Cullen/Frost Reports Strong Second Quarter Results - Frost completes WNB Bancshares acquisition

- Average loans top $10 billion, a 9.5 percent increase

- Average deposits rise 13 percent

- Net interest margin rises to 3.48 percent

SAN ANTONIO, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE: CFR) today reported strong results for the second quarter of 2014 with significant increases in average loans, average deposits, net interest margin and total assets.

Cullen/Frost's net income available to common shareholders for the second quarter of 2014 was $64.5 million, a 13.1 percent increase from the second quarter of 2013 earnings of $57.0 million. On a per-share basis, net income was $1.02 per diluted common share, compared to $0.94 per diluted common share reported a year earlier. Returns on average assets and common equity were 1.04 percent and 10.33 percent respectively, compared to 1.03 percent and 9.93 percent for the same period a year earlier.

"I am pleased to report another good quarter for Cullen/Frost, as we continue to deliver strong results for our shareholders in an improving economy," said Dick Evans, Cullen/Frost chairman and CEO. "Thanks in part to our disciplined calling effort and the WNB acquisition, average loans exceeded $10 billion for the first time, increasing to $10.1 billion, a 9.5 percent increase over the same quarter in 2013. This quarter also included $4.8 million in transaction-related expenses associated with the acquisition.

"Average deposits grew to a record to $21.2 billion, a 13 percent increase over the same quarter of 2013, while an improving equities market helped boost trust and investment management fees by 18.6 percent over the previous year. Total assets exceeded $25 billion for the first time. Our value proposition continues to resonate well with customers as they understand the unique experience of doing business with Frost.

"In late May, we completed the acquisition of WNB Bancshares, Inc. into Cullen/Frost, bringing us into the dynamic Permian Basin, which is responsible for approximately 14 percent of the oil produced in the United States and 57 percent of the oil produced in Texas," Evans continued. "This acquisition strengthens our Texas franchise and will allow us to offer investment and insurance services to our new customers in Midland and Odessa."

"We are blessed to operate in Texas, a business-friendly state with an extraordinarily diversified economy and bright future," Evans continued. "Jobs in Texas are expected to grow 3 to 4 percent this year compared to projected U.S. job growth of 2 percent. The Texas unemployment rate is projected to end the year at close to 4.8 percent, well below the national average. With its thriving energy and technology sectors and stable housing markets, Texas remains one of the strongest states in the U.S.

"While regulatory and rate challenges remain, Frost is looking to the future and providing our customers with top-quality service, convenience and superior technology.

"I am grateful for our dedicated employees, who add value to customer relationships and provide superior service. They embody our culture and ensure a consistent customer experience at Frost, and I appreciate their hard work and loyalty," Evans continued.

For the first six months of 2014, net income available to common shareholders was $123.6 million, or $1.99 per diluted common share, compared to $112.2 million, or $1.85 per diluted common share, for the first six months of 2013. Returns on average assets and average common equity for the first six months of 2014 were 1.02 percent and 10.15 percent, respectively, compared to 1.02 percent and 9.71 percent for the same period in 2013.

Noted financial data for the second quarter:

