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F.N.B. Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

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PRESS RELEASE

- HERMITAGE, PA

F.N.B. Corporation (NYSE: FNB) today reported fourth quarter and full year 2012 financial results. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $29.0 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared with fourth quarter of 2011 net income of $23.7 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, and third quarter of 2012 net income of $30.7 million, or $0.22 per diluted share. Fourth quarter 2012 net income included litigation settlement costs of $2.0 million (after-tax) and branch consolidation costs of $1.2 million (after-tax), which on a combined basis reduced earnings by $0.02 per diluted share. Third quarter 2012 net income included a gain on the sale of a building of $0.9 million (after-tax) or $0.01 per diluted share.

Net income for the full year of 2012 totaled $110.4 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, compared to $87.0 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, for 2011. Full year 2012 net income included merger and severance costs of $5.2 million (after-tax), litigation settlement costs of $2.0 million (after-tax), branch consolidation costs of $1.2 million (after-tax), and a gain on the sale of a building of $0.9 million (after-tax), which on a combined basis reduced earnings by $0.05 per diluted share. Full year 2011 net income included merger costs of $3.2 million (after-tax), or $0.02 per diluted share. Adjusting for these items, adjusted net income for the full year of 2012 totaled $117.8 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $90.3 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, for 2011.

Vincent J. Delie, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The fourth quarter was a great finish to a very successful year. The highlight of our solid operating performance is the consistent growth of our loan portfolios. Through the efforts of our experienced team of bankers, we have accomplished fourteen consecutive quarters of organic total loan growth. Both the commercial and consumer portfolios achieved record fourth quarter loan production levels. We remained focused on gaining market share and attracting customers, while maintaining our high-quality underwriting standards as demonstrated by our solid asset quality results.”

Mr. Delie continued, “We are also very pleased to report record net income for the full year of 2012. Revenue growth, profitability and asset quality trends were favorable. This positive momentum and the completion of a number of important strategic accomplishments has FNB well positioned for 2013.”

Fourth Quarter 2012 Highlights

  • Adjusted fourth quarter net income was $0.23 per diluted share
  • The net interest margin was 3.66%
  • Average total loans grew $119.6 million, or 6.0% annualized, representing the fourteenth consecutive quarter of organic total loan growth
  • Average core commercial loans (excluding Florida loans) grew $88.7 million or 8.4% annualized, representing the fifteenth consecutive linked quarter of organic growth for this portfolio
  • Average consumer loans grew $72.6 million or 11.7% annualized
  • Average transaction deposits and customer repurchase agreements grew $215.0 million or 11.9% annualized
  • The efficiency ratio was 55.5%
  • Net charge-offs totaled $7.6 million or 0.45% annualized of average originated loans
  • Non-performing loans and other real estate owned (OREO) as a percentage of total originated loans and OREO improved 9 basis points to 1.60%

F.N.B. Corporation’s performance ratios for the fourth quarter of 2012 were as follows: return on average tangible equity (non-GAAP measure) was 17.68%; return on average equity was 8.23%; return on average tangible assets (non-GAAP measure) was 1.07% and return on average assets was 0.96%. Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures used in this press release to their most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in the tables that accompany this press release.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Results
(All comparisons refer to the third quarter of 2012, except as noted)

Net Interest Income
Net interest income on a fully taxable equivalent basis totaled $95.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $95.4 million in the prior quarter. Both quarters included a benefit from accretable yield resulting from better than expected cash flows on acquired loans totaling $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2012. The fourth quarter net interest margin of 3.66% narrowed 4 basis points from 3.70%, reflecting the current interest rate environment and the resulting lower earning asset yields, partially offset by the lower cost of funds and higher accretable yield.

Average loans totaled $8.0 billion and grew $119.6 million or 6.0% annualized. Growth in the core commercial portfolio continued, with average balances increasing $88.7 million, or 8.4% annualized, reflecting FNB’s consistent ability to build market share as commercial line utilization rates remained consistent with the prior quarter at historically low levels. This represents the fifteenth consecutive quarter of organic growth for this portfolio with an average quarterly organic growth rate of 6.7% over the 15-quarter period. Average consumer loan growth (consisting of direct, consumer lines of credit and indirect loans) was also strong with balances increasing $72.6 million, or 11.7% annualized, driven by growth in home equity-related loans (direct loans and consumer lines of credit) through a continued focus across our branch network to capitalize on consumer preferences for these products.

