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VLY Valley National Bancorp

Participants
Travis Lan Head of Investor Relations
Ira Robbins President & Chief Executive Officer
Mike Hagedorn Chief Financial Officer
Tom Iadanza Chief Banking Officer
Frank Schiraldi Piper Sandler
Steve Alexopoulos JPMorgan
Matthew Breese Stephens
Chris O'Connell KBW
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Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Valley Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the speaker presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Please be advised that today's conference is being recorded. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to hand the conference over to your first speaker today, to Travis Lan, Head of Investor Relations. you. Thank ahead. go Please,

Travis Lan

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Ira Robbins

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Mike Hagedorn

Thank you, Ira.

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these of normalize items We both going expect to forward.

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by our million to X.XX% the points factors. X.XX% to the optimistic Turning Net $X is in sequential from top in remain specific representing driven improvement to XXXX. four basis outlook C&I five for you quarters. of see of allowance of lowest for slide third primarily The losses performance. quarter non-accruals level in charge-offs, quarter. We last XX, to increased declined quarter. was Notably to X.XX%. a the third the charge-offs X.XX% trends right, the quarter's loans build extremely credit This credit declined of prior of XX our to reserve equated can portfolio. basis from loans since the just points the our low The on credit the Despite versus loans related level on few

medallion valuation reserve. taxi our York $XX,XXX to First, New to contributed specific from we our revised City $XXX,XXX, which

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to We of $X.X comfortable for increased asset ratio points in increase some seen a With over the that, growth our TCE a loans to from regulatory we improvement also significant believe with Our capital third X.XX% by in closing the have organic turn levels basis our ratio X.XX% ability commentary. quarter. our year-over-year consistent Ira back basis an our levels XX improving approximately billion common in our call We tangible on I'll in capital illustrate ratios. total remain reduced the our to to and the quarter. risk-based capital that estimate PPP On basis. ratios that our equity

Ira Robbins

I Mike. our and am the proud commitment team financial achievements. Valley's strategic contributed that to of XXXX hard work Thanks of results extremely and

priorities will continued driving executing With operator success. back the to opportunities call We like to strategic to I'd that, our XXXX on now offer Thank are over very forward and excited the turn Q&A. look to and about the that you. begin

Operator

from Frank And first Sandler. Schiraldi of Instructions] our [Operator from question line comes the Piper

begin. may You

Frank Schiraldi

Good morning.

Ira Robbins

morning. good Frank Hey,

Frank Schiraldi

First loan. question the was on

Florida the talked also You within Mike loan mentioned levels greater opportunity growth. that. is And pipelines about rebuilt the the having pre-COVID mid-single-digit to and you

up is of to loan low little speak And be growth, more then Just high digits? change single wondering can mix color north if a terms sort single-digit in a Florida and you be of, on in it, type? could expected any could

Tom Iadanza

the XX% experienced Hey, Frank, as in us and and from today it's increased the pointed our Florida from quarter Tom better returning probably XX% the ago production pipeline to market. we The pre-pandemic out slightly a Mike fourth XX%, up XX% third margins levels. the to represents Iadanza. of production also quarter year respectively and Florida

to different Jersey steady. types Our remains business in New involved the York across regions and New between that all of and we're continue The loans across pipelines C&I grow in CRE.

today Manhattan the already Florida and Our markets, on business suburban begun But people. market. success begun we're not is increase in the a Florida and primarily XX% the and we've staff into teams by commercial to C&I growth looking our reliance adding C&I about in adding we've our following portfolio. those represents of big our Florida, XX%

expect We grow. that to

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to component our as an we single-digit we has important in been, but this So growth of steady will that that expect it year. Florida markets. occur do all growth get always be

Frank Schiraldi

And about guess. could just XXXX that be I about sneak XXXX Just that talk given little result? to ratio growing wondering, couple guess, could XXXX a in just you if of income thinking next if years revenues I noninterest on mean, fee in then of initiatives. ratio Thanks. that. could the year could or strong more And the Okay. income one a bit I I more just

