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PNC Earns Full Year 2014 Net Income Of $4.2 Billion And $7.30 Diluted EPS

Reports Fourth Quarter Net Income of $1.1 Billion and $1.84 Diluted EPS
Loans, Deposits and Capital Grow, Expenses Controlled

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) today reported 2014 net income of $4.2 billion, or $7.30 per diluted common share, compared with 2013 net income of $4.2 billion, or $7.36 per diluted common share. Fourth quarter 2014 net income was $1.1 billion, or $1.84 per diluted common share, compared with $1.0 billion, or $1.79 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2014 and $1.1 billion, or $1.87 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2013.

"PNC had a successful year in 2014," said William S. Demchak, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We added customers, grew loans and deposits, increased fee income and capital, and reduced expenses. While the near-term revenue environment remains challenging, I like how we are positioned heading into 2015. We are a year further into the execution on our strategic priorities and continue to make important progress across the board. We enjoy a strong capital position. We have a more liquid balance sheet. And we expect our continued execution to drive long-term shareholder value." 

Income Statement Highlights

  • Fourth quarter results reflected higher revenue and noninterest expense compared with the third quarter, stable credit quality, and included solid underlying fee income and disciplined expense management.
  • Net interest income of $2.1 billion in the fourth quarter decreased slightly by $7 million compared with the third quarter as lower purchase accounting accretion was partially offset by higher core net interest income.
  • Noninterest income of $1.9 billion for the fourth quarter increased $113 million, or 7 percent, compared with the third quarter and included higher gains on asset dispositions, including a $94 million gain on the sale of PNC's Washington, D.C. regional headquarters building.
  • Noninterest expense of $2.5 billion for the fourth quarter increased $182 million, or 8 percent, compared with the third quarter and included a contribution to the PNC Foundation and higher legal and residential mortgage compliance costs. Underlying expenses continued to be well managed.
  • Provision for credit losses was $52 million for the fourth quarter compared with $55 million in the third quarter as overall credit quality remained relatively stable.
  • The effective tax rate was 22.1 percent for the fourth quarter, a decrease from 27.4 percent for the third quarter largely related to the tax favorability of the PNC Foundation contribution.

Balance Sheet Highlights

  • Loans grew $3.9 billion, or 2 percent, to $205 billion at December 31, 2014 compared with September 30, 2014. 
    • Total commercial lending increased $4.3 billion primarily in PNC's corporate banking, real estate and business credit businesses.
    • Total consumer lending declined $.4 billion as growth primarily in credit card and automobile loans was more than offset by lower home equity and education loans, with runoff in the non-strategic consumer lending portfolios contributing to the decline.
  • Overall credit quality for the fourth quarter was relatively stable with the third quarter. 
    • Nonperforming assets of $2.9 billion at December 31, 2014 decreased $95 million, or 3 percent, compared with September 30, 2014.
    • Net charge-offs increased to $118 million for the fourth quarter from $82 million in the third quarter primarily due to higher recoveries in the third quarter.
  • Deposits increased $5.9 billion, or 3 percent, to $232 billion at December 31, 2014 compared with September 30, 2014 driven by strong growth in demand and money market deposits.  
  • PNC further increased its liquidity position as reflected in higher deposit balances maintained with the Federal Reserve Bank.
    • The regulatory short-term Liquidity Coverage Ratio became effective for PNC as an advanced approaches bank beginning January 1, 2015, with a minimum phased-in requirement of 80 percent in 2015, calculated as of month end.
    • The estimated pro forma ratio at December 31, 2014 exceeded 100 percent and 95 percent for PNC and PNC Bank, N.A., respectively.
  • PNC's well-positioned balance sheet remained core funded with a loans to deposits ratio of 88 percent at December 31, 2014.
  • PNC returned capital to shareholders through repurchases of 12.9 million common shares for $1.1 billion in 2014 under programs to repurchase up to $1.5 billion for the four quarter period beginning in second quarter 2014 under its existing common stock repurchase authorization.
    • Repurchases included 6.1 million common shares for $.5 billion during the fourth quarter and 4.2 million common shares for $.4 billion during the third quarter.  
  • PNC maintained a strong capital position.
    • Transitional Basel III common equity Tier 1 capital ratio, calculated using the regulatory capital methodology applicable to PNC during 2014, was an estimated 11.0 percent at December 31, 2014 and 11.1 percent at September 30, 2014.
    • Pro forma fully phased-in Basel III common equity Tier 1 capital ratio was an estimated 10.0 percent at December 31, 2014 and 10.1 percent at September 30, 2014 based on the standardized approach rules.

