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SunTrust Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results

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2017 Represents the 6th Consecutive Year of Higher EPS, Improved Efficiency, and Increased Capital Return

Actions Taken in 4Q 17 Better Position the Company for Long-Term Success

ATLANTA, Jan. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fourth quarter of 2017, SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) reported net income available to common shareholders of $710 million, or $1.48 per average common diluted share, which includes $0.39 per share of net discrete benefits from Form 8-K items announced on December 4, 2017 and the impacts of tax reform-related items summarized below.

For the full year, diluted earnings per share was $4.47, up 24% relative to 2016.  When excluding the impact of the aforementioned net discrete benefits, earnings per share was up 14% relative to 2016 as a result of strong revenue growth, improved profitability, and reduced shares outstanding.

Form 8-K and Tax Reform-related Items Impacting 4th Quarter 2017 Results




Impacted Line Item in the
Consolidated Statements of Income

(Dollars in millions) (Unaudited)



Form 8-K items previously announced on December 4, 2017:




Gain on sale of Premium Assignment Corporation ("PAC") subsidiary

$107



Other noninterest income

Net charge related to efficiency actions

(36)



Other noninterest expense

Tax impact of above items (tax expense)

(29)


1

Benefit/provision for income taxes

SunTrust Mortgage ("STM") state NOL valuation allowance adjustment (tax expense)

(27)


1

Benefit/provision for income taxes

Net benefit of Form 8-K items (after-tax)

$16


2


Tax reform-related items:




Charitable contribution to SunTrust Foundation

($50)



Marketing and customer development

Discretionary 401(k) contribution and other employee benefits

(25)



Employee compensation and benefits

Securities available for sale ("securities AFS") portfolio restructuring losses

(109)



Net securities (losses)/gains

Loss on sale of servicing rights

(5)



Mortgage servicing related income

Tax impact of above items (tax benefit)

70


1

Benefit/provision for income taxes

Revaluation of net deferred tax liability and other discrete tax items (tax benefit)

291



Benefit/provision for income taxes

Net benefit of tax reform-related items (after-tax)

$172








Net benefit of Form 8-K and tax reform-related items (after-tax)

$188








1 Amounts are calculated using a federal statutory rate of 35% and are adjusted for permanent items, if applicable.

2 Amount does not foot as presented due to rounding.

"Our performance this quarter rounded out a very strong year for SunTrust where we continued to deliver on the commitments we have made to our owners," said William H. Rogers, Jr., chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks, Inc. "Specifically, 2017 marked the sixth consecutive year in which we grew earnings per share, improved efficiency, and increased capital return.  We also took significant actions this quarter which better position the company for success and give me increased confidence that 2018 will be another great year for SunTrust."

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights
(Commentary is on a fully taxable-equivalent basis unless otherwise noted. Consistent with SEC guidance in Industry Guide 3 that contemplates the calculation of tax-exempt income on a tax equivalent basis, net interest income, net interest margin, total revenue, and efficiency ratios are provided on a fully taxable-equivalent basis, which generally assumes a 35% marginal federal tax rate and state income taxes, where applicable.  We provide unadjusted amounts in the table on page 3 of this news release and detailed reconciliations and additional information in Appendix A on pages 12 through 13.)

Income Statement

  • Net income available to common shareholders was $710 million, or $1.48 per average common diluted share, compared to $1.06 for the prior quarter and $0.90 for the fourth quarter of 2016.
    • This quarter was favorably impacted by $0.39 per share of net discrete benefits in connection with the items announced in the December 4, 2017 Form 8-K and tax reform-related items.
  • Total revenue was stable compared to the prior quarter and increased 5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.
    • The year-over-year increase was driven primarily by higher net interest income and slightly higher noninterest income.
  • Net interest margin was 3.17% in the current quarter, up 2 basis points sequentially and up 17 basis points compared to the prior year. The year-over-year increase was driven by higher earning asset yields arising from higher benchmark interest rates, positive mix shift in the loans held for investment ("LHFI") portfolio, and higher securities AFS yields given lower premium amortization expense. 
  • Provision for credit losses decreased $41 million sequentially due to the prior quarter reserve build related to hurricanes, and decreased $22 million year-over-year due to lower net charge-offs.
  • Noninterest expense increased 9% sequentially and year-over-year.
    • The December 4, 2017 Form 8-K and tax reform-related items impacted noninterest expense by a net $111 million ($50 million charitable contribution to the SunTrust Foundation, $36 million net charges related to efficiency initiatives, and $25 million discretionary 401(k) contribution and other employee benefits). Excluding these discrete items, noninterest expense was relatively stable compared to the prior quarter and prior year. 
  • The efficiency and tangible efficiency ratios for the current quarter were 65.9% and 64.8%, respectively, which were unfavorably impacted by the effect of Form 8-K and tax reform-related items presented in the table on page 1.  Excluding these items, the adjusted tangible efficiency ratio was 59.9% for the current quarter, compared to 59.2% for the prior quarter and 63.1% for the fourth quarter of 2016.
    • For the full year, the efficiency and tangible efficiency ratios were 63.1% and 62.3%, respectively. The adjusted tangible efficiency ratio was 61.0%, down approximately 100 bps from 2016 as a result of positive operating leverage. 

Balance Sheet

  • Average performing LHFI were stable sequentially and grew 1% year-over-year, driven primarily by growth in consumer lending.
  • Average consumer and commercial deposits increased modestly compared to the prior quarter and 2% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, driven largely by growth in NOW and time deposit account balances.

