PNFP Reports Diluted EPS of $1.76, ROAA of 1.29% and ROATCE of 15.95% For 4Q2022

4Q22 annualized linked-quarter loans grew 19.2%, while deposits grew 15.1%

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq/NGS: PNFP) reported net income per diluted common share of $1.76 for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2022, compared to net income per diluted common share of $1.71 for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2021, an increase of 2.9 percent. Net income per diluted common share was $7.17 for the year ended Dec. 31, 2022, compared to $6.75 for the year ended Dec. 31, 2021, an increase of 6.2 percent.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) net interest income for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2022 and 2021 was approximately $72,000 and $15.1 million, respectively. PPP net interest income for the years ended Dec. 31, 2022 and 2021 was $15.6 million and $81.4 million, respectively. PPP net interest income had minimal impact on diluted earnings per common share for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2022 and a $0.15 impact to diluted earnings per common share for the year ended Dec. 31, 2022, compared to impacts of $0.15 and $0.79 for the three months and year ended Dec. 31, 2021, respectively.

“Overall, I am very pleased with our operating performance in 2022,” said M. Terry Turner, Pinnacle’s president and chief executive officer. “Our core banking business continues to produce outsized growth as we capitalize on vulnerabilities at the larger banks. With a macro environment dominated by rapidly rising short-term interest rates and a very volatile yield curve, maintaining a fortress balance sheet became even more important. Throughout 2022, in addition to protecting tangible book value per common share our credit metrics remained strong and, though there are many economic uncertainties, we remain cautiously optimistic going into 2023. Additionally, even though the competitive pressures to maintain and grow deposits intensified, we were able to grow deposits by 11.7 percent during 2022, which, along with the excess liquidity we had on our balance sheet going into the year, allowed us to fund 24.0 percent loan growth for the year. Perhaps most importantly, we continue to win the war for talent having hired a record 147 revenue producers to our firm in 2022, compared to 119 in 2021. All in all, 2022 was a successful year.

“We believe the operating environment for banks in 2023 will also be challenging. The outlook for the macro environment in 2023 is uncertain at best. Nevertheless, we operate in some of the best banking markets in the country with an organic growth model that we believe further differentiates itself in times such as these. As we enter 2023, we will direct our efforts toward both strong profitability and earnings growth. Our senior leadership and associates are all in and stand ready to meet the challenges ahead.”

BALANCE SHEET GROWTH:

Total assets at Dec. 31, 2022 were $42.0 billion, an increase of approximately $3.5 billion from Dec. 31, 2021, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 9.1 percent. A further analysis of select balance sheet trends follows:

 

Balances at

Linked-Quarter

Annualized

% Change

Balances at

Year-over-Year

% Change

(dollars in thousands)

Dec. 31, 2022

Sept. 30, 2022

Dec. 31, 2021

Loans

$

29,041,605

$

27,711,694

19.2

%

$

23,414,262

24.0

%

Less: PPP loans

 

7,967

 

10,723

(102.8

)%

 

371,118

(97.9

)%

Loans excluding PPP loans

 

29,033,638

 

27,700,971

19.2

%

 

23,043,144

26.0

%

Securities and other interest-earning assets

 

8,123,259

 

8,706,453

(26.8

)%

 

11,046,895

(26.5

)%

Total interest-earning assets excluding PPP loans

$

37,156,897

$

36,407,424

8.2

%

$

34,090,039

9.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Core deposits:

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest-bearing deposits

 

9,812,744

 

10,567,873

(28.6

)%

 

10,461,071

(6.2

)%

Interest-bearing core deposits(1)

 

21,488,333

 

20,180,944

25.9

%

 

18,855,840

14.0

%

Noncore deposits and other funding(2)

 

4,743,562

 

4,444,868

26.9

%

 

3,452,034

37.4

%

Total funding

$

36,044,639

$

35,193,685

9.7

%

$

32,768,945

10.0

%

   

(1):

Interest-bearing core deposits are interest-bearing deposits, money market accounts, time deposits less than $250,000 and reciprocating time and money market deposits issued through the IntraFi Network.

   

(2):

Noncore deposits and other funding consists of time deposits greater than $250,000, securities sold under agreements to repurchase, public funds, brokered deposits, FHLB advances and subordinated debt.

