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Veritex Holdings, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2019 Operating Results

DALLAS, Jan. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Veritex Holdings, Inc. (“Veritex” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: VBTX), the holding company for Veritex Community Bank, today announced the results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2019. Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was $29.1 million, or $0.56 diluted earnings per share (“EPS”), compared to $27.4 million, or $0.51 diluted EPS, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 and $9.8 million, or $0.40 diluted EPS, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Operating net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 totaled $30.3 million, or $0.58 diluted operating EPS1, compared to $28.6 million, or $0.53 diluted operating EPS1, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 and $11.5 million, or $0.47 diluted operating EPS1, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018.

C. Malcolm Holland, III, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said: “2019 was a transformational year for Veritex.  We are not only a bigger company, but more importantly a better company, as a result of the Green merger and all the work that was completed in 2019.  The fourth quarter loan growth, excluding mortgage warehouse, and deposit growth, excluding time deposits, gives us substantial momentum heading into 2020 where we will look to exploit the merger disruption in Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston while continuing to return excess capital to our shareholders.”

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights:

  • Diluted EPS was $0.56 and diluted operating EPS was $0.58 for the fourth quarter of 2019, resulting in a 23.4% increase in diluted operating EPS compared to the fourth quarter of 2018;
  • Return on average assets was 1.43%, operating return on average assets1 was 1.49% and pre-tax, pre-provision operating return on average assets1 was 2.07% for the fourth quarter of 2019;
  • Return on average tangible common equity was 16.22% and operating return on average tangible common equity1 was 16.87% for the fourth quarter of  2019;
  • Total loans, excluding mortgage warehouse, increased $86.9 million, or 6.1% annualized, and total deposits, excluding time deposits, increased $210.1 million, or 21.0% annualized, during the fourth quarter of  2019;
  • Increased and extended the previously announced stock buyback program during the fourth quarter of 2019.  During the fourth quarter and full year of 2019, Veritex repurchased 1,453,608 and 3,802,711 shares, respectively, of its outstanding common stock under its stock buyback program for an aggregate of $35.7 million and $94.5 million, respectively. Since inception, the buyback program has repurchased 7% of outstanding common stock;
  • Declared quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 payable on February 20, 2020 representing a 20% increase in the declared cash dividend from prior quarters.
 Summary of Financial Data   Quarter Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
    2019   2018   2019   2018
    (Dollars in thousands)
GAAP                
Net income   $ 29,051      $ 9,825      $ 90,739      $ 39,341   
Diluted EPS   0.56      0.40      1.68      1.60   
Return on average assets2   1.43  %   1.20  %   1.14  %   1.26  %
Efficiency ratio   47.12      54.27      56.41      54.92   
Book value per common share   $ 23.32      $ 21.88      $ 23.32      $ 21.88   
Non-GAAP1                
Operating net income   $ 30,294      $ 11,457      $ 123,836      $ 45,251   
Diluted operating EPS   0.58      0.47      2.29      1.84   
Pre-tax, pre-provision operating return on average assets   2.07  %   1.95  %   2.24  %   2.02  %
Operating return on average assets2   1.49      1.40      1.56      1.44   
Operating efficiency ratio   45.67      50.65      43.80      49.76   
Return on average tangible common equity2   16.22      11.52      13.02      12.89   
Operating return on average tangible common equity2   16.87      13.37      17.39      14.68   
Tangible book value per common share   $ 14.74      $ 14.74      $ 14.74      $ 14.74   

1 Refer to the section titled "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures.
2 Annualized ratio.


Result of Operations for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2019

Net Interest Income

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, net interest income before provision for loan losses was $69.9 million and net interest margin was 3.81% compared to $70.9 million and 3.90%, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2019. The $1.0 million decrease in net interest income was primarily due to a $3.2 million decrease in interest income on loans driven by a decrease in loan yields and was partially offset by a $2.2 million decrease in interest expense on interest-bearing transaction and savings deposits.  Net interest margin decreased 9 basis points from the three months ended September 30, 2019, primarily due to a 22 basis point decrease in yields earned on loan balances, exceeded by a 33 basis point decrease in the average rate paid on interest-bearing demand and savings deposits during the three months ended December 31, 2019.  As a result, the average cost of interest-bearing deposits decreased to 1.59% for the three months ended December 31, 2019 from 1.79% for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Net interest income before provision for loan losses increased by $41.2 million from $28.7 million to $69.9 million and net interest margin decreased 8 basis points from 3.89% to 3.81% for the three months ended December 31, 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018. The increase in net interest income before provision for loan losses was primarily driven by higher loan balances and interest income resulting from loans acquired from Green Bancorp ("Green") in connection with Veritex's acquisition of Green in January 2019 and organic loan growth. For the three months ended December 31, 2019, average loan balances increased by $3.2 billion compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018, which resulted in a $45.8 million increase in interest income. Net interest margin decreased 8 basis points compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018 primarily due to a decrease in the average yield on interest-earning assets during the three months ended December 31, 2019. Average interest-bearing deposit accounts grew to $4.4 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $2.0 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2018, primarily due to the acquisition of Green. The average cost of interest-bearing deposits decreased to 1.59% for the three months ended December 31, 2019 from 1.75% for the three months ended December 31, 2018.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $7.1 million, a decrease of $1.3 million, or 15.4% compared to the three months ended September 30, 2019. The decrease was primarily due to a $438 thousand loss on sales of certain investment securities, a $331 thousand decrease in loan fees, and a $349 thousand decrease in the gain on sale of Small Business Administration ("SBA") loans for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

Compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018, noninterest income for the three months ended December 31, 2019 grew $3.5 million or 97.1%. The increase was primarily due to a $2.9 million increase in service charges and fees on acquired deposit accounts resulting from the acquisition of Green deposit accounts and the associated income from these accounts and a $1.5 million increase in loan fees, partially offset by a $1.3 million decrease in the gain on sale of SBA loans.

Noninterest Expense

Noninterest expense was $36.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to $34.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, an increase of $1.7 million, or 4.8%. The increase was primarily driven by a $1.4 million increase in salaries and employee benefits in the three months ended December 31, 2019 as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018, noninterest expense for the three months ended December 31, 2019 increased $18.7 million, or 106.9%. The increase was primarily driven by a $10.6 million increase in salaries and employee benefits due to the addition of new Green employees as a result of the merger, and a $1.9 million, $1.8 million and $1.0 million  increase in amortization of intangibles, occupancy and equipment expenses, and data processing and software expenses, respectively, related to the acquisition of Green.

Financial Condition

Total loans were $5.9 billion at December 31, 2019, an increase of $37.0 million, or 2.51% annualized, compared to September 30, 2019 and $3.4 billion, or 132.14%, compared to December 31, 2018. The net increase was the result of Veritex's growth strategy and the acquisition of Green.

