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People's United (PBCT) Q1 Earnings Beat, Revenues Rise Y/Y

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People's United Financial Inc. PBCT reported first-quarter 2020 operating earnings of 33 cents per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 22 cents. Also, the bottom line was in line with the year-ago quarter’s reported figure.

First-quarter results reflected improvement in loan and deposit balances, and revenues. Also, a strong capital position supported the company’s results. However, elevated expenses and margin contraction were headwinds. Further, a drastic increase in provision for credit losses due to application of CECL and the impacts of coronavirus was a major offsetting factor.

After considering certain non-recurring items, net income available to common shareholders was $126.9 million compared with $111.1 million reported in the prior-year quarter.

Revenue Growth Offsets Higher Expenses

Revenues were up 21.6% year over year to $519.8 million in the first quarter. Also, the top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $498.2 million.

Net interest income, on a fully taxable basis, totaled $403.7 million, up 18.7% year over year. The rise was mainly due to higher earning assets. Nevertheless, net interest margin contracted 8 basis points (bps) to 3.12%.

Non-interest income rose 30.9% year over year to $123.8 million. Rise in almost all components of income led to the upside.

Non-interest expenses jumped 15.5% on a year-over-year basis to $320.1 million. Increase in all components, except for other expenses, led to the rise.

Efficiency ratio was 54% compared with 57.3% in the prior-year quarter. A decline in the ratio indicates improved profitability.

As of Mar 31, 2020, total loans were $44.3 billion, up 1.6% from the prior quarter. Also, total deposits grew 2.6% sequentially to $44.7 billion.

Credit Quality Deteriorates

As of Mar 31, 2020, non-performing assets were $261.8 million, up 24.6% year over year. Ratio of non-performing assets to total originated loans remained stable at 0.54%.

Also, net loan charge-offs more than doubled year over year to $10.6 million. Net loan charge-offs as a percentage of average total loans were 0.1% on an annualized basis, up 4 bps. Provision for loan losses was $33.5 million compared with $5.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

Capital Position and Profitability Ratios

As of Mar 31, 2020, total risk-based capital ratio decreased to 11.3% from 12.4% recorded a year ago. Tangible equity ratio was 7.4%, down from 7.7%.

Return on average tangible stockholders’ equity was 11.8%, down from the prior-year quarter’s 13%. Return on average assets of 0.89% declined from 0.96% as of Mar 31, 2020.

Our Viewpoint

People’s United remains well-positioned for revenue improvement through continued loan growth. Further, its robust balance sheet position is expected to support inorganic expansion, going forward. However, escalating non-interest expenses are expected to restrict bottom-line expansion. Also, lower interest rates and coronavirus-induced economic slowdown remain major near-term concerns.

People's United Financial, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise


People's United Financial, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Currently, People’s United carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Performance of Other Banks

Huntington Bancshares’ HBAN first-quarter 2020 earnings per share of 3 cents lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 12 cents amid the coronavirus crisis. The bottom-line figure was 91% lower than the prior-year quarter’s reported number.

Texas Capital Bancshares Inc. TCBI reported adjusted loss per share of 11 cents in first-quarter 2020, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings of 94 cents. The reported figure excluded certain noteworthy items such as the impacts of the MSR impairment charges and merger-related expenses.

Navient Corporation NAVI reported first-quarter 2020 adjusted core earnings per share of 51 cents that missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 72 cents. Also, the bottom line was lower than the year-ago quarter figure of 58 cents.

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