Shares of First Horizon National Corporation FHN have declined 3.6%, following the release of first-quarter 2020 results. Its adjusted earnings per share of 5 cents missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 22 cents. Further, the bottom line was 85.7% higher than the year-ago figure.
Results reflect First Horizon’s improved deposit balance and higher revenues. In addition, efficiency ratio contracted during the quarter, indicating increased profitability. However, rising expenses and provisions were major drags.
Net income available to common shareholders was $12.1 million or 4 cents per share, down from $99 million or 31 cents per share recorded in the prior-year quarter.
Segment wise, quarterly net income for regional banking plunged 81% year over year to $21.2 million. The fixed income segment’s net income of $19.5 million increased by a wide margin from the year-ago quarter. Also, the non-strategic segment reported income of nearly $2 million, down 71% year over year. The corporate segment incurred net loss of $26.1 million.
Revenue Growth Offsets Higher Expenses
Total revenues for the first quarter were $477.6 million, up 10% on a year-over-year basis. Also, the top line surpassed the consensus estimate of $473.9 million.
Net interest income for the reported quarter improved 3% year over year to $302.8 million. Net interest margin shrunk 15 basis points (bps) to 3.16%. Also, non-interest income was $174.7 million, up 24% year over year.
Non-interest expenses increased 5% year over year to $311.3 million.
Efficiency ratio was 65.19% compared with 66.19% in the year-ago quarter. It should be noted that a fall in the efficiency ratio indicates increase in profitability.
Total period-end loans, net of unearned income, totaled $33.4 billion, up 7% from the previous quarter. However, total period-end deposits were $34.4 billion, up 6% sequentially.
Allowance for loan losses was $444.5 million, significantly up from $184.9 million year over year. In addition, non-performing assets increased 5% year over year to $189.8 million. Also, during the quarter, the company recorded $145.4 million in provision for loan losses, up considerably from $13.4 million a year ago.
However, as a percentage of period-end loans on an annualized basis, allowance for loan losses was 1.33%, up 67 bps year over year. The quarter witnessed net charge-offs of $7.2 million compared with $4.5 million in the prior-year quarter.
Common Equity Tier 1 ratio was 8.52% compared with 9.62% at the end of the year-earlier quarter. Additionally, total capital ratio was 10.75%, down year over year from 11.78%.
First Horizon’s top-line growth was supported by higher net interest income and non-interest income. Further, improvement in the efficiency ratio is anticipated to support profitability. Nevertheless, escalating expenses are expected to hamper bottom-line growth. Furthermore, rising provision for loan losses in response to the coronavirus outbreak is also concerning.
First Horizon National Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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First Horizon currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
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Performance of Other Banks
M&T Bank Corporation MTB pulled off first-quarter 2020 positive earnings surprise of 26% on higher mortgage banking revenues. Net operating earnings per share of $1.95 surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.55. However, the bottom line compared unfavorably with $3.35 per share reported in the year-ago quarter.
Truist Financial’s TFC first-quarter 2020 adjusted earnings of 87 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 54 cents. However, the bottom line declined 22.3% from the prior quarter.
Regions Financial Corporation RF reported first-quarter 2020 adjusted earnings of 15 cents per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 19 cents. The figure plummeted 59.5% year over year.
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