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 Wintrust Financial Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Net Income
   Tuesday, January 19, 2016 7:00:43 AM ET

Wintrust Financial Corporation ("Wintrust" or "the Company") (WTFC ) announced net income of $35.5 million or $0.64 per diluted common share for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to net income of $38.4 million or $0.69 per diluted common share for the third quarter of 2015 and $38.1 million or $0.75 per diluted common share for the fourth quarter of 2014. The Company recorded record net income of $156.7 million or $2.93 per diluted common share for the year ended 2015 compared to net income of $151.4 million or $2.98 per diluted common share for the year ended 2014.

Operating net income was $39.5 million or $0.71 per diluted common share for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $41.9 million or $0.75 per diluted common share in the third quarter of 2015. Operating net income excludes acquisition and non-operating compensation charges totaling $6.5 million and $5.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and third quarter of 2015, respectively. Operating net income was $165.7 million or $3.10 per diluted common share for the year ended 2015 compared to $151.4 million or $2.98 per diluted common share for the year ended 2014. Operating net income excludes acquisition and non-operating compensation charges totaling $14.0 million for the year ended 2015. A table reconciling net income as reported to operating net income is set forth below and additional detail is shown in the "Supplemental Financial Measures/Ratios" section.



Highlights compared with the Third Quarter of 2015*:

-- Total loans, excluding covered loans and mortgage loans held-for-sale, increased by $802 million, or 19% on an annualized basis, to $17.1 billion with $499 million occurring in December, creating positive average balance growth momentum for the first quarter of 2016.

-- Total assets increased by 16% on an annualized basis to nearly $23 billion.

-- Total deposits increased by $411 million, or 9% on an annualized basis, to $18.6 billion. Non-interest bearing deposit accounts now comprise 26% of total deposits.

-- Net interest margin decreased 4 basis points primarily as a result of lower yields on earning assets. Lower accretion on covered loans and competitive pricing on commercial premium finance and commercial real estate loans impacted the net interest margin the most during the quarter. The lower accretion on covered loans is expected to continue to have a slight negative impact on the net interest margin in 2016.

-- Non-performing loans as a percentage of total loans, excluding covered loans, decreased to 0.49% from 0.53% and the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total non-performing loans, excluding covered loans, increased to 125% from 120%. OREO expenses increased by $3.0 million in the current quarter due to operating expenses (net of rental income) increasing $716,000, recognized gains on sales decreasing $1.1 million and valuation write-downs increasing $1.1 million.

-- Maintained strong capital ratios with a tangible common equity ratio, assuming full conversion of convertible preferred stock stock, of 7.7%.

-- Acquisition and non-operating compensation charges totaling $6.5 million reduced earnings per diluted common share by $0.07 per share. Exceeded targeted amounts as an additional $2.2 million of non-operating compensation charges were incurred in the fourth quarter relating to pension and additional severance costs.

-- Transferred approximately $866 million in available-for-sale securities to held-to-maturity securities classification.

-- Opened the newly renovated space in 231 S. LaSalle, in the heart of Chicago’s financial district.

-- Closed six banking locations previously acquired from Suburban Illinois Bancorp, Inc. as a part of the integration of operations.

                                                                                         Three Months Ended,                                              Year Ended,
                                                                                         December 31,      September 30,     June 30,      March 31,      December 31,
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)                                            2015              2015              2015          2015           2015
Key Operating Measures, Adjusted for Acquisition and Non-Operating Compensation Charges
Net income per common share - diluted                                                    $   0.71          $   0.75          $  0.86       $  0.77        $   3.10
Net overhead ratio                                                                       1.70     %        1.63     %        1.51    %     1.68    %      1.63     %
Efficiency ratio                                                                         68.70    %        66.67    %        65.16   %     67.56   %      67.01    %
Return on average assets                                                                 0.70     %        0.77     %        0.88    %     0.81    %      0.79     %
Return on average common equity                                                          6.79     %        7.29     %        8.55    %     7.77    %      7.59     %
Return on average tangible common equity                                                 9.10     %        9.78     %        11.07   %     10.12   %      10.01    %
Net income, as reported                                                                  $   35,512        $   38,355        $  43,831     $  39,052      $   156,749
Acquisition and Non-Operating Compensation Charges
Salaries and employee benefits:
Salaries                                                                                 $   1,113         $   1,355         $  --         $  12          $   2,480
Commissions and incentive compensation                                                   144               264               --            3              411
Benefits                                                                                 1,550             107               --            --             1,657
Total salaries and employee benefits                                                     2,807             1,726             --            15             4,548
Equipment                                                                                5                 36                32            --             73
Occupancy, net                                                                           605               201               --            16             822
Data processing                                                                          1,504             2,692             653           130            4,979
Advertising and marketing                                                                66                1                 --            5              72
Professional fees                                                                        145               335               417           568            1,465
Other expense                                                                            757               5                 21            4              787
Other income                                                                             (572         )    (674         )    --            --             (1,246       )
Total Acquisition and Non-Operating Compensation Charges                                 $   6,461         $   5,670         $  1,123      $  738         $   13,992
Income tax benefit on acquisition and non-operating compensation charges                 $   2,486         $   2,112         $  276        $  131         $   5,005
Acquisition and non-operating compensation charges, net of tax                           $   3,975         $   3,558         $  847        $  607         $   8,987
Operating net income                                                                     $   39,487        $   41,913        $  44,678     $  39,659      $   165,736

(1) Acquisition related legal fees are non-deductible for income tax purposes.

* See "Supplemental Financial Measures/Ratios" on pages 16-18 for more information on non-GAAP measures.

Edward J. Wehmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Wintrust reported record annual net income in 2015 even with additional acquisition and non-operating compensation charges during the year. The Company grew significantly during the year as total assets increased by 15%, reaching nearly $23 billion. Operating net income totaled $39.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $165.7 million for the full year as earnings were impacted by acquisition and non-operating compensation charges totaling $6.5 million pre-tax in the fourth quarter of 2015 and $14.0 million pre-tax for the full year. Additionally, the fourth quarter of 2015 was highlighted by continued strong loan and deposit growth, improvement in non-performing assets and decreased mortgage banking revenue."

Mr. Wehmer continued, "The expected positive impact from the increase in interest rates announced by the Federal Reserve Bank in late December will be realized throughout 2016. The company is well positioned to benefit from future increases in interest rates should they occur, barring significant changes in spreads due to competitive pressures or changes in the shape of the yield curve."

Commenting on credit quality, Mr. Wehmer noted, "Total non-performing assets, excluding covered assets, decreased by $9.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2015 resulting in non-performing assets as a percentage of total assets dropping from 0.63% to 0.56% during the period. Additionally, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of non-performing loans, excluding covered loans, increased to 125%, exhibiting greater coverage for those non-performing credits. During the quarter, the Company has continued its practice of timely addressing and resolving non-performing credits. We believe the Company’s reserves remain appropriate."

Mr. Wehmer further commented, "Mortgage banking revenue totaled $23.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, a decrease of $4.6 million from the third quarter of 2015 and a decrease of $1.4 million from the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease during the current quarter compared to the third quarter of 2015 resulted primarily from origination volumes declining to $808.9 million from $973.7 million due to typical seasonality. Our mortgage pipeline remains strong. We believe that our mortgage banking business remains well positioned to grow both organically and through acquisitions. The Company’s newly created Wintrust Commercial Finance leasing operations grew outstandings by $220 million since its inception in April of this year. This new venture is positioned to continue to expand in 2016, enhancing our earning asset growth and adding to further asset diversification."

Commenting further, Mr. Wehmer stated, "2015 was a year marked by long-term investments by the Company. We completed four bank acquisitions adding $1.1 billion in assets while already driving out approximately $19.6 million of annual legacy operating costs. Additionally, we recently announced plans to acquire Generations Bancorp, Inc. another cost saving opportunity. We invested in a new leasing operation which is off to a fast start. Two major investments in 2015 were in the new classic bank facility in the heart of Chicago’s financial district to house our middle market commercial lending and wealth management operations and multi-year branding sponsorships with multiple iconic sporting and cultural organizations in order to secure our position as Chicago and Wisconsin’s bank. The bank acquisitions came with a cost as evidenced by the $14 million of acquisition and non-operating compensation charges experienced in 2015. That being said, we recorded record net income for the year and operating net income as defined increased by 9% year over year. These investments are expected to pay substantial dividends in the coming year and beyond. Our lending pipelines remain strong, our momentum is very good and our balance sheet is well positioned for potential rising rates. We are very excited about the coming year."

In conclusion, Mr. Wehmer noted, "2016 marks the 25 anniversary of the beginning of Wintrust as an organization. Throughout our life to date we have never wavered from our basic operating tenets that were established on day one. These centered on serving our customers, communities, employees and shareholders. While in our wildest dreams in 1991 we never would have thought we would be where we are right now, while never losing sight of our objectives, we continue to take a steady and measured approach to achieve our main objectives of growing franchise value, increasing profitability, leveraging our expense infrastructure and increasing shareholder value."

Graphs accompanying this release are available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/b6aa53c2-2243-4937-afad-bb1caca58745

Wintrust’s key operating measures and growth rates for the fourth quarter of 2015, as compared to the sequential and linked quarters are shown in the table below:

                                                                                                                                  % or                  % or
                                                                                                                                  basis point  (bp)     basis point  (bp)
                                                                                                                                  change                change
                                                                                                                                  from                  from
                                                                                                                                  3rd Quarter           4th Quarter
                                                                                                                                  2015                  2014
                                                                     Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands)                                               December 31, 2015   September 30, 2015   December 31, 2014
Net income                                                           $     35,512        $      38,355        $     38,133        (7       )        %   (7       )        %
Net income per common share - diluted                                $     0.64          $      0.69          $     0.75          (7       )        %   (15      )        %
Net revenue                                                          $     232,296       $      230,493       $     211,376       1                 %   10                %
Net interest income                                                  $     167,206       $      165,540       $     153,719       1                 %   9                 %
Net interest margin                                                  3.29             %  3.33              %  3.46             %  (4       )        bp  (17      )        bp
Net overhead ratio                                                   1.82             %  1.74              %  1.76             %  8                 bp  6                 bp
Efficiency ratio                                                     71.39            %  69.02             %  67.59            %  237               bp  380               bp
Return on average assets                                             0.63             %  0.70              %  0.78             %  (7       )        bp  (15      )        bp
Return on average common equity                                      6.03             %  6.60              %  7.51             %  (57      )        bp  (148     )        bp
Return on average tangible common equity                             8.12             %  8.88              %  9.82             %  (76      )        bp  (170     )        bp
At end of period
Total assets                                                         $     22,917,166    $      22,043,930    $     20,010,727    16                %   15                %
Total loans, excluding loans held-for-sale, excluding covered loans  $     17,118,117    $      16,316,211    $     14,409,398    19                %   19                %
Total loans, including loans held-for-sale, excluding covered loans  $     17,506,155    $      16,663,216    $     14,760,688    20                %   19                %
Total deposits                                                       $     18,639,634    $      18,228,469    $     16,281,844    9                 %   14                %
Total shareholders’ equity                                           $     2,352,274     $      2,335,736     $     2,069,822     3                 %   14                %

(1) Net revenue is net interest income plus non-interest income.

(2) See "Supplemental Financial Measures/Ratios" for additional information on this performance measure/ratio.

(3) The net overhead ratio is calculated by netting total non-interest expense and total non-interest income, annualizing this amount, and dividing by that period’s average total assets. A lower ratio indicates a higher degree of efficiency.

(4) The efficiency ratio is calculated by dividing total non-interest expense by tax-equivalent net revenue (less securities gains or losses). A lower ratio indicates more efficient revenue generation.

(5) Period-end balance sheet percentage changes are annualized.

Certain returns, yields, performance ratios, or quarterly growth rates are "annualized" in this presentation to represent an annual time period. This is done for analytical purposes to better discern for decision-making purposes underlying performance trends when compared to full-year or year-over-year amounts. For example, a 5% growth rate for a quarter would represent an annualized 20% growth rate. Additional supplemental financial information showing quarterly trends can be found on the Company’s web site at www.wintrust.com by choosing "Financial Reports" under the "Investor Relations" heading, and then choosing "Supplemental Financial Information."

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Financial Performance Overview - Fourth Quarter 2015</span>

For the fourth quarter of 2015, net interest income totaled $167.2 million, an increase of $1.7 million as compared to the third quarter of 2015 and an increase of $13.5 million as compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The changes in net interest income on both a sequential and linked quarter basis are the result of the following:

-- Net interest income increased $1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the third quarter of 2015, due to:

<p>-- An increase in total interest income of $2.1 million resulting primarily from loan growth during the period, partially offset by by a reduction in yield on earning assets.

-- An increase in total interest income of $2.1 million resulting primarily from loan growth during the period, partially offset by by a reduction in yield on earning assets.

-- Interest expense increased $442,000 primarily as a result of an increase in the average balance of interest-bearing liabilities and a one basis point increase in the rate on average interest bearing liabilities.

-- Combined, the increase in interest income of $2.1 million and the increase in interest expense of $442,000 created the $1.7 million increase in net interest income.

-- Net interest income increased $13.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, due to:

<p>-- Average loans, excluding covered loans, increased by $2.4 billion compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The growth in average loans, excluding covered loans, was partially offset by a 20 basis point decline in the yield on earning assets, resulting in an increase in total interest income of $14.8 million.

-- Average loans, excluding covered loans, increased by $2.4 billion compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The growth in average loans, excluding covered loans, was partially offset by a 20 basis point decline in the yield on earning assets, resulting in an increase in total interest income of $14.8 million.

-- An increase in interest bearing deposits, an increase in borrowings under the Company’s term credit facility at the end of the second quarter of 2015 and the completion of the Canadian secured borrowing transaction at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014 resulted in a $1.3 million increase in interest expense.

-- Combined, the increase in interest income of $14.8 million and the increase of interest expense of $1.3 million created the $13.5 million increase in net interest income in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.

The net interest margin, on a fully taxable equivalent basis, for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 3.29% compared to 3.33% for the third quarter of 2015 and 3.46% for the fourth quarter of 2014. The reduction in net interest margin, on a fully taxable equivalent basis, compared to the third quarter of 2015 and the fourth quarter of 2014 is primarily the result of a decline in yield on non-covered and covered loans (see "Net Interest Income" section later in this release for further detail).

Non-interest income totaled $65.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, relatively steady compared to the third quarter of 2015 and increasing $7.4 million, or 13%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase in non-interest income in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the fourth quarter of 2014 was primarily attributable to higher customer interest rate swap fees, increased income on operating leases through our leasing division and lower FDIC indemnification asset amortization. (see "Non-Interest Income" section later in this release for further detail).

Non-interest expense totaled $166.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, increasing $6.9 million, or 4%, compared to the third quarter of 2015 and increasing $23.4 million, or 16%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase in the current quarter compared to the third quarter of 2015 can be primarily attributed to an increase in acquisition and non-operating compensation charges, higher salary and employee benefit costs caused by the addition of employees from the various acquisitions and higher staffing levels as the Company grows, higher OREO expense and increased equipment and occupancy expense. The increase in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the fourth quarter of 2014 was primarily related to acquisition and non-operating compensation charges in the current quarter, higher salary and employee benefit costs caused by the addition of employees from the various acquisitions and higher staffing levels as the Company grows, increased equipment and occupancy, data processing and professional fees and higher marketing expenses (see "Non-Interest Expense" section later in this release for further detail).

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Financial Performance Overview - Full Year 2015</span>

For the full year of 2015, net interest income totaled $641.5 million, an increase of $43.0 million as compared to 2014 as a result of the following:

-- Average earning assets increased by $2.2 billion primarily comprised of average loan growth, excluding covered loans, of $2.1 billion and an increase of $231.1 million in the average balance of liquidity management assets, partially offset by a decrease of $94.5 million in the average balance of covered loans. The growth in average total loans, excluding covered loans, included an increase of $691.3 million in commercial loans, $622.3 million in commercial real estate loans, $505.8 million in life insurance premium finance receivables, $106.0 million in home equity and other loans, $72.3 million in mortgage loans held-for-sale and $65.8 million in commercial premium finance receivables.

-- The average earning asset growth of $2.2 billion, partially offset by a 20 basis point decrease in yield on earning assets, resulted in an increase in total interest income of $47.2 million.

-- Funding mix remained consistent as average demand deposits increased $1.1 billion, average interest bearing deposits increased $800.7 million and average wholesale borrowings increased $173.7 million. The increase in average interest bearing liabilities, partially offset by a one basis point decline in rate during the current year, resulted in a $4.2 million increase in interest expense.

-- Combined, the increase in interest income of $47.2 million and the increase in interest expense of $4.2 million created the $43.0 million increase in net interest income.

The net interest margin, on a fully taxable equivalent basis, for 2015 was 3.36%, compared to 3.53% for 2014 (see "Net Interest Income" section later in this release for further detail).

Non-interest income totaled $271.6 million in 2015, increasing $56.4 million, or 26%, compared to 2014. The increase in non-interest income in 2015 compared to 2014 is primarily attributable to an increase in mortgage banking and wealth management revenues, fees from covered call options, the recognition of $2.1 million in BOLI death benefits, increased service charges, higher fees on customer interest rate swap transactions, increased income on operating leases through our leasing division and lower FDIC indemnification asset amortization (see "Non-Interest Income" section later in this release for further detail).

Non-interest expense totaled $628.4 million in 2015, increasing $81.6 million, or 15%, compared to 2014. The increase in 2015 compared to 2014 was primarily attributable to acquisition and non-operating compensation charges during the current year, higher salary and employee benefit costs caused by the addition of employees from the various acquisitions and larger staffing as the Company grows as well as higher commissions and incentive compensation, and increased equipment, occupancy, data processing and professional fees, and increased marketing expenses, partially offset by a decrease in OREO expenses (see "Non-Interest Expense" section later in this release for further detail).

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Financial Performance Overview - Credit Quality</span>

The ratio of non-performing assets to total assets was 0.56% as of December 31, 2015, compared to 0.63% at September 30, 2015 and 0.62% at December 31, 2014. Non-performing assets, excluding covered assets, totaled $128.2 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $138.0 million at September 30, 2015 and $124.6 million at December 31, 2014.

Non-performing loans, excluding covered loans, totaled $84.1 million, or 0.49% of total loans, at December 31, 2015, compared to $86.0 million, or 0.53% of total loans, at September 30, 2015 and $78.7 million, or 0.55% of total loans, at December 31, 2014. The decrease in non-performing loans, excluding covered loans, compared to September 30, 2015 is primarily the result of a $2.0 million decrease in the commercial real estate loan portfolio and a $4.0 million decrease in the home equity and residential real estate loan portfolios, partially offset by a $2.9 million increase in the commercial insurance premium finance receivables loan portfolio. OREO, excluding covered OREO, of $43.9 million at December 31, 2015 decreased $7.9 million compared to $51.9 million at September 30, 2015 and decreased $1.7 million compared to $45.6 million at December 31, 2014.

Net charge-offs as a percentage of loans, excluding covered loans, for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled 15 basis points on an annualized basis compared to 14 basis points on an annualized basis in the third quarter of 2015 and 16 basis points on an annualized basis in the fourth quarter of 2014. Net charge-offs totaled $6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, an $884,000 increase from $5.7 million in the third quarter of 2015 and a $694,000 increase from $5.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The provision for credit losses, excluding the provision for covered loan losses, totaled $9.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $8.7 million for the third quarter of 2015 and $6.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. The higher provision for credit losses in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the same period of 2014 was partially due to the loan growth in the current period.

Excluding the allowance for covered loan losses, the allowance for credit losses at December 31, 2015 totaled $106.3 million, or 0.62% of total loans, compared to $103.9 million, or 0.64% of total loans at September 30, 2015 and $92.5 million, or 0.64% of total loans at December 31, 2014. The allowance for unfunded lending-related commitments totaled $949,000 as of December 31, 2015 compared to $926,000 as of September 30, 2015 and $775,000 as of December 31, 2014.

