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South State Corporation Reports 2017 Results and Quarterly Cash Dividend

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South State Corporation (NASDAQ:SSB) today released its unaudited
results of operations and other financial information for the
three-month and twelve-month period ended December 31, 2017. Highlights
for the fourth quarter and the annual period of 2017 include the
following:

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  • Full year 2017 financial results:
    • Net income was $87.6 million, compared with $101.3 million in
      2016, a 13.6% decline
    • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $2.93, compared with $4.18, a
      29.9% decline
    • Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) was $145.1 million, compared with
      $110.1 million, a 31.8% increase
    • Adjusted diluted EPS (non-GAAP) of $4.85, compared with $4.55, a
      6.6% increase
  • Fourth quarter 2017 financial results:
    • Net income was $2.4 million, compared with $35.0 million in the
      third quarter of 2017, a decline of $32.6 million, or 93.1%
    • Diluted EPS of $0.08, compared with $1.19, a decline of $1.11, or
      93.3%
    • Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) was $41.4 million, compared to
      $35.7 million, a 15.8% increase, or $5.7 million
    • Adjusted diluted EPS (non-GAAP) of $1.30, compared to $1.22, a
      6.6% increase
    • During the fourth quarter of 2017, there were two major events
      which impacted the quarter and reduced net income and EPS: (1)
      merger expenses associated with the acquisition of Park Sterling
      Corporation (Park Sterling or PSTB) of $12.4 million, net of tax
      or $0.39 per diluted share, and (2) Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (Tax Act)
      was signed into law on December 22, 2017, resulting in an
      estimated reduction in the value of our net deferred tax asset by
      $26.6 million, or $0.83 per diluted share
  • Performance ratios during 2017 compared to 2016
    • Return on average assets totaled 0.77% compared to 1.16%
    • Adjusted return on average assets (non-GAAP) was 1.28% compared to
      1.26%
    • Return on average tangible equity (non-GAAP) was to 9.63% compared
      to 14.72%
    • Adjusted return on average tangible equity (non-GAAP) decreased to
      15.49% from 15.94%
    • Efficiency ratio was 67.1% up from 64.2%, due primarily to merger
      costs associated with Southeastern Bank Financial Corporation
      (SBFC or Southeastern) and PSTB transactions in 2017 of $44.5
      million
    • Adjusted efficiency ratio (non-GAAP) was 59.2% down from 62.9%
      (excluding merger-related and conversion expenses and securities
      gains, net)
  • Balance sheet linked quarter
    • Cash and cash equivalents declined by $26.3 million
    • Net loan growth, excluding PSTB balances, was 5.6% annualized, or
      $115.8 million
    • Investment securities portfolio increased by $337.0 million with
      the acquisition of PSTB, which added $462.7 million. The company
      had maturities, calls and sales throughout the quarter; and in
      December sold some of the newly acquired securities and used the
      proceeds to pay off some PSTB borrowings
    • Noninterest bearing deposits increased by $541.9 million, and
      interest bearing deposits increased by $1.9 billion, with $536.2
      million and $1.9 billion respectively, coming from the merger with
      PSTB
    • Other borrowings increased by $133.1 million as a result of a net
      increase of approximately $91.0 million in FHLB advances and $40.9
      in assumed trust preferred debt from PSTB
    • Shareholders' equity increased $676.1 million, primarily from the
      issuance of 7.5 million common shares of the Company in the PSTB
      merger
    • Total equity to total assets increased to 15.96% from 14.62%
    • Tangible equity to tangible assets (non-GAAP) decreased to 9.23%
      from 9.36%
  • Asset quality
    • Nonperforming assets (NPAs) increased by $2.6 million, or 7.8%, to
      $36.1 million at December 31, 2017 from the level at September 30,
      2017, and was down $2.5 million, or 6.5% from December 31, 2016
    • NPAs to total assets improved to 0.25% at December 31, 2017, from
      0.30% at September 30, 2017 and from 0.43% at December 31, 2016
    • Net charge offs on non-acquired loans were 0.02% annualized, or
      $265,000, compared to $547,000, or 0.04% annualized in the third
      quarter of 2017. In 2017, the net charge offs were 0.04%, or $2.2
      million compared to 0.06%, or $2.7 million in 2016
    • Net charge offs (recoveries) on acquired non-credit impaired loans
      were 0.07%, or $402,000, compared to 0.00%, or ($4,000) recovery
      in the third quarter of 2017. In 2017, net charge-offs were 0.07%,
      or $1.2 million compared to 0.07%, or $669,000 in 2016
    • Coverage ratio of ALLL on non-acquired non-performing loans was
      293% at December 31, 2017 compared to 251% at December 31, 2016

Quarterly Cash Dividend

The Board of Directors of South State Corporation declared a quarterly
cash dividend on January 18, 2018, of $0.33 per share payable on its
common stock. This per share amount is the same as last quarter, and
$0.01 per share, or 3.0% higher than the dividend paid a year ago. The
dividend will be payable on February 16, 2018 to shareholders of record
as of February 9, 2018.

 

Merger with Park Sterling Corporation and $10.0 Billion Impact

 
South State Corporation               Fair Value of
Park Sterling Corporation Net Assets
Acquisition Date of November 30, 2017 Acquired at
As Recorded Fair Value Date of
(Dollars in thousands) by PSTB Adjustments Acquisition
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 116,454 $ -- $ 116,454
Investment securities 461,261 1,444 (a) 462,705
Loans held for sale 2,200 68,686 (b) 70,886
Loans 2,346,612 (95,878 ) (b) 2,250,734
Premises and equipment 61,059 (4,882 ) (c) 56,177
Intangible assets 73,090 (46,915 ) (d) 26,175
Other real estate owned and repossessed assets 2,549 (429 ) (e) 2,120
Bank owned life insurance 72,703 -- 72,703
Deferred tax asset 17,963 11,596 (f) 29,559
Other assets   21,595   (476 ) (g)   21,119
Total assets $ 3,175,486 $ (66,854 ) $ 3,108,632
 
Liabilities
Deposits:
Noninterest-bearing $ 561,874 $ -- $ 561,874
Interest-bearing   1,886,810   2,692   (h)   1,889,502
Total deposits 2,448,684 2,692 2,451,376

Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to
repurchase

-- -- --
Other borrowings 329,249 11,689 (i) 340,938
Other liabilities   24,179   2,131   (j)   26,310
Total liabilities   2,802,112   16,512     2,818,624

Net identifiable assets acquired over liabilities assumed

373,374 (83,366 ) 290,008
Goodwill   --   402,951     402,951
Net assets acquired over liabilities assumed $ 373,374 $ 319,585   $ 692,959
 
Consideration:
South State Corporation common shares issued 7,480,343
Purchase price per share of the Company's common stock $ 92.05

Company common stock issued and cash exchanged for fractional
shares

$ 688,654
Cash paid for stock option redemptions   4,305
Fair value of total consideration transferred $ 692,959
 

Fair Value Adjustments:

(a) represents the reversal of PSTB's existing fair value adjustment of
$3.1 million and the fair value adjustment of $1.6 million.

(b) represents approximately 2.3%, or $55.3 million, credit mark of the
loan portfolio and 2.6% total fair value adjustment, or $60.9 million,
(marks have been adjusted for loans sold during Dec. 2017).

Also, reversal of PSTB's ending allowance for loan losses of $12.5
million and $21.3 million of existing PSTB fair value adjustment. This
also includes a relcass of $68.7 million by SSB of Shared National
Credits (loans) from loans held for investment to loans held for sale.

