Comerica Reports First Quarter 2012 Results

Net Income of $130 Million Up 36 Percent From Fourth Quarter 2011

Average Total Loans Increased - Driven by a $1.2 Billion, 5 Percent Increase in Commercial Loans

Customer-Driven Fee Income Increased 6 Percent

17 Apr, 2012, 06:40 ET from Comerica Incorporated

DALLAS, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) today reported first quarter 2012 net income of $130 million, an increase of $34 million compared to $96 million for the fourth quarter 2011.

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(dollar amounts in millions, except per share data)

1st Qtr '12

4th Qtr '11

1st Qtr '11

Net interest income

$

443

$

444

$

395

Provision for loan losses

23

19

49

Noninterest income

206

182

207

Noninterest expenses

448

478

(a)

415

Provision for income taxes

48

33

35

Net income

130

96

103

Net income attributable to common shares

129

95

102

Diluted income per common share

0.66

0.48

(a)

0.57

Average diluted shares (in millions)

196

197

178

Tier 1 common capital ratio (c)

10.33

%

(b)

10.37

%

10.35

%

Tangible common equity ratio (c)

10.21

10.27

10.43

(a)

Included restructuring expenses of $37 million ($23 million, after tax; $0.12 per diluted share) in fourth quarter 2011, associated with the acquisition of Sterling on July 28, 2011.

(b)

March 31, 2012 ratio is estimated.

(c)

See Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

"We were pleased by the continued growth in average total loans in the first quarter, driven by a $1.2 billion, or 5 percent, increase in average commercial loans," said Ralph W. Babb Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. "The increase in average commercial loans, when compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, was broad-based, across a majority of business lines and all major markets.

"Noninterest income increased $24 million, driven by a $10 million, or 6 percent, increase in customer-driven fees, offsetting the headwinds of regulatory reform.

"We continue to approach capital management from a position of strength," said Babb. "As we announced on March 14, 2012, the Federal Reserve did not object to our capital plan and the capital distributions contemplated in the plan. The capital plan, which was approved by our board of directors, provides for up to $375 million in equity repurchases from the first quarter 2012 through the first quarter 2013. We had $33 million in equity repurchases under the share repurchase program in the first quarter 2012. A dividend proposal that would increase the quarterly dividend 50 percent, from 10 cents per share to 15 cents per share, will be considered by our board at its next meeting on April 24, 2012."

First Quarter 2012 Highlights Compared to Fourth Quarter 2011

  • Net income of $130 million, or $0.66 per fully diluted share, increased 36 percent compared to fourth quarter 2011.
  • Average total loans increased $815 million, or 2 percent, primarily reflecting an increase of $1.2 billion, or 5 percent, in commercial loans, partially offset by a decrease of $352 million, or 3 percent, in commercial real estate loans (commercial mortgage and real estate construction loans). The increase in commercial loans was broad-based, primarily driven by increases in National Dealer Services, Energy, Global Corporate Banking, Middle Market Banking, and Technology and Life Sciences.
  • Period-end loans increased $333 million, or 1 percent, from December 31, 2011 to March 31, 2012, primarily reflecting an increase of $644 million, or 3 percent, in commercial loans, partially offset by a $276 million, or 2 percent, decrease in commercial real estate loans. The increase in period-end commercial loans was primarily driven by increases in National Dealer Services, Middle Market Banking, Global Corporate Banking and Energy, partially offset by decreases in Mortgage Banker Finance and Small Business Banking.
  • Average deposits increased $532 million, or 1 percent, primarily reflecting an increase of $461 million in noninterest-bearing deposits. Period end deposits increased $1.5 billion from December 31, 2011 to a record $49.3 billion at March 31, 2012, while funding costs continued to decline. The increase in average deposits primarily reflected increases in Global Corporate Banking, the Financial Services Division, Technology and Life Sciences, and Private Banking, partially offset by decreases in Small Business Banking and Energy.
  • Credit quality continued to improve in the first quarter 2012. Net credit-related charge-offs of $45 million decreased for the eleventh consecutive quarter. The provision for loan losses was $23 million in the first quarter 2012, compared to $19 million in the fourth quarter 2011.
  • Noninterest income increased to $206 million in the first quarter 2012, compared to $182 million for the fourth quarter 2011. The $24 million increase in large part resulted from increases in customer-driven fee income categories.
  • Noninterest expenses decreased $30 million to $448 million in the first quarter 2012, compared to the fourth quarter 2011. The decrease was primarily due to a $37 million decrease in merger and restructuring charges related to the Sterling acquisition.
  • As previously announced, the Federal Reserve completed its review of Comerica's 2012 Capital Plan in the first quarter 2012 and did not object to the capital distributions contemplated in the plan, including up to $375 million of equity repurchases in the five-quarter period ending March 31, 2013 and a 50 percent increase in the quarterly dividend. Comerica repurchased 1.1 million shares of common stock under the share repurchase program in the first quarter 2012.