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Financial Performance Overview - Earnings Per Share</span>

The following table shows the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share for the periods indicated:

                                                                                     Three Months Ended                                        Years Ended
(In thousands, except per share data)                                                December 31, 2015  September 30, 2015  December 31, 2014  December 31, 2015  December 31, 2014
Net income                                                                           $     35,512       $      38,355       $     38,133       $     156,749      $     151,398
Less: Preferred stock dividends and discount accretion                               3,629              4,079               1,580              10,869             6,323
Net income applicable to common shares--Basic                                 (A)    31,883             34,276              36,553             145,880            145,075
Add: Dividends on convertible preferred stock, if dilutive                           1,579              1,579               1,580              6,314              6,323
Net income applicable to common shares--Diluted                               (B)    33,462             35,855              38,133             152,194            151,398
Weighted average common shares outstanding                                    (C)    48,371             48,158              46,734             47,838             46,524
Effect of dilutive potential common shares:
Common stock equivalents                                                             935                978                 1,168              1,029              1,246
Convertible preferred stock, if dilutive                                             3,070              3,071               3,075              3,070              3,075
Weighted average common shares and effect of dilutive potential common shares (D)    52,376             52,207              50,977             51,937             50,845
Net income per common share:
Basic                                                                         (A/C)  $     0.66         $      0.71         $     0.78         $     3.05         $     3.12
Diluted                                                                       (B/D)  $     0.64         $      0.69         $     0.75         $     2.93         $     2.98

Potentially dilutive common shares can result from stock options, restricted stock unit awards, stock warrants, the Company’s convertible preferred stock and shares to be issued under the Employee Stock Purchase Plan and the Directors Deferred Fee and Stock Plan, being treated as if they had been either exercised or issued, computed by application of the treasury stock method. While potentially dilutive common shares are typically included in the computation of diluted earnings per share, potentially dilutive common shares are excluded from this computation in periods in which the effect would reduce the loss per share or increase the income per share. For diluted earnings per share, net income applicable to common shares can be affected by the conversion of the Company’s convertible preferred stock. Where the effect of this conversion would reduce the loss per share or increase the income per share, net income applicable to common shares is not adjusted by the associated preferred dividends. Due to weighted average share differences, when stated on a quarter and year-to-date basis, the earnings per share for the year-to-date period may not equal the sum of the respective earnings per share for the respective quarters then ended.

WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION
Selected Financial Highlights
                                                                          Three Months Ended                                           Years Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)                             December 31, 2015   September 30, 2015   December 31, 2014   December 31, 2015   December 31, 2014
Selected Financial Condition Data (at end of period):
Total assets                                                              $     22,917,166    $      22,043,930    $     20,010,727
Total loans, excluding loans held-for-sale and covered loans              17,118,117          16,316,211           14,409,398
Total deposits                                                            18,639,634          18,228,469           16,281,844
Junior subordinated debentures                                            268,566             268,566              249,493
Total shareholders’ equity                                                2,352,274           2,335,736            2,069,822
Selected Statements of Income Data:
Net interest income                                                       $     167,206       $      165,540       $     153,719       $     641,529       $     598,575
Net revenue                                                               232,296             230,493              211,376             913,126             813,815
Net income                                                                35,512              38,355               38,133              156,749             151,398
Net income per common share - Basic                                       $     0.66          $      0.71          $     0.78          $     3.05          $     3.12
Net income per common share - Diluted                                     $     0.64          $      0.69          $     0.75          $     2.93          $     2.98
Selected Financial Ratios and Other Data:
Performance Ratios:
Net interest margin                                                       3.29             %  3.33              %  3.46             %  3.36             %  3.53             %
Non-interest income to average assets                                     1.16             %  1.19              %  1.18             %  1.29             %  1.15             %
Non-interest expense to average assets                                    2.98             %  2.93              %  2.94             %  2.99             %  2.92             %
Net overhead ratio                                                        1.82             %  1.74              %  1.76             %  1.70             %  1.77             %
Efficiency ratio                                                          71.39            %  69.02             %  67.59            %  68.49            %  66.89            %
Return on average assets                                                  0.63             %  0.70              %  0.78             %  0.75             %  0.81             %
Return on average common equity                                           6.03             %  6.60              %  7.51             %  7.15             %  7.77             %
Return on average tangible common equity                                  8.12             %  8.88              %  9.82             %  9.44             %  10.14            %
Average total assets                                                      $     22,233,492    $      21,688,450    $     19,366,670    $     21,009,773    $     18,699,458
Average total shareholders’ equity                                        2,347,545           2,310,511            2,057,855           2,232,989           1,993,959
Average loans to average deposits ratio (excluding covered loans)         91.9             %  91.9              %  89.5             %  92.0             %  89.9             %
Average loans to average deposits ratio (including covered loans)         92.7             %  92.9              %  91.0             %  93.1             %  91.7             %
Common Share Data at end of period:
Market price per common share                                             $     48.52         $      53.43         $     46.76
Book value per common share                                               $     43.42         $      43.12         $     41.52
Tangible common book value per share                                      $     33.17         $      32.83         $     32.45
Common shares outstanding                                                 48,383,279          48,336,870           46,805,055
Other Data at end of period:
Leverage Ratio                                                            9.1              %  9.2               %  10.2             %
Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets                                    10.0             %  10.3              %  11.6             %
Common equity Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets                      8.4              %  8.6               %        N/A
Total capital to risk-weighted assets                                     12.2             %  12.6              %  13.0             %
Tangible common equity ratio (TCE)                                        7.2              %  7.4               %  7.8              %
Tangible common equity ratio, assuming full conversion of preferred stock 7.7              %  8.0               %  8.4              %
Allowance for credit losses                                               $     106,349       $      103,922       $     92,480
Non-performing loans                                                      $     84,057        $      85,976        $     78,677
Allowance for credit losses to total loans                                0.62             %  0.64              %  0.64             %
Non-performing loans to total loans                                       0.49             %  0.53              %  0.55             %
Number of:
Bank subsidiaries                                                         15                  15                   15
Banking offices                                                           152                 160                  140

(1) Net revenue includes net interest income and non-interest income.

(2) See "Supplemental Financial Measures/Ratios" for additional information on this performance measure/ratio.

(3) The net overhead ratio is calculated by netting total non-interest expense and total non-interest income, annualizing this amount, and dividing by that period’s total average assets. A lower ratio indicates a higher degree of efficiency.

(4) The efficiency ratio is calculated by dividing total non-interest expense by tax-equivalent net revenue (less securities gains or losses). A lower ratio indicates more efficient revenue generation.

(5) Capital ratios for current quarter-end are estimated.

(6) The allowance for credit losses includes both the allowance for loan losses and the allowance for unfunded lending-related commitments, but excludes the allowance for covered loan losses.

(7) Total shareholders’ equity minus preferred stock and total intangible assets divided by total assets minus total intangible assets.

(8) Asset quality ratios exclude covered loans.

WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CONDITION
(In thousands)                                                       (Unaudited)            (Unaudited)            December 31,
                                                                     December 31,           September 30,          2014
                                                                     2015                   2015
Assets
Cash and due from banks                                              $     252,227          $     247,341          $     225,136
Federal funds sold and securities purchased under resale agreements  4,341                  3,314                  5,571
Interest bearing deposits with banks                                 627,009                701,106                998,437
Available-for-sale securities, at fair value                         1,716,388              2,214,281              1,792,078
Held-to-maturity securities, at amortized cost                       884,826                --                     --
Trading account securities                                           448                    3,312                  1,206
Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank stock                101,581                90,308                 91,582
Brokerage customer receivables                                       27,631                 28,293                 24,221
Mortgage loans held-for-sale                                         388,038                347,005                351,290
Loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans               17,118,117             16,316,211             14,409,398
Covered loans                                                        148,673                168,609                226,709
Total loans                                                          17,266,790             16,484,820             14,636,107
Less: Allowance for loan losses                                      105,400                102,996                91,705
Less: Allowance for covered loan losses                              3,026                  2,918                  2,131
Net loans                                                            17,158,364             16,378,906             14,542,271
Premises and equipment, net                                          592,256                587,348                555,228
Lease investments, net                                               63,170                 29,111                 426
FDIC indemnification asset                                           --                     --                     11,846
Accrued interest receivable and other assets                         604,917                637,925                501,456
Trade date securities receivable                                     --                     277,981                485,534
Goodwill                                                             471,761                472,166                405,634
Other intangible assets                                              24,209                 25,533                 18,811
Total assets                                                         $     22,917,166       $     22,043,930       $     20,010,727
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Deposits:
Non-interest bearing                                                 $     4,836,420        $     4,705,994        3,518,685
Interest bearing                                                     13,803,214             13,522,475             12,763,159
Total deposits                                                       18,639,634             18,228,469             16,281,844
Federal Home Loan Bank advances                                      859,876                451,330                733,050
Other borrowings                                                     266,019                259,978                196,465
Subordinated notes                                                   140,000                140,000                140,000
Junior subordinated debentures                                       268,566                268,566                249,493
Trade date securities payable                                        538                    617                    3,828
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities                       390,259                359,234                336,225
Total liabilities                                                    20,564,892             19,708,194             17,940,905
Shareholders’ Equity:
Preferred stock                                                      251,287                251,312                126,467
Common stock                                                         48,469                 48,422                 46,881
Surplus                                                              1,190,988              1,187,407              1,133,955
Treasury stock                                                       (3,973           )     (3,964           )     (3,549           )
Retained earnings                                                    928,211                901,652                803,400
Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                 (62,708          )     (49,093          )     (37,332          )
Total shareholders’ equity                                           2,352,274              2,335,736              2,069,822
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity                           $     22,917,166       $     22,043,930       $     20,010,727
WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED, except for the year ended December 31, 2014)
                                                                     Three Months Ended                                        Years Ended
(In thousands, except per share data)                                December 31, 2015  September 30, 2015  December 31, 2014  December 31, 2015  December 31, 2014
Interest income
Interest and fees on loans                                           $     169,501      $      167,831      $     157,476      $     651,831      $     613,024
Interest bearing deposits with banks                                 493                372                 495                1,486              1,472
Federal funds sold and securities purchased under resale agreements  --                 1                   3                  4                  25
Investment securities                                                16,405             16,130              13,761             61,006             52,951
Trading account securities                                           25                 19                  45                 108                79
Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank stock                857                821                 749                3,232              2,920
Brokerage customer receivables                                       206                205                 186                797                796
Total interest income                                                187,487            185,379             172,715            718,464            671,267
Interest expense
Interest on deposits                                                 12,617             12,436              12,431             48,863             48,411
Interest on Federal Home Loan Bank advances                          2,684              2,458               2,534              9,110              10,523
Interest on other borrowings                                         1,007              1,045               313                3,627              1,773
Interest on subordinated notes                                       1,777              1,776               1,776              7,105              3,906
Interest on junior subordinated debentures                           2,196              2,124               1,942              8,230              8,079
Total interest expense                                               20,281             19,839              18,996             76,935             72,692
Net interest income                                                  167,206            165,540             153,719            641,529            598,575
Provision for credit losses                                          9,059              8,322               6,133              32,942             20,537
Net interest income after provision for credit losses                158,147            157,218             147,586            608,587            578,038
Non-interest income
Wealth management                                                    18,634             18,243              18,649             73,452             71,343
Mortgage banking                                                     23,317             27,887              24,694             115,011            91,617
Service charges on deposit accounts                                  7,210              7,403               6,189              27,384             23,307
(Losses) gains on available-for-sale securities, net                 (79           )    (98            )    18                 323                (504          )
Fees from covered call options                                       3,629              2,810               2,966              15,364             7,859
Trading gains (losses), net                                          205                (135           )    (507          )    (247          )    (1,609        )
Operating lease income, net                                          1,973              613                 67                 2,728              163
Other                                                                10,201             8,230               5,581              37,582             23,064
Total non-interest income                                            65,090             64,953              57,657             271,597            215,240
Non-interest expense
Salaries and employee benefits                                       99,780             97,749              87,633             382,080            335,506
Equipment                                                            8,772              8,414               7,502              32,812             29,609
Equipment on operating lease                                         1,229              473                 53                 1,826              142
Occupancy, net                                                       13,062             12,066              11,600             48,880             42,889
Data processing                                                      7,284              8,127               5,313              26,940             19,336
Advertising and marketing                                            5,373              6,237               3,669              21,924             13,571
Professional fees                                                    4,387              4,100               4,039              18,225             15,574
Amortization of other intangible assets                              1,324              1,350               1,171              4,621              4,692
FDIC insurance                                                       3,317              3,035               2,810              12,386             12,168
OREO expenses, net                                                   2,598              (367           )    2,320              4,483              9,367
Other                                                                19,703             18,790              17,331             74,242             63,993
Total non-interest expense                                           166,829            159,974             143,441            628,419            546,847
Income before taxes                                                  56,408             62,197              61,802             251,765            246,431
Income tax expense                                                   20,896             23,842              23,669             95,016             95,033
Net income                                                           $     35,512       $      38,355       $     38,133       $     156,749      $     151,398
Preferred stock dividends and discount accretion                     $     3,629        $      4,079        $     1,580        $     10,869       $     6,323
Net income applicable to common shares                               $     31,883       $      34,276       $     36,553       $     145,880      $     145,075
Net income per common share - Basic                                  $     0.66         $      0.71         $     0.78         $     3.05         $     3.12
Net income per common share - Diluted                                $     0.64         $      0.69         $     0.75         $     2.93         $     2.98
Cash dividends declared per common share                             $     0.11         $      0.11         $     0.10         $     0.44         $     0.40
Weighted average common shares outstanding                           48,371             48,158              46,734             47,838             46,524
Dilutive potential common shares                                     4,005              4,049               4,243              4,099              4,321
Average common shares and dilutive common shares                     52,376             52,207              50,977             51,937             50,845

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL MEASURES/RATIOS

The accounting and reporting policies of Wintrust conform to generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in the United States and prevailing practices in the banking industry. However, certain non-GAAP performance measures and ratios are used by management to evaluate and measure the Company’s performance. These include taxable-equivalent net interest income (including its individual components), net interest margin (including its individual components), the efficiency ratio, tangible common equity ratio, tangible common book value per share and return on average tangible common equity. In addition, certain operating measures and ratios are adjusted for acquisition and non-operating compensation charges. These operating measures and ratios include operating net income, the efficiency ratio, the net overhead ratio, return on average assets, return on average common equity, return on average tangible common equity and net income per diluted common share. Management believes that these measures and ratios provide users of the Company’s financial information a more meaningful view of the performance of the interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities and of the Company’s operating efficiency. Other financial holding companies may define or calculate these measures and ratios differently.

Management reviews yields on certain asset categories and the net interest margin of the Company and its banking subsidiaries on a fully taxable-equivalent ("FTE") basis. In this non-GAAP presentation, net interest income is adjusted to reflect tax-exempt interest income on an equivalent before-tax basis. This measure ensures comparability of net interest income arising from both taxable and tax-exempt sources. Net interest income on a FTE basis is also used in the calculation of the Company’s efficiency ratio. The efficiency ratio, which is calculated by dividing non-interest expense by total taxable-equivalent net revenue (less securities gains or losses), measures how much it costs to produce one dollar of revenue. Securities gains or losses are excluded from this calculation to better match revenue from daily operations to operational expenses. Management considers the tangible common equity ratio and tangible book value per common share as useful measurements of the Company’s equity. The Company references the return on average tangible common equity as a measurement of profitability. Management considers operating net income, which is reported net income excluding acquisition and non-operating compensation charges, as a useful measure of operating performance. Acquisition related charges are specific costs incurred by the Company as a result of an acquisition that are not expected to continue in subsequent periods. Non-operating compensation charges are certain salary and employee benefit costs incurred that are not related to current operating services provided by employees of the Company. The Company excludes acquisition and non-operating compensation charges from reported net income as well as certain operating measures and ratios noted above to provide better comparability between periods.

The following table presents a reconciliation of certain non-GAAP performance measures and ratios used by the Company to evaluate and measure the Company’s performance to the most directly comparable GAAP-derived financial measures for the last 5 quarters:

