Wintrust Reports Record Net Income of $355.7MM in 2019



Wintrust Financial announced record net income of $355.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to net income of $343.2 million for the same period of 2018.

The company recorded net income of $86.0 million for Q4/19 an increase of 6.7% compared to Q4/18.

Q4/19 highlights:

  • Total assets increased by $1.7 billion, including $240 million from the acquisition of STC Capital Bancshares and $607 million from the acquisition of SBC, Incorporated, or 19% on an annualized basis.
  • Total loans increased by $1.1 billion, including $164 million from the acquisition of STC Capital Bancshares and $418 million from the acquisition of SBC, Incorporated, or 17% on an annualized basis.
  • Net interest income decreased by $3.0 million as a 20 basis point decline in net interest margin was partially offset by a $1.5 billion increase in average earning assets.
  • Recorded net charge-offs of $12.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 as compared to $9.4 million in the third quarter of 2019. The $12.7 million includes a $5.3 million charge-off of a commercial loan, which was fully reserved for in prior quarters.
  • Completed the previously announced acquisition of STC Bancshares Corp., the parent company of STC Capital Bank.
  • Completed the previously announced acquisition of SBC, Incorporated, the parent company of Countryside Bank.

Edward J. Wehmer, president and chief executive officer, commented, “As the decade closes, I reflect back on the recent history of Wintrust and I am proud of the franchise that we have built. In the last 10 years, Wintrust has experienced significant growth and has become a household name in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. Wintrust now boasts the largest deposit base in the Chicago market area among locally headquartered banks which is a product of our consistent growth strategy that has yielded 12% compound annual growth in assets, loans and deposits over the past 10 years. Additionally, the last nine years of the decade reported record annual net income. Admittedly, 2019 was not what we expected with respect to our profitability goals. However, 2019 was a success with respect to our efforts to increase market share and household penetration in our market areas and continue to establish Wintrust as a reliable partner with excellent customer service. We believe that our core operating tenants that have produced the success that we have experienced over the past 10 years will continue to serve us favorably as we seek to grow strategically in 2020 and beyond.”

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