Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH) (“Hilltop”) today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2022. Hilltop produced income to common stockholders of $22.3 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $120.3 million, or $1.46 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2021. Hilltop’s financial results for the first quarter of 2022 included decreases in year-over-year mortgage origination segment net gains from sales of loans and other mortgage production income as well as declines in net revenues within the broker-dealer segment’s structured finance and fixed income services business lines.
Rising interest rates and inflationary pressures materially impacted our financial results during the first quarter of 2022. Additional headwinds during 2022 are expected to include tight housing inventories on mortgage volumes, a return to normalized credit losses and declining deposit balances. The COVID-19 pandemic may also continue to adversely impact financial markets and overall economic conditions. The extent of the impact of these expected headwinds and the pandemic on our operational and financial performance for the remainder of 2022 remains uncertain.
Hilltop also announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per common share payable on May 27, 2022, to all common stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 13, 2022. During the three months ended March 31, 2022, there were no stock repurchases.
Jeremy B. Ford, President and CEO of Hilltop, said “Our results in the first quarter were driven primarily by the strength and stability of PlainsCapital Bank, which generated growth in its core loan portfolio while experiencing improvement in its asset quality. PrimeLending and HilltopSecurities, both primarily fee-based businesses, were pressured by the sharp rise in interest rates, lower housing inventories and lower trading volumes. Additionally, total noninterest expenses at Hilltop declined during the period as our team remains focused on expense management. Overall, we are adapting to the new mortgage and interest rate environments and believe we have the team and business model in place to drive improvement.”
First Quarter 2022 Highlights for Hilltop:
- The provision for credit losses was $0.1 million during the first quarter of 2022, compared to a reversal of credit losses of $18.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2021;
- The provision for credit losses during the first quarter of 2022 primarily reflected a slower U.S. economic outlook since the prior quarter, significantly offset by decreases in specific reserves and positive risk rating grade migration.
- For the first quarter of 2022, net gains from sale of loans and other mortgage production income and mortgage loan origination fees within our mortgage origination segment was $143.0 million, compared to $310.2 million in the first quarter of 2021, a 53.9% decrease;
- Mortgage loan origination production volume was $3.8 billion during the first quarter of 2022, compared to $6.2 billion in the first quarter of 2021;
- Net gains from mortgage loans sold to third parties decreased to 321 basis points during the first quarter of 2022, compared to 362 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2021.
- Hilltop’s consolidated annualized return on average assets and return on average equity for the first quarter of 2022 were 0.53% and 3.60%, respectively, compared to 2.90% and 20.58%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2021;
- Hilltop’s book value per common share decreased to $31.02 at March 31, 2022, compared to $31.95 at December 31, 2021;
- Decline in book value per common share during the first quarter of 2022 impacted by the significant increase of approximately $120 million in pre-tax net unrealized losses within our available for sale investment portfolio related to increases in market interest rates since purchase;
- Certain agency-issued securities were transferred from the available-for-sale to held-to-maturity portfolio on March 31, 2022 with pre-tax unrealized losses of approximately $74 million as of the date of transfer.
- Hilltop’s total assets were $18.4 billion and $18.7 billion at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively;
- Loans1, net of allowance for credit losses, increased to $7.2 billion at March 31, 2022 compared to $7.1 billion at December 31, 2021;
- Non-performing loans were $44.3 million, or 0.47% of total loans, at March 31, 2022, compared to $51.1 million, or 0.52% of total loans, at December 31, 2021;
- Loans held for sale decreased by 12.5% from December 31, 2021 to $1.6 billion at March 31, 2022;
- Total deposits were $12.7 billion and $12.8 billion at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively;
- Hilltop maintained strong capital levels2 with a Tier 1 Leverage Ratio3 of 12.46% and a Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 21.27% at March 31, 2022;
- Hilltop’s consolidated net interest margin4 decreased to 2.36% for the first quarter of 2022, compared to 2.44% in the fourth quarter of 2021;
- Includes previously deferred interest income of $1.6 million during the first quarter of 2022 related to PPP loan-related origination fees, compared to $7.5 million in the first quarter of 2021.
- For the first quarter of 2022, noninterest income was $216.4 million, compared to $417.6 million in the first quarter of 2021, a 48.2% decrease;
- For the first quarter 2022, noninterest expense was $286.4 million, compared to $366.7 million in the first quarter of 2021, a 21.9% decrease; and
- Hilltop’s effective tax rate was 19.4% during the first quarter of 2022, compared to 23.4% during the same period in 2021.
- The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2022 was lower than the applicable statutory rate primarily due to the discrete impact of restricted stock vesting during the quarter.
“Loans” reflect loans held for investment excluding broker-dealer margin loans, net of allowance for credit losses, of $506.2 million and $733.0 million at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively.
Capital 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.
Based on the end of period Tier 1 capital divided by total average assets during the quarter, excluding goodwill and intangible assets.
Net interest margin is defined as net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.
Conference Call Information
Hilltop will host a live webcast and conference call at 8:00 AM Central (9:00 AM Eastern) on Friday, April 22, 2022. Hilltop President and CEO Jeremy B. Ford and Hilltop CFO William B. Furr will review first quarter 2022 financial results. Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing 1-844-200-6205 (United States), 1-833-950-0062 (Canada) or 1-929-526-1599 (all other locations) and then using the access code 352794. The conference call also will be webcast simultaneously on Hilltop’s Investor Relations website (http://ir.hilltop-holdings.com).
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 Momentum 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 March 31, 2022, Hilltop employed approximately 4,800 people and operated approximately 400 locations in 47 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.
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