Huntington Bancshares Incorporated Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter Net Income of $164 Million; Earnings Per Common Share of $0.19; Delivering Strong Loan Growth

COLUMBUS, Ohio--()--Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ: HBAN; www.huntington.com) reported net income for the 2014 fourth quarter of $164 million, a $9 million and $5 million increase from the prior and year-ago quarters, respectively. Earnings per common share for the 2014 fourth quarter were $0.19, an increase of $0.01 from the prior and year-ago quarters.

2014 full-year net income was $632 million, down 1% from the prior year. Earnings per common share for the year were $0.72, unchanged from the prior year.

“We met our commitments of positive operating leverage and revenue growth,” said Steve Steinour, chairman, president and CEO. “We continue to invest opportunistically to position ourselves well as we move into 2015 and beyond.

“Last year we invested in a series of initiatives that drove revenue growth while streamlining our operations. As a result, Huntington is uniquely attractive to both consumer and commercial customers who appreciate our innovative products, strong distribution system, digital banking, and award-winning customer service,” continued Steinour. “We continue to manage risk while investing to deliver continued growth and positive operating leverage.

“2014 was a year of accomplishments, evidenced by retail banking customers rating Huntington ‘Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Retail Banking in the North Central Region’ for the second year in a row in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study. Furthermore, small business owners ranked Huntington ‘Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Small Business Banking in the Midwest Region’ in another study released by J.D. Power in 2014,” Steinour said. “Huntington has been recognized as the No. 1 SBA lender in the country in terms of number of loans, and also cited by the U.S. Treasury Department as the largest lender in its state small business credit initiative.”

Huntington today also announced that the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.06 per common share. The dividend is payable April 1, 2015, to shareholders of record on March 18, 2015.

Specific full-year 2014 highlights compared with 2013:

  • 1.01% return on average assets, 11.8% return on average tangible common equity
  • $100 million, or 4%, increase in fully-taxable equivalent revenue
  • Achieved positive operating leverage for the second consecutive year
  • $6.1 billion, or 12%, increase in average earning assets
  • $3.6 billion, or 9%, increase in average loans and leases
  • Net interest margin of 3.23%, a decrease of 13 basis points
  • $33 million, or 3%, decrease in noninterest income, including a $42 million, or 33%, decrease in mortgage banking income
  • $124 million, or 7%, increase in noninterest expense, largely driven by $76 million net impact of Significant Items related to acquisitions, franchise repositioning, net additions to litigation reserves, and the benefit from the prior year’s pension curtailment
  • Net charge-offs declined to 0.27% of average loans and leases, down from 0.45%
  • 35.7 million common shares repurchased at an average price of $9.37 per share; Combined with dividends of $0.21 per share, $506 million was returned to shareholders

2014 Fourth Quarter specific highlights compared with 2013 Fourth Quarter:

  • $0.36, or 6%, increase in tangible book value per common share to $6.62; end of period dividend yield of 2.1%
  • $7.0 billion, or 13%, increase in average earning assets; $4.0 billion, or 9%, increase in average loans and leases
  • $25 million, or 4%, increase in fully-taxable equivalent revenue
  • $37 million, or 8%, increase in noninterest expense, including $13 million net increase related to Significant Items
  • $22 million decrease in provision for credit losses

2014 Fourth Quarter specific highlights compared with 2014 Third Quarter:

  • $1.3 billion, or 9% annualized, increase in average earning assets, including a $1.0 billion, or 8% annualized, increase in average loans and leases
  • Net interest margin of 3.18%, a decrease of 2 basis points
  • $14 million, or 6%, decrease in noninterest income, including an $11 million, or 44%, decrease in mortgage banking income
  • $22 million decrease in provision for credit losses
 

Table 1 – Earnings Performance Summary

         
Full Year 2014 2013

($ in millions, except per share data)

    2014   2013 Fourth Quarter Third Quarter

Fourth Quarter

Net Income $ 632.4 $ 641.3 $ 163.6 $ 155.0 $ 158.2
Diluted earnings per common share 0.72 0.72 0.19 $ 0.18 $ 0.18
 
Return on average assets 1.01 % 1.14 % 1.00 % 0.97 % 1.09 %
Return on average common equity 10.2 11.0 10.3 9.9 10.5
Return on average tangible common equity 11.8 12.7 11.9 11.4 12.1
Net interest margin 3.23 3.36 3.18 3.20 3.28
Efficiency ratio 65.1 62.6 66.2 65.3 63.4
 
Tangible book value per common share $ 6.62 $ 6.26 $ 6.62 $ 6.53 $ 6.26
Cash dividends declared per common share 0.21 0.19 0.06 0.05 0.05
Average diluted shares outstanding (000's) 833,081 843,974 825,338 829,623 842,324
 