 

Earnings Summary


In millions, except per share data



4Q14




3Q14




4Q13



Net income


$

1,057



$

1,038



$

1,074



Net income attributable to diluted common shares


$

981



$

959



$

1,001



Diluted earnings per common share


$

1.84



$

1.79



$

1.87



Average diluted common shares outstanding



532




537




535



Return on average assets



1.23

%



1.25

%



1.36

%


Return on average common equity



9.67

%



9.52

%



10.71

%


Book value per common share  Period end


$

77.61



$

76.71



$

72.07



Tangible book value per common share (non-GAAP)    Period end


$

59.88



$

59.24



$

54.57



Cash dividends declared per common share


$

.48



$

.48



$

.44



The Consolidated Financial Highlights accompanying this news release include additional information regarding reconciliations to reported amounts of non-GAAP financial measures, including reconciliations of tangible book value to book value per common share and business segment income to net income, and regarding the first quarter 2014 adoption of Accounting Standards Update 2014-01 related to investments in low income housing tax credits. Reference to core net interest income is to total net interest income less purchase accounting accretion, which consists of scheduled accretion and excess cash recoveries, as detailed in the Consolidated Financial Highlights. Information in this news release including the financial tables is unaudited. See the notes and other information in the Consolidated Financial Highlights. 

CONSOLIDATED REVENUE REVIEW























Revenue

Change



Change

















4Q14 vs



4Q14 vs


In millions



4Q14




3Q14




4Q13




3Q14



4Q13


Net interest income


$

2,097



$

2,104



$

2,266







(7)

%


Noninterest income



1,850




1,737




1,807




7

%



2

%


Total revenue


$

3,947



$

3,841



$

4,073




3

%



(3)

%


Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased $106 million compared with the third quarter and decreased $126 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2013. Noninterest income was higher in both comparisons while net interest income declined reflecting lower purchase accounting accretion.

Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2014 decreased slightly by $7 million compared with the third quarter and declined $169 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2013. In the linked quarter comparison, an increase in core net interest income was offset by a decrease in purchase accounting accretion. The increase in core net interest income was driven by commercial loan growth and an increase in prepayments reflected in higher yields on securities partially offset by lower loan yields and an increase in borrowed funds. Both core net interest income and purchase accounting accretion declined compared with the fourth quarter of 2013. Core net interest income decreased from fourth quarter 2013 due to lower earning asset yields, lower investment securities balances, the impact of increasing the company's liquidity position and a change in classification to noninterest income of certain commercial facility fees beginning second quarter 2014. These declines were partially offset by commercial and commercial real estate loan growth. Purchase accounting accretion decreased in both comparisons from lower scheduled accretion as the purchased impaired loan portfolio declines.

The net interest margin was 2.89 percent for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with 2.98 percent for the third quarter and 3.38 percent for the fourth quarter of 2013. The decrease in the margin was largely attributable to lower loan yields, an increase in borrowed funds and lower benefit from purchase accounting accretion. Additionally, the impact of the change in classification of certain commercial facility fees contributed to the margin decline compared with fourth quarter 2013.

Noninterest Income

Change



Change



















4Q14  vs



4Q14  vs


In millions



4Q14




3Q14




4Q13




3Q14



4Q13


Asset management


$

376



$

411



$

364




(9)

%



3

%


Consumer services



321




320




327







(2)

%


Corporate services



397




374




301




6

%



32

%


Residential mortgage



135




140




271




(4)

%



(50)

%


Service charges on deposits



180




179




158




1

%



14

%


Other, including net securities gains



441




313




386




41

%



14

%






$

1,850



$

1,737



$

1,807




7

%



2

%


Noninterest income for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased $113 million compared with the third quarter reflecting higher gains on asset dispositions. Asset management revenue declined $35 million entirely attributable to lower earnings from PNC's equity investment in BlackRock. Corporate service fees grew $23 million reflecting higher merger and acquisition advisory fees and other capital markets revenue. Residential mortgage banking noninterest income decreased $5 million as a result of lower net hedging gains on mortgage servicing rights. Other noninterest income for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased primarily due to higher gains on asset dispositions, including a gain of $94 million on the sale of PNC's Washington, D.C. regional headquarters building. Gains on sales of Visa Class B common shares were $36 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $57 million in the third quarter.  

