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Chemical Financial Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2012 Results

Monday, January 28, 2013

Chemical Financial Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2012 Results05:00 EST Monday, January 28, 2013MIDLAND, Mich., Jan. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chemical Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:CHFC) today announced 2012 fourth quarter net income of $11.7 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to 2012 third quarter net income of $13.1 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, and 2011 fourth quarter net income of $11.2 million, or $0.41 per diluted share. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, net income was $51.0 million, or $1.85 per diluted share, compared to net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2011 of $43.1 million, or $1.57 per diluted share. Included in the fourth quarter and year-end 2012 results were $1.8 million and $2.9 million, respectively, of transaction costs related to the acquisition of 21 branch offices from Independent Bank, a subsidiary of Independent Bank Corporation. These transaction costs reduced 2012 fourth quarter and year-end diluted earnings per share by $0.05 and $0.07, respectively. The Corporation completed the branch acquisition on December 7, 2012. Accordingly, results of the operations of the 21 branches are included in 2012 fourth quarter and year-end results since the acquisition date. The branch acquisition resulted in increases in the Corporation's total assets of $404 million, including total loans of $44 million, and total deposits of $404 million as of the acquisition date. "2012 was a good year for Chemical Financial, as we posted improved operating performance and increased earnings per share nearly 18% over 2011. While general economic conditions continued to be challenging, we were able to grow our balance sheet through both acquisitive and organic means, as our community-focused, relationship-oriented approach and strong financial condition translated into steady demand for mortgage, consumer and business loans across the markets we serve," said David B. Ramaker, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Corporation. "Increased net interest income, noninterest income and a lower provision for loan losses further drove earnings, while key asset quality and loan loss metrics improved materially over the course of the year." "The acquisition of the 21 branch offices from Independent Bank not only expands our footprint into important new markets but provides us with opportunities to increase top line revenues. As we look ahead, we will continue to focus on profitably growing our core franchise while cognizant of the fact that economic conditions remain uncertain," said Ramaker. The decrease in net income in the fourth quarter of 2012 of $1.4 million, or 11.0%, from the third quarter of 2012 was largely attributable to an increase in acquisition-related transaction expenses of $1.2 million between these two quarters. Net interest income was $1.1 million higher and noninterest income was $1.8 million higher in the fourth quarter of 2012, as compared to the third quarter of 2012. These increases were offset by higher operating expenses (excluding acquisition-related transaction expenses) of $3.9 million and a $0.5 million higher provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter of 2012, as compared to the third quarter of 2012. Net income per share in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $0.01, or 2.4%, higher than the fourth quarter of 2011, with the fourth quarter of 2012 including the previously mentioned acquisition-related transaction expenses. The Corporation recognized increases in net interest income of $0.9 million and noninterest income of $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, that were partially offset by an increase in operating expenses (excluding acquisition-related transaction expenses) of $1.6 million. The Corporation's return on average assets was 0.83% during both the fourth quarter of 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2011. The Corporation's return on average shareholders' equity was 7.7% in both the fourth quarter of 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2011. The Corporation's return on average assets and return on average shareholders' equity for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 were 0.94% and 8.7%, respectively, compared to 0.81% and 7.6%, respectively, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2011. Net interest income was $48.