Average earning assets $ 57,705 $ 51,598 $ 60,010 $ 58,707 $ 53,012
Average loans 45,425 41,826 47,092 46,113 43,138
Average core deposits 46,147 43,979 47,638 46,119 44,748
 
Tangible common equity / tangible assets ratio 8.17 % 8.82 % 8.17 % 8.35 % 8.82 %
Tier 1 common risk-based capital ratio 10.23 10.31 10.23 10.31 10.90
 
NCOs as a % of average loans and leases 0.27 % 0.45 % 0.20 % 0.26 % 0.43 %
NAL ratio 0.63 0.75 0.63 0.70 0.75
ACL as a % of total loans and leases 1.40 1.65 1.40 1.47 1.65
 

Table 2 lists certain items that Management believes are significant in understanding corporate performance and trends (see Basis of Presentation). This quarter contained two Significant Items: 1) a $12 million net increase in litigation reserves, and 2) $9 million of franchise repositioning related expense for the previously announced consolidation of 26 branches and organizational actions.

 

Table 2 – Significant Items Influencing Earnings

 
Three Months Ended    

Pre-Tax Impact

 

After-Tax Impact

(in millions, except per share) Amount

Amount (1)

  EPS (2)
 
December 31, 2014 – net income $ 164 $ 0.19
  • Addition to litigation reserves
$ (12 ) (8 ) (0.01 )
  • Franchise repositioning related expense
(9 ) (6 ) (0.01 )
 
September 30, 2014 – net income $ 155 $ 0.18
  • Franchise repositioning related expense
$ (19 ) (13 ) (0.02 )
  • Merger and acquisition related net expenses
(3 ) (2 ) (0.00 )
 
June 30, 2014 – net income $ 165 $ 0.19
 
March 31, 2014 – net income $ 149 $ 0.17
  • Camco Financial acquisition
$ (12 ) (8 ) (0.01 )
  • Addition to litigation reserves
(9 ) (6 ) (0.01 )
 
December 31, 2013 – net income $ 158 $ 0.18
  • Franchise repositioning related expense
$ (7 ) (5 ) (0.01 )
 
September 30, 2013 – net income $ 178 $ 0.20
  • Pension curtailment gain
$ 34 22 0.03
  • Franchise repositioning related expense
$ (17 ) (11 ) (0.01 )
 
June 30, 2013 – net income $ 151 $ 0.17
 
March 31, 2013 – net income $ 153 $ 0.17
 
(1) Favorable (unfavorable) impact on net income; 35% operating tax rate
(2) EPS reflected on a fully diluted basis
 

Net Interest Income, Net Interest Margin, and Average Balance Sheet

 

Table 3 – Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin Performance Summary

             
2014 2013 2014 2013
Full Full   Change Fourth   Third Fourth Change (%)

($ in millions)

    Year Year YOY

Quarter

Quarter Quarter   LQ YOY
Net interest income $ 1,837.1 $ 1,704.6 8 % $ 473.3 $ 466.3 $ 430.6 (1 ) % 10 %
FTE adjustment       27.6     27.3   1       7.5     7.5     8.2     ---     (8 )  
Net interest income - FTE 1,864.7 1,731.9 8 480.8 473.8 438.8 (1 ) 10
Noninterest income       979.2     1,012.2   (3 )     233.3     247.3     249.9     6     (7 )  
Total revenue - FTE     $ 2,843.9   $ 2,744.1   4   % $ 714.1   $ 721.2   $ 688.7     1   % 4   %
 
Change bp
Yield / Cost                               LQ YOY
Total earning assets 3.47 % 3.66 % (19 ) bp 3.41 % 3.44 % 3.58 % (3 ) bp (17 ) bp
Total loans and leases 3.71 3.93 (22 ) 3.60 3.66 3.77 (6 ) (18 )
Total securities 2.57 2.45 12 2.65 2.54 2.60 11 4
 
Total interest-bearing liabilities 0.34 0.43 (9 ) 0.32 0.33 0.42 --- (10 )
Total interest-bearing deposits 0.25 0.35 (10 ) 0.23 0.23 0.32 (1 ) (9 )
 
Net interest rate spread 3.13 3.23 (10 ) 3.09 3.11 3.16 (3 ) (8 )
Impact of noninterest-bearing funds on margin       0.10     0.13   (3 )     0.09     0.09     0.12     ---     (3 )  
Net interest margin       3.23 %   3.36 % (13 ) bp   3.18 %   3.20 %   3.28 %   (2 ) bp (11 ) bp
 

See Page 8 & 18 of Quarterly Financial Supplement for additional detail.

