Synovus Announces Earnings for the Fourth Quarter 2021

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Diluted Earnings per Share of $1.31 vs. $1.21 in 3Q21

Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share of $1.35 vs. $1.20 in 3Q21

COLUMBUS, Ga., January 20, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021.

2021 Highlights

  • Net income available to common shareholders for 2021 was $727.3 million or $4.90 per diluted share as compared to $340.5 million or $2.30 per diluted share for 2020.

    • Adjusted earnings per diluted share for 2021 were $4.95 as compared to $2.41 for 2020, an increase of 106%.

  • Period-end loan growth of $2.9 billion or 8% excluding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

    • Processed and approved $1.0 billion in Round 2 PPP loans, supporting approximately 11,000 customers.

  • Period-end deposit growth of $2.7 billion or 6%.

    • Core transaction deposits (non-interest bearing, interest bearing demand, NOW/savings, and money market deposits excluding public and brokered funds) increased $5.1 billion or 16%.

    • Cost of deposits decreased 16 basis points to 0.12% in the fourth quarter of 2021 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2020.

  • Non-interest revenue, excluding securities gains, increased $23.3 million or 5% year over year, reflecting strong growth in core banking fees and wealth revenue, offset by the normalization of net mortgage revenue.

  • Well capitalized with preliminary year-end ratios of 9.49% for CET1 and 12.60% for total risk-based capital.

    • Completed share repurchases totaling $200 million, reducing outstanding shares by 4.4 million, or 3% from the prior year.

  • Allowance for Credit Losses (ACL) decreased $184.0 million, and the ACL ratio decreased 52 basis points to 1.19%, or 1.21% excluding PPP loans, primarily due to a continued positive shift in the economic outlook.

  • Achieved pre-tax run rate benefit of approximately $110 million from Synovus Forward initiatives, driving positive operating leverage, ahead of schedule; remain on track for expected cumulative $175 million pre-tax benefit by the end of 2022.

  • Implemented executive succession plan with Kessel Stelling moving into the role of Executive Chairman and Kevin Blair becoming President and CEO in April 2021.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Net income available to common shareholders was $192.1 million or $1.31 per diluted share as compared to $178.5 million or $1.21 in the prior quarter.

    • Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.35, up 12% quarter over quarter and 25% year over year.

  • Period-end loan growth of $1.4 billion or 4% quarter over quarter, excluding the reduction in PPP loans.

    • PPP loans declined $382.6 million quarter over quarter.

  • Period-end deposit growth of $1.7 billion or 4% from the third quarter.

    • Core transaction deposits increased $1.3 billion or 4% quarter over quarter.

  • Net interest income of $392.3 million an increase of 2% quarter over quarter.

    • Growth in core loans and securities portfolio offset reduction in PPP fee accretion of $8.6 million quarter over quarter.

  • Non-interest revenue of 117.1 million, an increase of 2% from third quarter.

    • Continued growth in wealth revenue and a one-time $8 million BOLI benefit in the fourth quarter were offset by a reduction in net mortgage revenue.

  • Non-interest expense of $295.2 million, an increase of $28.2 million from the third quarter.

    • Adjusted non-interest expense of $285.6 million increased $18.5 million quarter over quarter due to recurring expense increases such as investments in Synovus Forward initiatives as well as other expense increases not expected to recur including a seed gift into a newly established donor advised fund and environment-driven health care costs.

  • Credit quality metrics experienced broad based improvement.

    • Key metrics include a quarter-end non-performing loan ratio of 0.33%, non-performing asset ratio of 0.40% and a quarterly net charge-off ratio of 0.11%.

