Form 10-Q
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM 10-Q

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the Quarterly Period Ended September 30, 2003   Commission file number 1-7476

 


 

AMSOUTH BANCORPORATION

(Exact Name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

DELAWARE   63-0591257
(State or other jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
AMSOUTH CENTER    
1900 Fifth Avenue North    
Birmingham, Alabama 35203   (205) 320-7151
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an accelerated filer (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  x    No  ¨

 

As of October 31, 2003, AmSouth Bancorporation had 351,069,000 shares of common stock outstanding.

 



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AMSOUTH BANCORPORATION

 

FORM 10-Q

 

I N D E X

 

              Page

PART I.    FINANCIAL INFORMATION     
     Item 1.   Financial Statements (Unaudited)     
        

Consolidated Statement of Condition—September 30, 2003, December 31, 2002, and September 30, 2002

   3
        

Consolidated Statement of Earnings—Three months and nine months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002

   4
        

Consolidated Statement of Shareholders’ Equity—Nine months ended September 30, 2003

   5
        

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows—Nine months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002

   6
         Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements    7
         Independent Accountants’ Review Report    15
    

Item 2.

 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

   16
    

Item 3.

  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk    32
    

Item 4.

  Controls and Procedures    32
PART II.    OTHER INFORMATION     
    

Item 1.

  Legal Proceedings    32
    

Item 6.

  Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K    32

SIGNATURES

   33

EXHIBIT INDEX

   34

 

Forward-Looking Statements. Statements made in this report that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), including any statements regarding descriptions of management’s plans, objectives or goals for future operations, products or services, and forecasts of its revenues, earnings or other measures of performance. Forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations and, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors-many of which are beyond AmSouth’s control-could cause actual conditions, events or results to differ significantly from those described in the forward-looking statements. Factors which could cause results to differ materially from current management expectations include, but are not limited to: execution of AmSouth’s strategic initiatives; legislation and regulation; general economic conditions, especially in the Southeast; the performance of the stock and bond markets; changes in interest rates, yield curves and interest rate spread relationships; prepayment speeds within the loan and investment security portfolios; deposit flows; the cost of funds; cost of federal deposit insurance premiums; demand for loan products; demand for financial services; competition; changes in the quality or composition of AmSouth’s loan and investment portfolios including capital market inefficiencies that may affect the marketability and valuation of available-for-sale securities; changes in accounting and tax principles, policies or guidelines; other economic, competitive, governmental and regulatory factors affecting AmSouth’s operations, products, services and prices; unexpected judicial actions and developments; and the outcome of litigation, which is inherently uncertain and depends on the findings of judges and juries. To the extent that terrorist attacks or other hostilities, including geopolitical conflicts, cause a prolonged negative impact on the economy, the effects may include: adverse changes in customers’ borrowing, investing or spending patterns; market disruptions; adverse effects on the performance of the United States and foreign equity markets; currency fluctuations; exchange controls; restriction of asset growth; negative effects on credit quality; and other effects that could adversely impact the performance, earnings, and revenue growth of the financial services industry, including AmSouth. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. AmSouth does not undertake a duty to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

 

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PART I.    

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.  Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

AMSOUTH BANCORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CONDITION

(Unaudited)

 

    

September 30

2003


   

December 31

2002


   

September 30

2002


 
     (Dollars in thousands)  

ASSETS

                        

Cash and due from banks

   $ 1,116,554     $ 1,221,985     $ 1,364,146  

Federal funds sold and securities purchased under agreements to resell

     25,247       26,018       271,068  

Trading securities

     1,725       47,964       315,156  

Available-for-sale securities

     6,428,817       4,744,866       4,448,355  

Held-to-maturity securities (market value of $4,673,011, $4,552,727 and $4,362,854, respectively)

     4,629,726       4,425,053       4,215,161  

Loans held for sale

     140,913       19,909       28,984  

Loans

     29,859,153       28,062,413       27,012,900  

Less: Allowance for loan losses

     384,059       381,579       379,878  

 Unearned income

     730,749       711,495       726,050  
    


 


 


Net loans

     28,744,345       26,969,339       25,906,972  

Other interest-earning assets

     33,102       63,812       67,071  

Premises and equipment, net

     927,407       838,906       792,853  

Cash surrender value—bank owned life insurance

     1,052,950       1,016,288       1,003,539  

Accrued interest receivable and other assets

     1,241,913       1,197,132       1,197,422  
    


 


 


     $ 44,342,699     $ 40,571,272     $ 39,610,727  
    


 


 


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

                        

Deposits and interest-bearing liabilities:

                        

Deposits:

                        

Noninterest-bearing demand

   $ 5,839,977     $ 5,494,657     $ 5,181,668  

Interest-bearing checking

     5,746,617       5,470,243       5,150,492  

Money market and savings deposits

     7,739,210       7,270,541       7,101,223  

Time

     6,410,087       6,384,206       6,481,177  

Foreign

     867,949       640,663       531,743  

Certificates of deposit of $100,000 or more

     2,864,383       2,055,314       2,185,499  
    


 


 


Total deposits

     29,468,223       27,315,624       26,631,802  

Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase

     2,221,105       1,769,547       1,954,121  

Other borrowed funds

     430,461       151,018       76,428  

Long-term Federal Home Loan Bank advances

     5,595,264       5,838,268       5,352,681  

Other long-term debt

     1,475,346       1,051,015       1,051,918  
    


 


 


Total deposits and interest-bearing liabilities

     39,190,399       36,125,472       35,066,950  

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     1,999,466       1,329,803       1,421,030  
    


 


 


Total liabilities

     41,189,865       37,455,275       36,487,980  
    


 


 


Shareholders’ equity:

                        

Preferred stock—no par value:

                        

Authorized—2,000,000 shares; Issued and outstanding—none

     -0 -     -0 -     -0 -

Common stock—par value $1 a share:

                        

Authorized—750,000,000 shares; Issued—416,879,000, 416,909,000 and 416,914,000 shares, respectively

     416,879       416,909       416,914  

Capital surplus

     712,286       706,081       703,068  

Retained earnings

     3,155,397       2,951,430       2,878,670  

Cost of common stock in treasury—66,257,000, 63,485,000 and 59,127,000 shares, respectively

     (1,102,503 )     (1,045,428 )     (960,513 )

Deferred compensation on restricted stock

     (15,340 )     (15,954 )     (15,747 )

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)/income

     (13,885 )     102,959       100,355  
    


 


 


Total shareholders’ equity

     3,152,834       3,115,997       3,122,747  
    


 


 


     $ 44,342,699     $ 40,571,272     $ 39,610,727  
    


 


 


 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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AMSOUTH BANCORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF EARNINGS

(Unaudited)

 

    

Nine Months Ended

September 30


  

Three Months Ended

September 30


     2003

   2002

   2003

   2002

     (In thousands except per share data)

INTEREST INCOME

                           

Loans

   $ 1,170,288    $ 1,249,912    $ 381,886    $ 411,855

Available-for-sale securities

     227,242      256,374      74,495      84,366

Held-to-maturity securities

     162,952      186,026      45,888      62,465

Trading securities

     128      641      67      482

Loans held for sale

     2,750      9,895      2,272      2,068

Federal funds sold and securities purchased under agreements to resell

     1,558      2,407      503      1,256

Other interest-earning assets

     333      1,235      69      457
    

  

  

  

Total interest income

     1,565,251      1,706,490      505,180      562,949
    

  

  

  

INTEREST EXPENSE

                           

Interest-bearing checking

     22,459      36,256      6,295      12,271

Money market and savings deposits

     36,960      57,951      9,144      20,275

Time deposits

     153,270      184,024      49,861      59,145

Foreign deposits

     5,017      4,099      1,658      1,668

Certificates of deposit of $100,000 or more

     50,128      53,863      18,087      18,140

Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase

     14,391      21,385      3,917      7,452

Other borrowed funds

     3,206      3,077      1,076      1,008

Long-term Federal Home Loan Bank advances

     192,998      204,348      61,331      68,840

Other long-term debt

     30,971      29,330      10,358      9,765
    

  

  

  

Total interest expense

     509,400      594,333      161,727      198,564
    

  

  

  

NET INTEREST INCOME

     1,055,851      1,112,157      343,453      364,385

Provision for loan losses

     129,200      160,100      41,800      51,400
    

  

  

  

NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES

     926,651      952,057      301,653      312,985
    

  

  

  

NONINTEREST REVENUES

                           

Service charges on deposit accounts

     244,768      210,353      87,535      77,672

Trust income

     77,543      80,599      25,918      25,357

Consumer investment services income

     50,296      61,464      17,937      18,912

Interchange income

     51,756      46,458      16,709      16,418

Bank owned life insurance policies

     40,510      46,270      13,616      14,587

Bankcard income

     19,514      18,442      6,622      6,475

Mortgage income

     39,121      17,457      11,975      7,112

Portfolio income

     39,436      11,970      17,600      4,267

Other noninterest revenues

     69,444      54,114      30,873      17,536
    

  

  

  

Total noninterest revenues

     632,388      547,127      228,785      188,336
    

  

  

  

NONINTEREST EXPENSES

                           

Salaries and employee benefits

     474,874      441,589      164,086      144,517

Equipment expense

     87,562      89,699      29,022      30,155

Net occupancy expense

     99,129      88,018      34,120      30,011

Postage and office supplies

     34,926      37,119      11,636      11,973

Marketing expense

     27,672      26,668      9,341      8,903

Communications expense

     21,894      22,947      7,287      5,788

Amortization of intangibles

     3,594      3,936      1,198      1,224

Other noninterest expenses

     145,133      139,962      49,866      43,460
    

  

  

  

Total noninterest expenses

     894,784      849,938      306,556      276,031
    

  

  

  

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

     664,255      649,246      223,882      225,290

Income taxes

     196,686      195,306      66,494      69,289
    

  

  

  

NET INCOME

   $ 467,569    $ 453,940    $ 157,388    $ 156,001
    

  

  

  

Average common shares outstanding

     350,294      359,653      349,421      357,567

Earnings per common share

   $ 1.33    $ 1.26    $ 0.45    $ 0.44

Diluted average common shares outstanding

     353,971      364,197      353,317      361,961

Diluted earnings per common share

   $ 1.32    $ 1.25    $ 0.45    $ 0.43

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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AMSOUTH BANCORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(Unaudited)

 

    Common
Stock


    Capital
Surplus


    Retained
Earnings


    Treasury
Stock


    Deferred
Compensation
on Restricted
Stock


    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income/(Loss)


    Total

 
    (In thousands)  

BALANCE AT JANUARY 1, 2003

  $ 416,909     $ 706,081     $ 2,951,430     $ (1,045,428 )   $ (15,954 )   $ 102,959     $ 3,115,997  

Comprehensive income:

                                                       

Net income

    -0 -     -0 -     467,569       -0 -     -0 -     -0 -     467,569  

Other comprehensive income, net of tax:

                                                       

Changes in unrealized gains and losses on derivative instruments (net of $14,142 tax benefit)

    -0 -     -0 -     -0 -     -0 -     -0 -     (26,264 )     (26,264 )

Changes in unrealized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities, net of reclassification adjustment (net of $60,249 tax benefit)

    -0 -     -0 -     -0 -     -0 -     -0 -     (87,321 )     (87,321 )

Minimum pension liability adjustment (net of $1,963 tax expense)

    -0 -     -0 -     -0 -     -0 -     -0 -     (3,259 )     (3,259 )
                                                   


Comprehensive income

                                                    350,725  

Cash dividends declared

    -0 -     -0 -     (243,199 )     -0 -     -0 -     -0 -     (243,199 )

Common stock transactions:

                                                       

Purchase of common stock

    -0 -     -0 -     -0 -     (162,806 )     -0 -     -0 -     (162,806 )

Employee stock plans

    (30 )     6,191       (20,377 )     98,401       614       -0 -     84,799  

Dividend reinvestment plan

    -0 -     14       (26 )     7,330       -0 -     -0 -     7,318  
   


 


 


 


 


 


 


BALANCE AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2003

  $ 416,879     $ 712,286     $ 3,155,397     $ (1,102,503 )   $ (15,340 )   $ (13,885 )   $ 3,152,834  
   


 


 


 


 


 


 


Disclosure of reclassification amount:

                                                       

Changes in unrealized holding gains and losses on available-for-sale securities arising during the period

                                          $ (65,844 )        

Less: Reclassification adjustment for net securities gains realized in net income

                                            21,477          
                                           


       

Net change in unrealized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities, net of tax

                                          $ (87,321 )        
                                           


       

Changes in unrealized holding gains and losses on derivatives arising during the period

                                          $ (16,422 )        

Less: Reclassification adjustment for gains realized in net income (net of $5,931 tax expense)

                                            9,842          
                                           


       

Net change in unrealized gains and losses on derivatives, net of tax

                                          $ (26,264 )        
                                           


