Please enter a search criteria.

Banner Corporation Earns $45.2 million, or $1.89 per diluted share, in 2015; Includes $6.9 Million, or $0.20 Per Diluted Share, in the Fourth Quarter of 2015; Fourth Quarter Highlighted By Completed Acquisition of AmericanWest Bank Nasdaq:BANR

Banner Corporation Earns $45.2 million, or $1.89 per diluted share, in 2015; Includes $6.9 Million, or $0.20 Per Diluted Share, in the Fourth Quarter of 2015; Fourth Quarter Highlighted By Completed Acquisition of AmericanWest Bank

Print
| Source: Banner Corporation

WALLA WALLA, Wash., Jan. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Banner Corporation (NASDAQ GSM:BANR), the parent company of Banner Bank and Islanders Bank, today reported net income in the fourth quarter of 2015 of $6.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to $12.9 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, in the preceding quarter and $11.7 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter a year ago.  The current quarter results were impacted by $18.4 million of acquisition-related expenses which, net of tax benefit, reduced net income by $0.37 per diluted share, and the preceding quarter results were impacted by $2.2 million of acquisition-related expenses which, net of tax benefit, reduced net income by $0.09 per diluted share.

For the year, net income was $45.2 million, or $1.89 per diluted share, compared to $54.1 million, or $2.79 per diluted share, in 2014.  Results for 2014 included a $9.1 million bargain purchase gain related to the acquisition of six branches in southwest Oregon, which net of taxes contributed $0.30 to diluted net income per share.  Acquisition-related expenses were $26.1 million, or $0.76 per diluted share net of tax benefit, in 2015 compared to $4.3 million, or $0.17 per diluted share net of tax benefit, in 2014.

“For Banner Corporation 2015 was a truly transformational year,” stated Mark J. Grescovich, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “While our operating results for the most recent quarter and full year continued to reflect the success of our proven client acquisition strategies, which produced strong organic growth of loans and deposits, as well as core revenues, we also benefited meaningfully from the successful acquisition and integration of Siuslaw Bank in March 2015 and the six branches in southwest Oregon that we acquired in June 2014.  In addition, the recently completed acquisition of AmericanWest Bank had a dramatic impact on our operating results for the fourth quarter of 2015, substantially increasing the scale and reach of the Company and providing tremendous opportunity for future revenue growth.  With this strategic combination, we will deploy our super community bank model throughout a strengthened presence in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, and enter attractive growth markets in California and Utah.  Although there remains significant additional work to be done to complete the full integration of the two companies and realize the expected operating synergies, we are exceptionally pleased with the progress we have made through the dedicated efforts of our employees and expect that, similar to the prior acquisitions, this acquisition of AmericanWest Bank will result in significant benefits to our expanding group of clients, communities, employees and shareholders.”

With the completion of the AmericanWest Bank acquisition, at December 31, 2015 Banner Corporation had $9.8 billion in assets, $7.2 billion in net loans and $8.1 billion in deposits.  As Banner Bank deploys its super community bank business model across five western states, the combined bank, with 202 branch offices located in nine of the top 20 largest western Metropolitan Statistical Areas by population, is benefiting from its diversified geographic footprint with significant growth opportunities.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Completed acquisition of AmericanWest Bank on October 1, 2015, including $4.5 billion of assets, $3.0 billion of net loans and $3.6 billion in deposits.
  • Net income was $6.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share.
  • Acquisition-related expenses were $18.4 million which, net of tax benefit, reduced net income by $0.37 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.
  • Revenues from core operations* increased 90% to $112.0 million, compared to $59.1 million in the fourth quarter a year ago.
  • Net interest margin was 4.05% for the current quarter, compared to 4.14% in the third quarter of 2015 and 4.08% a year ago.
  • Deposit fees and other service charges were $13.2 million, an increase of 35% compared to the preceding quarter and 58% year-over-year.
  • Revenues from mortgage banking operations were $4.5 million, compared to $4.4 million in the preceding quarter and $3.0 million a year ago.
  • Net loans increased by $2.94 billion, or 69%, during the quarter, and increased 93% year-over-year.
  • Total deposits increased 107% to $8.06 billion compared to a year ago.
  • Core deposits increased by $3.03 billion, or 83%, during the quarter, and increased 114% year-over-year.
  • Core deposits represented 83% of total deposits at December 31, 2015.
  • Common stockholders' tangible equity per share* decreased to $29.66 at December 31, 2015, compared to $30.75 at the preceding quarter end but increased from $29.64 a year ago.
  • The ratio of tangible common stockholders' equity to tangible assets* remained strong at 10.68% at December 31, 2015.

*Revenues from core operations and other operating income from core operations (both of which exclude fair value adjustments, gains and losses on the sale of securities and the acquisition bargain purchase gain), acquisition accounting impact on net interest margin, other operating expense from core operations (which excludes acquisition-related costs) and references to tangible common stockholders' equity per share and the ratio of tangible common equity to tangible assets (both of which exclude goodwill and other intangible assets) represent non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measures. Management has presented these non-GAAP financial measures in this earnings release because it believes that they provide useful and comparative information to assess trends in Banner's core operations reflected in the current quarter's results and facilitate the comparison of our performance with the performance of our peers.  Where applicable, comparable earnings information using GAAP financial measures is also presented.  See also Non-GAAP Financial Measures reconciliation tables on the last two pages of this press release.

Acquisition of AmericanWest Bank

Effective October 1, 2015, Banner completed the acquisition of Starbuck Bancshares, Inc. ("Starbuck") and its wholly owned subsidiary AmericanWest Bank.  The merger was accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting.  Accordingly, the purchase price was allocated to the assets (including identifiable intangible assets) and the liabilities of Starbuck at their respective estimated fair values as of the merger date.  The excess of the purchase price over the fair value of the net assets acquired was allocated to goodwill.  The fair value on the merger date represents management's best estimates based on available information and facts and circumstances in existence on the merger date.  The allocation of the purchase price is subject to adjustment within the measurement period.

In addition to the acquisition of AmericanWest Bank, the acquisition of Siuslaw Financial Group and its wholly-owned subsidiary Siuslaw Bank ("Siuslaw") in March 2015 and acquisition of six branches in southwest Oregon acquired in June 2014 (the (the "Branch purchase") had a significant impact on the current and historical operating results of Banner.  For additional details regarding these acquisitions and merger related expenses, see the tables under Business Combinations on pages 12 and 13 of this press release.

