Renasant Corporation Announces 2012 Fourth Quarter and Year-end Results

TUPELO, Miss., Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Renasant Corporation (NASDAQ: RNST) (the "Company") today announced its earnings results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $7.3 million as compared to $5.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Basic and diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.29 for the fourth quarter of 2012, as compared to basic and diluted EPS of $0.23 for the fourth quarter of 2011. For the fourth quarter of 2012, net income and earnings per share were both up 26% as compared to the same period in 2011. 

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Net income for 2012 was $26.6 million as compared to $25.6 million for 2011. Both basic and diluted EPS were $1.06 for 2012 as compared to basic and diluted EPS of $1.02 for 2011. Net income and EPS for 2011 included pre-tax acquisition gains of $8.8 million in connection with the Company's FDIC-assisted acquisition of American Bank and Trust of Roswell, Georgia, and $570,000 associated with the Company's acquisition of RBC's Birmingham Trust operations. The Company did not record any acquisition-related gains in 2012. 

"Our results for the fourth quarter of 2012 represent a strong finish to a successful year for Renasant as we experienced a 26% increase in EPS and net income as compared to the same period in 2011," commented Renasant Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, E. Robinson McGraw. "Contributing to this strong performance during the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, we increased net interest margin by 13 basis points and grew both net interest income and noninterest income. Also, loans increased for the 6th consecutive quarter. In addition, we continued to experience significant improvement in all of our major credit metrics throughout 2012."

Total loans increased 9% to $2.810 billion at December 31, 2012, as compared to $2.581 billion at December 31, 2011. Loans not covered under FDIC loss-share agreements grew 15% to $2.573 billion at December 31, 2012, as compared to $2.242 billion at December 31, 2011.

Total deposits were $3.461 billion at December 31, 2012, as compared to $3.412 billion at December 31, 2011. The Company continued to improve its deposit mix as noninterest-bearing deposits grew 7% to approximately $568 million at December 31, 2012, as compared to the balance at December 31, 2011.  Noninterest-bearing deposits now represent 17% of total average deposits for the fourth quarter of 2012, up from 16% of total average deposits for the fourth quarter of 2011. As a result of this continued improvement in funding mix, the Company's cost of funds was 64 basis points for the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to 92 basis points for the same quarter in 2011.

Total assets at December 31, 2012, were approximately $4.183 billion as compared to approximately $4.165 billion at September 30, 2012, and $4.202 billion at December 31, 2011.

At December 31, 2012, the Company's tangible common equity ratio was 7.60%, Tier 1 leverage capital ratio was 9.86%, Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio was 12.85%, and total risk-based capital ratio was 14.13%. The Company's capital ratios were all in excess of regulatory minimums required to be classified as "well-capitalized."  In addition, during 2012 and throughout the recent economic downturn, the Company maintained its annual dividend of $0.68, which equates to an approximate dividend yield of 3.50%.

Net interest income was $34.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to $32.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Net interest margin was 3.97% for the fourth quarter of 2012, up 13 basis points, as compared to 3.84% for the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net interest income increased to $133.3 million for 2012 from $129.3 million for 2011. For 2012, net interest margin increased to 3.94% from 3.77% for 2011, or 17 basis points. 

"The current interest rate and competitive banking environment continues to put pressure on any banking and financial service institution's ability to grow net interest income and preserve net interest margin. Despite these pressures, we have grown net interest income and net interest margin on both a quarterly and year-over-year basis," said McGraw. "As we continue our efforts to grow loans and improve our funding mix, we believe we will be able to increase net interest income while minimizing net interest margin compression." 

The Company's noninterest income is derived from diverse lines of business which primarily consist of mortgage, wealth management and insurance revenue sources along with income from deposit and loan products. For the fourth quarter of 2012, noninterest income increased 40% to $18.0 million as compared to $12.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Noninterest income for 2012 was $68.7 million as compared to $64.7 million for 2011. Excluding the aforementioned gain from the Company's acquisitions, noninterest income increased $13.4 million, or 24%, for 2012 as compared to 2011.

Noninterest expense was $38.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to $32.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Noninterest expense for 2012 was $150.5 million as compared to $137.0 million for 2011. The increase in noninterest expense during 2012 as compared to 2011, as well as on a quarter-over-quarter basis, was primarily due to costs associated with the Company's new market expansions, increased health care costs, and commissions paid on increased mortgage loan originations. 

At December 31, 2012, total nonperforming loans were $83.4 million and total other real estate owned (OREO) was $90.3 million. The Company's nonperforming loans and OREO under loss-share agreements with the FDIC at December 31, 2012, were $53.2 million and $45.5 million, respectively. The remaining information in this release on nonperforming loans, OREO and the related asset quality ratios excludes the assets covered under loss-share agreements with the FDIC.

Nonperforming assets decreased 28.7% to $75.0 million at December 31, 2012, as compared to $105.0 million at December 31, 2011.

Nonperforming loans (loans 90 days or more past due and nonaccrual loans) decreased 13.5% to $30.2 million at December 31, 2012, as compared to $34.9 million at December 31, 2011. Early stage delinquencies, or loans 30-to-89 days past due, as a percentage of total loans were 0.31% at December 31, 2012, as compared to 0.71% at December 31, 2011. 

The Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $4.0 million and $18.1 million for the quarter and year ending December 31, 2012, respectively, as compared to $6.0 million and $22.4 million for the quarter and year ending December 31, 2011, respectively. Annualized net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans were 0.52% for the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to 1.56% for the same quarter in 2011. Net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans for the year ending December 31, 2012, were 0.67% as compared to 0.91% for 2011.  

The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans was 1.72% at December 31, 2012, as compared to 1.98% at December 31, 2011. The Company's coverage ratio, or the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of nonperforming loans, increased to 147% at December 31, 2012, as compared to 138% on a linked quarter basis and 127% at December 31, 2011. 

OREO was $44.7 million at December 31, 2012, as compared to $48.6 million at September 30, 2012, and $70.1 million at December 31, 2011. The Company continues to aggressively market the properties held in OREO as it sold approximately $30.4 million of OREO during 2012 and $4.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2012. The Company has an additional $4.9 million of OREO under contract which is expected to close during the first quarter of 2013. 

"As we move into 2013, we are excited about our many opportunities to build upon our success from 2012. We are well positioned to continue our positive trends which enhance our earnings potential through our strong team of community bankers and favorable banking markets.  Additionally, we will continue to take advantage of external opportunities to expand our market share and cultivate new relationships," commented McGraw. 

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION:
A live audio webcast of a conference call with analysts will be available beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, through the Company's website: www.renasant.com. The event will be archived on the Company's website for one year. If Internet access is unavailable, the conference may also be heard live (listen-only) via telephone by dialing 1-877-317-6016 in the United States and requesting the Renasant Corporation earnings call. International participants should dial 1-412-317-6016.

ABOUT RENASANT CORPORATION:
Renasant Corporation, a 108-year-old financial services institution, is the parent of Renasant Bank and Renasant Insurance. Renasant has assets of approximately $4.2 billion and operates over 75 banking, mortgage, financial services and insurance offices in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

NOTE TO INVESTORS:
This news release may contain, or incorporate by reference, statements which may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Such forward looking statements usually include words such as "expects," "projects," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "strategy," "plan," "potential," "possible" and other similar expressions. 

Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees for future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements.  Important factors currently known to management that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include significant fluctuations in interest rates, inflation, economic recession, significant changes in the federal and state legal and regulatory environment, significant underperformance in our portfolio of outstanding loans, and competition in our markets. We undertake no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time.

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