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Southside Bancshares, Inc. Announces Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

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TYLER, Texas, May 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southside Bancshares, Inc. ("Southside" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:SBSI) today reported its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

Southside reported net income of $16.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, an increase of $1.3 million, or 8.4%, compared to $15.0 million for the same period in 2017.  Earnings per diluted common share decreased $0.05, or 9.8%, to $0.46 for the three months ended March 31, 2018, from $0.51 for the same period in 2017.

The return on average shareholders' equity for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was 8.75%, compared to 11.57% for the same period in 2017.  The return on average assets was 1.02% for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to 1.08% for the same period in 2017.

"Overall, our credit quality remains good, however during the first quarter we placed two commercial real estate loan relationships totaling approximately $30 million on nonaccrual," stated Lee R. Gibson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southside.  "One relationship consists of two memory care facilities and the other relationship represents a retail shopping center. The memory care loans are current but the revenue is not sufficient to meet the required debt service.  Both facilities are making progress increasing occupancy and will be reevaluated quarterly. The retail shopping center is losing a tenant that announced during the first quarter the closing or selling of all of its U.S. stores.  This loan is also current but the loss of this tenant, along with the loss of a previous tenant, decreases revenue to a level that is not sufficient to meet the required debt service until the vacant space is leased.  During the first quarter we increased our loan loss reserve by $3.2 million associated with these relationships."

"During the first quarter we recorded acquisition costs related to the Diboll State Bancshares, Inc. transaction of $832,000, branch closing costs for one Tyler location adjacent to a newly acquired Diboll branch of $249,000 and a loss of $827,000 on the sale of lower-yielding available for sale securities.  In addition, as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017, we decided to share a portion of the resulting positive impact on net income with our employees by paying a one-time $1,000 bonus to every full-time employee with an annual base salary less than $100,000. The total expense during the first quarter associated with this one-time bonus was $744,000."

"On a linked quarter basis our net interest margin and net interest spread increased seven and four points, respectively. During the first quarter we experienced very little loan growth due to higher than anticipated payoffs.  The economic conditions in Texas and our market areas remain solid and the Austin and DFW markets continue to perform exceptionally well."

"We expect the integration of Diboll State Bancshares, Inc. will be virtually complete during the second quarter, which will allow us to begin to realize additional efficiencies and the associated cost savings in future quarters.  We are thankful for the support we receive from our customers, shareholders, employees and directors.  We look forward to the remainder of 2018."

Loans and Deposits

For the three months ended March 31, 2018, total loans increased by $15.3 million, or 0.5%, compared to December 31, 2017.  The net increase in our loans was comprised primarily of increases of $20.4 million of commercial real estate loans and $15.5 million of commercial loans, partially offset by decreases in 1-4 family residential loans, loans to individuals, municipal loans, and construction loans.  Energy loans totaled 1.66% of the loan portfolio at March 31, 2018, compared to 1.50% at December 31, 2017.

Nonperforming assets increased during the three months ended March 31, 2018 by $32.0 million, or 305.3%, to $42.4 million, or 0.67% of total assets, compared to $10.5 million, or 0.16% of total assets at December 31, 2017, primarily due to the addition of two commercial real estate relationships consisting of three loans to nonaccrual status during the first quarter.

During the three months ended March 31, 2018, the allowance for loan losses increased by $3.4 million, or 16.5%, to $24.2 million, or 0.73% of total loans, compared to 0.63% of total loans at December 31, 2017.  The increase in the allowance was primarily the result of additional provision recorded on the commercial real estate loans placed on nonaccrual status in the first quarter.

During the three months ended March 31, 2018, deposits, net of brokered deposits, increased $73.5 million, or 1.7%, compared to December 31, 2017.  Public funds deposits increased $45.9 million during the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to December 31, 2017.

Net Interest Income for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

Net interest income increased $8.9 million, or 25.1%, to $44.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to $35.3 million for the same period in 2017.  The increase in net interest income was the result of a $12.3 million increase in interest income primarily from our loan portfolio, partially offset by an increase in interest expense of $3.5 million associated primarily with our deposits, compared to the same period in 2017.