Income Statement Review

Banner’s fourth quarter net interest income, before the provision for loan losses, increased 76% to $92.1 million, compared to $52.2 million in the preceding quarter and increased 97% compared to $46.7 million in the fourth quarter a year ago, largely reflecting the acquisitions of AmericanWest Bank and Siuslaw and continued client acquisition.  In 2015, Banner’s net interest income increased 35% to $242.3 million compared to $179.9 million in 2014, which in addition to the acquisitions reflected the Branch purchase and significant organic loan and deposit growth.

“Although lower as expected following the acquisition of AmericanWest Bank, we maintained a solid net interest margin in the fourth quarter reflecting a strong loan to deposit ratio and well disciplined pricing decisions,” said Grescovich.  Net interest margin is enhanced by the amortization of acquisition accounting discounts on purchased loans received in Banner's acquisitions, which is accreted into loan interest income, as well as by net premiums on non-market-rate certificate of deposit liabilities assumed which are amortized as a reduction to deposit interest expense.  The preceding quarter was impacted by the accretion of acquisition accounting loan discounts from the Siuslaw acquisition and immaterial amount of deposit premium amortization which together contributed approximately three basis points to the margin in that period.  Banner's net interest margin was 4.05% for the fourth quarter of 2015, which included 11 basis points as a result of accretion from acquisition accounting loan discounts from both the AmericanWest Bank and Siuslaw acquisitions and three basis points from the amortization of deposit premiums, compared to 4.14% in the preceding quarter and 4.08% in the fourth quarter a year ago.  For the year, Banner’s net interest margin was 4.10%, which included seven basis  points from acquisition accounting adjustments, compared to 4.07% in 2014, which included just one basis point from acquisition accounting adjustments.

Average interest-earning asset yields decreased ten basis points compared to the preceding quarter and decreased seven basis points from the fourth quarter a year ago.  Despite the positive impact from the accretion of discounts on the loans acquired through the acquisitions, which added 14 basis points to reported yields for the quarter, loan yields decreased four basis points compared to the preceding quarter and decreased eight basis points from the fourth quarter a year ago.  The decrease in the average loan yield was primarily attributable to changes in the portfolio mix as a result of the acquisitions, as well as payoffs of loans which had a higher yield than the average yield of newly originated loans.  Deposit costs decreased one basis point compared to the preceding quarter and decreased three basis points compared to the fourth quarter a year ago.  Amortization of acquisition accounting net premiums on certificates of deposit reduced the cost of deposits by three basis points in the fourth quarter 2015 and by one basis point for the full year.  The total cost of funds declined two basis points in the fourth quarter compared to the preceding quarter and declined five basis points compared to the fourth quarter a year ago.

“Home purchase activity remains robust in our markets, and revenues from mortgage banking remained strong, reflecting Banner’s increased market presence and our investment in this business line,” said Grescovich.  Mortgage banking operations contributed $4.5 million to fourth quarter revenues compared to $4.4 million in the preceding quarter and $3.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  In 2015, mortgage banking operations produced $17.7 million of revenues compared to $10.2 million in 2014.  Home purchase activity accounted for 61% of fourth quarter mortgage banking originations and 63% of mortgage originations in 2015.

Deposit fees and other service charges increased 35% to $13.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $9.7 million in the preceding quarter and increased 58% compared to $8.3 million in the fourth quarter a year ago.  In 2015, deposit fees and other service charges increased 33% to $40.6 million compared to $30.6 million in 2014.  The year-over-year increase reflects strong organic growth, as well as the AmericanWest Bank and Siuslaw acquisitions and the Branch purchase, together resulting in significant growth in the number of deposit accounts and increased transaction activity.

Revenues from core operations* (revenues excluding gains and losses on the sale of securities, net change in valuation of financial instruments and the bargain purchase gain) increased 66% to $112.0 million in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to $67.4 million in the preceding quarter and increased 90% compared to $59.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  In 2015, revenues from core operations* increased 36% to $305.9 million, compared to $224.4 million in 2014.  Total revenues were $110.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to $66.3 million in the preceding quarter and $58.8 million in the fourth quarter a year ago.  In 2015, total revenues were $304.6 million, compared to $234.9 million in 2014.

Banner’s fourth quarter 2015 results included a $1.5 million net loss for fair value adjustments as a result of changes in the valuation of financial instruments carried at fair value, as well as a $3,000 net loss on the sale of securities.  In the preceding quarter, results included a $1.1 million net loss for fair value adjustments and in the fourth quarter a year ago results included a $287,000 net loss for fair value adjustments, as well as a $1,000 gain on the sale of securities.

Banner’s total other operating income, which includes the changes in the valuation of financial instruments and gains and losses on the sale of securities, was $18.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $14.1 million in the third quarter of 2015 and $12.1 million in the fourth quarter a year ago.  For the full year, total other operating income was $62.3 million compared to $55.0 million in 2014 which also included the $9.1 million bargain purchase gain from the Branch purchase.  Other operating income from core operations,* which excludes gains and losses on sale of securities and net changes in the valuation of financial instruments, was $19.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $15.2 million for the preceding quarter and $12.4 million for the fourth quarter a year ago.  For the year, other operating income from core operations* increased 43% to $63.6 million, compared to $44.5 million in 2014.

Total other operating expenses (non-interest expenses) were $100.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $46.7 million in the preceding quarter and $41.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  The year-over-year increase in operating expenses was largely attributable to acquisition-related expenses and incremental costs associated with operating the 98 branches acquired in the AmericanWest Bank acquisition on October 1, 2015 and the ten Siuslaw branches acquired in March 2015, as well as generally increased compensation, occupancy and payment and card processing services reflecting increased transaction volume.  There were $18.4 million in acquisition-related expenses in the current quarter compared to $2.2 million in the preceding quarter and $2.8 million in the fourth quarter a year ago.  For the year, total other operating expenses were $236.6 million, compared to $153.7 million in 2014, with acquisition-related expenses of $26.1 million, compared to $4.3 million in 2014.  Acquisition-related expenses in the year ended December 31, 2015 included $24.1 million related to the acquisition of AmericanWest Bank and $2.0 million related to the acquisition of Siuslaw.  In addition to the AmericanWest Bank and Siuslaw branches, the increase in total operating expenses for the full year reflects costs associated with operating the six southwestern Oregon branches acquired in June 2014.

