News Release · August 03, 2021

First Citizens BancShares Reports Earnings For Second Quarter 2021

RALEIGH, N.C.— First Citizens BancShares Inc. ("BancShares") (Nasdaq: FCNCA) reported another quarter of strong earnings for the second quarter of 2021. Key results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, are presented below:

For the quarter ended

2Q21

1Q21

2Q20

Net income (in millions)

$152.8

$147.3

$153.8

Net income per share

$15.09

$14.53

$14.74

Annualized return on average assets

1.13%

1.16%

1.36%

Annualized return on average equity

14.64%

14.7%

16.43%

Financial Highlights

Net income was $152.8 million for the second quarter of 2021, a decrease of $1.0 million, or by 0.6% compared to the same quarter in 2020. Net income per common share was $15.09 for the second quarter of 2021, compared to $14.74 per share for the same quarter in 2020.

Return on average assets for the second quarter of 2021 was 1.13%, down from 1.36% for the comparable quarter in 2020. Return on average equity for the second quarter of 2021 was 14.64%, down from 16.43% for the comparable quarter in 2020.

Net interest income was $346.4 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of $9.0 million, or by 2.7% compared to the same quarter in 2020. The taxable-equivalent net interest margin ("NIM") was 2.68% for the second quarter of 2021, down 46 basis points from 3.14% for the comparable quarter in 2020.

The provision for credit losses was a benefit of $19.6 million during the second quarter of 2021, compared to a $20.6 million expense during the same quarter in 2020. The allowance for credit losses ("ACL") was $189.1 million at June 30, 2021, compared to $224.3 million at December 31, 2020, representing 0.58% and 0.68% of loans, respectively.

Noninterest income was $134.2 million for the second quarter of 2021, a decrease of $31.3 million, or by 18.9% compared to the same quarter in 2020. Noninterest expense was $301.6 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of $9.9 million, or by 3.4% compared to the same quarter in 2020.

Total loans declined to $32.7 billion, a decrease of $102.3 million, or by 0.6% on an annualized basis since December 31, 2020. Excluding loans originated under the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program ("SBA-PPP"), total loans increased $604.7 million, or by 3.7% on an annualized basis since December 31, 2020. The net charge-off ratio was 0.02% for the second quarter of 2021 compared to 0.09% for the same quarter in 2020.

Total deposits grew to $48.4 billion, an increase of $5.0 billion, or by 23.1% on an annualized basis since December 31, 2020 driven by organic growth and the effects of government stimulus.

BancShares remained well capitalized with a total risk-based capital ratio of 14.2%, a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 12.1%, a Common Equity Tier 1 ratio of 11.1% and a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 7.7%.

Merger with CIT Group Inc.

On October 15, 2020, BancShares entered into a definitive merger agreement with CIT Group Inc. ("CIT") through which the companies plan to combine in an all-stock merger. The transaction has been approved by the shareholders of both companies and has received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC"). Completion of the proposed merger remains subject to approval from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and closing is expected in the third quarter, subject to such approval and the satisfaction or waiver of other customary closing conditions.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income was $346.4 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of $9.0 million, or by 2.7% compared to the same quarter in 2020. This was primarily due to lower rates paid on interest-bearing deposits, an increase in interest and fee income on SBA-PPP loans, and organic loan growth, partially offset by a decline in the yield on interest-earning assets. SBA-PPP loans contributed $27.2 million in interest and fee income for the second quarter of 2021 compared to $19.0 million for the same quarter in 2020. Net interest income increased $6.7 million, or by 2.0% compared to the linked quarter primarily due to higher investment portfolio balance and yield. The taxable-equivalent NIM was 2.68% during the second quarter of 2021, a decrease of 46 basis points from 3.14% for the comparable quarter in 2020. The margin decline was primarily due to changes in earning asset mix and a decline in the yield on interest-earning assets, partially offset by lower rates paid on interest-bearing deposits and the yield on SBA-PPP loans. The taxable-equivalent NIM declined 12 basis points from 2.80% for the linked quarter primarily due to changes in earning asset mix.