For the three months ended March 31, 2018, our net interest spread (FTE) increased slightly to 2.95%, compared to 2.93% for the same period in 2017.  Our net interest margin (FTE) increased to 3.19% for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to 3.08% for the same period in 2017.  Both the increase in net interest spread (FTE) and net interest margin (FTE) was due to an increase in the average yield on earning assets, partially offset by higher average rates paid on interest bearing liabilities.  The increase in the average yield on earning assets during the three months ended March 31, 2018 was the result of increases in the average yields on most of the earning asset categories partially offset by a decrease in the average yield on tax-exempt investment securities.  The increase in average rates paid on interest bearing liabilities was primarily due to rising interest rates during 2017 and 2018.  The net interest spread (FTE) and net interest margin (FTE) increased on a linked quarter basis from 2.91% and 3.12%, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, to 2.95% and 3.19%, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

Net Income for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

Net income increased $1.3 million, or 8.4%, for the three months ended March 31, 2018, to $16.3 million compared to the same period in 2017.  The increase was primarily the result of a $12.3 million increase in interest income and a $0.9 million decrease in income tax expense, partially offset by a $5.8 million increase in noninterest expense, a $3.5 million increase in interest expense, and a $2.6 million increase in provision for loan losses.  Noninterest income decreased slightly as a result of losses recorded on the sale of securities in the first quarter of 2018.

Excluding net (loss) gain on sale of securities, noninterest income increased $1.1 million, or 11.6%, for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.  Deposit services and trust income increased and were partially offset by a decrease in gain on sale of loans. The increase in both deposit services income and trust income was largely related to our merger with Diboll.  In connection with the adoption of Accounting Standards Update 2014-09 revenue recognition guidance effective January 1, 2018, debit card expense and brokerage service expense for the three months ended March 31, 2018, previously reported in ATM and debit card expense and other noninterest expense are now netted with deposit services income and brokerage services income, respectively.  Due to the guidance under the modified retrospective method, prior periods have not been adjusted and therefore, are not comparable.

Noninterest expense increased $5.8 million, or 22.5%, for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to the same period in 2017.  The increase in most of our noninterest expense categories is directly attributable to our acquisition of Diboll.  Salaries and employee benefits also increased as a result of one-time bonuses paid as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and normal salary increases.

The decrease in income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2018 of $0.9 million, or 30.5%, was attributable to the reduced tax rate under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act resulting in a lower effective tax rate of 11.4% compared to 16.7% for the same period in 2017.

Conference Call

Southside's management team will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2018 financial results on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. CDT.  The call can be accessed by dialing 844-775-2540 and by identifying the conference ID number 2096238 or by identifying "Southside Bancshares, Inc., First Quarter 2018 Earnings Call."  To listen to the call via webcast, register at www.southside.com/about/investor-relations.

For those unable to listen to the conference call live, a recording will be available from approximately 3:00 p.m. CDT May 1, 2018 through May 13, 2018 by accessing the company website, www.southside.com/about/investor-relations.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Our accounting and reporting policies conform to generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in the United States and prevailing practices in the banking industry.  However, certain non-GAAP measures are used by management to supplement the evaluation of our performance.  These include the following fully taxable-equivalent measures (FTE): (i) Net interest income (FTE), (ii) Net interest margin (FTE), (iii) Net interest spread (FTE), and (iv) Efficiency ratio (FTE), which include the effects of taxable-equivalent adjustments using a federal income tax rate of 21% and 35% for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, to increase tax-exempt interest income to a tax-equivalent basis.  Interest income earned on certain assets is completely or partially exempt from federal income tax.  As such, these tax-exempt instruments typically yield lower returns than taxable investments.

