Valley National Bancorp Reports Strong Second Quarter Earnings, Increased Margin, Loan Growth And Solid Asset Quality

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WAYNE, N.J., July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Valley National Bancorp ( VLY ), the holding company for Valley National Bank, today reported net income for the second quarter of 2014 of $29.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted common share as compared to the second quarter of 2013 earnings of $33.9 million, or $0.17 per diluted common share.  The decrease as compared to the second quarter of last year was primarily due to a $13.7 million ($7.9 million after taxes, or $0.04 per common share) decline in net gains on sales of loans largely caused by the market-wide drop in the level of residential mortgage loan refinance activity.

Key financial highlights for the second quarter:

  • Net Interest Income and Margin: Net interest income totaling $117.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 increased $3.4 million and $7.5 million as compared to the first quarter of 2014 and second quarter of 2013, respectively. On a tax equivalent basis, our net interest margin increased 7 basis points to 3.27 percent in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to 3.20 percent for the first quarter of 2014, and increased 12 basis points from 3.15 percent in the second quarter of 2013. The increases in both net interest income and margin from the first quarter of 2014 were largely due to a $5.3 million increase in the interest income on loans, partially offset by a lower yield on our taxable investment security portfolio. The increased interest income on loans was mainly driven by increased cash flows within our higher yielding purchased credit-impaired (PCI) loan portfolios, while interest income on taxable investments declined due to normal maturities of higher yielding investments reinvested at lower current market rates. The cost of interest bearing liabilities moderately increased to 1.45 percent for the second quarter of 2014 as compared to 1.44 percent for the first quarter of 2014 due to one additional day during the second quarter, as well as slightly higher rates offered on the majority of our certificates of deposit products.

  • Loans: Total non-covered loans (i.e., loans which are not subject to our loss-sharing agreements with the FDIC) increased by $137.2 million, or 4.7 percent on an annualized basis, to $11.8 billion at June 30, 2014 from March 31, 2014 largely due to solid organic automobile loan growth of $64.7 million, or 27.1 percent on an annualized basis, as well as increases of $45.7 million, $25.0 million, and $16.7 million in our commercial and industrial loan, other consumer loan, and commercial real estate loan portfolios, respectively. The increases were partially offset by declines within the residential mortgage loan portfolio (largely due to normal repayments and the slowdown in the consumer refinance market) and the commercial real estate loan segment of our PCI loans. Total covered loans (i.e., loans subject to our loss-sharing agreements with the FDIC) decreased to $62.6 million, or 0.5 percent of our total loans, at June 30, 2014 as compared to $80.9 million at March 31, 2014 mainly due to normal collection and prepayment activity.

  • Asset Quality: Total non-PCI loan portfolio delinquencies (including loans past due 30 days or more and non-accrual loans) as a percentage of total loans were 0.88 percent at June 30, 2014 compared to 0.92 percent at March 31, 2014. Of the 0.88 percent in delinquencies at June 30, 2014, 0.07 percent, or $8.0 million, represented performing matured loans in the normal process of renewal. Non-accrual loans (excluding non-performing loans held for sale) moderately increased to $68.4 million, or 0.58 percent of our entire loan portfolio of $11.8 billion, at June 30, 2014 as compared to $64.6 million, or 0.55 percent of total loans, at March 31, 2014. Overall, our non-performing assets (which include non-performing loans held for sale) decreased by 15.4 percent to $96.9 million at June 30, 2014 as compared to $114.6 million at March 31, 2014 largely due to the second quarter sale of non-performing loans held for sale totaling $17.2 million. See further details under the "Credit Quality" section below.

  • Provision for Losses on Non-Covered Loans and Unfunded Letters of Credit: We recorded no provision for losses on non-covered loans and unfunded letters of credit for the second quarter of 2014 as compared to $4.0 million for the first quarter of 2014 and $2.7 million for the second quarter of 2013. For the second quarter of 2014, we recognized net loan recoveries on non-covered loans totaling $2.3 million as compared to net loan charge-offs of $11.9 million and $7.0 million for the first quarter of 2014 and second quarter of 2013, respectively. The net recoveries during the second quarter largely related to two commercial and industrial loan recoveries with a combined total of $4.3 million. At June 30, 2014, our allowance for losses on non-covered loans and unfunded letters of credit totaled $104.5 million and was 0.89 percent of non-covered loans, as compared to 0.88 percent and 1.05 percent at March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively.

  • Provision for Losses on Covered Loans: During the second quarters of 2014 and 2013, we recorded a negative (credit) provision for losses on covered loans (i.e., loans subject to our loss-sharing agreements with the FDIC) totaling $5.7 million and $110 thousand, respectively, related to decreases in the estimated additional credit impairment of certain loan pools subsequent to acquisition. No provision was recorded for the linked first quarter of 2014. The negative provision during the second quarter of 2014 resulted in a partially offsetting $4.4 million decrease in other non-interest income and our FDIC loss-share receivable due to the change in the portion of the estimated losses covered by the loss-sharing agreements with the FDIC. Net charge-offs of covered loans totaled $287 thousand during the second quarter of 2014 as compared to no net charge-offs recognized in the first quarter of 2014 and second quarter of 2013.

  • Non-Interest Income: Non-interest income decreased $7.1 million to $12.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 from $19.5 million for the first quarter of 2014. The decrease was mostly due to a $7.6 million reduction in non-interest income related to the change in the FDIC loss-share receivable caused, in large part, by the aforementioned $5.7 million negative provision for losses on covered loans, as well as higher cash flows on certain covered loan pools which increased our interest income on PCI loans during the second quarter of 2014.

  • Non-Interest Expense: Non-interest expense decreased $654 thousand to $94.2 million for the second quarter of 2014 from $94.9 million for the first quarter of 2014. The decrease was mainly due to normal seasonal declines in net occupancy and equipment expense as well as lower salary and employee benefits expense. However, other non-interest expense increased $2.4 million largely due to higher amortization of tax credit investments caused by valuation write-downs, which are infrequent in nature, related to such investments. Additionally, we incurred expenses totaling $619 thousand (primarily within professional and legal fees) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 related to the proposed acquisition of 1st United Bancorp, Inc. announced on May 8, 2014. See the "Non-Interest Expense" section below for additional information.

  • Efficiency Ratio: The efficiency ratio measures total non-interest expense as a percentage of net interest income plus total non-interest income. Our efficiency ratio was 72.58 percent, 71.05 percent and 66.78 percent for the second quarter of 2014, first quarter of 2014, and second quarter of 2013, respectively. The negative upward movement in our efficiency ratio over the last twelve month period is largely due to a significant decline in net gains on the sales of residential mortgage loans. Additionally, our efficiency ratio is negatively impacted by the amortization of tax-advantaged investments within our non-interest expense that result in tax credits that reduce our income tax expense, as well as reductions in our non-interest income related to the changes in our FDIC loss-share receivable caused by, from time to time, credits to our provision for losses on covered loans. If the impact of these items (which totaled $10.2 million, $3.7 million and $2.7 million for the second quarter of 2014, first quarter of 2014, and second quarter of 2013, respectively) were excluded, our efficiency ratio would have been 65.87 percent, 68.27 percent and 64.89 percent for the second quarter of 2014, first quarter of 2014 and second quarter of 2013, respectively.

