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First Horizon's Banking and Capital Markets Businesses Build Momentum in Third Quarter

Friday, October 19, 2012

First Horizon's Banking and Capital Markets Businesses Build Momentum in Third Quarter04:00 EDT Friday, October 19, 2012MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Third quarter saw continued solid performance and improved profitability from the regional banking and capital markets businesses at First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN). Revenues, loans, deposits and fixed income activity all were up in the third quarter, and the mortgage repurchase provision expense for the quarter was zero as expected. Third-quarter net income available to common shareholders was $26 million. Recently issued regulatory guidelines on consumer loans had a negative impact of $0.07 on earnings per share, which was $0.10 for the quarter. "Our employees continue to do a fantastic job building relationships with our customers, winning new business and working more efficiently, and that's reflected in the financial results for our core businesses," said Bryan Jordan, First Horizon chairman and CEO. "We're continuing to unwind our non-strategic businesses, simplify our processes and create new ways of connecting with our customers."Financial results Revenues, loans and deposits all were up in the third quarter. Higher loan balances resulted in improved net interest income and contributed to a 2 percent increase in total revenue from second to third quarter. Total consolidated average loans were up 3 percent year over year, and average loans in the C&I portfolio grew 15 percent from a year ago. First Tennessee remains the top bank in our West and East regions in Tennessee and gained 100 basis points of share in Middle Tennessee, according to recently released FDIC deposit data. Average total loans in the regional bank were up 12 percent from a year ago. Average core deposits in the regional bank increased 9 percent year over year. FTN Financial continues to be a major contributor to fee income and provides significant returns for First Horizon, with third quarter fixed income average daily revenue of $1.2 million, above second quarter's level. Consolidated expenses were down 18 percent year over year reflecting the zero mortgage repurchase expense for the third quarter and continued success with our efficiency initiatives. Recently issued regulatory guidelines on performing consumer loans led us to take an incremental loan loss provision with a negative per-share after-tax impact of $0.07. Our third quarter loan loss provision was $40 million, which included $30 million related to the implementation of regulatory guidance.Credit quality trends Consolidated net charge-offs for the third quarter were $79 million, a 25 percent improvement from last year, and included $40 million related to the recently issued regulatory guidance. Third quarter 2011's consolidated net charge-offs included $40 million from sales of non-performing assets. Non-performing assets for the third quarter were down 23 percent year over year to $450 million. Of that, $31 million was related to the recent regulatory guidance.Capital Capital ratios remain strong, well above well-capitalized levels. Shareholders received a dividend of $.01 per share on Oct. 1. We repurchased $15 million in stock in the second quarter, leaving $60 million available under our $200 million stock repurchase program.                FHN CONSOLIDATED SUMMARY RESULTS Quarterly, Unaudited              3Q12 Changes vs. (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)3Q12 2Q12 1Q12 4Q11 3Q11  2Q12   3Q11 Income Statement Highlights               Net interest income  $ 173,465  $ 172,675  $ 171,929  $ 178,877  $ 176,340 * (2)% Noninterest income  163,538  153,842  202,113  180,993  185,725 6% (12)% Securities gains/(losses), net --  5,065  328  203  35,162 NM NM Total revenue  337,003  331,582  374,370  360,073  397,227 2% (15)% Noninterest expense  263,169  527,177  321,994  312,036  322,708 (50)% (18)% Provision for loan losses  40,000  15,000  8,000  10,000  32,000 NM 25% Income/(loss) before income taxes  33,834  (210,595)  44,376  38,037  42,519 NM (20)% Provision/(benefit) for income taxes 5,260  (88,178)  10,570  (526)  8,367 NM (37)% Income/(loss) from continuing operations  28,574  (122,417)  33,806  38,563  34,152 NM (16)% Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax  108  487  (435)  (752)  4,828 (78)% (98)% Net income/(loss) 28,682  (121,930)  33,371  37,811  38,980 NM (26)% Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 2,875  2,844  2,844  2,871  2,875 1% * Net income/(loss) available to common shareholders $ 25,807  $ (124,774)  $ 30,527  $ 34,940  $ 36,105 