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 First Citizens Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter 2014
   Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:50:30 AM ET

First Citizens BancShares Inc. ("BancShares") (FCNCA ) reports earnings for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, of $62.9 million, compared to $27.0 million for the corresponding period of 2013, according to Frank B. Holding, Jr., chairman of the board. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased $35.9 million, or by 132.8 percent, from the same quarter of 2013, reflecting the impact of the October 1, 2014, merger of First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc. ("Bancorporation"), a South Carolina corporation, into BancShares.

Per share income for the fourth quarter of 2014 totaled $5.24, compared to $2.81 for the same period of 2013. BancShares’ current quarter results generated an annualized return on average assets of 0.82 percent and an annualized return on average equity of 9.20 percent, compared to respective returns of 0.50 percent and 5.35 percent for the same period of 2013.

For the year ended December 31, 2014, net income totaled $138.6 million, or $13.56 per share, compared to $166.9 million, or $17.35 per share, during 2013. The return on average assets was 0.57 percent during 2014, compared to 0.78 percent during 2013. The return on average shareholders’ equity was 6.14 percent and 8.62 percent for the respective periods. The $28.3 million, or 17.0 percent, decrease in net income during 2014 resulted from the continued decline in FDIC-assisted portfolio earnings offset by the net income contribution from the Bancorporation merger, including a $29.1 million gain on Bancorporation shares of stock owned by BancShares, impact of lower credit costs, improved investment yields and loan growth within the originated portfolio.

MERGER WITH FIRST CITIZENS BANCORPORATION

On October 1, 2014, BancShares completed the merger of First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc. into BancShares. Both subsidiary banks - First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc. of South Carolina and First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company of North Carolina - remained separate, wholly owned subsidiaries through December 31, 2014. On January 1, 2015, the banks were legally merged with systems and operational conversion slated for later in 2015. Based on financial results as of December 31, 2014, the combined company has total assets of $30.08 billion, deposits of $25.68 billion and loans of $18.56 billion, net of allowance for loan losses.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

-- Loan growth continued during the fourth quarter of 2014, as total loans increased $4.97 billion, reflecting the contribution of $4.49 billion from the Bancorporation merger and strong originated portfolio growth of $600.9 million. Loan balances acquired under FDIC-assisted transactions and through the January 1, 2014, 1st Financial Services Corporation ("1st Financial") merger continue to decline, down $87.4 million to $908.9 million at December 31, 2014, due to pay-offs and resolution of problem assets.

-- Net charge-offs totaled $4.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $11.7 million during the same period of 2013. Net charge-offs totaled $29.6 million for 2014, compared to $60.7 million for 2013, a 51.3 percent reduction as both the originated portfolio and FDIC-assisted charge-off trends improved.

-- Provision for loan and lease losses totaled $8.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $7.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2013. BancShares recorded $0.6 million to provision expense for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to a net credit to provision expense of $32.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. Provision expense increased during both the fourth quarter and full year of 2014 due to an increase in originated loan growth and lower reversals of previously identified impairment within the FDIC-assisted portfolio, offset by lower year-to-date and quarter-to-date net charge-offs in the originated portfolio.

-- Nonperforming assets increased $13.8 million, or by 8.8 percent, compared to September 30, 2014, due to the addition of Bancorporation balances which totaled $30.8 million at December 31, 2014. For the year, nonperforming assets increased $5.2 million, or by 3.2 percent, compared to December 31, 2013.

-- Noninterest income of $132.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 was up $62.8 million compared to the same quarter a year ago, due to the impact of the Bancorporation merger and a $29.1 million gain on Bancorporation shares of stock owned by BancShares. The shares were canceled and ceased to exist when the merger became effective October 1, 2014.

-- BancShares’ liquidity position remained strong with $4.29 billion in free liquidity.

-- BancShares remained well capitalized with a tier 1 leverage ratio of 8.91 percent, tier 1 risk-based capital of 13.61 percent and total risk-based capital ratio of 14.69 percent at December 31, 2014.