Noninterest income for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased $43 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2013. Client fee income growth was reflected in higher corporate service fees, service charges on deposits and asset management revenue. The increase in corporate service fees included the change in classification from net interest income of certain commercial facility fees beginning second quarter 2014 and higher merger and acquisition advisory fees. Residential mortgage banking noninterest income decreased principally due to a fourth quarter 2013 benefit from release of reserves for residential mortgage repurchase obligations of $124 million compared with a provision of $4 million for fourth quarter 2014. Other noninterest income increased primarily driven by fourth quarter 2014 gains on asset dispositions, including PNC's Washington, D.C. regional headquarters building and Visa Class B common shares.

CONSOLIDATED EXPENSE REVIEW
























Noninterest Expense

Change



Change


















4Q14 vs



4Q14 vs


In millions



4Q14




3Q14




4Q13




3Q14



4Q13


Personnel


$

1,170



$

1,189



$

1,207




(2)

%



(3)

%


Occupancy



216




200




211




8

%



2

%


Equipment



234




220




197




6

%



19

%


Marketing



67




66




66




2

%



2

%


Other



852




682




833




25

%



2

%





$

2,539



$

2,357



$

2,514




8

%



1

%


Noninterest expense for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased $182 million compared with the third quarter and included $128 million largely attributable to a fourth quarter contribution to the PNC Foundation as well as higher legal and residential mortgage compliance costs and higher fixed asset write-offs. Personnel expense declined primarily from the timing of incentive compensation accruals.

Noninterest expense for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased $25 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2013 and reflected PNC's commitment to disciplined expense management while investing in technology and business infrastructure. A higher contribution to the PNC Foundation in fourth quarter 2014 was offset by lower employee benefits expense including pension expense.

The effective tax rate was 22.1 percent for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with 27.4 percent for the third quarter of 2014 and 25.7 percent for the fourth quarter of 2013. The linked quarter decline was largely related to the tax favorability of the PNC Foundation contribution.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET REVIEW

Total assets were $345.1 billion at December 31, 2014 compared with $334.4 billion at September 30, 2014 and $320.2 billion at December 31, 2013. The increases were attributable to higher deposit balances maintained with the Federal Reserve Bank in part due to the regulatory short-term liquidity standards phased in starting January 1, 2015, and loan growth partially offset by lower securities balances in the comparison with year end 2013.

Loans

Change


Change

















12/31/14 vs


12/31/14 vs


In billions


12/31/2014


9/30/2014


12/31/2013


9/30/14


12/31/13


Commercial lending


$

128.4



$

124.1



$

117.1




3

%



10

%


Consumer lending



76.4




76.8




78.5




(1)

%



(3)

%


Total loans


$

204.8



$

200.9



$

195.6




2

%



5

%

























For the quarter ended:






















Average loans


$

202.9



$

199.8



$

194.6




2

%



4

%


Total loans grew $3.9 billion as of December 31, 2014 compared with September 30, 2014. Commercial lending increased $4.3 billion during the fourth quarter primarily in PNC's corporate banking, real estate and business credit businesses. Consumer lending declined $.4 billion as growth in credit card, automobile and residential real estate loans was more than offset by lower home equity and education loans. Runoff in the non-strategic portfolio of residential mortgage and brokered home equity loans contributed to the decrease in consumer lending. Average commercial lending increased $3.3 billion compared with the third quarter, and average consumer and residential real estate loans decreased $.2 billion. Fourth quarter 2014 period end and average loans increased $9.2 billion and $8.3 billion, respectively, compared with fourth quarter 2013 due to commercial and commercial real estate loan growth partially offset by lower consumer and residential real estate loans.

Investment Securities

Change


Change

















12/31/14 vs


12/31/14 vs


In billions


12/31/2014


9/30/2014


12/31/2013


9/30/14


12/31/13


At quarter end


$

55.8



$

55.0



$

60.3




1

%



(7)

%


Average for the quarter ended


$

54.2



$

54.4



$

57.4







(6)

%


Investment securities balances at December 31, 2014 increased $.8 billion compared with September 30, 2014 as net purchases were partially offset by payments and maturities. Average balances decreased $.2 billion for the fourth quarter compared with the third quarter reflecting the timing of the reinvestment activity. Fourth quarter period end and average investment securities balances decreased $4.5 billion and $3.2 billion, respectively, compared with fourth quarter 2013 primarily from lower agency residential mortgaged-backed securities. The available for sale investment securities balance included a net unrealized pretax gain of $1.1 billion at December 31, 2014 compared with $1.0 billion at September 30, 2014 and $.6 billion at December 31, 2013, representing the difference between fair value and amortized cost.

