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$FFIN said that in the newly formed combined Conroe and Huntsville Region, Sam Baker will serve as the Region's Chairman and CEO and Robert Pate will serve as the Huntsville Division President. The advisory board members of the Conroe and Huntsville Regions will serve as directors of the combined Region.
$FNB announced a significant financial commitment to both its employees and the communities it serves relating to the signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. As an investment in its workforce, $FNB plans to raise the minimum hourly wage for its employees to $15 by the end of 2019, accelerating an ongoing initiative to elevate hourly wages.
$BBT said insurance revenues could be higher than projected, if the market responds with better pricing. The company thinks the insurance price increases will be higher because of all the catastrophes and it competes on loan growth and that could cause more positive operating leverage.
$BBT said it continues to invest substantially more in digital strategy. The company's new platform continues to be one of the very best in the business today. $BBT continues to invest in it on a regular basis. $BBT's Zelle P2P program, like all of the other major banks in the country rolled out recently, it's going extraordinarily well.
$BAC said it expects solid NII growth in 2018 from loan and deposit growth. "The increase is going to depend upon the amount of loan growth, the utilization of rates increasing along the forward curve and obviously our ability to manage the deposit rate pay," CFO Paul Donofrio said.
$BBT expects 1Q18 average total loans of up 1-3% annualized from last quarter and credit quality to be 35-45 basis points. $BBT sees 1Q18 net interest margin to be down 1-3 bps versus 4Q17 and non-interest income of up 1-3% versus 1Q17. For 2018, $BBT sees revenue growth of 2-3%, expenses to be flat from last year and effective tax rate of 21%.
$BBT reported a rise in 4Q17 earnings driven by higher revenue. Net income rose to $614MM or $0.77 per share from $592MM or $0.72 per share last year. Revenue grew to $2.87Bil from $2.73Bil, on an increase in net interest income and higher fees from the majority of non-interest revenues sources. Adjusted EPS for the latest quarter was $0.84.
Net interest income grew 11.4% to $11.46Bil for $BAC in 4Q17. This was primarily driven by three interest rate increases in 2017. However, non-interest income fell 7% to $9Bil due to the impact of the tax act and lower mortgage banking income.
Joining the bandwagon of other banking giants, $BAC reported 4Q17 earnings that almost halved to $2.37Bil, or 20 cents per share, weighed down by charges related to Republican tax reforms, as well as lower trading. Excluding this charge, net income was 47 cents per share. Revenue for the quarter edged up 2% to $20.4Bil.
Financial services company $FNB has appointed Bryant Mitchell as EVP of Capital Markets and Specialty Finance Businesses. He will report to Chief Wholesale Banking Officer Robert Moorehead. In the past, Mitchell had held several key leadership roles in leading organisation.
$BAC announced that Joe Gianni will succeed Kevin Cunningham as Market President, serving as the company’s enterprise leader in Hartford. Cunningham will focus full-time on his new responsibilities as the Global Commercial Bank Credit executive for Specialized Industries and Canada.
Barrington Bank & Trust, a unit of financial services firm $WTFC, has closed the acquisition of certain assets of iFreedom Direct Corp DBA Veterans First Mortgage. The deal, which includes assumption of certain liabilities, is expected to be modestly accretive to Wintrust’s 2018 earnings. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
$FFBC said it will lift the starting wage for all new and existing hourly associates to $15 an hour effective immediately. Also, the bank has made a $3MM contribution to its newly established charitable foundation. This comes as a result of the recently passed tax legislation, which includes a reduction in corporate tax rates.
Financial services provider $FFIN has completed the acquisition of Commercial Bancshares and its subsidiary Commercial State Bank. As per the agreement, First Financial issued shares worth $60MM to the shareholders of Commercial Bancshares. Meanwhile, Commercial Bancshares paid a special dividend to its shareholders, totaling $22.3MM.
$BBT announced additional investments in its associates and communities made possible through the tax reform package recently signed into law. The total cost of the program is $152MM, with $15MM related to pay rate increases, $37MM (including fringes) as a one-time bonus and $100MM to $BBT's philanthropic fund.