(c) represents reversal of PSTB's existing fair value adjustment of $4.1
million and the fair value adjustment of $809,000 for appraisals and
judgments on bank premises, including liquidation values used for
specific assets.

(d) represents approximately 1.66% Core Deposit Intangible, or $26.2
million.

Also, wrote off $63.3 million of existing Goodwill and $9.8 million of
existing CDI acquired from PTSB.

(e) represents 17% or $428,000 discount (fair value adjustment) of OREO.

(f) represents deferred tax asset related to fair value adjustments with
effective tax rate of 35.8%. This includes an adjustment from the PSTB
rate to SSB rate.

(g) represents write off of accrued interest receivable and certain
prepaid balances.

(h) represents estimated premium for fixed maturity time deposits of
$2.95 million. Also includes the write off of existing PSTB fair value
adjustment related to time deposit marks of $253,000.

(i) represents the removal of the existing PSTB discount on TRUPs and
other debt of $14.03 million, and recording the new discount (fair value
adjustment) of $2.363 million on TRUPs.

(j) represents fair value adjustment of certain SERP and deferred
compensation liabilities of $1.5 million for vested portion as well as
other fair value adjustments to other liabilities associated with the
merger.

South State crossed $10.0 billion in total assets in January of 2017
with the Southeastern merger. Beginning in the first quarter of 2018,
our FDIC insurance costs will increase as a result of having been over
$10.0 billion in total assets for four consecutive quarters. Including
the PSTB impact, we currently estimate the added expense to be
approximately $500,000 annually.

Effective in July of 2018, the cap on interchange fees under the Durbin
amendment will be in place. Including the Park Sterling impact, we
estimate a 2018 reduction of interchange fees, beginning July 1, 2018,
of approximately $8.5 million on a pre-tax basis.

Also, as a part of crossing $10.0 billion in total assets, we will
submit our first Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test (DFAST) in July of 2019.

 

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Performance

 
      Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Dec. 31,     Sept. 30,     June 30,     Mar. 31,     Dec. 31,     Dec. 31,
INCOME STATEMENT 2017 2017 2017 2017 2016 2017     2016
Interest income
Loans, including fees (8) $ 108,319 $ 95,864 $ 93,600 $ 91,752 $ 76,709 $ 389,535 $ 308,461

Investment securities, federal funds sold and securities purchased
under agreements to resell

  9,505     8,547     9,179     9,234     5,979     36,465     24,702  
Total interest income 117,824 104,411 102,779 100,986 82,688 426,000 333,163
Interest expense
Deposits 4,220 2,974 2,661 2,497 1,423 12,353 5,803

Federal funds purchased, securities sold under agreements to
repurchase, and other borrowings

  1,330     1,118     1,087     1,127     665     4,661     2,514  
Total interest expense   5,550     4,092     3,748     3,624     2,088     17,014     8,317  
Net interest income 112,274 100,319 99,031 97,362 80,600 408,986 324,846
Provision for loan losses   3,808     2,062     2,313     3,707     622     11,890     6,819  
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   108,466     98,257     96,718     93,655     79,978     397,096     318,027  
Noninterest income   39,098     36,040     37,574     36,435     32,831     149,147     130,330  
Pre-tax operating expense 86,981 80,023 82,232 83,699 70,400 332,935 286,234
Branch consolid./acquisition and merger expense   17,621     1,551     4,307     21,024     4,841     44,503     8,081  
Total noninterest expense   104,602     81,574     86,539     104,723     75,241     377,438     294,315  
Income before provision for income taxes 42,962 52,723 47,753 25,367 37,568 168,805 154,042
Provision for income taxes, includes deferred tax revaluation   40,541     17,677     15,930     7,103     13,391     81,251     52,760  
Net income $ 2,421   $ 35,046   $ 31,823   $ 18,264   $ 24,177   $ 87,554   $ 101,282  
 
Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) (3)
Net income (GAAP) $ 2,421 $ 35,046 $ 31,823 $ 18,264 $ 24,177 $ 87,554 $ 101,282
Securities gains, net of tax (22 ) (349 ) (73 ) -- -- (445 ) (81 )
Provision for income taxes, deferred tax revaluation 26,558 -- -- -- -- 26,558 --
FDIC LSA early termination, net of tax -- -- -- -- -- -- 2,938
Branch consolid./acquisition and merger expense, net of tax   12,431     1,031     2,870     15,137     3,814     31,469     5,960  
Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) $ 41,388   $ 35,728   $ 34,620   $ 33,401   $ 27,991   $ 145,136   $ 110,099  
 
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.08 $ 1.20 $ 1.09 $ 0.63 $ 1.01 $ 2.95 $ 4.22
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.08 $ 1.19 $ 1.08 $ 0.63 $ 1.00 $ 2.93 $ 4.18
Adjusted net income per common share - Basic (non-GAAP) (3) $ 1.31 $ 1.23 $ 1.19 $ 1.16 $ 1.16 $ 4.89 $ 4.58
Adjusted net income per common share - Diluted (non-GAAP) (3) $ 1.30 $ 1.22 $ 1.18 $ 1.15 $ 1.15 $ 4.85 $ 4.55
Dividends per common share $ 0.33 $ 0.33 $ 0.33 $ 0.33 $ 0.32 $ 1.32 $ 1.21
Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding 31,654,947 29,114,574 29,094,908 28,891,669 24,035,960 29,686,076 23,998,278
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding 31,905,505 29,385,041 29,364,916 29,158,523 24,287,496 29,921,684 24,219,047
Effective tax rate 94.36 % 33.53 % 33.36 % 28.00 % 35.64 % 48.13 % 34.25 %
 

The Company reported consolidated net income of $2.4 million, or $0.08
per diluted common share for the three-months ended December 31, 2017, a
$32.6 million decrease from the third quarter of 2017. Interest income
was up $13.4 million from an increase in non-acquired loan interest
income of $2.5 million during the fourth quarter, and from an increase
of $10.1 million from acquired loan interest income due to the merger
with PSTB and the addition of their $2.3 billion loan portfolio. In
addition, investment securities income increased by $746,000 due
primarily to the addition of the PSTB securities portfolio. Interest
expense increased by $1.5 million, with $887,000 attributable to
certificate and other time deposits, $373,000 increase in transaction
and money market accounts and $164,000 increase in other borrowings.
These increases were primarily related to the merger with PSTB. The
Company paid off all the FHLB advances and other senior and subordinated
debt assumed from Park Sterling totaling $304.0 million (retained $40.0
million of Trust Preferred Debt). Our funding cost was 0.29% for the
fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 0.05% from the third quarter of
2017. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, our cost of funds
increased by 0.14% which is primarily the result of the addition of the
Southeastern and the Park Sterling merger where both entities cost of
funds was higher than legacy South State's. The total provision for loan
losses increased $1.7 million compared to the third quarter of 2017.
Valuation allowance (impairment) related to acquired loans was $1.1
million higher than third quarter of 2017, as multiple pools had
impairments. The provision for loan losses related to acquired
non-credit impaired loans was higher by $406,000, as the third quarter
of 2017 was a net recovery, and the provision for loan losses on
non-acquired loans was $233,000 higher than last quarter primarily
related to loan growth, including PSTB. Noninterest income increased by
$3.1 million from fees on deposit accounts, recoveries on acquired
loans, trust and investment services income, and mortgage banking
income. Noninterest expense increased by $23.0 million, with $16.1
million from merger expenses and salaries and employee benefits of $3.5
million being the two largest increases. The increase was the result of
our merger with PSTB during the quarter.

