Scotiabank, BMO report Q1 profit dip as lenders set aside more money for loan defaults


By Staff Reuters Posted February 28, 2023 10:11 am Updated February 28, 2023 12:15 pm 6:57 Inflation turning a corner: What does this mean for Canadians? The Bank of Canada has indicated this week that another interest rate hike may not be necessary. Personal finance expert Rubina Ahmed-Haq breaks it down. She also discusses retirement savings and the labour market – Feb 9, 2023 Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) reported a lower first-quarter profit on Tuesday, as a lull in its investment banking division dented income from its capital markets unit and compelled the Canadian lender to set aside higher provisions. Net income, excluding one-off items, came in at $2.37 billion ($1.75 billion), or $1.85 a share, in the three months ended Jan. 31, compared with $2.76 billion, or $2.15 a share, a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected $2.03 a share, according to Refinitiv data.Canada’s central bank over the past 11 months has lifted interest rates at a record pace to 4.5 per cent to tame inflation, which was 6.3% in December, still well above the bank’s two per cent target. Last month, the Bank of Canada said it would hold off on further moves to let the effects of pastrate hikes sink in.Scotiabank booked provisions of $638 million, up from $222 million a year ago, as it braces for increased odds of more loan defaults in a rising interest rate environment. Trending Now Story continues below advertisement But net interest income, which rose nearly five per cent to $4.57 billion during the three-month period ended Jan. 31, has been a bright spot so far as the relentless monetary policy tightening campaign raised interest rates at the fastest pace in decades and expanded the margins banks earn from cost of borrowing and rate of lending.Canada’s third-largest lender reported overall net profit of $1.77 billion, or $1.36 a share, compared with $2.74 billion, or $2.14 a share, last year.Rival Bank of Montreal also reported a drop in first-quarter profit on Tuesday, as the lender shored up rainy-day funds to prepare for potential loan defaults in an uncertain economy.(Reporting by Mehnaz Yasmin in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber) 2:03 Canada’s job surge: How hot economy could affect employers, interest rates Sponsored content Flyers

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