MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) today announced its third quarter 2019 financial results. Reported earnings per share (EPS) were $0.35, remaining steady from the second quarter 2019; on an adjusted basis1, earnings per share were $0.43, up 2% from second quarter 2019.

“First Horizon’s results this quarter demonstrate our ongoing progress in executing our strategic priorities as well as our ability to deliver solid earnings power, better efficiency, and balance sheet growth,” said Bryan Jordan, First Horizon’s chairman and CEO. “I am pleased that our revenue growth across the company along with our ability to closely manage expenses led to strong returns and profitability. I remain confident in the strength of our business model to adapt to the evolving needs of our customers and changing market conditions.”

Highlights for the third quarter include:

  • Strong loan and deposit growth across key markets and in specialty areas
  • Average loan growth of 5% LQ and 10% YOY
  • Average deposit growth of 1% LQ and 5% YOY
  • Regional Bank average loans up 5% LQ
  • Strong Fixed Income with average daily revenue up 15% LQ and 83% YOY
    LQ – Linked Quarter, YOY – Year Over Year.

In June, First Horizon announced it will align its family of businesses under one brand. The company is set to officially launch its new First Horizon brand and logo at close of business on Oct. 25, 2019. With a 155-year legacy of adapting to meet customers’ needs and responding to changing environments, the brand unification represents an important milestone in First Horizon’s transformation strategy.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights
Diluted EPS /
Adjusted EPS1 Adjusted ROA1 Adjusted ROCE1 Adjusted ROTCE1
 $0.35 / $0.43 1.08% / 1.31%  9.50% / 11.63%  14.49% / 17.73%
1These are non-GAAP numbers that are reconciled to reported GAAP numbers in the FHN Non-GAAP to GAAP Reconciliation table.

Consolidated Highlights
Quarterly, Unaudited
       3Q19 Changes vs.
(Dollars in Thousands)3Q19 2Q19 3Q18 2Q19 3Q18 
Income Statement          
Net interest income$300,676  $303,610  $305,700  (1)%(2)%
Noninterest income171,735  157,993  348,972  9 %(51)%
Total revenues472,411  461,603  654,672  2 %(28)%
Provision /(Provision Credit) for loan losses15,000  13,000  2,000  15 %NM  
Noninterest expense307,672  300,394  294,031  2 %5 %
Income before income taxes149,739  148,209  358,641  1 %(58)%
Provision for income taxes35,796  34,467  83,925  4 %(57)%
Net income113,943  113,742  274,716  *  (59)%
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest2,883  2,852  2,883  1 %*  
Preferred stock dividends1,550  1,550  1,550  *  *  
Net income available to common shareholders$109,510  $109,340  $270,283  *  (59)%
NIM3.21 %3.34 %3.44 %(4)%(7)%
Diluted Shares313,805  315,786  327,252  (1)%(4)%
Balance Sheet          
Average Loans$30,016,388  $28,672,161  $27,347,222  5 %10 %
Average Deposits32,371,398  31,963,544  30,847,236  1 %5 %
Average Assets41,940,901  41,243,007  40,077,033  2 %5 %
Average Common Equity4,571,286  4,478,106  4,220,247  2 %8 %
NM - Not meaningful          
* Amount is less than one percent.          

Consolidated highlights include:

  • Total revenue up 2%
  • Fee income up 9% due to higher fixed income revenue, fees from derivative sales, and deposit fees
  • Average loan growth of 5%; Average deposit growth of 1%
Regional Banking Highlights
Quarterly, Unaudited
       3Q19 Changes vs.
(Dollars in Thousands)3Q19 2Q19 3Q18 2Q19 3Q18 
Regional Banking          
Net interest income$302,370  $297,339  $301,099  2 %*  
Noninterest income85,776  81,475  80,705  5 %6 %
Total revenues388,146  378,814  381,804  2 %2 %
Provision for loan losses20,472  17,775  7,205  15 %NM  
Noninterest expense193,211  193,268  207,549  *  (7)%
Income before income taxes$174,463  $167,771  $167,050  4 %4 %
Balance Sheet          
Average Loans$28,958,093  $27,532,566  $25,964,161  5 %12 %
Average Deposits30,044,382  29,953,710  27,565,230  *  9 %
NM - Not meaningful          
* Amount is less than one percent.          

Regional Banking highlights include:

  • Strong loan growth led by increases in C&I and specialty areas, with particular strength in loans to mortgage companies
  • Average loan growth of 5% LQ and 12% YOY
  • Fee income up 5% due to fees from derivative sales and deposit fees
Fixed Income Highlights
Quarterly, Unaudited
       3Q19 Changes vs.
(Dollars in Thousands)3Q19 2Q19 3Q18 2Q19 3Q18 
Fixed Income          
Net interest income$5,309  $6,171  $9,054  (14)%(41)%
Noninterest income77,809  65,622  41,124  19 %89 %
Total revenues83,118  71,793  50,178  16 %66 %
Noninterest expense67,787  55,770  46,561  22 %46 %
Income before income taxes$15,331  $16,023  $3,617  (4)%NM  
NM - Not meaningful          

Fixed Income highlights include:

  • Decline in interest rates, rate outlook, and market volatility favorably impacted 3Q19 activity
  • 3Q19 ADR of $994 thousand, compared to ADR of $866 thousand in 2Q19, up 15% with growth across multiple trading desks
  • Other product revenue up 28% LQ from derivative and loan sales
Capital and Liquidity Highlights
Quarterly, Unaudited
       3Q19 Changes vs.
(Dollars in Thousands)3Q19 2Q19 3Q18 2Q19 3Q18 
Capital and Liquidity Highlights          
Common dividends declared$43.5  $43.7  $38.9  *  12 %
Preferred dividends declared1.6  1.6  1.6  *  *  
Share repurchases28.2  50.2  19.0  (44)%48 %
Capital Ratios (a)          
Common Equity Tier 18.99 %9.25 %9.84 %    
Tier 19.95 %10.24 %10.86 %    
Total Capital10.99 %11.34 %12.02 %    
Leverage9.05 %9.04 %9.21 %    
(a) Regulatory capital ratios calculated under the Basel III risk-based capital rules as phased-in; current quarter is an estimate.
NM - Not meaningful          
* Amount is less than one percent.          

Capital and Liquidity highlights include:

  • Declared quarterly dividend of $.14 in 3Q19; dividend payout of 40%
  • Repurchased 1.8 million shares in 3Q19
  • 3Q19 capital ratios impacted by organic loan growth
Asset Quality Highlights
Quarterly, Unaudited
       3Q19 Changes vs.
(Dollars in Thousands)3Q19 2Q19 3Q18 2Q19 3Q18 
Asset Quality Highlights          
Allowance for loan losses$193,149  $192,749  $185,959  *  4 %
Allowance / loans %0.62% 0.65% 0.68%     
Net Charge-offs$14,600  $5,162  $1,503  NM  NM  
Net charge-offs %0.19% 0.07% 0.02%     
Nonperforming Loans (a)$172,495  $204,586  $146,357  (16)%18 %
NPL %0.55% 0.69% 0.54%     
30+ delinquencies$70,675  $58,861  $95,092  20 %(26)%
30+ delinquencies %0.23% 0.20% 0.35%     
(a) Excludes loans held-for-sale.          
NM - Not meaningful          
* Amount is less than one percent.          

Asset Quality highlights include:

  • Net charge-offs were $14.6 million in 3Q19 compared to $5.2 million in 2Q19; increase driven by two commercial credits
  • Loan loss provision relatively stable

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Several financial measures in this release are non-GAAP, meaning they are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) in the U.S. The non-GAAP items presented in this release are adjusted earnings per share (“EPS”), adjusted return on average assets (“ROA”), adjusted return on average common equity (“ROCE”), return on average tangible common equity (“ROTCE”), and adjusted ROTCE. These profitability measures are reported to First Horizon’s management and directors through various internal reports. First Horizon’s management believes these measures are relevant to understanding the financial results of First Horizon and its business segments. Non-GAAP measures are not formally defined by GAAP or codified in the federal banking regulations, and other entities may use calculation methods that differ from those used by First Horizon. First Horizon has reconciled each of these measures to a comparable GAAP measure below.

Quarterly, Unaudited     
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)     
Adjusted Diluted EPS 3Q19
Net income available to common ("NIAC") (GAAP)a$109,510  $109,340  
Plus Tax effected notable items (Non-GAAP) (a) $24,497  $22,184  
Adjusted NIAC (Non-GAAP)b$134,007  $131,524  
Diluted Shares (GAAP)c313,805  315,786  
Diluted EPS (GAAP)a/c$0.35  $0.35  
Adjusted diluted EPS (Non-GAAP)b/c$0.43  $0.42  
Adjusted Return on Assets ("ROA") 3Q19
Net Income ("NI") (GAAP) $113,943  $113,742  
Plus Tax effected notable items (Non-GAAP) (a) $24,497  $22,184  
Adjusted NI (Non-GAAP) $138,440  $135,926  
NI (annualized) (GAAP)d$452,056  $456,218  
Adjusted NI (annualized) (Non-GAAP)e$549,246  $545,198  
Average assets (GAAP)f$41,940,901  $41,243,007  
ROA (GAAP)d/f1.08 %1.11 %
Adjusted ROA (Non-GAAP)e/f1.31 %1.32 %
Adjusted Return on Average Common Equity ("ROCE")/
Return on Average Tangible Common Equity ("ROTCE")
NIAC (GAAP) $109,510  $109,340  
Plus Tax effected notable items (Non-GAAP) (a) $24,497  $22,184  
Adjusted NIAC (Non-GAAP) $134,007  $131,524  
NIAC (annualized) (GAAP)g$434,469  $438,562  
Adjusted NIAC (annualized) (Non-GAAP)h$531,658  $527,541  
Average Common Equity (GAAP)i$4,571,286  $4,478,106  
Intangible Assets (GAAP) (b) $1,572,312  $1,578,505  
Average Tangible Common Equity (Non-GAAP)j$2,998,974  $2,899,601  
ROCE (GAAP)g/i9.50 %9.79 %
Adjusted ROCE (Non-GAAP)h/i11.63 %11.78 %
ROTCE (Non-GAAP)g/j14.49 %15.12 %
Adjusted ROTCE (Non-GAAP)h/j17.73 %18.19 %
(a) 3Q19 includes $9.0 million of pre-tax acquisition-related expenses primarily associated with the Capital Bank Financial Corp. (“CBF”) acquisition; $7.8 million of pre-tax restructuring-related expenses associated with efficiency initiatives, $7.5 million net pre-tax expense related to the resolution of legal matters; $4.0 million of pre-tax negative valuation adjustments associated with derivatives related to prior sales of Visa Class B shares, and $3.1 million of pre-tax rebranding expenses; 2Q19 includes $18.7 million of pre-tax restructuring-related expenses associated with efficiency initiatives, $9.1 million of pre-tax rebranding expenses, $8.6 million of pre-tax acquisition-related expenses primarily associated with the CBF acquisition, and an $8.3 million pre-tax expense reversal related to the resolution of legal matters, and have been adjusted using an incremental tax rate of approximately 22 percent in 3Q19 and 21 percent in 2Q19.
(b) Includes goodwill and other intangible assets, net of amortization.

Conference call
Management will hold a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Central Time today to review earnings and performance trends. There will also be a live webcast accompanied by the slide presentation available in the investor relations section of The call and slide presentation may involve forward-looking information, including guidance.

Analysts, investors and interested parties may call toll-free starting at 8:15 a.m. Central Time today by dialing 888-317-6003 (if calling from the U.S.) or 412-317-6061 (if calling from outside the U.S) and entering access code 3895380.

A replay of the call will be available beginning at noon Central Time today until midnight Central Time on October 30. To listen to the replay, dial 877-344-7529 (U.S. callers) or 412-317-0088 (international callers); the access code is 10135369. A replay of the webcast will also be available at by midnight Central Time on October 16 and will be archived on the site for one year.

Disclaimers and Other Information
This communication contains forward-looking statements involving significant risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking information. Those factors include general economic and financial market conditions, including expectations of and actual timing and amount of interest rate movements including the slope of the yield curve, competition, ability to execute business plans, geopolitical developments, recent and future legislative and regulatory developments, inflation or deflation, market (particularly real estate market) and monetary fluctuations, natural disasters, customer, investor and regulatory responses to these conditions and items already mentioned in this press release, as well as critical accounting estimates and other factors described in First Horizon's annual report on Form 10-K and other recent filings with the SEC. First Horizon disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein or therein to reflect future events or developments or changes in expectations.

About First Horizon
First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) provides financial services through its Capital Bank, First Tennessee Bank, FTB Advisors, and FTN Financial businesses. The banking subsidiary was founded in 1864 and has the largest deposit market share in Tennessee. The company operates more than 250 bank locations across the Southeast and 29 FTN Financial offices across the U.S. FTB Advisors wealth management group has more than 300 financial professionals and about $4.8 billion in assets under management. FTN Financial is a capital markets industry leader in fixed income sales, trading and strategies for institutional customers in the U.S. and abroad. The company has been ranked by American Banker magazine among the Top 10 Most Reputable U.S. banks and as one of the nation’s best employers by the National Association for Female Executives and Fortune magazine. More information is available at

CONTACT: First Horizon Investor Relations, Aarti Bowman, (901) 523-4017
  First Horizon Media Relations, Silvia Alvarez, (901) 523-4465

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