NM (29)%Common Stock Data               Diluted EPS from continuing operations  $ 0.10  $ (0.50)  $ 0.12  $ 0.13  $ 0.12 NM (17)% Diluted EPS  $ 0.10  $ (0.50)  $ 0.12  $ 0.13  $ 0.14 NM (29)% Diluted shares (thousands)  248,306  249,104  255,369  260,372  262,803 * (6)% Period-end shares outstanding (thousands)  247,134  248,810  252,667  257,468  263,619 (1)% (6)% Cash dividends declared per share  $ 0.01  $ 0.01  $ 0.01  $ 0.01  $ 0.01    Balance Sheet Highlights (Period-End)               Total loans, net of unearned income (Restricted -- $ .1 billion) (a)  $ 16,523,783  $ 16,185,763  $ 15,971,330  $ 16,397,127  $ 16,241,402 2% 2% Total deposits 16,228,111  16,117,443  16,935,170  16,213,009  15,698,255 1% 3% Total assets (Restricted -- $ .1 billion) (a)  25,739,830  25,492,955  25,678,969  24,789,384  25,571,469 1% 1% Total liabilities (Restricted -- $ .1 billion) (a)  23,207,942  22,978,549  23,004,796  22,104,747  22,828,239 1% 2% Total equity  2,531,888  2,514,406  2,674,173  2,684,637  2,743,230 1% (8)%Asset Quality Highlights               Allowance for loan losses (Restricted -- $ 4.4 million) (a)  $ 281,744  $ 321,051  $ 346,016  $ 384,351  $ 449,645 (12)% (37)% Allowance / period-end loans1.71% 1.98% 2.17% 2.34% 2.77%     Net charge-offs (b) $ 79,307  $ 39,965  $ 46,335  $ 75,294  $ 106,446 98% (25)% Net charge-offs (annualized) / average loans (b)1.92% 1.01% 1.16% 1.84% 2.65%     Non-performing assets (NPA) $ 450,391  $ 466,873  $ 511,320  $ 521,161  $ 582,572 (4)% (23)% NPA % (c)2.15% 2.32% 2.56% 2.57% 3.02%    Key Ratios & Other              Return on average assets (annualized) (d)0.45% (1.96)% 0.53% 0.60% 0.62%     Return on average common equity (annualized) (e)4.59% (21.06)% 5.15% 5.69% 5.90%     Net interest margin (f) (g)3.15% 3.16% 3.12% 3.23% 3.23%     Fee income to total revenue (h)48.53% 47.12% 54.03% 50.29% 51.30%     Efficiency ratio (i)78.09% 161.45% 86.08% 86.71% 89.13%     Book value per common share $ 9.05  $ 8.92  $ 9.42  $ 9.28  $ 9.29     Tangible book value per common share (g) $ 8.41  $ 8.28  $ 8.78  $ 8.66  $ 8.68     Adjusted tangible common equity to risk weighted assets (g)10.03% 9.97% 10.88% 10.80% 11.09%     Market capitalization (millions) $ 2,379.9  $ 2,152.2  $ 2,622.7  $ 2,059.7  $ 1,571.2     Full time equivalent employees 4,585  4,619  4,629  4,718  4,812 (1)% (5)% NM - Not meaningful * Amount is less than one percent. (a) Restricted balances parenthetically presented are as of September 30, 2012. (b) 3Q 12 includes approximately $40 million of charge-offs associated with the implementation of new regulatory guidance. (c) NPAs related to the loan portfolio over period-end loans plus foreclosed real estate and other assets. (d) Calculated using net income. (e) Calculated using net income available to common shareholders. (f) Net interest margin is computed using total net interest income adjusted for FTE. (g) Refer to the Non-GAAP to GAAP Reconciliation. (h) Ratio excludes securities gains/(losses). (i) Noninterest expense divided by total revenue excluding securities gains/(losses).Use of non-GAAP measures Certain measures are included in this release that are non-GAAP, meaning they are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the U.S. FHN's management believes such measures are relevant to understanding the capital position and results of the company. The non-GAAP items presented in this release are per-share impact of certain charges, tangible book value per common share, adjusted tangible common equity to risk-weighted assets and net interest margin computed using net interest income adjusted for FTE. These measures are reported to FHN's management and board of directors through various internal reports. Additionally, disclosure of the non-GAAP capital ratios provides a meaningful base for comparability to other financial institutions as demonstrated by their use by the various banking regulators in reviewing the capital adequacy of financial institutions. Non-GAAP measures are not formally defined by GAAP or codified in the federal banking regulations, and other entities may use calculation methods that differ from those used by FHN. The reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures and presentation of the most comparable GAAP items can be found in this table:NON-GAAP to GAAP Reconciliation(Period End, Dollars in Thousands except per share data) (Unaudited)3Q12 2Q12 1Q12 4Q11 3Q11Tangible Common Equity (Non-GAAP)           (A) Total equity (GAAP)$ 2,531,888 $ 2,514,406 $ 2,674,173 $ 2,684,637 $ 2,743,230 Less: Noncontrolling interest (a) 295,165  295,165  295,165  295,165  295,165 (B) Total common equity 2,236,723  2,219,241  2,379,008  2,389,472  2,448,065 Less: Intangible assets (GAAP) (b) 157,921  158,901  159,880  