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Synovus Financial Corp  (NYSE:SNV)
Q1 2019 Earnings Call
April 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day and welcome to the Synovus Financial First Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast. All participants will be in listen only mode. (Operator Instructions). Today's event is being recorded.

I would now like to turn over the conference over to Steve Adams, Senior Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Development. Please go ahead sir.

Steve Adams -- Senior Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Development

Thank you, Rocco. Good morning everyone. During the call today, we'll be referencing slides and a press release that are available within the Investor Relations section of our website, synovus.com. Kessel Stelling, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer will be our primary presenter today, with our executive management team available to answer your questions.

Before we get started, I'll remind you that our comments may include forward looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and the actual results could vary materially. We list the factors that might cause results to differ materially in our press release and in our SEC filings which are available on our website. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of new information or developments or otherwise except as may be required by law. During the call, we will reference non-GAAP financial measures related to the company's performance. You may see the reconciliation of these measures in the appendix to our presentation.

Due to the number of callers this morning, we do ask that you limit your time to two questions. If we have more time available after everyone's initial questions, we will reopen the queue for follow-up.

Thank you and I'll now turn the call over to Kessel Stelling.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well thank you Steve and good morning, everyone and welcome to our first quarter 2019 earnings call. As usual, I'm joined this morning by our Synovus senior leadership team. I'll walk us through the earnings presentation, and then we'll open the line for questions.

So I'll start in the earnings deck on slide 3, which provides a high level summary of our first quarter financial performance. As we've already reported, we began this quarter by completing the acquisition of FCB on January 1, which had a material impact on this quarter's results. Diluted EPS was $0.72 for the quarter. On an adjusted basis, diluted EPS was $0.98, up 7.6% from the previous quarter and up 15.1% from the same period a year ago. Adjusted EPS excludes $49.7 million in merger related expenses, associated with the FCB acquisition, which impacted EPS by $0.27.

We continue to generate solid balance sheet growth during the quarter, with period-end organic loan-to-deposit growth of $400 million and $424 million respectively, excluding the impact of acquired balances. This quarter's results also reflect a higher effective tax rate at 25.2% compared to our full year expectation of 23% to 24%. The higher effective tax rate is largely due to non deductible merger related expenses incurred during the period, other disallowances and increased state taxes.

We also executed on our previously announced capital optimization plans this quarter, including the issuance of $300 million in subordinated debt and subsequent share repurchases, totaling $320 million or $8.5 million shares. We continue to benefit from a relatively stable credit environment with the non-performing asset ratio at 44 basis points.

The impact of the merger on our operating efficiency was evident this quarter, as the adjusted tangible efficiency ratio was 50.24%, down 718 basis points year-over-year, while our other adjusted profitability metrics also showed improvement. The adjusted return on average assets was 1.45%, up 9 basis points sequentially and year-over-year, while adjusted return on average tangible common equity surpassed our long term target at 17.52%, up 229 basis points from a year ago.

We are pleased to report that we are ahead of schedule and executing on cost savings related to the FCB acquisition, and we now expect cost savings in 2019 will likely exceed $30 million, well ahead of the $20 million we originally modeled.

So moving to slide 4 in loans; total loans increased $9.7 billion during the quarter, which included $9.29 billion of loans acquired through the merger with FCB. Excluding these acquired loans, period-end loans increased $400.1 million sequentially. We were pleased to see broad based loan growth this quarter, with C&I up $56 million; CRE up $151 million and consumer loans up $185 million.

In the consumer category, we continue to see growth in our mortgage and HELOC portfolios, which grew a combined $85 million, while other consumer loans, including our lending partnerships, were up $106 million. In CRE, growth was evident across several subcategories, including multifamily, shopping centers, and other investment properties. While land acquisition, warehouses and one- to four-family perm, mini-perm, all experienced declines.

We experienced C&I growth both in our legacy Synovus and New South Florida middle market banking teams, as well as in our lending specialties including ABL and Insurance Premium Finance. These gains were partially offset by a small decline in our senior housing group, as well as a seasonal decline in commercial line utilization

As expected, FCB elevated our growth profile in the first quarter, with approximately $214 million in organic growth coming from that team. The mix within our loan portfolio has shifted slightly as a result of the consolidation with FCB, but it remains in line with the targets indicated in our strategic plan. C&I loans remain the largest component of our balance sheet, representing 45% of total loans, while CRE and consumer represent 29% and 26% respectively.

Turning to slide 5 and deposits; total period end deposits increased $11.35 billion or 43%. This increase included $10.93 billion in acquired balances associated with FCB. Excluding those acquired balances, total deposits grew $424 million sequentially. The growth was driven largely by the continued market preference for CDs, which increased nearly $615 million and now represent approximately 20% of our deposit base after the consolidation with FCB.

DDAs including both interest and non-interest bearing deposits increased $77 million, while savings and money market balances declined $170 million. Brokered deposits also declined $99 million during the quarter, and represent 7.1% of total deposits at period end. We did experience a small seasonal decline in non-interest bearing deposits during the first quarter, but our underlying account growth trends remain very positive.

As of quarter end, our loan-to-deposit ratio was 93.6%, down from 97.1% at the end of the prior quarter, and demonstrating that we we remain well positioned from a liquidity standpoint to continue managing the balance sheet prudently, in the midst of competitive deposit market.

Moving to slide 6, net interest income was $397 million, increasing $99 million or 33% versus the previous quarter and $123 million or 45% versus the first quarter of '18. The increase this quarter was largely due to the FCB acquisition. The net interest margin for the quarter, including the impact of purchase accounting accretion, was 3.78%, down 14 basis points from the previous quarter. Net interest income and margin were favorably impacted by $7.4 million of loan accretion and $11 million of deposit premium amortization. Excluding the impact of purchase accounting adjustments, the core net interest margin was 3.59%.

As we indicated last quarter, there are a number of factors that we expected would lead to a reduction in the core net interest margin. These include the FCB merger. The issuance of subordinated debt during the quarter, and the continued mix shift in the market, to CDs and other interest bearing funding sources.

The net interest margin decline for the quarter included an 11 basis point increase in earning asset yields, and a 25 basis point increase in the effective cost of funds.

