Simmons Bank Reports Third Quarter 2020 Earnings

Pine Bluff, AR (STL.News) Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC) (the “Company” or “Simmons”) today announced net income of $65.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to $81.8 million for the same period in 2019, a decrease of $15.9 million, or 19.5%.  Diluted earnings per share were $0.60, a decrease of $0.24, or 28.6%, compared to the same period in the prior year.  Included in the third quarter of 2019 results was a one-time after-tax gain on the sale of Visa Inc. class B common stock of $31.7 million.

Included in third quarter 2020 results were $2.5 million in net after-tax merger-related, early retirement program and net branch right-sizing costs.  Excluding the impact of these items, core earnings were $68.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to $84.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, a decrease of $15.6 million, or 18.6%.  Core diluted earnings per share were $0.63, a decrease of $0.24, or 27.6%, from the same period in 2019.

Year-to-date net income for the first nine months of 2020 was $201.9 million, or $1.83 diluted earnings per share, compared to $185.1 million, or $1.94 diluted earnings per share, for the same period in 2019.  Excluding $426,000 in net after-tax merger-related, early retirement program and net branch right-sizing costs and the gains on the sales of branches in south Texas and Colorado, year-to-date core earnings for 2020 were $202.3 million, an increase of $3.8 million compared to the same period last year.  Core diluted earnings per share for the first nine months of 2020 were $1.83, a decrease of $0.25, or 12.0%, from the same period in 2019.

“We are very proud of our results under these trying conditions. We have experienced very meaningful shifts in consumer habits which we believe will impact our delivery of products and services as well as the retail delivery of everyday amenities.  Our investment in digital channels will continue to position our company for these changes and our associates are ready for the new normal,” said George A. Makris, Jr., chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corporation.

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