First Busey Announces 2022 First Quarter Earnings

Company Release - 4/26/2022 5:00 PM ET

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., April 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Busey Corporation (Nasdaq: BUSE)

Message from our Chairman & CEO

First Quarter 2022 Highlights:

  • First quarter 2022 net income of $28.4 million and diluted EPS of $0.51
  • First quarter 2022 adjusted net income 1 of $29.1 million and adjusted diluted EPS 1 of $0.52
  • Core loan 1 growth of $127.1 million, or 7.2% annualized, in the first quarter
  • First quarter net interest margin increased nine basis points to 2.45% compared to 2.36% in the fourth quarter of 2021
  • Non-performing assets declined to 0.13% of total assets in the first quarter
  • Wealth management assets under care of $12.33 billion at March 31, 2022, down from $12.73 at December 31, 2021, principally due to a reduction in market valuations and up from $10.69 billion at March 31, 2021, which represents 15.3% year-over-year growth
  • FirsTech revenue 2 of $5.4 million for the first quarter of 2022, the highest quarterly revenue in the history of FirsTech, up from $4.9 million for the first quarter of 2021, representing 11.4% year-over-year growth
  • Noninterest income, excluding security gains, accounted for 34.2% of total revenue in the first quarter of 2022, compared to 31.5% in the first quarter of 2021, supported by continued growth in wealth management and payment technology solutions
  • For additional information, please refer to the 1Q22 Quarterly Earnings Supplement

First Quarter Financial Results
Net income for First Busey Corporation (“First Busey” or the “Company”) for the first quarter of 2022 was $28.4 million, or $0.51 per diluted common share, compared to $29.9 million, or $0.53 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2021, and $37.8 million, or $0.69 per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2021. Adjusted net income1 for the first quarter of 2022 was $29.1 million, or $0.52 per diluted common share, compared to $34.3 million, or $0.61 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2021, and $38.1 million, or $0.69 per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2021.  For the first quarter of 2022, annualized return on average assets and annualized return on average tangible common equity1 were 0.91% and 12.72%, respectively. Based on adjusted net income1, annualized return on average assets was 0.93% and annualized return on average tangible common equity1 was 13.02% for the first quarter of 2022.

Pre-provision net revenue1 for the first quarter of 2022 was $36.1 million, compared to $34.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 and $40.2 million for the first quarter of 2021. Adjusted pre-provision net revenue1 for the first quarter of 2022 was $39.4 million, compared to $41.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 and $42.8 million for the first quarter of 2021. Pre-provision net revenue to average assets1 for the first quarter of 2022 was 1.16%, compared to 1.04% for the fourth quarter of 2021, and 1.54% for the first quarter of 2021. Adjusted pre-provision net revenue to average assets1 for the first quarter of 2022 was 1.26%, compared to 1.27% for the fourth quarter of 2021 and 1.64% for the first quarter of 2021.

The Company experienced its fourth consecutive quarter of strong core loan1 growth, principally in commercial lending segments. Core loan1 growth of $127.1 million in the first quarter of 2022 follows $141.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, $177.1 million in the third quarter of 2021, and $142.0 million in the second quarter of 2021. Over the last four quarters, the Company has generated $587.8 million in core loan1 growth, equating to an annualized growth rate of 9.4%. The Company’s first quarter has historically been a seasonally light quarter for growth.

The Company’s first quarter 2022 results include a provision release of $0.3 million for credit losses and a $1.1 million provision expense for unfunded commitments. The first quarter provision expense for unfunded commitments primarily related to increases in unused commitment balances. The total allowance for credit losses was $88.2 million at March 31, 2022, representing 1.21% of total portfolio loans outstanding and 1.22% of core loans1.  The Company recorded net recoveries of $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2022.

Our fee-based businesses continue to add revenue diversification. In the first quarter of 2022, wealth management fees were $15.8 million, compared to $13.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $12.6 million in the first quarter of 2021, representing 25.4% year-over-year growth. Consolidated revenue from payment technology solutions from the Company’s subsidiary FirsTech was $5.1 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $4.6 million in both the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2021, representing 9.9% growth. Fees for customer services were $8.9 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $9.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $8.0 million in the first quarter of 2021, representing 10.8% year-over-year growth.

The Company views certain non-operating items, including acquisition-related and other restructuring charges, as adjustments to net income reported under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Non-operating pretax adjustments for the first quarter of 2022 included $0.8 million of expenses related to the acquisition of Cummins-American Corp. (CAC), the holding company for Glenview State Bank (GSB). The Company believes that non-GAAP measures—including pre-provision net revenue, adjusted pre-provision net revenue, pre-provision net revenue to average assets, adjusted pre-provision net revenue to average assets, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted return on average assets, return on average tangible common equity, adjusted return on average tangible common equity, adjusted net interest income, adjusted net interest margin, efficiency ratio, adjusted efficiency ratio, tangible book value per common share, tangible common equity, tangible common equity to tangible assets, core loans, core loans to portfolio loans, core deposits, core deposits to total deposits, and core loans to core deposits—facilitate the assessment of its financial results and peer comparability. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures is included in tabular form at the end of this release.

Community Banking
First Busey’s goal of being a strong community bank begins with outstanding associates. The Company is humbled to be named among the 2021 Best Banks to Work For by American Banker, the 2021 Best Places to Work in Money Management by Pensions and Investments, the 2022 Best Places to Work in Illinois by Daily Herald Business Ledger and the 2021 Best Companies to Work For in Florida by Florida Trend magazine.

As we continue growing forward, we are grateful for the opportunities to consistently earn the business of our customers, based on the contributions of our talented associates and the loyal support of our shareholders.

