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Laurentian Bank reports a 21% increase in operating net income for the third quarter of 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Laurentian Bank reports a 21% increase in operating net income for the third quarter of 201208:44 EDT Friday, August 31, 2012Highlights of the third quarter 2012 Net income of $30.0 million, return on common shareholders' equity of 10.2%, and diluted earnings per share of $1.06Good loan growth, up 8% year-over-yearExcellent credit quality as evidenced by loan losses of $7.5 millionAnnouncement of the acquisition of AGF Trust, which closed August 1stB2B Trust becomes B2B BankExcluding Transaction and Integration Costs related to the acquisitions of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust:Net income of $35.3 million, up 21% year-over-yearReturn on common shareholders' equity of 12.2%Diluted earnings per share of $1.27, up $0.19 from $1.08 a year earlierMONTREAL, Aug. 31, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Laurentian Bank of Canada reported net income of $30.0 million, or $1.06 diluted per share, for the third quarter ended July 31, 2012, compared with $29.1 million, or $1.08 diluted per share, for the third quarter of 2011. Return on common shareholders' equity was 10.2% compared with 11.2% for the third quarter of 2011. Excluding Transaction and Integration Costs1 (T&I Costs), net income was up 21% to $35.3 million or $1.27 diluted per share for the third quarter of 2012 and return on common shareholders' equity was 12.2%.For the nine-month period ended July 31, 2012, net income totaled $94.8 million or $3.44 diluted per share, compared with $97.0 million or $3.66 diluted per share in 2011. Return on common shareholders' equity was 11.3% for the nine-month period ended July 31, 2012, compared with 13.0% for the same period in 2011. Excluding T&I Costs, net income was up 8% to $104.5 million or $3.83 diluted per share for the nine-month period ended July 31, 2012 and return on common shareholders' equity was 12.5%.Commenting on the Bank's financial results for the third quarter of 2012, Réjean Robitaille, President and Chief Executive Officer, mentioned: "Once again, we continued to increase the Bank's core profitability amid a challenging environment. We generated good organic loan and deposit growth in all our business lines and continued to benefit from excellent credit quality. Furthermore, the conversion and integration process of the MRS Companies is progressing according to plan with some synergies already being achieved. In the midst of persistent economic uncertainty and a historically low interest rate environment, we are leveraging strategic opportunities such as the MRS acquisition to foster continued revenue growth while we remain focused on closely managing expenses."On the acquisition of AGF Trust Company (AGF Trust) and recent share issuance, Mr. Robitaille added: "I am pleased with the conclusion of these transactions, which closed a few weeks ago. The acquisition of AGF Trust further entrenches the B2B Bank business segment's leadership position as provider of banking products and services to the Canadian financial advisor community and will contribute to its future growth. In addition, the $120 million common share issuance maintains our financial strength and ability to deploy our strategies and to support future growth."________________________________1 Transaction and Integration Costs (T&I Costs) specifically refer to costs incurred by the Bank to finalize the acquisition of the MRS Companies (which included M.R.S. Inc.; MRS Trust Company; M.R.S. Securities Services Inc.; and M.R.S. Correspondent Corporation) and integrate their operations within the B2B Bank business segment, as well as costs related to the recently acquired AGF Trust Company. Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.IFRS Conversion The Bank implemented International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as its financial reporting framework on November 1, 2011. Transition to IFRS occurred as at November 1, 2010 and required restatement of the Bank's 2011 comparative information from Canadian GAAP basis to IFRS basis. Additional information on the impact from the transition is also available in the Bank's 2011 Annual Report, in the notes to the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements and in the Supplementary Information reported for the third quarter of 2012.Caution Regarding Forward-looking StatementsIn this document and in other documents filed with Canadian regulatory authorities or in other communications, Laurentian Bank of Canada may from time to time make written or oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Bank's business plan and financial objectives. The forward-looking statements contained in this document are used to assist the Bank's security holders and financial analysts in obtaining a better understanding of the Bank's financial position and the results of operations as at and for the periods ended on the dates presented and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Forward-looking statements typically use the conditional, as well as words such as prospects, believe, estimate, forecast, project, expect, anticipate, plan, may, should, could and would, or the negative of these terms, variations thereof or similar terminology.By their very nature, forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific in nature. It is therefore possible that the forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved or will prove to be inaccurate. Although the Bank believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct.Financial objectives for 2012 are based on expected results presented on an IFRS basis, the conversion towards which should be completed in October 2012.The pro forma impact of Basel III on regulatory capital ratios is based on the Bank's interpretation of the proposed rules announced by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and related requirements of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI). The Basel rules and impact of IFRS conversion could be subject to further change, which may impact the results of the Bank's analysis.The Bank cautions readers against placing undue reliance on forward-looking statements when making decisions, as the actual results could differ considerably from the opinions, plans, objectives, expectations, forecasts, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements due to various material factors. Among other things, these factors include capital market activity, changes in government monetary, fiscal and economic policies, changes in interest rates, inflation levels and general economic conditions, legislative and regulatory developments, competition, credit ratings, scarcity of human resources and technological environment. The Bank further cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that would cause the Bank's actual results to differ from current expectations, please also refer to the Bank's Annual Report under the title "Integrated Risk Management Framework" and other public filings available at www.sedar.com.With respect to the MRS Companies and AGF Trust transactions, such factors also include, but are not limited to: the anticipated benefits from the transaction such as it being accretive to earnings and synergies may not be realized in the time frame anticipated; the ability to promptly and effectively integrate the businesses; reputational risks and the reaction of B2B Bank's or MRS Companies' and AGF Trust's customers to the transaction; and diversion of management time on acquisition-related issues. In addition, the pro forma impact of the acquisition of AGF Trust on regulatory capital ratios includes the preliminary assessments of the impact of the acquisition.The Bank does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, whether oral or written, made by itself or on its behalf, except to the extent required by securities regulations.Highlights  FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED  FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED  In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share JULY 31 JULY 31   JULY 31 JULY 31   and percentage amounts (Unaudited) 2012 2011 VARIANCE2012 2011 VARIANCE                  Profitability                  Total revenue $193,833 $185,833 4%$586,247 $555,925 5% Net income $29,998 $29,072 3%$94,823 $97,008 (2)% Diluted earnings per share $1.06 $1.08 (2)%$3.44 $3.66 (6)% Return on common shareholders' equity [1]  10.2% 11.2%   11.3% 13.0%   Net interest margin [1]  1.66% 1.83%   1.71% 1.84%   Efficiency ratio [1]  76.8% 72.1%   74.9% 70.7%                    Profitability - Excluding Transaction and Integration Costs [2] Transaction and Integration Costs $7,157 $-   $13,167 $-    Adjusted net income [1] $35,253 $29,072 21%$104,474 $97,008 8% Adjusted diluted earnings per share [1] $1.27 $1.08 18%$3.83 $3.66 5% Adjusted return on common shareholders' equity [1]  12.2% 11.2%   12.5% 13.0%   Adjusted efficiency ratio [1]  73.2% 72.1%   72.7% 70.7%                    Per common share                  Share price                   High $47.64 $52.49   $48.68 $55.87     Low $40.66 $42.44   $40.66 $42.44     Close $47.55 $42.86 11%$47.55 $42.86 11% Price / earnings ratio (trailing four quarters)          10.7x  n.a.    Book value [1]         $41.78 $38.84 8% Market to book value          114% 110%   Dividends declared $0.47 $0.42 12%$1.37 $1.20 14% Dividend yield [1]  3.95% 3.92%   3.84% 3.73%   Dividend payout ratio [1]  44.2% 38.7%   39.8% 32.7%                    Financial position                  Balance sheet assets         $31,415,512 $28,238,630 11% Loans and acceptances         $23,435,667 $21,676,239 8% Deposits         $21,622,059 $19,425,862 11%                  Basel II regulatory capital ratio [3]                  Tier I          10.1% 11.0%                    Other information                  Number of full-time equivalent employees          4,044  3,807    Number of branches          158  157    Number of automated banking machines          426  424   [1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.[2] Costs related to the acquisition of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust.[3] The ratio for 2011 is presented in accordance with previous Canadian GAAP as filed with OSFI.Review of Business HighlightsDuring the third quarter, B2B Trust converted into a Schedule I federally chartered bank under the banner of B2B Bank. This re-branding reflects the evolution of this business segment in the distribution of banking products and services through financial advisors to their clients across Canada. This structure also facilitates serving clients, advisors and dealers, building on B2B Bank's reputation of providing unparalleled service to this community.On August 1, Laurentian Bank, through its subsidiary B2B Bank, completed the acquisition of AGF Trust. The recent acquisition of the MRS Companies, coupled with the acquisition of AGF Trust, solidify B2B Bank's position as the leader in its market. From a year ago, B2B Bank's loans and deposits increased by 63% and 42% respectively and, by adding over $20 billion of assets under administration, became a significant player in the self-directed market. The number of financial advisors who distribute B2B Bank's products also increased significantly to 27,000 from 15,000 a year ago and the number of clients served grew to about 750,000 from 320,000. B2B Bank's increased size, scale and diversification will serve it and its customers well.Laurentian Bank Securities took a further step in expanding its presence with the opening of an office in Winnipeg. Hiring an experienced investment banking team in a region with favourable growth prospects should provide additional opportunities for future growth. Laurentian Bank Securities remains focused on providing financial services to the small cap market in Canada and participating in fixed income markets.The Retail and SME-Québec and the Real Estate and Commercial sectors continued their expansion. Residential mortgages grew by 9% over the year, evidence that our channels of distribution as well as our partnerships are resulting in solid mortgage generation. SME-Québec loans grew by 8% during the last 12 months, reflecting the effectiveness of our targeted approach and the value proposition that the Bank offers. Similarly, Real Estate and Commercial loans and BA's increased by 8% from a year earlier or 10% excluding the second quarter sale of commercial mortgages. This sector will continue to deliver and grow as it expands its partnerships, increases its participation in syndications and further enhances the productivity of its account managers.Laurentian Bank's assets, including those of AGF Trust on a pro-forma basis, now exceed $35 billion. This is 22% higher than at year-end 2011 and almost double the level 5 years ago. On a similar basis, loans and BAs grew by 20% from year-end 2011 and almost doubled over the past 5 years, with deposits increasing by 22% and 76% respectively. Furthermore, the Laurentian Bank is the only Canadian bank to have increased its earnings per share for the past 7 consecutive years. This exemplifies the effectiveness of Laurentian Bank's business model which supports growth and development and generates sustainable profitability.Management's Discussion and AnalysisThis Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) is a narrative explanation, through the eyes of management, of the Bank's financial condition as at July 31, 2012, and of how it performed during the three-month and nine-month periods then ended. This MD&A, dated August 31, 2012, should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the third quarter of 2012, prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim financial reporting, and IFRS 1 First-time adoption of IFRS, as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The comparative figures as at July 31, 2011 and October 31, 2011 and for the three-month and nine-month periods ended July 31, 2011 have been restated to comply with IFRS. For details on the significant adjustments to the interim financial statements, refer to Note 5, "Adoption of IFRS", to the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements. Supplemental information on risk management, critical accounting policies and estimates, and off-balance sheet arrangements is also provided in the Bank's 2011 Annual Report.Additional information about the Laurentian Bank of Canada, including the Annual Information Form, is available on the Bank's website www.laurentianbank.ca and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.Economic OutlookAs we approach the fourth anniversary of the spectacular bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the ensuing massive financial crisis and global recession, many questions remain unanswered. Nevertheless, one constant has been the incredibly low interest rate environment. While very low interest rates were expected and understandable from 2008 to mid-2010, they are less so since 2011, particularly in Canada where the economy has been and remains in expansion mode. In fact, 10-year Government of Canada bond yields have declined steadily since February 2011, dropping from 3.42% to an astonishing 1.66% in July, below the core rate of inflation; this movement was particularly intense in June and July. All the while, the Bank of Canada has kept the overnight rate fixed at 1.00%.Typically, long term interest rates are the product of central bank policy and economic conditions, namely growth and inflation. This time, however, another key factor is also at play: massive international capital flows in search of a safe haven. Canada, for a variety of reasons, has that "safe-haven" status. This gives us a stronger currency and lower bond yields than would otherwise be the case as foreign investors buy Canadian bonds. How long this will last depends primarily on international developments, particularly financial conditions in the eurozone.Although this very low interest rate environment has eased credit conditions and favored economic development and loan growth, it also poses operational challenges for the banking industry. Management is closely monitoring the impact on competitive pricing and declining margins but nevertheless remains confident that the Bank is well positioned to navigate through this environment.Acquisition of AGF TrustOn August 1, 2012, the Bank and AGF Management Limited concluded an agreement pursuant to which B2B Bank, a subsidiary of the Bank, acquired 100% of AGF Trust in a share purchase transaction. As of the closing date, assets of AGF Trust were approximately $4.0 billion, essentially cash and marketable securities of $0.8 billion and retail loan portfolios of approximately $3.1 billion. The final purchase price will be based on AGF Trust's net book value as at the closing date, estimated at approximately $247.1 million. The agreement also includes a contingent consideration of a maximum of $20.0 million over five years if credit quality reaches certain thresholds.To support the Bank's balance sheet, considering this transaction, the Bank entered into subscription agreements with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, relating to a private placement of 2,867,383 subscription receipts, which were issued on June 12, 2012, at a price of $41.85 per receipt and were exchangeable, on a one-for-one basis, for common shares of the Bank. On August 1, 2012, the subscription receipts were automatically exchanged for 2,867,383 common shares of the Bank for total net proceeds of $115.0 million.2012 Financial ObjectivesThe following table presents management's financial objectives for 2012 and the Bank's performance to date. Revenue growth was determined with reference to the restated 2011 IFRS comparative figures. These financial objectives are based on the same assumptions as noted on page 29 of the Bank's 2011 Annual Report under the title "Key assumptions supporting the Bank's objectives" and exclude Transaction and Integration Costs.2012 FINANCIAL OBJECTIVES [1](Excluding Transaction and Integration Costs)   FOR THE NINE MONTHS   2012 OBJECTIVES   ENDED JULY 31, 2012  Revenue growth > 5% 5%Adjusted efficiency ratio 73 % to 70% 72.7%Adjusted return on common shareholders' equity 11.0% to 13.5% 12.5%Adjusted diluted earnings per share $ 4.80 to $ 5.40  $ 3.83 [1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section. Based on the results for the nine months ended July 31, 2012 and current forecasts, which include the effect of the recent share issuance and the expected contribution from AGF Trust in the fourth quarter, management believes the Bank should meet its objectives as set out at the beginning of the year. Strong loan growth, the acquisition of the MRS Companies, sustained improvements in credit quality and good cost control have contributed to the overall good performance.Analysis of Consolidated Results  FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDEDIn thousands of Canadian dollars, JULY 31 APRIL 30 JULY 31 JULY 31 JULY 31except per share amounts (Unaudited) 2012 2012 2011 2012 2011                Net interest income $129,664 $128,324 $129,426 $388,617 $378,094Other income  64,169  70,346  56,407  197,630  177,831Total revenue  193,833  198,670  185,833  586,247  555,925Provision for loan losses  7,500  7,500  14,640  25,000  38,081Non-interest expenses  148,955  147,111  133,896  439,086  392,959Income before income taxes   37,378  44,059  37,297  122,161  124,885Income taxes  7,380  10,196  8,225  27,338  27,877Net income $29,998 $33,863 $29,072 $94,823 $97,008Preferred share dividends, including applicable taxes  3,164  3,165  3,107  9,495  9,325Net income available to common shareholders $26,834 $30,698 $25,965 $85,328 $87,683Earnings per share                Basic $1.06 $1.22 $1.09 $3.44 $3.67 Diluted $1.06 $1.22 $1.08 $3.44 $3.66Impact of Transaction and Integration Costs [1]  FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDEDIn thousands of Canadian dollars, JULY 31 APRIL 30 JULY 31 JULY 31 JULY 31except per share amounts (Unaudited) 2012 2012 [2] 2011 2012 2011                Items before income taxes               Income before income taxes as reported $37,378 $44,059 $37,297 $122,161 $124,885Transaction and Integration Costs :                MRS Companies Integration-related costs  6,538  3,350  -  12,548  - AGF Trust Transaction-related costs  619  -  -  619  -  $7,157 $3,350 $- $13,167 $-Adjusted income before income taxes $44,535 $47,409 $37,297 $135,328 $124,885                Items net of income taxes               Net income as reported $29,998 $33,863 $29,072 $94,823 $97,008Transaction and Integration Costs :                MRS Companies Integration-related costs  4,801  2,439  -  9,197  - AGF Trust Transaction-related costs  454  -  -  454  -  $5,255 $2,439 $- $9,651 $-Adjusted net income $35,253 $36,302 $29,072 $104,474 $97,008                Diluted, per common share               Diluted earnings per share as reported $1.06 $1.22 $1.08 $3.44 $3.66Transaction and Integration Costs :                MRS Companies Integration-related costs  0.19  0.10  -  0.37  - AGF Trust Transaction-related costs  0.02  -  -  0.02  -   $0.21  $0.10  $-  $0.39  $-Adjusted diluted earnings per share  $1.27 $1.31 $1.08 $3.83 $3.66[1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.