STI
$68.94
Suntrust Banks
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(.56%)
Earnings Details
1st Quarter March 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018 6:00:00 AM
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Suntrust Banks (STI) reported 1st Quarter March 2018 earnings of $1.29 per share on revenue of $2.5 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.11 per share on revenue of $2.3 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $1.13 per share. Revenue grew 3.7% on a year-over-year basis.

SunTrust Banks Inc is a bank holding company and a financial holding company with commercial banking organizations whose businesses provide financial services to consumer, business and corporate clients.

Results
Reported Earnings
$1.29
Earnings Whisper
$1.13
Consensus Estimate
$1.11
Reported Revenue
$2.46 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$2.28 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

SunTrust Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

ATLANTA, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) reported net income available to common shareholders of $612 million, or $1.29 per average common diluted share. This compares to $1.48 for the prior quarter, which included $0.39 per share of net discrete benefits from Form 8-K items announced on December 4, 2017 and the impacts of tax reform-related items, and $0.91 for the first quarter of 2017.

When excluding the impact of the aforementioned net discrete benefits in the fourth quarter of 2017, earnings per diluted share increased 18% sequentially, driven largely by a lower effective tax rate.  When compared to the first quarter of 2017, earnings per share increased 42% due to continued efficiency improvements, improved asset quality, reduced share count, and a lower effective tax rate.

"This year is off to a good start, with earnings per share increasing 42% year-over-year," said William H. Rogers, Jr., chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks, Inc. "While a favorable operating environment has benefited our bottom-line results, our consistent strategy and improved execution are also contributing to our improved profitability.  We remain optimistic about our performance trajectory and ability to deliver long-term value to our shareholders."

First Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights
(Commentary is on a fully taxable-equivalent basis unless otherwise noted. Consistent with SEC guidance in Industry Guide 3 that contemplates the calculation of tax-exempt income on a tax equivalent basis, net interest income, net interest margin, total revenue, and efficiency ratios are provided on a fully taxable-equivalent basis, which generally assumes a 21% marginal federal tax rate for all periods beginning on or after January 1, 2018 and 35% for all periods prior to January 1, 2018, as well as state income taxes, where applicable. We provide unadjusted amounts in the table on page 3 of this news release and detailed reconciliations and additional information in Appendix A on pages 12 and 13.)

Income Statement

  • Net income available to common shareholders was $612 million, or $1.29 per average common diluted share, compared to $1.48 for the prior quarter and $0.91 for the first quarter of 2017.
    • The prior quarter was favorably impacted by $0.39 per share of net discrete benefits associated with the items announced in the December 4, 2017 Form 8-K and tax reform-related items.
  • Total revenue decreased 2% sequentially and was stable year-over-year.
    • The sequential decrease was driven by lower net interest income resulting from fully taxable-equivalent ("FTE") basis adjustments and lower noninterest income.
  • Net interest margin was 3.24% in the current quarter, up 7 basis points sequentially and up 15 basis points compared to the prior year. The sequential and year-over-year increases were driven primarily by higher earning asset yields arising from higher benchmark interest rates, higher securities AFS yields given lower premium amortization expense, and positive mix shift in the LHFI portfolio. The sequential increase was also driven by fewer days in the quarter.
  • Provision for credit losses decreased $51 million sequentially and $91 million year-over-year due to lower net charge-offs and a lower allowance for loan and lease losses ("ALLL"), given continued strong credit quality results.
  • Noninterest expense decreased 7% sequentially and 3% year-over-year.
    • The sequential decrease was driven primarily by charitable contributions and net charges related to efficiency actions recognized in the prior quarter, both of which were associated with the December 4, 2017 Form 8-K and tax reform-related items. When adjusting for discrete items in the prior quarter, expenses were up 1% sequentially due to a seasonal increase in employee compensation and benefits costs.
    • Compared to the first quarter of 2017, the decrease was driven largely by lower operating losses as well as lower branch closure and severance costs.
  • The efficiency and tangible efficiency ratios for the current quarter were 62.8% and 62.1%, respectively, which represent strong improvements compared to the prior year, driven by ongoing expense management initiatives.

Balance Sheet

  • Average performing LHFI were down 1% compared to the prior quarter and relatively stable year-over-year, driven by the prior quarter sale of Premium Assignment Corporation ("PAC") and declines in C&I loans, home equity products, and commercial construction, offset partially by growth in consumer lending.
  • Average consumer and commercial deposits decreased modestly compared to the prior quarter due, in part, to seasonality, and increased slightly compared to the first quarter of 2017, as declines in money market accounts and noninterest-bearing deposit account balances were offset by growth in NOW, time deposit, and savings account balances.

Capital

  • Estimated capital ratios continue to be well above regulatory requirements. The Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1") ratio was estimated to be 9.8% as of March 31, 2018, slightly higher than the prior quarter.
  • During the quarter, the Company repurchased $330 million of its outstanding common stock in accordance with its 2017 Capital Plan and redeemed all $450 million of its outstanding 5.875% noncumulative perpetual preferred stock, Series E.
  • Book value per common share was $47.14 and tangible book value per common share was $33.97, both down 2% from December 31, 2017, driven primarily by a higher accumulated other comprehensive loss, offset partially by growth in retained earnings.

