UMB Financial 10-K 2009
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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
For the fiscal year ended: December 31, 2008
For the transition period from to
Commission file number: 0-4887
UMB FINANCIAL CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code): (816) 860-7000
Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
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Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrants knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. ¨
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). ¨ Yes x No
As of June 30, 2008, the aggregate market value of common stock outstanding held by nonaffiliates of the registrant was approximately $1,668,179,732 based on the NASDAQ closing price of that date.
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of the registrants classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the Companys definitive Proxy Statement to be delivered to shareholders in connection with the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on April 21, 2009, are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Form 10K.
ITEM 1. BUSINESS
UMB Financial Corporation (the Company) was organized as a corporation in 1967 under Missouri law for the purpose of becoming a bank holding company registered under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (BHCA). In 2001, the Company elected to become a financial holding company under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 (GLB Act). The Company owns all of the outstanding stock of four commercial banks, a brokerage company, a community development corporation, a mutual fund servicing company and thirteen other subsidiaries.
The four commercial banks are engaged in general commercial banking business. The principal location of each bank is in Missouri, Colorado, Kansas, and Arizona, respectively. The principal subsidiary bank, UMB Bank, n.a., whose principal office is in Missouri, also has branches in Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The banks offer a full range of banking services to commercial, retail, government and correspondent bank customers. In addition to standard banking functions, the principal subsidiary bank, UMB Bank, n.a., provides international banking services, investment and cash management services, data processing services for correspondent banks and a full range of trust activities for individuals, estates, business corporations, governmental bodies and public authorities.
The table below sets forth the names and locations of the Companys affiliate banks, as well as their respective number of locations, total assets, loans, total deposits and shareholders equity as of December 31, 2008.
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA OF AFFILIATE BANKS (in thousands)
UMB Fund Services, Inc. located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Media, Pennsylvania, provides services to 37 mutual fund groups representing 122 funds and administrative and support services for a growing number of alternative investment products.
On a full-time equivalent basis at December 31, 2008, the Company and its subsidiaries employed 3,274 persons.
Segment Information. Financial information regarding the Companys six segments is included in Note 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements provided in Item 8, pages 73 through 76 of this report.
Competition. The Company faces intense competition from hundreds of financial service providers in the markets served. The Company competes with other traditional and non-traditional financial service providers including banks, thrifts, finance companies, mutual funds, mortgage banking companies, brokerage companies, insurance companies, and credit unions. Customers for banking services and other financial services offered by the Company are generally influenced by convenience of location, quality of service, personal contact, price of services and availability of products. The impact from competition is critical not only to pricing, but also to transaction execution, products and services offered, innovation and reputation. Within the Kansas City banking market, the Company ranks third based on the amount of deposits at June 30, 2008, the most recent date for which deposit information is available from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). At June 30, 2008, the Company had 8.5 percent of the deposits in its primary market, the Kansas City metropolitan area, compared to 7.5 percent at June 30, 2007.
Monetary Policy and Economic Conditions. The Companys business and earnings are affected significantly by the fiscal and monetary policies of the federal government and its agencies. It is particularly affected by the policies of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Federal Reserve Board or FRB), which regulates the supply of money and credit in the United States. Among the instruments of monetary policy available to the FRB are: conducting open market operations in United States government securities; changing the discount rates of borrowings of depository institutions; imposing or changing reserve requirements against depository institutions deposits; and imposing or changing reserve requirements against certain borrowings by banks and their affiliates. These methods are used in varying degrees and combinations to directly affect the availability of bank loans and deposits, as well as the interest rates charged on loans and paid on deposits. The policies of the FRB have a material effect on the Companys business, results of operations and financial condition.
Supervision and Regulation. As a bank holding company and a financial holding company, the Company (and its subsidiaries) is subject to extensive regulation and is affected by numerous federal and state laws and regulations.
Supervision. The Company is subject to regulation and examination by the FRB. Its four subsidiary banks are subject to regulation and examination by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). UMB Scout Insurance Services, Inc. is regulated by state agencies in the states in which it operates. Scout Investment Advisors and UMB Fund Services are subject to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) because of the UMB Scout Funds and the servicing of other mutual fund groups and alternative investment products. The FRB possesses cease and desist powers over bank holding companies if their actions represent unsafe or unsound practices or violations of law. In addition, the FRB is empowered to impose civil monetary penalties for violations of banking statutes and regulations. Regulation by the FRB is intended to protect depositors of the Companys banks, not the Companys shareholders. The Company is subject to a number of restrictions and requirements imposed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 relating to internal controls over financial reporting, disclosure controls and procedures, loans to directors or executive officers of the Company and its subsidiaries, the preparation and certification of the Companys consolidated financial statements, the duties of the Companys audit committee, relations with and functions performed by the Companys independent auditors, and various accounting and corporate governance matters. The Companys brokerage affiliate, UMB Financial Services, Inc., is regulated by the SEC, FINRA, and is also subject to certain regulations of the various states in which it transacts business. It is subject to regulations covering all aspects of the securities business, including sales methods, trade practices among broker/dealers, capital structure, uses and safekeeping of customers funds and securities, recordkeeping, and the conduct of directors, officers and employees. The SEC and the organizations to which it has delegated certain regulatory authority may conduct administrative proceedings that can result in censure, fines, suspension or expulsion of a broker/dealer, its directors, officers and employees. The principal purpose of regulation of securities broker/dealers is the protection of customers and the securities market, rather than the protection of stockholders of broker/dealers.
Limitation on Acquisitions and Activities. The Company is subject to the Bank Holding Company Act (BHCA), which requires the Company to obtain the prior approval of the Federal Reserve Board to (i) acquire substantially all the assets of any bank, (ii) acquire more than 5% of any class of voting stock of a bank or bank holding company which is not already majority owned, or (iii) merge or consolidate with another bank holding company. The BHCA also imposes significant limitations on the scope and type of activities in which the Company and its subsidiaries may engage. The activities of bank holding companies are generally limited to the business of banking, managing or controlling banks, and other activities that the FRB has determined to be so closely related to banking or managing or controlling banks as to be a proper incident thereto. In addition, under the GLB Act, a bank holding company, all of whose controlled depository institutions are well-capitalized and well-managed (as defined in federal banking regulations) and which obtains satisfactory Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) ratings, may declare itself to be a financial holding company and engage in a broader range of activities.
A financial holding company may affiliate with securities firms and insurance companies and engage in other activities that are financial in nature or incidental or complementary to activities that are financial in nature. Financial in nature activities include:
A financial holding company that desires to engage in activities that are financial in nature or incidental to a financial activity but not previously authorized by the FRB must obtain approval from the FRB before engaging in such activity. Also, a financial holding company may seek FRB approval to engage in an activity that is complementary to a financial activity if it shows that the activity does not pose a substantial risk to the safety and soundness of insured depository institutions or the financial system. Under the GLB Act, subsidiaries of financial holding companies engaged in non-bank activities are supervised and regulated by the federal and state agencies which normally supervise and regulate such functions outside of the financial holding company context.
A financial holding company may acquire a company (other than a bank holding company, bank or savings association) engaged in activities that are financial in nature or incidental to activities that are financial in nature without prior approval from the FRB. Prior FRB approval is required, however, before the financial holding company may acquire control of more than 5% of the voting shares or substantially all of the assets of a bank holding company, bank or savings association. In addition, under the FRBs merchant banking regulations, a financial holding company is authorized to invest in companies that engage in activities that are not financial in nature, as long as the financial holding company makes its investment with the intention of limiting the duration of the investment, does not manage the company on a day-to-day basis, and the company does not cross market its products or services with any of the financial holding companys controlled depository institutions. If any subsidiary bank of a financial holding company receives a rating under the CRA of less than satisfactory, then the financial holding company is limited with respect to its engaging in new activities or acquiring other companies, until the rating is raised to at least satisfactory.
Other Regulatory Restrictions & Requirements. A bank holding company and its subsidiaries are prohibited from engaging in certain tie-in arrangements in connection with the extension of credit, with limited exceptions. There are also various legal restrictions on the extent to which a bank holding company and certain of its non-bank subsidiaries can borrow or otherwise obtain credit from its bank subsidiaries. The Company and its subsidiaries are also subject to certain restrictions on issuance, underwriting and distribution of securities. FRB policy requires a bank holding company to serve as a source of financial and managerial strength to its subsidiary banks. Under this source of strength doctrine, a bank holding company is expected to stand ready to use its available resources to provide adequate capital funds to its subsidiary banks during periods of financial stress or adversity, and to maintain resources and the capacity to raise capital that it can commit to its subsidiary banks. Furthermore, the FRB has the right to order a bank holding company to terminate any activity that the FRB believes is a serious risk to the financial safety, soundness or stability of any subsidiary bank. Also, under cross-guaranty provisions of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDIA), bank subsidiaries of a bank holding company are liable for any loss incurred by the FDIC insurance fund in connection with the failure of any other bank subsidiary of the bank holding company.
The Companys bank subsidiaries are subject to a number of laws regulating depository institutions, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991, which expanded the regulatory and enforcement powers of the federal bank regulatory agencies. These laws require that such agencies prescribe standards relating to internal controls, information systems, internal audit systems, loan documentation, credit
underwriting, interest rate exposure, asset growth, compensation, fees and benefits, and mandated annual examinations of banks by their primary regulators. The Companys bank subsidiaries are also subject to a number of consumer protection laws and regulations of general applicability, as well as the Bank Secrecy Act and USA Patriot Act, which are designed to identify, prevent and deter international money laundering and terrorist financing.
The rate of interest a bank may charge on certain classes of loans is limited by law. At certain times in the past, such limitations have resulted in reductions of net interest margins on certain classes of loans. Federal laws also impose additional restrictions on the lending activities of banks, including the amount that can be loaned to one borrower or related group.
