Valley National Bancorp Reports Higher Net Interest Income And Margin In Its Fourth Quarter Earnings, And Prepaid High Cost Borrowings And Branch "Right-Sizing" To Enhance Future Income

Jan 27, 2016, 07:00 ET from Valley National Bancorp

WAYNE, N.J., Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Valley National Bancorp (NYSE: VLY), the holding company for Valley National Bank, today reported net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 of $4.7 million, or $0.01 per diluted common share as compared to the fourth quarter of 2014 earnings of $25.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted common share.  The 2015 fourth quarter earnings included several infrequent items highlighted in the section below, including a previously disclosed $51.1 million loss on the extinguishment of higher cost debt.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $103.0 million, or $0.42 per diluted common share, compared to 2014 earnings of $116.2 million, or $0.56 per diluted common share.

Key financial highlights for the fourth quarter:

  • Acquisition of CNLBancshares, Inc.: On December 1, 2015, Valley completed its acquisition of CNLBancshares, Inc. ("CNL") and its wholly-owned subsidiary, CNLBank, headquartered in Orlando, Florida. CNL had approximately $1.6 billion in assets, $825 million in loans and $1.2 billion in deposits, after purchase accounting adjustments, and a branch network of 16 offices. The CNL acquisition increases Valley's Florida branch network to a total of 36 branches covering most major markets in central and southern Florida. The common shareholders of CNL received 0.705 of a share of Valley common stock for each CNL share they owned prior to the merger. The total consideration for the acquisition was approximately $230 million, consisting of 20.6 million shares of Valley common stock. The transaction generated approximately $110 million in goodwill and $19 million in core deposit intangible assets subject to amortization.
  • Loss on Extinguishment of Debt: In late October 2015 and December 2015, Valley prepaid high cost borrowings mostly from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. The prepaid borrowings of $795 million and $50 million had contractual maturities in 2017 and 2018, respectively, and a total average cost of 3.72 percent. The settlement of such borrowings resulted in the recognition of pre-tax prepayment penalties totaling $51.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Net Interest Income and Margin: Net interest income totaling $148.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 increased $14.1 million and $19.4 million as compared to the third quarter of 2015 and fourth quarter of 2014, respectively. On a tax equivalent basis, our net interest margin increased 21 basis points to 3.30 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to 3.09 percent for the third quarter of 2015, and increased 10 basis points from 3.20 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase in both net interest income and margin from the third quarter of 2015 was largely due to the reduction in interest expense related to the aforementioned extinguishment of debt during the fourth quarter. See the "Net Interest Income and Margin" section below for more details.
  • Loan Portfolio: Loans increased $1.0 billion to approximately $16.0 billion at December 31, 2015 from September 30, 2015 mainly due to $812.9 million in acquired loans from CNL that were outstanding at December 31, 2015. The remaining $213.4 million increase (5.7 percent on an annualized basis) was largely due to solid quarter over quarter organic growth in the total commercial real estate loans, automobile loans, and other consumer loans (primarily collateralized personal lines of credit), as well as purchased 1-4 family loans that are CRA eligible. During the fourth quarter of 2015, Valley sold approximately $50 million of fixed-rate residential mortgage loans originated for sale. See the "Loans and Deposits" section below for additional information.
  • Asset Quality: Total accruing past due and non-accrual loans as a percentage of our entire loan portfolio of $16.0 billion decreased to 0.55 percent at December 31, 2015 from 0.59 percent at September 30, 2015. Non-performing assets increased to $78.2 million at December 31, 2015 as compared to $76.5 million at September 30, 2015 due to a moderate increase in non-accrual loans and $2.2 million of OREO properties acquired from CNL. See further details under the "Credit Quality" section below.
  • Provision for Credit Losses: During the fourth quarter of 2015, we recorded a provision for credit losses totaling $3.5 million as compared to $94 thousand for the third quarter of 2015 and $4.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. For the fourth quarter of 2015, we recognized net loan charge-offs of $1.8 million as compared to net recoveries of charge-offs totaling $1.7 million for the third quarter of 2015 and net charge-offs of $4.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. See the "Credit Quality" section below for more details on our provision and allowance for credit losses.
  • Non-Interest Income: Non-interest income increased $3.1 million to $24.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 from $20.9 million for the third quarter of 2015 mainly due to an increase of $3.4 million in net gains on sales of assets largely caused by net gains totaling $4.8 million on the sale of two branch offices in the fourth quarter of 2015. However, net gains on sales of assets declined $15.0 million to $2.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to $17.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. In the fourth quarter of 2014, we sold a Manhattan branch for a pre-tax gain of $17.8 million and entered into a long-term lease with an unrelated third party for a new nearby location. The 2015 fourth quarter net gains were also net of non-cash fixed asset impairment charges totaling $1.9 million related to branch closures. See the "Non-Interest Income" section below for additional information.
  • Non-Interest Expense: Non-interest expense increased $66.2 million to $174.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 from $108.7 million for the third quarter of 2015 largely due to: (1) the debt prepayment penalties of $51.1 million, (2) a $7.9 million increase in the amortization of tax credit investments (primarily caused by additional purchases of such investments during the fourth quarter of 2015), (3) $2.6 million of additional lease obligation expense related to planned 2016 branch closures, (4) $850 thousand of employee severance expense due to cost reductions and branch efficiencies, as well as (5) additional operating expenses (including merger charges) related to the CNL acquisition during the fourth quarter of 2015. Merger expenses related to our acquisition of CNL totaled approximately $1.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $1.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 (mostly within professional and legal fees). See the "Non-Interest Expense" section below for additional information.
  • Income Tax Expense: During the fourth quarter of 2015, we recognized an income tax benefit of $11.0 million largely due to the reduction in pre-tax income related to the aforementioned prepayment penalties on long-term borrowings. The income tax benefit was net of a $6.4 million charge mostly related to the effect of the CNL acquisition and the debt prepayment penalties on the valuation of our state deferred tax assets at December 31, 2015. See the "Income Tax Expense" section below for more information regarding our income tax benefit during the fourth quarter.
  • Branch Efficiency and Cost Reduction Plans: In the second quarter of 2015, we announced a plan to close and consolidate 13 branch locations during the second half of 2015 based upon our continuous evaluation of customer delivery channel preferences, branch usage patterns, and other factors. During the fourth quarter, we closed the last 6 of the 13 branches for 2015 and finalized our selection of 15 more branches for closure by the end of 2016. Valley estimates that the 28 branch closure plan will result in an annualized reduction of approximately $10 million in ongoing operating expenses, of which 45 percent should be realized by the end of 2016. In addition to the branch closures, Valley commenced a cost reduction plan in the fourth quarter of 2015 aimed at achieving operational efficiencies through streamlining various aspects of Valley's business model, staff reductions and further utilization of technological enhancements. These measures are expected to save $5 million in pre-tax operating expenses starting in 2016 and are expected to increase to approximately $8 million in 2017. Valley will continue to monitor and enhance these plans as we work to "right size" the branch network and optimize our operations.
  • Capital Strength: Our regulatory capital ratios continue to reflect Valley's strong capital position. Valley's total risk-based capital, Tier 1 capital, leverage capital, and Tier 1 common capital ratios were 12.02 percent, 9.72 percent, 7.90 percent and 9.01 percent, respectively, at December 31, 2015.