Fully-taxable equivalent (FTE) net interest income for the 2014 fourth quarter increased $42 million, or 10%, from the 2013 fourth quarter. This reflected the benefit from the $7.0 billion, or 13%, increase in average earnings assets, including a $4.0 billion, or 9%, increase in average loans and leases and a $3.0 billion, or 31%, increase in average securities. This earning asset growth was partially offset by the 10 basis point decrease in the FTE net interest margin (NIM) to 3.18%. The NIM contraction reflected a 17 basis point decrease related to the mix and yield of earning assets and 3 basis point reduction in benefit from the impact of noninterest-bearing funds, partially offset by the 10 basis point reduction in funding costs.

Compared to the 2014 third quarter, FTE net interest income increased $7 million, or 6% annualized. While the NIM decreased 2 basis points, average earning assets increased $1.3 billion, or 9% annualized, including a $1.0 billion, or 8% annualized, increase in average loans and leases.

 

Table 4 – Average Earning Assets – Automobile and C&I Activity Continue to Drive Growth

               
2014 2013 2014 2013
Full Full YOY Fourth   Third Fourth Change (%)
(in billions)     Year Year Change Quarter Quarter Quarter LQ YOY

Average Loans and Leases

Commercial and industrial $ 18.3 $ 17.2 7 % $ 18.9 $ 18.6 $ 17.7 2 % 7 %
Commercial real estate       5.0   5.0 (1 )     5.1   5.0   4.9 2   4  
Total commercial       23.3   22.2 5       24.0   23.5   22.6 2   6  
Automobile 7.7 5.7 35 8.5 8.0 6.5 6 31
Home equity 8.4 8.3 1 8.5 8.4 8.3 --- 1
Residential mortgage 5.6 5.2 8 5.8 5.7 5.3 --- 8
Other consumer       0.4   0.4 (9 )     0.4   0.4   0.4 4   7  
Total consumer       22.1   19.6 13       23.1   22.6   20.6 2   12  
Total loans and leases       45.4   41.8 9       47.1   46.1   43.1 2   9  
 
Total securities 11.9 9.2 29 12.5 12.2 9.5 2 31
Held-for-sale and other earning assets 0.4 0.6 (31 ) 0.5 0.4 0.4 6 17
Total earning assets     $ 57.7 $ 51.6 12   % $ 60.0 $ 58.7 $ 53.0 2 % 13 %
 

See Page 6 & 16 of Quarterly Financial Supplement for additional detail.

Average earning assets for the 2014 fourth quarter increased $7.0 billion, or 13%, from the year-ago quarter, driven by:

  • $3.0 billion, or 31%, increase in average securities, reflecting an increase of $1.5 billion of Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) Level 1 qualified securities and $1.3 billion of direct purchase municipal instruments, which at the end of the year-ago quarter $0.6 billion were reclassified from Commercial and Industrial (C&I) loans.
  • $2.0 billion, or 31%, increase in average Automobile loans, as originations remained strong.
  • $1.2 billion, or 7%, increase in average C&I loans and leases, primarily reflecting growth in trade finance in support of our middle market and corporate customers.
  • $0.4 billion, or 8%, increase in average Residential mortgage loans as a result of the Camco acquisition and a decrease in the rate of payoffs due to lower levels of refinancing.
 

Table 5 – Average Liabilities – Focus on Core Customer Relationships and Reducing Funding Costs Continues to Drive Shift in Funding Mix

 
    2014   2013     2014   2013    
Full Full YOY Fourth   Third Fourth Change (%)

(in billions)

    Year Year Change Quarter Quarter Quarter LQ YOY

Average Deposits

Demand deposits - noninterest bearing $ 14.0 $ 12.9 9 % $ 15.2 $ 14.1 $ 13.3 8 % 14 %
Demand deposits - interest bearing       5.9   5.9 1       5.9   5.9   5.8 1     3    
Total demand deposits 19.9 18.7 6 21.1 20.0 19.1 6 11
Money market deposits 17.9 15.7 14 18.4 17.9 16.8 3 9
Savings and other domestic deposits 5.0 5.0 --- 5.1 5.0 4.9 1 3
Core certificates of deposit       3.3   4.5 (27 )     3.1   3.2   3.9 (3 )   (22 )  
Total core deposits 46.1 44.0 5 47.6 46.1 44.7 3 6
Other domestic deposits of $250,000 or more 0.2 0.3 (21 ) 0.2 0.2 0.3 (10 ) (27 )
Brokered deposits and negotiable CDs 2.1 1.6 33 2.4 2.3 1.4 8 74
Other deposits       0.4   0.3 8       0.5   0.4   0.4 28     35    
Total deposits       48.9   46.2 6       50.8   49.0   46.8 4     9    
 
Short and long-term borrowings 6.3 3.1 104 6.6 7.2 3.7 (7 ) 78
 
Total Interest-bearing liabilities     $ 41.2 $ 36.4 13   % $ 42.2 $ 42.0 $ 37.2 ---   % 14   %
 

See Page 6 & 16 of Quarterly Financial Supplement for additional detail.

