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Laurentian Bank reports record 2012 earnings and increases dividend

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Laurentian Bank reports record 2012 earnings and increases dividend09:10 EST Wednesday, December 05, 2012The Bank's Annual Report, which includes the Audited Annual Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying Management's Discussion and Analysis for 2012, is also available on the Bank's Web site at www.laurentianbank.ca.2012 HighlightsNet income up 14% to $140.5 million, return on common shareholders' equity of 12.1%, and diluted earnings per share of $4.98Significant increase in loan portfolios, up 21% year-over-yearExcellent credit quality as evidenced by loan losses of $33.0 million, down 35% year-over-yearAcquisitions of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust Company and $182 million common share issuancesExcluding adjusting items:Adjusted net income of $140.7 million, up 8% year-over-yearAdjusted return on common shareholders' equity of 12.0%Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $4.98, up $0.05 from $4.93 a year earlierHighlights of the fourth quarter 2012Quarterly common share dividend raised by $0.02 or 4% to $0.49 per shareNet income of $45.7 million, return on common shareholders' equity of 14.2%, and diluted earnings per share of $1.51Closing of the acquisition of AGF Trust Company and recognition of a $16.4 million net gain arising upon acquisition.Issuance of $200 million subordinated debt and of $100  million preferred sharesExcluding adjusting items:Adjusted net income of $36.2 million, up 8% year-over-yearAdjusted return on common shareholders' equity of 10.9%Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.17, down $0.09 from $1.26 a year earlier MONTREAL, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Laurentian Bank of Canada reported net income of $140.5 million or $4.98 diluted per share for the year ended October 31, 2012, compared with $123.7 million or $4.65 diluted per share in 2011. Return on common shareholders' equity was 12.1% for the year ended October 31, 2012, compared with 12.2% for the same period in 2011. Excluding adjusting items1, net income was up 8% to $140.7 million or $4.98 diluted per share for the year ended October 31, 2012, compared to $130.4 million or $4.93 diluted per share for the same period in 2011; and adjusted return on common shareholders' equity was 12.0%.Including $24.3 million pre-tax gain arising on acquisition ($16.4 million after income taxes), net income totalled $45.7 million, or $1.51 diluted per share for the quarter ended October 31, 2012, compared with $26.7 million, or $0.99 diluted per share, for the fourth quarter of 2011 and $1.06 for the third quarter of 2012. Return on common shareholders' equity was 14.2% compared with 9.9% for the fourth quarter of 2011 and 10.1% for the third quarter of 2012. Excluding adjusting items, net income was up 8% year-over-year to $36.2 million or $1.17 diluted per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 and up 3% quarter-over-quarter. Adjusted return on common shareholders' equity was 10.9% for the fourth quarter of 2012.Commenting on the Bank's financial results for 2012, Réjean Robitaille, President and Chief Executive Officer, mentioned:"We successfully improved our earnings year-over-year and, in so doing, reached record profitability in a challenging retail banking and low interest rate environment, recording the eighth consecutive year of rising earnings per share. As net interest margins continued to be pressured throughout the year, sustained organic growth in loan and deposit volumes combined with the Bank's acquisitions of the MRS Companies2 and AGF Trust Company (AGF Trust) generated strong revenue growth. The excellent credit quality of the Bank's loan portfolio also contributed to our good performance. In the midst of persistent economic uncertainty, we will continue to prudently invest in various initiatives in our business lines, while closely controlling costs, with a constant focus on profitable growth to optimize the deployment of our shareholders' equity."On the integration of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust, Mr. Robitaille added: "As significant milestones of the system conversion and client integration process of the MRS Companies are now achieved, we remain focused on materializing the full potential from this strategic transaction. Our efforts now gradually turn to the integration of the AGF Trust business in order to optimize the benefits for the Bank and for our clients."Mr. Robitaille concluded: "In this difficult and uncertain environment, we remain committed to enhancing value for our shareholders and we are confident in our ability to maintain our progress. I am therefore pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has approved an increase in our quarterly common share dividend of $0.02 to $0.49 per share."IFRS ConversionInternational Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for Canadian publicly accountable enterprises for years beginning on or after January 1, 2011. The Bank implemented 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 the previous Canadian GAAP (CGAAP) basis to the new IFRS basis. Additional information on the impact from the transition is available in the Bank's 2012 Annual Report, in the notes to the annual consolidated financial statements and in the Supplementary Information reported for the fourth 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.