                                                                                      Three Months Ended                                                                                         Years Ended
                                                                                      December 31,          September 30,         June 30,            March 31,            December 31,          December 31,
(Dollars and shares in thousands)                                                     2015                  2015                  2015                2015                 2014                  2015           2014
Calculation of Net Interest Margin and Efficiency Ratio
(A) Interest Income (GAAP)                                                            $    187,487          $    185,379          $    175,241        $    170,357         $    172,715          $   718,464    $   671,267
Taxable-equivalent adjustment:
- Loans                                                                               430                   346                   328                 327                  301                   1,431          1,128
- Liquidity Management Assets                                                         866                   841                   787                 727                  555                   3,221          2,000
- Other Earning Assets                                                                13                    10                    27                  7                    24                    57             41
Interest Income - FTE                                                                 $    188,796          $    186,576          $    176,383        $    171,418         $    173,595          $   723,173    $   674,436
(B) Interest Expense (GAAP)                                                           20,281                19,839                18,349              18,466               18,996                76,935         72,692
Net interest income - FTE                                                             $    168,515          $    166,737          $    158,034        $    152,952         $    154,599          $   646,238    $   601,744
(C) Net Interest Income (GAAP) (A minus B)                                            $    167,206          $    165,540          $    156,892        $    151,891         $    153,719          $   641,529    $   598,575
(D) Net interest margin (GAAP-derived)                                                3.26            %     3.31            %     3.39            %   3.40            %    3.44            %     3.34        %  3.51        %
Net interest margin - FTE                                                             3.29            %     3.33            %     3.41            %   3.42            %    3.46            %     3.36        %  3.53        %
(E) Efficiency ratio (GAAP-derived)                                                   71.79           %     69.38           %     65.96           %   68.23           %    67.87           %     68.84       %  67.15       %
Efficiency ratio - FTE                                                                71.39           %     69.02           %     65.64           %   67.90           %    67.59           %     68.49       %  66.89       %
Efficiency ratio - Adjusted for acquisition and non-operating compensation charges    68.70           %     66.67           %     65.16           %   67.56           %    67.59           %     67.01       %  66.89       %
(F) Net Overhead Ratio (GAAP-derived)                                                 1.82            %     1.74            %     1.53            %   1.69            %    1.76            %     1.70        %  1.77        %
Net Overhead Ratio - Adjusted for acquisition and non-operating compensation charges  1.70            %     1.63            %     1.51            %   1.68            %    1.76            %     1.63        %  1.77        %
Calculation of Tangible Common Equity ratio (at period end)
Total shareholders’ equity                                                            $    2,352,274        $    2,335,736        $    2,264,982      $    2,131,074       $    2,069,822
(G) Less: Convertible preferred stock                                                 (126,287        )     (126,312        )     (126,312        )   (126,427        )    (126,467        )
Less: Non-convertible preferred stock                                                 (125,000        )     (125,000        )     (125,000        )   --                   --
Less: Intangible assets                                                               (495,970        )     (497,699        )     (439,570        )   (439,055        )    (424,445        )
(H) Total tangible common shareholders’ equity                                        $    1,605,017        $    1,586,725        $    1,574,100      $    1,565,592       $    1,518,910
Total assets                                                                          $    22,917,166       $    22,043,930       $    20,799,924     $    20,382,271      $    20,010,727
Less: Intangible assets                                                               (495,970        )     (497,699        )     (439,570        )   (439,055        )    (424,445        )
(I) Total tangible assets                                                             $    22,421,196       $    21,546,231       $    20,360,354     $    19,943,216      $    19,586,282
Tangible common equity ratio (H/I)                                                    7.2             %     7.4             %     7.7             %   7.9             %    7.8             %
Tangible common equity ratio, assuming full conversion of preferred stock ((H-G)/I)   7.7             %     8.0             %     8.4             %   8.5             %    8.4             %
Calculation of book value per share
Total shareholders’ equity                                                            $    2,352,274        $    2,335,736        $    2,264,982      $    2,131,074       $    2,069,822
Less: Preferred stock                                                                 (251,287        )     (251,312        )     (251,312        )   (126,427        )    (126,467        )
(J) Total common equity                                                               $    2,100,987        $    2,084,424        $    2,013,670      $    2,004,647       $    1,943,355
(K) Actual common shares outstanding                                                  48,383                48,337                47,677              47,390               46,805
Book value per share (J/K)                                                            $    43.42            $    43.12            $    42.24          $    42.30           $    41.52
Tangible common book value per share (H/K)                                            $    33.17            $    32.83            $    33.02          $    33.04           $    32.45
                                                                                                                              Three Months Ended                                                                             Years Ended
                                                                                                                              December 31,          September 30,      June 30,         March 31,         December 31,       December 31,
(Dollars and shares in thousands)                                                                                             2015                  2015               2015             2015              2014               2015               2014
Calculation of return on average assets
(L) Net income                                                                                                                $     35,512          $     38,355       $     43,831     $     39,052      $     38,133       $     156,749      $     151,398
Add: Acquisition and non-operating compensation charges, net of tax                                                           3,975                 3,558              847              607               --                 8,987              --
(M) Operating net income                                                                                                      39,487                41,913             44,678           39,659            38,133             165,736            151,398
(N) Total average assets                                                                                                      22,233,492            21,688,450         20,256,996       19,826,240        19,366,670         21,009,773         18,699,458
Return on average assets, annualized (L/N)                                                                                    0.63            %     0.70         %     0.87         %   0.80         %    0.78         %     0.75            %  0.81          %
Return on average assets, adjusted for acquisition and non-operating compensation charges, annualized (M/N)                   0.70            %     0.77         %     0.88         %   0.81         %    0.78         %     0.79            %  0.81          %
Calculation of return on average common equity
(O) Net income applicable to common shares                                                                                    $     31,883          34,276             42,251           37,471            36,553             $     145,880      145,075
(P) Add: Acquisition and non-operating compensation charges, net of tax                                                       3,975                 3,558              847              607               --                 8,987              --
(Q) Add: After-tax intangible asset amortization                                                                              834                   833                597              615               722                2,879              2,881
(R) Tangible operating net income applicable to common shares                                                                 $     36,692          38,667             43,695           38,693            37,275             $     157,746      147,956
Total average shareholders’ equity                                                                                            $     2,347,545       2,310,511          2,156,128        2,114,356         2,057,855          $     2,232,989    1,993,959
Less: Average preferred stock                                                                                                 (251,293        )     (251,312     )     (134,586     )   (126,445     )    (126,467     )     (191,416        )  (126,471      )
(S) Total average common shareholders’ equity                                                                                 $     2,096,252       2,059,199          2,021,542        1,987,911         1,931,388          $     2,041,573    1,867,488
Less: Average intangible assets                                                                                               (497,199        )     (490,583     )     (439,455     )   (436,456     )    (425,834     )     (466,225        )  (408,642      )
(T) Total average tangible common shareholders’ equity                                                                        $     1,599,053       1,568,616          1,582,087        1,551,455         1,505,554          $     1,575,348    1,458,846
Return on average common equity, annualized (O/S)                                                                             6.03            %     6.60         %     8.38         %   7.64         %    7.51         %     7.15            %  7.77          %
Return on average common equity, adjusted for acquisition and non-operating compensation charges, annualized  ((O+P)/S)       6.79            %     7.29         %     8.55         %   7.77         %    7.51         %     7.59            %  7.77          %
Return on average tangible common equity, annualized ((O+Q)/T)                                                                8.12            %     8.88         %     10.86        %   9.96         %    9.82         %     9.44            %  10.14         %
Return on average tangible common equity, adjusted for acquisition and non-operating compensation charges, annualized  (R/T)  9.10            %     9.78         %     11.07        %   10.12        %    9.82         %     10.01           %  10.14         %
Calculation of net income per common share - diluted
(U) Net income applicable to common shares - Diluted                                                                          33,462                35,855             43,831           39,052            38,133             152,199            151,398
Add: Acquisition and non-operating compensation charges, net of tax                                                           3,975                 3,558              847              607               --                 8,987              --
(V) Net income applicable to common shares - Diluted, adjusted for acquisition and non-operating compensation charges         37,437                39,413             44,678           39,659            38,133             161,186            151,398
Weighted average common shares and effect of dilutive potential common shares (W)                                             52,376                52,207             51,723           51,472            50,977             51,937             50,845
Net income per common share - Diluted (U/W)                                                                                   $     0.64            $     0.69         $     0.85       $     0.76        $     0.75         $     2.93         $     2.98
Net income per common share - Diluted, adjusted for acquisition and non-operating compensation charges (V/W)                  0.71                  0.75               0.86             0.77              0.75               3.10               2.98

(1) The Company considers acquisition and non-operating compensation charges incurred prior to 2015 to be insignificant.

LOANS
Loan Portfolio Mix and Growth Rates
                                                                                                                                % Growth
(Dollars in thousands)                                        December 31,          September 30,         December 31,          From           From
                                                              2015                  2015                  2014                  September 30,  December 31,
                                                                                                                                2015           2014
Balance:
Commercial                                                    $    4,713,909        $    4,400,185        $    3,924,394        28     %       20     %
Commercial real estate                                        5,529,289             5,307,566             4,505,753             17             23
Home equity                                                   784,675               797,465               716,293               (6     )       10
Residential real estate                                       607,451               571,743               483,542               25             26
Premium finance receivables - commercial                      2,374,921             2,407,075             2,350,833             (5     )       1
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                  2,961,496             2,700,275             2,277,571             38             30
Consumer and other                                            146,376               131,902               151,012               44             (3     )
Total loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans  $    17,118,117       $    16,316,211       $    14,409,398       19     %       19     %
Covered loans                                                 148,673               168,609               226,709               (47    )       (34    )
Total loans, net of unearned income                           $    17,266,790       $    16,484,820       $    14,636,107       19     %       18     %
Mix:
Commercial                                                    27              %     27              %     26              %
Commercial real estate                                        32                    32                    31
Home equity                                                   5                     5                     5
Residential real estate                                       3                     3                     3
Premium finance receivables - commercial                      14                    15                    16
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                  17                    16                    16
Consumer and other                                            1                     1                     1
Total loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans  99              %     99              %     98              %
Covered loans                                                 1                     1                     2
Total loans, net of unearned income                           100             %     100             %     100             %

(1) Annualized

As of December 31, 2015                                                   % of       Nonaccrual   > 90 Days    Allowance
                                                                          Total                   Past Due     For Loan
                                                                          Balance                 and Still    Losses
                                                                                                  Accruing     Allocation
(Dollars in thousands)                                  Balance
Commercial:
Commercial and industrial                               $    2,851,354    27.8  %    $   12,416   $   6        $   23,457
Franchise                                               245,228           2.4        --           --           3,086
Mortgage warehouse lines of credit                      222,806           2.2        --           --           1,628
Community Advantage - homeowner associations            130,986           1.3        --           --           3
Aircraft                                                5,327             0.1        288          --           7
Asset-based lending                                     742,684           7.3        8            --           5,859
Tax exempt                                              267,273           2.6        --           --           1,759
Leases                                                  226,074           2.2        --           535          232
Other                                                   3,588             --         --           --           20
PCI - commercial loans                                  18,589            0.2        --           892          84
Total commercial                                        $    4,713,909    46.1  %    $   12,712   $   1,433    $   36,135
Commercial Real Estate:
Residential construction                                $    70,381       0.7   %    $   273      $   --       $   895
Commercial construction                                 288,279           2.8        33           --           3,018
Land                                                    78,417            0.8        1,751        --           2,467
Office                                                  863,001           8.4        4,619        --           5,890
Industrial                                              727,648           7.1        9,564        --           6,377
Retail                                                  868,399           8.5        1,760        --           5,597
Multi-family                                            742,349           7.2        1,954        --           7,356
Mixed use and other                                     1,732,816         16.9       6,691        --           11,809
PCI - commercial real estate                            157,999           1.5        --           22,111       349
Total commercial real estate                            $    5,529,289    53.9  %    $   26,645   $   22,111   $   43,758
Total commercial and commercial real estate             $    10,243,198   100.0 %    $   39,357   $   23,544   $   79,893
Commercial real estate - collateral location by state:
Illinois                                                $    4,455,287    80.6  %
Wisconsin                                               581,844           10.5
Total primary markets                                   $    5,037,131    91.1  %
Florida                                                 55,631            1.0
California                                              64,018            1.2
Indiana                                                 129,467           2.3
Other (no individual state greater than 0.7%)           243,042           4.4
Total                                                   $    5,529,289    100.0 %

(1) Purchased credit impaired ("PCI") loans represent loans acquired with evidence of credit quality deterioration since origination, in accordance with ASC 310-30. Loan agings are based upon contractually required payments.

DEPOSITS
Deposit Portfolio Mix and Growth Rates
                                                                                                       % Growth
(Dollars in thousands)                    December 31, 2015   September 30, 2015   December 31, 2014   From           From
                                                                                                       September 30,  December 31,
                                                                                                       2015           2014
Balance:
Non-interest bearing                      $     4,836,420     $      4,705,994     $     3,518,685     11     %       37     %
NOW and interest bearing demand deposits  2,390,217           2,231,258            2,236,089           28             7
Wealth Management deposits                1,643,653           1,469,920            1,226,916           47             34
Money Market                              4,041,300           4,001,518            3,651,467           4              11
Savings                                   1,723,367           1,684,007            1,508,877           9              14
Time certificates of deposit              4,004,677           4,135,772            4,139,810           (13    )       (3     )
Total deposits                            $     18,639,634    $      18,228,469    $     16,281,844    9      %       14     %
Mix:
Non-interest bearing                      26               %  26                %  22               %
NOW and interest bearing demand deposits  13                  12                   14
Wealth Management deposits                9                   8                    8
Money Market                              22                  22                   22
Savings                                   9                   9                    9
Time certificates of deposit              21                  23                   25
Total deposits                            100              %  100               %  100              %

(1) Annualized

(2) Represents deposit balances of the Company’s subsidiary banks from brokerage customers of Wayne Hummer Investments, trust and asset management customers of The Chicago Trust Company and brokerage customers from unaffiliated companies which have been placed into deposit accounts of the Banks.

Time Certificates of Deposit
Maturity/Re-pricing Analysis
As of December 31, 2015
(Dollars in thousands)  CDARs &        MaxSafe        Variable Rate  Other Fixed          Total Time        Weighted-Average
                        Brokered       Certificates   Certificates   Rate   Certificates  Certificates of   Rate of Maturing
                        Certificates   of Deposit     of Deposit     of Deposit           Deposit           Time Certificates
                        of Deposit                                                                          of Deposit
1-3 months              $    --        $    54,940    $    147,210   $      700,606       $     902,756     0.58     %
4-6 months              36,506         42,643         --             577,555              656,704           0.60     %
7-9 months              165,621        31,803         --             536,680              734,104           0.78     %
10-12 months            --             37,691         --             523,806              561,497           0.80     %
13-18 months            43,307         16,608         --             580,093              640,008           0.91     %
19-24 months            1,525          4,666          --             196,065              202,256           1.02     %
24+ months              3,438          15,069         --             288,845              307,352           1.24     %
Total                   $    250,397   $    203,420   $    147,210   $      3,403,650     $     4,004,677   0.78     %

(1) This category of certificates of deposit is shown by contractual maturity date.

(2) This category includes variable rate certificates of deposit and savings certificates with the majority repricing on at least a monthly basis.

(3) Weighted-average rate excludes the impact of purchase accounting fair value adjustments.

NET INTEREST INCOME

The following table presents a summary of Wintrust’s average balances, net interest income and related net interest margins, calculated on a fully tax-equivalent basis, for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the third quarter of 2015 (sequential quarters)and fourth quarter of 2014 (linked quarters):

                                           Average Balance for three months ended,                              Interest for three months ended,             Yield/Rate for three months ended,
(Dollars in thousands)                     December 31,           September 30,          December 31,           December 31,   September 30,  December 31,   December 31,  September 30,  December 31,
                                           2015                   2015                   2014                   2015           2015           2014           2015          2015           2014
Liquidity management                       $     3,245,393        $     3,140,782        $     2,972,220        $    18,621    $    18,165    $    15,563    2.28   %      2.29   %       2.08   %
assets
Other earning assets                       29,792                 30,990                 29,699                 244            234            255            3.26          3.00           3.40
Loans, net of unearned income              16,889,922             16,509,001             14,469,745             168,060        165,572        153,590        3.95          3.98           4.21
Covered loans                              154,846                174,768                244,139                1,871          2,605          4,187          4.79          5.91           6.80
Total earning assets                       $     20,319,953       $     19,855,541       $     17,715,803       $    188,796   $    186,576   $    173,595   3.69   %      3.73   %       3.89   %
Allowance for loan and covered loan losses (109,448         )     (106,091         )     (97,506          )
Cash and due from banks                    260,593                251,289                243,080
Other assets                               1,762,394              1,687,711              1,505,293
Total assets                               $     22,233,492       $     21,688,450       $     19,366,670
Interest-bearing deposits                  $     13,606,046       $     13,489,651       $     12,771,359       $    12,617    $    12,436    $    12,431    0.37   %      0.37   %       0.39   %
Federal Home Loan Bank advances            448,725                402,646                335,198                2,684          2,458          2,534          2.37          2.42           3.00
Other borrowings                           269,914                272,782                84,795                 1,007          1,045          313            1.48          1.52           1.47
Subordinated notes                         140,000                140,000                140,000                1,777          1,776          1,776          5.08          5.08           5.07
Junior subordinated debentures             268,566                264,974                249,493                2,196          2,124          1,942          3.20          3.14           3.04
Total interest-bearing liabilities         $     14,733,251       $     14,570,053       $     13,580,845       $    20,281    $    19,839    $    18,996    0.55   %      0.54   %       0.55   %
Non-interest bearing deposits              4,776,977              4,473,632              3,398,774
Other liabilities                          375,719                334,254                329,196
Equity                                     2,347,545              2,310,511              2,057,855
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $     22,233,492       $     21,688,450       $     19,366,670
Interest rate spread                                                                                                                                         3.14   %      3.19   %       3.34   %
Net free funds/contribution                $     5,586,702        $     5,285,488        $     4,134,958                                                     0.15   %      0.14   %       0.12   %
Net interest income/margin                                                                                      $    168,515   $    166,737   $    154,599   3.29   %      3.33   %       3.46   %

(1) Liquidity management assets include available-for-sale and held-to-maturity securities, interest earning deposits with banks, federal funds sold and securities purchased under resale agreements.

(2) Interest income on tax-advantaged loans, trading securities and securities reflects a tax-equivalent adjustment based on a marginal federal corporate tax rate of 35%. The total adjustments for the three months ended December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 were $1.3 million, $1.2 million and $880,000, respectively.

(3) Other earning assets include brokerage customer receivables and trading account securities.

(4) Loans, net of unearned income, include loans held-for-sale and non-accrual loans.

(5) Interest rate spread is the difference between the yield earned on earning assets and the rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities.

(6) Net free funds are the difference between total average earning assets and total average interest-bearing liabilities. The estimated contribution to net interest margin from net free funds is calculated using the rate paid for total interest-bearing liabilities.

(7) See "Supplemental Financial Measures/Ratios" for additional information on this performance ratio.

The following table presents a summary of Wintrust’s average balances, net interest income and related net interest margins, calculated on a fully tax-equivalent basis, for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014:

                                           Average Balance for Year Ended,         Interest for Year Ended,              Yield/Rate for Year Ended,
(Dollars in thousands)                     December 31, 2015   December 31, 2014   December 31, 2015  December 31, 2014  December 31, 2015  December 31, 2014
Liquidity management assets                $     2,992,506     $     2,761,450     $     68,949       $     59,368       2.30     %         2.15     %
Other earning assets                       30,161              28,699              962                916                3.19               3.19
Loans, net of unearned income              16,022,371          13,958,842          641,917            590,620            4.01               4.23
Covered loans                              186,427             280,946             11,345             23,532             6.09               8.38
Total earning assets                       $     19,231,465    $     17,029,937    $     723,173      $     674,436      3.76     %         3.96     %
Allowance for loan and covered loan losses (103,459         )  (100,586         )
Cash and due from banks                    249,488             234,194
Other assets                               1,632,279           1,535,913
Total assets                               $     21,009,773    $     18,699,458
Interest-bearing deposits                  $     13,271,304    $     12,470,597    $     48,863       $     48,411       0.37     %         0.39     %
Federal Home Loan Bank advances            389,426             387,591             9,110              10,523             2.34               2.71
Other borrowings                           233,152             132,479             3,627              1,773              1.56               1.34
Subordinated notes                         140,000             77,479              7,105              3,906              5.07               5.04
Junior subordinated debentures             258,203             249,493             8,230              8,079              3.14               3.19
Total interest-bearing liabilities         $     14,292,085    $     13,317,639    $     76,935       $     72,692       0.54     %         0.55     %
Non-interest bearing deposits              4,144,378           3,062,338
Other liabilities                          340,321             325,522
Equity                                     2,232,989           1,993,959
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $     21,009,773    $     18,699,458
Interest rate spread                                                                                                     3.22     %         3.41     %
Net free funds/contribution                $     4,939,380     $     3,712,298                                           0.14     %         0.12     %
Net interest income/margin                                                         $     646,238      $     601,744      3.36     %         3.53     %

(1) Liquidity management assets include available-for-sale and held-to-maturity securities, interest earning deposits with banks, federal funds sold and securities purchased under resale agreements.

(2) Interest income on tax-advantaged loans, trading securities and securities reflects a tax-equivalent adjustment based on a marginal federal corporate tax rate of 35%. The total adjustments for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 were $4.7 million and $3.2 million, respectively.

(3) Other earning assets include brokerage customer receivables and trading account securities.

(4) Loans, net of unearned income, include loans held-for-sale and non-accrual loans.

(5) Interest rate spread is the difference between the yield earned on earning assets and the rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities.

(6) Net free funds are the difference between total average earning assets and total average interest-bearing liabilities. The estimated contribution to net interest margin from net free funds is calculated using the rate paid for total interest-bearing liabilities.

(7) See "Supplemental Financial Measures/Ratios" for additional information on this performance ratio.

Interest Rate Sensitivity

As an ongoing part of its financial strategy, the Company attempts to manage the impact of fluctuations in market interest rates on net interest income. Management measures its exposure to changes in interest rates modeling many different interest rate scenarios.

The following interest rate scenarios display the percentage change in net interest income over a one-year time horizon assuming increases of 100 and 200 basis points and a decrease of 100 basis points. The Static Shock Scenario results incorporate actual cash flows and repricing characteristics for balance sheet instruments following an instantaneous, parallel change in market rates based upon a static (i.e. no growth or constant) balance sheet. Conversely, the Ramp Scenario results incorporate management’s projections of future volume and pricing of each of the product lines following a gradual, parallel change in market rates over twelve months. Actual results may differ from these simulated results due to timing, magnitude, and frequency of interest rate changes as well as changes in market conditions and management strategies. The interest rate sensitivity for both the Static Shock and Ramp Scenarios at December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 is as follows:

Static Shock Scenarios  +200      +100     -100
                        Basis     Basis    Basis
                        Points    Points   Points
December 31, 2015       16.1 %    8.7 %    (10.6 )%
September 30, 2015      15.6 %    8.0 %    (11.1 )%
December 31, 2014       13.4 %    6.4 %    (10.1 )%
Ramp Scenarios     +200     +100     -100
                   Basis    Basis    Basis
                   Points   Points   Points
December 31, 2015  7.3 %    3.9 %    (4.4 )%
September 30, 2015 6.7 %    3.6 %    (4.0 )%
December 31, 2014  5.4 %    2.5 %    (3.9 )%

These results indicate that the Company has positioned its balance sheet to benefit from a rise in interest rates. This analysis also indicates that the Company would benefit to a greater magnitude should a rise in interest rates be significant (i.e. 200 basis points) and immediate (Static Shock Scenario).