LOANS AND DEPOSITS

Loans totaled $18.77 billion as of the fourth quarter, an increase of $4.97 billion, or 36.0 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2014, and an increase of $5.64 billion, or 42.9 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Loan growth reflects the Bancorporation merger contribution of $4.49 billion and originated portfolio growth of $600.9 million and $1.30 billion, compared to the third quarter of 2014 and fourth quarter of 2013, respectively. Originated loan growth was offset by reductions in the FDIC-assisted loan portfolio, which decreased $54.1 million, or by 7.5 percent, and $358.4 million, or by 34.8 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2014 and fourth quarter of 2013, respectively. The continuing reduction in the FDIC-assisted portfolio is aligned with original forecasts and was offset by the 1 Financial merger during the first quarter of 2014, which resulted in additional acquired loans of $237.9 million as of December 31, 2014.

As of December 31, 2014, deposits totaled $25.68 billion, an increase of $7.27 billion, or 39.5 percent, when compared to third quarter of 2014, and an increase of $7.80 billion, or 43.7 percent, when compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. The Bancorporation merger contributed $7.17 billion of deposits in the fourth quarter of 2014. The additional increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 was primarily the result of acquired deposits from the 1 Financial merger.

NET INTEREST INCOME

Net interest income increased $40.7 million, or by 23.0 percent, to $217.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to fourth quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily due to a $59.2 million contribution from the Bancorporation merger, improved investment yields, higher interest income in the originated loan portfolio and lower funding costs offset by lower interest income from the FDIC-assisted portfolio due to the continued runoff. Conversely, year-to-date net interest income decreased $30.1 million, or by 4.1 percent, compared to the same period in 2013. The year-to-date reduction resulted primarily from decreased FDIC-assisted portfolio loan interest income due to continued runoff. The net interest income reductions were offset by the $59.2 million contribution from the Bancorporation merger, strong loan growth of $1.30 billion from the originated portfolio and $15.2 million in loan interest income from the 1 Financial portfolio. For the year, net interest income also benefited from a decline in interest expense of $6.3 million, due to a reduction in funding costs. Conversely, interest expense increased $1.8 million when comparing the fourth quarter of 2014 to the same quarter of the prior year, primarily due to the increase in deposits from the Bancorporation merger.

The taxable-equivalent net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2014 was 3.09 percent, a decrease of 46 basis points from the same quarter in the prior year. The year-to-date taxable-equivalent net interest margin for 2014 was 3.21 percent, compared to 3.82 percent during 2013. The margin declines for all periods were primarily due to loan yield compression as a result of continued FDIC-assisted loan portfolio runoff, offset by improvements in investment yields and lower funding costs. Investment yields have improved 23 basis points on a year-to-date basis. Although the FDIC-assisted loan portfolio performance and runoff continue to create margin volatility, the overall impact related to prior acquisitions should continue to be less significant as that portfolio continues to decrease.

Taxable-equivalent net interest margin, excluding acquired loans, was 2.82 percent for the fourth quarter of 2014 and 2.83 percent for the third quarter of 2014. Taxable-equivalent year-to-date net interest margin, excluding acquired loans, was 2.86 percent in 2014 compared to 2.87 percent in 2013.

Average interest-earning assets increased $8.28 billion, or by 41.8 percent, for the fourth quarter, and $2.80 billion, or by 14.4 percent, year-to-date for 2014, over the comparable periods in 2013. The Bancorporation merger contributed $7.68 billion to the fourth quarter change in average interest earning assets composed of $1.62 billion in average investment securities, $4.58 billion in loans and $1.48 billion in average overnight investments.

The taxable-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets totaled 3.30 percent for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to 3.81 percent for the fourth quarter of 2013, and declined 68 basis points to 3.44 percent on a year-to-date basis. The taxable-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets declined primarily as the FDIC-assisted portfolio yield was replaced with higher quality, lower yielding loans offset by improvements in investment yield. The taxable-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets, excluding acquired loans, was 3.01 percent in 2014, compared to 3.19 percent in 2013.