       

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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AMSOUTH BANCORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 

    

Nine Months Ended

September 30


 
     2003

    2002

 
     (In thousands)  

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

                

Net income

   $ 467,569     $ 453,940  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

                

Provision for loan losses

     129,200       160,100  

Depreciation and amortization of premises and equipment

     73,300       69,246  

Amortization of premiums and discounts on held-to-maturity securities and available-for-sale securities

     38,858       1,514  

Net (increase) decrease in loans held for sale

     (121,004 )     287,031  

Net decrease (increase) in trading securities

     46,233       (302,182 )

Net gains on sales of available-for-sale securities

     (34,419 )     (9,276 )

Net gain on guaranteed mortgage loan securitizations

     (24,116 )     -0 -

Net increase in accrued interest receivable, bank-owned life insurance and other assets

     (75,728 )     (95,059 )

Net increase in accrued expenses and other liabilities

     144,626       150,192  

Provision for deferred income taxes

     148,052       132,120  

Amortization of intangible assets

     3,594       3,904  

Other operating activities, net

     80,501       35,438  
    


 


Net cash provided by operating activities

     876,666       886,968  
    


 


INVESTING ACTIVITIES

                

Proceeds from maturities and paydowns of available-for-sale securities

     2,149,401       1,042,113  

Proceeds from sales of available-for-sale securities

     1,716,363       770,745  

Purchases of available-for-sale securities

     (5,043,019 )     (1,245,007 )

Proceeds from maturities, paydowns and calls of held-to-maturity securities

     2,273,346       1,582,618  

Purchases of held-to-maturity securities

     (2,311,062 )     (1,627,161 )

Net decrease in federal funds sold and securities purchased under agreements to resell

     771       128,932  

Net decrease (increase) in other interest-earning assets

     30,710       (26,613 )

Net increase in loans, excluding guaranteed mortgage loan securitizations

     (3,830,041 )     (1,696,225 )

Proceeds from guaranteed mortgage loan securitizations

     1,420,932       -0 -

Net purchases of premises and equipment

     (161,801 )     (132,716 )
    


 


Net cash used by investing activities

     (3,754,400 )     (1,203,314 )
    


 


FINANCING ACTIVITIES

                

Net increase in deposits

     2,154,004       475,104  

Net increase (decrease) in federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase

     451,558       (126,175 )

Net increase (decrease) in other borrowed funds

     279,443       (3,026 )

Issuance of long-term Federal Home Loan Bank advances and other long-term debt

     2,750,000       276,591  

Payments for maturing Federal Home Loan Bank advances and other long-term debt

     (2,545,709 )     (17,889 )

Cash dividends paid

     (243,858 )     (239,663 )

Proceeds from employee stock plans and dividend reinvestment plan

     89,671       46,980  

Purchase of common stock

     (162,806 )     (172,991 )
    


 


Net cash provided by financing activities

     2,772,303       238,931  
    


 


Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (105,431 )     (77,415 )

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     1,221,985       1,441,561  
    


 


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 1,116,554     $ 1,364,146  
    


 


 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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AMSOUTH BANCORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

 

Nine months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002

 

Basis of Presentation—The consolidated financial statements conform to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The accompanying interim financial statements are unaudited; however, in the opinion of management, all adjustments necessary for the fair presentation of the consolidated financial statements have been included. All such adjustments are of a normal recurring nature. Certain amounts in the prior year’s financial statements have been reclassified to conform with the 2003 presentation. These reclassifications had no effect on net income. The notes included herein should be read in conjunction with the notes to consolidated financial statements included in AmSouth Bancorporation’s (AmSouth) 2002 annual report on Form 10-K.

 

The consolidated financial statements and notes are presented in accordance with the instructions for Form 10-Q. The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of AmSouth and those subsidiaries that are majority-owned by AmSouth and over which AmSouth exercises control. AmSouth has not consolidated any entity which is not a wholly-owned subsidiary of AmSouth. In consolidation, all significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated.

 

Use of Estimates—The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Material estimates that are particularly susceptible to significant change in the near term relate to the determination of the allowance for loan losses, benefit plan obligations and expenses, valuation of retained interests on the sale and securitization of loans and the valuation of derivative instruments used in hedging transactions and the corresponding value of items being hedged.

 

Recent Accounting Developments—In November 2002, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Interpretation No. 45, “Guarantor’s Accounting and Disclosure Requirements for Guarantees, Including Indirect Guarantees of Indebtedness of Others” (Interpretation 45). Interpretation 45 requires certain guarantees to be recorded at fair value. In general, Interpretation 45 applies to contracts or indemnification agreements that contingently require the guarantor to make payments to the guaranteed party based on changes in an underlying that is related to an asset, liability, or an equity security of the guaranteed party. The initial recognition and measurement provisions of Interpretation 45 are applicable on a prospective basis to guarantees issued or modified after December 31, 2002. On January 1, 2003, AmSouth began recording a liability and an offsetting asset for the fair value of any standby letters of credit issued by AmSouth beginning January 1, 2003. The impact of this new accounting was not material to the financial condition or results of operations of AmSouth. Interpretation 45 also requires new disclosures, even when the likelihood of making any payments under the guarantee is remote. These disclosure requirements were effective for financial statements of interim or annual periods ending after December 15, 2002. See discussion on “Guarantees” later in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional disclosures.

 

In January 2003, the FASB issued Interpretation No. 46, “Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities, an Interpretation of ARB No. 51” (Interpretation 46). Interpretation 46 addresses whether business enterprises must consolidate the financial statements of entities known as “variable interest entities”. A variable interest entity is defined by Interpretation 46 to be a business entity which has one or both of the following characteristics: (1) The equity investment at risk is not sufficient to permit the entity to finance its activities without additional support from other parties, which is provided through other interests that will absorb some or all of the expected losses of the entity; and (2) The equity investors lack one or more of the following essential characteristics of a controlling financial interest: (a) direct or indirect ability to make decisions about the entity’s activities through voting rights or similar rights, (b) the obligation to absorb the expected losses of the entity if they occur, which

 

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makes it possible for the entity to finance its activities, or (c) the right to receive the expected residual returns of the entity if they occur, which is the compensation for risk of absorbing expected losses. Interpretation 46 does not require consolidation by transferors to qualifying special purpose entities. Interpretation 46 applies immediately to variable interest entities created after January 31, 2003, and to variable interest entities in which an enterprise obtains an interest after that date. As a result of a recent amendment to the effective date of Interpretation 46, AmSouth has until the end of the fourth quarter of 2003 to apply Interpretation 46 to any variable interest entities acquired before February 1, 2003. AmSouth is currently assessing the impact of Interpretation 46. AmSouth has identified a limited liability asset management company that meets the definition of a variable interest entity which it will begin to consolidate in the fourth quarter of 2003. Under the ownership agreement, AmSouth provides one hundred percent of the funding for the operational start up of this company. Total assets of this company were $924 thousand at September 30, 2003. AmSouth had a recorded investment on its books associated with this company of $300 thousand, which represents AmSouth’s maximum exposure to loss related to its investment in this company. Consolidation of this entity will not have a material impact on AmSouth’s financial condition and results of operations. In addition to this company, AmSouth has limited partnership investments in affordable housing projects, for which it provides funding as a limited partner and receives tax credits related to its investments in the projects based on its partnership share. At September 30, 2003, AmSouth had recorded investments in other assets on its balance sheet of approximately $50.1 million associated with limited partnership investments in affordable housing projects entered into prior to January 31, 2003. AmSouth currently adjusts the carrying value of these investments for any losses incurred by the limited partnership through earnings. AmSouth has determined that these structures meet the definition of a variable interest entity. AmSouth is currently in the process of determining which, if any, of these entities it will need to consolidate. In addition, subsequent to January 31, 2003, AmSouth invested $10.3 million as a limited partner, in ten new affordable housing projects. AmSouth reviewed these ten new affordable housing investments and has determined that it is not required to consolidate them under the guidance of Interpretation 46. AmSouth’s maximum exposure to loss on these ten affordable housing investments includes the $10.3 million of cash already invested in these limited partnerships as well as $26.7 million of additional committed investment funding to these limited partnerships.

 

In April 2003, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 149, “Amendment of Statement 133 on Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities” (Statement 149). The statement amends and clarifies financial accounting and reporting for derivative instruments, including certain derivative instruments embedded in other contracts, and for hedging activities under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 133, “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities” (Statement 133). Statement 149 is effective for contracts entered into or modified after June 30, 2003, with certain exceptions, and for hedging relationships designated after June 30, 2003. In addition, the provisions of the statement, with certain exceptions, are required to be applied prospectively. The implementation of Statement 149 did not have a material affect on AmSouth’s financial condition or results of operations.

 

On May 15, 2003, the FASB issued Statement No. 150, “Accounting for Certain Financial Instruments with Characteristics of both Liabilities and Equity” (Statement 150). This statement requires certain financial instruments that embody obligations of the issuer and have characteristics of both liabilities and equity to be classified as liabilities. Many of these instruments previously were classified as equity or temporary equity. Statement 150 is effective for public companies for all financial instruments created or modified after May 31, 2003, and to other instruments at the beginning of the first interim period beginning after June 15, 2003. The adoption of Statement 150 did not have a material impact on AmSouth’s financial condition or results of operations.

 

Cash Flows—For the nine months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002, AmSouth paid interest of $512.3 million and $602.7 million, respectively. During the nine months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002, AmSouth paid income taxes of $61.7 million and $35.5 million, respectively. Noncash transfers from loans to foreclosed properties for the nine months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002, were $44.5 million and $38.1 million, respectively. Noncash transfers from foreclosed properties to loans for the nine months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002 were $458 thousand and $293 thousand, respectively. For the nine months ended September 30, 2003, AmSouth had noncash transfers from loans to available-for-sale and held-to-maturity securities of

 

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approximately $405 million in connection with guaranteed mortgage loan securitizations. During the same period in 2002, AmSouth had a noncash transfer from loans to available-for-sale and held-to-maturity securities of $301.7 million in connection with a guaranteed mortgage loan securitization.

 

Stock-Based Compensation—AmSouth has long-term incentive compensation plans that permit the granting of incentive awards in the form of stock options, restricted stock awards and stock appreciation rights. Generally, the terms of these plans stipulate that the exercise price of options may not be less than the fair market value of AmSouth’s common stock on the date the options are granted. Options generally vest between one and three years from the date of grant, with all of the 2003 option grants vesting ratably over three years. All of the options granted during the first nine months of 2003 expire ten years from the date of grant. All other options outstanding generally expire not later than ten years from the date of grant.

 

AmSouth has adopted the disclosure-only provisions of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123, “Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation” (Statement 123) which allows an entity to continue to measure compensation costs for those plans using the intrinsic value-based method of accounting prescribed by APB Opinion No. 25, “Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees” (APB 25). AmSouth has elected to follow APB 25 and related interpretations in accounting for its employee stock options. Accordingly, compensation cost for fixed and variable stock-based awards is measured by the excess, if any, of the fair market price of the underlying stock over the amount the individual is required to pay. Compensation cost for fixed awards is measured at the grant date, while compensation cost for variable awards is estimated until both the number of shares an individual is entitled to receive and the exercise or purchase price are known (measurement date). No option-based employee compensation cost is reflected in net income, as all options granted had an exercise price equal to the market value of the underlying common stock on the date of grant. AmSouth does, however, currently recognize compensation expense related to restricted stock issuances as disclosed in the table below. The pro forma information below was determined as if AmSouth had accounted for all employee stock-based awards under the fair value method of Statement 123. For purposes of pro forma disclosures, the estimated fair value of the options and restricted stock awards is amortized to expense over the awards vesting period. AmSouth’s pro forma information follows (in thousands except earnings per share information):

 

     For the nine months ended

 
     September 30,
2003


    September 30,
2002


 

Net income:

                

As reported

   $ 467,569     $ 453,940  

Add: Stock-based compensation expense included in reported net income, net of tax

     1,433       1,742  

Deduct: Total stock-based compensation expense determined under fair value—based method for all awards, net of tax

     (20,189 )     (20,821 )
    


 


Pro forma

   $ 448,813     $ 434,861  
    


 


Earnings per common share:

                

As reported

   $ 1.33     $ 1.26  

Pro forma

   $ 1.28     $ 1.21  

Diluted earnings per common share:

                

As reported

   $ 1.32     $ 1.25  

Pro forma

   $ 1.27     $ 1.20  

 

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     For the three months ended

 
     September 30,
2003


    September 30,
2002


 

Net income:

                

As reported

   $ 157,388     $ 156,001  

Add: Stock-based compensation expense included in reported net income, net of tax

     460       649  

Deduct: Total stock-based compensation expense determined under fair value—based method for all awards, net of tax

     (6,824 )     (6,777 )
    


 


Pro forma

   $ 151,024     $ 149,873  
    


 


Earnings per common share:

                

As reported

   $ .45     $ .44  

Pro forma

   $ .43     $ .42  

Diluted earnings per common share:

                

As reported

   $ .45     $ .43  

Pro forma

   $ .43     $ .42  

 

This pro forma information includes expenses related to all stock options granted during the first nine months of 2003 and 2002, as well as the expense related to the unvested portion of prior year grants and assumes that the fair value for these options was estimated at the date of grant using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following weighted-average assumptions for the nine months ending September 30, 2003 and 2002, respectively: a risk-free interest rate of 3.81% and 4.93%, a dividend yield of 4.49% and 4.36%, a volatility factor of 31.40% and 31.39%, and a weighted-average expected life of 7.0 years for both periods. The weighted-average fair value of options granted during the nine months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002 was $4.49 and $4.94, respectively. The estimated fair value of the options is then amortized to expense over the options’ vesting period to determine the expense for the periods.