NON-INTEREST INCOME

The following table presents non-interest income by category for the periods presented:

                                                      Three Months Ended
                                                      December 31,      September 30,     December 31,      Q4 2015 compared to     Q4 2015 compared to
                                                                                                            Q3 2015                 Q4 2014
(Dollars in thousands)                                2015              2015              2014              $ Change     % Change   $ Change        % Change
Brokerage                                             $    6,850        $    6,579        $    7,892        $   271      4    %     $   (1,042 )    (13  )%
Trust and asset management                            11,784            11,664            10,757            120          1          1,027           10
Total wealth management                               18,634            18,243            18,649            391          2          (15        )    0
Mortgage banking                                      23,317            27,887            24,694            (4,570  )    (16  )     (1,377     )    (6   )
Service charges on deposit accounts                   7,210             7,403             6,189             (193    )    (3   )     1,021           16
(Losses) gains on available-for-sale securities, net  (79         )     (98         )     18                19           NM         (97        )    NM
Fees from covered call options                        3,629             2,810             2,966             819          29         663             22
Trading gains (losses), net                           205               (135        )     (507        )     340          NM         712             NM
Operating lease income, net                           1,973             613               67                1,360        NM         1,906           NM
Other:
Interest rate swap fees                               2,343             2,606             1,119             (263    )    (10  )     1,224           NM
BOLI                                                  1,463             212               661               1,251        NM         802             NM
Administrative services                               1,101             1,072             1,107             29           3          (6         )    (1   )
Miscellaneous                                         5,294             4,340             2,694             954          22         2,600           97
Total Other                                           10,201            8,230             5,581             1,971        24         4,620           83
Total Non-Interest Income                             $    65,090       $    64,953       $    57,657       $   137      0    %     $   7,433       13   %
                                                      Years Ended December 31,          $              %
(Dollars in thousands)                                2015             2014             Change         Change
Brokerage                                             $   27,030       $   30,438       $   (3,408 )   (11 )%
Trust and asset management                            46,422           40,905           5,517          13
Total wealth management                               73,452           71,343           2,109          3
Mortgage banking                                      115,011          91,617           23,394         26
Service charges on deposit accounts                   27,384           23,307           4,077          17
Gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities, net  323              (504        )    827            NM
Fees from covered call options                        15,364           7,859            7,505          95
Trading (losses) gains, net                           (247        )    (1,609      )    1,362          NM
Operating lease income, net                           2,728            163              2,565          NM
Other:
Interest rate swap fees                               9,487            4,469            5,018          NM
BOLI                                                  4,622            2,700            1,922          71
Administrative services                               4,252            3,893            359            9
Miscellaneous                                         19,221           12,002           7,219          60
Total Other                                           37,582           23,064           14,518         63
Total Non-Interest Income                             $   271,597      $   215,240      $   56,357     26  %
NM - Not Meaningful

The significant changes in non-interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 compared to the quarters ended September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 are discussed below.

Wealth management revenue totaled $18.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to $18.2 million in the third quarter of 2015 and $18.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase as compared to the third quarter of 2015 is mostly attributable to growth in assets from new customers and new financial advisors, as well as an increase in existing customer activity and market appreciation. Wealth management revenue is comprised of the trust and asset management revenue of The Chicago Trust Company and Great Lakes Advisors and the brokerage commissions, money managed fees and insurance product commissions at Wayne Hummer Investments.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2015, mortgage banking revenue totaled $23.3 million, a decrease of $4.6 million as compared to the third quarter of 2015 and a decrease of $1.4 million when compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease in mortgage banking revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015, when compared to the third quarter of 2015 and the fourth quarter of 2014, resulted primarily from lower origination volumes in the current quarter. Mortgage loans originated or purchased for sale were $808.9 million in the current quarter as compared to $973.7 million in the third quarter of 2015 and $838.3 million in the prior year quarter. Mortgage banking revenue includes revenue from activities related to originating, selling and servicing residential real estate loans for the secondary market.

Service charges on deposit accounts totaled $7.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, a slight decrease compared to the third quarter of 2015 and an increase of $1.0 million compared to the prior year quarter. The increase in the current quarter as compared to the fourth quarter of 2014 is primarily a result of higher account analysis fees on deposit accounts which have increased as a result of the Company’s commercial banking initiative as well as additional service charges on deposit accounts from acquired institutions.

Fees from covered call option transactions totaled $3.6 million for the fourth quarter 2015, compared to $2.8 million for the third quarter of 2015 and $3.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. The Company has typically written call options with terms of less than three months against certain U.S. Treasury and agency securities held in its portfolio for liquidity and other purposes. Management has effectively entered into these transactions with the goal of economically hedging security positions and enhancing its overall return on its investment portfolio by using fees generated from these options to compensate for net interest margin compression. These option transactions are designed to increase the total return associated with holding certain investment securities and do not qualify as hedges pursuant to accounting guidance. Fees from covered call options increased in the current quarter compared to prior year periods primarily as a result of selling call options against a larger value of underlying securities resulting in higher premiums received by the Company. There were no outstanding call option contracts at December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014.

The Company recognized $205,000 of trading gains in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to trading losses of $135,000 in the third quarter of 2015 and trading losses of $507,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014. Trading gains and losses recorded by the Company primarily result from fair value adjustments related to interest rate derivatives not designated as hedges, primarily interest rate cap instruments that the Company uses to manage interest rate risk, specifically in the event of future increases in short-term interest rates. The change in value of the cap derivatives reflects the present value of expected cash flows over the remaining life of the caps. These expected cash flows are derived from the expected path for and a measure of volatility for short-term interest rates.

Other non-interest income totaled $10.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $2.0 million compared to the third quarter of 2015 and an increase of $4.6 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase in the current quarter as compared to the third quarter of 2015 and the fourth quarter of 2014, is primarily due to an increase in net gains on partnership investments, greater interest rate swap revenues resulting from interest rate hedging transactions related to both customer-based trades and the related matched trades with inter-bank counterparties and the recognition of a $0.6 million BOLI death benefit.

NON-INTEREST EXPENSE

The following table presents non-interest expense by category for the periods presented:

                                         Three Months Ended
                                         December 31,   September 30,      December 31,   Q4 2015 compared to        Q4 2015 compared to
                                                                                          Q3 2015                    Q4 2014
(Dollars in thousands)                   2015           2015               2014           $ Change        % Change   $ Change        % Change
Salaries and employee benefits:
Salaries                                 $    50,982    $    53,028        $    45,255    $   (2,046 )    (4   )%    $   5,727       13   %
Commissions and incentive compensation   31,222         30,035             28,369         1,187           4          2,853           10
Benefits                                 17,576         14,686             14,009         2,890           20         3,567           25
Total salaries and employee benefits     99,780         97,749             87,633         2,031           2          12,147          14
Equipment                                8,772          8,414              7,502          358             4          1,270           17
Equipment on operating lease             1,229          473                53             756             NM         1,176           NM
Occupancy, net                           13,062         12,066             11,600         996             8          1,462           13
Data processing                          7,284          8,127              5,313          (843       )    (10  )     1,971           37
Advertising and marketing                5,373          6,237              3,669          (864       )    (14  )     1,704           46
Professional fees                        4,387          4,100              4,039          287             7          348             9
Amortization of other intangible assets  1,324          1,350              1,171          (26        )    (2   )     153             13
FDIC insurance                           3,317          3,035              2,810          282             9          507             18
OREO expense, net                        2,598          (367         )     2,320          2,965           NM         278             12
Other:
Commissions - 3rd party brokers          1,321          1,364              1,470          (43        )    (3   )     (149       )    (10  )
Postage                                  1,892          1,927              1,724          (35        )    (2   )     168             10
Miscellaneous                            16,490         15,499             14,137         991             6          2,353           17
Total other                              19,703         18,790             17,331         913             5          2,372           14
Total Non-Interest Expense               $    166,829   $    159,974       $    143,441   $   6,855       4    %     $   23,388      16   %
                                         Years Ended December 31,    $              %
                                                                     Change         Change
(Dollars in thousands)                   2015          2014
Salaries and employee benefits:
Salaries                                 $   197,475   $   177,811   19,664         11  %
Commissions and incentive compensation   120,138       103,185       16,953         16
Benefits                                 64,467        54,510        9,957          18
Total salaries and employee benefits     382,080       335,506       46,574         14
Equipment                                32,812        29,609        3,203          11
Equipment on operating lease             1,826         142           1,684          NM
Occupancy, net                           48,880        42,889        5,991          14
Data processing                          26,940        19,336        7,604          39
Advertising and marketing                21,924        13,571        8,353          62
Professional fees                        18,225        15,574        2,651          17
Amortization of other intangible assets  4,621         4,692         (71        )   (2  )
FDIC insurance                           12,386        12,168        218            2
OREO expenses, net                       4,483         9,367         (4,884     )   (52 )
Other:
Commissions - 3rd party brokers          5,474         6,381         (907       )   (14 )
Postage                                  7,030         6,045         985            16
Miscellaneous                            61,738        51,567        10,171         20
Total other                              74,242        63,993        10,249         16
Total Non-Interest Expense               $   628,419   $   546,847   $   81,572     15  %

The significant changes in non-interest expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 compared to the quarters ended September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 are discussed below.

Salaries and employee benefits expense increased $12.1 million, or 14%, in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the fourth quarter of 2014 , and increased $2.0 million compared to the third quarter of 2015. The increase compared to the prior year period is primarily due to a $5.7 million increase in salaries caused by the addition of employees from acquisitions, increased staffing as the Company grows, acquisition-related and severance charges, along with a $2.8 million increase in commissions and incentive compensation and a $3.6 million increase in employee benefits resulting from higher insurance costs and the $1.4 million adjustment of pension obligations assumed in previous acquisitions.

Equipment on operating lease expense totaled $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of $756,000 compared to the third quarter of 2015 and an increase of $1.2 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase in the current quarter compared to the prior periods is primarily related to growth in business from the Company’s leasing divisions.

Occupancy expense for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $13.1 million, an increase of $1.0 million, or 8% compared to the third quarter of 2015 and an increase of $1.5 million, or 13%, compared to the same period in 2014. The increase in the current quarter as compared to the prior year quarter is primarily the result of increased rent expense on leased properties as well as additional depreciation expenses on owned locations including those obtained in the Company’s acquisitions. Occupancy expense includes depreciation on premises, real estate taxes, utilities and maintenance of premises, as well as net rent expense for leased premises.

Data processing expenses decreased in the fourth quarter of 2015 totaling $7.3 million as compared to $8.1 million in the third quarter of 2015 and increased $2.0 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The amount of data processing expenses incurred decreased compared to third quarter of 2015 primarily due to lower acquisition related expenses recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015 than were recorded in the third quarter related to recent bank acquisition transactions.

OREO expense totaled $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of $3.0 million compared to the third quarter of 2015 and an increase of $278,000 compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase in total OREO expense in the current quarter is due to operating expenses (net of rental income) increasing $716,000, recognized gains on sales decreasing $1.1 million and OREO valuation write-downs increasing $1.1 million. OREO costs include all costs related to obtaining, maintaining and selling other real estate owned properties.

Miscellaneous expenses in the fourth quarter of 2015 increased $1.0 million as compared to the third quarter of 2015 and increased $2.4 million, or 17%, compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Miscellaneous expense includes ATM expenses, correspondent bank charges, directors’ fees, telephone, travel and entertainment, corporate insurance, operating losses, dues and subscriptions, problem loan expenses and lending origination costs that are not deferred.

ASSET QUALITY
Allowance for Credit Losses, excluding covered loans
                                                                                                  Three Months Ended                                           Years Ended
(Dollars in thousands)                                                                            December 31, 2015   September 30, 2015   December 31, 2014   December 31, 2015  December 31, 2014
Allowance for loan losses at beginning of period                                                  $     102,996       $      100,204       $     91,019        $     91,705       $     96,922
Provision for credit losses                                                                       9,196               8,665                6,744               33,747             22,889
Other adjustments                                                                                 (243             )  (153              )  (236             )  (737          )    (824         )
Reclassification from/(to) allowance for unfunded lending-related commitments                     13                  (42               )  46                  (138          )    (56          )
Charge-offs:
Commercial                                                                                        1,369               964                  289                 4,253              4,153
Commercial real estate                                                                            2,734               1,948                4,434               6,543              15,788
Home equity                                                                                       680                 1,116                150                 4,227              3,895
Residential real estate                                                                           211                 1,138                630                 2,903              1,750
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                          2,676               1,595                1,463               7,060              5,722
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                      --                  --                   4                   --                 4
Consumer and other                                                                                179                 116                  156                 521                792
Total charge-offs                                                                                 7,849               6,877                7,126               25,507             32,104
Recoveries:
Commercial                                                                                        315                 462                  315                 1,432              1,198
Commercial real estate                                                                            491                 213                  572                 2,840              1,334
Home equity                                                                                       183                 42                   57                  312                535
Residential real estate                                                                           55                  136                  19                  283                335
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                          223                 278                  219                 1,288              1,139
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                      --                  16                   6                   16                 11
Consumer and other                                                                                20                  52                   70                  159                326
Total recoveries                                                                                  1,287               1,199                1,258               6,330              4,878
Net charge-offs                                                                                   (6,562           )  (5,678            )  (5,868           )  (19,177       )    (27,226      )
Allowance for loan losses at period end                                                           $     105,400       $      102,996       $     91,705        $     105,400      $     91,705
Allowance for unfunded lending-related commitments at period end                                  949                 926                  775                 949                775
Allowance for credit losses at period end                                                         $     106,349       $      103,922       $     92,480        $     106,349      $     92,480
Annualized net charge-offs by category as a percentage of its own respective category’s average:
Commercial                                                                                        0.09             %  0.05              %  --               %  0.07          %    0.08         %
Commercial real estate                                                                            0.16                0.13                 0.34                0.07               0.33
Home equity                                                                                       0.25                0.55                 0.05                0.52               0.47
Residential real estate                                                                           0.07                0.42                 0.30                0.29               0.19
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                          0.41                0.21                 0.21                0.24               0.19
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                      --                  --                   --                  --                 --
Consumer and other                                                                                0.37                0.17                 0.19                0.23               0.28
Total loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans                                      0.15             %  0.14              %  0.16             %  0.12          %    0.20         %
Net charge-offs as a percentage of the provision for credit losses                                71.35            %  65.53             %  86.98            %  56.83         %    118.94       %
Loans at period-end                                                                               $     17,118,117    $      16,316,211    $     14,409,398
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans at period end                                  0.62             %  0.63              %  0.64             %
Allowance for credit losses as a percentage of loans at period end                                0.62             %  0.64              %  0.64             %

The allowance for credit losses, excluding the allowance for covered loan losses, is comprised of the allowance for loan losses and the allowance for unfunded lending-related commitments. The allowance for loan losses is a reserve against loan amounts that are actually funded and outstanding while the allowance for unfunded lending-related commitments (separate liability account) relates to certain amounts that Wintrust is committed to lend but for which funds have not yet been disbursed. The provision for credit losses, excluding the provision for covered loan losses, may contain both a component related to funded loans (provision for loan losses) and a component related to lending-related commitments (provision for unfunded loan commitments and letters of credit).

Net charge-offs as a percentage of loans, excluding covered loans, for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled 15 basis points on an annualized basis compared to 14 basis points on an annualized basis in the third quarter of 2015 and 16 basis points on an annualized basis in the fourth quarter of 2014. Net charge-offs totaled $6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, an $884,000 increase from $5.7 million in the third quarter of 2015 and a $694,000 increase from $5.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The provision for credit losses, excluding the provision for covered loan losses, totaled $9.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, as compared to $8.7 million for the third quarter of 2015 and $6.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. The higher provision for credit losses in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the same period of 2014 was partly due to the loan growth in the current period.

The allowance for unfunded lending-related commitments totaled $949,000 as of December 31, 2015 compared to $926,000 as of September 30, 2015 and $775,000 as of December 31, 2014.

Management believes the allowance for credit losses is appropriate to provide for inherent losses in the portfolio. There can be no assurances however, that future losses will not exceed the amounts provided for, thereby affecting future results of operations. The amount of future additions to the allowance for credit losses will be dependent upon management’s assessment of the appropriateness of the allowance based on its evaluation of economic conditions, changes in real estate values, interest rates, the regulatory environment, the level of past-due and non-performing loans, and other factors.

The Company also provides a provision for covered loan losses on covered loans and maintains an allowance for covered loan losses on covered loans. Please see "Covered Assets" later in this document for more detail.

The following table presents the provision for credit losses and allowance for credit losses by component for the periods presented:

                                                    Three Months Ended                                        Years Ended
(Dollars in thousands)                              December 31, 2015  September 30, 2015  December 31, 2014  December 31, 2015   December 31, 2014
Provision for loan losses                           $     9,209        $      8,623        $     6,790        $      33,609       $     22,833
Provision for unfunded lending-related commitments  (13         )      42                  (46           )    138                 56
Provision for covered loan losses                   (137        )      (343          )     (611          )    (805           )    (2,352       )
Provision for credit losses                         $     9,059        $      8,322        $     6,133        $      32,942       $     20,537
                                                                                           Period End
                                                                                           December 31, 2015  September 30, 2015  December 31, 2014
Allowance for loan losses                                                                  $     105,400      $      102,996      $     91,705
Allowance for unfunded lending-related commitments                                         949                926                 775
Allowance for covered loan losses                                                          3,026              2,918               2,131
Allowance for credit losses                                                                $     109,375      $      106,840      $     94,611

The tables below summarize the calculation of allowance for loan losses for the Company’s core loan portfolio and consumer, niche and purchased loan portfolio as of December 31, 2015 and September 30, 2015.

                                                                                                                    As of December 31, 2015
                                                                                                                    Recorded          Calculated    As a percentage
                                                                                                                                                    of its own respective
(Dollars in thousands)                                                                                              Investment        Allowance     category’s balance
Commercial:
Commercial and industrial                                                                                           $    2,793,794    $   23,455    0.84       %
Asset-based lending                                                                                                 740,234           5,859         0.79
Tax exempt                                                                                                          265,264           1,759         0.66
Leases                                                                                                              225,805           232           0.10
Other                                                                                                               2,790             20            0.73
Commercial real estate:
Residential construction                                                                                            69,407            895           1.29
Commercial construction                                                                                             286,777           3,018         1.05
Land                                                                                                                72,114            2,467         3.42
Office                                                                                                              802,274           5,890         0.73
Industrial                                                                                                          679,538           6,373         0.94
Retail                                                                                                              794,442           5,597         0.70
Multi-family                                                                                                        685,217           7,348         1.07
Mixed use and other                                                                                                 1,581,024         11,809        0.75
Home equity                                                                                                         688,160           11,993        1.74
Residential real estate                                                                                             559,532           4,726         0.84
Total core loan portfolio                                                                                           $    10,246,372   $   91,441    0.89       %
Commercial:
Franchise                                                                                                           $    245,228      $   3,086     1.26       %
Mortgage warehouse lines of credit                                                                                  222,806           1,628         0.73
Community Advantage - homeowner associations                                                                        130,986           3             --
Aircraft                                                                                                            5,327             7             0.13
Purchased non-covered commercial loans                                                                              81,675            86            0.11
Commercial real estate:
Purchased non-covered commercial real estate                                                                        558,496           361           0.06
Purchased non-covered home equity                                                                                   96,515            19            0.02
Purchased non-covered residential real estate                                                                       47,919            8             0.02
Premium finance receivables
U.S. commercial insurance loans                                                                                     2,096,604         5,449         0.26
Canada commercial insurance loans                                                                                   278,317           567           0.20
Life insurance loans                                                                                                2,593,204         1,217         0.05
Purchased life insurance loans                                                                                      368,292           --            --
Consumer and other                                                                                                  141,743           1,527         1.08
Purchased non-covered consumer and other                                                                            4,633             1             0.02
Total consumer, niche and purchased loan portfolio                                                                  $    6,871,745    $   13,959    0.20       %
Total loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans                                                        $    17,118,117   $   105,400   0.62       %
Non-accretable credit discounts on purchased loans reported in accordance with ASC 310-30, excluding covered loans                    29,502
Total allowance for loan losses and non-accretable credit discounts on purchased loans, excluding covered loans                       $   134,902   0.79       %

(1) Excludes purchased loans reported in accordance with ASC 310-20 and ASC 310-30.