“I am pleased to report that end-of-period loans grew $1.3 billion during the fourth quarter,” Turner said. “Importantly, our deposit base also increased by $1.3 billion during the fourth quarter. We experienced a $755 million reduction in noninterest-bearing account balances during the fourth quarter of 2022 as depositors accelerated their desire for higher yields. Our relationship managers are tightly focused on both deposit acquisition and retention, and are armed with a number of specialized deposit products, including what we believe is a “best-in-class” treasury suite, that should allow us to meet our targets for both volumes and mix in 2023.”

PRE-TAX, PRE-PROVISION NET REVENUE (PPNR) GROWTH:

Pre-tax, pre-provision net revenues (PPNR) for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2022 were $199.7 million, an increase of 18.1 percent from the $169.1 million recognized in the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2021.

 

Three months ended

Year ended

 

Dec. 31

Dec. 31

(dollars in thousands)

2022

2021

% change

2022

2021

% change

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income

$

319,460

$

238,763

 

33.8

%

$

1,129,293

 

$

932,401

 

21.1

%

Noninterest income

 

82,321

 

100,723

 

(18.3

) %

 

416,124

 

 

395,734

 

5.2

%

Total revenues

 

401,781

 

339,486

 

18.3

%

 

1,545,417

 

 

1,328,135

 

16.4

%

Noninterest expense

 

202,047

 

170,417

 

18.6

%

 

779,999

 

 

660,104

 

18.2

%

Pre-tax, pre-provision net revenue (PPNR)

 

199,734

 

169,069

 

18.1

%

 

765,418

 

 

668,031

 

14.6

%

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment (gains) losses on sales of securities, net

 

 

(393

)

NM

 

 

(156

)

 

(759

)

NM

 

ORE expense (benefit)

 

179

 

37

 

NM

 

 

280

 

 

(712

)

NM

 

Adjusted PPNR

$

199,913

$

168,713

 

18.5

%

$

765,542

 

$

666,560

 

14.8

%

  • Revenue per fully diluted common share was $5.27 for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2022, compared to $5.40 for the third quarter of 2022 and $4.47 for the fourth quarter of 2021, a 17.9 percent year-over-year growth rate.
  • Net interest income for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2022 was $319.5 million, compared to $305.8 million for the third quarter of 2022 and $238.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, a year-over-year growth rate of 33.8 percent.

    • Revenues from PPP loans approximated $72,000 in the fourth quarter of 2022, compared to $755,000 in the third quarter of 2022 and $15.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. At Dec. 31, 2022, remaining unamortized fees for PPP loans were approximately $250,000.
    • Included in net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2022 was $1.2 million of discount accretion associated with fair value adjustments, compared to $1.3 million of discount accretion recognized in the third quarter of 2022 and $2.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. There remains $3.3 million of purchase accounting discount accretion as of Dec. 31, 2022.
  • Noninterest income for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2022 was $82.3 million, compared to $104.8 million for the third quarter of 2022 and $100.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, a year-over-year decline of 18.3 percent.

    • Wealth management revenues, which include investment, trust and insurance services, were $20.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2022, compared to $19.4 million for the third quarter of 2022 and $19.3 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2021, a year-over-year increase of 4.5 percent.
    • Service charges on deposit accounts were $11.1 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2022, compared to $10.9 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2022 and $12.7 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2021. Service charge revenues were negatively impacted by changes to the firm’s insufficient funds and overdraft programs implemented during the third quarter of 2022.
    • During the fourth quarter of 2022, mortgage loans sold resulted in a net $65,000 loss primarily due to reduction in the volume of mortgage loan pipelines and the resulting reduction in the pipeline’s market valuation of approximately $966,000.
    • Income from the firm’s investment in BHG was $21.0 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2022, down from $41.3 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2022 and $30.8 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2021, a year-over-year decline of 31.9 percent for the quarter. Income from the firm’s investment in BHG was $145.5 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2022, a 19.0 percent increase over 2021.

