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Chemical Financial Corporation Reports 2017 First Quarter Operating Results

Company Release - 4/25/2017 4:20 PM ET

MIDLAND, Mich., April 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chemical Financial Corporation ("Corporation" or "Chemical") (NASDAQ:CHFC) today announced 2017 first quarter net income of $47.6 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, compared to 2016 fourth quarter net income of $47.2 million, or $0.66 per diluted share and 2016 first quarter net income of $23.6 million, or $0.60 per diluted share. Excluding transaction expenses and the change in fair value in loan servicing rights ("significant items"), net income in the first quarter of 2017 was $50.7 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, compared to $49.9 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $25.3 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016.(1)

During the first quarter of 2017, significant items included transaction expenses of $4.2 million and a $0.5 million detriment to earnings due to the change in fair value in loan servicing rights, compared to transaction expenses of $18.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, that were partially offset by $7.4 million of net gain on the sale of branches and a $6.3 million gain due to the change in fair value in loan servicing rights. Transaction expenses for the first quarter of 2016 were $2.6 million.

"We continue to make good progress towards our goal of being the preeminent Midwest Community Bank. Our first quarter 2017 financial results yielded solid underlying operating results. Importantly, we continued to generate strong organic loan growth, exceeding $280 million in the first quarter to bring our total organic loan growth over the past twelve months to more than $1 billion.  During the quarter, we fast-tracked implementation of key infrastructure initiatives including significant risk management and compliance platform upgrades, accelerating the important benefits associated with those initiatives," noted David B. Ramaker, Chief Executive Officer and President of Chemical Financial Corporation. "Our operating expense run rate in the first quarter modestly exceeded expectations and, as a factor that we can control, will continue to be an area of significant focus as we move forward in 2017."

“We continue to build a great franchise, laying a strong foundation for future growth and enhanced shareholder value.  In addition, the communities and markets we serve provide an attractive economic environment in which Chemical Bank can grow and prosper, and our talented team of bankers continues to capture an increasing share and range of our customers’ financial service needs.”

The Corporation's return on average assets was 1.09% during both the first quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 1.02% in the first quarter of 2016. The Corporation's return on average shareholders' equity was 7.4% in both the first quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 9.3% in the first quarter of 2016. Excluding significant items, the Corporation's return on average assets was 1.16% during both the first quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 1.09% in the first quarter of 2016 and the Corporation's return on average shareholders' equity was 7.8% in both the first quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 9.9% in the first quarter of 2016. (2)

Net interest income was $130.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, $2.4 million, or 1.8%, lower than the fourth quarter of 2016 and $55.8 million, or 75.0%, higher than the first quarter of 2016. The decrease in net interest income in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 was impacted by there being two less days in the quarter, a decrease in interest accretion from purchase accounting discounts on acquired loans and a reduction in prepayment fees recognized, partially offset by the positive impact of organic loan growth. The increase in net interest income in the first quarter of 2017 over the first quarter of 2016 was primarily attributable to loans acquired in the merger with Talmer Bancorp, Inc. ("Talmer"), although also partially attributable to organic loan growth. The Corporation experienced net organic loan growth of $282.6 million during the first quarter of 2017. The merger with Talmer added $4.88 billion of loans on August 31, 2016.

The net interest margin was 3.41% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 3.48% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 3.50% in the first quarter of 2016. The net interest margin (on a tax-equivalent basis) was 3.49% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 3.56% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 3.60% in the first quarter of 2016. (3) The decrease in the net interest margin (on a tax-equivalent basis) in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, was largely attributable to lower average yields on the Corporation's loan portfolio resulting from a lower contribution of interest accretion from purchase accounting discounts on acquired loans and a reduction in prepayment fees recognized. Interest accretion from purchase accounting discounts on acquired loans contributed 12 basis points to the Corporation's net interest margin (on a tax-equivalent basis) in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 14 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2016 and three basis points in the first quarter of 2016.

The provision for loan losses was $4.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2016. The decrease in the provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, was primarily the result of overall credit quality and collateral position improvements, partially offset by organic growth in the loan portfolio. The increase in the provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the first quarter of 2016, was primarily the result of an increase in organic growth in the loan portfolio.

Net loan charge-offs were $3.5 million, or 0.11% of average loans, in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $1.8 million, or 0.06% of average loans, in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $4.5 million, or 0.25% of average loans, in the first quarter of 2016. Net loan charge-offs in the first quarter of 2017 included $1.5 million of losses from one commercial loan relationship.

The Corporation's nonperforming loans totaled $47.8 million at March 31, 2017, compared to $44.3 million  at December 31, 2016 and $53.4 million at March 31, 2016. Nonperforming loans comprised 0.36% of total loans at March 31, 2017, compared to 0.34% at December 31, 2016 and 0.73% at March 31, 2016. The decrease in the percentage of nonperforming loans to total loans at March 31, 2017, compared to March 31, 2016, was primarily due to $4.9 billion of total loans added as a result of the merger with Talmer, as none of these loans are classified as nonperforming after the merger date since they are recorded in loan pools at their estimated net realizable value in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

At March 31, 2017, the allowance for loan losses of the originated loan portfolio was $78.8 million, or 0.99% of originated loans, compared to $78.3 million, or 1.05% of originated loans, at December 31, 2016 and $70.3 million, or 1.17% of originated loans, at March 31, 2016. The allowance for loan losses of the originated loan portfolio as a percentage of nonperforming loans was 164.7% at March 31, 2017, compared to 176.5% at December 31, 2016 and 131.6% at March 31, 2016. The reduction in allowance for loan losses as a percentage of originated loans primarily reflects overall credit improvement and collateral position improvement on loans individually evaluated for impairment.

