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Annual Report


The following provides a narrative discussion and analysis of Trustmark Corporation's (Trustmark) financial condition and results of operations. This discussion should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the supplemental financial data included elsewhere in this report.

Executive Overview

2013 was a year of significant achievements for Trustmark, particularly in light of prevailing economic conditions. Trustmark continued to build upon and expand customer relationships, which was reflected by growth in its banking, wealth management, and insurance businesses. During 2013, Trustmark completed the acquisition of Alabama-based BancTrust Financial Group, Inc. (BancTrust), the largest acquisition in Trustmark's history, entering a number of new markets throughout Alabama as well as enhancing its position in the Florida panhandle. The operations of BancTrust, which are included in Trustmark's operating results since consummation of the acquisition on February 15, 2013, added revenue of $71.9 million and net income, excluding non-routine merger expenses, of approximately $16.6 million during 2013. Net income for 2013 totaled $117.1 million, down 0.2 % from 2012. As discussed in greater detail below, an increase in net interest income (primarily resulting from the BancTrust acquisition) as well as a decline in the provision for loan losses, LHFI were more than offset by an increase in noninterest expense, which was primarily driven by BancTrust non-routine merger expenses, settlement of the previously disclosed class action litigation and expenses attributable to the operations of the BancTrust business. Noninterest income also declined slightly from 2012 as gains from service charges on deposit accounts, bank card and other fees, insurance commissions and wealth management were more than offset by declines in mortgage banking, net and other income, net. As a result of these factors, basic and diluted earnings per share in 2013 were $1.75 per share, compared with $1.81 per share in 2012. Over the course of the year, Trustmark's revenue increased 8.9% to a record level of $562.3 million. Credit quality continued to improve and was an important contributor to Trustmark's financial success. Trustmark's performance during 2013 produced a return on average tangible common equity of 13.09% and return on assets of 1.02%. Trustmark also continued to make investments in technology designed to increase revenue and improve efficiency. Please see the section captioned "Financial Highlights" below for a more complete overview of Trustmark's 2013 financial performance.

On July 26, 2013, Trustmark National Bank (TNB), a subsidiary of Trustmark, completed its acquisition of two branches of SOUTHBank, F.S.B. (SOUTHBank), located in Oxford, Mississippi. As a result of this acquisition, TNB assumed deposit accounts of approximately $11.7 million in addition to purchasing the two physical branch offices. The transaction was not material to Trustmark's consolidated financial statements and was not considered a business combination in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 805, "Business Combinations."

On February 15, 2013, Trustmark completed its merger with BancTrust, a 26-year-old bank holding company headquartered in Mobile, Alabama. In accordance with the terms of the definitive agreement, the holders of BancTrust common stock received 0.125 of a share of Trustmark common stock for each share of BancTrust common stock in a tax-free exchange. Trustmark issued approximately 2.24 million shares of its common stock for all issued and outstanding shares of BancTrust common stock. The total value of the 2.24 million shares of Trustmark common stock issued to the BancTrust shareholders on the acquisition date was approximately $53.5 million, based on a closing stock price of $23.83 per share of Trustmark common stock on February 15, 2013. At closing, Trustmark repurchased the $50.0 million of BancTrust preferred stock and associated warrant issued to the U.S. Department of Treasury under the Capital Purchase Program for approximately $52.6 million. See Note 2 - Business Combinations included in Item 8 - Financial Statements and Supplementary Data found elsewhere in this report for additional information regarding the BancTrust acquisition.

Loans held for investment (LHFI) totaled $5.799 billion at December 31, 2013 compared to $5.593 billion at December 31, 2012, an increase of $206.1 million, or 3.7%. Growth in LHFI during 2013 was primarily attributable to increased construction lending as well as increased lending to medical facilities and public entities. Due to the rise in interest rates and the tightening of the secondary marketing spreads, Management made the decision in the third quarter of 2013 to resume Trustmark's traditional practice of retaining in its loan portfolio select 15-year mortgage loans originated by its mortgage banking division on the balance sheet. As a result of this decision, pay-downs in the 1-4 family mortgage loan portfolio since December 31, 2012 were partially offset by a $70.7 million increase in the portfolio during the six months ended December 31, 2013.