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, $1.1 million, or 2.3%, higher than the third quarter of 2012 and $0.9 million, or 1.9%, higher than the fourth quarter of 2011. The net interest margin (on a tax-equivalent basis) was 3.74% in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 3.76% in the third quarter of 2012 and 3.84% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The increases in net interest income in the fourth quarter of 2012 over both the third quarter of 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2011 resulted primarily from an increase in average loans. Average loans were $306 million, or 8.1%, higher in the fourth quarter of 2012 over the fourth quarter of 2011. The favorable impact on net interest income from the growth in loans was partially offset by the net unfavorable impact of interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities repricing downward during the twelve months ended December 31, 2012. Net interest income was $187.5 million in 2012, $3.7 million, or 2.0%, higher than 2011. The net interest margin (on a tax equivalent basis) was 3.76% in 2012, compared to 3.80% in 2011. The provision for loan losses (provision) was $5.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $4.5 million in the third quarter of 2012 and $5.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, with $0.5 million of the provision in the third quarter of 2012 and $0.3 million of the provision in the fourth quarter of 2011 applicable to the acquired loan portfolio. Net loan charge-offs were $5.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $6.5 million in the third quarter of 2012 and $5.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, with $2.2 million of net loan charge-offs in the third quarter of 2012 related to the acquired loan portfolio. The provision was $18.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, compared to $26.0 million for the prior year, with $1.1 million of the provision in 2012 and $1.6 million in 2011 attributable to the acquired loan portfolio. Net loan charge-offs totaled $22.3 million in 2012, compared to $27.2 million in 2011. Net loan charge-offs as a percentage of average loans were 0.57% in 2012, compared to 0.73% in 2011. Noninterest income was $13.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $12.1 million in the third quarter of 2012 and $11.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Noninterest income in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $1.8 million higher than the third quarter of 2012 and $2.4 million higher than the fourth quarter of 2011, with the increases attributable to all major categories of noninterest income as a result of fee increases, volume growth and revenue generated from the acquired branch offices. The largest increase in noninterest income was in mortgage banking revenue (MBR), with MBR of $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 up $1.1 million over the third quarter of 2012 and $1.4 million over the fourth quarter of 2011. The increases in MBR were driven by both higher gains on the sale of loans in the secondary market and higher volume. Additionally, during the fourth quarter of 2012, the Corporation recognized $0.2 million of nonrecurring income related to the receipt of life insurance proceeds. Wealth management revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $0.3 million higher than the fourth quarter of 2011 partially due to an increase in assets under management resulting from improvements in equity markets. Other charges and fees for customer services in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $0.4 million higher than the fourth quarter of 2011. Noninterest income was $51.9 million in 2012, compared to $44.4 million in 2011. Noninterest income in 2012 included $2.3 million of nonrecurring income. Excluding nonrecurring income, noninterest income in 2012 was $5.2 million, or 12%, higher than 2011, with all major categories of noninterest income experiencing increases. Mortgage banking revenue of $6.6 million in 2012 was $2.7 million, or 70%, higher than 2011. Operating expenses were $41.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $36.1 million in the third quarter of 2012 and $37.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Operating expenses in the third and fourth quarters of 2012 included acquisition-related transaction expenses of $0.6 million and $1.8 million, respectively. Excluding acquisition-related transaction expenses, operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $3.9 million higher than the third quarter of 2012 and $1.6 million higher than the fourth quarter of 2011. The increases in operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2012 over both the third quarter of 2012 and fourth quarter of 2011 were partially attributable to $0.7 million of operating expenses of the acquired branch offices since the acquisition date. In addition, during the fourth quarter of 2012, incentive compensation, group health and credit-related expenses each were $0.7 million