Total average deposits and customer repurchase agreements totaled $10.0 billion and grew $140.5 million, or 5.7% annualized. Growth in lower cost transaction deposit accounts and customer repurchase agreements remained strong, increasing $215.0 million, or 11.9% annualized, as a result of successful new account acquisition and higher average balances. Growth in transaction accounts and customer repurchase agreements was partially offset by a continued planned decline in time deposits due to the lower offered rate environment. As of December 31, 2012, FNB’s total customer-based funding was 97% of total deposits and borrowings, consistent with 98% as of September 30, 2012. Loans as a percentage of total deposits and customer repurchase agreements were 82%, compared to 80% at September 30, 2012. Transaction-based deposits and customer repurchase agreements represent 74% of total deposits and customer repurchase agreements at December 31, 2012.

Non-Interest Income
Non-interest income totaled $32.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, decreasing $2.7 million or 7.7%. The decline compared to the prior quarter primarily reflects $1.7 million accrued for expected losses on asset disposals related to the consolidation of twenty branch locations during the fourth quarter and a benefit in the third quarter resulting from a $1.4 million gain on the sale of a building. The previously announced branch consolidation was undertaken as part of an overall branch optimization strategy and going forward is expected to result in annual pre-tax cost savings of approximately $4.0 million. Securities commissions and fees and trust income increased 7.2% and 2.6%, respectively, primarily as a result of increased sales activity. Gains on the sale of loans increased modestly by 1.3% due to increased volume. The decline in insurance commissions and fees reflects normal seasonal trends.

Non-Interest Expense
Non-interest expense totaled $76.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, declining $0.5 million, or 0.6%. The fourth quarter included the previously disclosed $3.0 million in litigation costs to establish a settlement fund. Offsetting this item were lower OREO costs due to a $1.5 million recovery on a Florida property sale and lower personnel costs due to favorable medical insurance claims. The efficiency ratio improved to 55.5% from 57.4%.

Credit Quality
Credit quality results for the fourth quarter of 2012 reflect continued solid performance. The provision for loan losses equaled $9.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $8.4 million in the prior quarter, with the increase primarily reflecting reserves to support the strong, high-quality loan growth during the quarter.

The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to total originated loans was 1.39%, compared to 1.43% at September 30, 2012. The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to total non-performing loans increased to 124% compared to 120% at September 30, 2012.

Charge-off performance continued to be good with net charge-offs for the fourth quarter totaling $7.6 million or 0.38% annualized. The ratio of non-performing loans and OREO to total loans and OREO improved 6 basis points over the prior quarter to 1.42% at December 31, 2012. For the originated portfolio, the ratio of non-performing loans and OREO to total originated loans and OREO improved 9 basis points to 1.60% at December 31, 2012. Total delinquency (total past due and non-accrual loans) to total originated loans improved 2 basis points to 1.64% at December 31, 2012.

Capital Position
The Corporation’s capital levels at December 31, 2012 continue to exceed federal bank regulatory agency “well capitalized” thresholds. Regulatory capital ratios at December 31, 2012 (estimated) are consistent with September 30, 2012 ratios. At December 31, 2012, the estimated total risk-based capital ratio was unchanged at 12.2%, the estimated tier 1 risk-based capital ratio was 10.7% compared to 10.6%, and the leverage ratio was 8.29% compared to 8.24%.

At December 31, 2012, the tangible equity to tangible assets ratio (non-GAAP measure) increased to 6.09% from 6.01% and the tangible book value per share (non-GAAP measure) increased to $4.92 from $4.85.
The dividend payout ratio for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 59% and 61% for the full year of 2012.

Full Year 2012 Results
(All comparisons refer to the prior full year, except as noted)

Full year 2012 results include the impact from the Parkvale acquisition completed on January 1, 2012.

F.N.B. Corporation’s full year net income totaled $110.4 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, improved from $87.0 million, or $0.70 per diluted share. Return on average tangible equity (non-GAAP measure) equaled 17.64% compared to 15.76%, return on average equity was 8.02% compared to 7.36%, return on average tangible assets (non-GAAP measure) was 1.05% compared to 0.99%, and return on average assets was 0.94% compared to 0.88%.