 

Derivatives—In accordance with Statement 133, AmSouth recognizes all of its derivative instruments as either assets or liabilities in the statement of financial condition at fair value. For those derivative instruments that are designated and qualify as hedging instruments, AmSouth designates the hedging instrument, based upon the exposure being hedged, as either a fair value hedge or a cash flow hedge. Derivative instruments designated in a hedge relationship to mitigate exposure to changes in the fair value of an asset, liability or firm commitment attributable to a particular risk, such as interest rate risk, are considered fair value hedges under Statement 133. Derivative instruments designated in a hedge relationship to mitigate exposure to variability in expected future cash flows or other types of forecasted transactions are considered cash flow hedges.

 

For derivative instruments that are designated and qualify as fair value hedges, the gain or loss on the derivative instrument as well as the offsetting loss or gain on the hedged item attributable to the hedged risk are recognized in other noninterest revenue during the period of the change in fair values. For derivative instruments that are designated and qualify as cash flow hedges, the effective portion of the gain or loss on the derivative instrument is reported as a component of other comprehensive income and reclassified into earnings in the same period or periods during which the hedged transaction affects earnings. The remaining gain or loss on the derivative instrument in excess of the cumulative change in the present value of future cash flows of the hedged item, if any, is recognized in other noninterest revenue during the period of change. For derivative instruments not designated as hedging instruments, the gain or loss is recognized in current earnings during the period of change.

 

AmSouth, at the hedge’s inception and at least quarterly thereafter, performs a formal assessment to determine whether changes in the fair values or cash flows of the derivative instruments have been highly effective in offsetting changes in the fair values or cash flows of the hedged items and whether they are expected to be highly effective in the future. If it is determined a derivative instrument has not been or will not continue to be highly effective as a hedge, hedge accounting is discontinued prospectively, and the derivative instrument

 

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continues to be carried at fair value with all changes in fair value being recorded in noninterest revenue, but with no corresponding offset being recorded on the hedged item or in other comprehensive income for cash flow hedges.

 

Fair Value Hedging Strategy—AmSouth has entered into interest rate swap agreements for interest rate risk exposure management purposes. The interest rate swap agreements utilized by AmSouth effectively modify AmSouth’s exposure to interest rate risk by converting a portion of AmSouth’s fixed-rate certificates of deposit to floating rate. AmSouth also has interest rate swap agreements which effectively convert portions of its fixed-rate long-term debt to floating rate. During the nine months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002, AmSouth recognized a net loss of $561 thousand and $2.4 million, respectively, related to the ineffective portion of its hedging instruments.

 

Cash Flow Hedging Strategy—AmSouth has entered into interest rate swap agreements that effectively convert a portion of its floating-rate loans to a fixed-rate basis, thus reducing the impact of interest-rate changes on future interest income. Approximately $1.5 billion and $350 million of AmSouth’s loans were designated as the hedged items to interest rate swap agreements at September 30, 2003 and 2002, respectively. During the nine months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002, AmSouth recognized a net loss of $1 thousand and $48 thousand, respectively, related to the ineffective portion of its hedging instruments.

 

Guarantees—AmSouth, as part of its ongoing business operations, issues financial guarantees in the form of financial and performance standby letters of credit. Standby letters of credit are contingent commitments issued by AmSouth generally to guarantee the performance of a customer to a third party. A financial standby letter of credit is a commitment by AmSouth to guarantee a customer’s repayment of an outstanding loan or debt instrument. In a performance standby letter of credit, AmSouth guarantees a customer’s performance under a contractual nonfinancial obligation for which it receives a fee. AmSouth has recourse against the customer for any amount it is required to pay to a third party under a standby letter of credit. Revenues are recognized ratably over the life of the standby letter of credit. At September 30, 2003, AmSouth had standby letters of credit outstanding with maturities ranging from less than one year to eleven years. The maximum potential amount of future payments AmSouth could be required to make under its standby letters of credit at September 30, 2003 was $2.9 billion and represents AmSouth’s maximum credit risk. At September 30, 2003, AmSouth had $9.8 million of liabilities and $9.8 million of receivables associated with standby letters of credit agreements entered into subsequent to December 31, 2002 as a result of AmSouth’s adoption of Interpretation 45 at January 1, 2003. Standby letters of credit agreements entered into prior to January 1, 2003, have a carrying value of zero. AmSouth holds collateral to support standby letters of credit when deemed necessary.

 

AmSouth Investment Services, Inc. (AIS), a subsidiary of AmSouth, guarantees the margin account balances issued by its brokerage clearing agent on behalf of AIS’s customers. If a customer defaults on the margin account, AIS has guaranteed to the brokerage clearing agent to buy in the account so as to bring the account into compliance with applicable margin or maintenance requirements. The margin account balance as of September 30, 2003 was $26 million. The total potential margin guarantee for AIS was $217.3 million as of September 30, 2003, which is equal to 70% of customers’ account balances. In the event a customer defaults, AmSouth would have recourse to the customer. AmSouth has no liability recorded on its balance sheet related to this agreement. Interpretation 45 does not require AmSouth to record a liability associated with this guarantee agreement as this agreement was in place prior to January 1, 2003.

 

Contingencies—Various legal proceedings are pending against AmSouth and its subsidiaries. Some of these proceedings seek relief or allege damages that are substantial. The actions arise in the ordinary course of AmSouth’s business and include actions relating to its imposition of certain fees, lending, collections, loan servicing, deposit taking, investment, trust and other activities. Because some of these actions are complex and for other reasons, it may take a number of years to finally resolve them. Although it is not possible to determine

 

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with certainty AmSouth’s potential exposure from these proceedings, based upon legal counsel’s opinion, management considers that any liability resulting from the proceedings would not have a material impact on the financial condition or results of operations of AmSouth.

 

AmSouth’s federal and state income tax returns are subject to review and examination by government authorities. In the normal course of these examinations, AmSouth is subject to challenges from federal and state authorities regarding amounts of taxes due. These challenges may alter the timing or amount of taxable income or deductions, or the allocation of income among tax jurisdictions. AmSouth is currently under examination by a number of the states in which it does business. AmSouth is also under examination by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the years ended December 31, 1998, September 30, 1999, and December 31, 1999. In connection with this examination, the IRS has issued Notices of Proposed Adjustments with respect to AmSouth’s tax treatment of certain leveraged lease transactions that were entered into during the years under examination. Management believes that AmSouth’s treatment of these leveraged lease transactions was in compliance with existing tax laws and regulations and intends to vigorously defend its position. Management does not expect that resolution of the state or IRS audit issues will have a material impact on AmSouth’s financial position or operating results.

 

Comprehensive Income—Total comprehensive income was $82.3 million and $350.7 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2003 and $180.5 million and $529.3 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2002. Total comprehensive income consists of net income, the change in the unrealized gains or losses on AmSouth’s available-for-sale securities portfolio arising during the period, the effective portion of cash flow hedges marked to market and a minimum pension liability related to an unfunded pension liability.

 

Earnings Per Common Share—The following table sets forth the computation of earnings per common share and diluted earnings per common share:

 

    

Three Months Ended

September 30


  

Nine Months Ended

September 30


     2003

   2002

   2003

   2002

     (In thousands except per share data)

Earnings per common share computation:

                           

Numerator:

                           

Net income

   $ 157,388    $ 156,001    $ 467,569    $ 453,940

Denominator:

                           

Average common shares outstanding

     349,421      357,567      350,294      359,653

Earnings per common share

   $ .45    $ .44    $ 1.33    $ 1.26

Diluted earnings per common share computation:

                           

Numerator:

                           

Net income

   $ 157,388    $ 156,001    $ 467,569    $ 453,940

Denominator:

                           

Average common shares outstanding

     349,421      357,567      350,294      359,653

Dilutive shares contingently issuable

     3,896      4,394      3,677      4,544
    

  

  

  

Average diluted common shares outstanding

     353,317      361,961      353,971      364,197

Diluted earnings per common share

   $ .45    $ .43    $ 1.32    $ 1.25

 

Shareholders’ Equity—On April 17, 2003, AmSouth’s Board of Directors approved a plan to repurchase up to 25 million shares of the company’s outstanding common stock. The common shares may be repurchased in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. The reacquired common shares will be held as treasury shares and may be reissued for various corporate purposes, including employee benefit programs. Through September 30, 2003, AmSouth has repurchased 278 thousand shares at a cost of $5.9 million. In addition, during the first nine months of 2003, AmSouth repurchased approximately 7.7 million of its shares at a cost of $156.9 million under a stock repurchase plan approved by AmSouth’s Board of Directors in September 2001 to

 

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repurchase up to 25 million shares of its outstanding common stock over a two year period. The total shares repurchased under the September 2001 authorization through September 30, 2003 was 23.2 million shares at a cost of $ 470.2 million. The September 2001 share repurchase authorization expired during the third quarter of 2003. Cash dividends of $.23 per common share were declared in the third quarter of 2003. This represents a five percent increase over the dividend declared during the third quarter of 2002.

 

Business Segment Information—AmSouth has three reportable segments: Consumer Banking, Commercial Banking, and Wealth Management. Treasury & Other includes balance sheet management activities that include the investment portfolio, non-deposit funding and the impact of derivatives used in asset/liability management. Income from bank owned life insurance policies, gains and losses related to the ineffective portion of derivative hedging instruments, net gains and losses on sales of fixed assets, taxable-equivalent adjustments associated with lease residual option benefits, the amortization of deposit intangibles and corporate expenses such as corporate overhead are also shown in Treasury & Other. In addition, Treasury & Other includes the reversal of revenues and expenses associated with Private Client Service (PCS) customers’ loans and deposit balances to eliminate any double counting which occurs as a result of including these revenues and expenses in the Wealth Management segment as well as in either the Commercial or Consumer segments. During the third quarter of 2003, AmSouth changed the way it allocates internal funding credits for deposits for segment reporting purposes. AmSouth changed its methodology to better capture the impact of changes in interest rates on the values of certain deposit products for each segment. Accordingly, AmSouth has adjusted its year-to-date 2003 and 2002 segment information to reflect this new methodology. The following is a summary of the segment performance for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002:

 

    Consumer
Banking


  Commercial
Banking


    Wealth
Management


    Treasury &
Other


    Total

 
    (In thousands)  

Three Months Ended September 30, 2003

                                     

Net interest income before internal funding

  $ 196,090   $ 111,642     $ 36,247     $ (526 )   $ 343,453  

Internal funding

    82,672     (12,038 )     (3,007 )     (67,627 )     -0 -
   

 


 


 


 


Net interest income/(expense)

    278,762     99,604       33,240       (68,153 )     343,453  

Noninterest revenues

    115,695     32,461       45,011       35,618       228,785  
   

 


 


 


 


Total revenues

    394,457     132,065       78,251       (32,535 )     572,238  

Provision for loan losses

    35,064     4,967       271       1,498       41,800  

Noninterest expenses

    183,757     44,577       50,185       28,037       306,556  
   

 


 


 


 


Income/(Loss) before income taxes

    175,636     82,521       27,795       (62,070 )     223,882  

Income taxes/(benefits)

    66,039     31,028       10,451       (41,024 )     66,494  
   

 


 


 


 


Segment net income/(loss)

  $ 109,597   $ 51,493     $ 17,344     $ (21,046 )   $ 157,388  
   

 


 


 


 


Revenues from external customers

  $ 311,785   $ 144,103     $ 42,459     $ 73,891     $ 572,238  
   

 


 


 


 


Ending Assets

  $ 19,630,173   $ 11,382,398     $ 3,433,422     $ 9,896,706     $ 44,342,699  
   

 


 


 


 


 

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    Consumer
Banking


  Commercial
Banking


    Wealth
Management


    Treasury &
Other


    Total

 
    (In thousands)  

Three Months Ended September 30, 2002

                                     

