Texas Capital Bancshares Inc. (TCBI - Free Report) reported a positive earnings surprise of 19.4% in first-quarter 2019. Earnings per share of $1.60 comfortably surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.34. Further, the bottom line compares favorably with the prior-year quarter figure of $1.38.
Results benefited from rise in revenues, and higher loans and deposit balances. However, higher provisions and expenses were undermining factors.
Net income for the first quarter available to common stockholders came in at $80.4 million compared with $69.5 million recorded in the prior-year quarter.
Revenues, Loans & Deposits Up, Costs Rise
Total revenues (net of interest expenses) jumped 15.4% year over year to $265.6 million in the first quarter. Furthermore, the revenue figure surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $253.8 million.
Texas Capital’s net interest income was $235.6 million, up 12% year over year. In addition, net interest margin expanded 2 basis points (bps) to 3.73% in the reported quarter. This resulted from improvement in loan yields and growth in average total loans, partially offset by higher interest bearing deposits and cost of deposits.
Non-interest income surged 50.5% year over year to $30 million. This upside primarily stemmed from net gain on sale of loans and rise in other non-interest income, partially offset by a decrease in servicing income.
Non-interest expenses flared up 10.6% year over year to $140.4 million. The upswing resulted from rise in salaries and employee benefits, marketing, legal and professional and communications and technology expenses, offset by a $2.2-million decline in allowance and other carrying costs for OREO.
As of Mar 31, 2019, total loans rose 17% year over year to $25.3 billion, while deposits climbed 10% to $20.7 billion.
Credit Quality: A Mixed Bag
Non-performing assets totaled 0.57% of the loan portfolio, plus other real estate owned assets, reflecting a year-over-year contraction of 8 bps. Total non-performing assets came in at $133.7 million, up marginally year over year.
Non-accrual loans were $133.7 million or 0.57% of total loans, as against $123.5 million or 0.60% recorded in the year-ago quarter.
Nevertheless, provisions for credit losses summed $20 million compared with $12 million witnessed in the year-ago quarter. The company’s net charge-offs decreased 11.9% from $5.2 million, on a year-over-year basis, to $4.6 million.
Capital and Profitability Ratios
As of Mar 31, 2019, return on average equity was 13.58% and return on average assets was 1.26% compared with 13.39% and 1.22%, respectively, recorded a year ago. Tangible common equity to total tangible assets came in at 8.5%, down from 8.6% reported in the year-earlier quarter.
Common equity Tier 1 ratio was 8.6% compared with 8.8% in the prior-year quarter. Leverage ratio was 10% compared with 9.9% as of Mar 31, 2018.
Stockholders’ equity was up 13.6% year over year to $2.6 billion as of Mar 31, 2019. The uptrend chiefly allied with the retention of net income.
Texas Capital’s improved top line and a solid balance sheet during the first quarter impress us. Moreover, improving economic situation will likely drive the company’s performance, moving ahead. Though improvement in margin remains a favorable factor, higher provisions will likely impede near-term profitability.
Currently, Texas Capital carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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Performance of Other Banks
Shares of First Horizon National Corporation (FHN - Free Report) have gained 2.9% post its first-quarter 2019 earnings release. The company reported first-quarter adjusted earnings per share of 35 cents, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Further,
the reported figure came in 2.9% higher than the year-ago tally.
Citigroup (C - Free Report) delivered a positive earnings surprise of 5.1% in the first quarter, backed by expense control. Earnings per share of $1.87 for the quarter handily outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.78. Also, earnings climbed 11% year
M&T Bank Corporation (MTB - Free Report) delivered a positive earnings surprise of 2.7% in first-quarter 2019, led by expansion of margins and improved cost management. Net operating earnings of $3.38 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.29. Also, the bottom line improved 50% year over year.
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