Average interest-bearing liabilities increased $5.18 billion, or by 37.4 percent, during the fourth quarter of 2014, when compared to the sequential quarter and increased $1.36 billion for the full year of 2014 when compared to 2013. The rate on interest-bearing liabilities of 0.31 percent remained relatively consistent when comparing the fourth quarter of 2014 to the sequential quarter, while decreasing 8 basis points to 0.33 percent for the full year 2014.

ALLOWANCE AND PROVISION FOR LOAN AND LEASE LOSSES

The allowance for loan and lease losses totaled $204.5 million at December 31, 2014, representing declines of $3.6 million and $28.9 million since September 30, 2014, and December 31, 2013, respectively. The allowance as a percentage of total loans for the fourth quarter of 2014 was 1.09 percent, compared to 1.46 percent and 1.78 percent for the third quarter of 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively. The decline in the allowance ratio at December 31, 2014 for both periods is due primarily to the Bancorporation merger where the loan portfolio was recorded at fair market value at acquisition date thus replacing the historical allowance with a fair value discount. Additionally, the allowance related to the originated portfolio reflects credit quality improvements and the continued decline in the FDIC-assisted loan portfolio.

BancShares recorded $8.3 million and $0.6 million in net provision expense for loan and lease losses for the fourth quarter of 2014 and full year 2014, respectively, compared to a $7.3 million in net provision expense and a $32.3 million net provision credit for the fourth quarter and full year 2013, respectively. The FDIC-assisted loan portfolio net provision credit totaled $2.6 million and $14.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2014 and full year 2014, respectively, compared to net provision credits of $0.8 million and $51.5 million during the same periods of 2013. The current quarter credit to provision for loan and lease losses on FDIC-assisted loans resulted from reversals of prior impairment due to accelerated payments and credit quality improvement. Net charge-offs on FDIC-assisted loans totaled $1.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2014 and $17.3 million during the year in 2014, compared to $5.2 million and $34.9 million for the same periods of 2013. The net provision expense on originated loans totaled $10.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2014 and $15.3 million during the year in 2014, compared to $8.1 million and $19.3 million for the same periods of 2013.

Net charge-offs on originated loans decreased to $3.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $6.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. Net charge-offs on originated loans totaled $12.3 million and $25.8 million for the full year of 2014 and 2013, respectively.

NONPERFORMING ASSETS

As of December 31, 2014, BancShares’ nonperforming assets, including nonaccrual loans and other real estate owned (OREO), totaled $170.9 million, or 0.9 percent of total loans and leases plus OREO, compared to $165.6 million, or 1.3 percent, at December 31, 2013. The improvement in the ratio was due to a $4.2 million reduction in nonaccrual loans and a $5.65 billion increase in total loans and leases and OREO from December 31, 2013, primarily resulting from the Bancorporation merger and 1st Financial acquisition. Of the $170.9 million in nonperforming assets at December 31, 2014, $30.7 million and $11.6 million represents OREO from the Bancorporation merger and 1st Financial acquisition, respectively, which were recorded at fair market value at the acquisition date.

Of the $170.9 million in nonperforming assets at December 31, 2014, $50.0 million, or 29.3 percent of nonperforming assets, was related to OREO and loans covered by FDIC loss share agreements, a decline of $25.6 million since December 31, 2013, due to problem asset resolutions. Noncovered nonperforming assets totaled $120.9 million at December 31, 2014, representing 0.66 percent of noncovered loans and leases plus OREO as of December 31, 2014, compared to 0.74 percent at December 31, 2013.

NONINTEREST INCOME

Noninterest income increased by $54.3 million to $132.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to the third quarter of 2014, and increased by $62.8 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Year-to-date, noninterest income totaled $340.4 million for 2014, compared to $267.4 million for the same period of 2013. The increase in both the fourth quarter and full year was primarily driven by the impact of the Bancorporation merger and the recognition of a $29.1 million gain on Bancorporation shares of stock owned by BancShares. The shares were canceled and ceased to exist when the merger became effective October 1, 2014. The year-to-date increase in noninterest income was also driven by a $40.2 million reduction in FDIC receivable adjustments as loss share agreements began to expire. During 2015, loss share protection will expire for loans acquired from First Regional Bank and for non-single family residential loans acquired from Sun American Bank and Williamsburg First National Bank, a loss share agreement assumed through the Bancorporation merger.