Noninterest income was $38.0 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $54.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $19.4 million in the first quarter of 2016. Noninterest income in the first quarter of 2017 decreased compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 primarily due to the fourth quarter 2016 net gain on the sales of the Chicago, Illinois and Las Vegas, Nevada branches totaling $7.4 million and a $5.3 million decrease in mortgage banking revenue. Mortgage banking revenue included a $519 thousand detriment to earnings due to a change in fair value in loan servicing rights in the first quarter of 2017, compared to a benefit of $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. As of January 1, 2017, the Corporation elected to account for loan servicing rights previously accounted for under the lower of cost or fair value method under the fair value measurement method. This change in accounting policy did not impact the income statement retrospectively, but resulted in a positive balance sheet adjustment to retained earnings as of January 1, 2017 in the amount of $3.7 million. Noninterest income in the first quarter of 2017 was higher than the first quarter of 2016 due primarily to incremental revenue resulting from the merger with Talmer.

Operating expenses were $104.2 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $114.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $58.9 million in the first quarter of 2016. Operating expenses included transaction expenses of $4.2 million in the first quarter of 2017, $18.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $2.6 million in the first quarter of 2016. Excluding these transaction expenses, operating expenses were $100.0 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $96.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $56.3 million in the first quarter of 2016.(4) The increase in operating expenses, excluding transaction expenses, in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 was primarily due to increases in credit-related expenses of $2.2 million, mostly due to a reduction in the amount of gains on sales of other real estate, and employee benefits of $2.0 million primarily due to an increase in payroll taxes due to stock option exercises and the beginning of a new tax year. The increase in operating expenses, excluding transaction expenses, in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the first quarter of 2016, was primarily attributable to incremental expenses resulting from the merger with Talmer.

The effective tax rate was 20.5%  in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 28.7% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 29.2% in the first quarter of 2016. The decrease in the tax rate for the first quarter of 2017 compared to the prior and year ago quarters was primarily due to the tax benefit received from stock option exercises that occurred in the first quarter 2017 and growth in the Corporation's lending on real estate projects that receive either low income housing or historic tax credits.

The efficiency ratio is a measure of operating expenses as a percentage of net interest income and noninterest income. The Corporation's efficiency ratio was 62.0% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 61.2% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 62.8% in the first quarter of 2016. The Corporation's adjusted efficiency ratio, which excludes transaction expenses, changes in fair value of the loan servicing portfolio, amortization of intangibles and net gains on sales of branches, closed branch locations and investment securities, was 57.4% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 53.7% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 57.6% in the first quarter of 2016. (5)

Total assets were $17.64 billion at March 31, 2017, compared to $17.36 billion at December 31, 2016 and $9.30 billion at March 31, 2016. The increase in total assets during the three months ended March 31, 2017 was primarily attributable to loan growth that was funded by a combination of organic growth in customer deposits and an increase in FHLB advances. The increase in total assets during the twelve months ended March 31, 2017 was primarily attributable to the merger with Talmer in addition to organic loan growth.

Total loans were $13.27 billion at March 31, 2017, an increase of $282.6 million, or 2.2%, from total loans of $12.99 billion at December 31, 2016 and an increase of $5.91 billion, or 80.2%, from total loans of $7.37 billion at March 31, 2016. The Corporation experienced organic loan growth of $282.6 million during the first quarter of 2017 and $1.02 billion during the twelve months ended March 31, 2017. The Corporation added $4.88 billion of loans as part of the merger with Talmer on August 31, 2016.

Total deposits were $13.13 billion at March 31, 2017, compared to $12.87 billion at December 31, 2016 and $7.65 billion at March 31, 2016. The Corporation experienced organic growth in customer deposits of $259.2 million during the first quarter of 2017. The Corporation added $5.29 billion of deposits as part of the merger with Talmer, including $403.2 million of brokered deposits. The Corporation reduced the balance of brokered deposits by $318.5 million during the period of September 30, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase with customers were $398.9 million at March 31, 2017, compared to $343.0 million at December 31, 2016 and $283.4 million at March 31, 2016. Short-term borrowings were $900.0 million at March 31, 2017 and $825.0 million at December 31, 2016 and consisted of short-term FHLB advances utilized by the Corporation to fund short-term liquidity needs. Long-term borrowings were $490.9 million at March 31, 2017, compared to $597.8 million at December 31, 2016 and $273.7 million at March 31, 2016.

