Hilltop Holdings Inc. Announces Financial Results for Third Quarter 2020

10/22/2020

DALLAS, TEXAS — Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH) (“Hilltop”) today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2020. Hilltop produced income from continuing operations to common stockholders of $152.5 million, or $1.69 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $74.2 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2019. Hilltop’s financial results from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2020 reflect a significant increase in mortgage origination segment net gains from sale of loans and other mortgage production income. Including income from discontinued operations related to the insurance segment, income applicable to common stockholders was $153.3 million, or $1.70 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $79.4 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2019.

Hilltop also announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.09 per common share, payable on November 30, 2020, to all common stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 16, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted financial markets and overall economic conditions, and is expected to continue to have implications on our business and operations. The extent of the impact of COVID-19 on our operational and financial performance for the remainder of 2020 is dependent on certain developments, including, among others, the broader adverse implications of COVID-19 on our customers and clients, potential further disruption and deterioration in the financial services industry, including the mortgage servicing and commercial paper markets, and additional, or extended, federal, state and local government orders and regulations that might be imposed in response to the pandemic, all of which are uncertain.

Jeremy Ford, President and CEO of Hilltop, said, “Our results this quarter highlight the strength of our diversified operating model and the commitment of our team. I could not be more pleased with the performance of our businesses and our team for working tirelessly to serve customers in a safe and highly effective manner. Our focus on execution and delivering exceptional customer service will continue to provide the foundation for prudent growth in the future.

Hilltop’s results this quarter reflect record performance from our mortgage origination franchise, enhanced performance in our securities businesses and stable credit performance at the bank. The mortgage business generated $6.5 billion of mortgage originations and $146 million of pre-tax income, as PrimeLending leveraged recent investments in technology and superior teamwork. HilltopSecurities generated $149 million of net revenue and a 24% pre-tax margin from improved results in its fixed income capital markets, structured finance and public banking business lines. PlainsCapital Bank generated $50 million of pre-tax income, representing a return to profitability as credit trends remained stable after the significant build in the allowance for credit losses during the second quarter. During the third quarter, the bank continued to support our customers facing adversity in the pandemic, resulting in approximately $291 million of active loan payment deferrals.”

Third Quarter 2020 Highlights for Hilltop:

  • For the third quarter of 2020, net gains from sale of loans and other mortgage production income within our mortgage origination segment was $307.9 million, compared to $157.1 million in the third quarter of 2019, a 96.0% increase;
    • Mortgage loan origination production volume was $6.5 billion during the third quarter of 2020, compared to $4.8 billion in the third quarter of 2019.
  • The provision for (reversal of) credit losses was $(0.6) million during the third quarter of 2020, compared to $66.0 million in the second quarter of 2020;
    • The significant provision for credit losses during the second quarter of 2020 was primarily associated with the increase in the expected lifetime credit losses under CECL on collectively evaluated loans within the portfolio attributable to the continued market disruption and related macroeconomic uncertainties caused by COVID-19 through June 2020.
    • The reversal of credit losses during the third quarter of 2020 primarily reflected changes in reserves on margin loans within the broker-dealer segment given that the changes in the provision for credit losses associated with the Bank’s loan portfolio composition and credit quality were offset by improvements in macroeconomic factor assumptions and qualitative factors from the prior quarter.
  • Hilltop’s consolidated annualized return on average assets and return on average equity for the third quarter of 2020 were 3.71% and 25.94%, respectively, compared to 2.26% and 15.55%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2019;
  • Hilltop’s book value per common share increased to $26.72 at September 30, 2020, compared to $25.08 at June 30, 2020;
  • Hilltop’s total assets were $16.9 billion at both September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020;
  • Loans1, net of allowance for credit losses, were $7.3 billion at both September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020;
    • Includes supporting our impacted banking clients through funding of over 2,800 loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, which totaled approximately $671 million at September 30, 2020.
  • Non-performing loans were $82.1 million, or 0.78% of total loans, at September 30, 2020, compared to $68.3 million, or 0.65% of total loans, at June 30, 2020;
  • During the third quarter of 2020, we further supported our impacted banking clients through the approval of COVID-19 related loan modifications, resulting in active deferrals that have not reached the end of their deferral period of approximately $291 million as of September 30, 2020;
    • As of June 30, 2020, active COVID-19 related loan modifications totaled approximately $968 million;
    • During the third quarter of 2020, COVID-19 related loan modifications of approximately $662 million have made at least one payment pursuant to agreed-upon contractual terms;
    • Extent of progression of these loans into non-performing loans during future periods is uncertain.
  • Loans held for sale decreased by 1.7% from June 30, 2020 to $2.5 billion at September 30, 2020;
  • Total deposits were $11.3 billion at September 30, 2020, compared to $11.6 billion at June 30, 2020;
  • Hilltop maintained strong capital levels with a Tier 1 Leverage Ratio2 of 13.03% and a Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 19.85% at September 30, 2020;
    • Ratios reflect Hilltop’s decision to elect the transition option as issued by the federal banking regulatory agencies in March 2020 that permits banking institutions to mitigate the estimated cumulative regulatory capital effects from CECL over a five-year transitionary period.
  • Hilltop’s consolidated net interest margin3 decreased to 2.56% for the third quarter of 2020, compared to 2.80% in the second quarter of 2020;
  • For the third quarter of 2020, noninterest income from continuing operations was $502.7 million, compared to $306.5 million in the third quarter of 2019, a 64.0% increase;
  • For the third quarter of 2020, noninterest expense from continuing operations was $399.3 million, compared to $321.2 million in the third quarter of 2019, a 24.3% increase; and
  • Hilltop’s effective tax rate from continuing operations was 22.7% during the third quarter of 2020, compared to 21.9% during the same period in 2019.