Net interest income on a fully taxable equivalent basis totaled $380.2 million, an increase of $55.8 million or 17.2%, reflecting 19.2% growth in average earning assets and the benefit of $5.9 million in accretable yield, partially offset by a 6 basis point narrowing of the net interest margin. The growth in earning assets reflects a combination of organic growth and the Parkvale acquisition. Average total loans grew 18.1%, with organic total loan growth of 4.3%, reflecting strong organic growth of 8.0% in the core commercial portfolio, as well as organic consumer loan growth of 7.4%. Average deposits and customer repurchase agreements grew 22.1%, with organic growth of 3.1%. Transaction deposits and customer repurchase agreements grew 23.7%, with organic growth of 9.6% representing successful new customer acquisition and higher average balances.

Non-interest income totaled $131.5 million, increasing $11.5 million, or 9.6%. Included in the full year of 2012 was $1.7 million accrued for expected losses on asset disposals related to the consolidation of twenty branch locations during the fourth quarter of 2012 and a $1.4 million gain on the sale of a building. The increase in non-interest income excluding these items primarily reflects the benefit of the Parkvale acquisition and organic revenue growth. Service charges increased $8.2 million, or 13.2%, reflecting higher volume, organic growth and the expanded customer base due to the Parkvale acquisition. Insurance commissions and fees increased $1.2 million, or 8.2%. Wealth management revenue (comprised of securities commissions and fees and trust income) grew $1.3 million or 5.8% as a result of an increased number of sales professionals and higher sales activity, more favorable market conditions and the benefit of the Parkvale acquisition. Gain on the sale of loans increased $1.1 million or 40.4% as a result of increased volume.

Non-interest expense totaled $318.8 million, an increase of $35.1 million, or 12.4%, primarily due to adding Parkvale-related operating costs, a net increase of $3.0 million in merger and severance costs and $3.0 million in litigation costs to establish a settlement fund in accordance with the previously disclosed lawsuit.

Total revenue growth of $67.4 million, or 15.2%, exceeded non-interest expense growth of $35.1 million or 12.4%. F.N.B. Corporation’s 2012 efficiency ratio improved to 57.7% compared to 59.7%.

Credit quality results continued to trend positively throughout 2012 and compare favorably to full year 2011, reflecting continued solid performance for all portfolios. Provision for loan losses was $31.3 million, improving $2.3 million primarily due to lower provision in the Florida portfolio partially offset by $4.2 million in provision for the acquired portfolio. Net charge-off results improved 23 basis points to 0.35% of total average loans. The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to total originated loans equaled 1.39% at December 31, 2012, compared to 1.54% at December 31, 2011, with the decline directionally consistent with the overall favorable credit quality performance as well as reserves to support the solid loan growth experienced in 2012.

Conference Call
F.N.B. Corporation will host its quarterly conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2012 financial results on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Participating callers may access the call by dialing (888) 427-9376 or (719) 325-2435 for international callers; the confirmation number is 4816875. The Webcast and presentation materials may be accessed through the “Shareholder and Investor Relations” section of the Corporation’s Web site at www.fnbcorporation.com.

A replay of the call will be available from 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time the day of the call until midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, January 31, 2013. The replay is accessible by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the confirmation number is 4816875. The call transcript and Webcast will be available on the “Shareholder and Investor Relations” section of F.N.B. Corporation’s Web site at www.fnbcorporation.com.

About F.N.B. Corporation
F.N.B. Corporation, headquartered in Hermitage, PA, is a diversified financial services company with total assets of $12.0 billion. F.N.B. Corporation is a leading provider of commercial and retail banking, leasing, wealth management, insurance, merchant banking and consumer finance services in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, where it owns and operates First National Bank of Pennsylvania, First National Trust Company, First National Investment Services Company, LLC, F.N.B. Investment Advisors, Inc., First National Insurance Agency, LLC, F.N.B. Capital Corporation, LLC, Regency Finance Company and F.N.B. Commercial Leasing. It also operates consumer finance offices in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-looking Information
We make statements in this press release and related conference call, and may from time to time make other statements, regarding our outlook for earnings, revenues, expenses, capital levels, liquidity levels, asset levels, asset quality and other matters regarding or affecting F.N.B. Corporation and its future business and operations that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as “believe,” “plan,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “see,” “look,” “intend,” “outlook,” “project,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “goal,” “will,” “should” and other similar words and expressions. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. We do not assume any duty and do not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results or future events could differ, possibly materially, from those anticipated in forward-looking statements, as well as from historical performance.

