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First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Announces 2020 First Quarter Results

CHICAGO, April 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company" or "First Midwest"), the holding company of First Midwest Bank (the "Bank") and Park Bank, today reported results of operations and financial condition for the first quarter of 2020. Net income for the first quarter of 2020 was $19.6 million, or $0.18 per share, compared to $52.1 million, or $0.47 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2019, and $46.1 million, or $0.43 per share, for the first quarter of 2019.

First quarter of 2020 results were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and governmental responses to it, resulting in a higher provision for loan losses, as well as lower net interest and noninterest income. In addition, the adoption of the current expected credit losses ("CECL") accounting standard on January 1, 2020 added to the allowance for credit losses ("ACL") and impacted certain asset quality metrics and comparability to prior periods. Reported results for all periods were impacted by acquisition and integration related expenses.

SELECT FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Generated EPS of $0.18, compared to $0.47 and $0.43 for the fourth and first quarters of 2019, respectively. Comparability between quarters was impacted by:
    • $0.19 per share, or $28.0 million, of loan loss provision for the estimated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ACL.
    • $0.04 per share, or $5.4 million, of acquisition and integration related expenses, compared to $0.04 and $0.03 in the  fourth and first quarters of 2019, respectively.
  • Produced net interest income of $144 million at a net margin of 3.54%, down 18 and 50 basis points from the fourth and first quarters of 2019, respectively, reflective of lower interest rates.
  • Grew loans to $14 billion, up 35%, annualized from December 31, 2019 and 21% from March 31, 2019.
  • Consistent underlying credit performance, recognizing the comparative impact of the adoption of the CECL accounting standard, the acquisition of Park Bank, and the impact of COVID-19,
    • Expanded the ACL to 1.62% of total loans, compared to 0.85% and 0.91% as of December 31 and March 31, 2019, respectively.
      • $76 million, or 54 basis points, as a result of CECL adoption,
      • $28 million, or 20 basis points, due to the estimated impact of COVID-19, and
      • $16 million, or 11 basis points, resulting from the Park Bank acquisition.
    • Non-performing assets increased to $174 million, or 1.24% of total loans plus foreclosed assets, as compared to 0.85% and 0.79% at the end of the fourth and first quarters of 2019, respectively. This increase includes:
      • 0.33% attributed to the reclassification of acquired loans stemming from the adoption of CECL.
    • Incurred net loan charge-offs of 0.37% of average loans, up from 0.33% and 0.32% for the fourth and first quarters of 2019, respectively, with the increase due to the CECL impact of purchased credit deteriorated loans.
  • Maintained total average deposits of $13 billion, consistent with the fourth quarter of 2019 and up 10% from the first quarter of 2019, respectively.
  • Completed the acquisition of Park Bank on March 9, 2020, adding approximately $1.2 billion of assets, $1.0 billion of deposits, and $700 million of loans.

"I am very proud of how First Midwest has pulled together to help each other, our clients and communities," said Michael L. Scudder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "COVID-19 is a public health crisis and the environment we face is unprecedented. Governmental response has quickly evolved and asked us to do the same. There is a tremendous “can do” spirit across our team of 2,300 colleagues, as we have stood alongside our clients and communities to support them at a time when they need us the most."

Mr. Scudder concluded, "While no one can predict the path ahead, the economic ramifications of the crisis will be challenging for all of us. But, as one of the largest independent banks in the marketplace, our commitment to our mission – to help our clients achieve financial success – remains unwavering. Importantly, our financial position is strong with ample capital and liquidity, leaving us ready to deliver on that commitment as we move forward, all to the long-term benefit of our colleagues, clients, communities and stockholders."

PARK BANK ACQUISITION

On March 9, 2020, the Company completed its acquisition of Park Bank, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At closing, the Company added approximately $1.2 billion of assets, $1.0 billion of deposits, and $700 million of loans. The merger consideration totaled $174.4 million and consisted of 4.9 million shares of Company common stock and $102.5 million of cash. All operating systems are expected to be converted to our operating platforms during the second quarter of 2020.

ADOPTION OF THE CURRENT EXPECTED CREDIT LOSSES STANDARD

On January 1, 2020, the Company adopted CECL, which requires the Company to present financial assets measured at amortized cost at the net amount expected to be collected, considering an entity's current estimate of all expected credit losses. Adoption of this standard increased the allowance for credit losses by $76 million, which includes $32 million attributable to loans and unfunded commitments and $44 million attributable to purchased credit deteriorated ("PCD") and non-PCD acquired loans.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As one of the largest independent banks in Chicago, our mission is to help clients achieve financial success. We are committed to using our strong capital levels and ample liquidity to provide maximum support to our clients and communities during this unprecedented time. The programs and services First Midwest is offering to clients include:

  • Consumer, mortgage, auto loan payment deferrals
  • Small business payment deferrals
  • Consumer and small business fee assistance programs
  • Suspension of foreclosure and repossession actions
  • Wide range of financial accommodations for our Commercial clients based on individual circumstances
  • Participation in the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program

In addition, First Midwest has committed $2.5 million from the First Midwest Charitable Foundation to support the immediate and long-term needs of the communities it serves.

