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Synovus Announces Earnings for the Third Quarter 2021

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Diluted Earnings per Share of $1.21 vs. $0.56 in 3Q20

Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share of $1.20 vs. $0.89 in 3Q20

COLUMBUS, Ga., October 19, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Net income available to common shareholders of $178.5 million or $1.21 per diluted share, up $0.02 sequentially and up $0.65 compared to prior year.

    • Adjusted diluted EPS of $1.20, unchanged sequentially and up $0.31 compared to prior year.

  • Period-end loans increased $105.0 million sequentially, or $922.7 million excluding Paycheck Protection program (PPP) loans.

    • PPP loans declined $817.7 million sequentially.

  • Core transaction deposits (non-interest bearing, NOW/savings, and money market deposits excluding public and brokered funds) increased $1.03 billion or 3% sequentially.

  • Total deposit costs of 0.13% down 3 bps sequentially due to ongoing repricing and product remixing.

  • Net interest income of $384.9 million increased $3.1 million sequentially as asset growth, reduced deposit costs, and a higher day count more than offset continued fixed-rate repricing and the slight reduction in LIBOR.

    • Net interest margin of 3.01%, down 1 bp sequentially.

  • Non-interest revenue increased $7.9 million as broad-based growth helped to offset continued normalization of net mortgage revenue.

    • Adjusted non-interest revenue increased $8.1 million.

  • Non-interest expense decreased $3.5 million sequentially as reductions in third-party processing and other services offset increases in other areas such as net occupancy, equipment, and software expense.

    • Adjusted non-interest expense decreased $1.2 million sequentially.

  • Pre-provision net revenue of $232.8 million increased $14.4 million sequentially as total revenue increased $10.9 million and non-interest expense decreased $3.5 million.

  • Reversal of provision for credit losses of $7.9 million, primarily from a more favorable economic outlook.

    • Allowance for credit losses coverage ratio (to loans) of 1.40%, or 1.42% excluding PPP loans.

  • Credit quality metrics remain relatively stable, near historical lows. The net charge-off ratio declined 6 bps from prior quarter to 0.22%; the non-performing loan and asset ratios each fell 1 bp to 0.41% and 0.45%, respectively; and criticized and classified loans declined 22%.

  • Preliminary CET1 ratio declined 12 bps sequentially to 9.63%, with strong core earnings helping offset the decline from deploying capital for balance sheet growth and returning capital to shareholders.

    • Includes $74.6 million in share repurchases at an average price of $42.00.

  • Achieved pre-tax run rate benefit of approximately $100 million at the end of the quarter from a combination of revenue and expense initiatives under Synovus Forward, which is designed to make Synovus a more efficient, profitable, and nimble organization.

    • On track to achieve an aggregate $175 million pre-tax run rate benefit by the end of 2022.

Third Quarter Summary

Reported

Adjusted

(dollars in thousands)

3Q21

2Q21

3Q20

3Q21

2Q21

3Q20

Net income available to common shareholders

$

178,482

$

177,909

$

83,283

$

177,760

$

178,969

$

131,364

Diluted earnings per share

1.21

1.19

0.56

1.20

1.20

0.89

Total loans

38,341,030

38,236,018

39,549,847

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total deposits

47,688,419

47,171,962

44,665,904

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total TE(1) revenue

500,608

489,738

492,357

499,743

488,612

492,851

Return on avg assets

1.34

%

1.36

%

0.69

%

1.33

%

1.37

%

1.05

%

Return on avg common equity

14.96

15.40

7.28

14.90

15.50

11.48

Return on avg tangible common equity

16.85

17.41

8.46

16.79

17.52

13.24

Net interest margin

3.01

3.02

3.10

N/A

N/A

N/A

Efficiency ratio-TE(1)

53.34

55.24

64.31

52.96

54.41

53.83

NCO ratio

0.22

0.28

0.29

N/A

N/A

N/A

NPA ratio

0.45

0.46

0.49

N/A

N/A

N/A

(1) Taxable equivalent

"Our third quarter story was shaped by an intense focus on growth, and we are pleased with the results," said Kevin Blair, Synovus president and CEO. "Loans, excluding PPP, grew $923 million, core transaction deposits were up $1.0 billion, and pre-provision net revenue increased 7 percent versus the second quarter. Our ongoing Synovus Forward initiatives reached a pre-tax run rate benefit of $100 million by quarter end and we are executing on an additional $75 million of benefits to be delivered by the end of 2022. Synovus Forward represents our ongoing innovation and profitable growth mindset, guiding our efforts to deliver sustainable, top quartile financial performance and enabling us to invest in areas with long-term benefit. With these strategic investments, combined with the momentum we are experiencing in our core businesses, our team is confident in our ability to continue to deliver as we build the bank of the future."

