DALLAS, Jan. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Veritex Holdings, Inc. (“Veritex” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: VBTX), the holding company for Veritex Community Bank, today announced the results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2019. Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was $29.1 million, or $0.56 diluted earnings per share (“EPS”), compared to $27.4 million, or $0.51 diluted EPS, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 and $9.8 million, or $0.40 diluted EPS, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Operating net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 totaled $30.3 million, or $0.58 diluted operating EPS1, compared to $28.6 million, or $0.53 diluted operating EPS1, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 and $11.5 million, or $0.47 diluted operating EPS1, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018.

C. Malcolm Holland, III, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said: “2019 was a transformational year for Veritex.  We are not only a bigger company, but more importantly a better company, as a result of the Green merger and all the work that was completed in 2019.  The fourth quarter loan growth, excluding mortgage warehouse, and deposit growth, excluding time deposits, gives us substantial momentum heading into 2020 where we will look to exploit the merger disruption in Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston while continuing to return excess capital to our shareholders.”

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights:

  • Diluted EPS was $0.56 and diluted operating EPS was $0.58 for the fourth quarter of 2019, resulting in a 23.4% increase in diluted operating EPS compared to the fourth quarter of 2018;
  • Return on average assets was 1.43%, operating return on average assets1 was 1.49% and pre-tax, pre-provision operating return on average assets1 was 2.07% for the fourth quarter of 2019;
  • Return on average tangible common equity was 16.22% and operating return on average tangible common equity1 was 16.87% for the fourth quarter of  2019;
  • Total loans, excluding mortgage warehouse, increased $86.9 million, or 6.1% annualized, and total deposits, excluding time deposits, increased $210.1 million, or 21.0% annualized, during the fourth quarter of  2019;
  • Increased and extended the previously announced stock buyback program during the fourth quarter of 2019.  During the fourth quarter and full year of 2019, Veritex repurchased 1,453,608 and 3,802,711 shares, respectively, of its outstanding common stock under its stock buyback program for an aggregate of $35.7 million and $94.5 million, respectively. Since inception, the buyback program has repurchased 7% of outstanding common stock;
  • Declared quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 payable on February 20, 2020 representing a 20% increase in the declared cash dividend from prior quarters.
 Summary of Financial Data Quarter Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
  2019 2018 2019 2018
  (Dollars in thousands)
GAAP        
Net income $29,051   $9,825   $90,739   $39,341  
Diluted EPS 0.56   0.40   1.68   1.60  
Return on average assets2 1.43 % 1.20 % 1.14 % 1.26 %
Efficiency ratio 47.12   54.27   56.41   54.92  
Book value per common share $23.32   $21.88   $23.32   $21.88  
Non-GAAP1        
Operating net income $30,294   $11,457   $123,836   $45,251  
Diluted operating EPS 0.58   0.47   2.29   1.84  
Pre-tax, pre-provision operating return on average assets 2.07 % 1.95 % 2.24 % 2.02 %
Operating return on average assets2 1.49   1.40   1.56   1.44  
Operating efficiency ratio 45.67   50.65   43.80   49.76  
Return on average tangible common equity2 16.22   11.52   13.02   12.89  
Operating return on average tangible common equity2 16.87   13.37   17.39   14.68  
Tangible book value per common share $14.74   $14.74   $14.74   $14.74  

1 Refer to the section titled "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures.
2 Annualized ratio.


Result of Operations for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2019

Net Interest Income

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, net interest income before provision for loan losses was $69.9 million and net interest margin was 3.81% compared to $70.9 million and 3.90%, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2019. The $1.0 million decrease in net interest income was primarily due to a $3.2 million decrease in interest income on loans driven by a decrease in loan yields and was partially offset by a $2.2 million decrease in interest expense on interest-bearing transaction and savings deposits.  Net interest margin decreased 9 basis points from the three months ended September 30, 2019, primarily due to a 22 basis point decrease in yields earned on loan balances, exceeded by a 33 basis point decrease in the average rate paid on interest-bearing demand and savings deposits during the three months ended December 31, 2019.  As a result, the average cost of interest-bearing deposits decreased to 1.59% for the three months ended December 31, 2019 from 1.79% for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Net interest income before provision for loan losses increased by $41.2 million from $28.7 million to $69.9 million and net interest margin decreased 8 basis points from 3.89% to 3.81% for the three months ended December 31, 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018. The increase in net interest income before provision for loan losses was primarily driven by higher loan balances and interest income resulting from loans acquired from Green Bancorp ("Green") in connection with Veritex's acquisition of Green in January 2019 and organic loan growth. For the three months ended December 31, 2019, average loan balances increased by $3.2 billion compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018, which resulted in a $45.8 million increase in interest income. Net interest margin decreased 8 basis points compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018 primarily due to a decrease in the average yield on interest-earning assets during the three months ended December 31, 2019. Average interest-bearing deposit accounts grew to $4.4 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $2.0 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2018, primarily due to the acquisition of Green. The average cost of interest-bearing deposits decreased to 1.59% for the three months ended December 31, 2019 from 1.75% for the three months ended December 31, 2018.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $7.1 million, a decrease of $1.3 million, or 15.4% compared to the three months ended September 30, 2019. The decrease was primarily due to a $438 thousand loss on sales of certain investment securities, a $331 thousand decrease in loan fees, and a $349 thousand decrease in the gain on sale of Small Business Administration ("SBA") loans for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

Compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018, noninterest income for the three months ended December 31, 2019 grew $3.5 million or 97.1%. The increase was primarily due to a $2.9 million increase in service charges and fees on acquired deposit accounts resulting from the acquisition of Green deposit accounts and the associated income from these accounts and a $1.5 million increase in loan fees, partially offset by a $1.3 million decrease in the gain on sale of SBA loans.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense was $36.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to $34.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, an increase of $1.7 million, or 4.8%. The increase was primarily driven by a $1.4 million increase in salaries and employee benefits in the three months ended December 31, 2019 as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018, noninterest expense for the three months ended December 31, 2019 increased $18.7 million, or 106.9%. The increase was primarily driven by a $10.6 million increase in salaries and employee benefits due to the addition of new Green employees as a result of the merger, and a $1.9 million, $1.8 million and $1.0 million  increase in amortization of intangibles, occupancy and equipment expenses, and data processing and software expenses, respectively, related to the acquisition of Green.

Financial Condition

Total loans were $5.9 billion at December 31, 2019, an increase of $37.0 million, or 2.51% annualized, compared to September 30, 2019 and $3.4 billion, or 132.14%, compared to December 31, 2018. The net increase was the result of Veritex's growth strategy and the acquisition of Green.

Total deposits were $5.9 billion at December 31, 2019, an increase of $16.5 million, or 0.3%, compared to September 30, 2019 and an increase of $3.3 billion, or 124.77%, compared to December 31, 2018. The increase from September 30, 2019 was primarily the result of an increase of $83.4 million in non-interest bearing demand deposits, which was offset by a decrease of $66.9 million in interest bearing accounts. The increase from December 31, 2018 was primarily the result of the acquisition of Green.

Asset Quality

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans was 0.50%, 0.45% and 0.75% of total loans held for investment at December 31, 2019, September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans for each of the three quarters ended was determined by an evaluation of the qualitative factors around the nature, volume and mix of the loan portfolio. The increase at December 31, 2019 in the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans from September 30, 2019 was primarily attributable to the general provision required from an increase of loans acquired from Green that were re-underwritten in the fourth quarter of 2019. Once an acquired loan undergoes new underwriting and meets the criteria for a new loan, the loan becomes fully subject to Veritex's allowance for loan loss methodology.  The decrease in the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans held for investment from December 31, 2018 was attributable to the acquisition of Green, as acquired loans are recorded at fair value. Our allowance for loan losses and remaining purchase discount on acquired loans as a percentage of loans held for investment, including mortgage warehouse, was 1.31%, 1.44% and 1.23% of total loans at December 31, 2019, September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.

Veritex recorded a provision for loan losses of $3.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 compared to a provision of $9.7 million and $1.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively, which reflects adjustments to provision for loan losses as a result of Veritex's continued organic growth and timing of charge-offs and recoveries recorded during the respective quarters. The decrease in the recorded provision for loan losses compared to the three months ended September 30, 2019 was primarily attributable to a $6.1 million charge-off during the third quarter of 2019 related to a commercial loan relationship acquired from Sovereign Bancshares, Inc. in 2017. The acquired commercial loan relationship consisted of a $7.8 million loan to an independent oil and gas exploration company that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2018 and recently entered into a sales process pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. The increase in the recorded provision for loan losses compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018 was primarily attributable to continued organic growth and loans acquired from Green that were re-underwritten in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Nonperforming assets totaled $39.4 million, or 0.50%, of total assets at December 31, 2019 compared to $17.0 million, or 0.21%, of total assets at September 30, 2019 and $24.7 million, or 0.77%, of total assets at December 31, 2018. The increase of $22.4 million compared to September 30, 2019 was primarily due to a $19.6 million increase in certain acquired non-purchased credit impaired loans that moved to nonaccrual status during the fourth quarter 2019  and a $2.9 million increase in other real estate owned. The $19.6 million increase in acquired nonaccrual loans due was primarily related to a single commercial loan relationship which required no provision for loan loss after it was individually analyzed for impairment.

Dividend Information

On January 28, 2020, Veritex's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per share on its outstanding shares of common stock, payable on February 20, 2020, to stockholders of record as of February 6, 2020.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Veritex’s management uses certain non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measures to evaluate its operating performance and provide information that is important to investors. However, non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental and should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, Veritex’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Specifically, Veritex reviews and reports tangible book value, tangible book value per common share, operating net income, tangible common equity to tangible assets, return on average tangible common equity, pre-tax, pre-provision operating earnings, pre-tax, pre-provision operating return on average assets, diluted operating earnings per share, operating return on average assets, operating return on average tangible common equity and operating efficiency ratio. Veritex has included in this earnings release information related to these non-GAAP financial measures for the applicable periods presented. Please refer to “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” after the financial highlights at the end of this earnings release for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures.

Conference Call

The Company will host an investor conference call to review the results on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Central Time. Participants may pre-register for the call by visiting https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/8groyitg and will receive a unique PIN number, which can be used when dialing in for the call. This will allow attendees to enter the call immediately. Alternatively, participants may call toll-free at (877) 703-9880.

The call and corresponding presentation slides will be webcast live on the home page of the Company's website, www.veritexbank.com. An audio replay will be available one hour after the conclusion of the call at (855) 859-2056, Conference #8717068. This replay, as well as the webcast, will be available until February 5, 2020.

About Veritex Holdings, Inc.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Veritex is a bank holding company that conducts banking activities through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Veritex Community Bank, with locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and in the Houston metropolitan area. Veritex Community Bank is a Texas state chartered bank regulated by the Texas Department of Banking and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. For more information, visit www.veritexbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on various facts and derived utilizing assumptions, current expectations, estimates and projections and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements relating to  the expected payment date of Veritex’s quarterly cash dividend, Veritex’s future financial performance, business and growth strategy, projected plans and objectives, as well as other projections based on macroeconomic and industry trends, which are inherently unreliable due to the multiple factors that impact broader economic and industry trends, and any such variations may be material.  Statements preceded by, followed by or that otherwise include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “projects,” “estimates,” “plans” and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “should,” “would,” “may” and “could” are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts, although not all forward-looking statements include the foregoing words.  We refer you to the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of Veritex’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and any updates to those risk factors set forth in Veritex’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), which are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.  If one or more events related to these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if Veritex’s underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may differ materially from what Veritex anticipates.  Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements.  Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made.  Veritex does not undertake any obligation, and specifically declines any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. All forward-looking statements, expressed or implied, included in this earnings release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. This cautionary statement should also be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Veritex or persons acting on Veritex’s behalf may issue.


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)

  For the Quarter Ended For the Year Ended
  Dec 31,
2019
 Sep 30,
2019
 Jun 30,
2019
 Mar 31,
2019
 Dec 31,
2018
 Dec 31,
2019
 Dec 31,
2018
  (Dollars and shares in thousands)
Per Share Data (Common Stock):              
Basic EPS $0.56   $0.52   $0.50   $0.14   $0.41   $1.71   $1.63  
Diluted EPS 0.56   0.51   0.49   0.13   0.40   1.68   1.60  
Book value per common share 23.32   23.02   22.55   21.88   21.88   23.32   21.88  
Tangible book value per common share1 14.74   14.61   14.27   13.76   14.74   14.74   14.74  
               
Common Stock Data:              
Shares outstanding at period end 51,064   52,373   53,457   54,563   24,254   51,064   24,254  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding for the period 51,472   52.915   53.969   54.293   24,224   53,154   24,169  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the period 52,263   53,873   54,929   55,439   24,532   53,978   24,590  
               
Summary Performance Ratios:              
Return on average assets2 1.43 % 1.36 % 1.36 % 0.38 % 1.20 % 1.14 % 1.26 %
Return on average equity2 9.63   8.98   8.98   2.52   7.44   7.57   7.73  
Return on average tangible common equity1, 2 16.22   15.15   15.26   5.09   11.52   13.02   12.89  
Efficiency ratio 47.12   43.67   51.49   82.30   54.27   56.41   54.92  
               
Selected Performance Metrics - Operating:              
Diluted operating EPS1 $0.58   $0.53   $0.59   $0.59   $0.47   $2.29   $1.84  
Pre-tax, pre-provision operating return on average assets1, 2 2.07 % 2.26 % 2.22 % 2.40 % 1.95 % 2.24 % 2.02 %
Operating return on average assets1, 2 1.49   1.42   1.63   1.69   1.40   1.56   1.44  
Operating return on average tangible common equity1, 2 16.87   15.78   18.09   18.81   13.37   17.39   14.68  
Operating efficiency ratio1 45.67   42.36   43.66   43.54   50.65   43.80   49.60  
               
Veritex Holdings, Inc. Capital Ratios:              
Average stockholders' equity to average total assets 14.88 % 15.11 % 15.13 % 15.18 % 16.14 % 15.07 % 16.25 %
Tier 1 capital to average assets (leverage) 10.17   10.33   10.47   10.57   12.04   10.17   12.04  
Common equity tier 1 capital 10.60   10.82   11.32   11.07   11.80   10.60   11.80  
Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets 11.02   11.26   11.77   11.50   12.18   11.02   12.18  
Total capital to risk-weighted assets 13.10   12.26   12.80   12.45   12.98   13.10   12.98  
Tangible common equity to tangible assets1 10.01   10.17   10.08   10.02   11.78   10.01   11.78  
               
Veritex Bank Capital Ratios:              
Tier 1 capital to average assets (leverage) 11.07 % 10.64 % 10.80 % 10.65 % 10.87 % 11.07 % 10.87 %
Common equity tier 1 capital 12.00   11.61   12.16   11.61   11.01   12.00   11.01  
Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets 12.00   11.61   12.16   11.61   11.01   12.00   11.01  
Total capital to risk-weighted assets 12.44   12.00   12.54   11.93   11.64   12.44   11.64  

1Refer to "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" after the financial highlights for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to their most directly comparable GAAP measure.
2Annualized ratio for quarterly metrics.


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Financial Highlights
(in thousands)

  Dec 31, 2019 Sep 30, 2019 Jun 30, 2019 Mar 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018
  (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)  
ASSETS          
Cash and cash equivalents $251,550   $252,592   $265,822   $339,473   $84,449  
Securities 997,330   1,023,393   1,020,279   950,671   262,695  
Other investments 89,923   89,795   81,088   75,920   23,174  
           
Loans held for sale 14,080   10,715   7,524   8,002   1,258  
Loans held for investment, mortgage warehouse 183,628   233,577   200,017   114,158   —  
Loans held for investment 5,737,577   5,654,027   5,731,833   5,663,721   2,555,494  
Total Loans 5,935,285   5,898,319   5,939,374   5,785,881   2,556,752  
Allowance for loan losses (29,834) (26,243) (24,712) (21,603) (19,255)
Bank-owned life insurance 80,915   80,411   79,899   79,397   22,064  
Bank premises, furniture and equipment, net 118,536   118,449   115,373   119,354   78,409  
Other real estate owned 5,995   4,625   1,748   151   —  
Intangible assets, net 72,263   75,363   78,347   81,245   15,896  
Goodwill 370,658   370,463   370,221   368,268   161,447  
Other assets 62,086   75,716   82,667   69,474   22,919  
Branch assets held for sale —   —   —   83,516   —  
Total assets $7,954,707   $7,962,883   $8,010,106   $7,931,747   $3,208,550  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY          
Deposits:          
Noninterest-bearing deposits $1,556,500   $1,473,126   $1,476,668   $1,439,630   $626,283  
Interest-bearing transaction and savings deposits 2,654,972   2,528,293   2,646,154   2,617,117   1,313,161  
Certificates and other time deposits 1,682,878   1,876,427   2,042,266   2,240,968   682,984  
Total deposits 5,894,350   5,877,846   6,165,088   6,297,715   2,622,428  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 37,197   45,475   44,414   42,621   5,413  
Accrued interest payable 6,569   6,054   7,069   6,846   5,361  
Advances from Federal Home Loan Bank 677,870   752,907   512,945   252,982   28,019  
Subordinated debentures and subordinated notes 145,571   72,284   72,486   72,719   16,691  
Other borrowings 2,353   2,787   2,811   2,778   —  
Branch liabilities held for sale —   —   —   62,381   —  
Total liabilities 6,763,910   6,757,353   6,804,813   6,738,042   2,677,912  
Commitments and contingencies          
Stockholders’ equity:          
Common stock 511   524   535   546   243  
Additional paid-in capital 1,117,879   1,114,659   1,112,238   1,109,386   449,427  
Retained earnings 147,911   125,344   104,652   84,559   83,968  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) 19,061   23,837   17,741   7,016   (2,930)
Treasury stock (94,565) (58,834) (29,873) (7,802) (70)
Total stockholders’ equity 1,190,797   1,205,530   1,205,293   1,193,705   530,638  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $7,954,707   $7,962,883   $8,010,106   $7,931,747   $3,208,550  


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Financial Highlights
(in thousands, except per share data)

  For the Quarter Ended For the Year Ended
  Dec 31,
2019
 Sep 30,
2019
 Jun 30,
2019
 Mar 31,
2019
 Dec 31,
2018
 Dec 31,
2019
 Dec 31,
2018
Interest income:              
Loans, including fees $82,469   $85,811   $86,786   $85,747   $35,028   $340,813   $134,460  
Securities 7,168   7,687   7,397   7,232   1,908   29,484   6,605  
Deposits in financial institutions and Fed Funds sold 1,285   1,329   1,372   1,554   833   5,540   3,149  
Other investments 820   816   622   691   413   2,949   855  
Total interest income 91,742   95,643   96,177   95,224   38,182   378,786   145,069  
Interest expense:              
Transaction and savings deposits 8,203   10,381   11,405   10,366   5,412   40,355   17,599  
Certificates and other time deposits 9,455   10,283   10,145   8,792   3,394   38,675   9,714  
Advances from FHLB 2,661   3,081   2,187   2,055   377   9,984   1,701  
Subordinated debentures and subordinated notes 1,559   1,024   998   1,094   304   4,675   1,031  
Total interest expense 21,878   24,769   24,735   22,307   9,487   93,689   30,045  
Net interest income 69,864   70,874   71,442   72,917   28,695   285,097   115,024  
Provision for loan losses 3,493   9,674   3,335   5,012   1,364   21,514   6,603  
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 66,371   61,200   68,107   67,905   27,331   263,583   108,421  
Noninterest income:              
Service charges and fees on deposit accounts 3,728   3,667   3,422   3,517   832   14,334   3,420  
Loan fees 1,921   2,252   1,932   1,677   387   7,782   1,332  
Loss on sales of investment securities (438) —   (642) (772) (42) (1,852) (64)
Gain on sales of loans 536   853   1,104   2,370   1,789   4,863   3,056  
Rental income 371   369   373   368   310   1,481   1,654  
Other 1,014   1,289   (155) 1,324   343   3,472   1,677  
Total noninterest income 7,132   8,430   6,034   8,484   3,619   30,080   11,075  
Noninterest expense:              
Salaries and employee benefits 18,917   17,530   17,459   18,885   8,278   72,791   31,138  
Occupancy and equipment 4,198   4,044   4,014   4,129   2,412   16,385   10,679  
Professional and regulatory fees 2,615   2,750   2,814   3,418   1,889   11,597   7,282  
Data processing and software expense 1,880   2,252   2,309   1,924   888   8,365   3,020  
Marketing 971   708   961   619   570   3,259   1,783  
Amortization of intangibles 2,696   2,712   2,719   2,760   835   10,887   3,467  
Telephone and communications 466   361   625   395   223   1,847   1,299  
Merger and acquisition expense 918   1,035   5,790   31,217   1,150   38,960   5,220  
Other 3,623   3,238   3,205   3,646   1,293   13,712   5,371  
Total noninterest expense 36,284   34,630   39,896   66,993   17,538   177,803   69,259  
Income before income tax expense 37,219   35,000   34,245   9,396   13,412   115,860   50,237  
Income tax expense 8,168   7,595   7,369   1,989   3,587   25,121   10,896  
Net income $29,051   $27,405   $26,876   $7,407   $9,825   $90,739   $39,341  
Basic EPS $0.56   $0.52   $0.50   $0.14   $0.41   $1.71   $1.63  
Diluted EPS $0.56   $0.51   $0.49   $0.13   $0.40   $1.68   $1.60  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding 51,472   52,915   53,969   54,293   24,224   53,154   24,169  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 52,263   53,873   54,929   55,439   24,532   53,978   24,590  


 VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)

  For the Quarter Ended
  December 31, 2019 September 30, 2019 December 31, 2018
  Average
Outstanding
Balance
 Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
 Average
Yield/
Rate
 Average
Outstanding
Balance
 Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
 Average
Yield/
Rate
 Average
Outstanding
Balance
 Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
 Average
Yield/
Rate
  (Dollars in thousands)
Assets                  
Interest-earning assets:                  
Loans1 $5,692,773   $80,779   5.63 % $5,702,696   $84,022   5.85 % $2,502,084   $35,028   5.55 %
Loans held for investment, mortgage warehouse 191,132   1,690   3.51   182,793   1,789   3.88   —   —   —  
Securities 1,004,342   7,168   2.83   1,022,289   7,687   2.98   263,182   1,908   2.88  
Interest-earning deposits in other banks 312,530   1,285   1.63   234,087   1,329   2.25   136,879   833   2.41  
Other investments2 71,791   820   4.53   71,901   816   4.50   25,772   413   6.36  
Total interest-earning assets 7,272,568   91,742   5.00   7,213,766   95,643   5.26   2,927,917   38,182   5.17  
Allowance for loan losses (27,564)     (22,539)     (18,338)    
Noninterest-earning assets 798,501       818,150       333,589      
Total assets $8,043,505       $8,009,377       $3,243,168      
                   
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                  
Interest-bearing liabilities:                  
Interest-bearing demand and savings deposits $2,621,163   8,203   1.24 % $2,621,701   $10,381   1.57 % $1,337,901   5,412   1.60 %
Certificates and other time deposits 1,789,544   9,455   2.10   1,953,084   10,283   2.09   655,776   3,394   2.05  
Advances from FHLB 726,352   2,661   1.45   632,754   3,081   1.93   52,436   377   2.85  
Subordinated debentures and subordinated notes 118,193   1,559   5.23   74,869   1,024   5.43   16,691   304   7.23  
Total interest-bearing liabilities 5,255,252   21,878   1.65   5,282,408   24,769   1.86   2,062,804   9,487   1.82  
                   
Noninterest-bearing liabilities:                  
Noninterest-bearing deposits 1,540,406       1,467,127       643,958      
Other liabilities 50,656       49,695       12,816      
Total liabilities 6,846,314       6,799,230       2,719,578      
Stockholders’ equity 1,197,191       1,210,147       523,590      
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $8,043,505       $8,009,377       $3,243,168      
                   
Net interest rate spread3     3.35 %     3.40 %     3.35 %
Net interest income and margin4   $69,864   3.81 %   $70,874   3.90 %   $28,695   3.89 %

1 Includes average outstanding balances of loans held for sale of $10,643, $8,525, and $1,019 for the three months ended December 31, 2019, September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.
2 The Company historically reported dividend income in the "other noninterest income" line item and has reclassified $408 of dividend income into other investments as of December 31, 2018 in order to align with industry peers for comparability purposes.
3 Net interest rate spread is the average yield on interest-earning assets minus the average rate on interest-bearing liabilities.
4 Net interest margin is equal to net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.


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Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)

  For the Year Ended December 31,
  2019 2018
  Average
Outstanding
Balance
 Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
 Average
Yield/
Rate
 Average
Outstanding
Balance
 Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
 Average
Yield/
Rate
  (Dollars in thousands)
Assets            
Interest-earning assets:            
Loans1 $5,722,039    $334,025   5.96 % $2,382,946    $134,460   5.64 %
Loans held for investment, mortgage warehouse 162,325    6,788   4.18   —    —   —  
Securities 977,621    29,484   3.02   247,163    6,605   2.67  
Interest-earning deposits in other banks 259,866    5,540   2.13   160,402    3,149   1.96  
Other investments2 60,308    2,949   4.89   17,326    855   4.93  
Total interest-earning assets 7,182,159    378,786   5.27   2,807,837    145,069   5.17  
Allowance for loan losses (23,533)      (15,324)     
Noninterest-earning assets 799,257        339,915       
Total assets $7,957,883        $3,132,428       
             
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity            
Interest-bearing liabilities:            
Interest-bearing demand and savings deposits $2,648,113    40,355   1.52   $1,277,186    17,599   1.38  
Certificates and other time deposits 1,997,090    38,675   1.94   608,041    9,714   1.60  
Advances from FHLB 502,681    9,984   1.99   87,366    1,701   1.95  
Subordinated debentures and subordinated notes 86,110    4,675   5.43   16,748    1,031   6.16  
Total interest-bearing liabilities 5,233,994    93,689   1.79   1,989,341    30,045   1.51  
             
Noninterest-bearing liabilities:            
Noninterest-bearing deposits 1,480,207        621,613       
Other liabilities 44,809        12,456       
Total liabilities 6,759,010        2,623,410       
Stockholders’ equity 1,198,873        509,018       
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $7,957,883        $3,132,428       
             
Net interest rate spread3     3.48 %     3.66 %
Net interest income and margin4   $285,097   3.97 %   $115,024   4.10 %

1Includes average outstanding balances of loans held for sale of $8,762 and $1,198 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
2 The Company historically reported dividend income in the "other noninterest income" line item and has reclassified $835 of dividend income into other investments as of December 31, 2018 in order to align with industry peers for comparability purposes.
3 Net interest rate spread is the average yield on interest-earning assets minus the average rate on interest-bearing liabilities.
4 Net interest margin is equal to net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.


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Financial Highlights
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Yield Trend

  For the Quarter Ended
  Dec 31,
2019
 Sep 30,
2019
 Jun 30,
2019
 Mar 31,
2019
 Dec 31,
2018
Average yield on interest-earning assets:          
Total loans1 5.63 % 5.85 % 5.92 % 5.96 % 5.55 %
Loans held for investment, mortgage warehouse 3.51   3.88   4.56   5.26   —  
Securities 2.83   2.98   3.10   3.17   2.88  
Interest-bearing deposits in other banks 1.63   2.25   2.41   2.39   2.41  
Other investments 4.53   4.50   4.19   4.92   6.36  
Total interest-earning assets 5.00 % 5.26 % 5.39 % 5.44 % 5.17 %
           
Average rate on interest-bearing liabilities:          
Interest-bearing demand and savings deposits 1.24 % 1.57 % 1.69 % 1.64 % 1.60 %
Certificates and other time deposits 2.10   2.09   1.93   1.59   2.05  
Advances from FHLB 1.45   1.93   2.62   2.68   2.85  
Subordinated debentures and subordinated notes 5.23   5.43   5.32   5.85   7.23  
Total interest-bearing liabilities 1.65 % 1.86 % 1.90 % 1.74 % 1.82 %
           
Net interest rate spread2 3.35 % 3.40 % 3.49 % 3.70 % 3.35 %
Net interest margin3 3.81 % 3.90 % 4.00 % 4.17 % 3.89 %

1 Includes average outstanding balances of loans held for sale of $10,643, $8,525, $8,140, $7,709 and $1,019 for the three months ended December 31, 2019,   September 30, 2019, June 30, 2019, March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.
2 Net interest rate spread is the average yield on interest-earning assets minus the average rate on interest-bearing liabilities.
3 Net interest margin is equal to net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.

Supplemental Yield Trend

  For the Quarter Ended
  Dec 31,
2019
 Sep 30,
2019
 Jun 30,
2019
 Mar 31,
2019
 Dec 31,
2018
Average cost of interest-bearing deposits 1.59 % 1.79 % 1.79 % 1.62 % 1.75 %
Average costs of total deposits, including noninterest-bearing 1.18   1.36   1.38   1.25   1.32  


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Financial Highlights
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Loans Held for Investment ("LHI") and Deposit Portfolio Composition

  Dec 31, 2019 Sep 30, 2019 Jun 30, 2019 Mar 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018
  (Dollars in thousands)
Loans Held for Investment2                    
Originated Loans                    
Commercial $1,190,552   33.9 % $1,027,433   33.4 % $878,970   32.2 % $836,792   33.3 % $697,906   32.9 %
Real Estate:                    
Owner occupied commercial 276,508   7.9   253,043   8.2   229,243   8.4   215,088   8.6   188,847   8.9  
Commercial 1,024,635   29.2   877,669   28.5   800,506   29.3   752,628   30.0   636,200   30.0  
Construction and land 527,985   15.0   490,389   15.9   405,323   14.8   364,812   14.5   303,315   14.3  
Farmland 16,939   0.5   7,986   0.3   15,944   0.6   8,247   0.3   7,898   0.4  
1-4 family residential 324,725   9.2   315,839   10.3   290,808   10.7   274,880   11.0   235,092   11.1  
Multi-family residential 141,414   4.0   95,258   3.1   101,973   3.7   48,777   2.0   47,371   2.2  
Consumer 10,096   0.3   8,471   0.3   7,714   0.3   8,587   0.3   4,304   0.2  
Total originated LHI $3,512,854   100 % $3,076,088   100 % $2,730,481   100 % $2,509,811   100 % $2,120,933   100 %
                     
Acquired Loans                    
Commercial $522,286   23.5 % $683,823   26.5 % $909,074   30.3 % $975,878   30.9 % $62,866   14.4 %
Real Estate:                    
Owner occupied commercial 430,274   19.3   463,087   18.0   517,525   17.2   530,026   16.8   132,432   30.5  
Commercial 759,566   34.1   832,841   32.3   927,019   30.9   948,815   30.0   145,553   33.5  
Construction and land 101,389   4.6   133,233   5.2   138,527   4.6   149,897   4.8   21,548   5.0  
Farmland —   —   —   —   1,528   0.1   1,781   0.1   2,630   0.6  
1-4 family residential 225,086   10.1   243,471   9.4   266,248   8.9   295,719   9.4   62,825   14.5  
Multi-family residential 178,627   8.0   211,708   8.2   228,904   7.6   238,936   7.6   3,914   0.9  
Consumer 7,361   0.4   9,642   0.4   12,848   0.4   13,180   0.4   2,808   0.6  
Total acquired LHI $2,224,589   100 % $2,577,805   100 % $3,001,673   100 % $3,154,232   100 % $434,576   100 %
                     
Mortgage warehouse 183,628     233,577     200,017     114,158     —    
                     
Total LHI1 $5,921,071     $5,887,470     $5,932,171     $5,778,201     $2,555,509    
                     
Deposits2                    
Noninterest-bearing $1,556,500   26.4 % $1,473,126   25.1 % $1,476,668   24.0 % $1,439,630   22.9 % $626,283   23.8 %
Interest-bearing transaction 388,877 6.6   373,997 6.4   373,982 6.1   334,868 5.3   146,969 5.6  
Money market 2,180,017 37.0   2,066,315 35.2   2,178,274 35.3   2,169,049 34.4   1,133,045 43.2  
Savings 86,078 1.5   87,981 1.5   93,898 1.5   113,200 1.8   33,147 1.3  
Certificates and other time deposits 1,682,878 28.5   1,876,427 31.8   2,042,266 33.1   2,240,968 35.6   682,984 26.1  
Total deposits $5,894,350   100 % $5,877,846   100 % $6,165,088   100 % $6,297,715   100 % $2,622,428   100 %
                     
Loan to Deposit Ratio 100.5 %   100.2 %   96.2 %   91.8 %   97.4 %  

1 Total loans held for investment does not include deferred costs of $134 thousand at December 31, 2019 and  September 30, 2019, respectively,  deferred fees of $321 thousand at June 30, 2019 and  March 31, 2019, respectively, and deferred fees of $15 thousand at December 31, 2018.
2 LHI and deposit portfolio composition exclude assets and liabilities held for sale as of March 31, 2019.


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Asset Quality

 For the Quarter Ended For the Year Ended
 Dec 31,
2019
 Sep 30,
2019
 Jun 30,
2019
 Mar 31,
2019
 Dec 31,
2018
 Dec 31,
2019
 Dec 31,
2018
 (Dollars in thousands)
Nonperforming Assets ("NPAs"):             
Originated nonaccrual loans1$5,100   $5,081   $4,751   $5,739   $5,358   $5,100   $5,358  
Acquired nonaccrual loans124,679   5,091   10,982   12,944   19,387   24,679   19,387  
Originated accruing loans 90 or more days past due2,039   815   12,738   2,329   —   2,039   —  
Acquired accruing loans 90 or more days past due21,621   1,379   13,036   1,974   —   1,621   —  
Total nonperforming loans held for investment ("NPLs")33,439   12,366   41,507   22,986   24,745   33,439   24,745  
Other real estate owned5,995   4,625   1,748   151   —   5,995   —  
Total NPAs$39,434   $16,991   $43,255   $23,137   $24,745   $39,434   $24,745  
              
Charge-offs:             
Residential$—   $—   $(157) $—   $—   $(157) $—  
Commercial—   (8,101) (143) (2,654) (26) (10,898) (175)
Consumer(48) (113) (30) (74) —   (265) (22)
Total charge-offs(48) (8,214) (330) (2,728) (26) (11,320) (197)
              
Recoveries:             
Residential  —   54     —   67   —  
Commercial135   71   10   10     226   41  
Consumer  —   40   46   —   92   —  
Total recoveries146   71   104   64     385   41  
              
Net charge-offs$98   $(8,143) $(226) $(2,664) $(19) $(10,935) $(156)
              
Allowance for loan losses ("ALLL") at end of period$29,834   $26,243   $24,712   $21,603   $19,255   $29,834   $19,255  
              
Remaining purchase discount ("PD") on acquired loans3$47,774   $58,503   $80,365   $83,365   $12,098   $47,774   $12,098  
              
Asset Quality Ratios:             
NPAs to total assets0.50 % 0.21 % 0.54 % 0.29 % 0.77 % 0.50 % 0.77 %
NPLs to total LHI0.56   0.21   0.70   0.40   0.97   0.56   0.97  
ALLL to total LHI0.50   0.45   0.42   0.37   0.75   0.50   0.75  
ALLL and remaining PD on acquired loans to LHI31.31   1.44   1.77   1.82   1.23   1.31   1.23  
Net charge-offs to average loans outstanding—   0.14   —   0.05   —   0.19   0.01  

1 The Company historically reported in the "acquired nonaccrual loans" line item in the table above only acquired purchased credit impaired (“PCI”) loans that were deemed to be on nonaccrual status subsequent to the respective acquisition date. The Company has re-classified $3,158, $5,040 and $2,485 for the three months ended June 30, 2019, March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively, and $2,485 for the year ended December 31, 2018, of acquired non-PCI loans deemed to be on nonaccrual status subsequent to acquisition date from the "originated nonaccrual" line item into the "acquired nonaccrual loans" line item. As a result, both acquired PCI loans and acquired non-PCI loans are reflected in the "acquired nonaccrual loans" line item in order to align with industry peers for comparability purposes.
2 Accruing loans greater than 90 days past due exclude PCI loans greater than 90 days past due.
3 Remaining PD on acquired loans includes non-accretable and accretable purchase discount on purchased performing and purchased credit impaired loans for each quarter presented in the table.


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

We identify certain financial measures discussed in this earnings release as being “non-GAAP financial measures.” In accordance with SEC rules, we classify a financial measure as being a non-GAAP financial measure if that financial measure excludes or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding or including amounts, that are included or excluded, as the case may be, in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as in effect from time to time in the United States (“GAAP”), in our statements of income, balance sheets or statements of cash flows. Non-GAAP financial measures do not include operating and other statistical measures or ratios calculated using exclusively either one or both of (i) financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP and (ii) operating measures or other measures that are not non-GAAP financial measures.

The non-GAAP financial measures that we present in this earnings release should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable or other financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, the manner in which we calculate the non-GAAP financial measures that we present in this earnings release may differ from that of other companies reporting measures with similar names. You should understand how such other financial institutions calculate their financial measures that appear to be similar or have similar names to the non-GAAP financial measures we have discussed in this earnings release when comparing such non-GAAP financial measures.

Tangible Book Value Per Common Share. Tangible book value is a non-GAAP measure generally used by financial analysts and investment bankers to evaluate financial institutions. We calculate: (a) tangible common equity as total stockholders’ equity less goodwill and core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization; and (b) tangible book value per common share as tangible common equity (as described in clause (a)) divided by the number of common shares outstanding. For tangible book value per common share, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is book value per common share.

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in changes from period to period in book value per common share exclusive of changes in core deposit intangibles. Goodwill and other intangible assets have the effect of increasing total book value while not increasing our tangible book value.

The following table reconciles, as of the dates set forth below, total stockholders’ equity to tangible common equity and presents our tangible book value per common share compared with our book value per common share:

  As of
  Dec 31, 2019 Sep 30, 2019 Jun 30, 2019 Mar 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018
  (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Tangible Common Equity          
Total stockholders' equity $1,190,797   $1,205,530   $1,205,293   $1,193,705   $530,638  
Adjustments:          
Goodwill (370,658) (370,463) (370,221) (368,268) (161,447)
Core deposit intangibles (67,563) (70,014) (72,465) (74,916) (11,675)
Tangible common equity $752,576   $765,053   $762,607   $750,521   $357,516  
Common shares outstanding 51,064   52,373   53,457   54,563   24,254  
           
Book value per common share $23.32   $23.02   $22.55   $21.88   $21.88  
Tangible book value per common share $14.74   $14.61   $14.27   $13.76   $14.74  


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

Tangible Common Equity to Tangible Assets. Tangible common equity to tangible assets is a non-GAAP measure generally used by financial analysts and investment bankers to evaluate financial institutions. We calculate: (a) tangible common equity as total stockholders’ equity less goodwill and core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization; (b) tangible assets as total assets less goodwill and core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization; and (c) tangible common equity to tangible assets as tangible common equity (as described in clause (a)) divided by tangible assets (as described in clause (b)). For tangible common equity to tangible assets, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is total stockholders’ equity to total assets.

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in the relative changes from period to period in common equity and total assets, in each case, exclusive of changes in core deposit intangibles. Goodwill and other intangible assets have the effect of increasing both total stockholders’ equity and assets while not increasing our tangible common equity or tangible assets.

The following table reconciles, as of the dates set forth below, total stockholders’ equity to tangible common equity and total assets to tangible assets and presents our tangible common equity to tangible assets:

  As of
  Dec 31, 2019 Sep 30, 2019 Jun 30, 2019 Mar 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018
  (Dollars in thousands)
Tangible Common Equity          
Total stockholders' equity $1,190,797  $1,205,530  $1,205,293  $1,193,705  $530,638 
Adjustments:          
Goodwill (370,658) (370,463) (370,221) (368,268) (161,447)
Core deposit intangibles (67,563) (70,014) (72,465) (74,916) (11,675)
Tangible common equity $752,576   $765,053   $762,607   $750,521   $357,516  
Tangible Assets          
Total assets $7,954,707  $7,962,883  $8,010,106  $7,931,747  $3,208,550 
Adjustments:          
Goodwill (370,658) (370,463) (370,221) (368,268) (161,447)
Core deposit intangibles (67,563) (70,014) (72,465) (74,916) (11,675)
Tangible Assets $7,516,486   $7,522,406   $7,567,420   $7,488,563   $3,035,428  
Tangible Common Equity to Tangible Assets 10.01 % 10.17 % 10.08 % 10.02 % 11.78 %


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

Return on Average Tangible Common Equity. Return on average tangible common equity is a non-GAAP measure generally used by financial analysts and investment bankers to evaluate financial institutions. We calculate: (a) net income adjusted for amortization of core deposit intangibles as net income available for common stockholders, plus amortization of core deposit intangibles, less tax benefit at the statutory rate; (b) average tangible common equity as total average stockholders’ equity less average goodwill and average core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization; and (c) return on average tangible common equity as net income adjusted for amortization of core deposit intangibles (as described in clause (a)) divided by average tangible common equity (as described in clause (b)). For return on average tangible common equity, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is return on average common equity.

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in the return on common equity, exclusive of the impact of core deposit intangibles. Goodwill and core deposit intangibles have the effect of increasing total stockholders’ equity while not increasing our tangible common equity. This measure is particularly relevant to acquisitive institutions that may have higher balances in goodwill and core deposit intangibles than non-acquisitive institutions.

The following table reconciles, as of the dates set forth below, average common equity to average tangible common equity and net income to net income adjusted for amortization of core deposit intangibles, net of taxes and presents our return on average tangible common equity:

  For the Quarter Ended For the Year Ended
  Dec 31,
2019
 Sep 30,
2019
 Jun 30,
2019
 Mar 31,
2019
 Dec 31,
2018
 Dec 31,
2019
 Dec 31,
2018
  (Dollars in thousands)
Net income adjusted for amortization of core deposit intangibles              
Net income $29,051   $27,405   $26,876   $7,407   $9,825   $90,739   $39,341  
Adjustments:              
Plus: Amortization of core deposit intangibles 2,451   2,451   2,451   2,477   432   9,830   4,060  
Less: Tax benefit at the statutory rate 515   515   515   520   91   2,065   859  
Net income adjusted for amortization of core deposit intangibles $30,987   $29,341   $28,812   $9,364   $10,166   $98,504   $42,542  
               
Average Tangible Common Equity              
Total average stockholders' equity $1,197,191   $1,210,147   $1,200,632   $1,190,266   $523,590   $1,198,873   $509,018  
Adjustments:              
Average goodwill (370,463) (370,224) (369,255) (366,795) (161,447) (369,441) (160,907)
Average core deposit intangibles (68,913) (71,355) (73,875) (76,727) (11,932) (72,692) (18,005)
Average tangible common equity $757,815   $768,568   $757,502   $746,744   $350,211   $756,740   $330,106  
Return on Average Tangible Common Equity (Annualized) 16.22 % 15.15 % 15.26 % 5.09 % 11.52 % 13.02 % 12.89 %


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

Operating Net Income, Pre-tax, Pre-provision Operating Earnings and performance metrics calculated using Operating Earnings and Pre-tax, Pre-provision Operating Net Income, including Diluted Operating Earnings per Share, Operating Return on Average Assets, Pre-tax, Pre-Provision Operating Return on Average Assets, Operating Return on Average Tangible Common Equity and Operating Efficiency Ratio. Operating earnings and pre-tax, pre-provision operating earnings are non-GAAP measures used by management to evaluate the Company’s financial performance. We calculate (a) operating net income as net income plus loss on sale of securities available for sale, net, plus loss (gain) on sale of disposed branch assets, plus lease exit costs, net, plus branch closure expenses, plus one-time issuance of shares to all employees, plus merger and acquisition expenses, less tax impact of adjustments, plus re-measurement of deferred tax assets as a result of the reduction in the corporate income tax rate under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, plus other merger and acquisition discrete tax items. We calculate (b) pre-tax, pre-provision operating earnings as operating net income as described in clause (a) plus provision for income taxes, plus provision for loan losses. We calculate (c) diluted operating earnings per share as operating earnings as described in clause (a) divided by weighted average diluted shares outstanding. We calculate (d) operating return on average tangible common equity as operating earnings as described in clause (a) divided by total average tangible common equity (average stockholders' equity less average goodwill and average core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization.) We calculate (e) operating efficiency ratio as non interest expense plus adjustments to operating non interest expense divided by (i) non interest income plus adjustments to operating non interest income plus (ii) net interest income. We believe that these measures and the operating metrics calculated utilizing these measures are important to management and many investors in the marketplace who are interested in understanding the ongoing operating performance of the Company and provide meaningful comparisons to its peers. The following tables reconcile, as of the dates set forth below, operating net income and pre-tax, pre-provision operating earnings and related metrics:

  For the Quarter Ended For the Year Ended
  Dec 31,
2019
 Sep 30,
2019
 Jun 30,
2019
 Mar 31,
2019
 Dec 31,
2018
 Dec 31,
2019
 Dec 31,
2018
  (Dollars in thousands)
Operating Earnings              
Net income $29,051   $27,405   $26,876   $7,407   $9,825   $90,739   $39,341  
Plus: Loss on sale of securities available for sale, net 438   —   642   772   42   1,852   42  
Plus: Loss (gain) on sale of disposed branch assets1 —   —   359   —   —   359   (388)
Plus: Lease exit costs, net2 —   —   —   —   —   —   1,071  
Plus: Branch closure expenses —   —   —   —   —   —   172  
Plus: One-time issuance of shares to all employees —   —   —   —   —   —   421  
Plus: Merger and acquisition expenses 918   1,035   5,431   31,217   1,150   38,601   5,220  
Operating pre-tax income 30,407   28,440   33,308   39,396   11,017   131,551   45,879  
Less: Tax impact of adjustments3 (23) 217   1,351   6,717   (440) 8,262   633  
Plus: Tax Act re-measurement —   —   —   —   —   —    
Plus: Other M&A tax items4 829   406   277   —   —   1,512   —  
Plus: Discrete tax adjustments5 (965) —   —   —   —   (965) —  
Operating net income $30,294   $28,629   $32,234   $32,679   $11,457   $123,836   $45,251  
               
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 52,263   53,873   54,929   55,439   24,532   53,978   24,590  
Diluted EPS $0.56   $0.51   $0.49   $0.13   $0.40   $1.68   $1.60  
Diluted operating EPS $0.58   $0.53   $0.59   $0.59   $0.47   $2.29   $1.84  

1 Loss on sale of disposed branch assets for the year ended December 31, 2019 and for the three months ended June 30, 2019 is included in merger and acquisition expense in the condensed consolidated statements of income.
2 Lease exit costs, net for the year ended December 31, 2018 includes a $1.5 million consent fee and $240 thousand in professional services paid in January 2018 to separately assign and sublease two of our branch leases that we ceased using in 2017 offset by the reversal of the corresponding assigned lease cease-use liability totaling $669 thousand.
3 A 2019 and 2018 transaction cost study were completed during the fourth quarter of 2019 and 2018, respectively, resulting in $1,468 thousand and $3,460 thousand of expenses paid that are non-deductible merger and acquisition expenses for the year ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. As such, $308 thousand and $727 thousand is the tax impact of these non-deductible expenses that are reflected in the year ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 tax impact of adjustments amounts reported, respectively. All other adjustments to operating net income are taxed at the statutory rate.
4 Other M&A tax items of $829 thousand, $406 thousand and $277 thousand recorded during the three months ended December 31, 2019, September 30, 2019 and June 30, 2019, respectively, relate to permanent tax expense recognized by the Company as a result of deduction limitations on compensation paid to covered employees in excess of the 162(m) limitation directly due to change-in-control payments made to covered employees in connection with the Green acquisition.
5 Discrete tax adjustments of $965 thousand were recorded during the fourth quarter of 2019 primarily due to the Company recording a net tax benefit of $1.6 million as a result of the Company settling an audit with the IRS. The Company released an uncertain tax position reserve that was assumed in the Green acquisition resulting in a $2.2 million tax benefit, offset by tax expense totaling $598 thousand that were recorded due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act rate change on deferred tax assets resulting from the IRS audit settlement.  The net IRS settlement was offset by various discrete, non-recurring tax expenses totaling $0.6 million.


  For the Quarter Ended For the Year Ended
  Dec 31, 2019 Sep 30, 2019 Jun 30, 2019 Mar 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018
  (Dollars in thousands)
Pre-Tax, Pre-Provision Operating Earnings              
Net Income $29,051   $27,405   $26,876   $7,407   $9,825   $90,739   $39,341  
Plus: Provision for income taxes 8,168   7,595   7,369   1,989   3,587   25,121   10,896  
Pus: Provision for loan losses 3,493   9,674   3,335   5,012   1,364   21,514   6,603  
Plus: Loss on sale of securities available for sale, net 438   —   642   772   42   1,852   42  
Plus: Loss (gain) on sale of disposed branch assets1 —   —   359   —   —   359   (388)
Plus: Lease exit costs, net2 —   —   —   —   —   —   1,071  
Plus: Branch closure expenses —   —   —   —   —   —   172  
Plus: One-time issuance of shares to all employees —   —   —   —   —   —   421  
Plus: Merger and acquisition expenses 918   1,035   5,431   31,217   1,150   38,601   5,220  
Net pre-tax, pre-provision operating earnings $42,068   $45,709   $44,012   $46,397   $15,968   $178,186   $63,378  
               
Total average assets $8,043,505   $8,009,377   $3,059,456   $2,989,974   $3,243,168   $7,957,883   $3,132,428  
Pre-tax, pre-provision operating return on average assets3 2.07 % 2.26 % 2.22 % 2.40 % 1.95 % 2.24 % 2.02 %
               
Average Total Assets $8,043,505   $8,009,377   $7,937,319   $7,841,267   $3,243,168   $7,957,883   $3,132,428  
Return on average assets3 1.43 % 1.36 % 1.36 % 0.38 % 1.20 % 1.14 % 1.26 %
Operating return on average assets3 1.49   1.42   1.63   1.69   1.40   1.56   1.44  
               
Operating earnings adjusted for amortization of intangibles              
Net operating earnings $30,294   $28,629   $32,234   $32,679   $11,457   $123,836   $45,251  
Adjustments:              
Plus: Amortization of core deposit intangibles 2,451   2,451   2,451   2,477   432   9,830   4,060  
Less: Tax benefit at the statutory rate 515   515   515   520   91   2,065   859  
Operating earnings adjusted for amortization of intangibles $32,230   $30,565   $34,170   $34,636   $11,798   $131,601   $48,452  
               
Average Tangible Common Equity              
Total average stockholders' equity $1,197,191   $1,210,147   $1,200,632   $1,190,266   $523,590   $1,198,873   $509,018  
Adjustments:              
Average goodwill (370,463) (370,224) (369,255) (366,795) (161,447) (369,441) (160,907)
Average core deposit intangibles (68,913) (71,355) (73,875) (76,727) (11,932) (72,692) (18,005)
Average tangible common equity $757,815   $768,568   $757,502   $746,744   $350,211   $756,740   $330,106  
Operating return on average tangible common equity3 16.87 % 15.78 % 18.09 % 18.81 % 13.37 % 17.39 % 14.68 %
               
Efficiency ratio 47.12 % 43.67 % 51.49 % 82.30 % 54.27 % 56.41 % 54.92 %
Operating efficiency ratio 45.67 % 42.36 % 43.66 % 43.54 % 50.65 % 43.80 % 49.60 %

1 Loss on sale of disposed branch assets for the year ended December 31, 2019 and for the three months ended June 30, 2019 is included in merger and acquisition expense in the condensed consolidated statements of income.
2 Lease exit costs, net for the year ended December 31, 2018 includes a $1.5 million consent fee and $240 thousand in professional services paid in January 2018 to separately assign and sublease two of our branch leases that we ceased using in 2017 offset by the reversal of the corresponding assigned lease cease-use liability totaling $669 thousand.
3 Annualized ratio for quarterly metrics.

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