(2) Purchased loans represent loans reported in accordance with ASC 310-20 and ASC 310-30.

                                                                                                                    As of September 30, 2015
                                                                                                                    Recorded          Calculated    As a percentage
                                                                                                                                                    of its own respective
(Dollars in thousands)                                                                                              Investment        Allowance     category’s balance
Commercial:
Commercial and industrial                                                                                           $    2,579,208    $   21,875    0.85       %
Asset-based lending                                                                                                 797,301           6,282         0.79
Tax exempt                                                                                                          230,878           1,303         0.56
Leases                                                                                                              205,612           169           0.08
Other                                                                                                               1,953             12            0.61
Commercial real estate:
Residential construction                                                                                            60,072            753           1.25
Commercial construction                                                                                             283,689           2,995         1.06
Land                                                                                                                73,923            2,550         3.45
Office                                                                                                              762,734           7,154         0.94
Industrial                                                                                                          614,619           5,515         0.90
Retail                                                                                                              753,009           5,254         0.70
Multi-family                                                                                                        650,287           6,951         1.07
Mixed use and other                                                                                                 1,517,265         12,077        0.80
Home equity                                                                                                         694,203           12,205        1.76
Residential real estate                                                                                             518,756           4,580         0.88
Total core loan portfolio                                                                                           $    9,743,509    $   89,675    0.92       %
Commercial:
Franchise                                                                                                           $    222,001      $   3,145     1.42       %
Mortgage warehouse lines of credit                                                                                  136,614           1,022         0.75
Community Advantage - homeowner associations                                                                        123,209           3             --
Aircraft                                                                                                            6,371             8             0.13
Purchased non-covered commercial loans                                                                              97,038            171           0.18
Commercial real estate:
Purchased non-covered commercial real estate                                                                        591,968           812           0.14
Purchased non-covered home equity                                                                                   103,262           18            0.02
Purchased non-covered residential real-estate                                                                       52,987            6             0.01
Premium finance receivables
U.S. commercial insurance loans                                                                                     2,127,969         5,458         0.26
Canada commercial insurance loans                                                                                   279,106           583           0.21
Life insurance loans                                                                                                2,326,689         1,040         0.04
Purchased life insurance loans                                                                                      373,586           --            --
Consumer and other                                                                                                  127,011           1,054         0.83
Purchased non-covered consumer and other                                                                            4,891             1             0.02
Total consumer, niche and purchased loan portfolio                                                                  $    6,572,702    $   13,321    0.20       %
Total loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans                                                        $    16,316,211   $   102,996   0.63       %
Non-accretable credit discounts on purchased loans reported in accordance with ASC 310-30, excluding covered loans                    30,405
Total allowance for loan losses and non-accretable credit discounts on purchased loans, excluding covered loans                       $   133,401   0.82       %

(1) Excludes purchased loans reported in accordance with ASC 310-20 and ASC 310-30.

(2) Purchased loans represent loans reported in accordance with ASC 310-20 and ASC 310-30.

As part of the regular quarterly review performed by management to determine if the Company’s allowance for loan losses is appropriate, an analysis is prepared on the loan portfolio based upon a breakout of core loans and consumer, niche and purchased loans. A summary of the allowance for loan losses calculated for the loan components in both the core loan portfolio and the consumer, niche and purchased loan portfolio was shown on the previous pages as of December 31, 2015 and September 30, 2015.

The decrease in the allowance for loan losses to core loans in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the third quarter of 2015 was attributable to a smaller population of core loans requiring ASC 310 reserves (specific reserves). Loans requiring ASC 450 reserves typically have lower reserve factors as compared to core loans requiring ASC 310 reserves. ASC 310 reserves are maintained on impaired loans.

Purchased loans acquired in a business combination are recorded at estimated fair value on their purchase date. In accordance with accounting guidance, credit deterioration on purchased loans is recorded as a credit discount at the time of purchase instead of as an increase to the allowance for loan losses. For analysis purposes, the Company has combined the non-accretable credit discounts recorded on purchased loans with the total allowance for loan losses in the previous tables to present the total credit reserves available on its loan portfolio. The total allowance for loan losses and non-accretable credit discounts on purchased loans was 0.79% of the total loan portfolio as of December 31, 2015 as compared to 0.82% as of September 30, 2015. The Company expects the total allowance for loan losses and non-accretable credit discounts on purchased loans to total loans ratio to increase in periods that have acquisitions and decrease in periods without acquisitions, based on the performance of the purchased loan portfolios.

The table below shows the aging of the Company’s loan portfolio at December 31, 2015:

                                                                           90+ days     60-89        30-59
As of December 31, 2015                                                    and still    days past    days past
(Dollars in thousands)                                        Nonaccrual   accruing     due          due           Current           Total Loans
Loan Balances:
Commercial
Commercial and industrial                                     $   12,416   $   6        $   6,749    $   33,680    $    2,798,503    $    2,851,354
Franchise                                                     --           --           --           --            245,228           245,228
Mortgage warehouse lines of credit                            --           --           --           --            222,806           222,806
Community Advantage - homeowners association                  --           --           --           --            130,986           130,986
Aircraft                                                      288          --           --           --            5,039             5,327
Asset-based lending                                           8            --           3,864        1,844         736,968           742,684
Tax exempt                                                    --           --           --           --            267,273           267,273
Leases                                                        --           535          748          4,192         220,599           226,074
Other                                                         --           --           --           --            3,588             3,588
PCI - commercial                                              --           892          --           2,510         15,187            18,589
Total commercial                                              12,712       1,433        11,361       42,226        4,646,177         4,713,909
Commercial real estate
Residential construction                                      273          --           --           45            70,063            70,381
Commercial construction                                       33           --           1,371        1,600         285,275           288,279
Land                                                          1,751        --           --           120           76,546            78,417
Office                                                        4,619        --           764          3,817         853,801           863,001
Industrial                                                    9,564        --           1,868        1,009         715,207           727,648
Retail                                                        1,760        --           442          2,310         863,887           868,399
Multi-family                                                  1,954        --           597          6,568         733,230           742,349
Mixed use and other                                           6,691        --           6,723        18,835        1,700,567         1,732,816
PCI - commercial real estate                                  --           22,111       4,662        16,559        114,667           157,999
Total commercial real estate                                  26,645       22,111       16,427       50,863        5,413,243         5,529,289
Home equity                                                   6,848        --           1,889        5,517         770,421           784,675
Residential real estate                                       12,043       --           1,964        3,824         586,154           603,985
PCI - residential real estate                                 --           488          202          79            2,697             3,466
Premium finance receivables
Commercial insurance loans                                    14,561       10,294       6,624        21,656        2,321,786         2,374,921
Life insurance loans                                          --           --           3,432        11,140        2,578,632         2,593,204
PCI - life insurance loans                                    --           --           --           --            368,292           368,292
Consumer and other, including PCI                             263          211          204          1,187         144,511           146,376
Total loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans  $   73,072   $   34,537   $   42,103   $   136,492   $    16,831,913   $    17,118,117
Covered loans                                                 5,878        7,335        703          5,774         128,983           148,673
Total loans, net of unearned income                           $   78,950   $   41,872   $   42,806   $   142,266   $    16,960,896   $    17,266,790

(1) PCI loans represent loans acquired with evidence of credit quality deterioration since origination, in accordance with ASC 310-30. Loan agings are based upon contractually required payments.

Aging as a % of Loan Balance:                                 Nonaccrual  90+ days   60-89      30-59      Current    Total Loans
                                                                          and still  days past  days past
                                                                          accruing   due        due
Commercial
Commercial and industrial                                     0.4   %     --   %     0.2  %     1.2  %     98.2  %    100.0 %
Franchise                                                     --          --         --         --         100.0      100.0
Mortgage warehouse lines of credit                            --          --         --         --         100.0      100.0
Community Advantage - homeowners association                  --          --         --         --         100.0      100.0
Aircraft                                                      5.4         --         --         --         94.6       100.0
Asset-based lending                                           --          --         0.5        0.3        99.2       100.0
Tax exempt                                                    --          --         --         --         100.0      100.0
Leases                                                        --          0.2        0.3        1.9        97.6       100.0
Other                                                         --          --         --         --         100.0      100.0
PCI - commercial                                              --          4.8        --         13.5       81.7       100.0
Total commercial                                              0.3         --         0.2        0.9        98.6       100.0
Commercial real estate
Residential construction                                      0.4         --         --         0.1        99.5       100.0
Commercial construction                                       --          --         0.5        0.6        98.9       100.0
Land                                                          2.2         --         --         0.2        97.6       100.0
Office                                                        0.5         --         0.1        0.4        99.0       100.0
Industrial                                                    1.3         --         0.3        0.1        98.3       100.0
Retail                                                        0.2         --         0.1        0.3        99.4       100.0
Multi-family                                                  0.3         --         0.1        0.9        98.7       100.0
Mixed use and other                                           0.4         --         0.4        1.1        98.1       100.0
PCI - commercial real estate                                  --          14.0       3.0        10.5       72.5       100.0
Total commercial real estate                                  0.5         0.4        0.3        0.9        97.9       100.0
Home equity                                                   0.9         --         0.2        0.7        98.2       100.0
Residential real estate                                       2.0         --         0.3        0.6        97.1       100.0
PCI - residential real estate                                 --          14.1       5.8        2.3        77.8       100.0
Premium finance receivables
Commercial insurance loans                                    0.6         0.4        0.3        0.9        97.8       100.0
Life insurance loans                                          --          --         0.1        0.4        99.5       100.0
PCI - life insurance loans                                    --          --         --         --         100.0      100.0
Consumer and other, including PCI                             0.2         0.1        0.1        0.8        98.8       100.0
Total loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans  0.4   %     0.2  %     0.2  %     0.8  %     98.4  %    100.0 %
Covered loans                                                 4.0         4.9        0.5        3.9        86.7       100.0
Total loans, net of unearned income                           0.5   %     0.2  %     0.2  %     0.8  %     98.3  %    100.0 %

As of December 31, 2015, $42.1 million of all loans, excluding covered loans, or 0.2%, were 60 to 89 days past due and $136.5 million, or 0.8%, were 30 to 59 days (or one payment) past due. As of September 30, 2015, $39.0 million of all loans, excluding covered loans, or 0.2%, were 60 to 89 days past due and $57.4 million, or 0.4%, were 30 to 59 days (or one payment) past due. The majority of the commercial and commercial real estate loans shown as 60 to 89 days and 30 to 59 days past due are included on the Company’s internal problem loan reporting system. Loans on this system are closely monitored by management on a monthly basis.

The Company’s home equity and residential loan portfolios continue to exhibit low delinquency ratios. Home equity loans at December 31, 2015 that are current with regard to the contractual terms of the loan agreement represent 98.2% of the total home equity portfolio. Residential real estate loans at December 31, 2015 that are current with regards to the contractual terms of the loan agreements comprise 96.9% of total residential real estate loans outstanding, which includes purchased non-covered residential real-estate.

The table below shows the aging of the Company’s loan portfolio at September 30, 2015:

                                                                           90+ days     60-89        30-59
As of September 30, 2015                                                   and still    days past    days past
(Dollars in thousands)                                        Nonaccrual   accruing     due          due          Current           Total Loans
Loan Balances:
Commercial
Commercial and industrial                                     $   12,006   $   --       $   2,731    $   9,331    $    2,622,207    $    2,646,275
Franchise                                                     --           --           80           376          221,545           222,001
Mortgage warehouse lines of credit                            --           --           --           --           136,614           136,614
Community Advantage - homeowners association                  --           --           44           --           123,165           123,209
Aircraft                                                      --           --           --           378          5,993             6,371
Asset-based lending                                           12           --           1,313        247          800,798           802,370
Tax exempt                                                    --           --           --           --           232,667           232,667
Leases                                                        --           --           --           89           205,697           205,786
Other                                                         --           --           --           --           1,953             1,953
PCI - commercial                                              --           217          --           39           22,683            22,939
Total commercial                                              12,018       217          4,168        10,460       4,373,322         4,400,185
Commercial real estate
Residential construction                                      --           --           --           1,141        60,130            61,271
Commercial construction                                       31           --           --           2,394        283,538           285,963
Land                                                          1,756        --           --           2,207        75,113            79,076
Office                                                        4,045        --           10,861       2,362        773,043           790,311
Industrial                                                    11,637       --           786          897          622,804           636,124
Retail                                                        2,022        --           1,536        821          781,463           785,842
Multi-family                                                  1,525        --           512          744          684,878           687,659
Mixed use and other                                           7,601        --           2,340        12,871       1,797,516         1,820,328
PCI - commercial real estate                                  --           13,547       299          583          146,563           160,992
Total commercial real estate                                  28,617       13,547       16,334       24,020       5,225,048         5,307,566
Home equity                                                   8,365        --           811          4,124        784,165           797,465
Residential real estate                                       14,557       --           1,017        1,195        551,292           568,061
PCI - residential real estate                                 --           424          323          411          2,524             3,682
Premium finance receivables
Commercial insurance loans                                    13,751       8,231        6,664        13,659       2,364,770         2,407,075
Life insurance loans                                          --           --           9,656        2,627        2,314,406         2,326,689
PCI - life insurance loans                                    --           --           --           --           373,586           373,586
Consumer and other, including PCI                             297          140          56           935          130,474           131,902
Total loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans  $   77,605   $   22,559   $   39,029   $   57,431   $    16,119,587   $    16,316,211
Covered loans                                                 6,540        7,626        1,392        802          152,249           168,609
Total loans, net of unearned income                           $   84,145   $   30,185   $   40,421   $   58,233   $    16,271,836   $    16,484,820

(1) PCI loans represent loans acquired with evidence of credit quality deterioration since origination, in accordance with ASC 310-30. Loan agings are based upon contractually required payments.

Aging as a % of Loan Balance:                                 Nonaccrual  90+ days   60-89      30-59      Current    Total Loans
                                                                          and still  days past  days past
                                                                          accruing   due        due
Commercial
Commercial and industrial                                     0.5   %     --   %     0.1  %     0.4  %     99.0  %    100.0 %
Franchise                                                     --          --         --         0.2        99.8       100.0
Mortgage warehouse lines of credit                            --          --         --         --         100.0      100.0
Community Advantage - homeowners association                  --          --         --         --         100.0      100.0
Aircraft                                                      --          --         --         5.9        94.1       100.0
Asset-based lending                                           --          --         0.2        --         99.8       100.0
Tax exempt                                                    --          --         --         --         100.0      100.0
Leases                                                        --          --         --         --         100.0      100.0
Other                                                         --          --         --         --         100.0      100.0
PCI - commercial                                              --          0.9        --         0.2        98.9       100.0
Total commercial                                              0.3         --         0.1        0.2        99.4       100.0
Commercial real estate
Residential construction                                      --          --         --         1.9        98.1       100.0
Commercial construction                                       --          --         --         0.8        99.2       100.0
Land                                                          2.2         --         --         2.8        95.0       100.0
Office                                                        0.5         --         1.4        0.3        97.8       100.0
Industrial                                                    1.8         --         0.1        0.1        98.0       100.0
Retail                                                        0.3         --         0.2        0.1        99.4       100.0
Multi-family                                                  0.2         --         0.1        0.1        99.6       100.0
Mixed use and other                                           0.4         --         0.1        0.7        98.8       100.0
PCI - commercial real estate                                  --          8.4        0.2        0.4        91.0       100.0
Total commercial real estate                                  0.5         0.3        0.3        0.5        98.4       100.0
Home equity                                                   1.0         --         0.1        0.5        98.4       100.0
Residential real estate                                       2.6         --         0.2        0.2        97.0       100.0
PCI - residential real estate                                 --          11.5       8.8        11.2       68.5       100.0
Premium finance receivables
Commercial insurance loans                                    0.6         0.4        0.3        0.6        98.1       100.0
Life insurance loans                                          --          --         0.4        0.1        99.5       100.0
PCI - life insurance loans                                    --          --         --         --         100.0      100.0
Consumer and other, including PCI                             0.2         0.1        --         0.7        99.0       100.0
Total loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans  0.5   %     0.1  %     0.2  %     0.4  %     98.8  %    100.0 %
Covered loans                                                 3.9         4.5        0.8        0.5        90.3       100.0
Total loans, net of unearned income                           0.5   %     0.2  %     0.2  %     0.4  %     98.7  %    100.0 %

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Non-performing Assets, excluding covered assets</span>

The following table sets forth Wintrust’s non-performing assets and troubled debt restructurings ("TDRs") performing under the contractual terms of the loan agreement, excluding covered assets and non-covered PCI loans, at the dates indicated.

                                                                                                          December 31,       September 30,      December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                                                                                    2015               2015               2014
Loans past due greater than 90 days and still accruing :
Commercial                                                                                                $    541           $    --            $    474
Commercial real estate                                                                                    --                 --                 --
Home equity                                                                                               --                 --                 --
Residential real estate                                                                                   --                 --                 --
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                                  10,294             8,231              7,665
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                              --                 --                 --
Consumer and other                                                                                        150                140                119
Total loans past due greater than 90 days and still accruing                                              10,985             8,371              8,258
Non-accrual loans :
Commercial                                                                                                12,712             12,018             9,157
Commercial real estate                                                                                    26,645             28,617             26,605
Home equity                                                                                               6,848              8,365              6,174
Residential real estate                                                                                   12,043             14,557             15,502
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                                  14,561             13,751             12,705
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                              --                 --                 --
Consumer and other                                                                                        263                297                277
Total non-accrual loans                                                                                   73,072             77,605             70,420
Total non-performing loans:
Commercial                                                                                                13,253             12,018             9,631
Commercial real estate                                                                                    26,645             28,617             26,605
Home equity                                                                                               6,848              8,365              6,174
Residential real estate                                                                                   12,043             14,557             15,502
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                                  24,855             21,982             20,370
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                              --                 --                 --
Consumer and other                                                                                        413                437                395
Total non-performing loans                                                                                $    84,057        $    85,976        $    78,677
Other real estate owned                                                                                   26,849             29,053             36,419
Other real estate owned - from acquisition                                                                17,096             22,827             9,223
Other repossessed assets                                                                                  $    174           $    193           $    303
Total non-performing assets                                                                               $    128,176       $    138,049       $    124,622
TDRs performing under the contractual terms of the loan agreement                                         $    42,744        $    49,173        $    69,697
Total non-performing loans by category as a percent of its own respective category’s period-end balance:
Commercial                                                                                                0.28         %     0.27         %     0.25         %
Commercial real estate                                                                                    0.48               0.54               0.59
Home equity                                                                                               0.87               1.05               0.86
Residential real estate                                                                                   1.98               2.55               3.21
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                                  1.05               0.91               0.87
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                              --                 --                 --
Consumer and other                                                                                        0.28               0.33               0.26
Total loans, net of unearned income                                                                       0.49         %     0.53         %     0.55         %
Total non-performing assets as a percentage of total assets                                               0.56         %     0.63         %     0.62         %
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total non-performing loans                                   125.39       %     119.79       %     116.56       %

(1) As of the dates shown, no TDRs were past due greater than 90 days and still accruing interest.

(2) Non-accrual loans included TDRs totaling $9.1 million, $10.1 million and $12.6 million as of December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.