Our forward-looking statements are subject to the following principal risks and uncertainties:
- Our businesses, financial results and balance sheet values are affected by business and economic conditions, including the following:

  • Changes in interest rates and valuations in debt, equity and other financial markets.
  • Disruptions in the liquidity and other functioning of U.S. and global financial markets.
  • Actions by the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury and other government agencies, including those that impact money supply and market interest rates.
  • Changes in customers’, suppliers’ and other counterparties’ performance and creditworthiness which adversely affect loan utilization rates, delinquencies, defaults and counterparty ability to meet credit and other obligations.
  • Slowing or failure of the current moderate economic recovery and persistence or worsening levels of unemployment.
  • Changes in customer preferences and behavior, whether due to changing business and economic conditions, legislative and regulatory initiatives, or other factors.

- Legal and regulatory developments could affect our ability to operate our businesses, financial condition, results of operations, competitive position, reputation, or pursuit of attractive acquisition opportunities. Reputational impacts could affect matters such as business generation and retention, liquidity, funding, and ability to attract and retain management. These developments could include:

  • Changes resulting from legislative and regulatory reforms, including broad-based restructuring of financial industry regulation; changes to laws and regulations involving tax, pension, bankruptcy, consumer protection, and other industry aspects; and changes in accounting policies and principles. We will continue to be impacted by extensive reforms provided for in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and otherwise growing out of the recent financial crisis, the precise nature, extent and timing of which, and their impact on us, remains uncertain.
  • Changes to regulations governing bank capital and liquidity standards, including due to the Dodd-Frank Act and to Basel III initiatives.
  • Impact on business and operating results of any costs associated with obtaining rights in intellectual property, the adequacy of our intellectual property protection in general and rapid technological developments and changes. Our ability to anticipate and respond to technological changes can also impact our ability to respond to customer needs and meet competitive demands.
  • Business and operating results are affected by our ability to identify and effectively manage risks inherent in our businesses, including, where appropriate, through effective use of third-party insurance, derivatives, swaps, and capital management techniques, and to meet evolving regulatory capital standards.
  • Increased competition, whether due to consolidation among financial institutions; realignments or consolidation of branch offices, legal and regulatory developments, industry restructuring or other causes, can have an impact on customer acquisition, growth and retention and on credit spreads and product pricing, which can affect market share, deposits and revenues.
  • As demonstrated by our Parkvale and Annapolis Bancorp, Inc. acquisitions, we grow our business in part by acquiring from time to time other financial services companies, financial services assets and related deposits. These acquisitions often present risks and uncertainties, including, the possibility that the transaction cannot be consummated; regulatory issues; cost, or difficulties, involved in integration and conversion of the acquired businesses after closing; inability to realize expected cost savings, efficiencies and strategic advantages; the extent of credit losses in acquired loan portfolios and extent of deposit attrition; and the potential dilutive effect to our current shareholders. In addition, with respect to the pending acquisition of Annapolis Bancorp, Inc., F.N.B. Corporation may experience difficulties in expanding into a new market area, including retention of customers and key personnel of Annapolis Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary BankAnnapolis.
  • Competition can have an impact on customer acquisition, growth and retention and on credit spreads and product pricing, which can affect market share, deposits and revenues. Industry restructuring in the current environment could also impact our business and financial performance through changes in counterparty creditworthiness and performance and the competitive and regulatory landscape. Our ability to anticipate and respond to technological changes can also impact our ability to respond to customer needs and meet competitive demands.
  • Business and operating results can also be affected by widespread disasters, dislocations, terrorist activities or international hostilities through their impacts on the economy and financial markets.

We provide greater detail regarding some of these factors in our 2011 Form 10-K and 2012 Form 10-Qs, including the Risk Factors section of those reports, and our subsequent SEC filings. Our forward-looking statements may also be subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those we may discuss elsewhere in this news release or in SEC filings, accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on our corporate website at www.fnbcorporation.com. We have included these web addresses as inactive textual references only. Information on these websites is not part of this document.


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