Income Tax Expense

During the quarter, our effective income tax rate increased to 94.36%
from 33.53% in the third quarter of 2017. The year-to-date (YTD)
effective income tax rate was 48.13% compared to 34.25% in 2016. On
December 22, 2017, the Tax Act was signed into law and resulted in the
Company revaluing its net deferred tax asset downward by an estimated
$26.6 million resulting in the large increase in the effective rate for
2017. Without this revaluation impact, the Company's effective tax rate
would have been 32.40% for 2017. This decline was primarily related to:
(1) excess tax benefit associated with vested or exercised nonqualified
stock options included in determination of the effective tax rate during
the year and (2) an increase in tax-exempt income from bank owned life
insurance (BOLI) policies, loans and securities.

"South State completed two acquisitions, crossed the $10 billion
regulatory threshold and reported strong financial results in 2017.
Assets total over $14 billion and we serve over 700,000 customers in
markets from Virginia to Georgia," said Robert R. Hill, Jr., CEO of
South State Corporation. "We look forward to 2018 and are excited about
the prospects for continued growth."

 

Balance Sheet and Capital

      Ending Balance
Dec. 31,     Sept. 30,     June 30,     Mar. 31,     Dec. 31,
BALANCE SHEET 2017 2017 2017 2017 2016
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 377,627   $ 403,934   $ 431,890   $ 663,126   $ 374,448  
Investment securities:
Securities held to maturity 2,529 3,678 4,166 6,095 6,094
Securities available for sale, at fair value 1,650,710 1,320,679 1,341,652 1,381,013 999,405
Other investments   20,530     12,439     13,076     13,501     9,482  
Total investment securities   1,673,769     1,336,796     1,358,894     1,400,609     1,014,981  
Loans held for sale   70,890     46,321     65,995     46,988     50,572  
Loans:
Acquired credit impaired 618,803 578,863 602,481 627,340 602,546
Acquired non-credit impaired 3,507,907 1,455,555 1,585,981 1,715,642 836,699
Non-acquired 6,492,155 6,230,327 5,992,393 5,564,307 5,241,041
Less allowance for non-acquired loan losses   (43,448 )   (41,541 )   (40,149 )   (38,449 )   (36,960 )
Loans, net   10,575,417     8,223,204     8,140,706     7,868,840     6,643,326  
Other real estate owned ("OREO") 11,203 13,527 14,430 20,007 18,316
Premises and equipment, net 255,565 198,146 201,539 203,505 183,510
Bank owned life insurance 225,132 151,402 150,476 149,562 104,148
Deferred tax asset 45,902 41,664 39,921 43,075 31,123
Mortgage servicing rights 31,119 29,937 29,930 30,063 29,037
Core deposit and other intangibles 73,789 50,472 52,966 55,461 39,848
Goodwill 999,586 597,236 595,817 595,711 338,340
Other assets   126,590     76,471     71,877     73,123     72,943  
Total assets $ 14,466,589   $ 11,169,110   $ 11,154,441   $ 11,150,070   $ 8,900,592  
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Deposits:
Noninterest-bearing $ 3,047,432 $ 2,505,570 $ 2,635,147 $ 2,599,111 $ 2,199,046
Interest-bearing   8,485,334     6,556,451     6,396,507     6,434,327     5,135,377  
Total deposits   11,532,766     9,062,021     9,031,654     9,033,438     7,334,423  

Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to
repurchase

286,857 291,099 334,018 352,431 313,773
Other borrowings 216,385 83,307 98,147 107,988 55,358
Other liabilities   121,661     99,858     85,137     76,313     62,450  
Total liabilities   12,157,669     9,536,285     9,548,956     9,570,170     7,766,004  
 
Shareholders' equity:
Preferred stock - $.01 par value; authorized 10,000,000 shares -- -- -- -- --
Common stock - $2.50 par value; authorized 80,000,000 shares 91,899 73,168 73,148 73,077 60,576
Surplus 1,807,601 1,136,352 1,134,328 1,132,173 711,307
Retained earnings 419,847 427,093 401,706 379,534 370,916
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (10,427 )   (3,788 )   (3,697 )   (4,884 )   (8,211 )
Total shareholders' equity   2,308,920     1,632,825     1,605,485     1,579,900     1,134,588  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 14,466,589   $ 11,169,110   $ 11,154,441   $ 11,150,070   $ 8,900,592  
 
Common shares issued and outstanding 36,759,656 29,267,369 29,259,264 29,230,734 24,230,392
 

At December 31, 2017, the Company's total assets were $14.5 billion, an
increase of $3.3 billion from September 30, 2017, and an increase of
$5.6 billion, or 62.5% from December 31, 2016. Total assets acquired
from SBFC, including goodwill, totaled $2.1 billion in January 2017; and
total assets acquired from PSTB, including goodwill, totaled $3.1
billion. During the fourth quarter of 2017, cash and cash equivalents
declined by $26.3 million and other real estate owned (OREO) declined by
$2.3 million. All other categories of assets and liabilities increased
from the merger with PSTB. Non-acquired loan growth totaled $261.8
million, or 16.7% annualized growth. Acquired loans declined by
approximately $121.3 million, excluding Park Sterling. Total deposits
increased $2.5 billion from September 30, 2017, with $2.4 billion coming
from the merger with Park Sterling. Without the impact of Park Sterling,
deposits increased $47.4 million, or 2.1%, during the fourth quarter of
2017. Fed funds purchased and securities sold under repurchase
agreements decreased by $4.2 million during the fourth quarter to $286.9
million. Other borrowings increased by $133.1 million during the fourth
quarter of 2017 compared to the third quarter of 2017. This increase was
the result of trust preferred debt assumed from PSTB totaling $40.9
million plus FHLB advances of $100.0 million in December, offset by FHLB
advances that were repaid of approximately $9.0 million in October 2017.

The Company's book value per common share increased to $62.81 per share
at December 31, 2017, compared to $55.79 at September 30, 2017 and
$46.82 at December 31, 2016. The increase in capital during the fourth
quarter of 2017 was related to the merger with PSTB and added $688.7
million in equity. During 2017, book value increased by $15.99 per share
which included the impact of both the merger with SBFC and PSTB. The
Company's outstanding shares increased by 12.5 million primarily from
the two mergers (5.0 million related to SBFC and 7.5 million related to
PSTB) in 2017. Accumulated other comprehensive income ("AOCI") decreased
$6.6 million due primarily to an unrealized loss in the AFS securities
portfolio, during the fourth quarter of 2017, of $6.5 million, net of
tax. Tangible book value ("TBV") per common share decreased by $0.05 per
share to $33.61 at December 31, 2017, compared to $33.66 at September
30, 2017, and increased by $2.39 per share, or 7.7%, from $31.22 at
December 31, 2016. The quarterly decrease of $0.05 per share in tangible
book value was primarily the result of (1) earnings per share, excluding
amortization of intangibles, of $0.12, offset by the dividend paid to
shareholders of $0.33 per share; (2) a decrease in AOCI (see above) of
$0.18 per share; offset by (3) the exercise of stock options and
issuance of stock related to employee stock purchase plan which
increased tangible book value by $0.03 per share. The decrease in
tangible book value per share also reflects the additional 7.5 million
shares issued in the PSTB merger and the increase in capital reduced by
goodwill and amortizing intangible asset (CDI).