Capital

  • Estimated capital ratios continue to be well above regulatory requirements. The Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1") ratio was estimated to be 9.8% as of December 31, 2017, and 9.6% on a fully phased-in basis, slightly higher than the prior quarter.
  • During the quarter, the Company repurchased $330 million of its outstanding common stock in accordance with its 2017 Capital Plan and issued $500 million of 5.125% noncumulative perpetual preferred stock, Series H.
  • Book value per common share was $47.94 and tangible book value per common share was $34.82, up 2% and 1%, respectively, from September 30, 2017, driven primarily by growth in retained earnings.

Asset Quality

  • Nonperforming loans ("NPLs") decreased $23 million from the prior quarter and represented 0.47% of period-end LHFI at December 31, 2017. The sequential decrease was driven primarily by continued improvements in the energy portfolio.
  • Net charge-offs for the current quarter were $107 million, or 0.29% of total average LHFI on an annualized basis, up $29 million sequentially and down $29 million year-over-year. The sequential increase was driven by higher net charge-offs associated with C&I and consumer loans, while the year-over-year reduction was driven by overall asset quality improvements and lower energy-related charge-offs.
  • The provision for credit losses decreased $41 million sequentially, due primarily to the prior quarter reserve build related to hurricanes that impacted the Company's footprint.
  • At December 31, 2017, the allowance for loan and lease losses ("ALLL") to period-end LHFI ratio was 1.21%, a 2 basis point decline compared to the prior quarter, driven by continued improvements in asset quality.

 











Income Statement (Dollars in millions, except per share data)

4Q 2017


3Q 2017


2Q 2017


1Q 2017


4Q 2016

Net interest income

$1,434


$1,430


$1,403


$1,366


$1,343

Net interest income-FTE 2

1,472


1,467


1,439


1,400


1,377

Net interest margin

3.09%


3.07%


3.06%%


3.02%


2.93%

Net interest margin-FTE 2

3.17


3.15


3.14


3.09


3.00

Noninterest income

$833


$846


$827


$847


$815

Total revenue

2,267


2,276


2,230


2,213


2,158

Total revenue-FTE 2

2,305


2,313


2,266


2,247


2,192

Noninterest expense

1,520


1,391


1,388


1,465


1,397

Provision for credit losses

79


120


90


119


101

Net income available to common shareholders

710


512


505


451


448

Earnings per average common diluted share

1.48


1.06


1.03


0.91


0.90











Balance Sheet (Dollars in billions)










Average LHFI

$144.0


$144.7


$144.4


$143.7


$142.6

Average consumer and commercial deposits

160.7


159.4


159.1


158.9


158.0











Capital










Capital ratios at period end 1 :










Tier 1 capital (transitional)

11.15%


10.74%


10.81%


10.40%


10.28%

Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1") (transitional)

9.75


9.62


9.68


9.69


9.59

Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1") (fully phased-in) 2

9.60


9.48


9.53


9.54


9.43

Total average shareholders' equity to total average assets

12.09


11.94


11.80


11.59


11.84











Asset Quality










Net charge-offs to total average LHFI (annualized)

0.29%


0.21%


0.20%


0.32%


0.38%

ALLL to period-end LHFI 3

1.21


1.23


1.20


1.20


1.19

NPLs to period-end LHFI

0.47


0.48


0.52


0.55


0.59


1 Current period Tier 1 capital and CET1 ratios are estimated as of the date of this news release.

2 See Appendix A on pages 12 through 13 for non-U.S. GAAP reconciliations and additional information.

3 LHFI measured at fair value were excluded from period-end LHFI in the calculation as no allowance is recorded for loans measured at fair value.

Consolidated Financial Performance Details
(Commentary is on a fully taxable-equivalent basis unless otherwise noted)

Revenue

Total revenue was $2.3 billion for the current quarter, a decrease of $8 million compared to the prior quarter.  Net interest income increased $5 million sequentially due to a higher net interest margin.  Noninterest income decreased $13 million sequentially. The December 4, 2017 Form 8-K and tax reform-related items negatively impacted noninterest income by a net $7 million with the remaining $6 million of the $13 million sequential decrease driven by lower capital markets-related income, offset partially by higher commercial real estate-related income.  Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, total revenue increased $113 million, or 5%, driven by a $95 million increase in net interest income (resulting from a higher net interest margin and growth in average earning assets) and an $18 million increase in total noninterest income. 

Net Interest Income

Net interest income was $1.5 billion for the current quarter, an increase of $5 million compared to the prior quarter due to higher earning asset yields. The $95 million increase relative to the prior year was driven by higher earning asset yields and growth of $1.8 billion in average earning assets.

Net interest margin for the current quarter was 3.17%, compared to 3.15% in the prior quarter and 3.00% in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The increase relative to the prior quarter and prior year was driven primarily by higher earning asset yields arising from higher benchmark interest rates, continued positive mix shift in the LHFI portfolio, and lower premium amortization in the securities AFS portfolio, partially offset by higher rates paid on interest-bearing liabilities.

Net interest income was $5.8 billion for 2017, a $419 million increase compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.  The net interest margin for the full year 2017 was 3.14%, a 14 basis point increase compared to 2016.  The increases in both net interest income and net interest margin were driven by the same factors that impacted the prior year comparison discussed above.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income was $833 million for the current quarter, compared to $846 million for the prior quarter and $815 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.  The discrete items outlined on page 1 resulted in a net $7 million negative impact to noninterest income ($107 million gain from the sale of PAC offset by $114 million of securities AFS and servicing rights losses) with the remaining $6 million of the $13 million sequential decrease driven by lower capital markets-related income, offset partially by higher commercial real estate related income.  Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, noninterest income increased $18 million driven largely by higher commercial real estate related income and wealth management-related income.