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). Changes to the interpretation of Basel III rules may impact 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 anticipated benefits from the acquisitions of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust and the Bank's statements with regards to these transactions being accretive to earnings, such factors also include, but are not limited to: the fact that 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.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._________________________ 1 Certain analyses presented throughout this document are based on the Bank's core activities and therefore exclude the effect of certain amounts designated as adjusting items. Refer to Adjusting items and Non-GAAP financial measures sections for further details.2 The MRS Companies include the renamed B2B Bank Financial Services Inc, B2B Bank Securities Services Inc. and B2B Bank Intermediary Services Inc. as well as MRS Trust , which merged with B2B Bank as of April 16, 2012.Highlights FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED  FOR THE YEAR ENDED    OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31    OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31    In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share and percentage amounts (Unaudited) 2012  2011 VARIANCE 2012  2011 VARIANCE                 Profitability                 Total revenue$210,396 $182,422 15%$796,643 $738,347 8% Net income$45,685 $26,709 71%$140,508 $123,717 14% Diluted earnings per share$1.51 $0.99 53%$4.98 $4.65 7% Return on common shareholders' equity [1] 14.2% 9.9%   12.1% 12.2%   Net interest margin [1] 1.62% 1.76%   1.69% 1.82%   Efficiency ratio [1]  78.6% 75.2%   75.9% 71.8%                   Adjusted measures                 Adjusted net income [1]$36,186 $33,375 8%$140,660 $130,383 8% Adjusted diluted earnings per share [1]$1.17 $1.26 (7)%$4.98 $4.93 1% Adjusted return on common shareholders' equity [1] 10.9% 12.7%   12.0% 12.9%   Adjusted efficiency ratio [1] 74.4% 70.2%   73.1% 70.6%                   Per common share                 Share price                  High$47.80 $46.41   $48.68 $55.87     Low$43.77 $38.62   $40.66 $38.62     Close$44.45 $45.98 (3)%$44.45 $45.98 (3)% Price / earnings ratio         8.9x 9.9x   Book value [1]        $42.81 $39.59 8% Market to book value         104% 116%   Dividends declared$0.47 $0.42 12%$1.84 $1.62 14% Dividend yield [1] 4.23% 3.65%   4.14% 3.52%   Dividend payout ratio [1] 31.2% 42.6%   37.0% 34.8%                   Financial position                 Balance sheet assets        $34,936,826 $28,963,210 21% Loans and acceptances        $26,780,879 $22,087,544 21% Deposits        $24,041,443 $20,016,281 20%                 Basel II regulatory capital ratio [2]                 Tier I         10.9% 11.0%                   Other information                 Number of full-time equivalent employees         4,201  3,669    Number of branches         157  158    Number of automated banking machines         426  427   [1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.[2] The ratio for 2011 is presented in accordance with previous CGAAP as filed with OSFI.Financial ReviewThe following sections present a summary analysis of the Bank's financial condition as at October 31, 2012, and of how it performed during the three-month period and year then ended. The analysis should be read in conjunction with the unaudited financial information for the fourth quarter of 2012 presented below.Audited Annual Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying Management's Discussion and Analysis for 2012 are also available on the Bank's website at www.laurentianbank.ca. Additional information about the Laurentian Bank of Canada, including the Annual Information Form, is available on the Bank's website at www.laurentianbank.ca and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.The comparative figures as at October 31, 2011 and November 1, 2010 and for the year ended October 31, 2011 have been restated to comply with IFRS. For details on the significant adjustments to the consolidated financial statements, refer to Note 30, "Adoption of IFRS", to the audited consolidated financial statements.2012 Financial PerformanceThe following table presents management's financial objectives for 2012 and the Bank's performance for the year then ended. Revenue growth was determined with reference to the restated 2011 IFRS comparative figures. These financial objectives were based on the assumptions noted on page 29 of the Bank's 2011 Annual Report under the title "Key assumptions supporting the Bank's objectives" and excluded adjusting items related to the MRS Companies acquisition. The actual performance for 2012 includes results of operations of AGF Trust since the acquisition on August 1, 2012. However, it excludes the adjusting items related to the AGF Trust and MRS Companies acquisitions detailed in the Adjusting items section.2012 FINANCIAL OBJECTIVES [1]     (Excluding adjusting items)      2012 OBJECTIVES 2012 RESULTS        Revenue growth> 5 %  8%Adjusted efficiency ratio [1]73 % to 70 %  73.1%Adjusted return on common shareholders' equity [1]11.0% to 13.5%  12.0%Adjusted diluted earnings per share [1]$ 4.80 to $ 5.40  $4.98  [1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.The Bank met its revenue growth, adjusted return on common shareholders' equity and adjusted diluted earnings per share objectives for the year 