Interest-earning deposits with banks were $31.8 billion at December 31, 2014, an increase of $5.5 billion compared with September 30, 2014 and $19.6 billion compared with December 31, 2013 as PNC maintained higher balances on deposit with the Federal Reserve Bank in part due to regulatory short-term liquidity standards phased in starting January 1, 2015.

Deposits

Change


Change

















12/31/14 vs


12/31/14 vs


In billions


12/31/2014


9/30/2014


12/31/2013


9/30/14


12/31/13


Transaction deposits


$

198.3



$

192.2



$

186.4




3

%



6

%


Other deposits



33.9




34.1




34.5




(1)

%



(2)

%


Total deposits


$

232.2



$

226.3



$

220.9




3

%



5

%



For the quarter ended:






















Average deposits


$

229.4



$

223.8



$

217.0




3

%



6

%


Total deposits at December 31, 2014 grew $5.9 billion compared with September 30, 2014 and average deposits increased $5.6 billion in the fourth quarter compared with the third quarter. Fourth quarter 2014 period end and average deposits increased $11.3 billion and $12.4 billion, respectively, compared with fourth quarter 2013. Strong growth in demand and money market deposits drove the increases in all comparisons. 

Borrowed Funds

Change


Change

















12/31/14 vs


12/31/14 vs


In billions


12/31/2014


9/30/2014


12/31/2013


9/30/14


12/31/13


At quarter end


$

56.8



$

52.3



$

46.1




9

%



23

%


Average for the quarter ended


$

52.4



$

49.3



$

43.1




6

%



22

%


Borrowed funds at December 31, 2014 increased $4.5 billion compared with September 30, 2014 and average borrowed funds increased $3.1 billion in the fourth quarter compared with the third quarter primarily due to higher bank borrowings and senior notes issued in October 2014 to enhance PNC's liquidity position. Borrowed funds increased $10.7 billion at December 31, 2014 compared with December 31, 2013 and average borrowed funds increased $9.3 billion in fourth quarter 2014 compared with fourth quarter 2013 mainly as a result of higher bank borrowings and senior and subordinated debt.

Capital




12/31/2014*


9/30/2014


12/31/2013


Common shareholders' equity    In billions


$

40.6



$

40.5



$

38.4



Transitional Basel III common equity Tier 1 capital ratio


11.0

%



11.1

%



N/A



Pro forma fully phased-in Basel III common equity














   Tier 1 capital ratio


10.0

%



10.1

%



9.4

%


* Ratios estimated


PNC maintained a strong capital position. Common shareholders' equity increased compared with the third quarter primarily due to growth in retained earnings partially offset by share repurchases. The estimated transitional Basel III common equity Tier 1 capital ratio as of December 31, 2014 declined from September 30, 2014 principally from higher risk-weighted assets attributable to loan growth and from share repurchases. This transitional ratio was calculated using the regulatory capital methodology that became effective for PNC as an advanced approaches bank on January 1, 2014 with 2014 phase-ins. The pro forma ratios were calculated based on the standardized approach. See Capital Ratios in the Consolidated Financial Highlights.

PNC repurchased 12.9 million common shares in 2014 for $1.1 billion under programs to repurchase up to $1.5 billion for the four quarter period beginning in second quarter 2014 under its existing common stock repurchase authorization, including 6.1 million common shares for $.5 billion during the fourth quarter and 4.2 million common shares for $.4 billion during the third quarter.

On January 2, 2015, the PNC board of directors declared a quarterly common stock cash dividend of 48 cents per share payable on February 5, 2015.