Investment banking income was $119 million for the current quarter, compared to $166 million in the prior quarter and $122 million in the prior year.  The $47 million decrease compared to the sequential quarter was due to lower equity offerings and M&A advisory activity following strong investment banking performance in the prior quarter.

Trading income was $41 million for the current quarter, compared to $51 million in the prior quarter and $58 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The sequential and year-over-year decreases were due to lower core trading revenue during the current quarter. The decrease compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 was also driven by a higher counterparty credit valuation reserve in the current quarter.

Mortgage production income for the current quarter was $61 million, compared to $61 million for the prior quarter and $78 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.  The $17 million decrease from the fourth quarter of 2016 was due to lower production volume and a lower repurchase reserve release during the current quarter.  Mortgage application volume decreased 8% sequentially and 14% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.  Closed loan volume increased 2% sequentially and decreased 27% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.

Mortgage servicing income was $43 million for the current quarter, compared to $46 million in the prior quarter and $25 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The $3 million sequential decrease was due to the aforementioned $5 million loss on sale of servicing rights, offset partially by higher servicing fee income during the current quarter.  The $18 million increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 was due to higher net hedge performance, lower servicing asset decay, and higher servicing fees during the current quarter.  At December 31, 2017 and 2016, the servicing portfolio totaled $165.5 billion and $160.2 billion, respectively, and was $165.3 billion at September 30, 2017.

Trust and investment management income was $80 million for the current quarter, compared to $79 million for the prior quarter and $73 million for the fourth quarter of 2016. The $7 million increase compared to the prior year quarter was due to an increase in trust and institutional assets under management as well as trust termination fees received during the current quarter.

Commercial real estate related income was $62 million for the current quarter, compared to $17 million for the prior quarter and $33 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.  The $45 million sequential increase was driven primarily by higher structured real estate and tax credit-related income, as well as higher production volume from the Pillar & Cohen Financial businesses ("Pillar").  The $29 million increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 was driven by revenue from Pillar, which the Company acquired in December 2016, in addition to higher structured real estate and tax credit-related income earned during the current quarter.

Client transaction-related fees (namely service charges on deposits, other charges and fees, and card fees) were stable sequentially.  Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, client transaction-related fees increased $4 million due to higher client-related transaction activity, offset partially by the impact of the enhanced posting order process instituted during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Net securities (losses)/gains was ($109) million for the current quarter compared to no net securities (losses)/gains in both the prior quarter and prior year quarter. The current quarter losses were due to the aforementioned restructuring of the securities AFS portfolio as a result of tax reform.

Other noninterest income was $134 million for the current quarter, compared to $25 million in the prior quarter and $29 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The increase compared to both periods was due primarily to the $107 million pre-tax gain from the sale of PAC during the fourth quarter of 2017.

For the year ended December 31, 2017, noninterest income was $3.4 billion, a decrease of $29 million compared to 2016 as lower mortgage-related income was offset partially by higher capital markets and commercial real estate related income.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense was $1.5 billion in the current quarter, representing increases of $129 million sequentially and $123 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.  The December 4, 2017 Form 8-K and tax reform-related items impacted noninterest expense by a net $111 million ($50 million charitable contribution to the SunTrust Foundation, $36 million net charges related to efficiency initiatives, and $25 million discretionary 401(k) contribution and other employee benefits). Excluding these discrete items, noninterest expense was relatively stable compared to the prior quarter and prior year. 

Employee compensation and benefits expense was $803 million in the current quarter, compared to $806 million in the prior quarter and $762 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The $41 million increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 was due primarily to the tax reform-related 401(k) discretionary contribution and the Pillar acquisition.

Operating (gains)/losses were $23 million in the current quarter, compared to ($34) million in the prior quarter and $23 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The increase relative to the sequential quarter was driven by the favorable resolution of several legal matters during the prior quarter.

Outside processing and software expense was $214 million in the current quarter, compared to $203 million in the prior quarter and $209 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The increase compared to the prior quarter was driven primarily by higher transaction volume and the timing of third party services. The increase relative to the prior year was due to a benefit recognized during the fourth quarter of 2016 resulting from a contract renegotiation with a key vendor.

Marketing and customer development expense was $104 million in the current quarter, compared to $45 million in the prior quarter and $52 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The increase relative to both prior periods was primarily due to the $50 million tax reform-related contribution to the SunTrust Foundation to support financial well-being initiatives.

Amortization expense was $25 million in the current quarter, compared to $22 million in the prior quarter and $14 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The increase relative to both prior periods was primarily due to an increase in amortizable community development investments.  These investments generate tax credits that reduce the provision for income taxes over time.

Other noninterest expense was $170 million in the current quarter, compared to $168 million in the prior quarter and $154 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The increase relative to the prior year was driven primarily by the aforementioned net $36 million charge related to efficiency actions, including severance costs in connection with the voluntary early retirement program, branch and corporate real estate closure costs, and software write-downs.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, noninterest expense was $5.8 billion compared to $5.5 billion for 2016.  The $296 million increase was driven largely by the aforementioned discrete charges recognized in the fourth quarter of 2017, in addition to higher employee compensation expense (primarily related to higher revenue and the acquisition of Pillar which closed in December 2016) and higher net occupancy costs (in part due to the reduction of amortized gains from previous sale leaseback transactions). These increases were offset partially by the aforementioned favorable resolution of several legal matters in the third quarter of 2017.