For the fourth quarter of 2015, Banner recorded $3.3 million in state and federal income tax expense for an effective tax rate of 32.4%, which reflects normal marginal tax rates increased by the effect of certain non-deductible merger expenses and reduced by the effect of tax-exempt income and certain tax credits.

Balance Sheet Review

Largely as a result of the AmericanWest Bank acquisition, but also reflecting organic growth, total assets increased by 87% to $9.80 billion at December 31, 2015, compared to $5.31 billion at September 30, 2015, and increased 107% compared to $4.72 billion a year ago.  The total of securities and interest-bearing deposits held at other banks was $1.54 billion at December 31, 2015, compared to $648.5 million at September 30, 2015 and $637.5 million a year ago.  The increase in securities portfolio is primarily a result of positions held by AmericanWest at the time of the merger.  The average effective duration of Banner's securities portfolio was approximately 3.3 years at December 31, 2015.

“Net loans increased by $2.94 billion, or 69%, during the quarter and increased 93% year-over-year due to both the AmericanWest Bank and Siuslaw acquisitions and strong organic growth.  Loan production remained solid, as did the regional economy, and we continue to see significant potential for growth in our loan origination pipelines,” added Grescovich.

Net loans were $7.24 billion at December 31, 2015, compared to $4.29 billion at September 30, 2015, and $3.76 billion a year ago.  The AmericanWest Bank acquisition accounted for $2.82 billion of the year-end loan portfolio and the Siuslaw acquisition accounted for $236 million, of the year-end loan portfolio.  Commercial real estate and multifamily real estate loans increased 88% to $3.57 billion at December 31, 2015, compared to $1.90 billion at September 30, 2015, and increased 127% compared to $1.57 billion a year ago.  Commercial business loans increased 49% to $1.21 billion at December 31, 2015, compared to $812.1 million three months earlier and increased 67% compared to $724.0 million a year ago.  Agricultural business loans increased 55% to $376.5 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $242.6 million three months earlier and increased 58% compared to $238.5 million a year ago.  Total construction, land and land development loans increased 16% to $574.2 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $493.8 million at September 30, 2015, and increased 40% compared to $411.0 million a year earlier.

Banner’s total deposits increased 84% to $8.06 billion at December 31, 2015, compared to $4.39 billion at September 30, 2015 and increased 107% compared to $3.90 billion a year ago.  The AmericanWest Bank acquisition accounted for $3.54 billion and the Siuslaw acquisition accounted for  $336 million, respectively, of the deposit portfolio at December 31, 2015.  Non-interest-bearing account balances increased 68% to $2.62 billion at December 31, 2015, compared to $1.56 billion three months earlier and increased 102% compared to $1.30 billion a year ago.  Interest-bearing transaction and savings accounts increased 94% to $4.07 billion at December 31, 2015, compared to $2.10 billion three months earlier and increased 122% compared to $1.83 billion a year ago.  Certificates of deposit increased 87% to $1.37 billion at December 31, 2015, compared to $730.7 million at September 30, 2015, and increased 77% compared to $770.5 million a year earlier.  Brokered deposits totaled $162.9 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $10.1 million at September 30, 2015 and $4.8 million a year ago.

Banner’s core deposits represented 83% of total deposits at December 31, 2015, compared to 80% of total deposits a year earlier.  The cost of deposits was 0.15% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to 0.16% in the preceding quarter, and declined two basis points from 0.18% for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.

At December 31, 2015, total common stockholders' equity was $1.30 billion, or $37.97 per share, compared to $671.2 million at September 30, 2015 and $582.9 million a year ago.  This increase was mostly due to 13.23 million shares of common stock and non-voting common stock issued on October 1, 2015 in connection with the AmericanWest Bank acquisition, which were valued at $47.67 per share and increased stockholders’ equity by $630.7 million.  In addition, on March 6, 2015, Banner issued 1.3 million shares in connection with the Siuslaw acquisition, which were valued at $44.02 per share and added $58.1 million to stockholders’ equity.  At December 31, 2015, tangible common stockholders' equity*, which excludes goodwill and other intangible assets, was $1.02 billion, or 10.68% of tangible assets*, compared to $644.6 million, or 12.20% of tangible assets, at September 30, 2015, and $580.1 million, or 12.29% of tangible assets, a year ago.  Banner's tangible book value per share* increased slightly to $29.66 at December 31, 2015, compared to $29.64 per share a year ago.

Banner Corporation and its subsidiary banks continue to maintain capital levels in excess of the requirements to be categorized as “well-capitalized” under the newly implemented Basel III and Dodd Frank regulatory standards.  At December 31, 2015, Banner Corporation's common equity Tier 1 capital ratio was 12.15%, its Tier 1 leverage capital to average assets ratio was 11.06% and its total capital to risk-weighted assets ratio was 13.66%.

Credit Quality

“No provision for loan losses was required during the current quarter or the full year despite the organic loan growth,” said Grescovich.  “Our credit quality metrics continue to reflect our moderate risk profile and our reserve levels remain strong.”

In accordance with acquisition accounting, loans acquired from AmericanWest Bank and Siuslaw were recorded at their estimated fair value, which resulted in a net discount to the loans' contractual amounts, of which a portion reflects a discount for possible credit losses.  Credit discounts are included in the determination of fair value and as a result no allowance for loan and lease losses is recorded for acquired loans at the acquisition date.  Although the discount recorded on the acquired loans is not reflected in the allowance for loan losses, or related allowance coverage ratios, we believe it should be considered when comparing the current ratios to similar ratios in periods prior to the acquisitions of AmericanWest Bank and Siuslaw.

The allowance for loan losses was $78.0 million at December 31, 2015, or 1.07% of total loans outstanding and 512% of non-performing loans compared to $76.0 million at December 31, 2014, or 1.98% of total loans outstanding.  Banner had net recoveries of $688,000 in the fourth quarter compared to net charge-offs of $9,000 in the third quarter of 2015 and net recoveries of $1.6 million in the fourth quarter a year ago.  If the allowance for loan losses and loans were grossed up for the remaining loan discount the adjusted allowance for loans to adjusted loans would have been 1.67% as of December 31, 2015.  Non-performing loans were $15.2 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $16.0 million at September 30, 2015, and $16.7 million a year ago.  Real estate owned and other repossessed assets increased to $11.6 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $6.4 million at September 30, 2015 and $3.4 million a year ago primarily due to additional real estate owned acquired in the mergers.