[2] The impact of Transaction and Integration Costs on a per share basis does not add due to rounding.Three months ended July 31, 2012 compared to three months ended July 31, 2011Net income was $30.0 million, or $1.06 diluted per share, for the third quarter ended July 31, 2012, compared with $29.1 million, or $1.08 diluted per share, for the third quarter of 2011. Excluding T&I Costs, for the third quarter ended July 31, 2012, net income was up 21% to $35.3 million, or $1.27 diluted per share as presented above.Total revenueTotal revenue increased $8.0 million or 4% to $193.8 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared with $185.8 million in the third quarter of 2011. The contribution from the MRS Companies to total revenue amounted to $10.7 million for the third quarter of 2012.Net interest income increased marginally to $129.7 million for the third quarter of 2012, from $129.4 million in the third quarter of 2011, as good loan and deposit growth year-over-year compensated for lower margins. When compared to the third quarter of 2011, margins decreased by 17 basis points to 1.66% in the third quarter of 2012, as the net interest margin continued to be adversely impacted by the continued very low interest rate environment, the flatter yield curve, an increase in lower yielding assets related to securitization activities and high liquidity levels.Other income was $64.2 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $56.4 million in the third quarter of 2011, a $7.8 million or 14% year-over-year increase. This includes a $6.7 million contribution to other income from the recently acquired MRS Companies, largely from revenues related to registered self-directed plans. Higher income from brokerage operations, higher fees and commissions on loan and deposits, and higher card service revenues, have also contributed to the increase year-over-year. These increases were partly offset by lower income from treasury and financial market operations.Provision for loan losses The provision for loan losses amounted to $7.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, down $7.1 million or 49% from $14.6 million in the third quarter of 2011. This very low level of losses reflects the continued excellent credit conditions in Canada, the quality of the Bank's loan portfolios and marked improvements in the commercial portfolios year-over-year. Losses in the quarter represented 0.13% of average loans and acceptances, down from 0.27% in the third quarter of 2011.Non-interest expensesNon-interest expenses totaled $149.0 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $133.9 million for the third quarter of 2011. Excluding T&I Costs of $7.2 million and the addition of operating expenses related to the MRS Companies of $6.6 million, non-interest expenses were up only 1% to $135.2 million compared to a year ago.Salaries and employee benefits increased by $6.8 million or 10% to $77.2 million compared to the third quarter of 2011, mainly due to increased headcount from the acquisition of the MRS Companies, regular salary increases, higher performance-based compensation and increased pension costs.Premises and technology costs increased by $2.4 million to $38.6 million compared to the third quarter of 2011. This increase is mainly due to higher software and amortization expense related to completed IT development projects, increased rental costs due to the acquisition of the MRS Companies, and additional square footage of leased premises.Other non-interest expenses decreased by $1.3 million to $26.0 million for the third quarter of 2012 from $27.3 million for the third quarter of 2011. This decrease is attributable to lower advertising expenses compared to last year and overall decreases in other non-interest expenses as the Bank continued to exercise disciplined control over expenses in light of a slower revenue growth environment.T&I Costs for the third quarter of 2012 totaled $7.2 million and mainly related to IT, legal and communication expenses for the integration of the MRS Companies. In addition, T&I Costs now include transaction costs related to the acquisition of AGF Trust of $0.6 million. With regards to the MRS Companies, the integration process is progressing according to plan.Excluding the T&I Costs, the efficiency ratio was 73.2% in the third quarter of 2012, compared to 72.1% in the third quarter of 2011. With pressure on net interest income likely to persist in the near future, as interest rates continue to be at record lows, the Bank remains committed to control costs and leverage the two recent acquisitions to generate additional revenue growth.Income taxesFor the quarter ended July 31, 2012, the income tax expense was $7.4 million and the effective tax rate was 19.7%. The lower tax rate, compared to the statutory rate, mainly resulted from the favourable effect of holding investments in Canadian securities that generate non-taxable dividend income and the lower taxation level on revenues from insurance operations. For the quarter ended July 31, 2011, the income tax expense was $8.2 million and the effective tax rate was 22.1%. Year-over-year, the lower income tax rate for the third quarter ended July 31, 2012 reflects a higher level of revenues from insurance operations and non-taxable dividends, combined with the 1.5% reduction in Federal income tax rates, effective this year.Nine months ended July 31, 2012 compared to nine months ended July 31, 2011Net income was $94.8 million, or $3.44 diluted per share, for the nine months ended July 31, 2012, compared with $97.0 million, or $3.66 diluted per share, in 2011. Excluding T&I Costs, net income was $104.5 million, or $3.83 diluted per share.Total revenueTotal revenue increased $30.3 million or 5% to $586.2 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2012, compared with $555.9 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2011. The contribution from the MRS Companies to total revenue amounted to $29.8 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2012.Net interest income increased to $388.6 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2012, compared with $378.1 million for the same period in 2011. This increase is mainly explained by the sustained loan and deposit volume growth year-over-year of $1.8 billion and $2.2 billion respectively, both organic and from the acquisition of MRS. This was partly offset by a decrease in net interest margin of 13 basis points over the same period. As noted above, the compression in net interest margin resulted from the persistently low interest rate environment, the increase in lower-yielding Replacement Assets related to securitization activities compared to last year as well as high liquidity levels.Other income was $197.6 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2012, compared to $177.8 million for the same period in 2011, an 11% year-over-year increase. This includes a $19.4 million contribution to other income from the acquisition of the MRS Companies, largely from revenues related to registered self-directed plans. The increase in other income is also explained by higher fees and commissions on loans and deposits, as well as higher card service revenues year-over-year. These increases were partly offset by lower credit insurance income resulting from a higher level of claims in the first half of the year.Provision for loan losses The provision for loan losses amounted to $25.0 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2012, a significant decrease of $13.1 million or 34% from $38.1 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2011. This reflects excellent credit conditions in the Canadian market, proactive credit management decisions and the quality of the Bank's loan portfolios, with marked improvements in the commercial loan portfolios.Non-interest expensesNon-interest expenses totaled $439.1 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2012, compared to $393.0 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2011. Excluding T&I Costs of $13.2 million and current operating costs related to MRS Companies of $21.3 million, non-interest expenses increased by $11.6 million or 3% to $404.6 million.Salaries and employee benefits increased by $21.3 million or 10% to $233.5 million compared to the nine months ended July 31, 2011, mainly due to increased headcount from the acquisition of the MRS Companies. Regular salary increases and variable compensation, as well as higher employee benefits costs related to certain group insurance programs and higher pension costs also contributed to the increase year-over-year.Premises and technology costs increased by $8.0 million to $113.8 million compared to $105.8 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2011. Higher IT costs related to ongoing business growth and amortization expense related to completed IT development projects, as well as higher rental costs due to the acquisition of the MRS Companies and increased square footage of leased premises accounted for the increase.Other non-interest expenses increased by $3.7 million to $78.6 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2012, from $74.9 million for the same period of 2011, mainly as a result of the acquisition of the MRS Companies.T&I Costs for the nine months ended July 31, 2012 totaled $13.2 million and were related to IT, legal and communication expenses for the integration of the MRS Companies. As of the third quarter of 2012, T&I Costs also include transaction costs of $0.6 million related to the acquisition of AGF Trust.For the nine months ended July 31, 2012, excluding the T&I Costs, the efficiency ratio was 72.7%, compared with 70.7% for the nine months ended July 31, 2011 as the moderate increase in total revenue did not fully compensate for increases in expenses. The integration of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust should contribute to improving the overall efficiency ratio over the next 12 to 18 months.Income taxesFor the nine months ended July 31, 2012, the income tax expense was $27.3 million and the effective tax rate was 22.4%. The lower tax rate, compared to the