Total deposits were $5.9 billion at December 31, 2019, an increase of $16.5 million, or 0.3%, compared to September 30, 2019 and an increase of $3.3 billion, or 124.77%, compared to December 31, 2018. The increase from September 30, 2019 was primarily the result of an increase of $83.4 million in non-interest bearing demand deposits, which was offset by a decrease of $66.9 million in interest bearing accounts. The increase from December 31, 2018 was primarily the result of the acquisition of Green.

Asset Quality

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans was 0.50%, 0.45% and 0.75% of total loans held for investment at December 31, 2019, September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans for each of the three quarters ended was determined by an evaluation of the qualitative factors around the nature, volume and mix of the loan portfolio. The increase at December 31, 2019 in the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans from September 30, 2019 was primarily attributable to the general provision required from an increase of loans acquired from Green that were re-underwritten in the fourth quarter of 2019. Once an acquired loan undergoes new underwriting and meets the criteria for a new loan, the loan becomes fully subject to Veritex's allowance for loan loss methodology.  The decrease in the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans held for investment from December 31, 2018 was attributable to the acquisition of Green, as acquired loans are recorded at fair value. Our allowance for loan losses and remaining purchase discount on acquired loans as a percentage of loans held for investment, including mortgage warehouse, was 1.31%, 1.44% and 1.23% of total loans at December 31, 2019, September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.

Veritex recorded a provision for loan losses of $3.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 compared to a provision of $9.7 million and $1.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively, which reflects adjustments to provision for loan losses as a result of Veritex's continued organic growth and timing of charge-offs and recoveries recorded during the respective quarters. The decrease in the recorded provision for loan losses compared to the three months ended September 30, 2019 was primarily attributable to a $6.1 million charge-off during the third quarter of 2019 related to a commercial loan relationship acquired from Sovereign Bancshares, Inc. in 2017. The acquired commercial loan relationship consisted of a $7.8 million loan to an independent oil and gas exploration company that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2018 and recently entered into a sales process pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. The increase in the recorded provision for loan losses compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018 was primarily attributable to continued organic growth and loans acquired from Green that were re-underwritten in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Nonperforming assets totaled $39.4 million, or 0.50%, of total assets at December 31, 2019 compared to $17.0 million, or 0.21%, of total assets at September 30, 2019 and $24.7 million, or 0.77%, of total assets at December 31, 2018. The increase of $22.4 million compared to September 30, 2019 was primarily due to a $19.6 million increase in certain acquired non-purchased credit impaired loans that moved to nonaccrual status during the fourth quarter 2019  and a $2.9 million increase in other real estate owned. The $19.6 million increase in acquired nonaccrual loans due was primarily related to a single commercial loan relationship which required no provision for loan loss after it was individually analyzed for impairment.

Dividend Information

On January 28, 2020, Veritex's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per share on its outstanding shares of common stock, payable on February 20, 2020, to stockholders of record as of February 6, 2020.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Veritex’s management uses certain non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measures to evaluate its operating performance and provide information that is important to investors. However, non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental and should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, Veritex’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Specifically, Veritex reviews and reports tangible book value, tangible book value per common share, operating net income, tangible common equity to tangible assets, return on average tangible common equity, pre-tax, pre-provision operating earnings, pre-tax, pre-provision operating return on average assets, diluted operating earnings per share, operating return on average assets, operating return on average tangible common equity and operating efficiency ratio. Veritex has included in this earnings release information related to these non-GAAP financial measures for the applicable periods presented. Please refer to “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” after the financial highlights at the end of this earnings release for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures.

Conference Call

The Company will host an investor conference call to review the results on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Central Time. Participants may pre-register for the call by visiting https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/8groyitg and will receive a unique PIN number, which can be used when dialing in for the call. This will allow attendees to enter the call immediately. Alternatively, participants may call toll-free at (877) 703-9880.

The call and corresponding presentation slides will be webcast live on the home page of the Company's website, www.veritexbank.com. An audio replay will be available one hour after the conclusion of the call at (855) 859-2056, Conference #8717068. This replay, as well as the webcast, will be available until February 5, 2020.

About Veritex Holdings, Inc.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Veritex is a bank holding company that conducts banking activities through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Veritex Community Bank, with locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and in the Houston metropolitan area. Veritex Community Bank is a Texas state chartered bank regulated by the Texas Department of Banking and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. For more information, visit www.veritexbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on various facts and derived utilizing assumptions, current expectations, estimates and projections and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements relating to  the expected payment date of Veritex’s quarterly cash dividend, Veritex’s future financial performance, business and growth strategy, projected plans and objectives, as well as other projections based on macroeconomic and industry trends, which are inherently unreliable due to the multiple factors that impact broader economic and industry trends, and any such variations may be material.  Statements preceded by, followed by or that otherwise include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “projects,” “estimates,” “plans” and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “should,” “would,” “may” and “could” are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts, although not all forward-looking statements include the foregoing words.  We refer you to the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of Veritex’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and any updates to those risk factors set forth in Veritex’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), which are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.govIf one or more events related to these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if Veritex’s underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may differ materially from what Veritex anticipates.  Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements.  Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made.  Veritex does not undertake any obligation, and specifically declines any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. All forward-looking statements, expressed or implied, included in this earnings release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. This cautionary statement should also be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Veritex or persons acting on Veritex’s behalf may issue.


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)

    For the Quarter Ended   For the Year Ended
    Dec 31,
2019
  Sep 30,
2019
  Jun 30,
2019
  Mar 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
  Dec 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
    (Dollars and shares in thousands)
Per Share Data (Common Stock):                            
Basic EPS   $ 0.56      $ 0.52      $ 0.50      $ 0.14      $ 0.41      $ 1.71      $ 1.63   
Diluted EPS   0.56      0.51      0.49      0.13      0.40      1.68      1.60   
Book value per common share   23.32      23.02      22.55      21.88      21.88      23.32      21.88   
Tangible book value per common share1   14.74      14.61      14.27      13.76      14.74      14.74      14.74   
                             
Common Stock Data:                            
Shares outstanding at period end   51,064      52,373      53,457      54,563      24,254      51,064      24,254   
Weighted average basic shares outstanding for the period   51,472      52.915      53.969      54.293      24,224      53,154      24,169   
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the period   52,263      53,873      54,929      55,439      24,532      53,978      24,590   
                             
Summary Performance Ratios:                            
Return on average assets2   1.43  %   1.36  %   1.36  %   0.38  %   1.20  %   1.14  %   1.26  %
Return on average equity2   9.63      8.98      8.98      2.52      7.44      7.57      7.73   
Return on average tangible common equity1, 2   16.22      15.15      15.26      5.09      11.52      13.02      12.89   
Efficiency ratio   47.12      43.67      51.49      82.30      54.27      56.41      54.92   
                             
Selected Performance Metrics - Operating:                            
Diluted operating EPS1   $ 0.58      $ 0.53      $ 0.59      $ 0.59      $ 0.47      $ 2.29      $ 1.84   
Pre-tax, pre-provision operating return on average assets1, 2   2.07  %   2.26  %   2.22  %   2.40  %   1.95  %   2.24  %   2.02  %
Operating return on average assets1, 2   1.49      1.42      1.63      1.69      1.40      1.56      1.44   
Operating return on average tangible common equity1, 2   16.87      15.78      18.09      18.81      13.37      17.39      14.68   
Operating efficiency ratio1   45.67      42.36      43.66      43.54      50.65      43.80      49.60   
                             