Gerald H. Lipkin, Chairman, President and CEO commented that, "While earnings were tempered by several infrequent charges, including costs related to the prepayment of high cost borrowings and the acquisition of CNL, our results for the fourth quarter of 2015 also reflected the positive impacts of such prepayments, solid loan growth and strong credit quality on our net interest income and margin, as well as income generated from the CNL acquisition since December 1st.  As a result, net interest income increased $14.1 million during the fourth quarter as compared to the third quarter of 2015.  As we look forward to 2016, we are optimistic about our ability to manage our margin in this challenging interest rate environment, while continuing to execute our Florida growth strategy, and Branch Efficiency and Cost Reduction Plans."

Mr. Lipkin added, "In December 2015, we completed our acquisition of CNL, and further expanded our operations in some of the most attractive markets in Florida.  The acquired branch network will allow us to service Florida's west coast markets of Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Sarasota.  We also added three offices in the Jacksonville area and expanded our presence in the Orlando market.  Our outlook for Florida remains very positive and we are focused on supporting growth in the region through other acquisitions or opportunities.  Full systems integration of the CNL operations is expected to be completed in the latter part of the first quarter of 2016."

Net Interest Income and Margin

Net interest income on a tax equivalent basis totaling $150.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015  increased $14.2 million and $19.5 million as compared to the third quarter of 2015 and fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.  Interest income on a tax equivalent basis increased $11.0 million to $187.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to the third quarter of 2015 largely due to a $633.9 million increase in average loans caused by solid organic growth over the last six months and $825 million of acquired loans from CNL on December 1, 2015, as well as a 9 basis point increase in the yield on average loans.  The increase in yield on average loans for the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to the linked third quarter of 2015 was due, in part, to a $2.7 million increase in interest income from closed ("zero balance") purchased credit-impaired ("PCI") loan pools and a $2.5 million increase in fee income from derivative interest rate swaps executed with commercial lending customers to facilitate the risk management strategies of both Valley and the customers.  Interest expense decreased $3.2 million to $37.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. The decline in interest expense from the third quarter of 2015 was primarily driven by the aforementioned prepayment of certain high cost long-term borrowings, partially offset by a 6 basis point increase in the cost of average savings, NOW and money market deposits caused by higher brokered money market account balances which were used to partially fund the October prepayment, as well as the impact of $300 million in forward interest rate swaps that started in November 2015 with an average fixed rate of 2.71 percent.  Although to a much lesser extent, interest expense related to interest-bearing deposits totaling $666 million assumed from CNL, after purchase accounting adjustments, also partially offset the reduction in interest expense from the prepaid borrowings.

The net interest margin on a tax equivalent basis was 3.30 percent for the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 21 basis points from 3.09 percent in the linked third quarter of 2015 and a 10 basis point increase from 3.20 percent for the three months ended December 31, 2014.  The yield on average interest earning assets also increased by 11 basis points on a linked quarter basis.  The higher yield was mainly a result of the aforementioned increase in the yield on average loans to 4.36 percent for the fourth quarter of 2015.  This was largely caused by the combined increase of $5.2 million in periodic fee income from derivative interest rate swap transactions and income from zero-balance PCI loan pools. The $5.2 million increase represented approximately 13 basis points of the 4.36 percent yield on average loans for the fourth quarter of 2015, and 12 basis points of the 21 basis point increase in our net interest margin from the third quarter of 2015. The yield on average taxable investment securities also increased 8 basis point largely due to a lower premium amortization on residential mortgage-backed securities caused by a continued decline in principal repayment.  The overall cost of average interest bearing liabilities decreased by 14 basis points from 1.26 percent in the linked third quarter of 2015 primarily due to a 10 basis point decline in the cost of average long-term borrowings as we prepaid the aforementioned borrowings totaling $845 million with an average cost of 3.72 percent primarily in late October 2015.  Funding for the prepayment transactions was obtained from new sources consisting of brokered money market deposits and securities sold under agreements to repurchase (repos) totaling $500 million and $300 million, respectively.  The new fixed rate instruments have a weighted average duration of approximately one year and an average interest cost of 0.56 percent.  However, the aforementioned forward interest rate swaps that hedge the cash flow changes in certain money market accounts starting in November 2015 offset a portion of the cost reductions realized from the funding sources for the prepaid borrowings.  Our cost of total deposits totaled 0.44 percent for the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to 0.41 percent for the three months ended September 30, 2015. 

Our margin will likely continue to face downward pressure from relatively low levels of interest rates on most interest earning assets alternatives and further repayment of higher yielding interest earning assets.  However, the increase in the U.S. prime rate driven by the Federal Reserve's 25 basis point increase in the targeted federal funds rate in December 2015, our aforementioned prepayment of high cost borrowings during late October and December 2015, additional borrowings of $182 million with an average cost of 4.69 percent maturing between March and April 2016, and other high cost borrowings maturing in 2018 through 2022 are anticipated to positively impact our future net income and margin.

Loans and Deposits

Loans. Loans increased $1.0 billion to approximately $16.0 billion at December 31, 2015 from September 30, 2015 mainly due to $812.9 million in acquired loans from CNL that were outstanding at December 31, 2015.  The remaining $213.4 million increase (5.7 percent on an annualized basis) was largely due to solid quarter over quarter organic growth in the total commercial real estate, automobile, and other consumer loan portfolios, as well as residential mortgage loan growth mainly driven by purchased CRA loans (see further details below).