Average total core deposits for the 2014 fourth quarter increased $2.9 billion, or 6%, from the year-ago quarter, of which $1.1 billion were acquired deposits. Noninterest bearing deposits increased $1.8 billion, or 14%. Average interest-bearing liabilities increased $5.1 billion, or 14%, from the year-ago quarter, reflecting:

  • $2.9 billion, or 78%, increase in short- and long-term borrowings, primarily reflecting a cost-effective method of funding incremental LCR related securities growth.
  • $1.6 billion, or 9%, increase in money market deposits, reflecting the strategic focus on customer growth and increased share-of-wallet among both consumer and commercial customers.
  • $1.0 billion, or 74%, increase in brokered deposits and negotiated CDs, which were used to efficiently finance balance sheet growth while continuing to manage the overall cost of funds.

Partially offset by:

  • $0.9 billion, or 22%, decrease in average core certificates of deposit due to the strategic focus on changing the funding sources to no-cost demand deposits and lower-cost money market deposits.

Compared to the 2014 third quarter, average noninterest bearing deposits increased $1.1 billion, or 31% annualized, while average short- and long-term borrowings decreased by $0.5 billion, or 29% annualized.

 

Noninterest Income

 

Table 6 – Noninterest Income

               
2014 2013 2014 2013
Full Full YOY Fourth   Third Fourth Change (%)
(in millions)     Year Year Change Quarter Quarter Quarter LQ YOY
Noninterest Income
Service charges on deposit accounts $ 273.7 $ 271.8 1 % $ 67.4 $ 69.1 $ 70.0 (2 ) % (4 ) %
Trust services 116.0 123.0 (6 ) 28.8 28.0 30.7 3 (6 )
Electronic Banking 105.4 92.6 14 28.0 27.3 24.3 3 15
Mortgage banking income 84.9 126.9 (33 ) 14.0 25.1 24.3 (44 ) (42 )
Brokerage Income 68.3 69.6 (2 ) 16.1 17.2 15.2 (6 ) 6
Insurance income 65.5 69.3 (5 ) 16.3 16.7 15.6 (3 ) 4
Bank owned life insurance income 57.0 56.4 1 15.0 14.9 13.8 1 8
Capital markets fees 43.7 45.2 (3 ) 13.8 10.2 12.3 35 12
Gain on sale of loans 21.1 18.2 16 5.4 8.2 7.1 (34 ) (24 )
Securities (losses) gains 17.6 0.4 4100 (0.1 ) 0.2 1.2 (153 ) (108 )
Other income       126.0   138.8 (9 )     28.7     30.4   35.4 (6 )   (19 )  
Total noninterest income     $ 979.2 $ 1,012.2 (3 ) % $ 233.3   $ 247.3 $ 249.9 (6 ) % (7)%
 

Noninterest income for the 2014 fourth quarter decreased $17 million, or 7%, from the year-ago quarter, primarily reflecting:

  • $10 million, or 42%, decrease in mortgage banking income primarily related to the $6 million impact of net MSR hedging activity.
  • $7 million, or 19%, decrease in other income, primarily related to lower fees associated with commercial loan activity.
  • $3 million, or 4%, decrease in service charges on deposit accounts, reflecting the late July 2014 implementation of changes in consumer products that were partially offset by a 10% increase in consumer households and changing customer usage patterns.

Partially offset by:

  • $4 million, or 15%, increase in electronic banking due to higher card related income and underlying customer growth.

Compared to the 2014 third quarter, noninterest income decreased $14 million, or 6%, primarily related to a similar decline in mortgage banking income.

 

Noninterest Expense (see Basis of Presentation)

 

Table 7 – Noninterest Expense from Continuing Operations (GAAP)

               
2014 2013 2014 2013
Full Full YOY Fourth   Third Fourth

Change %

(in millions)     Year Year Change Quarter Quarter Quarter LQ YOY
Noninterest Expense
Personnel costs $ 1,048.8 $ 1,001.6 5 % $ 263.3 $ 275.4 $ 249.6 (4 ) % 6 %
Outside data processing and other services 212.6 199.5 7 53.7 53.1 51.1 1 5
Net occupancy 128.1 125.3 2 31.6 34.4 32.0 (8 ) (1 )
Equipment 119.7 106.8 12 32.0 30.2 28.8 6 11
Professional services 59.6 40.6 47 15.7 13.8 11.6 14 35
Marketing 50.6 51.2 (1 ) 12.5 12.6 13.7 (1 ) (9 )
Deposit and other insurance expense 49.0 50.2 (2 ) 13.1 11.6 10.1 13 30
Amortization of intangibles 39.3 41.4 (5 ) 10.7 9.8 10.3 9 3
Other expense       174.8   141.4 24       50.9   39.5   39.0 29     31    
Total noninterest expense     $ 1,882.3 $ 1,758.0 7   % $ 483.3 $ 480.3 $ 446.0 1   % 8   %
 