Net Interest Income

(dollar amounts in millions)

1st Qtr '12

4th Qtr '11

1st Qtr '11

Net interest income

$

443

$

444

$

395

Net interest margin

3.19

%

3.19

%

3.25

%

Selected average balances:

Total earning assets

$

56,186

$

55,676

$

49,347

Total investment securities

9,889

9,781

7,311

Total loans

42,269

41,454

39,551

Total deposits

48,311

47,779

40,598

Total noninterest-bearing deposits

19,637

19,176

15,459

  • Net interest income of $443 million in the first quarter 2012 decreased $1 million compared to the fourth quarter 2011, as the benefit from a $510 million increase in average earning assets ($7 million) and lower funding costs ($2 million) was offset by lower loan yields ($5 million) and one less day in the quarter ($5 million). The lower loan yields reflected a shift in the average loan portfolio mix, largely due to the decrease in average commercial real estate loans and the increase in average commercial loans. Accretion of the purchase discount on the acquired Sterling loan portfolio was $25 million in the first quarter 2012, compared to $26 million in the fourth quarter 2011. For the remainder of 2012, $35 million to $45 million of accretion is expected to be recognized.
  • Average earning assets increased $510 million in the first quarter 2012 compared to the fourth quarter 2011, primarily reflecting increases of $815 million in average loans and $108 million in average investment securities available-for-sale, partially offset by a $417 million decrease in average Federal Reserve Bank deposits.
  • Average deposits increased $532 million in the first quarter 2012, compared to the fourth quarter 2011, primarily due to a $461 million increase in average noninterest-bearing deposits.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income was $206 million for the first quarter 2012, compared to $182 million for the fourth quarter 2011. The $24 million increase primarily resulted from a $10 million, or 6 percent, increase in customer-driven fee income and a $9 million increase in net securities gains. The increase in customer-driven fee income included increases in service charges on deposit accounts ($4 million), investment banking fees ($3 million), fiduciary income ($2 million) and commercial lending fees ($2 million). The increase in net securities gains reflected an increase of $4 million in gains from redemptions of auction-rate securities in the first quarter 2012, when compared to fourth quarter 2011, and $5 million in charges in the fourth quarter 2011 related to a derivative contract tied to the conversion rate of Visa Class B shares.

Noninterest Expenses

Noninterest expenses totaled $448 million in the first quarter 2012, a decrease of $30 million compared to $478 million in the fourth quarter 2011. The decrease in noninterest expenses was primarily due to decreases in merger and restructuring charges ($37 million), net occupancy expense ($6 million), and salaries expense ($4 million), partially offset by increases in employee benefits expense ($8 million), primarily due to an increase in pension expense, and litigation and legal expenses ($5 million), included in other noninterest expenses. The decrease in net occupancy expense in part reflected savings related to increased efficiency in space utilization. Restructuring charges of approximately $40 million are expected to be incurred for the remainder of 2012, with $5 million to $10 million expected in second quarter 2012.