Total commercial and industrial loans increased $139.9 million from September 30, 2015 to approximately $2.5 billion at December 31, 2015 largely due to $134.8 million in loans acquired from CNL.  The lack of organic commercial and industrial loan growth during the fourth quarter was largely due to significant market competition for quality, as well as some normal seasonal declines in loan demand from our customer base.  Additionally, we continued to experience strong market competition for quality new and existing loan relationships during early stages of the first quarter of 2016.

Total commercial real estate loans (excluding construction loans) increased $464.0 million from September 30, 2015 to $7.4 billion at December 31, 2015 mostly due to $443.8 million in loans acquired from CNL.  The remaining $20.2 million increase was the result of new loan origination volumes and demand from several types of borrowers, and was supplemented by our purchase of $9.0 million of participations in multi-family loans in both New Jersey and New York City.  Our Florida commercial real estate loan portfolio, excluding the impact of CNL, remained relatively unchanged as compared to September 30, 2015 mostly due to new loan volumes being offset by loan repayments in the PCI loan portfolio. Construction loans totaling $754.9 million at December 31, 2015 increased $185.3 million from September 30, 2015 due, in part, to $102.7 million in loans acquired from CNL.  The remaining increase of $82.6 million, or 58.0 percent on an annualized basis, during the fourth quarter was caused by solid loan demand mainly for multi-family and condominium property developments within both New Jersey and New York City, as well as increased loan advances potentially due to the favorable weather conditions in the Northeast region.

Total residential mortgage loans increased $131.3 million to approximately $3.1 billion at December 31, 2015 from September 30, 2015 due, in part, to $88.9 million in loans acquired from CNL.  The remaining $42.4 million increase was mostly driven by the purchase of 1-4 family loans (which are mostly CRA eligible) totaling $110.1 million, partly offset by normal portfolio repayment activity and a lower amount of Valley loan originations retained for investment purposes. During the fourth quarter of 2015, Valley sold approximately $50 million of (non-CRA qualifying) residential mortgage loans originated for sale.

Automobile loans increased by $19.6 million to $1.2 billion at December 31, 2015 as compared to September 30, 2015 as our new organic loan volumes continued to be solid due to the overall strength of the U.S. auto markets and continued positive production from our new Florida auto dealer network which contributed approximately $4.2 million in new loans for the fourth quarter of 2015. Valley has achieved its growth in the auto lending portfolio without participation in the subprime auto lending markets.  Automobile loans acquired from CNL totaled only $465 thousand at December 31, 2015.

Home equity loans totaling $511.2 million at December 31, 2015 increased by $33.1 million as compared to September 30, 2015 due to $36.4 million in loans acquired from CNL.  New organic home equity volumes continued to be weak during the fourth quarter, despite the low level of market interest rates.  Other consumer loans increased $53.3 million to $442.0 million at December 31, 2015 as compared to September 30, 2015 mainly due to continued growth and customer usage of collateralized personal lines of credit, as well as $5.7 million of loans acquired from CNL.

Deposits. Total deposits increased $1.8 billion to approximately $16.3 billion at December 31, 2015 from September 30, 2015 largely due to $1.2 billion in deposits assumed from the CNL acquisition and $500 million of brokered money market accounts used to partially fund the aforementioned prepayment of long-term borrowings in late October 2015.  Non-interest bearing deposits totaling $4.9 billion at December 31, 2015 also increased by $548.9 million from September 30, 2015 primarily due to $501.7 million in deposits assumed from CNL and normal fluctuations in both commercial and retail account activity. Valley's savings, NOW and money market accounts totaling approximately $8.2 billion at December 31, 2015 increased $1.2 billion, or 17.2 percent as compared to September 30, 2015 due to $562.2 million in CNL deposits assumed, the aforementioned $500 million of brokered money market accounts and general increases in account balances. Time deposits increased by only $3.3 million to $3.2 billion at December 31, 2015 from September 30, 2015 despite approximately $103.9 million of time deposits assumed from CNL.  The growth in time deposits due to deposits assumed from CNL was largely offset by the maturity of certain certificates of deposits generated from retail promotional campaigns in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Credit Quality

Non-Performing Assets. Our past due loans and non-accrual loans discussed further below exclude PCI loans. Under U.S. GAAP, the PCI loans (acquired at a discount that is due, in part, to credit quality) are accounted for on a pool basis and are not subject to delinquency classification in the same manner as loans originated by Valley.  At December 31, 2015, our PCI loan portfolio totaled $2.2 billion, or 14.0 percent of our total loan portfolio, and includes all of the acquired loans from CNL.

Total non-performing assets (NPAs), consisting of non-accrual loans, OREO, other repossessed assets and non-accrual debt securities totaled $78.2 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $76.5 million at September 30, 2015. The $1.7 million increase in NPAs from September 30, 2015 was mostly due to a $2.9 million increase in non-accrual loans caused primarily by one additional commercial real estate relationship, partially offset by a $1.1 million decrease in OREO at December 31, 2015.  Our OREO, totaling $13.6 million at December 31, 2015, included $2.2 million in OREO acquired from CNL in the fourth quarter.

Total accruing past due loans (i.e., loans past due 30 days or more and still accruing interest) decreased  $3.0 million to $26.1 million, or 0.16 percent of total loans, at December 31, 2015 as compared to $29.1 million, or 0.19 percent of total loans, at September 30, 2015.  The decrease was due, in part, to a $2.0  million decrease in residential mortgage loans 90 days or more past due and moderate overall improvement in the 30 to 59 days and 60 to 89 days past due loan categories. Although we believe our overall credit quality metrics are strong and reflective of our solid underwriter standards at December 31, 2015, we can provide no assurances as to the future level of our loan delinquencies.

The following table summarizes the allocation of the allowance for credit losses to specific loan categories and the allocation as a percentage of each loan category (including PCI loans) at December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015, and December 31, 2014:

December 31, 2015

September 30, 2015

December 31, 2014

Allocation

Allocation

Allocation

as a % of

as a % of

as a % of

Allowance

Loan

Allowance

Loan

Allowance

Loan

Allocation

Category

Allocation

Category

Allocation

Category

Loan Category:

Commercial and industrial loans*

$

50,956

2.01

%

$

49,682

2.07

%

$

45,610

2.03

%

Commercial real estate loans:

Commercial real estate

32,037

0.43

%

29,950

0.43

%

27,426

0.45

%

Construction

15,969

2.12

%

12,328

2.16

%

15,414

2.89

%

Total commercial real estate loans

48,006

0.59

%

42,278

0.56

%

42,840

0.64

%

Residential mortgage loans

4,625

0.15

%

4,579

0.15

%

5,093

0.20

%

Consumer loans:

Home equity

1,010

0.20

%

1,127

0.24

%

1,200

0.24

%

Auto and other consumer

3,770

0.22

%

3,311

0.21

%

3,979

0.27

%

Total consumer loans

4,780

0.22

%

4,438

0.21

%

5,179

0.27

%

Unallocated

5,720

5,565

Total allowance for credit losses

108,367

0.68

%

106,697

0.71

%

104,287

0.77

%

Allowance for credit losses as a % of non-PCI loans

0.79

%

0.79

%

0.89

%

* Includes the reserve for unfunded letters of credit.