Net interest income (FTE), Net interest margin (FTE) and Net interest spread (FTE).  Net interest income (FTE) is a non-GAAP measure that adjusts for the tax-favored status of net interest income from certain loans and investments.  We believe 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.  The most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is our net interest income.  Net interest margin (FTE) is the ratio of net interest income (FTE) to average earning assets on a tax-equivalent basis.  The most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is our net interest margin.  Net interest spread (FTE) is the difference in the average yield on average earning assets on a tax equivalent basis and the average rate paid on average interest bearing liabilities.   The most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is our net interest spread.

Efficiency ratio (FTE).  The efficiency ratio (FTE) is a non-GAAP measure that provides a measure of productivity in the banking industry.  This ratio is calculated to measure the cost of generating one dollar of revenue.  The ratio is designed to reflect the percentage of one dollar which must be expended to generate that dollar of revenue.  We calculate this ratio by dividing noninterest expense, excluding amortization of intangibles and certain nonrecurring expense by the sum of net interest income (FTE) and noninterest income, excluding gains (losses) on sales of available for sale securities and certain nonrecurring impairments.  The most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is our efficiency ratio.

These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered alternatives to GAAP-basis financial statements, and other bank holding companies may define or calculate these non-GAAP measures or similar measures differently.  Whenever we present a non-GAAP financial measure in an SEC filing, we are also required to present the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP and reconcile the differences between the non-GAAP financial measure and such comparable GAAP measure.

In the following table we present, for the five quarterly periods ended March 31, 2018, the reconciliation of net interest income to net interest income adjusted to a fully taxable-equivalent basis assuming a 21% marginal tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and a 35% marginal tax rate for the 2017 quarterly periods for interest earned on tax-exempt assets such as municipal loans and investment securities (dollars in thousands), along with the calculation of total revenue, adjusted noninterest expense, efficiency ratio (FTE), net interest margin (FTE) and net interest spread (FTE).

Non-GAAP Reconciliation                    
                     
    Three Months Ended
    2018   2017
    Mar. 31,   Dec. 31,   Sept. 30,   June 30,   Mar. 31,
Net interest income (GAAP)   $ 44,133     $ 38,306     $ 34,960     $ 35,424     $ 35,280  
Tax equivalent adjustments:                    
Loans   582     1,125     1,103     1,050     1,035  
Investment securities (tax-exempt)   1,619     3,049     3,544     3,229     3,375  
Net interest income (FTE) (1)   46,334     42,480     39,607     39,703     39,690  
Noninterest income   9,610     9,099     9,408     9,293     9,673  
Nonrecurring income (2)   827     483     (627 )   75     (122 )
Total revenue   $ 56,771     $ 52,062     $ 48,388     $ 49,071     $ 49,241  
                     
Noninterest expense   $ 31,667     $ 29,933     $ 25,007     $ 25,537     $ 25,858  
Pre-tax amortization expense   (1,378 )   (726 )   (388 )   (410 )   (431 )
Nonrecurring expense (3)   (1,178 )   (3,479 )   (432 )   (466 )   (17 )
Adjusted noninterest expense   $ 29,111     $ 25,728     $ 24,187     $ 24,661     $ 25,410  
                     
Efficiency ratio   53.35 %   53.73 %   55.30 %   55.06 %   56.68 %
Efficiency ratio (FTE) (1)   51.28 %   49.42 %   49.99 %   50.26 %   51.60 %
                     
Average earning assets   $ 5,891,352     $ 5,395,212     $ 5,199,349     $ 5,192,897     $ 5,229,045  
                     
Net interest margin   3.04 %   2.82 %   2.67 %   2.74 %   2.74 %
Net interest margin (FTE) (1)   3.19 %   3.12 %   3.02 %   3.07 %   3.08 %
                     
Net interest spread   2.80 %   2.60 %   2.47 %   2.56 %   2.59 %
Net interest spread (FTE) (1)   2.95 %   2.91 %   2.82 %   2.89 %   2.93 %

(1)   These amounts are presented on a fully taxable-equivalent basis and are non-GAAP measures.
(2)   Includes net gains and losses on sale of available for sale securities, impairment of investments and other-than-temporary impairment charges.
(3)   Includes acquisition expenses and foreclosure expenses.