Asset Quality

  • Nonperforming loans ("NPLs") increased $38 million from the prior quarter and represented 0.50% of period-end LHFI at March 31, 2018. The sequential increase was driven primarily by an increase in residential mortgage NPLs due to hurricane-related forbearance.
  • Net charge-offs for the current quarter were $79 million, or 0.22% of total average LHFI on an annualized basis, down $28 million sequentially and $33 million year-over-year. The sequential decrease was driven primarily by lower net charge-offs associated with C&I loans, while the year-over-year reduction was driven by overall asset quality improvements and lower commercial net charge-offs.
  • At March 31, 2018, the ALLL to period-end LHFI ratio was 1.19%, a 2 basis point decline compared to the prior quarter, driven by lower reserves for anticipated hurricane-related losses and continued improvements in asset quality.
  • The provision for credit losses decreased $51 million sequentially and $91 million year-over-year due to lower net charge-offs and a lower ALLL.










Income Statement (Dollars in millions, except per share data)

1Q 2018


4Q 2017


3Q 2017


2Q 2017


1Q 2017

Net interest income

$1,441



$1,434



$1,430



$1,403



$1,366


Net interest income-FTE 2

1,461



1,472



1,467



1,439



1,400


Net interest margin

3.20

%


3.09

%


3.07

%


3.06

%


3.02

%

Net interest margin-FTE 2

3.24



3.17



3.15



3.14



3.09


Noninterest income

$796



$833



$846



$827



$847


Total revenue

2,237



2,267



2,276



2,230



2,213


Total revenue-FTE 2

2,257



2,305



2,313



2,266



2,247


Noninterest expense

1,417



1,520



1,391



1,388



1,465


Provision for credit losses

28



79



120



90



119


Net income available to common shareholders

612



710



512



505



451


Earnings per average common diluted share

1.29



1.48



1.06



1.03



0.91












Balance Sheet (Dollars in billions)










Average LHFI

$142.9



$144.0



$144.7



$144.4



$143.7


Average consumer and commercial deposits

159.2



160.7



159.4



159.1



158.9












Capital










Basel III capital ratios at period end 1 :










Tier 1 capital

11.00

%


11.15

%


10.74

%


10.81

%


10.40

%

Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1")

9.85



9.74



9.62



9.68



9.69


Total average shareholders' equity to total average assets

12.05



12.09



11.94



11.80



11.59












Asset Quality










Net charge-offs to total average LHFI (annualized)

0.22

%


0.29

%


0.21

%


0.20

%


0.32

%

ALLL to period-end LHFI 2

1.19



1.21



1.23



1.20



1.20


NPLs to period-end LHFI

0.50



0.47



0.48



0.52



0.55


1 Basel III capital ratios are calculated under the standardized approach using regulatory capital methodology applicable to the Company for each period presented, 
   including the phase-in of transition provisions through January 1, 2018. Capital ratios at March 31, 2018 are estimated as of the date of this news release.

2 LHFI measured at fair value were excluded from period-end LHFI in the calculation as no allowance is recorded for loans measured at fair value.

Consolidated Financial Performance Details
(Commentary is on a fully taxable-equivalent basis unless otherwise noted)

Revenue

Total revenue was $2.3 billion for the current quarter, a decrease of $48 million compared to the prior quarter. Net interest income decreased $11 million sequentially due to two less days and a lower FTE adjustment as a result of tax reform, offset partially by a higher net interest margin. Noninterest income decreased $37 million sequentially due largely to lower commercial real estate related income, mortgage production income and client transaction-related fees, offset partially by higher capital markets-related income and higher mortgage servicing-related income. The fourth quarter included a $107 million gain from the sale of PAC (recorded in other noninterest income), which was offset by $109 million in securities losses. Compared to the first quarter of 2017, total revenue increased $10 million, driven by a $61 million increase in net interest income, offset partially by a $51 million decrease in total noninterest income, as a result of lower capital markets-related income. 

Net Interest Income

Net interest income was $1.5 billion for the current quarter, a decrease of $11 million compared to the prior quarter due to two less days and a lower FTE adjustment as a result of tax reform, offset partially by a higher net interest margin. The $61 million increase relative to the prior year was driven largely by the 15 basis point improvement in the net interest margin.

Net interest margin for the current quarter was 3.24%, compared to 3.17% in the prior quarter and 3.09% in the first quarter of 2017. The sequential and year-over-year increases were driven primarily by higher earning asset yields arising from higher benchmark interest rates, higher securities AFS yields given lower premium amortization expense, and positive mix shift in the loan portfolio. The sequential increase was also driven by fewer days in the quarter.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income was $796 million for the current quarter, compared to $833 million for the prior quarter and $847 million for the first quarter of 2017. The $37 million sequential decrease is due primarily to lower commercial real estate related income, mortgage production related income, and client transaction-related fees, offset partially by higher capital markets-related income and mortgage servicing income. Compared to the first quarter of 2017, noninterest income decreased $51 million driven largely by lower capital markets-related income, mortgage-related income, as well as client transaction-related fees.