statutory rate, mainly resulted from the favourable effect of holding investments in Canadian securities that generate non-taxable dividend income and the lower taxation level on revenues from insurance operations. For the nine months ended July 31, 2011, the income tax expense was $27.9 million and the effective tax rate was 22.3%.Three months ended July 31, 2012 compared to three months ended April 30, 2012Net income was $30.0 million or $1.06 diluted per share for the third quarter of 2012 compared with $33.9 million or $1.22 diluted per share for the second quarter of 2012. Excluding T&I Costs, net income was $35.3 million, or $1.27 diluted per share, compared to $36.3 million or $1.31 diluted per share for the second quarter ended April 30, 2012.Total revenue decreased to $193.8 million in the third quarter of 2012, from $198.7 million in the previous quarter. Net interest income increased by $1.3 million sequentially to $129.7 million as loan and deposit growth and the two additional days in the third quarter more than offset the sequential margin decrease of 7 basis points. Higher levels of lower-yielding liquid securities and mortgages renewing at lower interest rates explains the sequential drop in the net interest margin.Other income decreased by $6.2 million sequentially, largely due to a $3.1 million gain on sale of a $77.0 million commercial mortgage loan portfolio during the second quarter, lower income from treasury and financial markets and income from brokerage operations as the resurgence of global economic concerns in the latter part of the second quarter continued throughout the third quarter.The provision for loan losses remained unchanged for the third quarter of 2012, compared to the second quarter of 2012, reflecting the ongoing excellent quality of the portfolio and continued favourable credit conditions in Canada.Non-interest expenses amounted to $149.0 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $147.1 million in the second quarter of 2012. Excluding T&I Costs of $7.2 million in the third quarter and of $3.4 million in the second quarter of 2012, non-interest expenses decreased by $2.0 million sequentially as the Bank continued to apply tight cost control measures and began to benefit from expense synergies related to the MRS acquisition.Financial ConditionCONDENSED BALANCE SHEET    AS AT JULY 31 AS AT OCTOBER 31 AS AT JULY 31In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited) 2012 2011 2011          ASSETS          Cash and deposits with other banks $917,923 $367,059 $669,765 Securities  5,178,810  5,175,866  4,918,253 Securities purchased under reverse repurchase agreements  1,173,704  720,317  540,220 Loans and acceptances, net  23,303,028  21,944,394  21,535,086 Other assets  842,047  755,574  575,306  $31,415,512 $28,963,210 $28,238,630          LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY          Deposits $21,622,059 $20,016,281 $19,425,862 Other liabilities  3,137,239  2,725,215  2,940,555 Debt related to securitization activities  5,109,015  4,760,847  4,442,256 Subordinated debt  243,869  242,551  242,113 Shareholders' equity  1,303,330  1,218,316  1,187,844  $31,415,512 $28,963,210 $28,238,630Balance sheet assets stood at $31.4 billion as at July 31, 2012, up $2.5 billion from year-end 2011. Over the last twelve months, balance sheet assets increased by $3.2 billion or 11%.Liquid assetsLiquid assets, including cash, deposits with other banks, securities and securities purchased under reverse repurchase agreements, increased by $1.0 billion from year-end 2011, as the Bank maintained diverse funding sources and continued to prudently manage its liquidity levels to support the growth in business activity. Liquid assets as a percentage of total assets increased marginally to 23% from 22% as at October 31, 2011.LoansTotal loans and bankers' acceptances stood at $23.4 billion as at July 31, 2012, up $1.3 billion or 6% from October 31, 2011 and 8% year-over-year. Despite intense competition and recent tightening of mortgage lending rules in Canada, the Bank had another solid quarter of organic growth, with loans up $314.2 million sequentially. Since the beginning of the year, the Bank generated $1.0 billion in organic growth while the acquisition of the MRS Companies added $0.3 billion to the loan portfolio. Personal loans increased by $307.4 million or 5% since October 31, 2011, as investment loans acquired through the MRS Companies transaction, as well as higher home equity lines of credit and personal loans granted under the Immigrant Investor Program more than offset slowing run-offs in point-of-sale financing. Residential mortgage loans also increased by $684.7 million over the same period, including $67.4 million related to the acquisition of the MRS Companies, reflecting the Bank's strength in the retail market. In addition, commercial loans, including bankers' acceptances, increased by $246.0 million or 12% from October 31, 2011 while commercial mortgage loans grew by $110.0 million or 5% over the same period, despite a loan sale of $77.0 million during the second quarter of 2012.DepositsPersonal deposits increased by $1.2 billion or 8% from October 31, 2011 and stood at $16.8 billion as at July 31, 2012 including $0.7 billion resulting from the acquisition of the MRS Companies and $0.5 billion generated from organic growth. Business and other deposits, which include institutional deposits, were up $378.6 million since the beginning of the year to $4.8 billion as at July 31, 2012, including a $200.0 million of three-year senior deposit notes raised during the second quarter.While the Bank continues to actively manage its liquidity levels and to maintain diversified funding sources, it focuses its efforts on retail deposit gathering through its Retail & SME-Québec and B2B Bank business segments, which represented 78% of total deposits as at July 31, 2012.Other Liabilities Debt related to securitization activities increased by $348.2 million since the beginning of the year and stood at $5.1 billion as at July 31, 2012. Since October 31, 2011, the Bank securitized and legally sold $518.3 million of residential mortgage loans, including $163.7 million in the third quarter, which led to an increase in debt related to securitization activities of $516.0 million. In addition, loans totalling $621.0 million were sold as Replacement Assets during the same period, of which $161.8 million were sold in the third quarter. For additional information on the Bank's debt related to securitization activities, please refer to Note 8 to the unaudited condensed interim financial statements.Subordinated debt stood at $243.9 million as at July 31, 2012, relatively unchanged from October 31, 2011.Shareholders' equityShareholders' equity stood at $1,305.4 million as at July 31, 2012, compared with $1,218.3 million as at October 31, 2011. This increase mainly resulted from the issuance of 1,325,100 common shares for net proceeds of $60.9 million during the second quarter of 2012 and from internal capital generation, which more than offset the decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI). The Bank's book value per common share, excluding AOCI, appreciated to $41.78 as at July 31, 2012 from $39.40 as at October 31, 2011. There were 28,117,520 common shares (including 2,867,383 shares issued as a result of a private placement which closed August 1st, 2012) and 50,000 share purchase options outstanding as at August 20, 2012.Assets under administrationAssets under administration stood at $32.3 billion as at July 31, 2012, $20.3 billion higher than as at October 31, 2011. The increase is mainly attributable to the growth in assets related to self-directed RRSPs due to the acquisition of the MRS Companies and, to a lesser extent, to mutual funds, which continued to benefit from the distribution agreement related to Mackenzie funds.Capital ManagementThe regulatory Tier I capital of the Bank, calculated using the Standardized Approach, reached $1,233.5 million as at July 31, 2012, compared with $1,217.2 million as at October 31, 2011, measured under previous Canadian GAAP. Taking into account that the Bank has elected to phase-in the IFRS adjustments, the Tier 1 BIS capital and total BIS capital ratios stood at 10.1% and 12.6%, respectively, as at July 31, 2012, compared to 11.0% and 13.7%, respectively, as at October 31, 2011 under previous Canadian GAAP. These ratios remain well above present minimum requirements. The decrease in these ratios mainly results from the IFRS transition, while higher risk-weighted assets related to the acquisition of the MRS Companies was partially offset by the common share issue of the second quarter of 2012. The tangible common equity ratio of 8.0% continues to reflect the high quality of the Bank's capital.On August 1, 2012, to support the Bank's balance sheet considering the acquisition of AGF Trust, the Bank successfully completed the issuance of a private placement of 2,867,383 common shares for net proceeds of $115.0 million. This is consistent with its prudent approach to managing capital and objective to maintain capital ratios above new regulatory requirements as detailed below.REGULATORY CAPITALIn thousands of Canadian dollars, AS AT JULY 31  AS AT OCTOBER 31[2] AS AT JULY 31[2]except percentage amounts (Unaudited) 2012  2011  2011  Tier 1 capital (A) $1,233,467  $1,217,225  $1,198,722 Tier I BIS capital ratio (A/C)  10.1%  11.0%  11.0%Total regulatory capital - BIS (B) $1,535,081  $1,516,840  $1,494,221 Total BIS capital ratio (B/C)  12.6%  13.7%  13.7%Total risk-weighted assets (C) $12,187,979  $11,071,971   $10,879,847 Assets to capital multiple  18.7x  16.2x  16.2xTangible common equity as a % of risk-weighted assets [1]  8.0%  9.2%  9.2%[1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.