Turning to slide 7, and fee income -- total non-interest income for the quarter was $79.4 million, up $11.4 million versus the prior quarter, and $12.3 million versus the same period a year ago. Non-interest income in the quarter included a favorable fair value mark to private equity investments of $858,000 compared to an unfavorable $2.1 million in the previous quarter. Adjusted non-interest income of $78.4 million increased $8.4 million compared to the fourth quarter. The growth in adjusted non-interest income this quarter was largely attributed to FCB, which provided $7.3 million of the $8.4 million sequential increase. Core banking fees of $36.8 million more essentially flat from last quarter, including $1.8 million in additional income from FCB. Excluding FCB, core banking fees were negatively impacted by seasonally lower service charges and card fees, as well as lower levels of SBA gains this quarter, compared to the prior quarter.

Fiduciary, asset management, brokerage and interest revenues of $24.5 million were also flat sequentially, and increased $1.1 million or 4.8% from a year ago. We continue to be pleased with the steady growth in our brokerage and trust businesses, as assets under management grew in the first quarter to $14.95 billion, up 5.7% over the same period last year. The addition of FCB had no impact on our reported results in this category, and we remain focused on aggressively adding talent that will help us capitalize on a significant market opportunity that exists in South Florida.

Mortgage revenues of $5 million were up $1.3 million or 34% sequentially including $204,000 for FCB. Mortgage revenue during the quarter was driven by strong secondary market activity, and continued growth at our MLO base, which is up year-over-year by 10%. Additionally, our new digital mortgage application tool has helped drive a 35% increase in total submitted applications year-over-year, with the percentage of applications submitted online increasing from 12% a year ago, to over 15% currently. Finally, other income of $13.1 million increased $10.3 million sequentially, including $5.3 million attributed to FCB, largely in the areas of swap fee income and BOLI income.

Turning to slide 8, total non-interest expense was $292.4 million. As I mentioned earlier, there were significant merger related expenses totaling $49.7 million during the quarter. On an adjusted basis, non-interest expense of $242.7 million increased $36.3 million or 17.6% versus the fourth quarter of '18. The growth in non-interest expense from FCB was $26.8 million. Other expenses driving a sequential increase in quarterly non-interest expense, included a seasonal increase in employment taxes and 401(k) expense, as well as an increase in the amortization of intangibles of $3.1 million.

As I mentioned earlier, acquisition related cost savings are running ahead of our initial estimates. As we progress through the rest of this year, it's likely that the total cost savings realized in 2019 will exceed $30 million. Our continued focus on maintaining expense discipline and positive operating leverage throughout the merger integration is clearly paying off, with an adjusted tangible efficiency ratio of 50.24% for the quarter, compared to 55.98% the prior quarter, and 57.42% a year ago, an improvement of 718 basis points year-over-year.

Turning to slide 9, in credit quality, you'll see that our credit quality metrics remain stable with NPAs flat at 44 basis points, NPL down slightly to 40 basis points, and past dues at a healthy 25 basis points. Additionally, loans past due 90 days or more remain at an insignificant level.

The graph at the top right shows that net charge-offs increased from $13 million to $17.1 million, while the annualized net charge-off ratio was 19 basis points. The increase in charge-offs, was primarily attributable to a higher level of recoveries in the prior quarter, with gross charge-offs remaining in line with last quarter's level.

On the bottom left, you'll notice that provision expense increased from $12.1 million to $23.6 million. There are a few drivers of this increase, I'll touch on. During the quarter, we experienced an accelerated rate of new and renewed loan production, with the addition of FCB. We increased the loan loss reserve and experienced a lower level of recoveries raised compared to previous quarters in 2018. The underlying strength of our portfolio is evident in our credit metrics, including the NPA, NPL and past due trends that you see on this page, as well as our special mention and substandard accruing loan ratios, which you can find on page 22 in the appendix. Accordingly, we expect provision expense for the remainder of the year to be primarily a function of charge offs, growth in funded production, and maintaining reserve at or near its current level.

On the bottom right, you'll see that the reserve increased by $6.4 million compared to last quarter. The ratio however is lower at 0.72% compared to 0.97% last quarter, due to the FCB purchase accounting. The reserve continues to cover NPLs over two times -- or if you exclude NPLs, where the expected loss has been charged off, the reserve covers NPLs, almost three times.

Moving to capital on slide 10, our capital ratios remain strong following the acquisition, and continue to be well above regulatory requirements. On January the 1st, we closed the merger with FCB with consideration of $1.6 billion in common stock. Subsequent to the merger, our regulatory capture ratios did come down, as we executed on our capital optimization strategy, that includes significant common stock repurchases as part of our $400 million authorization for 2019. In total, we repurchased $8.5 million shares, totaling $320 million reducing our share count by 7.3% from January 1, 2019. The share repurchase activity was largely funded by a public offering of $300 million in tier-2 qualifying fixed-to-fixed subordinated notes priced at 5.90%, which closed on February the 7th.

As a result of these activities, our CET1 and total risk based capital ratios declined to 9.44% and 11.98% respectively at quarter end. While these levels are lower than they were last quarter, they remain well within our desired operating ranges for 2019, and we expect them to continue to increase slightly throughout the year.

So turning to slide 11, as most of you know, we completed the merger with Florida Community Bank on January 1st, and the transition of FCB systems, customers, branches and branding to Synovus is on track, to conclude in just 13 days on Monday, May the 6th.

When we announced the acquisition last summer, we noted FCB's strong sales culture, capabilities and commitment to service. Everything we have seen thus far has validated this observation, including the seamless alignment of our teams into a consistent operating model and the successful efforts to retain key customers and team members.

I, along with many others from our leadership team have spent a considerable amount of time throughout Florida over the past weeks and months, visiting team members, customers, attending sales meetings, training sessions, visiting branches in other locations, and the enthusiasm and the excitement and the commitment of that team is very evident both to me and to others.

We have also noted that the addition of FCB would elevate our growth profile; as you can see in the upper right corner of this slide. This was certainly evident in the first quarter, as FCB contributed $214 million or 53% of our organic loan growth, providing significant upside to our first quarter growth rate relative to the prior year. Transition communications with FCB customers took place in the first quarter, and team member training on everything from product sales and productivity to benefits and procurement will conclude in the next few days.