Investment banking income was $131 million for the current quarter, compared to $119 million in the prior quarter and $167 million in the prior year.  The $12 million increase compared to the prior quarter was due to higher M&A advisory, equity offerings, and investment grade bond originations, offset partially by lower syndicated and leveraged finance activity. The $36 million year-over-year decrease is primarily attributable to declines in syndicated and leveraged finance.

Trading income was $42 million for the current quarter, compared to $41 million in the prior quarter and $51 million in the first quarter of 2017. The year-over-year decrease was largely due to lower fixed income sales and trading revenue.

Mortgage production income for the current quarter was $36 million, compared to $61 million for the prior quarter and $53 million for the first quarter of 2017. The $25 million sequential and $17 million year-over-year decreases were due to lower production volume and lower gain on sale margins during the current quarter. Mortgage application volume decreased 1% sequentially and 9% compared to the first quarter of 2017. Closed loan volume decreased 18% sequentially and 6% compared to the first quarter of 2017.

Mortgage servicing income was $54 million for the current quarter, compared to $43 million in the prior quarter and $58 million in the first quarter of 2017. The $11 million sequential increase was due to higher servicing fee income and lower servicing asset decay, offset partially by lower net hedge performance. The $4 million decrease compared to the first quarter of 2017 was due to lower net hedge performance and higher servicing asset decay in the current quarter, offset partially by higher servicing fee income. At March 31, 2018, the servicing portfolio totaled $164.7 billion, relatively stable compared to the prior quarter and prior year.

Trust and investment management income was $75 million for the current quarter, compared to $80 million for the prior quarter and $75 million for the first quarter of 2017. The $5 million sequential decrease was primarily attributable to trust termination fees recognized during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Commercial real estate-related income was $23 million for the current quarter, compared to $62 million for the prior quarter and $20 million for the first quarter of 2017. The $39 million sequential decrease was driven primarily by seasonal declines in activity.

Client transaction-related fees (namely service charges on deposits, other charges and fees, and card fees) decreased sequentially and year-over-year by $18 million and $11 million, respectively, due to lower client-related activity, and the impact of adopting the revenue recognition accounting standard during the current quarter, which resulted in the netting of certain expense items against card fees, other charges and fees, and service charges on deposit accounts. The sequential decrease was also driven by fewer days.

Net securities gains/(losses) totaled $1 million for the current quarter compared to ($109) million in the prior quarter. The sequential change was due to $109 million in securities losses arising from the securities AFS portfolio restructuring in response to tax reform recognized in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Other noninterest income was $48 million for the current quarter, compared to $134 million in the prior quarter and $30 million in the first quarter of 2017. The sequential decrease was due primarily to the recognition of the $107 million pre-tax gain from the sale of PAC during the fourth quarter of 2017. The $18 million year-over-year increase was due primarily to the application of the recognition and measurement of financial assets accounting standard adopted during the current quarter, which resulted in a $23 million remeasurement gain on an equity investment in a fintech company.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense was $1.4 billion in the current quarter, representing a decline of $103 million sequentially. The December 4, 2017 Form 8-K and tax reform-related items impacted the prior quarter noninterest expense by a net $111 million ($50 million charitable contribution to the SunTrust Foundation, $36 million net charges related to efficiency initiatives, and $25 million discretionary 401(k) contribution and other employee benefits). Excluding these discrete items, noninterest expense was relatively stable compared to the prior quarter and down $48 million relative to the first quarter of 2017. The decrease relative to the first quarter of 2017 was due largely to lower operating losses and lower other noninterest expense.

Employee compensation and benefits expense was $853 million in the current quarter, compared to $803 million in the prior quarter and $852 million in the first quarter of 2017. The $50 million sequential increase was due to the seasonal increase in employee benefit costs and FICA taxes.

Operating losses were $6 million in the current quarter, compared to $23 million in the prior quarter and $32 million in the first quarter of 2017. The decreases relative to both periods were driven primarily by a net $10 million benefit from the progression of certain legal developments.

Outside processing and software expense was $206 million in the current quarter, compared to $214 million in the prior quarter and $205 million in the first quarter of 2017. The decrease compared to the prior quarter was driven primarily by lower transaction volume as well as the impact of adopting the revenue recognition accounting standard during the current quarter, which resulted in the netting of certain credit card network expenses (previously classified in outside processing and software expense) against card fees and other charges and fees.

Marketing and customer development expense was $41 million in the current quarter, compared to $104 million in the prior quarter and $42 million in the first quarter of 2017. The sequential decrease was due primarily to the $50 million tax reform-related charitable contribution, which was recognized during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Amortization expense was $15 million in the current quarter, compared to $25 million in the prior quarter and $13 million in the first quarter of 2017. The sequential decrease was due to seasonally higher amortization expense in the prior quarter associated with increased tax credits generated from community development investments.

Other noninterest expense was $121 million in the current quarter, compared to $170 million in the prior quarter and $142 million in the first quarter of 2017. The decrease relative to the prior quarter was driven primarily by a net $36 million charge related to efficiency actions (including severance costs in connection with the voluntary early retirement program, branch and corporate real estate closure costs, and software write-downs) recognized during the prior quarter. The year-over-year decrease was driven primarily by higher legal and consulting fees and higher branch closure and severance costs incurred during the first quarter of 2017.