2012 and posted, for the sixth year in a row, a record profitability level.This overall satisfactory performance resulted, in part, from increased net interest income due to strong organic and acquisition-related loan and deposit growth year-over-year. Higher other income from the MRS Companies' investment accounts, as well as the excellent credit quality of the Bank's loan portfolio throughout the year also contributed significantly to the attainment of the objectives.Analysis of Consolidated ResultsCONSOLIDATED RESULTS              FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED     FOR THE YEAR ENDED     OCTOBER 31 JULY 31 OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 In thousands of Canadian dollars,except per share amounts (Unaudited)  2012 2012 2011  2012 2011             Net interest income  $142,411  $  129,664 $  126,391  $  531,028  $  504,485Other income  67,985  64,169 56,031  265,615  233,862Total revenue  210,396  193,833 182,422  796,643  738,347Gain on acquisition and amortization of net premiumon purchased financial instruments  23,795  - -  23,795  -Provision for loan losses  8,000  7,500 12,999  33,000  51,080Non-interest expenses  165,377  148,955 137,152  604,463  530,111Income before income taxes   60,814  37,378 32,271  182,975  157,156Income taxes  15,129  7,380 5,562  42,467  33,439Net income  $45,685  $29,998 $26,709  $  140,508  $  123,717Preferred share dividends, including applicable taxes  3,273  3,164 3,111  12,768  12,436Net income available to common shareholders  $42,412  $26,834 $23,598  $  127,740  $  111,281Earnings per share             Basic  $1.51  $1.06 $0.99  $4.98  $4.65 Diluted  $1.51  $1.06 $0.99  $4.98  $4.65 The contribution from the MRS Companies and AGF Trust fuelled the Bank's earnings growth in 2012. When combined with organic growth, excluding adjusting items, the earnings generated by the acquired businesses more than offset the compressed margins stemming from the persistently low interest rate environment throughout the year. In addition, on the same basis, the Bank's earnings remained sequentially elevated in the fourth quarter of 2012 when the acquired business' contribution more than compensated for a seasonally low volume of loan prepayment revenues and higher expenses from one-time expenses such as B2B Bank conversion-related advertising, normal year-end adjustments to variable compensation, and GST/HST and capital tax adjustments.Impact of the acquisition of AGF TrustOn August 1, 2012, B2B Bank acquired 100% of AGF Trust in a share purchase transaction for a cash consideration equal to the net book value of the company at closing of approximately $246.3 million. The agreement also includes a contingent consideration of a maximum of $20.0 million payable over five years if credit quality reaches certain criteria.Under IFRS, the preliminary allocation of the purchase price (the difference between the purchase price and the fair value of assets and liabilities of AGF Trust) resulted in a pre-tax gain of $24.3 million ($16.4 million after income taxes) arising on acquisition as the estimated fair value of the net assets acquired, exceeded the purchase price. The gain mainly represents the favourable effect of the net premium to reflect current market rates on purchased financial instruments, which was partly offset by the estimated fair value of the contingent consideration, initially valued at $5.9 million. The purchase price allocation is based on management's best estimates of the fair value of the assets acquired, liabilities assumed and contingent consideration at the date of acquisition.The portion of the gain resulting from the revaluation of the purchased financial instruments recorded as part of the gain on acquisition in the fourth quarter of 2012 will be amortized in net income over the estimated remaining term of the purchased financial instruments. The following table presents the expected ensuing impact on the Bank's future reported results that will however be excluded on an adjusted basis.SUMMARY OF GAIN ON ACQUISITION AND EXPECTED IMPACT OF AMORTIZATION OF NET PREMIUM ON PURCHASED FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS               For the years ended October 31In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)GAIN ONACQUISITIONEXPECTED IMPACT OF AMORTIZATION OF NET PREMIUM ON PURCHASED FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS  2012 2012 [1] 2013 2014 2015 2016 to 2022 TOTALNet premium on purchasedfinancial instruments $30,236 $(541) $(4,533) $(5,848) $(6,025) $(13,289) $(30,236)Contingent consideration (5,900) -  - - - - -Increase (decrease) in incomebefore income taxes 24,336 (541) (4,533) (5,848) (6,025) (13,289) (30,236)Income taxes (recovered) 7,954 (141) (1,192) (1,539) (1,585) (3,497) (7,954)Increase (decrease) in net income $16,382 $(400) $(3,341) $(4,309) $(4,440) $(9,792) $(22,282)[1] Actual amortization recorded in 2012. The above reversal schedule could be reviewed to reflect changes in the expected remaining term of the purchased financial instruments, considering actual prepayments or other changes in expected cash flows. In addition, future changes in the estimated fair value of the contingent consideration could impact results.Adjusting itemsThe Bank has designated certain amounts as adjusting items and has adjusted GAAP results to facilitate understanding of its underlying business performance and related trends. The Bank assesses performance on a GAAP basis and on an adjusted basis and considers both to