Our loan portfolio, totaling $16.0 billion at December 31, 2015, had net loan charge-offs of $1.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to net recoveries of loan charge-offs of $1.7 million for the third quarter of 2015 and net charge-offs of $4.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.  The quarter over quarter increase in net loan charge-offs was largely due to an increase in valuation write-downs on impaired commercial and industrial loans, as well as a moderate decline in recoveries of net charge-offs in this same loan category.  Overall, net loan charge-offs decreased to $4.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 as compared to $14.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.  During the fourth quarter of 2015, we recorded a provision for credit losses totaling $3.5 million as compared to $94 thousand for the third quarter of 2015 and $4.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2014.

The allowance for credit losses, comprised of our allowance for loan losses and reserve for unfunded letters of credit, as a percentage of total loans was 0.68 percent at December 31, 2015 as compared to 0.71 percent and 0.77 percent at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.  At December 31, 2015, our allowance allocations for losses in most loan categories, except for home equity loans, increased as compared to September 30, 2015.  As part of an ongoing evaluation process of developing the allowance for credit losses estimate, management continually evaluates and updates their assumptions based on the current economic environment and their own loss experience. During the fourth quarter of 2015, Valley refined and enhanced its assessment of the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses by extending the look-back period on the majority of its loan portfolios from three years to four years in order to capture more of the current economic cycle as it continues. Valley also enhanced its qualitative factor framework to capture the risks of several factors, including, but  not limited to, the impact of changes in capitalization rates on collateral values, concentrations of multi-family and exculpated loans, the volume of loans serviced by third parties and the rate of growth in our real estate portfolios.  These enhancements are meant to increase the level of precision in the allowance for credit losses.  As a result, Valley will no longer have an "unallocated" segment in its allowance for credit losses, as the risks and uncertainties meant to be captured by the unallocated allowance have been included in the qualitative framework for the respective portfolios at December 31, 2015. As such, the unallocated allowance has in essence been reallocated to the certain portfolios based on the risks and uncertainties it was meant to capture.

Our allowance for credit losses as a percentage of total non-PCI loans (excluding PCI loans with carrying values totaling approximately $2.2 billion) was 0.79 percent at both December 31, 2015 and September 30, 2015.  PCI loans, including all of the loans acquired from CNL during the fourth quarter of 2015, are accounted for on a pool basis and initially recorded net of fair valuation discounts related to credit which may be used to absorb future losses on such loans before any allowance for loan losses is recognized subsequent to acquisition.  Due to the adequacy of such discounts, there were no allowance reserves related to PCI loans at December 31, 2015. 

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income increased $3.1 million to $24.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 from $20.9 million for the linked quarter ended September 30, 2015 largely due to an increase of $3.4 million in net gains on sales of assets largely caused by net gains totaling $4.8 million on the sale of two branch offices in the fourth quarter of 2015. The 2015 fourth quarter net gains were also net of non-cash fixed asset impairment charges totaling $1.9 million related to branch closures.  Net gains on sales of loans decreased $803 thousand to $1.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 as compared to the third quarter of 2015 partly due to the change in the mark to market adjustments related to loans held for sale carried at fair value. There were no other significant fluctuations within the non-interest income categories during the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to the third quarter of 2015.

Non-Interest Expense

Non-interest expense increased $66.2 million to $174.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to $108.7 million for the third quarter of 2015 largely due to: (1) the debt prepayment penalties of $51.1 million, (2) a $7.9 million increase in the amortization of tax credit investments (primarily caused by additional purchases of  such investments during the fourth quarter of 2015), (3) $2.6 million of additional lease obligation expense related to planned 2016 branch closures, (4) $850 thousand of employee severance expense due to cost reductions and branch efficiencies, as well as (5) additional operating expenses (including merger charges) related to the CNL acquisition during the fourth quarter of 2015.  Merger expenses related to our acquisition of CNL totaled approximately $1.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to $231 thousand during the third quarter of 2015.

We do not expect a material amount of cost reductions from the consolidation of CNL's operations prior to the systems integration scheduled for late February 2016.

Income Tax Expense

We recognized an income tax benefit of $11.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 as compared to income tax expense totaling $10.2 million and $7.8 million for the third quarter of 2015 and the fourth quarter of 2014, respectively.  The decrease in income tax expense in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the third quarter of 2015 and fourth quarter of 2014 was primarily the result of: (1) lower pre-tax income largely caused by the borrowings prepayment penalties totaling $51.1 million, (2) an increase of $6.7 million in tax credits, partially offset by (3) a $6.4 million charge mostly caused by the effect of the CNL acquisition and the debt prepayment penalties on the valuation of our deferred tax assets.

For 2016, we anticipate that our effective tax rate will range from 27 percent to 29 percent primarily reflecting the impacts of tax-exempt income, tax-advantaged investments and general business credits.

About Valley

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with approximately $21.6 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 227 branch locations serving northern and central New Jersey, the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, and Florida. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 800-522-4100.