Last week, we announced the addition of a well-respected and highly established private wealth team in South Florida, and we brought on a number of private wealth professionals, both legacy Synovus and FCB markets in the state.

As noted in the lower right hand corner of the slide, we're rapidly approaching completion of all branding and infrastructure transitions, including a substantial upgrade of the ATM fleet for Florida customers, which will introduce new capabilities and functionality that are consistent with the Synovus experience.

From a financial standpoint, we've realized accelerated cost savings and we're already seeing substantial opportunity for revenue synergy, especially in the areas of wealth management, capital markets and community banking. We remain convinced that the acquisitions, financial benefits will exceed the originally stated targets of 6.5% EPS accretion, 17% plus are ROTCE (ph) and IRR of 17%.

And finally, as we previously communicated, Kent Ellert announced his decision to retire at the end of 2019. We could not be more grateful to Kent for his leadership throughout the transition, and for his deep commitment to seeing it through. From the outset, he has been a stabilizing force and getting legacy FCB team members,customers, investors and supporters on-board and excited about the relationship and the potential of our combined companies. From now till his official retirement at year end, he'll be focused on helping the Florida team drive organic growth and retain key business, and after retirement, he'll continue to serve in advisory capacity with us through the end of 2021.

Turning to slide 12. Slide 12 outlines the guidance for 2019 that we provided on our call last quarter, and which remains largely unchanged today. There continues to be global economic uncertainty on the horizon, but our team remains focused on executing against our strategic priorities, which we believe will ultimately drive us to achieve our stated financial objectives.

From a balance sheet perspective, while the first quarter was impacted by typical seasonal patterns, we remain confident in our ability to deliver on our target of 5.5% to 7.5% growth in both loans and deposits in 2019.

While our ability to grow earning assets and acquire new customers remains on track, we know that the current interest rate environment makes it more difficult to grow revenue through margin expansion. Given the benefit of purchase accounting accretion in 2019 and continued solid results in our fee income businesses, our revenue guidance remains unchanged for 2019. However, due to the current rate environment, a full quarter of higher funding costs from the subordinated debt issued, and continued mix shift in the CD funding, we do expect to experience moderate compression in our core margin on the remainder of this year.

Kevin can provide more color on the puts and takes of the margin in Q&A.

We renew our expectations that total non-interest expense will increase between 2% to 4 % for the year, as we continue to generate additional efficiency from the merger, we will also deploy a portion of the savings into new investments, in talent and resources that will drive additional revenue growth. While our current effective tax rate of 25.2% is above the guidance of 23% to 24% set for the year, we continue to plan for and execute on a number of tax strategies that will drive a lower effective tax rate over the second half of the year. As a result, we expect the effective tax rate for the full year will be within our stated range.

We remain confident that our portfolio is well-positioned for the next downturn, regardless of when that might occur. We are not seeing any material deterioration in credit quality metrics today, with NPL and NPAs expected to remain relatively flat for the year. For the full year, we maintained an expectation for net charge off ratio in the 15 to 20 basis point range.

Our final purchase accounting adjustments related to the FCB loan portfolio were right in line with our expectations, and we believe the a mark on that portfolio is more than sufficient to cover expected losses.

As we announced last quarter, our expectation for 2019 was to complete share repurchases in the range of $300 million to $350 million. As we reported this morning, we have largely fulfilled this goal, with total share repurchases today to $320 million. The size and timing of any additional repurchases in 2019 will continue to be situational and dependent primarily on the level of organic business growth, alternative uses of capital and customary regulatory approval.

So before we open the line for questions, as always, I really do want to acknowledge the hard work of our team in driving through a busy quarter and once again, delivering solid results. In the midst of product launches, FCB integration, were talent realignments and other labor intensive tasks, that could have very easily caused distractions and fatigue. Our team also remained fully committed to the core growth, leveraging our strong reputation as a relationship centric, locally present bank, to expand existing and attract new customers.

During the first quarter, we also introduced a refreshed three year growth plan, that' s built around six core strategies; expanding sources of growth; building high performing teams; differentiating the customer experience; transforming our digital capabilities; leveraging data as an asset; and modernizing our core bank to create efficiency, scale and speed. The process of communicating and educating our team about where we are going and the role they play in our future success, has been energizing to all.

We were able to clearly point the tactics already deployed this year, and those now under way that will support our direction, and continue to prove us -- move us closer to meeting short and long term objectives; such as, our new private wealth talent additions in South and Central Florida, as well as our continued and aggressive recruiting of strong talent across all of our geographies and lines of business. Disruptions in our markets and industry, our local relationship approach and our strong reputation and brand are opening doors for us to top talent that can further differentiate our level of service to customers and prospects.

Culmination of our merger with FCB in early May, and already realizing the potential of our combined team. More strategically aligning our lines of business to foster stronger partnerships that can better serve our customers. Piloting and launching key components for a more highly personal massive (inaudible) offerings, with plans for the gradual release of more features throughout the year.

Continued investments in transforming our digital capabilities, and the early success we have seen from our launch of the new mobile online banking and online mortgage application experience. The intentional increased activity, to ensure that we provide an inclusive and diverse work environment for our team, and the community outreach that stirs the heart of our team, including our April (ph) Here Matters initiative, is sponsoring outreach efforts in nearly every single market across our footprint throughout the map.

These are just a few of the proof points behind our roadmap of becoming a more competitive, high performing bank, and we are all excited about the continued progress that we will share with you, throughout the year.

So with that, operator, we will now open the floor for questions.

Operator

Thank you. We will now begin the question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions). And today's first question comes from Ebrahim Poonawala of BofA. Please go ahead.

Ebrahim Poonawala -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Good morning guys.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Good morning Ebrahim

Ebrahim Poonawala -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

I guess first question for Kevin around just the outlook for the core and the GAAP margin. Would appreciate if you could put a little bit of framework around the pressure that Kessel alluded to in his comments around margin outlook going into 2Q And for the rest of the year, and just thoughts on the GAAP margin, with the (inaudible).

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Yeah Ebrahim. I think where it makes sense to start, let's just start for the quarter, so it gives you a better baseline for what happened this past quarter. As Kessel mentioned our core margin declined 33 basis points for the quarter. Roughly 26 basis points of that decline was a result of the merger math, as well as the remixing of the securities portfolio. So that comprised 26 basis points of the change. We had a three basis point reduction quarter-over-quarter. That was a function of the issuance of the tier 2 qualifying sub debt. And then we had another 4 basis points of compression during the quarter.