OPERATING PERFORMANCE

Net Interest Income and Margin Analysis
(Dollar amounts in thousands)

  Quarters Ended
  March 31, 2020     December 31, 2019     March 31, 2019
  Average Balance   Interest   Yield/
Rate
(%)
    Average
Balance
  Interest   Yield/
Rate
(%)
    Average
Balance
  Interest   Yield/
Rate
(%)
Assets                                      
Other interest-earning assets $ 164,351     $ 816     2.00     $ 204,001     $ 1,223     2.38     $ 125,615     $ 728     2.35
Securities(1) 3,066,574     20,757     2.71     2,893,856     19,989     2.76     2,371,692     16,387     2.76
Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") and Federal Reserve Bank ("FRB") stock 126,643     1,387     4.38     117,994     881     2.99     79,821     952     4.77
Loans(1) 13,073,752     148,420     4.57     12,753,436     155,863     4.85     11,458,233     145,531     5.15
Total interest-earning assets(1) 16,431,320     171,380     4.19     15,969,287     177,956     4.43     14,035,361     163,598     4.72
Cash and due from banks 261,336               241,616               202,101          
Allowance for loan losses (179,392 )             (112,623 )             (107,520 )        
Other assets 1,891,557               1,790,878               1,537,897          
Total assets $ 18,404,821               $ 17,889,158               $ 15,667,839          
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity                                      
Savings deposits $ 2,069,163     164     0.03     $ 2,044,386     220     0.04     $ 2,037,831     346     0.07
NOW accounts 2,273,156     1,630     0.29     2,291,667     2,172     0.38     2,083,366     2,162     0.42
Money market deposits 2,227,707     3,099     0.56     2,178,518     3,980     0.72     1,809,234     2,349     0.53
Time deposits 2,932,466     12,224     1.68     3,033,903     13,554     1.77     2,647,316     11,745     1.80
Borrowed funds 2,007,700     5,841     1.17     1,559,326     4,579     1.17     877,995     3,551     1.64
Senior and subordinated debt 234,053     3,694     6.35     233,848     3,740     6.35     203,899     3,313     6.59
Total interest-bearing liabilities 11,744,245     26,652     0.91     11,341,648     28,245     0.99     9,659,641     23,466     0.99
Demand deposits 3,884,015               3,862,157               3,587,480          
Total funding sources 15,628,260         0.69     15,203,805         0.74     13,247,121         0.72
Other liabilities 361,404               326,156               282,437          
Stockholders' equity - common 2,415,157               2,359,197               2,138,281          
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 18,404,821               $ 17,889,158               $ 15,667,839          
Tax-equivalent net interest income/margin(1)     144,728     3.54         149,711     3.72         140,132     4.04
Tax-equivalent adjustment     (1,153 )             (1,352 )             (1,108 )    
Net interest income (GAAP)(1)     $ 143,575               $ 148,359               $ 139,024      
Impact of acquired loan accretion(1)     $ 6,946     0.17         $ 9,657     0.24         $ 6,369     0.18
Tax-equivalent net interest income/margin, adjusted(1)     $ 137,782     3.37         $ 140,054     3.48         $ 133,763     3.86
                                                   

(1)  Interest income and yields on tax-exempt securities and loans are presented on a tax-equivalent basis, assuming a federal income tax rate of 21%. The corresponding income tax impact related to tax-exempt items is recorded in income tax expense. These adjustments have no impact on net income. See the "Non-GAAP Financial Information" section presented later in this release for a discussion of this non-GAAP financial measure.

Net interest income for the first quarter of 2020 was down 3.2% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and up 3.3% from the first quarter of 2019. The decrease in net interest income compared to the fourth quarter of 2019 resulted primarily from lower interest rates and lower acquired loan accretion, partially offset by lower cost of funds and the acquisition of interest-earning assets from the Park Bank transaction that closed in March 2020. Compared to the first quarter of 2019, the increase in net interest income was driven primarily by the acquisition of interest-earning assets from the Bridgeview Bank ("Bridgeview") transaction that closed in May 2019, growth in loans and securities, and lower cost of funds, significantly offset by lower interest rates.

Acquired loan accretion contributed $6.9 million, $9.7 million, and $6.4 million to net interest income for the first quarter of 2020, fourth quarter of 2019, and first quarter of 2019, respectively.

Tax-equivalent net interest margin for the current quarter was 3.54%, decreasing 18 and 50 basis points from the fourth and first quarters of 2019, respectively. Excluding the impact of acquired loan accretion, tax-equivalent net interest margin was 3.37%, down 11 and 49 basis points from the fourth and first quarters of 2019, respectively. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, tax-equivalent net interest margin decreased as a result of lower interest rates on loans and securities, partially offset by lower cost of funds. The decline in tax-equivalent net interest margin compared to the first quarter of 2019 was due primarily to lower interest rates and actions taken to reduce rate sensitivity.

For the first quarter of 2020, total average interest-earning assets rose by $462.0 million and $2.4 billion from the fourth quarter of 2019 and first quarter of 2019, respectively. The increase compared to both prior periods resulted primarily from the Park Bank transaction in the first quarter of 2020, securities purchases, and loan growth. In addition, the increase in average interest-earning assets compared to the first quarter of 2019 was impacted by the assets acquired in the Bridgeview transaction.

