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TULSA, Okla., July 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: BOKF) today reported net earnings applicable to common shareholders for the second quarter of 2021 of $166.4 million, or $2.40 per diluted common share.

CEO Commentary

Steven G. Bradshaw, president and chief executive officer, stated, “The organization eclipsed $160 million in net income for the first time on another stellar, broad-based contribution from our Wealth Management team and stable net interest revenues. Additionally, growth in our Healthcare portfolio and steady core C&I this quarter provides a solid foundation as we head into the back half of 2021. While growth in other areas of the loan portfolio remains somewhat constrained by near-term labor and supply chain disruptions, our customers’ confidence about future growth is very high, which reaffirms our outlook for the remainder of this year.”

Bradshaw continued, “While our top-line strength this quarter was impressive, equally strong was our discipline around operating costs and our excellent credit outcomes. We continue to hold the line on many expense saves gained through the pandemic, driving meaningful earnings leverage. Credit also continues to be a clear differentiator, as oil and natural gas prices rebounded to multi-year highs. Non-performing assets and potential problem loans were both down significantly, and credit costs continue to be at the low end of our historical range. Altogether, this quarter demonstrates just how effectively we can execute on both the top and bottom line and build shareholder value.”

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights
  • Net income was $166.4 million or $2.40 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2021 and $146.1 million or $2.10 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2021.
  • Net interest revenue totaled $280.3 million, consistent with the prior quarter. Net interest margin was 2.60 percent compared to 2.62 percent in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Fees and commissions revenue totaled $169.4 million, an increase of $7.3 million. Growth in much of our fee-based business, led by brokerage and trading and fiduciary and asset management revenues, was partially offset by lower mortgage banking revenue.
  • Operating expense decreased $4.6 million to $291.2 million. The first quarter of 2021 included a $4.0 million charitable donation to the BOKF Foundation that did not recur in the second quarter.
  • Period-end loans decreased $1.1 billion to $21.4 billion at June 30, 2021. Period-end Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans decreased $727 million to $1.1 billion. Paydowns of energy and commercial real estate loans were partially offset by an increase in healthcare and personal loans. Average loans were $22.2 billion, a $590 million decrease compared to the first quarter of 2021.
  • Forecasts for improving macroeconomic factors and credit quality metrics resulted in a $35.0 million negative provision for expected credit losses in the second quarter of 2021 and a $25.0 million negative provision in the prior quarter. The combined allowance for credit losses totaled $336 million or 1.66 percent of outstanding loans, excluding PPP loans, at June 30, 2021. The combined allowance for credit losses was $385 million or 1.86 percent of outstanding loans, excluding PPP loans, at March 31, 2021.
  • Average deposits increased $968 million to $37.5 billion while period-end deposits decreased $413 million to $37.4 billion. Average demand deposits grew by $877 million and average interest bearing deposits grew by $91 million.
  • The company’s common equity Tier 1 capital ratio was 11.95 percent at June 30, 2021. In addition, the company’s Tier 1 capital ratio was 12.01 percent, total capital ratio was 13.61 percent, and leverage ratio was 8.58 percent at June 30, 2021. At March 31, 2021, the company’s common equity Tier 1 capital ratio was 12.14 percent, Tier 1 capital ratio was 12.21 percent, total capital ratio was 13.98 percent, and leverage ratio was 8.42 percent.
  • The company repurchased 492,994 shares of common stock at an average price of $88.84 a share in the second quarter of 2021.
  • The company intends to redeem the subordinated debt issued in June of 2016 at the interest rate of 5.375 percent using existing capital, saving approximately $8.0 million per year in interest payments.
  • Commercial Banking contributed $72.6 million to net income in the second quarter of 2021, an increase of $3.0 million compared to the first quarter of 2021. Combined net interest revenue and fee revenue increased $14.4 million, largely due to an increase of $7.5 million in production revenue from repossessed oil and gas properties. This increase was supplemented by growth in customer hedging revenue, syndication fees and transaction card revenue. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in net gains on sales of repossessed assets. Operating expense increased $4.4 million, primarily due to an increase in operating expenses on repossessed assets. Average Commercial Banking loans decreased $541 million due to purposeful deleveraging by our customers. Average Commercial Banking deposits grew 6 percent to $17.0 billion in the first quarter.
  • Consumer Banking contributed $1.7 million to net income in the second quarter of 2021, a decrease of $5.3 million compared to the prior quarter. Combined net interest revenue and fee revenue decreased $10.6 million. Net interest revenue increased $4.0 million, mainly due to favorable yields on deposits sold to our Funds Management unit. Fees and commissions revenue decreased $14.6 million, largely due to reduced mortgage production volume and margin compression. Operating expense decreased $3.2 million, primarily due to lower mortgage banking costs. Average Consumer Banking deposits grew by 5 percent to $8.5 billion.
  • Wealth Management contributed $31.1 million to net income in the second quarter of 2021, an increase of $11.7 million compared to the first quarter. Combined net interest revenue and fee revenue increased $17.1 million. Brokerage and trading revenue and related net interest revenue increased $10.5 million to $62.2 million due to growth in agency residential mortgage trading volumes and higher margin market opportunities. Fiduciary and asset management revenue increased $3.7 million to $45 million, largely due to seasonal tax preparation fees combined with higher oil and gas asset management fees. Trust business line fees also grew as a result of higher client asset balances. Assets under management were $96.6 billion, an increase of $4.7 billion compared to the prior quarter.

Net interest revenue was $280.3 million for the second quarter of 2021, largely unchanged compared to the first quarter of 2021. Net interest margin was 2.60 percent compared to 2.62 percent in the prior quarter.

Average earning assets decreased $354 million compared to the first quarter of 2021. Average loan balances decreased $590 million, largely due to energy and commercial real estate paydowns. Available for sale securities decreased $190 million. Average trading securities grew by $467 million. Other borrowings increased $216 million while funds purchased and repurchase agreements decreased $1.0 billion.

The yield on average earning assets was 2.75 percent, a 3 basis point decrease from the prior quarter. The yield on the available for sale securities portfolio increased 1 basis point to 1.85 percent. The loan portfolio yield decreased 1 basis point to 3.54 percent.

Funding costs were 0.21 percent, down 3 basis points. The cost of interest-bearing deposits decreased 3 basis points to 0.14 percent. The cost of other borrowed funds decreased 2 basis points to 0.28 percent. The benefit to net interest margin from assets funded by non-interest liabilities was 6 basis points for the second quarter of 2021, compared to 8 basis points for the prior quarter.

Fees and commissions revenue totaled $169.4 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of $7.3 million compared to the prior quarter. Brokerage and trading revenue increased $8.6 million to $29.4 million, including a $9.3 million increase in trading revenue. An increase in agency residential mortgage-backed securities trading volumes and higher margin market opportunities combined to grow trading revenue. Fiduciary and asset management…

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