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Bank of Montreal (BMO) Q3 Earnings Rise, Provisions Down

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Bank of Montreal (BMO - Free Report) reported third-quarter fiscal 2018 (ended Jul 31, 2018) adjusted net income of C$1.6 billion ($1.2 billion), which increased 14% year over year.

Results were primarily driven by rise in revenues and lower provisions. Moreover, balance-sheet position remained strong. However, higher expenses were an undermining factor.

After considering non-recurring items, net income was C$1.5 billion ($1.2 billion), up 11% from the prior-year quarter.

Revenues Improve, Provisions Decline, Expenses Up

Total revenues (on an adjusted basis), net of insurance claims, commissions and changes in policy benefit liabilities (CCPB), amounted to C$5.6 billion ($4.3 billion), up 7.7% year over year.

Net interest income rose 4% year over year to C$2.6 billion ($2.0 billion). Non-interest income came in at C$3.2 billion ($2.5 billion), up 10.3% year over year.

Adjusted non-interest expenses flared up 3.7% year over year to C$3.4 billion ($2.6 billion). Efficiency ratio, net of CCPB, was 61% at the quarter end compared with 63.1% as of Jul 31, 2017. Fall in efficiency ratio indicates improved profitability.

Adjusted provision for credit losses decreased 7.9% year over year to C$186 million ($142.6 million).

Balance Sheet Position

Total assets increased 8% from the prior-year quarter to C$765.3 billion ($587.8 billion) as of Jul 31, 2018. Further, net loans and acceptances were up nearly 5.9% year rover year to C$393.6 billion ($302.3 billion), while deposits rose 7.9% year rover year to C$506.9 billion ($389.3 billion).

Profitability & Capital Ratios Improve

Return on equity, as adjusted, came in at 15% in the reported quarter, up from 13.3% as of Jul 31, 2017.

As of Jul 31, 2018, common equity Tier I ratio came in at 11.4% compared with 11.2% witnessed in the year-ago quarter. Tier I capital ratio was 12.9%, in line with the prior-year quarter.

Our Viewpoint

Bank of Montreal’s focus and efforts remain aligned with its organic and inorganic growth strategies, and are expected to boost revenues, going forward. Also, the stock’s steady capital-deployment activities, supported by strong capital position will help it gain investors’ confidence. Nevertheless, mounting expenses continue to strain the company’s profitability.
 

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Bank of Montreal currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Competitive Landscape

UBS Group AG (UBS - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2018 net profit attributable to shareholders of CHF 1.28 billion ($1.30 billion), up around 9% from the prior-year quarter. Results displayed rise in net fee and commission income (up 2% year over year) and strong capital position. However, the quarter reflected elevated expenses and lower net interest income (down 30%).

Deutsche Bank AG (DB - Free Report) reported net income of €401 million ($467 million) in second-quarter 2018, which tanked 13.7% from year-ago quarter. Income before income taxes plunged 13.5% year over year to €711 million ($828.1 million). Lower revenues and higher expenses were the key undermining factors. Moreover, provisions for credit losses increased. Notably, net asset outflows were recorded during the quarter. Nevertheless, strong capital position was a positive.

Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. (ITUB - Free Report) posted recurring earnings of R$6.4 billion ($1.78 billion) in second-quarter 2018, up 3.2% year over year. Including non-recurring items, net income came in at R$6.2 billion ($1.72 billion), up 3.3% year over year. Results display higher revenues, lower provisions and a solid balance-sheet position. Nonetheless, elevated expenses and reduced managerial financial margin were headwinds.

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