Veritex Holdings, Inc. Capital Ratios:                            
Average stockholders' equity to average total assets   14.88  %   15.11  %   15.13  %   15.18  %   16.14  %   15.07  %   16.25  %
Tier 1 capital to average assets (leverage)   10.17      10.33      10.47      10.57      12.04      10.17      12.04   
Common equity tier 1 capital   10.60      10.82      11.32      11.07      11.80      10.60      11.80   
Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets   11.02      11.26      11.77      11.50      12.18      11.02      12.18   
Total capital to risk-weighted assets   13.10      12.26      12.80      12.45      12.98      13.10      12.98   
Tangible common equity to tangible assets1   10.01      10.17      10.08      10.02      11.78      10.01      11.78   
                             
Veritex Bank Capital Ratios:                            
Tier 1 capital to average assets (leverage)   11.07  %   10.64  %   10.80  %   10.65  %   10.87  %   11.07  %   10.87  %
Common equity tier 1 capital   12.00      11.61      12.16      11.61      11.01      12.00      11.01   
Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets   12.00      11.61      12.16      11.61      11.01      12.00      11.01   
Total capital to risk-weighted assets   12.44      12.00      12.54      11.93      11.64      12.44      11.64   

1Refer to "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" after the financial highlights for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to their most directly comparable GAAP measure.
2Annualized ratio for quarterly metrics.


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Financial Highlights
(in thousands)

    Dec 31, 2019   Sep 30, 2019   Jun 30, 2019   Mar 31, 2019   Dec 31, 2018
    (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)    
ASSETS                    
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 251,550      $ 252,592      $ 265,822      $ 339,473      $ 84,449   
Securities   997,330      1,023,393      1,020,279      950,671      262,695   
Other investments   89,923      89,795      81,088      75,920      23,174   
                     
Loans held for sale   14,080      10,715      7,524      8,002      1,258   
Loans held for investment, mortgage warehouse   183,628      233,577      200,017      114,158      —   
Loans held for investment   5,737,577      5,654,027      5,731,833      5,663,721      2,555,494   
Total Loans   5,935,285      5,898,319      5,939,374      5,785,881      2,556,752   
Allowance for loan losses   (29,834 )   (26,243 )   (24,712 )   (21,603 )   (19,255 )
Bank-owned life insurance   80,915      80,411      79,899      79,397      22,064   
Bank premises, furniture and equipment, net   118,536      118,449      115,373      119,354      78,409   
Other real estate owned   5,995      4,625      1,748      151      —   
Intangible assets, net   72,263      75,363      78,347      81,245      15,896   
Goodwill   370,658      370,463      370,221      368,268      161,447   
Other assets   62,086      75,716      82,667      69,474      22,919   
Branch assets held for sale   —      —      —      83,516      —   
Total assets   $ 7,954,707      $ 7,962,883      $ 8,010,106      $ 7,931,747      $ 3,208,550   
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                    
Deposits:                    
Noninterest-bearing deposits   $ 1,556,500      $ 1,473,126      $ 1,476,668      $ 1,439,630      $ 626,283   
Interest-bearing transaction and savings deposits   2,654,972      2,528,293      2,646,154      2,617,117      1,313,161   
Certificates and other time deposits   1,682,878      1,876,427      2,042,266      2,240,968      682,984   
Total deposits   5,894,350      5,877,846      6,165,088      6,297,715      2,622,428   
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   37,197      45,475      44,414      42,621      5,413   
Accrued interest payable   6,569      6,054      7,069      6,846      5,361   
Advances from Federal Home Loan Bank   677,870      752,907      512,945      252,982      28,019   
Subordinated debentures and subordinated notes   145,571      72,284      72,486      72,719      16,691   
Other borrowings   2,353      2,787      2,811      2,778      —   
Branch liabilities held for sale   —      —      —      62,381      —   
Total liabilities   6,763,910      6,757,353      6,804,813      6,738,042      2,677,912   
Commitments and contingencies                    
Stockholders’ equity:                    
Common stock   511      524      535      546      243   
Additional paid-in capital   1,117,879      1,114,659      1,112,238      1,109,386      449,427   
Retained earnings   147,911      125,344      104,652      84,559      83,968   
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)   19,061      23,837      17,741      7,016      (2,930 )
Treasury stock   (94,565 )   (58,834 )   (29,873 )   (7,802 )   (70 )
Total stockholders’ equity   1,190,797      1,205,530      1,205,293      1,193,705      530,638   
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 7,954,707      $ 7,962,883      $ 8,010,106      $ 7,931,747      $ 3,208,550   


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Financial Highlights
(in thousands, except per share data)

    For the Quarter Ended   For the Year Ended
    Dec 31,
2019
  Sep 30,
2019
  Jun 30,
2019
  Mar 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
  Dec 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
Interest income:                            
Loans, including fees   $ 82,469      $ 85,811      $ 86,786      $ 85,747      $ 35,028      $ 340,813      $ 134,460   
Securities   7,168      7,687      7,397      7,232      1,908      29,484      6,605   
Deposits in financial institutions and Fed Funds sold   1,285      1,329      1,372      1,554      833      5,540      3,149   
Other investments   820      816      622      691      413      2,949      855   
Total interest income   91,742      95,643      96,177      95,224      38,182      378,786      145,069   
Interest expense:                            
Transaction and savings deposits   8,203      10,381      11,405      10,366      5,412      40,355      17,599   
Certificates and other time deposits   9,455      10,283      10,145      8,792      3,394      38,675      9,714   
Advances from FHLB   2,661      3,081      2,187      2,055      377      9,984      1,701   
Subordinated debentures and subordinated notes   1,559      1,024      998      1,094      304      4,675      1,031   
Total interest expense   21,878      24,769      24,735      22,307      9,487      93,689      30,045   
Net interest income   69,864      70,874      71,442      72,917      28,695      285,097      115,024   
Provision for loan losses   3,493      9,674      3,335      5,012      1,364      21,514      6,603   
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   66,371      61,200      68,107      67,905      27,331      263,583      108,421   
Noninterest income:                            
Service charges and fees on deposit accounts   3,728      3,667      3,422      3,517      832      14,334      3,420   
Loan fees   1,921      2,252      1,932      1,677      387      7,782      1,332   
Loss on sales of investment securities   (438 )   —      (642 )   (772 )   (42 )   (1,852 )   (64 )
Gain on sales of loans   536      853      1,104      2,370      1,789      4,863      3,056   
Rental income   371      369      373      368      310      1,481      1,654   
Other   1,014      1,289      (155 )   1,324      343      3,472      1,677   
Total noninterest income   7,132      8,430      6,034      8,484      3,619      30,080      11,075   
Noninterest expense:                            
Salaries and employee benefits   18,917      17,530      17,459      18,885      8,278      72,791      31,138   
Occupancy and equipment   4,198      4,044      4,014      4,129      2,412      16,385      10,679   
Professional and regulatory fees   2,615      2,750      2,814      3,418      1,889      11,597      7,282   
Data processing and software expense   1,880      2,252      2,309      1,924      888      8,365      3,020   
Marketing   971      708      961      619      570      3,259      1,783   
Amortization of intangibles   2,696      2,712      2,719      2,760      835      10,887      3,467   
Telephone and communications   466      361      625      395      223      1,847      1,299   
Merger and acquisition expense   918      1,035      5,790      31,217      1,150      38,960      5,220   
Other   3,623      3,238      3,205      3,646      1,293      13,712      5,371   
Total noninterest expense   36,284      34,630      39,896      66,993      17,538      177,803      69,259   
Income before income tax expense   37,219      35,000      34,245      9,396      13,412      115,860      50,237   
Income tax expense   8,168      7,595      7,369      1,989      3,587      25,121      10,896   
Net income   $ 29,051      $ 27,405      $ 26,876      $ 7,407      $ 9,825      $ 90,739      $ 39,341   
Basic EPS   $ 0.56      $ 0.52      $ 0.50      $ 0.14      $ 0.41      $ 1.71      $ 1.63   
Diluted EPS   $ 0.56      $ 0.51      $ 0.49      $ 0.13      $ 0.40      $ 1.68      $ 1.60   
Weighted average basic shares outstanding   51,472      52,915      53,969      54,293      24,224      53,154      24,169   
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   52,263      53,873      54,929      55,439      24,532      53,978      24,590   


 VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)

    For the Quarter Ended
    December 31, 2019   September 30, 2019   December 31, 2018
    Average
Outstanding
Balance
  Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
  Average
Yield/
Rate
  Average
Outstanding
Balance
  Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
  Average
Yield/
Rate
  Average
Outstanding
Balance
  Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
  Average
Yield/
Rate
    (Dollars in thousands)
Assets                                    
Interest-earning assets:                                    
Loans1   $ 5,692,773      $ 80,779      5.63  %   $ 5,702,696      $ 84,022      5.85  %   $ 2,502,084      $ 35,028      5.55  %
Loans held for investment, mortgage warehouse   191,132      1,690      3.51      182,793      1,789      3.88      —      —      —   
Securities   1,004,342      7,168      2.83      1,022,289      7,687      2.98      263,182      1,908      2.88   
Interest-earning deposits in other banks   312,530      1,285      1.63      234,087      1,329      2.25      136,879      833      2.41   
Other investments2   71,791      820      4.53      71,901      816      4.50      25,772      413      6.36   
Total interest-earning assets   7,272,568      91,742      5.00      7,213,766      95,643      5.26      2,927,917      38,182      5.17   
Allowance for loan losses   (27,564 )           (22,539 )           (18,338 )        
Noninterest-earning assets   798,501              818,150              333,589           
Total assets   $ 8,043,505              $ 8,009,377              $ 3,243,168           
                                     
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                                    
Interest-bearing liabilities:                                    
Interest-bearing demand and savings deposits   $ 2,621,163      8,203      1.24  %   $ 2,621,701      $ 10,381      1.57  %   $ 1,337,901      5,412      1.60  %
Certificates and other time deposits   1,789,544      9,455      2.10      1,953,084      10,283      2.09      655,776      3,394      2.05   
Advances from FHLB   726,352      2,661      1.45      632,754      3,081      1.93      52,436      377      2.85   
Subordinated debentures and subordinated notes   118,193      1,559      5.23      74,869      1,024      5.43      16,691      304      7.23   
Total interest-bearing liabilities   5,255,252      21,878      1.65      5,282,408      24,769      1.86      2,062,804      9,487      1.82   
                                     
Noninterest-bearing liabilities:                                    
Noninterest-bearing deposits   1,540,406              1,467,127              643,958           
Other liabilities   50,656              49,695              12,816           
Total liabilities   6,846,314              6,799,230              2,719,578           
Stockholders’ equity   1,197,191              1,210,147              523,590           
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 8,043,505              $ 8,009,377              $ 3,243,168           
                                     
Net interest rate spread3           3.35  %           3.40  %           3.35  %
Net interest income and margin4       $ 69,864      3.81  %       $ 70,874      3.90  %       $ 28,695      3.89  %

1 Includes average outstanding balances of loans held for sale of $10,643, $8,525, and $1,019 for the three months ended December 31, 2019, September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.
2 The Company historically reported dividend income in the "other noninterest income" line item and has reclassified $408 of dividend income into other investments as of December 31, 2018 in order to align with industry peers for comparability purposes.
3 Net interest rate spread is the average yield on interest-earning assets minus the average rate on interest-bearing liabilities.
4 Net interest margin is equal to net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)

    For the Year Ended December 31,
    2019   2018
    Average
Outstanding
Balance
  Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
  Average
Yield/
Rate
  Average
Outstanding
Balance
  Interest
Earned/
Interest
Paid
  Average
Yield/
Rate
    (Dollars in thousands)
Assets                        
Interest-earning assets:                        
Loans1   $ 5,722,039        $ 334,025      5.96  %   $ 2,382,946        $ 134,460      5.64  %
Loans held for investment, mortgage warehouse   162,325        6,788      4.18      —        —      —   
Securities   977,621        29,484      3.02      247,163        6,605      2.67   
Interest-earning deposits in other banks   259,866        5,540      2.13      160,402        3,149      1.96   
Other investments2   60,308        2,949      4.89      17,326        855      4.93   
Total interest-earning assets   7,182,159        378,786      5.27      2,807,837        145,069      5.17   
Allowance for loan losses   (23,533 )             (15,324 )          
Noninterest-earning assets   799,257                339,915             
Total assets   $ 7,957,883                $ 3,132,428             
                         
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                        
Interest-bearing liabilities:                        
Interest-bearing demand and savings deposits   $ 2,648,113        40,355      1.52      $ 1,277,186        17,599      1.38   
Certificates and other time deposits   1,997,090        38,675      1.94      608,041        9,714      1.60   
Advances from FHLB   502,681        9,984      1.99      87,366        1,701      1.95   
Subordinated debentures and subordinated notes   86,110        4,675      5.43      16,748        1,031      6.16   
Total interest-bearing liabilities   5,233,994        93,689      1.79      1,989,341        30,045      1.51   
                         
Noninterest-bearing liabilities:                        
Noninterest-bearing deposits   1,480,207                621,613             
Other liabilities   44,809                12,456             
Total liabilities   6,759,010                2,623,410             
Stockholders’ equity   1,198,873                509,018             
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 7,957,883                $ 3,132,428             
                         
Net interest rate spread3           3.48  %           3.66  %
Net interest income and margin4       $ 285,097      3.97  %       $ 115,024      4.10  %