(in thousands)
Number of employees (Average full-time equivalent) 11.9 11.8 0.9 11.9 11.9 11.8 (1 ) % 1 %
 
               

Table 8 - Impacts of Significant Items:

 
2014 2013 2014 2013
Full Full YOY Fourth   Third Fourth Change
(in millions)     Year Year Change Quarter Quarter Quarter LQ YOY
Noninterest Expense
Personnel costs $ 19.8 $ (27.2 ) $ 47.1 $ 2.2 $ 15.3 $0.1 $ (13.2 ) $ 2.1
Outside data processing and other services 5.5 1.4 4.2 0.3 0.3 0.9 0.0 (0.6 )
Net occupancy 11.2 12.1 (1.0 ) 4.1 5.2 4.2 (1.1 ) (0.0 )
Equipment 2.2 2.4 (0.1 ) 2.0 0.1 0.8 1.9 1.2
Professional services 2.2 - 2.2 - 0.0 - 0.0 -
Marketing 1.4 - 1.4 0.0 0.8 - (0.8 ) -
Other expense       23.1   1.0     22.2     11.6   1.1 1.0   10.6     10.7  
Total noninterest expense     $ 65.5 $ (10.5 ) $ 75.9   $ 20.3 $ 22.8 $6.9 $ (2.5 ) $ 13.4  
 
               

Table 9 - Adjusted Noninterest Expense (Non-GAAP):

 
2014 2013 2014 2013
Full Full YOY Fourth   Third Fourth Change%
(in millions)     Year Year Change Quarter Quarter Quarter LQ YOY
Noninterest Expense
Personnel costs $ 1,028.9 $ 1,028.9 0 % $ 261.1 $ 260.1 $ 249.5 0 % 5 %
Outside data processing and other services 207.1 198.2 4 53.4 52.8 50.2 1 6
Net occupancy 116.9 113.2 3 27.4 29.2 27.8 (6 ) (1 )
Equipment 117.4 104.4 12 30.0 30.1 27.9 (0 ) 7
Professional services 57.3 40.6 41 15.7 13.8 11.6 14 35
Marketing 49.2 51.2 (4 ) 12.5 11.8 13.7 6 (9 )
Deposit and other insurance expense 49.0 50.2 (2 ) 13.1 11.6 10.1 13 30
Amortization of intangibles 39.3 41.4 (5 ) 10.7 9.8 10.3 9 3
Other expense   151.7   140.4 8       39.2   38.4   38.0 2     3    
Total noninterest expense     $ 1,816.9 $ 1,768.5 3   % $ 463.0 $ 457.5 $ 439.1 1   % 5   %
 

Reported noninterest expense for the 2014 fourth quarter increased $37 million, or 8%, from the year-ago quarter. Excluding the impact of Significant Items, noninterest expense increased $24 million, or 5%. Changes in reported noninterest expense primarily reflect:

  • $14 million, or 6%, increase in personnel costs. Excluding the impact of Significant Items, personnel costs increased $12 million, or 5%, primarily related to a $9 million increase in salaries reflecting 1% increase in the number of full-time equivalent employees and a $4 million increase in health insurance costs.
  • $12 million, or 31%, increase in other expense. Excluding the impact of Significant Items, other expenses increased $1 million, or 3%.
  • $4 million, or 35%, increase in professional services, reflecting an increase in outside consultant expenses and legal services.
  • $3 million, or 11%, increase in equipment. Excluding the impact of Significant Items, equipment expenses increased $2 million, or 7%, primarily reflecting higher depreciation expense.

Noninterest expense increased $3 million, or less than 1%, from the 2014 third quarter. When adjusting for the $20 million of Significant Items in the 2014 fourth quarter and the $23 million of Significant Items in the 2014 third quarter, noninterest expense increased $5 million. On a reported basis, personnel costs decreased $12 million, or 4%, reflecting the prior quarter’s franchise repositioning actions. Other expense increased $11 million, or 29%, reflecting the current quarter’s $12 million net increase to litigation reserves.