CREDIT QUALITY REVIEW





















Credit Quality

Change


Change





At or for the quarter ended


12/31/14 vs


12/31/14 vs


In millions


12/31/2014


9/30/2014


12/31/2013


9/30/14


12/31/13


Nonperforming loans


$

2,510


$

2,612


$

3,088



(4)

%



(19)

%


Nonperforming assets


$

2,880


$

2,975


$

3,457



(3)

%



(17)

%


Accruing loans past due 90 days or more


$

1,105


$

1,178


$

1,491



(6)

%



(26)

%


Net charge-offs


$

118


$

82


$

189



44

%



(38)

%


Provision for credit losses


$

52


$

55


$

113



(5)

%



(54)

%


Allowance for loan and lease losses


$

3,331


$

3,406


$

3,609



(2)

%



(8)

%


Overall credit quality for the fourth quarter of 2014 was relatively stable with the third quarter. Nonperforming assets at December 31, 2014 declined $95 million compared with September 30, 2014. Decreases of $61 million in commercial real estate nonperforming loans, $31 million in residential mortgage nonperforming loans and $30 million in commercial nonperforming loans were partially offset by an increase of $22 million in home equity nonperforming loans. Nonperforming assets declined $577 million from fourth quarter 2013 due to improvements in the residential mortgage, commercial real estate and commercial loan portfolios. Nonperforming assets to total assets were .83 percent at December 31, 2014 compared with .89 percent at September 30, 2014 and 1.08 percent at December 31, 2013.

Overall delinquencies decreased $60 million, or 3 percent, as of December 31, 2014 compared with September 30, 2014. Accruing loans past due 90 days or more declined $73 million primarily from lower past due government insured residential real estate loans. Accruing loans past due 60 to 89 days increased $5 million, or 2 percent, and the 30 to 59 day category increased $8 million, or 1 percent.

Net charge-offs for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased $36 million compared with the third quarter primarily due to higher recoveries in the third quarter. Residential real estate recoveries declined $18 million and commercial loan recoveries declined $11 million. Additionally, higher home equity loan net charge-offs contributed to the increase. In the comparison with fourth quarter 2013, net charge-offs decreased $71 million primarily in the home equity and commercial loan portfolios. Net charge-offs for the fourth quarter of 2014 were .23 percent of average loans on an annualized basis compared with .16 percent for the third quarter and .39 percent for the fourth quarter of 2013.

Provision for credit losses for fourth quarter 2014 was relatively stable with the third quarter and declined $61 million compared with fourth quarter 2013 reflecting overall credit quality improvement.

The allowance for loan and lease losses at December 31, 2014 decreased $75 million compared with September 30, 2014, and decreased $278 million compared with December 31, 2013 reflecting overall improvement in credit quality. The allowance to total loans was 1.63 percent at December 31, 2014, 1.70 percent at September 30, 2014 and 1.84 percent at December 31, 2013. The allowance to nonperforming loans was 133 percent at December 31, 2014 compared with 130 percent at September 30, 2014 and 117 percent at December 31, 2013.

BUSINESS SEGMENT RESULTS
















Business Segment Income (Loss)


In millions



4Q14




3Q14




4Q13



Retail Banking


$

172



$

173



$

107



Corporate & Institutional Banking



564




549




569



Asset Management Group



45




46




36



Residential Mortgage Banking



(9)




12




55



Non-Strategic Assets Portfolio



76




82




118



Other, including BlackRock



209




176




189



Net income


$

1,057



$

1,038



$

1,074


















See accompanying notes in Consolidated Financial Highlights


 

 

Retail Banking

Change



Change


















4Q14 vs



4Q14 vs



In millions



4Q14




3Q14




4Q13



3Q14



4Q13



Net interest income


$

986



$

985



$

1,012



$

1



$

(26)



Noninterest income


$

534



$

536



$

488



$

(2)



$

46



Provision for credit losses


$

54



$

74



$

195



$

(20)



$

(141)



Noninterest expense


$

1,195



$

1,175



$

1,138



$

20



$

57



Earnings


$

172



$

173



$

107



$

(1)



$

65


























In billions






















Average loans


$

65.4



$

65.7



$

67.2



$

(.3)



$

(1.8)



Average deposits


$

138.6



$

137.2



$

134.6



$

1.4



$

4.0



Retail Banking earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 were relatively stable with the third quarter and increased compared with the fourth quarter of 2013. Noninterest income reflected customer-related fee income growth in the comparison with fourth quarter 2013 primarily resulting from changes in product offerings and increases in customer-initiated transactions. Noninterest income included gains on sales of Visa Class B common shares of $36 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $57 million in the third quarter. Provision for credit losses decreased in both comparisons primarily due to improved credit metrics. Noninterest expense increased compared with third quarter 2014 mainly as a result of higher branch consolidation costs, higher noncredit losses and seasonal increases. Noninterest expense increased over fourth quarter 2013 due to higher customer transaction related costs, investments in technology, and higher compensation.