Income Taxes

For the current quarter, the Company recorded an income tax benefit of ($74) million compared to income tax provisions of $225 million for the prior quarter and $193 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.  The tax provision for the current quarter includes a $303 million tax benefit for the estimated impact of the re-measurement of the Company's estimated net deferred tax liabilities at December 31, 2017 due to tax reform, a $27 million discrete expense related to the increase in STM's state NOL valuation allowance, and a $12 million tax expense related to other discrete tax items. The effective tax rate for the current quarter was (11)%, compared to 29% in both the prior quarter and the fourth quarter of 2016. Excluding the impacts from actions highlighted in the December 4th 8-K and tax reform-related items (see table on page 1 for more information), the Company's effective tax rate was 30% for the current quarter.

Balance Sheet

At December 31, 2017, the Company had total assets of $206.0 billion and total shareholders' equity of $25.2 billion, representing 12% of total assets.  Book value per common share was $47.94 and tangible book value per common share was $34.82, up 2% and 1%, respectively, compared to September 30, 2017, driven primarily by growth in retained earnings.

Loans

Average performing LHFI totaled $143.4 billion for the current quarter, relatively stable compared to the prior quarter and a 1% increase over the fourth quarter of 2016.  The year-over-year growth was driven primarily by increases in consumer lending, offset partially by declines in home equity products and C&I loans.

Deposits

Average consumer and commercial deposits for the current quarter were $160.7 billion, a 1% increase over the prior quarter and a 2% increase over the fourth quarter of 2016.  The sequential growth was due largely to a 6% increase in time deposits and a 4% increase in NOW account balances, offset partially by a decline in money market account balances.  The year-over-year growth was driven primarily by increases in NOW and time deposit account balances, offset partially by a decline in money market account balances.

Capital and Liquidity

The Company's estimated capital ratios were well above current regulatory requirements with the Common Equity Tier 1 ratio estimated to be 9.8% at December 31, 2017, and 9.6% on a fully phased-in basis.  The ratios of average total equity to average total assets and tangible common equity to tangible assets were 12.1% and 8.2%, respectively, at December 31, 2017.  The Company continues to have substantial available liquidity in the form of cash, high-quality government-backed or government-sponsored securities, and other available contingency funding sources.

The Company declared a common stock dividend of $0.40 per common share and repurchased $330 million of its outstanding common stock in the fourth quarter of 2017. The Company currently expects to repurchase approximately $660 million of additional common stock over the next two quarters in accordance with its 2017 Capital Plan.  Additionally, the Company issued $500 million of 5.125% noncumulative perpetual preferred stock, Series H, in November 2017.

Asset Quality

Total nonperforming assets ("NPAs") were $741 million at December 31, 2017, down $51 million compared to the prior quarter and $178 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.  The decrease in NPAs compared to both the prior quarter and the prior year was driven primarily by continued improvements in the energy portfolio.  The ratio of NPLs to period-end LHFI was 0.47%, 0.48%, and 0.59% at December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017, and December 31, 2016, respectively.

Net charge-offs were $107 million during the current quarter, an increase of $29 million compared to the prior quarter and a decrease of $29 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.  The sequential increase was driven by higher net charge-offs associated with C&I and consumer loans, while the year-over-year decrease was driven by overall asset quality improvements as well as lower energy-related net charge-offs.  The ratio of annualized net charge-offs to total average LHFI was 0.29% during the current quarter, compared to 0.21% during the prior quarter and 0.38% during the fourth quarter of 2016.  The provision for credit losses was $79 million in the current quarter, a sequential decrease of $41 million due primarily to the prior quarter reserve build related to hurricanes, and a decrease of $22 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 due to lower net charge-offs.

At December 31, 2017, the ALLL was $1.7 billion, which represented 1.21% of period-end loans, a 2 basis point decline relative to September 30, 2017.

Early stage delinquencies increased 9 basis points from the prior quarter to 0.80% at December 31, 2017.  Excluding government-guaranteed loans which account for 0.48%, early stage delinquencies were 0.32%, up 3 basis points compared to the prior quarter and up 5 basis points from a year ago, primarily resulting from impacts associated with the recent hurricanes.

OTHER INFORMATION

About SunTrust Banks, Inc.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. is a purpose-driven company dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for the people, businesses, and communities it serves. Headquartered in Atlanta, the Company has two business segments: Consumer and Wholesale. Its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states, along with 24-hour digital access. Certain business lines serve consumer, commercial, corporate, and institutional clients nationally. As of December 31, 2017, SunTrust had total assets of $206 billion and total deposits of $161 billion. The Company provides deposit, credit, trust, investment, mortgage, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services. SunTrust leads onUp, a national movement inspiring Americans to build financial confidence. Join the movement at onUp.com.

Business Segment Results

The Company has included its business segment financial tables as part of this release. Revenue and income amounts labeled "FTE" in the business segment tables are reported on a fully taxable-equivalent basis. In the second quarter of 2017, the Company realigned its business segment structure from three segments to two segments in conjunction with the Company-wide organizational changes that were announced during the first quarter of 2017. Specifically, the Company retained the previous composition of the Wholesale Banking segment and changed the basis of presentation of the Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management segment and Mortgage Banking segment such that those segments were combined into a single Consumer segment. In conjunction with this business segment structure realignment, the Company made certain adjustments to its internal funds transfer pricing methodology. Information for periods prior to the second quarter of 2017 was revised to conform to the new business segment structure and the updated internal funds transfer pricing methodology.

