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Commerce Bancshares Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 25, 2011 | About:

Commerce Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Commerce Bancshares Inc. has a market cap of $3.42 billion; its shares were traded at around $39.28 with a P/E ratio of 15.1 and P/S ratio of 3. The dividend yield of Commerce Bancshares Inc. stocks is 2.4%. Commerce Bancshares Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 2.7% over the past 10 years.Hedge Fund Gurus that owns CBSH: Paul Tudor Jones of The Tudor Group. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns CBSH: RS Investment Management.

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The Company is one of the nations top 50 bank holding companies, based on asset size. At December 31, 2010, the Company had consolidated assets of $18.5 billion, loans of $9.5 billion, deposits of $15.1 billion, and equity of $2.0 billion. All of the Companys operations conducted by subsidiaries are consolidated for purposes of preparing the Companys consolidated financial statements. The Company does not utilize unconsolidated subsidiaries or special purpose entities to provide off-balance sheet borrowings or securitizations.

The Company is managed in three operating segments. The Consumer segment includes the retail branch network, consumer installment lending, personal mortgage banking, consumer debit and credit bank card activities, and student lending. It provides services through a network of 209 full-service branches, a widespread ATM network of 408 machines, and the use of alternative delivery channels such as extensive online banking and telephone banking services. In 2010, this retail segment contributed 35% of total segment pre-tax income. The Commercial segment provides a full array of corporate lending, merchant and commercial bank card products, leasing, and international services, as well as business and government deposit and cash management services. In 2010, it contributed 50% of total segment pre-tax income. The Wealth segment provides traditional trust and estate tax planning services, brokerage services, and advisory and discretionary investment portfolio management services to both personal and institutional corporate customers. This segment also manages the Companys family of proprietary mutual funds, which are available for sale to both trust and general retail customers. Fixed income investments are sold to individuals and institutional investors through the Capital Markets Group, which is also included in this segment. At December 31, 2010, the Wealth segment managed investments with a market value of $14.3 billion and administered an additional $10.7 billion in non-managed assets. Additional information relating to operating segments can be found on pages 53 and 99.

Substantially all of the deposits of the Bank are insured up to the applicable limits by the Bank Insurance Fund of the FDIC, generally up to $250,000 per depositor, for each account ownership category. Through December 31, 2012, all non-interest bearing transaction accounts are fully guaranteed by the FDIC for the entire amount of the account. The Bank pays deposit insurance premiums to the FDIC based on an assessment rate established by the FDIC for Bank Insurance Fund member institutions. The FDIC has established a risk-based assessment system under which institutions are classified and pay premiums according to their perceived risk to the federal deposit insurance funds. The Banks premiums had been relatively low prior to the 2008 economic crisis. These rose significantly in 2009 due to higher fees charged by the FDIC in order to replenish its insurance fund, which had been depleted by high levels of bank failures across the country. The Banks FDIC expense totaled $19.2 million in 2010 and $27.4 million in 2009, compared to $2.1 million in 2008. In late 2009, the FDIC Board ruled that insured institutions must prepay their quarterly risk-based assessments for the fourth quarter of 2009 and subsequent years 2010 through 2012, in order to cover the costs of future expected bank failures. The Banks pre-payment on December 30, 2009 totaled $68.7 million. In November 2010, under the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act (mentioned below), the FDIC proposed changing its assessment base from total domestic deposits to average total assets minus average tangible equity. The proposal alters other adjustments in the current assessment system for heavy use of unsecured liabilities, secured liabilities and brokered deposits, and adds an adjustment for holdings of unsecured bank debt. The proposal is expected to increase assessments on banks with more than $10 billion in assets, raising their share of overall FDIC assessments from the present 70% to 80%. The assessment increase would be in place by the second quarter of 2011. Also, for banks with more than $10 billion in assets, the FDIC has proposed changing the assessment rate. The proposal would abandon the current method for determining premiums, which are based on bank supervisory ratings, debt issuer ratings and financial ratios. Instead, the proposed assessment would rely on a scorecard designed to measure financial performance and ability to withstand stress, in addition to measuring the FDICs exposure should the bank fail. This proposal would be effective beginning in the second quarter of 2011. The Company expects that the effect of these proposals, if adopted, would be to reduce FDIC insurance expense in 2011 in the range of $4 to $5 million.

In late 2009, the Federal Reserve issued new regulations, effective July 1, 2010, which prohibited financial institutions from assessing fees for paying ATM and one-time debit card transactions that overdraw consumer accounts unless the consumer affirmatively consents to the financial institutions overdraft practices. The Company has implemented new procedures to solicit and capture required customer consents and, effective July 1, 2010, prohibited such ATM and one-time debit card transactions causing overdrafts, unless an opt-in consent has been received. As not all customers provided such consent, these new regulations resulted in lower deposit fee income in the second half of 2010. Overdraft fees decreased $7.8 million in the second half of 2010 compared to the first half. The Company estimates that the effect of these regulations will reduce annualized pre-tax revenue by $15 to $16 million. As a means to mitigate some of the impact to revenue, the Company is also developing other products and has begun offering some deposit accounts with monthly fees.

The proposal also seeks to limit network exclusivity, requiring issuers to ensure that a debit card transaction can be carried on several unaffiliated networks. The new rules would apply to bank issuers with more than $10 billion in assets and would take effect in July 2011. The Federal Reserves proposal did not include a specific adjustment for fraud prevention costs, which it intends to separately consider at a future date. The Companys fees from debit card interchange subject to the proposed rule were $57 million in 2010.

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