Income Taxes

For the current quarter, the Company recorded a provision for income taxes of $147 million compared to an income tax benefit of $74 million for the prior quarter and an income tax provision of $159 million for the first quarter of 2017.  The effective tax rate for the current quarter was 19%, compared to (11)% in the prior quarter and 25% in the first quarter of 2017. The increase in the effective tax rate relative to the prior quarter was due primarily to the prior quarter tax benefit for the remeasurement of the Company's estimated deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities to reflect the reduction in the U.S. federal corporate income tax rate to 21%. The decrease in the effective tax rate for the current quarter relative to the first quarter of 2017 was primarily due to the reduction in the U.S. federal corporate income tax rate. The first quarter of 2017 was also favorably impacted by $22 million of discrete tax benefits related to share-based compensation.

Balance Sheet

At March 31, 2018, the Company had total assets of $204.9 billion and total shareholders' equity of $24.3 billion, representing 12% of total assets. Book value per common share was $47.14 and tangible book value per common share was $33.97, both down 2% compared to December 31, 2017, driven primarily by a higher accumulated other comprehensive loss, offset partially by growth in retained earnings.

Loans

Average performing LHFI totaled $142.2 billion for the current quarter, down 1% compared to the prior quarter and relatively stable compared to the first quarter of 2017, driven by the prior quarter sale of PAC and declines in C&I loans, home equity products, and commercial construction, offset partially by growth in consumer lending.

Deposits

Average consumer and commercial deposits for the current quarter were $159.2 billion, a 1% decline over the prior quarter and a slight increase over the first quarter of 2017.  The sequential decline was due largely to seasonal decreases in demand deposits and lower money market account balances, offset largely by a 10% increase in time deposits. The year-over-year growth was driven primarily by an increase in time deposit account balances, offset largely by declines in demand deposits and money market account balances.

Capital and Liquidity

The Company's estimated capital ratios were well above current regulatory requirements with the Common Equity Tier 1 ratio estimated to be 9.8% at March 31, 2018. The ratios of average total equity to average total assets and tangible common equity to tangible assets were 12.1% and 8.0%, respectively, at March 31, 2018. The Company continues to have substantial available liquidity in the form of cash, high-quality government-backed or government-sponsored securities, and other available contingency funding sources.

The Company declared a common stock dividend of $0.40 per common share and repurchased $330 million of its outstanding common stock in the first quarter of 2018. The Company currently expects to repurchase approximately $330 million of additional common stock over the next quarter in accordance with its 2017 Capital Plan. Additionally, the Company redeemed all $450 million of its 5.875% noncumulative perpetual preferred stock, Series E, in March 2018.

Asset Quality

Total nonperforming assets ("NPAs") were $778 million at March 31, 2018, up $37 million from the prior quarter and down $80 million year-over-year. The increase in NPAs compared to the prior quarter was driven by an increase in mortgage NPLs due primarily to hurricane-related forbearance, as well as higher commercial real estate NPLs due primarily to the downgrade of one borrower. The decrease in NPAs compared to the first quarter of 2017 was driven primarily by continued improvements in the energy portfolio. The ratio of NPLs to period-end LHFI was 0.50%, 0.47%, and 0.55% at March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017, and March 31, 2017, respectively.

Net charge-offs were $79 million during the current quarter, a decrease of $28 million compared to the prior quarter and $33 million compared to the first quarter of 2017. The sequential reduction was driven primarily by lower net charge-offs associated with C&I loans, while the year-over-year decrease was driven by overall asset quality improvements as well as lower energy-related net charge-offs. The ratio of annualized net charge-offs to total average LHFI was 0.22% during the current quarter, compared to 0.29% during the prior quarter and 0.32% during the first quarter of 2017. The provision for credit losses was $28 million in the current quarter, a sequential decrease of $51 million and a year-over-year decrease of $91 million, driven by lower net charge-offs and a lower ALLL.

At March 31, 2018, the ALLL was $1.7 billion, which represented 1.19% of period-end loans, a 2 basis point decline relative to December 31, 2017, driven by continued improvements in asset quality and lower reserves for anticipated hurricane-related losses.

Early stage delinquencies decreased 12 basis points from the prior quarter to 0.68% at March 31, 2018. Excluding government-guaranteed loans which account for 0.46%, early stage delinquencies were 0.22%, down 10 basis points compared to the prior quarter and stable compared to a year ago.

Impacts of Newly Adopted Accounting Standards

The Company adopted a number of accounting standard updates during the first quarter of 2018. The application of ASU 2016-01, Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities, resulted in a $23 million increase in Other assets on the Consolidated Balance Sheets and a corresponding $23 million increase in Noninterest income on the Consolidated Statements of Income during the quarter from the remeasurement gain on an equity investment in a fintech company.  The adoption of ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (and subsequent related ASUs), resulted in a $3 million net quantitative decrease in both revenue and expenses for the current quarter (prior periods were not restated). Upon adoption of ASU 2018-02, Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from AOCI, the Company elected to reclassify approximately $154 million of stranded tax effects from AOCI to retained earnings. This election had no impact on the current quarter Consolidated Statements of Income, but did positively impact regulatory capital ratios.