Balance Sheet

Loans*

(dollars in millions)

3Q21

2Q21

Linked
Quarter
Change

Linked
Quarter %
Change

3Q20

Year/Year
Change

Year/Year
% Change

Commercial & industrial

$

18,934.8

$

19,150.1

$

(215.3

)

(1

)%

$

20,123.6

$

(1,188.9

)

(6

)%

Commercial real estate

10,540.3

10,361.1

179.2

2

10,736.1

(195.8

)

(2

)

Consumer

8,866.0

8,724.8

141.1

2

8,690.1

175.8

2

Total loans

$

38,341.0

$

38,236.0

$

105.0

%

$

39,549.8

$

(1,208.9

)

(3

)%

*Amounts may not total due to rounding

  • Total loans ended the quarter at $38.34 billion, up $105.0 million sequentially, or $922.7 million excluding PPP loans.

  • Commercial and industrial (C&I) loans declined $215.3 million sequentially, led by a decline in PPP loan balances of $817.7 million.

    • C&I loan growth of $602.3 million excluding PPP balance changes despite line utilization remaining near historic lows at 39%.

  • CRE loans increased $179.2 million, primarily in the income-producing real estate portfolio.

  • Consumer loans increased $141.1 million sequentially, with growth of $266.5 million in third-party consumer lending offsetting declines in consumer mortgages and HELOCs of $92.3 million and $50.0 million, respectively.

Deposits*

(dollars in millions)

3Q21

2Q21

Linked
Quarter
Change

Linked
Quarter %
Change

3Q20

Year/Year
Change

Year/Year
% Change

Non-interest-bearing DDA

$

14,832.9

$

14,342.6

$

490.3

3

%

$

12,129.8

$

2,703.2

22

%

Interest-bearing DDA

6,056.0

5,839.8

216.2

4

5,291.1

764.8

14

Money market

14,267.4

13,983.1

284.3

2

12,441.3

1,826.1

15

Savings

1,380.4

1,341.5

39.0

3

1,126.0

254.4

23

Public funds

5,791.6

5,804.9

(13.3

)

5,791.9

(0.4

)

Time deposits

2,579.3

2,891.1

(311.8

)

(11

)

3,976.5

(1,397.1

)

(35

)

Brokered deposits

2,780.7

2,969.0

(188.3

)

(6

)

3,909.3

(1,128.6

)

(29

)

Total deposits

$

47,688.4

$

47,172.0

$

516.5

1

%

$

44,665.9

$

3,022.5

7

%

*Amounts may not total due to rounding

  • Total deposits ended the quarter at $47.69 billion, up $516.5 million sequentially.

  • Core transaction deposits increased $1.03 billion or 3% sequentially.

    • Broad-based growth in DDA, NOW, MMA, and savings accounts supported strategic declines in higher cost deposits.

  • Total deposit costs declined 3 bps sequentially to 0.13%.

Income Statement Summary**

(in thousands, except per share data)

3Q21

2Q21

Linked
Quarter
Change

Linked
Quarter %
Change

3Q20

Year/Year
Change

Year/Year
% Change

Net interest income

$

384,917

$

381,860

$

3,057

1

%

$

376,990

$

7,927

2

%

Non-interest revenue

114,955

107,087

7,868

7

114,411

544

Non-interest expense

267,032

270,531

(3,499

)

(1

)

316,655

(49,623

)

(16

)

(Reversal of) provision for credit losses

(7,868

)

(24,598

)

16,730

68

43,383

(51,251

)

nm

Income before taxes

$

240,708

$

243,014

$

(2,306

)

(1

)%

$

131,363

$

109,345

83

%

Income tax expense

53,935

56,814

(2,879

)

(5

)

39,789

14,146

36

Preferred stock dividends

8,291

8,291

8,291

Net income available to common shareholders

$

178,482

$

177,909

$

573

%

$

83,283

$

95,199

114

%

Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted

147,701

149,747

(2,046

)

(1

)%

147,976

(275

)

%

Diluted earnings per share

$

1.21

$

1.19

$

0.02

2

$

0.56

$

0.65

116

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

1.20

1.20

0.89

0.31

35

** Amounts may not total due to rounding

Core Performance

  • Net interest income of $384.9 million increased $3.1 million sequentially as asset growth and reduced deposit costs more than offset continued fixed-rate repricing and the slight reduction in LIBOR.