All four of the commercial banks owned by the Company are national banks and are subject to supervision and examination by the OCC. In addition, the national banks are subject to examination by The Federal Reserve System. All such banks are members of, and subject to examination by, the FDIC.
Payment of dividends by the Companys affiliate banks to the Company is subject to various regulatory restrictions. For national banks, the OCC must approve the declaration of any dividends generally in excess of the sum of net income for that year and retained net income for the preceding two years. At December 31, 2008, approximately $40,499,000 of the equity of the Companys bank and non-bank subsidiaries was available for distribution as dividends to the Company without prior regulatory approval or without reducing the capital of the respective banks below prudent levels.
Each of the Companys subsidiary banks are subject to the CRA and implementing regulations. CRA regulations establish the framework and criteria by which the bank regulatory agencies assess an institutions record of helping to meet the credit needs of its community, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. CRA ratings are taken into account by regulators in reviewing certain applications made by the Company and its bank subsidiaries.
Regulatory Capital Requirements Applicable to the Company. The FRB has promulgated capital adequacy guidelines for use in its examination and supervision of bank holding companies. If a bank holding companys capital falls below minimum required levels, then the bank holding company must implement a plan to increase its capital, and its ability to pay dividends and make acquisitions of new bank subsidiaries may be restricted or prohibited. The FRBs capital adequacy guidelines provide for the following types of capital:
Tier 1 capital, also referred to as core capital, calculated as:
Tier 2 capital, also referred to as supplementary capital, calculated as:
The maximum amount of supplementary capital that qualifies as Tier 2 capital is limited to 100% of Tier 1 capital.
Total capital, calculated as:
The Company is required to maintain minimum amounts of capital to various categories of assets, as defined by the banking regulators. See Table 13, Risk-Based Capital, on page 39 for additional detail on the computation of risk-based assets and the related capital ratios.
At December 31, 2008, the Company was required to have minimum Tier 1 capital, Total capital, and leverage ratios of 4.00%, 8.00%, and 4.00% respectively. The Companys actual ratios at that date were 13.23%, 14.09%, and 8.47%, respectively.
Regulatory Capital Requirements Applicable to the Companys Subsidiary Banks. In addition to the minimum capital requirements of the FRB applicable to the Company, there are separate minimum capital requirements applicable to its subsidiary national banks.
Federal banking laws classify an insured financial institution in one of the following five categories, depending upon the amount of its regulatory capital:
Federal banking laws require the federal regulatory agencies to take prompt corrective action against undercapitalized financial institutions. The Companys banks must be well-capitalized and well-managed in order for the Company to remain a financial holding company. The capital ratios and classifications for the Company and each of the Companys four banks as of December 31, 2008, are set forth below:
The Company is required to maintain minimum balances with the FRB for each of its subsidiary banks. These balances are calculated from reports filed with the respective FRB for each affiliate. At December 31, 2008, the Company was required to hold $5,685,000 at the FRB.
Deposit Insurance and Assessments. The deposits of each of the Companys four subsidiary banks are insured by an insurance fund administered by the FDIC, in general up to a maximum of $100,000 per insured deposit ($250,000 for certain retirement plan deposits). Under federal banking regulations, insured banks are required to pay quarterly assessments to the FDIC for deposit insurance. The FDICs risk-based assessment system requires members to pay varying assessment rates depending upon the level of the institutions capital and the degree of supervisory concern over the institution. As a result of the Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act of 2005 (FDIRA) signed into law February 8, 2006, the FDIC assessment is now separated into two parts. The first part is the FDIC Insurance and the second part is the assessment for the Financing Corporation (FICO).
Pursuant to the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the maximum deposit insurance amount has been increased from $100,000 to $250,000 until December 31, 2009. On October 13, 2008, the FDIC established a Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program (TLGP) under which the FDIC will fully guarantee all non-interest-bearing transaction accounts and all senior unsecured debt of insured depository institutions or their qualified holding companies issued between October 14, 2008 and June 30, 2009. Senior unsecured debt would include federal funds purchased and certificates of deposit outstanding to the credit of the bank. All eligible institutions participate in the program without cost for the first 30 days of the program. After December 5, 2008, institutions were assessed ten basis points for transaction account balances in excess of $250,000 and at the rate of 75 basis points of the amount of debt issued. The Company has elected to participate in the transaction guarantee part of the TLGP and has opted out of the debt guarantee part of the TLGP.
In an effort to restore capitalization levels and to ensure the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will adequately cover projected losses from future bank failures, the FDIC, in October 2008, proposed a rule to alter the way in which it differentiates for risk in the risk-based assessment system and to revise deposit insurance assessment rates, including base assessment rates. For Risk Category 1 institutions that have long-term debt issuer ratings, the FDIC proposes (i) to determine the initial base assessment rate using a combination of weighted-average CAMELS component ratings, long-term debt issuer ratings (converted to numbers and averaged) and the financial ratios method assessment rate, each equally weighted and (ii) to revise the uniform amount and the pricing multipliers. The FDIC also proposes to introduce three adjustments that could be made to an institutions initial base assessment rate, including (i) a potential decrease of up to 2 basis points for long-term unsecured debt, including senior and subordinated debt, (ii) a potential increase for secured liabilities in excess of 15% of domestic deposits and (iii) for non-Risk Category 1 institutions, a potential increase for brokered deposits in excess of 10% of domestic deposits. In addition, the FDIC proposed raising the current rates uniformly by 7 basis points for the assessment for the first quarter of 2009, resulting in annualized assessment rates for Risk Category 1 institutions ranging from 12 to 14 basis points. The proposal for first quarter 2009 assessment rates
was adopted as a final rule in December 2008. The FDIC also proposed, effective April 1, 2009, initial base assessment rates for Risk Category 1 institutions of 10 to 14 basis points. After the effect of potential base-rate adjustments, the annualized assessment rate for Risk Category 1 institutions would range from 8 to 21 basis points. A final rule related to this proposal is expected to be issued during the first quarter of 2009. The Company cannot provide any assurance as to the amount of any proposed increase in its deposit insurance premium rate, should such an increase occur, as such changes are dependent upon a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the Companys control.
In addition, all FDIC-insured institutions are required to pay assessments to the FDIC to fund interest payments on bonds issued by FICO, an agency of the Federal government established to recapitalize the predecessor to the Savings Association Insurance Fund (SAIF). The FICO assessment rates, which are determined quarterly, averaged 0.0113% of insured deposits in fiscal 2008. These assessments will continue until the FICO bonds mature in 2017.
The FDIRA also provided for a one time assessment credit that would be used to pay for the quarterly premiums until the credit is fully used. The Companys one time assessment credit was $7.3 million, of which $3.0 million was used for premiums assessed in 2008. As of December 31, 2008, the Company has a $2.1 million assessment credit outstanding, which will be used to pay future premiums. The FDIC has authority to increase the annual assessment rate and there is no cap on the annual assessment rate which the FDIC may impose.
Limitations on Transactions with Affiliates. The Company and its non-bank subsidiaries are affiliates within the meaning of Sections 23A and 23B of the Federal Reserve Act (FRA). The amount of loans or extensions of credit which a bank may make to non-bank affiliates, or to third parties secured by securities or obligations of the non-bank affiliates, are substantially limited by the FRA and the FDIA. Such acts further restrict the range of permissible transactions between a bank and an affiliated company. A bank and subsidiaries of a bank may engage in certain transactions, including loans and purchases of assets, with an affiliated company, only if the terms and conditions of the transaction, including credit standards, are substantially the same as, or at least as favorable to the bank as, those prevailing at the time for comparable transactions with non-affiliated companies or, in the absence of comparable transactions, on terms and conditions that would be offered to non-affiliated companies.
Other Banking Activities. The investments and activities of the Companys subsidiary banks are also subject to regulation by federal banking agencies regarding; investments in subsidiaries, investments for their own account (including limitations in investments in junk bonds and equity securities), loans to officers, directors and their affiliates, security requirements, anti-tying limitations, anti-money laundering, financial privacy and customer identity verification requirements, truth-in-lending, types of interest bearing deposit accounts offered, trust department operations, brokered deposits, audit requirements, issuance of securities, branching and mergers and acquisitions.
A discussion of past acquisitions is included in Note 16 to the Consolidated Financial Statements provided in Item 8 on page 79 of this report.
Future Legislation. Various legislation, including proposals to change the financial institution regulatory system, are currently being considered by Congress because of the current economic downturn. In the future, management expects that legislative changes will continue to be introduced from time to time in Congress. This legislation may change banking statutes and the Companys (and its subsidiaries) operating environment in substantial and unpredictable ways. If enacted, this legislation could increase or decrease the cost of doing business, limit or expand permissible activities, or affect the competitive balance among banks, savings associations, credit unions and other financial institutions. The Company cannot predict whether any of this potential legislation will be enacted and, if enacted, the effect that it, or any implementing regulations, could have on the business, results of operations or financial condition of the Company or its subsidiaries.
The references in the foregoing discussion to various aspects of statutes and regulations are merely summaries which do not purport to be complete and which are qualified in their entirety by reference to the actual statutes and regulations.
Statistical Disclosure. The information required by Guide 3, Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies, has been included in Items 6, 7, and 7A, pages 18 through 49 of this report.
Executive Officers of the Registrants. The following are the executive officers of the Company, each of whom is elected annually, and there are no arrangements or understandings between any of the persons so named and any other person pursuant to which such person was elected as an officer.
The Company makes available free of charge on its website at www.umb.com/investor, its annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to such reports, as soon as reasonably practicable after it electronically files or furnishes such material with or to the SEC.
ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS
Our business routinely encounters and addresses risks. Some of such risks may give rise to occurrences that cause our future results to be materially different than we presently anticipate. In the following paragraphs, we describe our current view of certain important strategic risks, although the risks below are not the only risks we face. If any such risks actually materialize, our business, results of operations, financial condition and prospects could be affected materially and adversely. These risk factors should be read in conjunction with our managements discussion and analysis, beginning on page 18 hereof, and our consolidated financial statements, beginning on page 49 hereof.
General economic conditions, such as the current economic downturn or recession, could materially impair our customers ability to repay loans, harm our operating results and reduce our volume of new loans. The U.S. and the world economies are facing uncertain times. No one knows when the U.S. economy will come out of recession and what impact the Stimulus Package, which was recently signed in to law, will have in the near and distant future. While the Companys loan portfolio, investment portfolio and funding sources have held up well in the current environment, the future situation is uncertain and the identified risks are explained in further detail throughout Managements Discussion and Analysis section.
Our profitability depends significantly on economic conditions. Economic downturns or recessions, either nationally, internationally or in the states within our footprint, could materially reduce our operating results. An economic downturn could negatively impact demand for our loan and deposit products, the demand for insurance and brokerage products and the amount of credit related losses due to customers who cannot pay interest or principal on their loans. To the extent loan charge-offs exceed our estimates, an increase to the amount of expense provided related to the allowance for loans would reduce income. See Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market RiskCredit Risk in Part II, Item 7A for a discussion of how we monitor and manage credit risk.
General economic conditions, such as a stock market decline, could materially impair the number of investors in the equity and bond markets, the level of assets under management and the demand for our other fee-based services. Economic downturns or recessions could affect the volume of income from and demand for our other fee-based services. The fee revenue of our asset management segments including income from our Scout Investment Advisors, Inc. and UMB Fund Services, Inc. subsidiaries, are largely dependent on both inflows to, and the fair value of, assets invested in the UMB Scout Funds and the fund clients to whom we provide services. General economic conditions can affect investor sentiment and confidence in the overall securities markets which could adversely affect asset values, net flows to these funds and other assets under management. Our bankcard revenues are dependent on transaction volumes from consumer and corporate spending to generate interchange fees. An economic downturn could negatively affect the amount of such fee income. Our banking services group is affected by corporate and consumer demand for debt securities which can be adversely affected by changes in general economic conditions.
We are subject to extensive regulation in the jurisdictions in which we conduct our businesses. We are subject to extensive state and federal regulation, supervision and legislation that govern most aspects of our operations. Laws and regulations, and in particular banking, securities and tax laws, are under intense scrutiny because of the current economic crisis and may change from time to time. For example, current federal law prohibits the payment of interest on corporate demand deposit accounts. Although a change to permit interest on corporate accounts would have a favorable impact on service-charge income, it would adversely affect net interest income as the Companys cost of funds would increase. Changes in laws and regulations, lawsuits or actions by regulatory agencies could cause us to devote significant time and resources to compliance and could lead to fines, penalties, judgments, settlements, withdrawal of certain products or services offered in the market or other results adverse to us which could affect our business, financial condition or results of operation, or cause us serious reputational harm.
The future U.S. banking regulatory environment is currently under review. However, it is likely to change resulting in increased internal and external costs, including FDIC assessments. While UMB elected to not
participate in the U.S. Treasurys Troubled Assets Relief Program, the intended and unintended consequences of this governmental action are still being evaluated in our industry. Further, the effect of additional congressional actions remains a possibility, the outcome of which is not currently determinable.
Changes in interest rates could affect our results of operations. A significant portion of our net income is based on the difference between interest earned on earning assets (such as loans and investments) and interest paid on deposits and borrowings. These rates are sensitive to many factors that are beyond our control, such as general economic conditions and policies of various governmental and regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Reserve Board. For example, policies and regulations of the Federal Reserve Board influence, directly and indirectly, the rate of interest paid by commercial banks on their interest-bearing deposits and also may affect the value of financial instruments held by us. The actions of the Federal Reserve Board also determine to a significant degree our cost of funds for lending and investing. In addition, these policies and conditions can adversely affect our customers and counterparties, which may increase the risk that such customers or counterparties default on their obligations to us. Changes in interest rates greatly affect the amount of income earned and the amount of interest paid. Changes in interest rates also affect loan demand, the prepayment speed of loans, the purchase and sale of investment bonds and the generation and retention of customer deposits. A rapid increase in interest rates could result in interest expense increasing faster than interest income because of differences in maturities of assets and liabilities. See Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market RiskInterest Rate Risk in Part II, Item 7A for a discussion of how we monitor and manage interest rate risk.
We rely on our systems, employees and certain counterparties, and certain failures could adversely affect our operations. Our Company is dependent on our ability to process a large number of transactions. If any of our financial, accounting, or other data processing systems fail or have other significant shortcomings, we could be adversely affected. We are similarly dependent on our employees. We could be adversely affected if a significant number of our employees are unavailable due to a pandemic, natural disaster, war, act of terrorism, or other reason, or if an employee causes a significant operational break-down or failure, either as a result of human error, purposeful sabotage or fraudulent manipulation of our operations or systems. Third parties with which we do business could also be sources of operational risk to us, including break-downs or failures of such parties own systems or employees. Any of these occurrences could result in a diminished ability of the Company to operate, potential liability to clients, reputational damage and regulatory intervention, which could adversely affect us. Operational risk also includes our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions into existing charters as an acquired entity will most likely be on a different system than ours. See Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market RiskOperational Risk in Part II, Item 7A for a discussion of how we monitor and manage operational risk.
In a firm as large and complex as the Company, lapses or deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting are likely to occur from time to time and there is no assurance that significant deficiencies or material weaknesses in internal controls may not occur in the future.
In addition, there is the risk that our controls and procedures as well as business continuity and data security systems may prove to be inadequate. Any such failure could affect our operations and could adversely affect our results of operations by requiring the Company to expend significant resources to correct the defect, as well as by exposing us to litigation or losses not covered by insurance.
If we do not successfully handle issues that may arise in the conduct of our business and operations, our reputation could be damaged, which could in turn negatively affect our business. Our ability to attract and retain customers and transact with the Companys counterparties could be adversely affected to the extent our reputation is damaged. The failure of the Company to deal with various issues that could give rise to reputational risk could cause harm to the Company and our business prospects. These issues include, but are not limited to potential conflicts of interest, legal and regulatory requirements, ethical issues, money-laundering, privacy, recordkeeping, sales and trading practices and proper identification of the legal, reputational, credit, liquidity and market risks inherent in our products. The failure to appropriately address these issues could make our clients unwilling to do business with us, which could adversely affect our results.
We face strong competition from other financial services firms, which could lead to pricing pressures that could materially adversely affect our revenue and profitability. In addition to the challenge of competing against local, regional and national banks in attracting and retaining customers, our competitors also include brokers, mortgage bankers, mutual fund sponsors, securities dealers, investment advisors and specialty finance and insurance companies. The financial services industry is intensely competitive, and we expect it to remain so. We compete on the basis of several factors, including transaction execution, products and services, innovation, reputation and price. We may experience pricing pressures as a result of these factors and as some of our competitors seek to increase market share by reducing prices on products and services or increasing rates paid on deposits.
The shift from paper-based to electronic-based payments may be difficult and negatively affect earnings. In todays payment environment, checks continue to be a payment choice; however, checks as a percent of the total payment volume are declining and the transactions are shifting to electronic alternatives. Check products are serviced regionally due to the physical constraints of paper documents; however, electronic documents are not bound by the same constraints, thus opening geographic markets to all providers of electronic services. To address this shift, new systems are being developed and marketed which involve significant software and hardware costs. It is anticipated that we will encounter new competition, and any competitor that attracts the payments business of our existing customers will compete strongly for the remainder of such customers banking business.
Our framework for managing our risks may not be effective in mitigating risk and loss to the Company. Our risk management framework is made up of various processes and strategies to manage our risk exposure. Types of risk to which we are subject include liquidity risk, credit risk, price risk, interest rate risk, operational risk, compliance and litigation risk, foreign exchange risk, reputation risk, and fiduciary risk, among others. There can be no assurance that our framework to manage risk, including such frameworks underlying assumptions, will be effective under all conditions and circumstances. If our risk management framework proves ineffective, we could suffer unexpected losses and could be materially adversely affected.
Liquidity is essential to our businesses and we rely on the securities market and other external sources to finance a significant portion of our operations. Liquidity affects our ability to meet our financial commitments. Our liquidity could be negatively affected should the need arise to increase deposits or obtain additional funds through borrowing to augment current liquidity sources. Factors that we cannot control, such as disruption of the financial markets or negative views about the general financial services industry, could impair the Companys access to funding. If we are unable to raise funding using the methods described above, we would likely need to sell assets, such as our investment and trading portfolios, to meet maturing liabilities. We may be unable to sell some of our assets on a timely basis, or we may have to sell assets at a discount from market value, either of which could adversely affect our results of operations. Our liquidity and funding policies have been designed to ensure that we maintain sufficient liquid financial resources to continue to conduct our business for an extended period in a stressed liquidity environment. If our liquidity and funding policies are not adequate, we may be unable to access sufficient financing to service our financial obligations when they come due, which could have a material adverse franchise or business impact. See Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market RiskLiquidity Risk in Part II, Item 7A for a discussion of how we monitor and manage liquidity risk.