  • Retail Banking continued to focus on serving more customers through cost effective channels that meet their evolving preferences for convenience.
    • Approximately 49 percent of consumer customers used non-teller channels for the majority of their transactions during the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with 47 percent for the third quarter and 40 percent for the fourth quarter of 2013.
    • Deposit transactions via ATM and mobile channels increased to 38 percent of total deposit transactions in fourth quarter 2014 compared with 36 percent for the third quarter and 30 percent for the fourth quarter of 2013.
    • As part of PNC's retail branch transformation strategy, 156 branches were converted to universal branches as of December 31, 2014, and 48 branches were closed or consolidated in 2014. PNC had a network of 2,697 branches and 8,605 ATMs at December 31, 2014.
  • Average transaction deposits grew $1.9 billion, or 2 percent, over the third quarter and $5.1 billion, or 5 percent, over fourth quarter 2013 reflecting growth in personal and non-personal demand and money market deposits. Average savings deposits increased $.2 billion over the third quarter and $1.3 billion over fourth quarter 2013, while average certificates of deposit decreased $.8 billion and $2.5 billion, respectively, due to net runoff of maturing accounts.
  • Average loans decreased 3 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2013 as growth in automobile and credit card loans was more than offset by declines in home equity, education, and commercial and commercial real estate loans.
  • Net charge-offs for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $104 million compared with $93 million in the third quarter and $168 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Home equity loan net charge-offs contributed to the increase over the third quarter. The decrease compared with fourth quarter 2013 resulted from improved credit quality in both consumer and commercial portfolios.

 

Corporate & Institutional Banking

Change



Change















4Q14 vs



4Q14 vs



In millions



4Q14



3Q14



4Q13


3Q14



4Q13



Net interest income


$

956


$

922


$

960


$

34



$

(4)



Corporate service fees


$

369


$

346


$

277


$

23



$

92



Other noninterest income


$

119


$

118


$

152


$

1



$

(33)



Provision for credit losses (benefit)


$

21


$

(4)


$

(29)


$

25



$

50



Noninterest expense


$

544


$

528


$

525


$

16



$

19



Earnings


$

564


$

549


$

569


$

15



$

(5)























In billions



















Average loans


$

112.2


$

108.7


$

100.9


$

3.5



$

11.3



Average deposits


$

78.4


$

74.4


$

71.7


$

4.0



$

6.7



Commercial mortgage servicing portfolio  Quarter end


$

336


$

322


$

308


$

14



$

28



Corporate & Institutional Banking earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased compared with the third quarter and decreased compared with the fourth quarter of 2013. Corporate service fees increased in both comparisons primarily due to higher merger and acquisition advisory fees and other capital markets revenue. In the comparison with fourth quarter 2013, the increase also reflected the change in classification from net interest income of certain commercial facility fees. Other noninterest income declined compared with fourth quarter 2013 largely driven by lower revenue associated with customer-related derivative activities including credit valuations. Provision for credit losses in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased over the benefits recognized in third quarter 2014 and fourth quarter 2013 from continued loan growth and as credit quality improved at a slower pace. Noninterest expense increased in both comparisons principally due to incentive compensation costs associated with business activity and investments in technology and infrastructure.

  • Average loans increased 3 percent over the third quarter and 11 percent over fourth quarter 2013 primarily due to loan growth in PNC's corporate banking, real estate, business credit and equipment finance businesses.
  • Average deposits increased 5 percent over the third quarter and 9 percent over the prior year fourth quarter as a result of business growth and inflows into demand and money market deposits.
  • Charge-offs were in net recovery positions of $2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $7 million in the third quarter compared with net charge-offs of $10 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.

 

Asset Management Group

Change



Change


















4Q14 vs



4Q14 vs



In millions



4Q14




3Q14




4Q13



3Q14



4Q13



Net interest income


$

74



$

72



$

71



$

2



$

3



Noninterest income


$

207



$

205



$

198



$

2



$

9



Provision for credit losses (benefit)


$

(3)



$

(4)



$

8



$

1



$

(11)



Noninterest expense


$

211



$

209



$

204



$

2



$

7



Earnings


$

45



$

46



$

36



$

(1)



$

9


























In billions






















Client assets under administration     Quarter end


$

263



$

259



$

247



$

4



$

16



Average loans


$

7.4



$

7.3



$

7.1



$

.1



$

.3



Average deposits


$

10.1



$

9.7



$

9.2



$

.4



$

.9



Asset Management Group earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 were relatively stable with the third quarter and increased compared with the fourth quarter of 2013. Noninterest income growth was driven by stronger equity markets and new sales production compared with fourth quarter 2013. Noninterest expense increased compared with the third quarter reflecting higher marketing expenses and increased over fourth quarter 2013 due to higher compensation costs to drive strategic growth and investments in technology.