Banner's non-performing assets were 0.28% of total assets at December 31, 2015, compared to 0.42% at September 30, 2015 and 0.43% a year ago.  Non-performing assets were $27.1 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $22.4 million at September 30, 2015 and $20.2 million a year ago.  In addition to non-performing assets, purchase credit impaired loans increased to $58.6 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $5.4 million at September 30, 2015 as a result of the acquisition of AmericanWest Bank.

Conference Call

Banner will host a conference call on Thursday, January 28, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. PST, to discuss its fourth quarter and year end results.  To listen to the call on-line, go to  www.bannerbank.com.  Investment professionals are invited to dial (866) 235-9915 to participate in the call.  A replay will be available for one week at (877) 344-7529 using access code 10078834, or at www.bannerbank.com.

About the Company

On October 1, 2015, Banner Corporation completed the acquisition of AmericanWest Bank which was merged into Banner Bank, a transformational merger that brought together two financially strong, well-respected institutions and created a leading Western bank.  Banner Corporation is now a $9.8 billion bank holding company operating two commercial banks in five Western states through a network of branches offering a full range of deposit services and business, commercial real estate, construction, residential, agricultural and consumer loans.  Visit Banner Bank on the Web at www.bannerbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

When used in this press release and in other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in press releases or other public stockholder communications, or in oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer, the words or phrases “believe,” “will,” “will likely result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “estimate,” “project,” “plans,” or similar expressions are intended to identify “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date such statements are made and based only on information then actually known to Banner.  Banner does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements.  These statements may relate to future financial performance, strategic plans or objectives, revenues or earnings projections, or other financial information.  By their nature, these statements are subject to numerous uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the statements and could negatively affect Banner's operating and stock price performance.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated or projected include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) expected revenues, cost savings, synergies and other benefits from the merger of Banner Bank and Siuslaw Bank and the merger of Banner Bank and AmericanWest Bank might not be realized within the expected time frames or at all and costs or difficulties relating to integration matters, including but not limited to customer and employee retention, might be greater than expected; (2) the credit risks of lending activities, including changes in the level and direction of loan delinquencies and write-offs and changes in estimates of the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses, which could necessitate additional provisions for loan losses, resulting both from loans originated and loans acquired from other financial institutions; (3) results of examinations by regulatory authorities, including the possibility that any such regulatory authority may, among other things, require increases in the allowance for loan losses or writing down of assets; (4) competitive pressures among depository institutions; (5) interest rate movements and their impact on customer behavior and net interest margin; (6) the impact of repricing and competitors' pricing initiatives on loan and deposit products; (7) fluctuations in real estate values; (8) the ability to adapt successfully to technological changes to meet customers' needs and developments in the market place; (9) the ability to access cost-effective funding; (10) changes in financial markets; (11) changes in economic conditions in general and in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and California in particular; (12) the costs, effects and outcomes of litigation; (13) new legislation or regulatory changes, including but not limited to the Dodd-Frank Act and regulations adopted thereunder, changes in capital requirements pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act and the implementation of the Basel III capital standards, other governmental initiatives affecting the financial services industry and changes in federal and/or state tax laws or interpretations thereof by taxing authorities; (14) changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines; (15) future acquisitions by Banner of other depository institutions or lines of business; (16) future goodwill impairment due to changes in Banner's business, changes in market conditions, or other factors and (17) other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory, and technological factors affecting our operations, pricing, products and services; and other risks detailed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our Annual Reports on Form 10-K.

 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS   Quarters Ended   Years Ended
(in thousands except shares and per share data)   Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
                     
INTEREST INCOME:                    
Loans receivable   $ 88,100     $ 51,749     $ 46,102     $ 237,292     $ 177,541  
Mortgage-backed securities   5,440     1,307     1,403     9,049     5,779  
Securities and cash equivalents   2,955     1,737     1,746     8,092     7,341  
    96,495     54,793     49,251     254,433     190,661  
INTEREST EXPENSE:                    
Deposits   3,146     1,738     1,801     8,385     7,578  
Federal Home Loan Bank advances   287     4     16     311     125  
Other borrowings   73     47     40     211     172  
Junior subordinated debentures   890     816     734     3,247     2,914  
    4,396     2,605     2,591     12,154     10,789  
Net interest income before provision for loan losses   92,099     52,188     46,660     242,279     179,872  
PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES                    
Net interest income   92,099     52,188     46,660     242,279     179,872  
OTHER OPERATING INCOME:                    
Deposit fees and other service charges   13,172     9,746     8,317     40,607     30,553  
Mortgage banking operations   4,482     4,426     2,966     17,720     10,249  
Bank owned life insurance   1,056     550     465     2,497     1,809  
Miscellaneous   1,196     489     652     2,821     1,885  
    19,906     15,211     12,400     63,645     44,496  
Net gain (loss) on sale of securities   (3 )       1     (540 )   42  
Net change in valuation of financial instruments carried at fair value   (1,547 )   (1,113 )   (287 )   (813 )   1,374  
Acquisition bargain purchase gain                   9,079  
Total other operating income   18,356     14,098     12,114     62,292     54,991  
OTHER OPERATING EXPENSE:                    
Salary and employee benefits   49,225     27,026     23,321     127,282     89,778  
Less capitalized loan origination costs   (4,007 )   (3,747 )   (3,050 )   (14,379 )   (11,730 )
Occupancy and equipment   11,533     6,470     5,689     30,366     22,743  
Information / computer data services   5,365     2,219     2,147     12,110     8,131  
Payment and card processing services   5,504     4,168     2,998     16,430     11,460  
Professional services   2,341     951     863     4,828     3,753  
Advertising and marketing   1,882     1,959     1,387     7,649     6,266  
Deposit insurance   1,284     713     595     3,189     2,415  
State/municipal business and use taxes   505     475     415     1,889     1,437  
Real estate operations   207     (2 )   (187 )   397     (446 )
Amortization of core deposit intangibles   1,896     286     531     3,164     1,990  
Miscellaneous   6,150     3,972     3,735     17,565     13,619  
    81,885     44,490     38,444     210,490     149,416  
Acquisition related costs   18,369     2,207     2,785     26,110     4,325  
Total other operating expense   100,254     46,697     41,229     236,600     153,741  
Income before provision for income taxes   10,201     19,589     17,545     67,971     81,122  
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES   3,308     6,642     5,831     22,749     27,052  
NET INCOME   $ 6,893     $ 12,947     $ 11,714     $ 45,222     $ 54,070  
Earnings per share available to common shareholders:                    
Basic   $ 0.20     $ 0.62     $ 0.60     $ 1.90     $ 2.79  
Diluted   $ 0.20     $ 0.62     $ 0.60     $ 1.89     $ 2.79  
Cumulative dividends declared per common share   $ 0.18     $ 0.18     $ 0.18     $ 0.72     $ 0.72  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                    
Basic   33,842,350     20,755,394     19,374,228     23,801,373     19,359,409  
Diluted   33,934,426     20,821,377     19,441,712     23,866,621     19,402,656  
Increase (decrease)  in common shares outstanding   13,279,955     (8,381 )   43     14,670,707     27,779  


