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People's United (PBCT) Q1 Earnings in Line, Revenues Miss

People's United Financial Inc. PBCT reported first-quarter 2016 earnings of 21 cents per share, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. However, the reported figure beat the prior-year quarter by a penny.

Higher revenues driven by increased net interest income supported earnings. Further, growth in loans and deposits balances was other positives. However, fall in non-interest income and higher provisions acted as dampeners.

Net income came in at $62.9 million, up 6.3% year over year.

Performance in Detail

Net revenue on a fully taxable equivalent basis grew 2.1% year over year to $329.7 million in the first quarter of 2016 but lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $332 million.

Net interest income totaled $247.4 million, up 5.8% year over year. This can be attributed to an increase in total interest and dividend income, partially offset by a rise in total interest expense. Net interest margin fell 8 basis points (bps) year over year to 2.83%.

Non-interest income declined 7.5% year over year to $82.3 million. Fall in several income categories during the reported quarter, including bank service charges and customer interest rate swap income led to the decline.

Non-interest expenses remained almost stable at $217.3 million. Rise in professional and outside services costs along with other non-interest expenses was offset by a decrease in compensation and regulatory assessments.

As of Mar 31, 2016, total net loans grew 6% year over year to $28.3 billion. Moreover, total deposits increased 7.4% on a year-over-year basis to $29.1 billion.

Credit Metrics

Overall, credit quality metrics at People’s United were mixed. As of Mar 31, 2016, non-performing assets came in at $189.4 million, down 9.3% year over year. Ratio of non-performing loans to total originated loans declined 7 bps year over year to 0.61% during the quarter. However, provision for loan losses was $10.5 million, up 7.1% year over year.

Even total allowance for loan losses jumped 7.3% year over year to $215.5 million.

Capital & Profitability Ratios

Capital ratios of People’s United deteriorated during the quarter. As of Mar 31, 2016, total risk-based capital ratio edged down to 11.6% from 11.9% in the year-ago quarter. Further, tangible equity ratio contracted to 7.3% from 7.5% in the prior-year quarter.

However, the company’s profitability ratios were mixed. Return on average tangible stockholders’ equity came in at 9.4%, up from the prior-year quarter tally of 9.2%. Return on average assets declined to 0.65% from 0.66% in the year-ago quarter.

Our Viewpoint

People’s United reported a decent quarter reflecting organic growth. Moreover, remarkable improvement on the loan origination front proved beneficial for the company. However, margin pressure and declining non-interest income are likely to limit bottom-line expansion in the upcoming quarters. At the same time, recent regulatory issues are anticipated to pose headwinds.

People’s United currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Among the other financial savings and loan institutions, Banner Corporation BANR is expected to release March quarter-end results on Apr 25, Westfield Financial Inc. WFD on May 4 and Meta Financial Group, Inc. CASH on May 5.

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