"Despite the impact of two mergers and the revaluation of our deferred
tax assets during 2017, our tangible book value per share improved by
$2.39, or 7.7% to $33.61 per share," said John C. Pollok, COO and CFO.
"In addition, total risk based capital was estimated to equal 13.0%, and
tangible common equity to tangible assets was 9.23%."

 
      Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
Dec. 31,     Sept. 30,     June 30,     Mar. 31,     Dec. 31,     Dec. 31,     Dec. 31,
PERFORMANCE RATIOS 2017 2017 2017 2017 2016 2017 2016
Return on average assets (annualized) 0.08 % 1.25 % 1.15 % 0.68 % 1.08 % 0.77 % 1.16 %
Adjusted return on average assets (annualized) (non-GAAP) (3) 1.33 % 1.28 % 1.25 % 1.25 % 1.26 % 1.28 % 1.26 %
Return on average equity (annualized) 0.51 % 8.57 % 7.98 % 4.74 % 8.50 % 5.26 % 9.17 %
Adjusted return on average equity (annualized) (non-GAAP) (3) 8.75 % 8.73 % 8.69 % 8.67 % 9.84 % 8.71 % 9.97 %
Return on average tangible common equity (annualized) (non-GAAP) (7) 1.59 % 14.93 % 14.16 % 8.87 % 13.42 % 9.63 % 14.72 %
Adjusted return on average tangible common equity (annualized)
(non-GAAP) (3) (7)
15.83 % 15.21 % 15.34 % 15.55 % 15.44 % 15.49 % 15.94 %
Efficiency ratio (tax equivalent) 68.50 % 59.48 % 62.80 % 77.51 % 65.82 % 67.07 % 64.16 %
Adjusted efficiency ratio (non-GAAP) (9) 56.96 % 58.35 % 59.67 % 61.95 % 61.59 % 59.16 % 62.89 %
Dividend payout ratio (2) 399.30 % 27.56 % 30.33 % 52.82 % 32.06 % 44.11 % 28.91 %
Book value per common share $ 62.81 $ 55.79 $ 54.87 $ 54.05 $ 46.82
Tangible common equity per common share (non-GAAP) (7) $ 33.61 $ 33.66 $ 32.70 $ 31.77 $ 31.22
 
CAPITAL RATIOS
Equity-to-assets 15.96 % 14.62 % 14.39 % 14.17 % 12.75 %
Tangible equity-to-tangible assets (non-GAAP) (7) 9.23 % 9.36 % 9.11 % 8.85 % 8.88 %
Tier 1 common equity (6) 11.5 % 12.1 % 11.9 % 11.9 % 11.7 %
Tier 1 leverage (6) 10.3 % 10.3 % 10.1 % 10.0 % 9.9 %
Tier 1 risk-based capital (6) 12.6 % 12.9 % 12.8 % 12.8 % 12.4 %
Total risk-based capital (6) 13.0 % 13.5 % 13.3 % 13.3 % 13.0 %
 
OTHER DATA
Number of branches 182 129 129 129 118
Number of employees (full-time equivalent basis) 2,719 2,255 2,261 2,277 2,055
 
 

Asset Quality

 
      Ending Balance        
Dec. 31,     Sept. 30,     June 30,     Mar. 31,     Dec. 31,
(Dollars in thousands) 2017 2017 2017 2017 2016
NONPERFORMING ASSETS:
Non-acquired
Non-acquired nonperforming loans $ 14,831 $ 12,896 $ 13,499 $ 13,035 $ 14,745
Non-acquired OREO and other nonperforming assets   2,536     6,330     4,633     5,705     3,998  
Total non-acquired nonperforming assets   17,367     19,226     18,132     18,740     18,743  
Acquired

Acquired nonperforming loans

9,447 6,401 5,793 4,950 4,834
Acquired OREO and other nonperforming assets   9,263     7,846     10,439     14,992     15,026  
Total acquired nonperforming assets   18,710     14,247     16,232     19,942     19,860  
Total nonperforming assets $ 36,077   $ 33,473   $ 34,364   $ 38,682   $ 38,603  
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
Dec. 31, Sept. 30, June 30, Mar. 31, Dec. 30, Dec. 31, Dec. 30,
2017 2017 2017 2017 2016 2017 2016
ASSET QUALITY RATIOS:

Allowance for non-acquired loan losses as a percentage of
non-acquired loans (1)

0.67 % 0.67 % 0.67 % 0.69 % 0.71 % 0.67 % 0.71 %

Allowance for non-acquired loan losses as a percentage of
non-acquired nonperforming loans

292.95 % 322.12 % 297.42 % 294.97 % 250.66 % 292.95 % 250.66 %

Net charge-offs on non-acquired loans as a percentage of average
non-acquired loans (annualized) (1)

0.02 % 0.04 % 0.05 % 0.05 % 0.05 % 0.04 % 0.06 %

Net charge-offs on acquired non-credit impaired loans as a
percentage of average acquired non-credit impaired loans
(annualized) (1)

0.07 % 0.00 % 0.10 % 0.08 % 0.06 % 0.07 % 0.07 %

Total nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets

0.25 % 0.30 % 0.31 % 0.35 % 0.43 %
Excluding Acquired Assets
NPLs as a percentage of period end non-acquired loans (1) 0.23 % 0.21 % 0.23 % 0.23 % 0.28 %

Total nonperforming assets as a percentage of total non-acquired
loans and repossessed assets (1) (4)

0.27 % 0.31 % 0.30 % 0.34 % 0.36 %

Total nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets (5)

0.12 % 0.17 % 0.16 % 0.17 % 0.21 %
 

During the fourth quarter of 2017, overall asset quality remained strong
and total nonperforming assets totaled $36.1 million, representing 0.25%
of total assets, which is a decline of 5 basis points from the third
quarter of 2017 and 18 basis points from December 31, 2016. NPAs
increased by $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily
related to acquired non-credit impaired loans and acquired OREO, with
the merger of PSTB. Compared to December 31, 2016, NPAs have declined by
$2.5 million, or 6.5%. During the fourth quarter of 2017, non-acquired
NPAs, excluding acquired loans and acquired OREO, declined by $1.9
million to $17.4 million. This was the result of a $3.8 million decrease
in non-acquired OREO and other nonperforming assets owned, partially
offset by $1.9 million increase in non-acquired nonperforming loans for
the quarter.

During the fourth quarter, the Company reported $9.4 million in
nonperforming loans related to "acquired non-credit impaired loans."
This was an increase of $3.0 million from the balance at September 30,
2017, which was primarily the result of the merger with PSTB.
Additionally, acquired nonperforming OREO and other assets owned
increased by $1.4 million from September 30, 2017 and declined by $5.8
million from December 31, 2016.

At December 31, 2017, the allowance for non-acquired loan losses was
$43.4 million, or 0.67%, of non-acquired period-end loans and $41.5
million, or 0.67%, at September 30, 2017, and down from 0.71% when the
ALLL was $37.0 million at December 31, 2016. The current allowance for
loan losses provides 2.93 times coverage of period-end non-acquired
nonperforming loans, down from 3.22 times at September 30, 2017, and
2.51 times at December 31, 2016. Net charge-offs within the non-acquired
portfolio were $265,000, or 0.02% annualized, in the fourth quarter of
2017, compared to $547,000 for the third quarter of 2017, or 0.04%
annualized. Fourth quarter 2016 net charge-offs totaled $644,000, or
0.05% annualized. The net charge-offs currently being experienced were
primarily from overdraft and ready reserve accounts within the loan
portfolio. During the fourth quarter of 2017, the provision for
non-acquired loan losses totaled $2.2 million compared to $1.9 million
in the third quarter of 2017, and $284,000 in the fourth quarter of
2016. The increase in the non-acquired provision for loan losses in the
fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the third quarter of 2017 resulted
primarily from the risk and uncertainties in new and expanded markets
resulting from the merger with PSTB. For 2017 and 2016, the Company
experienced 0.04% and 0.06%, respectively, in annual net charge offs, or
$2.2 million and $2.7 million, respectively.