Total average funding sources for the first quarter of 2020 increased by $424.5 million and $2.4 billion from the fourth quarter of 2019 and first quarter of 2019, respectively. The increase compared to both prior periods resulted primarily from the Park Bank transaction in the first quarter of 2020 and FHLB advances. In addition, the increase in average funding sources compared to the first quarter of 2019 was impacted by deposits assumed in the Bridgeview transaction and organic deposit growth.

Noninterest Income Analysis
(Dollar amounts in thousands)

  Quarters Ended   March 31, 2020
Percent Change From
  March 31,
2020
  December 31, 2019   March 31,
2019
  December 31, 2019   March 31,
2019
Wealth management fees $ 12,361     $ 12,484     $ 11,600     (1.0 )   6.6  
Service charges on deposit accounts 11,781     12,664     11,540     (7.0 )   2.1  
Capital market products income 4,722     6,337     1,279     (25.5 )   269.2  
Card-based fees, net 3,968     4,512     4,378     (12.1 )   (9.4 )
Mortgage banking income 1,788     4,134     1,004     (56.7 )   78.1  
Other service charges, commissions, and fees 2,682     2,946     2,611     (9.0 )   2.7  
Total fee-based revenues 37,302     43,077     32,412     (13.4 )   15.1  
Other income 3,065     3,419     2,494     (10.4 )   22.9  
Net securities losses (1,005 )           N/M     N/M  
Total noninterest income $ 39,362     $ 46,496     $ 34,906     (15.3 )   12.8  
                                   

N/M – Not meaningful.

Total noninterest income of $39.4 million was down 15.3% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and up 12.8% from the first quarter of 2019. The increase in wealth management fees compared to the first quarter of 2019 resulted from continued sales of fiduciary and investment advisory services to new and existing customers. The decrease in service charges on deposit accounts and net card-based fees compared to the fourth quarter of 2019 was due primarily to seasonality and the impact of the fee assistance programs offered to our clients as a result of COVID-19.

Capital market products income decreased compared to the record level of income achieved in the fourth quarter of 2019 and increased compared to the first quarter of 2019 as a result of higher sales to corporate clients reflecting the lower long-term rate environment.

Mortgage banking income for the first quarter of 2020 resulted from sales of $116.6 million of 1-4 family mortgage loans in the secondary market, compared to $173.0 million and $57.5 million in the fourth and first quarters of 2019, respectively. In addition, mortgage banking income for the first quarter of 2020 was impacted by negative changes in the fair value of mortgage servicing rights due to market conditions.

Net securities losses of $1.0 million were recognized during the first quarter of 2020 as a result of repositioning of the Company's securities portfolio due to market conditions.

Noninterest Expense Analysis
(Dollar amounts in thousands)

  Quarters Ended   March 31, 2020
Percent Change From
  March 31,
2020
  December 31, 2019   March 31,
2019
  December 31, 2019   March 31,
2019
Salaries and employee benefits:                  
Salaries and wages $ 49,990     $ 53,043     $ 46,135     (5.8 )   8.4  
Retirement and other employee benefits 12,869     9,930     11,238     29.6     14.5  
Total salaries and employee benefits 62,859     62,973     57,373     (0.2 )   9.6  
Net occupancy and equipment expense(1) 14,227     12,940     13,797     9.9     3.1  
Professional services(1) 10,390     10,949     7,087     (5.1 )   46.6  
Technology and related costs(1) 8,548     7,429     6,270     15.1     36.3  
Advertising and promotions 2,761     2,896     2,372     (4.7 )   16.4  
Net other real estate owned ("OREO") expense 420     1,080     681     (61.1 )   (38.3 )
Other expenses 12,654     13,000     10,581     (2.7 )   19.6  
Acquisition and integration related expenses 5,472     5,258     3,691     4.1     48.3  
Delivering Excellence implementation costs     223     258     (100.0 )   (100.0 )
Total noninterest expense $ 117,331     $ 116,748     $ 102,110     0.5     14.9  
Acquisition and integration related expenses (5,472 )   (5,258 )   (3,691 )   4.1     48.3  
Delivering Excellence implementation costs     (223 )   (258 )   (100.0 )   (100.0 )
Total noninterest expense, adjusted(2) $ 111,859     $ 111,267     $ 98,161     0.5     14.0  
                                   

(1) Certain reclassifications were made to prior year amounts to conform to the current year presentation.

(2) See the "Non-GAAP Financial Information" section presented later in this release for a discussion of this non-GAAP financial measure.

Total noninterest expense was consistent with the fourth quarter of 2019 and increased 14.9% from the first quarter of 2019. Noninterest expense for all periods presented was impacted by acquisition and integration related expenses and costs related to implementation of the Delivering Excellence initiative for the fourth and first quarters of 2019. Excluding these items, noninterest expense for the first quarter of 2020 was $111.9 million, consistent with the fourth quarter of 2019 and up 14.0% from the first quarter of 2019. Overall, noninterest expense, adjusted, to average assets was well controlled at 2.44% for the first quarter of 2020, down 1% and 4% from the fourth and first quarters of 2019, respectively.

Operating costs associated with the Park Bank transaction completed late in the first quarter of 2020 contributed to noninterest expense for the first quarter of 2020. In addition, operating costs associated with the Bridgeview transaction contributed to the increase in noninterest expense compared to the first quarter of 2019. These costs primarily occurred in salaries and employee benefits, net occupancy and equipment expense, professional services, technology and related costs, and other expenses.