Management believes adjusting net interest income, net interest margin and net interest spread to a fully taxable-equivalent basis is a standard practice in the banking industry as these measures provide useful information to make peer comparisons. Tax-equivalent adjustments are reported in the respective earning asset categories as listed in the  "Average Balances with Average Yields and Rates" tables under Results of Operations.

About Southside Bancshares, Inc.

Southside Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company with approximately $6.4 billion in assets as of March 31, 2018, that owns 100% of Southside Bank.  Southside Bank currently has 60 branches in Texas and operates a network of 84 ATMs/ITMs.

To learn more about Southside Bancshares, Inc., please visit our investor relations website at www.southside.com/about/investor-relations.  Our investor relations site provides a detailed overview of our activities, financial information and historical stock price data.  To receive e-mail notification of company news, events and stock activity, please register on the E-mail Notification portion of the website.  Questions or comments may be directed to Suni Davis at (903) 531-7235, or suni.davis@southside.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements of other than historical fact that are contained in this document and in other written material, press releases and oral statements issued by or on behalf of the Company may be considered to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of and subject to the safe harbor protections of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, nor should they be relied upon as representing management's views as of any subsequent date.  These statements may include words such as "expect," "estimate," "project," "anticipate," "appear," "believe," "could," "should," "may," "likely," "intend," "probability," "risk," "target," "objective," "plans," "potential," and similar expressions.  Forward-looking statements are statements with respect to the Company's beliefs, plans, expectations, objectives, goals, anticipations, assumptions and estimates about the Company's future performance and are subject to significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements.  For example, discussions about trends in asset quality, capital, liquidity, the pace of loan and revenue growth, the Company's ability to sell nonperforming assets, expense reductions, planned operational efficiencies, earnings, successful integration of completed acquisitions and certain market risk disclosures, including the impact of interest rates, tax reform and other economic factors, are based upon information presently available to management and are dependent on choices about key model characteristics and assumptions and are subject to various limitations.  By their nature, certain of the market risk disclosures are only estimates and could be materially different from what actually occurs in the future.

Additional information concerning the Company and its business, including additional factors that could materially affect the Company's financial results, is included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, under "Part I - Item 1. Forward Looking Information" and "Part I - Item 1A. Risk Factors" and in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company disclaims any obligation to update any factors or to announce publicly the result of revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein to reflect future events or developments.


  SOUTHSIDE BANCSHARES, INC.
  CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL SUMMARY (UNAUDITED)
  (In thousands, except per share data)
                   
                   
  As of
  2018   2017
  Mar. 31,   Dec. 31,   Sept. 30,   June 30,   Mar. 31,
ASSETS                  
Cash and due from banks $ 65,480     $ 79,171     $ 57,947     $ 56,033     $ 54,345  
Interest earning deposits 183,241     111,541     120,996     175,039     185,289  
Federal funds sold 14,090     7,980     5,570     4,760     7,360  
Securities available for sale, at estimated fair value 2,062,539     1,538,755     1,292,072     1,397,811     1,444,043  
Securities held to maturity, at carrying value 164,847     909,506     909,844     925,538     929,793  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 42,676     55,729     61,845     61,561     61,305  
Loans held for sale 2,003     2,001     2,177     3,036     5,303  
Loans 3,309,627     3,294,356     2,682,766     2,610,198     2,538,918  
Less: Allowance for loan losses (24,220 )   (20,781 )   (19,871 )   (19,241 )   (18,485 )
Net loans 3,285,407     3,273,575     2,662,895     2,590,957     2,520,433  
Premises & equipment, net 131,625     133,640     107,099     105,938     105,327  
Goodwill 201,246     201,246     91,520     91,520     91,520  
Other intangible assets, net 21,615     22,993     3,379     3,767     4,177  
Bank owned life insurance 100,963     100,368     99,616     99,011     98,377  
Other assets 97,465     61,592     69,470     63,511     148,977  
Total assets $ 6,373,197     $ 6,498,097     $ 5,484,430     $ 5,578,482     $ 5,656,249  
                   