Net charge offs (recoveries) related to "acquired non-credit impaired
loans" were $402,000, or 0.07% annualized, in the fourth quarter of
2017. The Company recorded a provision for loan losses, accordingly,
during the fourth quarter of 2017. Net charge-offs increased by
$406,000, as the third quarter the Company reported ($4,000) in net
recoveries. In the fourth quarter of 2016, net charge-offs totaled
$122,000, or 0.06% annualized. For 2017 and 2016, the Company
experienced 0.07% in annual net charge offs of acquired non-credit
impaired loans.

The Company recorded net impairment within certain acquired credit
impaired loan pools across many of the acquired portfolios during the
fourth quarter of 2017. The net impact, which increased the valuation
allowance, totaled $1.2 million compared to $127,000 increase in the
third quarter of 2017.

Total OREO decreased to $11.2 million at December 31, 2017, down from
$13.5 million at September 30, 2017. This decrease was the result of the
disposition of 27 properties of both acquired and non-acquired OREO.
Partially offsetting the decline was the addition of OREO from the
merger with PSTB which added $2.1 million in OREO and the addition of
transfers in of OREO during the quarter.

 

Net Interest Income and Margin

      Three Months Ended
December 31, 2017     September 30, 2017     December 31, 2016
(Dollars in thousands) Average     Income/     Yield/ Average     Income/     Yield/ Average     Income/     Yield/
YIELD ANALYSIS Balance Expense Rate Balance Expense Rate Balance Expense Rate
Interest-Earning Assets:
Federal funds sold, reverse repo, and time deposits $ 216,386 $ 793 1.45 % $ 169,511 $ 581 1.36 % $ 330,571 $ 619 0.74 %
Investment securities (taxable) 1,256,347 7,269 2.30 % 1,169,451 6,646 2.25 % 850,546 4,446 2.08 %
Investment securities (tax-exempt) 202,480 1,443 2.83 % 186,108 1,320 2.81 % 112,888 914 3.22 %
Loans held for sale 39,586 347 3.48 % 52,609 503 3.79 % 51,383 414 3.21 %
Loans   9,082,330   107,972 4.72 %   8,227,544   95,361 4.60 %   6,581,678   76,295 4.61 %
Total interest-earning assets 10,797,129 117,824 4.33 % 9,805,223 104,411 4.22 % 7,927,066 82,688 4.15 %
Noninterest-earning assets   1,547,237   1,306,130   942,480
Total Assets $ 12,344,366 $ 11,111,353 $ 8,869,546
 
Interest-Bearing Liabilities:
Transaction and money market accounts $ 4,523,525 $ 1,443 0.13 % $ 3,940,519 $ 1,070 0.11 % $ 3,398,091 $ 654 0.08 %
Savings deposits 1,388,183 508 0.15 % 1,373,301 522 0.15 % 796,747 121 0.06 %
Certificates and other time deposits 1,319,107 2,269 0.68 % 1,058,812 1,382 0.52 % 896,820 648 0.29 %
Federal funds purchased and repurchase agreements 307,079 324 0.42 % 307,730 276 0.36 % 321,168 156 0.19 %
Other borrowings   102,309   1,006 3.90 %   92,951   842 3.59 %   55,328   509 3.66 %
Total interest-bearing liabilities 7,640,203 5,550 0.29 % 6,773,313 4,092 0.24 % 5,468,154 2,088 0.15 %
Noninterest-bearing liabilities 2,827,699 2,715,089 2,269,588
Shareholders' equity   1,876,464   1,622,951   1,131,804
Total Non-IBL and shareholders' equity   4,704,163   4,338,040   3,401,392
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 12,344,366 $ 11,111,353 $ 8,869,546
Net interest income and margin (NON-TAX EQUIV.) $ 112,274 4.13 %

$

100,319

4.06 % $ 80,600 4.04 %
Net interest margin (TAX EQUIVALENT) 4.18 % 4.11 % 4.09 %
 
Overall Cost of Funds (including demand deposits) 0.21 % 0.17 % 0.11 %
 

Non-taxable equivalent net interest income was $112.3 million for the
fourth quarter of 2017, a $12.0 million increase from the third quarter
of 2017, resulting primarily from the addition of acquired loans from
the merger with PSTB. The highlights are below:

1. Average balance of non-acquired loans increased by approximately
$218.1 million and resulted in non-acquired loan interest income of
$62.6 million, a $2.5 million increase from the third quarter of 2017.
The yield on total non-acquired loans was 3.91% up from 3.89% in the
third quarter of 2017.

2. Acquired loan interest income increased $10.1 million from the third
quarter of 2017, to $45.4 million. The yield on acquired loans for the
fourth quarter of 2017 (including the merger with PSTB) was 6.57% and
decreased from 6.65% in the third quarter of 2017, and the average
balance increased by $636.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The
decline in the acquired loan yield was primarily the result of the
payoffs of acquired loans during the quarter. Any future decline in the
acquired loan yield will be primarily dependent upon the level of loan
pay downs and pay-offs each quarter within the acquired loan portfolio.
The fourth quarter of 2017 total loan yield (including PSTB) was 4.72%
up from 4.60% in the third quarter of 2017 and from 4.61% in the fourth
quarter of 2016;

3. The investment securities portfolio increased by $337.0 million, net
with the merger of PSTB, and the average balance increased $103.3
million, compared to the third quarter of 2017. Subsequent to the
merger, the Company sold approximately $90.0 million of the securities
portfolio acquired from PSTB. This resulted in $746,000 in additional
securities interest income in the fourth quarter compared to the third
quarter of 2017, and at a slightly higher yield; and

4. Interest expense increased by $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of
2017 compared to the third quarter of 2017. This increase was within
most categories of funding, except savings deposits, from the merger
with PSTB and the increase in interest rates on certificate and other
time deposits. Total cost of funds on interest-bearing liabilities was
29 basis points, an increase of 5 basis points from the third quarter of
2017 and up 14 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2016. The merger
with Park Sterling resulted in an increase in the Company's
interest-bearing liabilities of approximately $866.9 million for the
fourth quarter of 2017. The overall funding cost of PSTB was higher than
legacy South State's cost of funds.

Tax-equivalent net interest margin improved 7 basis points from the
third quarter of 2017 and improved by 9 basis points from the fourth
quarter of 2016. The yield /cost on all asset categories and all funding
categories increased, except savings deposits. During the fourth quarter
of 2017, the Company's average total assets increased to $12.3 billion
from $11.1 billion at September 30, 2017 and from $8.9 billion at
December 31, 2016. Average earning assets totaled $10.8 billion up
$991.9 million compared to the third quarter of 2017. Average
interest-bearing liabilities totaled $7.6 billion for the fourth quarter
of 2017 up from $6.8 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2017,
and up from $5.5 billion at December 31, 2016. Average non-interest
bearing demand deposits increased by $112.6 million during the fourth
quarter of 2017 from the merger with PSTB; and increased by $558.1
million from December 31, 2016, due primarily to the mergers with SBFC
and PSTB. Including the impact of noninterest bearing deposits, the
Company's cost of funds was 21 basis points for the fourth quarter of
2017 compared to 17 basis points in the third quarter of 2017, and
compared to 11 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2016.