[2] The amounts are presented in accordance with previous Canadian GAAP as filed with OSFI.Impact of the adoption of IFRS on regulatory capitalEffective November 1, 2011, the Bank adopted IFRS, which impacted its shareholders' equity. The Bank has irrevocably elected to phase-in, over five quarters, the impact of the adjustment to retained earnings arising from the first-time adoption of certain IFRS changes, as allowed by OSFI's transition guidance. As such, for the purposes of calculating capital ratios, the Bank has amortized, since November 1, 2011, the eligible portion of the impact of IFRS on capital initially totaling $136.0 million on a straight-line basis over the next five quarters until January 31, 2013. Therefore, the total impact of the IFRS conversion on the Bank's capital ratios will only be fully reflected as of January 31, 2013. Excluding this transitional provision, the Tier 1 capital ratio and total capital ratio would have been 9.7% and 12.1%, respectively, as at July 31, 2012.Upon adoption of IFRS, the Bank's assets increased by the amount of securitized residential mortgage loans and replacements assets. For purposes of the Asset to Capital Multiple (ACM) calculation, securitized mortgages sold through the Canada Mortgage Bonds program on or before March 31, 2010 were excluded as permitted by OSFI. However, securitized mortgages sold after that date are now included in the ACM calculation and mainly contributed to the increase in the ACM, which stood at 18.7 as at July 31, 2012.Proposal for new capital and liquidity regulatory measuresIn August 2012, OSFI issued its draft capital adequacy requirements guideline drawn on the BCBS new capital guidelines published in December 2010, commonly referred to as Basel III. In its draft guideline, OSFI indicated that it expects deposit-taking institutions to meet the Basel III capital requirements early in the Basel III transition period beginning January 1, 2013, including a 7% Common Equity Tier 1 ratio target (4.5% minimum plus 2.5% capital conservation buffer).Considering the Bank's capital position, and based on current understanding of the Basel III rules, management believes that the Bank is well positioned to meet upcoming capital requirements as of the initial date of implementation in January 2013. The pro forma Common Equity Tier 1 ratio, as at July 31, 2012, would be approximately 7.0% when applying the full Basel III rules applicable in 2019 (i.e., without transition arrangements). Further details on these capital measures, as well as the related new global liquidity standards, are provided in the Capital Management section of the annual MD&A.Capital implication of the acquisition of AGF TrustOn August 1, 2012, the Bank, through its subsidiary B2B Bank, concluded its acquisition of 100% of AGF Trust in a share purchase transaction. After incorporating the estimated capital requirements for AGF Trust at closing and the proceeds from the simultaneous private placement, the Bank's Basel II Tier 1 Capital Ratio would be, on a pro forma basis, approximately 10.1% as at July 31, 2012, still comfortably above existing regulatory guidelines. Furthermore, the Bank's Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 ratio based on the full Basel III rules applicable in 2019 (i.e. without transition arrangements), would be, on a pro forma basis, approximately 7.3% as at July 31, 2012, in line with expected regulatory requirements.DividendsOn August 22, 2012, the Board of Directors declared regular dividends on the various series of preferred shares to shareholders of record on September 7, 2012. At its meeting on August 31, 2012, the Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.47 per common share, payable on November 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on October 1, 2012.COMMON SHARE DIVIDENDS AND PAYOUT RATIO           FOR THE NINE            FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MONTHS ENDED FOR THE YEARS ENDED In Canadian dollars, except payout ratios JULY 31 APRIL 30 JANUARY 31  JULY 31 OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 (Unaudited) 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2010 2009                        Dividends declared per common share $0.47 $0.45 $0.45 $1.37 $1.62 $1.44 $1.36 Dividend payout ratio [1][2]  44.2% 37.0% 38.7% 39.8% 34.8% 31.1% 32.1%[1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.[2] The ratios for 2010 and 2009 are presented in accordance with previous Canadian GAAP.Risk ManagementThe Bank is exposed to various types of risks owing to the nature of its activities. These risks are mainly related to the use of financial instruments. In order to manage these risks, controls such as risk management policies and various risk limits have been implemented. These measures aim to optimize the risk/return ratio in all operating segments. For additional information regarding the Bank's Risk Management Framework, please refer to the 2011 Annual Report.Credit risk1The following sections provide further details on the credit quality of the Bank's loan portfolios.________________________________1Mortgage loans on residential real estate development properties and projects, which were previously reported in residential mortgage loans, were reclassified to commercial mortgage loans to better reflect the nature and risk of these loans.PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES                FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED In thousands of Canadian dollars, except percentage amounts JULY 31 APRIL 30 JULY 31 JULY 31 JULY 31 (Unaudited)2012 2012 2011 2012 2011                 Provision for loan losses                Personal loans$5,715 $5,856 $2,868 $17,760 $15,652  Residential mortgage loans 1,256  498  (646)  2,038  396  Commercial mortgage loans 13  2,555  6,227  3,456  13,667  Commercial and other loans (including acceptances) 516  (1,409)  6,191  1,746  8,366  $7,500 $7,500 $14,640 $25,000 $38,081 As a % of average loans and acceptances 0.13% 0.13% 0.27% 0.15% 0.25%The provision for loan losses amounted to $7.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, unchanged from the second quarter of 2012 but down $7.1 million or 49% compared to a year ago, reflecting the excellent credit quality of the Bank's loan portfolios and continued favourable credit conditions in the Canadian market.The year-over-year increase in loan losses on personal loans partly results from increases in credit card receivables, as well as from higher volumes. The provision on residential mortgage loans was $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2012, up $1.9 million compared to the third quarter of 2011, which was favourably impacted by net reductions.Loan losses on commercial mortgages and commercial loans remained at a low level during the third quarter and further decreased by a combined $0.6 million sequentially, mainly as a result of improvements in the credit conditions of certain loans and, to a lesser extent, to recoveries. The very low level of loan losses continues to reflect the good credit quality of this portfolio.IMPAIRED LOANS            AS AT JULY 31 AS AT OCTOBER 31 AS AT JULY 31 In thousands of Canadian dollars, except percentage amounts (Unaudited) 2012 2011 2011            Gross impaired loans           Personal $17,774  $14,395 $15,369  Residential mortgages  18,853  17,053  16,517  Commercial mortgages  61,418  62,541  68,160  Commercial and other (including acceptances)  58,348  69,736  71,646    156,393  163,725  171,692 Individual allowances  (62,052)  (69,450)  (67,989) Collective allowances  (70,587)  (73,700)  (73,164) Net impaired loans $23,754  $20,575 $30,539 Impaired loans as a % of loans and acceptances           Gross  0.67% 0.74% 0.79% Net  0.10% 0.09% 0.14%Gross impaired loans amounted to $156.4 million as at July 31, 2012, compared to $163.7 million as at October 31, 2011 as credit quality remained strong during the quarter. The decrease since October 31, 2011 essentially resulted from improvements in the commercial loan portfolios. The increase in gross impaired loans in the residential mortgage and personal loan portfolios since October 31, 2011 is in line with the growth in the Bank's various loan portfolios.Since the beginning of the year, individual allowances decreased by $7.4 million to $62.1 million. Over the same period, collective allowances decreased by $3.1 million, including a $3.2 million increase related to the acquisition of the loan portfolio and allowances of the MRS Companies, as improvements in credit quality and market conditions more than offset the impact of higher loan volumes. Net impaired loans amounted to $23.8 million as at July 31, 2012, compared to $20.6 million as at October 31, 2011, a marginal increase to 0.10% of loans and acceptances from 0.09% as at October 31, 2011.Market riskMarket risk represents the financial losses that the Bank could incur following unfavourable fluctuations in the value of financial instruments subsequent to changes in the underlying factors used to measure them, such as interest rates, exchange rates or equity prices. This risk is inherent to the Bank's financing, investment, trading and asset and liability management (ALM) activities.The purpose of ALM activities is to control structural interest rate risk, which corresponds to the potential negative impact of interest rate movements on the Bank's revenues and economic value. Dynamic management of structural risk is intended to maximize the Bank's profitability while preserving the economic value of common shareholders' equity. As at July 31, 2012, the effect on the economic value of common shareholders' equity and on net interest income before taxes of a sudden and sustained 1% increase in interest rates across the yield curve was as follows.STRUCTURAL INTEREST RATE SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS        AS AT JULY 31 AS AT OCTOBER 31In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)  2012 2011       Increase in net interest income before taxes over the next 12 months $15,923  $22,026Decrease in the economic value of common shareholders' equity (Net of income taxes) $(22,837) $(15,964)As shown in the table above, the Bank maintained its short-term ALM sensitivity compared to October 31, 2011. These results reflect management's efforts to take advantage in the movement of short-term and long-term interest rates, all the while maintaining the sensitivity to these fluctuations within approved limits.Segmented InformationThis section outlines the Bank's operations according to its organizational structure. Services to individuals, businesses, financial intermediaries and institutional clients are offered through the following business segments:Retail & SME-QuébecReal Estate & CommercialB2B Bank1Laurentian Bank Securities & Capital MarketsOther________________________________1B2B Trust converted into a Schedule I federally chartered bank under the name of B2B Bank as of July 7, 2012.Retail & SME-Québec  FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED   JULY 31 APRIL 30 JULY 31 JULY 31 JULY 31 In thousands of Canadian dollars, except percentage amounts (Unaudited) 2012 2012 2011 2012 2011                  Net interest income $80,163 $76,096 $83,137 $234,984 $241,466 Other income  34,662  33,422  32,699  99,887  99,256 Total revenue  114,825  109,518  115,836  334,871  340,722 Provision for loan losses  6,474  4,855  3,724  17,545  17,978 Non-interest expenses  91,107  91,268  92,352  273,635  272,473 Income before income taxes  17,244  13,395  19,760  43,691  50,271 Income taxes  3,709  2,737  5,015  9,077  10,974 Net income $13,535 $10,658 $14,745 $34,614 $39,297 Efficiency ratio [1]  79.3% 83.3% 79.7% 81.7% 80.0%[1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.The Retail & SME-Québec business segment's contribution to net income was $13.