Net interest income before internal funding

  $ 190,310   $ 124,720     $ 35,455     $ 13,900     $ 364,385  

Internal funding

    85,659     (29,742 )     (7,599 )     (48,318 )     -0 -
   

 


 


 


 


Net interest income/(expense)

    275,969     94,978       27,856       (34,418 )     364,385  

Noninterest revenues

    97,531     28,327       45,439       17,039       188,336  
   

 


 


 


 


Total revenues

    373,500     123,305       73,295       (17,379 )     552,721  

Provision for loan losses

    34,447     6,496       231       10,226       51,400  

Noninterest expenses

    171,848     43,769       45,975       14,439       276,031  
   

 


 


 


 


Income/(Loss) before income taxes

    167,205     73,040       27,089       (42,044 )     225,290  

Income taxes/(benefits)

    62,869     27,463       10,186       (31,229 )     69,289  
   

 


 


 


 


Segment net income/(loss)

  $ 104,336   $ 45,577     $ 16,903     $ (10,815 )   $ 156,001  
   

 


 


 


 


Revenues from external customers

  $ 287,841   $ 153,047     $ 43,589     $ 68,244     $ 552,721  
   

 


 


 


 


Ending Assets

  $ 17,677,007   $ 10,674,292     $ 2,950,892     $ 8,308,536     $ 39,610,727  
   

 


 


 


 


Nine Months Ended September 30, 2003

                                     

Net interest income before internal funding

  $ 596,838   $ 345,227     $ 109,671     $ 4,115     $ 1,055,851  

Internal funding

    237,246     (50,747 )     (17,352 )     (169,147 )     -0 -
   

 


 


 


 


Net interest income/(expense)

    834,084     294,480       92,319       (165,032 )     1,055,851  

Noninterest revenues

    328,951     94,210       131,292       77,935       632,388  
   

 


 


 


 


Total revenues

    1,163,035     388,690       223,611       (87,097 )     1,688,239  

Provision for loan losses

    103,471     19,155       779       5,795       129,200  

Noninterest expenses

    544,484     135,058       148,228       67,014       894,784  
   

 


 


 


 


Income/(Loss) before income taxes

    515,080     234,477       74,604       (159,906 )     664,255  

Income taxes/(benefits)

    193,670     88,163       28,051       (113,198 )     196,686  
   

 


 


 


 


Segment net income/(loss)

  $ 321,410   $ 146,314     $ 46,553     $ (46,708 )   $ 467,569  
   

 


 


 


 


Revenues from external customers

  $ 925,789   $ 439,437     $ 123,845     $ 199,168     $ 1,688,239  
   

 


 


 


 


Ending Assets

  $ 19,630,173   $ 11,382,398     $ 3,433,422     $ 9,896,706     $ 44,342,699  
   

 


 


 


 


Nine Months Ended September 30, 2002

                                     

Net interest income before internal funding

  $ 567,054   $ 385,292     $ 103,059     $ 56,752     $ 1,112,157  

Internal funding

    262,355     (104,770 )     (23,183 )     (134,402 )     -0 -
   

 


 


 


 


Net interest income/(expense)

    829,409     280,522       79,876       (77,650 )     1,112,157  

Noninterest revenues

    267,534     90,243       145,639       43,711       547,127  
   

 


 


 


 


Total revenues

    1,096,943     370,765       225,515       (33,939 )     1,659,284  

Provision for loan losses

    104,686     33,785       674       20,955       160,100  

Noninterest expenses

    524,895     131,314       141,095       52,634       849,938  
   

 


 


 


 


Income/(Loss) before income taxes

    467,362     205,666       83,746       (107,528 )     649,246  

Income taxes/(benefits)

    175,728     77,330       31,488       (89,240 )     195,306  
   

 


 


 


 


Segment net income/(loss)

  $ 291,634   $ 128,336     $ 52,258     $ (18,288 )   $ 453,940  
   

 


 


 


 


Revenues from external customers

  $ 834,588   $ 475,535     $ 141,291     $ 207,870     $ 1,659,284  
   

 


 


 


 


Ending Assets

  $ 17,677,007   $ 10,674,292     $ 2,950,892     $ 8,308,536     $ 39,610,727  
   

 


 


 


 


 

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INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTANTS’ REVIEW REPORT

 

The Board of Directors

AmSouth Bancorporation

 

We have reviewed the accompanying consolidated statements of condition of AmSouth Bancorporation and subsidiaries as of September 30, 2003 and 2002, and the related consolidated statements of earnings for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2003 and 2002, the consolidated statements of cash flows for the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2003 and 2002, and the consolidated statement of shareholders’ equity for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2003. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management.

 

We conducted our reviews in accordance with the standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. A review of interim financial information consists principally of applying analytical procedures to financial data, and making inquiries of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters. It is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States, which will be performed for the full year with the objective of expressing an opinion regarding the financial statements taken as a whole. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.

 

Based on our reviews, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the accompanying consolidated financial statements referred to above for them to be in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

 

We have previously audited, in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States, the consolidated statement of condition of AmSouth Bancorporation and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2002, and the related consolidated statements of earnings, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for the year then ended (not presented herein) and in our report dated January 14, 2003, we expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements. In our opinion, the information set forth in the accompanying consolidated statement of condition as of December 31, 2002 is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated statement of condition from which it has been derived.

 

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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

Overview

 

This discussion and analysis is part of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and updates our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002, which we previously filed with the SEC. You should read this information together with the financial information contained in the 10-K. Certain prior period amounts presented in this discussion and analysis have been reclassified to conform to current period classifications.

 

AmSouth Bancorporation (AmSouth) is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with approximately $44 billion in assets, over 600 branch banking offices and more than 1,200 ATMs. AmSouth operates in Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia. AmSouth is a leader among regional banks in the Southeast in several key businesses, such as Consumer Banking which includes small business banking and mortgage lending, Commercial Banking, including equipment leasing, and Wealth Management, which includes annuity and mutual fund sales, trust and investment management services.

 

The preparation of consolidated financial statements requires management to make judgments in the application of certain of its accounting policies that involve significant estimates and assumptions about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. These estimates and assumptions are based on information available as of the date of the financial statements, and may materially impact the reported amounts of certain assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses as the information changes over time. Accordingly, different amounts could be reported as a result of the use of revised estimates and assumptions in the application of these accounting policies.

 

Accounting policies considered relatively more critical due to either the subjectivity involved in the estimate and/or the potential impact that changes in the estimates can have on the reported financial results include the accounting for the allowance for loan losses, sales of financial assets, pension accounting, and hedge accounting. Information concerning these policies is included in the “Critical Accounting Estimates” section of Management’s Discussion and Analysis in AmSouth’s 2002 10-K. There were no significant changes in these accounting policies during the first nine months of 2003.

 

This discussion and analysis contains statements that are considered “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. See page 2 for additional information regarding forward-looking statements.

 

AmSouth reported net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2003 of $157.4 million, or $.45 per share on a diluted basis and $467.6 million, or $1.32 per share on a diluted basis for the first nine months of 2003. In the same periods a year ago, net income totaled $156.0 million, or $.43 per share on a diluted basis, and $453.9 million, or $1.25 per diluted share, respectively. For the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2003, AmSouth’s return on average assets (ROA) was 1.44 percent and 1.49 percent, respectively, compared to 1.60 percent and 1.59 percent, respectively, for the same periods in 2002. Return on average equity (ROE) was 20.18 percent and 20.13 percent for the third quarter and first nine months of 2003, respectively, compared to 20.19 percent and 20.13 percent for the same periods last year.

 

Results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2003 were impacted by the sluggish economy and low interest rate environment resulting in lower net interest income (NII) and consumer investment services income compared to the same periods in 2002. In spite of this challenging environment, notable improvements during the third quarter and the first nine months of 2003 included growth in commercial, home equity and residential mortgage loans and in deposits and a reduced level of credit costs. AmSouth experienced growth in noninterest expenses (NIE), primarily associated with increases in personnel and occupancy costs associated with growth initiatives and the transition into a new operations center.

 

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Statement of Condition

 

Total assets at September 30, 2003 were $44.3 billion, up 9.3 percent from $40.6 billion at December 31, 2002. This $3.8 billion increase in total assets was primarily the result of increases in AmSouth’s loan portfolio, and its available-for-sale (AFS) and held-to-maturity (HTM) securities portfolios. Loans net of unearned income at September 30, 2003 increased $1.8 billion compared to year-end. This increase was attributable to $1.1 billion of growth in consumer loans and a $671.8 million increase in commercial and commercial real estate loans. The increase in consumer loans was driven by increases in home equity and residential mortgage lending. The increase in home equity lending reflected AmSouth’s continued efforts to attract these loans due to their attractive spreads, historically low levels of losses and their continuation as a core relationship product. The origination of residential mortgage loans continued to be strong reflecting AmSouth’s emphasis on residential mortgage lending and higher demand as a result of the continued low interest rate environment. In 2003, AmSouth successfully completed several initial steps related to its mortgage initiative that included training branch personnel and establishing an automated mortgage application system in the branches. AmSouth also hired additional teams of mortgage loan officers and plans to continue to add new people in sales and administrative areas to support this initiative. Production of new residential mortgage loans was more than $3.6 billion during the first nine months of 2003. A key driver of this activity was referrals from branches, which totaled about $1.1 billion for the first nine months of 2003. The growth in commercial lending reflected a continuation in the momentum in commercial loan activity that began in the fourth quarter of 2002. The increase in commercial lending was spread across most categories led by growth in commercial real estate lending. The increase in AmSouth’s securities portfolios reflected additional purchases of securities, primarily mortgage-backed and collateralized mortgage obligation (CMO) securities, during the first nine months of 2003 and the securitization and retention of approximately $405 million of residential mortgages.

 

On the liability side of the balance sheet, total deposits at September 30, 2003, increased by $2.2 billion compared to December 31, 2002. The increase in total deposits was seen in all categories of deposits. Low-cost deposits, which include noninterest-bearing and interest-bearing checking, money market and savings accounts, increased by $1.1 billion. Growth in low-cost deposits was primarily associated with AmSouth’s continuing initiative to grow deposits. This initiative included sales and advertising campaigns targeted to deposit products, as well as incentive programs related to deposit growth. Low-cost deposit growth was also impacted by the current low interest rate environment which reduced the attractiveness of other nondeposit investment alternatives. Time deposits, including certificates of deposits of $100,000 or more, increased by $835.0 million compared to year-end 2002. The increase in time deposits was associated with an initiative instituted in the first quarter of 2003 to grow time deposits by $1.0 billion. In addition, the increase included a $421 million increase in public time deposit funds. The increase in Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase is primarily the result of AmSouth electing to use this shorter term financing to replace long-term FHLB financing which matured during the third quarter. During the first quarter of 2003, AmSouth issued $500 million of subordinated debt which resulted in an increase in the level of long-term debt. The subordinated debt issued matures 10 years from the date of issuance. The increase in accrued expenses and other liabilities at September 30, 2003 compared to year-end was primarily the result of a $444 million increase in liabilities associated with the purchase of investment securities which had not yet settled at the end of September.

 

Net Interest Income

 

Net interest income (NII) on a fully taxable equivalent basis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2003, was $354.3 million and $1.1 billion, respectively, down $22.7 million, or 6.0 percent compared to the same quarter last year and down $61.3 million or 5.3 percent on a year-to-date basis. The decrease in NII reflected compression in the net interest margin (NIM), somewhat offset by higher average interest-earning assets. The NIM was 3.60 percent for the third quarter of 2003, down 68 basis points from 4.28 percent, for the same quarter in 2002. The decline in the NIM can be largely attributed to tightening of the interest rate spreads between loans and deposits. In addition, the low interest rate environment during the first nine months of 2003 resulted in significantly lower reinvestment yields for both loans and investment securities.

 

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At the same time, high levels of security prepayments and run-off of higher yielding fixed-rate loans continued causing slower than anticipated growth in earning assets and higher premium amortization on securities. See additional discussion of prepayment risk within the “Asset/Liability Management” section. These events combined to decrease net interest income and compress the net interest margin.

 

Growth in interest-earning assets partially offset the decline in NII associated with the lower NIM. Average interest-earning assets for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2003 were $39.1 billion and $37.9 billion, respectively, an increase of $4.1 billion and $3.4 billion from the same periods in 2002. As discussed above, the increase came principally from growth in the loan and the investment securities portfolios. The growth in the loan portfolio was primarily driven by commercial lending, residential mortgage production and equity lending. The increase in investment securities was primarily associated with purchases of mortgage-backed and CMO securities. The growth in earning assets was primarily funded by an increase in deposits. The increase in deposits was across all categories of deposits. In addition, AmSouth funded part of the increase through higher levels of FHLB long-term advances and the issuance of subordinated debt in the first quarter of 2003.