/s/ Van A. Dukeman
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
First Busey Corporation

                                 
SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (unaudited)
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
                                 
    As of and for the  
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,  
       2022      2021      2021      2021      2021     
EARNINGS & PER SHARE AMOUNTS                                
Net income   $ 28,439   $ 29,926   $ 25,941   $ 29,766   $ 37,816  
Diluted earnings per share     0.51     0.53     0.46     0.53     0.69  
Cash dividends paid per share     0.23     0.23     0.23     0.23     0.23  
Pre-provision net revenue 1, 2     36,066     33,954     30,470     34,030     40,198  
Revenue 3     106,442     105,123     103,957     96,655     94,697  
                                 
Net income by operating segments:                                
Banking     26,450     27,955     25,124     29,237     35,528  
FirsTech     550     313     384     401     429  
Wealth Management     5,840     4,285     4,718     4,885     4,682  
                                 
AVERAGE BALANCES                                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 687,455   $ 857,694   $ 1,009,750   $ 647,465   $ 536,457  
Investment securities     3,970,356     4,087,813     3,721,740     3,031,250     2,561,680  
Loans held for sale     11,930     18,073     15,589     22,393     31,373  
Portfolio loans     7,160,837     7,113,963     7,133,108     6,889,551     6,736,664  
Interest-earning assets     11,703,947     11,947,653     11,730,637     10,448,417     9,752,294  
Total assets     12,660,939     12,895,049     12,697,795     11,398,655     10,594,245  
                                 
Noninterest bearing deposits     3,589,952     3,531,345     3,365,823     2,970,890     2,688,845  
Interest-bearing deposits     7,027,486     7,276,237     7,253,242     6,432,336     6,033,613  
Total deposits     10,617,438     10,807,582     10,619,065     9,403,226     8,722,458  
                                 
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase and federal funds purchased     271,095     262,004     221,813     204,417     184,694  
Interest-bearing liabilities     7,654,661     7,898,627     7,842,805     6,966,046     6,521,195  
Total liabilities     11,379,404     11,566,357     11,346,379     10,055,884     9,318,551  
Stockholders' equity - common     1,281,535     1,328,692     1,351,416     1,342,771     1,275,694  
Average tangible common equity 2     906,724     950,867     970,531     974,062     913,001  
                                 
PERFORMANCE RATIOS                                
Pre-provision net revenue to average assets 1, 2     1.16 %   1.04 %   0.95 %   1.20 %   1.54 %
Return on average assets     0.91 %   0.92 %   0.81 %   1.05 %   1.45 %
Return on average common equity     9.00 %   8.94 %   7.62 %   8.89 %   12.02 %
Return on average tangible common equity 2     12.72 %   12.49 %   10.60 %   12.26 %   16.80 %
Net interest margin 2, 4     2.45 %   2.36 %   2.41 %   2.50 %   2.72 %
Efficiency ratio 2     62.97 %   64.42 %   67.27 %   61.68 %   54.67 %
Noninterest revenue as a % of total revenues 3     34.18 %   32.93 %   31.94 %   33.22 %   31.47 %
                                 
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION                          
Adjusted pre-provision net revenue 1, 2   $ 39,354   $ 41,144   $ 39,409   $ 37,486   $ 42,753  
Adjusted net income 2     29,104     34,277     32,845     31,921     38,065  
Adjusted diluted earnings per share 2     0.52     0.61     0.58     0.57     0.69  
Adjusted pre-provision net revenue to average assets 2     1.26 %   1.27 %   1.23 %   1.32 %   1.64 %
Adjusted return on average assets 2     0.93 %   1.05 %   1.03 %   1.12 %   1.46 %
Adjusted return on average tangible common equity 2     13.02 %   14.30 %   13.43 %   13.14 %   16.91 %
Adjusted net interest margin 2, 4     2.41 %   2.31 %   2.35 %   2.43 %   2.63 %
Adjusted efficiency ratio 2     62.18 %   59.09 %   58.97 %   58.89 %   54.33 %
                                 
1 Net interest income plus noninterest income, excluding security gains and losses, less noninterest expense.
See “Non-GAAP Financial Information” for reconciliation.
Revenue consists of net interest income plus noninterest income, excluding security gains and losses.
On a tax-equivalent basis, assuming a federal income tax rate of 21%.

 

                               
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
                               
    March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,
       2022        2021        2021        2021        2021  
ASSETS                              
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 479,228     $ 836,095     $ 883,845     $ 920,810     $ 404,802  
Investment securities     3,941,656       3,994,822       4,010,256       3,478,467       2,804,101  
                               
Loans held for sale     6,765       23,875       20,225       17,834       38,272  
                               
Commercial loans     5,486,817       5,449,689       5,431,342       5,475,461       5,402,970  
Retail real estate and retail other loans     1,786,056       1,739,309       1,719,293       1,710,189       1,376,330  
Portfolio loans     7,272,873       7,188,998       7,150,635       7,185,650       6,779,300  
                               
Allowance for credit losses     (88,213 )     (87,887 )     (92,802 )     (95,410 )     (93,943 )
Premises and equipment     133,658       136,147       142,031       145,437       132,669  
Goodwill and other intangibles     372,913       375,924       378,891       381,795       361,120  
Right of use asset     9,014       10,533       11,068       8,228       7,333  
Other assets     439,615       381,182       395,181       372,638       325,909  
Total assets   $ 12,567,509     $ 12,859,689     $ 12,899,330     $ 12,415,449     $ 10,759,563  
                               
LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                              
Noninterest bearing deposits   $ 3,568,651     $ 3,670,267     $ 3,453,906     $ 3,186,650     $ 2,859,492  
Interest checking, savings, and money market deposits     6,132,355       6,162,661       6,337,026       6,034,871       4,991,887  
Time deposits     890,830       935,649       1,026,935       1,115,596       1,022,468  
Total deposits   $ 10,591,836     $ 10,768,577     $ 10,817,867     $ 10,337,117     $ 8,873,847  
                               