1Includes average outstanding balances of loans held for sale of $8,762 and $1,198 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
2 The Company historically reported dividend income in the "other noninterest income" line item and has reclassified $835 of dividend income into other investments as of December 31, 2018 in order to align with industry peers for comparability purposes.
3 Net interest rate spread is the average yield on interest-earning assets minus the average rate on interest-bearing liabilities.
4 Net interest margin is equal to net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)

Yield Trend

    For the Quarter Ended
    Dec 31,
2019
  Sep 30,
2019
  Jun 30,
2019
  Mar 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
Average yield on interest-earning assets:                    
Total loans1   5.63  %   5.85  %   5.92  %   5.96  %   5.55  %
Loans held for investment, mortgage warehouse   3.51      3.88      4.56      5.26      —   
Securities   2.83      2.98      3.10      3.17      2.88   
Interest-bearing deposits in other banks   1.63      2.25      2.41      2.39      2.41   
Other investments   4.53      4.50      4.19      4.92      6.36   
Total interest-earning assets   5.00  %   5.26  %   5.39  %   5.44  %   5.17  %
                     
Average rate on interest-bearing liabilities:                    
Interest-bearing demand and savings deposits   1.24  %   1.57  %   1.69  %   1.64  %   1.60  %
Certificates and other time deposits   2.10      2.09      1.93      1.59      2.05   
Advances from FHLB   1.45      1.93      2.62      2.68      2.85   
Subordinated debentures and subordinated notes   5.23      5.43      5.32      5.85      7.23   
Total interest-bearing liabilities   1.65  %   1.86  %   1.90  %   1.74  %   1.82  %
                     
Net interest rate spread2   3.35  %   3.40  %   3.49  %   3.70  %   3.35  %
Net interest margin3   3.81  %   3.90  %   4.00  %   4.17  %   3.89  %

1 Includes average outstanding balances of loans held for sale of $10,643, $8,525, $8,140, $7,709 and $1,019 for the three months ended December 31, 2019,   September 30, 2019, June 30, 2019, March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.
2 Net interest rate spread is the average yield on interest-earning assets minus the average rate on interest-bearing liabilities.
3 Net interest margin is equal to net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.

Supplemental Yield Trend

    For the Quarter Ended
    Dec 31,
2019
  Sep 30,
2019
  Jun 30,
2019
  Mar 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
Average cost of interest-bearing deposits   1.59  %   1.79  %   1.79  %   1.62  %   1.75  %
Average costs of total deposits, including noninterest-bearing   1.18      1.36      1.38      1.25      1.32   


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)

Loans Held for Investment ("LHI") and Deposit Portfolio Composition

    Dec 31, 2019   Sep 30, 2019   Jun 30, 2019   Mar 31, 2019   Dec 31, 2018
    (Dollars in thousands)
Loans Held for Investment2                                        
Originated Loans                                        
Commercial   $ 1,190,552      33.9  %   $ 1,027,433      33.4  %   $ 878,970      32.2  %   $ 836,792      33.3  %   $ 697,906      32.9  %
Real Estate:                                        
Owner occupied commercial   276,508      7.9      253,043      8.2      229,243      8.4      215,088      8.6      188,847      8.9   
Commercial   1,024,635      29.2      877,669      28.5      800,506      29.3      752,628      30.0      636,200      30.0   
Construction and land   527,985      15.0      490,389      15.9      405,323      14.8      364,812      14.5      303,315      14.3   
Farmland   16,939      0.5      7,986      0.3      15,944      0.6      8,247      0.3      7,898      0.4   
1-4 family residential   324,725      9.2      315,839      10.3      290,808      10.7      274,880      11.0      235,092      11.1   
Multi-family residential   141,414      4.0      95,258      3.1      101,973      3.7      48,777      2.0      47,371      2.2   
Consumer   10,096      0.3      8,471      0.3      7,714      0.3      8,587      0.3      4,304      0.2   
Total originated LHI   $ 3,512,854      100  %   $ 3,076,088      100  %   $ 2,730,481      100  %   $ 2,509,811      100  %   $ 2,120,933      100  %
                                         
Acquired Loans                                        
Commercial   $ 522,286      23.5  %   $ 683,823      26.5  %   $ 909,074      30.3  %   $ 975,878      30.9  %   $ 62,866      14.4  %
Real Estate:                                        
Owner occupied commercial   430,274      19.3      463,087      18.0      517,525      17.2      530,026      16.8      132,432      30.5   
Commercial   759,566      34.1      832,841      32.3      927,019      30.9      948,815      30.0      145,553      33.5   
Construction and land   101,389      4.6      133,233      5.2      138,527      4.6      149,897      4.8      21,548      5.0   
Farmland   —      —      —      —      1,528      0.1      1,781      0.1      2,630      0.6   
1-4 family residential   225,086      10.1      243,471      9.4      266,248      8.9      295,719      9.4      62,825      14.5   
Multi-family residential   178,627      8.0      211,708      8.2      228,904      7.6      238,936      7.6      3,914      0.9   
Consumer   7,361      0.4      9,642      0.4      12,848      0.4      13,180      0.4      2,808      0.6   
Total acquired LHI   $ 2,224,589      100  %   $ 2,577,805      100  %   $ 3,001,673      100  %   $ 3,154,232      100  %   $ 434,576      100  %
                                         
Mortgage warehouse   183,628          233,577          200,017          114,158          —       
                                         
Total LHI1   $ 5,921,071          $ 5,887,470          $ 5,932,171          $ 5,778,201          $ 2,555,509       
                                         
Deposits2                                        
Noninterest-bearing   $ 1,556,500      26.4  %   $ 1,473,126      25.1  %   $ 1,476,668      24.0  %   $ 1,439,630      22.9  %   $ 626,283      23.8  %
Interest-bearing transaction   388,877   6.6      373,997   6.4      373,982   6.1      334,868   5.3      146,969   5.6   
Money market   2,180,017   37.0      2,066,315   35.2      2,178,274   35.3      2,169,049   34.4      1,133,045   43.2   
Savings   86,078   1.5      87,981   1.5      93,898   1.5      113,200   1.8      33,147   1.3   
Certificates and other time deposits   1,682,878   28.5      1,876,427   31.8      2,042,266   33.1      2,240,968   35.6      682,984   26.1   
Total deposits   $ 5,894,350      100  %   $ 5,877,846      100  %   $ 6,165,088      100  %   $ 6,297,715      100  %   $ 2,622,428      100  %
                                         
Loan to Deposit Ratio   100.5  %       100.2  %       96.2  %       91.8  %       97.4  %    

1 Total loans held for investment does not include deferred costs of $134 thousand at December 31, 2019 and  September 30, 2019, respectively,  deferred fees of $321 thousand at June 30, 2019 and  March 31, 2019, respectively, and deferred fees of $15 thousand at December 31, 2018.
2 LHI and deposit portfolio composition exclude assets and liabilities held for sale as of March 31, 2019.


