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Annual Report



Congress passed the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995 to encourage corporations to provide investors with information about the company's anticipated future financial performance, goals, and strategies. The act provides a safe haven for such disclosure; in other words, protection from unwarranted litigation if actual results are not the same as management expectations.

United desires to provide its shareholders with sound information about past performance and future trends. Consequently, any forward-looking statements contained in this report, in a report incorporated by reference to this report, or made by management of United in this report, in any other reports and filings, in press releases and in oral statements, involve numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those contained in or implied by United's statements for a variety of factors including, but not limited to: changes in economic conditions; business conditions in the banking industry; movements in interest rates; competitive pressures on product pricing and services; success and timing of business strategies; the nature and extent of governmental actions and reforms; and rapidly changing technology and evolving banking industry standards.


After the close of business on January 31, 2014, United acquired 100% of the outstanding common stock of Virginia Commerce Bancorp, Inc. (Virginia Commerce), a Virginia corporation headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. The results of operations of Virginia Commerce will be included in the consolidated results of operations from the date of acquisition. The acquisition of Virginia Commerce enhances United's existing footprint in the Washington, D.C. MSA. Virginia Commerce was merged with and into George Mason Bankshares, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of United (the Merger) in a transaction to be accounted for under the acquisition method of accounting. At consummation, Virginia Commerce had assets of approximately $2.77 billion, loans of $2.10 billion, and deposits of $2.02 billion. In addition, on February 20, 2014, United sold a former branch building for approximately $11.1 million and recognized a before-tax gain of approximately $8.9 million.


The following discussion and analysis presents the significant changes in financial condition and the results of operations of United and its subsidiaries for the periods indicated below. This discussion and the consolidated financial statements and the notes to Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of United Bankshares, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated. Management has evaluated all significant events and transactions that occurred after December 31, 2013, but prior to the date these financial statements were issued, for potential recognition or disclosure required in these financial statements.

This discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes thereto, which are included elsewhere in this document.


This discussion and analysis contains certain financial measures that are not recognized under GAAP. Under SEC Regulation G, public companies making disclosures containing financial measures that are not in accordance with GAAP must also disclose, along with each "non-GAAP" financial measure, certain additional information, including a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the closest comparable GAAP financial measure, as well as a statement of the company's reasons for utilizing the non-GAAP financial measure.

Generally, United has presented these non-GAAP financial measures because it believes that these measures provide meaningful additional information to assist in the evaluation of United's results of operations or financial position. Presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is consistent with how United's management evaluates its performance internally and these non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested

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parties in the evaluation of companies in the banking industry. Specifically, this discussion contains certain references to financial measures identified as tax-equivalent net interest income and noninterest income excluding the results of the noncash, other-than-temporary impairment charges as well as net gains and losses from sales and calls of investment securities. Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures to be helpful in understanding United's results of operations or financial position. However, this non-GAAP information should be considered supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Where non-GAAP financial measures are used, the comparable GAAP financial measure, as well as reconciliation to that comparable GAAP financial measure, as well as a statement of the company's reasons for utilizing the non-GAAP financial measure, can be found within this discussion and analysis. Investors should recognize that United's presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures might not be comparable to similarly titled measures at other companies.


The accounting and reporting policies of United conform with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. In preparing the consolidated financial statements, management is required to make estimates, assumptions and judgments that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. These estimates, assumptions and judgments, which are reviewed with the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, are based on information available as of the date of the financial statements. Actual results could differ from these estimates. These policies, along with the disclosures presented in the financial statement notes and in this financial review, provide information on how significant assets and liabilities are valued in the financial statements and how those values are determined. Based on the valuation techniques used and the sensitivity of financial statement amounts to the methods, assumptions, and estimates underlying those amounts, management has identified the determination of the allowance for credit losses, the valuation of investment securities and the related other-than-temporary impairment analysis, and the calculation of the income tax provision to be the accounting areas that require the most subjective or complex judgments, and as such could be most subject to revision as new information becomes available. The most significant accounting policies followed by United are presented in Note A, Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