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                  
Noninterest bearing deposits $ 1,055,423     $ 1,037,401     $ 781,701     $ 757,353     $ 753,224  
Interest bearing deposits 3,586,474     3,478,046     2,782,474     2,866,720     2,952,072  
Total deposits 4,641,897     4,515,447     3,564,175     3,624,073     3,705,296  
Other borrowings 779,990     1,026,859     1,151,639     1,186,506     1,213,670  
Subordinated notes, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 98,286     98,248     98,209     98,171     98,133  
Trust preferred subordinated debentures, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 60,242     60,241     60,240     60,238     60,237  
Other liabilities 46,386     43,162     54,144     62,429     47,447  
Total liabilities 5,626,801     5,743,957     4,928,407     5,031,417     5,124,783  
Shareholders' equity 746,396     754,140     556,023     547,065     531,466  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 6,373,197     $ 6,498,097     $ 5,484,430     $ 5,578,482     $ 5,656,249  


  At or For the Three Months Ended
  2018   2017
  Mar. 31,   Dec. 31,   Sept. 30,   June 30,   Mar. 31,
Income Statement:                  
Total interest income $ 57,194     $ 50,104     $ 46,473     $ 46,009     $ 44,888  
Total interest expense 13,061     11,798     11,513     10,585     9,608  
Net interest income 44,133     38,306     34,960     35,424     35,280  
Provision for loan losses 3,735     1,271     960     1,346     1,098  
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 40,398     37,035     34,000     34,078     34,182  
Noninterest income                  
Deposit services 6,179     5,940     5,476     5,255     5,114  
Net (loss) gain on sale of securities available for sale (827 )   (249 )   627     (75 )   322  
Gain on sale of loans 115     268     347     505     701  
Trust income 1,760     1,156     873     899     890  
Bank owned life insurance income 632     632     636     635     634  
Brokerage services 450     632     561     682     547  
Other 1,301     720     888     1,392     1,465  
Total noninterest income 9,610     9,099     9,408     9,293     9,673  
Noninterest expense                  
Salaries and employee benefits 18,559     15,316     14,472     14,984     16,007  
Occupancy expense 3,583     3,327     2,981     2,897     2,863  
Acquisition expense 832     3,474     405     473      
Advertising, travel & entertainment 685     601     487     548     583  
ATM and debit card expense 346     1,049     1,024     889     927  
Professional fees 1,070     859     996     1,050     939  
Software and data processing expense 1,023     882     732     688     725  
Telephone and communications 538     444     459     476     526  
FDIC insurance 497     442     441     445     441  
Amortization expense on intangibles 1,378     726     388     410     431  
Other 3,156     2,813     2,622     2,677     2,416  
Total noninterest expense 31,667     29,933     25,007     25,537     25,858  
Income before income tax expense 18,341     16,201     18,401     17,834     17,997  
Income tax expense 2,090     5,870     3,890     3,353     3,008  
Net income $ 16,251     $ 10,331     $ 14,511     $ 14,481     $ 14,989  
                   
Common share data:      
Weighted-average basic shares outstanding 35,022     31,370     29,370     29,318     29,288  
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding 35,200     31,569     29,570     29,519     29,504  
Shares outstanding end of period 35,053     35,000     29,433     29,344     29,306  
Net income per common share                  
Basic $ 0.46     $ 0.33     $ 0.49     $ 0.49     $ 0.51  
Diluted 0.46     0.33     0.49     0.49     0.51  
Book value per common share 21.29     21.55     18.89     18.64     18.14  
Cash dividend paid per common share 0.28     0.30     0.28     0.28     0.25  
                   
Selected Performance Ratios:                  
Return on average assets 1.02 %   0.70 %   1.03 %   1.04 %   1.08 %
Return on average shareholders' equity 8.75     6.52     10.38     10.70     11.57  
Average yield on earning assets (1) 4.09     3.99     3.90     3.88     3.82  
Average rate on interest bearing liabilities 1.14     1.08     1.08     0.99     0.89  
Net interest spread (FTE) (1) 2.95     2.91     2.82     2.89     2.93  
Net interest margin (FTE) (1) 3.19     3.12     3.02     3.07     3.08  
Average earning assets to average interest bearing liabilities 127.29     124.73     123.32     121.57     120.04  
Noninterest expense to average total assets 1.99     2.03     1.77     1.83     1.87  
Efficiency ratio (FTE) (1) 51.28     49.42     49.99     50.26     51.60  

(1)  These amounts are presented on a fully taxable-equivalent basis and are non-GAAP measures.  See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for more information.