  • Income Tax Expense: Our effective tax rate increased to 28.5 percent for the second quarter of 2014 as compared to 2.4 percent for the first quarter of 2014 and 24.4 percent for the second quarter of 2013. The return to a more normalized tax rate during the second quarter of 2014 was largely due to a $8.3 million tax benefit recorded as a component of total income tax expense during the first quarter of 2014 related to the completion of a recent income tax examination. Also, to a lesser extent, the increase in pre-tax income during the second quarter of 2014 contributed to the increase in our effective tax rate. For the remainder of 2014, we anticipate that our effective tax rate will range from 27 percent to 29 percent.

  • Capital Strength: Our regulatory capital ratios continue to reflect Valley's strong capital position. Valley's total risk-based capital, Tier 1 capital, leverage capital, and Tier 1 common capital ratios were 11.89 percent, 9.80 percent, 7.41 percent and 9.43 percent, respectively, at June 30, 2014.

Gerald H. Lipkin, Chairman, President and CEO commented that, "Given the continuous challenges of today's regulatory and low interest rate environments, we are pleased with our second quarter performance. During the second quarter, we were encouraged by the solid uptick in commercial and industrial loan demand which supported a 9 percent annualized expansion in this loan category, while automobile loan growth continued during the period due to our extensive dealer network and a robust U.S. auto sales market. The commercial loan pipeline, with the exception of construction loans, in the early stages of the third quarter of 2014 has remained strong and has shown signs of broadening across many customer business segments of the portfolio. At the same time, our credit quality has remained well-controlled and reflective of Valley's commitment to prudent loan underwriting standards."

Mr. Lipkin added, " As we get closer to 2015, we remain upbeat on our ability to reduce our overall funding cost as over $1.5 billion of high cost long-term borrowings mature beginning in 2015 through 2017.  These maturities with an average cost of 4.13 percent are likely to substantially decrease the level of our funding costs, which we believe will increase many of our key financial metrics in the future. Additionally, we have some derivative instruments in place intended to hedge increases in the cost of deposits.  Currently, these instruments have a negative impact on interest expense and our earnings per share, but will also mature and no longer be a cost to us starting in 2015 through 2017 .

In May 2014, we announced our entry into a merger agreement with 1st United Bancorp, Inc. ("1st United") and its wholly-owned subsidiary, 1st United Bank, with approximately $1.7 billion in assets and a 21 branch network covering some of the most attractive urban banking markets in Florida.  The branch network includes locations throughout southeast Florida, the Treasure Coast, central Florida and central Gulf Coast regions.  We are very excited to welcome this tremendous opportunity to expand into one of the premiere growth markets of the United States, and to add 1st United's experienced banking team, competitive positioning, and attractive client base as Valley's foundation for future growth opportunities in the Florida region. The transaction closing is anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2014, subject to approvals from regulators, 1st United shareholder approval of the merger and Valley shareholder approval of an amendment of its certificate of incorporation to increase its authorized common shares, as well as other customary conditions."

Net Interest Income and Margin

Net interest income on a tax equivalent basis totaling $119.4 million for the second quarter of 2014  increased $3.4 million and $7.5 million as compared to the first quarter of 2014 and the second quarter of 2013, respectively.  Interest income on a tax equivalent basis increased to $159.2 million for the second quarter of 2014 as compared to $155.0 million for the first quarter of 2014.  The $4.2 million increase from the first quarter of 2014 was mainly due to a 13 basis point increase in the yield on average loans and a $129.8 million increase in average loans, partially offset by a 21 basis point decline in the yield on taxable investment securities.  Interest expense moderately increased $731 thousand to $39.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014. The increase in interest expense from the first quarter of 2014 was primarily driven by one additional day during the second quarter, higher interest rates offered on most of our certificate of deposit products starting in April 2014, as well as a $188.7 million increase in average savings, NOW and money market account balances for the second quarter of 2014.  The higher average balances were largely due to an increase in brokered money market accounts used as part of our low cost short-term funding strategies for loan growth, as well as other liquidity needs.

The net interest margin on a tax equivalent basis was 3.27 percent for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 7 basis points and 12 basis points from 3.20 percent and 3.15 percent in the linked first quarter of 2014 and the three months ended June 30, 2013, respectively. The yield on average interest earning assets increased by 7 basis points on a linked quarter basis.  The increased yield was mainly a result of the aforementioned increase in the yield on average loans largely caused by an increase in the accretable yield on PCI loans due to higher cash flows, partially offset by new and refinanced loan volumes at current interest rates that remain relatively low compared to the overall yield of our loan portfolio.  The higher level of accretion on certain PCI loan pools is expected to continue for the remainder of 2014, adjusted for loan repayments within the PCI portfolio.  Significant repayment volumes have decreased such higher yielding PCI loans by 9.0 percent and 16.2 percent at June 30, 2014 as compared to March 31, 2014 and December 31 2013, respectively.  Additionally, the level of yields on new loans has been negatively impacted by the low market interest rates caused not only from the Fed's current monetary policy, but also from intense competition in our markets for quality commercial customers. During the second quarter, our yield on average taxable investment securities declined 21 basis points largely due to normal repayments (and, to a lesser extent, calls for early redemption) of higher yielding securities which were largely reinvested in new lower yielding residential mortgage-backed securities issued by Ginnie Mae and government sponsored enterprises. The overall cost of average interest bearing liabilities increased by only 1 basis point from 1.44 percent in the linked first quarter of 2014 primarily due to one additional day during the second quarter, as well as slightly higher rates offered on the majority of our certificates of deposit products.  Our cost of total deposits was 0.39 percent for the second quarter of 2014 compared to 0.38 percent for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

Potential future loan growth from solid commercial loan and automobile loan demand has continued into the early stages of the third quarter of 2014 and is anticipated to positively impact our future net interest income. However, our margin continues to face the risk of compression in the future due to the relatively low level of interest rates on most interest earning asset alternatives and further repayment of higher yielding interest earning assets.  In the face of these significant challenges, we continue to tightly manage our balance sheet and explore ways reduce our cost of funds to optimize our returns.

Loans and Deposits

Non-Covered Loans . Non-covered loans are loans not subject to loss-sharing agreements with the FDIC.  Non-covered loans increased $137.2 million, or 4.7 percent on an annualized basis, to approximately $11.8 billion at June 30, 2014 from March 31, 2014, despite a $48.6 million decline in our non-covered PCI loan portion of this portfolio.  The increase in total non-covered loans was mainly due to organic growth across several loan portfolios, except for residential mortgage, home equity, and construction loans (as discussed further below).

Total commercial and industrial loans increased $45.7 million from March 31, 2014 to approximately $2.1 billion at June 30, 2014 due, in part, to brisk new loan demand generally in our New York markets, as well as continued growth in new lending relationships moving to Valley from other financial institutions.  These new loan volumes more than offset our normal repayment and refinance activity.  However, we continued to experience strong market competition for quality new and existing loan relationships during the second quarter and, although total outstanding balances and customer usage have both increased for commercial lines of credit, total commitments for such lines of credit declined as compared to the first quarter of 2014.

