RALEIGH, N.C.—First Citizens BancShares, Inc. ("BancShares") (Nasdaq: FCNCA) reported earnings for the third quarter and year-to-date period ended September 30, 2022.
Chairman and CEO Frank B. Holding, Jr. on third quarter results, "We are pleased with our financial performance during the third quarter and reported net income of $315 million, a 23.5% increase over the prior quarter. We remain focused on merger optimization efforts and achieving our cost savings target. In July, we announced a share repurchase plan that authorized repurchases of up to 1.5 million shares of our Class A common stock. I am pleased to report that as of October 25, 2022, we have repurchased 98.5% of the 1.5 million shares authorized under that share repurchase plan.
"Contributing to higher net income during the quarter was solid top line growth led by continued momentum in loans, net interest margin expansion and solid performance in our fee income producing lines of business. Core revenues outpaced expense growth contributing to a 23.5% increase in sequential quarter pre-provision net revenue. We are pleased that credit quality remained strong as the net charge-off and nonperforming loan ratios both declined during the quarter."
For the third quarter, net income available to common stockholders was $303 million, or $19.25 per common share, compared to $238 million, or $14.86 per common share in the second quarter of 2022. Third quarter adjusted net income available to common stockholders was $326 million, or $20.77 per common share, up from $270 million, or $16.86 per common share in the second quarter. The following bullets highlight significant changes in the components of net income and adjusted net income between the second and third quarters:
- Pre-provision net revenue totaled $468 million compared to $379 million in the second quarter. Adjusted pre-provision net revenue totaled $506 million, an increase of $89 million or 21.3% compared to the second quarter due to core net revenue growth exceeding core noninterest expense growth.
- Net revenue growth was led by a $95 million, or a 13.6% increase in net interest income over the second quarter primarily due to loan growth and higher yields on loans and overnight investments, partially offset by higher funding costs.
- Net interest margin was 3.40%, an increase of 36 basis points over the second quarter, as the rising interest rate environment increased yields on our earning assets and BancShares had another quarter of strong loan growth, only partially offset by higher rates paid on interest-bearing deposits and higher borrowings.
- Noninterest income totaled $433 million compared to $424 million in the second quarter. Adjusted noninterest income totaled $288 million compared to $283 million in the second quarter, an increase of $5 million. The increase was primarily due to higher capital markets fees, rental income on operating leases, net and other operating income, partially offset by lower service charges on deposit accounts.
- Noninterest expense totaled $760 million compared to $745 million in the second quarter. Adjusted noninterest expense totaled $577 million compared to $566 million in the second quarter, an increase of $11 million. The increase was driven primarily by higher personnel costs and higher marketing expenses in the Direct Bank, partially offset by lower FDIC insurance expense and professional fees.
- Provision for credit losses totaled $60 million compared to $42 million in the second quarter, an increase of $18 million. The increase was primarily due to deterioration in CECL macroeconomic forecasts and loan growth, partially offset by improved credit quality and portfolio mix. Net charge-offs totaled $18 million or a ratio of 0.10% of average loans compared to $22 million or a ratio of 0.13% of average loans during the second quarter.
- Loans totaled $69.8 billion, an increase of $2.1 billion, or 12.0% on an annualized basis due to strong growth in our branch network and Mortgage as well as in our commercial bank from areas such as Commercial Finance and Business Capital.
- Deposits totaled $87.6 billion, a decrease of $1.8 billion, or 7.9% on an annualized basis. The main component of the decline was a $1.8 billion reduction in interest-bearing deposits as we saw our more sensitive customers move funds in response to continued rate increases. The reductions were primarily concentrated in acquired branches and commercial banking, partially offset by growth in our Direct Bank.
- Borrowings increased $3.9 billion during the quarter to support loan growth and offset declines in interest-bearing deposits.
Earnings Call Details
BancShares will host a conference call to discuss the company's financial results on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.
To access this call, dial:
United States: 1-833-927-1758
All other locations: 1-929-526-1599
Access code: 355751
The third quarter 2022 earnings presentation and this news release are available on the company's website at www.firstcitizens.com/investor-relations.
After the conference call, you may access a replay of the call through November 17, 2022, by dialing 1-866-813-9403 (domestic), 1-226-828-7578 (Canada) or +44 204-525-0658 (all other locations) using the access code 319469.
About First Citizens Bancshares
First Citizens BancShares, Inc. is the financial holding company for First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company ("First Citizens Bank"). In January 2022, First Citizens BancShares and CIT Group Inc. merged, creating one of the top 20 U.S. financial institutions, with more than $100 billion in assets.
First Citizens Bank helps personal, business, commercial and wealth clients build financial strength that lasts. As the largest family-controlled bank in the United States, First Citizens is continuing a unique legacy of strength, stability and long-term thinking that has spanned generations. Its commercial banking segment brings a wide array of best-in-class lending, leasing and banking services to middle-market companies and small businesses from coast to coast. Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., First Citizens also operates a nationwide direct bank and a network of more than 550 branches in 22 states, many in high-growth markets. Visit FirstCitizens.com. First Citizens Bank. Forever First®
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Supplemental Financial Tables
The First Citizens BancShares Third Quarter 2022 Financials (PDF), Opens in a new tab include supplemental financial information and key performance metrics for current and historical periods.