higher, donations expense was $0.6 million higher and outside services expense was $0.8 million higher than the third quarter of 2012. The $0.8 million increase in outside services was partially due to the incurrence of $0.5 million of up-front project costs that are expected to result in future cost savings to the Corporation. The increase in operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2012 over the fourth quarter of 2011 also included higher compensation, group health and outside services expense that were partially offset by a reduction in credit-related expenses of $2.6 million. Operating expenses were $149.1 million in 2012, compared to $142.0 million in 2011. Operating expenses in 2012 included $2.9 million of acquisition-related transaction expenses. Excluding these expenses, operating expenses in 2012 were $4.2 million, or 3.0%, higher than 2011. Compensation costs were $9.9 million, or 13.3%, higher in 2012 than 2011, due largely to market driven salary increases, higher incentive compensation and higher group health claims. The increase in compensation costs was partially offset by a reduction in other expense categories, most notably credit-related expenses. Credit-related expenses, comprised of loan collection costs and other real estate (ORE) net costs, were $3.8 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, a decrease of $5.7 million, or 60%, from credit-related expenses of $9.5 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2011. Credit-related expenses were lower in all four quarters of 2012, as compared to their respective quarters in 2011. The $5.7 million decrease in credit-related expenses was largely attributable to the Corporation recognizing net gains of $1.5 million on the sale/writedown of ORE properties during the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, compared to incurring net expense on the sale/writedown of ORE properties of $2.6 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2011. The additional reduction in credit-related expenses of $1.6 million was attributable to lower ORE operating costs, lower legal collection costs and lower appraisal fees on nonperforming and watch loan credits as the credit quality of the Corporation's loan portfolio continued to improve. The Corporation's efficiency ratio was 62.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012, 58.9% in the third quarter of 2012 and 63.1% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Corporation's efficiency ratio was 60.4% in 2012 compared to 60.8% in 2011. Total assets were $5.92 billion at December 31, 2012, up from $5.58 billion at September 30, 2012 and $5.34 billion at December 31, 2011. The increase in total assets during the fourth quarter of 2012 was attributable to the branch acquisition transaction. The Corporation has maintained significant amounts of funds at the Federal Reserve Bank (FRB), with $512 million in balances held at the FRB at December 31, 2012, compared to $315 million at September 30, 2012 and $256 million at December 31, 2011. The increase in FRB balances during the fourth quarter of 2012 was primarily due to cash received as a result of the branch acquisition transaction. The Corporation plans to invest a portion of these funds in shorter-term investment securities until they can be deployed for future loan growth. Total loans were $4.17 billion at December 31, 2012, up from $4.02 billion at September 30, 2012 and $3.83 billion at December 31, 2011. Total loans increased $149 million, or 3.7%, in the fourth quarter of 2012, with $44 million of the increase attributable to the acquisition of loans in the branch acquisition transaction. The loans acquired were comprised of commercial loans of $3 million, commercial real estate loans of $20 million and consumer loans of $21 million. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, total loans increased $336 million, or 8.8%. The increases in loans during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012 were attributable to a combination of improving economic conditions and increased market share, as well as to the acquisition of loans in the branch acquisition transaction. The average yield on the loan portfolio was 4.79% in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 4.86% in the third quarter of 2012 and 5.25% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Investment securities were $817 million at December 31, 2012, compared to $851 million at December 31, 2011. The average yield of the investment securities portfolio was 2.21% in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 2.33% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Total deposits were $4.92 billion at December 31, 2012, up from $4.37 billion at December 31, 2011. The Corporation experienced an increase in total deposits of $323 million, or 7.0%, during the fourth quarter of 2012, primarily attributable to $404 million of deposits acquired in the branch acquisition transaction, which was partially offset by a seasonal decrease in deposits of municipal customers. Remaining brokered deposits acquired in the Corporation's 2010 acquisition of Byron Bank were $62 million at December 31, 2012, compared to $95 million at December 31, 2011. Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) advances totaled $34.3 million at December 31, 2012, compared to $43.1 million at December 31, 2011. The repricing of matured customer certificates of deposit and the decrease in interest rates on various interest-bearing deposit accounts to reflect lower market interest rates resulted in the Corporation's average cost of funds declining to 0.41% in the fourth quarter of 2012 from 0.59% in the fourth quarter of 2011. At December 31, 2012, the Corporation's tangible equity to assets ratio and total risk-based capital ratio were 8.1% and 13.2%, respectively, compared to 8.7% and 13.3%, respectively, at December 31, 2011. The decrease in the Corporation's equity ratios was attributable to the branch acquisition transaction completed in the fourth quarter of 2012, which added $404 million in total assets, including $12.6 million of intangible assets. At December 31, 2012, the Corporation's book value was $21.69 per share, compared to $20.82 per share at December 31, 2011. At December 31, 2012 and 2011, the Corporation's tangible book value per share was $17.03 and $16.54, respectively. The credit quality of the Corporation's loan portfolio continued to show improvement during the fourth quarter of 2012. The Corporation's nonperforming loans, consisting of nonaccrual loans, accruing loans past due 90 days or more as to principal or interest payments and nonperforming troubled debt restructurings, totaled $90.9 million at both December 31, 2012 and September 30, 2012, compared to $106.3 million at December 31, 2011. At December 31, 2012, nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans were 2.18%, compared to 2.26% at September 30, 2012 and 2.77% at December 31, 2011. Other real estate and repossessed assets totaled $18.5 million at December 31, 2012, compared to $19.5 million at September 30, 2012 and $25.5 million at December 31, 2011. At December 31, 2012, the allowance for loan losses of the originated loan portfolio was $84.0 million, or 2.22% of originated loans, compared to $86.7 million, or 2.60% of originated loans at December 31, 2011. The allowance for loan losses of the originated loan portfolio as a percentage of nonperforming loans was 92% at December 31, 2012, compared to 82% at December 31, 2011. The allowance for loan losses of the acquired loan portfolio was $0.5 million at December 31, 2012, compared to $1.6 million at December 31, 2011. Management believes that the Corporation's acquired loan portfolio totaling $393 million at December 31, 2012 was performing, overall, at or slightly better than original expectations. Chemical Financial Corporation is the second largest bank holding company headquartered and operating branch offices in Michigan. The Corporation operates through a single subsidiary bank, Chemical Bank, with 162 banking offices spread over 38 counties in the lower peninsula of Michigan. At December 31, 2012, the Corporation had total assets of $5.9 billion. Chemical Financial Corporation's common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol CHFC and is one of the issues comprising The NASDAQ Global Select Market. More information about the Corporation is available by visiting the investor relations section of its website at www.chemicalbankmi.com.Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on management's beliefs, assumptions, current expectations, estimates and projections about the financial services industry, the economy and Chemical Financial Corporation (Corporation). Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "continue," "estimates," "expects," "focus," "forecasts," "intends," "is likely," "judgment," "opportunities," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "should," "trend," "will," "opinion," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon current beliefs and expectations and involve substantial risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These statements include, among others, statements related to future levels of loan charge-offs, future levels of provisions for loan losses, real estate valuation, future levels of nonperforming assets, the rate of asset dispositions, future capital levels, future dividends, future growth and funding sources, future liquidity levels, future profitability levels, the effects on earnings of future changes in interest rates, the future level of other revenue sources, future economic trends and conditions, future initiatives to expand the