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase   $ 255,668     $ 270,139     $ 241,242     $ 207,266     $ 210,132  
Short-term borrowings     17,683       17,678       17,673       30,168       4,663  
Long-term debt     265,769       268,773       271,780       274,788       226,797  
Junior subordinated debt owed to unconsolidated trusts     71,678       71,635       71,593       71,551       71,509  
Lease liability     9,067       10,591       11,120       8,280       7,380  
Other liabilities     137,783       133,184       134,979       140,588       99,413  
Total liabilities   $ 11,349,484     $ 11,540,577     $ 11,566,254     $ 11,069,758     $ 9,493,741  
Total stockholders' equity   $ 1,218,025     $ 1,319,112     $ 1,333,076     $ 1,345,691     $ 1,265,822  
Total liabilities & stockholders' equity   $ 12,567,509     $ 12,859,689     $ 12,899,330     $ 12,415,449     $ 10,759,563  
                               
SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS                              
Book value per common share   $ 22.03     $ 23.80     $ 23.88     $ 23.89     $ 23.29  
Tangible book value per common share 1   $ 15.29     $ 17.01     $ 17.09     $ 17.11     $ 16.65  
Ending number of common shares outstanding     55,278,785       55,434,910       55,826,984       56,330,616       54,345,379  
                               
1 See "Non-GAAP Financial Information" for reconciliation.

 

                     
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
                     
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,   December 31,   March 31,  
       2022        2021        2021    
INTEREST INCOME                    
Interest and fees on loans held for sale and portfolio   $ 60,882     $ 62,965     $ 62,565    
Interest on investment securities     14,932       13,658       9,616    
Other interest income     277       294       150    
Total interest income   $ 76,091     $ 76,917     $ 72,331    
                     
INTEREST EXPENSE                    
Interest on deposits   $ 2,124     $ 2,497     $ 3,732    
Interest on securities sold under agreements to repurchase and federal funds purchased     59       50       57    
Interest on short-term borrowings     89       84       19    
Interest on long-term debt     3,109       3,123       2,905    
Junior subordinated debt owed to unconsolidated trusts     654       655       725    
Total interest expense   $ 6,035     $ 6,409     $ 7,438    
                     
Net interest income   $ 70,056     $ 70,508     $ 64,893    
Provision for credit losses     (253 )     (4,736 )     (6,796 )  
Net interest income after provision for credit losses   $ 70,309     $ 75,244     $ 71,689    
                     
NONINTEREST INCOME                    
Wealth management fees   $ 15,779     $ 13,751     $ 12,584    
Fees for customer services     8,907       9,668       8,037    
Payment technology solutions     5,077       4,576       4,621    
Mortgage revenue     975       1,086       2,666    
Income on bank owned life insurance     884       1,727       964    
Net security gains (losses)     (614 )     474       1,641    
Other     4,764       3,807       932    
Total noninterest income   $ 35,772     $ 35,089     $ 31,445    
                     
NONINTEREST EXPENSE                    
Salaries, wages, and employee benefits   $ 39,354     $ 38,090     $ 30,384    
Data processing expense     4,978       4,981       4,280    
Net occupancy expense     5,067       4,740       4,563    
Furniture and equipment expense     2,030       2,001       2,026    
Professional fees     1,507       1,932       1,945    
Amortization of intangible assets     3,011       3,074       2,401    
Interchange expense     1,545       1,432       1,484    
Other operating expenses     12,884       14,919       7,416    
Total noninterest expense   $ 70,376     $ 71,169     $ 54,499    
                     
Income before income taxes   $ 35,705     $ 39,164     $ 48,635    
Income taxes     7,266       9,238       10,819    
Net income   $ 28,439     $ 29,926     $ 37,816    
                     
SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS                    
Basic earnings per common share   $ 0.51     $ 0.54     $ 0.69    
Fully-diluted earnings per common share   $ 0.51     $ 0.53     $ 0.69    
Average common shares outstanding     55,427,696       55,705,169       54,471,860    
Diluted average common shares outstanding     56,194,946       56,413,026       55,035,806    
                           

Balance Sheet Growth

Our balance sheet remains a source of strength. Total assets were $12.57 billion at March 31, 2022, compared to $12.86 billion at December 31, 2021, and $10.76 billion at March 31, 2021. At March 31, 2022, portfolio loans were $7.27 billion, compared to $7.19 billion as of December 31, 2021, and $6.78 billion as of March 31, 2021. Amortized costs of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $31.8 million, $75.0 million, and $522.1 million are included in the March 31, 2022, December 31, 2021, and March 31, 2021, portfolio loan balances, respectively. During the first quarter of 2022, Busey Bank experienced another strong quarter of core loan1 growth of $127.1 million, consisting of growth in commercial balances3 of $80.3 million and growth in retail real estate and retail other balances of $46.8 million. Growth was principally driven by our Northern Illinois, Central Illinois, and Florida regions. Historically, the Company has experienced slower loan growth during the first quarter as compared to other quarters of the year.

Average portfolio loans were $7.16 billion for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $7.11 billion for the fourth quarter of 2021 and $6.74 billion for the first quarter of 2021. The average balance of PPP loans for the first quarter of 2022 was $51.5 million, compared to $123.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 and $482.5 million for the first quarter of 2021. Average interest-earning assets for the first quarter of 2022 were $11.70 billion, compared to $11.95 billion for the fourth quarter of 2021, and $9.75 billion for the first quarter of 2021.