Allowance for Loan Losses

The allowance for loan losses represents management's estimate of the probable credit losses inherent in the lending portfolio. Determining the allowance for loan losses requires management to make estimates of losses that are highly uncertain and require a high degree of judgment. At December 31, 2013, the allowance for loan losses was $74.2 million and is subject to periodic adjustment based on management's assessment of current probable losses in the loan portfolio. Such adjustment from period to period can have a significant impact on United's consolidated financial statements. To illustrate the potential effect on the financial statements of our estimates of the allowance for loan losses, a 10% increase in the allowance for loan losses would have required $7.4 million in additional allowance (funded by additional provision for credit losses), which would have negatively impacted the year of 2013 net income by approximately $4.8 million, after-tax or $0.10 diluted per common share. Management's evaluation of the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses and the appropriate provision for loan losses is based upon a quarterly evaluation of the loan portfolio. This evaluation is inherently subjective and requires significant estimates, including estimates related to the amounts and timing of future cash flows, value of collateral, losses on pools of homogeneous loans based on historical loss experience, and consideration of current economic trends, all of which are susceptible to constant and significant change. The allowance allocated to specific credits and loan pools grouped by similar risk characteristics is reviewed on a quarterly basis and adjusted as necessary based upon subsequent changes in circumstances. In determining the components of the allowance for loan losses, management considers the risk arising in part from, but not limited to, charge-off and delinquency trends, current economic and business conditions, lending policies and procedures, the size and risk characteristics of the loan portfolio, concentrations of credit, and other various factors. The methodology used to determine the allowance for loan losses is described in Note A, Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. A discussion of the factors leading to changes in the amount of the allowance for loan losses is included in the Provision for Loan Losses section of this Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (MD&A). For a discussion of concentrations of credit risk, see Item 1, under the caption of Loan Concentrations in this Form 10-K.

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Investment Securities

Accounting estimates are used in the presentation of the investment portfolio and these estimates impact the presentation of United's financial condition and results of operations. United classifies its investments in debt as either held to maturity or available for sale and its equity securities as available for sale. Securities held to maturity are accounted for using historical costs, adjusted for amortization of premiums and accretion of discounts. Securities available for sale are accounted for at fair value, with the net unrealized gains and losses, net of income tax effects, presented as a separate component of shareholders' equity. When available, fair values of securities are based on quoted prices or prices obtained from third party vendors. Third party vendors compile prices from various sources and may determine the fair value of identical or similar securities by using pricing models that consider observable market data. Prices obtained from third party vendors that do not reflect forced liquidation or distressed sales are not adjusted by management. Where prices reflect forced liquidation or distressed sales, as is the case with United's portfolio of trust preferred securities (Trup Cdos), management estimates fair value based on a discounted cash flow methodology using appropriately adjusted discount rates reflecting nonperformance and liquidity risks. Due to the subjective nature of this valuation process, it is possible that the actual fair values of these securities could differ from the estimated amounts, thereby affecting United's financial position, results of operations and cash flows. The potential impact to United's financial position, results of operations or cash flows for changes in the valuation process cannot be reasonably estimated.

If the estimated value of investments is less than the cost or amortized cost, the investment is considered impaired and management evaluates whether an event or change in circumstances has occurred that may have a significant adverse effect on the fair value of the investment. If such an event or change has occurred, management must exercise judgment to determine the nature of the potential impairment (i.e., temporary or other-than-temporary) in order to apply the appropriate accounting treatment. If United intends to sell, or is more likely than not they will be required to sell an impaired debt security before recovery of its amortized cost basis less any current period credit loss, other-than-temporary impairment is recognized in earnings. The amount recognized in earnings is equal to the entire difference between the security's amortized cost basis and its fair value at the balance sheet date. If United does not intend to sell, and is not more likely than not they will be required to sell the impaired debt security prior to recovery of its amortized cost basis less any current-period credit loss, the other-than-temporary impairment is separated into the following: 1) the amount representing the credit loss, which is recognized in earnings, and 2) the amount related to all other factors, which is recognized in other comprehensive income. Given the recent disruptions in the financial markets, the decision to recognize other-than-temporary impairment on investment securities has become more difficult as complete information is not always available and market conditions and other relevant factors are subject to rapid changes. Therefore, the other-than-temporary impairment assessment has become a critical accounting policy for United. For additional information on management's consideration of investment valuation and other-than-temporary impairment, see Note C and Note T, Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

Income Taxes

United's calculation of income tax provision is inherently complex due to the various different tax laws and jurisdictions in which we operate and requires management's use of estimates and judgments in its determination. The current income tax liability also includes income tax expense related to our uncertain tax positions as required in ASC topic 740, "Income Taxes." Changes to the estimated accrued taxes can occur due to changes in tax rates, implementation of new business strategies, resolution of issues with taxing authorities and recently enacted statutory, judicial and regulatory guidance. These changes can be material to the Company's operating results for any particular reporting period. The analysis of the income tax provision requires the assessments of the relative risks and merits of the appropriate tax treatment of transactions, filing positions, filing methods and taxable income calculations after considering statutes, regulations, judicial precedent and other information. United strives to keep abreast of changes in the tax laws and the issuance of regulations which may impact tax reporting and provisions for income tax expense. United is also subject to audit by federal and state authorities. Because the application of tax laws is subject to varying interpretations, results of these audits may produce indicated liabilities which differ from United's estimates and provisions. United continually evaluates its exposure to possible tax assessments arising from audits and records its estimate of probable exposure based on current facts and circumstances. The potential impact to United's operating results for any of the changes cannot be reasonably estimated. See Note L, Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for information regarding United's ASC topic 740 disclosures.

