TORONTO — BMO Financial Group reported a second-quarter profit of $689 million, down from $1.5 billion a year ago, as it increased the amount set aside for bad loans due to the pandemic.
The bank says its total provision for credit losses for the quarter was $1.11 billion, up from $176 million in the same quarter last year.
However, BMO still reported a profit of $1.00 per share for the quarter ended April 30 compared with a profit of $2.26 per share a year earlier.
On an adjusted basis, BMO says it had a profit of $1.04 per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $2.30 per share a year ago.
Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of $1.22 per share for the quarter, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.
BMO chief executive Darryl White says the full scope and scale of the of the pandemic remains uncertain, but the bank is well positioned to face the challenges.
“For the second quarter, we demonstrated the resilience of our earnings power as we earned through the impact of market volatility and prudent loan loss provisioning,” White said.
“As we transition to the reopening of our economies, we will sustain and adapt operations to support our customers, employees, communities and the broader economic recovery, and together emerge from this crisis even stronger.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 27, 2020.
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