  • Client assets under administration at December 31, 2014 included discretionary client assets under management of $135 billion and nondiscretionary client assets under administration of $128 billion.
    • Discretionary client assets under management increased $3 billion compared with September 30, 2014 and $8 billion compared with December 31, 2013 driven by stronger equity markets and positive net flows net of cyclical client activities.
  • Asset Management Group continued to focus on driving growth through sales sourced from other PNC lines of business, maximizing front line productivity and optimizing market presence including additions to staff in high opportunity markets. Its business strategies also focus on increasing share of clients' assets and growing retirement capabilities. 

 

Residential Mortgage Banking

Change



Change
















4Q14 vs



4Q14 vs



In millions



4Q14



3Q14



4Q13


3Q14



4Q13



Net interest income


$

34


$

38


$

49


$

(4)



$

(15)



Noninterest income




















Benefit (provision) for residential mortgage





















repurchase obligations


$

(4)


$

(13)


$

124


$

9



$

(128)




Other noninterest income


$

152


$

160


$

154


$

(8)



$

(2)



Provision for credit losses (benefit)


$

(1)


$

(1)


$

(3)





$

2



Noninterest expense


$

196


$

168


$

243


$

28



$

(47)



Earnings (loss)


$

(9)


$

12


$

55


$

(21)



$

(64)
























In billions



















Residential mortgage servicing portfolio   Quarter end


$

108


$

111


$

114


$

(3)



$

(6)



Loan origination volume


$

2.4


$

2.6


$

2.5


$

(.2)



$

(.1)



Residential Mortgage Banking recorded a loss for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with earnings in the third quarter of 2014 and fourth quarter of 2013. Fourth quarter 2013 earnings benefited from release of reserves for residential mortgage repurchase obligations. Other noninterest income declined compared with the third quarter primarily due to lower net hedging gains on residential mortgage servicing rights. Noninterest expense increased compared with the third quarter primarily as a result of higher compliance and foreclosure-related costs and higher servicing costs. Noninterest expense decreased compared with the fourth quarter of 2013 reflecting lower legal accruals and lower production expense.

  • Loan origination volume in the fourth quarter of 2014 decreased 5 percent compared with the third quarter and was relatively stable with fourth quarter 2013. Approximately 42 percent of fourth quarter 2014 origination volume was for home purchase transactions compared with 50 percent for the third quarter and 41 percent for fourth quarter 2013.
  • The strategic focus of Residential Mortgage Banking is the acquisition of new customers through a retail loan officer sales force with an emphasis on home purchase transactions and leveraging cross-sell opportunities in the bank footprint markets.

 

Non-Strategic Assets Portfolio

Change



Change















4Q14 vs



4Q14 vs



In millions



4Q14



3Q14



4Q13


3Q14



4Q13



Net interest income


$

122


$

146


$

161


$

(24)



$

(39)



Noninterest income


$

18


$

6


$

6


$

12



$

12



Provision for credit losses (benefit)


$

(20)


$

(8)


$

(59)


$

(12)



$

39



Noninterest expense


$

39


$

30


$

39


$

9






Earnings


$

76


$

82


$

118


$

(6)



$

(42)























In billions



















Average loans


$

8.3


$

9.0


$

10.0


$

(.7)



$

(1.7)



The Non-Strategic Assets Portfolio consists of non-strategic assets primarily obtained through acquisitions of other companies and includes a consumer portfolio of mainly residential mortgage and brokered home equity loans and lines of credit, and a small commercial loan and lease portfolio. The business activity of this segment is to manage the wind-down of the portfolios while maximizing the value and mitigating risk.

  • Provision for credit losses was a benefit in each of the three quarters reflecting improving credit metrics.
  • Net charge-offs were $12 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with a net recovery position of $6 million for the third quarter and net charge-offs of $9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. The increase compared with the linked quarter reflected higher recovery activity in the third quarter driven by mortgage loan sales to private investors. The increase compared with fourth quarter 2013 was primarily attributable to higher charge-offs of commercial loans.