Trustmark's credit quality indicators continued to experience improvements during 2013. Nonperforming assets, excluding acquired loans and covered other real estate, were $171.8 million at December 31, 2013, an increase of $11.2 million, or 7.0%, when compared to December 31, 2012. The increase in nonperforming assets, excluding acquired loans and covered other real estate, at December 31, 2013, was due to the $44.3 million of other real estate resulting from the BancTrust acquisition. Excluding other real estate resulting from the BancTrust acquisition, nonperforming assets, excluding acquired loans and covered other real estate, declined $33.1 million, or 20.6%. Recoveries exceeded charge-offs for LHFI during 2013 resulting in net recoveries of $1.1 million, compared to net charge-offs of $17.5 million for 2012. For the year ended December 31, 2013 the provision for loan losses for LHFI was a negative $13.4 million, compared to a positive $6.8 million during 2012, reflecting the net recovery position and improved credit quality. During 2013, Trustmark experienced a $32.9 million, or 13.0%, decline in classified LHFI and a $71.1 million, or 21.6%, decline in criticized LHFI when compared to the prior year.

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TNB did not make significant changes to its loan underwriting standards during 2013. TNB's willingness to make loans to qualified applicants that meet its traditional, prudent lending standards has not changed. TNB adheres to interagency guidelines regarding concentration limits of commercial real estate loans. As a result of the continued economic uncertainty, TNB remains cautious in granting credit involving certain categories of real estate as well as in making exceptions to its loan policy.

During November 2013, Trustmark finalized its agreement with the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) (the "Resolution Agreement) to resolve its existing and future repurchase and make whole obligations (collectively "Repurchase Obligations") related to mortgage loans originated between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2008 and delivered to FNMA. Under the terms of the Resolution Agreement, Trustmark paid FNMA approximately $3.6 million with respect to the Repurchase Obligations. Trustmark believes that it was in its best interests to execute the Resolution Agreement in order to bring finality to the loss reimbursement exposure with FNMA for these years and reduce the resources spent on individual file reviews and defending loss reimbursement requests. The Repurchase Obligations were covered by Trustmark's existing reserve for mortgage loan servicing putback expenses.

Management has continued its practice of maintaining excess funding capacity to provide Trustmark with adequate liquidity for its ongoing operations. In this regard, Trustmark benefits from its strong deposit base, its highly liquid investment portfolio and its access to funding from a variety of external funding sources such as upstream federal funds lines, Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) advances and brokered deposits.

Total deposits were $9.860 billion at December 31, 2013, compared with $7.897 billion at December 31, 2012, an increase of $1.963 billion, or 24.9%. Deposit growth was driven by increases in both noninterest-bearing and interest-bearing deposits of $409.3 million and $1.554 billion, respectively. The BancTrust acquisition contributed $323.5 million of noninterest-bearing deposits and $1.309 billion in interest-bearing deposits at December 31, 2013. The SOUTHBank acquired branches contributed $2.5 million of noninterest-bearing deposits and $31.1 million of interest-bearing deposits at December 31, 2013.

Critical Accounting Policies

Trustmark's consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and follow general practices within the financial services industry. Application of these accounting principles requires Management to make estimates, assumptions and judgments that affect the amounts reported in the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. These estimates, assumptions and judgments are based on information available as of the date of the consolidated financial statements; accordingly, as this information changes, actual financial results could differ from those estimates.

Certain policies inherently have a greater reliance on the use of estimates, assumptions and judgments and, as such, have a greater possibility of producing results that could be materially different than originally reported. These critical accounting policies are described in detail below.

For additional information regarding the accounting policies discussed below, please see the notes to Trustmark's Consolidated Financial Statements set forth in Item 8 - Financial Statements and Supplementary Data located elsewhere in this report.

Allowance for Loan Losses, LHFI

For Trustmark's accounting policy regarding the allowance for loan losses, LHFI, please see Note 1 - Significant Accounting Policies set forth in Item 8 - Financial Statements and Supplementary Data located elsewhere in this report.

A significant shift in one or more factors included in the allowance for loan loss methodology could result in a material change to Trustmark's allowance for loan losses, LHFI. For example, if there were changes in one or more of these estimates, assumptions or judgments as they relate to a portfolio of commercial LHFI, Trustmark could find that it needs to increase the level of future provisions for possible loan losses with respect to that portfolio.
Additionally, credit deterioration of specific borrowers due to changes in these factors could cause the risk rating of those borrowers' commercial loans within Trustmark's internal loan grading system to shift to a more severe risk rating. As a result, Trustmark could find that it needs to increase the level of future provisions for possible loan losses with respect to these LHFI. Given the nature of many of these estimates, assumptions and judgments, it is not possible to provide meaningful estimates of the impact of any such potential shifts.