For the business segments, net interest income is computed using matched-maturity funds transfer pricing and noninterest income includes federal and state tax credits that are grossed-up on a pre-tax equivalent basis. Further, provision/(benefit) for credit losses represents net charge-offs by segment combined with an allocation to the segments of the provision/(benefit) attributable to each segment's quarterly change in the allowance for loan and lease losses ("ALLL") and unfunded commitments reserve balances. SunTrust also reports results for Corporate Other, which includes the Treasury department as well as the residual expense associated with operational and support expense allocations. The Total Corporate Other results presented in this document also include Reconciling Items, which are comprised of differences created between internal management accounting practices and U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("U.S. GAAP") and certain matched-maturity funds transfer pricing credits and charges. A detailed discussion of the business segment results will be included in the Company's forthcoming Form 10-K.

Corresponding Financial Tables and Information

Investors are encouraged to review the foregoing summary and discussion of SunTrust's earnings and financial condition in conjunction with the detailed financial tables and information which SunTrust has also published today and SunTrust's forthcoming Form 10-K. Detailed financial tables and other information are also available at investors.suntrust.com.  This information is also included in a current report on Form 8-K furnished with the SEC today.

Conference Call

SunTrust management will host a conference call on January 19, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss the earnings results and business trends. Individuals may call in beginning at 7:15 a.m. (Eastern Time) by dialing 1-877-209-9920 (Passcode: SunTrust). Individuals calling from outside the United States should dial 1-612-332-1210 (Passcode: SunTrust).  A replay of the call will be available approximately one hour after the call ends on January 19, 2018, and will remain available until February 19, 2018, by dialing 1-800-475-6701 (domestic) or 1-320-365-3844 (international) (Passcode: 438631).  Alternatively, individuals may listen to the live webcast of the presentation by visiting the SunTrust investor relations website at investors.suntrust.com.  Beginning the afternoon of January 19, 2018, individuals may access an archived version of the webcast in the "Events & Presentations" section of the SunTrust investor relations website. This webcast will be archived and available for one year.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release includes non-GAAP financial measures to describe SunTrust's performance. Additional information and reconciliations of those measures to GAAP measures are provided in the appendix to this news release beginning at page 12.

In this news release, consistent with SEC Industry Guide 3, the Company presents total revenue, net interest income, net interest margin, and efficiency ratios on a fully taxable equivalent ("FTE") basis, and ratios on an annualized basis. The FTE basis adjusts for the tax-favored status of net interest income from certain loans and investments using a federal tax rate of 35% and state income taxes where applicable to increase tax-exempt interest income to a taxable-equivalent basis. The Company believes this measure to be the preferred industry measurement of net interest income and it enhances comparability of net interest income arising from taxable and tax-exempt sources. Total revenue-FTE equals net interest income-FTE plus noninterest income.

The Company presents the following additional non-GAAP measures because many investors find them useful.  Specifically:

  • The Company presents certain capital information on a tangible basis, including Tangible equity, Tangible common equity, the ratio of Tangible equity to tangible assets, the ratio of Tangible common equity to tangible assets, Tangible book value per share, and the Return on tangible common shareholders' equity, which removes the after-tax impact of purchase accounting intangible assets from shareholders' equity and removes related intangible asset amortization from Net income available to common shareholders. The Company believes these measures are useful to investors because, by removing the amount of intangible assets that result from merger and acquisition activity and amortization expense (the level of which may vary from company to company), it allows investors to more easily compare the Company's capital position and return on average tangible common shareholders' equity to other companies in the industry who present similar measures. The Company also believes that removing these items provides a more relevant measure of the return on the Company's common shareholders' equity. These measures are utilized by management to assess capital adequacy and profitability of the Company.
  • Similarly, the Company presents Efficiency ratio-FTE, Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE, and Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE. The efficiency ratio is computed by dividing Noninterest expense by Total revenue. Efficiency ratio-FTE is computed by dividing Noninterest expense by Total revenue-FTE. Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE excludes the amortization related to intangible assets and certain tax credits. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors because, by removing the impact of amortization (the level of which may vary from company to company), it allows investors to more easily compare the Company's efficiency to other companies in the industry. Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE removes the pre-tax impact of Form 8-K items announced on December 4, 2017 and the impacts of tax reform-related items from the calculation of Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors because it is more reflective of normalized operations as it reflects results that are primarily client relationship and client transaction driven. These measures are utilized by management to assess the efficiency of the Company and its lines of business.
  • The Company presents the Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio, on a fully phased-in basis. The fully phased-in ratio considers a 250% risk-weighting for MSRs and deduction from capital of certain carryforward DTAs, the overfunded pension asset, and other intangible assets. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors who wish to understand the Company's current compliance with future regulatory requirements.

Important Cautionary Statement About Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements. Statements regarding potential future share repurchases and the provision for income taxes are forward-looking statements. Also, any statement that does not describe historical or current facts is a forward-looking statement. These statements often include the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "forecast," "goals," "targets," "initiatives," "opportunity," "focus," "potentially," "probably," "projects," "outlook," or similar expressions or future conditional verbs such as "may," "will," "should," "would," and "could." Forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of management and on information currently available to management. Our statements speak as of the date hereof, and we do not assume any obligation to update these statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those contained in such statements in light of new information or future events.

Forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Investors are cautioned against placing undue reliance on such statements. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward looking statements. Future dividends, and the amount of any such dividend, must be declared by our board of directors in the future in their discretion. Also, future share repurchases and the timing of any such repurchase are subject to market conditions and management's discretion. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in Part I, "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and in other periodic reports that we file with the SEC.

 

 

SunTrust Banks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS


(Dollars in millions and shares in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December 31


% 3


Twelve Months Ended December 31


%

2017


2016


 Change


2017


2016


 Change

EARNINGS & DIVIDENDS












Net income

$740


$465


59%


$2,273


$1,878


21%

Net income available to common shareholders

710


448


58


2,179


1,811


20

Total revenue

2,267


2,158


5


8,987


8,604


4

Total revenue-FTE 1

2,305


2,192


5


9,132


8,742


4

Net income per average common share:












Diluted

$1.48


$0.90


64%


$4.47


$3.60


24%

Basic

1.50


0.91


65


4.53


3.63


25

Dividends paid per common share

0.40


0.26


54


1.32


1.00


32

CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS












Selected Average Balances:












Total assets

$205,219


$203,146


1%


$204,931


$199,004


3%

Earning assets

184,306


182,475


1


184,212


178,825


3

Loans held for investment ("LHFI")

144,039


142,578


1


144,216


141,118


2

Intangible assets including residential mortgage servicing rights
("MSRs")

8,077


7,654


6


8,034


7,545


6

Residential MSRs

1,662


1,291


29


1,615


1,190


36

Consumer and commercial deposits

160,745


157,996


2


159,549


154,189


3

Total shareholders' equity

24,806


24,044


3


24,301


24,068


1

Preferred stock

2,236


1,225


83


1,792


1,225


46

Period End Balances:












Total assets







$205,962


$204,875


1%

Earning assets







182,710


184,610


(1)

LHFI







143,181


143,298


Allowance for loan and lease losses ("ALLL")







1,735


1,709


2

Consumer and commercial deposits







159,795


158,864


1

Total shareholders' equity







25,154


23,618


7

FINANCIAL RATIOS & OTHER DATA












Return on average total assets

1.43%


0.91%


57%


1.11%


0.94%


18%

Return on average common shareholders' equity

12.54


7.85


60


9.72


7.97


22

Return on average tangible common shareholders' equity 1

17.24


10.76


60


13.39


10.91


23

Net interest margin

3.09


2.93


5


3.06


2.92


5

Net interest margin-FTE 1

3.17


3.00


6


3.14


3.00


5

Efficiency ratio

67.03


64.74


4


64.14


63.55


1

Efficiency ratio-FTE 1

65.94


63.73


3


63.12


62.55


1

Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE 1

64.84


63.08


3


62.30


61.99


1

Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE 1

59.85


63.08


(5)


61.04


61.99


(2)

Effective tax rate

(11)


29


NM


19


30


(37)

Basel III capital ratios at period end (transitional) 2:












Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1")







9.75%


9.59%


2%

Tier 1 capital







11.15


10.28


8

Total capital







13.10


12.26


7

Leverage







9.80


9.22


6

Basel III fully phased-in CET1 ratio 1, 2







9.60


9.43


2

Total average shareholders' equity to total average assets

12.09%


11.84%


2%


11.86


12.09


(2)

Tangible equity to tangible assets 1







9.50


8.82


8

Tangible common equity to tangible assets 1







8.21


8.15


1

Book value per common share







$47.94


$45.38


6

Tangible book value per common share 1







34.82


32.95


6

Market capitalization







30,417


26,942


13

Average common shares outstanding:












Diluted

480,359


497,055


(3)


486,954


503,466


(3)

Basic

474,300


491,497


(3)


481,339


498,638


(3)

Full-time equivalent employees







23,785


24,375


(2)

Number of ATMs







2,116


2,165


(2)

Full service banking offices







1,268


1,367


(7)














See Appendix A for additional information and reconcilements of non-U.S. GAAP performance measures.

Current period capital ratios are estimated as of the earnings release date.

3 "NM" - Not meaningful. Those changes over 100 percent were not considered to be meaningful.

 

 

SunTrust Banks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

FIVE QUARTER FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS



Three Months Ended


December 31


September 30


June 30


March 31


December 31

(Dollars in millions and shares in thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)

2017


2017


2017


2017


2016

EARNINGS & DIVIDENDS










Net income

$740


$538


$528


$468


$465

Net income available to common shareholders

710


512


505


451


448

Total revenue

2,267


2,276


2,230


2,213


2,158

Total revenue-FTE 1

2,305


2,313


2,266


2,247


2,192

Net income per average common share:










Diluted

$1.48


$1.06


$1.03


$0.91


$0.90

Basic

1.50


1.07


1.05


0.92


0.91

Dividends paid per common share

0.40


0.40


0.26


0.26


0.26

CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS










Selected Average Balances:










Total assets

$205,219


$205,738


$204,494


$204,252


$203,146

Earning assets

184,306


184,861


184,057


183,606


182,475

LHFI

144,039


144,706


144,440


143,670


142,578

Intangible assets including residential MSRs

8,077


8,009


8,024


8,026


7,654

Residential MSRs

1,662


1,589


1,603


1,604


1,291

Consumer and commercial deposits

160,745


159,419


159,136


158,874


157,996

Total shareholders' equity

24,806


24,573


24,139


23,671


24,044

Preferred stock

2,236


1,975


1,720


1,225


1,225

Period End Balances:










Total assets

$205,962


$208,252


$207,223


$205,642


$204,875

Earning assets

182,710


185,071


184,518


183,279


184,610

LHFI

143,181


144,264


144,268


143,529


143,298

ALLL

1,735


1,772


1,731


1,714


1,709

Consumer and commercial deposits

159,795


161,778


158,319


161,531


158,864

Total shareholders' equity

25,154


24,522


24,477


23,484


23,618

FINANCIAL RATIOS & OTHER DATA










Return on average total assets

1.43%


1.04%


1.03%


0.93%


0.91%

Return on average common shareholders' equity

12.54


9.03


9.08


8.19


7.85

Return on average tangible common shareholders' equity 1

17.24


12.45


12.51


11.28


10.76

Net interest margin

3.09


3.07


3.06


3.02


2.93

Net interest margin-FTE 1

3.17


3.15


3.14


3.09


3.00

Efficiency ratio

67.03


61.12


62.24


66.20


64.74

Efficiency ratio-FTE 1

65.94


60.14


61.24


65.19


63.73

Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE 1

64.84


59.21


60.59


64.60


63.08

Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE 1

59.85


59.21


60.59


64.60


63.08

Effective tax rate

(11)


29


30


25


29

Basel III capital ratios at period end (transitional) 2:










CET1

9.75%


9.62%


9.68%


9.69%


9.59%

Tier 1 capital

11.15


10.74


10.81


10.40


10.28

Total capital

13.10


12.69


12.75


12.37


12.26

Leverage

9.80


9.50


9.55


9.08


9.22

Basel III fully phased-in CET1 ratio 1, 2

9.60


9.48


9.53


9.54


9.43

Total average shareholders' equity to total average assets

12.09


11.94


11.80


11.59


11.84

Tangible equity to tangible assets 1

9.50


9.12


9.15


8.72


8.82

Tangible common equity to tangible assets 1

8.21


8.10


8.11


8.06


8.15

Book value per common share

$47.94


$47.16


$46.51


$45.62


$45.38

Tangible book value per common share 1

34.82


34.34


33.83


33.05


32.95

Market capitalization

30,417


28,451


27,319


26,860


26,942

Average common shares outstanding:










Diluted

480,359


483,640


488,020


496,002


497,055

Basic

474,300


478,258


482,913


490,091


491,497

Full-time equivalent employees

23,785


24,215


24,278


24,215


24,375

Number of ATMs

2,116


2,108


2,104


2,132


2,165

Full service banking offices

1,268


1,275


1,281


1,316


1,367












See Appendix A for additional information and reconcilements of non-U.S. GAAP performance measures.

Current period capital ratios are estimated as of the earnings release date.

 

 

SunTrust Banks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

APPENDIX A TO THE EARNINGS RELEASE - RECONCILEMENT OF NON-U.S. GAAP MEASURES 1




Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31


September 30


June 30


March 31


December 31


December 31

(Dollars in millions) (Unaudited)

2017


2017


2017


2017


2016


2017


2016

Net interest income

$1,434


$1,430


$1,403


$1,366


$1,343


$5,633


$5,221

Fully taxable-equivalent ("FTE") adjustment

38


37


36


34


34


145


138

Net interest income-FTE 2

1,472


1,467


1,439


1,400


1,377


5,778


5,359

Noninterest income

833


846


827


847


815


3,354


3,383

Total revenue-FTE 2

$2,305


$2,313


$2,266


$2,247


$2,192


$9,132


$8,742















Return on average common shareholders' equity

12.54%


9.03%


9.08%


8.19%


7.85%


9.72%


7.97%

Impact of removing average intangible assets and related pre-tax 
     amortization, other than residential MSRs and other servicing 
     rights

4.70


3.42


3.43


3.09


2.91


3.67


2.94

Return on average tangible common shareholders' equity 3

17.24%


12.45%


12.51%


11.28%


10.76%


13.39%


10.91%















Net interest margin

3.09%


3.07%


3.06%


3.02%


2.93%


3.06%


2.92%

Impact of FTE adjustment

0.08


0.08


0.08


0.07


0.07


0.08


0.08

Net interest margin-FTE 2

3.17%


3.15%


3.14%


3.09%


3.00%


3.14%


3.00%















Noninterest expense

$1,520


$1,391


$1,388


$1,465


$1,397


$5,764


$5,468

Total revenue

2,267


2,276


2,230


2,213


2,158


8,987


8,604

Efficiency ratio 4

67.03%


61.12%


62.24%


66.20%


64.74%


64.14%


63.55%

Impact of FTE adjustment

(1.09)


(0.98)


(1.00)


(1.01)


(1.01)


(1.02)


(1.00)

Efficiency ratio-FTE 2, 4

65.94


60.14


61.24


65.19


63.73


63.12


62.55

Impact of excluding amortization related to intangible assets and 
     certain tax credits

(1.10)


(0.93)


(0.65)


(0.59)


(0.65)


(0.82)


(0.56)

Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE 2, 5

64.84%


59.21%


60.59%


64.60%


63.08%


62.30%


61.99%

Impact of excluding Form 8-K and other tax reform-related 
     items

(4.99)






(1.26)


Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE 2, 5, 6

59.85%


59.21%


60.59%


64.60%


63.08%


61.04%


61.99%





























Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1") ratio (transitional) 7

9.75%


9.62%


9.68%


9.69%


9.59%





Impact of MSRs and other under fully phased-in approach

(0.15)


(0.14)


(0.15)


(0.15)


(0.16)





Basel III fully phased-in CET1 ratio 7

9.60%


9.48%


9.53%


9.54%


9.43%



















1

Certain amounts in this schedule are presented net of applicable income taxes, calculated based on each subsidiary's federal and state tax rates and are adjusted for any permanent differences.