 

Asset/Liability Management

 

AmSouth maintains a formal asset and liability management process to quantify, monitor and control interest rate risk and to assist management in minimizing the income impact of varying interest rate environments. AmSouth accomplishes this process through the development and implementation of lending, funding, pricing and hedging strategies designed to maximize NII performance under varying interest rate environments subject to specific liquidity and interest rate risk guidelines.

 

An earnings simulation model is the primary tool used to assess the direction and magnitude of changes in NII resulting from changes in interest rates. Key assumptions in the model include prepayment speeds on mortgage-related assets; cash flows and maturities of derivatives and other financial instruments held for purposes other than trading; changes in market conditions, loan volumes and pricing; deposit volume, mix and rate sensitivity; customer preferences; and management’s financial and capital plans. These assumptions are inherently uncertain, and, as a result, the model cannot precisely estimate NII or precisely predict the impact of higher or lower interest rates on NII. Actual results will differ from simulated results due to timing, magnitude and frequency of interest rate changes and changes in market conditions and management’s strategies, among other factors.

 

AmSouth evaluates net interest income under various balance sheet and interest rate scenarios, using its simulation analysis model. Management evaluates “base” net interest income under what is believed to be the most likely balance sheet structure and current interest rate environment. This “base” case is then evaluated against various changes in interest rate scenarios. Asset prepayment levels, the shape of yield curves and the overall balance sheet mix and growth assumptions are adjusted to be consistent with each interest rate scenario. One scenario of the simulation model reviews the impact to NII if interest rates gradually increased or decreased by 100 basis points over a 12-month period. Based on the results of the simulation model as of September 30, 2003, AmSouth would expect NII to increase $2.5 million or approximately 0.2 percent and decrease $15.0 million or approximately 1.0 percent if interest rates gradually increase or decrease, respectively, from current rates by 100 basis points over a 12-month period. This scenario indicates that AmSouth is slightly asset sensitive. It is important to note that, given the current low level of interest rates, the down 100 basis point scenario implies a federal funds target interest rate of zero percent. By comparison, as of September 30, 2002, the simulation model indicated that NII would increase $12.5 million or approximately 0.8 percent and decrease $14.2 million or approximately 1.0 percent if interest rates gradually increased or decreased, respectively, from their then-current rates by 100 basis points over a 12-month period. The decrease in interest sensitivity between years can be attributed to growth in the residential mortgage loan portfolio and investments. AmSouth’s current level of interest rate risk is well within its policy guidelines. Current policy states that NII should not fluctuate more than 2.5 percent in the event that interest rates gradually increase or decrease 100 basis points over a period of twelve months. In analyzing its interest rate risk, AmSouth also runs additional scenarios to stress the

 

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assumptions used in the analysis above. For example, the simulations above are based on a parallel shift in the yield curve for U.S. Treasury securities occurring gradually over a 12-month time period. AmSouth, however, recognizes that changes in the yield curve can also affect NII even if Federal Reserve-set short term rates remain unchanged. NII at AmSouth, as at most other banks, is affected if long term rates rise or fall more rapidly than short term rates, and thereby cause the slope of the yield curve to change. For example, if long term rates were to fall faster than short term rates, thereby causing a flattening in the slope of the yield curve, this would negatively affect NII as mortgage-related and other fixed rate loans and securities, which are priced based on long term rates, would be prepaid while the proceeds from such prepayments could likely not be reinvested at comparable rates. Accordingly, one of the stress tests regularly run by AmSouth is an immediate shift in the five years and beyond Treasury yield curve with all other short term interest rates unchanged. Based on the results of this modeling as of September 30, 2003, an immediate 50 basis point downward shift in the Treasury curve, if sustained for 12 months, would cause NII to decrease by approximately $17 million.

 

As part of its activities to manage interest rate risk, AmSouth utilizes various derivative instruments such as interest rate swaps to hedge its interest rate risk. At September 30, 2003, AmSouth had interest rate swaps in the notional amount of approximately $2.7 billion, all of which were “receive fixed/pay floating” rate swaps. Of these swaps, $1.5 billion of notional value was used to hedge the cash flow of variable-rate commercial loans and $1.1 billion of notional value was used to hedge the fair value of fixed-rate consumer certificates of deposit and corporate and bank debt. AmSouth also had $125 million notional value of swaps that no longer qualified for hedge accounting. These swaps had previously been designated as fair value hedges of corporate debt. During the first half of 2003, these hedging relationships were determined to no longer be highly effective as defined by Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 133 and AmSouth ceased hedge accounting for these swaps. All of the swaps that lost hedge accounting mature within six months. Interest rate swaps with notional value of $50 million matured during the third quarter of 2003. There are $25 million notional amount of “receive fixed/pay floating” interest rate swaps scheduled to mature during the remainder of 2003.

 

In addition to using derivative instruments as an interest rate risk management tool, AmSouth also utilizes derivatives such as interest rate swaps, caps, floors and foreign exchange contracts in its capacity as an intermediary on behalf of its customers. AmSouth minimizes its market and liquidity risks by taking offsetting positions. AmSouth manages its credit risk, or potential risk of loss from default by counterparties, through credit limit approval and monitoring procedures. Market value changes on intermediated swaps and other derivatives are recognized in income in the period of change. At September 30, 2003, AmSouth had $107.1 million of assets and $106.3 million of liabilities associated with $2.1 billion notional amount of interest rate contracts with corporate customers and $2.1 billion notional amount of offsetting interest rate contracts with other financial institutions to hedge AmSouth’s rate exposure on its corporate customers’ contracts.

 

As part of its asset and liability management process, AmSouth actively monitors its exposure to prepayment risk. AmSouth, like most financial institutions, is subject to prepayment risk in falling interest rate environments. Prepayment risk is a significant risk to earnings and specifically to NII. For example, mortgage loans and other financial assets may be prepaid by a debtor so that the debtor may refund its obligations at new, lower rates. As loans and other financial assets prepay, AmSouth must reinvest these funds in the current lower yielding rate environment. Prepayments of assets carrying higher rates reduce AmSouth’s interest income and overall asset yields. Conversely, in a rising rate environment, these assets will prepay at a slower rate resulting in opportunity cost by not having the cash flow to reinvest at higher rates. Higher prepayments also impact the securities portfolio by increasing the amortization of any premiums associated with those securities, which also reduces interest income and the yield of the securities portfolio. Tools to hedge prepayment risk are limited and generally involve complex derivatives that AmSouth has chosen not to utilize.

 

AmSouth’s greatest exposure to prepayment risks primarily rests in its mortgage loan portfolio and its mortgage-backed and CMO securities portfolio. At September 30, 2003, AmSouth had approximately $3.6 billion in mortgage loans. In addition, AmSouth had $5 billion of CMOs and approximately $5 billion of mortgage-backed securities in its AFS and HTM portfolios with approximately $152 million of net unamortized

 

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premiums. Net cash flows from prepayment activity in the third quarter of 2003 increased approximately $400 million from that experienced in the first and second quarters of 2003. This increase in prepayment activity resulted in an increase in net premium amortization in the CMO and mortgage-backed securities portfolio. During the third quarter and first nine months of 2003, net premium amortization related to the CMO and mortgage-backed securities portfolio was $21.5 million and $37.8 million, respectively, compared to $146 thousand net premium amortization and $2.0 million net discount accretion, respectively, for the corresponding periods in 2002. AmSouth estimates the impact of prepayments, including the accelerated premium amortization associated with its investment portfolio, to be a reduction to the NIM for the full year of 16 to 20 basis points as compared to the full year of 2002. This estimate assumes a decline in prepayment speeds in the fourth quarter of 2003.

 

Liquidity Management

 

AmSouth’s goal in liquidity management is to satisfy the cash flow requirements of depositors and borrowers while at the same time meeting its cash flow needs. This is accomplished through the active management of both the asset and liability sides of the balance sheet. The liquidity position of AmSouth is monitored on a daily basis by AmSouth’s Treasury Division. In addition, the Asset/Liability Committee, which consists of members of AmSouth’s senior management team, reviews liquidity on a regular basis and approves any changes in strategy that are necessary as a result of balance sheet or anticipated cash flow changes. Management also compares, on a monthly basis, AmSouth’s liquidity position to established corporate liquidity guidelines.

 

The primary sources of liquidity on the asset side of the balance sheet are maturities and cash flows from loans and investments as well as the ability to securitize or sell certain loans and investments. Liquidity on the liability side is generated primarily through growth in core deposits and the ability to obtain economical wholesale funding in national and regional markets through a variety of sources, including the Federal Home Loan Bank. See Table 10 for a breakout by maturity date of AmSouth’s contractual obligations and other commercial commitments.

 

As an additional source of liquidity, AmSouth periodically sells loans or pools of loans to qualifying special purpose entities called conduits in securitization transactions. The conduits are financed by the issuance of securities to asset-backed commercial paper issuers and are accounted for as sales. These transactions allow AmSouth to utilize its balance sheet capacity and capital for higher yielding, interest-earning assets, while continuing to manage the customer relationship. At September 30, 2003, the outstanding balance of loans sold to conduits was approximately $1.7 billion, including $747 million of commercial loans, $881 million of residential first mortgages and $108 million of dealer indirect automobile loans. This balance was down from $2.5 billion in outstanding loan balances in conduits at December 31, 2002. AmSouth provides credit enhancements to these securitizations by providing standby letters of credit, which create exposure to credit risk to the extent of the letters of credit. At September 30, 2003, AmSouth had $97.9 million of letters of credit supporting the conduit transactions. This credit risk is reviewed quarterly and a reserve for loss exposure is maintained in other liabilities.

 

AmSouth also provides liquidity lines of credit to support the issuance of commercial paper under 364-day commitments associated with these conduit transactions. These liquidity lines can be drawn upon in the unlikely event of a commercial paper market disruption or other factors, such as credit rating downgrades of one of the asset-backed commercial paper issuers or of AmSouth as the provider of liquidity and credit support, which could prevent the asset-backed commercial paper issuers from being able to issue commercial paper. At September 30, 2003, AmSouth had liquidity lines of credit supporting these transactions of $1.7 billion. To date, there have been no drawdowns of the liquidity lines; however, AmSouth includes this liquidity risk in its monthly liquidity risk analysis to ensure that it would have sufficient sources of liquidity to meet demand. AmSouth also reviews the impact of the potential drawdown of the liquidity lines on its regulatory capital requirements. As of September 30, 2003, this analysis showed that AmSouth would retain its well-capitalized position even if the liquidity lines were completely drawn down or if accounting rules were to be changed to require AmSouth to consolidate the conduits.

 

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Credit Quality

 

AmSouth maintains an allowance for loan losses which management believes is adequate to absorb losses inherent in the loan portfolio. A formal review is prepared quarterly to assess the risk in the portfolio and to determine the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses. The review includes analyses of historical performance, the level of nonperforming and adversely rated loans, specific analyses of certain problem loans, loan activity since the previous quarter, reports prepared by the Credit Review Department, consideration of current economic conditions, and other pertinent information. The level of allowance to net loans outstanding will vary depending on the overall results of this quarterly review. The review is presented to and subsequently approved by senior management and reviewed by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.

 

Table 5 presents a five-quarter analysis of the allowance for loan losses. At September 30, 2003, the allowance for loan losses was $384.1 million, or 1.32 percent of loans net of unearned income, compared to $379.9 million, or 1.45 percent, at September 30, 2002 and $381.6 million, or 1.40 percent, at December 31, 2002. The coverage ratio of the allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans was 318 percent at September 30, 2003, an increase from the September 30, 2002 ratio of 251 percent. The increase in the allowance at September 30, 2003 versus September 30, 2002 primarily reflected an increase in loan loss exposure as loan balances have increased over prior year levels, while decreases in the allowance as a percentage of loans reflects an overall improvement in the credit quality of the loan portfolio and the changing portfolio mix toward loans with lower inherent loss characteristics.