Compared to both prior periods, salaries and employee benefits was also impacted by lower incentive compensation expenses and equity compensation valuations. This was partially offset by higher payroll tax due to timing compared to the fourth quarter of 2019 and more than offset by merit increases and commissions resulting from sales of 1-4 family mortgage loans in the secondary market compared to the first quarter of 2019. Higher costs related to winter weather conditions and utilities contributed to the increase in net occupancy and equipment expense from the fourth quarter of 2019. Technology and related costs compared to both prior periods was impacted by investments in technology. Professional services increased compared to the first quarter of 2019 due to process enhancements and expenses associated with higher capital market products income. Compared to the first quarter of 2019, other expenses increased as a result of higher servicing fees from purchases of consumer loans and other miscellaneous expenses associated with organizational growth.

Acquisition and integration related expenses for the first quarter of 2020 and fourth quarter of 2019 resulted from the acquisition of Park Bank and Bridgeview. For the first quarter of 2019, acquisition and integration related expenses resulted from the acquisition of NorStates Bank, Northern Oak Wealth Management, Inc., and Bridgeview.

Delivering Excellence implementation costs for the fourth quarter of 2019 and first quarter of 2019 resulted from certain actions initiated by the Company in connection with its Delivering Excellence initiative and include property valuation adjustments on locations identified for closure, employee severance, and general restructuring and advisory services.

LOAN PORTFOLIO AND ASSET QUALITY

Loan Portfolio Composition
(Dollar amounts in thousands)

  As of   March 31, 2020
Percent Change From
  March 31, 
 2020
  December 31, 
 2019
  March 31, 
 2019
  December 31, 
 2019
  March 31, 
 2019
Commercial and industrial $ 5,051,154     $ 4,481,525     $ 4,183,262     12.7     20.7  
Agricultural 393,138     405,616     438,461     (3.1 )   (10.3 )
Commercial real estate:                  
Office, retail, and industrial 2,279,068     1,848,718     1,806,892     23.3     26.1  
Multi-family 906,281     856,553     752,943     5.8     20.4  
Construction 562,689     593,093     683,475     (5.1 )   (17.7 )
Other commercial real estate 1,349,812     1,383,708     1,309,878     (2.4 )   3.0  
Total commercial real estate 5,097,850     4,682,072     4,553,188     8.9     12.0  
Total corporate loans 10,542,142     9,569,213     9,174,911     10.2     14.9  
Home equity 965,771     851,454     862,068     13.4     12.0  
1-4 family mortgages 1,968,589     1,927,078     1,086,264     2.2     81.2  
Installment 488,515     492,585     445,760     (0.8 )   9.6  
Total consumer loans 3,422,875     3,271,117     2,394,092     4.6     43.0  
Total loans $ 13,965,017     $ 12,840,330     $ 11,569,003     8.8     20.7  
                                   

Loan growth was positively impacted by the Park Bank acquisition in the first quarter of 2020, which added loans of $737.7 million as of March 31, 2020. Excluding these loans, total loans grew 12.1% annualized from December 31, 2019. Excluding the loans acquired in both the Park Bank acquisition and Bridgeview acquisition in the second quarter of 2019, total loans grew 9.0% from March 31, 2019. In addition, total corporate loans compared to both prior periods benefited from growth in commercial and industrial loans as a result of both new production and existing line draws, primarily within our sector-based lending businesses. Strong production within commercial real estate loans was offset by the impact of certain customers selling their commercial business or investment real estate properties, as well as refinancing with institutions offering loan terms outside of our credit parameters.

Growth in consumer loans compared to both prior periods resulted primarily from purchases of home equity loans, as well as organic growth. In addition, compared to the first quarter of 2019, purchases of 1-4 family mortgages contributed to the increase.

Allowance for Credit Losses
(Dollar amounts in thousands)

  As of   March 31, 2020
Percent Change From
  March 31,
2020
  December 31, 2019   March 31,
2019
  December 31, 2019   March 31,
2019
Allowance for credit losses                  
Provision for credit losses $ 39,532     $ 9,594     $ 10,444     312.0     278.5  
Allowance for credit losses $ 226,701     $ 109,222     $ 104,779     107.6     116.4  
Allowance for credit losses to total loans(1) 1.62 %   0.85 %   0.91 %        
Allowance for credit losses to non-accrual loans 154.64 %   132.76 %   149.25 %        
                         

(1) Prior to the adoption of CECL on January 1, 2020, this ratio included acquired loans that were recorded at fair value through an acquisition adjustment netted in loans, which incorporated credit risk as of the acquisition date with no allowance for credit losses being established at that time. As the acquisition adjustment was accreted into income over future periods, an allowance for credit losses on acquired loans was established as necessary to reflect credit deterioration. Subsequent to adoption, an allowance for credit losses on acquired loans is established as of the acquisition date and the acquired loans are no longer recorded net of a credit-related acquisition adjustment.

The Company adopted CECL on January 1, 2020, which impacted both the level of allowance for credit losses as well as other asset quality metrics due to the change in accounting for acquired PCD loans. As a result, certain metrics are presented excluding PCD loans to provide comparability to prior periods.