be 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. Adjusted results and measures are non-GAAP measures. Comments on the uses and limitations of such measures are disclosed in the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section.IMPACT OF ADJUSTING ITEMS, NET OF INCOME TAXES                In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts(Unaudited) FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE YEAR ENDED BUSINESS OCTOBER 31 JULY 31 OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 SEGMENT 2012 2012 2011[2] 2012 2011             Impact on net income            Reported net income $45,685$29,998$26,709 $140,508$123,717Adjusting items, net of income taxes [1]            Gain on acquisition and amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments             Gain on acquisitionB2B Bank (16,382) - -  (16,382) - Amortization of net premium on purchased financial instrumentsB2B Bank 400 - -  400 -Costs related to business combinations and other [3]             MRS Companies transaction and integration related costsB2B Bank 4,739 4,801 1,201  13,936 1,201 AGF Trust transaction and integration related costsB2B Bank 1,744 454 -  2,198 - Compensation for the termination in 2012 of a mutual fund distribution agreementOther - - 5,465  - 5,465   (9,499) 5,255 6,666  152 6,666Adjusted net income [1] $36,186$35,253$33,375 $140,660$130,383             Impact on diluted earnings per share            Reported diluted earnings per share $1.51$1.06$0.99 $4.98$4.65Adjusting items [1]  (0.34) 0.21 0.28  - 0.28Adjusted diluted earnings per share [1] $1.17$1.27$1.26 $4.98$4.93[1] Refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section.[2] The impact of the Transaction and Integration Costs on a per share basis does not add due to rounding.[3] Also referred to as Transaction and Integration Costs (T&I Costs).Year ended October 31, 2012 compared to year ended October 31, 2011Net income was $140.5 million, or $4.98 diluted per share, for the year ended October 31, 2012, compared with $123.7 million, or $4.65 diluted per share, in 2011. Adjusted net income was up 8% year-over-year to $140.7 million, compared with $130.4 million in 2011, while adjusted diluted net income per share was up $0.05 to $4.98, compared to $4.93 diluted per share, in 2011.Total revenueTotal revenue increased $58.3 million or 8% to $796.6 million for the year ended October 31, 2012, compared with $738.3 million for the year ended October 31, 2011. The contribution from the MRS Companies to total revenue amounted to $40.1 million for the year ended October 31, 2012, and the contribution from AGF Trust amounted to $20.0 million, as these strategic acquisitions accelerated the Bank's revenue growth in 2012.Net interest income increased to $531.0 million for the year ended October 31, 2012, compared with $504.5 million in 2011. This increase is mainly due to the Bank's sustained loan and deposit volume growth year-over-year, of respectively $1.2 billion and $0.5 billion from organic growth and of $3.5 billion for loans and $3.5 billion for deposits from the acquisitions of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust. This was partly offset by a decrease in net interest margin of 13 basis points year-over-year, from 1.82% in 2011 to 1.69% in 2012. The compression in net interest margin resulted from the persistently low interest rate environment throughout the year and flatter yield curve affecting earnings on low cost deposits and capital funding as well as continued high liquidity levels.Other income was $265.6 million for the year ended October 31, 2012, compared to $233.9 million in 2011, a $31.8 million or 14% year-over-year increase. This includes a $26.2 million contribution to other income from the acquisition of the MRS Companies, largely from fees related to investment accounts. The increase in other income is also explained by higher income from brokerage operations, higher fees and commissions on loans and deposits and higher card service revenues year-over-year. These increases were partly offset by a lower contribution from credit insurance activities resulting from a higher level of claims in the first half of the year and lower income from financial market operations.Gain on acquisition and amortization of net premium on purchased financial instrumentsA gain on acquisition and the ensuing amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments amounted to $23.8 million for the year ended October 31, 2012. This includes a $24.3 million pre-tax gain ($16.4 million after income taxes) resulting from the purchase price of AGF Trust, slightly offset by a $0.5 million amortization of acquisition-related net premium on these financial instruments. Refer to the Impact of the acquisition of AGF Trust section above for further details on these items.Provision for loan losses The provision for loan losses amounted to $33.0 million for the year ended October 31, 2012 compared to $51.1 million for the year ended October 31, 2011, a significant decrease of $18.1 million or 35% year-over-year despite the strong increase in the Bank's loan portfolio and $3.1 million of loan losses associated with AGF Trust's loan portfolios. This very low level of losses reflects the continued excellent quality of the Bank's loan portfolios and considerable improvements in the commercial portfolios year-over-year. Losses in 2012 represented 0.14% of average loans and acceptances, down from 0.24% in 2011. Although the Bank benefited from favourable credit