Corporation's market share, expected cash flows from acquired loans, future effects of new or changed accounting standards, future opportunities for acquisitions, the impact of branch acquisition transactions on the Corporation's business, opportunities to increase top line revenues, the Corporation's ability to grow its core franchise, and future cost savings. All statements referencing future time periods are forward-looking. Management's determination of the provision and allowance for loan losses; the carrying value of acquired loans, goodwill and mortgage servicing rights; the fair value of investment securities (including whether any impairment on any investment security is temporary or other-than-temporary and the amount of any impairment); and management's assumptions concerning pension and other postretirement benefit plans involve judgments that are inherently forward-looking. There can be no assurance that future loan losses will be limited to the amounts estimated. All of the information concerning interest rate sensitivity is forward-looking. The future effect of changes in the financial and credit markets and the national and regional economies on the banking industry, generally, and on the Corporation, specifically, are also inherently uncertain. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions ("risk factors") that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood and degree of occurrence. Therefore, actual results and outcomes may materially differ from what may be expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. The Corporation undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Risk factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in Item 1A of the Corporation's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. These and other factors are representative of the risk factors that may emerge and could cause a difference between an ultimate actual outcome and a preceding forward-looking statement. Chemical Financial Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Operating Results       Consolidated Statements of Financial Position (Unaudited)   Chemical Financial Corporation              December 31 December 31 (In thousands, except per share data) 2012 2011 Assets:     Cash and cash equivalents:     Cash and cash due from banks  $ 142,467  $ 121,294 Interest-bearing deposits with unaffiliated banks and others  513,668  260,646 Total cash and cash equivalents  656,135  381,940 Investment securities:     Available-for-sale  586,809  667,276 Held-to-maturity  229,977  183,339 Total Investment Securities  816,786  850,615 Loans held-for-sale  17,665  18,818       Loans:     Commercial   1,002,722  895,150 Commercial Real Estate   1,161,861  1,071,999 Real estate construction and land development   100,237  118,176 Residential Mortgage  883,835  861,716 Consumer installment and home equity  1,019,080  884,244 Total Loans  4,167,735  3,831,285 Allowance for loan losses  (84,491)  (88,333) Net Loans  4,083,244  3,742,952       Premises and equipment  75,458  65,997 Goodwill  120,437  113,414 Other intangible assets  15,388  11,472 Interest receivable and other assets  132,139  154,245 Total Assets  $ 5,917,252  $ 5,339,453       Liabilities:     Deposits:     Noninterest-bearing   $ 1,085,857  $ 875,791 Interest-bearing   3,835,586  3,491,066 Total Deposits  4,921,443  4,366,857 Interest payable and other liabilities  54,716  54,024 Short-term borrowings  310,463  303,786 Federal Home Loan Bank advances   34,289  43,057 Total Liabilities  5,320,911  4,767,724       Shareholders' Equity:     Preferred stock, no par value per share  --  -- Common stock, $1 par value per share  27,499  27,457 Additional paid-in capital  433,195  431,277 Retained earnings  166,766  138,324 Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (31,119)  (25,329) Total Shareholders' Equity  596,341  571,729 Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  $ 5,917,252  $ 5,339,453   Chemical Financial Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Operating Results           Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)         Chemical Financial Corporation                      Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended   December 31 December 31 (In thousands, except per share data) 2012 2011 2012 2011 Interest Income:         Interest and fees on loans  $ 48,721  $ 49,515  $ 193,193  $ 197,897 Interest on investment securities:         Taxable  2,280  2,539  9,890  9,423 Tax-exempt  1,524  1,475  5,931  5,860 Dividends on nonmarketable equity securities  403  360  1,041  965 Interest on deposits with unaffiliated banks and others  198  241  703  1,097 Total Interest Income  53,126  54,130  210,758  215,242           Interest Expense:         Interest on deposits  4,783  6,665  21,782  29,293 Interest on short-term borrowings  109  106  