The allowance for credit losses was $226.7 million or 1.62% of total loans as of March 31, 2020, increasing $117.5 million and $121.9 million compared to December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2019, respectively. Adoption of the CECL standard increased the allowance for credit losses by $76 million, which includes $32 million attributable to loans and unfunded commitments, $36 million for PCD acquired loans, and $8 million for non-PCD acquired loans. As a result of COVID-19, a provision for loan losses of $28 million was recorded in the first quarter of 2020. In addition, $14.3 million in allowance for credit losses was established through acquisition accounting adjustments for PCD loans acquired in the Park Bank acquisition in the first quarter of 2020 along with an additional $1.7 million in provision for loan losses on non-PCD loans subsequent to acquisition.

Asset Quality
(Dollar amounts in thousands)

  As of   March 31, 2020
Percent Change From
  March 31,
2020
  December 31, 2019   March 31,
2019
  December 31, 2019   March 31,
2019
Asset quality                  
Non-accrual loans, excluding purchased credit deteriorated ("PCD") loans(1)(2) $ 97,649     $ 82,269     $ 70,205     18.7     39.1  
Non-accrual PCD loans(1) 48,950             N/M     N/M  
Total non-accrual loans 146,599     82,269     70,205     78.2     108.8  
90 days or more past due loans, still accruing interest(1) 5,052     5,001     8,446     1.0     (40.2 )
Total non-performing loans 151,651     87,270     78,651     73.8     92.8  
Accruing troubled debt restructurings ("TDRs") 1,216     1,233     1,844     (1.4 )   (34.1 )
Foreclosed assets(3) 21,027     20,458     10,818     2.8     94.4  
Total non-performing assets $ 173,894     $ 108,961     $ 91,313     59.6     90.4  
30-89 days past due loans(1) $ 81,127     $ 31,958     $ 45,764          
30-89 days past due loans, excluding PCD loans(1)(2) $ 75,581     $ 31,958     $ 45,764          
Non-accrual loans to total loans 1.05 %   0.64 %   0.61 %        
Non-accrual loans to total loans, excluding PCD loans(1)(2) 0.71 %   0.64 %   0.61 %        
Non-performing loans to total loans 1.09 %   0.68 %   0.68 %        
Non-performing loans to total loans, excluding PCD loans(1)(2) 0.75 %   0.68 %   0.68 %        
Non-performing assets to total loans plus foreclosed assets 1.24 %   0.85 %   0.79 %        
Non-performing assets to total loans plus foreclosed assets, excluding PCD loans(1)(2) 0.91 %   0.85 %   0.79 %        
                         

N/M – Not meaningful.

(1) Prior to the adoption of CECL on January 1, 2020, purchased credit impaired ("PCI") loans with an accretable yield were considered current and were not included in past due loan totals. In addition, PCI loans with an accretable yield were excluded from non-accrual loans. Subsequent to adoption, PCD loans, including those previously classified as PCI, are included in past due and non-accrual loan totals. In addition, an allowance for credit losses is established as of the acquisition date or upon the adoption of CECL for loans previously classified as PCI, as PCD loans are no longer recorded net of a credit-related acquisition adjustment.

(2) See the "Non-GAAP Financial Information" section presented later in this release for a discussion of this non-GAAP financial measure.

(3) Foreclosed assets consists of OREO and other foreclosed assets acquired in partial or total satisfaction of defaulted loans. Other foreclosed assets are included in other assets in the Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition.

Non-performing assets represented 1.24% of total loans and foreclosed assets at March 31, 2020 compared to 0.85% and 0.79% at December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2019, respectively. Excluding the impact of PCD loans, non-performing assets to total loans plus foreclosed assets was 0.91% at March 31, 2020, reflective of normal fluctuations that occur on a quarterly basis. These fluctuations occurred within non-accrual loans and foreclosed assets and are isolated to certain credits for which the Company has remediation plans in place.

Total 30-89 days past due loans, excluding PCD loans of $75.6 million increased by $43.6 million and $29.8 million compared to December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2019, respectively. Reported levels were elevated largely due to timing as renewal and payment activity on two loan relationships was delayed into in the first week of April 2020.

Charge-Off Data
 (Dollar amounts in thousands)

  Quarters Ended
  March 31,
2020
  % of
Total
  December 31, 2019   % of
Total
  March 31,
2019
  % of
Total
Net loan charge-offs(1)                      
Commercial and industrial $ 4,680     38.7     $ 6,799     64.2     $ 5,061     55.7  
Agricultural 1,227     10.1     15     0.1     89     1.0  
Commercial real estate:                      
Office, retail, and industrial 329     2.7     256     2.4     618     6.8  
Multi-family 5         (439 )   (4.1 )   339     3.7  
Construction 1,808     14.9     3              
Other commercial real estate 164     1.4     13     0.1     189     2.1  
Consumer 3,901     32.2     3,953     37.3     2,788     30.7  
Total net loan charge-offs $ 12,114     100.0     $ 10,600     100.0     $ 9,084     100.0  
Less: net loan charge-offs on PCD loans(2)(3) (1,720 )   14.2         N/A         N/A  
Total net loan charge-offs, excluding PCD loans(2)(3) $ 10,394         $ 10,600         $ 9,084      
Recoveries included in total net loan charge-offs $ 1,816         $ 2,135         $ 1,693      
Net loan charge-offs to average loans(1)(4)                      
Quarter-to-date 0.37 %       0.33 %       0.32 %    
Quarter-to-date, excluding PCD loans(2)(3) 0.32 %       0.33 %       0.32 %    
                             

N/A – Not applicable.