OTHER INFORMATION

About SunTrust Banks, Inc.
SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is a purpose-driven company dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for the people, businesses, and communities it serves. SunTrust leads onUp, a national movement inspiring Americans to build financial confidence. Headquartered in Atlanta, the Company has two business segments: Consumer and Wholesale. Its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states, along with 24-hour digital access. Certain business lines serve consumer, commercial, corporate, and institutional clients nationally. As of March 31, 2018, SunTrust had total assets of $205 billion and total deposits of $162 billion. The Company provides deposit, credit, trust, investment, mortgage, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services. Learn more at suntrust.com.

Business Segment Results
The Company has included its business segment financial tables as part of this release. Revenue and income amounts labeled "FTE" in the business segment tables are reported on a fully taxable-equivalent basis.  For the business segments, net interest income is computed using matched-maturity funds transfer pricing and noninterest income includes federal and state tax credits that are grossed-up on a pre-tax equivalent basis. Further, provision/(benefit) for credit losses represents net charge-offs by segment combined with an allocation to the segments of the provision/(benefit) attributable to each segment's quarterly change in the allowance for loan and lease losses ("ALLL") and unfunded commitments reserve balances. SunTrust also reports results for Corporate Other, which includes the Treasury department as well as the residual expense associated with operational and support expense allocations. The Total Corporate Other results presented in this document also include Reconciling Items, which are comprised of differences created between internal management accounting practices and U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("U.S. GAAP") and certain matched-maturity funds transfer pricing credits and charges. A detailed discussion of the business segment results will be included in the Company's forthcoming Form 10-Q.

Corresponding Financial Tables and Information
Investors are encouraged to review the foregoing summary and discussion of SunTrust's earnings and financial condition in conjunction with the detailed financial tables and information which SunTrust has also published today and SunTrust's forthcoming Form 10-Q. Detailed financial tables and other information are also available at investors.suntrust.com. This information is also included in a current report on Form 8-K furnished with the SEC today.

Conference Call
SunTrust management will host a conference call on April 20, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss the earnings results and business trends. Individuals may call in beginning at 7:15 a.m. (Eastern Time) by dialing 1-877-209-9920 (Passcode: SunTrust). Individuals calling from outside the United States should dial 1-612-332-1210 (Passcode: SunTrust). A replay of the call will be available approximately one hour after the call ends on April 20, 2018, and will remain available until May 20, 2018, by dialing 1-800-475-6701 (domestic) or 1-320-365-3844 (international) (Passcode: 445929). Alternatively, individuals may listen to the live webcast of the presentation by visiting the SunTrust investor relations website at investors.suntrust.com.  Beginning the afternoon of April 20, 2018, individuals may access an archived version of the webcast in the "Events & Presentations" section of the SunTrust investor relations website. This webcast will be archived and available for one year.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This news release includes non-GAAP financial measures to describe SunTrust's performance. Additional information and reconciliations of those measures to GAAP measures are provided in the appendix to this news release beginning at page 12.

In this news release, consistent with SEC Industry Guide 3, the Company presents total revenue, net interest income, net interest margin, and efficiency ratios on a fully taxable equivalent ("FTE") basis, and ratios on an annualized basis. The FTE basis adjusts for the tax-favored status of net interest income from certain loans and investments using a federal tax rate of 21% for all periods beginning on or after January 1, 2018 and 35% for all periods prior to January 1, 2018, as well as state income taxes, where applicable, to increase tax-exempt interest income to a taxable-equivalent basis. The Company believes this measure to be the preferred industry measurement of net interest income and it enhances comparability of net interest income arising from taxable and tax-exempt sources. Total revenue-FTE equals net interest income-FTE plus noninterest income.

The Company presents the following additional non-GAAP measures because many investors find them useful.  Specifically:

  • The Company presents certain capital information on a tangible basis, including Tangible equity, Tangible common equity, the ratio of Tangible equity to tangible assets, the ratio of Tangible common equity to tangible assets, Tangible book value per share, and the Return on tangible common shareholders' equity, which removes the after-tax impact of purchase accounting intangible assets from shareholders' equity and removes related intangible asset amortization from Net income available to common shareholders. The Company believes these measures are useful to investors because, by removing the amount of intangible assets that result from merger and acquisition activity and amortization expense (the level of which may vary from company to company), it allows investors to more easily compare the Company's capital position and return on average tangible common shareholders' equity to other companies in the industry who present similar measures. The Company also believes that removing these items provides a more relevant measure of the return on the Company's common shareholders' equity. These measures are utilized by management to assess capital adequacy and profitability of the Company.
  • Similarly, the Company presents Efficiency ratio-FTE, Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE, and Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE. The efficiency ratio is computed by dividing Noninterest expense by Total revenue. Efficiency ratio-FTE is computed by dividing Noninterest expense by Total revenue-FTE. Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE excludes the amortization related to intangible assets and certain tax credits. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors because, by removing the impact of amortization (the level of which may vary from company to company), it allows investors to more easily compare the Company's efficiency to other companies in the industry. Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE removes the pre-tax impact of Form 8-K items announced on December 4, 2017 and the impacts of tax reform-related items from the calculation of Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors because it is more reflective of normalized operations as it reflects results that are primarily client relationship and client transaction driven. These measures are utilized by management to assess the efficiency of the Company and its lines of business.

