BB&T's 1st quarter EPS up 91% to $0.61; Earnings increase 92% to $431 million
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., April 19, 2012 -- BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) today reported first quarter net income available to common shareholders of $431 million, an increase of 92% compared to $225 million reported in the first quarter 2011. Earnings per diluted common share totaled $0.61, an increase of 91%, compared to $0.32 earned in the first quarter last year.
"BB&T posted a very strong first quarter of 2012, driven by broad-based loan growth, strong noninterest income and lower expenses compared to last quarter," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kelly S. King. "Our performance reflects 6% annualized growth in average loans in the first quarter, led by a 9% increase in C&I loans, a 20% increase in mortgage loans and a 15% increase in direct retail loans.
"Adjusted net revenues totaled $2.4 billion for the first quarter, an annualized increase of 19% compared to the fourth quarter last year," said King. "This substantial growth was generated by record mortgage banking revenues and stronger insurance revenues compared to last quarter.
"BB&T also significantly reduced credit-related costs this quarter," said King. "Net charge-offs fell to 1.28% of average loans and leases in the quarter compared to 1.46% last quarter, and losses are expected to continue to trend lower this year. In addition, costs related to foreclosed properties decreased significantly reflecting progress in our cost reduction strategies.
"We were also pleased to announce a 25% increase in the quarterly dividend for the second quarter, to $0.20, after banking regulators did not object to our proposed capital actions for 2012. Combined with a successful deployment of capital through the Crump acquisition and the pending BankAtlantic transaction, we remain among industry leaders in dividend payout and total payout, demonstrating our continued commitment to our shareholders."
First Quarter 2012 Performance Highlights
- Average total loans and leases held for investment increased 6.4% on an annualized basis compared to the fourth quarter of 2011
- Average C&I loans increased 9.0%
- Average direct retail loans increased 15.2%
- Average sales finance loans increased 11.4%
- Average mortgage loans increased 20.2%
- Average residential ADC loans declined 54.1%
- Adjusted net revenues increased an annualized 19.2% due to record mortgage and strong insurance income
- Net revenues were $2.4 billion for the first quarter, adjusted for securities gains and losses, the offsets for provisions related to covered assets, losses on NPA loan sales and write-downs on affordable housing investments
- The net interest margin was 3.93%, down 9 basis points compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and down 8 basis points compared to the first quarter last year largely due to the runoff of covered loans
- Average deposits increased $2.7 billion, or 8.8% on an annualized linked quarter basis
- Average noninterest-bearing deposits increased $957 million, or 15.3%
- Average interest-bearing deposit costs fell to 0.49% compared to 0.56% in the fourth quarter of 2011
- BB&T reduced nonperforming assets for the 8th consecutive quarter
- NPAs decreased 7.9% excluding covered assets
- Foreclosed property balances, excluding covered items, declined 28.5% due to management's more aggressive disposal strategy
- Net charge-offs, excluding covered loans and charge-offs, totaled 1.28% of average loans for the quarter, down from 1.46% in the fourth quarter of 2011
- Capital levels improved in the quarter
- Tangible common equity was 7.1%
- Tier 1 common equity was 10.0%
- Tier 1 risk-based capital was 12.7%
- Leverage capital remained strong at 9.1%
- Total capital was 16.2%
Current quarter capital ratios are preliminary. Credit quality data excludes covered and government guaranteed loans where applicable.
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