(1) Amounts represent charge-offs, net of recoveries.

(2) Prior to the adoption of CECL on January 1, 2020, the portion of PCI loans deemed to be uncollectible was recorded as a reduction of the credit-related acquisition adjustment, which was netted within loans. Subsequent to adoption, an allowance for credit losses on PCD loans, including those previously identified as PCI, is established as of the acquisition date and the PCD loans are no longer recorded net of a credit-related acquisition adjustment. PCD loans deemed to be uncollectible are recorded as a charge-off through the allowance for credit losses.

(3) See the "Non-GAAP Financial Information" section presented later in this release for a discussion of this non-GAAP financial measure.

(4) Annualized based on the actual number of days for each period presented.

Net loan charge-offs to average loans, annualized were 0.37%, compared to 0.33% for the fourth quarter of 2019 and 0.32% for the first quarter of 2019. Excluding charge-offs on PCD loans, net loan charge-offs to average loans of 0.32% was consistent with both prior periods.

DEPOSIT PORTFOLIO

Deposit Composition
(Dollar amounts in thousands)

  Average for the Quarters Ended   March 31, 2020
Percent Change From
  March 31,
2020
  December 31, 2019   March 31,
2019
  December 31, 2019   March 31,
2019
Demand deposits $ 3,884,015     $ 3,862,157     $ 3,587,480     0.6     8.3  
Savings deposits 2,069,163     2,044,386     2,037,831     1.2     1.5  
NOW accounts 2,273,156     2,291,667     2,083,366     (0.8 )   9.1  
Money market accounts 2,227,707     2,178,518     1,809,234     2.3     23.1  
Core deposits 10,454,041     10,376,728     9,517,911     0.7     9.8  
                             
Time deposits 2,932,466     3,033,903     2,647,316     (3.3 )   10.8  
Total deposits $ 13,386,507     $ 13,410,631     $ 12,165,227     (0.2 )   10.0  
                                   

Total average deposits were $13.4 billion for the first quarter of 2020, consistent with the fourth quarter of 2019 and up 10.0% from the first quarter of 2019. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, deposits acquired in the Park Bank transaction were offset by the normal seasonal decline in commercial and municipal deposits. The increase in total average deposits compared to the first quarter of 2019 was driven primarily by deposits assumed in the Park Bank and Bridgeview transactions in the first quarter of 2020 and second quarter of 2019, respectively, as well as organic growth.

CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Capital Ratios

  As of
  March 31,
2020
  December 31, 2019   March 31,
2019
Company regulatory capital ratios:          
Total capital to risk-weighted assets 12.00 %   12.96 %   12.91 %
Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets 9.64 %   10.52 %   10.52 %
Common equity Tier 1 ("CET1") to risk-weighted assets 9.64 %   10.52 %   10.52 %
Tier 1 capital to average assets 8.60 %   8.81 %   9.28 %
Company tangible common equity ratios(1)(2):            
Tangible common equity to tangible assets 7.97 %   8.81 %   9.00 %
Tangible common equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income ("AOCI"), to tangible assets 7.79 %   8.82 %   9.21 %
Tangible common equity to risk-weighted assets 9.63 %   10.51 %   10.29 %
                 

(1) These ratios are not subject to formal Federal Reserve regulatory guidance.

(2) Tangible common equity ("TCE") is a non-GAAP measure that represents common stockholders' equity less goodwill and identifiable intangible assets. For details of the calculation of these ratios, see the sections titled, "Non-GAAP Financial Information" and "Non-GAAP Reconciliations" presented later in this release.

Capital ratios decreased compared to December 31, 2019 as earnings were more than offset by the approximately 50 basis point impact of the Park Bank acquisition, and the approximately 15 basis point impact of stock repurchases on all ratios, as well as the impact of loan growth and securities purchases on risk-weighted assets. The Company elected CECL transition relief for regulatory capital which retained approximately 20 basis points of CET1 and tier 1 capital.

During the first quarter of 2020, the Company announced a stock repurchase program authorizing the discretionary repurchase of up to $200 million of its common stock. This program replaced the Company's prior $180 million stock repurchase program, which was set to expire in March of 2020. The Company suspended repurchases in March as it shifted its capital deployment strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the suspension, the Company repurchased approximately 1.2 million shares of its common stock at a total cost of $22.6 million for the first quarter of 2020.

The Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per common share during the first quarter of 2020, which is consistent with the fourth quarter of 2019 and an increase of 17% from the first quarter of 2019. This dividend represents the 149th consecutive cash dividend paid by the Company since its inception in 1983.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the Company's results, outlook, and related matters will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11 A.M. (ET). Members of the public who would like to listen to the conference call should dial (877) 507-0639 (U.S. domestic) or (412) 317-6003 (International) and ask for the First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Earnings Conference Call. The number should be dialed 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start of the conference call. There is no charge to access the call. The conference call will also be accessible as an audio webcast through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, www.firstmidwest.com/investorrelations. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available on the Company's website or by dialing (877) 344-7529 (U.S. domestic) or (412) 317-0088 (International) conference I.D. 10141463 beginning one hour after completion of the live call until 9:00 A.M. (ET) on May 15, 2020. Please direct any questions regarding obtaining access to the conference call to First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Investor Relations, via e-mail, at investor.relations@firstmidwest.com.