Acquired Loans

Acquired loans are recorded at their estimated fair values as of the acquisition date. Fair value of acquired loans is determined using a discounted cash flow model based on assumptions regarding the amount and timing of principal and interest payments, estimated prepayments, estimated default rates, estimated loss severity in the event of defaults, and current market rates. Estimated credit losses are included in the determination of fair value; therefore, an allowance for loan losses is not recorded on the acquisition date.

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For acquired impaired loans, Trustmark (a) calculates the contractual amount and timing of undiscounted principal and interest payments (the "undiscounted contractual cash flows") and (b) estimates the amount and timing of undiscounted expected principal and interest payments (the "undiscounted expected cash flows"). Under FASB ASC Topic 310-30, "Loans and Debt Securities Acquired with Deteriorated Credit Quality," the difference between the undiscounted contractual cash flows and the undiscounted expected cash flows is the nonaccretable difference. The nonaccretable difference represents an estimate of the loss exposure of principal and interest related to the acquired impaired loan portfolio, and such amount is subject to change over time based on the performance of such loans. The excess of expected cash flows at acquisition over the initial fair value of acquired impaired loans is referred to as the "accretable yield" and is recorded as interest income over the estimated life of the loans using the effective yield method if the timing and amount of the future cash flows is reasonably estimable.

As required by FASB ASC Topic 310-30, Trustmark periodically re-estimates the expected cash flows to be collected over the life of the acquired impaired loans. If, based on current information and events, it is probable that Trustmark will be unable to collect all cash flows expected at acquisition plus additional cash flows expected to be collected arising from changes in estimate after acquisition, the acquired loans are considered impaired. The decrease in the expected cash flows reduces the carrying value of the acquired impaired loans as well as the accretable yield and results in a charge to income through the provision for loan losses, acquired loans and the establishment of an allowance for loan losses, acquired loans. If, based on current information and events, it is probable that there is a significant increase in the cash flows previously expected to be collected or if actual cash flows are significantly greater than cash flows previously expected, Trustmark will reduce any remaining allowance for loan losses, acquired loans established on the acquired impaired loans for the increase in the present value of cash flows expected to be collected. The increase in the expected cash flows for the acquired impaired loans over those originally estimated at acquisition increases the carrying value of the acquired impaired loans as well as the accretable yield.

Covered Loans

Loans acquired in a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)-assisted transaction and covered under loss-share agreements are referred to as "covered loans" and are reported separately in Trustmark's consolidated financial statements. Covered loans are recorded at their estimated fair value at the time of acquisition exclusive of the expected reimbursement cash flows from the FDIC.

FDIC Indemnification Asset

Trustmark has elected to account for amounts receivable under a loss-share agreement as an indemnification asset in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 805, "Business Combinations." A FDIC indemnification asset is initially recorded at fair value, based on the discounted value of expected future cash flows under the loss-share agreement. The difference between the present value at the acquisition date and the undiscounted cash flows Trustmark expects to collect from the FDIC is accreted into noninterest income over the life of the FDIC indemnification asset.

The FDIC indemnification asset is revalued concurrent with the loan re-estimation and adjusted for any changes in expected cash flows based on recent performance and expectations for future performance of covered loans and covered other real estate. These adjustments are measured on the same basis as the related covered loans and covered other real estate. Increases in the cash flows of the covered loans and covered other real estate over those expected reduce the FDIC indemnification asset, and decreases in the cash flows of the covered loans and covered other real estate under those expected increase the FDIC indemnification asset. Increases and decreases to the FDIC indemnification asset are recorded as adjustments to noninterest income. For additional information regarding Trustmark's accounting policy for a FDIC indemnification asset, please see Note 1 - Significant Accounting Policies set forth in Item 8 - Financial Statements and Supplementary Data located elsewhere in this report.

Mortgage Servicing Rights

Trustmark recognizes as assets the rights to service mortgage loans based on the estimated fair value of the mortgage servicing rights (MSR) when loans are sold and the associated servicing rights are retained. Trustmark has elected to account for MSR at fair value.

