SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Zions Bancorporation, N.A. (ZION) ("Zions" or "the Bank") today reported net earnings applicable to common shareholders for the third quarter of 2019 of $214 million, or $1.17 per diluted common share, compared with net earnings applicable to common shareholders of $215 million, or $1.04 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2018 and net earnings applicable to common shareholders of $189 million, or $0.99 per diluted common share, for the second quarter of 2019.
Harris H. Simmons, Chairman and CEO, commented, "Given the challenging interest rate environment in which banks currently operate, we're pleased with the quarter's overall results. We achieved solid growth of both demand and interest-bearing deposits, moderate loan growth, strong customer-related fee income growth, and flat operating expenses. Credit quality also remained well-controlled, with annualized net charge-offs of only 0.01% of average loans, and nonperforming assets which declined to less than 0.5% of average loans. A 12% reduction in average outstanding diluted shares relative to last year's third quarter helped produce a 13% increase in earnings per share."
Mr. Simmons continued, "As we adjust to a lower interest rate environment and anticipate the resulting continued pressure on interest margins, we will continue to take steps to carefully manage operating expenses in the year ahead. We are optimistic that we will be able to manage 2020 operating expenses to a level that is no more than, and likely modestly reduced from, expected 2019 results." For the full version of the Bank's 2019 third quarter earnings release, including financial tables, please visit zionsbancorporation.com.
Supplemental Presentation and Conference Call
Zions has posted a supplemental presentation to its website, which will be used to discuss these third quarter results at 5:30 p.m. ET this afternoon (October 21, 2019). Media representatives, analysts, investors, and the public are invited to join this discussion by calling (253) 237-1247 (domestic and international) and entering the passcode 1358841, or via on-demand webcast. A link to the webcast will be available on the Zions Bancorporation website at zionsbancorporation.com. The webcast of the conference call will also be archived and available for 30 days.
Additionally, Zions expects to host its biennial investor day on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Institutional investors and professional equity and fixed income analysts are encouraged to attend in person; retail investors and investment advisers are encouraged to join by webcast. The link to the webcast will be posted to zionsbancorporation.com in advance of the event.
About Zions Bancorporation, N.A.
Zions Bancorporation, N.A. is one of the nation's premier financial services companies with total assets of $70 billion. Zions operates under local management teams and distinct brands in 11 western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Bank is a national leader in Small Business Administration lending and public finance advisory services. The Bank has been the recipient of many local and national awards, primarily reflecting its strong customer service and products. The Bank has a strong commitment to the communities in which it operates. In addition, Zions is included in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Financial 100 indices. Investor information and links to local banking brands can be accessed at zionsbancorporation.com.
This earnings release includes "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations regarding future events or determinations, all of which are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, market trends, industry results or regulatory outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
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