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Use of Fair Value Measurements

United determines the fair value of its financial instruments based on the fair value hierarchy established in ASC topic 820, whereby the fair value of certain assets and liabilities is an exit price, representing the amount that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants. ASC topic 820 establishes a three-level hierarchy for disclosure of assets and liabilities recorded at fair value. The classification of assets and liabilities within the hierarchy is based on whether the inputs in the methodology for determining fair value are observable or unobservable. Observable inputs reflect market-based information obtained from independent sources (Level 1 or Level 2), while unobservable inputs reflect management's estimate of market data (Level 3). For assets and liabilities that are actively traded and have quoted prices or observable market data, a minimal amount of subjectivity concerning fair value is needed. Prices and values obtained from third party vendors that do not reflect forced liquidation or distressed sales are not adjusted by management. When quoted prices or observable market data are not available, management's judgment is necessary to estimate fair value.

At December 31, 2013, approximately 9.87% of total assets, or $862.58 million, consisted of financial instruments recorded at fair value. Of this total, approximately 91.15% or $786.25 million of these financial instruments used valuation methodologies involving observable market data, collectively Level 1 and Level 2 measurements, to determine fair value. Approximately 8.85% or $76.33 million of these financial instruments were valued using unobservable market information or Level 3 measurements. Most of these financial instruments valued using unobservable market information were Trup Cdos classified as available-for-sale. At December 31, 2013, only $1.19 million or less than 1% of total liabilities were recorded at fair value. This entire amount was valued using methodologies involving observable market data. United does not believe that any changes in the unobservable inputs used to value the financial instruments mentioned above would have a material impact on United's results of operations, liquidity, or capital resources. See Note T for additional information regarding ASC topic 820 and its impact on United's financial statements.

Any material effect on the financial statements related to these critical accounting areas is further discussed in this Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

2013 COMPARED TO 2012


United's total assets as of December 31, 2013 were $8.74 billion which was an increase of $315.31 million or 3.74% from December 31, 2012. The increase was primarily the result of a $193.17 million or 2.97% increase in portfolio loans and a $159.94 million or 21.93% increase in investment securities. Partially offsetting these increases in total assets was a $15.46 million or 3.58% decrease in cash and cash equivalents, a $13.53 million or 76.15% decrease in loans held for sale, and a $6.57 million or 2.00% decrease in other assets. The increase in total assets is reflected in a corresponding increase in total liabilities of $265.83 million or 3.58% from year-end 2012. The increase in total liabilities was due mainly to an increase of $406.56 million or 67.77% in borrowings, which was partially offset by a $131.42 million or 1.95% decrease in deposits and a $9.81 million or 13.39% decrease in accrued expenses from year-end 2012. Shareholders' equity increased $49.48 million or 4.99% from year-end 2012.

The following discussion explains in more detail the changes in financial condition by major category.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2013 decreased $15.46 million or 3.58% from year-end 2012 due to a decrease of $22.73 million or 14.43% in cash and due from banks and a decrease of $302 thousand or 29.58% in federal funds sold. Partially offsetting this decrease in cash and cash equivalents was an increase in interest-bearing deposits with other banks of $7.57 million or 2.77% as United placed more excess cash in an interest-bearing account with the Federal Reserve. During the year of 2013, net cash of $142.20 million and $215.45 million were provided by operating activities and financing activities, respectively. Net cash of $373.11 million was used in investing activities. Further details related to changes in cash and cash equivalents are presented in the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

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Total investment securities at December 31, 2013 increased $159.94 million or 21.93% from year-end 2012. Securities available for sale increased $149.66 million or 23.92%. This change in securities available for sale reflects $697.05 million in sales, maturities and calls of securities, $845.91 million in purchases, and a decrease of $2.30 million in market value. Securities held to maturity decreased $2.50 million or 5.76% from year-end 2012 due to calls and maturities of securities. Other investment securities increased $12.78 million or 21.20% from year-end 2012 due to net purchases of $13.13 million in FHLB stock.

