GREEN BAY, Wis., April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) today reported net income available to common equity of $54 million, or $0.35 per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. This compares to net income available to common equity of $40 million, or $0.27 per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.
"The quarter's margin expansion coupled with higher residential mortgage and steady commercial real estate loan growth contributed to a 30% year over year increase in earnings per common share. We continued to show progress across our fee businesses while holding expenses flat. Year over year results were also supported by an improving credit environment." said President and CEO Philip B. Flynn. "We are in a good place - strongly positioned and fully committed to a path of continued disciplined growth. We look forward to delivering against our full year guidance."
FIRST QUARTER SUMMARY
FIRST QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS
First quarter average loans of $20.1 billion were up 6%, or $1.1 billion from the year ago quarter and were up $96 million from the fourth quarter.
With respect to first quarter average balances:
First quarter average deposits of $21.5 billion were up 4%, or $891 million from the year ago quarter and were down $277 million from the fourth quarter.
With respect to first quarter average balances:
Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin
Net interest income was up 5%, or $8 million from the year ago quarter, with net interest margin increasing 3 basis points. First quarter net interest income of $180 million was essentially flat from the fourth quarter as higher yields on loans offset the impact of two fewer days in the quarter. Net interest margin of 2.84% increased 4 basis points from the fourth quarter.
First quarter total noninterest income of $80 million was down 4%, or $3 million from the year ago quarter, reflecting less investment gains. As expected, total noninterest income was down 13%, or $12 million from the prior quarter, primarily related to a shift in the Company's mortgage retention strategy.
With respect to first quarter noninterest income line items:
First quarter total noninterest expense of $174 million was essentially flat compared to the year ago quarter and decreased $5 million, or 3% from the prior quarter.
With respect to first quarter noninterest expense line items:
First quarter income tax expense was $21 million with an effective tax rate of 27%, compared to $19 million and 31% in the year ago quarter, and $24 million and 30% in the prior quarter. The first quarter's lower effective tax rate was due to a change in accounting standards related to stock compensation which lowered income tax expense by $3 million. These tax effects are expected to be higher in the first quarter when the majority of the Company's restricted stock awards vest.
First quarter provision for credit losses of $9 million decreased $11 million from the year ago quarter and was down $6 million from the prior quarter.
The Company's capital position remains strong, with a CET1 ratio of 9.9% at March 31, 2017. The Company's capital ratios continue to be in excess of the Basel III "well-capitalized" regulatory benchmarks on a fully phased in basis.
FIRST QUARTER 2017 EARNINGS RELEASE CONFERENCE CALL
The Company will host a conference call for investors and analysts at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) today, April 20, 2017. Interested parties can access the live webcast of the call through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, http://investor.associatedbank.com. Parties may also dial into the call at 877-407-8037 (domestic) or 201-689-8037 (international) and request the Associated Banc-Corp first quarter 2017 earnings call. The first quarter 2017 financial tables with an accompanying slide presentation will be available on the Company's website just prior to the call. An audio archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website approximately fifteen minutes after the call is over.
ABOUT ASSOCIATED BANC-CORP
Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) has total assets of $29 billion and is one of the top 50 publicly traded U.S. bank holding companies. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Associated is a leading Midwest banking franchise, offering a full range of financial products and services from over 200 banking locations serving more than 100 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, and commercial financial services in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Texas. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
Statements made in this document which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This includes any statements regarding management's plans, objectives, or goals for future operations, products or services, and forecasts of its revenues, earnings, or other measures of performance. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "estimate," "should," "will," "intend," "outlook," or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations and, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements include those identified in the Company's most recent Form 10-K and subsequent SEC filings. Such factors are incorporated herein by reference.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
This press release and related materials may contain references to measures which are not defined in generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Information concerning these non-GAAP financial measures can be found in the financial tables.
Jessica Vanden Heuvel, Vice President, Director of Investor Relations
Jennifer Kaminski, Vice President, Manager of Public Relations
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