The Corporation's shareholders' equity to total assets ratio was 14.7% at March 31, 2017, compared to 14.9% at December 31, 2016 and 11.1% at March 31, 2016. The Corporation's tangible equity to tangible assets ratio and total risk-based capital ratio were 8.8% and 11.4% (estimated), respectively, at March 31, 2017 compared to 8.8% and 11.5%, respectively, at December 31, 2016 and 8.2% and 11.5%, respectively, at March 31, 2016. (6) The Corporation's book value was $36.56 per share at March 31, 2017, compared to $36.57 per share at December 31, 2016 and $26.99 per share at March 31, 2016. The Corporation's tangible book value was $20.32 per share at March 31, 2017, compared to $20.20 per share at December 31, 2016 and $19.20 per share at March 31, 2016. (7)

(1) Net income, excluding significant items, and diluted earnings per share, excluding significant items, are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in this press release and to the financial tables entitled “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

(2) Return on average assets, excluding significant items, and return on average shareholders’ equity, excluding significant items, are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in this press release and to the financial tables entitled “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

(3) Net interest margin, on a tax equivalent basis, is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in this press release and to the financial tables entitled “Average Balances, Fully Tax Equivalent (FTE) Interest and Effective Yields and Rates” for a reconciliation of net interest income used to compute net interest margin on a tax equivalent basis to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

(4) Operating expenses excluding transaction expenses is a non-GAAP financial measure.

(5) Adjusted efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in this press release and to the financial tables entitled “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

(6) Tangible equity to tangible assets ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in this press release and to the financial tables entitled “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

(7) Tangible book value per share is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in this press release and to the financial tables entitled “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Conference Call Details

Chemical Financial Corporation will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2017 operating results on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. ET. Anyone interested may access the conference call on a live basis by dialing toll-free at 1-855-490-5692 and entering 268798 for the conference ID. The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at Chemical Financial Corporation's website at www.chemicalbank.com under the "Investor Info" section. A copy of the slide-show presentation and an audio replay of the call will remain available on Chemical Financial Corporation's website for at least 14 days.

About Chemical Financial Corporation

Chemical Financial Corporation is the largest banking company headquartered and operating branch offices in Michigan. The Corporation operates through its subsidiary bank, Chemical Bank, with 249 banking offices located primarily in Michigan, northeast Ohio and northern Indiana. At March 31, 2017, the Corporation had total assets of $17.64 billion. Chemical Financial Corporation's common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol CHFC and is one of the issuers comprising The NASDAQ Global Select Market and the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about the Corporation is available by visiting the investor relations section of its website at www.chemicalbank.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains references to financial measures which are not defined in generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Such non-GAAP financial measures include the Corporation's tangible equity to tangible assets ratio, tangible book value per share, presentation of net interest income and net interest margin on a fully taxable equivalent (FTE) basis, and information presented excluding transaction expenses or significant items, including net income, diluted earnings per share, return on average assets, return on average shareholders' equity, operating expenses and the efficiency ratio. These non-GAAP financial measures have been included as the Corporation believes they are helpful for investors to analyze and evaluate the Corporation's financial condition. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure may be found in the financial tables included with this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on management's beliefs, assumptions, current expectations, estimates and projections about the financial services industry, the economy and the Corporation. Words and phrases such as "anticipates," "believes," "continue," "estimates," "expects," "forecasts," "future," "intends," "is likely," "judgment," "look ahead," "look forward," "on schedule," "opinion," "opportunity," "plans," "potential," "predicts," "probable," "projects," "should," "strategic," "trend," "will," and variations of such words and phrases or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon current beliefs and expectations and involve substantial risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These statements include, among others, statements related to future levels of loan charge-offs, future levels of provisions for loan losses, real estate valuation, future levels of nonperforming assets, the rate of asset dispositions, future capital levels, future dividends, future growth and funding sources, future liquidity levels, future profitability levels, future deposit insurance premiums, future asset levels, the effects on earnings of future changes in interest rates, the future level of other revenue sources, future economic trends and conditions, future initiatives to expand the Corporation’s market share, expected performance and cash flows from acquired loans, future effects of new or changed accounting standards, future opportunities for acquisitions, opportunities to increase top line revenues, the Corporation’s ability to grow its core franchise, future cost savings and the Corporation’s ability to maintain adequate liquidity and capital based on the requirements adopted by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and U.S. regulators. All statements referencing future time periods are forward-looking.

Management's determination of the provision and allowance for loan losses; the carrying value of acquired loans, goodwill and mortgage servicing rights; the fair value of investment securities (including whether any impairment on any investment security is temporary or other-than-temporary and the amount of any impairment); and management's assumptions concerning pension and other postretirement benefit plans involve judgments that are inherently forward-looking. There can be no assurance that future loan losses will be limited to the amounts estimated. All of the information concerning interest rate sensitivity is forward-looking. The future effect of changes in the financial and credit markets and the national and regional economies on the banking industry, generally, and on the Corporation, specifically, are also inherently uncertain. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions ("risk factors") that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood and degree of occurrence. Therefore, actual results and outcomes may materially differ from what may be expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. The Corporation undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Risk factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in Item 1A of Chemical's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. These and other factors are representative of the risk factors that may emerge and could cause a difference between an ultimate actual outcome and a preceding forward-looking statement.

