) third quarter 2012 earnings of 70 cents per share were in line
with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Moreover, this significantly
outpaced the prior-year quarter's earnings of 52 cents.
Results on the year-over-year basis were primarily aided by
growth in revenue and almost stable provision for credit losses.
Alongside, the quarter witnessed improved credit quality and
enhanced capital as well as profitability ratios. Moreover,
accelerating growth in loans and low-cost deposits were
impressive. Nevertheless, higher operating expense was the
After considering pre-tax merger-related charges of $43 million
related to the BankAtlantic acquisition, net income available to
common shareholders was $469 million, surging 28.1% from $366
million in the prior-year quarter.
In July, BB&T announced the closure of the acquisition of
BankAtlantic - the wholly-owned bank subsidiary of
BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc.
). Under the terms of the agreement, the company acquired $2.1
billion in loans and roughly $3.3 billion in deposits.
Performance in Details
BB&T reported third quarter total revenue of $2.48 billion,
up 15.8% year over year. Moreover, total revenue surpassed the
Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.45 billion.
Tax-equivalent net interest income escalated 4.5% year over year
to $1.52 billion. The increase was attributable to lower funding
costs. However, net interest margin fell 15 basis points (bps) on
the year-over-year basis to 3.94% in the reported quarter. The
decline reflects lower yields on new loans and securities partly
offset by the lower funding costs.
Non-interest income jumped 39.6% year over year to $963 million.
The surge was largely buoyed by higher mortgage banking income,
bankcard fees and merchant discounts and insurance income,
partially offset by lower checkcard fees.
Non-interest expense increased 7.9% year over year to $1.53
billion. The rise was mainly attributable to higher personnel
expenses and loan processing expenses. Also, there were
merger-related and restructuring charges of $43 million during
BB&T's efficiency ratio stood at 55.2%, rising marginally
from 54.6% in the prior-year quarter. The increase in efficiency
ratio indicates deterioration in profitability.
Average deposits for the reported quarter accelerated 11.9% year
over year to $128.7 billion. Similarly, average loans held for
investment stood at $112.7 billion, up 8.5% year over year.
BB&T's credit quality continued to show improvements during
the third quarter. As of September 30, 2012, total nonperforming
assets (NPAs) declined 9.4% sequentially and 42.1% year over year
to $1.72 billion due to decreases in nonperforming loans and
foreclosed real estate.
This marks the tenth consecutive quarterly decline in NPAs. As a
percentage of total assets, NPAs came in at 0.97%, down 12 bps
sequentially and 86 bps year over year.
The provision for credit losses was $244 million compared with
$259 million in the last quarter and $243 million in the
prior-year quarter. Similarly, net charge-offs were 1.08% of
average loans and leases, down 14 bps from the prior quarter and
36 bps from the year-ago quarter.
Further, the allowance for loan and lease losses was 1.76% of
total loans and leases held for investment, excluding covered
loans, down from 1.86% as of June 30, 2012, and 2.25% as of
September 30, 2011. The decrease was primarily driven by
improvement in the overall quality of the loan portfolio.
Profitability metrics exhibited an improvement during the
quarter. As of September 30, 2012, return on average assets stood
at 1.10% compared with 0.89% in the prior-year quarter.
Similarly, return on average common equity improved to 9.94% in
the reported quarter from 8.30% in the prior-year quarter.
BB&T's capital levels remained strong during the quarter. As
of September 30, 2012, the Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio and
tangible common equity ratio were 10.9% and 6.8% respectively,
compared with 10.2% and 6.9% as of June 30, 2012 and 12.6% and
7.1% as of September 30, 2011.
BB&T's Tier 1 common capital ratio, under the currently
proposed Basel III capital standards, was 8.0% as of September
30, 2012 against 8.2% as of June 30, 2012. The decline primarily
came on the back of the BankAtlantic deal.
The third quarter earnings of
State Street Corp.
) were marginally ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Better-than-expected results benefited from improvement in net
interest revenue and fall in operating expenses. Moreover,
capital ratios and asset position remained robust during the
quarter. However, decline in fee revenue was the primary
The Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
) third quarter 2012 earnings topped the Zacks Consensus
Estimate. Results benefited from the augmentation in top line.
Yet, slightly higher operating expenses were the dampener.
Moreover, asset quality continued to show improvement and capital
ratios remained healthy.
The growth story at BB&T is impressive following its organic
expansion as well as acquisitions. The efforts to diversify from
a concentration in real estate lending continues to progress
well, with BB&T reporting an increase in average commercial
and industrial loans, while reducing its other real estate loan
However, BB&T has a wide exposure to problem assets. The
current protracted economic recovery, continuous increase in
operating expenses and various regulatory issues will make it
difficult for the company to significantly improve its top line.
BB&T currently retains a Zacks #3 Rank, which translates into
a short-term Hold rating. Also, considering the fundamentals, we
maintain a long-term Neutral recommendation on the shares.
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