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Aug 30, 2013

Laurentian Bank profit falls as costs, provisions rise

TORONTO, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Laurentian Bank of Canada
, the country’s seventh-largest bank by assets, reported
a 6 percent fall in quarterly profit on Friday as higher
operating and integration costs stemming from recent
acquisitions offset higher revenue.

Shares of Montreal-based Laurentian, which operates almost
exclusively in the province of Quebec, were down 0.9 percent
after the results were released.

Aug 29, 2013

CIBC card deal could see sale of C$3 bln of receivables

TORONTO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce will part with around C$3 billion ($2.85
billion) of credit card receivables if its deal to sell half of
its Aeroplan Visa credit card portfolio with Toronto-Dominion
Bank goes through.

Speaking on a conference call to discuss the bank’s
third-quarter results, Chief Financial Officer Kevin Glass said
on Thursday that the Aeroplan portfolio currently accounts for
about C$6 billion in outstanding receivables.

Aug 29, 2013

Canadian banks’ shares rise as profits top estimates

TORONTO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Three of Canada’s biggest banks
posted better-than-expected third-quarter results on Thursday,
pushing their shares higher as surprisingly strong retail
lending and wealth management income offset weakness in
investment banking and trading profits.

Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank
, the country’s top two banks, both announced dividend
hikes, while No. 5 lender Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
said it would buy back as much as 2 percent of its stock
over the next 12 months.

Aug 29, 2013

TD Bank profit falls 10 percent on insurance losses

TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto-Dominion Bank’s (TD.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) quarterly profit fell 10 percent as Canada’s No. 2 lender took C$418 million in insurance-related charges, but the result topped estimates and the bank hiked its dividend by 5 percent.

TD, the final large Canadian bank to report results for the period, warned last month it would take insurance charges for higher provisions in its auto lending unit as well as losses from floods in Alberta and Ontario during the summer.

Aug 28, 2013

National Bank of Canada profit tops estimates

TORONTO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – National Bank of Canada
reported a stronger-than-expected 10.6 percent rise in quarterly
profit on the back of higher wealth management and trading
income, pushing its stock to a 17-month high on Wednesday.

Shares of the Canada’s sixth-largest bank, the third
Canadian lender to report results for the quarter, were up 1.3
percent at C$80.27 in morning trading in Toronto.

Aug 27, 2013

Scotiabank, BMO profits top estimates on domestic strength

TORONTO (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) kicked off the quarterly reporting season for Canadian banks on Tuesday with slightly stronger than expected results that highlighted the resilience of their domestic banking franchises.

Despite concerns that a cooling housing market in Canada would dry up growth in loan profits, domestic lending income was up at both banks, compensating for international banking income that fell short of expectations and pressured the shares of Scotiabank, the most internationally focused of the country’s banks.

Aug 27, 2013

Scotiabank raises dividend as profit just tops estimates

TORONTO, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia
posted a slightly stronger-than-expected quarterly profit and
raised its dividend on Tuesday, as it benefited from higher
international income as well as its acquisition last year of ING
Groep’s Canadian online bank.

Net income fell 14 percent in the third quarter ended July
31, but that was due to a year-earlier gain of C$614 million
($584.01 million) from the sale of the Toronto office tower that
serves as the company’s headquarters.

Aug 26, 2013

CIBC, TD extend talks to split Aeroplan card portfolio

TORONTO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce and Toronto-Dominion Bank have extended
talks on a deal for CIBC to retain about half of its Aeroplan
credit card portfolio, with TD getting the rest.

The two banks, Canada’s top two credit card issuers, had set
Monday as a deadline to hammer out a deal with Aeroplan program
owner Aimia Inc for the two splitting the portfolio
essentially down the middle.

Aug 12, 2013

BlackBerry shareholder Watsa, an investor with a long view

TORONTO (Reuters) – Just over a year ago, Prem Watsa said Research in Motion Ltd, now re-named BlackBerry, was a “Canadian success story,” a good buy and a likely turnaround story, despite declining market share.

BlackBerry’s fortunes have only deteriorated since then, but Watsa, chief executive of top BlackBerry shareholder Fairfax Financial, is an old hand at looking wrong today and right tomorrow.

Aug 12, 2013

CIBC in talks with TD Bank to keep half Aeroplan portfolio

TORONTO, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce is in talks to retain about half of its
Aeroplan credit card portfolio after Toronto-Dominion Bank
replaced it on Monday as the issuer of the popular
flight rewards card.

TD said in June it would replace CIBC as issuer of the
“Aerogold” card after Aimia Inc, which runs the
Aeroplan loyalty program, and CIBC were unable to agree an
extension of their 22-year partnership.