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared with $14.7 million in the third quarter of 2011.Total revenue decreased from $115.8 million in the third quarter of 2011 to $114.8 million in the third quarter of 2012, as higher other income was more than offset by lower net interest income. Year-over-year, net interest income decreased by $3.0 million, as significant growth in loan and deposit volumes, notably in the residential mortgage loan portfolio and SME portfolio, did not fully compensate for the decline in net interest margin stemming from the ongoing low interest rate environment. Other income increased from $32.7 million in the third quarter of 2011 to $34.7 million for the same period in 2012 as higher revenues from card services due to increased fees and transactional volume, and higher fees on deposits was partly offset by lower credit insurance income.Loan losses increased by $2.8 million, from $3.7 million in the third quarter of 2011 to $6.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, as higher provisions were required for increased volume in the retail portfolio. This increase was tempered by the continued decrease in the point-of-sale portfolio stemming from the reduced exposure. Non-interest expenses were down $1.2 million, from $92.4 million in the third quarter of 2011 to $91.1 million in the third quarter of 2012, resulting from cost control initiatives.For the nine months ended July 31, 2012, net income decreased $4.7 million to $34.6 million, essentially due to lower interest margins, which more than offset strong loan growth as explained above. Despite continued investments in SME Québec capabilities and as a result of the continued focus on controlling costs, non-interest expenses increased by less than 1% over the same period.Balance sheet highlightsLoans up 7% or $937.8 million over the last 12 monthsIncrease in deposits of 4% or $336.9 million over the last 12 months, to $9.7 billion as at July 31, 2012Real Estate & Commercial FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED  JULY 31APRIL 30  JULY 31 JULY 31JULY 31 In thousands of Canadian dollars, except percentage amounts (Unaudited)2012  2012  2011 2012  2011              Net interest income$21,731$22,049$22,942 $65,992$68,551 Other income 8,327 10,451 8,837  26,784 24,782 Total revenue 30,058 32,500 31,779  92,776 93,333 Provision for loan losses 436 1,755 10,458  5,042 18,695 Non-interest expenses 7,756 7,484 7,555  22,996 21,918 Income before income taxes 21,866 23,261 13,766  64,738 52,720 Income taxes 5,915 6,292 3,940  17,512 15,091 Net income $15,951 $16,969$9,826 $47,226$37,629 Efficiency ratio [1] 25.8%23.0%23.8% 24.8%23.5%[1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.The Real Estate & Commercial business segment's contribution to net income increased by $6.1 million or 62% to $16.0 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared with $9.8 million in the third quarter of 2011.Total revenue decreased by $1.7 million, from $31.8 million in the third quarter of 2011 to $30.1 million in the third quarter of 2012. This decrease is mainly explained by a reduction in net interest income, which continued to be impacted by margin compression, and other income resulting from lower underwriting fees. Loan losses continued to decline to $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared with $10.5 million in the third quarter of 2011. This exceptionally low level of losses reflects the overall good credit quality of the loan portfolios, enhanced by the ongoing favourable credit conditions in Canada. Non-interest expenses increased marginally to $7.8 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared with $7.6 million in the third quarter of 2011 essentially due to salary costs related to additional headcount hired to support increased business activity.For the nine months ended July 31, 2012, net income increased by 26% to $47.2 million as a result of improved loan losses and an increase in other income due to the gain on sale of a commercial mortgage loan portfolio in the second quarter. Non-interest expenses increased marginally by $1.1 million compared to the nine months ended July 31, 2011, mainly due to increased salaries and benefits and rental costs as explained above.Balance sheet highlightsLoans and BAs up 8% or $245.5 million over the last 12 monthsIncrease in deposits of 18% or $87.4 million over the last 12 monthsB2B Bank  FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED  JULY 31APRIL 30  JULY 31 JULY 31JULY 31 In thousands of Canadian dollars, except percentage amounts (Unaudited)2012  2012  2011 2012  2011              Net interest income$32,119$30,689$30,072 $93,772$87,294 Other income 8,408 9,116 2,110  25,667 7,054 Total revenue 40,527 39,805 32,182  119,439 94,348 Provision for loan losses 590 890 458  2,413 1,408 Non-interest expenses 22,913 24,483 16,545  70,818 48,113 Costs related to an acquisition and other [1] 7,157 3,350 -  13,167 - Income before income taxes 9,867 11,082 15,179  33,041 44,827 Income taxes 2,612 2,953 4,300  8,786 12,703 Net income $7,255$8,129$10,879 $24,255$32,124 Efficiency ratio [2] 74.2%69.9%51.4% 70.3%51.0%Adjusted net income  [2]$12,510$10,568$10,879 $33,906$32,124 Adjusted efficiency ratio [2] 56.5%61.5%51.4% 59.3%51.0%[1] Costs related to the acquisition of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust.[2] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.Excluding after-tax T&I Costs related to the acquisition of AGF Trust and MRS Companies of $5.3 million, the B2B Bank business segment's contribution to net income was $12.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, up $1.6 million from the third quarter of 2011. Reported net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $7.3 million.Total revenue increased to $40.5 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared with $32.2 million in the third quarter of 2011, mainly as a result of the increase in other income from registered self-directed plans related to the acquisition of the MRS Companies. Net interest income also increased by $2.0 million compared to last year, essentially as a result of the acquisition of the MRS Companies.Loan losses increased marginally from $0.5 million in the third quarter of 2011 to $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2012, as higher provisions were required on increased volumes of investment loans. Non-interest expenses increased by $6.4 million to $22.9 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared with $16.5 million in the third quarter of 2011. This increase includes current operating costs of $6.6 million related to the MRS Companies. Otherwise, expenses decreased by $0.3 million or 2% year-over-year, due to lower other expenses which more than compensated the slight increase in salary expense. T&I Costs amounted to $7.2 million for the third quarter of 2012, resulting mainly from IT costs incurred and additional headcount hired to integrate the MRS Companies, as well as costs of $0.6 million related to the recently acquired AGF Trust.The acquisition of the MRS Companies, after eight and a half months, is yielding excellent results and contributing to improve revenue diversification as evidenced by the growth in other income and assets under administration. The integration of the MRS Companies is progressing according to plan, with the IT integration proceeding smoothly and some synergies already achieved. Management remains focused on completing this process in order to ensure anticipated synergies are achieved within the next three quarters.For the nine months ended July 31, 2012, net income, excluding after-tax T&I Costs related to the acquisition of AGF Trust and MRS Companies of $9.7 million, was $33.9 million, slightly higher than the same period of 2011 essentially as the contribution of MRS Companies of $6.3 million to net income was partially offset by narrower margins on B2B Bank's other portfolios. Reported net income for the nine months ended July 31, 2012 was $24.3 million.The announced acquisition of AGF Trust by B2B Bank closed on August 1, 2012. This strategic transaction will further contribute to strengthening B2B Bank's industry-leading position and providing the Canadian financial advisory and mortgage brokerage communities with best-in-class products and services to meet their unique needs.Balance sheet highlightsLoans up 9% or $497.5 million over the last 12 monthsTotal deposits up 13% or $1.2 billion over the last 12 monthsLaurentian Bank Securities & Capital Markets FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED  JULY 31APRIL 30  JULY 31 JULY 31JULY 31 In thousands of Canadian dollars, except percentage amounts (Unaudited)2012  2012  2011   2012  2011              Total revenue$13,256$16,265$11,851 $44,176$45,964 Non-interest expenses 11,668 12,530 11,035  36,358 37,656 Income before income taxes 1,588 3,735 816  7,818 8,308 Income taxes 412 956 130  1,988 2,168 Net income$1,176$2,779$686 $5,830$6,140 Efficiency ratio [1] 88.0%77.0%93.1% 82.3%81.9%[1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.The Laurentian Bank Securities and Capital Markets (LBS & CM) business segment's contribution to net income increased to $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared with $0.7 million in the third quarter of 2011.Total revenue increased by $1.4 million to $13.3 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared with $11.9 million for the same quarter of 2011, as underwriting and trading activities benefited from slightly improved market conditions compared to a year ago, while bond market uncertainty persists and small-cap equity markets are sidelined. This increase in underwriting and trading earnings was partly offset by reduced retail brokerage revenue resulting from a lower level of activity. Non-interest expenses increased by $0.6 million, largely related to higher performance-based compensation, in