conditions in 2012, it remains prudent in the current uncertain economic environment and closely monitors its loan portfolio, with a particular focus on the recently acquired portfolio of AGF Trust.Non-interest expensesNon-interest expenses totalled $604.5 million for the year ended October 31, 2012, compared to $530.1 million for the year ended October 31, 2011. Excluding T&I Costs of $22.0 million in 2012, and $9.0 million in 2011, and current operating costs related to MRS Companies of $30.1 million and AGF Trust of $8.3 million, non-interest expenses increased by $23.0 million or 4% year-over-year.Salaries and employee benefits increased by $38.0 million to $320.6 million compared to the year ended October 31, 2011. Increased headcount from the acquisitions of the MRS Companies and, to a lesser extent, of AGF Trust in the fourth quarter of 2012, accounted for $20.4 million or 54% of this increase. Regular salary increases and variable compensation, as well as severance costs, higher pension costs and expenses related to group insurance programs also contributed to the increase year-over-year.Premises and technology costs increased by $11.7 million to $152.9 million compared to $141.2 million for the year ended October 31, 2011. This increase is mainly due to higher rental and IT costs related to the acquisition of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust and increased square footage of leased premises. Higher IT costs related to ongoing business growth and amortization expense related to completed IT development projects, also accounted for the increase.Other non-interest expenses increased by $11.7 million to $108.9 million for the year ended October 31, 2012, from $97.3 million for the same period of 2011. Excluding the effect of the acquisitions during 2012, other non-interest expenses were down $1.5 million compared to last year.T&I Costs for the year ended October 31, 2012 totalled $22.0 million, of which $19.0 million was related to the MRS Companies and $3.0 million to AGF Trust, compared to $9.0 million a year ago. In 2012, T&I Costs were mainly related to IT systems conversion, legal and communication expenses for the integration of the MRS Companies, as well as to severance costs and other transaction costs related to the acquisition of AGF Trust. B2B Bank has also invested a further $6.1 million to develop the IT infrastructure and upgrade the acquired dealer account management system. A year ago, T&I Costs were mainly composed of a $7.7 million compensation expense for termination in 2012 of a distribution agreement of mutual funds.For the year ended October 31, 2012, the adjusted efficiency ratio was 73.1%, compared with 70.6% for the year ended October 31, 2011. The Bank's 8% revenue growth year-over-year was hampered by the overall low-interest rate environment and margin compression and could not fully compensate for higher expenses from acquired operations incurred throughout the year. The Bank remains nonetheless focused on materializing operating synergies to reap the full benefits from the integration of both the MRS Companies and AGF Trust to increase overall productivity and increase revenues over the next five quarters.Income taxesFor the year ended October 31, 2012, the income tax expense was $42.5 million and the effective tax rate was 23.2%. 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 foreign insurance operations. For the year ended October 31, 2011, the income tax expense was $33.4 million and the effective tax rate was 21.3%.Three months ended October 31, 2012 compared to three months ended October 31, 2011Net income was $45.7 million, or $1.51 diluted per share, for the fourth quarter ended October 31, 2012, compared with $26.7 million, or $0.99 diluted per share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. Adjusted net income was up 8% year-over-year to $36.2 million for the fourth quarter ended October 31, 2012, compared with $33.4 million in 2011, while adjusted diluted net income per share was down 7% to $1.17, compared to $1.26 diluted per share, in 2011.Total revenueTotal revenue increased $28.0 million or 15% to $210.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $182.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The contribution from AGF Trust to total revenue amounted to $20.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, and the contribution from the MRS Companies amounted to $10.3 million, with the Bank's comparable revenue base essentially unchanged year-over-year.Net interest income was up 13% to $142.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, from $126.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, as significant loan and deposit growth year-over-year, both organic and from acquisitions, more than compensated for lower margins. When compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, margins decreased by 14 basis points to 1.62% in the fourth quarter of 2012. During the quarter, the net interest margin continued to be adversely impacted by the very low interest rate environment and relatively high liquidity levels due to the acquisition of AGF Trust and the Bank's recent issuance of subordinated debt and preferred shares. In this context, the addition of $3.3 billion of higher-yielding loans in the AGF Trust portfolios provided support.Other income totalled $68.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $56.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, a $12.0 million or 21% year-over-year increase. This includes a $6.7 million contribution to other income from the MRS Companies, largely from investment account fees. 