Press Release, Presentation Materials, and Additional Information Available on Website

This press release, the presentation materials to be discussed during the conference call, and the accompanying unaudited Selected Financial Information are available through the "Investor Relations" section of First Midwest's website at www.firstmidwest.com/investorrelations.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release, as well as any oral statements made by or on behalf of First Midwest, may contain certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "may," "might," "will," "would," "should," "could," "expect," "plan," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "outlook," "predict," "project," "probable," "potential," "possible," "target," "continue," "look forward," or "assume" and words of similar import. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance but instead express only management's beliefs regarding future results or events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of management's control. It is possible that actual results and events may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results or events indicated in these forward-looking statements. First Midwest cautions you not to place undue reliance on these statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, and First Midwest undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements may be deemed to include, among other things, statements relating to First Midwest's future financial performance, including the related outlook for 2020, the performance of First Midwest's loan or securities portfolio, the expected amount of future credit reserves or charge-offs, corporate strategies or objectives, including the impact of certain actions and initiatives, anticipated trends in First Midwest's business, regulatory developments, acquisition transactions, estimated synergies, cost savings and financial benefits of announced and completed transactions, growth strategies, including possible future acquisitions, and the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, financial condition, liquidity, loans and results of operations. These statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including the duration, extent and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, including its effects on our business, operations and employees, as well as on our customers and service providers, and on economies and markets more generally and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are discussed under the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in First Midwest's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and in First Midwest's subsequent filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). These risks and uncertainties are not exhaustive, and other sections of these reports describe additional factors that could adversely impact First Midwest's business and financial performance.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

The Company's accounting and reporting policies conform to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and general practices within the banking industry. As a supplement to GAAP, the Company provides non-GAAP performance results, which the Company believes are useful because they assist investors in assessing the Company's operating performance. These non-GAAP financial measures include EPS, adjusted, the efficiency ratio, return on average assets, adjusted, tax-equivalent net interest income (including its individual components), tax-equivalent net interest margin, tax-equivalent net interest margin, adjusted, noninterest expense, adjusted, tangible common equity to tangible assets, tangible common equity, excluding AOCI, to tangible assets, tangible common equity to risk-weighted assets, return on average common equity, adjusted, return on average tangible common equity, return on average tangible common equity, adjusted, non-accrual loans, excluding PCD loans, 30-89 days past due loans, excluding PCD loans, non-accrual loans to total loans, excluding PCD loans, non-performing loans to total loans, excluding PCD loans, non-performing assets to total loans plus foreclosed assets, excluding PCD loans, net loan charge-offs, excluding PCD loans, and net loan charge-offs to average loans, excluding PCD loans.

The Company presents EPS, the efficiency ratio, return on average assets, return on average common equity, and return on average tangible common equity, all adjusted for certain significant transactions. These transactions include acquisition and integration related expenses associated with completed and pending acquisitions (all periods), net securities losses (first quarter of 2020), and Delivering Excellence implementation costs (all periods in 2019). Management believes excluding these transactions from EPS, the efficiency ratio, return on average assets, return on average common equity, and return on average tangible common equity may be useful in assessing the Company's underlying operational performance since these transactions do not pertain to its core business operations and their exclusion may facilitate better comparability between periods. Management believes that excluding acquisition and integration related expenses from these metrics may be useful to the Company, as well as analysts and investors, since these expenses can vary significantly based on the size, type, and structure of each acquisition. Additionally, management believes excluding these transactions from these metrics may enhance comparability for peer comparison purposes.

The Company presents noninterest expense, adjusted, which excludes acquisition and integration related expenses and Delivering Excellence implementation costs. Management believes that excluding these items from noninterest expense may be useful in assessing the Company’s underlying operational performance as these items either do not pertain to its core business operations or their exclusion may facilitate better comparability between periods and for peer comparison purposes.

The tax-equivalent adjustment to net interest income and net interest margin recognizes the income tax savings when comparing taxable and tax-exempt assets. Interest income and yields on tax-exempt securities and loans are presented using the current federal income tax rate of 21%. Management believes that it is standard practice in the banking industry to present net interest income and net interest margin on a fully tax-equivalent basis and that it may enhance comparability for peer comparison purposes. In addition, management believes that presenting tax-equivalent net interest margin, adjusted, may enhance comparability for peer comparison purposes and is useful to the Company, as well as analysts and investors, since acquired loan accretion income may fluctuate based on the size of each acquisition, as well as from period to period.

In management's view, tangible common equity measures are capital adequacy metrics that may be meaningful to the Company, as well as analysts and investors, in assessing the Company's use of equity and in facilitating comparisons with peers. These non-GAAP measures are valuable indicators of a financial institution's capital strength since they eliminate intangible assets from stockholders' equity and retain the effect of accumulated other comprehensive loss in stockholders' equity.