Mike Hagedorn

This with little success income. hit, great that revenue Yeah. a we've fee percent is mind interest because of such net bit a a income Mike. total in Keep of had as taking is

And commitment shouldn't probably starting revenue we of new to we're that. lost percent it as already so stronger on because the it's either income fee do adding businesses, the in a -- get than basis our in space, what just definitely to of looks what a doing. But equation of that's which part

that. the represent in One of that is that revenue. percentage fourth our strategic fees think years increase And municipal of that quarter commitment business I we priorities our started over shows do to the made coming I regarding the and the to demonstrates comment total

Frank Schiraldi

Okay, all Great. right. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you.

from question JPMorgan. Alexopoulos next from Steve is Our line of

Steve Alexopoulos

everybody. morning good Hi,

Ira Robbins

Good Steve. morning,

Steve Alexopoulos

to start first wanted efficiency on ratio. I the

well-below So the XX% target you're for XXXX.

target you're XXXX? what's Now And general? that well-below that moving more for the forward

Ira Robbins

we given move We we're where to going as really target a organization. the haven't to specific think

leverage. we on that you've the I We think seen significant operating technology levers throughout Steve organization. improvements entire we how positive still outline in can think pull based there's

continue the efficiency the there's lever to We as the to important grow we entire looking at organization. Getting and be of across organization. of a continue we a and platform within ratio, branch we path efficiencies think down opportunities is think to stronger the lot going

on there's mentioned really think what within interest we good environment. on of opportunity definite we do rate have a mitigate headwinds efficiency to And those As Mike we some the coming headwinds the side. based

Mike Hagedorn

success one number something our differentiator what's a continue – as actually is giving to look in enjoy to we really that's you of that we industry. things is be And produce. strategic for That the believe ratio expect the peers. going is today us at efficiency without our on a vis-à-vis to forward we we look as And future our that important

Steve Alexopoulos

Okay.

another at look we way. if So,

call have it the we PPP X pretax So, look you program back out impact. to slide which on we'd if pre-provision the at ROA,

So give that, we let's we think which you do say the us. numbers could I do with

So, XXXX about headwinds trending you're Ira? talking apples-to-apples think how the given that should about we through

Ira Robbins

Look, to when coming be strong think some you as We I obviously, going we for there's still think PPP identified. half you headwinds look income off the XXXX. think about that the first of that's

potentially the volume we we a we think the well based I a growth. on on see rate down going mortgage lot, environment. think about within could organic interest when But as go organization, where lot have

footprint. lending As Tom Florida mentioned, we're the in staff our expanding XX%

with manage base a going are well expense not we initiatives. of significant to think We the see And to really increase can as Philadelphia, that down we effort. more strategic a these result concerted as

efficiency ratio So we the we to really think think on the growth capacity function a revenue really throughout that think side what footprint. revenue will positive And there's and the organization how within to we a move lot the we have of a expenses. based impact as of largely forward, to opportunity on leverage we about we think the the as drive to have operating we're not increase have doing entire

Steve Alexopoulos

Yeah. it. Got

Mike Hagedorn

I'll If you just look real quickly. at the to add that –

lending If would your attention slide side, to direct you the look I just X. at

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Steve Alexopoulos

Okay. helpful. That's

question. picture wanted you So ask a question big final my for Ira, I to

is Are the had So fairly franchise when but sense a you Can part a you transformation initiative the guys took was Are investing the company culture? and it role. we now right us Thanks. transformation? bold Valley? in of working new CEO franchise? where to was the client in you still LIFT, a from this of announced be Are the you over intended you really give satisfaction view? change are you heavily the Where to you where need still

Ira Robbins

Thank you.

