SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) ("Zions" or "the Company") today reported net earnings applicable to common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2016 of $125.0 million, or $0.60 per diluted common share, compared to net earnings applicable to common shareholders of $116.9 million, or $0.57 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2016 and net earnings applicable to common shareholders of $88.2 million, or $0.43 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2015. Annual net earnings applicable to common shareholders for 2016 was $411.3 million, or $1.99 per diluted common share, compared to $246.6 million, or $1.20 per diluted common share, for 2015.
Harris H. Simmons, Chairman and CEO, commented, "We are pleased that our full-year 2016 results reflect solid performance in revenue growth, tight expense control, and strong growth in both pre-provision net revenue and earnings per share. We are encouraged to report that we achieved all of the stated financial goals that we outlined in the spring of 2015 for this year, including holding adjusted noninterest expense to less than $1.58 billion and achieving an efficiency ratio less than 66%. We have done this while simultaneously making a very substantial investment in technology that we expect will allow Zions to be both more efficient and more competitive for years to come." Mr. Simmons concluded, "We look forward to 2017 as a year that seems likely to experience reduced credit costs as the energy industry continues to heal and the credit metrics for non-energy loans, which constitute about 95% of our portfolio, are strong and generally stable."
For the full version of the Company's 2016 fourth quarter earnings release, including financial tables, please visit zionsbancorporation.com.
Supplemental Presentation and Conference Call
Zions has posted a supplemental presentation to its website, which will be used to discuss these fourth quarter results at 5:30 p.m. ET this afternoon (January 23, 2017). Media representatives, analysts, investors, and the public are invited to join this discussion by calling 253-237-1247 (domestic and international) and entering the passcode 44706729, or via on-demand webcast. A link to the webcast will be available on the Zions Bancorporation website at zionsbancorporation.com. The webcast of the conference call will also be archived and available for 30 days.
About Zions Bancorporation
Zions Bancorporation is one of the nation's premier financial services companies with more than $60 billion of total assets. Zions operates under local management teams and unique brands in 11 western and southwestern states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The company is a national leader in Small Business Administration lending and public finance advisory services, and is a consistent top recipient of numerous Greenwich Excellence awards in banking. In addition, Zions is included in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Financial 100 indices. Investor information and links to local banking brands can be accessed at zionsbancorporation.com.
Statements in this press release that are based on other than historical data or that express the Company's expectations regarding future events or determinations are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements based on historical data are not intended and should not be understood to indicate the Company's expectations regarding future events. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations or forecasts or intentions regarding future events or determinations. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or determinations, nor should they be relied upon as representing management's views as of any subsequent date. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those presented, either expressed or implied, in this press release. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements include the actual amount and duration of declines in the price of oil and gas, our ability to meet our efficiency and noninterest expense goals, as well as other factors discussed in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and available at the SEC's Internet site (http://www.sec.gov).
Except as required by law, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update any factors or to publicly announce the result of revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein to reflect future events or developments.
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