Fourth Quarter Summary

Reported

Adjusted

(dollars in thousands)

4Q21

3Q21

4Q20

4Q21

3Q21

4Q20

Net income available to common shareholders

$

192,110

$

178,482

$

142,118

$

198,373

$

177,760

$

160,618

Diluted earnings per share

1.31

1.21

0.96

1.35

1.20

1.08

Total loans

39,311,958

38,341,030

38,252,984

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total deposits

49,427,276

47,688,419

46,691,571

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total TE(1) revenue

510,265

500,608

501,514

509,040

499,743

497,342

Return on avg assets

1.40

%

1.34

%

1.11

%

1.44

%

1.33

%

1.25

%

Return on avg common equity

16.11

14.96

12.31

16.64

14.90

13.91

Return on avg tangible common equity

18.14

16.85

14.00

18.72

16.79

15.79

Net interest margin

2.96

3.01

3.12

N/A

N/A

N/A

Efficiency ratio

57.85

53.34

60.32

55.64

52.96

54.43

Net charge-off ratio

0.11

0.22

0.23

N/A

N/A

N/A

NPA ratio

0.40

0.45

0.50

N/A

N/A

N/A

(1)Taxable equivalent

"Our team closed out a strong 2021 as fourth quarter results showed sustained momentum headlined by broad-based loan growth during the quarter, and earnings per share of $1.31, which is up 37% from the fourth quarter 2020," said Synovus President and CEO Kevin Blair. "2021 was another challenging year, but our teams were able to navigate the uncertain environment to support our clients, contribute to our communities and deliver for our shareholders. Driven by record levels of loan production, continued growth in our fee income businesses and disciplined expense management, we generated 6% growth in adjusted pre-provision net revenue in 2021. Momentum as we enter 2022 is strong; coupled with the strategic investments we are making in talent and technology, we are extremely well-positioned to deliver outsized growth this year and in years to come."

Balance Sheet

Loans*

(dollars in millions)

4Q21

3Q21

Linked Quarter Change

Linked Quarter % Change

4Q20

Year/Year Change

Year/Year % Change

Commercial & industrial

$

19,561.2

$

18,934.8

$

626.4

3

%

$

19,520.2

$

41.0

%

Commercial real estate

10,981.5

10,540.3

441.2

4

10,325.7

655.8

6

Consumer

8,769.3

8,866.0

(96.7

)

(1

)

8,407.1

362.2

4

Total loans

$

39,312.0

$

38,341.0

$

970.9

3

%

$

38,253.0

$

1,059.0

3

%

* Amounts may not total due to rounding

  • Total loans ended the quarter at $39.3 billion, up $1.0 billion or 3% quarter over quarter.

    • Loan growth, excluding PPP loans, was $1.4 billion or 4% quarter over quarter.

    • Second consecutive quarter of record commercial loan production.

  • Commercial and industrial (C&I) loans increased $626.4 million or 3% from the prior quarter.

    • C&I line utilization increased approximately 340 basis points to 43%.

  • Commercial real estate (CRE) loans increased by $441.2 million or 4% from the prior quarter as pay-off and pay-down activity normalized.

  • Consumer loans decreased by $96.7 million or 1% sequentially.

Deposits*

(dollars in millions)

4Q21

3Q21

Linked Quarter Change

Linked Quarter % Change

4Q20

Year/Year Change

Year/Year % Change

Non-interest-bearing DDA

$

15,242.8

$

14,832.9

$

409.9

3

%

$

12,382.7

$

2,860.1

23

%

Interest-bearing DDA

6,347.0

6,056.0

291.0

5

5,674.4

672.5

12

Money market

14,886.4

14,267.4

619.0

4

13,541.2

1,345.2

10

Savings

1,404.4

1,380.4

24.0

2

1,156.2

248.2

21

Public funds

6,284.6

5,791.6

493.0

9

6,760.6

(476.1

)

(7

)

Time deposits

2,427.1

2,579.3

(152.3

)

(6

)

3,605.9

(1,178.9

)

(33

)

Brokered deposits

2,835.0

2,780.7

54.3

2

3,570.4

(735.4

)

(21

)

Total deposits

$

49,427.3

$

47,688.4

$

1,738.9

4

%

$

46,691.6

$

2,735.7

6

%

* Amounts may not total due to rounding

  • Total deposits ended the quarter at $49.4 billion, an increase of $1.7 billion or 4% sequentially.

    • Core transaction deposits increased $1.3 billion or 4% from the prior quarter.

    • Strong seasonal inflows supported a $493.0 million increase in public funds compared to the third quarter.