Chemical Financial Corporation Announces 2017 First Quarter Operating Results
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position (Unaudited)            
Chemical Financial Corporation            
(In thousands, except per share data)            
 
  March 31,
 2017
 December 31,
 2016
 March 31,
 2016
   
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents:      
Cash and cash due from banks $191,940  $237,758  $168,739 
Interest-bearing deposits with the Federal Reserve Bank and other banks and federal funds sold 249,840  236,644  122,635 
Total cash and cash equivalents 441,780  474,402  291,374 
Investment securities:      
Available-for-sale 1,275,846  1,234,964  514,015 
Held-to-maturity 647,192  623,427  518,300 
Total investment securities 1,923,038  1,858,391  1,032,315 
Loans held-for-sale 39,123  81,830  9,667 
Loans:      
Total loans 13,273,392  12,990,779  7,366,885 
Allowance for loan losses (78,774) (78,268) (70,318)
Net loans 13,194,618  12,912,511  7,296,567 
Premises and equipment 142,763  145,012  105,868 
Loan servicing rights 64,604  58,315  10,478 
Goodwill 1,133,534  1,133,534  286,867 
Other intangible assets 38,848  40,211  25,788 
Interest receivable and other assets 658,665  650,973  244,708 
Total Assets $17,636,973  $17,355,179  $9,303,632 
Liabilities      
Deposits:      
Noninterest-bearing $3,399,287  $3,341,520  $1,951,193 
Interest-bearing 9,733,060  9,531,602  5,698,923 
Total deposits 13,132,347  12,873,122  7,650,116 
Interest payable and other liabilities 114,789  134,637  64,120 
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase with customers 398,910  343,047  283,383 
Short-term borrowings 900,000  825,000   
Long-term borrowings 490,876  597,847  273,722 
Total liabilities 15,036,922  14,773,653  8,271,341 
Shareholders' Equity      
Preferred stock, no par value per share      
Common stock, $1 par value per share 71,118  70,599  38,248 
Additional paid-in capital 2,194,705  2,210,762  725,531 
Retained earnings 372,193  340,201  295,202 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (37,965) (40,036) (26,690)
Total shareholders' equity 2,600,051  2,581,526  1,032,291 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $17,636,973  $17,355,179  $9,303,632 


Chemical Financial Corporation Announces 2017 First Quarter Operating Results
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)           
Chemical Financial Corporation           
(In thousands, except per share data)           
 Three Months Ended
 March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016 March 31, 2016
Interest Income     
Interest and fees on loans$132,485  $134,463  $74,401 
Interest on investment securities:     
Taxable4,756  4,687  1,929 
Tax-exempt4,235  3,940  2,665 
Dividends on nonmarketable equity securities621  582  256 
Interest on deposits with the Federal Reserve Bank and other banks and federal funds sold799  744  213 
Total interest income142,896  144,416  79,464 
Interest Expense     
Interest on deposits8,916  8,866  4,059 
Interest on short-term borrowings1,658  875  100 
Interest on long-term borrowings2,225  2,228  975 
Total interest expense12,799  11,969  5,134 
Net Interest Income130,097  132,447  74,330 
Provision for loan losses4,050  6,272  1,500 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses126,047  126,175  72,830 
Noninterest Income     
Service charges and fees on deposit accounts8,004  8,414  5,720 
Wealth management revenue5,827  6,034  5,201 
Other charges and fees for customer services8,891  9,981  6,392 
Mortgage banking revenue9,160  14,420  1,405 
Gain on sale of investment securities90  76  19 
Gain on sale of branch offices  7,391   
Other6,038  7,948  682 
Total noninterest income38,010  54,264  19,419 
Operating Expenses     
Salaries, wages and employee benefits60,248  57,631  33,890 
Occupancy7,392  7,644  4,905 
Equipment and software8,517  8,709  4,404 
Merger and acquisition-related transaction expenses (transaction expenses)4,167  18,016  2,594 
Other23,872  22,302  13,094 
Total operating expenses104,196  114,302  58,887 
Income before income taxes59,861  66,137  33,362 
Income tax expense12,257  18,969  9,757 
Net Income$47,604  $47,168  $23,605 
Earnings Per Common Share:     
Weighted average common shares outstanding-basic70,628  70,171  38,198 
Weighted average common shares outstanding-diluted71,415  71,304  38,521 
Basic earnings per share$0.67  $0.67  $0.61 
Diluted earnings per share$0.67  $0.66  $0.60 
Cash Dividends Declared Per Common Share$0.27  $0.27  $0.26 
Key Ratios (annualized where applicable):     
Return on average assets1.09% 1.09% 1.02%
Return on average shareholders' equity7.4% 7.4% 9.3%
Net interest margin (tax-equivalent basis) (non-GAAP)3.49% 3.56% 3.60%
Efficiency ratio - GAAP62.0% 61.2% 62.8%
Efficiency ratio - adjusted (non-GAAP)57.4% 53.7% 57.6%


Chemical Financial Corporation Announces 2017 First Quarter Operating Results
Selected Quarterly Information (Unaudited)                   
Chemical Financial Corporation                   
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)                   
 
 1st Quarter 2017 4th Quarter 2016 3rd Quarter 2016 2nd Quarter 2016 1st Quarter 2016
  