The fair value of MSR is determined using a valuation model administered by a third party that calculates the present value of estimated future net servicing income. The model incorporates assumptions that market participants use in estimating future net servicing income, including estimates of prepayment speeds, discount rate, default rates, cost to service (including delinquency and foreclosure costs), escrow account earnings, contractual servicing fee income and other ancillary income such as late fees. Management reviews all significant assumptions quarterly. Mortgage loan prepayment speeds, a key assumption in the model, is the annual rate at which borrowers are forecasted to repay their mortgage loan principal. The discount rate used to determine the present value of estimated future net servicing income, another key assumption in the model, is an estimate of the required rate of return investors in the market would require for an asset with similar risk. Both assumptions can, and generally will, change as market conditions and interest rates change.

By way of example, an increase in either the prepayment speed or discount rate assumption will result in a decrease in the fair value of the MSR, while a decrease in either assumption will result in an increase in the fair value of the MSR. In recent years, there have been significant market-driven fluctuations in loan prepayment speeds and discount rates. These fluctuations can be rapid and may continue to be significant. Therefore, estimating prepayment speed and/or discount rates within ranges that market participants would use in determining the fair value of MSR requires significant management judgment.

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At December 31, 2013, the MSR fair value was approximately $67.8 million. The impact on the MSR fair value of a 10% adverse change in prepayment speed or a 100 basis point increase in discount rate at December 31, 2013, would be a decline in fair value of approximately $2.2 million and $2.4 million, respectively. Changes of equal magnitude in the opposite direction would produce similar increases in fair value in the respective amounts.

Trustmark manages potential changes in the fair value of MSR through its comprehensive risk management strategy. To reduce the sensitivity of earnings to interest rate fluctuations, Trustmark utilizes exchange-traded derivative instruments, such as Treasury note futures contracts and option contracts, to achieve a fair value return that economically hedges changes in fair value of MSR attributable to interest rates. From time to time, Trustmark may choose not to fully hedge the MSR, partly because origination volume tends to act as a natural hedge. For example, as interest rates decline, the fair value of the MSR generally decreases and fees from new originations tend to increase. Conversely, as interest rates increase, the fair value of the MSR generally increases, while fees from new originations tend to decline.

Please refer to Note 8 - Mortgage Banking in Item 8 - Financial Statements and Supplementary Data for additional information on MSR.

Goodwill and Identifiable Intangible Assets

Trustmark records all assets and liabilities acquired in purchase acquisitions, including goodwill and other intangible assets, at fair value as required by FASB ASC Topic 805. The carrying amount of goodwill at December 31, 2013 totaled $328.5 million for the General Banking segment and $44.4 million for the Insurance segment, a consolidated total of $372.9 million. Trustmark's goodwill is not amortized but is subject to annual tests for impairment or more often if events or circumstances indicate it may be impaired. Trustmark's identifiable intangible assets, which totaled $42.0 million at December 31, 2013, are amortized over their estimated useful lives and are subject to impairment tests if events or circumstances indicate a possible inability to realize the carrying amount.

The initial recording and subsequent impairment testing of goodwill requires subjective judgments concerning estimates of the fair value of the acquired assets. The goodwill impairment test is performed in two phases. The first step compares the fair value of the reporting unit with its carrying amount, including goodwill. If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds its carrying amount, goodwill of the reporting unit is considered not impaired; however, if the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value, an additional procedure must be performed. That additional procedure, or a second step, compares the implied fair value of the reporting unit's goodwill with the carrying amount of that goodwill. An impairment loss would be recorded to the extent that the carrying amount of goodwill exceeds its implied fair value. Trustmark performed an annual impairment test of goodwill for reporting units contained in both the General Banking and Insurance segments as of October 1, 2013, 2012, and 2011, respectively, which indicated that no impairment charge was required. The impairment test for the General Banking reporting unit utilized valuations based on comparable deal values for financial institutions while the test for the Insurance reporting unit utilizes varying valuation scenarios for the multiple of earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) method based on recent acquisition activity. Based on this analysis, Trustmark concluded that no impairment charge was required. Significant changes in future profitability and value of our reporting units could affect Trustmark's impairment evaluation.