                     

Accretable Yield Rollforward (Acquired credit impaired loans)

December 31, 2017 Dec. 31, Sept. 30, June 30, Mar. 31, Dec. 31,

(Dollars in thousands)

2017 2017 2017 2017 2016
 
Balance at beginning of period $ 132,575 $ 139,283 $ 149,723 $ 155,379 $ 164,098
 
Interest income * (13,561 ) (14,362 ) (14,297 ) (15,214 ) (15,907 )
Additions from Georgia Bank & Trust Acquisition 307 - - 4,603 -
Additions from Park Sterling Bank Acquisition 8,829 - - - -
Improved/(Decline in) cash flows affecting nonaccretable difference 5,118 7,756 3,954 5,062 7,177
Other changes, net   (173 )   (102 )   (97 )   (107 )   11  
 
Balance at end of period $ 133,095   $ 132,575   $ 139,283   $ 149,723   $ 155,379  

* Interest income does not include interest income from loan advances
post-acquisition on lines of credit, late fees or other loan fees.

The table above reflects the quarterly roll forward of the acquired
credit impaired loan accretable yield. This table includes the
additional accretable yield of $8.8 million from the Park Sterling
merger.

The Company recognized noncash loan interest income from the discount
(fair value adjustment) on the acquired noncredit impaired loan
portfolio of $6.1 million, $2.2 million; $3.3 million; $4.2 million; and
$943,000, respectively during the five quarters. The remaining balance
of this discount on the acquired noncredit impaired loan portfolio
totals $65.2 million at December 31, 2017.

 

Noninterest Income and Expense

 
      Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
Dec. 31,     Sept. 30,     June 30,     Mar. 31,     Dec. 31, Dec. 31,     Dec. 31,
(Dollars in thousands) 2017 2017 2017 2017 2016 2017 2016
Noninterest income:
Fees on deposit accounts $ 23,560 $ 22,448 $ 22,155 $ 21,719 $ 20,457 $ 89,882 $ 82,897
Mortgage banking income 3,744 3,446 5,195 5,569 4,443 17,954 20,547
Trust and investment services income 6,698 6,310 6,452 5,941 5,191 25,401 19,764
Securities gains, net 33 525 110 -- -- 668 122
Amortization of FDIC indemnification asset -- -- -- -- -- -- (5,902 )
Recoveries of fully charged off acquired loans 2,925 1,944 2,171 1,532 1,335 8,572 6,465
Other   2,138   1,367   1,491   1,674   1,405   6,670   6,437  
Total noninterest income $ 39,098 $ 36,040 $ 37,574 $ 36,435 $ 32,831 $ 149,147 $ 130,330  
 
Noninterest expense:
Salaries and employee benefits $ 50,735 $ 47,245 $ 47,580 $ 48,886 $ 40,722 $ 194,446 $ 164,663
Net occupancy expense 6,707 6,214 6,048 6,388 5,348 25,357 21,712
Information services expense 6,686 6,003 6,413 6,360 5,196 25,462 20,549
Furniture and equipment expense 4,146 3,751 3,877 3,794 3,246 15,568 12,403
Bankcard expense 2,894 2,748 2,886 2,770 2,864 11,298 11,723
OREO expense and loan related 1,073 1,753 1,753 2,142 1,574 6,721 6,307
Business development and staff related 2,107 1,728 1,958 2,070 1,609 7,863 7,049
Amortization of intangibles 2,857 2,494 2,495 2,507 1,890 10,353 7,577
Professional fees 1,338 1,265 1,599 1,773 2,039 5,975 6,702
Supplies, printing and postage expense 1,433 1,491 1,570 1,654 1,369 6,148 6,279
FDIC assessment and other regulatory charges 895 918 989 1,122 734 3,924 3,896
Advertising and marketing 1,563 852 989 559 799 3,963 3,092
Other operating expenses 4,547 3,561 4,075 3,674 3,010 15,857 14,282
Merger & branch consolidation expense   17,621   1,551   4,307   21,024   4,841   44,503   8,081  
Total noninterest expense $ 104,602 $ 81,574 $ 86,539 $ 104,723 $ 75,241 $ 377,438 $ 294,315  
 

Noninterest income totaled $39.1 million during the fourth quarter of
2017, an increase of $3.1 million from the third quarter of 2017. The
increase was generally the result of our merger with PSTB and the
inclusion of one month of income. The following provides additional
explanations of noninterest income:

  • Higher recoveries on acquired credit impaired loans of $981,000 (no
    impact from the merger with PSTB);
  • Higher mortgage banking income of $298,000, from $453,000 increase in
    income related to the mortgage servicing right, net of the hedge, from
    improved mortgage interest rates and less compression, offset by lower
    gains in the secondary market of $155,000 from less mortgage volume
    (minor impact from PSTB);
  • Higher fees on deposit accounts of $1.1 million from higher service
    charges on deposit accounts from NSF fees, increase in fees associated
    with debit card usage, and higher retail fees. The impact from one
    month of PSTB on these income items totaled approximately $770,000, or
    70% of the total increase;
  • Higher income on trust and investment services of $388,000 partially
    from PSTB addition;
  • Higher other income of $771,000 from the merger with PSTB and fewer
    losses on fixed assets.

Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, noninterest income grew by $6.3
million. The increase was primarily related to the two mergers of SBFC
and PSTB:

1. Higher trust and investment services income of $1.5 million,

2. Higher fees on deposit accounts with more customers from the mergers
totaling $3.1 million,

3. Higher recoveries of acquired credit impaired loans totaling $1.6
million (no impact from PSTB or SBFC),

4. Lower mortgage banking income of $699,000 due primarily to lower
volume of mortgages sold in the secondary market (minor impact of PSTB),
and

5. Increase in other income of $733,000 from the cash surrender value of
BOLI acquired, from rental income, and from safe deposit rentals.

Noninterest expense was $104.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, an
increase of $23.0 million from $81.6 million in the third quarter of
2017. Merger and conversion related expense increased $16.1 million from
the cost incurred associated with the merger with PSTB during the
quarter. The increases in most other categories was due to the operating
expenses of PSTB for the month of December. OREO and trouble loan
related expense was less in the fourth quarter of 2017 by $680,000,
compared to the third quarter of 2017. The Company experienced lower
losses related to write downs of former branch facilities and lower
losses associated with acquired OREO sold during the fourth quarter of
2017.

Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, noninterest expense was $29.4
million higher. The increase was primarily due to five categories of
expense: (1) merger-related and conversion cost increased $12.8 million
related to the merger with PSTB, (2) salaries and benefits increased
$10.0 million due to the additional employees from Southeastern and Park
Sterling and the related benefits and incentives, (3) information
services increased $1.5 million due primarily to the branches added from
PSTB and Southeastern mergers, (4) net occupancy and furniture and
equipment expense increased by $1.4 million and $900,000, respectively,
due to the addition of branches added from the Park Sterling and
Southeastern mergers, and (5) amortization of intangibles increased
$967,000, from additional core deposit intangible from the Park Sterling
and Southeastern mergers.