Summary of Operations         
Interest income$142,896  $144,416  $103,562  $82,937  $79,464 
Interest expense12,799  11,969  6,753  5,442  5,134 
Net interest income130,097  132,447  96,809  77,495  74,330 
Provision for loan losses4,050  6,272  4,103  3,000  1,500 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses126,047  126,175  92,706  74,495  72,830 
Noninterest income38,010  54,264  27,770  20,897  19,419 
Operating expenses, excluding transaction expenses (non-GAAP)100,029  96,286  68,674  56,031  56,293 
Transaction expenses4,167  18,016  37,470  3,054  2,594 
Income before income taxes59,861  66,137  14,332  36,307  33,362 
Income tax expense12,257  18,969  2,848  10,532  9,757 
Net income$47,604  $47,168  $11,484  $25,775  $23,605 
Significant items, net of tax3,046  2,781  25,921  1,985  1,686 
Net income, excluding significant items$50,650  $49,949  $37,405  $27,760  $25,291 
          
Per Common Share Data         
Net income:         
Basic$0.67  $0.67  $0.23  $0.67  $0.61 
Diluted0.67  0.66  0.23  0.67  0.60 
Diluted, excluding significant items (non-GAAP)0.71  0.70  0.75  0.72  0.65 
Cash dividends declared0.27  0.27  0.27  0.26  0.26 
Book value - period-end36.56  36.57  36.37  27.45  26.99 
Tangible book value - period-end20.32  20.20  19.99  19.68  19.20 
Market value - period-end51.15  54.17  44.13  37.29  35.69 
          
Key Ratios (annualized where applicable)        
Net interest margin (taxable equivalent basis) (non-GAAP)3.49% 3.56% 3.58% 3.70% 3.60%
Efficiency ratio - adjusted (non-GAAP)57.4% 53.7% 53.2% 54.6% 57.6%
Return on average assets1.09% 1.09% 0.37% 1.10% 1.02%
Return on average shareholders' equity7.4% 7.4% 2.9% 10.0% 9.3%
Average shareholders' equity as a percent of average assets14.8% 14.9% 12.7% 11.1% 11.0%
Capital ratios (period end):         
Tangible shareholders' equity as a percent of tangible assets8.8% 8.8% 8.7% 8.2% 8.2%
Total risk-based capital ratio (1)11.4% 11.5% 11.1% 11.4% 11.5%

(1) Estimated at March 31, 2017.

Chemical Financial Corporation Announces 2017 First Quarter Operating Results
Average Balances, Tax Equivalent Interest and Effective Yields and Rates (Unaudited)(1) 
Chemical Financial Corporation 
(Dollars in thousands) 
 Three Months Ended
 March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016 March 31, 2016
 Average
Balance
 Interest (FTE) Effective
Yield/Rate (1)
 Average
Balance
 Interest (FTE) Effective
Yield/Rate (1)
 Average
Balance
 Interest (FTE) Effective
Yield/Rate (1)
Assets                 
Interest-earning assets:                 
Loans (1)(2)$13,155,846  $133,293  4.11% $12,895,557  $135,301  4.18% $7,299,471  $75,099  4.13%
Taxable investment securities1,005,489  4,756  1.89  1,065,453  4,687  1.76  554,524  1,929  1.39 
Tax-exempt investment  securities(1)861,508  6,495  3.02  807,093  6,047  3.00  496,304  4,100  3.30 
Other interest-earning assets103,334  621  2.44  80,202  582  2.89  39,493  256  2.61 
Interest-bearing deposits with the FRB and other banks and federal funds sold269,288  799  1.20  307,802  744  0.96  136,919  213  0.63 
Total interest-earning assets15,395,465  145,964  3.83  15,156,107  147,361  3.87  8,526,711  81,597  3.84 
Less: allowance for loan losses(78,616)     (74,822)     (73,547)    
Other assets:                 
Cash and cash due from banks229,203      245,613      158,277     
Premises and equipment146,044      144,652      105,959     
Interest receivable and other assets1,781,923      1,793,118      523,634     
Total assets$17,474,019      $17,264,668      $9,241,034     
Liabilities and shareholders' equity                
Interest-bearing liabilities:                 
Interest-bearing demand deposits$2,898,061  $1,018  0.14% $2,680,241  $1,266  0.19% $1,953,626  $468  0.10%
Savings deposits3,842,594  1,721  0.18  3,490,972  1,263  0.14  2,048,867  389  0.08 
Time deposits2,953,069  6,177  0.85  3,209,695  6,337  0.79  1,625,573  3,202  0.79 
Short-term borrowings1,225,888  1,658  0.55  949,292  875  0.38  349,699  100  0.12 
Long-term borrowings539,032  2,225  1.67  600,066  2,228  1.41  266,022  975  1.47 
Total interest-bearing liabilities11,458,644  12,799  0.45  10,930,266  11,969  0.44  6,243,787  5,134  0.33 
Noninterest-bearing deposits3,305,201      3,622,365      1,906,896     
Total deposits and borrowed funds14,763,845  12,799  0.35  14,552,631  11,969  0.33  8,150,683  5,134  0.25 
Interest payable and other liabilities125,673      147,094      72,422     
Shareholders' equity2,584,501      2,564,943      1,017,929     
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$17,474,019      $17,264,668      $9,241,034     
Net Interest Spread (Average yield earned on interest-earning assets minus average rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities)  3.38%     3.43%     3.51%
Net Interest Income (FTE)  $133,165      $135,392      $76,463   
Net Interest Margin (Net Interest Income (FTE) divided by total average interest-earning assets)  3.49%     3.56%     3.60%
                  