  • The Corporation acquired WNB Bancshares, Inc.—with loans of $673.0 million and deposits of $1.6 billion—at the close of business on May 30, 2014. These loans and deposits, and the results of operations, are included from the date of acquisition.
  • Tier 1 and Total Risk-Based Capital Ratios remained strong at 13.84 percent and 14.76 percent, respectively, at the end of the second quarter of 2014 and are in excess of well capitalized levels. The tangible common equity ratio was 7.59 percent at the end of the second quarter of 2014 compared to 7.90 percent for the same quarter last year. The tangible common equity ratio, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, is equal to end of period shareholders' equity less preferred stock, less goodwill and intangible assets divided by end of period total assets less goodwill and intangible assets. Frost's current capital levels today would meet the fully phased-in Basel III requirements issued by the U.S. bank regulators.
  • Net interest income on a taxable-equivalent basis increased $25.0 million, or 14.3 percent, to $198.9 million, from the $174.0 million reported a year earlier. This increase primarily resulted from an increase in the average volume of interest earning assets. Strong deposit growth helped to fund the increase in the volume of earning assets. The net interest margin was 3.48 percent for the second quarter, up from 3.43 percent for the second quarter of 2013 and 3.42 percent for this year's first quarter.
  • Non-interest income for the second quarter of 2014 was $79.2 million, an increase of $6.6 million, or 9.2 percent, compared to the $72.5 million reported a year earlier. Trust and investment management fees were $26.7 million, up $4.2 million or 18.6 percent, compared to $22.6 million in the second quarter of 2013. Most of the increase was due to investment fees, which are generally assessed based on the market value of trust assets that are managed and held in custody. Investment fees were up $3.0 million from last year's second quarter, due to improvements in the equities market, new business and changes to the fee schedule. Trust and investment management fees were also positively impacted by higher oil and gas fees, up $877,000. Insurance commissions and fees were up 6.0 percent to $9.8 million from the $9.3 million reported a year earlier. Other income increased $1.2 million to $8.9 million, and included a $1.3 million distribution from an SBIC-qualified capital investment.
  • Non-interest expense for the quarter was $164.0 million, an increase of $14.2 million, or 9.5 percent, compared to the $149.8 million reported for the second quarter of last year. Salaries and wages rose $4.0 million, or 6.0 percent, to $70.5 million from an increase in the number of employees, combined with normal annual merit and market increases. Net occupancy rose $1.1 million, or 8.6 percent, to $13.7 million, from last year's second quarter, primarily from increases in lease expense. Other expense increased $8.4 million or 22.5 percent, primarily from $4.8 million in expenses related to the WNB Bancshares acquisition. Other expense was also impacted by a $1.6 million increase in check card expense.  
  • For the second quarter of 2014, the provision for possible loan losses was $4.9 million, compared to net charge-offs of $1.8 million. The loan loss provision for the second quarter of 2013 was $3.6 million, compared to net charge-offs of $3.8 million. Non-performing assets for the second quarter of 2014 were $68.6 million, compared to $61.3 million last quarter and $101.7 million a year earlier. The allowance for possible loan losses as a percentage of loans at June 30, 2014 was 0.92 percent, compared to 0.98 percent last quarter and 1.01 percent at the end of the second quarter of 2013.

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. will host a conference call on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 10 a.m. Central Time (CT) to discuss the results for the quarter. The media and other interested parties are invited to access the call in a "listen only" mode at 800-944-6430. Digital playback of the conference call will be available after 2 p.m. CT until midnight Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 855-859-2056, with Conference ID # 75678234. The call will also be available by webcast at the URL listed below and available for playback after 2 p.m. CT. After entering the website, www.frostbank.com, go to "About Frost" on the top navigation bar, then click on Investor Relations.

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE: CFR) is a financial holding company, headquartered in San Antonio, with $26.5 billion in assets at June 30, 2014. Among the top 50 largest U.S. banks and one of 24 banks included in the KBW Bank Index, Frost provides a wide range of banking, investments and insurance services to businesses and individuals across Texas in the Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Permian Basin, Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio regions. Founded in 1868, Frost has helped clients with their financial needs during three centuries. Additional information is available at frostbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements and Factors that Could Affect Future Results|

Certain statements contained in this Earnings Release that are not statements of historical fact constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"), notwithstanding that such statements are not specifically identified as such. In addition, certain statements may be contained in the Corporation's future filings with the SEC, in press releases, and in oral and written statements made by or with the approval of the Corporation that are not statements of historical fact and constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) projections of revenues, expenses, income or loss, earnings or loss per share, the payment or nonpayment of dividends, capital structure and other financial items; (ii) statements of plans, objectives and expectations of Cullen/Frost or its management or Board of Directors, including those relating to products or services; (iii) statements of future economic performance; and (iv) statements of assumptions underlying such statements. Words such as "believes", "anticipates", "expects", "intends", "targeted", "continue", "remain", "will", "should", "may" and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements.