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 financial market operations as well as softer net credit insurance income due to a higher claims.Gain on acquisition and amortization of net premium on purchased financial instrumentsThe gain on acquisition and ensuing amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments amounted to $23.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, as noted above.Provision for loan losses The provision for loan losses decreased by $5.0 million or 38% to $8.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, including a $3.1 million provision related to the acquired AGF Trust portfolio, from $13.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. This significant improvement reflects continued excellent credit conditions in the Canadian market and the quality of the Bank's loan portfolios, as well as a continued prudent approach to loan provisioning. In addition, during the fourth quarter of 2012, favourable settlements and overall improvements led to a net credit of $2.0 million in loan losses in the real estate and commercial loan portfolios.Non-interest expensesNon-interest expenses totalled $165.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $137.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Non-interest expenses during the fourth quarter of 2012 include T&I Costs of $8.8 million and operating expenses related to the MRS Companies of $8.8 million and to AGF Trust of $8.3 million while non-interest expenses in the fourth quarter of 2011 included T&I Costs of $9.0 million.Salaries and employee benefits increased by $16.7 million or 24% to $87.1 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, mainly due to increased headcount from the acquisition of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust. Salaries for the fourth quarter of 2012 also include a $2.5 million restructuring charge in the Bank's head office departments. Regular salary increases, higher performance-based compensation accruals and pension costs further contributed to the increase year-over-year.Premises and technology costs increased by $3.7 million to $39.1 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. This increase is mainly due to rental and IT costs for the MRS Companies and AGF Trust, as well as additional square footage of leased premises and higher amortization expense related to completed IT development projects.Other non-interest expenses increased by $8.0 million to $30.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, from $22.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Other non-interest expenses of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust amounted to $5.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The remaining increase is mainly attributable to higher professional service fees related to various initiatives, including costs incurred to initiate the process to adopt the internal ratings based approach under Basel II, as well as other regulatory compliance projects. Higher advertising expenses compared to last year, related to reward points and the changeover from B2B Trust to B2B Bank and higher GST/HST and capital taxes also contributed to the overall increase. In light of a slower revenue growth environment, the Bank continues to exercise disciplined control over expenses.T&I Costs for the fourth quarter of 2012 totalled $8.8 million and mainly related to IT systems conversion and communication expenses for the integration of the MRS Companies and also included severance and other transaction costs related to AGF Trust of $2.4 million. With regards to the MRS Companies, the integration process is progressing according to plan, with significant systems conversion milestones reached during the quarter. A year ago, T&I Costs were mainly composed of a $7.7 million compensation expense for termination in 2012 of a mutual fund distribution agreement .The adjusted efficiency ratio was 74.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 70.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Some of the expense items in the quarter were non-recurring. The Bank remains nonetheless committed to control costs and to leverage the two recent acquisitions to increase overall productivity and to generate additional revenue growth from other income and higher margin products.Income taxesFor the quarter ended October 31, 2012, the income tax expense was $15.1 million and the effective tax rate was 24.9% (and 21.1% on an adjusted basis). 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 October 31, 2011, the income tax expense was $5.6 million and the effective tax rate was 17.2% (19.1% on an adjusted basis). Year-over-year, the higher income tax rate for the fourth quarter ended October 31, 2012 results from the lower proportion of revenues from insurance operations and non-taxable dividends, considering the gain on acquisition of AGF Trust, partly offset by the 1.5% reduction in Federal income tax rates, effective this year.Three months ended October 31, 2012 compared to three months ended July 31, 2012Net income was $45.7 million or $1.51 diluted per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $30.0 million or $1.06 diluted per share for the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted net income was $36.2 million, or $1.17 diluted per share, compared to $35.3 million or $1.27 diluted per share for the third quarter ended July 31, 2012.Total revenue increased to $210.