Total deposits were $10.59 billion at March 31, 2022, compared to $10.77 billion at December 31, 2021, and $8.87 billion at March 31, 2021. Fluctuations in deposit balances can be attributed to the retention of PPP loan funding in customer deposit accounts, the impacts of economic stimulus, other core deposit1 growth, and the seasonality of public funds. The Company remains funded substantially through core deposits1 with significant market share in its primary markets. Core deposits1 accounted for 98.7% of total deposits as of March 31, 2022. Cost of deposits declined to 0.08% in the first quarter of 2022, a one basis point reduction compared to December 31, 2021. Excluding time deposits, the Company’s cost of deposits was 0.04% in the first quarter of 2022.

During the first quarter of 2022 a portion of the investment portfolio comprised of commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities were transferred from available for sale (AFS) to held to maturity (HTM). At March 31, 2022, the amortized cost of the securities in HTM were $976.1 million. As a result of the transfer the overall duration of the AFS portfolio at March 31, 2022, was reduced by 0.4 years.

Net Interest Margin 1 and Net Interest Income

Net interest margin1 for the first quarter of 2022 was 2.45%, compared to 2.36% for the fourth quarter of 2021 and 2.72% for the first quarter of 2021. Excluding purchase accretion, adjusted net interest margin1 was 2.41% for the first quarter of 2022, compared to 2.31% in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 2.63% in the first quarter of 2021.  Net interest income was $70.1 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $70.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $64.9 million in the first quarter of 2021.  Tax equivalent net interest income1 excluding PPP net fee contribution was $69.3 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $67.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, and $60.7 in the first quarter of 2021.

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised rates during the first quarter of 2022, for the first time in three years, which is expected to have a positive impact on net interest margin1, as assets, in particular commercial loans, reprice more quickly and to a greater extent than liabilities. Given the timing of the FOMC meeting in March, the benefit of the associated movement in rates to our net interest margin will be largely realized in subsequent quarters. In general, net interest margins1 have been impacted over the last two years by PPP loans, significant growth in the Company’s liquidity position, and the issuance of debt. Factors contributing to the nine basis point increase in net interest margin during the first quarter of 2022 include:

  • Loan growth and higher new volume and repricing rates which contributed +6 basis points
  • Increases in the securities portfolio yield which contributed +6 basis points
  • Net interest income contributions from cash flow hedges which contributed +3 basis points
  • Funding cost improvements which contributed +1 basis point
  • Reduced volume of PPP loan forgiveness which contributed -6 basis points
  • Reduced recognition of purchase accounting accretion which contributed -1 basis point

Asset Quality

Credit quality continues to be exceptionally strong. Loans 30-89 days past due declined to $3.9 million as of March 31, 2022, compared to $6.3 million as of December 31, 2021, and $9.9 million as of March 31, 2021. Non-performing loans totaled $12.7 million as of March 31, 2022, compared to $16.9 million as of December 31, 2021, and $22.9 million as of March 31, 2021. Continued disciplined credit management resulted in non-performing loans as a percentage of total loans of 0.17% at March 31, 2022, compared to 0.23% as of December 31, 2021, and 0.34% as of March 31, 2021. Excluding the amortized cost of PPP loans, non-performing loans as a percentage of total loans was 0.18% at March 31, 2022, compared to 0.24% at December 31, 2021, and 0.37% at March 31, 2021. Non-performing assets were 0.13% of total assets at the end of the first quarter of 2022, compared to 0.17% at December 31, 2021 and 0.25% at March 31, 2021. Non-performing assets at March 31, 2022 included a $2.0 million OREO property, the sale of which closed subsequent to quarter-end, although the associated impairment was recognized in the first quarter of 2022.

Net recoveries totaled $0.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, compared to net charge-offs of $0.2 million and $0.3 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2021, and March 31, 2021, respectively. The allowance as a percentage of portfolio loans was 1.21% at March 31, 2022, compared to 1.22% at December 31, 2021, and 1.39% at March 31, 2021. Excluding the amortized cost of PPP loans, the allowance as a percentage of portfolio loans was 1.22% at March 31, 2022, compared to 1.24% at December 31, 2021, and 1.50% at March 31, 2021. The allowance as a percentage of non-performing loans was 695.41% at March 31, 2022, compared to 521.52% at December 31, 2021, and 411.04% at March 31, 2021.

The Company maintains a well-diversified loan portfolio and, as a matter of policy and practice, limits concentration exposure in any particular loan segment.

                                 
ASSET QUALITY (unaudited)
(dollars in thousands)
                                 
    As of and for the Three Months Ended  
    March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,  
       2022        2021        2021        2021        2021       
ASSET QUALITY                                
Portfolio loans   $ 7,272,873     $ 7,188,998     $ 7,150,635     $ 7,185,650     $ 6,779,300    
Portfolio loans excluding amortized cost of PPP loans     7,241,104       7,114,040       6,972,404       6,795,255       6,257,196    
Loans 30 – 89 days past due     3,916       6,261       6,446       3,888       9,929    
Non-performing loans:                                
Non-accrual loans     12,488       15,946       25,369       27,725       21,706    
Loans 90+ days past due and still accruing     197       906       491       590       1,149    
Non-performing loans   $ 12,685     $ 16,852     $ 25,860     $ 28,315     $ 22,855    
Non-performing loans, segregated by geography:                                
Illinois / Indiana   $ 6,467     $ 10,450     $ 17,824     $ 21,398     $ 15,457    
Missouri     5,263       5,349       6,736       5,645       6,170    
Florida     955       1,053       1,300       1,272       1,228    
Other non-performing assets     3,606       4,416       3,184       3,137       4,292    
Non-performing assets   $ 16,291     $ 21,268     $ 29,044     $ 31,452     $ 27,147    
                                 
