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Laurentian Bank profit plummets on restructuring costs

Laurentian Bank’s main branch in downtown Montreal.

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Laurentian Bank of Canada missed expectations as restructuring costs caused its net profit to plummet 41 per cent to $27.2-million in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year despite an increase in revenues.

Adjusting for one-time items, the Quebec-based bank said its net income dipped three per cent to $35.2-million, or $1.14 per share. That compared to $36.2-million or $1.17 per share a year earlier.

Revenues for the period ended Oct. 31 were $215.5-million, up two per cent from $210.4-million a year ago.

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The bank was expected to report $1.31 per share in adjusted earnings in the quarter on $220.5-million of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

For the full year, Laurentian Bank's (TSX:LB) net profit decreased to $124.7-million from $140.5-million a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, its profits reached a record $156-million, up 11 per cent from the prior year. The bank earned $5.09 per share, up from $4.98 per share in 2012.

Revenues increased nine per cent to $865.3-million.

The full-year results fell short of the $5.26 per share adjusted profits on $868.2-million of revenues forecast by analysts.

Founded in 1846, Laurentian is Canada's seventh-largest bank with $37-billion in assets under administration.

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