Total commercial real estate loans (excluding construction loans) increased $16.7 million from March 31, 2014 to $5.1 billion at June 30, 2014.  Loan origination volumes and demand were seen across many segments of commercial real estate borrowers, but with a lower level of new co-op building loans within our New York City markets as compared to the last several quarters.  Construction loans totaling $413.3 million at June 30, 2014 remained relatively unchanged from March 31, 2014.

Total residential mortgage loans decreased $10.7 million to approximately $2.5 billion at June 30, 2014 from March 31, 2014 mostly due to normal loan repayments and some lost refinance activity that outpaced our new and refinanced loans originated for investment during the second quarter of 2014.  Total residential mortgage loan originations were $54.3 million for the second quarter of 2014 and declined over 16 percent as compared to the first quarter of 2014 and nearly 89 percent from the second quarter of 2013 as the higher level of mortgage interest rates since June 2013 has had a significant negative impact on demand in the consumer refinance market.  During the second quarter of 2014, Valley sold approximately $23.6 million of residential mortgages originated for sale (including $5.1 million of loans held for sale at March 31, 2014).  We also purchased $7.7 million of loans from third party originators during the second quarter of 2014 and a total of $26.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014.

Automobile loans increased by $64.7 million to $1.0 billion at June 30, 2014 as compared to March 31, 2014 as our new organic loan volumes continued to be solid due to the overall strength of the U.S. auto markets.  Valley has not deviated from its conservative underwriting standards, nor participated in the subprime auto lending markets (like many of our competitors) to achieve its growth in auto lending. Additionally, we made no auto loan purchases from third party originators during the three and six months ended June 30, 2014.

Home equity loans totaling $436.4 million at June 30, 2014 decreased $3.6 million as compared to March 31, 2014.  However, other consumer loans increased $25.0 million to $252.8 million at June 30, 2014 as compared to $227.8 million at March 31, 2014 mainly due to both growth and customer usage of collateralized personal lines of credit.

Covered Loans. PCI loans for which Valley National Bank will share losses with the FDIC are referred to as "covered loans," and consist of loans acquired in two FDIC-assisted transactions during 2010.  Our covered loans consist primarily of commercial real estate loans and commercial and industrial loans and totaled $62.6 million at June 30, 2014 as compared to $80.9 million at March 31, 2014.  All of our covered loans, as well as  non-covered PCI loans acquired in 2012, are accounted for on a pool basis.  For loan pools with higher cash flows than originally estimated at the acquisition dates, the forecasted increase in cash flows is recorded as a prospective adjustment to our interest income on loans over future periods.  Additionally, on a prospective basis, we reduce the FDIC loss-share receivable by the guaranteed portion of the additional cash flows expected to be received from borrowers on those loan pools.  During the second quarter of 2014, we reduced our FDIC loss-share receivable by $2.1 million due to the prospective recognition of the effect of additional cash flows from pooled loans with a corresponding reduction in non-interest income for the period, as compared to $1.9 million during the first quarter of 2014.  

Deposits. Total deposits increased $148.1 million to approximately $11.4 billion at June 30, 2014 from March 31, 2014 largely due to higher money market account balances. Valley's savings, NOW and money market accounts totaling approximately $5.6 billion at June 30, 2014 increased $192.8 million as compared to March 31, 2014 mostly due to new brokered money market account balances used as a short-term funding source for loan growth and other liquidity needs.  Time deposits also increased by $79.0 million to $2.2 billion due to moderately higher interest rates offered on all of our retail certificate of deposit products since April 2014.  Partially offsetting the increases in the aforementioned categories, our non-interest bearing deposits totaling $3.6 billion at June 30, 2014 decreased by $123.7 million, or 3.3 percent, from March 31, 2014 due to normal fluctuations in account activity for several of our larger customers, as well as some mitigation to our more attractively priced certificate of deposit products.

Credit Quality

Total loan portfolio delinquencies (including loans past due 30 days or more and non-accrual loans) as a percentage of total loans were 0.88 percent at June 30, 2014 as compared to 0.92 percent at March 31, 2014 and 1.51 percent at June 30, 2013.  Of the 0.88 percent in delinquencies at June 30, 2014, 0.07 percent, or $8.0 million, represented performing matured loans in the normal process of renewal. Our past due loans and non-accrual loans discussed further below exclude PCI loans. Under U.S. GAAP, the PCI loans (acquired at a discount that is due, in part, to credit quality) are accounted for on a pool basis and are not subject to delinquency classification in the same manner as loans originated by Valley.

Loans past due 30 to 59 days decreased $12.8 million to $23.6 million at June 30, 2014 compared to March 31, 2014 mainly due to decreases of $12.7 million and $1.6 million in the commercial real estate and construction loans, respectively, partially offset by a $1.6 million increase in residential mortgage loans. The decreases within the commercial real estate and construction loan categories were largely driven by the completion of the renewal underwriting process for performing matured loans during the second quarter of 2014, which were reported in this delinquency category at March 31, 2014.

Loans past due 60 to 89 days increased $3.6 million to $8.9 million at June 30, 2014 compared to March 31, 2014 mainly due to a $5.3 million increase in construction loan delinquencies. The $5.3 million increase was entirely due to two new performing matured loans in the normal process of renewal reported at June 30, 2014. Partially offsetting this increase, commercial real estate loans within this past due category declined $2.3 million to $57 thousand at June 30, 2014 from $2.4 million at March 31, 2014  partially due to better performance and two loans totaling $996 thousand that migrated to non-accrual loans during the second quarter.

Loans past due 90 days or more and still accruing increased $1.8 million to $3.4 million at June 30, 2014 compared to $1.6 million at March 31, 2014.  Within this past due category, commercial real estate loans and commercial and industrial loans increased $2.1 million and $251 thousand almost entirely due to two new performing matured loans in the normal process of renewal at June 30, 2014.  All other loan types within this delinquency category declined during the second quarter of 2014.

Total non-performing assets (NPAs), consisting of non-accrual loans, non-performing loans held for sale, other real estate owned (OREO), other repossessed assets and non-accrual debt securities totaled $96.9 million at June 30, 2014 compared to $114.6 million at March 31, 2014. The $17.7 million decrease in NPAs from March 31, 2014 was largely due to the sale of non-performing loans held for sale, as well as the decline in OREO discussed further below.

Non-accrual loans increased $3.8 million to $68.4 million at June 30, 2014 as compared to $64.6 million at March 31, 2014 mainly due to a $5.6 million increase within the commercial real estate loan category caused, in part, by one new large non-accrual loan.  All other loan types within the non-accrual loan category moderately declined during the second quarter of 2014.

Non-performing loans held for sale decreased $19.5 million to $7.9 million at June 30, 2014 from $27.3 million at March 31, 2014.  The decrease was primarily due to the sale of loans totaling $17.2 million during the second quarter of 2014, as well as a $2.3 million valuation write-down related to one non-performing commercial real estate loan that remained in loans held for sale at June 30, 2014.  The loan sales and valuation write-down related to non-performing loans held for sale resulted in an aggregate net loss of $132 thousand for the second quarter of 2014 recognized as a component of the net gains on sales of loans category of our non-interest income. 

OREO properties decreased $1.7 million to $15.0 million at June 30, 2014 from $16.7 million at March 31, 2014 primarily due to the sale of 10 properties with net carrying values of approximately $3.7 million, partially offset by new foreclosed properties during the second quarter of 2014.

