Western Alliance Bancorp (NYSE:WAL) Q3 2020 Earnings Conference Call - Final Transcript

Oct 23, 2020 • 12:00 pm ET


Western Alliance Bancorp (NYSE:WAL) Q3 2020 Earnings Conference Call - Final Transcript


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Good day, everyone and welcome to the earnings call for Western Alliance Bancorporation for the Third Quarter 2020. Our speakers today are Ken Vecchione, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Dale Gibbons, Chief Financial Officer. You may also view the presentation today via webcast through the company's website at www.westernalliancebancorporation.com. The call will be recorded and made available for replay after 2:00 PM Eastern Time, October 23, 2020 through November 23, 2020 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time by dialing 1-877-344-7529 and entering passcode 10148637.

The discussion during this call may contain forward-looking statements that relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The forward-looking statements contained herein reflect our current views about future events and financial performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause our actual results to differ significantly from historical results and those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical or expected results include those listed in the filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, the company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Now, for the opening remarks, I would now like to turn the call over to Ken Vecchione. Please go ahead.

Kenneth A. Vecchione

Thanks, operator. Good afternoon and welcome to Western Alliance's third quarter earnings call. Joining me on the call today are Dale Gibbons and Tim Bruckner, our Chief Financial Officer and Chief Credit Officer. I will provide an overview of our quarterly results and how we are managing the business in this current economic environment and then Dale, will walk you through the Bank's financial performance. Afterwards, we will open the line to take your questions.

I like to focus on three trends that define our third quarter results and will continue into the future; robust balance sheet growth, provision reflecting asset quality and consensus outlook and strong net interest income and PPNR that continue to build capital. The combination of these variables generated record net income of $135.8 million and EPS of $1.36, each up more than 45% versus the prior quarter and exceeding our pre-pandemic performance in 2019. The flexibility of Western Alliance's diversified business model was again demonstrated this quarter as our deep segment and product expertise enable us to actively adapt our business in response to the changing environment and continue to achieve industry-leading profitability and growth, while maintaining prudent credit risk management.

Total loans grew $985 million for the quarter to $26 billion and deposits increased $1.3 billion to $29 billion, reducing our loan to deposit ratio to 90.2%. Our loan growth continues to be concentrated in low-loss asset classes such as warehousing lending, which accounted for over 100% of the loan growth and 56% of the deposit growth and $267 million in capital call lines where the risk-reward equation is heavily skewed in our favor. The impact of this strategy