Other, including BlackRock

The "Other, including BlackRock" category, for the purposes of this release, includes earnings and gains or losses related to PNC's equity interest in BlackRock, and residual activities that do not meet the criteria for disclosure as a separate reportable business, such as integration costs, asset and liability management activities including net securities gains or losses, other-than-temporary impairment of investment securities and certain trading activities, noncash charges for unamortized discounts related to redemptions of trust preferred securities, exited businesses, private equity investments, intercompany eliminations, most corporate overhead, tax adjustments that are not allocated to business segments, and differences between business segment performance reporting and financial statement reporting under generally accepted accounting principles.

CONFERENCE CALL AND SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

PNC Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer William S. Demchak and Chief Financial Officer Robert Q. Reilly will hold a conference call for investors today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time regarding the topics addressed in this news release and the related financial supplement. Dial-in numbers for the conference call are (877) 272-3498 or (303) 223-2680 (international) and Internet access to the live audio listen-only webcast of the call is available at www.pnc.com/investorevents. PNC's fourth quarter and full year 2014 earnings release, the related financial supplement, and presentation slides to accompany the conference call remarks will be available at www.pnc.com/investorevents prior to the beginning of the call. A telephone replay of the call will be available for one week at (800) 633-8284 or (402) 977-9140 (international), conference ID 21754455 and a replay of the audio webcast will be available on PNC's website for 30 days.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com) is one of the United States' largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Consolidated Financial Highlights (Unaudited)






FINANCIAL RESULTS


Three months ended


Year ended

Dollars in millions, except per share data


December 31

September 30

December 31


December 31

December 31




2014

2014

2013



2014


2013

Revenue







Net interest income


$

2,097

$

2,104

$

2,266


$

8,525

$

9,147


Noninterest income



1,850


1,737


1,807



6,850


6,865




Total revenue



3,947


3,841


4,073



15,375


16,012

Noninterest expense (a)



2,539


2,357


2,514



9,488


9,681

Pretax, pre-provision earnings (b)



1,408


1,484


1,559



5,887


6,331

Provision for credit losses



52


55


113



273


643

















Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interests


$

1,356

$

1,429

$

1,446


$

5,614

$

5,688

Net income (a) (c)


$

1,057

$

1,038

$

1,074


$

4,207

$

4,212

Less:















Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (a)



21


1


13



23


11



Preferred stock dividends and discount accretion
















and redemptions (d)



48


71


50



237


249

Net income attributable to common shareholders


$

988

$

966

$

1,011


$

3,947

$

3,952

Less:















Dividends and undistributed earnings allocated to
















nonvested restricted shares



2


3


5



11


18



Impact of BlackRock earnings per share dilution



5


4


5



18


18

Net income attributable to diluted common shares


$

981

$

959

$

1,001


$

3,918

$

3,916

Diluted earnings per common share


$

1.84

$

1.79

$

1.87


$

7.30

$

7.36

Cash dividends declared per common share


$

.48

$

.48

$

.44


$

1.88

$

1.72

















Certain prior period amounts included in these Consolidated Financial Highlights have been reclassified to conform with the current period presentation, which we believe is more meaningful to readers of our consolidated financial statements.

(a)

Amounts for 2013 periods have been updated to reflect the first quarter 2014 adoption of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-01 related to investments in low income housing tax credits.

(b)

We believe that pretax, pre-provision earnings, a non-GAAP measure, is useful as a tool to help evaluate the ability to provide for credit costs through operations.

(c)

See page 16 for a reconciliation of business segment income to net income.

(d)

Dividends are payable quarterly other than Series O and Series R preferred stock, which are payable semiannually in different quarters.

 


TOTAL AND CORE NET INTEREST INCOME AND NET INTEREST MARGIN








Three months ended


Year ended



December 31

September 30

December 31



December 31

December 31


Dollars in millions


2014


2014


2013




2014


2013


Net Interest Income




























Core net interest income (a)

$

1,971

$

1,957

$

2,075



$

7,942

$

8,304


Total purchase accounting accretion















Scheduled accretion net of contractual interest


94


116


163




456


728



Excess cash recoveries


32


31


28




127


115




Total purchase accounting accretion


126


147


191




583