With a non-covered loan portfolio totaling $11.8 billion at June 30, 2014, net loan recoveries on non-covered loans for the second quarter of 2014 totaled $2.3 million as compared to net loan charge-offs of $11.9 million and $7.0 million for the first quarter of 2014 and second quarter of 2013, respectively.  The decrease in loan charge-offs as compared to the linked first quarter was largely due to the valuation charge of $8.3 million recognized in the first quarter on certain non-performing loans transferred to loans held for sale and aggregate loan charge-off recoveries totaling $4.3 million related to two commercial and industrial loans during the second quarter of 2014. For the covered loan pools, net charge-offs totaled $287 thousand during the second quarter of 2014 as compared to no net charge-offs recognized in the first quarter of 2014 and second quarter of 2013.  Charge-offs on covered loan pools, when incurred, are substantially covered by loss-sharing agreements with the FDIC.  During the second quarter of 2014, we also recorded a negative (credit) provision for losses on covered loans totaling $5.7 million related to a decrease in the estimated additional credit impairment of certain loan pools subsequent to acquisition.  As a result of the aforementioned net charge-offs and negative provision, our allowance for losses on covered loans was reduced to $1.1 million at June 30, 2014 (as shown in the table below). 

The following table summarizes the allocation of the allowance for credit losses to specific loan categories and the allocation as a percentage of each loan category (including PCI loans) at June 30, 2014, March 31, 2014, and June 30, 2013:

 



June 30, 2014


March 31, 2014


June 30, 2013






Allocation





Allocation





Allocation






as a % of





as a % of





as a % of



Allowance


Loan


Allowance


Loan


Allowance


Loan



Allocation


Category


Allocation


Category


Allocation


Category

Loan Category:


















Commercial and industrial loans*

$

49,883



2.42

%


$

51,965



2.57

%


$

55,656



2.80

%

Commercial real estate loans:



















Commercial real estate

25,882



0.51

%


22,951



0.45

%


25,193



0.57

%


Construction

9,385



2.27

%


8,999



2.17

%


11,554



2.71

%

Total commercial real estate loans

35,267



0.64

%


31,950



0.58

%


36,747



0.76

%

Residential mortgage loans

6,989



0.28

%


6,856



0.28

%


8,398



0.35

%

Consumer loans:



















Home equity

1,188



0.27

%


1,047



0.24

%


1,600



0.35

%


Auto and other consumer

4,180



0.33

%


3,056



0.26

%


3,481



0.34

%

Total consumer loans

5,368



0.31

%


4,103



0.25

%


5,081



0.34

%

Unallocated

6,979





7,309





6,928




Allowance for non-covered loans



















and unfunded letters of credit

104,486



0.89

%


102,183



0.88

%


112,810



1.05

%

Allowance for covered loans

1,111



1.78

%


7,070



8.74

%


7,070



4.99

%

Total allowance for credit losses

$

105,597



0.89

%


$

109,253



0.93

%


$

119,880



1.10

%




















* Includes the reserve for unfunded letters of credit.

 

The allowance for non-covered loans and unfunded letters of credit as a percentage of total non-covered loans was 0.89 percent at June 30, 2014 as compared to 0.88 percent and 1.05 percent at March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively.  At June 30, 2014, our allocations for losses on commercial real estate loans, and auto and other consumer loans increased largely due to the significant loan growth in these portfolios over the last several quarters, combined with some mixed signals from certain economic indicators during the second quarter of 2014.  However, we are cautiously optimistic about the direction of the current economy.  Overall, our current levels of loan delinquencies, internally classified loans, and net loan charge-offs continued to trend downward during the second quarter of 2014 and positively impacted our estimate of the allowance for credit losses at June 30, 2014.  

Our allowance for non-covered loans and unfunded letters of credit as a percentage of total non-covered loans (excluding non-covered PCI loans with carrying values totaling approximately $613.1 million) was 0.94 percent at June 30, 2014 as compared to 0.93 percent at March 31, 2014.  PCI loans are accounted for on a pool basis and initially recorded net of fair valuation discounts related to credit which may be used to absorb future losses on such loans before any allowance for loan losses is recognized subsequent to acquisition.  There were no allowance reserves related to non-covered PCI loans at June 30, 2014, March 31, 2014 and June 30, 2013.

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income decreased $7.1 million to $12.4 million for the second quarter of 2014 from $19.5 million for the linked quarter ended March 31, 2014 largely due to a $7.7 million reduction in our non-interest income related to the changes in our FDIC loss-share receivable.  The reduction in non-interest income related to the change in the FDIC loss-share receivable was caused, in large part, by a $5.7 million credit to the provision for losses on covered loans, as well as higher cash flows on certain covered loan pools which increased our interest income on PCI loans (and reduced the expected loss amounts receivable from the FDIC) during the second quarter of 2014.

Non-Interest Expense

Non-interest expense decreased $654 thousand to $94.2 million for the second quarter of 2014 as compared to $94.9 million for the first quarter of 2014.  Net occupancy and equipment expense decreased $2.8 million to $18.0 million for the second quarter of 2014 largely because of higher seasonal maintenance costs, such as snow removal services during the linked first quarter of 2014.  Salary and employee benefit expense also declined by $994 thousand to $47.1 million for the second quarter of 2014 due to decreases in medical health insurance expense, stock-based compensation expense and payroll taxes as compared to the first quarter of 2014.  Partially offsetting these decreases in non-interest expense, other non-interest expense increased $2.4 million from $16.1 million during the three months ended March 31, 2014 mainly due to a $2.1 million increase in the amortization of tax credit investments during the second quarter of 2014.  Amortization of tax credit investments increased mostly due to valuation write-downs related to such investments which are infrequent in nature.  Additionally, we incurred expenses totaling $619 thousand (primarily within professional and legal fees) for the three months ended June 30, 2014 related to the proposed merger acquisition of 1st United.

We strive to maintain a low level of non-interest expense and a low efficiency ratio through diligent management efforts to optimize our business operations and balance sheet.  In December 2013, we announced a multi-year branch modernization initiative starting in early 2014, which incorporates new digital delivery channels and self-service banking platforms.  As a result, Valley has begun to introduce the new technologies to customers that is expected to enhance their banking experience, while simultaneously reducing our operating expense over time. These measures, and our continuous review of other branch costs and opportunities to "right size" the number and size of our branch locations, should benefit the level of our efficiency ratio in the future.

Income Tax Expense

Income tax expense was $11.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 reflecting an effective tax rate of 28.5 percent, as compared to $830 thousand for the first quarter of 2014 reflecting an effective tax rate of 2.4 percent and $11.0 million for the second quarter of 2013 reflecting an effective tax rate of 24.4 percent.  The return to a more normalized tax rate during the second quarter of 2014 was largely due to a $8.3 million tax benefit recorded as a component of total income tax expense during the first quarter of 2014 related to the completion of a recent income tax examination.  Also, to a lesser extent, the increase in pre-tax income during the second quarter of 2014 contributed to the increase in our effective tax rate.  For the remainder of 2014, we anticipate that our effective tax rate will range from 27 percent to 29 percent primarily reflecting the impacts of tax-exempt income, tax-advantaged investments and general business credits.