NONINTEREST EXPENSE

Noninterest expense increased $52.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 to $254.4 million, in comparison to $201.8 million in the sequential quarter, due primarily to the impact of the Bancorporation merger.

Noninterest expense increased $58.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 from $196.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. For the full year, noninterest expense totaled $846.3 million, compared to $771.4 million for the full year 2013. The increase for both periods was a result of the impact of the Bancorporation merger, higher salaries and wages, occupancy expenses, advertising expenses and merger-related expenses.

INCOME TAXES

Income tax expense totaled $24.5 million and $16.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 and 2013, representing effective tax rates of 28.1 percent and 37.4 percent during the respective periods. Income tax expense totaled $65.0 million and $101.6 million for the full year 2014 and 2013, respectively. The effective tax rates were 31.9 percent and 37.8 percent for 2014 and 2013, respectively. The decrease in effective tax rate during 2014 results primarily from the impact of the tax benefit of the Bancorporation shares of stock owned by BancShares at the date of merger.

COMPARABILITY OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

The comparability of BancShares’ results of operations for 2014 and 2013 is affected by various post-acquisition adjustments to the carrying value of FDIC-assisted loans, which create potential volatility in net interest income, provision for loan and lease losses and noninterest income. For loans and OREO covered by FDIC loss share agreements, the net increase or decrease in the estimated recoverable amount resulting from deterioration or improvement is recognized as an adjustment to the FDIC receivable with an offset to noninterest income.

Additionally, the fourth quarter 2014 results of operations include the impact of the merger of Bancorporation into BancShares. The merger was completed effective October 1, 2014.

ABOUT FIRST CITIZENS BANCSHARES

BancShares is the financial holding company for Raleigh, North Carolina-headquartered First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company ("First Citizens Bank"), which provides a broad range of financial services to individuals, businesses, professionals and the medical community in 18 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia. As of December 31, 2014, BancShares had total assets of $30.1 billion.