      • During the fourth quarter of 2022, BHG accelerated its strategy of retaining more loans on its balance sheet, which was aided by expanding its liquidity platform through the establishment of three new borrowing facilities. These facilities, which are secured by loans on BHG’s balance sheet, represent incremental funding sources to BHG. At Dec. 31, 2022, BHG had fully drawn on one of these funding sources, a $500 million facility from a U.S. asset manager which carried an annualized interest rate of 7.95 percent. As a result of drawing on this facility, BHG elected to place fewer loans though its auction platform in the fourth quarter than was previously planned at the beginning of the quarter. This compares to $446 million in fundings through its securitization platform in the third quarter of 2022.
      • Loans sold to BHG’s community bank partners were approximately $600 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to approximately $555 million in the third quarter of 2022 and $375 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. Loan originations decreased to $1.07 billion in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to $1.17 billion in the third quarter of 2022, its all-time quarterly high for originations. Originations decreased in the fourth quarter primarily due to BHG electing to tighten its underwriting and thus increase the quality of its originations.
      • BHG increased its reserves for on-balance sheet loan losses to $146.9 million, or 4.59 percent of loans held for investment at Dec. 31, 2022, compared to 3.53 percent at Sept. 30, 2022. BHG also increased its accrual for losses attributable to loan substitutions and prepayments for loans previously sold through its community bank auction platform to $313.9 million, or 5.66 percent of the loans that have been previously sold and were unpaid, at Dec. 31, 2022 compared to 5.28 percent at Sept. 30, 2022.
    • Other noninterest income was $30.1 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2022, compared to $31.8 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2022 and $33.2 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2021, a year-over-year decline of 9.6 percent.

      • Fourth quarter 2022 gains from market valuation adjustments in other equity investments were $1.5 million, compared to $725,000 in the third quarter of 2022 and $4.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2021.
  • Noninterest expense for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2022 was $202.0 million, compared to $199.3 million in the third quarter of 2022 and $170.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 18.6 percent.

    • Salaries and employee benefits were $131.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, compared to $129.9 million in the third quarter of 2022 and $110.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 19.8 percent.

      • Increase in headcount contributed to the growth in compensation. Total full-time equivalent associates amounted to 3,241.5 associates at Dec. 31, 2022, compared to 2,841.0 full-time equivalent associates at Dec. 31, 2021, a year-over-year increase in headcount of 14.1 percent.
      • Costs related to the firm’s incentive plans were $28.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to $30.7 million in the third quarter of 2022 and $24.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. The reduction in incentive costs in the fourth quarter of 2022 from the third quarter was caused by the fact that the firm did not achieve its fourth quarter PPNR targets under its annual cash incentive plan. Thus, the costs associated with the annual cash incentive award was reduced in the fourth quarter. This reduction was offset by increased headcount. Additionally, a significant portion of the firm’s leadership team members’ equity compensation is performance-based. After evaluation of the impact of the company’s performance in the fourth quarter of 2022 on the company’s full year performance against the performance metrics applicable to these performance-based equity awards, it was determined that a smaller accrual was required in the fourth quarter than the company had recorded in each of the first three quarters of 2022.
    • Noninterest expense categories, other than salaries and employee benefits, were $70.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, compared to $69.3 million in the third quarter of 2022 and $60.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 16.4 percent.

“Our fourth quarter 2022 PPNR results decreased by 5.5 percent from the third quarter, while full year 2022 PPNR results exceeded 2021 results by 14.6 percent,” said Harold R. Carpenter, Pinnacle’s chief financial officer. “Loan growth, as well as the impact of the rising short-term rate environment, contributed to an increase of $13.7 million in net interest income in the fourth quarter of 2022 as compared to the third quarter of 2022. As to BHG, we anticipated a reduction in its fourth quarter results. Further impacting its fourth quarter results was the successful closing of three new funding sources, showcasing BHG’s unique access to liquidity at a time when many asset generators are struggling to fund their growth. BHG’s decision to tap into one of these funding sources contributed to fewer loans being placed on the auction platform than was originally anticipated resulting in reduced fourth quarter BHG revenues. However, by electing to hold more loans on BHG’s balance sheet, this should support increased net interest income to BHG in the future.