Important Cautionary Statement About Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. Statements regarding potential future share repurchases, anticipated hurricane related losses, and future asset quality are forward-looking statements. Also, any statement that does not describe historical or current facts is a forward-looking statement. These statements often include the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "forecast," "goals," "targets," "initiatives," "opportunity," "focus," "potentially," "probably," "projects," "outlook," or similar expressions or future conditional verbs such as "may," "will," "should," "would," and "could." Forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of management and on information currently available to management. Our statements speak as of the date hereof, and we do not assume any obligation to update these statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those contained in such statements in light of new information or future events.
Forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Investors are cautioned against placing undue reliance on such statements. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward looking statements. Future dividends, and the amount of any such dividend, must be declared by our board of directors in their discretion. Also, future share repurchases and the timing of any such repurchases are subject to market conditions and management's discretion. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in Part I, "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and in other periodic reports that we file with the SEC.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS


(Dollars in millions and shares in thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31


%

2018


2017


 Change

EARNINGS & DIVIDENDS






Net income

$643



$468



37

%

Net income available to common shareholders

612



451



36


Total revenue

2,237



2,213



1


Total revenue-FTE 1

2,257



2,247




Net income per average common share:






Diluted

$1.29



$0.91



42

%

Basic

1.31



0.92



42


Dividends paid per common share

0.40



0.26



54


CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS






Selected Average Balances:






Total assets

$204,132



$204,252



%

Earning assets

182,874



183,606




Loans held for investment ("LHFI")

142,920



143,670



(1)


Intangible assets including residential mortgage servicing rights ("MSRs")

8,244



8,026



3


Residential MSRs

1,833



1,604



14


Consumer and commercial deposits

159,169



158,874




Total shareholders' equity

24,605



23,671



4


Preferred stock

2,390



1,225



95


Period End Balances:






Total assets

$204,885



$205,642



%

Earning assets

182,913



183,279




LHFI

142,618



143,529



(1)


Allowance for loan and lease losses ("ALLL")

1,694



1,714



(1)


Consumer and commercial deposits

161,357



161,531




Total shareholders' equity

24,269



23,484



3


FINANCIAL RATIOS & OTHER DATA






Return on average total assets

1.28

%


0.93

%


38

%

Return on average common shareholders' equity

11.23



8.19



37


Return on average tangible common shareholders' equity 1

15.60



11.28



38


Net interest margin

3.20



3.02



6


Net interest margin-FTE 1

3.24



3.09



5


Efficiency ratio

63.35



66.20



(4)


Efficiency ratio-FTE 1

62.77



65.19



(4)


Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE 1

62.11



64.60



(4)


Effective tax rate

19



25



(24)


Basel III capital ratios at period end 2:






Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1")

9.85

%


9.69

%


2

%

Tier 1 capital

11.00



10.40



6


Total capital

12.90



12.37



4


Leverage

9.75



9.08



7


Total average shareholders' equity to total average assets

12.05



11.59



4


Tangible equity to tangible assets 1

9.11



8.72



4


Tangible common equity to tangible assets 1

8.04



8.06




Book value per common share

$47.14



$45.62



3


Tangible book value per common share 1

33.97



33.05



3


Market capitalization

31,959



26,860



19


Average common shares outstanding:






Diluted

473,620



496,002



(5)


Basic

468,723



490,091



(4)


Full-time equivalent employees

23,208



24,215



(4)


Number of ATMs

2,075



2,132



(3)


Full service banking offices

1,236



1,316



(6)








See Appendix A for additional information and reconcilements of non-U.S. GAAP performance measures.

Basel III capital ratios are calculated under the standardized approach using regulatory capital methodology applicable to the Company for each period presented, including the phase-in
of transition provisions through January 1, 2018. Capital ratios at March 31, 2018 are estimated as of the date of this release.

 

SunTrust Banks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

FIVE QUARTER FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS



Three Months Ended


March 31


December 31


September 30


June 30


March 31

(Dollars in millions and shares in thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)

2018


2017


2017


2017


2017

EARNINGS & DIVIDENDS










Net income

$643



$740



$538



$528



$468


Net income available to common shareholders

612



710



512



505



451


Total revenue

2,237



2,267



2,276



2,230



2,213


Total revenue-FTE 1

2,257



2,305



2,313



2,266



2,247


Net income per average common share:










Diluted

$1.29



$1.48



$1.06



$1.03



$0.91


Basic

1.31



1.50



1.07



1.05



0.92


Dividends paid per common share

0.40



0.40



0.40



0.26



0.26


CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS










Selected Average Balances:










Total assets

$204,132



$205,219



$205,738



$204,494



$204,252


Earning assets

182,874



184,306



184,861



184,057



183,606


LHFI

142,920



144,039



144,706



144,440



143,670


Intangible assets including residential MSRs

8,244



8,077



8,009



8,024



8,026


Residential MSRs

1,833



1,662



1,589



1,603



1,604


Consumer and commercial deposits

159,169



160,745



159,419



159,136



158,874


Total shareholders' equity

24,605



24,806



24,573



24,139



23,671


Preferred stock

2,390



2,236



1,975



1,720



1,225


Period End Balances:










Total assets

$204,885



$205,962



$208,252



$207,223



$205,642


Earning assets

182,913



182,710



185,071



184,518



183,279


LHFI

142,618



143,181



144,264



144,268



143,529


ALLL

1,694



1,735



1,772



1,731



1,714


Consumer and commercial deposits

161,357



159,795



161,778



158,319



161,531


Total shareholders' equity

24,269



25,154



24,522



24,477



23,484


FINANCIAL RATIOS & OTHER DATA










Return on average total assets

1.28

%


1.43

%


1.04

%


1.03

%


0.93

%

Return on average common shareholders' equity

11.23



12.54



9.03



9.08



8.19


Return on average tangible common shareholders' equity 1

15.60



17.24



12.45



12.51



11.28


Net interest margin

3.20



3.09



3.07



3.06



3.02


Net interest margin-FTE 1

3.24



3.17



3.15



3.14



3.09


Efficiency ratio

63.35



67.03



61.12



62.24



66.20


Efficiency ratio-FTE 1

62.77



65.94



60.14



61.24



65.19


Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE 1

62.11



64.84



59.21



60.59



64.60


Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE 1

62.11



59.85



59.21



60.59



64.60


Effective tax rate

19



(11)



29



30



25


Basel III capital ratios at period end 2:










CET1

9.85

%


9.74

%


9.62

%


9.68

%


9.69

%

Tier 1 capital

11.00



11.15



10.74



10.81



10.40


Total capital

12.90



13.09



12.69



12.75



12.37


Leverage

9.75



9.80



9.50



9.55



9.08


Total average shareholders' equity to total average assets

12.05



12.09



11.94



11.80



11.59


Tangible equity to tangible assets 1

9.11



9.50



9.12



9.15



8.72


Tangible common equity to tangible assets 1

8.04



8.21



8.10



8.11



8.06


Book value per common share

$47.14



$47.94



$47.16



$46.51



$45.62


Tangible book value per common share 1

33.97



34.82



34.34



33.83



33.05


Market capitalization

31,959



30,417



28,451



27,319



26,860


Average common shares outstanding:










Diluted

473,620



480,359



483,640



488,020



496,002


Basic

468,723



474,300



478,258



482,913



490,091


Full-time equivalent employees

23,208



23,785



24,215



24,278



24,215


Number of ATMs

2,075



2,116



2,108



2,104



2,132


Full service banking offices

1,236



1,268



1,275



1,281



1,316












See Appendix A for additional information and reconcilements of non-U.S. GAAP performance measures.

Basel III capital ratios are calculated under the standardized approach using regulatory capital methodology applicable to the Company for each period presented, including the phase-in 
    of transition provisions through January 1, 2018. Capital ratios at March 31, 2018 are estimated as of the date of this release.

 

SunTrust Banks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

APPENDIX A TO THE EARNINGS RELEASE - RECONCILEMENT OF NON-U.S. GAAP MEASURES 1




Three Months Ended


March 31


December 31


September 30


June 30


March 31

(Dollars in millions) (Unaudited)

2018


2017


2017


2017


2017

Net interest income

$1,441



$1,434



$1,430



$1,403



$1,366


Fully taxable-equivalent ("FTE") adjustment

20



38



37



36



34


Net interest income-FTE 2

1,461



1,472



1,467



1,439



1,400


Noninterest income

796



833



846



827



847


Total revenue-FTE 2

$2,257



$2,305



$2,313



$2,266



$2,247












Return on average common shareholders' equity

11.23

%


12.54

%


9.03

%


9.08

%


8.19

%

Impact of removing average intangible assets and related pre-tax amortization, other
  than residential MSRs and other servicing rights

4.37



4.70



3.42



3.43



3.09


Return on average tangible common shareholders' equity 3

15.60

%


17.24

%


12.45

%


12.51

%


11.28

%











Net interest margin

3.20

%


3.09

%


3.07

%


3.06

%


3.02

%

Impact of FTE adjustment

0.04



0.08



0.08



0.08



0.07


Net interest margin-FTE 2

3.24

%


3.17

%


3.15

%


3.14

%


3.09

%











Noninterest expense

$1,417



$1,520



$1,391



$1,388



$1,465


Total revenue

2,237



2,267



2,276



2,230



2,213


Efficiency ratio 4

63.35

%


67.03

%


61.12

%


62.24

%


66.20

%

Impact of FTE adjustment

(0.58)



(1.09)



(0.98)



(1.00)



(1.01)


Efficiency ratio-FTE 2, 4

62.77



65.94



60.14



61.24



65.19


Impact of excluding amortization related to intangible assets and certain tax credits

(0.66)



(1.10)



(0.93)



(0.65)



(0.59)


Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE 2, 5

62.11

%


64.84

%


59.21

%


60.59

%


64.60

%

Impact of excluding Form 8-K and other tax reform-related items



(4.99)








Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE 2, 5, 6

62.11

%


59.85

%


59.21

%


60.59

%


64.60

%











1

Certain amounts in this schedule are presented net of applicable income taxes, calculated based on each subsidiary's federal and state tax rates and are adjusted for any permanent
differences.