Reconciliation to Reported Net Interest Income                
Net interest income, fully taxable equivalent (non-GAAP) $133,165      $135,392      $76,463   
Adjustments for taxable equivalent interest (1):                
Loans  (808)     (838)     (698)  
Tax-exempt investment securities  (2,260)     (2,107)     (1,435)  
Total taxable equivalent interest adjustments (3,068)     (2,945)     (2,133)  
Net interest income (GAAP)  $130,097      $132,447      $74,330   
Net interest margin (GAAP)  3.41%     3.48%     3.50%  

(1) Fully taxable equivalent (FTE) basis using a federal income tax rate of 35%. The presentation of net interest income on a FTE basis is not in accordance with GAAP, but is customary in the banking industry.
(2) Nonaccrual loans and loans held-for-sale are included in average balances reported and are included in the calculation of yields. Also, tax equivalent interest includes net loan fees.

Chemical Financial Corporation Announces 2017 First Quarter Operating Results
Noninterest Income and Operating Expenses Information (Unaudited)          
Chemical Financial Corporation          
(Dollars in thousands)          
           
  1st Quarter 2017 4th Quarter 2016 3rd Quarter 2016 2nd Quarter 2016 1st Quarter 2016
   
Noninterest income          
Service charges and fees on deposit accounts $8,004  $8,414  $7,665  $6,337  $5,720 
Wealth management revenue 5,827  6,034  5,584  5,782  5,201 
Electronic banking fees 6,817  8,196  5,533  4,786  4,918 
Mortgage banking revenue 9,160  14,420  4,439  1,595  1,405 
Other fees for customer services 2,074  1,785  1,877  1,677  1,474 
Gain on sale of investment securities 90  76  16  18  19 
Gain on sale of branch offices   7,391       
Other 6,038  7,948  2,656  702  682 
Total noninterest income $38,010  $54,264  $27,770  $20,897  $19,419 


  1st Quarter 2017 4th Quarter 2016 3rd Quarter 2016 2nd Quarter 2016 1st Quarter 2016
   
Operating expenses          
Salaries and wages $48,526  $47,936  $33,841  $26,887  $26,743 
Employee benefits 11,722  9,695  6,724  6,240  7,147 
Occupancy 7,392  7,644  5,462  5,514  4,905 
Equipment and software 8,517  8,709  6,420  4,875  4,404 
Outside processing and service fees 7,511  7,290  5,365  4,833  3,711 
FDIC insurance premiums 1,406  2,813  1,849  1,338  1,407 
Professional fees 1,968  2,304  1,472  1,020  1,036 
Intangible asset amortization 1,513  1,843  1,292  1,195  1,194 
Credit-related expenses 1,200  (1,029) (371) (1,331) 30 
Transaction expenses 4,167  18,016  37,470  3,054  2,594 
Other 10,274  9,081  6,620  5,460  5,716 
Total operating expenses $104,196  $114,302  $106,144  $59,085  $58,887 


Chemical Financial Corporation Announces 2017 First Quarter Operating Results
Composition of Loans and Deposits and Additional Information on Intangible Assets (Unaudited)
Chemical Financial Corporation
(Dollars in Thousands)
                
 March 31, 2017 Dec. 31, 2016 Organic Growth - Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 Sept. 30, 2016 Talmer Merger Aug. 31, 2016 June 30, 2016 March 31, 2016 Organic Growth-Twelve Months Ended March 31, 2017
                
Composition of Loans               
Commercial loan portfolio:               
Commercial$3,253,608  $3,217,300  1.1% $3,199,576  $1,223,179  $1,953,301  $1,922,259  5.6%
Commercial real estate4,097,771  3,973,140  3.1  3,733,377  1,589,900  2,157,733  2,143,051  17.0 
Real estate construction453,811  403,772  12.4  500,494  166,364  285,848  242,899  18.3 
Subtotal - commercial loans7,805,190  7,594,212  2.8  7,433,447  2,979,443  4,396,882  4,308,209  12.0 
Consumer loan portfolio:               
Residential mortgage3,133,465  3,086,474  1.5  3,046,959  1,531,641  1,494,192  1,461,120  9.6 
Consumer installment1,481,057  1,433,884  3.3  1,335,707  158,835  1,048,622  897,078  47.4 
Home equity853,680  876,209  (2.6) 899,676  212,483  707,573  700,478  (8.5)
Subtotal - consumer loans5,468,202  5,396,567  1.3  5,282,342  1,902,959  3,250,387  3,058,676  16.6 
Total loans$13,273,392  $12,990,779  2.2% $12,715,789  $4,882,402  $7,647,269  $7,366,885  13.9%