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  • Local, regional, national and international economic conditions and the impact they may have on the Corporation and its customers and the Corporation's assessment of that impact.
  • Volatility and disruption in national and international financial markets.
  • Government intervention in the U.S. financial system.
  • Changes in the mix of loan geographies, sectors and types or the level of non-performing assets and charge-offs.
  • Changes in estimates of future reserve requirements based upon the periodic review thereof under relevant regulatory and accounting requirements.
  • The effects of and changes in trade and monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including the interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board.
  • Inflation, interest rate, securities market and monetary fluctuations.
  • The effects of changes in laws and regulations (including laws and regulations concerning taxes, banking, securities and insurance) with which the Corporation and its subsidiaries must comply.
  • The soundness of other financial institutions.
  • Political instability.
  • Impairment of the Corporation's goodwill or other intangible assets.
  • Acts of God or of war or terrorism.
  • The timely development and acceptance of new products and services and perceived overall value of these products and services by users.
  • Changes in consumer spending, borrowings and savings habits.
  • Changes in the financial performance and/or condition of the Corporation's borrowers.
  • Technological changes.
  • Acquisitions and integration of acquired businesses.
  • The ability to increase market share and control expenses.
  • The Corporation's ability to attract and retain qualified employees.
  • Changes in the competitive environment in the Corporation's markets and among banking organizations and other financial service providers.
  • The effect of changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the regulatory agencies, as well as the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Financial Accounting Standards Board and other accounting standard setters.
  • Changes in the reliability of the Corporation's vendors, internal control systems or information systems.
  • Changes in the Corporation's liquidity position.
  • Changes in the Corporation's organization, compensation and benefit plans.
  • The costs and effects of legal and regulatory developments, the resolution of legal proceedings or regulatory or other governmental inquiries, the results of regulatory examinations or reviews and the ability to obtain required regulatory approvals.
  • Greater than expected costs or difficulties related to the integration of new products and lines of business.
  • The Corporation's success at managing the risks involved in the foregoing items.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made. The Corporation undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL SUMMARY (UNAUDITED)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

















2014


2013


2nd Qtr


1st Qtr


4th Qtr


3rd Qtr


2nd Qtr

CONDENSED INCOME STATEMENTS















Net interest income

$

169,629



$

160,335



$

159,208



$

155,353



$

153,181


Net interest income (1)

198,926



187,795



184,960



179,121



173,966


Provision for loan losses

4,924



6,600



5,899



5,108



3,575


Non-interest income:















Trust and investment management fees

26,748



25,411



24,237



22,692



22,561


Service charges on deposit accounts

20,462



19,974



20,602



20,742



20,044


Insurance commissions and fees

9,823



13,126



10,433



10,371



9,266


Interchange and debit card transaction fees

4,627



4,243



4,324



4,376



4,268


Other charges, commissions and fees

8,550



8,207



8,586



9,266



8,578


Net gain (loss) on securities transactions

2





1,179



(14)



6


Other

8,938



6,529



9,177



6,558



7,786


Total non-interest income

79,150



77,490



78,538



73,991



72,509

















Non-interest expense:















Salaries and wages

70,473



70,217



72,201



68,524



66,502


Employee benefits

14,806



17,388



14,798



14,989



14,629


Net occupancy

13,733



12,953



12,750



13,094



12,645


Furniture and equipment

15,207



14,953



14,643



14,629



14,986


Deposit insurance

3,145



3,117



3,037



2,921



2,835


Intangible amortization

806



689



753



780



788


Other

45,800



38,624



36,333



36,886



37,373


Total non-interest expense

163,970



157,941



154,515



151,823



149,758


Income before income taxes

79,885



73,284



77,332



72,413



72,357


Income taxes

13,415



12,096



14,761



11,969



12,694


Net income

66,470



61,188



62,571



60,444



59,663


Preferred stock dividends

2,015



2,016



2,016



2,015



2,688


Net income available to common shareholders

$

64,455



$

59,172



$

60,555



$

58,429



$

56,975

















PER COMMON SHARE DATA















Earnings per common share - basic

$

1.03



$

0.97



$

1.00



$

0.96



$

0.95


Earnings per common share - diluted

1.02



0.96



0.99



0.96



0.94


Cash dividends per common share

0.51



0.50



0.50



0.50



0.50


Book value per common share at end of quarter

41.72



39.76



39.13



38.63



37.91

















OUTSTANDING COMMON SHARES















Period-end common shares

62,951



60,896



60,566



60,492



60,236


Weighted-average common shares - basic

61,551



60,701



60,461



60,340



60,011


Dilutive effect of stock compensation

916



886



846



866



664


Weighted-average common shares - diluted

62,467



61,587



61,307



61,206



60,675

















SELECTED ANNUALIZED RATIOS















Return on average assets

1.04

%


1.00

%


1.02

%


1.01

%


1.03

%

Return on average common equity

10.33



9.97



10.21



10.07



9.93


Net interest income to average earning assets (1)

3.48



3.42



3.39



3.38



3.43

















(1) Taxable-equivalent basis assuming a 35% tax rate

 

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL SUMMARY (UNAUDITED)


















2014


2013


2nd Qtr


1st Qtr


4th Qtr


3rd Qtr


2nd Qtr

BALANCE SHEET SUMMARY















($ in millions)















Average Balance:















Loans

$

10,080



$

9,578



$

9,348



$

9,251



$

9,207


Earning assets

23,020



22,240



21,864



21,199



20,468


Total assets

24,829



24,007



23,623



22,926



22,232


Non-interest-bearing demand deposits

8,736



8,153



8,002



7,738



7,452


Interest-bearing deposits

12,481



12,358



12,099



11,722



11,319


Total deposits

21,217



20,511



20,101



19,460



18,771


Shareholders' equity

2,648



2,553



2,497



2,447



2,445

















Period-End Balance:















Loans

$

10,679



$

9,751



$

9,516



$

9,306



$

9,233


Earning assets

24,295



22,817



22,238



21,688



20,755


Goodwill and intangible assets

665



542



543



541



542


Total assets

26,523



24,685



24,313



23,530



22,572


Total deposits

22,517



21,066



20,689



19,979



19,078


Shareholders' equity

2,771



2,566



2,514



2,481



2,428


Adjusted shareholders' equity (1)

2,610



2,423



2,374



2,335



2,272

















ASSET QUALITY















($ in thousands)















Allowance for loan losses:

$

98,286



$

95,156



$

92,438



$

93,147



$

93,400


As a percentage of period-end loans

0.92

%


0.98

%


0.97

%


1.00

%


1.01

%
















Net charge-offs:

$

1,794



$

3,882



$

6,608



$

5,361



$

3,764


Annualized as a percentage of average loans

0.07

%


0.16

%


0.28

%


0.23

%


0.16

%
















Non-performing assets:















Non-accrual loans

$

59,631



$

49,503



$

56,720



$

79,081



$

86,714


Restructured loans





1,137



8,243



1,900


Foreclosed assets

8,935



11,788



11,916



10,748



13,047


Total

$

68,566



$

61,291



$

69,773



$

98,072



$

101,661


As a percentage of:















Total loans and foreclosed assets

0.64

%


0.63

%


0.73

%


1.05

%


1.10

%

Total assets

0.26

%


0.25



0.29



0.42



0.45

















CONSOLIDATED CAPITAL RATIOS















Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio

13.84

%


14.41

%


14.39

%


14.53

%


14.22

%

Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio

14.76



15.38



15.52



15.68



15.39


Leverage Ratio

8.66



8.59



8.49



8.61



8.60


Equity to Assets Ratio (period-end)

10.45



10.39



10.34



10.54



10.76


Equity to Assets Ratio (average)

10.66



10.63



10.57



10.67



11.00

















(1) Shareholders' equity excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss).