Inability to hire or retain qualified employees could adversely affect our performance. Our people are our most important resource and competition for qualified employees is intense. Employee compensation is our greatest expense. We rely on key personnel to manage and operate our business, including major revenue generating functions such as our loan and deposit portfolios. The loss of key staff may adversely affect our ability to maintain and manage these portfolios effectively, which could negatively affect our results of operations. If compensation costs required to attract and retain employees become unreasonably expensive, our performance, including our competitive position, could be adversely affected.
Changes in accounting standards could impact reported earnings. The accounting standard setting bodies, including the Financial Accounting Standards Board and other regulatory bodies periodically change the financial accounting and reporting standards affecting the preparation of our consolidated financial statements. These changes are not within our control and could materially impact our consolidated financial statements.
Future events may be different than those anticipated by our management assumptions and estimates, which may cause unexpected losses in the future. Pursuant to current Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, we are required to use certain estimates in preparing our financial statements, including accounting estimates to determine loan loss reserves, and the fair values of certain assets and liabilities, among other items. Should our determined values for such items prove inaccurate, we may experience unexpected losses which could be material.
ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
There are no unresolved comments from the staff of the SEC required to be disclosed herein as of the date of this Form 10-K.
ITEM 2. PROPERTIES
The Companys headquarters building, the UMB Bank Building, is located at 1010 Grand Boulevard in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, and opened during July 1986. Of the 250,000 square feet, 227,000 square feet is occupied by departments and customer service functions of UMB Bank, n.a. as well as offices of the parent company, UMB Financial Corporation. The remaining 23,000 square feet of space within the building is leased to a law firm.
Other main facilities of UMB Bank, n.a. in downtown Kansas City, Missouri are located at 928 Grand Boulevard (185,000 square feet); 906 Grand Boulevard (140,000 square feet); and 1008 Oak Street (180,000 square feet). The 928 Grand and 906 Grand buildings house backroom support functions. The 928 Grand building underwent a major renovation during 2004/2005. The 928 Grand building is connected to the UMB Bank Building (1010 Grand) by an enclosed elevated pedestrian walkway. The 1008 Oak building, which opened during the second quarter of 1999, houses the Companys operations and data processing functions.
UMB Bank, n.a. leases 41,049 square feet in the Hertz Building located in the heart of the commercial sector of downtown St. Louis, Missouri. This location has a full-service banking center and is home to some operational and administrative support functions.
UMB Bank, Colorado, n.a. leases 9,003 square feet on the first, second, and third floors of the 1670 Broadway building located in the financial district of downtown Denver, Colorado. The location has a full-service banking center and is home to the operational and administrative support functions for UMB Bank, Colorado, n.a.
UMB Fund Services, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company, leases 72,135 square feet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at which its fund services operation is headquartered.
As of December 31, 2008, the Companys affiliate banks operated a total of four main banking centers with 137 detached branch facilities, the majority of which are owned by the Company.
Additional information with respect to premises and equipment is presented in Notes 1 and 8 to the Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8, pages 55, 65 and 66 of this report.
ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
In the normal course of business, the Company and its subsidiaries are named defendants in various lawsuits and counter-claims. In the opinion of management, after consultation with legal counsel, none of these lawsuits are expected to have a materially adverse effect on the financial position, results of operations, or cash flows of the Company.
ITEM 4. SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS
No matters were submitted to the shareholders for a vote during the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008.
ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANTS COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
The Companys stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Stock Market under the symbol UMBF. As of February 18, 2009, the Company had 2,346 shareholders of record. Company stock information for each full quarter period within the two most recent fiscal years is set forth in the table below.
Information concerning restrictions on the ability of the Registrant to pay dividends and the Registrants subsidiaries to transfer funds to the Registrant is presented in Item 1, page 7 and Note 10 to the Consolidated Financial Statements provided in Item 8, pages 67 and 68 of this report. Information concerning securities the Company issued under equity compensation plans is contained in Item 12, pages 90 and 91 and in Note 11 to the Consolidated Financial Statements provided in Item 8, pages 69 through 72 of this report.
Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers
The following table provides information about share repurchase activity by the Company during the quarter ended December 31, 2008:
ISSUER PURCHASE OF EQUITY SECURITIES
On April 22, 2008, the Company announced a plan to repurchase up to two million shares of common stock. This plan will terminate on April 22, 2009. The Company has not made any repurchases other than through these
plans. All open market share purchases under the share repurchase plans are intended to be within the scope of Rule 10b-18 promulgated under the Exchange Act. Rule 10b-18 provides a safe harbor for purchases in a given day if the Company satisfies the manner, timing and volume conditions of the rule when purchasing its own common shares.
ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
For a discussion of factors that may materially affect the comparability of the information below, please see Item 7, Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, pages 19 through 44, of this report.
FIVE-YEAR FINANCIAL SUMMARY
(in thousands except per share data)
ITEM 7. MANAGEMENTS DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
MANAGEMENTS DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
The following presents managements discussion and analysis of the Companys consolidated financial condition, changes in condition, and results of operations. This review highlights the major factors affecting results of operations and any significant changes in financial conditions for the three-year period ended December 31, 2008. It should be read in conjunction with the accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements and other financial statistics appearing elsewhere in the report.
SPECIAL CAUTIONARY NOTICE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
The information included or incorporated by reference in this report contains forward-looking statements of expected future developments within the meaning of and pursuant to the safe harbor provisions established by Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may refer to financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future financial performance and business of the Company, including, without limitation:
Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results. You are cautioned not to put undue reliance on any forward-looking statement which speaks only as of the date it was made. Forward-looking statements reflect managements expectations and are based on currently available data; however, they involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to, among others, the following factors:
Any forward-looking statements should be read in conjunction with information about risks and uncertainties set forth in this report and in documents incorporated herein by reference. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not intend to review or revise any particular forward-looking statement in light of events that occur thereafter or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
Results of Operations
The Company continues to focus on the following five strategies which management believes will improve net income and strengthen the balance sheet.
The first strategy is a focus on net interest income. This is a multi-pronged strategy emphasizing the investment portfolio, loan portfolio and deposit base. During 2008, progress on this strategy was illustrated by an increase in net interest income of 18.2 percent from the previous year. This was accomplished through earning
asset growth, as well as an overall increase in net interest margin. Average earning assets increased by $894.4 million, or 12.6 percent from 2007. This earning asset growth was primarily funded with an $836.2 million increase in average deposits, or 14.3 percent from 2007. Net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, increased 16 basis points as compared to 2007 and net interest spread increased 56 basis points as compared to 2007.
The second strategy is to grow the Companys fee-based businesses. The Company believes this strategy will help compensate for the average loan-to-deposit ratio of the Companys subsidiary banks, which has been, and is expected to continue to be, lower than industry average. The Company continues to emphasize its fee-based operations to help reduce the Companys exposure to changes in interest rates. During 2008, noninterest income increased $24.0 million, or 8.3 percent, compared to 2007. The increase in noninterest income was attributable to higher trust and securities processing income, service charges on deposits, and bankcard fees. Additionally, the increase included an $8.9 million gain on the mandatory redemption of Visa Inc. common stock. Trust and securities processing increased $6.7 million, or 5.8 percent. This increase was due to increased fund administration fees of $6.9 million, or 18.3 percent, compared to 2007. Additionally, record fund flows within total assets under management of $1.1 billion during 2008, as discussed in the fourth strategy below, contributed to the increase. Service charges on deposits increased by $5.2 million, or 6.5 percent during 2008. This increase is primarily due to corporate service charges and return item charges. Bankcard fees increased $3.4 million, or 8.5 percent, during 2008, which is attributable to an increase in card activity. The Company continues to focus on its wholesale health savings and flexible spending account strategy by servicing healthcare providers, third-party administrators and large employers. The Company continues to emphasize its asset management, credit card, health care services, and payments businesses.
The third strategy is to leverage the Companys distribution network. The Company continues to strategically add employees to our footprint and to expand nation-wide in businesses such as Corporate Trust, Private Banking and UMB Fund Services. As evidence of this, the Company entered the Indianapolis, Indiana market in the fourth quarter of 2008 by hiring a team of seasoned Corporate Trust professionals. Repositioning and increasing utilization of our regional distribution network remains a priority. Through the acquisition of a bank in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and by opening two branches and closing one, the Company increased its banking center network to 137 branches.
The fourth strategy is to strengthen the asset management business of the Company. In particular, the focus is to continue growing the UMB Scout Funds (which are a family of proprietary mutual funds managed by a subsidiary of the Company) by adding and offering new products, achieving strong performance, and leveraging distribution networks. The Company continues to develop an investment advisory model. To that end, the Company will continue to evolve proprietary and non-proprietary products and services to support this approach. In addition, the Company continues to integrate private banking, wealth solutions, and brokerage capabilities for our customers. As some of the revenue from the Companys asset management business is the direct result of the market value of its customers investments, the overall health of the equity and financial markets continues to play an important role in the recognition of fee income as discussed in the Business Segment section on pages 26 to 28. Another important part of the Companys asset management strategy is the implementation of an integrated wealth management business model. With twelve client managers, Private Banking has more than $91 million in loans and nearly $247 million in deposits. Brokerage fee income has also continued to improve with a 7.9 percent growth since 2007.
The fifth strategy is a focus on capital management. The Company places a significant emphasis on the maintenance of a strong capital position, which management believes promotes investor confidence, provides access to funding sources under favorable terms, and enhances the Companys ability to capitalize on business growth and acquisition opportunities. The Company repurchased 580,096 shares of common stock at an average price of $40.35 per share during 2008. Further, the Company paid $26.8 million in dividends during 2008, which represents a 12.5 percent increase as compared to 2007. This was a 14.9 percent increase in per share dividends during 2008 compared to 2007. At the end of 2008, the Company had a total risk-based capital ratio of 14.09 percent, which is substantially higher than the 10 percent regulatory minimum to be considered well-capitalized.