The following is a summary of available for sale securities at December 31:

                                                       2013            2012            2011
                                                                  (In thousands)
U.S. Treasury and obligations of U.S. Government
corporations and agencies                           $  172,324      $  336,747      $  303,484
States and political subdivisions                       60,861          76,765          94,794
Mortgage-backed securities                             474,104         126,338         225,069
Asset-backed securities                                  9,257          11,729               0
Marketable equity securities                             3,299           6,660           4,341
Trust preferred collateralized debt obligations         73,862          94,794         104,161
Single issue trust preferred securities                 14,346          15,286          15,242
Corporate securities                                     4,996           4,996           4,994

amortized cost                                      $  813,049      $  673,315      $  752,085

value                                               $  775,284      $  625,625      $  696,518

The following is a summary of held to maturity securities at December 31:

                                                       2013            2012            2011
                                                                   (In thousands)
U.S. Treasury and obligations of U.S. Government
corporations and agencies                           $   10,762      $   10,916      $   11,062
States and political subdivisions                       10,367          12,515          12,794
Mortgage-backed securities                                  50              61              77
Single issue trust preferred securities                 19,766          19,750          32,116
Other corporate securities                                  20             225           3,240

cost                                                $   40,965      $   43,467      $   59,289

TOTAL HELD TO MATURITY SECURITIES, at fair value    $   38,293      $   42,695      $   56,181

At December 31, 2013, gross unrealized losses on available for sale securities were $44.00 million. Securities in an unrealized loss position at December 31, 2013 consisted primarily of Trup Cdos, agency residential mortgage-backed securities, agency commercial mortgage-backed securities and single issue trust preferred securities. The Trup Cdos and the single issue trust preferred securities relate mainly to underlying securities of financial institutions. The agency commercial mortgage-backed securities relate to income-producing multifamily properties and provide a guaranty of full and timely payments of principal and interest by Fannie Mae.

As of December 31, 2013, United's mortgage-backed securities had an amortized cost of $474.15 million, with an estimated fair value of $466.49 million. The portfolio consisted primarily of $215.84 million in agency residential mortgage-backed securities with a fair value of $216.52 million, $16.37 million in non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities with an estimated fair value of $16.53 million, and $241.95 million in commercial agency mortgage-backed securities with an estimated fair value of $233.43 million. As of December 31, 2013, United's asset-backed securities had an amortized cost of $9.26 million, with an estimated fair value of $9.23 million.

As of December 31, 2013, United's corporate securities had an amortized cost of $116.29 million, with an estimated fair value of $80.84 million. The portfolio consisted primarily of $73.86 million in Trup Cdos with a fair value of $43.45 million and $34.11 million in single issue trust preferred securities with an estimated fair value of $28.29 million. In addition to the trust preferred securities, the Company held positions in various other corporate securities, including marketable equity securities, with an amortized cost of $3.30 million and a fair value of $3.87 million, only one of which was individually significant.

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The Trup Cdos consisted of pools of trust preferred securities issued by trusts related primarily to financial institutions and to a lesser extent, insurance companies. The Company has no exposure to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) in its investment portfolio. The Company owns both senior and mezzanine tranches in the Trup Cdos; however, the Company does not own any income notes. The senior and mezzanine tranches of Trup Cdos generally have some protection from defaults in the form of over-collateralization and excess spread revenues, along with waterfall structures that redirect cash flows in the event certain coverage test requirements have failed. Generally, senior tranches have the greatest protection, with mezzanine tranches subordinated to the senior tranches, and income notes subordinated to the mezzanine tranches. The fair value of senior tranches represents $15.06 million of the Company's pooled securities, while mezzanine tranches represent $58.80 million. Of the $58.80 million in mezzanine tranches, $13.74 million are now in the Senior position as the Senior notes have been paid to a zero balance. As of December 31, 2013, $6.58 million of the Trup Cdos were investment grade, $5.00 million were split-rated, and the remaining $62.28 million were below investment grade. In terms of capital adequacy, the Company allocates additional risk-based capital to the below investment grade securities. As of December 31, 2013, United's single issue trust preferred securities had an amortized cost of $34.11 million. Of the $34.11 million, $10.90 million or 31.95% were investment grade; $632 thousand or 1.85% were unrated; $7.91 million or 23.20% were split rated; and $14.67 million or 43.00% were below investment grade. The two largest exposures accounted for 50.70% of the $34.11 million. These included Wells Fargo at $9.90 million and SunTrust Bank at $7.39 million. All single-issue trust preferred securities, with the exception of two securities totaling $632 thousand, are currently receiving full scheduled principal and interest payments.

The following two tables provide a summary of Trup Cdos with at least one rating below investment grade as of December 31, 2013:

                                                                                                                Unrealized       Credit-
                                                                                  Amortized         Fair           Loss          Related
Description                          Tranche     Class   Moodys   S&P    Fitch    Cost Basis       Value          (Gain)           OTTI
SECURITY 1                           Senior       Sr       Ca      NR     WD     $      3,485     $  2,651     $        834      $  1,219
SECURITY 2                         Senior (org
                                      Mezz)        B       Ca      NR     WD            7,350        3,537            3,813         6,476
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