     

Credit Quality

 

Table 10 – Summary Credit Quality Metrics

 
2014 2013

($ in thousands)

Dec. 31   Sep. 30   Jun. 30   Mar. 31 Dec. 31
Total nonaccrual loans and leases $ 300,244 $ 325,765 $ 324,957 $ 327,158 $ 322,056
Total other real estate, net 35,039 36,270 34,695 35,691 27,664

Other NPAs (1)

  2,440     2,440     2,440     2,440     2,440  
Total nonperforming assets $ 337,723 $ 364,475 $ 362,092 $ 365,289 $ 352,160
Accruing loans and leases past due 90 days or more   75,469     87,348     85,367     98,412     76,209  
NPAs + accruing loans and lease past due 90 days or more $ 413,192 $ 451,823 $ 447,459 $ 463,701 $ 428,369
 
NAL ratio (2) 0.63 % 0.70 % 0.71 % 0.74 % 0.75 %
NPA ratio (3) 0.71 0.78 0.79 0.82 0.82
(NPAs+90 days)/(Loans+OREO) 0.98 1.08 1.08 1.17 1.20
 
Provision for credit losses $ 2,494 $ 24,480 $ 29,385 $ 24,630 $ 24,331
Net charge-offs 22,975 30,023 28,643 42,986 46,447
Net charge-offs / Average total loans 0.20 % 0.26 % 0.25 % 0.40 % 0.43 %
 
Allowance for loans and lease losses $ 605,196 $ 631,036 $ 635,101 $ 631,918 $ 647,870
Allowance for unfunded loan commitments and letters of credit     60,806     55,449     56,927     59,368     62,899  
Allowance for credit losses (ACL) $ 666,002 $ 686,485 $ 692,028 $ 691,286 $ 710,769
 

ACL as a % of:

Total loans and leases 1.40 % 1.47 % 1.50 % 1.56 % 1.65 %
NALs 222 211 213 211 221
NPAs 197 188 191 191 202
 
(1) Other nonperforming assets includes certain impaired investment securities.
(2) Total NALs as a % of total loans and leases.
(3) Total NPAs as a % of sum of loans and leases, impaired loans held for sale, and net other real estate.
 

See Pages 11-14 & 21-24 of Quarterly Financial Supplement for additional detail.

Nonaccrual loans and leases (NALs) decreased $22 million, or 7%, compared to a year ago to $300 million, or 0.63% of total loans and leases. Nonperforming assets (NPAs) decreased $14 million, or 4%, to $338 million, or 0.71% of total loans and leases, OREO, and other NPAs.

The provision for credit losses decreased $22 million to $2 million in the 2014 fourth quarter reflecting the current quarter’s higher-than-expected level of commercial recoveries and 19% decrease in NALs within the CRE portfolio. Net charge-offs (NCOs) decreased to $23 million with less than $1 million of NCOs within the total commercial portfolio. NCOs equated to an annualized 0.20% of average loans and leases in the current quarter compared to 0.26% and 0.43% in the prior and year-ago quarters, respectively.

The period-end allowance for credit losses (ACL) as a percentage of total loans and leases decreased to 1.40% from 1.65% a year ago, while the ACL as a percentage of period-end total NALs remained consistent at 222%.

     

Capital

 

Table 11 – Capital Ratios

 
2014 2013
(in millions) Dec. 31   Sep. 30   Jun. 30   Mar. 31 Dec. 31,
Tangible common equity / tangible assets ratio 8.17 % 8.35 % 8.38 % 8.63 % 8.82 %
 
Tier 1 common risk-based capital ratio 10.23 % 10.31 % 10.26 % 10.60 % 10.90 %
 
Regulatory Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 11.50 % 11.61 % 11.56 % 11.95 % 12.28 %

Excess over 6.0% (1)

$ 2,996 $ 2,987 $ 2,949 $ 3,042 $ 3,121
 
Regulatory Total risk-based capital ratio 13.56 % 13.72 % 13.67 % 14.13 % 14.57 %

Excess over 10.0% (1)

$ 1,939 $ 1,980 $ 1,946 $ 2,111 $ 2,271
 
Total risk-weighted assets $

54,479

$ 53,239 $ 53,035 $ 51,120 $ 49,690
 

(1) "Well-capitalized" regulatory threshold

 

See Page 15 of Quarterly Financial Supplement for additional detail.

The tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio at December 31, 2014, was 8.17%, down 65 basis points from a year ago. Tier 1 common risk-based capital ratio was 10.23%, down from 10.90% a year ago. The regulatory Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio was 11.50%, down from 12.28% a year ago. Huntington estimates the negative impact to Tier 1 common risk-based capital from the 2015 first quarter implementation of the Federal Reserve’s revised Basel III capital rules will be approximately 40 basis points on a fully phased-in basis.