The Company recorded consolidated net income of $98.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2008. This represents a 32.2 percent increase over 2007. Net income for 2007 increased 24.2 percent compared to 2006. Basic earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2008 were $2.41 per share compared to $1.78 per share in 2007 and $1.40 per share in 2006. Basic earnings per share for 2008 increased 35.4 percent over 2007, which had increased 27.1 percent over 2006. Fully diluted earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2008, were $2.38 per share compared to $1.77 per share in 2007 and $1.40 per share in 2006.
The Companys net interest income increased to $275.1 million in 2008 compared to $232.7 million in 2007 and $217.2 million in 2006. The $42.4 million increase in net interest income in 2008 compared to 2007 is primarily a result of a favorable rate and volume variance. See Table 1 on page 24. The favorable volume variance was led by a 26.8 percent increase in the average balance of taxable securities and a 7.5 percent increase in the average balance of loans and loans held for sale. Net interest spread improved by 58 basis points in 2008 compared to 2007. The rate variance remained positive and continues to benefit from interest-free funds. The impact of this benefit is illustrated on Table 2 on page 25. The $15.5 million increase in net interest income in 2007 compared to 2006 is primarily a result of both a favorable rate and volume variance. The volume variance was mostly driven by a 9.0 percent increase in loans and loans held for sale in 2007 compared to 2006. The net interest spread increased by 5 basis points in 2007 compared to 2006, and the rate variance was positive and benefited from interest-free funds. The current credit environment has made it difficult to anticipate the future of the Companys margins. The magnitude and duration of this impact will be largely dependent upon the Federal Reserves policy decisions and market movements. See Table 15 on page 45 for an illustration of the impact of a rate increase or decrease on net interest income as of December 31, 2008.
The Company had an increase of $24.0 million, or 8.3 percent, in noninterest income in 2008 compared to 2007 and a $33.8 million, or 13.3 percent, increase in 2007 compared to 2006. During 2008, the increase in noninterest income is attributable to higher trust and securities processing income, service charges on deposits, and bankcard fees. The impact of the Visa, Inc. (Visa) transactions and the sale of the securities transfer product transactions were also contributors to the year-over-year change. Trust and securities processing increased $6.7 million, or 5.8 percent. This increase was primarily due to the record fund flows within total assets under management of $1.1 billion during 2008. Service charges on deposits increased by $5.2 million, or 6.5 percent during 2008. This increase is primarily due to corporate service charges and return item charges. Bankcard fees increased $3.4 million, or 8.5 percent, during 2008, which is attributable to an increase in card activity. During the first quarter of 2008, the Company recorded an $8.9 million pre-tax gain on the mandatory partial redemption of Visa class B common stock, which was a direct result of Visas initial public offering (IPO). These increases were offset by a decrease of $6.1 million in noninterest income, due to the year-over-year impact of the gain on sale of the securities transfer product. A $7.2 million pre-tax gain was recognized in 2007 on this sale and a $1.1 million pre-tax gain was recognized in the third quarter of 2008 as a result of a final contingent payment received. This sale originated in the third quarter of 2007 and was completed in the third quarter of 2008. The change in noninterest income in 2008 from 2007, and 2007 from 2006 is illustrated on Table 5 on page 28.
Noninterest expense increased in 2008 by $23.0 million, or 5.7 percent, compared to 2007 and increased in 2007 by $25.7 million, or 6.8 percent, compared to 2006. The category of noninterest expense with the most significant increase in 2008 and 2007 is salaries and employee benefits due to higher base salaries and increased commissions and bonuses related to improved financial performance and partially due to increases in employee benefit expense. The year-over-year impact from the Visa transaction also contributed to the increase. During the fourth quarter of 2007, the Company recorded a pre-tax liability accrual of $4.6 million related to the Companys estimated share of Visas covered litigation. The Company reduced this liability accrual in the first quarter of 2008 by $4.0 million as a result of funding the covered litigation escrow account as part of Visas IPO process. This accrual contributed to the increase in 2007, but had the opposite impact in 2008 when it was partially reversed. The increase in noninterest expense in 2008 from 2007, and 2007 from 2006 is illustrated on Table 6 on page 29.
Net Interest Income
Net interest income is a significant source of the Companys earnings and represents the amount by which interest income on earning assets exceeds the interest expense paid on liabilities. The volume of interest earning assets and the related funding sources, the overall mix of these assets and liabilities, and the rates paid on each affect net interest income. Table 1 summarizes the change in net interest income resulting from changes in volume and rates for 2008, 2007 and 2006.
Net interest margin is calculated as net interest income on a fully tax equivalent basis (FTE) as a percentage of average earning assets. A critical component of net interest income and related net interest margin is the percentage of earning assets funded by interest-free sources. Table 2 analyzes net interest margin for the three years ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006. Net interest income, average balance sheet amounts and the corresponding yields earned and rates paid for the years 2004 through 2008 are presented in a table following Item 7. Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation on pages 43 and 44. Net interest income is presented on a tax-equivalent basis to adjust for the tax-exempt status of earnings from certain loans and investments, which are primarily obligations of state and local governments.
RATE-VOLUME ANALYSIS (in thousands)
This analysis attributes changes in net interest income either to changes in average balances or to changes in average rates for earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities. The change in net interest income is due jointly to both volume and rate and has been allocated to volume and rate in proportion to the relationship of the absolute dollar amount of the change in each. All rates are presented on a tax-equivalent basis and give effect to the disallowance of interest expense for federal income tax purposes, related to certain tax-free assets. The loan average balances and rates include nonaccrual loans.
ANALYSIS OF NET INTEREST MARGIN (in thousands)
The Company experienced an increase in net interest income of $42.4 million, or 18.2 percent, for the year 2008 compared to 2007. This follows an increase of $15.5 million, or 7.1 percent, for the year 2007 compared to 2006. As illustrated in Table 1, the 2008 increase is due to both a favorable volume and a favorable rate variance. The most significant portion of this favorable volume variance is associated with higher securities balances in 2008 and higher loan balances in 2008 and 2007. The favorable volume and rate variances for earning assets were partially offset by corresponding higher volume and rate variances on the liability side of the balance sheet. Deposit gathering campaigns in each year increased the Companys deposit balances. Despite overall declining interest rates in 2008, the Company improved margin by reducing 156 basis points in average cost of interest-bearing liabilities, which more than offset a decrease in average earning asset yield of 98 basis points.
The decrease in the cost of funds has led to a declining beneficial impact from interest-free funds. However, the Company still maintains a significant portion of its deposit funding with noninterest-bearing demand deposits. Noninterest-bearing demand deposits represented 30.9 percent, 32.0 percent and 36.3 percent of total outstanding deposits at December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively. As illustrated in Table 2, the impact from these interest-free funds was 48 basis points in 2008, compared to 90 basis points in 2007 and 89 basis points in 2006.
The 2007 increase in net interest income over 2006 is due to both a favorable volume and a favorable rate variance. In addition to the significant favorable volume variance associated with higher loan balances in 2007, the increase in interest rates during the year had a favorable impact on the rate variance for earning assets, which was offset by the increase in rates of repricing liabilities.
The Company has experienced a repricing of a majority of its liabilities during the recent interest rate cycle while its assets continue to reprice. Loans have increased from an average of $3.9 billion in 2007 to an average of $4.2 billion in 2008. Loan-related earning assets tend to generate a higher spread than those earned in the Companys investment portfolio. By design, the Companys investment portfolio is relatively short in duration and liquid in its composition of assets. If the Federal Reserves Open Market Committee maintains rates at current levels, the Company anticipates a negative impact to interest income as a result. The magnitude of this impact will be largely dependent upon the Federal Reserves policy decisions, market movements and the duration of this rate environment.
During 2009, approximately $984 million of securities are expected to mature and be reinvested. This includes approximately $300 million which will mature during the first quarter of 2009. Although the Federal Reserves Open Market Committees rate cuts during 2008 provided some short term margin boost, the Company expects a reduction in net interest income due to the downward repricing of its asset yields during the next twelve months. The total investment portfolio had an average life of 17.5 months and 29.3 months as of December 31,
2008 and 2007, respectively. It should be noted that the Company also has a significant portfolio of extremely short-term discount notes as of the end of both 2008 and 2007. These securities are held due to the seasonal fluctuation related to public fund deposits, which are expected to flow out of the bank in a relatively short period. At December 31, 2008, the amount of such discount notes was approximately $1.7 billion, and without these discount notes, the average life of the core investment portfolio would have been 25.3 months. At December 31, 2007, the amount of such discount notes was approximately $724 million, and without these discount notes, the average life of the core investment portfolio would have been 37.1 months.
Provision and Allowance for Loan Losses
The allowance for loan losses (ALL) represents managements judgment of the losses inherent in the Companys loan portfolio as of the balance sheet date. An analysis is performed quarterly to determine the appropriate balance of the ALL. This analysis considers items such as historical loss trends, a review of individual loans, migration analysis, current economic conditions, loan growth and characteristics, industry or segment concentration and other factors. This analysis is performed separately for each bank as regulatory agencies require that the adequacy of the ALL be maintained on a bank-by-bank basis. After the balance sheet analysis is performed for the ALL, the provision for loan losses is computed as the amount required to adjust the ALL to the appropriate level.
As shown in Table 3, the ALL has been allocated to various loan portfolio segments. The Company manages the ALL against the risk in the entire loan portfolio and therefore, the allocation of the ALL to a particular loan segment may change in the future. Management of the Company believes the present ALL is adequate considering the Companys loss experience, delinquency trends and current economic conditions. Future economic conditions and borrowers ability to meet their obligations, however, are uncertainties which could affect the Companys ALL and/or need to change its current level of provision.