  • Total deposit costs declined 1 basis point from the third quarter to 12 basis points.

Income Statement Summary*

(in thousands, except per share data)

4Q21

3Q21

Linked Quarter Change

Linked Quarter % Change

4Q20

Year/Year Change

Year/Year % Change

Net interest income

$

392,313

$

384,917

$

7,396

2

%

$

385,932

$

6,381

2

%

Non-interest revenue

117,068

114,955

2,113

2

114,761

2,307

2

Non-interest expense

295,207

267,032

28,175

11

302,498

(7,291

)

(2

)

(Reversal of) provision for credit losses

(55,210

)

(7,868

)

(47,342

)

602

11,066

(66,276

)

nm

Income before taxes

$

269,384

$

240,708

$

28,676

12

%

$

187,129

$

82,255

44

%

Income tax expense

68,983

53,935

15,048

28

36,720

32,263

88

Preferred stock dividends

8,291

8,291

8,291

Net income available to common shareholders

$

192,110

$

178,482

$

13,628

8

%

$

142,118

$

49,992

35

%

Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted

146,793

147,701

(908

)

(1

)

148,725

(1,932

)

(1

)

Diluted earnings per share

$

1.31

$

1.21

$

0.10

8

%

$

0.96

$

0.35

37

%

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

1.35

$

1.20

$

0.15

12

%

$

1.08

$

0.27

25

%

* Amounts may not total due to rounding

Core Performance

  • Total taxable equivalent revenue was $510.3 million in the fourth quarter, up $9.7 million sequentially.

  • Net interest income increased $7.4 million or 2% compared to the prior quarter.

    • Growth in core loans and securities portfolio offset reduction in PPP fee accretion of $12.7 million, down $8.6 million from the third quarter.

  • Net interest margin was 2.96%, down 5 basis points from the previous quarter.

    • The margin was negatively impacted by a reduction of PPP fees which contributed 7 basis points to the quarter over quarter decline. This impact was offset by a 2 basis point positive impact from non-PPP related earning assets.

  • Non-interest revenue of $117.1 million increased $2.1 million or 2% compared to third quarter 2021.

    • Continued growth in wealth revenue and one-time $8 million BOLI benefit offset declines in mortgage revenue.

  • Non-interest expense increased $28.2 million or 11% sequentially. Adjusted non-interest expense increased $18.5 million or 7% from the prior quarter.

    • The increase in adjusted non-interest expense was driven by a combination of recurring expense increases as well as other discrete fourth quarter expenses.

  • Reversal of provision for credit losses of $55.2 million, a $47.3 million favorable change from the previous quarter.

    • Included in the provision was net charge-offs of $10.5 million offset by a reduction in the ACL ratio to 1.19% at quarter-end, or 1.21% excluding PPP loans.

  • The effective tax rate was 25.6% for the quarter.

Capital Ratios

4Q21

3Q21

4Q20

Common equity Tier 1 capital (CET1) ratio

9.49

%

*

9.58

%

9.66

%

Tier 1 capital ratio

10.65

*

10.79

10.95

Total risk-based capital ratio

12.60

*

12.92

13.42

Tier 1 leverage ratio

8.72

*

8.78

8.50

Tangible common equity ratio

7.52

7.68

7.66

* Ratios are preliminary

Capital

  • Preliminary CET1 ratio decreased 9 basis points sequentially to 9.49%.

    • Capital generated from earnings was offset by strong asset growth as well as capital deployed through dividends and share repurchases.

  • Preliminary total risk-based capital ratio of 12.60% decreased 32 basis points from the prior quarter, primarily from strong asset growth and reduction in the allowance for credit losses.

Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Synovus will host an earnings highlights conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET on January 20, 2022. 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 Investor Day

Synovus will host an Investor Day presentation at 8:00 a.m. ET on February 8th, 2022. 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.

Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $57 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking and a full suite of specialized products and services, including private banking, treasury management, wealth management, mortgage services, premium finance, asset-based lending, structured lending, and international banking through 279 branches in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Synovus is a Great Place to Work-Certified Company and 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

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