And let me just provide a little bit of color on that 4 basis points. As you recall, back in fourth quarter, we saw our interest bearing deposits, the cost of those, increase 14 basis points. This quarter, despite the shift in CDs we only saw that cost of interest bearing deposits increase 13 basis points. So it was actually 1 basis point below what it would have been the previous quarter. However, as you're also aware, the change in LIBOR this quarter was only 15 basis points versus the 25 basis points that we had the previous quarter, which resulted in about 5 basis points lower accretion on the loan yield side. So that makes up for a one basis point lower on interest bearing deposits, but also 5 basis points lower on the yield on loans that that's the 4 basis points we saw a contraction this quarter.

Now let's transition into what that means for the rest of the year. This quarter and second quarter, we will see additional compression associated with the sub debt. Just given the fact that we didn't see the full quarter impact that should be roughly a point and a half, will largely offset that point and a half with additional accretion on the earning asset side, largely coming out of the securities book. But we will continue to see a bit of a headwind on the repricing of our interest bearing deposits.

Similar to this past quarter, the shift in CDs as well as the pricing of CDs resulted in the increase. We will see another 5 basis points to 6 basis points of repricing on interest bearing deposits in the second quarter, and then potentially another 2 basis points to 3 basis points in the third quarter. Post those two quarters and the rightsizing of the CD pricing that is occurring, we expect the margin to be stable thereafter. And so the core margin could see compression of another 7 basis points to 9 basis points from the current levels. Now, as it relates to PAA, we did have 19 basis points for the quarter. We expect that to be fairly stable for the rest of the year. But as net interest income grows, we expect the range of PAA between 15 basis points and 20 basis points. So when you take your core margin and add that back, I think you'll see that the total margin would still be in the 370 plus range. Hopefully that's very detailed and helpful.

Ebrahim Poonawala -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

That is very detailed. And just moving to a separate topic on expenses, when looking at the adjusted expenses for the quarter at $243 million, the FCB expense savings seem to be running ahead of sort of -- at least my expectations. Can you talk about the $27 million in expenses tied to FCB, like where they bottom out, or if you just want to talk about the 253 expense on rate, and what the outlook is -- for that. Either of those?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Yeah it's hard to talk about the $27 million, because that that baseline will continue to decline throughout the year. But as we have been very clear, we will be adding new expenses back into their P&L, associated with the build-out of our community bank and our brokerage platform. So as Kessel mentioned in the talking points, we do expect the total expenses that we will be able to save this year, to exceed $30 million.

As it relates to our total number, and again, remember that we guided on a tangible expense basis. And so the 240 or 239 that would have been the actual for the quarter, we do expect that number to increase for the rest of the year. You should expect to see a tangible expense number on a quarterly basis, somewhere around the 247 to 250 range. And that' s a function of a couple different things. Some seasonality as it relates to some of the projects that we are doing, both from a digital and technical standpoint. Also adding new talent in our South Florida franchise. But also, we will have the marry increase that comes into effect in the middle of this year, which will also drive up total expenses.

So the 240 that you saw this quarter will increase for the final three quarters. But we will continue to be within our range, and we expect to be in the lower end of that stated range that we gave for the year.

Ebrahim Poonawala -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Got it. Thanks For taking my questions.

Operator

And the next question today comes from Ken Zerbe of Morgan Stanley. Please go ahead.

Ken Zerbe -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Great thanks. Good morning. I guess can you just with provisions -- a small question here, but the provision obviously came a little bit higher. Your NCO guidance can change in your expectation is that provision is going to be a function of charge-offs, and obviously you know loan production etc. My question is really, can we see provision staying in the $20 million range, or is there anything else unusual in there that would drop it back down to sort of the sub $20 million range? Thanks.

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Ken, this is Kevin. Kessel's comments are spot on. If you just take the raw math of 17.5 basis points for the year, it would largely fund at roughly $16 million per quarter. As you say, around variability, the level of charge-offs itself would obviously drive the level provision. But let's just assume it comes in the middle of the range. That's roughly $16 million. And then growth, if you look at our that our growth targets for the year, it would call for to be in the middle of our range, somewhere around $2 billion worth of growth in the final three quarters. So if you have funded that production with a 100 basis point provision, it could add $6 million or $7 million per quarter in provision. So all else held constant, you would see a provision in that $20 million plus range. Now the other wildcard here is recovery. As you heard Kessel mention that, that we had stronger recoveries in the previous year. So that that could come into play as well. But on a baseline provision, the $20 million number is pretty much down the middle.

Ken Zerbe -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Got you. That helps. And then, just in terms of the CDs, obviously the $600 million that you guys brought on in the quarter. I understand that the CD growth is a part of your core NIM compression. What rates are you paying -- like during the quarter, what rate did you bring on this $600 million of CDs and is that kind of the same rate where you would expect to be paying over the next couple of quarters?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Yeah, it's a really good question again. The quarterly production for new CDs of the combined organization was right at 220, and the average portfolio rate on our CD book is right at 201. So you can see, that's what's driving the compression of the margin. As we look forward, and look, we were very pleased with the level of liquidity that we were able to raise in the first quarter. And that puts us in a very strong position the rest of the year, so we can be a little more selective around pricing on our promotional rates. And so, we expect that 220 number to come in a little bit for the final three quarters, and that will reduce the gap between the new pricings and what's rolling off and where the portfolio is. And that's the function of the NIM compression I mentioned to Ebrahim, where we -- up 13 basis points this quarter, will drop to 5 basis points to 6 basis points, and then 2 basis points to 3 basis points. That's just the equilibrium of that portfolio rate equaling our production rate over the next two quarters.

Ken Zerbe -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

All right. Great. Thank you.

Operator

And our next question today comes from Brady Gailey of KBW. Please go ahead.

Brady Gailey -- KBW -- Analyst

Hey good morning guys.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning Brady.

