Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) Q3 2019 Earnings Conference Call - Final Transcript

Oct 22, 2019 • 10:00 am ET


Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) Q3 2019 Earnings Conference Call - Final Transcript


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Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Simmons First National Corporation Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Call and Webcast.

At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the speakers' presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Please be advised that today's conference is being recorded. [Operator Instructions].

I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, David Garner. Please go ahead, sir.

David W. Garner

Good morning and thank you for joining our third quarter earnings call. My name is David Garner and I serve as Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at Simmons First National Corporation.

Joining me today are George Makris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Bob Fehlman, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer; Steve Massanelli, Chief Administrative Officer and Investor Relations Officer; Marty Casteel, Chairman and CEO of Simmons Bank, our wholly-owned bank subsidiary; and Matt Reddin, Simmons Bank's Chief Banking Officer.

The purpose of this call is to discuss the information and data provided by the Company in our quarterly earnings release issued this morning and to discuss the Company's outlook for the future. We will begin with prepared comments followed by a Q&A session. We have invited institutional investors and analysts from the equity firms that provide research on our Company to participate in the Q&A session. All other guests in this conference call are in a listen-only mode. A transcript of today's call, including our prepared remarks and the Q&A session, will be posted on our website under the Investor Relations tab.

During today's call, we will make forward-looking statements about our future plans, goals, expectations, estimates, projections and outlook. I remind you that actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors. Additional information concerning some of these factors is contained in our SEC filings, included without limitation, the description of certain risk factors contained in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the forward-looking information section of our earnings press release issued this morning. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or other information.

Lastly, in this presentation, we will discuss certain non-GAAP financial measures we believe, provide useful information to investors. Please note that the reconciliations of non-GAAP metrics to GAAP are contained in our current report filed this morning to the SEC on Form 8-K and available on the Investor Relations page of our website,

I'll now turn the call over to George Makris.

George A. Makris

Thank you, David and welcome to our third quarter earnings conference call. In our press release issued earlier today, we reported net income of $81.8 million for the third quarter of 2019, an increase of $26.6 million or 48.3% compared to same quarter of last year. Diluted earnings per share were $0.84 for the quarter. Included in third quarter earnings were $2.1 million in net after-tax non-core items. We had merger-related costs of $1.9 million, early retirement program expenses