Non-performing Commercial and Commercial Real Estate

Non-performing commercial and commercial real estate totaled $39.9 million as of December 31, 2015 compared to $40.6 million as of September 30, 2015 and $36.2 million as of December 31, 2014.

Management is pursuing the resolution of all credits in this category. At this time, management believes reserves are appropriate to absorb inherent losses that are expected to occur upon the ultimate resolution of these credits.

Non-performing Residential Real Estate and Home Equity

Non-performing home equity and residential real estate loans totaled $18.9 million as of December 31, 2015. The balance decreased $4.0 million from September 30, 2015 and decreased $2.8 million from December 31, 2014. The December 31, 2015 non-performing balance is comprised of $12.0 million of residential real estate (61 individual credits) and $6.8 million of home equity loans (45 individual credits). On average, this is approximately 7 non-performing residential real estate loans and home equity loans per chartered bank within the Company. The Company believes control and collection of these loans is very manageable. At this time, management believes reserves are adequate to absorb inherent losses that may occur upon the ultimate resolution of these credits.

Non-performing Commercial Insurance Premium Finance Receivables

The table below presents the level of non-performing property and casualty premium finance receivables as of December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 and the amount of net charge-offs for the quarters then ended.

                                                                               December 31,      September 30,     December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                                                         2015              2015              2014
Non-performing premium finance receivables - commercial                        $    24,855       $    21,982       $    20,370
- as a percent of premium finance receivables - commercial outstanding         1.05        %     0.91        %     0.87        %
Net charge-offs (recoveries) of premium finance receivables - commercial       $    2,453        $    1,317        $    1,244
- annualized as a percent of average premium finance receivables - commercial  0.41        %     0.21        %     0.21        %

Fluctuations in this category may occur due to timing and nature of account collections from insurance carriers. The Company’s underwriting standards, regardless of the condition of the economy, have remained consistent. We anticipate that net charge-offs and non-performing asset levels in the near term will continue to be at levels that are within acceptable operating ranges for this category of loans. Management is comfortable with administering the collections at this level of non-performing property and casualty premium finance receivables and believes reserves are adequate to absorb inherent losses that are expected upon the ultimate resolution of these credits.

Due to the nature of collateral for commercial premium finance receivables, it customarily takes 60-150 days to convert the collateral into cash. Accordingly, the level of non-performing commercial premium finance receivables is not necessarily indicative of the loss inherent in the portfolio. In the event of default, Wintrust has the power to cancel the insurance policy and collect the unearned portion of the premium from the insurance carrier. In the event of cancellation, the cash returned in payment of the unearned premium by the insurer should generally be sufficient to cover the receivable balance, the interest and other charges due. Due to notification requirements and processing time by most insurance carriers, many receivables will become delinquent beyond 90 days while the insurer is processing the return of the unearned premium. Management continues to accrue interest until maturity as the unearned premium is ordinarily sufficient to pay-off the outstanding balance and contractual interest due.

Nonperforming Loans Rollforward

The table below presents a summary of the changes in the balance of non-performing loans, excluding covered loans, for the periods presented:

                                               Three Months Ended                                    Years Ended
                                               December 31,      September 30,     December 31,      December 31,      December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                         2015              2015              2014              2015              2014
Balance at beginning of period                 $    85,976       $    76,554       $    81,070       $    78,677       $    103,334
Additions, net                                 5,983             24,333            6,797             48,124            37,984
Return to performing status                    (1,152      )     (1,028      )     (1,533      )     (3,743      )     (8,345       )
Payments received                              (6,387      )     (5,468      )     (3,426      )     (22,804     )     (15,031      )
Transfer to OREO and other repossessed assets  (1,903      )     (1,773      )     (866        )     (10,581     )     (23,402      )
Charge-offs                                    (1,882      )     (4,081      )     (3,032      )     (10,519     )     (17,159      )
Net change for niche loans                     3,422             (2,561      )     (333        )     4,903             1,296
Balance at end of period                       $    84,057       $    85,976       $    78,677       $    84,057       $    78,677

(1) This includes activity for premium finance receivables and indirect consumer loans.

TDRs

The table below presents a summary of TDRs as of the respective date, presented by loan category and accrual status:

                                                    December 31,      September 30,     December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                              2015              2015              2014
Accruing TDRs:
Commercial                                          $    5,613        $    5,717        $    6,654
Commercial real estate                              32,777            39,867            60,120
Residential real estate and other                   4,354             3,589             2,923
Total accrual                                       $    42,744       $    49,173       $    69,697
Non-accrual TDRs:
Commercial                                          $    134          $    147          $    922
Commercial real estate                              5,930             5,778             7,503
Residential real estate and other                   3,045             4,222             4,153
Total non-accrual                                   $    9,109        $    10,147       $    12,578
Total TDRs:
Commercial                                          $    5,747        $    5,864        $    7,576
Commercial real estate                              38,707            45,645            67,623
Residential real estate and other                   7,399             7,811             7,076
Total TDRs                                          $    51,853       $    59,320       $    82,275
Weighted-average contractual interest rate of TDRs  4.13        %     4.04        %     4.09        %

(1) Included in total non-performing loans.

At December 31, 2015, the Company had $51.9 million in loans classified as TDRs. The $51.9 million in TDRs represents 102 credits in which economic concessions were granted to certain borrowers to better align the terms of their loans with their current ability to pay. The balance decreased from $59.3 million representing 114 credits at September 30, 2015 and decreased from $82.3 million representing 145 credits at December 31, 2014.

The table below presents a summary of TDRs as of December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, and shows the changes in the balance during the periods presented:

Three Months Ended December 31, 2015
(Dollars in thousands)                            Commercial     Commercial      Residential    Total
                                                                 Real Estate     Real Estate
                                                                                 and Other
Balance at beginning of period                    $   5,864      $   45,645      $   7,811      $   59,320
Additions during the period                       --             201             --             201
Reductions:
Charge-offs                                       --             (1,707     )    (48       )    (1,755     )
Transferred to OREO and other repossessed assets  --             --              (135      )    (135       )
Removal of TDR loan status                        (19       )    (2,868     )    --             (2,887     )
Payments received                                 (98       )    (2,564     )    (229      )    (2,891     )
Balance at period end                             $   5,747      $   38,707      $   7,399      $   51,853
Three Months Ended December 31, 2014
(Dollars in thousands)                            Commercial     Commercial      Residential    Total
                                                                 Real Estate     Real Estate
                                                                                 and Other
Balance at beginning of period                    $   6,444      $   70,441      $   6,500      $   83,385
Additions during the period                       1,461          1,405           949            3,815
Reductions:
Charge-offs                                       --             (559       )    --             (559       )
Transferred to OREO and other repossessed assets  --             --              --             --
Removal of TDR loan status                        --             --              --             --
Payments received                                 (329      )    (3,664     )    (373      )    (4,366     )
Balance at period end                             $   7,576      $   67,623      $   7,076      $   82,275
Year Ended December 31, 2015
(Dollars in thousands)                            Commercial     Commercial      Residential    Total
                                                                 Real Estate     Real Estate
                                                                                 and Other
Balance at beginning of period                    $   7,576      $   67,623      $   7,076      $   82,275
Additions during the period                       --             370             1,664          2,034
Reductions:
Charge-offs                                       (397      )    (1,975     )    (140      )    (2,512     )
Transferred to OREO and other repossessed assets  (562      )    (2,290     )    (414      )    (3,266     )
Removal of TDR loan status                        (490      )    (13,019    )    --             (13,509    )
Payments received                                 (380      )    (12,002    )    (787      )    (13,169    )
Balance at period end                             $   5,747      $   38,707      $   7,399      $   51,853

(1) Loan was previously classified as a TDR and subsequently performed in compliance with the loan’s modified terms for a period of six months (including over a calendar year-end) at a modified interest rate which represented a market rate at the time of restructuring. Per our TDR policy, the TDR classification is removed at the time of a subsequent modification.

Year Ended December 31, 2014
(Dollars in thousands)                            Commercial     Commercial      Residential    Total
                                                                 Real Estate     Real Estate
                                                                                 and Other
Balance at beginning of period                    $   7,388      $   93,535      $   6,180      $   107,103
Additions during the period                       1,549          8,582           1,836          11,967
Reductions:
Charge-offs                                       (51       )    (6,875     )    (479      )    (7,405      )
Transferred to OREO and other repossessed assets  (252      )    (16,057    )    --             (16,309     )
Removal of TDR loan status                        (383      )    --              --             (383        )
Payments received                                 (675      )    (11,562    )    (461      )    (12,698     )
Balance at period end                             $   7,576      $   67,623      $   7,076      $   82,275

(1) Loan was previously classified as a TDR and subsequently performed in compliance with the loan’s modified terms for a period of six months (including over a calendar year-end) at a modified interest rate which represented a market rate at the time of restructuring. Per our TDR policy, the TDR classification is removed at the time of a subsequent modification.

Each TDR was reviewed for impairment at December 31, 2015 and approximately $1.8 million of impairment was present and appropriately reserved for through the Company’s normal reserving methodology in the Company’s allowance for loan losses. For TDRs in which impairment is calculated by the present value of future cash flows, the Company records interest income representing the decrease in impairment resulting from the passage of time during the respective period, which differs from interest income from contractually required interest on these specific loans. For the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, the Company recorded $188,000 and $195,000, respectively, in interest income representing this decrease in impairment. For the year ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, the Company recorded $573,000 and $724,000, respectively, in interest income representing this decrease in impairment.

Other Real Estate Owned

The table below presents a summary of other real estate owned, excluding covered other real estate owned, as of December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, and shows the activity for the respective period and the balance for each property type:

                                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                                    December 31,      September 30,     December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                                              2015              2015              2014
Balance at beginning of period                                      $    51,880       $    42,080       $    50,377
Disposals/resolved                                                  (9,156      )     (7,611      )     (4,367      )
Transfers in at fair value, less costs to sell                      2,345             6,159             1,641
Transfers in from covered OREO subsequent to loss share expiration  69                7,316             --
Additions from acquisition                                          --                4,617             --
Fair value adjustments                                              (1,193      )     (681        )     (2,009      )
Balance at end of period                                            $    43,945       $    51,880       $    45,642
                                                                    Period End
                                                                    December 31,      September 30,     December 31,
Balance by Property Type                                            2015              2015              2014
Residential real estate                                             $    11,322       $    12,577       $    7,779
Residential real estate development                                 2,914             3,147             3,245
Commercial real estate                                              29,709            36,156            34,618
Total                                                               $    43,945       $    51,880       $    45,642

Covered Assets

In conjunction with FDIC-assisted transactions, the Company entered into loss share agreements with the FDIC. These agreements cover realized losses on loans, foreclosed real estate and certain other assets and require the Company to record loss share assets and liabilities that are measured separately from the loan portfolios because they are not contractually embedded in the loans and are not transferable with the loans should the Company choose to dispose of them. Fair values at the acquisition dates were estimated based on projected cash flows available for loss-share based on the credit adjustments estimated for each loan pool and the loss share percentages. The loss share assets and liabilities are also separately measured from the related loans and foreclosed real estate and recorded on the Consolidated Statements of Condition. Subsequent to the acquisition date, reimbursements received from the FDIC for actual incurred losses will reduce any loss share assets. Reductions to expected losses, to the extent such reductions to expected losses are the result of an improvement to the actual or expected cash flows from the covered assets, will also reduce any loss share asset and, if necessary, increase any loss share liability when necessary reductions exceed the current value of the loss share asset. The increases in cash flows for the purchased loans are recognized as interest income prospectively. In accordance with clawback provisions included in loss share agreements with the FDIC, the Company may be required to reimburse the FDIC when actual losses are less than certain thresholds established for each loss share agreement. The balance of these estimated reimbursements in accordance with clawback provisions and any related amortization are adjusted periodically for changes in the expected losses on covered assets. Estimated reimbursements from clawback provisions are recorded as a reduction to the loss share asset or, if necessary, an increase to the loss share liability on the Consolidated Statements of Condition. The allowance for loan losses for loans acquired in FDIC-assisted transactions is determined without giving consideration to the amounts recoverable through loss share agreements (since the loss share agreements are separately accounted for and thus presented "gross" on the balance sheet). On the Consolidated Statements of Income, the provision for credit losses is reported net of changes in the amount recoverable under the loss share agreements.

The following table provides a comparative analysis for the period end balances of covered assets and any changes in the allowance for covered loan losses. The Company expects covered assets and the allowance for covered loan losses to continue to decrease in periods without FDIC-assisted acquisitions.

                                                                                             December 31,       September 30,      December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                                                                       2015               2015               2014
Period End Balances:
Loans                                                                                        $    148,673       $    168,609       $    226,709
Other real estate owned                                                                      21,383             28,644             42,283
Other assets                                                                                 411                686                757
FDIC Indemnification (liability) asset                                                       (6,100       )     (3,033       )     11,846
Total covered assets                                                                         $    164,367       $    194,906       $    281,595
Allowance for Covered Loan Losses Rollforward:
Balance at beginning of quarter:                                                             $    2,918         $    2,215         $    2,655
Provision for covered loan losses before benefit attributable to FDIC loss share agreements  (2,011       )     (1,716       )     (3,059       )
Benefit attributable to FDIC loss share agreements                                           1,874              1,373              2,448
Net provision for covered loan losses                                                        (137         )     (343         )     (611         )
Decrease in FDIC indemnification asset                                                       (1,874       )     (1,373       )     (2,448       )
Loans charged-off                                                                            (163         )     (287         )     (175         )
Recoveries of loans charged-off                                                              2,282              2,706              2,710
Net recoveries                                                                               2,119              2,419              2,535
Balance at end of quarter                                                                    $    3,026         $    2,918         $    2,131

Changes in Accretable Yield

The excess of cash flows expected to be collected over the carrying value of loans accounted for under ASC 310-30 is referred to as the accretable yield and is recognized in interest income using an effective yield method over the remaining life of the pool of loans. The accretable yield is affected by:

-- Changes in interest rate indices for variable rate loans accounted for under ASC 310-30 - Expected future cash flows are based on the variable rates in effect at the time of the regular evaluations of cash flows expected to be collected;

-- Changes in prepayment assumptions - Prepayments affect the estimated life of loans accounted for under ASC 310-30 which may change the amount of interest income, and possibly principal, expected to be collected; and

-- Changes in the expected principal and interest payments over the estimated life - Updates to expected cash flows are driven by the credit outlook and actions taken with borrowers. Changes in expected future cash flows from loan modifications are included in the regular evaluations of cash flows expected to be collected.

The following table provides activity for the accretable yield of loans accounted for under ASC 310-30.

                                                                                            Three Months Ended                  Year Ended
                                                                                            December 31,      December 31,      December 31,      December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                                                                      2015              2014              2015              2014
Accretable yield, beginning balance                                                         $    65,207       $    87,031       $    79,102       $    115,909
Acquisitions                                                                                --                --                9,993             --
Accretable yield amortized to interest income                                               (5,756      )     (7,454      )     (24,115     )     (36,956      )
Accretable yield amortized to indemnification asset                                         (2,550      )     (5,098      )     (13,495     )     (30,691      )
Reclassification from non-accretable difference                                             2,236             6,690             7,390             35,967
(Decreases) increases in interest cash flows due to payments and changes in interest rates  4,765             (2,067      )     5,027             (5,127       )
Accretable yield, ending balance                                                            $    63,902       $    79,102       $    63,902       $    79,102

(1) Represents the portion of the current period accreted yield, resulting from lower expected losses, applied to reduce the loss share indemnification asset.

(2) Reclassification is the result of subsequent increases in expected principal cash flows.

(3) As of December 31, 2015, the Company estimates that the remaining accretable yield balance to be amortized to the indemnification asset for the bank acquisitions is $6.6 million. The remainder of the accretable yield related to bank acquisitions is expected to be amortized to interest income.

Accretion to interest income accounted for under ASC 310-30 totaled $5.8 million and $7.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and 2014, respectively. For the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, the Company recorded accretion to interest income of $24.1 million and $37.0 million, respectively. These amounts include accretion from both covered and non-covered loans, and are included together within interest and fees on loans in the Consolidated Statements of Income.

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Items Impacting Comparative Financial Results:</span>

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Acquisitions</span>

On July 24, 2015, the Company completed its acquisition of Community Financial Shares, Inc ("CFIS"). CFIS was the parent company of Community Bank - Wheaton/Glen Ellyn ("CBWGE"). Through this transaction, prior to purchase accounting adjustments, the Company acquired CBWGE’s four banking locations in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, Illinois, approximately $327 million in assets and approximately $301 million in deposits.

On July 17, 2015, the Company completed its acquisition of Suburban Illinois Bancorp, Inc. ("Suburban"). Suburban was the parent company of Suburban Bank & Trust Company ("SBT"). Through this transaction, prior to purchase accounting adjustments, the Company acquired SBT’s ten banking locations in Chicago and its suburbs, approximately $480 million in assets and approximately $417 million in deposits.

On July 1, 2015, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Wintrust Bank, completed its acquisition of North Bank. Through this transaction, prior to purchase accounting adjustments, Wintrust Bank acquired two banking locations, $112 million in assets and approximately $100 million in deposits.

On January 16, 2015, the Company completed its acquisition of Delavan Bancshares, Inc. ("Delavan"). Delavan was the parent company of Community Bank CBD. Through this transaction, Town Bank acquired four banking locations, approximately $224 million in assets and approximately $170 million in deposits.

On August 8, 2014, the Company, through its subsidiary Town Bank, completed its acquisition of certain branch offices and deposits of Talmer Bank & Trust. Through this transaction, Town Bank acquired 11 branch offices and approximately $355 million in deposits.

On July 11, 2014, the Company, through its subsidiary Town Bank, completed its acquisition of the Pewaukee, Wisconsin branch of THE National Bank. In addition to the banking facility, Town Bank acquired approximately $75 million in loans and approximately $36 million in deposits.

On May 16, 2014, the Company, through its subsidiary Hinsdale Bank and Trust Company ("Hinsdale Bank"), completed its acquisition of the Stone Park branch office and certain related deposits of Urban Partnership Bank.

On April 28, 2014, the Company, through its subsidiary First Insurance Funding of Canada, Inc., completed its acquisition of 100% of the shares of each of Policy Billing Services Inc. and Equity Premium Finance Inc., two affiliated Canadian insurance premium funding and payment services companies.

On February 28, 2014, the Company, through its subsidiary Lake Forest Bank and Trust Company ("Lake Forest Bank"), completed its acquisition of a bank branch from Baytree National Bank & Trust Company. In addition to the banking facility, Lake Forest Bank acquired certain assets and approximately $15 million of deposits.

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Announced Acquisition</span>

On January 14, 2016, the Company announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Generations Bancorp, Inc. ("Generations"), subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions. Generations is the parent company of Foundations Bank which operated one banking location in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. As of September 30, 2015, Foundations had approximately $72 million in loans and approximately $97 million in deposits.

WINTRUST SUBSIDIARIES AND LOCATIONS

Wintrust is a financial holding company whose common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (WTFC ). Its 15 community bank subsidiaries are: Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, Hinsdale Bank & Trust Company, Wintrust Bank in Chicago, Libertyville Bank & Trust Company, Barrington Bank & Trust Company, N.A., Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company, N.A., Northbrook Bank & Trust Company, Schaumburg Bank & Trust Company, N.A., Village Bank & Trust in Arlington Heights, Beverly Bank & Trust Company, N.A. in Chicago, Wheaton Bank & Trust Company, State Bank of The Lakes in Antioch, Old Plank Trail Community Bank, N.A. in New Lenox, St. Charles Bank & Trust Company and Town Bank in Hartland, Wisconsin. The banks also operate facilities in Illinois in Algonquin, Aurora, Bloomingdale, Buffalo Grove, Cary, Chicago, Clarendon Hills, Crete, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Evergreen Park, Frankfort, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glencoe, Glenview, Gurnee, Grayslake, Hanover Park, Highland Park, Highwood, Hoffman Estates, Island Lake, Itasca, Joliet, Lake Bluff, Lake Villa, Lansing, Lemont, Lindenhurst, Lynwood, Markham, McHenry, Mokena, Mount Prospect, Mundelein, Naperville, North Chicago, Northfield, Norridge, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Plainfield, Prospect Heights, Ravinia, Riverside, Rogers Park, Roselle, Round Lake Beach, Shorewood, Skokie, South Holland, Spring Grove, Steger, Stone Park, Vernon Hills, Wauconda, Western Springs, Willowbrook, Wilmette, Winnetka and Wood Dale and in Albany, Burlington, Clinton, Darlington, Delafield, Delavan, Elm Grove, Genoa City, Kenosha, Lake Geneva, Madison, Menomenee Falls, Milwaukee, Monroe, Pewaukee, Sharon, Wales, Walworth and Wind Lake, Wisconsin and Dyer, Indiana.