line with higher market-driven income.For the nine months ended July 31, 2012, net income decreased by $0.3 million compared to the same period last year, as lower expenses did not fully compensate for the decrease in revenues, essentially for the same reasons presented above.Balance sheet highlight Assets under management stood at $2.2 billion as at July 31, 2012Other Sector FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED JULY 31APRIL 30JULY 31 JULY 31JULY 31In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)201220122011 20122011Net interest income$(5,134)$(1,206)$(7,336)  $(8,121)$(21,270)Other income 301 1,788 1,521  3,106 2,828Total revenue (4,833) 582 (5,815)  (5,015) (18,442)Non-interest expenses 8,354  7,996 6,409  22,112  12,799Loss before income taxes (13,187) (7,414) (12,224)  (27,127) (31,241)Income taxes recovery (5,268) (2,742) (5,160)  (10,025) (13,059)Net loss $(7,919)$(4,672)$(7,064)  $(17,102)$(18,182)The Other sector posted a negative contribution to net income of $7.9 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared with a negative contribution of $7.1 million in the third quarter of 2011.Net interest income improved to negative $5.1 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to negative $7.4 million in the third quarter of 2011, reflecting good market positioning as well as some adjustments to transfer pricing initiated in the first quarter of 2012. Other income for the third quarter of 2012 was $0.3 million, compared to $1.5 million for the third quarter of 2011 and essentially relates to gains on treasury activities.Non-interest expenses in the third quarter of 2012 amounted to $8.4 million compared to $6.4 million a year ago, a $2.0 million increase. Higher pension costs, regular salary increases, as well as higher software and amortization expense related to completed IT development projects contributed to the increase compared to last year.For the nine months ended July 31, 2012, the negative contribution stood at $17.1 million, compared to negative $18.2 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2011, mainly due to the same reasons as noted above.Additional Financial Information - Quarterly Results IFRS CANADIAN GAAP In thousands of Canadian dollars,except per share and percentageamounts (Unaudited)JULY 31APRIL 30JANUARY 31OCTOBER 31JULY 31APRIL 30JANUARY 31 OCTOBER 31  2012201220122011201120112011 2010                    Total revenue$193,833$198,670$193,744$182,422$185,833$183,237$186,855 $190,074 Net income$29,998$33,863$30,962$26,709$29,072$31,016$36,920 $32,514 Earnings per share                   Basic$1.06$1.22$1.16$0.99$1.09$1.17$1.41 $1.24  Diluted$1.06$1.22$1.16$0.99$1.08$1.17$1.41 $1.24 Return on common shareholders' equity [1] 10.2%12.1%11.6%10.0%11.2%12.7%15.2 %11.8%Balance sheet assets (in millions of dollars)$31,416$30,708$29,921$28,963$28,239$27,896$26,919 $23,772                    Excluding Transaction and Integration Costs [2]                 Adjusted net income [1]$35,253$36,302$32,919$33,375$29,072$31,016$36,920 $32,514 Adjusted diluted earnings per share [1]$1.27$1.31$1.24$1.26$1.08$1.17$1.41 $1.24 Adjusted return on common shareholders equity [1] 12.2%13.0%12.4%12.8%11.2%12.7%15.2 %11.8%[1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.[2] Costs related to the acquisition of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust.Accounting PoliciesA summary of the Bank's significant accounting policies is presented in Notes 2 and 3 of the July 31, 2012 unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements. The unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the third quarter of 2012 have been prepared in accordance with these accounting policies.Future changes in accounting policy The IASB has issued new standards and amendments to existing standards on financial instruments, consolidation, fair value measurement, employee benefits, offsetting and presentation of other comprehensive income. These future accounting changes will be applicable for the Bank in various annual periods beginning on November 1, 2012 at the earliest. The Bank is currently assessing the impact of the adoption of these standards on its financial statements. Additional information on the new standards and amendments to existing standards can be found in Note 4 to the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements.Corporate Governance and Changes in Internal Control over Financial ReportingOn November 16, 2011, the Bank completed the acquisition of the MRS Companies. In accordance with Canadian securities law, which allows an issuer to limit its design of the disclosure controls and procedures, and internal controls over financial reporting to exclude the controls, policies and procedures of a business acquired not more than 365 days before the last day of the period covered by the interim filings, management has excluded the controls, policies and procedures of MRS Companies, the results of which are included in the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements of the Bank for the period ended July 31, 2012. MRS Companies constituted approximately 2% of total assets, 2% of total liabilities, 5% of total revenue and 7% of total net income as at and for the nine-month period ended July 31, 2012. For additional information on the assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the date of acquisition, refer to Note 15 to the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements.During the last quarter ended July 31, 2012, there have been no changes in the Bank's policies or procedures and other processes that comprise its internal control over financial reporting which have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Bank's internal control over financial reporting.The Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of Laurentian Bank reviewed this press release prior to its release today.Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThe Bank has adopted IFRS as its accounting framework. IFRS are the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for Canadian publicly accountable enterprises for years beginning on or after January 1, 2011. The Bank uses both GAAP and certain non-GAAP measures to assess performance. Non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and are unlikely to be comparable to any similar measures presented by other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures are considered useful to investors and analysts in obtaining a better understanding of the Bank's financial results and analyzing its growth and profit potential more effectively. The Bank's non-GAAP financial measures are defined as follows:Return on common shareholders' equityReturn on common shareholders' equity is a profitability measure calculated as the net income available to common shareholders as a percentage of average common shareholders' equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income.Book value per common shareThe Bank's book value per common share is defined as common shareholders' equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income, divided by the number of common shares outstanding at the end of the period.Tangible common equity ratioTangible common equity is defined as common shareholders' equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income, less goodwill and contractual and customer relationship intangible assets. The tangible common equity ratio is defined as the tangible common equity as a percentage of risk-weighted assets.Net interest marginNet interest margin is the ratio of net interest income to total average assets, expressed as a percentage or basis points.Efficiency ratio and operating leverageThe Bank uses the efficiency ratio as a measure of its productivity and cost control. This ratio is defined as non-interest expenses as a percentage of total revenue. The Bank also uses operating leverage as a measure of efficiency. Operating leverage is the difference between total revenue and non-interest expenses growth rates.Dividend payout ratioThe dividend payout ratio is defined as dividends declared on common shares as a percentage of net income available to common shareholders.Dividend yieldThe dividend yield is defined as dividends declared per common share divided by the closing common share price.Adjusted GAAP and non-GAAP measuresCertain analyses presented throughout this document are based on the Bank's core activities and therefore exclude the effect of the transaction and integration costs related to the acquisition of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust.Operating net incomeOperating net income is based on Bank's core activities and is defined as net income excluding the transaction and integration costs related to the acquisition of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust, net of income taxes.About Laurentian BankLaurentian Bank of Canada is a pan-Canadian banking institution that has more than $35 billion in balance sheet assets and over $32 billion in assets under administration. Founded in 1846, Laurentian Bank was selected as the Québec and Atlantic Canada regional winner of the Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures program presented by Waterstone Human Capital. The Bank employs more than 4,000 people.Recognized for its excellent service, proximity and simplicity, Laurentian Bank serves more than one million clients in market segments in which it holds an enviable position. In addition to occupying a choice position among consumers in Québec, where it operates the third largest branch network, the Bank has built a solid reputation across Canada in the area of real estate and commercial financing thanks to its teams working out of more than 35 offices in Ontario, Québec, Alberta and British Columbia. Its subsidiary, B2B Bank, is a Canadian leader in providing banking products to financial advisors and brokers, while Laurentian Bank Securities is an integrated broker, widely recognized for its expertise and effectiveness nationwide.Access to Quarterly Results MaterialsInterested investors, the media and others may review this press release, unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements, supplementary financial information and our report to shareholders which are posted on our web site at www.laurentianbank.ca.Conference CallLaurentian Bank invites media representatives and the public to listen to the conference call with financial analysts to be held at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 31, 