Credit Quality

(dollar amounts in millions)

1st Qtr '12

4th Qtr '11

1st Qtr '11

Net credit-related charge-offs

$

45

$

60

$

101

Net credit-related charge-offs/Average total loans

0.43

%

0.57

%

1.03

%

Provision for loan losses

$

23

$

19

$

49

Provision for credit losses on lending-related commitments

(1)

(1)

(3)

Total provision for credit losses

22

18

46

Nonperforming loans (a)

856

887

1,030

Nonperforming assets (NPAs) (a)

923

981

1,104

NPAs/Total loans and foreclosed property

2.14

%

2.29

%

2.81

%

Loans past due 90 days or more and still accruing

$

50

$

58

$

72

Allowance for loan losses

704

726

849

Allowance for credit losses on lending-related commitments (b)

25

26

32

Total allowance for credit losses

729

752

881

Allowance for loan losses/Total loans (c)

1.64

%

1.70

%

2.17

%

Allowance for loan losses/Nonperforming loans

82

82

82

(a)

Excludes loans acquired with credit impairment.

(b)

Included in "Accrued expenses and other liabilities" on the consolidated balance sheets.

(c)

Reflects the impact of acquired loans, which were initially recorded at fair value, with no related allowance for loan losses.

"Credit quality continued to improve in the first quarter," said Babb. "Net charge-offs, which decreased $15 million to $45 million in the first quarter, are at the lowest level since the third quarter of 2007. The provision for loan losses was relatively stable. Our expectation is that we will continue to see the provision and net-charge offs at these levels for the remainder of the year assuming the current level of economic growth is sustained."

  • Net credit-related charge-offs decreased $15 million to $45 million in the first quarter 2012, from $60 million in the fourth quarter 2011. The decrease in net credit-related charge-offs was broad-based, spread across many business lines.
  • The provision for loan losses was $23 million in the first quarter 2012, compared to $19 million in the fourth quarter 2011. The change in the provision for loan losses reflects increased loan volumes.
  • Internal watch list loans continued the downward trend, declining $261 million in the first quarter 2012, to $4.2 billion at March 31, 2012. Nonperforming assets decreased $58 million to $923 million at March 31, 2012.
  • During the first quarter 2012, $69 million of borrower relationships over $2 million were transferred to nonaccrual status, a decrease of $30 million from the fourth quarter 2011.
  • The allowance for loan losses to total loans ratio was 1.64 percent and 1.70 percent at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

Balance Sheet and Capital Management

Total assets and common shareholders' equity were $62.6 billion and $7.0 billion, respectively, at March 31, 2012, compared to $61.0 billion and $6.9 billion, respectively, at December 31, 2011. There were approximately 197 million common shares outstanding at March 31, 2012. Comerica repurchased $33 million of common stock (1.1 million shares) under the share repurchase program during the first quarter 2012.

The Federal Reserve completed its review of Comerica's 2012 Capital Plan in March 2012 and did not object to the capital distributions contemplated in the plan. The capital plan provides for up to $375 million in equity repurchases for the five-quarter period ending March 31, 2013. The capital plan, which was approved by Comerica's Board of Directors, further contemplates a 50 percent increase in Comerica's quarterly dividend, from 10 cents per share to 15 cents per share. The dividend proposal will be considered by the Board at its April 24, 2012 meeting. In addition, the capital plan includes the authority to redeem the remaining $25 million of trust preferred securities outstanding as of March 31, 2012.

Comerica's tangible common equity ratio was 10.21% at March 31, 2012, a decrease of 6 basis points from December 31, 2011. The estimated Tier 1 common capital ratio decreased 4 basis points, to 10.33% at March 31, 2012, from December 31, 2011.

Full-Year 2012 Outlook Compared to Full-Year 2011

For 2012, management expects the following, assuming a continuation of the current economic environment:

  • Average loans increasing moderately.
  • Net interest income increasing moderately.
  • Net credit-related charge-offs and provision for credit losses declining.
  • Noninterest income relatively stable.
  • Noninterest expenses relatively stable.
  • Effective tax rate of approximately 27 percent.