ALLOCATION OF ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES (in thousands)
This table presents an allocation of the allowance for loan losses by loan categories. The breakdown is based on a number of qualitative factors; therefore, the amounts presented are not necessarily indicative of actual future charge-offs in any particular category.
Table 4 presents a five-year summary of the Companys ALL. Also, please see Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market RiskCredit Risk on pages 47 and 48 in this report for information relating to nonaccrual, past due, restructured loans, and other credit risk matters.
As illustrated in Table 4 below, the ALL increased slightly as a percentage of total loans to 1.19 percent as of December 31, 2008 compared to 1.17 percent as of December 31, 2007. Based on the factors above, management of the Company expensed an additional $8.5 million, or 91.3 percent, related to the provision for loan losses in 2008 compared to 2007. This growth is primarily attributable to an increased inherent risk and the overall growth in the loan portfolio. This compares to a $0.6 million, or 6.9 percent increase in the provision for loan losses in 2007 compared to 2006.
ANALYSIS OF ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN LOSSES (in thousands)
A key objective of the Company is the growth of noninterest income to enhance profitability and provide steady income, as fee-based services are typically non-credit related and are not generally affected by fluctuations in interest rates. Noninterest income increased $24.0 million, or 8.3 percent, in 2008 compared to 2007. During 2008, the increase in noninterest income is attributable to higher trust and securities processing income, service charges on deposits, bankcard fees, and the gain on the mandatory redemption of Visa Inc. common stock. Trust and securities processing increased $6.7 million, or 5.8 percent. This increase was due to the record fund flows in total assets under management of $1.1 billion during 2008 and an increase of $6.9 million, or 18.3 percent, in fund administration fees over 2007. Service charges on deposits increased by $5.2 million, or 6.5 percent during 2008. This increase is primarily due to corporate service charges and return item charges. Bankcard fees increased $3.4 million, or 8.5 percent, during 2008, which is attributable to an increase in card activity. During the first quarter of 2008, the Company recorded an $8.9 million pre-tax gain on the mandatory partial redemption of Visa, Inc. common stock. These increases were offset by a decrease of $6.1 million in noninterest income, due to the year-over-year impact of the gain on sale of the securities transfer product which originated in 2007.
The Companys fee-based services provide the opportunity to offer multiple products and services to customers which management believes will more closely align the customers product demand with the Company. The Companys ongoing focus is to continue to develop and offer multiple products and services to its customers. The Company is currently emphasizing fee-based services including trust and securities processing, bankcard, securities trading/brokerage and cash/treasury management. Management believes that it can offer these products and services both efficiently and profitably, as most have common platforms and support structures. An example of this support structure is the implementation of an integrated wealth management business model. With twelve client managers, Private Banking has more than $91 million in loans and nearly $247 million in deposits. These Private Banking relationships provide an excellent opportunity to offer the client the Companys fee-based services.
SUMMARY OF NONINTEREST INCOME (in thousands)
Noninterest income and the year-over-year changes in noninterest income are summarized in Table 5 above. The dollar change and percent change columns highlight the respective net increase or decrease in the categories of noninterest income in 2008 compared to 2007 and in 2007 compared to 2006.
Trust and securities processing income consists of fees earned on personal and corporate trust accounts, custody of securities services, trust investments and money management services, and mutual fund assets servicing. These fees increased year-over-year for the past two years by 5.8 percent and 17.6 percent, respectively. The increase in trust and securities processing fees in 2008 compared to 2007 was primarily a result of the record fund flows within total assets under management of $1.1 billion. Additionally, there was a $6.9 million increase in fund administration fees earned. Trust and securities processing fees and fund administration fees were also the primary reasons for the respective increases in this category in 2007 compared to 2006 with a $1.0 million increase in management fees earned by Scout Investment Advisors, Inc. (a subsidiary of the Company) and specifically related to the UMB Scout Funds, which are a family of proprietary mutual funds managed by Scout Investment Advisors, Inc. There was also an approximate $6.0 million increase in fund administration fees earned by UMB Fund Services in 2007 compared to 2006. As the income from these two services is highly correlated to the market value of assets and the overall health of the equity and financial markets, management expects 2009 revenue to remain flat as compared to 2008. Management continues to emphasize sales of services to both new and existing clients as well as increasing and improving the distribution channels which lead to increased inflows into the UMB Scout Funds.
Service charges on deposit accounts increased by 6.5 percent in 2008 compared to 2007, whereas this category increased by 8.5 percent in 2007 compared to 2006. The increase in both 2008 and 2007 is due mostly to greater individual overdrafts and return item charges. Pricing increases and changes (such as improved technology) in overdraft and collection procedures have been the primary reasons for this increase.
Brokerage fees increased $0.6 million, or 7.9 percent, and $1.8 million, or 28.8 percent, in 2008 and 2007, respectively. Managements continued focus on its distribution network and the commercial customer base has yielded these improved results. The increase in brokerage fees in 2008 and 2007 was primarily attributable to institutional money market and other asset-backed fee income.
Bankcard fees increased $3.4 million, or 8.5 percent, and $1.2 million, or 3.1 percent, in 2008 and 2007, respectively. The increase in both years reflects both higher card volume and a greater average transaction dollar amount. The credit card rebate programs in place encourage increased usage by both consumer and commercial customers. To illustrate the continued success of this program, commercial cardholder volume increased 15.8 percent in 2008.
During 2007, the Company sold the security transfer product to a third party for a pre-tax gain of $7.2 million. The agreement included residual contingent payments, which the Company could receive if certain revenue targets were met over the twelve month period after the sale date. In the third quarter of 2008, the Company recorded an additional pre-tax gain of $1.1 million from the final contingent payment. These combined transactions resulted in a year-over-year decrease in noninterest income of $6.1 million.
During the first quarter of 2008, the Company recorded an $8.9 million pre-tax gain on the mandatory partial redemption of Visa, Inc. common stock. This transaction was a direct result of Visa, Inc.s initial public offering, which required the Company to redeem a portion of its holdings of Class B shares.
Noninterest expense increased in both 2008 and 2007 compared to the respective prior years. Table 6 below summarizes the components of noninterest expense and the respective year-over-year changes for each category.
SUMMARY OF NONINTEREST EXPENSE (in thousands)
Salaries and employee benefits expense increased by 10.2 percent and 6.7 percent in 2008 and 2007, respectively. The increase in both 2008 and in 2007 is primarily due to higher base salaries and an increase in commission and bonus expenses related to the Companys improved financial performance for the year. During 2008, the Company experienced increases in employee benefits expenses that include a $2.0 million increase in the Company match of the 401(k) and contribution to the profit sharing plan and a $1.4 million increase in health insurance costs associated with the Companys self-funded insurance plan. During 2007, the Company also experienced increases in employee benefits expenses that include a $1.1 million increase in the Company match of the 401(k) and profit sharing plan and a $0.7 million increase in health insurance costs.
Occupancy expense increased by 7.3 percent and 8.9 percent in 2008 and 2007, respectfully. These increases are attributable to building repair and maintenance costs.
Marketing and business development expense increased by 25.8 percent and 4.1 percent in 2008 and 2007, respectively. For both years, the expense increased primarily due to the additional cost of campaigns specifically designed to gather deposits.
Processing fees increased by 9.6 percent and 5.5 percent in 2008 and 2007, respectively. The increase in both years is primarily attributable to an increase in shareholder servicing and other administration fees paid to investment advisors related to the UMB Scout Funds. The amount of such fees paid in future years is dependent upon assets under management (affected by both fund flows as well as market values), and is expected to generally correlate to trends in the equity markets. Additional processing fee increases in both years are attributable to third party custodial fees related to international transactions from mutual fund clients.
During the fourth quarter of 2007, the Company, as a member of Visa U.S.A. Inc. (Visa USA), received shares of restricted stock in Visa, Inc. (Visa) as a result of its participation in the global restructuring of Visa USA., Visa Canada Association, and Visa International Service Association, in preparation for an initial public offering. Based on this participation, the Company and other Visa USA member banks became aware of an obligation to provide indemnification to Visa in connection with its potential losses resulting from covered litigation as described in Visas Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 21, 2007. This covered litigation provision contributed to the increase in noninterest expense in 2007, but had the opposite impact in 2008 when it was reversed.
Income tax expense totaled $41.8 million, $30.8 million and $22.3 million in 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively. These amounts equate to effective rates of 29.9 percent, 29.3 percent, and 27.1 percent for 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively. The primary reason for the difference between the Companys effective tax rate and the statutory tax rate is the effect of non-taxable income from municipal securities. The increase in the effective tax rate in 2008 and 2007 was primarily a result of tax-exempt income representing a smaller percentage of pre-tax net income.
The Companys operations are strategically aligned into six major segments: Commercial Banking and Lending, Payment and Technology Solutions, Banking Services, Consumer Services, Asset Management, and Fund Services. The segments are differentiated by both the customers served and the products and services offered. Note 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements describes how these segments are identified and presents financial results of the segments for the years ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006. The Treasury and Other Adjustments category includes items not directly associated with any other segment.
Commercial Banking and Lendings net income before taxes for 2008 decreased $6.0 million, or 25.4 percent, to $17.7 million compared to 2007. In 2007, the pre-tax net income increased from 2006 by $1.2 million,
or 5.5 percent, to $23.7 million. For 2008, the decrease in net income was driven primarily by an increase in noninterest expense of $6.1 million, or 20.0 percent, from 2007, and an increase in the provision for loan losses of $2.2 million, or 55.0 percent. This increase was partially offset by a $2.6 million increase in net interest income driven primarily by loan growth. The non-interest expense increase was primarily attributable to an increase in salaries and benefits from the transfer of associates from Consumer Services and increased incentive expenses due to sales growth. Provision has increased due to total loans in this segment increasing by $403.8 million, or 14.4 percent, and to ensure the allowance for loan losses is adequately funded for the inherent risk in the loan portfolio. Management anticipates a recessionary economic environment during 2009, which will continue to place pressure on income growth in this segment.