Non-performing assets to total assets     0.13   %   0.17   %   0.23   %   0.25   %   0.25   %
Non-performing assets to portfolio loans and non-performing assets     0.22   %   0.30   %   0.41   %   0.44   %   0.40   %
Allowance for credit losses to portfolio loans     1.21   %   1.22   %   1.30   %   1.33   %   1.39   %
Allowance for credit losses to portfolio loans, excluding PPP     1.22   %   1.24   %   1.33   %   1.40   %   1.50   %
Allowance for credit losses as a percentage of non-performing loans     695.41   %   521.52   %   358.86   %   336.96   %   411.04   %
Net charge-offs (recoveries)   $ (579 )   $ 179     $ 739     $ 1,011     $ 309    
Provision     (253 )     (4,736 )     (1,869 )     (1,700 )     (6,796 )  
                                           

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income increased to $35.8 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $35.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 and $31.4 million for the first quarter of 2021. Revenues from wealth management fees and payment technology solutions activities represented 58.3% of the Company’s noninterest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, providing a balance to spread-based revenue from traditional banking activities. On a combined basis, revenue from these two critical operating areas increased by 21.2% compared to the first quarter of 2021.

Wealth management fees were $15.8 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $13.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 and $12.6 million for the first quarter of 2021, a 25.4% increase from the comparable period in 2021. Net income from the Wealth Management segment was $5.8 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $4.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, and $4.7 million in the first quarter of 2021, a 24.7% increase from the comparable period in 2021. First Busey’s Wealth Management division ended the first quarter of 2022 with $12.33 billion in assets under care, a decrease from $12.73 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021 principally due to a reduction in market valuations, and a 15.3% increase from $10.69 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2021, comprised of organic and market related growth, as well as increases resulting from the acquisition of CAC.

Payment technology solutions revenue from FirsTech was $5.1 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $4.6 million for both the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2021. Excluding intracompany eliminations and consolidations, FirsTech generated revenue of $5.4 million during the first quarter of 2022, compared to $4.9 million during both the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2021. The FirsTech operating segment generated net income of $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2022, an increase from $0.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2021. The Company is currently making strategic investments in FirsTech to further enhance future growth including further upgrades to the product and engineering teams to build an application programming interface (API) first cloud-based platform to provide for fully integrated payment capabilities as well as the continued development of our Banking as a Service (BaaS) platform.

Fees for customer services were $8.9 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $9.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $8.0 million in the first quarter of 2021, a 10.8% increase from the comparable period in 2021.

Mortgage revenue was $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2022, a decrease from $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2021. Sold-loan mortgage volume declined in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same quarter in 2021 due to a higher share of portfolio loan production in 2022.

Other noninterest income was $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2022, an increase from $3.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $0.9 million in the first quarter of 2021. Other noninterest income benefited from higher income recognized on venture capital investments and gains on disposal of fixed assets, partially offset by lower swap fees and SBA loan sale gains recorded during the first quarter of 2022.

Operating Efficiency

Noninterest expense was $70.4 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $71.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $54.5 million in the first quarter of 2021. Noninterest expense excluding non-operating adjustments1 was $69.5 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $65.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $54.2 million in the first quarter of 2021. As a result, the efficiency ratio was1 62.97% for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, compared to 64.42% for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, and 54.67% for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. The adjusted efficiency ratio1 was 62.18%, 59.09%, and 54.33% for the quarters ended March 31, 2022, December 31, 2021, and March 31, 2021, respectively. The Company remains focused on expense discipline, while making necessary investments to support the organic growth of our key business lines and related support and risk management functions.

Noteworthy components of noninterest expense are as follows:

  • Salaries, wages, and employee benefits were $39.4 million in the first quarter of 2022, an increase from $38.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, and $30.4 million in the first quarter of 2021. Total full-time equivalents numbered 1,465 at March 31, 2022, compared to 1,463 at December 31, 2021, and 1,332 at March 31, 2021. The Company recorded $0.6 million of non-operating salaries, wages, and employee benefit expenses in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. There was no non-operating salaries, wages, and employee benefit expense recorded in the first quarter of 2021.

  • Data processing expense was $5.0 million in the first quarter of 2022, steady with the fourth quarter of 2021, and an increase from $4.3 million in the first quarter of 2021. The Company recorded $0.2 million of non-operating data processing expenses in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and an immaterial amount in the first quarter of 2021. Non-operating data processing costs related to the integration of GSB.

  • Professional fees were $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2022, a decrease from $1.9 million in both the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2021. The Company recorded an immaterial amount of non-operating professional fees in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $0.3 million in the first quarter of 2021.

  • Amortization expense was $3.0 million in the first quarter of 2022, a decrease from $3.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and an increase from $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2021. The year-over-year increase is attributable to the acquisition of GSB, completed in the second quarter of 2021.

  • Other operating expenses were $12.9 million for the first quarter of 2022, a decrease from $14.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, and an increase from $7.4 million in the first quarter of 2021. We realized a $0.6 million impairment on OREO during the first quarter of 2022. The Company recorded an immaterial amount of non-operating expenses within the other operating expense line in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and an immaterial amount in the first quarter of 2021. Other operating expense fluctuations primarily relate to the provision for unfunded commitments which was $1.1 million for the first quarter of 2022, amortization of New Markets Tax Credits which was $1.3 million for the first quarter of 2022, regulatory costs, and business development expenses.

Capital Strength

The Company's strong capital levels, coupled with its earnings, have allowed First Busey to provide a steady return to its stockholders through dividends. The Company will pay a cash dividend on April 29, 2022, of $0.23 per common share to stockholders of record as of April 22, 2022. The Company has consistently paid dividends to its common stockholders since the bank holding company was organized in 1980.