Brady Gailey -- KBW -- Analyst

So the buyback was notable this quarter. I mean, you did $320 million, and that's relative to your guidance of $300 million to $350 million. And you know, we are only 90 days in. I mean, how should we think about the likelihood of you all doing notably more buybacks beyond the $300 million to $350 million this year?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Brady, it's also a very good question. Kessel mentioned the repurchase will be situational from this point forward. Obviously, we will evaluate our organic loan growth for the rest of this year. We will also look at parent liquidity, which obviously we have and we will monitor our capital ratios. As Kessel mentioned, just looking at our earnings potential for the rest of the year, those capital ratios will continue to increase modestly. And so, it will create capacity for share repurchase, as well as the -- we have the liquidity to do it as well. So we will continue to monitor that. Obviously, the price of our stock has an influence on how much we would want to do, as we do look at IRRs on share repurchase, but we have the capacity, and as Kessel mentioned, we continually review that, not only in a baseline scenario, but we do run some stress scenarios to say, what if we were to go through an economic downturn. So through all of those scenarios and all the factors, we'll evaluate that and if we deem it appropriate, we'll pursue additional share repurchases, obviously with the approval of our regulatory bodies.

Brady Gailey -- KBW -- Analyst

Okay. And my second question was just on the FCB cost saves. I mean, it's great to see, you know, 2019 coming at $30 million, which is $10 million higher than you thought. When you take a step back and look at the entire transaction, I think you all were estimating $40 million of total cost saves to be harvested. Has that $40 million number changed at all, or is this just more a function of you guys realizing it faster than you thought?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Brady, this is Kessel. We feel good about the $40 million. We don't want to wave that victory flag yet, because we are enthusiastic about reinvesting some of it. But if you just follow the activity today, the accelerated cost saves today, I'll just say today, we feel good about the $40 million and the opportunity to go beyond that, potentially with reinvestment or to the bottom line. And we'll give more color on that, as we get a little further along.

Brady Gailey -- KBW -- Analyst

Okay great. Thanks guys.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks Brady.

Operator

And our next question today comes from Jennifer Demba of SunTrust. Please go ahead.

Jennifer Demba -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Thank you. Good morning. Just quick question on,-- congratulations to Kent on his upcoming retirement. Just curious as to what you'll be doing in terms of leadership, following his retirement? And just wanted an update on your progress in hiring a new CFO?

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks Jennifer. Maybe I should take both of those. You know, one of the -- I think, beauties of the FCB model is Kent, has and had assembled a very strong group of leaders, seasoned bankers throughout the state of Florida. Obviously, he was a key driver of those sales efforts and customer contacts. We have, as part of the original transition plan, quickly integrated those business units into our model. Shawn Simpson from Columbus went down in a major community banking role in the Tampa area, the CRE and middle market C&I teams have blended very well into our wholesale bank team led by Kevin Howard, our middle market team led by Kevin Horton. So right now that position is not filled, and we are planning on Kent going on an 150 miles an hour until December 31st.

As we get closer to that, we'll look at that overall model and decide how we might supplement the efforts, that he was so key. And we are confident in the team that's there. And so we will continue to assess that market, our model, the model we've assimilated, and see if there are additional needs for leadership there. Again, a lot of confidence. I participated in a meeting of all other senior bankers, and then they let me stay for a little bit of their sales meeting the next morning, and then kicked me out. But I've got confidence that they are a very well disciplined group of bankers and so -- more to come on that.

As to the CFO search, I think I have probably said to you a month or two ago, that I hope to do it by the shareholder meeting and so that's why, you've asked a question and I have failed. But we're close. We have a strong-strong slate of candidates. I think the job is very appealing to a lot of strong finance leaders throughout the country, with very diverse backgrounds. It has really just been a matter of scheduling interviews throughout the second round. We want our audit committee to weigh-in -- and we're close. So just give me a month. With confidence, I'd say it's a May announcement, and it's exciting for a lot of reasons, because it will allow Kevin Blair to transfer totally to the revenue side, which we think is a great opportunity, not just with the FCB franchise, but really the entire go-to-market delivery model that Kevin Howard, Bart Singleton and Wayne Akins are leading, and our company is really excited about that. So I think it will be a mid to late May announcement, if we don't get it done by Memorial Day, I owe you a dinner. But I think it'll be soon, and the timing is -- really has been scheduled. And we're really excited about the candidates.

Jennifer Demba -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Great. Thanks so much.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

And our next question today comes from Brad Millsaps of Sandler O'Neill. Please go ahead.

Brad Milsaps -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Hey. Good morning guys.

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Good morning, Brad.

Brad Milsaps -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Kevin, I appreciate all the color around the NIM. I was curious if you could kind of reset where the buckets, I guess, of accretion income were at the end of the quarter? Just trying to get a sense of -- the useful life of that. You know I understand you think it'll be about 15 basis points to 20 basis points this year. But just want to get a sense of what you have left and you know, kind of, how that might impact in 2020 with everything you have going on?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Brad obviously SISO (ph) throws a little wrench in that going forward. But just for this year, we expect the deposits and the FHLB premiums to continue, and that's that's roughly running $11 million a quarter. And that will be consistent for the rest of this year. It is a 12 month amortization, so that would end this year.

On the lending front, as we shared $7.4 million in this quarter. Obviously, we have to calculate that every quarter. But we don't expect that to change for the rest of this year based on our modeled output. But then, when we go to SISO (ph) as you likely know, the loans that are in our PCI, by analogy, will be marked through the SISO process, and that will only receive the rate marks in 2020 going forward. And it's hard to estimate what that number is, but if we're getting close to $7 million a quarter today, it's going to be closer to $7 million on the year, as we think about the rate mark in 2020 going forward.

Brad Milsaps -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Okay great. Thank you very much.

Operator

And our question today comes from Nancy Bush of NAB Research. Please go ahead.

Nancy Bush -- N.A.B. research -- Analyst

Good morning guys.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Nancy Bush -- N.A.B. research -- Analyst

Kessel, a question for you and sort of looking back at the announcement of the FCB deal and I think I congratulate you on your metrics, they're certainly working out faster and better than anyone had expected. But you know given the fact that your stock is still down pretty dramatically from pre-deal announcement. Is there anything that could have been done, do you think to cushion that impact or do you just think you'd sort of get that back over time?