Forward Looking Statements

The foregoing contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such statements are not historical facts and include expressions about management's confidence and strategies and management's expectations about new and existing programs and products, acquisitions, relationships, opportunities, taxation, technology, market conditions and economic expectations. These statements may be identified by such forward-looking terminology as "should," "expect," "believe," "view," "opportunity," "allow," "continues," "reflects," "typically," "usually," "anticipate," or similar statements or variations of such terms. Such forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  • weakness or a decline in the U.S. economy, in particular in New Jersey, New York Metropolitan area (including Long Island) and Florida;
  • unexpected changes in market interest rates for interest earning assets and/or interest bearing liabilities;
  • less than expected cost savings from the maturity, modification or prepayment of long-term borrowings that mature through 2022;
  • further prepayment penalties related to the early extinguishment of high cost borrowings;
  • less than expected cost savings in 2016 and 2017 from Valley's Branch Efficiency and Cost Reduction Plans;
  • claims and litigation pertaining to fiduciary responsibility, contractual issues, environmental laws and other matters;
  • cyber attacks, computer viruses or other malware that may breach the security of our websites or other systems to obtain unauthorized access to confidential information, destroy data, disable or degrade service, or sabotage our systems;
  • government intervention in the U.S. financial system and the effects of and changes in trade and monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including the interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve;
  • our inability to pay dividends at current levels, or at all, because of inadequate future earnings, regulatory restrictions or limitations, and changes in the composition of qualifying regulatory capital and minimum capital requirements (including those resulting from the U.S. implementation of Basel III requirements);
  • higher than expected loan losses within one or more segments of our loan portfolio;
  • declines in value in our investment portfolio, including additional other-than-temporary impairment charges on our investment securities;
  • unexpected significant declines in the loan portfolio due to the lack of economic expansion, increased competition, large prepayments or other factors;
  • unanticipated credit deterioration in our loan portfolio;
  • lower than expected cash flows from purchased credit-impaired loans;
  • unanticipated loan delinquencies, loss of collateral, decreased service revenues, and other potential negative effects on our business caused by severe weather or other external events;
  • higher than expected tax rates, including increases resulting from changes in tax laws, regulations and case law;
  • an unexpected decline in real estate values within our market areas;
  • higher than expected FDIC insurance assessments;
  • the failure of other financial institutions with whom we have trading, clearing, counterparty and other financial relationships;
  • lack of liquidity to fund our various cash obligations;
  • unanticipated reduction in our deposit base;
  • potential acquisitions that may disrupt our business;
  • future goodwill impairment due to changes in our business, changes in market conditions, or other factors;
  • legislative and regulatory actions (including the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and related regulations) subject us to additional regulatory oversight which may result in higher compliance costs and/or require us to change our business model;
  • changes in accounting policies or accounting standards, including the potential issuance of new authoritative accounting guidance which may increase the required level of our allowance for credit losses;
  • our inability to promptly adapt to technological changes;
  • our internal controls and procedures may not be adequate to prevent losses;
  • the inability to realize expected revenue synergies from the CNL merger in the amounts or in the timeframe anticipated;
  • costs or difficulties relating to CNL integration matters might be greater than expected;
  • inability to retain customers and employees, including those of CNL;
  • lower than expected cash flows from purchased credit-impaired loans; and
  • other unexpected material adverse changes in our operations or earnings.

A detailed discussion of factors that could affect our results is included in our SEC filings, including the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014. 

We undertake no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in our expectations.  Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.

-Tables to Follow-

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

($ in thousands, except for share data)

2015

2015

2014

2015

2014

FINANCIAL DATA:

Net interest income

$

148,046

$

133,960

$

128,646

$

550,269

$

474,757

Net interest income - FTE (1)

150,080

135,900

130,618

558,135

482,690

Non-interest income

24,038

20,919

29,563

83,802

77,616

Non-interest expense

174,893

108,652

121,267

499,075

403,255

Income tax (benefit) expense

(10,987)

10,179

7,827

23,938

31,062

Net income

4,671

35,954

25,135

102,957

116,172

Dividends on preferred stock

1,796

2,017

3,813

Net income available to common stockholders

$

2,875

$

33,937

$

25,135

$

99,144

$

116,172

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

239,916,562

232,737,953

221,471,635

234,405,909

205,716,293

Diluted

239,972,546

232,780,219

221,471,635

234,437,000

205,716,293

Per common share data:

Basic earnings

$

0.01

$

0.15

$

0.11

$

0.42

$

0.56

Diluted earnings

0.01

0.15

0.11

0.42

0.56

Cash dividends declared

0.11

0.11

0.11

0.44

0.44

Closing stock price - high

$

11.14

$

10.48

$

10.04

$

11.14

$

10.80

Closing stock price - low

9.67

9.05

9.21

9.05

9.21

FINANCIAL RATIOS:

`

Net interest margin

3.25

%

3.05

%

3.15

%

3.16

%

3.16

%

Net interest margin - FTE (1)

3.30

3.09

3.20

3.20

3.21

Annualized return on average assets

0.09

0.74

0.55

0.53

0.69

Annualized return on average shareholders' equity

0.90

7.20

5.65

5.26

7.18

Annualized return on average tangible shareholders' equity (2)

1.29

10.36

8.26

7.66

10.26

Efficiency ratio (3)

101.63

70.15

76.65

78.71

73.00

AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET ITEMS:

Assets

$

20,257,422

$

19,520,165

$

18,307,999

$

19,438,055

$

16,825,312

Interest earning assets

18,216,020

17,597,291

16,315,016

17,425,504

15,040,783

Loans

15,343,468

14,709,618

13,042,303

14,447,020

12,081,683

Interest bearing liabilities

13,368,128

12,947,242

12,319,782

12,907,347

11,315,340

Deposits

15,521,476

14,591,718

13,388,911

14,609,858

11,919,161

Shareholders' equity

2,069,084

1,997,369

1,780,334

1,958,757

1,618,965

 

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

As Of

BALANCE SHEET ITEMS:

December 31,

September 30,

June 30,

March 31,

December 31,

(In thousands)

2015

2015

2015

2015

2014

Assets

$

21,612,616

$

19,571,532

$

19,290,005

$

18,980,010

$

18,792,491

Total loans

16,043,107

15,016,814

14,480,294

13,734,461

13,473,913

Non-PCI loans

13,802,636

13,539,026

12,908,822

12,085,279

11,752,112

Deposits

16,253,551

14,499,863

14,331,031

14,216,743

14,034,116

Shareholders' equity

2,207,091

1,996,949

1,985,527

1,867,153

1,863,017

LOANS:

(In thousands)

Commercial and industrial

$

2,540,491

$

2,400,618

$

2,372,031

$

2,367,927

$

2,251,111

Commercial real estate:

Commercial real estate

7,424,636

6,960,677

6,783,149

6,205,873

6,160,881

Construction

754,947

569,653

586,068

542,014

533,134

 Total commercial real estate

8,179,583

7,530,330

7,369,217

6,747,887

6,694,015

Residential mortgage

3,130,541

2,999,262

2,704,081

2,648,011

2,576,372

Consumer:

Home equity

511,203

478,129

482,366

485,859

497,247

Automobile

1,239,313

1,219,758

1,198,064

1,162,963

1,144,831

Other consumer

441,976

388,717

354,535

321,814

310,337

Total consumer loans

2,192,492

2,086,604

2,034,965

1,970,636

1,952,415

Total loans

$

16,043,107

$

15,016,814

$

14,480,294

$

13,734,461

$

13,473,913

CAPITAL RATIOS:

Book value

$

8.26

$

8.10

$

8.06

$

8.03

$

8.03

Tangible book value (2)

5.36

5.48

5.43

5.40

5.38

Tangible common equity to tangible assets (2)

6.52

%

6.73

%

6.76

%

6.83

%

6.87

%

Tier 1 leverage (4)

7.90

7.67

7.76

7.17

7.46

Tier 1 common capital ratio (4)

9.01

9.18

9.31

9.45

        N/A

Risk-based capital - Tier 1(4)

9.72

9.93

10.07

9.45

9.73

Risk-based capital - Total Capital (4)

12.02

12.43

12.62

11.35

11.42

 

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

ALLOWANCE FOR CREDIT LOSSES:

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

($ in thousands)

2015

2015

2014

2015

2014

Beginning balance - Allowance for credit losses

$

106,697

$

104,887

$

104,559

$

104,287

$

117,112

Loans charged-off:

Commercial and industrial

(2,825)

(1,124)

(916)

(7,928)

(12,722)

Commercial real estate

(1,864)

(4,894)

Construction

(10)

(40)

(2,767)

(926)

(4,576)

Residential mortgage

(314)

(111)

(489)

(813)

(1,004)

Consumer

(799)

(734)

(1,391)

(3,441)

(3,702)

Total loans charged-off

(3,948)

(2,009)

(5,563)

(14,972)

(26,898)

Charged-off loans recovered:

Commercial and industrial

1,646

2,550

720

7,233

6,874

Commercial real estate

73

535

279

846

2,198

Construction

1

913

912

Residential mortgage

26

151

4

421

248

Consumer

366

488

308

1,538

1,957

Total loans recovered

2,111

3,725

1,311

10,951

12,189

Net charge-offs

(1,837)

1,716

(4,252)

(4,021)

(14,709)

Provision for credit losses

3,507

94

3,980

8,101

1,884

Ending balance - Allowance for credit losses

$

108,367

$

106,697

$

104,287

$

108,367

$

104,287

Components of allowance for credit losses:

Allowance for loans

$

106,178

$

104,551

$

102,353

$

106,178

$

102,353

Allowance for unfunded letters of credit

2,189

2,146

1,934

2,189

1,934

Allowance for credit losses

$

108,367

$

106,697

$

104,287

$

108,367

$

104,287

Components of provision for credit losses:

Provision for losses on loans

$

3,464

$

$

4,167

$

7,846

$

3,445

Provision for unfunded letters of credit

43

94

(187)

255

(1,561)

Provision for credit losses

$

3,507

$

94

$

3,980

$

8,101

$

1,884

Annualized ratio of total net charge-offs to average loans

0.05

%

(0.05)

%

0.13

%

0.03

%

0.12

%

Allowance for credit losses as a % of non-PCI loans

0.79

%

0.79

%

0.89

%

0.79

%

0.89

%

Allowance for credit losses as a % of total loans

0.68

%

0.71

%

0.77

%

0.68

%

0.77

%

 

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

As Of

ASSET QUALITY: (5)

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

($ in thousands)

2015

2015

2014

Accruing past due loans:

30 to 59 days past due:

Commercial and industrial

$

3,920

$

2,081

$

1,630

Commercial real estate

2,684

2,950

8,938

Construction

1,876

4,707

448

Residential mortgage

6,681

5,617

6,200

Consumer

3,348

3,491

2,982

Total 30 to 59 days past due

18,509

18,846

20,198

60 to 89 days past due:

Commercial and industrial

524

1,996

1,102

Commercial real estate

1,415

113

Construction

2,799

Residential mortgage

1,626

1,977

3,575

Consumer

626

722

764

Total 60 to 89 days past due

5,575

6,110

5,554

90 or more days past due:

Commercial and industrial

213

224

226

Commercial real estate

131

245

49

Construction

3,988

Residential mortgage

1,504

3,468

1,063

Consumer

208

166

152

Total 90 or more days past due

2,056

4,103

5,478

Total accruing past due loans

$

26,140

$

29,059

$

31,230

Non-accrual loans:

Commercial and industrial

$

10,913

$

12,845

$

8,467

Commercial real estate

24,888

22,129

22,098

Construction

6,163

5,959

5,223

Residential mortgage

17,930

16,657

17,760

Consumer

2,206

1,634

2,209

Total non-accrual loans

62,100

59,224

55,757

Non-performing loans held for sale

7,130

Other real estate owned (6)

13,563

14,691

14,249

Other repossessed assets

437

369

1,232

Non-accrual debt securities (7)

2,142

2,182

4,729

Total non-performing assets ("NPAs")

$

78,242

$

76,466

$

83,097

Performing troubled debt restructured loans

$

77,627

$

91,210

$

97,743

Total non-accrual loans as a % of loans

0.39

%

0.39

%

0.41

%

Total accruing past due and non-accrual loans

as a % of loans

0.55

%

0.59

%

0.65

%

Non-performing purchased credit-impaired loans (8)

$

38,625

$

22,228

$

47,713

 

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

NOTES TO SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

(1)

Net interest income and net interest margin are presented on a tax equivalent basis using a 35 percent federal tax rate.  Valley believes that this presentation provides comparability of net interest income and net interest margin arising from both taxable and tax-exempt sources and is consistent with industry practice and SEC rules.

(2)

This press release contains certain supplemental financial information, described in the Notes below, which has been determined by methods other than U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") that management uses in its analysis of Valley's performance.  Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide information useful to investors in understanding Valley's financial results. Specifically, Valley provides measures based on what it believes are its operating earnings on a consistent basis and excludes material non-core operating items which affect the GAAP reporting of results of operations.  Management utilizes these measures for internal planning and forecasting purposes. Management believes that Valley's presentation and discussion, together with the accompanying reconciliations, provides a complete understanding of factors and trends affecting Valley's business and allows investors to view performance in a manner similar to management. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for GAAP basis measures and results and Valley strongly encourages investors to review its consolidated financial statements in their a substitute for GAAP basis measures and results and Valley strongly encourages investors to review its consolidated financial statements in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.  Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names.