As of March 31, 2022, the Company continued to exceed the capital adequacy requirements necessary to be considered “well-capitalized” under applicable regulatory guidelines. The Company’s Common Equity Tier 1 ratio is estimated to be 11.89% at March 31, 20224, compared to 11.85% at December 31, 2021, and 12.83% at March 31, 2021. The Company’s tangible common equity1 was $855.6 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $959.4 million at December 31, 2021, and $918.6 million at March 31, 2021. Tangible common equity1 represented 7.01% of tangible assets at March 31, 2022, compared to 7.68% at December 31, 2021, and 8.82% at March 31, 2021. The reduction in tangible common equity for the first quarter of 2022 was primarily driven by movement in interest rates and the resulting impact on accumulated other comprehensive income (loss).

During the first quarter of 2022, the Company purchased 188,614 shares of its common stock at a weighted average price of $27.68 per share for a total of $5.2 million under the Company’s stock repurchase plan. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had 347,210 shares remaining on its stock repurchase plan available for repurchase.

1Q22 Quarterly Earnings Supplement

For additional information on the Company’s financial condition and operating results, please refer to the 1Q22 Quarterly Earnings Supplement presentation furnished via Form 8-K on April 26, 2022, in connection with this earnings release.

Corporate Profile

As of March 31, 2022, First Busey Corporation (Nasdaq: BUSE) was a $12.57 billion financial holding company headquartered in Champaign, Illinois.

Busey Bank, a wholly-owned bank subsidiary of First Busey Corporation, had total assets of $12.54 billion as of March 31, 2022, and is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. Busey Bank currently has 46 banking centers serving Illinois, eight banking centers serving Missouri, three banking centers serving southwest Florida, and one banking center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Busey Bank’s wholly-owned subsidiary, FirsTech, is a payments platform specializing in the evolving financial technology needs of small and medium-sized businesses, highly regulated enterprise industries, and financial institutions. With associates across the United States, FirsTech provides comprehensive and innovative payment technology solutions that enable businesses to connect with their customers in a multitude of ways on a single, highly configurable, secure platform. Fast, secure payment modes include, but are not limited to, text-based payments; electronic payments concentration delivered to Automated Clearing House networks; internet voice recognition (IVR); credit cards; in-store payments for customers at retail pay agents; direct debit services; and lockbox remittance processing for customers to make payments by mail. Once these payments are processed through integration with our customers’ financial systems, FirsTech provides its customers with reconciliation and settlement services to ensure payment confirmation. Additionally, FirsTech provides consulting and technology services through its Professional Services Division, assisting clients in identifying and implementing payment technologies to meet their evolving needs. FirsTech launched its innovative BaaS platform at the beginning of 2022, helping community banks and their commercial customers build modernized payment solutions, which include online payment technologies and automated file transfers. More information about FirsTech can be found at firstechpayments.com.

Through the Company’s Wealth Management division, the Company provides asset management, investment, and fiduciary services to individuals, businesses, and foundations. As of March 31, 2022, assets under care were $12.33 billion.

Busey Bank has been named among America’s Best Banks for 2022, a first-ever recognition by Forbes magazine. Ranked 52nd overall, Busey was the top-ranked bank headquartered in Illinois; only three other Illinois-based banks were included on the list. We are honored to be consistently recognized nationally and locally for our engaged culture of integrity and commitment to community development.

For more information about us, visit busey.com.

Category: Financial
Source: First Busey Corporation

Contacts:

Jeffrey D. Jones, Chief Financial Officer
217-365-4130

Ted Rosinus, EVP Investor Relations & Corporate Development
847-832-0392

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This earnings release contains certain financial information determined by methods other than GAAP. Management uses these non-GAAP measures, together with the related GAAP measures, in analysis of the Company’s performance and in making business decisions, as well as for comparison to the Company’s peers. The Company believes the adjusted measures are useful for investors and management to understand the effects of certain non-recurring noninterest items and provide additional perspective on the Company’s performance over time.

A reconciliation to what management believes to be the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures—specifically, net interest income, total noninterest income, net security gains and losses, and total noninterest expense in the case of pre-provision net revenue, adjusted pre-provision net revenue, pre-provision net revenue to average assets, and adjusted pre-provision net revenue to average assets; net income in the case of adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted return on average assets, return on average tangible common equity, and adjusted return on average tangible common equity; net interest income in the case of adjusted net interest income and adjusted net interest margin; net interest income, total noninterest income, and total noninterest expense in the case of adjusted noninterest expense, core adjusted expense, efficiency ratio, adjusted efficiency ratio, and adjusted core efficiency ratio; total stockholders’ equity in the case of tangible book value per common share; total assets and total stockholders’ equity in the case of tangible common equity and tangible common equity to tangible assets; portfolio loans in the case of core loans and core loans to portfolio loans; total deposits in the case of core deposits and core deposits to total deposits; and portfolio loans and total deposits in the case of core loans to core deposits—appears below.

These non-GAAP disclosures have inherent limitations and are not audited. They should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating results reported in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies. Tax effected numbers included in these non-GAAP disclosures are based on estimated statutory rates or effective rates as appropriate.