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
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(Unaudited)

Asset Quality

  For the Quarter Ended   For the Year Ended
  Dec 31,
2019
  Sep 30,
2019
  Jun 30,
2019
  Mar 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
  Dec 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
  (Dollars in thousands)
Nonperforming Assets ("NPAs"):                          
Originated nonaccrual loans1 $ 5,100      $ 5,081      $ 4,751      $ 5,739      $ 5,358      $ 5,100      $ 5,358   
Acquired nonaccrual loans1 24,679      5,091      10,982      12,944      19,387      24,679      19,387   
Originated accruing loans 90 or more days past due 2,039      815      12,738      2,329      —      2,039      —   
Acquired accruing loans 90 or more days past due2 1,621      1,379      13,036      1,974      —      1,621      —   
Total nonperforming loans held for investment ("NPLs") 33,439      12,366      41,507      22,986      24,745      33,439      24,745   
Other real estate owned 5,995      4,625      1,748      151      —      5,995      —   
Total NPAs $ 39,434      $ 16,991      $ 43,255      $ 23,137      $ 24,745      $ 39,434      $ 24,745   
                           
Charge-offs:                          
Residential $ —      $ —      $ (157 )   $ —      $ —      $ (157 )   $ —   
Commercial —      (8,101 )   (143 )   (2,654 )   (26 )   (10,898 )   (175 )
Consumer (48 )   (113 )   (30 )   (74 )   —      (265 )   (22 )
Total charge-offs (48 )   (8,214 )   (330 )   (2,728 )   (26 )   (11,320 )   (197 )
                           
Recoveries:                          
Residential     —      54          —      67      —   
Commercial 135      71      10      10          226      41   
Consumer     —      40      46      —      92      —   
Total recoveries 146      71      104      64          385      41   
                           
Net charge-offs $ 98      $ (8,143 )   $ (226 )   $ (2,664 )   $ (19 )   $ (10,935 )   $ (156 )
                           
Allowance for loan losses ("ALLL") at end of period $ 29,834      $ 26,243      $ 24,712      $ 21,603      $ 19,255      $ 29,834      $ 19,255   
                           
Remaining purchase discount ("PD") on acquired loans3 $ 47,774      $ 58,503      $ 80,365      $ 83,365      $ 12,098      $ 47,774      $ 12,098   
                           
Asset Quality Ratios:                          
NPAs to total assets 0.50  %   0.21  %   0.54  %   0.29  %   0.77  %   0.50  %   0.77  %
NPLs to total LHI 0.56      0.21      0.70      0.40      0.97      0.56      0.97   
ALLL to total LHI 0.50      0.45      0.42      0.37      0.75      0.50      0.75   
ALLL and remaining PD on acquired loans to LHI3 1.31      1.44      1.77      1.82      1.23      1.31      1.23   
Net charge-offs to average loans outstanding —      0.14      —      0.05      —      0.19      0.01   

1 The Company historically reported in the "acquired nonaccrual loans" line item in the table above only acquired purchased credit impaired (“PCI”) loans that were deemed to be on nonaccrual status subsequent to the respective acquisition date. The Company has re-classified $3,158, $5,040 and $2,485 for the three months ended June 30, 2019, March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively, and $2,485 for the year ended December 31, 2018, of acquired non-PCI loans deemed to be on nonaccrual status subsequent to acquisition date from the "originated nonaccrual" line item into the "acquired nonaccrual loans" line item. As a result, both acquired PCI loans and acquired non-PCI loans are reflected in the "acquired nonaccrual loans" line item in order to align with industry peers for comparability purposes.
2 Accruing loans greater than 90 days past due exclude PCI loans greater than 90 days past due.
3 Remaining PD on acquired loans includes non-accretable and accretable purchase discount on purchased performing and purchased credit impaired loans for each quarter presented in the table.


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

We identify certain financial measures discussed in this earnings release as being “non-GAAP financial measures.” In accordance with SEC rules, we classify a financial measure as being a non-GAAP financial measure if that financial measure excludes or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding or including amounts, that are included or excluded, as the case may be, in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as in effect from time to time in the United States (“GAAP”), in our statements of income, balance sheets or statements of cash flows. Non-GAAP financial measures do not include operating and other statistical measures or ratios calculated using exclusively either one or both of (i) financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP and (ii) operating measures or other measures that are not non-GAAP financial measures.

The non-GAAP financial measures that we present in this earnings release should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable or other financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, the manner in which we calculate the non-GAAP financial measures that we present in this earnings release may differ from that of other companies reporting measures with similar names. You should understand how such other financial institutions calculate their financial measures that appear to be similar or have similar names to the non-GAAP financial measures we have discussed in this earnings release when comparing such non-GAAP financial measures.

Tangible Book Value Per Common Share. Tangible book value is a non-GAAP measure generally used by financial analysts and investment bankers to evaluate financial institutions. We calculate: (a) tangible common equity as total stockholders’ equity less goodwill and core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization; and (b) tangible book value per common share as tangible common equity (as described in clause (a)) divided by the number of common shares outstanding. For tangible book value per common share, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is book value per common share.

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in changes from period to period in book value per common share exclusive of changes in core deposit intangibles. Goodwill and other intangible assets have the effect of increasing total book value while not increasing our tangible book value.

The following table reconciles, as of the dates set forth below, total stockholders’ equity to tangible common equity and presents our tangible book value per common share compared with our book value per common share:

    As of
    Dec 31, 2019   Sep 30, 2019   Jun 30, 2019   Mar 31, 2019   Dec 31, 2018
    (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Tangible Common Equity                    
Total stockholders' equity   $ 1,190,797      $ 1,205,530      $ 1,205,293      $ 1,193,705      $ 530,638   
Adjustments:                    
Goodwill   (370,658 )   (370,463 )   (370,221 )   (368,268 )   (161,447 )
Core deposit intangibles   (67,563 )   (70,014 )   (72,465 )   (74,916 )   (11,675 )
Tangible common equity   $ 752,576      $ 765,053      $ 762,607      $ 750,521      $ 357,516   
Common shares outstanding   51,064      52,373      53,457      54,563      24,254   
                     
Book value per common share   $ 23.32      $ 23.02      $ 22.55      $ 21.88      $ 21.88   
Tangible book value per common share   $ 14.74      $ 14.61      $ 14.27      $ 13.76      $ 14.74   


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

Tangible Common Equity to Tangible Assets. Tangible common equity to tangible assets is a non-GAAP measure generally used by financial analysts and investment bankers to evaluate financial institutions. We calculate: (a) tangible common equity as total stockholders’ equity less goodwill and core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization; (b) tangible assets as total assets less goodwill and core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization; and (c) tangible common equity to tangible assets as tangible common equity (as described in clause (a)) divided by tangible assets (as described in clause (b)). For tangible common equity to tangible assets, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is total stockholders’ equity to total assets.

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in the relative changes from period to period in common equity and total assets, in each case, exclusive of changes in core deposit intangibles. Goodwill and other intangible assets have the effect of increasing both total stockholders’ equity and assets while not increasing our tangible common equity or tangible assets.