  Southside Bancshares, Inc.
  Selected Financial Data (unaudited)
  (dollars in thousands)
                   
  Three Months Ended
  2018   2017
  Mar. 31,   Dec. 31,   Sept. 30,   June 30,   Mar. 31,
Nonperforming assets: $ 42,444     $ 10,472     $ 9,119     $ 9,165     $ 14,079  
Nonaccrual loans (1) 34,545     2,937     3,095     3,034     7,261  
Accruing loans past due more than 90 days (1) 4     1             1  
Restructured loans (2) 5,839     5,767     5,725     5,884     6,424  
Other real estate owned 2,014     1,613     298     233     367  
Repossessed assets 42     154     1     14     26  
                   
Asset Quality Ratios:                  
Nonaccruing loans to total loans 1.04 %   0.09 %   0.12 %   0.12 %   0.29 %
Allowance for loan losses to nonaccruing loans 70.11     707.56     642.04     634.18     254.58  
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming assets 57.06     198.44     217.91     209.94     131.29  
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 0.73     0.63     0.74     0.74     0.73  
Nonperforming assets to total assets 0.67     0.16     0.17     0.16     0.25  
Net charge-offs to average loans 0.04     0.05     0.05     0.09     0.08  
                   
Capital Ratios:                  
Shareholders' equity to total assets 11.71     11.61     10.14     9.81     9.40  
Average shareholders' equity to average total assets 11.69     10.75     9.91     9.72     9.36  

(1)   Excludes purchased credit impaired ("PCI") loans measured at fair value at acquisition.
(2)   Includes $2.9 million, $2.9 million, $3.0 million, $3.0 million, and $3.0 million in PCI loans restructured as of March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017, June 30, 2017, and March 31, 2017, respectively.

Loan Portfolio Composition

The following table sets forth loan totals by category for the periods presented:

  Three Months Ended
  2018   2017
  Mar. 31,   Dec. 31,   Sept. 30,   June 30,   Mar. 31,
Real Estate Loans:                  
Construction $ 474,791     $ 475,867     $ 420,497     $ 386,853     $ 362,367  
1-4 Family Residential 797,088     805,341     609,159     615,405     622,881  
Commercial 1,285,591     1,265,159     1,073,646     1,033,629     974,307  
Commercial Loans 281,901     266,422     166,919     172,311     176,908  
Municipal Loans 342,404     345,798     322,286     305,023     297,417  
Loans to Individuals 127,852     135,769     90,259     96,977     105,038  
Total Loans $ 3,309,627     $ 3,294,356     $ 2,682,766     $ 2,610,198     $ 2,538,918  

The "Average Balances with Average Yields and Rates" tables that follow show average earning assets and interest bearing liabilities together with the average yield on the earning assets and the average rate of the interest bearing liabilities (dollars in thousands) for the periods presented.  The interest and related yields presented are on a fully taxable-equivalent basis and are therefore non-GAAP measures.  See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for more information.