 

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL SUMMARY (UNAUDITED)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)




















Six Months Ended








June 30,








2014



2013


CONDENSED INCOME STATEMENTS
























Net interest income







$

329,964



$

305,994


Net interest income (1)







386,720



346,767


Provision for loan losses







11,524



9,575


Non-interest income:












Trust and investment management fees







52,159



44,446


Service charges on deposit accounts







40,436



40,088


Insurance commissions and fees







22,949



22,336


Interchange and debit card transaction fees







8,870



8,279


Other charges, commissions and fees







16,757



16,333


Net gain (loss) on securities transactions







2



11


Other







15,467



18,796


Total non-interest income







156,640



150,289














Non-interest expense:












Salaries and wages







140,690



132,967


Employee benefits







32,194



32,620


Net occupancy







26,686



24,624


Furniture and equipment







30,160



29,171


Deposit insurance







6,262



5,724


Intangible amortization







1,495



1,608


Other







84,424



78,858


Total non-interest expense







321,911



305,572


Income before income taxes







153,169



141,136


Income taxes







25,511



26,285


Net income







127,658



114,851


Preferred stock dividends







4,031



2,688


Net income available to common shareholders







$

123,627



$

112,163














PER COMMON SHARE DATA












Earnings per common share - basic







$

2.00



$

1.86


Earnings per common share - diluted







1.99



1.85


Cash dividends per common share







1.01



0.98


Book value per common share at end of quarter







41.72



37.91














OUTSTANDING COMMON SHARES












Period-end common shares







62,951



60,236


Weighted-average common shares - basic







61,129



60,300


Dilutive effect of stock compensation







902



629


Weighted-average common shares - diluted







62,031



60,929














SELECTED ANNUALIZED RATIOS












Return on average assets







1.02

%


1.02

%

Return on average common equity







10.15



9.71


Net interest income to average earning assets (1)







3.45



3.44














(1) Taxable-equivalent basis assuming a 35% tax rate

 

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL SUMMARY (UNAUDITED)





















As of or for the








Six Months Ended








June 30,








2014



2013


BALANCE SHEET SUMMARY












($ in millions)












Average Balance:












Loans







$

9,830



$

9,158


Earning assets







22,632



20,442


Total assets







24,419



22,223


Non-interest-bearing demand deposits







8,446



7,442


Interest-bearing deposits







12,420



11,305


Total deposits







20,866



18,747


Shareholders' equity







2,600



2,438














Period-End Balance:












Loans







$

10,679



$

9,233


Earning assets







24,295



20,755


Goodwill and intangible assets







665



542


Total assets







26,523



22,572


Total deposits







22,517



19,078


Shareholders' equity







2,771



2,428


Adjusted shareholders' equity (1)







2,610



2,272














ASSET QUALITY












($ in thousands)












Allowance for loan losses:







$

98,286



$

93,400


As a percentage of period-end loans







0.92

%


1.01

%













Net charge-offs:







$

5,676



$

20,628


Annualized as a percentage of average loans







0.12

%


0.45

%













Non-performing assets:












Non-accrual loans







$

59,631



$

86,714


Restructured loans









1,900


Foreclosed assets







8,935



13,047


Total







$

68,566



$

101,661


As a percentage of:












Total loans and foreclosed assets







0.64

%


1.10

%

Total assets







0.26



0.45














CONSOLIDATED CAPITAL RATIOS












Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio







13.84

%


14.22

%

Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio







14.76



15.39


Leverage Ratio







8.66



8.60


Equity to Assets Ratio (period-end)







10.45



10.76


Equity to Assets Ratio (average)







10.65



10.97














(1) Shareholders' equity excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss).

Greg Parker
Investor Relations
210.220.5632
or
Renee Sabel
Media Relations
210.220.54164

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