The following table reconciles, as of the dates set forth below, total stockholders’ equity to tangible common equity and total assets to tangible assets and presents our tangible common equity to tangible assets:

    As of
    Dec 31, 2019   Sep 30, 2019   Jun 30, 2019   Mar 31, 2019   Dec 31, 2018
    (Dollars in thousands)
Tangible Common Equity                    
Total stockholders' equity   $ 1,190,797     $ 1,205,530     $ 1,205,293     $ 1,193,705     $ 530,638  
Adjustments:                    
Goodwill   (370,658 )   (370,463 )   (370,221 )   (368,268 )   (161,447 )
Core deposit intangibles   (67,563 )   (70,014 )   (72,465 )   (74,916 )   (11,675 )
Tangible common equity   $ 752,576      $ 765,053      $ 762,607      $ 750,521      $ 357,516   
Tangible Assets                    
Total assets   $ 7,954,707     $ 7,962,883     $ 8,010,106     $ 7,931,747     $ 3,208,550  
Adjustments:                    
Goodwill   (370,658 )   (370,463 )   (370,221 )   (368,268 )   (161,447 )
Core deposit intangibles   (67,563 )   (70,014 )   (72,465 )   (74,916 )   (11,675 )
Tangible Assets   $ 7,516,486      $ 7,522,406      $ 7,567,420      $ 7,488,563      $ 3,035,428   
Tangible Common Equity to Tangible Assets   10.01  %   10.17  %   10.08  %   10.02  %   11.78  %


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

Return on Average Tangible Common Equity. Return on average tangible common equity is a non-GAAP measure generally used by financial analysts and investment bankers to evaluate financial institutions. We calculate: (a) net income adjusted for amortization of core deposit intangibles as net income available for common stockholders, plus amortization of core deposit intangibles, less tax benefit at the statutory rate; (b) average tangible common equity as total average stockholders’ equity less average goodwill and average core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization; and (c) return on average tangible common equity as net income adjusted for amortization of core deposit intangibles (as described in clause (a)) divided by average tangible common equity (as described in clause (b)). For return on average tangible common equity, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is return on average common equity.

We believe that this measure is important to many investors in the marketplace who are interested in the return on common equity, exclusive of the impact of core deposit intangibles. Goodwill and core deposit intangibles have the effect of increasing total stockholders’ equity while not increasing our tangible common equity. This measure is particularly relevant to acquisitive institutions that may have higher balances in goodwill and core deposit intangibles than non-acquisitive institutions.

The following table reconciles, as of the dates set forth below, average common equity to average tangible common equity and net income to net income adjusted for amortization of core deposit intangibles, net of taxes and presents our return on average tangible common equity:

    For the Quarter Ended   For the Year Ended
    Dec 31,
2019
  Sep 30,
2019
  Jun 30,
2019
  Mar 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
  Dec 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
    (Dollars in thousands)
Net income adjusted for amortization of core deposit intangibles                            
Net income   $ 29,051      $ 27,405      $ 26,876      $ 7,407      $ 9,825      $ 90,739      $ 39,341   
Adjustments:                            
Plus: Amortization of core deposit intangibles   2,451      2,451      2,451      2,477      432      9,830      4,060   
Less: Tax benefit at the statutory rate   515      515      515      520      91      2,065      859   
Net income adjusted for amortization of core deposit intangibles   $ 30,987      $ 29,341      $ 28,812      $ 9,364      $ 10,166      $ 98,504      $ 42,542   
                             
Average Tangible Common Equity                            
Total average stockholders' equity   $ 1,197,191      $ 1,210,147      $ 1,200,632      $ 1,190,266      $ 523,590      $ 1,198,873      $ 509,018   
Adjustments:                            
Average goodwill   (370,463 )   (370,224 )   (369,255 )   (366,795 )   (161,447 )   (369,441 )   (160,907 )
Average core deposit intangibles   (68,913 )   (71,355 )   (73,875 )   (76,727 )   (11,932 )   (72,692 )   (18,005 )
Average tangible common equity   $ 757,815      $ 768,568      $ 757,502      $ 746,744      $ 350,211      $ 756,740      $ 330,106   
Return on Average Tangible Common Equity (Annualized)   16.22  %   15.15  %   15.26  %   5.09  %   11.52  %   13.02  %   12.89  %


VERITEX HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

Operating Net Income, Pre-tax, Pre-provision Operating Earnings and performance metrics calculated using Operating Earnings and Pre-tax, Pre-provision Operating Net Income, including Diluted Operating Earnings per Share, Operating Return on Average Assets, Pre-tax, Pre-Provision Operating Return on Average Assets, Operating Return on Average Tangible Common Equity and Operating Efficiency Ratio. Operating earnings and pre-tax, pre-provision operating earnings are non-GAAP measures used by management to evaluate the Company’s financial performance. We calculate (a) operating net income as net income plus loss on sale of securities available for sale, net, plus loss (gain) on sale of disposed branch assets, plus lease exit costs, net, plus branch closure expenses, plus one-time issuance of shares to all employees, plus merger and acquisition expenses, less tax impact of adjustments, plus re-measurement of deferred tax assets as a result of the reduction in the corporate income tax rate under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, plus other merger and acquisition discrete tax items. We calculate (b) pre-tax, pre-provision operating earnings as operating net income as described in clause (a) plus provision for income taxes, plus provision for loan losses. We calculate (c) diluted operating earnings per share as operating earnings as described in clause (a) divided by weighted average diluted shares outstanding. We calculate (d) operating return on average tangible common equity as operating earnings as described in clause (a) divided by total average tangible common equity (average stockholders' equity less average goodwill and average core deposit intangibles, net of accumulated amortization.) We calculate (e) operating efficiency ratio as non interest expense plus adjustments to operating non interest expense divided by (i) non interest income plus adjustments to operating non interest income plus (ii) net interest income. We believe that these measures and the operating metrics calculated utilizing these measures are important to management and many investors in the marketplace who are interested in understanding the ongoing operating performance of the Company and provide meaningful comparisons to its peers. The following tables reconcile, as of the dates set forth below, operating net income and pre-tax, pre-provision operating earnings and related metrics:

    For the Quarter Ended   For the Year Ended
    Dec 31,
2019
  Sep 30,
2019
  Jun 30,
2019
  Mar 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
  Dec 31,
2019
  Dec 31,
2018
    (Dollars in thousands)
Operating Earnings                            
Net income   $ 29,051      $ 27,405      $ 26,876      $ 7,407      $ 9,825      $ 90,739      $ 39,341   
Plus: Loss on sale of securities available for sale, net   438      —      642      772      42      1,852      42   
Plus: Loss (gain) on sale of disposed branch assets1   —      —      359      —      —      359      (388 )
Plus: Lease exit costs, net2   —      —      —      —      —      —      1,071   
Plus: Branch closure expenses   —      —      —      —      —      —      172   
Plus: One-time issuance of shares to all employees   —      —      —      —      —      —      421   
Plus: Merger and acquisition expenses   918      1,035      5,431      31,217      1,150      38,601      5,220   
Operating pre-tax income   30,407      28,440      33,308      39,396      11,017      131,551      45,879   
Less: Tax impact of adjustments3   (23 )   217      1,351      6,717      (440 )   8,262      633   
Plus: Tax Act re-measurement   —      —      —      —      —      —       
Plus: Other M&A tax items4   829      406      277      —      —      1,512      —   
Plus: Discrete tax adjustments5   (965 )   —      —      —      —      (965 )   —   
Operating net income   $ 30,294      $ 28,629      $ 32,234      $ 32,679      $ 11,457      $ 123,836      $ 45,251   
                             