Business Segments

Comerica's operations are strategically aligned into three major business segments: the Business Bank, the Retail Bank and Wealth Management. The Finance Division is also reported as a segment. The financial results below are based on the internal business unit structure of the Corporation and methodologies in effect at March 31, 2012 and are presented on a fully taxable equivalent (FTE) basis. The accompanying narrative addresses first quarter 2012 results compared to fourth quarter 2011.

The following table presents net income (loss) by business segment.

(dollar amounts in millions)

1st Qtr '12

4th Qtr '11

1st Qtr '11

Business Bank

$

206

89

%

$

201

94

%

$

167

93

%

Retail Bank

14

6

10

4

(2)

(1)

Wealth Management

11

5

5

2

14

8

231

100

%

216

100

%

179

100

%

Finance

(92)

(94)

(75)

Other (a)

(9)

(26)

(1)

    Total

130

$

96

$

103

(a)

Includes discontinued operations and items not directly associated with the three major business segments or the Finance Division.

Business Bank

(dollar amounts in millions)

1st Qtr '12

4th Qtr '11

1st Qtr '11

Net interest income (FTE)

$

379

$

383

$

341

Provision for loan losses

1

(4)

18

Noninterest income

81

73

77

Noninterest expenses

159

161

160

Net income

206

201

167

Net credit-related charge-offs

28

32

73

Selected average balances:

Assets

33,184

32,151

30,092

Loans

32,240

31,257

29,609

Deposits

23,997

23,296

20,084

  • Average loans increased $983 million, primarily due to increases in National Dealer Services, Energy, Global Corporate Banking, Technology and Life Sciences, and Middle Market, partially offset by a decline in Commercial Real Estate.
  • Average deposits increased $701 million, primarily due to increases in the Financial Services Division, Global Corporate Banking, and Technology and Life Sciences, partially offset by a decline in Energy.
  • Net interest income decreased $4 million, primarily due to one less day in the quarter. The benefit from increases in average loan balances and lower deposit rates was offset by an increase in net funds transfer pricing (FTP) funding costs and lower loan yields.
  • The provision for loan losses increased $5 million, primarily reflecting increases in Middle Market and Commercial Real Estate, partially offset by a decrease in Technology and Life Sciences.
  • Noninterest income increased $8 million, primarily reflecting increases in service charges on deposit accounts, commercial lending fees, warrant income and customer derivative income.

Retail Bank

(dollar amounts in millions)

1st Qtr '12

4th Qtr '11

1st Qtr '11

Net interest income (FTE)

$

167

$

176

$

139

Provision for loan losses

4

15

23

Noninterest income

42

35

42

Noninterest expenses

184

182

162

Net income (loss)

14

10

(2)

Net credit-related charge-offs

12

16

23

Selected average balances:

Assets

6,173

6,250

5,558

Loans

5,462

5,571

5,106

Deposits

20,373

20,715

17,360

  • Average loans declined $109 million, primarily due to decreases in Personal Banking and Small Business Banking.
  • Average deposits decreased $342 million, primarily due to a decrease in Small Business Banking.
  • Net interest income decreased $9 million, primarily due to a decrease in FTP funding credits, one less day in the quarter and lower loan yields, partially offset by lower deposit rates.
  • The provision for loan losses decreased $11 million, reflecting declines in both Personal Banking and Small Business Banking.
  • Noninterest income increased $7 million, primarily due to a fourth quarter 2011 charge of $5 million related to a derivative contract tied to the conversion rate of Visa Class B shares.

Wealth Management

(dollar amounts in millions)

1st Qtr '12

4th Qtr '11

1st Qtr '11

Net interest income (FTE)

$

47

$

46

$

44

Provision for loan losses

14

10

8

Noninterest income

65

55

64

Noninterest expenses

81

83

78

Net income

11

5

14

Net credit-related charge-offs

5

12

5

Selected average balances:

Assets

4,636

4,672

4,809

Loans

4,565

4,618

4,807

Deposits

3,611

3,400

2,800

  • Average loans decreased $53 million.
  • Average deposits increased $211 million, primarily reflecting an increase in Private Banking.
  • Net interest income increased $1 million, primarily due to an increase in average deposit balances.
  • The provision for loan losses increased $4 million, primarily due to an increase in the Florida market.
  • Noninterest income increased $10 million, primarily due to increases in gains on the redemption of auction-rate securities, investment banking fees and fiduciary income.