About Valley

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with approximately $16.3 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 800-522-4100.

Forward Looking Statements

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

  • a severe decline in the general economic conditions of New Jersey, New York Metropolitan area and Florida;
  • unexpected changes in market interest rates for interest earning assets and/or interest bearing liabilities;
  • less than expected cost savings from long-term borrowings that mature from 2015 to 2017;
  • government intervention in the U.S. financial system and the effects of and changes in trade and monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including the interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve;
  • claims and litigation pertaining to fiduciary responsibility, contractual issues, environmental laws and other matters;
  • our inability to pay dividends at current levels, or at all, because of inadequate future earnings, regulatory restrictions or limitations, and changes in the composition of qualifying regulatory capital and minimum capital requirements (including those resulting from the U.S. implementation of Basel III requirements);
  • higher than expected loan losses within one or more segments of our loan portfolio;
  • declines in value in our investment portfolio, including additional other-than-temporary impairment charges on our investment securities;
  • unexpected significant declines in the loan portfolio due to the lack of economic expansion, increased competition, large prepayments or other factors;
  • unanticipated credit deterioration in our loan portfolio;
  • unanticipated loan delinquencies, loss of collateral, decreased service revenues, and other potential negative effects on our business caused by severe weather or other external events;
  • higher than expected tax rates, including increases resulting from changes in tax laws, regulations and case law;
  • an unexpected decline in real estate values within our market areas;
  • higher than expected FDIC insurance assessments;
  • the failure of other financial institutions with whom we have trading, clearing, counterparty and other financial relationships;
  • lack of liquidity to fund our various cash obligations;
  • unanticipated reduction in our deposit base;
  • potential acquisitions that may disrupt our business;
  • legislative and regulatory actions (including the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and related regulations) subject us to additional regulatory oversight which may result in higher compliance costs and/or require us to change our business model;
  • changes in accounting policies or accounting standards;
  • our inability to promptly adapt to technological changes;
  • our internal controls and procedures may not be adequate to prevent losses;
  • failure to obtain the 1st United shareholder, Valley shareholder or regulatory approvals necessary for the merger of 1st United with Valley or to satisfy other conditions to the merger on the proposed terms and within the proposed timeframe;
  • the inability to realize expected revenue synergies from the 1st United merger in the amounts or in the timeframe anticipated;
  • costs or difficulties relating to the 1st United integration matters might be greater than expected;
  • inability to retain customers and employees, including those of 1st United;
  • lower than expected cash flows from purchased credit-impaired loans;
  • cyber attacks, computer viruses or other malware that may breach the security of our websites or other systems to obtain unauthorized access to confidential information, destroy data, disable or degrade service, or sabotage our systems; and
  • other unexpected material adverse changes in our operations or earnings.

A detailed discussion of factors that could affect our results is included in our SEC filings, including the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

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

 

-Tables to Follow-

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS


SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA












Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended





June 30,


March 31,


June 30,


June 30,


($ in thousands, except for share data)

2014


2014


2013


2014


2013


FINANCIAL DATA:
















Net interest income

$

117,419



$

114,024



$

109,887



$

231,443



$

219,923



Net interest income - FTE (1)

119,417



116,016



111,916



235,433



223,972



Non-interest income (2)

12,410



19,522



32,894



31,932



64,190



Non-interest expense

94,229



94,883



95,346



189,112



190,785



Income tax expense

11,751



830



10,961



12,581



23,775



Net income

29,520



33,835



33,922



63,355



65,232



Weighted average number of common shares
outstanding:

















Basic

200,472,592



200,128,384



199,244,243



200,301,438



199,085,501




Diluted

200,472,592



200,128,384



199,244,243



200,301,438



199,085,501



Per common share data:

















Basic earnings

$

0.15



$

0.17



$

0.17



$

0.32



$

0.33




Diluted earnings

0.15



0.17



0.17



0.32



0.33




Cash dividends declared

0.11



0.11



0.16



0.22



0.33



Book value

7.85



7.79



7.64



7.85



7.64



Tangible book value (3)

5.55



5.48



5.29



5.55



5.29



Tangible common equity to tangible assets (3)

7.01

%


6.91

%


6.80

%


7.01

%


6.80

%


Closing stock price - high

$

10.80



$

10.41



$

10.05



$

10.80



$

10.43



Closing stock price - low

9.48



9.30



8.85



9.30



8.85



FINANCIAL RATIOS:













`


Net interest margin

3.21

%


3.15

%


3.09

%


3.18

%


3.11

%


Net interest margin - FTE (1)

3.27



3.20



3.15



3.23



3.16



Annualized return on average assets

0.72



0.84



0.85



0.78



0.82



Annualized return on average shareholders' equity

7.54



8.76



8.96



8.14



8.64



Annualized return on average tangible
shareholders' equity (3)

10.68



12.52



12.93



11.59



12.45



Efficiency ratio (4)

72.58



71.05



66.78



71.80



67.15



AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET ITEMS:
















Assets

$

16,288,368



$

16,202,159



$

15,922,088



$

16,245,502



$

15,871,932



Interest earning assets

14,626,862



14,489,536



14,223,316



14,558,579



14,160,991



Loans

11,771,299



11,641,511



10,986,603



11,706,764



11,017,436



Interest bearing liabilities

10,987,328



10,838,598



10,776,408



10,913,373



10,778,656



Deposits

11,382,118



11,244,498



11,332,255



11,313,688



11,267,561



Shareholders' equity

1,566,829



1,544,640



1,513,942



1,555,796



1,510,474



 




As Of





June 30,


March 31,


December 31,


June 30,


($ in thousands)

2014


2014


2013


2013


BALANCE SHEET ITEMS:













Assets

$

16,335,967



$

16,344,464



$

16,156,541



$

15,977,202



Total loans

11,813,428



11,694,594



11,567,612



10,883,025



Non-covered loans

11,750,875



11,613,664



11,471,447



10,741,208



Deposits

11,416,052



11,267,985



11,319,262



11,242,622



Shareholders' equity

1,573,656



1,559,889



1,541,040



1,521,553



CAPITAL RATIOS:













Tier 1 leverage ratio

7.41

%


7.37

%


7.27

%


8.15

%


Risk-based capital - Tier 1

9.80



9.72



9.65



11.00



Risk-based capital - Total Capital

11.89



11.85



11.87



12.40



Tier 1 common capital ratio (3)

9.43



9.35



9.28



9.37






















 

 


VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS












Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended





June 30,


March 31,


June 30,


June 30,


($ in thousands)

2014


2014


2013


2014


2013



ALLOWANCE FOR CREDIT LOSSES:
















Beginning balance - Allowance for credit
losses

$

109,253



$

117,112



$

124,364



$

117,112



$

132,495



Loans charged-off: (5)

















Commercial and industrial

(1,340)



(8,614)



(1,441)



(9,954)



(8,766)




Commercial real estate

(862)



(3,851)



(4,014)



(4,713)



(4,612)




Construction

(1,170)



(639)



(375)



(1,809)



(1,770)




Residential mortgage

(212)



(63)



(1,666)



(275)



(2,558)




Consumer

(1,167)



(1,072)



(860)



(2,239)



(2,369)





Total loans charged-off

(4,751)



(14,239)



(8,356)