Additionally, the Company operates various non-bank business units:

-- First Insurance Funding Corporation, one of the largest insurance premium finance companies operating in the United States, serves commercial and life insurance loan customers throughout the country.

-- First Insurance Funding of Canada serves commercial insurance loan customers throughout Canada

-- Tricom, Inc. of Milwaukee provides high-yielding, short-term accounts receivable financing and value-added out-sourced administrative services, such as data processing of payrolls, billing and cash management services, to temporary staffing service clients located throughout the United States.

-- Wintrust Mortgage, a division of Barrington Bank & Trust Company, engages primarily in the origination and purchase of residential mortgages for sale into the secondary market through origination offices located throughout the United States. Loans are also originated nationwide through relationships with wholesale and correspondent offices.

-- Wayne Hummer Investments, LLC is a broker-dealer providing a full range of private client and brokerage services to clients and correspondent banks located primarily in the Midwest.

-- Great Lakes Advisors LLC provides money management services and advisory services to individual accounts.

-- The Chicago Trust Company, a trust subsidiary, allows Wintrust to service customers’ trust and investment needs at each banking location.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. Forward-looking information can be identified through the use of words such as "intend," "plan," "project," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "contemplate," "possible," "point," "will," "may," "should," "would" and "could." Forward-looking statements and information are not historical facts, are premised on many factors and assumptions, and represent only management’s expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events. Similarly, these statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, which may include, but are not limited to, those listed below and the Risk Factors discussed under Item 1A of the Company’s 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in any of the Company’s subsequent SEC filings. The Company intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and is including this statement for purposes of invoking these safe harbor provisions. Such forward-looking statements may be deemed to include, among other things, statements relating to the Company’s future financial performance, the performance of its loan portfolio, the expected amount of future credit reserves and charge-offs, delinquency trends, growth plans, regulatory developments, securities that the Company may offer from time to time, and management’s long-term performance goals, as well as statements relating to the anticipated effects on financial condition and results of operations from expected developments or events, the Company’s business and growth strategies, including future acquisitions of banks, specialty finance or wealth management businesses, internal growth and plans to form additional de novo banks or branch offices. Actual results could differ materially from those addressed in the forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, including the following:

-- negative economic conditions that adversely affect the economy, housing prices, the job market and other factors that may affect the Company’s liquidity and the performance of its loan portfolios, particularly in the markets in which it operates;

-- the extent of defaults and losses on the Company’s loan portfolio, which may require further increases in its allowance for credit losses;

-- estimates of fair value of certain of the Company’s assets and liabilities, which could change in value significantly from period to period;

-- the financial success and economic viability of the borrowers of our commercial loans;

-- market conditions in the commercial real estate market in the Chicago metropolitan area and southern Wisconsin;

-- the extent of commercial and consumer delinquencies and declines in real estate values, which may require further increases in the Company’s allowance for loan and lease losses;

-- inaccurate assumptions in our analytical and forecasting models used to manage our loan portfolio;

-- changes in the level and volatility of interest rates, the capital markets and other market indices that may affect, among other things, the Company’s liquidity and the value of its assets and liabilities;

-- competitive pressures in the financial services business which may affect the pricing of the Company’s loan and deposit products as well as its services (including wealth management services);

-- failure to identify and complete favorable acquisitions in the future or unexpected difficulties or developments related to the integration of the Company’s recent or future acquisitions;

-- unexpected difficulties and losses related to FDIC-assisted acquisitions, including those resulting from our loss-sharing arrangements with the FDIC;

-- any negative perception of the Company’s reputation or financial strength;

-- ability to raise additional capital on acceptable terms when needed;

-- disruption in capital markets, which may lower fair values for the Company’s investment portfolio;

-- ability to use technology to provide products and services that will satisfy customer demands and create efficiencies in operations;

-- adverse effects on our information technology systems resulting from failures, human error or tampering;

-- adverse effects of failures by our vendors to provide agreed upon services in the manner and at the cost agreed, particularly our information technology vendors;

-- increased costs as a result of protecting our customers from the impact of stolen debit card information;

-- accuracy and completeness of information the Company receives about customers and counterparties to make credit decisions;

-- ability of the Company to attract and retain senior management experienced in the banking and financial services industries;

-- environmental liability risk associated with lending activities;

-- the impact of any claims or legal actions, including any effect on our reputation;

-- losses incurred in connection with repurchases and indemnification payments related to mortgages;

-- the loss of customers as a result of technological changes allowing consumers to complete their financial transactions without the use of a bank;

-- the soundness of other financial institutions;

-- the expenses and delayed returns inherent in opening new branches and de novo banks;

-- examinations and challenges by tax authorities;

-- changes in accounting standards, rules and interpretations and the impact on the Company’s financial statements;

-- the ability of the Company to receive dividends from its subsidiaries;

-- a decrease in the Company’s regulatory capital ratios, including as a result of further declines in the value of its loan portfolios, or otherwise;

-- legislative or regulatory changes, particularly changes in regulation of financial services companies and/or the products and services offered by financial services companies, including those resulting from the Dodd-Frank Act;

-- a lowering of our credit rating;

-- changes in U.S. monetary policy;

-- restrictions upon our ability to market our products to consumers and limitations on our ability to profitably operate our mortgage business resulting from the Dodd-Frank Act;

-- increased costs of compliance, heightened regulatory capital requirements and other risks associated with changes in regulation and the current regulatory environment, including the Dodd-Frank Act;

-- the impact of heightened capital requirements;

-- increases in the Company’s FDIC insurance premiums, or the collection of special assessments by the FDIC;

-- delinquencies or fraud with respect to the Company’s premium finance business;

-- credit downgrades among commercial and life insurance providers that could negatively affect the value of collateral securing the Company’s premium finance loans;

-- delinquencies or fraud with respect to the Company’s commercial equipment finance and leasing business;

-- the Company’s ability to comply with covenants under its credit facility; and

-- fluctuations in the stock market, which may have an adverse impact on the Company’s wealth management business and brokerage operation.

Therefore, there can be no assurances that future actual results will correspond to these forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement made by the Company. Any such statement speaks only as of the date the statement was made or as of such date that may be referenced within the statement. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect the impact of circumstances after the date of the press release. Persons are advised, however, to consult further disclosures management makes on related subjects in its reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in its press releases.

CONFERENCE CALL, WEB CAST AND REPLAY

The Company will hold a conference call at 2:00 p.m. (CT) Tuesday, January 19, 2016 regarding fourth quarter and year-to-date 2015 results. Individuals interested in listening should call (877) 363-5049 and enter Conference ID #16980114. A simultaneous audio-only web cast and replay of the conference call may be accessed via the Company’s web site at (http://www.wintrust.com) ,">http://www.wintrust.com) , Investor Relations, Investor News and Events, Presentations & Conference Calls. The text of the fourth quarter and year-to-date 2015 earnings press release will be available on the home page of the Company’s website at (http://www.wintrust.com) and at the Investor Relations, Investor News and Events, Press Releases link on its website.

WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION

Supplemental Financial Information

5 Quarter Trends

WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - Supplemental Financial Information
Selected Financial Highlights - 5 Quarter Trends
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
                                                                           Three Months Ended
                                                                           December 31, 2015   September 30, 2015   June 30,              March 31,             December 31, 2014
                                                                                                                    2015                  2015
Selected Financial Condition Data (at end of period):
Total assets                                                               $     22,917,166    $      22,043,930    $     20,799,924      $     20,382,271      $     20,010,727
Total loans, excluding loans held-for-sale and covered loans               17,118,117          16,316,211           15,513,650            14,953,059            14,409,398
Total deposits                                                             18,639,634          18,228,469           17,082,418            16,938,769            16,281,844
Junior subordinated debentures                                             268,566             268,566              249,493               249,493               249,493
Total shareholders’ equity                                                 2,352,274           2,335,736            2,264,982             2,131,074             2,069,822
Selected Statements of Income Data:
Net interest income                                                        167,206             165,540              156,892               151,891               153,719
Net revenue                                                                232,296             230,493              233,905               216,432               211,376
Net income                                                                 35,512              38,355               43,831                39,052                38,133
Net income per common share - Basic                                        $     0.66          $      0.71          $     0.89            $     0.79            $     0.78
Net income per common share - Diluted                                      $     0.64          $      0.69          $     0.85            $     0.76            $     0.75
Selected Financial Ratios and Other Data:
Performance Ratios:
Net interest margin                                                        3.29             %  3.33              %  3.41             %    3.42             %    3.46             %
Non-interest income to average assets                                      1.16             %  1.19              %  1.52             %    1.32             %    1.18             %
Non-interest expense to average assets                                     2.98             %  2.93              %  3.06             %    3.01             %    2.94             %
Net overhead ratio                                                         1.82             %  1.74              %  1.53             %    1.69             %    1.76             %
Efficiency ratio - FTE                                                     71.39            %  69.02             %  65.64            %    67.90            %    67.59            %
Return on average assets                                                   0.63             %  0.70              %  0.87             %    0.80             %    0.78             %
Return on average common equity                                            6.03             %  6.60              %  8.38             %    7.64             %    7.51             %
Return on average tangible common equity                                   8.12             %  8.88              %  10.86            %    9.96             %    9.82             %
Average total assets                                                       $     22,233,492    $      21,688,450    $     20,256,996      $     19,826,240      $     19,366,670
Average total shareholders’ equity                                         2,347,545           2,310,511            2,156,128             2,114,356             2,057,855
Average loans to average deposits ratio (excluding covered loans)          91.9             %  91.9              %  92.8             %    91.4             %    89.5             %
Average loans to average deposits ratio (including covered loans)          92.7                92.9                 94.0                  92.7                  91.0
Common Share Data at end of period:
Market price per common share                                              $     48.52         $      53.43         $     53.38           $     47.68           $     46.76
Book value per common share                                                $     43.42         $      43.12         $     42.24           $     42.30           $     41.52
Tangible common book value per share                                       $     33.17         $      32.83         $     33.02           $     33.04           $     32.45
Common shares outstanding                                                  48,383,279          48,336,870           47,677,257            47,389,608            46,805,055
Other Data at end of period:
Leverage Ratio                                                             9.1              %  9.2               %  9.8              %    9.2              %    10.2             %
Tier 1 Capital to risk-weighted assets                                     10.0             %  10.3              %  10.7             %    10.1             %    11.6             %
Common equity Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets                       8.4              %  8.6               %  9.0              %    9.1              %          N/A
Total capital to risk-weighted assets                                      12.2             %  12.6              %  13.1             %    12.5             %    13.0             %
Tangible common equity ratio (TCE)                                         7.2              %  7.4               %  7.7              %    7.9              %    7.8              %
Tangible common equity ratio, assuming full conversion of preferred stock  7.7              %  8.0               %  8.4              %    8.5              %    8.4              %
Allowance for credit losses                                                $     106,349       $      103,922       $     101,088         $     95,334          $     92,480
Non-performing loans                                                       84,057              85,976               76,554                81,772                78,677
Allowance for credit losses to total loans                                 0.62             %  0.64              %  0.65             %    0.64             %    0.64             %
Non-performing loans to total loans                                        0.49             %  0.53              %  0.49             %    0.55             %    0.55             %
Number of:
Bank subsidiaries                                                          15                  15                   15                    15                    15
Banking offices                                                            152                 160                  147                   146                   140

(1) Net revenue includes net interest income and non-interest income.

(2) See "Supplemental Financial Measures/Ratios" for additional information on this performance measure/ratio.

(3) The net overhead ratio is calculated by netting total non-interest expense and total non-interest income, annualizing this amount, and dividing by that period’s total average assets. A lower ratio indicates a higher degree of efficiency.

(4) The efficiency ratio is calculated by dividing total non-interest expense by tax-equivalent net revenue (less securities gains or losses). A lower ratio indicates more efficient revenue generation.

(5) Capital ratios for current quarter-end are estimated. As of January 1, 2015 capital ratios are calculated under the requirements of Basel III

(6) The allowance for credit losses includes both the allowance for loan losses and the allowance for unfunded lending-related commitments, but excluding the allowance for covered loan losses.

(7) Total shareholders’ equity minus preferred stock and total intangible assets divided by total assets minus total intangible assets.

(8) Asset quality ratios exclude covered loans.

WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Consolidated Statements of Condition - 5 Quarter Trends
                                                                     (Unaudited)            (Unaudited)            (Unaudited)           (Unaudited)
                                                                     December 31,           September 30,          June 30,              March 31,             December 31,
(In thousands)                                                       2015                   2015                   2015                  2015                  2014
Assets
Cash and due from banks                                              $     252,227          $     247,341          $     248,094         $     286,743         $     225,136
Federal funds sold and securities purchased under resale agreements  4,341                  3,314                  4,115                 4,129                 5,571
Interest bearing deposits with banks                                 627,009                701,106                591,721               697,799               998,437
Available-for-sale securities, at fair value                         1,716,388              2,214,281              2,162,061             1,721,030             1,792,078
Held-to-maturity securities, at amortized cost                       884,826                --                     --                    --                    --
Trading account securities                                           448                    3,312                  1,597                 7,811                 1,206
Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank stock                101,581                90,308                 89,818                92,948                91,582
Brokerage customer receivables                                       27,631                 28,293                 29,753                25,287                24,221
Mortgage loans held-for-sale                                         388,038                347,005                497,283               446,355               351,290
Loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans               17,118,117             16,316,211             15,513,650            14,953,059            14,409,398
Covered loans                                                        148,673                168,609                193,410               209,694               226,709
Total loans                                                          17,266,790             16,484,820             15,707,060            15,162,753            14,636,107
Less: Allowance for loan losses                                      105,400                102,996                100,204               94,446                91,705
Less: Allowance for covered loan losses                              3,026                  2,918                  2,215                 1,878                 2,131
Net loans                                                            17,158,364             16,378,906             15,604,641            15,066,429            14,542,271
Premises and equipment, net                                          592,256                587,348                571,498               559,281               555,228
Lease investments, net                                               63,170                 29,111                 13,447                383                   426
FDIC indemnification asset                                           --                     --                     3,429                 10,224                11,846
Accrued interest receivable and other assets                         604,917                637,925                542,897               536,734               501,456
Trade date securities receivable                                     --                     277,981                --                    488,063               485,534
Goodwill                                                             471,761                472,166                421,646               420,197               405,634
Other intangible assets                                              24,209                 25,533                 17,924                18,858                18,811
Total assets                                                         $     22,917,166       $     22,043,930       $     20,799,924      $     20,382,271      $     20,010,727
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Deposits:
Non-interest bearing                                                 $     4,836,420        $     4,705,994        $     3,910,310       $     3,779,609       $     3,518,685
Interest bearing                                                     13,803,214             13,522,475             13,172,108            13,159,160            12,763,159
Total deposits                                                       18,639,634             18,228,469             17,082,418            16,938,769            16,281,844
Federal Home Loan Bank advances                                      859,876                451,330                444,017               416,036               733,050
Other borrowings                                                     266,019                259,978                261,908               187,006               196,465
Subordinated notes                                                   140,000                140,000                140,000               140,000               140,000
Junior subordinated debentures                                       268,566                268,566                249,493               249,493               249,493
Trade date securities payable                                        538                    617                    --                    2,929                 3,828
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities                       390,259                359,234                357,106               316,964               336,225
Total liabilities                                                    20,564,892             19,708,194             18,534,942            18,251,197            17,940,905
Shareholders’ Equity:
Preferred stock                                                      251,287                251,312                251,312               126,427               126,467
Common stock                                                         48,469                 48,422                 47,763                47,475                46,881
Surplus                                                              1,190,988              1,187,407              1,159,052             1,156,542             1,133,955
Treasury stock                                                       (3,973           )     (3,964           )     (3,964           )    (3,948           )    (3,549           )
Retained earnings                                                    928,211                901,652                872,690               835,669               803,400
Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                 (62,708          )     (49,093          )     (61,871          )    (31,091          )    (37,332          )
Total shareholders’ equity                                           2,352,274              2,335,736              2,264,982             2,131,074             2,069,822
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity                           $     22,917,166       $     22,043,930       $     20,799,924      $     20,382,271      $     20,010,727
WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited) - 5 Quarter Trends
                                                                     Three Months Ended
                                                                     December 31,       September 30,      June 30,         March 31,        December 31,
(In thousands, except per share data)                                2015               2015               2015             2015             2014
Interest income
Interest and fees on loans                                           $    169,501       $    167,831       $   159,823      $   154,676      $    157,476
Interest bearing deposits with banks                                 493                372                305              316              495
Federal funds sold and securities purchased under resale agreements  --                 1                  1                2                3
Investment securities                                                16,405             16,130             14,071           14,400           13,761
Trading account securities                                           25                 19                 51               13               45
Federal Home Loan Bank and Federal Reserve Bank stock                857                821                785              769              749
Brokerage customer receivables                                       206                205                205              181              186
Total interest income                                                187,487            185,379            175,241          170,357          172,715
Interest expense
Interest on deposits                                                 12,617             12,436             11,996           11,814           12,431
Interest on Federal Home Loan Bank advances                          2,684              2,458              1,812            2,156            2,534
Interest on other borrowings                                         1,007              1,045              787              788              313
Interest on subordinated notes                                       1,777              1,776              1,777            1,775            1,776
Interest on junior subordinated debentures                           2,196              2,124              1,977            1,933            1,942
Total interest expense                                               20,281             19,839             18,349           18,466           18,996
Net interest income                                                  167,206            165,540            156,892          151,891          153,719
Provision for credit losses                                          9,059              8,322              9,482            6,079            6,133
Net interest income after provision for credit losses                158,147            157,218            147,410          145,812          147,586
Non-interest income
Wealth management                                                    18,634             18,243             18,476           18,100           18,649
Mortgage banking                                                     23,317             27,887             36,007           27,800           24,694
Service charges on deposit accounts                                  7,210              7,403              6,474            6,297            6,189
(Losses) gains on available-for-sale securities, net                 (79          )     (98          )     (24         )    524              18
Fees from covered call options                                       3,629              2,810              4,565            4,360            2,966
Trading gains (losses), net                                          205                (135         )     160              (477        )    (507         )
Operating lease income, net                                          1,973              613                77               65               67
Other                                                                10,201             8,230              11,278           7,872            5,581
Total non-interest income                                            65,090             64,953             77,013           64,541           57,657
Non-interest expense
Salaries and employee benefits                                       99,780             97,749             94,421           90,130           87,633
Equipment                                                            8,772              8,414              7,847            7,779            7,502
Equipment on operating lease                                         1,229              473                67               57               53
Occupancy, net                                                       13,062             12,066             11,401           12,351           11,600
Data processing                                                      7,284              8,127              6,081            5,448            5,313
Advertising and marketing                                            5,373              6,237              6,406            3,907            3,669
Professional fees                                                    4,387              4,100              5,074            4,664            4,039
Amortization of other intangible assets                              1,324              1,350              934              1,013            1,171
FDIC insurance                                                       3,317              3,035              3,047            2,987            2,810
OREO expenses, net                                                   2,598              (367         )     841              1,411            2,320
Other                                                                19,703             18,790             18,178           17,571           17,331
Total non-interest expense                                           166,829            159,974            154,297          147,318          143,441
Income before taxes                                                  56,408             62,197             70,126           63,035           61,802
Income tax expense                                                   20,896             23,842             26,295           23,983           23,669
Net income                                                           $    35,512        $    38,355        $   43,831       $   39,052       $    38,133
Preferred stock dividends and discount accretion                     $    3,629         $    4,079         $   1,580        $   1,581        $    1,580
Net income applicable to common shares                               $    31,883        $    34,276        $   42,251       $   37,471       $    36,553
Net income per common share - Basic                                  $    0.66          $    0.71          $   0.89         $   0.79         $    0.78
Net income per common share - Diluted                                $    0.64          $    0.69          $   0.85         $   0.76         $    0.75
Cash dividends declared per common share                             $    0.11          $    0.11          $   0.11         $   0.11         $    0.10
Weighted average common shares outstanding                           48,371             48,158             47,567           47,239           46,734
Dilutive potential common shares                                     4,005              4,049              4,156            4,233            4,243
Average common shares and dilutive common shares                     52,376             52,207             51,723           51,472           50,977
WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Period End Loan Balances - 5 Quarter Trends
                                                              December 31,          September 30,         June 30,             March 31,            December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                                        2015                  2015                  2015                 2015                 2014
Balance:
Commercial                                                    $    4,713,909        $    4,400,185        $    4,330,344       $    4,211,932       $    3,924,394
Commercial real estate                                        5,529,289             5,307,566             4,850,590            4,710,486            4,505,753
Home equity                                                   784,675               797,465               712,350              709,283              716,293
Residential real estate                                       607,451               571,743               503,015              495,925              483,542
Premium finance receivables - commercial                      2,374,921             2,407,075             2,460,408            2,319,623            2,350,833
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                  2,961,496             2,700,275             2,537,475            2,375,654            2,277,571
Consumer and other                                            146,376               131,902               119,468              130,156              151,012
Total loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans  $    17,118,117       $    16,316,211       $    15,513,650      $    14,953,059      $    14,409,398
Covered loans                                                 148,673               168,609               193,410              209,694              226,709
Total loans, net of unearned income                           $    17,266,790       $    16,484,820       $    15,707,060      $    15,162,753      $    14,636,107
Mix:
Commercial                                                    27              %     27              %     27              %    28              %    26              %
Commercial real estate                                        32                    32                    31                   31                   31
Home equity                                                   5                     5                     5                    5                    5
Residential real estate                                       3                     3                     3                    3                    3
Premium finance receivables - commercial                      14                    15                    16                   15                   16
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                  17                    16                    16                   16                   16
Consumer and other                                            1                     1                     1                    1                    1
Total loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans  99              %     99              %     99              %    99              %    98              %
Covered loans                                                 1                     1                     1                    1                    2
Total loans, net of unearned income                           100             %     100             %     100             %    100             %    100             %
WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Period End Deposits Balances - 5 Quarter Trends
                                          December 31,          September 30,         June 30,             March 31,            December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                    2015                  2015                  2015                 2015                 2014
Balance:
Non-interest bearing                      $    4,836,420        $    4,705,994        $    3,910,310       $    3,779,609       $    3,518,685
NOW and interest bearing demand deposits  2,390,217             2,231,258             2,240,832            2,262,928            2,236,089
Wealth Management deposits                1,643,653             1,469,920             1,591,251            1,528,963            1,226,916
Money Market                              4,041,300             4,001,518             3,898,495            3,791,762            3,651,467
Savings                                   1,723,367             1,684,007             1,504,654            1,563,752            1,508,877
Time certificates of deposit              4,004,677             4,135,772             3,936,876            4,011,755            4,139,810
Total deposits                            $    18,639,634       $    18,228,469       $    17,082,418      $    16,938,769      $    16,281,844
Mix:
Non-interest bearing                      26              %     26              %     23              %    22              %    22              %
NOW and interest bearing demand deposits  13                    12                    13                   13                   14
Wealth Management deposits                9                     8                     9                    9                    8
Money Market                              22                    22                    23                   23                   22
Savings                                   9                     9                     9                    9                    9
Time certificates of deposit              21                    23                    23                   24                   25
Total deposits                            100             %     100             %     100             %    100             %    100             %