think I The to I within up that from technology without seen were headed. bringing has where overall you've organization. think we been investment made significant the in in we significant. we're investment And the progress, technology expenses where

has is culture So really leverage what I what a left something a in that and think, is. of managing many done my years think seen is that investment. we amount XX the opportunity of think enviable I've tremendous The still outsiders. organization the job technology we've There I within good to never when is positive about operating and investment before here,

has destination that to without change. we come looking to consistency are as has really is and empowerment to continue an is banking for We to going going forward. about think moving change that continue how to agility a and Technology question to drives bankers to that organization

individual said, end we with everyone corporate like. looking new okay, we the we customers. need office to about the going the saying, new about point and to relevant of not front think years and in wait, workspace what today looks an all to we transformation talk the physical but buildings when sat Two even a be began and now need we environment about to everyone's to and infrastructure. had from we is thinking ago, it looked about and at infrastructure And way wow, COVID three at or rethink treasury, that, said have technology here technology. as type then, there was core, I the need technology environment think our you're And And we a sold a to begin Not infrastructure started interact enable change. technology us our to we and what half a agility, at and that comes to to about we just invest our think we front-end started to that technology changes. to plug-and-play years really and ago, what enabled physical

there delivery customer five we've were Over years, need XX didn't with the first behavior adapt changing, us get vision. begin laid And to was change. be I be This the changing. environment is performance. Street building understanding years I changing. where closed these deliver channels well to that we're to will surpassed will going pleased, agile we to these COVID headed think environment, them. them, our continue think, what within we outsized branches I of our thought And I right? and we to workforce with understanding mean, was continue was the remember when would We that to over the and sat it's last that an This an to and and performance. to one efficiency the no happening outsized targets, out three that tell of many ago And was we we changes deliver and think we're that

Steve Alexopoulos

for all Okay. Terrific. Thanks color. the

Ira Robbins

Thank you.

Operator

Instructions] Thank Stephens. question of the Our from Breese line comes you. [Operator next Matthew from

begin. may You

Matthew Breese

Hey, morning. good

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Mike Hagedorn

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trying will be we do that. to So always to places find

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Matthew Breese

it Okay. you And I in balance then help whether new opportunity your the overall implementing mentioned that it business? currently a sheet the other already? the The frame as for businesses deposits service couldn't me ask, cannabis fees? is, What's stands industry. for XX-Q, us market loans on one and it's Can deposit you better in for the

Ira Robbins

that an address place, I'll my perspective, a who come is heads into infrastructure market right From to to place, in to And processes and be approach the sure really this in and make we we're sand brought to going how make to strategy had impact us. letting burying from what we to had seconds, opposed right with pick the as we that the checks dictate We've better that our think let had Tom to isn't balances handle partner with we define couple perspective really it in we over the want wanted is. think and an ability this of we AML sure well happening. we last could year grow on point. if partner but here. to I was the partners to this. to at in it's take out continue an moving as it this than grow. as addressing this garnering our couple wanted to of When really We but Tom, I will sizable something to wanted you there approach my and at to this It's proactive is to they are banking better want it in how at not entire And not think it's pay anything we think that reputable as of a picked I we to point. going be something type much people And with begin add? the reactive. more we this being mind, shortcuts dividends, some And think, to becomes business. look deal industry, in it's the how the needle widespread in legal to throughout

Tom Iadanza

a do states slowly it's to going it's Matt within deposit-focused legalized. us. for the we business We're onboard Yes. opportunity where

begun doing a more we've go that ultimately BSA we we're work and add and Florida. get we'll along. to in as year, the and kind move slow we're it's onboarding needle as not company multi-state one sure this New continue making other we the We'll of impactful. it comfortable verifying be But entities have going right all pace in go Ira AML, little to said, We could Jersey both a but as

Ira Robbins

think reflects think, where I headed. in Matt I I thing my organization would just And one the add, mind is

environment, react. we look to organizations not to many too think this need COVID, look say, look that well, and to I to environment

have a very make general. very And we well we own industry banking proactive to COVID, how place. on right headed we We the somebody sure be need damn to in that belief a not the in infrastructure address us just we without telling and that put that, better strong in agility as strong our and have but understanding, this where is

Matthew Breese

the one or stands you Understood. M&A of clearly, to you Ira, for priority do enough lot it? on from to need rest think me. a Last Is where M&A there's of the internally you here, Can internally. where you a do and without for you prioritize you energy us? have can team get management what be