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Nancy, I hope we get it back over time sooner rather than later. I think the capital optimization is one step to do that. But yeah, I think about your question by the way everyday, and what we could be doing differently. I think at the end of the day, we've got to execute. I think this team has a multi-year track record on delivering on what we say. I think there was some natural skepticism in the market. More than I would have thought, more than, I would have hoped for. And I think we just got to prove that. And we've been called in an affectionate way, grinders, and I have told our team that we talk about that every week. We got to grind it out and hopefully show the results. I think this quarter is a good step in the right direction. I think credit was an issue, and again we were pleased this quarter with credit performance, both of legacy Synovus and legacy FCB, which by the way was exactly what we anticipated. We like the bankers there, we like the book of business. And so there was a little noise at the end of last year, which we believe was noise. But we needed that to settle down. So I you know -- we will continue to look at ways to better share the message. But at the end of day, it is execute and show the results, and that's what this team is focused on every day.

Nancy Bush -- N.A.B. research -- Analyst

Okay. Secondly on the CD, the shift to CDs, is this happening across the franchise or is this a Florida centric mix shift, because Florida has always been, as you know, a CD market. So could you just speak to that a little bit?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

No Nancy. This is Kevin Blair. It is happening across our footprint. It's just as Kessel mentioned in his prepared remarks. But it's a shift in the demand of our consumers, who quite frankly, see maybe the apex of the rate environment and are trying to lock in some rates at this point in the curve. So it's not isolated. As you know, the Florida franchise is probably more competitive from a rate standpoint. But all of our markets, all five states are -- all of the states that we serve saw CD production pick up this quarter.

Nancy Bush -- N.A.B. research -- Analyst

Okay. If I could just add one short question Kessel; the build-out of the community bank in Florida, can you just give us some color on that? How you're doing it? How far in that progression are you? How you're really accomplishing that?

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, well I'll give you just some high level. As I mentioned, so with the retirement (inaudible) at year end, we consolidated the retail and community banks throughout our footprint. And that was not just driven by the retirement. There was so much overlap between those two business units, that we really thought our go-to-market strategy would be much more seamless by combining those two. And as I mentioned, we took one of our top executives here. He's moved to Tampa to lead that community bank effort in that market. Again, Wayne Akins is building out his -- both retail and commercial teams, with a great mix by the way of legacy FCB leaders and legacy Synovus leaders to kind of drive and maybe reshape some of the results that are driven to the community bank franchise. That was not an area of focus of FCB, and they were very good at what they did. But we believe with the introduction of our products, with our training, just new ATM capabilities that we introduced to their retail network, you will begin to see results there. I was in Fort Lauderdale just a couple of weeks ago. Saw a hole cut inside of a building, which is not something you'd normally want to see in your branch behind the jawline (ph) . But they were installing a new Synovus ATM. So it's gradual, but it's leadership driven, it's product driven, it's training driven and we are well under way there. We think it gives us again, great opportunity in small business, on the retail side, and we really haven't touched on the private wealth side. But we've been very successful adding talent in South Florida, in the mortgage space, in the brokerage space in the -- in some of the other wealth areas.

Nancy Bush -- N.A.B. research -- Analyst

All right. Thank you very much.

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Nancy, let me -- just one comment I will add there. Kessel covered it. We run a metric that Wayne and he has calculated (ph) , look into the number of households within a three mile radius around our branches. And looking at what that brings to us in that South Florida marketplace, it would increase the number of prospective households in our footprint by 45%. So that gives you an order of magnitude of the opportunity. We are not saying that it's easy to go take all of those customers, but just in terms of magnitude of opportunity of the mix (ph).

Nancy Bush -- N.A.B. research -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you for the color.

Operator

And today's next question comes from Steven Alexopoulos of JPMorgan. Please go ahead.

Steven Alexopoulos -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Hey, good morning everybody.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Morning.

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Good morning Steven.

Steven Alexopoulos -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Kessel when you announced the Florida community deal, you told us that you signed a five year contract to retain Kent, which made sense, because Kent was integral to the growth story there. I don't understand, why is he now leaving, well before this contract expires?

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well the five years was a non-compete. You can't force somebody to work. So five years really played to the non-compete. We had certainly hoped that Kent would want to go a lot longer. But things change when you sell a bank. I've sold one, others have sold one. When you're not the CEO anymore, I think Kent is enthusiastic about driving the results. I think this quarter shows it, I think, he's very involved in helping us recruit people and retain customers. I think he'll be energetic till the date of his retirement, in December, and again he has agreed to stay on in a consulting role for two years beyond that. And so the five years is the is the -- is the term of the non-compete.

So we think that the model will work fine. Kent has been a big part of helping us piece it together, getting the groups integrated, helping identify his key leaders. So I can't speak specifically for Kent, other than to say, he's been a tremendous resource and very supportive of the go forward strategy, and I think he will be, for years to come. He's not competing against us. I hope you'll stay a big shareholder and a big cheerleader, both as a, again full time leader through the end of the year, consultant for two years beyond that, and then again hopefully four years beyond that. One of the things I think you know Kent, he's very keen on and committed to the success of his team. And as he said to me many times, he wanted to choose a platform where his team could succeed and where his customers would be well treated. And I think he still believes that very much. So beyond that, I probably can't give you much more color. But we're excited about the go forward leadership team and how we'll deliver the results, we had set.

Steven Alexopoulos -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Okay. That's helpful. And then for a follow up, looking at the $214 million of organic loan growth from Florida community in the quarter, it's down a bit from the organic growth that they were reporting before the deal was announced. Was it just a softer quarter or is this a better organic run rate under Synovus?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

It's probably closer to more organic. You know we've said that, on a year-over-year basis, we expected to see growth of 10% to 12% from FCB. So it's a little lighter than that. And that was mainly due to some of the mortgage paydowns that they had. So in their wholesale bank, they actually had another $250 million growth quarter. That was encumbered a little bit by the mortgage runoff. But we think it can increase slightly from here, but it's probably more organic at this level than it would have been in the past, and that's what we've signaled, Steven, as a result of the continued growth of their book and as their paydowns and payoffs continue to increase, as a percentage of their production. It's just going to result in less portfolio growth.