FINANCIAL CONDITION 
(in thousands except shares and per share data)   Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
             
ASSETS            
Cash and due from banks   $ 117,657     $ 74,695     $ 71,077  
Federal funds and interest-bearing deposits   144,260     60,544     54,995  
Securities - trading   34,134     37,515     40,258  
Securities - available for sale   1,138,573     418,254     411,021  
Securities - held to maturity   220,666     132,150     131,258  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock   16,057     6,767     27,036  
Loans held for sale   44,712     3,136     2,786  
Loans receivable:            
Held for portfolio   7,314,504     4,369,458     3,831,034  
Allowance for loan losses   (78,008 )   (77,320 )   (75,907 )
    7,236,496     4,292,138     3,755,127  
Accrued interest receivable   29,627     17,966     15,279  
Real estate owned held for sale, net   11,627     6,363     3,352  
Property and equipment, net   167,604     102,881     91,185  
Goodwill   247,738     21,148      
Other intangibles, net   36,762     5,457     2,831  
Bank-owned life insurance   156,865     71,842     63,759  
Other assets   193,520     61,454     53,199  
    $ 9,796,298     $ 5,312,310     $ 4,723,163  
LIABILITIES            
Deposits:            
Non-interest-bearing   $ 2,619,618     $ 1,561,516     $ 1,298,866  
Interest-bearing transaction and savings accounts   4,068,019     2,095,476     1,829,568  
Interest-bearing certificates   1,367,431     730,661     770,516  
    8,055,068     4,387,653     3,898,950  
Advances from Federal Home Loan Bank at fair value   133,381     16,435     32,250  
Customer repurchase agreements and other borrowings   98,325     88,083     77,185  
Junior subordinated debentures at fair value   92,480     85,183     78,001  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   76,511     42,844     37,082  
Deferred compensation   40,474     20,910     16,807  
    8,496,239     4,641,108     4,140,275  
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY            
Common stock   1,261,174     628,958     568,882  
Retained earnings   39,615     41,269     14,264  
Other components of stockholders' equity   (730 )   975     (258 )
    1,300,059     671,202     582,888  
    $ 9,796,298     $ 5,312,310     $ 4,723,163  
Common Shares Issued:            
Shares outstanding at end of period   34,242,255     20,962,300     19,571,548  
Common stockholders' equity per share (1)   $ 37.97     $ 32.02     $ 29.78  
Common stockholders' tangible equity per share (1) (2)   $ 29.66     $ 30.75     $ 29.64  
Common stockholders' tangible equity to tangible assets (2)   10.68 %   12.20 %   12.29 %
Consolidated Tier 1 leverage capital ratio   11.06 %   13.85 %   13.41 %


  (1 ) Calculation is based on number of common shares outstanding at the end of the period rather than weighted average shares outstanding.
  (2 ) Common stockholders' tangible equity excludes goodwill and other intangible assets. Tangible assets exclude goodwill and other intangible assets. These ratios represent non-GAAP financial measures.  See also Non-GAAP Financial Measures reconciliation tables on the last two pages of the press release tables.


ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
(dollars in thousands) 
    Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
LOANS:            
Commercial real estate:            
Owner occupied   $ 1,327,807     $ 635,146     $ 546,783  
Investment properties   1,765,353     1,062,418     856,942  
Multifamily real estate   472,976     198,874     167,524  
Commercial construction   72,103     47,490     17,337  
Multifamily construction   63,846     72,987     60,193  
One- to four-family construction   278,469     246,715     219,889  
Land and land development:            
Residential   126,773     111,091     102,435  
Commercial   33,179     15,517     11,152  
Commercial business   1,207,944     812,070     723,964  
Agricultural business including secured by farmland   376,531     242,556     238,499  
One- to four-family real estate   952,633     533,189     537,108  
Consumer:            
Consumer secured by one- to four-family real estate   478,420     250,029     222,205  
Consumer-other   158,470     141,376     127,003  
Total loans outstanding   $ 7,314,504     $ 4,369,458     $ 3,831,034  
Restructured loans performing under their restructured terms   $ 21,786     $ 23,981     $ 29,154  
Loans 30 - 89 days past due and on accrual   $ 18,834     $ 4,152     $ 8,387  
Total delinquent loans (including loans on non-accrual)   $ 34,086     $ 27,682     $ 25,124  
Total delinquent loans / Total loans outstanding   0.47 %   0.63 %   0.66 %
Purchase credit impaired loans (net)   $ 58,555     $ 5,409     $  


GEOGRAPHIC CONCENTRATION                            
OF LOANS AT DECEMBER 31, 2015   Washington   Oregon   California   Idaho   Utah   Other   Total
Total loans outstanding       $ 3,343,112     $ 1,446,531     $ 1,234,016     $ 496,870     $ 325,011     $ 468,964     $ 7,314,504  
Percent of total loans   45.7 %   19.8 %   16.9 %   6.8 %   4.4 %   6.4 %   100.0 %


ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
(dollars in thousands) 
      Quarters Ended   Years Ended
CHANGE IN THE   Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES                    
Balance, beginning of period   $ 77,320     $ 77,329     $ 74,331     $ 75,907     $ 74,258  
Provision                    
Recoveries of loans previously charged off:                    
Commercial real estate   233     375     843     819     1,507  
Multifamily real estate               113      
Construction and land   578     282     988     1,811     1,776  
One- to four-family real estate   631     42     83     772     618  
Commercial business   143     128     153     948     988  
Agricultural business, including secured by farmland   261     146     328     1,927     1,576  
Consumer   197     91     135     570     528  
    2,043     1,064     2,530     6,960     6,993  
Loans charged off:                    
Commercial real estate   (537 )   (352 )       (64 )   (1,239 )
Multifamily real estate                   (20 )
Construction and land               (891 )   (207 )
One- to four-family real estate   (292 )   (12 )   (253 )   (419 )   (885 )
Commercial business       (312 )   (263 )   (746 )   (1,344 )
Agricultural business, including secured by farmland   (161 )       (54 )   (1,225 )   (179 )
Consumer   (365 )   (397 )   (384 )   (1,514 )   (1,470 )
    (1,355 )   (1,073 )   (954 )   (4,859 )   (5,344 )
Net (charge-offs) recoveries   688     (9 )   1,576     2,101     1,649  
Balance, end of period   $ 78,008     $ 77,320     $ 75,907     $ 78,008     $ 75,907  
Net (charge-offs) recoveries / Average loans outstanding   0.009 %   %   0.041 %   0.042 %   0.045 %