(1) Represents deposit balances of the Company’s subsidiary banks from brokerage customers of Wayne Hummer Investments, trust and asset management customers of The Chicago Trust Company and brokerage customers from unaffiliated companies which have been placed into deposit accounts of the Banks.

WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Net Interest Margin (Including Call Option Income) - 5 Quarter Trends
                                                  Three Months Ended
                                                  December 31,       September 30,      June 30,         March 31,        December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                            2015               2015               2015             2015             2014
Net interest income                               $    168,515       $    166,737       $   158,034      $   152,952      $    154,599
Call option income                                3,629              2,810              4,565            4,360            2,966
Net interest income including call option income  $    172,144       $    169,547       $   162,599      $   157,312      $    157,565
Yield on earning assets                           3.69         %     3.73         %     3.81        %    3.83        %    3.89         %
Rate on interest-bearing liabilities              0.55               0.54               0.52             0.54             0.55
Rate spread                                       3.14         %     3.19         %     3.29        %    3.29        %    3.34         %
Net free funds contribution                       0.15               0.14               0.12             0.13             0.12
Net interest margin                               3.29               3.33               3.41             3.42             3.46
Call option income                                0.07               0.06               0.10             0.10             0.07
Net interest margin including call option income  3.36         %     3.39         %     3.51        %    3.52        %    3.53         %
WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Net Interest Margin (Including Call Option Income - YTD Trends)
                                                  Years Ended
                                                  December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                            2015             2014             2013             2012             2011
Net interest income                               $   646,238      $   601,744      $   552,887      $   521,463      $   463,071
Call option income                                15,364           7,859            4,773            10,476           13,570
Net interest income including call option income  $   661,602      $   609,603      $   557,660      $   531,939      $   476,641
Yield on earning assets                           3.76        %    3.96        %    4.01        %    4.21        %    4.49        %
Rate on interest-bearing liabilities              0.54             0.55             0.62             0.86             1.23
Rate spread                                       3.22        %    3.41        %    3.39        %    3.35        %    3.26        %
Net free funds contribution                       0.14             0.12             0.11             0.14             0.16
Net interest margin                               3.36             3.53             3.50             3.49             3.42
Call option income                                0.08             0.05             0.03             0.07             0.10
Net interest margin including call option income  3.44        %    3.58        %    3.53        %    3.56        %    3.52        %
WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Quarterly Average Balances - 5 Quarter Trends
                                            Three Months Ended
                                            December 31,           September 30,          June 30,              March 31,             December 31,
(In thousands)                              2015                   2015                   2015                  2015                  2014
Liquidity management assets                 $     3,245,393        $     3,140,782        $     2,709,176       $     2,868,906       $     2,972,220
Other earning assets                        29,792                 30,990                 32,115                27,717                29,699
Loans, net of unearned income               16,889,922             16,509,001             15,632,875            15,031,917            14,469,745
Covered loans                               154,846                174,768                202,663               214,211               244,139
Total earning assets                        $     20,319,953       $     19,855,541       $     18,576,829      $     18,142,751      $     17,715,803
Allowance for loan and covered loan losses  (109,448         )     (106,091         )     (101,211         )    (96,918          )    (97,506          )
Cash and due from banks                     260,593                251,289                236,242               249,687               243,080
Other assets                                1,762,394              1,687,711              1,545,136             1,530,720             1,505,293
Total assets                                $     22,233,492       $     21,688,450       $     20,256,996      $     19,826,240      $     19,366,670
Interest-bearing deposits                   $     13,606,046       $     13,489,651       $     13,115,453      $     12,863,507      $     12,771,359
Federal Home Loan Bank advances             448,725                402,646                347,656               357,532               335,198
Other borrowings                            269,914                272,782                193,660               194,994               84,795
Subordinated notes                          140,000                140,000                140,000               140,000               140,000
Junior subordinated notes                   268,566                264,974                249,493               249,493               249,493
Total interest-bearing liabilities          $     14,733,251       $     14,570,053       $     14,046,262      $     13,805,526      $     13,580,845
Non-interest bearing deposits               4,776,977              4,473,632              3,725,728             3,584,452             3,398,774
Other liabilities                           375,719                334,254                328,878               321,906               329,196
Equity                                      2,347,545              2,310,511              2,156,128             2,114,356             2,057,855
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity  $     22,233,492       $     21,688,450       $     20,256,996      $     19,826,240      $     19,366,670
WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Net Interest Margin - 5 Quarter Trends
                                    Three Months Ended
                                    December 31, 2015  September 30, 2015  June 30, 2015  March 31, 2015  December 31, 2014
Yield earned on:
Liquidity management assets         2.28     %         2.29      %         2.36   %       2.29    %       2.08     %
Other earning assets                3.26               3.00                3.54           2.94            3.40
Loans, net of unearned income       3.95               3.98                4.03           4.08            4.21
Covered loans                       4.79               5.91                6.30           6.98            6.80
Total earning assets                3.69     %         3.73      %         3.81   %       3.83    %       3.89     %
Rate paid on:
Interest-bearing deposits           0.37     %         0.37      %         0.37   %       0.37    %       0.39     %
Federal Home Loan Bank advances     2.37               2.42                2.09           2.45            3.00
Other borrowings                    1.48               1.52                1.63           1.64            1.47
Subordinated notes                  5.08               5.08                5.07           5.07            5.07
Junior subordinated debentures      3.20               3.14                3.13           3.10            3.04
Total interest-bearing liabilities  0.55     %         0.54      %         0.52   %       0.54    %       0.55     %
Interest rate spread                3.14     %         3.19      %         3.29   %       3.29    %       3.34     %
Net free funds/contribution         0.15               0.14                0.12           0.13            0.12
Net interest income/margin          3.29     %         3.33      %         3.41   %       3.42    %       3.46     %
WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Non-Interest Income - 5 Quarter Trends
                                                      Three Months Ended
                                                      December 31,      September 30,     June 30,        March 31,       December 31,
(In thousands)                                        2015              2015              2015            2015            2014
Brokerage                                             $    6,850        $    6,579        $   6,750       $   6,852       $    7,892
Trust and asset management                            11,784            11,664            11,726          11,248          10,757
Total wealth management                               18,634            18,243            18,476          18,100          18,649
Mortgage banking                                      23,317            27,887            36,007          27,800          24,694
Service charges on deposit accounts                   7,210             7,403             6,474           6,297           6,189
(Losses) gains on available-for-sale securities, net  (79         )     (98         )     (24        )    524             18
Fees from covered call options                        3,629             2,810             4,565           4,360           2,966
Trading gains (losses), net                           205               (135        )     160             (477       )    (507        )
Operating lease income, net                           1,973             613               77              65              67
Other:
Interest rate swap fees                               2,343             2,606             2,347           2,191           1,119
BOLI                                                  1,463             212               2,180           766             661
Administrative services                               1,101             1,072             1,053           1,026           1,107
Miscellaneous                                         5,294             4,340             5,698           3,889           2,694
Total other income                                    10,201            8,230             11,278          7,872           5,581
Total Non-Interest Income                             $    65,090       $    64,953       $   77,013      $   64,541      $    57,657
WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Non-Interest Expense - 5 Quarter Trends
                                         Three Months Ended
                                         December 31,   September 30,      June 30,      March 31,     December 31,
(In thousands)                           2015           2015               2015          2015          2014
Salaries and employee benefits:
Salaries                                 $    50,982    $    53,028        $   46,617    $   46,848    $    45,255
Commissions and incentive compensation   31,222         30,035             33,387        25,494        28,369
Benefits                                 17,576         14,686             14,417        17,788        14,009
Total salaries and employee benefits     99,780         97,749             94,421        90,130        87,633
Equipment                                8,772          8,414              7,847         7,779         7,502
Equipment on operating lease             1,229          473                67            57            53
Occupancy, net                           13,062         12,066             11,401        12,351        11,600
Data processing                          7,284          8,127              6,081         5,448         5,313
Advertising and marketing                5,373          6,237              6,406         3,907         3,669
Professional fees                        4,387          4,100              5,074         4,664         4,039
Amortization of other intangible assets  1,324          1,350              934           1,013         1,171
FDIC insurance                           3,317          3,035              3,047         2,987         2,810
OREO expenses, net                       2,598          (367         )     841           1,411         2,320
Other:
Commissions - 3rd party brokers          1,321          1,364              1,403         1,386         1,470
Postage                                  1,892          1,927              1,578         1,633         1,724
Miscellaneous                            16,490         15,499             15,197        14,552        14,137
Total other expense                      19,703         18,790             18,178        17,571        17,331
Total Non-Interest Expense               $    166,829   $    159,974       $   154,297   $   147,318   $    143,441
WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Allowance for Credit Losses, excluding covered loans - 5 Quarter Trends
                                                                                                  Three Months Ended
                                                                                                  December 31,          September 30,         June 30,            March 31,           December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                                                                            2015                  2015                  2015                2015                2014
Allowance for loan losses at beginning of period                                                  $    102,996          $    100,204          $   94,446          $   91,705          $    91,019
Provision for credit losses                                                                       9,196                 8,665                 9,701               6,185               6,744
Other adjustments                                                                                 (243            )     (153            )     (93            )    (248           )    (236            )
Reclassification from/(to) allowance for unfunded lending-related commitments                     13                    (42             )     4                   (113           )    46
Charge-offs:
Commercial                                                                                        1,369                 964                   1,243               677                 289
Commercial real estate                                                                            2,734                 1,948                 856                 1,005               4,434
Home equity                                                                                       680                   1,116                 1,847               584                 150
Residential real estate                                                                           211                   1,138                 923                 631                 630
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                          2,676                 1,595                 1,526               1,263               1,463
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                      --                    --                    --                  --                  4
Consumer and other                                                                                179                   116                   115                 111                 156
Total charge-offs                                                                                 7,849                 6,877                 6,510               4,271               7,126
Recoveries:
Commercial                                                                                        315                   462                   285                 370                 315
Commercial real estate                                                                            491                   213                   1,824               312                 572
Home equity                                                                                       183                   42                    39                  48                  57
Residential real estate                                                                           55                    136                   16                  76                  19
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                          223                   278                   458                 329                 219
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                      --                    16                    --                  --                  6
Consumer and other                                                                                20                    52                    34                  53                  70
Total recoveries                                                                                  1,287                 1,199                 2,656               1,188               1,258
Net charge-offs                                                                                   (6,562          )     (5,678          )     (3,854         )    (3,083         )    (5,868          )
Allowance for loan losses at period end                                                           $    105,400          $    102,996          $   100,204         $   94,446          $    91,705
Allowance for unfunded lending-related commitments at period end                                  949                   926                   884                 888                 775
Allowance for credit losses at period end                                                         $    106,349          $    103,922          $   101,088         $   95,334          $    92,480
Annualized net charge-offs by category as a percentage of its own respective category’s average:
Commercial                                                                                        0.09            %     0.05            %     0.09           %    0.03           %    --              %
Commercial real estate                                                                            0.16                  0.13                  (0.08          )    0.06                0.34
Home equity                                                                                       0.25                  0.55                  1.01                0.30                0.05
Residential real estate                                                                           0.07                  0.42                  0.39                0.28                0.30
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                          0.41                  0.21                  0.18                0.16                0.21
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                      --                    --                    --                  --                  --
Consumer and other                                                                                0.37                  0.17                  0.23                0.13                0.19
Total loans, net of unearned income, excluding covered loans                                      0.15            %     0.14            %     0.10           %    0.08           %    0.16            %
Net charge-offs as a percentage of the provision for credit losses                                71.35           %     65.53           %     39.73          %    49.87          %    86.98           %
Loans at period-end                                                                               $    17,118,117       $    16,316,211       $   15,513,650      $   14,953,059      $    14,409,398
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans at period end                                  0.62            %     0.63            %     0.65           %    0.63           %    0.64            %
Allowance for credit losses as a percentage of loans at period end                                0.62            %     0.64            %     0.65           %    0.64           %    0.64            %
WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORPORATION - SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Non-Performing Assets, excluding covered assets - 5 Quarter Trends
                                                                                                          December 31,       September 30,      June 30,         March 31,        December 31,
(Dollars in thousands)                                                                                    2015               2015               2015             2015             2014
Loans past due greater than 90 days and still accruing :
Commercial                                                                                                $    541           $    --            $   --           $   --           $    474
Commercial real estate                                                                                    --                 --                 701              --               --
Home equity                                                                                               --                 --                 --               --               --
Residential real estate                                                                                   --                 --                 --               --               --
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                                  10,294             8,231              9,053            8,062            7,665
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                              --                 --                 351              --               --
Consumer and other                                                                                        150                140                110              91               119
Total loans past due greater than 90 days and still accruing                                              10,985             8,371              10,215           8,153            8,258
Non-accrual loans :
Commercial                                                                                                12,712             12,018             5,394            5,586            9,157
Commercial real estate                                                                                    26,645             28,617             23,183           29,982           26,605
Home equity                                                                                               6,848              8,365              5,695            7,665            6,174
Residential real estate                                                                                   12,043             14,557             16,631           14,248           15,502
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                                  14,561             13,751             15,156           15,902           12,705
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                              --                 --                 --               --               --
Consumer and other                                                                                        263                297                280              236              277
Total non-accrual loans                                                                                   73,072             77,605             66,339           73,619           70,420
Total non-performing loans:
Commercial                                                                                                13,253             12,018             5,394            5,586            9,631
Commercial real estate                                                                                    26,645             28,617             23,884           29,982           26,605
Home equity                                                                                               6,848              8,365              5,695            7,665            6,174
Residential real estate                                                                                   12,043             14,557             16,631           14,248           15,502
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                                  24,855             21,982             24,209           23,964           20,370
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                              --                 --                 351              --               --
Consumer and other                                                                                        413                437                390              327              395
Total non-performing loans                                                                                $    84,057        $    85,976        $   76,554       $   81,772       $    78,677
Other real estate owned                                                                                   26,849             29,053             33,044           33,131           36,419
Other real estate owned - from acquisition                                                                17,096             22,827             9,036            9,126            9,223
Other repossessed assets                                                                                  $    174           $    193           $   231          $   259          $    303
Total non-performing assets                                                                               $    128,176       $    138,049       $   118,865      $   124,288      $    124,622
TDRs performing under the contractual terms of the loan agreement                                         42,744             49,173             52,174           54,687           69,697
Total non-performing loans by category as a percent of its own respective category’s period-end balance:
Commercial                                                                                                0.28         %     0.27         %     0.12        %    0.13        %    0.25         %
Commercial real estate                                                                                    0.48               0.54               0.49             0.64             0.59
Home equity                                                                                               0.87               1.05               0.80             1.08             0.86
Residential real estate                                                                                   1.98               2.55               3.31             2.87             3.21
Premium finance receivables - commercial                                                                  1.05               0.91               0.98             1.03             0.87
Premium finance receivables - life insurance                                                              --                 --                 0.01             --               --
Consumer and other                                                                                        0.28               0.33               0.33             0.25             0.26
Total loans, net of unearned income                                                                       0.49         %     0.53         %     0.49        %    0.55        %    0.55         %
Total non-performing assets as a percentage of total assets                                               0.56         %     0.63         %     0.57        %    0.61        %    0.62         %
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total non-performing loans                                   125.39       %     119.79       %     130.89      %    115.50      %    116.56       %

(1) As of the dates shown, no TDRs were past due greater than 90 days and still accruing interest.

(2) Non-accrual loans included in TDRs totaling $9.1 million, $10.1 million, $10.6 million, $12.5 million and $12.6 million as of December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015, June 30, 2015, March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Edward J. Wehmer, President & Chief Executive Officer
David A. Dykstra, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
(847) 939-9000
Web site address: www.wintrust.com

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