Park National Corporation reports increased net income in first quarter 2018 financial results and raises quarterly dividend
NEWARK, Ohio – Park National Corporation (Park) (NYSE American: PRK) today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2018 (three months ended March 31, 2018), including a rise in net income and dividend news.
Park’s board of directors increased the quarterly cash dividend from $0.94 per common share to $0.96 per common share. The board also approved a special one-time cash dividend payment of $0.25 per common share. Both dividends are payable on June 8, 2018 to common shareholders of record as of May 18, 2018. Park last increased its dividend more than ten years ago, and had maintained a consistent dividend throughout the great recession.
“With each decision, we aim to serve the best interests of our clients, associates, shareholders and communities. The results of our local bankers’ consistently excellent work plus developments in our country’s economic environment permitted us to distribute our earnings in a variety of ways,” said Park Chief Executive Officer David L. Trautman. “These dividends thank our shareholders – many of whom are our own associates, retirees and fellow community members. They understand who we are and loyally support our organization year after year.”
In February, Park awarded cash bonuses and pay increases to each non-executive associate throughout the organization (1,593 associates or 84 percent of Park’s staff). Park also raised its matching contribution for associate retirement savings plan contributions to 50 percent (from 25 percent). In 2017, Park added $2.5 million to the Park National Corporation Foundation, which funds the bank’s major charitable contributions and community support projects each year. Park supported 2,257 community organizations across Ohio in 2017 and its charitable donations totaled $2.96 million.
Net Income Results
Park’s net income for the first quarter of 2018 was $31.1 million, a 53.6 percent increase from $20.3 million for the first quarter of 2017. First quarter 2018 net income per diluted common share was $2.02, compared to $1.31 in the first quarter of 2017.
Park’s community-banking subsidiary, The Park National Bank, reported net income of $26.7 million for the first quarter of 2018, compared to $21.5 million for the first quarter of 2017. The bank’s total assets were $7.5 billion at both March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017.
According to Park Chief Financial Officer Brady T. Burt, federal tax reform, income related to asset recoveries at its SEPH subsidiary, and bank initiatives related to operating efficiency and balance sheet management all contributed to the rise in net income. “A long-term perspective has always been a part of our steady performance and success. This quarter reflects the results of plans we put into motion over the last few years,” Burt said.
Headquartered in Newark, Ohio, Park National Corporation had $7.5 billion in total assets (as of March 31, 2018). The Park organization principally consists of ten community bank divisions, a non-bank subsidiary and two specialty finance companies. Park’s Ohio-based banking operations are conducted through Park subsidiary The Park National Bank and its divisions, which include Fairfield National Bank Division, Richland Bank Division, Century National Bank Division, First-Knox National Bank Division, United Bank, N.A. Division, Second National Bank Division, Security National Bank Division, Unity National Bank Division, and The Park National Bank of Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky Division; and Scope Leasing, Inc. (d.b.a. Scope Aircraft Finance). The Park organization also includes Guardian Financial Services Company (d.b.a. Guardian Finance Company) and SE Property Holdings, LLC.
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Park National Corporation, 50 N. Third Street, Newark, Ohio 43055, www.parknationalcorp.com