South State Corporation will hold a conference call today, January 23,
2018 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, during which management will review
earnings and performance trends. Callers wishing to participate may call
toll-free by dialing 877-506-9272. The number for international
participants is 412-380-2004. The conference ID number is 10115795.
Participants can also listen to the live audio webcast through the
Investor Relations section of www.SouthStateBank.com.
A replay will be available beginning January 23, 2018 by 2:00 p.m.
Eastern Time until 9:00 a.m. on February 6, 2018. To listen to the
replay, dial 877-344-7529 or 412-317-0088. The passcode is 10115795.

South State Corporation is a financial services company headquartered
in Columbia, South Carolina with approximately $14.5 billion in assets.

South State Bank, the company's primary subsidiary, provides
consumer, commercial, mortgage, and wealth management solutions
throughout the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia.
South State has
served customers since 1934.
Additional information is available
at
www.SouthStateBank.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

Statements included in this press release include non-GAAP measures and
should be read along with the accompanying tables which provide a
reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to GAAP measures. Management
believes that these non-GAAP measures provide additional useful
information which allows readers to evaluate the ongoing performance of
the Company. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered as an
alternative to any measure of performance or financial condition as
promulgated under GAAP, and investors should consider the company's
performance and financial condition as reported under GAAP and all other
relevant information when assessing the performance or financial
condition of the company. Non-GAAP measures have limitations as
analytical tools, and investors should not consider them in isolation or
as a substitute for analysis of the company's results or financial
condition as reported under GAAP.

 
      Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Dec. 31,     Sept. 30,     June 30,     Mar.31,     Dec.31, Dec. 31,     Dec.31,
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO Non-GAAP 2017 2017 2017 2017 2016 2017 2016
Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) (3)
Net income (GAAP) $ 2,421 $ 35,046 $ 31,823 $ 18,264 $ 24,177 $ 87,554 $ 101,282
Securities gains, net of tax (22 ) (349 ) (74 ) -- -- (445 ) (81 )
Provision for income taxes - Deferred Tax Asset Write-Off 26,558 -- -- -- -- 26,558 --
FDIC LSA early termination, net of tax -- -- -- -- -- -- 2,938
Merger and branch consolidation/acq. expense, net of tax   12,431     1,031     2,870     15,137     3,814     31,469     5,960  
Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) $ 41,388   $ 35,728   $ 34,619   $ 33,401   $ 27,991   $ 145,136   $ 110,099  
 
Adjusted net income per common share - Basic (3)
Earnings per common share - Basic (GAAP) $ 0.08 $ 1.20 $ 1.09 $ 0.63 $ 1.01 $ 2.95 $ 4.22
Effect to adjust for securities gains (0.00 ) (0.01 ) (0.00 ) -- -- (0.02 ) (0.01 )
Effect to adjust for provision for income tax DTA Write-Off 0.84 -- -- -- -- 0.89 --
Effect to adjust for FDIC LSA early termination -- -- -- -- -- - 0.12
Effect to adjust for merger & branch consol./acq expenses   0.39     0.04     0.10     0.53     0.15     1.06     0.25  
Adjusted net income per common share - Basic (non-GAAP) $ 1.31   $ 1.23   $ 1.19   $ 1.16   $ 1.16   $ 4.89   $ 4.58  
 
Adjusted net income per common share - Diluted (3)
Earnings per common share - Diluted (GAAP) $ 0.08 $ 1.19 $ 1.08 $ 0.63 $ 1.00 $ 2.93 $ 4.18
Effect to adjust for securities gains (0.00 ) (0.01 ) (0.00 ) 0 0 (0.02 ) 0
Effect to adjust for provision for income tax DTA Write-Off 0.83 - -- -- -- 0.89 --
Effect to adjust for FDIC LSA early termination -- -- -- -- -- - 0.12
Effect to adjust for merger & branch consol./acq expenses   0.39     0.04     0.10     0.52     0.15     1.05     0.25  
Adjusted net income per common share - Diluted (non-GAAP) $ 1.30   $ 1.22   $ 1.18   $ 1.15   $ 1.15   $ 4.85   $ 4.55  
 
Adjusted Return of Average Assets (3)
Return on average assets (GAAP) 0.08 % 1.25 % 1.15 % 0.68 % 1.08 % 0.77 % 1.16 %
Effect to adjust for provision for income tax DTA Write-Off 0.85 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.23 % 0.00 %
Effect to adjust for securities gains 0.00 % -0.01 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 %
Effect to adjust for FDIC LSA early termination 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.03 %
Effect to adjust for merger & branch consol./acq expenses   0.40 %   0.04 %   0.10 %   0.57 %   0.18 %   0.28 %   0.07 %
Adjusted return on average assets (non-GAAP)   1.33 %   1.28 %   1.25 %   1.25 %   1.26 %   1.28 %   1.26 %
 
Adjusted Return of Average Equity (3)
Return on average equity (GAAP) 0.51 % 8.57 % 7.98 % 4.74 % 8.50 % 5.26 % 9.17 %
Effect to adjust for securities gains 0.00 % -0.09 % -0.02 % 0.00 % 0.00 % -0.03 % 0.00 %
Effect to adjust for provision for income tax DTA Write-Off 5.62 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 2.13 % -0.01 %
Effect to adjust for FDIC LSA early termination 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.27 %
Effect to adjust for merger & branch consol./acq expenses   2.62 %   0.25 %   0.73 %   3.93 %   1.34 %   1.35 %   0.54 %
Adjusted return on average equity (non-GAAP)   8.75 %   8.73 %   8.69 %   8.67 %   9.84 %   8.71 %   9.97 %
 
Adjusted Return on Average Common Tangible Equity (3) (7)
Return on average common equity (GAAP) 0.51 % 8.57 % 7.98 % 4.74 % 8.50 % 5.26 % 9.17 %
Effect to adjust for securities gains 0.00 % -0.09 % -0.02 % 0.00 % 0.00 % -0.03 % -0.01 %
Effect to adjust for provision for income tax DTA Write-Off 5.62 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 2.13 % 0.00 %
Effect to adjust for FDIC LSA early termination 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.00 % 0.27 %
Effect to adjust for merger & branch consol./acq expenses 2.63 % 0.25 % 0.72 % 3.93 % 1.34 % 1.89 % 0.54 %
Effect to adjust for intangible assets   7.07 %   6.48 %   6.66 %   6.88 %   5.60 %   6.24 %   5.97 %
Adjusted return on average common tangible equity (non-GAAP)   15.83 %   15.21 %   15.34 %   15.55 %   15.44 %   15.49 %   15.94 %
Return on average common equity (GAAP)
Tangible Book Value Per Common Share (7)
Book value per common share (GAAP) $ 62.81 $ 55.79 $ 54.87 $ 54.05 $ 46.82
Effect to adjust for intangible assets   (29.20 )   (22.13 )   (22.17 )   (22.28 )   (15.60 )
Tangible book value per common share (non-GAAP) $ 33.61   $ 33.66   $ 32.70   $ 31.77   $ 31.22  
 
Tangible Equity-to-Tangible Assets (7)
Equity-to-assets (GAAP) 15.96 % 14.62 % 14.39 % 14.17 % 12.75 %
Effect to adjust for intangible assets   -6.73 %   -5.26 %   -5.28 %   -5.32 %   -3.87 %
Tangible equity-to-tangible assets (non-GAAP)   9.23 %   9.36 %   9.11 %   8.85 %   8.88 %
 

Footnotes to tables:

(1) Loan data excludes mortgage loans held for sale.

(2) The dividend payout ratio is calculated by dividing total dividends
paid during the period by the total net income for the same period.

