BB&T posts EPS of $0.52, up 73%; Net income increases 69%
Net income increases 69%
Average total loans up an annualized 4%
Nonperforming assets 11% lower
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) today reported third quarter net income of $371 million, an increase of 69% compared to $219 million reported in the third quarter last year. Net income available to common shareholders was $366 million, or $0.52 per diluted common share, compared with $210 million, or $0.30 per diluted common share, earned in the third quarter of 2010. These results reflect increases of 74% and 73%, respectively.
We are very pleased to report our strongest earnings quarter in three years, said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kelly S. King. The increase was driven by significantly improved credit quality and improved net interest income. Net revenues totaled $2.1 billion this quarter, led by taxable-equivalent net interest income of $1.5 billion, up 8% compared to last year.
BB&T also posted very healthy, broad-based loan growth, King said. BB&Ts average loans held for investment grew an annualized 4%, and, excluding our covered and residential ADC portfolios, increased an annualized 7%. Further, all our leading indicators for loan growth are positive, with robust pipelines and solid momentum as we enter the fourth quarter.
We continue to see impressive growth rates in low-cost deposits and to improve our deposit mix, King said. Average deposits increased 32% on an annualized basis compared to the second quarter, and noninterest-bearing deposits and interest checking increased 22% and 14%, respectively. We have reduced the average cost of interest-bearing deposits from 0.72% last quarter to 0.65% this quarter.
We have reduced nonperforming assets by approximately $900 million in the last two quarters to the lowest level in two and a half years. We continue to make meaningful progress in all credit areas, King said. In particular, nonperforming assets decreased 11% in the quarter and inflows of new nonperforming assets decreased 12%.
Finally, our net interest margin remained a very strong 4.09% in the third quarter compared to 4.15% last quarter, King said. The slight reduction results mainly from securities being a larger percentage of earning assets.
Third Quarter 2011 Performance Highlights
Average total loans and leases held for investment increased 4.3% on an annualized basis compared to the second quarter
The net interest margin remained strong
The pace of improvement in problem assets remained strong in the quarter
Average deposits increased $8.6 billion, or 32.0% on an annualized linked quarter basis
Capital levels further improved during the quarter
Current quarter capital ratios are preliminary. Credit quality data excludes covered and government guaranteed loans where applicable.
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