Steven Alexopoulos -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Is any of the slowdown tied to Synovus tightening the credit box there?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

None. As we've shared in the past from a credit standpoint, that our credit policy is aligned very well and as we've executed in the first quarter, we've largely executed under the same model, under the same policies. And I don't believe, it has had any impact into production or resulting loan growth.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

And Steven, I will just add. We have Bob Derrick here with us. We haven't given him much much breathing room today, our new Chief Credit Officer. But even in our prep (ph) yesterday, we talked about that number, and could that be impacted by tightening, and Bob and I and Kevin discussed that and you know as Bob shared with me, look there's no more tension with an FCB team than there is a legacy Synovus team or someone that joins us from another company. It takes a while to get used to each other. But it's not from a credit policy standpoint, I sat with their top producers a couple of weeks ago and asked that very question. So you got to get used to appraisal policies and when you update environmental and issues like that, but from an overall credit box, that has not been an issue. We'll get better accustomed to their volume, to their speed, to their velocity at quarter end, things that we learned from -- but from a pure credit policy, we felt really good going in, that we understood their policy and their box. And again spent a lot of time with -- and Bob was very involved with Kent, with Jim Baiter, with their team to make sure that there were no showstoppers there. So I think its just a -- it was just a very natural number this quarter, and we will continue to get better at the credit process.

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

And I think it's also important to note, Steven, that doesn't include what Kessell talked about earlier, which is the expansion of small business and consumer lending. So you've yet to see that sort of loan growth that will come from that franchise.

Steven Alexopoulos -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks for all the color on this call. It's very helpful. Appreciate it.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

All right. Thanks Steven.

Operator

And our next question today comes from Tyler Stafford of Stephens. Please go ahead.

Tyler Stafford -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Hey good morning guys, and thanks for taking the question. Hey just a couple of follow up for me. Nice to see the $30 million of cost saves this year. How much, if any of that did you guys recognize already in the first quarter on an annualized basis?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

It's a large percentage of that, Tyler. We haven't broken out the first quarter savings. Again because that number, and we will give you full reconciliation, as we proceed throughout the year. But it's hard to evaluate it, because again, the baseline continues to change as we add new resources back in FCB. But we cut, just to give you a reference point we cut -- we are down about 75 FTE since the beginning of the year in that FCB franchise. And so between the personnel savings, as well as contractual savings and the like, we've gotten the run rates largely building into where we need to be, for $30 million.

Tyler Stafford -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Okay. Got it. Can you just -- Kevin, clarify if that $247 million to $250 million expense range per quarter for the rest of the year, includes or excludes the intangible amortization?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

It currently excludes the intangible amortization.

Tyler Stafford -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Okay. Got it.

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Yeah.

Tyler Stafford -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

And then just last for me, can you just talk about where you stand with the FCB deposit remix either on the public side or the wholesale funds, and just how that factors into the margin outlook for the rest of the year?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Yeah. So it's a question I meant to cover earlier, Tyler, and thank you for bringing that up. You know when I -- when we talked about this last year, we talked about potentially running off $0.5 billion worth of public funds deposits that were at a slightly higher rate. A lot of the their public fund deposits were in CDs, and so that has not occurred at this point. It will occur throughout this year. We're still on track to be able to reduce that by $0.5 billion, which will allow us to replace that or just generate a higher loan-to-deposit ratio, and that'll give us a benefit on the margin.

Outside of that, we really haven't had an opportunity to remix the portfolio. Obviously, after conversion is complete, we will have our branch platform. Wayne Akins and his team will work with the legacy FCB team members, to be able to sell our products and our functionality, which will allow us to further remix the deposits. But the biggest opportunity, as we've said in the past, will be the build out of the community bank and private wealth management. That's the business unit that today, FCB has not focused on that, when attracting those new households, we will be able to generate a tremendous amount of new low cost deposits that we have not had to-date. So it's going to take time, but the margin guidance that we've given you for the rest of this year is -- it provides very little of that benefit. It's more so of a just roll forward of what we see on the rates.

Tyler Stafford -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Okay. Very helpful. Thanks guys.

Operator

And our next question today comes from Garrett Holland of Baird. Please go ahead.

Garrett Holland -- Baird -- Analyst

Thanks for taking the question. The adjusted efficiency ratio was solid in the quarter there, 50%, despite the higher investment spending. Just wanted your thoughts on where you think the efficiency ratio can trend over the intermediate term?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

So Garrett, for the year, we think the efficiency ratio is going to settle in right at that 50% and 50.25%. So It may tick down a little bit based on the savings that we'll continue to garner from FCB and to your point, we still believe that provides us with ample CapEx and operating expense to continue to invest in technology and in resources. And so that's partly why we've been a little less exact on the the cost savings out of FCB, because the quicker that we can build out some of these sub lines of business and product orientation in their market, the more revenue synergies we're going to have in future years. So the efficiency ratio for us will be something that we continue to manage, and as we stated in the past if we see revenue compression from NIM, then we'll manage expenses even lower. But we feel like for this year, we can take it down a little more. But we're right now in a range bound number, that low 50% range.

Garrett Holland -- Baird -- Analyst

That's helpful. And you touched on my next question. Could you help us size the revenue synergy potential with FCB following conversion?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

I would say big, but that doesn't help you. Just teasing. We haven't -- it really depends on the number of resources that we're able to bring in, because when we look at revenue synergies, I could give you some rough estimates of what we think we could sell to the branch network. But it really comes down to how many brokers we have in market, how many private wealth management advisors we have in market, how many community bankers we're able to bring on. So it's very difficult to do that, at this point. We just know that, it's going to be a material amount and that's -- when we announced the deal, we said this is much a bet on Synovus as it is on FCB, of being able to fully deliver all of those products and capabilities.

Garrett Holland -- Baird -- Analyst

Thanks for taking the questions.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

And our next question comes from Michael Rose of Raymond James. Please go ahead.

Michael Rose -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Hey guys. Most of my questions have been asked and answered, but if I look at the core Synovus loan growth this quarter of about $186 million, it looks like about 70% of that was SoFi and GreenSky about $130 million change quarter-to-quarter. And you guys are at about 4.8 % now. You know, what's the desire to move that back up closer to where it was you know, 6% range. You know, as we move forward?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Yeah Michael, good question. We really don't have a goal to increase it back to the 6%. We've always said mid-single digits and we leveraged some large repurchases in the first quarter to your point, just to make it a more relative size of the overall balance sheet. But for the rest of the year, we do not have outsized levels of purchases planned for the rest of this year. It was more of a first quarter stabilization of just getting that as a percentage of the overall balance sheet back in a more normalized level.