Geographic Market Segments

Comerica also provides market segment results for four primary geographic markets: Midwest, Western, Texas and Florida. In addition to the four primary geographic markets, Other Markets and International are also reported as market segments. The financial results below are based on methodologies in effect at March 31, 2012 and are presented on a fully taxable equivalent (FTE) basis. The accompanying narrative addresses first quarter 2012 results compared to fourth quarter 2011.

The following table presents net income (loss) by market segment.

(dollar amounts in millions)

1st Qtr '12

4th Qtr '11

1st Qtr '11

Midwest

$

68

30

%

$

53

25

%

$

53

29

%

Western

65

28

65

30

51

28

Texas

49

21

55

26

29

16

Florida

(1)

(1)

(1)

(4)

(2)

Other Markets

38

16

32

15

38

22

International

12

5

12

5

12

7

231

100

%

216

100

%

179

100

%

Finance & Other Businesses (a)

(101)

(120)

(76)

    Total

$

130

$

96

$

103

(a)

Includes discontinued operations and items not directly associated with the geographic markets.

Midwest Market

(dollar amounts in millions)

1st Qtr '12

4th Qtr '11

1st Qtr '11

Net interest income (FTE)

$

198

$

202

$

203

Provision for loan losses

10

20

34

Noninterest income

98

85

100

Noninterest expenses

183

185

188

Net income

68

53

53

Net credit-related charge-offs

18

32

46

Selected average balances:

Assets

14,095

13,976

14,303

Loans

13,829

13,725

14,104

Deposits

19,415

19,076

18,230

  • Average loans increased $104 million, primarily due to an increase in National Dealer Services.
  • Average deposits increased $339 million, primarily due to increases in Personal Banking and the Financial Services Division.
  • Net interest income decreased $4 million, primarily due one less day in the quarter, lower loan yields, and lower net FTP funding credits, partially offset by an increase in average loan balances and lower deposit rates.
  • The provision for loan losses decreased $10 million, primarily reflecting decreases in Small Business Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Personal Banking and Global Corporate Banking, partially offset by an increase in Middle Market.
  • Noninterest income increased $13 million, primarily due to fourth quarter 2011 charges of $5 million related to a derivative contract tied to the conversion rate of Visa Class B shares and increases in investment banking fees, commercial lending fees, service charges on deposit accounts and fiduciary income.

Western Market

(dollar amounts in millions)

1st Qtr '12

4th Qtr '11

1st Qtr '11

Net interest income (FTE)

$

171

$

170

$

164

Provision for loan losses

(7)

(12)

11

Noninterest income

33

33

37

Noninterest expenses

107

109

109

Net income

65

65

51

Net credit-related charge-offs

11

5

26

Selected average balances:

Assets

12,623

12,266

12,590

Loans

12,383

12,026

12,383

Deposits

13,897

13,671

12,235

  • Average loans increased $357 million, primarily due to increases in National Dealer Services and Technology and Life Sciences.
  • Average deposits increased $226 million, primarily due to an increase in the Financial Services Division.
  • Net interest income increased $1 million, primarily due to an increase in average loan balances, partially offset by lower loan yields and one less day in the quarter.
  • The provision for loan losses increased $5 million, primarily reflecting increases in Commercial Real Estate, Small Business Banking and Middle Market, partially offset by a decrease in Technology and Life Sciences.