(18,990)



(20,075)



Charged-off loans recovered: (5)

















Commercial and industrial

4,420



544



602



4,964



1,940




Commercial real estate

556



1,337



50



1,893



65




Construction

912







912






Residential mortgage

157



79



68



236



138




Consumer

721



422



600



1,143



996





Total loans recovered

6,766



2,382



1,320



9,148



3,139



Net recoveries (charge-offs) (5)

2,015



(11,857)



(7,036)



(9,842)



(16,936)



Provision charged for credit losses

(5,671)



3,998



2,552



(1,673)



4,321



Ending balance - Allowance for credit losses

$

105,597



$

109,253



$

119,880



$

105,597



$

119,880



Components of allowance for credit losses:

















Allowance for non-covered loans

$

101,942



$

99,639



$

110,374



$

101,942



$

110,374




Allowance for covered loans

1,111



7,070



7,070



1,111



7,070





Allowance for loan losses

103,053



106,709



117,444



103,053



117,444




Allowance for unfunded letters of credit

2,544



2,544



2,436



2,544



2,436



Allowance for credit losses

$

105,597



$

109,253



$

119,880



$

105,597



$

119,880



Components of provision for credit losses:

















Provision for losses on non-covered loans

$



$

4,949



$

2,746



$

4,949



$

6,456




Provision for losses on covered loans

(5,671)





(110)



(5,671)



(2,276)




Provision for unfunded letters of credit



(951)



(84)



(951)



141



Provision for credit losses

$

(5,671)



$

3,998



$

2,552



$

(1,673)



$

4,321



Annualized ratio of net charge-offs of

















non-covered loans to average loans

(0.08)

%


0.41

%


0.26

%


0.16

%


0.30

%


Annualized ratio of total net charge-offs

















to average loans

(0.07)

%


0.41

%


0.26

%


0.17

%


0.31

%


Allowance for non-covered loan losses as

















a % of non-covered loans

0.87

%


0.86

%


1.03

%


0.87

%


1.03

%


Allowance for credit losses as

















a % of total loans

0.89

%


0.93

%


1.10

%


0.89

%


1.10

%


 

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS









As Of


($ in thousands)

June 30,


March 31,


December 31,


June 30,


ASSET QUALITY:   (6)

2014


2014


2013


2013


Accruing past due loans:













30 to 59 days past due:














Commercial and industrial

$

4,918



$

5,689



$

6,398



$

1,598




Commercial real estate

3,493



16,169



9,142



13,842




Construction

3,988



5,616



1,186



3,987




Residential mortgage

7,865



6,238



6,595



7,809




Consumer

3,350



2,685



3,792



3,385



Total 30 to 59 days past due

23,614



36,397



27,113



30,621



60 to 89 days past due:














Commercial and industrial

783



599



571



1,927




Commercial real estate

57



2,377



2,442



5,104




Construction

5,332





4,577



1,785




Residential mortgage

1,989



1,721



1,939



2,810




Consumer

788



613



784



753



Total 60 to 89 days past due

8,949



5,310



10,313



12,379



90 or more days past due:














Commercial and industrial

450



199



233






Commercial real estate

2,212



137



7,591



259




Construction







150




Residential mortgage

546



1,033



1,549



2,342




Consumer

161



205



118



349



Total 90 or more days past due

3,369



1,574



9,491



3,100



Total accruing past due loans

$

35,932



$

43,281



$

46,917



$

46,100



Non-accrual loans:














Commercial and industrial

$

8,096



$

8,293



$

21,029



$

20,913




Commercial real estate

32,507



26,909



43,934



55,390




Construction

6,534



6,569



8,116



13,617




Residential mortgage

19,190



20,720



19,949



26,054




Consumer

2,106



2,149



2,035



2,549



Total non-accrual loans

68,433



64,640



95,063



118,523



Non-performing loans held for sale

7,850



27,329







Other real estate owned (7)

14,984



16,674



19,580



21,327



Other repossessed assets

1,104



1,995



6,447



7,549



Non-accrual debt securities (8)

4,527



3,963



3,771



50,972



Total non-performing assets ("NPAs")

$

96,898



$

114,601



$

124,861



$

198,371



Performing troubled debt restructured loans

$

108,538



$

114,668



$

107,037



$

117,052



Total non-accrual loans as a % of loans

0.58

%


0.55

%


0.82

%


1.09

%


Total accruing past due and non-accrual loans














as a % of loans

0.88

%


0.92

%


1.23

%


1.51

%


Allowance for losses on non-covered loans as a % of














non-accrual loans

148.97

%


154.14

%


112.08

%


93.12

%


Non-performing purchased credit-impaired loans: (9)














Non-covered loans

$

13,678



$

15,534



$

24,988



$

18,009




Covered loans

13,783



14,243



21,758



44,405



 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS  

NOTES TO SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

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

(2)   Non-interest income includes net trading gains and losses:   

 


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


March 31,


June 30,


June 30,

(In thousands)

2014



2014



2013



2014



2013


Trading securities

$

(34)



$

(9)



$

(36)



$

(43)



$

(66)


Junior subordinated debentures





(234)





(2,406)


   Total trading losses, net

$

(34)



$

(9)



$

(270)



$

(43)



$

(2,472)


 

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

Tier 1 Common Capital and the Tier 1 Common Ratio are non-GAAP financial measures.  Valley's management believes Tier 1 Common Capital and the Tier 1 Common Ratio are useful because they are measures used by banking regulators in evaluating a company's financial condition and capital strength and thus investors desire to see this information.  A reconciliation of Tier 1 Common to Valley's common stockholder's equity, and the Tier 1 Common Ratio to Valley's Tier1 Capital Ratio are included below.  Tier 1 Common Capital and the Tier 1 Common Ratio were developed by the banking regulators.  Tier 1 Common Capital is defined as Tier 1 Capital less non-common elements including qualifying trust preferred securities.

 


As of and For the Period Ended


June 30,


March 31,


December 31,


June 30,

($ in thousands)

2014


2014


2013


2013

Tier 1 common:












Total equity...

$

1,573,656



$

1,559,889



$

1,541,040



$

1,521,553


Plus (less):












Net unrealized losses on securities available for sale, net of tax

7,194



14,291



21,661



15,609


Accumulated net losses on cash flow hedges, net of tax

12,857



8,968



6,271



8,631


Defined benefit pension plan net assets, net of tax

10,247



10,283



10,320



14,529


Goodwill, net of tax

(427,392)



(427,392)



(427,392)



(427,392)


Disallowed other intangible assets

(11,352)



(12,203)



(13,122)



(14,919)


Disallowed deferred tax assets

(37,031)



(39,228)



(41,252)



(45,874)


Tier 1 common capital

1,128,179



1,114,608



1,097,526



1,072,137


Trust preferred securities

44,000



44,000



44,000



186,313


Total Tier 1 capital*

$

1,172,179



$

1,158,608



$

1,141,526



$

1,258,450


Risk-weighted assets (under Federal Reserve Board












Capital Regulatory Guidelines (RWA))

$

11,963,308



$

11,918,661



$

11,830,604



$

11,438,211


Tier 1 capital ratio (Total Tier 1 capital / RWA)

9.80

%


9.72

%


9.65

%


11.00

%

Tier 1 common capital ratio (Total Tier 1 common / RWA)

9.43

%


9.35

%


9.28

%


9.37

%

___________________

*   Tier 1 Capital excludes net unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale debt securities and net unrealized gains on available-for-sale equity securities with readily determinable fair values, in accordance with regulatory risk-based capital guidelines.  In arriving at Tier 1 Capital, institutions are required to deduct net unrealized losses on available-for-sale equity securities with readily determinable fair values, net of tax.


