BB&T reports record quarterly earnings of $1.01 per diluted share; Up $0.27, or 36.5 percent, compared to third quarter 2017

BB&T reports record quarterly earnings of $1.01 per diluted share; Up $0.27, or 36.5 percent, compared to third quarter 2017

PR Newswire

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Oct. 18, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) today reported record earnings for the third quarter of 2018. Net income available to common shareholders was $789 million. Earnings per diluted common share were $1.01 for the third quarter of 2018, up from $0.99 last quarter. Results for the third quarter produced an annualized return on average assets of 1.49 percent and an annualized return on average common shareholders' equity of 11.69 percent.

Excluding pre-tax merger-related and restructuring charges of $18 million ($13 million after-tax), net income available to common shareholders was $802 million, or $1.03 per diluted share.

Net income available to common shareholders was $775 million ($0.99 per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2018 and $597 million ($0.74 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2017.

"We are pleased to report record earnings driven by strong revenues, broad-based loan growth and solid expense control," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kelly S. King. "Revenue exceeded $2.9 billion as we achieved records in both net interest income and noninterest income.

"We continue to execute on numerous strategies creating more diversified and resilient profitability while investing substantially in our digital platform creating outstanding client experiences.

"Net interest income was driven by loan growth of 5.8 percent, King said. "Noninterest income was led by insurance income, which benefited from the Regions Insurance acquisition as well as organic growth.

"Asset quality remains excellent and improved further during the third quarter. Nonperforming assets and loans 90 days or more past due declined from already very low levels," King said.

"We are proud of our associates who continue to work closely with our clients and communities that have been impacted by the recent hurricanes," King said. "We are partnering with the American Red Cross, Samaritan's Purse and many other local charities to aid ongoing relief efforts."

Third Quarter 2018 Performance Highlights

Earnings Presentation and Quarterly Performance Summary

To listen to BB&T's live third quarter 2018 earnings conference call at 8 a.m. ET today, please call 866-519-2796 and enter the participant code 876127. A presentation will be used during the earnings conference call and is available on our website at Replays of the conference call will be available for 30 days by dialing 888-203-1112 (access code 6326592).

The presentation, including an appendix reconciling non-GAAP disclosures, is available at BB&T's Third Quarter 2018 Quarterly Performance Summary, which contains detailed financial schedules, is available on BB&T's website at

About BB&T

BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $222.9 billion in assets and market capitalization of approximately $37.4 billion as of September 30, 2018. Building on a long tradition of excellence in community banking, BB&T offers a wide range of financial services including retail and commercial banking, investments, insurance, wealth management, asset management, mortgage, corporate banking, capital markets and specialized lending. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., BB&T operates more than 1,900 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C. and is consistently recognized for outstanding client service by Greenwich Associates for small business and middle market banking. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at

Capital ratios are preliminary.

This news release contains financial information and performance measures determined by methods other than in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). BB&T's management uses these "non-GAAP" measures in their analysis of the Corporation's performance and the efficiency of its operations. Management believes these non-GAAP measures provide a greater understanding of ongoing operations, enhance comparability of results with prior periods and demonstrate the effects of significant items in the current period. The Corporation believes a meaningful analysis of its financial performance requires an understanding of the factors underlying that performance. BB&T's management believes investors may find these non-GAAP financial measures useful. These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies. Below is a listing of the types of non-GAAP measures used in this news release:

A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is included in BB&T's Third Quarter 2018 Quarterly Performance Summary, which is available at

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Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this report. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any forward-looking statement. Except to the extent required by applicable law or regulation, BB&T undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

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