Texas Market

(dollar amounts in millions)

1st Qtr '12

4th Qtr '11

1st Qtr '11

Net interest income (FTE)

$

151

$

158

$

87

Provision for loan losses

14

8

4

Noninterest income

31

26

23

Noninterest expenses

92

89

61

Net income

49

55

29

Net credit-related charge-offs

7

4

8

Selected average balances:

Assets

10,082

9,712

7,031

Loans

9,295

8,952

6,824

Deposits

10,229

10,333

5,786

  • Average loans increased $343 million, led by an increase in Energy, as well as increases in Middle Market and Global Corporate Banking, partially offset by a decrease in Commercial Real Estate.
  • Average deposits decreased $104 million, primarily reflecting a decrease in Energy.
  • Net interest income decreased $7 million, primarily due to lower loan yields, an increase in net FTP funding costs, and one less day in the quarter, partially offset by an increase in average loan balances and lower deposit rates.
  • The provision for loan losses increased $6 million, primarily due to increases in Commercial Real Estate and Middle Market, partially offset by a decrease in Technology and Life Sciences.
  • Noninterest income increased $5 million, primarily due to increases across numerous categories.

Florida Market

(dollar amounts in millions)

1st Qtr '12

4th Qtr '11

1st Qtr '11

Net interest income (FTE)

$

10

$

11

$

11

Provision for loan losses

6

4

8

Noninterest income

4

4

4

Noninterest expenses

9

13

12

Net income

(1)

(1)

(4)

Net credit-related charge-offs

2

7

8

Selected average balances:

Assets

1,416

1,435

1,553

Loans

1,418

1,457

1,580

Deposits

424

435

367

  • Average loans decreased $39 million.
  • The provision for loan losses increased $2 million, primarily due to an increase in Private Banking, partially offset by a decrease in Commercial Real Estate.
  • Noninterest expenses decreased $4 million, due to decreases across numerous categories.

Conference Call and Webcast

Comerica will host a conference call to review first quarter 2012 financial results at 7 a.m. CT Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Interested parties may access the conference call by calling (800) 309-2262 or (706) 679-5261 (event ID No. 62064995). The call and supplemental financial information can also be accessed via Comerica's "Investor Relations" page at www.comerica.com. A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours following the conference call through April 30, 2012. The conference call replay can be accessed by calling (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 (event ID No. 62064995). A replay of the Webcast can also be accessed via Comerica's "Investor Relations" page at www.comerica.com.

Comerica Incorporated is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three major business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.

This press release contains both financial measures based on accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and non-GAAP based financial measures, which are used where management believes it to be helpful in understanding Comerica's results of operations or financial position. Where non-GAAP financial measures are used, the comparable GAAP financial measure, as well as a reconciliation to the comparable GAAP financial measure, can be found in this press release. These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for operating results determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies.

Forward-looking Statements

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CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (unaudited)

Comerica Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Three Months Ended

March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

(in millions, except per share data)

2012

2011

2011

PER COMMON SHARE AND COMMON STOCK DATA

Diluted net income

$

0.66

$

0.48

$

0.57

Cash dividends declared

0.10

0.10

0.10

Common shareholders' equity (at period end)

35.44

34.80

33.25

Tangible common equity (at period end) (a)

32.06

31.42

32.37

Average diluted shares (in thousands)

196,021

196,729

178,425

KEY RATIOS

Return on average common shareholders' equity

7.50

%

5.51

%

7.08

%

Return on average assets

0.84

0.63

0.77

Tier 1 common capital ratio (a) (b)

10.33

10.37

10.35

Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio (b)

10.37

10.41

10.35

Total risk-based capital ratio (b)

14.11

14.25

14.80

Leverage ratio (b)

10.97

10.92

11.37

Tangible common equity ratio (a)

10.21

10.27

10.43

AVERAGE BALANCES

Commercial loans

$

24,736

$

23,515

$

21,496

Real estate construction loans:

Commercial Real Estate business line (c)

1,056

1,189

1,754

Other business lines (d)

397

430

425

Total real estate construction loans

1,453

1,619

2,179

Commercial mortgage loans:

Commercial Real Estate business line (c)

2,520

2,552

1,978

Other business lines (d)