Payment and Technology Solutions 2008 net income before taxes increased $10.3 million, or 19.2 percent, to $63.8 million compared to 2007. In 2007, net income before taxes increased over 2006 by $12.2 million, or 29.6 percent. The increase in 2008 was primarily a result of a $19.6 million increase in net interest income as a result of increased deposit balances and enhanced margin. Noninterest income decreased $2.9 million, or 4.3 percent, due to the 2007 sale of the securities transfer product for an initial gain of $7.2 million, which was partially offset by increases in treasury management deposit service charge income and in card services income related to commercial cards and health care solutions. Noninterest expense increased $6.3 million, or 7.5 percent, compared to 2007 primarily from an increase in technology allocations driven by increased investments for this segment. The Company has focused significant resources into creating and enhancing products and services to keep the Company in step with clients changing needs.
Banking Services pre-tax net income was $1.0 million for 2008, which was a $2.4 million increase from 2007 pre-tax loss of $1.4 million. The 2007 pre-tax net loss for this segment increased $3.3 million over 2006. For 2008, the increase in pre-tax net income was primarily attributable to an increase in noninterest income of $6.1 million, or 24.3 percent, from 2007; offset by increases in noninterest expenses of $4.6 million, mainly in salaries, commissions and benefits. The revenue increase is attributable to both an increase in volume and margin, particularly in the first four months of 2008, as banks tightened lending practices and increased their investment portfolios. Activity and margins compressed somewhat in the second half of 2008. Management believes that economic factors will make it difficult to increase net interest margin, deposit service charges, and trading income in this segment in 2009.
Consumer Services net income before taxes for 2008 increased by $10.2 million to $11.3 million compared to 2007. Pre-tax net income decreased by $2.4 million in 2007 to $1.1 million compared to 2006. In 2008, the increase in net income before taxes was driven by an increase in net interest income of $11.8 million, or 12.1 percent, noninterest income increased $5.5 million, or 8.2 percent, and was offset by an increase in provision for loan losses of $6.2 million, or 116.6 percent, from 2007. Net interest income increased due to deposits growing by $307 million, or 10.1 percent, a decline in indirect loans with a corresponding replacement of these balances with loan products with greater yields, and managing the deposit yields as the market rates fell. Noninterest income increased $5.5 million, or 8.2 percent, primarily due to an increase in individual return item and overdraft activity, growth in credit and debit card services income, and insurance and annuity sales. Noninterest expense increased by $0.9 million, or 0.6 percent, primarily from an increase in occupancy-related expenses from new locations opened, which were offset by a decrease in salary expense from a reclassification of associates from this segment to Commercial Banking and Lending.
Asset Managements pre-tax net income in 2008 was $23.0 million, which is a decrease of $2.5 million, or 9.8 percent, from 2007. This compares to a $11.6 million, or 83.4 percent, increase in pre-tax net income in 2007 compared to 2006. The decrease in pre-tax net income was attributable to increases in noninterest expense, partially offset by increases in noninterest income. Noninterest income increased 2.7 percent, mostly due to fees associated with the UMB Scout Funds, corporate and personal trust income, and brokerage service fees. However, fees were significantly affected by the downturn in the equity markets, particularly in the fourth quarter. Over 75 percent of the business units noninterest income is based on the market value of the assets it manages and administers. Noninterest expense also increased mainly from increases in salaries, commissions and
benefits. While market declines reduced revenue during the year, investment management and sales performance was very strong, increasing commissions and incentives. Net flows to the UMB Scout Funds were $1.1 billion for 2008 compared to $60 million for 2007. Management will continue to focus sales efforts to increase net flows to the UMB Scout Funds during 2009. Because the ability of the Company to maintain or grow the fee income from this segment is related to the overall health of the equity and financial markets, management expects 2009 revenue to remain flat compared to 2008. The assets under management in this segment are diversified across multiple asset classes with approximately 36 percent in the international class, 28 percent in the fixed income class, 20 percent in the U.S. large capitalization class, 9 percent in the short term investment class, and 7 percent in the small and middle capitalization class. Management believes this diversification helps provide protection against significant market changes in any one asset class. The revenues of the corporate trust business increased over 2007 by $1.4 million, or 11.0 percent, primarily due to the expansion into new markets.
Fund Services pre-tax net income increased in both 2008 and 2007 to $12.5 million and $4.8 million, respectively. Pre-tax net income increased $7.6 million, or 158.2 percent, in 2008 as a result of both significantly higher net interest margin and a 17.9 percent increase in noninterest income, partially offset by increased noninterest expense. Net interest income increased $5.7 million over 2007 as money market deposits in this segment increased to over $600 million in reaction to the volatility of stock prices and increased fund redemption needs, despite dramatically declining rates. Noninterest income grew $6.8 million over 2007 due to an increased fund client base and higher asset-based fees through the first half of 2008. Noninterest expense increased mostly due to higher third party custodian fees related to international transactions from mutual fund clients. While pretax net income increased for 2008 compared to 2007, income declined in both the third and fourth quarters as a result of declining margin despite higher deposits, and decreases in asset and transaction based fees related to overall market declines.
The net gain before tax for the Treasury and Other Adjustments category was $10.6 million for 2008, compared to a net loss of $2.3 million for 2007 and a net loss of $1.9 million for 2006. The gain in 2008 includes the $8.9 million gain on the mandatory redemption of Visa, Inc. class B common stock.
Balance Sheet Analysis
Loans and Loans Held For Sale
Loans represent the Companys largest source of interest income. Loan balances excluding loans held for sale increased by $471.0 million in 2008 due to managements continued efforts to focus on new commercial and consumer loan relationships. Commercial, commercial real estate and residential real estate loans had the most significant growth in outstanding balances in 2008 compared to 2007. These increases were offset by a decrease in consumer loans primarily related to the Companys decision to run-off the indirect auto portfolio.
Included in Table 7 is a five-year breakdown of loans by type. Business-related loans continue to represent the largest segment of the Companys loan portfolio, comprising approximately 73.9 percent and 68.3 percent of total loans and loans held for sale at the end of 2008 and 2007, respectively. The Company targets customers that will utilize multiple banking services and products.
ANALYSIS OF LOANS BY TYPE (in thousands)
Commercial loans represent the largest percent of total loans. Commercial loans increased in volume and as a percentage of total loans compared to 2007. The volume increase was a result of managements continued efforts to focus on new loan relationships.
As a percentage of total loans, commercial real estate and real estate construction loans now comprise 25.4 percent of total loans, compared to 23.1 percent at the end of 2007. Generally, these loans are made for working capital or expansion purposes and are primarily secured by real estate with a maximum loan-to-value of 80 percent. Many of these properties are owner-occupied and have other collateral or guarantees as security.
Bankcard loans have increased in 2008 compared to 2007. The increase in bankcard loans is due primarily to increased promotional activity and rewards programs. Bankcard loans continue to be an area of emphasis for the Company.
Other consumer installment loans have decreased in total amount outstanding and as a percentage of loans. During the third quarter of 2007, the Company made the decision to allow the indirect auto loan portfolio to run-off. This is part of a strategy to enhance asset yields. The Company will continue to service existing loans until maturity or payoff.
Real estate residential loans, although low in overall balances, have grown more rapidly than overall loan growth. The growth in these loans was primarily attributable to home equity lines of credit (HELOC). The HELOC growth was a result of the success of multiple promotions, as well as market penetration within the Companys current customer base through its current distribution channels. Continued expansion of this portfolio is anticipated.
Nonaccrual, past due and restructured loans are discussed under Credit Risk within the Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure about Market Risk in Item 7A on pages 47 and 48 of this report.
The Companys security portfolio provides liquidity as a result of the composition and average life of the underlying securities. This liquidity can be used to fund loan growth or to offset the outflow of traditional funding sources. In addition to providing a potential source of liquidity, the security portfolio can be used as a tool to manage interest rate sensitivity. The Companys goal in the management of its securities portfolio is to maximize return within the Companys parameters of liquidity goals, interest rate risk and credit risk. The Company maintains high liquidity levels while investing in only high-grade securities. The security portfolio generates the Companys second largest component of interest income.
Securities available for sale and securities held to maturity comprised 48.2 percent of earning assets as of December 31, 2008, compared to 42.4 percent at year-end 2007. Total investment securities totaled $4.9 billion at December 31, 2008, compared to $3.5 billion at year-end 2007. Management expects collateral pledging requirements for public funds and loan demand to be the primary factors impacting changes in the level of security holdings.
Securities available for sale comprised 97.8 percent of the Companys investment securities portfolio at December 31, 2008, compared to 97.1 percent at year-end 2007. Securities available for sale had a net unrealized gain of $64.8 million at year-end, compared to a net unrealized gain of $19.3 million the preceding year. These amounts are reflected, on an after-tax basis, in the Companys other comprehensive income in shareholders equity, as an unrealized gain of $41.1 million at year-end 2008 compared to an unrealized gain of $12.2 million for 2007.
The securities portfolio achieved an average yield on a tax-equivalent basis of 4.4 percent for 2008, compared to 4.8 percent in 2007 and 4.4 percent in 2006. The decrease in yield is due to the replacement of higher yielding securities with lower yielding securities as the investment portfolio is reinvested. The average life of the securities portfolio was 17.5 months at December 31, 2008 compared to 29.3 months at year-end 2007.