426  524 Interest on Federal Home Loan Bank advances   240  274  1,005  1,572 Total Interest Expense  5,132  7,045  23,213  31,389 Net Interest Income   47,994  47,085  187,545  183,853 Provision for loan losses  5,000  5,100  18,500  26,000 Net Interest Income after Provision for Loan Losses  42,994  41,985  169,045  157,853           Noninterest Income:         Service charges and fees on deposit accounts  5,035  4,948  19,581  18,452 Wealth management revenue  2,928  2,674  11,763  11,104 Other charges and fees for customer services  2,926  2,534  11,415  10,501 Mortgage banking revenue  2,538  1,145  6,597  3,881 Gain on sale of merchant card services  --  --  1,280  -- Other   452  200  1,236  462 Total Noninterest Income  13,879  11,501  51,872  44,400           Operating Expenses:         Salaries, wages and employee benefits  22,537  18,871  84,383  74,493 Occupancy   3,149  3,444  12,413  12,974 Equipment and software  3,461  2,941  13,112  11,935 Other  12,064  12,551  39,201  42,601 Total Operating Expenses  41,211  37,807  149,109  142,003 Income Before Income Taxes  15,662  15,679  71,808  60,250 Federal Income Tax Expense   4,000  4,475  20,800  17,200 Net Income   $ 11,662  $ 11,204  $ 51,008  $ 43,050           Net income per common share:         Basic  $ 0.42  $ 0.41  $ 1.86  $ 1.57 Diluted  0.42  0.41  1.85  1.57           Key Ratios:         Return on average assets 0.83% 0.83% 0.94% 0.81% Return on average shareholders' equity 7.7% 7.7% 8.7% 7.6% Net interest margin  3.74% 3.84% 3.76% 3.80% Efficiency ratio  62.6% 63.1% 60.4% 60.8%   Chemical Financial Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Operating Results                   Financial Summary (Unaudited)                 Chemical Financial Corporation                    Three Months Ended    Dec 31  Sept 30  June 30  March 31  Dec 31  Sept 30  June 30  March 31 (Dollars in thousands) 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011Average Balances                  Total assets  $ 5,576,422  $ 5,433,491  $ 5,360,598  $ 5,396,420  $ 5,341,079  $ 5,323,962  $ 5,255,244  $ 5,302,558 Total interest-earning assets  5,251,531  5,105,101  5,044,629  5,061,882  5,008,813  4,985,380  4,928,590  4,963,384 Total loans  4,077,918  3,987,928  3,901,321  3,824,604  3,772,140  3,769,745  3,707,468  3,672,301 Total deposits  4,590,370  4,464,582  4,383,628  4,416,273  4,378,066  4,358,658  4,299,728  4,362,774 Total interest-bearing liabilities  3,926,582  3,823,954  3,817,753  3,903,986  3,847,003  3,853,443  3,857,678  3,942,406 Total shareholders' equity  600,794  591,683  582,873  574,261  578,105  573,580  565,500  560,661                  Key Ratios (annualized where applicable)                 Net interest margin (taxable equivalent basis) 3.74% 3.76% 3.80% 3.76% 3.84% 3.80% 3.78% 3.78% Efficiency ratio  62.6% 58.9% 58.2% 61.7% 63.1% 60.2% 58.2% 61.8% Return on average assets 0.83% 0.96% 1.04% 0.92% 0.83% 0.87% 0.84% 0.70% Return on average shareholders' equity 7.7% 8.8% 9.6% 8.7% 7.7% 8.0% 7.8% 6.6% Average shareholders' equity as a percent of average assets 10.8% 10.9% 10.9% 10.6% 10.8% 10.8% 10.8% 10.6% Capital ratios (period end):                 Tangible shareholders' equity as a percent of total assets 8.1% 8.8% 9.0% 8.7% 8.7% 8.6% 8.9% 8.5% Total risk-based capital ratio 13.2% 13.6% 13.6% 13.7% 13.3% 13.1% 13.0% 13.0%                      Dec 31  Sept 30  June 30  March 31  Dec 31  Sept 30  June 30  March 31  2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011Credit Quality Statistics                 Originated Loans  $ 3,775,140  $ 3,606,547  $ 3,515,110  $ 3,370,279  $ 3,338,502  $ 3,265,054  $ 3,225,179  $ 3,143,489 Acquired Loans  392,595  412,612  447,232  472,819  492,783  495,372  522,831  539,027 Nonperforming Assets:                 Nonperforming loans   90,854  90,877  92,811  98,548  106,269  120,395 135,929 145,859 Other real estate and repossessed assets (ORE)  18,469  19,467  23,509  25,944  25,484  28,679 24,607 26,355 Total nonperforming assets  109,323  110,344  116,320  124,492  131,753  149,074 160,536 172,214                   Performing troubled debt restructurings  31,369  30,406  26,383  27,177  20,394  15,543  12,889  --                   Allowance for loan losses-originated as a percent of:               Total originated loans 2.22% 2.33% 2.40% 2.54% 2.60% 2.68% 2.78% 2.85% Nonperforming loans 92% 93% 91% 87% 82% 73% 66% 61%                   Nonperforming loans as a percent of total loans 2.18% 2.26% 2.34% 2.56% 2.77% 3.20% 3.63% 3.96% Nonperforming assets as a percent of:                 Total loans plus ORE 2.61% 2.73% 2.92% 3.22% 3.42% 3.93% 4.26% 4.64% Total assets 1.85% 1.98% 2.17% 2.28% 2.47% 2.74% 3.08% 3.23%                   Net loan charge-offs (year-to-date):                 Originated  20,142  14,939  10,622  5,548  27,197  21,717  14,297  7,356 Acquired  2,200  