159,902  160,902 (C) Tangible common equity (Non-GAAP)$ 2,078,802 $ 2,060,340 $ 2,219,128 $ 2,229,570 $ 2,287,163 Less: Unrealized gains on AFS securities, net of tax 63,923  63,679  67,077  67,069  79,358 (D) Adjusted tangible common equity (Non-GAAP) $ 2,014,879 $ 1,996,661 $ 2,152,051 $ 2,162,501 $ 2,207,805                        Period-end Shares Outstanding           (E) Period-end shares outstanding 247,134  248,810  252,667  257,468  263,619            Risk weighted assets           (F) Risk weighted assets (c) (d)$ 20,095,037 $ 20,022,430 $ 19,783,405 $ 20,026,412 $ 19,910,843            Ratios           (D)/(F) Adjusted tangible common equity to risk weighted assets ("TCE/RWA") (Non-GAAP) (c)10.03% 9.97% 10.88% 10.80% 11.09% (C)/(E) Tangible book value per common share (Non-GAAP) $ 8.41 $ 8.28 $ 8.78 $ 8.66 $ 8.68            Net interest income adjusted for impact of fully taxable equivalent ("FTE") (Non-GAAP)         Net interest income (GAAP)$ 173,465 $ 172,675 $ 171,929 $ 178,877 $ 176,340 FTE adjustment 1,752  1,756  1,659  1,650  1,555 Net interest income adjusted for impact of FTE (Non-GAAP)$ 175,217 $ 174,431 $ 173,588 $ 180,527 $ 177,895            Earnings per share impact of certain charges          Non-GAAP:           Incremental loan loss provisioning associated with recently issued regulatory guidance $ (30,000)         Tax benefit (38.40%) 11,520         After-tax impact of incremental loan loss provisioning $ (18,480)                     Diluted Shares (GAAP) 248,306                     Per share impact of incremental loan loss provisioning (Non-GAAP) $ (0.07)         Certain previously reported amounts have been reclassified to agree with current presentation.           (a) Included in Total equity on the Consolidated Balance Sheet.            (b) Includes goodwill and other intangible assets, net of amortization.            (c) Current quarter is an estimate.            (d) Defined by and calculated in conformity with bank regulations.           Conference call Management will hold a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Central Time today to review earnings and performance trends. There will also be a live webcast accompanied by the slide presentation available in the investor relations section of www.fhnc.com. The call and slide presentation may involve forward-looking information, including guidance. Participants can call toll-free starting at 8:15 a.m. by dialing 877-303-6618. The number for international participants is 224-357-2205. The conference ID number is 36908530. Participants can also listen to the live audio webcast with the accompanying slide presentation through the website. A replay will be available from noon today until 11:59 p.m. Nov. 2. To listen to the replay, dial 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406. The passcode is 36908530. The event also will be archived and available by midnight Central Time on the website.Other information This press release contains forward-looking statements involving significant risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking information. Those factors include general economic and financial market conditions, including expectations of and actual timing and amount of interest rate movements including the slope of the yield curve, competition, ability to execute business plans, geopolitical developments, recent and future legislative and regulatory developments, inflation or deflation, market (particularly real estate market) and monetary fluctuations, natural disasters, customer, investor and regulatory responses to these conditions and items already mentioned in this press release, as well as critical accounting estimates and other factors described in FHN's annual report on Form 10-K and other recent filings with the SEC. FHN disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein or therein to reflect future events or developments.About First Horizon The 4,600 employees of First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) provide financial services through more than 170 First Tennessee Bank locations in and around Tennessee and 18 FTN Financial Group offices in the U.S. and abroad. First Tennessee has the leading combined market deposit share in the counties where it does business and one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country. FTN Financial is a capital markets industry leader in fixed income sales, trading and strategies for institutional clients in the U.S. and abroad. FHN has been recognized as one of the nation's best employers by AARP and Working Mother magazines. More information is available at www.fhnc.com. FHN-GCONTACT: First Horizon Investor Relations Aarti Bowman (901) 523-4017 First Horizon Media Relations Jack Bradley (901) 523-4813