Toronto, Ontario, May 24, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO)(NYSE:BMO) and BMO Bank of Montreal -
Second Quarter 2012 Report to Shareholders
BMO Financial Group Reports Another Quarter of Strong Results, Increasing Net Income by 27% Year Over Year to $1.03 Billion
Financial Results Highlights(1):
Second Quarter 2012 Compared with Second Quarter 2011:
-- Net income of $1,028 million, up $215 million or 27%
-- Adjusted net income(2) of $982 million, up $212 million or 28%
-- Reported EPS(3) of $1.51, up 14%
-- Adjusted EPS(2,3) of $1.44, up 15%
-- Reported ROE of 16.2%, compared with 17.5%
-- Adjusted ROE(2) of 15.4%, compared with 16.6%
-- Provisions for credit losses of $195 million, down $102 million
-- Common Equity Ratio remains strong at9.90%, using a Basel II approach
Year-to-Date 2012 Compared with Year-to-Date 2011:
-- Net income of $2,137 million, up $499 million or 31%
-- Adjusted net income(2) of $1,954 million, up $367 million or 23%
-- Reported EPS(3) of $3.14,up18%
-- Adjusted EPS(2,3) of $2.86, up 11%
-- Provisions for credit losses of $336 million, down $284 million
For the second quarter ended April 30, 2012, BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO)(NYSE:BMO) reported strong net income of $1,028 million or$1.51 per share. On an adjusted basis, net income was $982 million or $1.44 per share.
"BMO produced strong financial results again in the second quarter," said Bill Downe, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group. "The consistentfocus we have on customers and their success is underpinned by a strong, consistent brand and is grounded in the belief that a relationship bank is relevant to households and companies, as they manage their finances and improve their financial position. Simply stated, the importance we place on giving our customers increased confidence has helped us carve out a distinct position in the marketplace - and is the key to accelerating profitable growth.
"In P&C Canada, our sales efforts are drivinghigher volumes across most products and higher fee revenues. We continue to benefit from a deeper understanding of customers' evolving needs. In anticipation of market conditions, we acted to introduce offers that we believe are more suitable forallcustomers - and we are
helping to move the market as a consequence, to a better place.
"The integration of our U.S. banking platform is on track. The business has been materially strengthened with expanded access to existing and new regions,increased brand awareness and a better ability to compete in highly attractive markets. The commercial team continues to outperform, and there's visible, strong growth in our commercial and industrial book.
"BMO Capital Markets delivered good performancewith higher revenue and net income than last quarter. Obviously, market uncertainty persists, but our diversified portfolio of businesses and broad client base position us well to take advantage of revenue opportunities.
"Private ClientGroup'snetincome was up sharply - its best financial performance in two years. The results were strong and we continue to grow. We entered into two definitive agreements to acquire businesses that further enhance our wealth management capabilitiesandexpandourgeographic reach. Earlier this month, we
opened a representative office in the Gulf Cooperation Council states to get closer to clients we have been dealing with for decades - and raise the visibility of our global asset management capability.
"Ourbusinesses delivered strong performance in a highly competitive environment. Last fall, we embarked on a significant long-term plan to further increase the competitiveness of the bank and enhance our return on equity; the work is wellunderway, and we're simplifying structures and processes. Ultimately, the BMO brand and the message it carries is our best resource in building the business - and it's also our best protection against uncertainty. There can be no element more importantinmanagingthecomplexity of regulatory change than our established commitment to making money make sense," concluded Mr. Downe.
Concurrent with the release of results, BMO announced a third quarter dividend of $0.70 per common share, unchanged fromtheprecedingquarter and equivalent to an annual dividend of $2.80 per common share.
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Ronald Monet, Montreal
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Senior Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel,
Corporate Affairs and Corporate Secretary
May 24, 2012
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