TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/26/13 -- BMO Financial Group (TSX: BMO)(NYSE: BMO) and Bank of Montreal -
For the first quarter ended January 31, 2013, BMO Financial Group reported net income of $1,048 million or $1.53 per share on a reported basis and net income of $1,041 million or $1.52 per share on an adjusted basis.
"BMO had a strong first quarter, with momentum in each of our businesses and a strong capital position. Looking ahead, we are well-positioned to leverage our North American platform and deliver sustained earnings growth," said Bill Downe, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group. "Adjusted net income was over $1 billion for the third consecutive quarter.
"With our U.S. retail platform consolidated under the BMO Harris Bank brand - supported by our largest U.S. advertising campaign to date - P&C U.S. posted good net income growth and good total loan growth.
"In the quarter, we demonstrated continued momentum in commercial banking on both sides of the border. Commercial banking is an important contributor to the performance of the bank, positioning us well in an environment of business expansion.
"As we look ahead to the rest of the year, we will continue our focus on delivering industry-leading customer experience, helping businesses expand and customers control their financial lives - allowing them to make better decisions with better information and have confidence in the choices they make. At the same time, we will maintain prudent risk management and improve efficiency," concluded Mr. Downe.
Concurrent with the release of results, BMO announced a second quarter 2013 dividend of $0.74 per common share, up $0.02 per share from the preceding quarter and equivalent to an annual dividend of $2.96 per common share. The increase in our dividend reflects our strong capital position and the success of our business strategies.
Our complete First Quarter 2013 Report to Shareholders, including our unaudited interim consolidated financial statements for the period ended January 31, 2013, is available online at www.bmo.com/investorrelations and at www.sedar.com.
(1) Results and measures in this document are presented on a GAAP basis. They are also presented on an adjusted basis that excludes the impact of certain items. Items excluded from first quarter 2013 results in the determination of adjusted results totalled net income of $7 million after tax, comprised of a $79 million after tax net benefit of credit- related items in respect of the acquired Marshall & Ilsley Corporation (M&I) performing loan portfolio; costs of $92 million ($57 million after tax) for the integration of the acquired business; a benefit on run-off structured credit activities of $7 million before and after tax; and a $31 million ($22 million after tax) charge for amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets on all acquisitions. Adjusted results and measures are non-GAAP and are detailed in the Adjusted Net Income section, and (for all reported periods) in the Non-GAAP Measures section, where such non-GAAP measures and their closest GAAP counterparts are disclosed.(2) All Earnings per Share (EPS) measures in this document refer to diluted EPS unless specified otherwise. EPS is calculated using net income after deductions for net income attributable to non-controlling interest in subsidiaries and preferred share dividends.