Discontinued Operations

On June 30, 2020, Hilltop completed the sale of its insurance segment, National Lloyds Corporation, for cash proceeds of $154.1 million. Insurance segment results and its assets and liabilities have been presented as discontinued operations. Included within discontinued operations of corporate for the third quarter of 2020 is the recognition of a pre-tax post-closing adjustment gain of $0.7 million related to the finalization of the June 30, 2020 closing balance sheet, resulting in an aggregate gain on sale of NLC of $33.1 million. The resulting book gain from this sale transaction was not recognized for tax purposes pursuant to the rules under the Internal Revenue Code. Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, was $0.7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $5.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2019.

Conference Call Information

Hilltop will host a live webcast and conference call at 8:00 AM Central (9:00 AM Eastern) on Friday, October 23, 2020. Hilltop President and CEO Jeremy B. Ford and Hilltop CFO William B. Furr will review third quarter 2020 financial results. Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing 1-877-508-9457 (domestic) or 1-412-317-0789 (international). The conference call also will be webcast simultaneously on Hilltop’s Investor Relations website (http://ir.hilltop-holdings.com).

About Hilltop

Hilltop Holdings is a Dallas-based financial holding company. Its primary line of business is to provide business and consumer banking services from offices located throughout Texas through PlainsCapital Bank. PlainsCapital Bank’s wholly owned subsidiary, PrimeLending, provides residential mortgage lending throughout the United States. Hilltop Holdings’ broker-dealer subsidiaries, Hilltop Securities Inc. and Hilltop Securities Independent Network Inc., provide a full complement of securities brokerage, institutional and investment banking services in addition to clearing services and retail financial advisory. At September 30, 2020, Hilltop employed approximately 4,800 people and operated approximately 430 locations in 48 states. Hilltop Holdings’ common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “HTH.” Find more information at Hilltop-Holdings.com, PlainsCapital.com, PrimeLending.com and Hilltopsecurities.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements anticipated in such statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and, except as required by law, we do not assume any duty to update forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning such things as our plans, objectives, strategies, expectations, intentions and other statements that are not statements of historical fact, and may be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “building,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “goal,” “guidance,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “outlook,” “plan,” “probable,” “projects,” “seeks,” “should,” “target,” “view,” “will” or “would” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: (i) changes in general economic, market and business conditions in areas or markets where we compete, including changes in the price of crude oil; (ii) the COVID-19 pandemic and the response of governmental authorities to the pandemic, which have caused and are causing significant harm to the global economy and our business; (iii) the credit risks of lending activities, including our ability to estimate credit losses, as well as the effects of, and trends in, loan delinquencies and write-offs; (iv) risks of participation as a lender in the PPP; (v) changes in the interest rate environment and transitions away from London Interbank Offered Rate; and (vi) risks associated with concentration in real estate related loans. For further discussion of such factors, see the risk factors described in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

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