 

Net charge-offs for the quarter ended September 30, 2003, were $41.8 million, or 0.58 percent of average loans, on an annualized basis, a decrease of $1.2 million from the $42.9 million, or 0.66 percent of average loans, reported in the same period a year earlier. For the nine months ended September 30, 2003, net charge-offs were $126.7 million, or 0.60 percent, compared to $143.8 million, or 0.75 percent, for the same period of 2002. The decrease in net charge-offs was primarily the result of a decrease in commercial net charge-offs. The decrease in commercial charge-offs reflected an overall improvement in the performance of the commercial portfolio. For the third quarter and first nine months of 2003, commercial real estate net charge-offs increased by $1.1 million and $1.8 million, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2002. This increase was primarily the result of one large real estate charge-off related to a nursing home taken in the third quarter of 2003. For the third quarter, consumer charge-offs increased $897 thousand compared to the same period in 2002 and $365 thousand for the first nine months of 2003 compared to the same period in 2002. The increase in both quarterly and year-to-date net charge-offs in the consumer portfolio primarily reflected higher net charge-offs within the equity lending portfolios. Net charge-offs in the equity lending portfolio were $10.4 million for the third quarter of 2003 and $26.6 million for the first nine months of 2003, an increase of $2.8 million and $6.6 million, respectively, from the corresponding periods in 2002. The increase in equity lending charge-offs was primarily attributable to the impact of the current economic downturn on consumers, growth in the portfolio and charge-offs on a portion of the portfolio originated in 2000 and early 2001 using credit underwriting criteria that were subsequently made more rigorous. In addition, the level of equity lending charge-offs was impacted by a higher level of bankruptcy filings and a shift in the mix of bankruptcy filings to include more Chapter 7 liquidation filings than Chapter 13 reorganization filings. Partially offsetting the increase in equity lending charge-offs was a decrease in net charge-offs within the dealer indirect portfolio. The decreases in net charge-offs in the dealer indirect portfolio were $1.9 million and $5.3 million for the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2003 compared to the corresponding periods in 2002. The improvement in net charge-offs reflects enhanced credit controls which included more stringent underwriting standards implemented by AmSouth in 2001 and 2002. The provision for loan losses for the third quarter and first nine months of 2003 was $41.8 million and $129.2 million, respectively, compared to $51.4 million and $160.1 million for the corresponding year-earlier periods. The decrease in the provision for loan losses is consistent with the overall improvement in the credit quality of AmSouth’s loan portfolio and a shift in the mix of the loan portfolio to include a larger proportion of residential mortgages.

 

Table 6 presents a five-quarter comparison of the components of nonperforming assets. At September 30, 2003, nonperforming assets as a percentage of loans net of unearned income, foreclosed properties and repossessions decreased 17 basis points to 0.55 percent compared to 0.72 percent at September 30, 2002,

 

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reflecting a $26.9 million decrease in nonperforming assets. Compared to year-end 2002, nonperforming assets declined $35.2 million primarily as a result of a $38.0 million decline in nonaccrual loans partially offset by a $1.5 million increase in repossessions and a $1.3 million increase in foreclosed properties. The decrease in nonaccrual loans was primarily the result of a $39.2 million decrease from December 31, 2002, in nonaccrual commercial and commercial real estate loans slightly offset by a $1.6 million increase in nonaccrual equity loans and lines. The decrease in nonaccrual commercial loans reflects a downward trend in commercial problem loans. The increase in nonaccruing equity loans and lines is reflective of the impact of the current economic downturn on consumers and the increase in the size of the portfolio. This increase is also consistent with the national trend of higher bankruptcy and foreclosure actions. AmSouth did not have any nonperforming assets considered restructured loans at September 30, 2003 and 2002. The increase in foreclosed properties was the result of foreclosures in residential first mortgages and home equity loans, which usually occur late in an economic downturn when unemployment is still rising.

 

Included in nonperforming assets at September 30, 2003 and 2002, was $60.0 million and $93.9 million, respectively, of loans that were considered to be impaired, substantially all of which were on a nonaccrual basis. At September 30, 2003 and 2002, there was $14.0 million and $23.1 million, respectively, in the allowance for loan losses specifically allocated to $41.3 million and $77.8 million, respectively, of impaired loans. No specific reserves were required for $18.7 million and $16.1 million of impaired loans at September 30, 2003 and 2002, respectively. The average recorded investment in impaired loans for the three months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002, was $63.9 million and $96.5 million, respectively, and $80.3 million and $101.8 million, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2003 and 2002. AmSouth recorded no material interest income on its impaired loans during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2003. At September 30, 2003 and 2002, AmSouth had approximately $34.5 million and $65.1 million, respectively, of potential problem commercial loans which were not included in the nonaccrual loans or in the 90 days past due categories at quarter-end but for which management had concerns as to the ability of such borrowers to comply with their present loan repayment terms.

 

Noninterest Revenues and Noninterest Expenses

 

Noninterest revenues (NIR) were $228.8 million during the third quarter of 2003 and $632.4 million for the first nine months of 2003. The quarterly and nine-month totals represent a 21.5 percent and 15.6 percent increase from the corresponding periods in 2002. The increase in NIR compared to 2002 was primarily due to increases in service charges on deposit accounts, interchange income, mortgage income, portfolio income, bankcard income and other noninterest revenues. The growth of service charge revenues for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2003 of $9.9 million and $34.4 million or 12.7 percent and 16.4 percent compared to the corresponding periods in 2002 was primarily the result of increases in overdraft fees. The increase in overdraft fees was primarily the result of an increase in the volume of overdrafts, and an increase in the NSF fees charged per transaction. In addition, the increase also reflected charges for overdraft fees created by ATM withdrawals, which were not being charged during the first nine months of 2002. These new procedures are related to an ongoing initiative to manage, in a consistent manner, customers’ intra-day account balances. Enhancing this management should also enable AmSouth to better manage its risks, including fraud risks, arising from various transactions that can affect a customer’s intra-day account balances. On a year-to-date comparison, the increase also reflected the implementation of payment posting procedures made during the second quarter of 2002, which standardized the posting of NSF fees for paper-based and electronic payments. Prior to this change in procedure, paper-based payments were prioritized ahead of electronic payments in posting transactions to accounts, which resulted in fewer overdrafts. The subsequent change in procedures provides consistent treatment for all customer initiated transactions and helps to ensure that larger, more important transactions are given priority in payment, whether electronic or paper-based. The increase in mortgage income of $4.9 million and $21.7 million for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2003 reflected the impact of higher residential mortgage originations. The higher level of originations resulted in higher gains on the sale of mortgage loans. As discussed previously, the increase in mortgage originations was impacted by AmSouth’s ongoing mortgage initiative and the low interest rate environment during the first nine months of 2003. If interest rates continue to rise, it is likely to negatively impact the level of mortgage originations as well as the level of mortgage income. Partially

 

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offsetting the increase from gains on the sale of mortgage loans were decreases of $1.8 million and $6.1 million for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2003, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2002, in servicing and other fee income related to loans previously sold to third-party conduits. These decreases reflect the continued paydown of loans previously sold into these conduits. Also impacting the comparison between the third quarter of 2003 versus the third quarter of 2002, was a $3.1 million decrease as a result of charges taken to record changes in the fair market value of mortgage derivative instruments. During the third quarter of 2003, AmSouth recorded a $2.4 million charge to NIR versus $670 thousand of income in the third quarter of 2002 associated with the changes in the fair value of mortgage derivative instruments. AmSouth utilizes forward contracts to economically hedge future sales of mortgage loans into the secondary market. While these forward contracts are used to hedge AmSouth’s exposure to changes in market rates on mortgage loan and mortgage loan commitments which AmSouth has identified to be sold, they do not meet the strict accounting requirements necessary to receive hedge accounting treatment. Accordingly, AmSouth is required to record changes in the fair value of these forward contract instruments into earnings while any offsetting increase in the value of mortgage loans these contracts are hedging is not permitted to be recorded as earnings. In addition to forward contracts, loan commitments associated with mortgages AmSouth plans to sell are also considered derivative instruments and are marked to market through earnings and tend to offset the changes in the value of the forward contracts. Any losses or gains associated with marking these derivative contracts to market are eventually offset by gains or losses recorded in the following quarter when the mortgage loan sales being economically hedged are completed. On a year-to-date basis, the impact of marking to market mortgage derivative instruments was a $208 thousand increase in revenue in 2003 versus 2002.

 

The increase in interchange income for the third quarter and first nine months of 2003 compared to the same periods in 2002 was primarily due to increases in the volume of checkcards outstanding and in transaction volumes. This growth was directly related to higher sales of convenience services through AmSouth’s strategic initiative to aggressively grow consumer banking business. The level of interchange income in the third quarter of 2003 was negatively impacted by the recent VISA/Wal-mart settlement which resulted in a decrease in interchange income during the third quarter of 2003 versus the second quarter of 2003. While the impact of the VISA settlement is contingent upon the volume of interchange transactions, AmSouth’s most recent estimate is that the decline in interchange income will reduce AmSouth’s earnings per share by approximately one half cent a share for the fourth quarter of 2003 compared to 2002. The increase in portfolio income reflected larger gains on the sale of securities during the period. The increase in bankcard income for both the three month and nine month periods of 2003 reflected a higher level of bank card activity. The increase in other noninterest revenues in the third quarter of 2003 versus the third quarter of 2002 reflects the impact of a $6.6 million gain on the sale of real property, a $2.4 million increase in income related to market adjustments on derivative instruments and $3.0 million in income related to the demutualization of one of AmSouth’s insurance providers recorded in the third quarter of 2003. The increase between years also reflects a $1.7 million loss recorded in the third quarter of 2002 on a commercial lease transaction related to a drop in residual value. On a year-to-date basis, derivative income increased $3.2 million in 2003 compared to the same period in 2002. The level of other NIR for the first nine months of 2003 was also impacted by a $4.2 million second quarter charge related to the write-off of lease residual values associated with two customers. Other items that impacted other NIR on a year-to-date basis in 2002 included $2.0 million of losses associated with the sale of branch facilities and other assets recorded in the second quarter of 2002 and a $2.2 million fixed asset loss recorded in the first quarter of 2002.

 

These increases in NIR in 2003 versus 2002 were offset by decreases in consumer investment services income, income from bank owned life insurance (BOLI) and on a year-to-date basis trust income. The decrease in consumer investment services income for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2003 versus the same periods in 2002 was impacted by the soft economy and the low interest rate environment. A decline in branch platform sales of fixed annuity products was the primary reason for the decline between years. The decrease in BOLI income was primarily the result of lower benefit payments being received during the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2003 versus the same periods in 2002. The decrease in trust income on a year-to-date basis was primarily due to adverse equity market conditions that existed during the first half of the year. While the increase in trust income in the third quarter of 2003 reflected the favorable impact of market value increases associated with the improving equity market conditions in the third quarter of 2003.

 

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Noninterest expenses (NIE) for the third quarter of 2003 increased $30.5 million or 11.1 percent compared to the same period in 2002 and increased $44.8 million or 5.3 percent for the first nine months of 2003 compared to the corresponding period in 2002. The increase in NIE was primarily related to increases in salaries and employee benefits, net occupancy expense and other NIE, partially offset by lower equipment expenses. The increase in salaries and employee benefits reflects higher base salaries due to merit increases and an increase in the number of personnel primarily associated with revenue growth initiatives. The increase over 2002 levels also reflects changes in pension assumptions made at the end of 2002 which impact the pension expense calculation for 2003. Plan assumptions were lowered for the discount rate, the rate of compensation increase and the rate of return on pension plan assets. The increase in net occupancy expense was due mainly to an increase in depreciation associated with the new operations center and the cost of new branches as well as higher maintenance expense and higher rental expense. The increase in other NIE versus the same periods of 2002 reflected higher expenses associated with other personnel related expenses including training and relocation expenses, travel and convention expenses, and a higher level of non-credit losses. The comparison of other NIE versus the same periods in 2002 was also impacted by a $3.1 million recovery associated with the sale of a credit derivative contract recorded in the third quarter of 2002. AmSouth recorded a $3.7 million charge in the second quarter of 2002 associated with the same credit derivative contract after AmSouth eliminated its credit exposure to the corporate customer for which the credit derivative provided protection. The decrease in equipment expense was primarily a result of a reduction in the estimated ad valorem taxes required to be paid which resulted in a reduction in the ad valorem tax accrual in the third quarter of 2003. The year-to-date decreases also reflected lower depreciation expense as a result of two large equipment projects becoming fully depreciated.

 

Capital Adequacy

 

At September 30, 2003, shareholders’ equity totaled $3.2 billion or 7.11 percent of total assets while average equity as a percentage of average assets for the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2003 was 7.14% and 7.38%, respectively. Since December 31, 2002, shareholders’ equity increased $36.8 million primarily as a result of net income for the first nine months of 2003 of $467.6 million. The increase in shareholders’ equity from net income was partially offset by the declaration of dividends of $243.2 million and the purchase of 7.95 million shares of AmSouth common stock for $162.8 million during the first nine months of 2003. In addition, shareholders’ equity was also reduced by $87.3 million associated with lower valuation of the AFS portfolio, a $3.3 million reduction associated with minimum pension liability related to an unfunded pension liability and a $26.3 million decrease due to changes in other comprehensive income associated with cash flow hedges.

 

Table 9 presents the capital amounts and risk-adjusted capital ratios for AmSouth and AmSouth Bank at September 30, 2003 and 2002. At September 30, 2003, AmSouth exceeded the regulatory minimum required risk-adjusted Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 4.00% and risk-adjusted Total Capital Ratio of 8.00%. In addition, the risk-adjusted capital ratios for AmSouth Bank were above the regulatory minimums, and the Bank was well capitalized at September 30, 2003.