  Average Balances with Average Yields and Rates
  (unaudited)
  Three Months Ended
  March 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
  Avg Balance   Interest   Avg Yield/Rate   Avg Balance   Interest   Avg Yield/Rate
ASSETS                      
Loans (1) $ 3,300,506     $ 39,401     4.84 %   $ 2,897,444     $ 34,070     4.67 %
Loans held for sale 1,543     11     2.89 %   2,285     22     3.82 %
Securities:                      
Investment securities (taxable) (2) 39,332     227     2.34 %   51,678     237     1.82 %
Investment securities (tax-exempt) (2) 805,091     8,000     4.03 %   775,681     9,197     4.70 %
Mortgage-backed and related securities (2) 1,557,140     10,894     2.84 %   1,461,159     9,931     2.70 %
Total securities 2,401,563     19,121     3.23 %   2,288,518     19,365     3.36 %
FHLB stock, at cost, and equity investments 67,000     414     2.51 %   67,127     380     2.25 %
Interest earning deposits 107,488     399     1.51 %   133,007     418     1.25 %
Federal funds sold 13,252     49     1.50 %   6,831     23     1.34 %
Total earning assets 5,891,352     59,395     4.09 %   5,395,212     54,278     3.99 %
Cash and due from banks 78,031             60,590          
Accrued interest and other assets 493,974             410,528          
Less: Allowance for loan losses (21,005 )           (19,963 )        
Total assets $ 6,442,352             $ 5,846,367          
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                      
Savings deposits $ 353,770     184     0.21 %   $ 293,392     134     0.18 %
Time deposits 1,170,024     3,895     1.35 %   1,031,008     3,178     1.22 %
Interest bearing demand deposits 2,009,154     3,372     0.68 %   1,696,239     2,585     0.60 %
Total interest bearing deposits 3,532,948     7,451     0.86 %   3,020,639     5,897     0.77 %
FHLB borrowings 928,677     3,632     1.59 %   1,137,373     3,935     1.37 %
Subordinated notes, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 98,267     1,398     5.77 %   98,229     1,429     5.77 %
Trust preferred subordinated debentures, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 60,241     569     3.83 %   60,240     532     3.50 %
Other borrowings 8,103     11     0.55 %   9,157     5     0.22 %
Total interest bearing liabilities 4,628,236     13,061     1.14 %   4,325,638     11,798     1.08 %
Noninterest bearing deposits 1,016,707             846,632          
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 44,015             45,613          
Total liabilities 5,688,958             5,217,883          
Shareholders' equity 753,394             628,484          
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 6,442,352             $ 5,846,367          
Net interest income (FTE)     $ 46,334             $ 42,480      
Net interest margin (FTE)         3.19 %           3.12 %
Net interest spread (FTE)         2.95 %           2.91 %

(1)  Interest on loans includes net fees on loans that are not material in amount.
(2)  For the purpose of calculating the average yield, the average balance of securities is presented at historical cost.

Note:  As of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, loans totaling $34.5 million and $2.9 million, respectively, were on nonaccrual status.  Our policy is to reverse previously accrued but unpaid interest on nonaccrual loans; thereafter, interest income is recorded to the extent received when appropriate.

  Average Balances with Average Yields and Rates
  (unaudited)
  Three Months Ended
  September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017
  Avg Balance   Interest   Avg Yield/Rate   Avg Balance   Interest   Avg Yield/Rate
ASSETS                      
Loans (1) $ 2,657,562     $ 30,378     4.54 %   $ 2,557,093     $ 29,080     4.56 %
Loans held for sale 5,060     47     3.69 %   5,914     60     4.07 %
Securities:                      
Investment securities (taxable) (2) 11,085     58     2.08 %   58,168     267     1.84 %
Investment securities (tax-exempt) (2) 758,828     9,214     4.82 %   749,259     9,386     5.02 %
Mortgage-backed and related securities (2) 1,550,494     10,567     2.70 %   1,594,269     10,818     2.72 %
Total securities 2,320,407     19,839     3.39 %   2,401,696     20,471     3.42 %
FHLB stock, at cost, and equity investments 66,994     329     1.95 %   66,744     299     1.80 %
Interest earning deposits 144,700     506     1.39 %   156,124     364     0.94 %
Federal funds sold 4,626     21     1.80 %   5,326     14     1.05 %
Total earning assets 5,199,349     51,120     3.90 %   5,192,897     50,288     3.88 %
Cash and due from banks 53,220             50,961          
Accrued interest and other assets 360,073             358,041          
Less: Allowance for loan losses (19,556 )           (18,495 )        
Total assets $ 5,593,086             $ 5,583,404          
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                      
Savings deposits $ 260,860     117     0.18 %   $ 262,009     121     0.19 %
Time deposits 988,380     2,878     1.16 %   1,014,101     2,723     1.08 %
Interest bearing demand deposits 1,562,993     2,425     0.62 %   1,616,036     2,294     0.57 %
Total interest bearing deposits 2,812,233     5,420     0.76 %   2,892,146     5,138     0.71 %
FHLB borrowings 1,237,055     4,156     1.33 %   1,213,016     3,551     1.17 %
Subordinated notes, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 98,190     1,413     5.71 %   98,151     1,398     5.71 %
Trust preferred subordinated debentures, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 60,239     520     3.42 %   60,238     494     3.29 %
Other borrowings 8,425     4     0.19 %   7,884     4     0.20 %
Total interest bearing liabilities 4,216,142     11,513     1.08 %   4,271,435     10,585     0.99 %
Noninterest bearing deposits 773,739             729,564          
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 48,682             39,819          
Total liabilities 5,038,563             5,040,818          
Shareholders' equity 554,523             542,586          
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 5,593,086             $ 5,583,404          
Net interest income (FTE)     $ 39,607             $ 39,703      
Net interest margin (FTE)         3.02 %           3.07 %
Net interest spread (FTE)         2.82 %           2.89 %