    • Net PPP fee accretion of $21.3 million, up $0.9 million sequentially.

    • Net interest margin was 3.01%, down 1 bp sequentially.

  • Non-interest revenue increased $7.9 million, or 7% sequentially. Adjusted non-interest revenue increased $8.1 million, or 8% sequentially, and decreased $0.8 million, or 1% compared to prior year.

    • Broad-based growth including $4.8 million in capital markets income helped offset normalization of net mortgage revenue, which declined $2.7 million sequentially.

  • Non-interest expense decreased $3.5 million, or 1% sequentially. Adjusted non-interest expense decreased $1.2 million sequentially.

    • Declines in third-party processing and other services of $5.0 million offset an increase in additional project spend that contributed to the $1.7 million increase in net occupancy, equipment, and software expense.

  • Pre-provision net revenue of $232.8 million increased $14.4 million sequentially as total revenue increased $10.9 million and non-interest expense decreased $3.5 million.

  • Reversal of provision for credit losses of $7.9 million from the provision expense associated with strong loan growth being more than offset by a reduction in life of loan loss estimates; allowance for credit losses coverage ratio (to loans) of 1.40%, or 1.42% excluding PPP loans.

  • Tax expense was $53.9 million, a decrease of $2.9 million sequentially due to lower taxable income and favorable changes in discrete items.

    • Year-to-date effective tax rate of 22.21%.

Capital Ratios

3Q21

2Q21

3Q20

Common equity Tier 1 capital (CET1) ratio

9.63

%

*

9.75

%

9.30

%

Tier 1 capital ratio

10.83

*

11.00

10.57

Total risk-based capital ratio

12.96

*

13.25

13.16

Tier 1 leverage ratio

8.82

*

8.72

8.48

Tangible common equity ratio

7.68

7.73

7.67

* Ratios are preliminary.

Capital

  • Preliminary CET1 ratio declined 12 bps during the quarter to 9.63% as strong core performance helped offset the impact of asset growth and $74.6 million in share repurchases at an average price of $42.00.

  • Total risk-based capital ratio of 12.96% declined 29 bps from the prior quarter following a reduction in the Allowance for Credit Losses.

Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Synovus will host an earnings highlights conference call at 8:30 a.m. EDT on October 19, 2021. The earnings call will be accompanied by a slide presentation. Shareholders and other interested parties may listen to this conference call via simultaneous Internet broadcast. For a link to the webcast, go to investor.synovus.com/event. The replay will be archived for 12 months and will be available 30-45 minutes after the call.

Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $56 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services through 283 branches in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Synovus Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synovus, has been recognized as one of the country's "Most Reputable Banks" by American Banker and the Reputation Institute. Synovus is on the web at synovus.com, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and certain of our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission contain statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of, and subject to the protections of, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. You can identify these forward-looking statements through Synovus’ use of words such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "may," "will," "assumes," "should," "predicts," "could," "would," "intends," "targets," "estimates," "projects," "plans," "potential" and other similar words and expressions of the future or otherwise regarding the outlook for Synovus’ future business and financial performance and/or the performance of the banking industry and economy in general. These forward-looking statements include, among others, our expectations regarding our future operating and financial performance; expectations on our growth strategy, expense and revenue initiatives, capital management, balance sheet management, and future profitability; expectations on credit quality and performance; and the assumptions underlying our expectations. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Synovus to be materially different from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the information known to, and current beliefs and expectations of, Synovus’ management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements in this press release. Many of these factors are beyond Synovus’ ability to control or predict.

These forward-looking statements are based upon information presently known to Synovus’ management and are inherently subjective, uncertain and subject to change due to any number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the risks and other factors set forth in Synovus’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, under the captions "Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" and in Synovus’ quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. We believe these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date that they are made. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as otherwise may be required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The measures entitled adjusted non-interest revenue; adjusted non-interest expense; total adjusted revenue; adjusted tangible efficiency ratio; pre-provision net revenue; adjusted net income available to common shareholders; adjusted diluted earnings per share; adjusted return on average assets; adjusted return on average common equity; return on average tangible common equity; adjusted return on average tangible common equity; and tangible common equity ratio are not measures recognized under GAAP and therefore are considered non-GAAP financial measures. The most comparable GAAP measures to these measures are total non-interest revenue; total non-interest expense; total TE revenue; efficiency ratio-TE; income before income taxes; net income available to common shareholders; diluted earnings per share; return on average assets; return on average common equity; and the ratio of total shareholders' equity to total assets, respectively.

Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful additional information about Synovus to assist management and investors in evaluating Synovus’ operating results, financial strength, the performance of its business, and the strength of its capital position. However, these non-GAAP financial measures have inherent limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analyses of operating results or capital position as reported under GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as additional views of the way our financial measures are affected by significant items and other factors, and since they are not required to be uniformly applied, they may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures at other companies. Total adjusted revenue and adjusted non-interest revenue are measures used by management to evaluate total TE revenue and non-interest revenue exclusive of net investment securities gains (losses), gain on sale and changes in the fair value of private equity investments, net, and fair value adjustment on non-qualified deferred compensation. Adjusted non-interest expense and the adjusted tangible efficiency ratio are measures utilized by management to measure the success of expense management initiatives focused on reducing recurring controllable operating costs. Pre-provision net revenue is used by management to evaluate income before income taxes exclusive of (reversal of) provision for credit losses. Adjusted net income available to common shareholders, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted return on average assets, and adjusted return on average common equity are measures used by management to evaluate operating results exclusive of items that are not indicative of ongoing operations and impact period-to-period comparisons. Return on average tangible common equity and adjusted return on average tangible common equity are measures used by management to compare Synovus’ performance with other financial institutions because it calculates the return available to common shareholders without the impact of intangible assets and their related amortization, thereby allowing management to evaluate the performance of the business consistently. The tangible common equity ratio is used by management to assess the strength of our capital position. The computations of these measures are set forth in the tables below.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(dollars in thousands)

3Q21

2Q21

3Q20

Adjusted non-interest revenue

Total non-interest revenue

$

114,955

$

107,087

$

114,411

Subtract/add: Investment securities (gains) losses, net

(962

)

1,550

Subtract: Fair value increase of private equity investments

(260

)

Add/subtract: Fair value adjustment on non-qualified deferred compensation

97

(1,126

)

(796

)

Adjusted non-interest revenue

$

114,090

$

105,961

$

114,905

Adjusted non-interest expense

Total non-interest expense

$

267,032

$

270,531

$

316,655

Add/subtract: Earnout liability adjustment

243

(750

)

Subtract: Goodwill impairment

(44,877

)

Subtract: Restructuring charges

(319

)

(415

)

(2,882

)

Subtract: Loss on early extinguishment of debt, net

(154

)

Add/subtract: Fair value adjustment on non-qualified deferred compensation

97

(1,126

)

(796

)

Adjusted non-interest expense

$

267,053

$

268,240

$

267,946

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures, continued

(dollars in thousands)

3Q21

2Q21

3Q20

Total adjusted revenue and adjusted tangible efficiency ratio

Adjusted non-interest expense

$

267,053

$

268,240

$

267,946

Subtract: Amortization of intangibles

(2,379

)

(2,379

)

(2,640

)

Adjusted tangible non-interest expense

$

264,674

$

265,861

$

265,306

Net interest income

$

384,917

$

381,860

$

376,990

Add: Tax equivalent adjustment

736

791

956

Add: Total non-interest revenue

114,955

107,087

114,411

Total TE revenue

500,608

489,738

492,357

Subtract/add: Investment securities (gains) losses, net

(962

)

1,550

Subtract: Fair value increase of private equity investments

(260

)

Add/subtract: Fair value adjustment on non-qualified deferred compensation

97

(1,126

)

(796

)

Total adjusted revenue

$

499,743

$

488,612

$

492,851

Efficiency ratio-TE

53.34

%

55.24

%

64.31

%

Adjusted tangible efficiency ratio

52.96

54.41

53.83

Pre-provision net revenue

Net interest income

$

384,917

$

381,860

$

376,990

Add: Total non-interest revenue

114,955

107,087

114,411

Subtract: Total non-interest expense

267,032

270,531

316,655

Pre-provision net revenue

$

232,840

$

218,416

$

174,746

Adjusted return on average assets

Net income

$

186,773

$

186,200

$

91,574

Subtract/add: Earnout liability adjustment

(243

)

750

Add: Goodwill impairment

44,877

Add: Restructuring charges

319

415

2,882

Add: Loss on early extinguishment of debt, net

154

Subtract/add: Investment securities (gains) losses, net

(962

)

1,550

Subtract: Fair value increase of private equity investments

(260

)

Add/subtract: Tax effect of adjustments (1)

...

(105

)

(1,122

)

Adjusted net income

$

186,051

$

187,260

$

139,655

Net income annualized

$

741,002

$

746,846

$

364,305

Adjusted net income annualized

$

738,137

$

751,098

$

555,584

...

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