“Total revenues increased by approximately $217.3 million between 2022 and 2021, again primarily due to loan growth and the impact of the rising short-term rate environment; however, this increase was negatively impacted by approximately $65.9 million in reduced PPP revenues in 2022 compared to 2021 and rising deposit costs. Thus, excluding PPP revenues of $15.6 million and $81.4 million, from 2022 and 2021, respectively, total revenues were up approximately 22.7 percent between the two periods. Total expenses increased by $119.9 million between 2022 and 2021, primarily due to the increased personnel costs associated with the net addition of approximately 400 associates during 2022.

“Obviously, increased wages and inflation will have a bearing on our expense run rates as we enter 2023. We have built another strong hiring plan for 2023, but we will retain the flexibility to reduce this hiring plan at any time during the year should our leadership deem it necessary. Another item that is impactful to our compensation expense is our incentive burden which would be lower should our results not achieve our 2023 cash incentive plan targets. As many investors are aware, our annual cash incentive awards are always subject to the achievement of predetermined EPS targets. Also, we have several projects and events slated for 2023 which, we could postpone or cancel to reduce our non-compensation cost for this year. We will be closely monitoring our costs and believe we have sufficient flexibility to reduce our noninterest expense run rates at any time should revenues to support these investments not materialize.”

PROFITABILITY AND SOUNDNESS:

 

Three months ended

 

Year ended

 

Dec. 31, 2022

Sept. 30, 2022

Dec. 31, 2021

 

Dec. 31, 2022

Dec. 31, 2021

Net interest margin

3.60 %

3.47 %

2.96 %

 

3.29 %

3.02 %

Efficiency ratio

50.29 %

48.53 %

50.20 %

 

50.47 %

49.70 %

Return on average assets

1.29 %

1.42 %

1.39 %

 

1.37 %

1.43 %

Return on average tangible common equity (TCE)

15.95 %

17.40 %

16.13 %

 

16.65 %

16.88 %

 

As of

 

 

Dec. 31, 2022

Sept. 30, 2022

Dec. 31, 2021

 

Stockholder’s equity to total assets

 

13.2

%

 

13.0

%

 

13.8

%

 

Tangible common equity to tangible assets

 

8.5

%

 

8.3

%

 

8.8

%

 

Book value per common share

$

69.35

 

$

67.07

 

$

66.89

 

 

Tangible book value per common share

$

44.74

 

$

42.44

 

$

42.55

 

 

Annualized net loan charge-offs to avg. loans (1)

 

0.17

%

 

0.16

%

 

0.14

%

 

Nonperforming assets to total loans, ORE and other nonperforming assets (NPAs)

 

0.16

%

 

0.15

%

 

0.17

%

 

Classified asset ratio (Pinnacle Bank) (2)

 

2.40

%

 

2.60

%

 

4.10

%

 

Allowance for credit losses (ACL) to total loans

 

1.04

%

 

1.04

%

 

1.12

%

 

ACL to total loans, excluding PPP

 

1.04

%

 

1.04

%

 

1.14

%

 

   

(1):

Annualized net loan charge-offs to average loans ratios are computed by annualizing quarterly net loan charge-offs and dividing the result by average loans for the quarter.

   

(2):

Classified assets as a percentage of Tier 1 capital plus allowance for credit losses.

  • Net interest margin was 3.60 percent for the fourth quarter of 2022, compared to 3.47 percent for the third quarter of 2022 and 2.96 percent for the fourth quarter of 2021. Net interest margin for the year ended Dec. 31, 2022 was 3.29 percent, compared to 3.02 percent for the year ended Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Provision for credit losses was $24.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, compared to $27.5 million in the third quarter of 2022 and $2.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. Net charge-offs were $11.7 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2022, compared to $11.0 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2022 and $8.1 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2021. Annualized net loan charge-offs for the fourth quarter of 2022 were 0.17 percent.
  • Nonperforming assets were $46.1 million at Dec. 31, 2022, compared to $41.9 million at Sept. 30, 2022 and $40.1 million at Dec. 31, 2021, up 14.9 percent over the same quarter last year. The ratio of the allowance for credit losses to nonperforming loans at Dec. 31, 2022 was 788.8 percent, compared to 844.5 percent at Sept. 30, 2022 and 833.8 percent at Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Classified assets were $104.2 million at Dec. 31, 2022, compared to $107.9 million at Sept. 30, 2022 and $151.3 million at Dec. 31, 2021, down 31.1 percent over the same quarter last year.