 March 31, 2017 Dec. 31, 2016 Organic Growth - Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 Sept. 30, 2016 Talmer Merger Aug. 31, 2016 June 30, 2016 March 31, 2016 Organic Growth-Twelve Months Ended March 31, 2017
Composition of Deposits               
Noninterest-bearing demand$3,399,287  $3,341,520  1.7% $3,264,934  $1,236,902  $2,007,629  $1,951,193  10.8%
Savings1,752,040  1,662,115  5.4  1,650,276  549,428  1,107,558  1,080,940  11.3 
Interest-bearing demand2,900,546  2,825,801  2.6  3,316,635  894,748  1,819,865  2,005,053   
Money market accounts2,161,645  2,033,319  6.3  1,692,656  699,739  969,566  1,006,271  45.3 
Brokered deposits156,367  226,429  (30.9) 474,902  403,210  173,092  186,143  (232.6)
Other time deposits2,762,462  2,783,938  (0.8) 2,873,459  1,510,591  1,386,936  1,420,516  (11.9)
Total deposits$13,132,347  $12,873,122  2.0% $13,272,862  $5,294,618  $7,464,646  $7,650,116  2.5%


  March 31, 2017 Dec 31,
2016
 Sept 30, 2016 June 30, 2016 March 31, 2016
           
Additional Data - Intangibles          
Goodwill $1,133,534  $1,133,534  $1,137,166  $286,867  $286,867 
Loan servicing rights 64,604  58,315  51,393  9,677  10,478 
Core deposit intangibles (CDI) 38,723  40,211  35,618  24,429  25,542 
Noncompete agreements 125    82  164  246 


Chemical Financial Corporation Announces 2017 First Quarter Operating Results
Nonperforming Assets (Unaudited)          
Chemical Financial Corporation          
(Dollars in thousands)          
           
  March 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Sept 30, 2016 June 30, 2016 March 31, 2016
Nonperforming Assets          
Nonperforming Loans (1):          
Nonaccrual loans:          
Commercial $16,717  $13,178  $13,742  $14,577  $19,264 
Commercial real estate 20,828  19,877  19,914  21,325  25,859 
Real estate construction 79  80  80  496  546 
Residential mortgage 6,749  6,969  5,119  5,343  5,062 
Consumer installment 755  879  378  285  360 
Home equity 2,713  3,351  2,064  1,971  2,328 
Total nonaccrual loans(1) 47,841  44,334  41,297  43,997  53,419 
Other real estate and repossessed assets 16,395  17,187  20,730  8,440  9,248 
Total nonperforming assets $64,236  $61,521  $62,027  $52,437  $62,667 
Accruing loans contractually past due 90 days or more as to interest or principal payments, excluding acquired loans accounted for under ASC 310-30:  
Commercial 2,646  11  221  3  370 
Commercial real estate 700  277  739  3   
Real estate construction     1,439     
Residential mortgage     375  407  423 
Home equity 1,169  995  628  1,071  679 
Total accruing loans contractually past due 90 days or more as to interest or principal payments $4,515  $1,283  $3,402  $1,484  $1,472 

(1) Acquired loans, accounted for under Accounting Standards Codification 310-30, that are not performing in accordance with contractual terms are not reported as nonperforming loans because these loans are recorded in pools at their net realizable value based on the principal and interest the Corporation expects to collect on these loans.

Chemical Financial Corporation Announces 2017 First Quarter Operating Results
Summary of Allowance and Loan Loss Experience (Unaudited)         
Chemical Financial Corporation         
(Dollars in thousands)         
          
 1st Quarter 2017 4th Quarter 2016 3rd Quarter 2016 2nd Quarter 2016 1st Quarter 2016
     
Allowance for loan losses - originated loan portfolio  
Allowance for loan losses - beginning of period$78,268  $73,775  $71,506  $70,318  $73,328 
Provision for loan losses4,050  6,272  4,103  3,000  1,500 
Net loan (charge-offs) recoveries:        
Commercial(1,999) (336) (150) (1,153) (3,115)
Commercial real estate730  (280) (154) (187) (440)
Real estate construction(9) 36  (31)   (11)
Residential mortgage(567) (236) (304) 8  (172)
Consumer installment(1,310) (823) (1,137) (486) (602)
Home equity(389) (140) (58) 6  (170)
Net loan charge-offs(3,544) (1,779) (1,834) (1,812) (4,510)
Allowance for loan losses - end of period78,774  78,268  73,775  71,506  70,318 
Allowance for loan losses - acquired loan portfolio       
Allowance for loan losses - beginning of period         
Provision for loan losses         
Allowance for loan losses - end of period         
Total allowance for loan losses$78,774  $78,268  $73,775  $71,506  $70,318 
Net loan charge-offs as a percent of average loans (quarterly amounts annualized)0.11% 0.06% 0.08% 0.10% 0.25%


 March 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Sept 30, 2016 June 30, 2016 March 31, 2016
Originated loans$7,959,769  $7,458,401  $6,755,931  $6,378,934  $6,001,714 
Acquired loans5,313,623  5,532,378  5,959,858   1,268,335  1,365,171 
Total loans$13,273,392  $12,990,779  $12,715,789  $7,647,269  $7,366,885 
          