For more information, visit First Citizens’ website at firstcitizens.com. First Citizens Bank. Forever First.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements. A discussion of factors that could cause BancShares’ actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements is included in BancShares’ filings with the SEC.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                                                                       Three months ended                                                                              Year ended December 31
(thousands, except share data and ratios; unaudited)                   December 31,                    September 30,                   December 31,                    2014                            2013
                                                                       2014                            2014                            2013
Interest income                                                        $ 232,122                       $ 177,621                       $ 189,640                       $ 760,448                       $ 796,804
Interest expense                                                       14,876                          11,399                          13,047                          50,351                          56,618
Net interest income                                                    217,246                         166,222                         176,593                         710,097                         740,186
Provision (credit) for loan and lease losses                           8,305                           1,537                           7,276                           640                             (32,255)
Net interest income after provision (credit) for loan and lease losses 208,941                         164,685                         169,317                         709,457                         772,441
Noninterest income                                                     132,924                         78,599                          70,164                          340,426                         267,382
Noninterest expense                                                    254,429                         201,810                         196,315                         846,289                         771,380
Income before income taxes                                             87,436                          41,474                          43,166                          203,594                         268,443
Income taxes                                                           24,540                          14,973                          16,149                          65,032                          101,574
Net income                                                             $ 62,896                        $ 26,501                        $ 27,017                        $ 138,562                       $ 166,869
Taxable-equivalent net interest income                                 $ 218,436                       $ 167,150                       $ 177,280                       $ 714,085                       $ 742,846
Net income per share                                                   $ 5.24                          $ 2.76                          $ 2.81                          $ 13.56                         $ 17.35
Cash dividends per share                                               0.30                            0.30                            0.30                            1.20                            1.20
Profitability information (annualized)
Return on average assets                                               0.82%                           0.48%                           0.50%                           0.57%                           0.78%
Return on average equity                                               9.20                            4.89                            5.35                            6.14                            8.62
Taxable-equivalent net yield on interest-earning assets                3.09                            3.26                            3.55                            3.21                            3.82
Amounts for 2014 and 2013 periods have been updated to reflect the fourth quarter 2014 adoption of Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2014-01 related to qualified affordable housing projects.
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
                                                              December 31
(thousands, except share data, unaudited)                     2014         2013
Assets
Cash and due from banks                                       $ 604,182    $ 533,599
Overnight investments                                         1,724,919    859,324
Investment securities                                         7,172,435    5,388,610
Loans and leases                                              18,769,465   13,133,724
Less allowance for loan and lease losses                      204,466      233,394
Receivable from FDIC for loss share agreements                28,701       93,397
Other assets                                                  1,979,877    1,418,618
Total assets                                                  $ 30,075,113 $ 21,193,878
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity
Deposits                                                      $ 25,678,577 $ 17,874,066
Other liabilities                                             1,708,942    1,248,350
Shareholders’ equity                                          2,687,594    2,071,462
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity                    $ 30,075,113 $ 21,193,878
Book value per share                                          $ 223.77     $ 215.35
Amounts for the 2013 period have been updated to reflect the fourth quarter 2014 adoption of Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2014-01 related to qualified affordable housing projects.
SELECTED AVERAGE BALANCES
                                       Three months ended                                                        Year ended
                                       December 31                                                               December 31
(thousands, except shares outstanding) 2014                                 2013                                 2014                                 2013
Total assets                           $ 30,376,207                         $ 21,557,707                         $ 24,104,404                         $ 21,295,587
Investment securities                  7,110,799                            5,285,783                            5,994,080                            5,206,000
Loans and leases                       18,538,553                           13,088,636                           14,820,126                           13,163,743
Interest-earning assets                28,064,279                           19,787,236                           22,232,051                           19,433,947
Deposits                               25,851,672                           18,102,752                           20,368,275                           17,947,996
Interest-bearing liabilities           19,011,554                           13,790,088                           15,273,619                           13,910,299
Shareholders’ equity                   $ 2,712,905                          $ 2,004,978                          $ 2,256,292                          $ 1,936,895
Shares outstanding                     12,010,405                           9,618,941                            10,221,721                           9,618,952
Amounts for the 2013 period have been updated to reflect the fourth quarter 2014 adoption of Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2014-01 related to qualified affordable housing projects.
CAPITAL INFORMATION
                                                 December 31
                                                 2014                                             2013   2012
Tier 1 capital ratio                             13.61%                                           14.89% 14.24%
Total capital ratio                              14.69                                            16.39  15.92
Tier 1 leverage capital ratio                    8.91                                             9.80   9.21
Amounts for the 2013 and 2012 periods have been updated to reflect the fourth quarter 2014 adoption of Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2014-01 related to qualified affordable housing projects.
ALLOWANCE FOR LOAN AND LEASE LOSSES (ALLL) AND ASSET QUALITY DISCLOSURES
                                                                                                                                                                              Three months ended            Year ended
                                                                                                                                                                              December 31                   December 31