2

The Company presents Net interest income-FTE, Total revenue-FTE, Net interest margin-FTE, Efficiency ratio-FTE, Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE, and Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE on a fully taxable-equivalent ("FTE") basis. The FTE basis adjusts for the tax-favored status of Net interest income from certain loans and investments using a federal tax rate of 35% and state income taxes where applicable to increase tax-exempt interest income to a taxable-equivalent basis. The Company believes this measure to be the preferred industry measurement of Net interest income and it enhances comparability of Net interest income arising from taxable and tax-exempt sources. Total revenue-FTE equals Net interest income-FTE plus Noninterest income.

3

The Company presents Return on average tangible common shareholders' equity, which removes the after-tax impact of purchase accounting intangible assets from average common shareholders' equity and removes related intangible asset amortization from Net income available to common shareholders. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors because, by removing the amount of intangible assets and related pre-tax amortization expense (the level of which may vary from company to company), it allows investors to more easily compare the Company's return on average common shareholders' equity to other companies in the industry. The Company also believes that removing these items provides a more relevant measure of the return on the Company's common shareholders' equity. This measure is utilized by management to assess the profitability of the Company.

4

Efficiency ratio is computed by dividing Noninterest expense by Total revenue. Efficiency ratio-FTE is computed by dividing Noninterest expense by Total revenue-FTE.

5

The Company presents Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE and Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE, which remove the amortization related to intangible assets and certain tax credits from the calculation of Efficiency ratio-FTE. The Company believes these measures are useful to investors because, by removing the impact of amortization (the level of which may vary from company to company), it allows investors to more easily compare the Company's efficiency to other companies in the industry. These measures are utilized by management to assess the efficiency of the Company and its lines of business.

6

The Company presents Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE, which removes the pre-tax impact of Form 8-K and other tax reform-related items from the calculation of Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors because it is more reflective of normalized operations as it reflects results that are primarily client relationship and client transaction driven. Removing these items also allows investors to more easily compare the Company's tangible efficiency to other companies in the industry that may not have had similar items impacting their results. Additional detail on certain of these items can be found in the Form 8-K filed with the SEC on December 4, 2017 and on page 1 of this news release.

7

Current period Basel III capital ratios are estimated as of the earnings release date. Fully phased-in ratios consider a 250% risk-weighting for MSRs and deduction from capital of certain carryforward DTAs, the overfunded pension asset, and other intangible assets. The Company believes these measures may be useful to investors who wish to understand the Company's current compliance with future regulatory requirements.

 

 

SunTrust Banks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

APPENDIX A TO THE EARNINGS RELEASE - RECONCILEMENT OF NON-U.S. GAAP MEASURES, continued 1












December 31


September 30


June 30


March 31


December 31

(Dollars in millions, except per share data) (Unaudited)

2017


2017


2017


2017


2016

Total shareholders' equity

$25,154


$24,522


$24,477


$23,484


$23,618

Goodwill, net of deferred taxes of $163 million, $254 million, $253 million, $252 million, 
     and $251 million, respectively

(6,168)


(6,084)


(6,085)


(6,086)


(6,086)

Other intangible assets (including residential MSRs and other servicing rights)

(1,791)


(1,706)


(1,689)


(1,729)


(1,657)

Residential MSRs and other servicing rights

1,776


1,690


1,671


1,711


1,638

Tangible equity 2

18,971


18,422


18,374


17,380


17,513

Noncontrolling interest

(103)


(101)


(103)


(101)


(103)

Preferred stock

(2,475)


(1,975)


(1,975)


(1,225)


(1,225)

Tangible common equity 2

$16,393


$16,346


$16,296


$16,054


$16,185











Total assets

$205,962


$208,252


$207,223


$205,642


$204,875

Goodwill

(6,331)


(6,338)


(6,338)


(6,338)


(6,337)

Other intangible assets (including residential MSRs and other servicing rights)

(1,791)


(1,706)


(1,689)


(1,729)


(1,657)

Residential MSRs and other servicing rights

1,776


1,690


1,671


1,711


1,638

Tangible assets

$199,616


$201,898


$200,867


$199,286


$198,519

Tangible equity to tangible assets 2

9.50%


9.12%


9.15%


8.72%


8.82%

Tangible common equity to tangible assets 2

8.21


8.10


8.11


8.06


8.15

Tangible book value per common share 3

$34.82


$34.34


$33.83


$33.05


$32.95











1

Certain amounts in this schedule are presented net of applicable income taxes, calculated based on each subsidiary's federal and state tax rates and are adjusted for any permanent differences.

2  

The Company presents certain capital information on a tangible basis, including Tangible equity, Tangible common equity, the ratio of Tangible equity to tangible assets, and the ratio of Tangible common equity to tangible assets, which remove the after-tax impact of purchase accounting intangible assets from shareholders' equity. The Company believes these measures are useful to investors because, by removing the amount of intangible assets that result from merger and acquisition activity (the level of which may vary from company to company), it allows investors to more easily compare the Company's capital adequacy to other companies in the industry. These measures are used by management to analyze capital adequacy.

3

The Company presents Tangible book value per common share, which excludes the after-tax impact of purchase accounting intangible assets and also excludes Noncontrolling interest and Preferred stock from shareholders' equity. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors because, by removing the amount of intangible assets, noncontrolling interest, and preferred stock (the levels of which may vary from company to company), it allows investors to more easily compare the Company's book value of common stock to other companies in the industry.

 

 

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