2,200  --  --  --  --  --  -- Total loan charge-offs (year-to-date)  22,342  17,139  10,622  5,548  27,197  21,717  14,297  7,356 Net loan charge-offs as a percent of average loans (year-to-date, annualized) 0.57% 0.59% 0.55% 0.58% 0.73% 0.78% 0.77% 0.80%                      Dec 31  Sept 30  June 30  March 31  Dec 31  Sept 30  June 30  March 31   2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011Additional Data - Intangibles                 Goodwill  $ 120,437  $ 113,414  $ 113,414  $ 113,414  $ 113,414  $ 113,414  $ 113,414  $ 113,414 Core deposit intangibles  11,910  6,777  7,144  7,512  7,879  8,261  8,643  9,024 Mortgage servicing rights (MSR)  3,478  3,466  3,463  3,427  3,593  3,561  3,577  3,832 Other intangible assets  --  --  --  --  --  27  107  204 Amortization of core deposit intangibles (quarter only)  467  367  368  367  382  382  381  382   Chemical Financial Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Operating Results         Average Balances, Tax Equivalent Interest and Effective Yields and Rates (Unaudited)*           Three Months Ended December 31, 2012     Tax     Average  Equivalent Effective (Dollars in thousands) Balance Interest Yield/Rate Assets       Interest-Earning Assets:       Loans**  $ 4,093,656  $ 49,203  4.79% Taxable investment securities 632,511 2,280  1.44 Tax-exempt investment securities 199,495 2,325  4.66 Other interest-earning assets 25,572 403  6.27 Interest-bearing deposits with unaffiliated banks and others 300,297 198  0.26 Total interest-earning assets 5,251,531 54,409  4.13 Less: Allowance for loan losses 84,972     Other Assets:       Cash and cash due from banks 114,803     Premises and equipment 70,051     Interest receivable and other assets 225,009     Total Assets  $ 5,576,422             Liabilities and shareholders' equity       Interest-bearing Liabilities:       Interest-bearing demand deposits  $ 954,517  $ 225  0.09% Savings deposits 1,213,245 281  0.09 Time deposits 1,412,242 4,277  1.20 Short-term borrowings 310,429 109  0.14 FHLB advances 36,149 240  2.64 Total interest-bearing liabilities 3,926,582 5,132  0.52 Noninterest-bearing deposits 1,010,366  -- -- Total deposits and borrowed funds 4,936,948 5,132  0.41 Interest payable and other liabilities 38,680     Shareholders' equity 600,794     Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  $ 5,576,422     Net Interest Spread (Average yield earned on interest-earning assets minus average rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities)      3.61% Net Interest Income (FTE)    $ 49,277   Net Interest Margin (Net Interest Income (FTE) divided by total average interest-earning assets)      3.74%         * Taxable equivalent basis using a federal income tax rate of 35%. ** Nonaccrual loans and loans held-for-sale are included in average balances reported and are included in the calculation of yields.  Also, tax equivalent interest includes net loan fees.   Chemical Financial Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Operating Results                   Nonperforming Assets (Unaudited)                 Chemical Financial Corporation                                      Dec 31 Sept 30 June 30 March 31 Dec 31 Sept 30 June 30 March 31 (Dollars in thousands) 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 Nonperforming Loans:                 Nonaccrual loans:                 Commercial  $ 14,601  $ 15,217  $ 12,673  $ 11,443  $ 10,726  $ 10,804  $ 14,386  $ 15,672 Commercial Real Estate   37,660  41,311  41,691  46,870  44,438  48,854  57,324 59,931 Real estate construction and land development  5,401  6,664  3,485  3,809  6,190  7,877  8,933 9,414 Residential Mortgage  10,164  11,307  12,613  12,687  12,573  17,544  17,809 15,505 Consumer installment and home equity  3,472  3,825  3,994  4,344  4,467  6,033  6,898 5,774 Total nonaccrual loans  71,298  78,324  74,456  79,153  78,394  91,112  105,350 106,296 Accruing loans contractually past due 90 days or more as to interest or principal payments:                 Commercial  --  273  300  1,005  1,381  282  629 455 Commercial Real Estate   87  247  269  75  374  415  143 459 Real estate construction and land development  --  --  --  --  287  --  --  -- Residential Mortgage  1,503  431  840  333  752  974  1,729 191 Consumer installment and home equity  769  1,147  1,157  1,233  1,023  1,344  1,243 1,091 Total accruing loans contractually past due 90 days or more as to interest or principal payments  2,359  2,098  2,566  2,646  3,817  3,015  3,744 2,196 Nonperforming troubled debt restructurings:                 Commercial loan portfolio  13,876  6,553  11,691  11,258  14,675  16,457  15,443 15,201 Consumer loan portfolio  3,321  3,902  4,098  5,491  9,383  9,811  11,392 22,166 Total nonperforming troubled debt restructurings  17,197  10,455  15,789  16,749  24,058  26,268  26,835 37,367 Total