(Dollars in thousands, unaudited)                                                                                                                                             2014               2013       2014        2013
ALLL at beginning of period                                                                                                                                                   $ 200,905          $ 237,799  $ 233,394   $ 319,018
Reclassification of reserve for unfunded commitments to ALLL (1)                                                                                                              --                 --         --          7,368
Provision (credit) for loan and lease losses:
Purchased credit-impaired (PCI) loans (2)                                                                                                                                     (2,622)            (834)      (14,620)    (51,544)
Non-PCI loans (2)                                                                                                                                                             10,927             8,110      15,260      19,289
Net charge-offs of loans and leases:
Charge-offs                                                                                                                                                                   (7,469)            (13,494)   (37,770)    (68,026)
Recoveries                                                                                                                                                                    2,725              1,813      8,202       7,289
Net charge-offs of loans and leases                                                                                                                                           (4,744)            (11,681)   (29,568)    (60,737)
ALLL at end of period                                                                                                                                                         $ 204,466          $ 233,394  $ 204,466   $ 233,394
ALLL at end of period allocated to loans and leases:
PCI                                                                                                                                                                           $ 21,629           $ 53,520   $ 21,629    $ 53,520
Non-PCI                                                                                                                                                                       182,837            179,874    182,837     179,874
ALLL at end of period                                                                                                                                                         $ 204,466          $ 233,394  $ 204,466   $ 233,394
Net charge-offs of loans and leases:
PCI                                                                                                                                                                           $ 1,549            $ 5,163    $ 17,271    $ 34,908
Non-PCI                                                                                                                                                                       3,195              6,518      12,297      25,829
Total net charge-offs                                                                                                                                                         $ 4,744            $ 11,681   $ 29,568    $ 60,737
Reserve for unfunded commitments (1)                                                                                                                                          $ 333              $ 357      $ 333       $ 357
Average loans and leases:
PCI                                                                                                                                                                           1,244,910          1,086,469  1,195,238   1,403,341
Non-PCI                                                                                                                                                                       17,293,643         12,002,167 13,624,888  11,760,402
Loans and leases at period-end:
PCI                                                                                                                                                                           1,186,498          1,029,426  1,186,498   1,029,426
Non-PCI                                                                                                                                                                       17,582,967         12,104,298 17,582,967  12,104,298
Risk Elements
Nonaccrual loans and leases:
PCI                                                                                                                                                                           $ 33,422           $ 28,493   $ 33,422    $ 28,493
Non-PCI                                                                                                                                                                       44,005             53,170     44,005      53,170
Other real estate:
Covered under loss share agreements                                                                                                                                           22,982             47,081     22,982      47,081
Not covered under loss share agreements                                                                                                                                       70,454             36,898     70,454      36,898
Total nonperforming assets                                                                                                                                                    $ 170,863          $ 165,642  $ 170,863   $ 165,642
Accruing loans and leases greater than 90 days past due:
PCI                                                                                                                                                                           $ 104,430          $ 193,892  $ 104,430   $ 193,892
Non-PCI                                                                                                                                                                       11,250             8,784      11,250      8,784
Ratios
Net charge-offs (annualized) to average loans and leases:
PCI                                                                                                                                                                           0.49%              1.89%      1.44%       2.49%
Non-PCI                                                                                                                                                                       0.07               0.22       0.09        0.22
ALLL to total loans and leases:
PCI                                                                                                                                                                           1.82               5.20       1.82        5.20
Non-PCI                                                                                                                                                                       1.04               1.49       1.04        1.49
Nonperforming assets to total loans and leases plus other real estate
Covered                                                                                                                                                                       9.84               7.02       9.84        7.02
Noncovered                                                                                                                                                                    0.66               0.74       0.66        0.74
Total                                                                                                                                                                         0.91               1.25       0.91        1.25
(1) During the second quarter of 2013, BancShares implemented refinements to the ALLL that included estimated losses on unfunded commitments. As a result of these refinements, $7.4 million of the balance previously reported as a reserve of unfunded commitments was reclassified to the ALLL.
(2) Loans and leases are evaluated at acquisition and where a discount is noted at least in part due to credit quality, the loans are accounted for under the guidance in ASC Topic 310-30, Loans and Debt Securities Acquired with Deteriorated Credit Quality.  Loans for which it is probable at acquisition that all required payments will not be collected in accordance with the contractual terms are considered purchased credit-impaired ("PCI") loans. PCI loans and leases are recorded at fair value at the date of acquisition. No allowance for loan and lease losses is recorded on the acquisition date as the fair value of the acquired assets incorporates assumptions regarding credit risk. An allowance is recorded if there is additional credit deterioration after the acquisition date. Conversely, Non-PCI loans include originated and purchased non-impaired loans.
CONTACT: Barbara Thompson
         First Citizens BancShares
         (919) 716-2716

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