The carrying amount of Trustmark's identifiable intangible assets subject to amortization is not recoverable if it exceeds the sum of the undiscounted cash flows expected to result from the use and eventual disposition. That assessment shall be based on the carrying amount of the intangible assets subject to amortization at the date it is tested for recoverability. Intangible assets subject to amortization shall be tested for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that its carrying amount may not be recoverable.

Fair value may be determined using market prices, comparison to similar assets, market multiples and other determinants. Factors that may significantly affect the estimates include, among others, competitive forces, customer behavior and attrition, changes in revenue growth trends and specific industry or market sector conditions. Other key judgments in accounting for intangibles include determining the useful life of the particular asset and classifying assets as either goodwill (which does not require amortization) or identifiable intangible assets (which does require amortization).

Other Real Estate

Other real estate includes assets that have been acquired in satisfaction of debt through foreclosure and is recorded at the lower of cost or estimated fair value less the estimated cost of disposition. Fair value is based on independent appraisals and other relevant factors. Valuation adjustments required at foreclosure are charged to the allowance for loan losses. Other real estate is revalued on an annual basis or more often if market conditions necessitate. Subsequent to foreclosure, losses on the periodic revaluation of the property are charged against an other real estate specific reserve or net income in ORE/Foreclosure expense, if a reserve does not exist. Significant judgments and complex estimates are required in estimating the fair value of other real estate, and the period of time within which such estimates can be considered current is significantly shortened during periods of market volatility, as experienced in recent years. As a result, the net proceeds realized from sales transactions could differ significantly from appraisals, comparable sales, and other estimates used to determine the fair value of other real estate.

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Covered Other Real Estate

All other real estate acquired in a FDIC-assisted acquisition that is subject to a FDIC loss-share agreement is referred to as "covered other real estate" and reported separately in Trustmark's consolidated balance sheets. Covered other real estate is reported exclusive of expected reimbursement cash flows from the FDIC. Foreclosed covered loan collateral is transferred into covered other real estate at the collateral's net realizable value.

Covered other real estate is initially recorded at its estimated fair value on the acquisition date based on an independent appraisal less estimated selling costs. Any subsequent valuation adjustments due to declines in fair value are charged to ORE/Foreclosure expense and are mostly offset by other noninterest income representing the corresponding increase to the FDIC indemnification asset for the offsetting loss reimbursement amount. Any recoveries of previous valuation adjustments are credited to ORE/Foreclosure expense with a corresponding charge to other noninterest income for the portion of the recovery that is due to the FDIC.

Defined Benefit Plans

Trustmark's plan assets, projected benefit liabilities and pension cost are determined utilizing actuarially-determined present value calculations. The valuation of the projected benefit obligation and net periodic pension expense for Trustmark's plans (Capital Accumulation Plan, BancTrust Pension Plan and Supplemental Retirement Plans) requires Management to make estimates regarding the amount and timing of expected cash outflows. Several variables affect these calculations, including (i) size and characteristics of the associate population, (ii) discount rate, (iii) expected long-term rate of return on plan assets and (iv) recognition of actual returns on plan assets. Below is a brief description of these variables and the effect they have on pension cost.

Population and Characteristics of Associates. Pension cost is directly related to the number of associates covered by the plan and characteristics such as salary, age, years of service and benefit terms. In an effort to control expenses, the Board voted to freeze Capital Accumulation Plan benefits effective May 15, 2009. Associates will not earn additional benefits, except for interest as required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations, after the effective date. Associates will retain their previously earned pension benefits. At December 31, 2013, the pension plan census totaled 3,009 current and former associates.

Discount Rate. The discount rate utilized in determining the present value of the future benefit obligation is currently 4.30% (as compared to 3.50% at December 31, 2012). The discount rate for each plan is determined by matching the expected cash flows of each plan to a yield curve based on long term, high quality fixed income debt instruments available as of the measurement date (December 31, 2013). The discount rate is reset annually on the measurement date to reflect current economic conditions. If Trustmark assumes a 1.00% increase or decrease in the discount rate for Trustmark's defined benefit plans and kept all other assumptions constant, the benefit cost associated with these plans would decrease or increase by approximately $1.1 million and $1.2 million, respectively.

Expected Long-Term Rate of Return on Plan Assets. Based on historical experience and market projection of the target asset allocation set forth in . . .

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