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   52,263      53,873      54,929      55,439      24,532      53,978      24,590   
Diluted EPS   $ 0.56      $ 0.51      $ 0.49      $ 0.13      $ 0.40      $ 1.68      $ 1.60   
Diluted operating EPS   $ 0.58      $ 0.53      $ 0.59      $ 0.59      $ 0.47      $ 2.29      $ 1.84   

1 Loss on sale of disposed branch assets for the year ended December 31, 2019 and for the three months ended June 30, 2019 is included in merger and acquisition expense in the condensed consolidated statements of income.
2 Lease exit costs, net for the year ended December 31, 2018 includes a $1.5 million consent fee and $240 thousand in professional services paid in January 2018 to separately assign and sublease two of our branch leases that we ceased using in 2017 offset by the reversal of the corresponding assigned lease cease-use liability totaling $669 thousand.
3 A 2019 and 2018 transaction cost study were completed during the fourth quarter of 2019 and 2018, respectively, resulting in $1,468 thousand and $3,460 thousand of expenses paid that are non-deductible merger and acquisition expenses for the year ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. As such, $308 thousand and $727 thousand is the tax impact of these non-deductible expenses that are reflected in the year ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 tax impact of adjustments amounts reported, respectively. All other adjustments to operating net income are taxed at the statutory rate.
4 Other M&A tax items of $829 thousand, $406 thousand and $277 thousand recorded during the three months ended December 31, 2019, September 30, 2019 and June 30, 2019, respectively, relate to permanent tax expense recognized by the Company as a result of deduction limitations on compensation paid to covered employees in excess of the 162(m) limitation directly due to change-in-control payments made to covered employees in connection with the Green acquisition.
5 Discrete tax adjustments of $965 thousand were recorded during the fourth quarter of 2019 primarily due to the Company recording a net tax benefit of $1.6 million as a result of the Company settling an audit with the IRS. The Company released an uncertain tax position reserve that was assumed in the Green acquisition resulting in a $2.2 million tax benefit, offset by tax expense totaling $598 thousand that were recorded due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act rate change on deferred tax assets resulting from the IRS audit settlement.  The net IRS settlement was offset by various discrete, non-recurring tax expenses totaling $0.6 million.


    For the Quarter Ended   For the Year Ended
    Dec 31, 2019   Sep 30, 2019   Jun 30, 2019   Mar 31, 2019   Dec 31, 2018   Dec 31, 2019   Dec 31, 2018
    (Dollars in thousands)
Pre-Tax, Pre-Provision Operating Earnings                            
Net Income   $ 29,051      $ 27,405      $ 26,876      $ 7,407      $ 9,825      $ 90,739      $ 39,341   
Plus: Provision for income taxes   8,168      7,595      7,369      1,989      3,587      25,121      10,896   
Pus: Provision for loan losses   3,493      9,674      3,335      5,012      1,364      21,514      6,603   
Plus: Loss on sale of securities available for sale, net   438      —      642      772      42      1,852      42   
Plus: Loss (gain) on sale of disposed branch assets1   —      —      359      —      —      359      (388 )
Plus: Lease exit costs, net2   —      —      —      —      —      —      1,071   
Plus: Branch closure expenses   —      —      —      —      —      —      172   
Plus: One-time issuance of shares to all employees   —      —      —      —      —      —      421   
Plus: Merger and acquisition expenses   918      1,035      5,431      31,217      1,150      38,601      5,220   
Net pre-tax, pre-provision operating earnings   $ 42,068      $ 45,709      $ 44,012      $ 46,397      $ 15,968      $ 178,186      $ 63,378   
                             
Total average assets   $ 8,043,505      $ 8,009,377      $ 3,059,456      $ 2,989,974      $ 3,243,168      $ 7,957,883      $ 3,132,428   
Pre-tax, pre-provision operating return on average assets3   2.07  %   2.26  %   2.22  %   2.40  %   1.95  %   2.24  %   2.02  %
                             
Average Total Assets   $ 8,043,505      $ 8,009,377      $ 7,937,319      $ 7,841,267      $ 3,243,168      $ 7,957,883      $ 3,132,428   
Return on average assets3   1.43  %   1.36  %   1.36  %   0.38  %   1.20  %   1.14  %   1.26  %
Operating return on average assets3   1.49      1.42      1.63      1.69      1.40      1.56      1.44   
                             
Operating earnings adjusted for amortization of intangibles                            
Net operating earnings   $ 30,294      $ 28,629      $ 32,234      $ 32,679      $ 11,457      $ 123,836      $ 45,251   
Adjustments:                            
Plus: Amortization of core deposit intangibles   2,451      2,451      2,451      2,477      432      9,830      4,060   
Less: Tax benefit at the statutory rate   515      515      515      520      91      2,065      859   
Operating earnings adjusted for amortization of intangibles   $ 32,230      $ 30,565      $ 34,170      $ 34,636      $ 11,798      $ 131,601      $ 48,452   
                             
Average Tangible Common Equity                            
Total average stockholders' equity   $ 1,197,191      $ 1,210,147      $ 1,200,632      $ 1,190,266      $ 523,590      $ 1,198,873      $ 509,018   
Adjustments:                            
Average goodwill   (370,463 )   (370,224 )   (369,255 )   (366,795 )   (161,447 )   (369,441 )   (160,907 )
Average core deposit intangibles   (68,913 )   (71,355 )   (73,875 )   (76,727 )   (11,932 )   (72,692 )   (18,005 )
Average tangible common equity   $ 757,815      $ 768,568      $ 757,502      $ 746,744      $ 350,211      $ 756,740      $ 330,106   
Operating return on average tangible common equity3   16.87  %   15.78  %   18.09  %   18.81  %   13.37  %   17.39  %   14.68  %
                             
Efficiency ratio   47.12  %   43.67  %   51.49  %   82.30  %   54.27  %   56.41  %   54.92  %
Operating efficiency ratio   45.67  %   42.36  %   43.66  %   43.54  %   50.65  %   43.80  %   49.60  %

1 Loss on sale of disposed branch assets for the year ended December 31, 2019 and for the three months ended June 30, 2019 is included in merger and acquisition expense in the condensed consolidated statements of income.
2 Lease exit costs, net for the year ended December 31, 2018 includes a $1.5 million consent fee and $240 thousand in professional services paid in January 2018 to separately assign and sublease two of our branch leases that we ceased using in 2017 offset by the reversal of the corresponding assigned lease cease-use liability totaling $669 thousand.
3 Annualized ratio for quarterly metrics.

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