7,682

7,836

7,812

Total commercial mortgage loans

10,202

10,388

9,790

Lease financing

897

919

987

International loans

1,205

1,128

1,219

Residential mortgage loans

1,519

1,591

1,599

Consumer loans

2,257

2,294

2,281

Total loans

42,269

41,454

39,551

Earning assets

56,186

55,676

49,347

Total assets

61,613

61,045

53,775

Noninterest-bearing deposits

19,637

19,176

15,459

Interest-bearing deposits

28,674

28,603

25,139

Total deposits

48,311

47,779

40,598

Common shareholders' equity

6,939

6,947

5,835

NET INTEREST INCOME

Net interest income (fully taxable equivalent basis)

$

444

$

445

$

396

Fully taxable equivalent adjustment

1

1

1

Net interest margin (fully taxable equivalent basis)

3.19

%

3.19

%

3.25

%

CREDIT QUALITY

Nonaccrual loans

$

830

$

860

$

996

Reduced-rate loans

26

27

34

Total nonperforming loans (e)

856

887

1,030

Foreclosed property

67

94

74

Total nonperforming assets (e)

923

981

1,104

Loans past due 90 days or more and still accruing

50

58

72

Gross loan charge-offs

62

85

123

Loan recoveries

17

25

22

Net loan charge-offs

45

60

101

Allowance for loan losses

704

726

849

Allowance for credit losses on lending-related commitments

25

26

32

Total allowance for credit losses

729

752

881

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans (f)

1.64

%

1.70

%

2.17

%

Net loan charge-offs as a percentage of average total loans (g)

0.43

0.57

1.03

Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total loans and foreclosed property (e)

2.14

2.29

2.81

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total nonperforming loans

82

82

82

(a)

See Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

(b)

March 31, 2012 ratios are estimated.

(c)

Primarily loans to real estate investors and developers.

(d)

Primarily loans secured by owner-occupied real estate.

(e)

Excludes loans acquired with credit-impairment.

(f)

Reflects the impact of acquired loans, which were initially recorded at fair value with no related allowance for loan losses.

(g)

Lending-related commitment charge-offs were zero in all periods presented.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

Comerica Incorporated and Subsidiaries

March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

(in millions, except share data)

2012

2011

2011

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

ASSETS

Cash and due from banks

$

984

$

982

$

875

Federal funds sold

10

Interest-bearing deposits with banks

2,966

2,574

3,570

Other short-term investments

180

149

154

Investment securities available-for-sale

10,061

10,104

7,406

Commercial loans

25,640

24,996

21,360

Real estate construction loans

1,442

1,533

2,023

Commercial mortgage loans

10,079

10,264

9,697

Lease financing

872

905

958

International loans

1,256

1,170

1,326

Residential mortgage loans

1,485

1,526

1,550

Consumer loans

2,238

2,285

2,262

Total loans

43,012

42,679

39,176

Less allowance for loan losses

(704)

(726)

(849)

Net loans

42,308

41,953

38,327

Premises and equipment

670

675

637

Accrued income and other assets

5,414

4,571

4,048

Total assets

$

62,593

$

61,008

$

55,017

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Noninterest-bearing deposits

$

20,741

$

19,764

$

16,357

Money market and NOW deposits

20,502

20,311

17,888

Savings deposits

1,586

1,524

1,457

Customer certificates of deposit

6,145

5,808

5,672

Foreign office time deposits

332

348

499

Total interest-bearing deposits

28,565

27,991

25,516

Total deposits

49,306

47,755

41,873

Short-term borrowings

82

70

61

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

1,301

1,371

1,090

Medium- and long-term debt

4,919

4,944

6,116

Total liabilities

55,608

54,140

49,140

Common stock - $5 par value:

Authorized - 325,000,000 shares

Issued - 228,164,824 shares at 3/31/12 and 12/31/11 

and 203,878,110 shares at 3/31/11

1,141

1,141

1,019

Capital surplus

2,154

2,170

1,464

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(326)

(356)

(382)

Retained earnings

5,630

5,546

5,317

Less cost of common stock in treasury - 31,032,920 shares at 3/31/12,

30,831,076 shares at 12/31/11 and 27,103,941 shares at 3/31/11

(1,614)

(1,633)