The decreases in the capital ratios were due to balance sheet growth and share repurchases that were partially offset by increased retained earnings and the stock issued in the Camco acquisition. Specifically, all capital ratios were impacted by the repurchase of 35.7 million common shares over the last four quarters, 3.6 million of which were repurchased during the 2014 fourth quarter. This decrease was offset partially by the increase in retained earnings, as well as the issuance of 8.7 million common shares in the Camco acquisition.

Income Taxes

The provision for income taxes in the 2014 fourth quarter was $57 million and $52 million in the 2013 fourth quarter. The effective tax rates for the 2014 fourth quarter and 2013 fourth quarter were 25.9% and 24.8%, respectively. At December 31, 2014, we had a net federal deferred tax asset of $72.1 million and a net state deferred tax asset of $45.3 million. As of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, there was no disallowed deferred tax asset for regulatory capital purposes.

Expectations – 2015

“As we move into 2015, customer activity is strong, pipelines are stable, and our balance sheet is well positioned. We anticipate economic growth throughout the year. We built our plan with an assumption of no change in interest rates and with the contingent flexibility to quickly adjust to an evolving operating environment,” said Steinour. “We remain committed to investing in the business, disciplined expense control, and delivering full-year positive operating leverage.”

Excluding Significant Items and net MSR activity, we expect to deliver positive operating leverage in 2015 with revenue growth exceeding noninterest expense growth of 2-4%.

Overall, asset quality metrics are expected to remain near current levels, although moderate quarterly volatility also is expected, given the absolute low level of problem assets and credit costs. We anticipate NCOs will remain within or below our long-term normalized range of 35 to 55 basis points.

The effective tax rate for 2015 is expected to be in the range of 25% to 28%.

Conference Call / Webcast Information

Huntington’s senior management will host an earnings conference call on January 22, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time). The call may be accessed via a live Internet webcast at the Investor Relations section of Huntington’s web site, www.huntington.com, or through a dial-in telephone number at (877) 684-3807; Conference ID# 51410831. Slides will be available the Investor Relations section of Huntington’s web site about an hour prior to the call. A replay of the webcast will be archived in the Investor Relations section of Huntington’s web site. A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call through January 31, 2015 at (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406; conference ID# 51410831.

Please see the 2014 Fourth Quarter Quarterly Financial Supplement for additional detailed financial performance metrics. This document can be found at the Investor Relations section of Huntington’s web site, www.huntington.com.

Forward-looking Statement
This document contains certain forward-looking statements, including certain plans, expectations, goals, projections, and statements, which are subject to numerous assumptions, risks, and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as expect, anticipate, believe, intend, estimate, plan, target, goal, or similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as will, may, might, should, would, could, or similar variations.

While there is no assurance that any list of risks and uncertainties or risk factors is complete, below are certain factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained or implied in the forward-looking statements: (1) worsening of credit quality performance due to a number of factors such as the underlying value of collateral that could prove less valuable than otherwise assumed and assumed cash flows may be worse than expected; (2) changes in general economic, political, or industry conditions; uncertainty in U.S. fiscal and monetary policy, including the interest rate policies of the Federal Reserve Board; volatility and disruptions in global capital and credit markets; (3) movements in interest rates; (4) competitive pressures on product pricing and services; (5) success, impact, and timing of our business strategies, including market acceptance of any new products or services implementing our “Fair Play” banking philosophy; (6) changes in accounting policies and principles and the accuracy of our assumptions and estimates used to prepare our financial statements; (7) extended disruption of vital infrastructure; (8) the final outcome of significant litigation; (9) the nature, extent, timing, and results of governmental actions, examinations, reviews, reforms, regulations, and interpretations, including those related to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Basel III regulatory capital reforms, as well as those involving the OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC, and CFPB; and (10) the outcome of judicial and regulatory decisions regarding practices in the residential mortgage industry, including among other things the processes followed for foreclosing residential mortgages. Additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those described above can be found in Huntington’s 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K, and documents subsequently filed by Huntington with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based on information available at the time of the release. Huntington assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

J.D. Power Disclaimer
Huntington National Bank received the highest numerical score in the midwest region in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Small Business Banking Satisfaction StudySM. Study based on 8,996 total responses, measuring 9 financial institutions in the midwest region (IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI) and measures opinions of small business customers with annual revenues from $100,000 to $10 million. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of customers surveyed in July-September 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

Huntington National Bank received the highest numerical score among retail banks in the North Central region in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Retail Banking Satisfaction StudySM. Study based on 80,445 total responses measuring 25 providers in the North Central region (IN, KY, MI, OH & WV) and measures opinions of consumers with their primary banking provider. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

Basis of Presentation
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This document may contain GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP financial measures where management believes it to be helpful in understanding Huntington’s results of operations or financial position. Where non-GAAP financial measures are used, the comparable GAAP financial measure, as well as the reconciliation to the comparable GAAP financial measure, can be found in this fourth quarter earnings release, conference call slides, or the Form 8-K related to this document, all of which can be found on Huntington’s website at www.huntington-ir.com.