ALLOCATION OF            
ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES   Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
Specific or allocated loss allowance:            
Commercial real estate   $ 20,716     $ 19,640     $ 18,784  
Multifamily real estate   4,195     4,363     4,562  
Construction and land   27,131     29,274     23,545  
One- to four-family real estate   4,732     4,937     8,447  
Commercial business   13,856     12,765     12,043  
Agricultural business, including secured by farmland   3,645     3,533     2,821  
Consumer   902     804     483  
Total allocated   75,177     75,316     70,685  
Unallocated   2,831     2,004     5,222  
Total allowance for loan losses   $ 78,008     $ 77,320     $ 75,907  
Allowance for loan losses / Total loans outstanding   1.07 %   1.77 %   1.98 %
Allowance for loan losses / Non-performing loans   512 %   484 %   454 %


ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
(dollars in thousands)          
  Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
NON-PERFORMING ASSETS          
Loans on non-accrual status:          
Secured by real estate:          
Commercial $ 3,751     $ 3,899     $ 1,132  
Construction and land 2,260     3,856     1,275  
One- to four-family 4,700     4,934     8,834  
Commercial business 2,159     980     537  
Agricultural business, including secured by farmland 697     228     1,597  
Consumer 703     789     1,187  
  14,270     14,686     14,562  
Loans more than 90 days delinquent, still on accrual:          
One- to four-family 899     1,285     2,095  
Commercial business 8     5      
Consumer 45     11     79  
  952     1,301     2,174  
Total non-performing loans 15,222     15,987     16,736  
Real estate owned (REO) 11,627     6,363     3,352  
Other repossessed assets 268         76  
Total non-performing assets $ 27,117     $ 22,350     $ 20,164  
Total non-performing assets / Total assets 0.28 %   0.42 %   0.43 %
Purchase credit impaired loans (net) $ 58,555     $ 5,409     $  


ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
(dollars in thousands) 
      Quarters Ended   Years Ended
REAL ESTATE OWNED     Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
Balance, beginning of period     $ 6,363     $ 3,928     $ 3,352     $ 4,044  
Additions from loan foreclosures     1,125     427     4,351     3,264  
Additions from acquisitions     5,706         8,231      
Additions from capitalized costs         (5 )   298     30  
Proceeds from dispositions of REO     (1,585 )   (1,291 )   (4,740 )   (4,923 )
Gain on sale of REO     18     293     351     973  
Valuation adjustments in the period             (216 )   (36 )
Balance, end of period     $ 11,627     $ 3,352     $ 11,627     $ 3,352  


DEPOSIT COMPOSITION   Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
Non-interest-bearing   $ 2,619,618     $ 1,561,516     $ 1,298,866  
Interest-bearing checking   1,159,846     482,530     439,480  
Regular savings accounts   1,284,642     1,030,177     901,142  
Money market accounts   1,623,531     582,769     488,946  
Interest-bearing transaction & savings accounts   4,068,019     2,095,476     1,829,568  
Interest-bearing certificates   1,367,431     730,661     770,516  
Total deposits   $ 8,055,068     $ 4,387,653     $ 3,898,950  


GEOGRAPHIC CONCENTRATION                        
OF DEPOSITS AT DECEMBER 31, 2015   Washington   Oregon   California   Idaho   Utah   Total
Total deposits   $ 4,219,304     $ 1,648,421     $ 1,592,365     $ 435,099     $ 159,879     $ 8,055,068  
Percent of total deposits   52.4 %   20.4 %   19.8 %   5.4 %   2.0 %   100.0 %


INCLUDED IN TOTAL DEPOSITS   Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
Public non-interest-bearing accounts   $ 85,489     $ 48,814     $ 39,381  
Public interest-bearing transaction & savings accounts   123,941     74,446     63,473  
Public interest-bearing certificates   31,281     27,791     35,346  
Total public deposits   $ 240,711     $ 151,051     $ 138,200  
Total brokered deposits   $ 162,936     $ 10,095     $ 4,799  


OTHER BORROWINGS   Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
Customer repurchase agreements / "Sweep accounts"   $ 93,325     $ 88,083     $ 77,185  
Other   5,000          
Total other borrowings   $ 98,325     $ 88,083     $ 77,185  


ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
(in thousands) 
BUSINESS COMBINATIONS        
ACQUISITION OF STARBUCK BANCSHARES, INC.*   October 1, 2015
         
Cash paid       $ 130,000  
Fair value of common shares issued       630,674  
Total consideration       760,674  
         
Fair value of assets acquired:        
Cash   $ 95,821      
Securities   1,037,238      
Loans receivable   2,997,640      
Real estate owned held for sale   5,706      
Property and equipment   66,549      
Intangible assets   33,500      
Other assets   221,019      
Total assets acquired   4,457,473      
         
Fair value of liabilities assumed:        
Deposits   3,638,596      
Junior subordinated debentures   5,806      
Other liabilities   278,445      
Total liabilities assumed   3,922,847      
Net assets acquired       534,626  
Goodwill       $ 226,048  


ACQUISITION OF SIUSLAW FINANCIAL GROUP*   March 6, 2015
         
Cash paid       $ 5,806  
Fair value of common shares issued       58,100  
Total consideration       63,906  
         
Fair value of assets acquired:        
Cash   $ 84,405      
Securities - available for sale   12,865      
Loans receivable   247,098      
Real estate owned held for sale   2,525      
Property and equipment   8,127      
Intangible assets   3,895      
Other assets   11,391      
Total assets acquired   370,306      
         
Fair value of liabilities assumed:        
Deposits   316,406      
Junior subordinated debentures   5,959      
Other liabilities   5,183      
Total liabilities assumed   327,548      
Net assets acquired       42,758  
Goodwill       $ 21,148  

* Amounts recorded in this table are preliminary estimates of fair value.  Additional adjustments to the purchase price allocation may be required.

