourth quarter of 2009. Non-performing asset inflows totaled $531 million for the quarter, down from $661 million in the fourth quarter.
· Problem asset disposition strategy remains on track with $271 million in sales for the first quarter.
· The allowance for loan losses increased 25 basis points, or $25 million, to 3.97% of total loans.
· Total loans past due and still accruing remained low at 1.21% of total loans.
· The net interest margin was 3.39%, up 14 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2009. Excluding the negative impact of non-performing assets, the net interest margin was 3.77% for the first quarter.
· Core deposits grew slightly compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. The mix of core deposits continued to improve with non-interest bearing demand deposits and money market accounts replacing higher priced time deposits.
· Salaries and other personnel expenses were $104.0 million for the quarter, down $7.1 million, or 6.4% from the first quarter of 2009.
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“During the quarter, we continued our aggressive approach of recognizing, charging down, and disposing of non-performing assets,” said Richard Anthony, Chairman and CEO. “For the fourth consecutive quarter, our non-performing asset inflows declined, a trend which we believe to be the best predictor of future credit costs. Our core deposit mix continued to improve with solid growth in non-interest bearing deposits and money market accounts. As we look into the future, we expect our credit costs will continue to decline and that our capital ratios will exceed current regulatory standards as we pursue all alternatives to bolster our capital position. With the expected decline in credit costs, which will drive a reduction in the loan loss reserve, we continue to believe that we have an opportunity to return to profitability at some point during 2010. Additionally, we look forward to the recovery of the regulatory allowable portion of the $550 million valuation allowance for deferred tax assets once we demonstrate a sustainable return to profitability.”
Synovus today reaffirms that it continues to identify, consider, and pursue additional strategic initiatives to bolster its capital position, including potential capital market transactions, additional liability management initiatives, and certain non-dilutive transactions. Synovus is exploring these strategic initiatives in response to, among other factors, regulatory expectations, evolving industry capital standards, and a challenging economic environment. Among the transactions being considered are those that would raise significant amounts of cash and non-cash capital.
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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 the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, among others, our statements regarding our expectations on credit costs and that our capital ratios will continue to exceed current regulatory standards; the potential recovery of the regulatory allowable portion of the valuation allowance for deferred tax assets; our pursuit of alternatives to bolster our capital position; our belief that we have an opportunity to return to profitability at some point during 2010; and the assumptions underlying our expectations. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward- looking statements in this press release and our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of these factors are beyond Synovus’ ability to control or predict. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in this press release and our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission include: (1) further deterioration in credit quality, particularly in residential construction and development loans, may continue to result in increased non-performing assets and credit losses, which will adversely impact our earnings and capital; (2) declining values of residential real estate may result in further write-downs of assets, which may increase our credit losses and negatively affect our financial results; (3) continuing weakness in the residential real estate environment may negatively impact our ability to liquidate non-performing assets; (4) the impact on our borrowing costs, capital cost and our liquidity due to adverse changes in our current credit ratings; (5) our ability to manage fluctuations in the value of our assets and liabilities to maintain sufficient capital and liquidity to support our operations; (6) restrictions or limitations on access to funds from subsidiaries, thereby restricting our ability to make payments on our obligations or dividend payments; (7) continuing deterioration in general economic conditions and conditions in the financial markets; (8) the risk that the allowance may prove to be inadequate or may be negatively affected by credit risk exposures; (9) changes in the interest rate environment which may increase funding costs and reduce earning assets yields, thus reducing margins; (10) risks associated with the concentration of our non-performing assets in certain geographic regions and with affiliated borrowing groups; (11) the risk that we may be required to seek additional capital to satisfy applicable regulatory standards and pressures; (12) the risk that, as we pursue alternatives to bolster our capital position, such capital may not be available to us on favorable terms, if at all; (13) the impact of recent and proposed changes in governmental policy, laws and regulations, including proposed and recently enacted changes in the regulation of banks and financial institutions, or the interpretation or application thereof, including restrictions, increased capital requirements, limitations and/or penalties arising from banking, securities and insurance laws regulations and examinations; (14) the impact on Synovus’ financial results, reputation and business if Synovus is unable to comply with all applicable federal and state regulations and applicable memoranda of understanding, other supervisory actions and any necessary capital initiatives; (15) risks associated with litigation; (16) the risk that we will not be able to complete the proposed charter consolidation or, if completed, realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed charter consolidation; (17) the volatility of our stock price; and (18) the other factors set forth in Synovus’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, 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. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The measures entitled net interest margin excluding the negative impact of non-performing assets; core deposits; and the tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio 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 net interest margin, total deposits, and the ratio of total common shareholders’ equity to total assets, respectively.
Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to assess the performance of Synovus’ core business and the strength of its capital position. Synovus believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful additional information about Synovus to assist investors in evaluating Synovus’ operating results, financial strength and capitalization. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for operating results determined in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures at other companies. Net interest margin excluding the impact of non-performing assets is a measure used by management to measure the net interest margin exclusive of the impact of non-performing assets and associated net interest charge-offs on the net interest margin. Core deposits is a measure used by management to evaluate organic growth of deposits and the quality of deposits as a funding source. The tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio is used by management and investment analysts to assess the strength of Synovus’ capital position.
The computations of net interest margin excluding the impact of non-performing assets; core deposits; and the tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio, and the reconciliation of these measures to net interest margin, total deposits, and the ratio of total common shareholders’ equity to total assets are set forth in the tables below: