PNFP Reports Diluted EPS of $1.61, ROAA of 1.42% and ROTCE of 17.16% For 1Q2021


NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq/NGS: PNFP) reported net income per diluted common share of $1.61 for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to net income per diluted common share of $0.37 for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, an increase of approximately 335 percent. Excluding other real estate (ORE) expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and ORE expense and gains and losses on the sale of investment securities for the three months ended March 31, 2020, net income per diluted common share was $1.61 for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $0.39 for the three months ended March 31, 2020, a year-over-year increase of nearly 313 percent.

“We are very pleased with our operating results for the first quarter of this year,” said M. Terry Turner, Pinnacle’s president and chief executive officer. “To report these results right out of the gate provides us even more optimism regarding our franchise and the difference that the high-performance culture we have built makes. Just recently, Fortune magazine, in concert with Great Place to Work®, notified us that we ranked as the 26th best place to work in 2020 in all of the United States in all industries.

“I believe our reputation as a great place to work has fueled our recruiting success against the large regional and national franchises we target. Following two incredibly successful years of recruiting experienced revenue producers, during the first quarter of 2021 we were off to another fast start, attracting 25 new revenue producers to our firm. We are excited to report diluted earnings per share of $1.61, which is the most we have ever reported for a calendar quarter in our 20 year history. We also increased our book value per common share to $62.33, which is also the highest it has ever been and up nearly 8 percent since March 31, 2020. Over that same period our tangible book value per common share grew by more than 14 percent to $37.88 per common share, also a record. Our hiring pipelines remain strong, and we remain optimistic as we seek to produce both outsized earnings and tangible book value per share growth in 2021.”

BALANCE SHEET GROWTH:

  • Loans at March 31, 2021 were $23.1 billion, an increase of $2.7 billion from March 31, 2020, reflecting year-over-year growth of 13.2 percent. Loans at March 31, 2021 increased approximately $662.2 million from Dec. 31, 2020.

    • Loans at March 31, 2021 include approximately $2.2 billion of loans issued pursuant to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The average yield on these loans was 4.51 percent for the first quarter of 2021, inclusive of $17.8 million of loan fee accretion recognized in the quarter. At March 31, 2021, there were $63.3 million in SBA PPP loan fees remaining, which should be accreted into net interest income through mid-year 2026 as these loans are repaid and/or are forgiven under the PPP.

      • PPP loans increased by $422.5 million between Dec. 31, 2020 and March 31, 2021 due to the reopening and extension of the PPP lending programs by the SBA.
      • Excluding PPP loans, total loans increased by $239.7 million during the same period, or 4.6 percent on an annualized basis.
    • Average loans were $22.8 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2021, up $323.4 million from the three months ended Dec. 31, 2020, a linked-quarter annualized growth rate of 5.7 percent.

      • Excluding the impact of $2.1 billion of average PPP loans outstanding during both the three months ended March 31, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2020, average loans were $20.7 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2021, up $369.8 million from $20.4 billion for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2020, a linked-quarter annualized growth rate of 7.2 percent.
    • At March 31, 2021, the remaining discount associated with fair value accounting adjustments on acquired loans was $24.0 million, compared to $27.8 million at Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Deposits at March 31, 2021 were a record $28.3 billion, an increase of $7.0 billion from March 31, 2020, reflecting year-over-year growth of 32.6 percent. Deposits at March 31, 2021 increased $587.4 million from Dec. 31, 2020, reflecting a linked-quarter annualized growth rate of 8.5 percent.

    • Average deposits were $27.6 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $27.2 billion for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2020, a linked-quarter annualized growth rate of 6.3 percent.
    • Core deposits were $25.0 billion at March 31, 2021, compared to $18.6 billion at March 31, 2020 and $23.5 billion at Dec. 31, 2020. The linked-quarter annualized growth rate of core deposits in the first quarter of 2021 was 24.8 percent.

“Despite the significant headwinds of excess borrower liquidity, CRE paydowns and limited loan demand, excluding PPP, we were able to report annualized loan growth for the first quarter of 4.6 percent,” Turner said. “We are optimistic that loan growth should pick up in the back half of the year as the revenue producers we have hired gain momentum and believe high-single digit loan growth in 2021 remains possible, excluding the impact of the PPP program.

“Additionally, core deposit growth continued at a rapid pace during the first quarter of 2021. We believe that meaningful core deposit growth will continue this year as a post-COVID economy begins to emerge and more government stimulus finds its way into our clients’ accounts.”

PROFITABILITY:

  • Return on average assets was 1.42 percent for the first quarter of 2021, compared to 1.24 percent for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 0.40 percent for the first quarter of 2020. First quarter 2021 return on average tangible assets amounted to 1.50 percent, compared to 1.31 percent for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 0.43 percent for the first quarter of 2020.

    • Excluding the adjustments described above for both 2021 and 2020 and FHLB restructuring charges and hedge termination charges for the fourth quarter of 2020, return on average assets was 1.42 percent for the first quarter of 2021, compared to 1.38 percent for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 0.42 percent for the first quarter of 2020. Likewise, excluding those same adjustments, the firm’s return on average tangible assets was 1.50 percent for the first quarter of 2021, compared to 1.46 percent for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 0.45 percent for the first quarter of 2020.
  • Return on average equity for the first quarter of 2021 amounted to 9.96 percent, compared to 8.78 percent for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 2.58 percent for the first quarter of 2020. Excluding preferred stockholders’ equity for each of the three months ended March 31, 2021, Dec. 31, 2020 and March 31, 2020, respectively, return on average common equity for the first quarter of 2021 amounted to 10.41 percent, compared to 9.19 percent for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 2.58 percent for the first quarter of 2020. First quarter 2021 return on average tangible common equity amounted to 17.16 percent, compared to 15.37 percent for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 4.48 percent for the first quarter of 2020.

    • Excluding the adjustments described above for both 2021 and 2020 and FHLB restructuring charges and hedge termination charges in the fourth quarter of 2020, return on average tangible common equity amounted to 17.16 percent for the first quarter of 2021, compared to 17.11 percent for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 4.71 percent for the first quarter of 2020.

“As to our core profitability metrics, we are again reporting another solid quarter,” said Harold R. Carpenter, Pinnacle’s chief financial officer. “Our aim for 2021 will be top-quartile peer performance with respect to return on tangible common equity, as well as tangible book value per share growth. We believe we are off to a great start in 2021.”

MAINTAINING A STRONG BALANCE SHEET:

  • Net charge-offs were $11.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to $10.8…



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