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
(in thousands) 
         
ACQUISITION OF SIX OREGON BRANCHES   June 20, 2014
         
Total consideration       $  
         
Fair value of assets acquired:        
Cash   $ 127,557      
Loans receivable   87,923      
Property and equipment   3,079      
Intangible assets   2,372      
Other assets   275      
Total assets acquired   221,206      
         
Fair value of liabilities assumed:        
Deposits   212,085      
Other liabilities   42      
Total liabilities assumed   212,127      
Net assets acquired       9,079  
Acquisition bargain purchase gain       $ (9,079 )


MERGER AND ACQUISITION EXPENSE (1) Quarters Ended   Years Ended
  Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
By expense category:                  
Personnel (severance and retention fees in compensation) $ 6,134     $ 227     $     $ 6,577     $  
Professional services 5,757     1,185     2,279     11,169     2,953  
Non-capitalized equipment 976     5     6     1,031     105  
Advertising and marketing 306     151     197     527     327  
Information and computer data services 2,069     301     37     2,875     334  
Payment and processing 12     16     119     28     185  
Miscellaneous 3,115     322     147     3,903     421  
Total merger and acquisition expense $ 18,369     $ 2,207     $ 2,785     $ 26,110     $ 4,325  
                   
By acquisition:                  
Acquisition of six Oregon branches $     $     $ 244     $     $ 1,784  
Siuslaw Financial Group 133     340     748     2,000     748  
Starbuck Bancshares, Inc. (AmericanWest) 18,236     1,867     1,793     24,110     1,793  
Total merger and acquisition expense $ 18,369     $ 2,207     $ 2,785     $ 26,110     $ 4,325  
 
(1) Includes expenses related to preparing and filing a registration statement with respect to the restricted stock issued as consideration for the acquisition of Starbuck  Bancshares, Inc.


ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
(dollars in thousands) 
    Actual   Minimum to be
categorized as
"Adequately Capitalized"
  Minimum to be
categorized as
"Well Capitalized"
REGULATORY CAPITAL RATIOS AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2015   Amount   Ratio   Amount   Ratio   Amount   Ratio
                         
Banner Corporation-consolidated:                        
Total capital to risk-weighted assets   $ 1,139,554     13.66 %   $ 667,551     8.00 %   $ 834,438     10.00 %
Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets   1,057,597     12.67 %   500,663     6.00 %   667,551     8.00 %
Tier 1 leverage capital to average assets   1,057,597     11.06 %   382,614     4.00 %   478,267     5.00 %
Common equity tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets   1,013,971     12.15 %   375,497     4.50 %   542,385     6.50 %
Banner Bank:                        
Total capital to risk-weighted assets   1,030,601     12.63 %   652,939     8.00 %   816,174     10.00 %
Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets   950,865     11.65 %   489,704     6.00 %   652,939     8.00 %
Tier 1 leverage capital to average assets   950,865     10.28 %   385,126     4.00 %   481,408     5.00 %
Common equity tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets   950,865     11.65 %   367,278     4.50 %   530,513     6.50 %
Islanders Bank:                        
Total capital to risk-weighted assets   38,448     20.31 %   15,146     8.00 %   18,932     10.00 %
Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets   36,227     19.14 %   11,359     6.00 %   15,146     8.00 %
Tier 1 leverage capital to average assets   36,227     13.38 %   10,826     4.00 %   13,533     5.00 %
Common equity tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets   36,227     19.14 %   8,520     4.50 %   12,306     6.50 %


ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
(dollars in thousands) 
(rates / ratios annualized) 
    Quarters Ended   Years Ended
OPERATING PERFORMANCE   Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
                     
Average loans   $ 7,398,030     $ 4,313,839     $ 3,813,606     $ 4,961,193     $ 3,679,264  
Average securities   1,500,401     582,701     643,665     818,471     671,634  
Average interest earning cash   129,797     109,445     76,082     122,479     68,696  
Average non-interest-earning assets   870,169     276,761     212,071     413,503     205,378  
Total average assets   $ 9,898,397     $ 5,282,746     $ 4,745,424     $ 6,315,646     $ 4,624,972  
Average deposits   $ 8,118,825     $ 4,379,887     $ 3,942,903     $ 5,209,350     $ 3,815,979  
Average borrowings   418,126     226,174     218,170     276,581     246,963  
Average non-interest-bearing other liabilities (1)   54,967     6,731     2,039     17,051     (1,991 )
Total average liabilities   8,591,918     4,612,792     4,163,112     5,502,982     4,060,951  
Total average stockholders' equity   1,306,479     669,954     582,312     812,664     564,021  
Total average liabilities and equity   $ 9,898,397     $ 5,282,746     $ 4,745,424     $ 6,315,646     $ 4,624,972  
Interest rate yield on loans   4.72 %   4.76 %   4.80 %   4.78 %   4.83 %
Interest rate yield on securities   2.20 %   2.01 %   1.91 %   2.05 %   1.92 %
Interest rate yield on cash   0.23 %   0.35 %   0.29 %   0.27 %   0.30 %
Interest rate yield on interest-earning assets   4.24 %   4.34 %   4.31 %   4.31 %   4.31 %
Interest rate expense on deposits   0.15 %   0.16 %   0.18 %   0.16 %   0.20 %
Interest rate expense on borrowings   1.19 %   1.52 %   1.44 %   1.36 %   1.30 %
Interest rate expense on interest-bearing liabilities   0.20 %   0.22 %   0.25 %   0.22 %   0.27 %
Interest rate spread   4.04 %   4.12 %   4.06 %   4.09 %   4.04 %
Net interest margin   4.05 %   4.14 %   4.08 %   4.10 %   4.07 %
Other operating income / Average assets   0.74 %   1.06 %   1.01 %   0.99 %   1.19 %
Core other operating income / Average assets (2)   0.80 %   1.14 %   1.04 %   1.01 %   0.96 %
Other operating expense / Average assets   4.02 %   3.51 %   3.45 %   3.75 %   3.32 %
Core other operating expense / Average assets (2)   3.28 %   3.34 %   3.21 %   3.33 %   3.23 %
Efficiency ratio (other operating expense / revenue)   90.76 %   70.45 %   70.15 %   77.68 %   65.46 %
Efficiency ratio (core other operating expense / core operating revenue)(2)   73.11 %   66.01 %   65.09 %   68.80 %   66.59 %
Return on average assets   0.28 %   0.97 %   0.98 %   0.72 %   1.17 %
Return on average equity   2.09 %   7.67 %   7.98 %   5.56 %   9.59 %
Return on average tangible equity (3)   2.68 %   7.99 %   8.03 %   6.24 %   9.63 %
Average equity / Average assets   13.20 %   12.68 %   12.27 %   12.87 %   12.20 %