                       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)
Pre-Provision Net Revenue, Adjusted Pre-Provision Net Revenue,

Pre-Provision Net Revenue to Average Assets, and Adjusted Pre-Provision Net Revenue to Average Assets
(dollars in thousands)
                       
      Three Months Ended  
      March 31,   December 31,   March 31,  
         2022        2021        2021       
PRE-PROVISION NET REVENUE                        
Net interest income     $ 70,056     $ 70,508     $ 64,893    
Total noninterest income       35,772       35,089       31,445    
Net security (gains) losses       614       (474 )     (1,641 )  
Total noninterest expense       (70,376 )     (71,169 )     (54,499 )  
Pre-provision net revenue       36,066       33,954       40,198    
Non-GAAP adjustments:                      
Acquisition and other restructuring expenses       835       5,641       320    
Provision for unfunded commitments       1,112       294       406    
Amortization of New Markets Tax Credit       1,341       1,255       1,829    
Adjusted pre-provision net revenue     $ 39,354     $ 41,144     $ 42,753    
                       
Pre-provision net revenue, annualized [a]   $ 146,268     $ 134,709     $ 163,025    
Adjusted pre-provision net revenue, annualized [b]   $ 159,602     $ 163,234     $ 173,387    
Average total assets [c]   $ 12,660,939     $ 12,895,049     $ 10,594,245    
                       
Reported: Pre-provision net revenue to average assets 1 [a÷c]     1.16   %   1.04   %   1.54   %
Adjusted: Pre-provision net revenue to average assets 1 [b÷c]     1.26   %   1.27   %   1.64   %
                       
1 Annualized measure.                      

 

                       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)
Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share, Adjusted Return on Average Assets,

Return on Average Tangible Common Equity, and Adjusted Return on Average Tangible Common Equity
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
                       
      Three Months Ended  
      March 31,   December 31,   March 31,  
         2022        2021        2021       
NET INCOME ADJUSTED FOR NON-OPERATING ITEMS                      
Net income [a]   $ 28,439     $ 29,926     $ 37,816    
Non-GAAP adjustments:                      
Acquisition expenses:                      
Salaries, wages, and employee benefits       587       1,760          
Data processing       214       143       7    
Professional fees, occupancy, and other       34       290       313    
Other restructuring expenses:                      
Salaries, wages, and employee benefits             215          
Lease or fixed asset impairment             3,227          
Professional fees, occupancy, and other             6          
Related tax benefit       (170 )     (1,290 )     (71 )  
Adjusted net income [b]   $ 29,104     $ 34,277     $ 38,065    
                       
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE                      
Dilutive average common shares outstanding [c]     56,194,946       56,413,026       55,035,806    
                       
Reported: Diluted earnings per share [a÷c]   $ 0.51     $ 0.53     $ 0.69    
Adjusted: Diluted earnings per share [b÷c]   $ 0.52     $ 0.61     $ 0.69    
                       
RETURN ON AVERAGE ASSETS                      
Net income, annualized [d]   $ 115,336     $ 118,728     $ 153,365    
Adjusted net income, annualized [e]   $ 118,033     $ 135,990     $ 154,375    
Average total assets [f]   $ 12,660,939     $ 12,895,049     $ 10,594,245    
                       
Reported: Return on average assets 1 [d÷f]     0.91   %   0.92   %   1.45   %
Adjusted: Return on average assets 1 [e÷f]     0.93   %   1.05   %   1.46   %
                       
RETURN ON AVERAGE TANGIBLE COMMON EQUITY                      
Average common equity     $ 1,281,535     $ 1,328,692     $ 1,275,694    
Average goodwill and other intangible assets, net       (374,811 )     (377,825 )     (362,693 )  
Average tangible common equity [g]   $ 906,724     $ 950,867     $ 913,001    
                       
Reported: Return on average tangible common equity 1 [d÷g]     12.72   %   12.49   %   16.80   %
Adjusted: Return on average tangible common equity 1 [e÷g]     13.02   %   14.30   %   16.91   %
                       
1 Annualized measure.                      

 

                       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)
Adjusted Net Interest Margin
(dollars in thousands)
                       
      Three Months Ended  
      March 31,   December 31,   March 31,  
         2022        2021        2021       
Net interest income     $ 70,056     $ 70,508     $ 64,893    
Non-GAAP adjustments:                      
Tax-equivalent adjustment       546       577       601    
Tax equivalent net interest income       70,602       71,085       65,494    
Purchase accounting accretion related to business combinations       (1,159 )     (1,469 )     (2,157 )  
Adjusted net interest income     $ 69,443     $ 69,616     $ 63,337    
                       
Tax equivalent net interest income, annualized [a]   $ 286,330     $ 282,022     $ 265,615    
Adjusted net interest income, annualized [b]   $ 281,630     $ 276,194     $ 256,867    
Average interest-earning assets [c]   $ 11,703,947     $ 11,947,653     $ 9,752,294    
                       
Reported: Net interest margin 1 [a÷c]     2.45   %   2.36   %   2.72   %
Adjusted: Net interest margin 1 [b÷c]     2.41   %   2.31   %   2.63   %
                       
1 Annualized measure.                      

 

                       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)
Adjusted Noninterest Expense, Core Adjusted Expense, Efficiency Ratio, Adjusted Efficiency Ratio, and Adjusted Core Efficiency Ratio
(dollars in thousands)
                       
      Three Months Ended  
      March 31,   December 31,   March 31,  
         2022        2021        2021       
Net interest income     $ 70,056     $ 70,508     $ 64,893    
Non-GAAP adjustments:                      
Tax-equivalent adjustment       546       577       601    
Tax equivalent net interest income       70,602       71,085       65,494    
                       
Total noninterest income       35,772       35,089       31,445    
Non-GAAP adjustments:                      
Net security (gains) losses       614       (474 )     (1,641 )  
Noninterest income excluding net security gains and losses       36,386       34,615       29,804    
                       
Tax equivalent net interest income plus noninterest income excluding net security gains and losses [a]   $ 106,988     $ 105,700     $ 95,298    
                       
Total noninterest expense     $ 70,376     $ 71,169     $ 54,499    
Non-GAAP adjustments:                      
Amortization of intangible assets [b]     (3,011 )     (3,074 )     (2,401 )  
Non-interest expense excluding amortization of intangible assets [c]     67,365       68,095       52,098    
Non-operating adjustments:                      
Salaries, wages, and employee benefits       (587 )     (1,975 )        
Data processing       (214 )     (143 )     (7 )  
Impairment, professional fees, occupancy, and other       (34 )     (3,523 )     (313 )  
Adjusted noninterest expense [d]     66,530       62,454     $ 51,778    
Provision for unfunded commitments       (1,112 )     (294 )     (406 )  
Amortization of New Markets Tax Credit       (1,341 )     (1,255 )     (1,829 )  
Core adjusted expense [e]   $ 64,077     $ 60,905     $ 49,543    
                       