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of:        
Total originated loans0.99% 1.05% 1.09%  1.12% 1.17%
Nonperforming loans164.7% 176.5% 178.6%  162.5% 131.6%
Credit mark as a percent of unpaid principal balance on acquired loans2.8% 3.1% 3.0%  4.1% 4.5%


Chemical Financial Corporation Announces 2017 First Quarter Operating Results
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)         
Chemical Financial Corporation         
(Amounts in thousands)         
          
 1st Quarter 2017 4th Quarter 2016 3rd Quarter 2016 2nd Quarter 2016 1st Quarter 2016
     
Non-GAAP Operating Results      
Net Income         
Net income, as reported$47,604  $47,168  $11,484  $25,775  $23,605 
Transactions expenses4,167  18,016  37,470  3,054  2,594 
Gain on sales of branch offices  (7,391)      
Loan servicing rights change in fair valuation519  (6,348) 1,236     
Significant items4,686  4,277  38,706  3,054  2,594 
Income tax benefit (1)(1,640) (1,496) (12,785) (1,069) (908)
Significant items, net of tax3,046  2,781  25,921  1,985  1,686 
Net income, excluding significant items$50,650  $49,949  $37,405  $27,760  $25,291 
Diluted Earnings Per Share         
Diluted earnings per share, as reported$0.67  $0.66  $0.23  $0.67  $0.60 
Effect of significant items, net of tax0.04  0.04  0.52  0.05  0.05 
Diluted earnings per share, excluding significant items$0.71  $0.70  $0.75  $0.72  $0.65 
Return on Average Assets         
Return on average assets, as reported1.09% 1.09% 0.37% 1.10% 1.02%
Effect of significant items, net of tax0.07  0.07  0.85  0.09  0.07 
Return on average assets, excluding significant items1.16% 1.16% 1.22% 1.19% 1.09%
Return on Average Shareholders' Equity        
Return on average shareholders' equity, as reported7.4% 7.4% 2.9% 10.0% 9.3%
Effect of significant items, net of tax0.4  0.4  6.7  0.7  0.6 
Return on average shareholders' equity, excluding significant items7.8% 7.8% 9.6% 10.7% 9.9%
Efficiency Ratio        
Net interest income$130,097  $132,447  $96,809  $77,495  $74,330 
Noninterest income38,010  54,264  27,770  20,897  19,419 
Total revenue - GAAP168,107  186,711  124,579  98,392  93,749 
Net interest income FTE adjustment3,068  2,945  2,426  2,138  2,133 
Loan servicing rights change in fair value (gains)losses519  (6,348) 1,236     
Gain on sales of branch offices  (7,391)      
Gains from sale of investment securities gains and closed branch locations(90) (76) (301) (123) (169)
Total revenue - Non-GAAP$171,604  $175,841  $127,940  $100,407  $95,713 
Operating expenses - GAAP$104,196  $114,302  $106,144  $59,085  $58,887 
Transaction expenses(4,167) (18,016) (37,470) (3,054) (2,594)
Amortization of intangibles(1,513) (1,843) (1,292) (1,195) (1,194)
Operating expenses - Non-GAAP$98,516  $94,443  $67,382  $54,836  $55,099 
Efficiency ratio - GAAP62.0% 61.2% 85.2% 60.1% 62.8%
Efficiency ratio - adjusted Non-GAAP57.4% 53.7% 52.7% 54.6% 57.6%

(1) Assumes transaction expenses and other significant items are deductible at an income tax rate of 35%, except for the impact of estimated nondeductible expenses incurred in periods when the Corporation completes merger and acquisition transactions.

Chemical Financial Corporation Announces 2017 First Quarter Operating Results
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)         
Chemical Financial Corporation         
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)         
          
 March 31, 2017 Dec 31,
2016
 Sept 30, 2016 June 30, 2016 March 31, 2016
Tangible Book Value         
Shareholders' equity, as reported$2,600,051  $2,581,526  $2,563,666  $1,050,299  $1,032,291 
Goodwill, CDI and noncompete agreements, net of tax(1,154,915) (1,155,617) (1,154,121) (297,044) (297,821)
Tangible shareholders' equity$1,445,136  $1,425,909  $1,409,545  $753,255  $734,470 
Common shares outstanding71,118  70,599  70,497  38,267  38,248 
Book value per share (shareholders' equity, as reported, divided by common shares outstanding)$36.56  $36.57  $36.37  $27.45  $26.99 
Tangible book value per share (tangible shareholders' equity divided by common shares outstanding)$20.32  $20.20  $19.99  $19.68  $19.20 
          
Tangible Shareholders' Equity to Tangible Assets        
Total assets, as reported$17,636,973  $17,355,179  $17,383,637  $9,514,172  $9,303,632 
Goodwill, CDI and noncompete agreements, net of tax(1,154,915) (1,155,617) (1,154,121) (297,044) (297,821)
Tangible assets$16,482,058  $16,199,562  $16,229,516  $9,217,128  $9,005,811 
Shareholders' equity to total assets14.7% 14.9% 14.7% 11.0% 11.1%
Tangible shareholders' equity to tangible assets8.8% 8.8% 8.7% 8.2% 8.2%


For further information:
David B. Ramaker, CEO
Dennis L. Klaeser, CFO
989-839-5350

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