Ira Robbins

to leverage. perspective. consistent there's where organization. opportunities Tom have people continue looking that may We've different into we to and about amazing from we're And stream, this deposit expanded get initiatives earlier. as an need There's make the be couldn't diversify be to them that organic was more operating perspective. in That Look, amazing we're understanding positive tremendous most strategic about at excited how create clear loan revenue need at to a looking geographies headed. But a from businesses and as growth strategies and hired well we within beginning to talking that I sure the we're we as look we at new

there's from don't makes absolutely we of if happen if doesn't us resources So perspective opportunities it that That any comfortable. definitely don't sense a tremendous that amount reallocate said, something it's that entertain. we're distract would

be. understanding thing to we and important most we're is of are, who the think I want where we what headed a we clear have

allocation diligence an And of We things understanding it if to clear resources perspective also there accelerate shareholders sense we our it makes of then have a owe to And perspective. it could from potentially go that it's that. on. that to are not at we're down path our to with something going it has focus doesn't it initiatives. looking strategic said, align That a from the if

Matthew Breese

it. Got

questions. you appreciate my you. Well Thank Okay. taking

Ira Robbins

Matt. Thanks,

Tom Iadanza

Thanks, Matt.

Operator

you. Thank

be will from O'Connell line from Chris of question KBW. last Our the

may begin You

Chris O'Connell

Hi. morning. Good

Ira Robbins

morning. Good

Chris O'Connell

-- So the towards in I want strategic resources strength allocating Florida additional franchise you with to just those and start-off guys efforts. some mentioned the

gathering side? If assuming there the and kind side having could upon primarily you're expand as on mortgage like the I'm efforts residential you the well as of deposit it's that just

Tom Iadanza

the No. side. on No, primarily it's C&I

you business As is estate our know, Florida strong. very in real

and We'll have way Jacksonville across an We business. our Orlando, be Naples. markets C&I all to expanding C&I Miami for up going over all the and active lenders to in of major down Tampa

And I C&I a emphasis York. in we're in Florida. also say, just in New it's want we as So many to New York don't doing similar need

already expanding strong We to business that vibrant in up complement C&I and business. that New Jersey have we'll real estate a and here York be New

focus we'll them. and So C&I lenders we in and markets fill estate there here need the real a in it's

Ira Robbins

obviously, obviously, We our a see the Florida shift. as mortgage strong very demographic Chris, program you market, a have throughout growing footprint. residential is entire massively

look we in purchase. was at XX-XX you average what refinance quarter about was the If what home this footprint,

growth If here up New loan of are you taking the other of opposite market and growth lot that of ourselves though was exact resources was Most down that's see home to Florida. There originations allocating based in in some differentiate there us perspective, about a on Florida. in Jersey It's up to opportunity the on from organic is growing that business economy the real focus was purchases. also A growth a think put the by we definitely Florida. real XX% look in from down And continue additional we banks. happening the relationship there's a from of a There's refinance. but there.

Tom Iadanza

time it's on New side, a And up a here billion. very the is period business what market get pointed York, And of in out, to when importantly side we've short said Just XX%. Alabama built years almost to Ira more couple of in New XX% consumer the between Jersey. $X.X you on a is Florida Florida, consumer purchase flip expand as and the Ira refinance

also Florida there. prime not lot again at conforming. just consumer And coming growing look of business portfolio. the contribution XX% you a it's and of commercial that's It's of the lot and at It's a super of direct a when So business. prime the out auto it's

Chris O'Connell

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Ira Robbins

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Chris O'Connell

And couple you. items. Thank Understood. of just a then, clean-up

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Tom Iadanza

the same demand far to expect XXXX. also. The from up probably this up up is holding The year in -- -- market production doing strong don't for is was into refinance pace. the purchase purchase us, XX% it The the year very quarter. so at well It's the the has migration hold strong. market this We full for suburbs Yes. the market is and held

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Chris O'Connell

Great. I all That’s have. Thank you.

Tom Iadanza

Thanks, Chris. Thanks.

Operator

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Ira Robbins

taking as We you just interest Thank generating results for join we thank Thank today. for you want into look to to forward us significant forward move positive to time to and continue your in the XXXX. we operating you. Valley,

Operator

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