Noninterest expense, excluding non-operating adjustments [d-b]   $ 69,541     $ 65,528     $ 54,179    
                       
Reported: Efficiency ratio [c÷a]     62.97   %   64.42   %   54.67   %
Adjusted: Efficiency ratio [d÷a]     62.18   %   59.09   %   54.33   %
Adjusted: Core efficiency ratio [e÷a]     59.89   %   57.62   %   51.99   %

 

                       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)
Tangible Book Value Per Common Share
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
                       
      As of
      March 31,   December 31,   March 31,  
         2022        2021        2021       
Total stockholders’ equity     $ 1,218,025     $ 1,319,112     $ 1,265,822    
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net       (372,913 )     (375,924 )     (361,120 )  
Tangible book value [a]   $ 845,112     $ 943,188     $ 904,702    
                       
Ending number of common shares outstanding [b]     55,278,785       55,434,910       54,345,379    
                       
Tangible book value per common share [a÷b]   $ 15.29     $ 17.01     $ 16.65    

 

                       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)
Tangible Common Equity and Tangible Common Equity to Tangible Assets
(dollars in thousands)
                       
      As of  
      March 31,   December 31,   March 31,  
         2022        2021        2021       
Total assets     $ 12,567,509     $ 12,859,689     $ 10,759,563    
Non-GAAP adjustments:                      
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net       (372,913 )     (375,924 )     (361,120 )  
Tax effect of other intangible assets 1       10,456       16,254       13,883    
Tangible assets [a]   $ 12,205,052     $ 12,500,019     $ 10,412,326    
                       
Total stockholders’ equity     $ 1,218,025     $ 1,319,112     $ 1,265,822    
Non-GAAP adjustments:                      
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net       (372,913 )     (375,924 )     (361,120 )  
Tax effect of other intangible assets 1       10,456       16,254       13,883    
Tangible common equity [b]   $ 855,568     $ 959,442     $ 918,585    
                       
Tangible common equity to tangible assets 2 [b÷a]     7.01   %   7.68   %   8.82   %
                       
1 Net of estimated deferred tax liability.                      
2 Tax-effected measure.                      

 

                       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)
Core Loans, Core Loans to Portfolio Loans,

Core Deposits, Core Deposits to Total Deposits, and Core Loans to Core Deposits
 
(dollars in thousands)  
                       
      As of  
      March 31,   December 31,   March 31,  
         2022        2021        2021       
Portfolio loans [a]   $ 7,272,873     $ 7,188,998     $ 6,779,300    
Non-GAAP adjustments:                      
PPP Loans amortized cost       (31,769 )     (74,958 )     (522,104 )  
Core loans [b]   $ 7,241,104     $ 7,114,040     $ 6,257,196    
                       
Total deposits [c]   $ 10,591,836     $ 10,768,577     $ 8,873,847    
Non-GAAP adjustments:                      
Brokered transaction accounts       (2,002 )     (2,248 )     (2,699 )  
Time deposits of $250,000 or more       (139,245 )     (137,449 )     (155,401 )  
Core deposits [d]   $ 10,450,589     $ 10,628,880     $ 8,715,747    
                       
RATIOS                      
Core loans to portfolio loans [b÷a]     99.56   %   98.96   %   92.30   %
Core deposits to total deposits [d÷c]     98.67   %   98.70   %   98.22   %
Core loans to core deposits [b÷d]     69.29   %   66.93   %   71.79   %
                             

Special Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this document, other than those concerning historical financial information, may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance, and business of the Company.  Forward-looking statements, which may be based upon beliefs, expectations, and assumptions of the Company’s management, and on information currently available to management, are generally identifiable by the use of words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” or other similar expressions.   Additionally, all statements in this document, including forward-looking statements, speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any statement in light of new information or future events.   A number of factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict, could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the Company’s forward-looking statements.  These factors include, among others, the following: (i) the strength of the local, state, national, and international economy (including effects of inflationary pressures and supply chain constraints); (ii) the economic impact of any future terrorist threats or attacks, widespread disease or pandemics (including the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic), or other adverse external events that could cause economic deterioration or instability in credit markets (including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine); (iii) changes in state and federal laws, regulations, and governmental policies concerning the Company’s general business; (iv) changes in accounting policies and practices; (v) changes in interest rates and prepayment rates of the Company’s assets (including the impact of The London Inter-bank Offered Rate phase-out); (vi) increased competition in the financial services sector and the inability to attract new customers; (vii) changes in technology and the ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems; (viii) the loss of key executives or associates; (ix) changes in consumer spending; (x) unexpected results of current and/or future acquisitions, which may include failure to realize the anticipated benefits of any acquisition and the possibility that transaction costs may be greater than anticipated; (xi) unexpected outcomes of existing or new litigation involving the Company; and (xii) the economic impact of exceptional weather occurrences such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and blizzards.   These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements.  Additional information concerning the Company and its business, including additional factors that could materially affect its financial results, is included in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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1 See “Non-GAAP Financial Information” for reconciliation.
2 Revenue from the Company’s subsidiary, FirsTech, Inc. (FirsTech), excluding consolidations and eliminations.
3 Commercial balances include commercial, commercial real estate, and real estate construction loans.
4 The Common Equity Tier 1 Capital ratio is not yet finalized for the first quarter of 2022, and is subject to change.


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