Michael Rose -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Okay. So that would imply that X, you know. SoFi and GreenSky that you would expect, you know, legacy Synovus growth to actually accelerate from here. And I guess what are the bigger drivers of that as we move forward?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Yeah I mean that's been seasonal for us the last several years. If you just look back to first quarter of 2018, you saw that, we were growing at roughly a point and a half. So we're up to 3%. And so what you'll see for the rest of this year, is that we will accelerate our growth in our core C&I and CRE categories. But we'll also see some elevated growth in some of our specialty areas. We talked about growth and some of our asset based lending categories. We talked about growth and consumer lending that would be direct consumer lending on our side. So it's really -- and will continue in the areas we're growing now, mortgage, our premium finance business. So you'll see the growth continue in the areas that we are successful in, but you'll see C&I and CRE really pick up in the latter half of the year.

Michael Rose -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Okay. Final one for me. Just going back to the efficiency guidance, appreciate that. Can you just give some of the puts and takes around some of the hiring initiatives? I think there has been eight or nine deals announced in the Atlanta market, since the beginning of 2017. Clearly in Florida, you brought on some teams. Can you just kind of break down, you know, the opportunities from a hiring set perspective and you know, how you balance that off against cost reductions? Thanks.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. This I Kessel, let me take that; because we've been very clear here that, number one we need to take care of our own business and we need to focus on FCB integration and we need to focus on retaining our own team members, on both legacy Synovus and FCB because everyone talks about disruption. We certainly, with this transaction, have some as well. So our focus is internal on our team, making sure that we're properly incenting and rewarding those.

That said though, to your point there has been significant market disruption throughout our footprint. And I really think -- I mean, I say this often around here, our brand should sell itself regardless of disruption. We've been very clear as a company on what we are, who we are, what type of clients we want to bank. Quite frankly, what type of clients we don't want to bank, and we think that's very attractive to bankers who have a history of serving our industry. Whenever there is a disruption, we hopefully get another look.

So we're certainly not picking on anybody and not selling against any deal that has been announced, because people can do the same with us. But we make sure that, as we see disruption, as we see combinations, as we see companies come together, if if we think that we're a better home for the bankers to better serve the clients, we're certainly going to put our best foot forward.

So we are actively involved, our entire senior team are involved in recruiting efforts. We've used our board in recruiting efforts. I'm certainly personally involved in recruiting efforts, and we try and use every benefit, compensation tool that we can, to make sure that we put our best foot forward. So it's ongoing. It was ongoing before some of the more recent mergers that everyone talks about, and it'll be ongoing well into '19 and '20. But again first and foremost, we got to make sure we're taking care of our own team.

Michael Rose -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks for taking my questions guys.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Next question today comes from Jared Shaw of Wells Fargo. Please go ahead.

Timur Braziler -- Wells Fargo -- Analyst

Good morning. This is actually Timur Braziler filling in for Jared. Just one follow-up for me. Going back to Steve's question, on the Florida community loan growth, what was the composition of that growth this quarter? Was it primarily in CRE or was it well mixed?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

It was really across the board, and we saw growth in CRE and C&I in FCB. They had roughly $90 million worth of growth in C&I. And in CRE, they had about $147 million worth of growth. So they really saw it in both sides. As I mentioned earlier, the only place they saw a decline, was in their mortgage portfolio, due to some elevated pay downs.

Timur Braziler -- Wells Fargo -- Analyst

Okay. And as we think about loan growth going forward, is there going to be kind of a planned remix of that composition, with a -- more of an emphasis on C&I, or are you pretty much going to let the legacy business kind of run at the same composition that it had, pre-acquisition?

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Not a real recomposition of the growth. What we've said in the past, is that CRE based on the elevated pay downs may grow at a slightly slower pace. Maybe toward the lower end of our guidance and C&I could be growing at a faster pace. But that's just based on our business mix, where we're getting elevated growth in premium finance and we have some other specialty C&I businesses that we're investing in. So it's less of a desired outcome based on the asset class. It's much more of where we've invested some of our money for growth, in terms of C&I.

Timur Braziler -- Wells Fargo -- Analyst

Understood. Thank you.

Operator

And ladies and gentlemen at this time I see no further questions. I'd like to turn the conference back over to the management team for any final remarks.

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

All right. Thank you Rocco and thanks to all of you. We've gone a little longer than normal, and we're happy to do that. If there are any follow-up questions, I would encourage you to reach out to our team through Steve Adams and he will get your answer or get the right one of us on the phone with you to get your answer. We appreciate your interest and support of our company. I just want to close again by thanking our team and I want to quit referring to the FCB team with the legacy Synovus team, it's one team, but a lot of people have been working a lot of long hours, both to get us to the -- to the January 1 close date, and to then deliver, what I consider to be great results for the first quarter, in the face of a lot of other activities that take a lot of hours to get those done. And so as we move forward to 13 days out, or however many days we have left now, again, our team has really gone above and beyond, to make sure that we are -- yes, we are focused on delivering the results that you see today. We're also laser focused on taking care of our customers. So just a big thank you to the team. I'm sure we'll execute well, converge on weekend, and then we look forward to sharing with you next quarter's results on our July call. So thanks to all of you and have a great day.

Operator

Thank you sir. Today's conference has now concluded. And we thank you all for attending today's presentation. You may now disconnect yours lines and have a wonderful day.

Duration: 63 minutes

Call participants:

Steve Adams -- Senior Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Development

Kessel Stelling -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Ebrahim Poonawala -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Kevin Blair -- Chief Operating Officer

Ken Zerbe -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Brady Gailey -- KBW -- Analyst

Jennifer Demba -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Brad Milsaps -- Sandler O'Neill -- Analyst

Nancy Bush -- N.A.B. research -- Analyst

Steven Alexopoulos -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Tyler Stafford -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Garrett Holland -- Baird -- Analyst

Michael Rose -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Timur Braziler -- Wells Fargo -- Analyst

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