Net interest income was $686.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, an increase of $10.3 million, or by 1.5% compared to the same period in 2020. This was primarily due to lower rates paid on interest-bearing deposits, an increase in interest and fee income on SBA-PPP loans, and organic loan growth, partially offset by a decline in the yield on interest-earning assets. SBA-PPP loans contributed $58.1 million in interest and fee income for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $19.0 million for the same period in 2020. The taxable-equivalent NIM was 2.74% for the six months ended June 30, 2021, a decrease of 59 basis points from 3.33% for the comparable period in 2020. The margin decline was primarily due to changes in earning asset mix and a decline in the yield on interest-earning assets, partially offset by lower rates paid on interest-bearing deposits and the yield on SBA-PPP loans.

Provision for Credit Losses

Provision for credit losses was a benefit of $19.6 million for the second quarter of 2021 compared to $20.6 million in expense for the same quarter in 2020. The second quarter of 2021 was favorably impacted by $21.6 million in reserve release driven primarily by continued strong credit performance, low net charge-offs, and improvement in macroeconomic factors. The comparable quarter in 2020 included $14.6 million in reserve build related to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. Total net charge-offs for the second quarter of 2021 were $2.0 million, a decrease from $7.4 million for the comparable quarter in 2020 due to a lower volume of charge-offs and stable recoveries. The net charge-off ratio was 0.02% for the second quarter of 2021 compared to 0.09% for the same quarter in 2020. Excluding the impact of SBA-PPP loans on average loan balances, the net charge-off ratio was 0.03% for the second quarter of 2021 compared to 0.10% for the same quarter in 2020.

Provision for credit losses was a benefit of $30.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $48.9 million in expense for the same period in 2020. The six months ended June 30, 2021, was favorably impacted by $35.2 million in reserve release driven primarily by continued strong credit performance, low net charge-offs, and improvement in macroeconomic factors. The comparable period in 2020 included $36.1 million in reserve build related to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. Total net charge-offs for the six months ended June 30, 2021, were $4.6 million, a decrease from $14.9 million for the comparable period in 2020 due to a lower volume of charge-offs and stable recoveries. The net charge-off ratio was 0.03% for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to 0.10% for the same period in 2020. The impact of SBA-PPP loans on average loan balances did not have an impact on the net charge-off ratio for the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income was $134.2 million for the second quarter of 2021, a decrease of $31.3 million, or by 18.9% compared to $165.4 million for the same quarter in 2020. The primary driver of the decrease was a $52.9 million decline in fair market value adjustments on marketable equity securities. Fair market value adjustments on marketable equity securities were heightened in the second quarter of 2020 as BancShares built up its equity portfolio when the market contracted. As the market started to improve in the second quarter of 2020, BancShares sold a large portion of it to realize the gains. Additionally, there was a $3.9 million decrease in mortgage income due to a decline in gain on sale driven by interest rate movements. These decreases were partially offset by a $9.4 million increase in wealth management services due to increases in annuity fees, assets under management, and advisory and transaction fees, a $4.9 million increase in cardholder services income, net, a $4.4 million increase in service charges on deposit accounts, and a $3.2 million increase in merchant services income, net. Excluding fair market value adjustments on marketable equity securities and realized gains on available for sale securities, noninterest income was $106.7 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of $19.6 million, or by 22.5% compared to $87.1 million for the same quarter in 2020.

Noninterest income was $270.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, an increase of $41.4 million, or by 18.0% compared to $229.4 million for the same period in 2020. The primary drivers of the increase were a $15.2 million increase in wealth management services due to increases in annuity fees, assets under management, and advisory and transaction fees, a $14.5 million increase in fair market value adjustments on marketable equity securities, a $6.7 million increase in cardholder services income, net, and a $6.2 million increase in merchant services income, net, and a $3.9 million increase in mortgage income. These increases were partially offset by an $8.5 million decrease in realized gains on available for sale securities. Excluding fair market value adjustments on marketable equity securities and realized gains on available for sale securities, noninterest income was $218.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, an increase of $35.4 million, or by 19.4% compared to $182.7 million for the same period in 2020.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense was $301.6 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of $9.9 million, or by 3.4% compared to the same quarter in 2020. The primary drivers of the increase were a $7.0 million increase in salaries and wages due to an increase in payroll incentives and a $4.9 million increase in employee benefits due to higher health insurance claims.