(1)  Interest on loans includes net fees on loans that are not material in amount.
(2)  For the purpose of calculating the average yield, the average balance of securities is presented at historical cost.

Note:  As of September 30, 2017 and June 30, 2017, loans totaling $3.1 million and $3.0 million, respectively, were on nonaccrual status.  Our policy is to reverse previously accrued but unpaid interest on nonaccrual loans; thereafter, interest income is recorded to the extent received when appropriate.

  Average Balances with Average Yields and Rates
  (unaudited)
  Three Months Ended
  March 31, 2017
  Avg Balance   Interest   Avg Yield/Rate
ASSETS          
Loans (1) $ 2,549,230     $ 28,241     4.49 %
Loans held for sale 7,023     48     2.77 %
Securities:          
Investment securities (taxable) (2) 86,511     377     1.77 %
Investment securities (tax-exempt) (2) 779,772     9,929     5.16 %
Mortgage-backed and related securities (2) 1,570,510     10,045     2.59 %
Total securities 2,436,793     20,351     3.39 %
FHLB stock, at cost, and equity investments 66,547     298     1.82 %
Interest earning deposits 162,235     346     0.86 %
Federal funds sold 7,217     14     0.79 %
Total earning assets 5,229,045     49,298     3.82 %
Cash and due from banks 53,528          
Accrued interest and other assets 350,729          
Less: Allowance for loan losses (18,130 )        
Total assets $ 5,615,172          
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Savings deposits $ 252,744     92     0.15 %
Time deposits 927,610     2,227     0.97 %
Interest bearing demand deposits 1,707,996     1,962     0.47 %
Total interest bearing deposits 2,888,350     4,281     0.60 %
FHLB borrowings 1,302,335     3,464     1.08 %
Subordinated notes, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 98,117     1,393     5.76 %
Trust preferred subordinated debentures, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 60,237     467     3.14 %
Other borrowings 6,986     3     0.17 %
Total interest bearing liabilities 4,356,025     9,608     0.89 %
Noninterest bearing deposits 693,729          
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 39,960          
Total liabilities 5,089,714          
Shareholders' equity 525,458          
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 5,615,172          
Net interest income (FTE)     $ 39,690      
Net interest margin (FTE)         3.08 %
Net interest spread (FTE)         2.93 %

(1)  Interest on loans includes net fees on loans that are not material in amount.
(2)  For the purpose of calculating the average yield, the average balance of securities is presented at historical cost.

Note: As of March 31, 2017, loans totaling $7.3 million were on nonaccrual status.  Our policy is to reverse previously accrued but unpaid interest on nonaccrual loans; thereafter, interest income is recorded to the extent received when appropriate.

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