(3) Adjusted earnings, adjusted return on average assets, and adjusted
return on average equity are non-GAAP measures and exclude the after-tax
effect of gains on acquisitions, gains or losses on sales of securities,
other-than-temporary-impairment (OTTI), and merger and branch
consolidation related expense. It also reflects an adjustment for the
deferred tax asset revaluation in the fourth quarter of 2017. Management
believes that non-GAAP adjusted measures provide additional useful
information that allows readers to evaluate the ongoing performance of
the company. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered as an
alternative to any measure of performance or financial condition as
promulgated under GAAP, and investors should consider the company's
performance and financial condition as reported under GAAP and all other
relevant information when assessing the performance or financial
condition of the company. Non-GAAP measures have limitations as
analytical tools, and investors should not consider them in isolation or
as a substitute for analysis of the company's results or financial
condition as reported under GAAP. Adjusted earnings and the related
adjusted return measures (non-GAAP) exclude the following from net
income (GAAP) on an after-tax basis: (a) pre-tax merger and branch
consolidation related expense of $17.6 million, $1.6 million, $4.3
million, $21.0 million, and $4.8 million, for the quarters ended
December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017, June 30, 2017, March 31, 2017,
and December 31, 2016, respectively; (b) securities gains, net of
$33,000, $525,000 and $110,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2017,
September 30, 2017 and June 30, 2017, and (c) FDIC Loss Share Agreement
(LSA) Early Termination of $5.9 million for the twelve month period
ended December 31, 2016. In the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company
revalued its net deferred tax assets with the Tax Act of 2017 with an
increase in our income tax provision of $26.6 million.

(4) Repossessed assets include OREO and other nonperforming assets.

(5) Calculated by dividing total non-acquired NPAs by total assets.

(6) December 31, 2017 ratios are estimated and may be subject to change
pending the final filing of the FR Y-9C; all other periods are presented
as filed.

(7) The tangible measures are non-GAAP measures and exclude the effect
of period end or average balance of intangible assets. The tangible
returns on equity and common equity measures also add back the after-tax
amortization of intangibles to GAAP basis net income. Management
believes that these non-GAAP tangible measures provide additional useful
information, particularly since these measures are widely used by
industry analysts for companies with prior merger and acquisition
activities. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered as an alternative
to any measure of performance or financial condition as promulgated
under GAAP, and investors should consider the company's performance and
financial condition as reported under GAAP and all other relevant
information when assessing the performance or financial condition of the
company. Non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools, and
investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for
analysis of the company's results or financial condition as reported
under GAAP. The sections titled "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP"
provide tables that reconcile non-GAAP measures to GAAP.

(8) Includes noncash loan interest income related to the discount on
acquired performing loans of $6.1 million, $2.2 million; $3.3 million;
$4.2 million; and $943,000, respectively during the five quarters above.

(9) Adjusted efficiency ratio is calculated by taking the noninterest
expense excluding branch consolidation cost and merger cost divided by
net interest income and noninterest income excluding securities gains
(losses), OTTI and FDIC early termination of the loss share agreement,
which occurred in the second quarter of 2016 and included in the YTD
ratio.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Statements included in this communication, which are not historical in
nature are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, forward looking
statements for purposes of the safe harbor provided by Section 27A of
the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934. Forward looking statements generally include words such as
"expects," "projects," "anticipates," "believes," "intends,"
"estimates," "strategy," "plan," "potential," "possible" and other
similar expressions. South State Corporation ("South State") cautions
readers that forward looking statements are subject to certain risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
anticipated results. Such risks and uncertainties, include, among
others, the following possibilities: (1) the outcome of any legal
proceedings instituted against South State or Park Sterling Corporation
("Park Sterling"); (2) the possibility that the anticipated benefits of
the transaction are not realized when expected or at all, including as a
result of the impact of, or problems arising from, the integration of
the two companies or as a result of the strength of the economy and
competitive factors in the areas where South State and Park Sterling do
business; (3) the possibility that the transaction may be more expensive
to complete than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected
factors or events; (4) diversion of management's attention from ongoing
business operations and opportunities; (5) potential adverse reactions
or changes to business or employee relationships, including those
resulting from the announcement or completion of the transaction;
(6) South State's ability to complete the integration of Park Sterling
successfully; (7) credit risks associated with an obligor's failure to
meet the terms of any contract with the bank or otherwise fail to
perform as agreed under the terms of any loan-related document;
(8) interest risk involving the effect of a change in interest rates on
the bank's earnings, the market value of the bank's loan and securities
portfolios, and the market value of South State's equity; (9) liquidity
risk affecting the bank's ability to meet its obligations when they come
due; (10) risks associated with an anticipated increase in South State's
investment securities portfolio, including risks associated with
acquiring and holding investment securities or potentially determining
that the amount of investment securities South State desires to acquire
are not available on terms acceptable to South State; (11) price risk
focusing on changes in market factors that may affect the value of
traded instruments in "mark-to-market" portfolios; (12) transaction risk
arising from problems with service or product delivery; (13) compliance
risk involving risk to earnings or capital resulting from violations of
or nonconformance with laws, rules, regulations, prescribed practices,
or ethical standards; (14) regulatory change risk resulting from new
laws, rules, regulations, accounting principles, proscribed practices or
ethical standards, including, without limitation, increased capital
requirements (including, without limitation, the impact of the capital
rules adopted to implement Basel III), Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau rules and regulations, and potential changes in accounting
principles relating to loan loss recognition; (15) strategic risk
resulting from adverse business decisions or improper implementation of
business decisions; (16) reputation risk that adversely affects earnings
or capital arising from negative public opinion; (17) terrorist
activities risk that results in loss of consumer confidence and economic
disruptions; (18) cybersecurity risk related to the dependence of South
State and Park Sterling on internal computer systems and the technology
of outside service providers, as well as the potential impacts of third
party security breaches, subjects each company to potential business
disruptions or financial losses resulting from deliberate attacks or
unintentional events; (19) economic downturn risk potentially resulting
in deterioration in the credit markets, greater than expected
non-interest expenses, excessive loan losses and other negative
consequences, with risks could be exacerbated by potential negative
economic developments resulting from federal spending cuts and/or one or
more federal budget-related impasses or actions; (20) greater than
expected noninterest expenses; (21) excessive loan losses; (22) failure
to realize synergies and other financial benefits from, and to limit
liabilities associated with, mergers and acquisitions within the
expected time frame; (23) potential deposit attrition, higher than
expected costs, customer loss and business disruption associated with
merger and acquisition integration, including, without limitation,
potential difficulties in maintaining relationships with key personnel
and other integration related-matters; (24) the risks of fluctuations in
market prices for South State common stock that may or may not reflect
economic condition or performance of South State; (25) the payment of
dividends on South State common stock is subject to regulatory
supervision as well as the discretion of the board of directors of South
State, South State's performance and other factors; and (26) other risks
and uncertainties disclosed in South State's or Park Sterling's most
recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission ("SEC) or disclosed in documents filed or furnished
by South State or Park Sterling with or to the SEC after the filing of
such Annual Reports on Form 10-K, and of which could cause actual
results to differ materially from future results expressed, implied or
otherwise anticipated by such forward-looking statements.

All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made
and are based on information available at that time. South State does
not undertake any obligation to update or otherwise revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events, or otherwise, except as required by federal securities
laws. As forward-looking statements involve significant risks and
uncertainties, caution should be exercised against placing undue
reliance on such statements.

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