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Popular, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results

  • Net income of $206.1 million in Q4 2021, compared to net income of $248.1 million in Q3 2021.

  • Net income of $934.9 million for the year 2021, compared to net income of $506.6 million for the year 2020.

  • Net interest margin of 2.78% in Q4 2021, compared to 2.77% in Q3 2021; net interest margin on a taxable equivalent basis of 3.02% in Q4 2021, compared to 3.04% in Q3 2021.

  • Credit Quality:

    • Non-performing loans held-in-portfolio ("NPLs") decreased by $85.0 million from Q3 2021; NPLs to loans ratio at 1.9% vs. 2.2% in Q3 2021;

    • Net charge-offs ("NCOs") was a net recovery of $7.9 million, a favorable variance by $16.7 million from Q3 2021; NCOs at (0.11%) of average loans held-in-portfolio vs. 0.12% in Q3 2021; NCOs of $20.7 million for the year 2021, a favorable variance by $165.7 million from the year 2020; NCOs at 0.07% of average loans held-in-portfolio for the year 2021 vs. 0.66% for the year 2020;

    • Allowance for credit losses ("ACL") to loans held-in-portfolio at 2.38% vs. 2.49% in Q3 2021; and

    • ACL to NPLs at 126.9% vs. 113.6% in Q3 2021.

  • Common Equity Tier 1 ratio of 17.45%, Common Equity per Share of $74.48 and Tangible Book Value per Share of $65.39 at December 31, 2021.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, January 27, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Popular, Inc. (the "Corporation," "Popular," "we," "us," "our") (NASDAQ:BPOP) reported net income of $206.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to net income of $248.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Ignacio Alvarez, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "Our fourth quarter results reflect a strong finish to a record year. During the quarter we continued adding new clients, increasing our deposit base and growing most of our loan portfolios. We also launched a new digital platform where small business customers in Puerto Rico can apply for loans in a more convenient way. And we were especially pleased by the performance of our U.S. mainland operations that achieved commercial loan growth of $726 million, including the $105 million from the K-2 acquisition. Our financial performance in 2021 was driven by solid credit quality trends that led to a benefit in the provision of $194 million. Our net charge-off ratio of 0.07% was the lowest since at least 2004.

Our results reflect the strength of our diverse sources of revenues. Solid financial performance and a strong capital position led to a dividend increase of 22% on our common stock effective Q2 2022 and a common stock repurchase program of $500 million for 2022.

Further demonstrating our commitment to the communities we serve, this fall we gained the certification to a host of our low-cost deposit products that meet the Bank On certification requirements. We are also proud to be included in this year’s Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) as we continue to make strides in gender parity at Popular and across the financial industry.

While cognizant of the challenges related to the pandemic, we enter this year ready to build on the momentum of 2021, with an improving economic and fiscal environment in Puerto Rico and the rising interest rate environment.

I want to thank our colleagues whose dedication, resilience and talent helped us achieve our record results. They continue to be our most valuable asset."

Significant Events

Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

For the fourth quarter of 2021, the Corporation recorded net income of $206.1 million, compared to net income of $248.1 million for the previous quarter. The fourth quarter’s results include a release in the allowance for credit losses of $33.1 million driven by the releases in the Puerto Rico commercial and mortgage portfolios, resulting from improving credit quality, partially offset by reserve increases related to an increase in weight to downside economic scenarios and higher loan volumes. Net interest income was $501.3 million, an increase of $11.9 million compared to the previous quarter, mainly due to higher income from loans issued under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ("SBA") Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP"), loan growth, coupled with activity from lease financing business acquired in October 2021 by Popular Equipment Finance LLC ("PEF") and higher income from the repayment of purchased credit deteriorated ("PCD") loans. Net interest margin increased 1 basis point to 2.78%. Total assets grew by $0.9 billion from the previous quarter, reflecting loan growth in Popular Bank ("PB") and an increase in deposits across all sectors in Puerto Rico.

Acquisition of K2 Capital Group LLC

On October 15, 2021, PEF, a newly-formed wholly-owned subsidiary of PB, completed the acquisition of certain assets and the assumption of certain liabilities of Minnesota-based K2 Capital Group LLC’s ("K2") equipment leasing and financing business (the "Acquired Business"). PEF made a payment to K2 of approximately $157 million in cash, representing a premium of approximately $42 million over the book value of K2’s net assets, which has been preliminarily recorded as goodwill. An additional approximate $29 million in earnout payments could be payable to K2 over the next three years, contingent upon the achievement of certain agreed-upon financial targets during such period.

Specializing in the healthcare industry, the Acquired Business provides a variety of lease products, including operating and finance leases, and also offers private label vendor finance programs to equipment manufacturers and healthcare organizations. The acquisition provides PB with a national equipment leasing platform that complements its existing healthcare lending business.

As part of the transaction, PEF acquired approximately $115 million in net assets that consisted mainly of commercial finance leases.

The transaction was accounted for as a business combination. The Corporation is in the process of finalizing the assessment of the fair value of the net assets acquired as part of the transaction and expects to complete its assessment before the filing of its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021. Any fair value adjustments would impact the value of the recorded assets and liabilities with a corresponding offset to goodwill.

Capital Actions

Redemption of Trust Preferred Securities

On November 1, 2021, the Corporation redeemed all outstanding 6.70% Cumulative Monthly Income Trust Preferred Securities (the "Trust Preferred Securities") issued by the Popular Capital Trust I (the "Trust") (liquidation amount of $25 per security and amounting to $186,663,800 (or $181,063,250 after excluding the Corporation’s participation in the Trust of $5,600,550) in the aggregate). The redemption price for the Trust Preferred Securities was equal to $25 per security plus accrued and unpaid distributions up to and excluding the redemption date in the amount of $0.139583 per security, for a total payment per security in the amount of $25.139583. Upon redemption, Popular delisted the Trust Preferred Securities (NASDAQ: BPOPN) from the Nasdaq Global Select Market.

Announcement of 2022 Capital Actions

On January 12, 2022 the Corporation announced the following capital actions:

  • an increase in the Corporation’s quarterly common stock dividend from $0.45 per share to $0.55 per share, commencing with the dividend payable in the second quarter of 2022, subject to the approval by the Corporation’s Board of Directors; and

  • common stock repurchases of up to $500 million during 2022.

The Corporation’s planned common stock repurchases may be executed in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. The timing and exact amount of such repurchases will be subject to various factors, including market conditions and the Corporation’s capital position and financial performance.

Earnings Highlights

(Unaudited)

Quarters ended

Years ended

(Dollars in thousands, except per share information)

31-Dec-21

30-Sep-21

31-Dec-20

31-Dec-21

31-Dec-20

Net interest income

$501,283

$489,393

$471,616

$1,957,590

$1,856,613

Provision for credit losses (benefit)

(33,050

)

(61,173

)

21,218

(193,464

)

292,536

Net interest income after provision for credit losses (benefit)

534,333

550,566

450,398

2,151,054

1,564,077

Other non-interest income

164,677

169,258

144,847

642,128

512,312

Operating expenses

417,394

388,168

375,924

1,549,275

1,457,829

Income before income tax

281,616

331,656

219,321

1,243,907

618,560

Income tax expense

75,552

83,542

43,045

309,018

111,938

Net income

$206,064

$248,114

$176,276

$934,889

$506,622

Net income applicable to common stock

$205,711

$247,761

$175,923

$933,477

$504,864

Net income per common share-basic

$2.59

$3.09

$2.10

$11.49

$5.88

Net income per common share-diluted

$2.58

$3.09

$2.10

$11.46

$5.87

Net interest income on a taxable equivalent basis – Non-GAAP financial measure

Net interest income, on a taxable equivalent basis, is presented with its different components in Table D and E for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021, and comparable periods. Net interest income on a taxable equivalent basis is a non-GAAP financial measure. Management believes that this presentation provides meaningful information since it facilitates the comparison of revenues arising from taxable and tax-exempt sources.

Non-GAAP financial measures used by the Corporation may not be comparable to similarly named non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

Net interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 was $501.3 million compared to $489.4 million in the previous quarter, an increase of $11.9 million. Net interest income, on a taxable equivalent basis, for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $543.9 million, an increase of $7.6 million when compared to $536.3 million in the third quarter of 2021. The increase in net interest income on a taxable equivalent is mainly related to the repayment of PCD loans, higher PPP fees during the quarter and the activity recognized in the quarter from PEF’s recently acquired lease financing business.

Net interest margin for the fourth quarter was 2.78% compared to 2.77% in the previous quarter. The increase in net interest margin is due to the repayment of PCD loans and higher PPP loan fees related to loans, partially offset by a lower yield on money markets and investment securities due to lower volume of mortgage-backed securities. On a taxable equivalent basis, net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 3.02% compared to 3.04% in the third quarter of 2021, a decrease of 2 basis points. The main variances in net interest income on a taxable equivalent basis were:

  • Higher interest income from loans by $8.2 million mainly due to the following:

    • Higher income from commercial loans including $3.7 million from the repayment of PCD loans, interest income and fees from PPP loans by $1.2 million and $2.4 million from loans acquired by PEF from K2. Interest income for the commercial portfolio also reflected loan growth at PB which, excluding PPP loans and including the finance lease portfolio acquired by PEF, increased by $726 million or 13% and $284 million in average balances from the previous quarter;

    • Auto and lease financing continued its positive trend increasing by $102 million in average balances and reflecting an increase in interest income of $0.7 million
      Partially offset by:

    • Lower interest income from mortgage loans due lower average volume resulting from continued amortization of the Banco Popular de Puerto Rico ("BPPR") portfolio

    • Lower interest expense on borrowings resulting from the redemption during the quarter of the Trust Preferred Securities, totaling $186.7 million.

These positive variances were partially offset by:

  • Lower interest income from money market investments, trading and investment securities by $3.4 million due lower volume and yield of mortgage-backed securities, partially offset by a higher volume of lower yielding U.S. Treasury notes.

The Corporation recognized income of $23.2 million related to loans issued under the SBA PPP program, compared to $22.0 million in the previous quarter. These loans carried a yield of approximately 17.86% in this quarter, including the amortization of fees received under the program, compared to 10.10% last quarter. This portfolio of loans issued under the SBA PPP declined by $265.2 million in BPPR to a balance of $255.3 million and declined by $51.4 million in PB to a balance of $97.9 million. On December 31, 2021, the portfolio [at BPPR and PB] had a remaining [aggregate] balance of unamortized fees of $18.1 million.

Net interest income for the BPPR segment amounted to $425.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $419.2 million for the third quarter. Net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 2.73%, a decrease of 2 basis points when compared to 2.75% for the previous quarter. As discussed above, net interest margin was positively impacted by the repayment of PCD loans, higher PPP fees and a higher volume of auto and lease financing loans, but the earning assets mix continues to impact the net interest margin. The cost of interest-bearing deposits was 0.16% compared to 0.17% in the previous quarter. Total cost of deposits for the quarter was 0.12%, compared to 0.13% reported for the third quarter of 2021.

Net interest income for PB was $83.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $80.0 million during the previous quarter. Net interest margin for the quarter was 3.47% or 11 basis point higher than the previous quarter. The increase in net interest income is driven by a higher volume of commercial loans, as discussed above, from both origination activity and the acquisition of the equipment finance leases business from K2. The lower cost on deposits also benefited the net interest margin at PB. The cost of interest-bearing deposits was 0.52% or 4 basis points lower than the 0.56% reported in the third quarter, decreasing for the ninth consecutive quarter. Total cost of deposits for the quarter, including demand deposits, was 0.40%, compared to 0.43% in the previous quarter.

Non-interest income

Non-interest income decreased by $4.6 million to $164.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $169.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. The variance in non-interest income was primarily driven by:

  • lower other operating income by $14.8 million mainly due to lower net earnings from the combined portfolio of investments under the equity method by $5.4 million and the impact of a gain of $7.0 million recognized in the third quarter of 2021 by BPPR as a result of the sale and partial leaseback of two corporate office buildings;
    partially offset by:

  • higher other service fees by $3.3 million mainly due to higher insurance fees by $3.5 million principally resulting from contingent insurance commissions that are typically recognized during the fourth quarter and higher credit card fees by $2.2 million mainly in interchange income; and

  • higher income from mortgage banking activities by $8.7 million mostly due to a favorable variance in fair value adjustments on mortgage servicing rights ("MSRs") of $7.5 million mainly due to a decrease in estimated prepayments and an increase in float earnings and higher realized gains on closed derivative positions by $1.7 million.

Refer to Table B for further details.

Operating expenses

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 totaled $417.4 million, an increase of $29.2 million when compared to the third quarter of 2021. The variance in operating expenses was driven primarily by:

  • higher personnel cost by $2.8 million mainly due to salary increases and higher incentives and commissions;

  • higher equipment expense by $2.6 million due to higher purchases of equipment by $0.6 million, higher amortization of software maintenance and higher depreciation of equipment held for operating leases by $0.5 million, the latter, related to the activity at PEF;

  • higher business promotion expenses by $7.7 million mainly as a result of seasonal activities, higher donations by $1.8 million and higher credit cards rewards expense related to transactional volumes by $2.0 million;

  • higher other operating expenses by $14.6 million due to impairment losses on undeveloped properties by $5.0 million, based on the estimated fair value as these were reclassified to held for sale or held for investments based on management’s intended use, and higher sundry losses by $9.7 million, including $3.7 million related to the termination of a white label credit card contract and higher legal reserves; and

  • higher amortization of intangibles by $5.3 million due to a write-down on impairment of a trademark.

Partially offset by:

  • lower credit and debit card processing and other expenses by $4.2 million mainly due to volume incentives.

Full-time equivalent employees were 8,351 as of December 31, 2021, compared to 8,342 as of September 30, 2021.

For a breakdown of operating expenses by category refer to Table B.

Income taxes

For the quarter ended December 31, 2021, the Corporation recorded an income tax expense of $75.6 million, compared to $83.5 million for the previous quarter. The decrease in income tax expense was mainly attributable to lower income before tax during the fourth quarter of 2021. The effective tax rate ("ETR") for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 27%, or 2% higher when compared with the previous quarter. The ETR for the year was 25%. The ETR of the Corporation is impacted by the composition and source of its taxable income.

Credit Quality

During the fourth quarter of 2021, the Corporation continued to exhibit strong credit quality trends and low credit costs with net recoveries in NCOs and decreasing NPLs. We continue to closely monitor COVID-19 pandemic related risks on borrower performance and changes in the pace of economic recovery as new variants continue to emerge. However, management believes that the improvement over the last few years in the risk profile of the Corporation’s loan portfolios positions Popular to operate successfully under the current environment.

The following presents credit quality results for the fourth quarter of 2021:

  • At December 31, 2021, total non-performing loans held-in-portfolio decreased by $85.0 million from September 30, 2021. BPPR’s NPLs decreased by $94.6 million, driven by lower commercial, mortgage and construction NPLs by $63.3 million, $20.7 million and $14.4 million, respectively. The commercial and construction NPLs decrease reflects payoffs related to troubled loan resolutions, and loans that were returned to accrual status during the quarter. The mortgage NPLs decrease was mainly due to the combined effects of collection efforts, increased foreclosure activity and the on-going low levels of early delinquency compared with pre-pandemic trends. PB’s NPLs increased by $9.6 million, mostly due to higher mortgage and commercial NPLs by $7.5 million and $2.7 million, respectively. The mortgage NPLs increase was mostly driven by loans that did not resume payment at the end of the deferral period. At December 31, 2021, the ratio of NPLs to total loans held-in-portfolio was 1.9%, compared to 2.2% in the third quarter of 2021.

  • Inflows of NPLs held-in-portfolio, excluding consumer loans, increased by $2.6 million quarter-over-quarter. In BPPR, total inflows decreased by $7.1 million, mostly driven by lower commercial and mortgage inflows of $5.2 million and $2.4 million, respectively. Mortgage inflows continued trending lower than pre-pandemic levels. NPL inflows at PB increased by $9.6 million during the quarter, mostly due to higher mortgage NPL inflows by $7.4 million, as explained above.

  • NCOs decreased by $16.7 million from the third quarter to net recoveries of $7.9 million. BPPR‘s NCOs decreased by $17.0 million, primarily driven by lower commercial NCOs by $15.7 million mostly related to recoveries from the resolution of the abovementioned commercial non-performing loans. During the fourthquarter of 2021, the Corporation’s ratio of annualized net charge-offs to average loans held-in-portfolio was (0.11%), compared to 0.12% in the third quarter of 2021. Refer to Table M for further information on net charge-offs and related ratios.

  • At December 31, 2021, the ACL decreased by $23.2 million, or 3.2%, from the third quarter of 2021 to $695.4 million. The ACL incorporated updated macroeconomic scenarios for Puerto Rico and the United States. Given that any one economic outlook is inherently uncertain, the Corporation leverages multiple scenarios to estimate its ACL. The baseline scenario continues to be assigned the highest probability, followed by the pessimistic scenario. In response to recent events that impact both epidemiological and fiscal assumptions, the weight assigned to the pessimistic scenario was increased this quarter.

  • In BPPR, the ACL decreased by $22.6 million mainly driven by reductions in the commercial and mortgage loans ACL. Improved appraisals, releases of qualitative reserves as well as continued borrower performance contributed to the lower ACL for these segments. The ACL for the PB segment remained flat quarter-over-quarter, as the effect of releases in qualitative reserves was partially offset by higher loan volumes and the increase in weight applied to the pessimistic scenario. The ratio of the allowance for credit losses to loans held-in-portfolio was 2.38% in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 2.49% in the previous quarter. The ratio of the allowance for credit losses to NPLs held-in-portfolio stood at 126.9%, compared to 113.6% in the previous quarter.

  • The current baseline forecast continues to show a favorable economic scenario. GDP growth is expected for Puerto Rico and United States in 2022 and 2023. In addition, the unemployment rate is expected to continue to improve in both regions through 2022 and remain stable in 2023.

  • The provision for credit losses for the loan portfolios for the fourth quarter of 2021 reflected a benefit of $31.4 million, compared to a benefit of $58.6 million in the previous quarter, reflecting the previously mentioned changes in the allowance for credit losses and NCOs recoveries. The provision for the BPPR segment was a benefit of $30.6 million, compared to a benefit of $36.0 million in the previous quarter, while the provision for the PB segment was a benefit of $0.9 million, compared to a benefit of $22.7 million in the previous quarter.

  • The provision for unfunded commitments for the fourth quarter of 2021 reflected a benefit of $0.5 million, compared to a benefit of $1.5 million in the previous quarter. The provision for credit losses in our investment portfolio was a benefit of $1.1 million, compared to a benefit of $1.0 million in the third quarter of 2021. The provision for unfunded loan commitments, provision for credit losses on our loan and lease portfolios and provision for credit losses on our investment portfolio are aggregated and presented in the provision for credit losses caption in our Statement of Operations.

Non-Performing Assets

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

31-Dec-21

30-Sep-21

31-Dec-20

Non-performing loans held-in-portfolio

$547,877

$632,835

$737,774

Non-performing loans held-for-sale

-

-

2,738

Other real estate owned ("OREO")

85,077

76,828

83,146

Total non-performing assets

$632,954

$709,663

$823,658

Net (recoveries) charge-offs for the quarter

$(7,881

)

$8,823

$42,078

Ratios:

Loans held-in-portfolio

$29,243,889

$28,855,372

$29,385,196

Non-performing loans held-in-portfolio to loans held-in-portfolio

1.87

%

2.19

%

2.51

%

Allowance for credit losses to loans held-in-portfolio

2.38

2.49

3.05

Allowance for credit losses to non-performing loans, excluding loans held-for-sale

126.92

113.55

121.48

Refer to Table K for additional information.

Provision for Credit Losses (Benefit) - Loan Portfolios

(Unaudited)

Quarters ended

Years ended

(In thousands)

31-Dec-21

30-Sep-21

31-Dec-20

31-Dec-21

31-Dec-20

Provision for credit losses (benefit) - loan portfolios:

BPPR

$(30,562

)

$(35,992

)

$24,756

$(129,018

)

$205,865

Popular U.S.

(859

)

(22,653

)

(13,971

)

(54,327

)

76,471

Total provision for credit losses (benefit) - loan portfolios

$(31,421

)

$(58,645

)

$10,785

$(183,345

)

$282,336

Credit Quality by Segment

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Quarters ended

BPPR

31-Dec-21

30-Sep-21

31-Dec-20

Provision for credit losses (benefit) - loan portfolios

$(30,562

)

$(35,992

)

$24,756

Net charge-offs (recoveries)

(7,615

)

9,336

41,217

Total non-performing loans held-in-portfolio

514,289

608,871

700,377

Allowance / loans held-in-portfolio

2.85

%

2.92

%

3.43

%

Allowance / non-performing loans held-in-portfolio

115.53

%

101.30

%

105.62

%

Quarters ended

Popular U.S.

31-Dec-21

30-Sep-21

31-Dec-20

Provision for credit losses (benefit) - loan portfolios

$(859

)

$(22,653

)

$(13,971

)

Net charge-offs (recoveries)

(266

)

(513

)

861

Total non-performing loans held-in-portfolio

33,588

23,964

37,397

Allowance / loans held-in-portfolio

1.21

%

1.32

%

2.00

%

Allowance / non-performing loans held-in-portfolio

301.31

%

424.79

%

418.48

%

Financial Condition Highlights

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

31-Dec-21

30-Sep-21

31-Dec-20

Cash and money market investments

$17,965,152

$18,065,211

$12,131,945

Investment securities

25,267,418

24,697,876

21,864,184

Loans

29,243,889

28,855,372

29,385,196

Total assets

75,088,659

74,189,163

65,926,000

Deposits

67,005,088

66,013,561

56,866,340

Borrowings

1,155,166

1,263,413

1,346,284

Total liabilities

69,119,262

68,206,192

59,897,313

Stockholders’ equity

5,969,397

5,982,971

6,028,687

Total assets increased by $0.9 billion from the third quarter of 2021, driven by:

  • an increase of $0.6 billion in debt securities available-for-sale, mainly due to purchases of U.S. treasury securities, partially offset by paydowns of agency mortgage-backed securities; and

  • an increase in loans held-in-portfolio by $0.4 billion mainly due to an increase of $0.7 billion in commercial loans at PB principally in the health care industry from which $0.1 billion was related to the acquisition by PEF of K2’s lease financing business during the quarter, partially offset by a decrease of $0.2 billion in commercial loans at BPPR mainly due to the collection of PPP loans during the quarter.

Total liabilities increased by $0.9 billion from the third quarter of 2021, driven by:

  • an increase of $1.0 billion in deposits, mainly due to higher retail and commercial demand deposits by $0.7 billion and higher Puerto Rico public sector deposits by $0.3 billion at BPPR; partially offset by

  • a net reduction in borrowings of $0.1 billion, from which $0.2 billion was related to the redemption of the Trust Preferred Securities.

Common equity tier-1 ratio ("CET1"), common equity per share and tangible book value per share were 17.45%, $74.48 and $65.39, respectively, at December 31, 2021, compared to 17.36%, $74.66 and $66.01 at September 30, 2021. Refer to Table A for capital ratios.

Refer to Table C for the Statements of Financial Condition.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including without limitation those about Popular’s business, financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives and future performance. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, are based on management’s current expectations and, by their nature, involve risks, uncertainties, estimates and assumptions. Potential factors, some of which are beyond the Corporation’s control, could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the effect of competitive and economic factors, and our reaction to those factors, the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses, delinquency trends, market risk and the impact of interest rate changes, capital market conditions, capital adequacy and liquidity, the effect of legal and regulatory proceedings (including as a result of any participation in and execution of government programs related to the COVID-19 pandemic), new accounting standards on the Corporation’s financial condition and results of operations, the scope and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic (including the appearance of new strains of the virus), actions taken by governmental authorities in response thereto, and the direct and indirect impact of the pandemic on Popular, our customers, service providers and third parties. All statements contained herein that are not clearly historical in nature, are forward-looking, and the words "anticipate," "believe," "continues," "expect," "estimate," "intend," "project" and similar expressions, and future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," "might," "can," "may" or similar expressions, are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements.

More information on the risks and important factors that could affect the Corporation’s future results and financial condition is included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, in our Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2021, June 30, 2021, September 30, 2021 and in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our filings are available on the Corporation’s website (www.popular.com) and on the Securities and Exchange Commission website (www.sec.gov). The Corporation assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or information which speak as of their respective dates.

About Popular, Inc.

Popular, Inc. (NASDAQ: BPOP) is the leading financial institution in Puerto Rico, by both assets and deposits, and ranks among the top 50 U.S. bank holding companies by assets. Founded in 1893, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Popular’s principal subsidiary, provides retail, mortgage and commercial banking services in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Popular also offers in Puerto Rico auto and equipment leasing and financing, investment banking, broker-dealer and insurance services through specialized subsidiaries. In the mainland United States, Popular provides retail, mortgage and commercial banking services through its New York-chartered banking subsidiary, Popular Bank, which has branches located in New York, New Jersey and Florida.

Conference Call

Popular will hold a conference call to discuss its financial results today Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be open to the public and broadcasted live over the Internet and can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Corporation’s website: www.popular.com.

Listeners are recommended to go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software. The call may also be accessed through the dial-in telephone number 1-844-200-6205 (Toll Free) or 1-646-904-5544 (Local). The dial-in access code is 476774.

A replay of the webcast will be archived in Popular’s website. A telephone replay will be available one hour after the end of the conference call through Thursday, February 24, 2022. The replay dial-in is: 1-866-813-9403 or 1-929-458-6194. The replay passcode is 565254.

An electronic version of this press release can be found at the Corporation’s website: www.popular.com.

Popular, Inc.

Financial Supplement to Fourth Quarter 2021 Earnings Release

Table A - Selected Ratios and Other Information

Table B - Consolidated Statement of Operations

Table C - Consolidated Statement of Financial Condition

Table D - Analysis of Levels and Yields on a Taxable Equivalent Basis (Non-GAAP) - QUARTER

Table E - Analysis of Levels and Yields on a Taxable Equivalent Basis (Non-GAAP) - YEAR-TO-DATE

Table F - Mortgage Banking Activities and Other Service Fees

Table G - Loans and Deposits

Table H - Loan Delinquency - PUERTO RICO OPERATIONS

Table I - Loan Delinquency - POPULAR U.S. OPERATIONS

Table J - Loan Delinquency - CONSOLIDATED

Table K - Non-Performing Assets

Table L - Activity in Non-Performing Loans

Table M - Allowance for Credit Losses, Net Charge-offs and Related Ratios

Table N - Allowance for Credit Losses - Loan Portfolios - CONSOLIDATED

Table O - Allowance for Credit Losses - Loan Portfolios - PUERTO RICO OPERATIONS

Table P - Allowance for Credit Losses - Loan Portfolios - POPULAR U.S. OPERATIONS

Table Q - Reconciliation to GAAP Financial Measures

POPULAR, INC.

Financial Supplement to Fourth Quarter 2021 Earnings Release

Table A - Selected Ratios and Other Information

(Unaudited)

Quarters ended

Years ended

31-Dec-21

30-Sep-21

31-Dec-20

31-Dec-21

31-Dec-20

Basic EPS

$2.59

$3.09

$2.10

$11.49

$5.88

Diluted EPS

$2.58

$3.09

$2.10

$11.46

$5.87

Average common shares outstanding

79,477,823

80,126,166

83,841,343

81,263,027

85,882,371

Average common shares outstanding - assuming dilution

79,652,836

80,274,942

83,940,412

81,420,154

85,975,259

Common shares outstanding at end of period

79,851,169

79,841,564

84,244,235

79,851,169

84,244,235

Market value per common share

$82.04

$77.67

$56.32

$82.04

$56.32

Market capitalization - (In millions)

$6,551

$6,201

$4,745

$6,551

$4,745

Return on average assets

1.09%

1.34%

1.08%

1.31%

0.85%

Return on average common equity

13.74%

17.10%

12.68%

16.22%

9.36%

Net interest margin (non-taxable equivalent basis)

2.78%

2.77%

3.04%

2.88%

3.29%

Net interest margin (taxable equivalent basis) -non-GAAP

3.02%

3.04%

3.35%

3.19%

3.62%

Common equity per share

$74.48

$74.66

$71.30

$74.48

$71.30

Tangible common book value per common share (non-GAAP) [1]

$65.39

$66.01

$63.07

$65.39

$63.07

Tangible common equity to tangible assets (non-GAAP) [1]

7.02%

7.17%

8.14%

7.02%

8.14%

Return on average tangible common equity [1]

15.66%

19.44%

14.50%

18.47%

10.75%

Tier 1 capital

17.52%

17.43%

16.33%

17.52%

16.33%

Total capital

19.38%

19.90%

18.81%

19.38%

18.81%

Tier 1 leverage

7.42%

7.38%

7.80%

7.42%

7.80%

Common Equity Tier 1 capital

17.45%

17.36%

16.26%

17.45%

16.26%

[1] Refer to Table Q for reconciliation to GAAP financial measures.

POPULAR, INC.

Financial Supplement to Fourth Quarter 2021 Earnings Release

Table B - Consolidated Statement of Operations

(Unaudited)

Quarters ended

Variance

Quarter ended

Variance

Years ended

Q4 2021

Q4 2021

(In thousands, except per share information)

31-Dec-21

30-Sep-21

vs. Q3 2021

31-Dec-20

vs. Q4 2020

31-Dec-21

31-Dec-20

Interest income:

Loans

$444,101

$435,296

$8,805

$430,988

$13,113

$1,747,827

$1,742,390

Money market investments

6,847

6,914

(67

)

2,933

3,914

21,147

19,721

Investment securities

88,315

87,952

363

85,502

2,813

353,663

329,440

Total interest income

539,263

530,162

9,101

519,423

19,840

2,122,637

2,091,551

Interest expense:

Deposits

26,331

27,029

(698

)

33,420

(7,089

)

111,621

175,855

Short-term borrowings

60

54

6

348

(288

)

319

2,457

Long-term debt

11,589

13,686

(2,097

)

14,039

(2,450

)

53,107

56,626

Total interest expense

37,980

40,769

(2,789

)

47,807

(9,827

)

165,047

234,938

Net interest income

501,283

489,393

11,890

471,616

29,667

1,957,590

1,856,613

Provision for credit losses (benefit)

(33,050

)

(61,173

)

28,123

21,218

(54,268

)

(193,464

)

292,536

Net interest income after provision for credit losses (benefit)

534,333

550,566

(16,233

)

450,398

83,935

2,151,054

1,564,077

Service charges on deposit accounts

41,613

41,312

301

39,152

2,461

162,698

147,823

Other service fees

83,793

80,445

3,348

71,156

12,637

311,248

257,892

Mortgage banking activities

17,035

8,307

8,728

9,730

7,305

50,133

10,401

Net gain on sale of debt securities

-

23

(23

)

-

-

23

41

Net (loss) gain, including impairment, on equity securities

(1,454

)

(401

)

(1,053

)

1,410

(2,864

)

131

6,279

Net (loss) profit on trading account debt securities

(355

)

58

(413

)

440

(795

)

(389

)

1,033

Net gain (loss) on sale of loans, including valuation adjustments on loans held-for-sale

-

-

-

253

(253

)

(73

)

1,234

Adjustments to indemnity reserves on loans sold

1,398

2,038

(640

)

2,160

(762

)

4,406

390

Other operating income

22,647

37,476

(14,829

)

20,546

2,101

113,951

87,219

Total non-interest income

164,677

169,258

(4,581

)

144,847

19,830

642,128

512,312

Operating expenses:

Personnel costs

Salaries

96,830

95,185

1,645

92,063

4,767

371,644

370,179

Commissions, incentives and other bonuses

27,611

25,892

1,719

19,399

8,212

113,095

78,582

Pension, postretirement and medical insurance

13,971

13,893

78

12,454

1,517

52,077

44,123

Other personnel costs, including payroll taxes

22,060

22,677

(617

)

18,351

3,709

94,986

71,321

Total personnel costs

160,472

157,647

2,825

142,267

18,205

631,802

564,205

Net occupancy expenses

26,755

24,896

1,859

42,793

)

102,226

119,345

Equipment expenses

25,180

22,537

2,643

22,395

2,785

92,097

88,932

Other taxes

15,160

14,459

701

13,532

1,628

56,783

54,454

Professional fees

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