 

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS 

NOTES TO SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA-CONTINUED








Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


March 31,


June 30,


June 30,

($ in thousands, except for share data)

2014


2014


2013


2014



2013


Tangible book value per common share:















Common shares outstanding

200,467,301



200,361,014



199,254,687



200,467,301



199,254,687


Shareholders' equity

$

1,573,656



$

1,559,889



$

1,521,553



$

1,573,656



$

1,521,553


Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets

(460,369)



(462,420)



(467,236)



(460,369)



(467,236)


Tangible shareholders' equity

$

1,113,287



$

1,097,469



$

1,054,317



$

1,113,287



$

1,054,317


    Tangible book value

$5.55



$5.48



$5.29



$5.55



$5.29


Tangible common equity to tangible assets:















Tangible shareholders' equity

$

1,113,287



$

1,097,469



$

1,054,317



$

1,113,287



$

1,054,317


Total assets

16,335,967



16,344,464



15,977,202



16,335,967



15,977,202


Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets

(460,369)



(462,420)



(467,236)



(460,369)



(467,236)


Tangible assets

$

15,875,598



$

15,882,044



$

15,509,966



$

15,875,598



$

15,509,966


    Tangible common equity to tangible assets

7.01

%


6.91

%


6.80

%


7.01

%


6.80

%

Annualized return on average tangible shareholders' equity:










Net income

$

29,520



$

33,835



$

33,922



$

63,355



$

65,232


Average shareholders' equity

1,566,829



1,544,640



1,513,942



1,555,796



1,510,474


Less: Average goodwill and other intangible assets

(461,316)



(463,266)



(464,331)



(462,285)



(462,427)


    Average tangible shareholders' equity

$

1,105,513



$

1,081,374



$

1,049,611



$

1,093,511



$

1,048,047


    Annualized return on average tangible















    shareholders' equity

10.68

%


12.52

%


12.93

%


11.59

%


12.45

%

 

(4)

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

(5)

Total loans charged-off and recovered includes the following covered loans:






 



Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

(In thousands)

June 30,


March 31,


June 30,


June 30,

Covered loans charged-off:

2014


2014


2013


2014



2013


Commercial and industrial

$

(198)



$



$



$

(198)



$

(84)


Commercial mortgage

(425)







(425)




Residential mortgage

(126)







(126)



(62)


   Total covered loans charged-off

(749)







(749)



(146)


Charged-off loans recovered:















Construction

462







462




   Total covered loans recovered

462







462




Net charge-offs

$

(287)



$



$



$

(287)



$

(146)


















 

(6)

Past due loans and non-accrual loans exclude loans that were acquired as part of FDIC-assisted transactions (covered loans) and acquired or purchased loans during 2012. These loans are accounted for on a pool basis under U.S. GAAP and are not subject to delinquency classification in the same manner as loans originated by Valley.

(7)

Excludes OREO properties related to FDIC-assisted transactions totaling $11.2 million, 11.6 million, $12.3 million and $13.0 million, at June 30, 2014, March 31, 2014, December 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013, respectively.  These assets are covered by the loss-sharing agreements with the FDIC.

(8)

Includes other-than-temporarily impaired trust preferred securities classified as available for sale, which are presented at carrying value (net of unrealized (losses) gains totaling ($823) thousand, ($1.4) million, ($1.6) million, and $3.8 million at June 30, 2014, March 31, 2014, December 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013, respectively) after recognition of all credit impairments.

(9)

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










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

 



VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except for share data)














June 30,


December 31,






2014


2013

Assets







Cash and due from banks


$

266,101



$

234,253


Interest bearing deposits with banks


40,580



134,915


Investment securities:








Held to maturity (fair value of $1,854,121 at June 30, 2014 and $1,711,427 at December 31, 2013)

1,826,143



1,731,737



Available for sale


783,205



829,692



Trading securities


14,221



14,264





Total investment securities


2,623,569



2,575,693


Loans held for sale, at fair value


16,068



10,488


Non-covered loans


11,750,875



11,471,447


Covered loans


62,553



96,165



Less: Allowance for loan losses


(103,053)



(113,617)





Net loans


11,710,375



11,453,995


Premises and equipment, net


273,746



270,138


Bank owned life insurance


347,045



344,023


Accrued interest receivable


53,650



53,964


Due from customers on acceptances outstanding


5,162



5,032


FDIC loss-share receivable


20,687



32,757


Goodwill


428,234



428,234


Other intangible assets, net


32,135



36,130


Other assets


518,615



576,919





Total Assets


$

16,335,967



$

16,156,541


Liabilities







Deposits:








Non-interest bearing


$

3,581,435



$

3,717,271



Interest bearing:









Savings, NOW and money market


5,643,128



5,422,722




Time


2,191,489



2,179,269





Total deposits


11,416,052



11,319,262


Short-term borrowings


354,230



281,455


Long-term borrowings


2,797,986



2,792,306


Junior subordinated debentures issued to capital trusts


41,171



41,089


Bank acceptances outstanding


5,162



5,032


Accrued expenses and other liabilities


147,710



176,357





Total Liabilities


14,762,311



14,615,501


Shareholders' Equity







Preferred stock (no par value, authorized 30,000,000 shares; none issued)





Common stock (no par value, authorized 232,023,233 shares; issued 200,477,484 shares








  at June 30, 2014 and 199,629,268 shares at December 31, 2013)


70,116



69,941


Surplus


1,408,325



1,403,375


Retained earnings


125,614



106,340


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(30,297)



(38,252)


Treasury stock, at cost (10,183 common shares at June 30, 2014 and 36,159








  common shares at December 31, 2013)


(102)



(364)





Total Shareholders' Equity


1,573,656



1,541,040





Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity


$

16,335,967



$

16,156,541


 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except for share data)











Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended



June 30,


March 31,


June 30,


June 30,






2014


2014


2013


2014



2013



Interest Income
















Interest and fees on loans

$

136,338



$

131,079



$

133,966



$

267,417



$

266,965



Interest and dividends on investment securities:

















Taxable

15,709



16,456



12,925



32,165



27,414




Tax-exempt

3,700



3,686



3,673



7,386



7,322




Dividends

1,390



1,790



1,504



3,180



3,184



Interest on federal funds sold and other short-term investments

27



27



302



54



518




Total interest income

157,164



153,038



152,370



310,202



305,403



Interest Expense
















Interest on deposits:

















Savings, NOW and money market

4,530



4,281



4,369



8,811



9,071




Time

6,683



6,532



7,794



13,215



15,905



Interest on short-term borrowings

304



318



140



622



284



Interest on long-term borrowings and junior subordinated debentures

28,228



27,883



30,180



56,111



60,220




Total interest expense

39,745



39,014



42,483



78,759



85,480



Net Interest Income

117,419



114,024



109,887



231,443



219,923



Provision for losses on non-covered loans and unfunded letters of credit



3,998



2,662



3,998



6,597



Provision for losses on covered loans

(5,671)





