The country's sixth-largest lender, PNC Financial
PNC earned $1.44 a share for the quarter, lower than the $1.57 per share it earned a year ago. However, let's not forget that this includes a $0.18-per-share charge related to its acquisition of the U.S. retail banking operations of Royal Bank of Canada
Helped by loans added in the acquisition, PNC's net interest income rose 4% to $2.3 billion. The bank's noninterest income grew by 7% to $1.4 billion, helped by an increase in residential mortgage and asset management revenue. The acquisition also helped the bank grow its top line by 8%.
All-time low interest rates have been pressuring banks, but PNC seems to have countered this by growing its loans. The bank's loans grew by $17 billion to $176 billion this quarter, with the RBC (USA) purchase contributing $15 billion. This should come as positive news for banks, given prevailing rock-bottom interest rates.
Peer US Bancorp
Helped by an overall improvement in credit quality, PNC's loan loss provision declined by a staggering 56% to $185 million from a year ago. Net charge-offs also dropped sharply, by 38%, to $333 million. At the same time, nonperforming assets fell by 11% to $4.41 billion. The decline in NPAs from a year ago was mainly due to a fall in commercial real estate and commercial nonperforming loans, similar to what we saw at US Bancorp. The tier 1 capital ratio, however, fell to 9.3% due to the RBC acquisition.
The worst looks to be over
PNC had a pretty strong quarter on the whole. Plus, PNC earlier this month announced a 250% increase in its quarterly dividend to $0.35 per share. In line with many of its fellow banks, PNC had reduced its dividend to conserve capital following the financial crisis. But, following the recent round of stress tests, these banks have been given the impetus to increase their payouts. Peers such as USB and Wells Fargo
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