 

NOTES TO SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

As Of

December 31,

September 30,

June 30,

March 31,

December 31,

($ in thousands, except for share data)

2015

2015

2015

2015

2014

Tangible book value per common share:

Common shares outstanding

253,787,561

232,789,880

232,619,748

232,428,108

232,110,975

Shareholders' equity

$

2,207,091

$

1,996,949

$

1,985,527

$

1,867,153

$

1,863,017

Less: Preferred Stock

(111,590)

(111,590)

(111,590)

Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets

(735,221)

(608,916)

(610,640)

(612,558)

(614,667)

Tangible shareholders' equity

$

1,360,280

$

1,276,443

$

1,263,297

$

1,254,595

$

1,248,350

    Tangible book value

$5.36

$5.48

$5.43

$5.40

$5.38

Tangible common equity to tangible assets:

Tangible shareholders' equity

$

1,360,280

$

1,276,443

$

1,263,297

$

1,254,595

$

1,248,350

Total assets

$

21,612,616

$

19,571,532

$

19,290,005

$

18,980,010

$

18,793,855

Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets

(735,221)

(608,916)

(610,640)

(612,558)

(614,667)

Tangible assets

$

20,877,395

$

18,962,616

$

18,679,365

$

18,367,452

$

18,179,188

    Tangible common equity to tangible assets

6.52

%

6.73

%

6.76

%

6.83

%

6.87

%

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

2015

2015

2014

2015

2014

Annualized return on average tangible shareholders' equity:

Net income

$

4,671

$

35,954

$

25,135

$

102,957

$

116,172

Average shareholders' equity

2,069,084

1,997,369

1,780,334

1,958,757

1,618,965

Less: Average goodwill and other intangible assets

(621,635)

(609,632)

(562,497)

(614,084)

(486,769)

    Average tangible shareholders' equity

$

1,447,449

$

1,387,737

$

1,217,837

$

1,344,673

$

1,132,196

    Annualized return on average tangible shareholders' equity

1.29

%

10.36

%

8.26

%

7.66

%

10.26

%

 

(3)

The efficiency ratio measures Valley's total non-interest expense as a percentage of net interest income plus total non-interest income.  See the "Non-Interest Expense" section to this press release for additional information.

(4)

The 2015 ratios reflect the new capital regulation changes required under the Basel III regulatory capital reform.

(5)

Past due loans and non-accrual loans exclude Purchased Credit-Impaired (PCI) loans. These loans are accounted for on a pool basis under U.S. GAAP and are not subject to delinquency classification in the same manner as loans originated by Valley.

(6)

Excludes OREO properties related to FDIC-assisted transactions totaling $5.0 million, $5.4 million and $9.2 million, at December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.  These assets are covered by the loss-sharing agreements with the FDIC.

(7)

Includes other-than-temporarily impaired trust preferred securities classified as available for sale, which are presented at carrying value (net of unrealized losses totaling $610 thousand, $570 thousand and $621 thousand at December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively) after recognition of all credit impairments.

(8)

Represent PCI loans meeting Valley's definition of non-performing loan (i.e., non-accrual loans), but are not subject to such classification under U.S. GAAP because the loans are accounted for on a pooled basis and are excluded from the non-accrual loans in the table above.

SHAREHOLDERS RELATIONS   Requests for copies of reports and/or other inquiries should be directed to Dianne Grenz, EVP, Director of Sales, Shareholder and Public Relations, Valley National Bancorp, 1455 Valley Road, Wayne, New Jersey, 07470, by telephone at (973) 305-4005, by fax at (973) 305-1364 or by e-mail at dgrenz@valleynationalbank.com.

 

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION (in thousands, except for share data)

December 31,

2015

2014

(Unaudited)

Assets

Cash and due from banks

$

243,575

$

462,569

Interest bearing deposits with banks

170,225

367,838

Investment securities:

Held to maturity (fair value of $1,621,039 at December 31, 2015 and $1,815,976 at December 31, 2014)

1,596,385

1,778,316

Available for sale

1,506,861

886,970

Trading securities

14,233

Total investment securities

3,103,246

2,679,519

Loans held for sale, at fair value

16,382

24,295

Loans

16,043,107

13,473,913

Less: Allowance for loan losses

(106,178)

(102,353)

Net loans

15,936,929

13,371,560

Premises and equipment, net

298,943

282,997

Bank owned life insurance

387,542

375,640

Accrued interest receivable

63,554

57,333

Due from customers on acceptances outstanding

1,185

4,197

Goodwill

686,339

575,892

Other intangible assets, net

48,882

38,775

Other assets

655,814

551,876

Total Assets

$

21,612,616

$

18,792,491

Liabilities

Deposits:

Non-interest bearing

$

4,914,285

$

4,235,515

Interest bearing:

Savings, NOW and money market

8,181,362

7,056,133

Time

3,157,904

2,742,468

Total deposits

16,253,551

14,034,116

Short-term borrowings

1,076,991

146,781

Long-term borrowings

1,810,728

2,525,044

Junior subordinated debentures issued to capital trusts

41,414

41,252

Bank acceptances outstanding

1,185

4,197

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

221,656

178,084

Total Liabilities

19,405,525

16,929,474

Shareholders' Equity

Preferred stock, (no par value, authorized 30,000,000 shares; issued 4,600,000 shares at December 31, 2015)

111,590

Common stock, (no par value, authorized 332,023,233 shares; issued 253,787,561 shares at December 31, 2015 and 232,127,098 shares at December 31, 2014)

88,626

81,072

Surplus

1,927,399

1,693,752

Retained earnings

125,171

130,845

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(45,695)

(42,495)

Treasury stock, at cost (16,123 common shares at December 31, 2014)

(157)

Total Shareholders' Equity

2,207,091

1,863,017

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

21,612,616

$

18,792,491

 

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Unaudited) (in thousands, except for share data)

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

December 31,

2015

2015

2014

2015

2014

Interest Income

Interest and fees on loans

$

167,412

$

157,141

$

150,296

$

633,199

$

552,821

Interest and dividends on investment securities:

Taxable

12,737

12,148

15,159

52,050

62,458

Tax-exempt

3,768

3,593

3,650

14,568

14,683

Dividends

1,544

1,658

1,570

6,557

6,272

Interest on federal funds sold and other short-term investments

133

150

267

649

369

Total interest income

185,594

174,690

170,942

707,023

636,603

Interest Expense

Interest on deposits:

Savings, NOW and money market

7,331

5,587

6,000

24,824

19,671

Time

9,795

9,535

7,686

35,432

27,882

Interest on short-term borrowings

492

126

132

919

972

Interest on long-term borrowings and junior subordinated debentures

19,930

25,482

28,478

95,579

113,321

Total interest expense

37,548

40,730

42,296

156,754

161,846

Net Interest Income

148,046

133,960

128,646

550,269

474,757

Provision for credit losses

3,507

94

3,980

8,101

1,884

Net Interest Income After Provision for Credit Losses

144,539

133,866

124,666

542,168

472,873

Non-Interest Income

Trust and investment services

2,500

2,450

2,415

10,020

9,512

Insurance commissions

4,779

4,119

4,232

17,233

16,853

Service charges on deposit accounts

5,382

5,241

5,662

21,176

22,771

Gains on securities transactions, net

6

157

643

2,487

745

Fees from loan servicing

1,693

1,703

1,751

6,641

7,013

Gains on sales of loans, net

1,211

2,014

234

4,245

1,731

Gains (losses) on sales of assets, net

2,853

(558)

17,876

2,776

18,087

Bank owned life insurance

1,627

1,806

1,799

6,815

6,392

Change in FDIC loss-share receivable

54

(55)

(9,182)

(3,326)

(20,792)

Other

3,933

4,042

4,133

15,735

15,304

Total non-interest income

24,038

20,919

29,563

83,802

77,616

Non-Interest Expense

Salary and employee benefits expense

56,164

54,315

52,806

221,765

193,489

Net occupancy and equipment expense

24,663

21,526

18,784

90,521

74,492

FDIC insurance assessment

4,895

4,168

3,837

16,867

14,051

Amortization of other intangible assets

2,448

2,232

3,021

9,169

9,919

Professional and legal fees

6,902

4,643

5,188

18,945

16,859

Loss on extinguishment of debt

51,129

10,132

51,129

10,132

Amortization of tax credit investments

13,081

5,224

10,048

27,312

24,196

Advertising

159

732

1,852

4,251

4,666

Telecommunication expense

2,158

2,050

2,022

8,259

6,993

Other

13,294

13,762

13,577

50,857

48,458

Total non-interest expense

174,893

108,652

121,267

499,075

403,255

(Loss) Income Before Income Taxes

(6,316)

46,133

32,962

126,895

147,234

Income (benefit) tax expense

(10,987)

10,179

7,827

23,938

31,062

Net Income

4,671

35,954

25,135

102,957

116,172

Dividends on preferred stock

1,796

2,017

3,813

Net Income Available to Common Shareholders

$

2,875

$

33,937

$

25,135

$

99,144

$

116,172

Earnings Per Common Share:

Basic

$

0.01

$

0.15

$

0.11

$

0.42

$

0.56

Diluted

0.01

0.15

0.11

0.42

0.56

Cash Dividends Declared per Common Share

0.11

0.11

0.11

0.44

0.44

Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:

Basic

239,916,562

232,737,953

221,471,635

234,405,909

205,716,293

Diluted

239,972,546

232,780,219

221,471,635

234,437,000

205,716,293

 

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP

Quarterly Analysis of Average Assets, Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity and

Net Interest Income on a Tax Equivalent Basis

Three Months Ended

December 31, 2015

September 30, 2015

December 31, 2014

 Average

Avg.

 Average

Avg.

 Average

Avg.

($ in thousands)

 Balance

 Interest

Rate

 Balance

 Interest

Rate

 Balance

 Interest

Rate

Assets

Interest earning assets

Loans (1)(2)

$

15,343,468

$

167,417

4.36

%

$

14,709,618

$

157,146

4.27

%

$

13,042,303

$

150,302

4.61

%

Taxable investments (3)

2,076,720

14,281

2.75

%

2,070,806

13,806

2.67

%

2,284,183

16,729

2.93

%

Tax-exempt investments (1)(3)

552,471

5,797

4.20

%

553,225

5,528

4.00

%

543,005

5,616

4.14

%

Federal funds sold and other

interest bearing deposits

243,361

133

0.22

%

263,642

150

0.23

%

445,525

267

0.24

%

Total interest earning assets

18,216,020

187,628

4.12

%

17,597,291

176,630

4.01

%

16,315,016

172,914

4.24

%

Other assets

2,041,402

1,922,874

1,992,983

Total assets

$

20,257,422

$

19,520,165

$

18,307,999

Liabilities and shareholders' equity

Interest bearing liabilities:

Savings, NOW and money market deposits

$

7,724,927

$

7,331

0.38

%

$

7,090,155

$

5,587

0.32

%

$

6,799,900

$

6,000

0.35

%

Time deposits

3,154,781

9,795

1.24

%

3,104,238

9,535

1.23

%

2,515,621

7,686

1.22

%

Short-term borrowings

417,097

492

0.47

%

170,115

126

0.30

%

169,396

132

0.31

%

Long-term borrowings (4)

2,071,323

19,930

3.85

%

2,582,734

25,482

3.95

%

2,834,865

28,478

4.02

%

Total interest bearing liabilities

13,368,128

37,548

1.12

%

12,947,242

40,730

1.26

%

12,319,782

42,296

1.37

%

Non-interest bearing deposits

4,641,768

4,397,325

4,073,390

Other liabilities

178,442

178,229

134,493

Shareholders' equity

2,069,084

1,997,369

1,780,334

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

20,257,422

$

19,520,165

$

18,307,999

Net interest income/interest rate spread (5)

$

150,080

3.00

%

$

135,900

2.75

%

$

130,618

2.87

%

Tax equivalent adjustment

(2,034)

(1,940)

(1,972)

Net interest income, as reported

$

148,046

$

133,960

$

128,646

Net interest margin (6)

3.25

%

3.05

%

3.15

%

Tax equivalent effect

0.05

%

0.04

%

0.05

%

Net interest margin on a fully tax equivalent basis (6)

3.30

%

3.09

%

3.20

%

_________________________

(1)

Interest income is presented on a tax equivalent basis using a 35 percent federal tax rate.

(2)

Loans are stated net of unearned income and include non-accrual loans.

(3)

The yield for securities that are classified as available for sale is based on the average historical amortized cost.

(4)

Includes junior subordinated debentures issued to capital trusts which are presented separately on the consolidated statements of condition.

(5)

Interest rate spread represents the difference between the average yield on interest earning assets and the average cost of interest bearing liabilities and is presented on a fully tax equivalent basis.

(6)

Net interest income as a percentage of total average interest earning assets.

 

 

SOURCE Valley National Bancorp



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