Tuesday, August 23, 2011

BMO Bank of Montreal Posts Strong Earnings. BMO U.S. Banking Operations Contribute to Profit. BMO Dividend is Strong.

BMO Bank of Montreal (TSE: BMO) released very promising results recently. Bloomberg Markets reports that profit at the Canadian bank rose 19 percent on higher investment banking earnings and positive results from its recent U.S. acquisitions.

Income at BMO rose to $793 million, or $1.27 per share for the quarter. BMO has now increased its profit for nine straight quarters and is showing incredible consistency and stability in its operations. It now has the longest streak for increasing profits among the six large Canadian banks. It is clear now that the Canadian banks are in very good shape. BMO is now Canada's 4th largest bank by assets.

In the United States, the BMO completed its $4.1 billion takeover of Marshall & Ilsley on July 5. This doubled its total U.S. branches and deposits in the area. Incredibly the bank now has more branches in Chicago than Toronto. Marchall & IIsley contributed $32 million in profits to the bank this quarter. Much better than previous losses it was experiencing.

Happy Investing : )

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