(1,541)

Total shareholders' equity

6,985

6,868

5,877

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

62,593

$

61,008

$

55,017

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited)

Comerica Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Three Months Ended

March 31,

(in millions, except per share data)

2012

2011

INTEREST INCOME

Interest and fees on loans

$

411

$

375

Interest on investment securities

64

57

Interest on short-term investments

3

2

Total interest income

478

434

INTEREST EXPENSE

Interest on deposits

19

22

Interest on medium- and long-term debt

16

17

Total interest expense

35

39

Net interest income

443

395

Provision for loan losses

23

49

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

420

346

NONINTEREST INCOME

Service charges on deposit accounts

56

52

Fiduciary income

38

39

Commercial lending fees

25

21

Letter of credit fees

17

18

Card fees

11

15

Foreign exchange income

9

9

Bank-owned life insurance

10

8

Brokerage fees

6

6

Net securities gains

5

2

Other noninterest income

29

37

Total noninterest income

206

207

NONINTEREST EXPENSES

Salaries

201

188

Employee benefits

60

50

Total salaries and employee benefits

261

238

Net occupancy expense

41

40

Equipment expense

17

15

Outside processing fee expense

26

24

Software expense

23

23

FDIC insurance expense

10

15

Advertising expense

7

7

Other real estate expense

4

8

Other noninterest expenses

59

45

Total noninterest expenses

448

415

Income before income taxes

178

138

Provision for income taxes

48

35

NET INCOME

130

103

Less income allocated to participating securities

1

1

Net income attributable to common shares

$

129

$

102

Earnings per common share:

Basic

$

0.66

$

0.58

Diluted

0.66

0.57

Comprehensive income

160

110

Cash dividends declared on common stock

20

17

Cash dividends declared per common share

0.10

0.10

CONSOLIDATED QUARTERLY STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited)

Comerica Incorporated and Subsidiaries

(in millions, except per share data)

First

Fourth

Third

Second

First

First Quarter 2012 Compared To:

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

Quarter

Fourth Quarter 2011

First Quarter 2011

2012

2011

2011

2011

2011

Amount

Percent

Amount

Percent

INTEREST INCOME

Interest and fees on loans

$

411

$

415

$

405

$

369

$

375

$

(4)

(1)

%

$

36

10

%

Interest on investment securities

64

63

54

59

57

1

1

7

11

Interest on short-term investments

3

3

4

3

2

(6)

1

34

Total interest income

478

481

463

431

434

(3)

(1)

44

10

INTEREST EXPENSE

Interest on deposits

19

21

24

23

22

(2)

(10)

(3)

(17)

Interest on medium- and long-term debt

16

16

16

17

17

1

(1)

(1)

Total interest expense

35

37

40

40

39

(2)

(5)

(4)

(11)

Net interest income

443

444

423

391

395

(1)

48

12

Provision for loan losses

23

19

38

47

49

4

21

(26)

(53)

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

420

425

385

344

346

(5)

(1)

74

21

NONINTEREST INCOME

Service charges on deposit accounts

56

52

53

51

52

4

8

4

6

Fiduciary income

38

36

37

39

39

2

7

(1)

(1)

Commercial lending fees

25

23

22

21

21

2

5

4

20

Letter of credit fees

17

18

19

18

18

(1)

(3)

(1)

(6)

Card fees

11

11

17

15

15

(2)

(4)

(24)

Foreign exchange income

9

10

11

10

9

(1)

(11)

6

Bank-owned life insurance

10

10

10

9

8

(2)

2

15

Brokerage fees

6

5

5

6

6

1

15

(10)

Net securities gains (losses)

5

(4)

12

4

2

9

N/M

3

N/M

Other noninterest income

29

21

15

29

37

8

38

(8)

(19)

Total noninterest income

206

182

201

202

207

24

13

(1)

NONINTEREST EXPENSES

Salaries

201

205

192

185

188

(4)

(2)

13

7

Employee benefits

60

52

53

50

50

8

14

10

18

Total salaries and employee benefits

261