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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.
$WFC has declared a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.39 per share, payable March 1, 2018 to stockholders of record on Feb. 2, 2018. The BoDs also increased the company's authority to repurchase common stock by an additional 350MM shares.
$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.
$BLK, which benefited in 4Q17 from the $1.2Bil of net tax benefit from the recent tax reform, said that the reduction in the tax rate will increase the asset manager's after cash flow. BlackRock added that this increased cash flow from the tax reforms will be used in share buybacks and paying dividends, and also for investing in new products.
Assets under management of $BLK transcends $6 trillion mark at the end of 4Q17, helped by the strong market conditions. Revenue jumped 20% to $3.469Bil, while profit rose more than 100% to $2.304Bil or $14.07 per share on a GAAP basis, reflecting the $1.2Bil of net tax benefit related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Adjusted EPS was up 21% to $6.24.
$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.
$WFC announced that Senior Executive Vice President Mike Loughlin will retire as the company's Chief Risk Officer. The company expects to name a successor in the next few months and Loughlin will remain in his current role through the transition.
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.