2

The Company presents Net interest income-FTE, Total revenue-FTE, Net interest margin-FTE, Efficiency ratio-FTE, Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE, and Adjusted tangible efficiency
ratio-FTE on a fully taxable-equivalent ("FTE") basis. The FTE basis adjusts for the tax-favored status of Net interest income from certain loans and investments using a federal tax rate
of 21% for all periods beginning on or after January 1, 2018 and 35% for all periods prior to January 1, 2018, as well as state income taxes where applicable to increase tax-exempt
interest income to a taxable-equivalent basis. The Company believes this measure to be the preferred industry measurement of Net interest income and it enhances comparability of Net
interest income arising from taxable and tax-exempt sources. Total revenue-FTE equals Net interest income-FTE plus Noninterest income.

3

The Company presents Return on average tangible common shareholders' equity, which removes the after-tax impact of purchase accounting intangible assets from average common
shareholders' equity and removes related intangible asset amortization from Net income available to common shareholders. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors
because, by removing the amount of intangible assets and related pre-tax amortization expense (the level of which may vary from company to company), it allows investors to more
easily compare the Company's return on average common shareholders' equity to other companies in the industry. The Company also believes that removing these items provides a
more relevant measure of the return on the Company's common shareholders' equity. This measure is utilized by management to assess the profitability of the Company.

4

Efficiency ratio is computed by dividing Noninterest expense by Total revenue. Efficiency ratio-FTE is computed by dividing Noninterest expense by Total revenue-FTE.

5

The Company presents Tangible efficiency ratio-FTE and Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE, which remove the amortization related to intangible assets and certain tax credits from
the calculation of Efficiency ratio-FTE. The Company believes these measures are useful to investors because, by removing the impact of amortization (the level of which may vary
from company to company), it allows investors to more easily compare the Company's efficiency to other companies in the industry. These measures are utilized by management to
assess the efficiency of the Company and its lines of business.

6

The Company presents Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio-FTE, which removes the pre-tax impact of Form 8-K and other tax reform-related items from the calculation of Tangible
efficiency ratio-FTE. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors because it is more reflective of normalized operations as it reflects results that are primarily client
relationship and client transaction driven. Removing these items also allows investors to more easily compare the Company's tangible efficiency to other companies in the industry that
may not have had similar items impacting their results. Additional detail on these items can be found in the Form 8-K furnished with the SEC on January 19, 2018.

 

SunTrust Banks, Inc. and Subsidiaries

APPENDIX A TO THE EARNINGS RELEASE - RECONCILEMENT OF NON-U.S. GAAP MEASURES, continued 1




March 31


December 31


September 30


June 30


March 31

(Dollars in millions, except per share data) (Unaudited)

2018


2017


2017


2017


2017

Total shareholders' equity

$24,269



$25,154



$24,522



$24,477



$23,484


Goodwill, net of deferred taxes of $159 million, $163 million, $254 million, $253
  million, and $252 million, respectively

(6,172)



(6,168)



(6,084)



(6,085)



(6,086)


Other intangible assets (including residential MSRs and other servicing rights)

(1,996)



(1,791)



(1,706)



(1,689)



(1,729)


Residential MSRs and other servicing rights

1,981



1,776



1,690



1,671



1,711


Tangible equity 2

18,082



18,971



18,422



18,374



17,380


Noncontrolling interest

(101)



(103)



(101)



(103)



(101)


Preferred stock

(2,025)



(2,475)



(1,975)



(1,975)



(1,225)


Tangible common equity 2

$15,956



$16,393



$16,346



$16,296



$16,054












Total assets

$204,885



$205,962



$208,252



$207,223



$205,642


Goodwill

(6,331)



(6,331)



(6,338)



(6,338)



(6,338)


Other intangible assets (including residential MSRs and other servicing rights)

(1,996)



(1,791)



(1,706)



(1,689)



(1,729)


Residential MSRs and other servicing rights

1,981



1,776



1,690



1,671



1,711


Tangible assets

$198,539



$199,616



$201,898



$200,867



$199,286


Tangible equity to tangible assets 2

9.11

%


9.50

%


9.12

%


9.15

%


8.72

%

Tangible common equity to tangible assets 2

8.04



8.21



8.10



8.11



8.06


Tangible book value per common share 3

$33.97



$34.82



$34.34



$33.83



$33.05












1

Certain amounts in this schedule are presented net of applicable income taxes, calculated based on each subsidiary's federal and state tax rates and are adjusted for any permanent
differences.

2

The Company presents certain capital information on a tangible basis, including Tangible equity, Tangible common equity, the ratio of Tangible equity to tangible assets, and the ratio
of Tangible common equity to tangible assets, which remove the after-tax impact of purchase accounting intangible assets from shareholders' equity. The Company believes these
measures are useful to investors because, by removing the amount of intangible assets that result from merger and acquisition activity (the level of which may vary from company to
company), it allows investors to more easily compare the Company's capital adequacy to other companies in the industry. These measures are used by management to analyze capital
adequacy.

3

The Company presents Tangible book value per common share, which excludes the after-tax impact of purchase accounting intangible assets and also excludes Noncontrolling interest
and Preferred stock from shareholders' equity. The Company believes this measure is useful to investors because, by removing the amount of intangible assets, noncontrolling interest,
and preferred stock (the levels of which may vary from company to company), it allows investors to more easily compare the Company's book value of common stock to other
companies in the industry.

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