Included in Tables 8 and 9 are analyses of the cost, fair value and average yield (tax-equivalent basis) of securities available for sale and securities held to maturity.
The securities portfolio contains securities that have unrealized losses and are not deemed to be other-than-temporarily impaired (see the table of these securities in Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements on page 63 of this document). There are federal agency mortgage backed securities and municipal securities that have had unrealized losses for greater than 12 months. These unrealized losses resulted from interest rate volatility in the markets and were not related to the credit quality of the investments. The Company has the ability and intent to hold these investments until a recovery of fair value is achieved, which may be maturity. Therefore, management does not consider these securities to be other-than-temporarily impaired at December 31, 2008.
SECURITIES AVAILABLE FOR SALE (in thousands)
SECURITIES HELD TO MATURITY (in thousands)
Other Earning Assets
Federal funds transactions essentially are overnight loans between financial institutions, which allow for either the daily investment of excess funds or the daily borrowing of another institutions funds in order to meet short-term liquidity needs. The net sold position was $84.9 million at December 31, 2008 and $202.7 million at December 31, 2007.
The Companys principal affiliate bank buys and sells federal funds as agent for non-affiliated banks. Because the transactions are pursuant to agency arrangements, these transactions do not appear on the balance sheet and averaged $777.2 million in 2008 and $634.4 million in 2007.
At December 31, 2008, the Company held securities bought under agreements to resell of $150.2 million compared to $509.3 million at year-end 2007. The Company used these instruments as short-term secured investments, in lieu of selling federal funds, or to acquire securities required for a repurchase agreement. These investments averaged $161.0 million in 2008 and $224.0 million in 2007.
The Company also maintains an active securities trading inventory. The average holdings in the securities trading inventory in 2008 were $40.6 million, compared to $57.0 million in 2007, and were recorded at market value. As discussed at Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market RiskTrading Account in Part II, Item 7A on page 47 below, the Company offsets the trading account securities by the sale of exchange-traded financial futures contracts, with both the trading account and futures contracts marked to market daily.
Deposits and Borrowed Funds
Deposits represent the Companys primary funding source for its asset base. In addition to the core deposits garnered by the Companys retail branch structure, the Company continues to focus on its cash management services, as well as its asset management and mutual fund servicing segments in order to attract and retain additional core deposits. Deposits totaled $7.7 billion at December 31, 2008 and $6.6 billion at year-end 2007. Deposits averaged $6.5 billion in 2008 and $5.7 billion in 2007. The Company continually strives to expand, improve and promote its cash management services in order to attract and retain commercial funding customers.
Noninterestbearing demand deposits averaged $1.9 billion in 2008 and $1.8 billion in 2007. These deposits represented 29.6 percent of average deposits in 2008, compared to 31.1 percent in 2007. The Companys large commercial customer base provides a significant source of noninterestbearing deposits. Many of these commercial accounts do not earn interest; however, they receive an earnings credit to offset the cost of other services provided by the Company.
MATURITIES OF TIME DEPOSITS OF $100,000 OR MORE (in thousands)
ANALYSIS OF AVERAGE DEPOSITS (in thousands)
Repurchase agreements are transactions involving the exchange of investment funds by the customer for securities by the Company, under an agreement to repurchase the same issues at an agreed-upon price and date.
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase and fed funds purchased totaled $2.1 billion at December 31, 2008, and $1.7 billion at December 31, 2007. These agreements averaged $1.3 billion in 2008 and 2007. The Company enters into these transactions with its downstream correspondent banks, commercial customers, and various trust, mutual fund and local government relationships.
SHORT-TERM DEBT (in thousands)
The Company has thirteen fixed-rate advances at December 31, 2008, from the Federal Home Loan Banks at rates of 3.27% to 7.13%. These advances, collateralized by the Companys securities, are used to offset interest rate risk of longer-term fixed-rate loans.
Capital Resources and Liquidity
The Company places a significant emphasis on the maintenance of a strong capital position, which promotes investor confidence, provides access to funding sources under favorable terms, and enhances the Companys ability to capitalize on business growth and acquisition opportunities. The Company is not aware of any trends, demands, commitments, events or uncertainties that would materially change its capital position or affect its liquidity in the foreseeable future. Capital is managed for each subsidiary based upon its respective risks and growth opportunities as well as regulatory requirements.
Total shareholders equity was $974.8 million at December 31, 2008, compared to $890.6 million one year earlier. During each year, management has the opportunity to repurchase shares of the Companys stock if it concludes that the repurchases would enhance overall shareholder value. During 2008 and 2007, the Company acquired 580,096 and 1,099,998 shares, respectively, of its common stock.
Risk-based capital guidelines established by regulatory agencies establish minimum capital standards based on the level of risk associated with a financial institutions assets. A financial institutions total capital is required to equal at least 8% of risk-weighted assets. At least half of that 8% must consist of Tier 1 core capital, and the remainder may be Tier 2 supplementary capital. The risk-based capital guidelines indicate the specific risk weightings by type of asset. Certain off-balance-sheet items (such as standby letters of credit and binding loan commitments) are multiplied by credit conversion factors to translate them into balance sheet equivalents before
assigning them specific risk weightings. Due to the Companys high level of core capital and substantial portion of earning assets invested in government securities, the Tier 1 capital ratio of 13.23% and total capital ratio of 14.09% substantially exceed the regulatory minimums.
For further discussion of capital and liquidity, see the Liquidity Risk section of Item 7A, Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk on page 48 and 49 of this report.
RISK-BASED CAPITAL (in thousands)
This table computes risk-based capital in accordance with current regulatory guidelines. These guidelines as of December 31, 2008, excluded net unrealized gains or losses on securities available for sale from the computation of regulatory capital and the related risk-based capital ratios.
For further discussion of regulatory capital requirements, see note 10, Regulatory Requirements with the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements under Item 8 on pages 67 and 68.
Commitments, Contractual Obligations and Off-balance Sheet Arrangements
The Companys main off-balance sheet arrangements are loan commitments, commercial and standby letters of credit, futures contracts and forward exchange contracts, which have maturity dates rather than payment due dates. These commitments and contingent liabilities are not required to be recorded on the Companys balance sheet. Since commitments associated with letters of credit and lending and financing arrangements may expire unused, the amounts shown do not necessarily reflect the actual future cash funding requirements. See Table 14 below, as well as Note 15, Commitments, Contingencies and Guarantees in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements under Item 8 on pages 77 and 78 for detailed information and further discussion of these arrangements. Management does not anticipate any material losses from its off-balance sheet arrangements.
COMMITMENTS, CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS AND OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS (in thousands)
The table below details the contractual obligations for the Company as of December 31, 2008. The Company has no capital leases or long-term purchase obligations. Includes principal payments only.
On January 1, 2007, the Company adopted FASB Interpretation No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes. As of December 31, 2008, our total liabilities for unrecognized tax benefits were $2.4 million. We cannot reasonably estimate the timing of the future payments of these liabilities. Therefore, these liabilities have been excluded from the table above. See Note 17 to the consolidated financial statements for information regarding the liabilities associated with unrecognized tax benefits.
The table below (a continuation of Table 14 above) details the commitments, contingencies and guarantees for the Company as of December 31, 2008. (in thousands)
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
Managements Discussion and Analysis of financial condition and results of operations discusses the Companys Consolidated Financial Statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The preparation of these Consolidated Financial Statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent liabilities at the date of the Consolidated Financial Statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. On an on-going basis, management evaluates its estimates and judgments, including those related to customers and suppliers, allowance for loan losses, bad debts, investments, financing operations, long-lived assets, taxes, other contingencies and litigation. Management bases its estimates and judgments on historical experience and on various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which have formed the basis for making such judgments about the carrying value of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Under different assumptions or conditions, actual results may differ from the recorded estimates.
Management believes that the Companys critical accounting policies are those relating to: the allowance for loan losses, goodwill and other intangibles, revenue recognition, accounting for stock-based compensation and accounting for uncertainty in income taxes.
Allowance for Loan Losses
The Companys allowance for loan losses represents managements judgment of the loan losses inherent in the loan portfolio. The allowance is maintained and computed at each bank at a level that such individual bank management considers adequate. The allowance is reviewed quarterly, considering such factors as historical trends, internal ratings, migration analysis, current economic conditions, loan growth and individual impairment testing.
Larger commercial loans are individually reviewed for potential impairment. For these loans, if management deems it probable that the borrower cannot meet its contractual obligations with respect to payment or timing, such loans are deemed to be impaired under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 114, Accounting by Creditors for Impairment of a Loan. Such loans are then reviewed for potential impairment based on managements estimate of the borrowers ability to repay the loan given the availability of cash flows, collateral and other legal options. Any allowance related to the impairment of an individually impaired loan is based on the present value of discounted expected future cash flows, the fair value of the underlying collateral, or the fair value of the loan. Based on this analysis, some loans that are classified as impaired under SFAS 114 do not have a specific allowance and there is no related impairment as the discounted expected future cash flows or the fair value of the underlying collateral exceeds the Companys basis in the impaired loan.
The Company also maintains an internal risk grading system for other loans not subject to individual impairment. An estimate of the inherent loan losses on such risk-graded loans is based on a migration analysis which computes the net charge-off experience related to each risk category.
An estimate of inherent losses is computed on remaining loans based on the type of loan. Each type of loan is segregated into a pool based on the nature of such loans. This includes remaining commercial loans that have a low risk grade, as well as homogenous loans. Homogenous loans include automobile loans, credit card loans and other consumer loans. Allowances are established for each pool based on the loan type using historical loss rates, certain statistical measures and loan growth.
An estimate of the total inherent loss is based