The Company presents non-accrual loans, 30-89 days past due loans, non-accrual loans to total loans, non-performing loans to total loans, non-performing assets to total loans plus foreclosed assets, net loan charge-offs, and net loan charge-offs to average loans, all excluding PCD loans. Management believes excluding PCD loans is useful as it facilitates better comparability between periods as prior to the adoption of CECL on January 1, 2020, PCI loans with an accretable yield were considered current and were not included in past due and non-accrual loan totals and the portion of PCI loans deemed to be uncollectible was recorded as a reduction of the credit-related acquisition adjustment, which was netted within loans. Subsequent to adoption, PCD loans, including those previously classified as PCI, are included in past due and non-accrual loan totals and an allowance for credit losses on PCD loans is established as of the acquisition date and the PCD loans are no longer recorded net of a credit-related acquisition adjustment. PCD loans deemed to be uncollectible are recorded as a charge-off through the allowance for credit losses. Additionally, management believes excluding PCD loans from these metrics may enhance comparability for peer comparison purposes.

Although intended to enhance investors' understanding of the Company's business and performance, these non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from those used by other financial institutions to assess their business and performance. See the previously provided tables and the following reconciliations in the "Non-GAAP Reconciliations" section for details on the calculation of these measures to the extent presented herein.

About First Midwest

First Midwest (FMBI) is a relationship-focused financial institution and one of the largest independent publicly traded bank holding companies based on assets headquartered in Chicago and the Midwest, with approximately $20 billion of assets and an additional $11 billion of assets under management. First Midwest Bank, Park Bank, and First Midwest's other affiliates provide a full range of commercial, treasury management, equipment leasing, consumer, wealth management, trust and private banking products and services. First Midwest operates branches and other locations throughout metropolitan Chicago, southeast Wisconsin, and in other markets in the Midwest. Visit First Midwest at www.firstmidwest.com.

CONTACTS:

Investors
Patrick S. Barrett
EVP, Chief Financial Officer
708.831.7231
pat.barrett@firstmidwest.com
Media
Maurissa Kanter
SVP, Director of Corporate Communications
708.831.7345
maurissa.kanter@firstmidwest.com
   

Accompanying Unaudited Selected Financial Information

First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition (Unaudited)
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
   
  As of
  March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,
  2020   2019   2019   2019   2019
Period-End Balance Sheet                  
Assets                  
Cash and due from banks $ 252,138     $ 214,894     $ 273,613     $ 199,684     $ 186,230  
Interest-bearing deposits in other banks 229,474     84,327     202,054     126,966     76,529  
Equity securities, at fair value 40,098     42,136     40,723     40,690     33,304  
Securities available-for-sale, at fair value 3,382,865     2,873,386     2,905,738     2,793,316     2,350,195  
Securities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost 19,825     21,997     22,566     23,277     12,842  
FHLB and FRB stock 154,357     115,409     112,845     109,466     85,790  
Loans:                  
Commercial and industrial 5,051,154     4,481,525     4,570,361     4,524,401     4,183,262  
Agricultural 393,138     405,616     417,740     430,589     438,461  
Commercial real estate:                  
Office, retail, and industrial 2,279,068     1,848,718     1,892,877     1,936,577     1,806,892  
Multi-family 906,281     856,553     817,444     787,155     752,943  
Construction 562,689     593,093     637,256     654,607     683,475  
Other commercial real estate 1,349,812     1,383,708     1,425,292     1,447,673     1,309,878  
Home equity 965,771     851,454     833,955     874,686     862,068  
1-4 family mortgages 1,968,589     1,927,078     1,686,967     1,391,814     1,086,264  
Installment 488,515     492,585     491,427     472,102     445,760  
Total loans 13,965,017     12,840,330     12,773,319     12,519,604     11,569,003  
Allowance for loan losses (219,948 )   (108,022 )   (109,028 )   (105,729 )   (103,579 )
Net loans 13,745,069     12,732,308     12,664,291     12,413,875     11,465,424  
OREO 9,814     8,750     12,428     15,313     10,818  
Premises, furniture, and equipment, net 145,844     147,996     147,064     148,347     131,014  
Investment in bank-owned life insurance ("BOLI") 298,827     296,351     297,610     297,118     295,899  
Goodwill and other intangible assets 935,241     875,262     876,219     878,802     808,852  
Accrued interest receivable and other assets 539,748     437,581     458,303     415,379     360,872  
Total assets $ 19,753,300     $ 17,850,397     $ 18,013,454     $ 17,462,233     $ 15,817,769  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity                  
Noninterest-bearing deposits $ 4,222,523     $ 3,802,422     $ 3,832,744     $ 3,748,316     $ 3,588,943  
Interest-bearing deposits 9,876,427     9,448,856     9,608,183     9,440,272     8,572,039  
Total deposits 14,098,950     13,251,278     13,440,927     13,188,588     12,160,982  
Borrowed funds 2,648,210     1,658,758     1,653,490     1,407,378     973,852  
Senior and subordinated debt 234,153     233,948     233,743     233,538     203,984  
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities 336,280     335,620     345,695     332,156     319,480  
Stockholders' equity 2,435,707     2,370,793     2,339,599     2,300,573     2,159,471  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 19,753,300     $ 17,850,397     $ 18,013,454     $ 17,462,233     $ 15,817,769  
Stockholders' equity, excluding AOCI $ 2,400,384     $ 2,372,747     $ 2,332,861     $ 2,303,383     $ 2,191,630  
Stockholders' equity, common 2,435,707     2,370,793     2,339,599     2,300,573     2,159,471  
                             


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First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
                   
  Quarters Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,
  2020   2019   2019   2019   2019
Income Statement                  
Interest income $