Noninterest expense was $597.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, an increase of $5.9 million, or by 1.0% compared to the same period in 2020. The primary drivers of the increase were a $9.6 million increase in salaries and wages due to an increase in payroll incentives, a $7.5 million increase in processing fees paid to third parties as we continue to make investments in our digital and technological capabilities, and a $4.0 million increase in merger-related expense associated with the pending merger with CIT. These increases were partially offset by a $14.4 million decrease in other expense due to a decrease in other pension expense and a $5.6 million decrease in collection and foreclosure-related expenses.

Income Taxes

The effective tax rate was 23.1% for the second quarter of 2021 compared to 19.3% for the same quarter in 2020. The effective tax rate was 23.0% for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to 20.3% for the same period in 2020.

The effective tax rates for the prior year were favorably impacted by BancShares' decision to utilize an allowable alternative for computing its 2020 federal income tax liability. The allowable alternative provided BancShares the ability to use the federal income tax rate for certain deductible amounts related to FDIC-assisted acquisitions that was applicable when these amounts were originally subject to tax.

Loans and Deposits

At June 30, 2021, loans totaled $32.7 billion, a decrease of $102.3 million, or by 0.6% on an annualized basis since December 31, 2020. Excluding SBA-PPP loans, total loans increased $604.7 million, or by 3.7% on an annualized basis since December 31, 2020.

At June 30, 2021, deposits totaled $48.4 billion, an increase of $5.0 billion, or by 23.1% on an annualized basis since December 31, 2020, driven by organic growth and the effects of government stimulus.

Allowance for Credit Losses (ACL)

The ACL was $189.1 million at June 30, 2021, compared to $224.3 million at December 31, 2020. The ACL as a percentage of total loans was 0.58% at June 30, 2021, compared to 0.68% at December 31, 2020. The reduction was primarily due to $35.2 million in reserve release for the six months ended June 30, 2021, driven primarily by continued strong credit performance, low net charge-offs, and improvement in macroeconomic factors. Excluding SBA-PPP loans, which have no associated ACL, the ACL as a percentage of total loans was 0.61% as of June 30, 2021, compared to 0.74% as of December 31, 2020.

Nonperforming Assets

Nonperforming assets, including nonaccrual loans and other real estate owned, were $231.1 million, or 0.71% of total loans and other real estate owned at June 30, 2021, compared to $242.4 million or 0.74% at December 31, 2020. Excluding the impact of SBA-PPP loans on loan balances, the ratio of total nonperforming assets to total loans, leases, and other real estate owned was 0.74% as of June 30, 2021, compared to 0.80% at December 31, 2020.

Capital Transactions

During the second quarter of 2021, BancShares did not repurchase any shares of Class A common stock compared to repurchases of 346,000 shares of Class A common stock for $127.0 million at an average cost per share of $367.03 for the comparable quarter in 2020. For the six months ended June 30, 2021, BancShares did not repurchase any shares of Class A common stock compared to repurchases of 695,390 shares of Class A common stock for $286.7 million at an average cost per share of $412.28 for the comparable period in 2020. All Class A common stock repurchases completed in 2020 were consummated under previously approved authorizations. Following the expiration of our latest share repurchase authorization on July 31, 2020, share repurchase activity was suspended.

Earnings Call Details

First Citizens BancShares Inc. will host a conference call to discuss the company's financial results on August 3, 2021, at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

To access this call, dial:

Domestic: 833-654-8257

International: 602-585-9869

Conference ID: 6592133

The second quarter 2021 earnings presentation and news release will be available on the company's website at www.firstcitizens.com/investor-relations.