nonperforming loans  90,854  90,877  92,811  98,548  106,269  120,395  135,929 145,859 Other real estate and repossessed assets  18,469  19,467  23,509  25,944  25,484  28,679  24,607 26,355 Total nonperforming assets  $ 109,323  $ 110,344  $ 116,320  $ 124,492  $ 131,753  $ 149,074  $ 160,536  $ 172,214   Chemical Financial Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Operating Results                   Summary of Loan Loss Experience (Unaudited)                 Chemical Financial Corporation                                      Three Months Ended   Dec 31 Sept 30 June 30 March 31 Dec 31 Sept 30 June 30 March 31 (Dollars in thousands) 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011                   Allowance for loan losses - originated loan portfolio                 Allowance for loan losses - originated, at beginning of period  $ 84,194  $ 84,511  $ 85,585  $ 86,733  $ 87,413  $ 89,733  $ 89,674  $ 89,530 Provision for loan losses - originated  5,000  4,000 4,000 4,400 4,800 5,100 7,000 7,500 Loans charged off:                 Commercial  (1,623)  (551)  (974)  (1,079)  (1,768)  (1,234)  (1,972)  (1,976) Commercial Real Estate  (1,532)  (1,952)  (2,178)  (2,268)  (2,120)  (3,969)  (3,168)  (3,875) Real estate construction and land development  (1,238)  (51)  (45)  (32)  (54)  (236)  (136)  (63) Residential Mortgage  (1,224)  (1,357)  (1,140)  (1,717)  (945)  (1,884)  (1,198)  (944) Consumer installment and home equity  (1,504)  (1,485)  (1,835)  (1,451)  (1,434)  (1,516)  (1,832)  (1,784) Total loan charge-offs  (7,121)  (5,396)  (6,172)  (6,547)  (6,321)  (8,839)  (8,306)  (8,642) Recoveries of loans previously charged off:                 Commercial  278  135  140  191  137  614  710  215 Commercial Real Estate  1,202  325  298  421  272  285  212  87 Real estate construction and land development  --  --  --  2  40  --  5  -- Residential Mortgage  104  237  199  22  80  207  106  456 Consumer installment and home equity  334  382  461  363  312  313  332  528 Total loan recoveries  1,918  1,079  1,098  999  841  1,419  1,365  1,286 Net loan charge-offs - originated  (5,203)  (4,317)  (5,074)  (5,548)  (5,480)  (7,420)  (6,941)  (7,356) Allowance for loan losses - originated, at end of period  83,991  84,194  84,511  85,585  86,733  87,413  89,733  89,674                   Allowance for loan losses - acquired loan portfolio                 Allowance for loan losses - acquired, at beginning of period  500  2,200  2,200  1,600  1,300  --  --  -- Provision for loan losses - acquired  --  500  --  600  300  1,300  --  -- Net loan charge-offs - acquired (commercial)  --  (2,200)  --  --  --  --  --  -- Allowance for loan losses - acquired, at end of period  500  500  2,200  2,200  1,600  1,300  --  --                   Total allowance for loan losses  $ 84,491  $ 84,694  $ 86,711  $ 87,785  $ 88,333  $ 88,713  $ 89,733  $ 89,674   Chemical Financial Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Operating Results                   Selected Quarterly Information (Unaudited)                 Chemical Financial Corporation                                      4th Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 1st Qtr. 4th Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 1st Qtr. (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011Summary of Operations                 Interest income  $ 53,126  $ 52,501  $ 52,467  $ 52,664  $ 54,130  $ 53,998  $ 53,439  $ 53,675 Interest expense  5,132  5,591  6,021  6,469  7,045  7,729 8,145 8,470 Net interest income  47,994  46,910  46,446  46,195  47,085  46,269 45,294 45,205 Provision for loan losses  5,000  4,500  4,000  5,000  5,100  6,400 7,000 7,500 Net interest income after provision for loan losses  42,994  42,410  42,446  41,195  41,985  39,869 38,294 37,705 Noninterest income  13,879  12,062  13,282  12,649  11,501  11,225 10,902 10,772 Operating expenses   41,211  36,066  35,537  36,295  37,807  35,394 33,413 35,389 Income before income taxes  15,662  18,406  20,191  17,549  15,679  15,700 15,783 13,088 Federal income tax expense  4,000  5,300  6,325  5,175  4,475  4,075 4,750 3,900 Net income   $ 11,662  $ 13,106  $ 13,866  $ 12,374  $ 11,204  $ 11,625  $ 11,033  $ 9,188                   Net interest margin 3.74% 3.76% 3.80% 3.76% 3.84% 3.80% 3.78% 3.78%  Per Common Share Data                 Net income:                 Basic  $ 0.42  $ 0.48  $ 0.50  $ 0.45  $ 0.41  $ 0.42  $ 0.40  $ 0.33 Diluted  0.42  0.48  0.50 0.45  0.41  0.42 0.40  0.33 Cash dividends declared  0.21  0.21  0.20  0.20  0.20  0.20 0.20  0.20 Book value - period-end  21.69  21.75  21.42  21.10  20.82  21.02 20.78  20.54 Tangible book value - period-end  17.03  17.52  17.17  16.84  16.54  16.71  16.46  16.19 Market value - period-end  23.76  24.20  21.50  23.44  21.32  15.31 18.76  19.93CONTACT: David B. Ramaker, CEO Lori A. Gwizdala, CFO 989-839-5350