Concurrent with the release of results, BMO announced a third quarter 2013 dividend of $0.74 per common share, unchanged from the preceding quarter and up $0.04 per share from a year ago, equivalent to an annual dividend of $2.96 per common share.
Our strong capital ratios enabled us to initiate a normal course issuer bid. During the second quarter, we repurchased four million common shares under our share repurchase program.
Our complete Second Quarter 2013 Report to Shareholders, including our unaudited interim consolidated financial statements for the period ended April 30, 2013, is available online at www.bmo.com/investorrelations and at www.sedar.com.
Operating Segment Overview
Net income was $430 million, little changed from $433 million a year ago. Revenue was consistent with the prior year as the effects of strong volume growth across most products were offset by the impact of lower net interest margin. Expenses were up 3% due to continued investment in the business, including higher employee-related costs with increases in front-line resources across a number of roles. We expanded our branch network by opening or upgrading 18 locations across the country.
The successful execution of our strategy is resulting in strong loan growth and commercial deposit growth, positioning us well for revenue growth in an improving interest rate environment. This, combined with our continued focus on reducing costs through process simplification, will drive future net income growth.
Our focus on making money make sense for our customers, and offering simplified and innovative products and exceptional customer service has resulted in customer loyalty scores that continue to be top-tier, as measured by net promoter score. These strong customer loyalty scores are being translated into strong balance sheet growth with year-over-year loan growth of 10% and deposit growth of 7%. We have also seen an increase in the average number of products held by our customers.
In personal banking, strong lending and deposit balance growth continues. Our investment campaign was a success with strong mutual fund growth and good growth in tax-free savings account balances. We are generating positive early results from the launch of our Spring Home Financing campaign.
In commercial banking, we continue to rank second in Canadian business banking loan market share for small and medium-sized loans due to our focus on offering the integrated products, services and advice that our diverse commercial customer base needs. Our commercial loan and deposit growth continues to show good momentum with year-over-year growth of 12%. Recently, BMO was awarded a seven-year contract to provide a corporate card travel, payment and expense management program for the Government of Canada. This quarter, we also completed the acquisition of the assets of Aver Media LP, a leading private Canadian-based film and TV media lending company.
P&C U.S. (all amounts in US$)
Net income of $152 million increased $9 million or 6% from $143 million in the second quarter a year ago. Adjusted net income was $163 million, an increase of $5 million or 3% from a year ago due to reduced expenses and lower provisions for credit losses. Revenue was 4% lower as the effects of increased commercial lending fees and strong commercial loan growth were more than offset by reductions in certain loan portfolios, net interest margin and deposit fees.
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