After the conference call, you may access a replay of the call through August 16, 2021, by dialing 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international) with conference ID 6592133.

For investor inquiries, contact Deanna Hart, Investor Relations, at 919-716-2137.

About First Citizens Bancshares

BancShares is the financial holding company for Raleigh, North Carolina-headquartered First Citizens Bank. First Citizens Bank provides a broad range of financial services to individuals, businesses, professionals and the medical community through branch offices in 19 states, including digital banking, mobile banking, ATMs and telephone banking. As of June 30, 2021, BancShares had total assets of $55.2 billion.

For more information, visit First Citizens' website at firstcitizens.com. First Citizens Bank. Forever First®.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding the financial condition, results of operations, business plans and future performance of BancShares. Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "predicts," "forecasts," "intends," "plans," "projects," "targets," "designed," "could," "may," "should," "will," "potential," "continue" or other similar words and expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on BancShares' current expectations and assumptions regarding BancShares’ business, the economy, and other future conditions.

Because forward-looking statements relate to future results and occurrences, they are subject to inherent risks, uncertainties, changes in circumstances and other risk factors that are difficult to predict. Many possible events or factors could affect BancShares' future financial results and performance and could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of BancShares to differ materially from any anticipated results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic on BancShares' business and customers, the financial success or changing conditions or strategies of BancShares' customers or vendors, fluctuations in interest rates, actions of government regulators, the availability of capital and personnel, the delay in closing (or failure to close) one or more of BancShares' previously announced acquisition transaction(s), the failure to realize the anticipated benefits of BancShares' previously announced acquisition transaction(s), and general competitive, economic, political, and market conditions, as well as risks related to the proposed transaction with CIT Group Inc ("CIT") including, in addition to those described above and among others, (1) the risk that the cost savings, any revenue synergies and other anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction may not be realized or may take longer than anticipated to be realized, including as a result of the impact of, or problems arising from, the integration of the two companies or as a result of the condition of the economy and competitive factors in areas where BancShares and CIT do business, (2) disruption to BancShares' and CIT's businesses as a result of the pendency of the proposed transaction and diversion of management's attention from ongoing business operations and opportunities, (3) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the right of one or both of the parties to terminate the definitive merger agreement, (4) the risk that the integration of BancShares' and CIT's operations will be materially delayed or will be more costly or difficult than expected or that BancShares and CIT are otherwise unable to successfully integrate their businesses, (5) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be or have been instituted against BancShares and/or CIT, (6) the failure to obtain required governmental approvals (and the risk that such approvals may result in the imposition of conditions that could adversely affect the combined company or the expected benefits of the proposed transaction), (7) reputational risk and potential adverse reactions of BancShares' and/or CIT's customers, suppliers, employees or other business partners, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the proposed transaction, (8) the failure of any of the closing conditions in the definitive merger agreement to be satisfied on a timely basis or at all, (9) delays in closing the proposed transaction, (10) the possibility that the proposed transaction may be more expensive to complete than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected factors or events, (11) the dilution caused by BancShares' issuance of additional shares of its capital stock in connection with the proposed transaction, (12) other factors that may affect future results of BancShares and CIT including changes in asset quality and credit risk, the inability to sustain revenue and earnings growth, changes in interest rates and capital markets, inflation, customer borrowing, repayment, investment and deposit practices, the impact, extent and timing of technological changes, capital management activities, and other actions of the Federal Reserve Board and legislative and regulatory actions and reforms, and (13) the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on CIT's business, the parties’ ability to complete the proposed transaction and/or any of the other foregoing risks.

Except to the extent required by applicable laws or regulations, BancShares disclaims any obligation to update forward-looking statements or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein to reflect future events or developments. Further information regarding BancShares and factors which could affect the forward-looking statements contained herein can be found in BancShares' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Download the First Citizens BancShares Second Quarter 2021 Financials (PDF).

Contact Information:

Barbara Thompson
919-716-2716
Corporate Communications

Deanna Hart
919-716-2137
Investor Relations

 

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