 

Earnings Outlook

 

Though today’s business environment is marked with uncertainty, AmSouth expects diluted earnings per share to be in line with the consensus earnings estimate of 45 cents per share for the fourth quarter of 2003. This earnings outlook is based on a number of expectations including: an increase in net interest income in the fourth quarter reflecting stabilization in the net interest margin due to improving market rates; improved balance sheet growth from sustained loan demand and core funding growth; and declining prepayment activity and related premium amortization in the investment portfolio. Noninterest revenues should continue to grow at a modest rate during the fourth quarter with expected increases in service charge, trust and investment services income. In addition, AmSouth expects to continue to take securities gains during the fourth quarter of 2003 but the level of gains is not expected to match third quarter levels. AmSouth also anticipates a continued increase in NIE during the fourth quarter of 2003. Failure of any of these expectations to be met could affect the realization of the estimated fourth quarter earnings per share. See the discussion of “Forward-Looking Statements” on page 2, which details a number of additional factors that could cause results to differ from management’s current expectations.

 

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Table 1—Financial Summary

 

     September 30

  

%

Change


 
     2003

   2002

  
     (In thousands)  

Balance sheet summary

                    

End-of-period balances:

                    

Loans net of unearned income

   $ 29,128,404    $ 26,286,850    10.8 %

Total assets

     44,342,699      39,610,727    11.9  

Total deposits

     29,468,223      26,631,802    10.7  

Shareholders’ equity

     3,152,834      3,122,747    1.0  

Year-to-date average balances:

                    

Loans net of unearned income

   $ 28,257,539    $ 25,619,749    10.3 %

Total assets

     42,067,539      38,135,437    10.3  

Total deposits

     28,169,743      25,632,711    9.9  

Shareholders’ equity

     3,105,990      3,015,084    3.0  

 

    

Nine Months Ended

September 30


    %
Change


   

Three Months Ended

September 30


    %
Change


 
     2003

    2002

      2003

    2002

   
     (In thousands except per share data)  

Earnings summary

                                            

Net income

   $ 467,569     $ 453,940     3.0 %   $ 157,388     $ 156,001     0.9 %

Earnings per common share

     1.33       1.26     5.6       0.45       0.44     2.3  

Diluted earnings per common share

     1.32       1.25     5.6       0.45       0.43     4.7  

Return on average assets (annualized)

     1.49 %     1.59 %           1.44 %     1.60 %      

Return on average equity (annualized)

     20.13       20.13             20.18       20.19        

Operating efficiency

     51.96       50.05             52.58       48.83        

Selected ratios

                                            

Average equity to assets

     7.38 %     7.91 %           7.14 %     7.93 %      

End-of-period equity to assets

     7.11       7.88             7.11       7.88        

End-of-period tangible equity to assets

     6.47       7.17             6.47       7.17        

Allowance for loan losses to loans net of unearned income

     1.32       1.45             1.32       1.45        

Common stock data

                                            

Cash dividends declared

   $ 0.69     $ 0.66           $ 0.23     $ 0.22        

Book value at end of period

     8.99       8.73             8.99       8.73        

Market value at end of period

     21.22       20.74             21.22       20.74        

Average common shares outstanding

     350,294       359,653             349,421       357,567        

Average common shares outstanding-diluted

     353,971       364,197             353,317       361,961        

 

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Table 2—Year-to-Date Yields Earned on Average Interest-Earning Assets

and Rates Paid on Average Interest-Bearing Liabilities

 

     2003

    2002

 
    

Nine Months Ended

September 30


   

Nine Months Ended

September 30


 
     Average
Balance


    Revenue/
Expense


   Yield/
Rate


    Average
Balance


    Revenue/
Expense


   Yield/
Rate


 
     (Taxable equivalent basis-dollars in thousands)  

Assets

                                          

Interest-earning assets:

                                          

Loans net of unearned income

   $ 28,257,539     $ 1,190,224    5.63 %   $ 25,619,749     $ 1,273,173    6.64 %

Available-for-sale securities

     4,903,411       229,832    6.27       4,330,258       260,036    8.03  

Held-to-maturity securities

     4,455,098       174,251    5.23       4,030,808       197,933    6.57  
    


 

        


 

      

Total investment securities

     9,358,509       404,083    5.77       8,361,066       457,969    7.32  

Other interest-earning assets

     304,189       4,769    2.10       501,395       14,178    3.78  
    


 

        


 

      

Total interest-earning assets

     37,920,237       1,599,076    5.64       34,482,210       1,745,320    6.77  

Cash and other assets

     4,417,836                    3,880,889               

Allowance for loan losses

     (388,011 )                  (371,940 )             

Market valuation on available-for-sale securities

     117,477                    144,278               
    


              


            
     $ 42,067,539                  $ 38,135,437               
    


              


            

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

                                          

Interest-bearing liabilities:

                                          

Interest-bearing checking

   $ 5,713,290       22,459    0.53     $ 5,239,799       36,256    0.93  

Money market and savings deposits

     7,542,305       36,960    0.66       6,586,684       57,951    1.18  

Time deposits

     6,409,722       153,270    3.20       6,488,436       184,024    3.79  

Foreign deposits

     735,433       5,017    0.91       397,881       4,099    1.38  

Certificates of deposit of $100,000 or more

     2,407,491       50,128    2.78       2,061,077       53,863    3.49  

Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase

     1,989,953       14,391    0.97       2,008,982       21,385    1.42  

Other interest-bearing liabilities

     7,227,820       227,175    4.20       6,300,865       236,755    5.02  
    


 

        


 

      

Total interest-bearing liabilities

     32,026,014       509,400    2.13       29,083,724       594,333    2.73  
            

  

         

  

Net interest spread

                  3.51 %                  4.04 %
                   

                

Noninterest-bearing demand deposits

     5,361,502                    4,858,834               

Other liabilities

     1,574,033                    1,177,795               

Shareholders’ equity

     3,105,990                    3,015,084               
    


              


            
     $ 42,067,539                  $ 38,135,437               
    


              


            

Net interest income/margin on a taxable equivalent basis

             1,089,676    3.84 %             1,150,987    4.46 %
                   

                

Taxable equivalent adjustment:

                                          

Loans

             19,936                    23,261       

Available-for-sale securities

             2,590                    3,662       

Held-to-maturity securities

             11,299                    11,907       
            

                

      

Total taxable equivalent adjustment

             33,825                    38,830       
            

                

      

Net interest income

           $ 1,055,851                  $ 1,112,157       
            

                

      

NOTE: The taxable equivalent adjustment has been computed based on the statutory federal income tax rate, adjusted for applicable state income taxes net of the related federal tax benefit. Loans net of unearned income includes nonaccrual loans for all periods presented. Available-for-sale securities excludes certain noninterest-earning, marketable equity securities. Statement 133 valuation adjustments related to time deposits, certificates of deposit of $100,000 or more and other interest-bearing liabilities are included in other liabilities.

 

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Table 3—Quarterly Yields Earned on Average Interest-Earning Assets and Rates Paid on Average Interest-Bearing Liabilities

 

    2003

    2002

 
    Third Quarter

    Second Quarter

    First Quarter

    Fourth Quarter

    Third Quarter

 
   

Average

Balance


   

Revenue/

Expense


 

Yield/

Rate


   

Average

Balance


   

Revenue/

Expense


 

Yield/

Rate


   

Average

Balance


   

Revenue/

Expense


 

Yield/

Rate


   

Average

Balance


   

Revenue/

Expense


 

Yield/

Rate


   

Average

Balance


   

Revenue/

Expense


 

Yield/

Rate


 
    (Taxable equivalent basis-dollars in thousands)  

Assets

                                                                                                   

Interest-earning assets:

                                                                                                   

Loans net of unearned income

  $ 28,667,773     $ 388,365   5.37 %   $ 28,265,837     $ 396,476   5.63 %   $ 27,829,798     $ 405,383   5.91 %   $ 26,817,981     $ 413,571   6.12 %   $ 25,877,960     $ 419,283   6.43 %

Available-for-sale securities

    5,540,681       75,238   5.39       4,646,425       75,971   6.56       4,511,821       78,623   7.07       4,286,045       80,291   7.43       4,321,112       85,518   7.85  

Held-to-maturity securities

    4,467,344       49,463   4.39       4,440,248       59,984   5.42       4,457,596       64,804   5.90       4,237,829       63,390   5.93       4,115,777       66,497   6.41  
   


 

       


 

       


 

       


 

       


 

     

Total investment securities

    10,008,025       124,701   4.94       9,086,673       135,955   6.00       8,969,417       143,427   6.49       8,523,874       143,681   6.69       8,436,889       152,015   7.15  

Other interest-earning assets

    399,336       2,911   2.89       356,393       1,323   1.49       154,144       535   1.41       569,309       2,562   1.79       620,380       4,263   2.73  
   


 

       


 

       


 

       


 

       


 

     

Total interest-earning assets

    39,075,134       515,977   5.24       37,708,903       533,754   5.68       36,953,359       549,345   6.03       35,911,164       559,814   6.18       34,935,229       575,561   6.54  

Cash and other assets

    4,612,263                   4,444,195                   4,192,435                   4,120,380                   3,914,917              

Allowance for loan losses

    (390,219 )                 (391,229 )                 (382,501 )                 (381,464 )                 (377,708 )            

Market valuation on available-for-sale securities

    18,529                   156,129                   179,543                   187,887                   177,922              
   


             


             


             


             


           
    $ 43,315,707                 $ 41,917,998                 $ 40,942,836                 $ 39,837,967                 $ 38,650,360              
   


             


             


             


             


           

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

                                                                                                   

Interest-bearing liabilities:

                                                                                                   

Interest-bearing checking

  $ 5,793,183       6,295   0.43     $ 5,753,817       8,129   0.57     $ 5,590,645       8,035   0.58     $ 5,259,390       9,300   0.70     $ 5,205,385       12,271   0.94  

Money market and savings deposits

    7,670,427       9,144   0.47       7,548,133       13,819   0.73       7,405,443       13,997   0.77       7,283,621       17,552   0.96       6,677,187       20,275   1.20  

Time deposits

    6,480,037       49,861   3.05       6,421,798       51,116   3.19       6,325,633       52,293   3.35       6,461,664       56,989   3.50       6,462,647       59,145   3.63  

Foreign deposits

    828,492       1,658   0.79       689,875       1,675   0.97       686,369       1,684   1.00       675,778       1,795   1.05       482,911       1,668   1.37  

Certificates of deposit of $100,000 or more

    2,826,776       18,087   2.54       2,352,829       16,555   2.82       2,034,158       15,486   3.09       2,134,920       16,864   3.13       2,178,556       18,140   3.30  

Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase

    1,954,417       3,917   0.80       1,836,940       4,555   0.99       2,180,991       5,919   1.10       2,023,816       6,308   1.24       1,973,865       7,452   1.50  

Other interest-bearing liabilities

    7,365,016       72,765   3.92       7,333,085       77,241   4.22       6,981,141       77,169   4.48       6,464,030       78,335   4.81       6,406,880       79,613   4.93  
   


 

       


 

       


 

       


 

       


 

     

Total interest-bearing liabilities

    32,918,348       161,727   1.95       31,936,477       173,090   2.17       31,204,380       174,583   2.27       30,303,219       187,143   2.45       29,387,431       198,564   2.68  
           

 

         

 

         

 

         

 

         

 

Net interest spread

                3.29 %                 3.51 %                 3.76 %                 3.73 %                 3.86 %
                 

               

               

               

               

Noninterest-bearing demand deposits

    5,605,708                   5,329,351                   5,144,378                   5,050,493                   4,892,434              

Other liabilities

    1,696,861                   1,539,225                   1,483,672                   1,406,418                   1,304,866              

Shareholders’ equity

    3,094,790                   3,112,945                   3,110,406                   3,077,837                   3,065,629              
   


             


             


             


             


           
    $ 43,315,707                 $ 41,917,998                 $ 40,942,836                 $ 39,837,967                 $ 38,650,360              
   


             


             


             


             


           

Net interest income/margin on a taxable equivalent basis

            354,250   3.60 %             360,664   3.84 %             374,762   4.11 %             372,671   4.12 %             376,997   4.28 %
                 

               

               

               

               

Taxable equivalent adjustment:

                                                                                                   

Loans

            6,479                   6,617                   6,840                   7,198                   7,428      

Available-for-sale securities

            743                   906                   941                   1,043                   1,152      

Held-to-maturity securities

            3,575                   3,785                   3,939                   3,947                   4,032      
           

               

               

               

               

     

Total taxable equivalent adjustment

            10,797                   11,308                   11,720                   12,188                   12,612      
           

               

               

               

               

     

Net interest income

          $ 343,453                 $ 349,356                 $ 363,042                 $ 360,483                 $ 364,385      
           

               

               

               

               

     

NOTE: The taxable equivalent adjustment has been computed based on the statutory federal income tax rate, adjusted for applicable state income taxes net of the related federal tax benefit. Loans net of unearned income includes nonaccrual loans for all periods presented. Available-for-sale securities excludes certain noninterest-earning, marketable equity securities. Statement 133 valuation adjustments related to time deposits, certificates of deposit of $100,000 or more and other interest-earning liabilities are included in other liabilities.