(110)



(5,671)



(2,276)



Net Interest Income After Provision for Credit Losses

123,090



110,026



107,335



233,116



215,602



Non-Interest Income
















Trust and investment services

2,244



2,442



2,257



4,686



4,234



Insurance commissions

4,491



4,498



4,062



8,989



8,052



Service charges on deposit accounts

5,636



5,751



5,822



11,387



11,512



Gains (losses) on securities transactions, net

7



(8)



41



(1)



3,999



Trading losses, net

(34)



(9)



(270)



(43)



(2,472)



Fees from loan servicing

1,786



1,670



1,721



3,456



3,238



Gains on sales of loans, net

679



913



14,366



1,592



29,426



Gains (losses) on sales of assets, net

276



(148)



678



128



410



Bank owned life insurance

1,614



1,408



1,424



3,022



2,765



Change in FDIC loss-share receivable

(7,711)



(76)



(2,000)



(7,787)



(5,175)



Other

3,422



3,081



4,793



6,503



8,201




Total non-interest income

12,410



19,522



32,894



31,932



64,190



Non-Interest Expense
















Salary and employee benefits expense

47,094



48,088



47,733



95,182



98,305



Net occupancy and equipment expense

17,973



20,724



18,179



38,697



37,068



FDIC insurance assessment

3,393



3,287



5,574



6,680



8,927



Amortization of other intangible assets

2,346



2,351



1,927



4,697



3,530



Professional and legal fees

4,384



3,678



4,285



8,062



8,177



Advertising

533



617



1,850



1,150



3,652



Other

18,506



16,138



15,798



34,644



31,126




Total non-interest expense

94,229



94,883



95,346



189,112



190,785



Income Before Income Taxes

41,271



34,665



44,883



75,936



89,007



Income tax expense

11,751



830



10,961



12,581



23,775



Net Income

$

29,520



$

33,835



$

33,922



$

63,355



$

65,232



Earnings Per Common Share:

















Basic

$

0.15



$

0.17



$

0.17



$

0.32



$

0.33




Diluted

0.15



0.17



0.17



0.32



0.33



Cash Dividends Declared per Common Share

0.11



0.11



0.16



0.22



0.33



Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:

















Basic

200,472,592



200,128,384



199,244,243



200,301,438



199,085,501




Diluted

200,472,592



200,128,384



199,244,243



200,301,438



199,085,501



























 


 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP













LOAN PORTFOLIO














(in thousands)

6/30/2014


3/31/2014


12/31/2013


9/30/2013


6/30/2013

Non-covered Loans















Commercial and industrial

$

2,064,751



$

2,019,099



$

1,995,084



$

1,997,353



$

1,988,404


Commercial real estate:
















Commercial real estate

5,100,442



5,083,744



4,981,675



4,814,670



4,437,712



Construction

413,262



413,795



429,231



423,789



426,891


 Total commercial real estate

5,513,704



5,497,539



5,410,906



5,238,459



4,864,603


Residential mortgage

2,461,516



2,472,180



2,499,965



2,532,370



2,412,968


Consumer:
















Home equity

436,360



440,006



449,009



449,309



455,166



Automobile

1,021,782



957,036



901,399



862,843



835,271



Other consumer

252,762



227,804



215,084



195,327



184,796


Total consumer loans

1,710,904



1,624,846



1,565,492



1,507,479



1,475,233


 Total non-covered loans

$

11,750,875



$

11,613,664



$

11,471,447



$

11,275,661



$

10,741,208


Covered loans*

62,553



80,930



96,165



121,520



141,817


Total loans

$

11,813,428



$

11,694,594



$

11,567,612



$

11,397,181



$

10,883,025


_________________________















*

Loans that Valley National Bank will share losses with the FDIC are referred to as "covered loans".

 

 

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP



























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





Net Interest Income on a Tax Equivalent Basis





Quarter End - 6/30/2014


Quarter End - 3/31/2014


Quarter End - 6/30/2013






 Average





Avg.


 Average





Avg.


 Average





Avg.


($ in thousands)

 Balance


 Interest


Rate


 Balance


 Interest


Rate


 Balance


 Interest


Rate


Assets




























Interest earning assets




























Loans (1)(2)

$

11,771,299



$

136,344



4.63

%


$

11,641,511



$

131,086



4.50

%


$

10,986,603



$

134,017



4.88

%


Taxable investments (3)

2,223,374



17,099



3.08

%


2,218,851



18,246



3.29

%


2,211,207



14,429



2.61

%


Tax-exempt investments (1)(3)

564,123



5,692



4.04

%


568,960



5,671



3.99

%


586,314



5,651



3.86

%


Federal funds sold and other




























interest bearing deposits

68,066



27



0.16

%


60,214



27



0.18

%


439,192



302



0.28

%


Total interest earning assets

14,626,862



159,162



4.35

%


14,489,536



155,030



4.28

%


14,223,316



154,399



4.34

%


Other assets

1,661,506









1,712,623









1,698,772









Total assets

$

16,288,368









$

16,202,159









$

15,922,088









Liabilities and shareholders' equity




























Interest bearing liabilities:




























Savings, NOW and money market deposits

$

5,648,655



$

4,530



0.32

%


$

5,459,913



$

4,281



0.31

%


$

5,332,299



$

4,369



0.33

%



Time deposits

2,146,171



6,683



1.25

%


2,162,365



6,532



1.21

%


2,418,524



7,794



1.29

%



Short-term borrowings

354,653



304



0.34

%


380,057



318



0.33

%


138,910



140



0.40

%



Long-term borrowings (4)

2,837,849



28,228



3.98

%


2,836,263



27,883



3.93

%


2,886,675



30,180



4.18

%


Total interest bearing liabilities

10,987,328



39,745



1.45

%


10,838,598



39,014



1.44

%


10,776,408



42,483



1.58

%


Non-interest bearing deposits

3,587,292









3,622,220









3,581,432









Other liabilities

146,919









196,701









50,306









Shareholders' equity

1,566,829









1,544,640









1,513,942









Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

16,288,368









$

16,202,159









$

15,922,088









Net interest income/interest rate spread (5)




$

119,417



2.90

%





$

116,016



2.84

%





$

111,916



2.76

%


Tax equivalent adjustment




(1,998)









(1,992)









(2,029)






Net interest income, as reported




$

117,419









$

114,024









$

109,887






Net interest margin (6)







3.21

%








3.15

%








3.09

%


Tax equivalent effect







0.06

%








0.05

%








0.06

%


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







3.27

%








3.20

%








3.15

%


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(1)   Interest income is presented on a tax equivalent basis using a 35 percent federal tax rate. 
(2)   Loans are stated net of unearned income and include non-accrual loans. 
(3)   The yield for securities that are classified as available for sale is based on the average historical amortized cost. 
(4)   Includes junior subordinated debentures issued to capital trusts which are presented separately on the consolidated statements of condition. 
(5)   Interest rate spread represents the difference between the average yield on interest earning assets and the average cost of interest bearing liabilities and is presented on a fully tax equivalent basis.
(6)   Net interest income as a percentage of total average interest earning assets.

 

 

 

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