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VOL. 127 | NO. 77 | Thursday, April 19, 2012

First Horizon Posts Profit, Increases Share Buyback to $200M

By Andy Meek

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The Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank reported a 12-cent per share profit for the first quarter before the stock market's opening bell Thursday.

First Horizon National Corp. also reported a 9 percent increase in loans in its banking unit, equivalent to an additional $1 billion. And First Horizon's capital markets unit increased revenue 18 percent.

In related news, First Horizon also announced Thursday it's returning more capital to shareholders.

The company is increasing its stock buyback to $200 million. The board also has approved payment of a 1-cent per share dividend on its common stock.

The dividend is payable on July 1 to the common shareholders of record on June 15.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 74 74 17,939
MORTGAGES 95 95 20,660
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,693
BUILDING PERMITS 141 141 36,977
BANKRUPTCIES 59 59 11,485
BUSINESS LICENSES 17 17 5,865
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 6,830
MARRIAGE LICENSES 41 41 4,090