 

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Table 4—Loans and Credit Quality

 

    

Loans*

September 30


  

Nonperforming Loans**

September 30


  

Net Charge-offs

Nine Months Ended

September 30


 
     2003

   2002

   2003

   2002

   2003

   2002

 
     (In thousands)  

Commercial:

                                           

Commercial & industrial

   $ 5,228,850    $ 5,035,368    $ 52,245    $ 62,621    $ 34,155    $ 46,055  

Commercial loans—secured by real estate

     1,914,300      1,664,831      18,450      14,684      893      (106 )

Commercial leases

     1,907,385      1,720,643      4,695      15,922      908      9,257  
    

  

  

  

  

  


Total commercial

     9,050,535      8,420,842      75,390      93,227      35,956      55,206  
    

  

  

  

  

  


Commercial real estate:

                                           

Commercial real estate mortgages

     2,420,498      2,142,236      11,489      19,938      2,540      450  

Real estate construction

     2,251,109      2,206,642      7,515      15,641      1,243      1,557  
    

  

  

  

  

  


Total commercial real estate

     4,671,607      4,348,878      19,004      35,579      3,783      2,007  
    

  

  

  

  

  


Consumer:

                                           

Residential first mortgages

     3,570,875      2,163,751      11,892      10,494      1,879      1,993  

Equity loans and lines

     6,826,872      6,179,910      14,135      11,470      26,554      19,937  

Dealer indirect

     3,698,688      3,725,620      23      -0-      30,943      36,205  

Revolving credit

     527,668      519,326      -0-      -0-      17,626      18,137  

Other consumer

     782,159      928,523      349      672      9,979      10,344  
    

  

  

  

  

  


Total consumer

     15,406,262      13,517,130      26,399      22,636      86,981      86,616  
    

  

  

  

  

  


     $ 29,128,404    $ 26,286,850    $ 120,793    $ 151,442    $ 126,720    $ 143,829  
    

  

  

  

  

  



* Net of unearned income.
** Exclusive of accruing loans 90 days past due.

 

Table 5—Allowance for Loan Losses

 

     2003

    2002

 
     3rd Quarter

    2nd Quarter

    1st Quarter

    4th Quarter

    3rd Quarter

 
     (Dollars in thousands)  

Balance at beginning of period

   $ 384,011     $ 383,936     $ 381,579     $ 379,878     $ 371,418  

Loans charged off

     (55,102 )     (55,565 )     (52,988 )     (61,334 )     (53,928 )

Recoveries of loans previously charged off

     13,350       12,940       10,645       9,585       10,988  
    


 


 


 


 


Net charge-offs

     (41,752 )     (42,625 )     (42,343 )     (51,749 )     (42,940 )

Addition to allowance charged to expense

     41,800       42,700       44,700       53,450       51,400  
    


 


 


 


 


Balance at end of period

   $ 384,059     $ 384,011     $ 383,936     $ 381,579     $ 379,878  
    


 


 


 


 


Allowance for loan losses to loans net of unearned income

     1.32 %     1.36 %     1.39 %     1.40 %     1.45 %

Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans*

     317.95 %     300.84 %     256.73 %     240.25 %     250.84 %

Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming assets*

     237.30 %     218.99 %     200.75 %     193.69 %     201.29 %

Net charge-offs to average loans net of unearned income (annualized)

     0.58 %     0.60 %     0.62 %     0.77 %     0.66 %

* Exclusive of accruing loans 90 days past due.

 

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Table 6—Nonperforming Assets

 

     2003

    2002

 
     September 30

    June 30

    March 31

    December 31

    September 30

 
     (Dollars in thousands)  

Nonaccrual loans*

   $ 120,793     $ 127,645     $ 149,551     $ 158,829     $ 151,442  

Foreclosed properties

     35,163       40,656       34,622       33,828       32,567  

Repossessions

     5,890       7,058       7,082       4,346       4,716  
    


 


 


 


 


Total nonperforming assets*

   $ 161,846     $ 175,359     $ 191,255     $ 197,003     $ 188,725  
    


 


 


 


 


Nonperforming assets* to loans net of unearned income, foreclosed properties and repossessions

     0.55 %     0.62 %     0.69 %     0.72 %     0.72 %

Accruing loans 90 days past due

   $ 72,588     $ 67,454     $ 80,585     $ 91,045     $ 93,700  

* Exclusive of accruing loans 90 days past due.

 

Table 7—Investment Securities

 

     September 30, 2003

   September 30, 2002

    

Carrying

Amount


  

Market

Value


  

Carrying

Amount


  

Market

Value


     (In thousands)

Held-to-maturity:

                           

U.S. Treasury and federal agency securities

   $ 3,716,072    $ 3,725,530    $ 2,866,337    $ 2,955,499

Other securities

     586,821      592,994      1,006,420      1,032,728

State, county and municipal securities

     326,833      354,487      342,404      374,627
    

  

  

  

     $ 4,629,726    $ 4,673,011    $ 4,215,161    $ 4,362,854
    

  

  

  

Available-for-sale:

                           

U.S. Treasury and federal agency securities

   $ 5,371,739           $ 3,613,444       

Other securities

     998,971             760,563       

State, county and municipal securities

     58,107             74,348       
    

         

      
     $ 6,428,817           $ 4,448,355       
    

         

      

NOTES:

1. The weighted average remaining life, which reflects the amortization on mortgage related and other asset-backed securities, and the weighted average yield on the combined held-to-maturity and available-for-sale portfolios at September 30, 2003, were approximately 4.1 years and 4.61%, respectively. Included in the combined portfolios was $10.0 billion of mortgage-backed securities. The weighted-average remaining life and the weighted-average yield of mortgage-backed securities at September 30, 2003, were approximately 3.9 years and 4.56%, respectively. The duration of the combined portfolios, which considers the repricing frequency of variable rate securities, is approximately 3.4 years.
2. The available-for-sale portfolio included net unrealized gains of $32.2 million and $197.1 million at September 30, 2003 and 2002, respectively.

 

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Table 8—Other Interest-Bearing Liabilities

 

     September 30

 
     2003

    2002

 
     (In thousands)  

Other borrowed funds:

                

Treasury, tax and loan notes

   $ 381,471     $ 25,607  

Commercial paper

     3,257       6,073  

Other borrowings

     45,733       44,748  
    


 


Total other borrowed funds

   $ 430,461     $ 76,428  
    


 


Other long-term debt:

                

4.85% Subordinated Notes Due 2013

   $ 496,451     $ -0 -

6.45% Subordinated Notes Due 2018

     302,155       302,652  

6.125% Subordinated Notes Due 2009

     174,759       174,715  

6.75% Subordinated Debentures Due 2025

     149,964       149,946  

7.75% Subordinated Notes Due 2004

     149,939       149,847  

7.25% Senior Notes Due 2006

     99,816       99,744  

6.875% Subordinated Notes Due 2003

     -0 -     49,982  

6.625% Subordinated Notes Due 2005

     49,881       49,828  

Other long-term debt

     672       3,427  

Statement 133 valuation adjustment

     51,709       71,777  
    


 


Total other long-term debt

   $ 1,475,346     $ 1,051,918  
    


 


 

Table 9—Capital Amounts and Ratios

 

     September 30

 
     2003

    2002

 
     Amount

   Ratio

    Amount

   Ratio

 
     (Dollars in thousands)  

Tier 1 capital:

                          

AmSouth

   $ 2,862,471    7.65 %   $ 2,718,140    7.94 %

AmSouth Bank

     3,304,490    8.84       3,303,047    9.68  

Total capital:

                          

AmSouth

   $ 4,246,392    11.34 %   $ 3,730,121    10.90 %

AmSouth Bank

     4,433,714    11.86       3,990,479    11.69  

Leverage:

                          

AmSouth

   $ 2,862,471    6.65 %   $ 2,718,140    7.08 %

AmSouth Bank

     3,304,490    7.68       3,303,047    8.61  

 

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Table 10—Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments

 

     Payments Due By Period

 
     Total

   Less than 1 year

   1-3 years

    4-5 years

    After 5 years

 
     (Dollars in thousands)  

Borrowings (1)

   $ 9,670,466    $ 2,801,607    $ 250,139     $ 666,908     $ 5,951,812  

Operating leases

     454,603      50,466      89,797       78,541       235,799  

Time deposits (2)

     9,273,947      6,278,662      2,257,001       738,284       -0 -

Foreign deposits

     867,949      867,949      -0 -     -0 -     -0 -
    

  

  


 


 


Total contractual cash obligations

   $ 20,266,965    $ 9,998,684    $ 2,596,937     $ 1,483,733     $ 6,187,611  
    

  

  


 


 


     Amount of Commitment Expiration Per Period

 
     Total

   Less than 1 year

   1-3 years

    4-5 years

    After 5 years

 
     (Dollars in thousands)  

Commercial letters of credit

   $ 43,268    $ 31,247    $ 12,021     $ -0 -   $ -0 -

Standby letters of credit

     2,916,244      1,363,879      1,012,879       482,226       57,260  

Commitments to extend credit (3)

     14,639,743      10,715,574      3,131,287       696,747       96,135  
    

  

  


 


 


Total commercial commitments

   $ 17,599,255    $ 12,110,700    $ 4,156,187     $ 1,178,973     $ 153,395  
    

  

  


 


 



Notes:

1. All maturities are based on contractual maturities. Excludes $51.7 million of FAS 133 valuation adjustments.
2. Excludes $523 thousand of FAS 133 valuation adjustments.
3. Excludes $3.1 billion of loan commitments under equity lines and $2.0 billion under revolving lines of credit which do not have scheduled expiration dates.

 

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Item 3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

The information required by this item is included on pages 18 and 19 of Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

 

Item 4.  Controls and Procedures

 

An evaluation was performed as of September 30, 2003 under the supervision and with the participation of AmSouth’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), of the effectiveness of the design and operation of AmSouth’s disclosure controls and procedures. Based on that evaluation, AmSouth’s management, including the CEO and CFO, concluded that AmSouth’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of September 30, 2003. There have been no significant changes in AmSouth’s internal controls or in other factors that could significantly affect internal controls subsequent to September 30, 2003.

 

PART II.

OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1.  Legal Proceedings

 

In the ordinary course of business, AmSouth and its subsidiaries are from time to time named as defendants in or parties to pending and threatened legal actions and proceedings. Among the actions which are pending against AmSouth are actions brought on behalf of various classes of claimants. These actions and claims, including class actions, are similar to others that have been brought in recent years against financial institutions and relate to AmSouth’s lending, collections, loan servicing, depository, investment, trust and other activities. These actions and claims allege violations of consumer protection, securities, banking and other laws, both state and federal. Some of these claims and actions seek substantial compensatory and punitive damage awards and injunctive relief. Additionally, AmSouth, and certain of its subsidiaries which are regulated by one or more federal and state regulatory authorities, are the subject of regularly conducted examinations, reviews and investigations conducted by such regulatory authorities. AmSouth may occasionally have disagreements with regulatory authorities resulting from these investigations, examinations and reviews.

 

It may take a number of years to fully and finally resolve the legal proceedings, including actions, claims and disagreements with regulators, currently pending due to their complexity and for other reasons. Further, in view of the inherent difficulty of predicting the outcome of such proceedings, AmSouth cannot state what the eventual outcome of these proceedings will be. Nonetheless, based on current knowledge and the advice of legal counsel, AmSouth’s management is of the opinion that the ultimate resolution of these legal proceedings will not have a material adverse effect on the consolidated financial condition, operations or liquidity of AmSouth.

 

Item 6.  Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K

 

Item 6(a)—Exhibits

 

The exhibits listed in the Exhibit Index at page 34 of this Form 10-Q are filed herewith or are incorporated by reference herein.

 

Item 6(b)—Reports on Form 8-K

 

One report on Form 8-K was furnished by AmSouth during the period July 1, 2003 to September 30, 2003:

 

A report was furnished on July 15, 2003 to furnish copies of the press release and supplemental financial information regarding preliminary results of operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2003.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, AmSouth has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

November 12, 2003

      By:  

/s/    C. DOWD RITTER        


               

C. Dowd Ritter

Chairman, President and

Chief Executive Officer

 

November 12, 2003

      By:  

/s/    DONALD R. KIMBLE        


               

Donald R. Kimble

Executive Vice President,

Chief Accounting Officer

and Controller

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

The following is a list of exhibits including items incorporated by reference.

 

3.1    Restated Certificate of Incorporation of AmSouth Bancorporation (1)
3.2    By-Laws of AmSouth Bancorporation (2)
15    Letter Re: Unaudited Interim Financial Information
31.1    Certification by Chief Executive