2012. The live, listen-only, toll-free, call-in number is 514 861-2909 or 1 888 789-9572 Code 3478978#.You can listen to the call on a delayed basis at any time from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2012 until 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2012, by dialing the following playback number: 514 861-2272 or 1 800 408-3053 Code 4742839#. The conference call can also be heard through the Investor Relations section of the Bank's Web site at www.laurentianbank.ca. The Bank's Web site also offers additional financial information.Unaudited Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial StatementsThe complete unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the quarter ended July 31, 2012, including the notes to the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements, are also available on the Bank's Web site at www.laurentianbank.ca.Consolidated Balance Sheet [1]   AS AT JULY 31  AS ATOCTOBER 31  AS AT JULY 31  AS ATNOVEMBER 1In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited) 2012 2011 2011 2010         ASSETS        Cash and non-interest-bearing deposits with other banks$89,287$81,600$70,013$72,444Interest-bearing deposits with other banks  828,636 285,459 599,752 99,394Securities         Available-for-sale 1,956,279 2,108,075 2,042,824 2,138,861 Held-to-maturity 979,170 885,822 830,964 559,457 Held-for-trading 2,243,361 2,181,969 2,044,465 1,496,583 Designated as at fair value through profit or loss - - - 624,642  5,178,810 5,175,866 4,918,253 4,819,543Securities purchased under reverse repurchase agreements 1,173,704 720,317 540,220 994,674Loans         Personal  6,081,592 5,774,207 5,732,870 5,636,203 Residential mortgage 12,554,098 11,869,412 11,578,930 10,859,647 Commercial mortgage 2,473,833 2,363,808 2,302,562 2,166,375 Commercial and other 2,094,100 1,900,977 1,863,448 1,691,190 Customers' liabilities under acceptances 232,044 179,140 198,429 165,450  23,435,667 22,087,544 21,676,239 20,518,865 Allowances for loan losses (132,639) (143,150) (141,153) (131,567)  23,303,028 21,944,394 21,535,086 20,387,298Other         Premises and equipment 68,890 61,708 60,580 55,727 Derivatives 179,275 228,261 146,143 158,066 Goodwill 64,077 29,224 29,224 29,224 Software and other intangible assets 147,886 113,949 105,082 101,671 Deferred tax assets 12,938 4,160 7,736 47,995 Other assets 368,981 318,272 226,541 289,289  842,047 755,574 575,306 681,972 $31,415,512$28,963,210$28,238,630$27,055,325         LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        Deposits         Personal$16,837,043$15,609,853$15,534,529$15,354,851 Business, banks and other 4,785,016 4,406,428 3,891,333 4,250,819  21,622,059 20,016,281 19,425,862 19,605,670Other         Obligations related to securities sold short 1,519,105 1,471,254 1,436,439 1,362,336 Obligations related to securities sold underrepurchase agreements 417,962 36,770 367,814 60,050 Acceptances 232,044 179,140 198,429 165,450 Derivatives 114,924 129,969 104,027 115,235 Deferred tax liabilities 1,411 6,362 1,019 27,543 Other liabilities 851,793 901,720 832,827 945,939  3,137,239 2,725,215 2,940,555 2,676,553Debt related to securitization activities 5,109,015 4,760,847 4,442,256 3,486,634Subordinated debt 243,869 242,551 242,113 150,000Shareholders' equity         Preferred shares 210,000 210,000 210,000 210,000 Common shares 320,435 259,492 259,492 259,363 Share-based payment reserve 227 227 227 243 Retained earnings 734,339 683,007 669,458 610,483 Accumulated other comprehensive income 38,329 65,590 48,667 56,379  1,303,330 1,218,316 1,187,844 1,136,468 $31,415,512$28,963,210$28,238,630$27,055,325[1]Comparative figures have been prepared in accordance with IFRS. See Note 5 to the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements as at July 31, 2012 for further details.Consolidated Statement of Income [1] FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED   JULY 31 APRIL 30 JULY 31  JULY 31 JULY 31In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts (Unaudited) 2012 2012 2011  2012 2011            Interest income            Loans$248,073$240,943$244,008 $734,099$720,857 Securities 16,802 18,377 18,777  54,070 55,262 Deposits with other banks 2,304 1,276 1,594  4,604 4,193 Other, including derivatives 14,457 14,557 16,289  44,711 45,593  281,636 275,153 280,668  837,484 825,905Interest expense            Deposits 108,394 104,653 112,032  320,720 334,394 Debt related to securitization activities 40,891 39,508 36,333  120,071 102,191 Subordinated debt 2,408 2,374 2,411  7,185 9,142 Other, including derivatives 279 294 466  891 2,084  151,972 146,829 151,242  448,867 447,811Net interest income 129,664 128,324 129,426  388,617 378,094Other income            Fees and commissions on loans and deposits 31,522 29,657 29,448  89,690 85,673 Income from brokerage operations 12,517 14,354 10,221  40,420 40,097 Credit insurance income 3,682 3,662 4,104  11,114 13,597 Income from treasury and financial marketoperations 2,398 5,856 4,919  12,968 15,041 Income from sales of mutual funds 4,478 4,488 4,483  13,295 13,050 Income from registered self-directed plans 7,190 7,648 1,674  21,639 5,748 Other income 2,382 4,681 1,558  8,504 4,625  64,169 70,346 56,407  197,630 177,831Total revenue 193,833 198,670 185,833  586,247 555,925Provision for loan losses 7,500 7,500 14,640  25,000 38,081Non-interest expenses            Salaries and employee benefits 77,177 79,282 70,354  233,491 212,199 Premises and technology 38,644 37,998 36,282  113,808 105,837 Other 25,977 26,481 27,260  78,620 74,923 Costs related to an acquisition and other  7,157 3,350 -  13,167 -  148,955 147,111 133,896  439,086 392,959Income before income taxes 37,378 44,059 37,297  122,161 124,885Income taxes 7,380 10,196 8,225  27,338 27,877Net income$29,998$33,863$29,072 $94,823$97,008Preferred share dividends, including applicable taxes 3,164 3,165 3,107  9,495 9,325Net income available to common shareholders$26,834$30,698$25,965 $85,328$87,683Average number of common sharesoutstanding (in thousands)            Basic 25,250 25,235 23,925  24,800 23,923 Diluted 25,267 25,253 23,943  24,818 23,944Earnings per share            Basic$1.06$1.22$1.09 $3.44$3.67 Diluted$1.06$1.22$1.08 $3.44$3.66Dividends declared per share            Common share$0.47$0.45$0.42 $1.37$1.20 Preferred share - Series 9$0.38$0.38$0.38 $1.13$1.13 Preferred share - Series 10$0.33$0.33$0.33 $0.98$0.98[1]Comparative figures have been prepared in accordance with IFRS. See Note 5 to the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements as at July 31, 2012 for further details. Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income [1]  FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED    JULY 31APRIL 30  JULY 31   JULY 31  JULY 31In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)  2012 2012 2011  2012 2011             Net income $29,998 $33,863$29,072 $94,823$97,008             Other comprehensive income, netof income taxes             Unrealized net gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities  (2,714) (3,751) 721  (7,948) (7,835) Reclassification of net (gains) losses on available-for-sale securities to net income  (334) (888) (803)  (1,543) (2,428) Net change in value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges  13,774 (23,980) 19,020  (17,770) 2,551   10,726 (28,619) 18,938  (27,261) (7,712)Comprehensive income $40,724$5,244$48,010 $67,562$89,296[1]Comparative figures have been prepared in accordance with IFRS. See Note 5 to the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements as at July 31, 2012 for further details.Consolidated Statement of Changes in Shareholders' Equity [1]         FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED JULY 31, 2012       AOCI RESERVESSHARE-BASEDPAYMENTRESERVETOTALSHARE-HOLDERS'EQUITYIn thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)PREFERREDSHARESCOMMONSHARESRETAINEDEARNINGSAVAILABLE-FOR-SALESECURITIESCASHFLOWHEDGESTOTAL                 Balance as at October 31, 2011$210,000$259,492$683,007$22,217$43,373$65,590$227$1,218,316Net income     94,823         94,823Other comprehensive income (net of income taxes)                 Unrealized net gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities       (7,948)   (7,948)   (7,948) Reclassification of net (gains) losses on available-for-sale securities to net income       (1,543)   (1,543)   (1,543) Net change in value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges         (17,770) (17,770)   (17,770)Comprehensive income     94,823 (9,491) (17,770) (27,261)   67,562Net proceeds from issuance of common shares   60,943           60,943Equity dividends                 Preferred shares, including applicable taxes     (9,495)         (9,495) Common shares     (33,996)         (33,996)Balance as at July 31, 2012$210,000$320,435$734,339$12,726$25,603$38,329$227$1,303,330                         FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED JULY 31, 2011         AOCI RESERVESSHARE-BASEDPAYMENTRESERVETOTALSHARE-HOLDERS'EQUITYIn thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)PREFERREDSHARESCOMMONSHARESRETAINEDEARNINGSAVAILABLE-FOR-SALESECURITIESCASHFLOWHEDGESTOTAL                 Balance as at November 1, 2010$210,000$259,363$610,483$37,071$19,308$56,379$243$1,136,468Net income     97,008         97,008Other comprehensive income (net of income taxes)                 Unrealized net gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities       (7,835)   (7,835)   (7,835) Reclassification of net (gains) losses on available-for-sale securities to net income       (2,428)   (2,428)   (2,428) Net change in value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges         2,551 2,551   2,551Comprehensive income     97,008 (10,263) 2,551 (7,712)   89,296Issuance of common shares under share purchase option plan   129           129Share-based payments             (16) (16)Equity dividends                 Preferred shares, including applicable taxes     (9,325)         (9,325) Common shares     (28,708)         (28,708)Balance as at July 31, 2011$210,000$259,492$669,458$26,808$21,859$48,667$227$1,187,844[1]Comparative figures have been prepared in accordance with IFRS. See Note 5 to the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements as at July 31, 2012 for further details.     SOURCE: LAURENTIAN BANK OF CANADAFor further information: Chief Financial Officer: Michel C. Lauzon, 514-284-4500 #7997 Media and Investor Relations contact: Gladys Caron, 514-284-4500 #7511; cell 514-893-3963