Significant Items
From time to time, revenue, expenses, or taxes are impacted by items judged by Management to be outside of ordinary banking activities and/or by items that, while they may be associated with ordinary banking activities, are so unusually large that their outsized impact is believed by Management at that time to be infrequent or short term in nature. We refer to such items as "Significant Items". Most often, these Significant Items result from factors originating outside the Company – e.g., regulatory actions/assessments, windfall gains, changes in accounting principles, one-time tax assessments/refunds, litigation actions, etc. In other cases they may result from Management decisions associated with significant corporate actions out of the ordinary course of business – e.g., merger/restructuring charges, recapitalization actions, goodwill impairment, etc.

Even though certain revenue and expense items are naturally subject to more volatility than others due to changes in market and economic environment conditions, as a general rule volatility alone does not define a Significant Item. For example, changes in the provision for credit losses, gains/losses from investment activities, asset valuation write-downs, etc., reflect ordinary banking activities and are, therefore, typically excluded from consideration as a Significant Item.

Management believes the disclosure of “Significant Items”, when appropriate, aids analysts/investors in better understanding corporate performance and trends so that they can ascertain which of such items, if any, they may wish to include/exclude from their analysis of the Company’s performance - i.e., within the context of determining how that performance differed from their expectations, as well as how, if at all, to adjust their estimates of future performance accordingly. To this end, Management has adopted a practice of listing “Significant Items” in its external disclosure documents (e.g., earnings press releases, quarterly performance discussions, investor presentations, Forms 10-Q and 10-K).

"Significant Items" for any particular period are not intended to be a complete list of items that may materially impact current or future period performance. A number of items could materially impact these periods, including those described in Huntington’s 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other factors described from time to time in Huntington’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Annualized Data
Certain returns, yields, performance ratios, or quarterly growth rates are presented on an “annualized” basis. This is done for analytical and decision-making purposes to better discern underlying performance trends when compared to full-year or year-over-year amounts. For example, loan and deposit growth rates, as well as net charge-off percentages, are most often expressed in terms of an annual rate like 8%. As such, a 2% growth rate for a quarter would represent an annualized 8% growth rate.

Fully-Taxable Equivalent Interest Income and Net Interest Margin
Income from tax-exempt earning assets is increased by an amount equivalent to the taxes that would have been paid if this income had been taxable at statutory rates. This adjustment puts all earning assets, most notably tax-exempt municipal securities and certain lease assets, on a common basis that facilitates comparison of results to results of competitors.

Earnings per Share Equivalent Data
Significant income or expense items may be expressed on a per common share basis. This is done for analytical and decision-making purposes to better discern underlying trends in total corporate earnings per share performance excluding the impact of such items. Investors may also find this information helpful in their evaluation of the Company’s financial performance against published earnings per share mean estimate amounts, which typically exclude the impact of Significant Items. Earnings per share equivalents are usually calculated by applying a 35% effective tax rate to a pre-tax amount to derive an after-tax amount, which is divided by the average shares outstanding during the respective reporting period. Occasionally, when the item involves special tax treatment, the after-tax amount is disclosed separately, with this then being the amount used to calculate the earnings per share equivalent.

Rounding
Please note that columns of data in this document may not add due to rounding.

About Huntington
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $66 billion asset regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The Huntington National Bank, founded in 1866, and its affiliates provide full-service commercial, small business, and consumer banking services; mortgage banking services; treasury management and foreign exchange services; equipment leasing; wealth and investment management services; trust services; brokerage services; customized insurance brokerage and service programs; and other financial products and services. The principal markets for these services are Huntington’s six-state retail banking franchise: Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The primary distribution channels include a banking network of more than 700 traditional branches and convenience branches located in grocery stores and retirement centers, and through an array of alternative distribution channels including internet and mobile banking, telephone banking, and more than 1,500 ATMs. Through automotive dealership relationships within its six-state retail banking franchise area and selected other Midwest and Northeast states, Huntington also provides commercial banking services to the automotive dealers and retail automobile financing for dealer customers.

Contacts

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
Analysts:
Todd Beekman, 614-480-3878
todd.beekman@huntington.com
or
Mark Muth, 614-480-4720
mark.muth@huntington.com
or
Media:
Maureen Brown, 614-480-5512
maureen.brown@huntington.com

Contacts

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
Analysts:
Todd Beekman, 614-480-3878
todd.beekman@huntington.com
or
Mark Muth, 614-480-4720
mark.muth@huntington.com
or
Media:
Maureen Brown, 614-480-5512
maureen.brown@huntington.com