  (1 ) Average non-interest-bearing liabilities include fair value adjustments related to FHLB advances and Junior Subordinated Debentures.
  (2 ) Core other operating income excludes net gain (loss) on sale of securities, fair value adjustments and acquisition bargain purchase gain.  Core other operating expense excludes acquisition related costs.  These represent non-GAAP financial measures.  See also Non-GAAP Financial Measures reconciliation tables on the last two pages of these press release tables.
  (3 ) Average tangible equity excludes goodwill and other intangible assets and represents a non-GAAP financial measure.  See also Non-GAAP Financial Measures reconciliation tables on the last two pages of these press release tables.


ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION   
(dollars in thousands)   
                     
* Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)                    
In addition to results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP), this press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures.  Management has presented these non-GAAP financial measures in this earnings release because it believes that they provide useful and comparative information to assess trends in Banner's core operations reflected in the current quarter's results and facilitate the comparison of our performance with the performance of our peers.  Where applicable, comparable earnings information using GAAP financial measures is also presented.  
                     
REVENUE FROM CORE OPERATIONS Quarters Ended   Years Ended  
  Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014  
Net interest income before provision for loan losses $ 92,099     $ 52,188     $ 46,660     $ 242,279     $ 179,872    
Total other operating income 18,356     14,098     12,114     62,292     54,991    
Total GAAP revenue 110,455     66,286     58,774     304,571     234,863    
Exclude net (gain) loss on sale of securities 3         (1 )   540     (42 )  
Exclude change in valuation of financial instruments carried at fair value 1,547     1,113     287     813     (1,374 )  
Exclude acquisition bargain purchase gain                 (9,079 )  
Revenue from core operations (non-GAAP) $ 112,005     $ 67,399     $ 59,060     $ 305,924     $ 224,368    
       
ACQUISITION ACCOUNTING IMPACT ON NET INTEREST MARGIN Quarters Ended   Years Ended
  Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
Net interest income before provision for loan losses (GAAP) $ 92,099     $ 52,188     $ 46,660     $ 242,279     $ 179,872  
Exclude discount accretion on purchased loans (2,579 )   (359 )   (111 )   (3,566 )   (223 )
Exclude premium amortization on acquired certificates of deposit (572 )   (60 )   (69 )   (748 )   (139 )
Net interest income before discount accretion (non-GAAP) $ 88,948     $ 51,769     $ 46,480     $ 237,965     $ 179,510  
                   
Net interest margin (GAAP) 4.05 %   4.14 %   4.08 %   4.10 %   4.07 %
Exclude impact on net interest margin from discount accretion (0.11 )   (0.03 )   (0.01 )   (0.06 )   (0.01 )
Exclude impact on net interest margin from CD premium amortization (0.03 )       (0.01 )   (0.01 )    
Net margin before discount accretion (non-GAAP) 3.91 %   4.11 %   4.06 %   4.03 %   4.06 %
       
OTHER OPERATING INCOME/EXPENSE FROM CORE OPERATIONS Quarters Ended   Years Ended
  Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014   Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
Total other operating income (GAAP) $ 18,356     $ 14,098     $ 12,114     $ 62,292     $ 54,991  
Exclude net (gain) loss on sale of securities 3         (1 )   540     (42 )
Exclude change in valuation of financial instruments carried at fair value 1,547     1,113     287     813     (1,374 )
Exclude acquisition bargain purchase gain                 (9,079 )
Other operating income from core operations (non-GAAP) $ 19,906     $ 15,211     $ 12,400     $ 63,645     $ 44,496  
                   
Total other operating expense (GAAP) $ 100,254     $ 46,697     $ 41,229     $ 236,600     $ 153,741  
Exclude acquisition related costs (18,369 )   (2,207 )   (2,785 )   (26,110 )   (4,325 )
Other operating expense from core operations (non-GAAP) $ 81,885     $ 44,490     $ 38,444     $ 210,490     $ 149,416  


ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
(dollars in thousands except shares and per share data) 
           
  Quarters Ended
  Dec 31, 2015   Sep 30, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
TANGIBLE COMMON STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY TO TANGIBLE ASSETS          
Stockholders' equity (GAAP) $ 1,300,059     $ 671,202     $ 582,888  
Exclude goodwill and other intangible assets, net 284,500     26,605     2,831  
Tangible common stockholders' equity (non-GAAP) $ 1,015,559     $ 644,597     $ 580,057  
           
Total assets (GAAP) $ 9,796,298     $ 5,312,310     $ 4,723,163  
Exclude goodwill and other intangible assets, net 284,500     26,605     2,831  
Total tangible assets (non-GAAP) $ 9,511,798     $ 5,285,705     $ 4,720,332  
Tangible common stockholders' equity to tangible assets (non-GAAP) 10.68 %   12.20 %   12.29 %
           
TANGIBLE COMMON STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY PER SHARE          
Tangible common stockholders' equity $ 1,015,559     $ 644,597     $ 580,057  
Common shares outstanding at end of period 34,242,255     20,962,300     19,571,548  
Common stockholders' equity (book value) per share (GAAP) $ 37.97     $ 32.02     $ 29.78  
Tangible common stockholders' equity (tangible book value) per share (non-GAAP) $ 29.66     $ 30.75     $ 29.64  
             
RATIO OF ADJUSTED ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES TO ADJUSTED LOANS            
Loans receivable (GAAP)   7,314,504     4,369,458     3,831,034  
Net loan discount on acquired loans   44,939     4,329      
Adjusted loans (non-GAAP)   7,359,443     4,373,787     3,831,034  
             
Allowance for loan losses (GAAP)   78,008     77,320     75,907  
Net loan discount on acquired loans   44,939     4,329      
Adjusted allowance for loan losses (non-GAAP)   122,947     81,649     75,907  
             
Adjusted allowance for loan losses / Adjusted loans (non-GAAP)   1.67 %   1.87 %   1.98 %

 

CONTACT:MARK J. GRESCOVICH, PRESIDENT & CEOLLOYD W. BAKER, CFO(509) 527-3636