“We were pleased that our net interest margin increased by approximately 13 basis points during the fourth quarter,” Carpenter said. “The growth of our net interest margin slowed from the prior quarter, primarily due to increased deposit costs of 74 basis points in the quarter as depositors increasingly sought a higher return for their deposit dollars and competition for deposits remained fierce. We were also pleased that our tangible book value per common share increased in the fourth quarter to $44.74 at Dec. 31, 2022.

“As to credit metrics, they were consistent with the prior quarter’s results and we believe they remain strong in comparison to historical results. Thus, we enter 2023 from a position of strength should any negative trends materialize. We believe we have some of the most experienced relationship managers and credit officers in our markets and, as a result, believe this experience and their long-tenured relationships translate into client selection practices that result in a borrower base that is better able to weather these challenging economic conditions.”

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DECLARES DIVIDENDS AND AUTHORIZES SHARE REPURCHASE PLAN

On Jan. 17, 2023, Pinnacle Financial’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per common share to be paid on Feb. 24, 2023 to common shareholders of record as of the close of business on Feb. 3, 2023. Additionally, the Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of approximately $3.8 million, or $16.88 per share (or $0.422 per depositary share), on Pinnacle Financial’s 6.75 percent Series B Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock payable on March 1, 2023 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Feb. 14, 2023. The amount and timing of any future dividend payments to both preferred and common shareholders will be subject to the approval of Pinnacle’s Board of Directors.

The firm also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a new share repurchase program for up to $125 million of the Company’s common stock to commence upon expiration of its existing share repurchase program that is set to expire on March 31, 2023. Repurchases of the Company’s common stock will be made in accordance with applicable laws and may be made at management’s discretion from time to time in the open market, through privately negotiated transactions or otherwise. The board authorized the repurchase program to remain in effect through March 31, 2024, unless the entire repurchase amount has been acquired before that date.

The share repurchase program may be extended, modified, amended, suspended or discontinued at any time at the Company’s discretion and does not commit the Company to repurchase shares of its common stock. The actual timing, number and value of the shares to be purchased under the program will be determined by the Company at its discretion and will depend on a number of factors, including the performance of the Company’s stock price, the Company’s ongoing capital planning considerations, general market and other conditions, applicable legal requirements and compliance with the terms of the Company’s outstanding indebtedness.

WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

Pinnacle will host a webcast and conference call at 8:30 a.m. CT on Jan. 18, 2023, to discuss fourth quarter 2022 results and other matters. To access the call for audio only, please call 1-877-209-7255. For the presentation and streaming audio, please access the webcast on the investor relations page of Pinnacle’s website at www.pnfp.com.

For those unable to participate in the webcast, it will be archived on the investor relations page of Pinnacle’s website at www.pnfp.com for 90 days following the presentation.

Pinnacle Financial Partners provides a full range of banking, investment, trust, mortgage and insurance products and services designed for businesses and their owners and individuals interested in a comprehensive relationship with their financial institution. The firm is the No. 1 bank in the Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin MSA, according to 2022 deposit data from the FDIC, is listed by Forbes among the top 25 banks in the nation and earned a spot on the 2022 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S., its sixth consecutive appearance. Pinnacle was also listed in Fortune magazine as the second best company to work for in the U.S. for women. American Banker recognized Pinnacle as one of America’s Best Banks to Work For nine years in a row and No. 1 among banks with more than $11 billion in assets in 2021.

Pinnacle owns a 49 percent interest in Bankers Healthcare Group (BHG), which provides innovative, hassle-free financial solutions to healthcare practitioners and other professionals. Great Place to Work and FORTUNE ranked BHG No. 4 on its 2021 list of Best Workplaces in New York State in the small/medium business category.

The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $42.0 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2022. As the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Tennessee, Pinnacle operates in 15 primarily urban markets across the Southeast.

Additional information concerning Pinnacle, which is included in the Nasdaq Financial-100 Index, can be accessed at www.pnfp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this press release, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Contacts

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Bass, 615-743-8219

FINANCIAL CONTACT: Harold Carpenter, 615-744-3742

WEBSITE: www.pnfp.com

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