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, from $193.8 million in the previous quarter. Net interest income increased by $12.7 million or 10% sequentially to $142.4 million, as loan and deposit growth resulting from the acquisition of AGF Trust more than offset the sequential margin decrease of 4 basis points. Tighter margins, a lower seasonal volume of loan prepayment penalties and a relatively higher level of lower-yielding liquid securities explain the sequential drop in the net interest margin, which more than offset the increase related to AGF Trust's higher margin loans.Other income increased by $3.8 million sequentially, largely due to higher income from treasury and financial markets and income from brokerage operations, which were favourably impacted by increased market activity throughout the fourth quarter.Gain on acquisition and amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments amounted to $23.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, which mainly resulted from the preliminary allocation of the purchase price of AGF Trust.The provision for loan losses slightly increased to $8.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $7.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, albeit remaining at a very low level. During the fourth quarter, provisions of $3.1 million on the AGF Trust loan portfolio were partly offset by recoveries and favourable adjustments to allowances in the commercial loan portfolios.Non-interest expenses amounted to $165.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $149.0 million in the third quarter of 2012. Excluding T&I Costs of $8.8 million in the fourth quarter and of $7.2 million in the third quarter of 2012, non-interest expenses increased by $14.7 million sequentially, largely due to operating costs of AGF Trust and higher variable compensation, higher reward points, B2B Bank-related advertising coupled with higher GST/HST and capital taxes.Financial conditionCONDENSED BALANCE SHEET     AS AT OCTOBER 31AS AT OCTOBER 31In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)20122011     ASSETS     Cash and deposits with other banks $571,043  $367,059 Securities 6,142,961  5,175,866 Securities purchased under reverse repurchase agreements 631,202  720,317 Loans and acceptances, net 26,663,337  21,944,394 Other assets 928,283  755,574  $34,936,826  $28,963,210     LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY     Deposits $24,041,443  $20,016,281 Other liabilities 2,873,563  2,725,215 Debt related to securitization activities 6,037,097  4,760,847 Subordinated debt 443,594  242,551 Shareholders' equity 1,541,129  1,218,316  $34,936,826  $28,963,210 Total assets stood at $34.9 billion at October 31, 2012, up $6.0 billion from October 31, 2011, reflecting the continued growth in operations and the effect of acquisitions closed during the year. Liquid assets increased by $1.1 billion compared to October 31, 2011 and totalled $7.3 billion at October 31, 2012, as the Bank continued to prudently manage its liquidity levels. In addition, the Bank strengthened its capital at the end of the year in light of the upcoming Basel III implementation.Net loans and bankers' acceptances stood at $26.7 billion as at October 31, 2012, up $4.7 billion or 21% from October 31, 2011. Despite intense competition and recent tightening of mortgage lending rules in Canada, the Bank generated $1.2 billion in organic growth in 2012 while the acquisition of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust respectively added $0.3 billion and $3.2 billion to the loan portfolio. Personal loans increased by $2.0 billion or 35% since October 31, 2011, as investment loans and home-equity lines of credit of $2.2 billion acquired through the MRS Companies and AGF Trust transactions were slightly offset by run-offs in point-of-sale financing. Residential mortgage loans also increased by $2.3 billion over the same period, including $1.2 billion related to the acquisition of AGF Trust and $1.0 billion resulting from organic growth, reflecting the Bank's strength in the retail market. In addition, commercial loans, including bankers' acceptances, increased by $282.0 million or 14% from October 31, 2011 while commercial mortgage loans grew by $79.8 million or 3% over the same period, despite loan sales of $85.2 million in 2012.Personal deposits increased by $3.8 billion or 24% from October 31, 2011 and stood at $19.4 billion as at October 31, 2012 including $0.7 billion resulting from the acquisition of the MRS Companies, $2.8 billion resulting from the acquisition of AGF Trust, and $0.3 billion generated from organic growth. Business and other deposits, which include institutional deposits, were up $265.7 million since October 31, 2011 to $4.7 billion as at October 31, 2012. During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Bank also issued $200.0 million Medium Term Notes (Subordinated Indebtedness) Series 2012-1 due October 19, 2022.To prudently manage capital in 2012 in light of balance sheet growth and in preparation for increased regulatory capital requirements, the Bank issued 1,325,100 common shares for net proceeds of $60.9 million in early February. On August 1, 2012, a private placement of 2,867,383 common shares closed for net proceeds of $115.0 million to support the Bank's balance sheet considering the acquisition of AGF Trust. During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Bank also completed the issuance of 4,000,000 Series 11 preferred shares for net proceeds of $97.7 million. When combined, these transactions provided the Bank with added flexibility to pursue its growth initiatives and maintain capital ratios well above new regulatory requirements.Measuring performance in 2013The following table presents the Bank's objectives for 2013.2013 FINANCIAL OBJECTIVES [1]     (Excluding adjusting items)      2012 RESULTS  2013 OBJECTIVES[2]       Revenue growth8 % > 5 % Adjusted efficiency ratio [1] 73.1 % 72.5 % to 69.5 % Adjusted net income (in millions of Canadian dollars) [1]  $ 140.7   $ 145.0 to $ 165.0  Adjusted return on common shareholders' equity [1] 12.0 % 10.5% to 12.5% Common Equity Tier 1 ration.a.  >  7.0% [1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.[2] These objectives for 2013 should be read concurrently with the following paragraphs on key assumptions.Key assumptions supporting the Bank's objectivesThe following assumptions are the most significant items considered in setting the Bank's strategic priorities and financial objectives. The Bank's objectives do not constitute guidance and are based on certain key planning assumptions. Other factors such as those detailed in the Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Integrated Risk Management Framework sections of the annual MD&A could also cause future results to differ materially from these objectives.The Bank continues to be affected by the on-going economic and financial instability which, in Canada, is keeping interest rates at historically low levels. Therefore, management believes the following factors will underlie its financial outlook for 2013:Good organic growth to continue, particularly in our commercial businessesSome attrition in the acquired portfoliosCompressed margin to stabilize during 2013Strategies to grow and diversify other income to be maintainedLoan loss provisions to increase from 2012 low levels and as a result of the addition of the AGF Trust portfoliosContinued cooling of the housing market, without any severe correctionExpenses to be tightly controlledRegulatory costs to continue to rise to conform to a heightened regulatory environmentIntegration of MRS/AGF Trust to be completed in late 2013 with further synergies to materialize in 2014Full year dilution impact of the common share issuances completed in 2012These targets exclude expected integration costs pertaining to the acquisitions of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust, and amortization of acquisition-related net premium on purchased financial instruments, as detailed above.In addition, in light of heightened regulatory capital requirements coming into effect on January 1, 2013, management will continue to focus on its prudent approach to capital management and leverage on its capital optimization initiatives to maintain a Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 ratio above 7%.Capital ManagementThe regulatory Tier I capital of the Bank, calculated using the Standardized Approach, reached $1,460.3 million as at October 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 10.9% and 14.7%, respectively, as at October 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.Capital ratios, as at October 31, 2012, reflect the effect of various actions undertaken during the year such as the transition to IFRS, the acquisitions of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust, common share issuances as well as the issuance of preferred shares and subordinated debt in October.REGULATORY CAPITAL       AS AT OCTOBER 31 AS AT OCTOBER 31[1]In thousands of Canadian dollars, except percentage amounts (Unaudited)2012 2011        Tier 1 capital (A) $1,460,253   $1,217,225 Tier I BIS capital ratio (A/C) 10.9  %  11.0 % Total regulatory capital - BIS (B) $1,974,060   $1,516,840 Total BIS capital ratio (B/C) 14.7  %  13.7 % Total risk-weighted assets (C) $13,436,433   $11,071,971 Assets to capital multiple 16.3  x  16.2 x [1] The amounts are presented in accordance with previous CGAAP 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 totalling $136.0 million on a straight-line basis over 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 10.7% and 14.5%, respectively, as at October 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 total assets.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 new minimum 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, 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 October 31, 2012, stood at 7.4% 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.DividendsOn November 8, 2012, the Board of Directors declared regular dividends on the various series of preferred shares to shareholders of record on December 7, 2012. At its meeting on December 5, 2012, given the ongoing progress in the Bank's profitability, its confidence in the Bank's future and the solid balance sheet and capital ratios, the Board of Directors approved a $0.02 per share, or 4%, increase to the quarterly dividend on common shares and thus declared a dividend of $0.49 per common share, payable on February 1, 2013, to shareholders of record on January 3, 2012.On December 5, 2012, the Bank announced the introduction of its Shareholder Dividend and Share Purchase Plan. The plan offers eligible Canadian shareholders of both the Bank's common shares and Class A Preferred Shares the opportunity to have their regular quarterly cash dividends automatically reinvested in additional common shares of the Bank. With regard to the above dividend of 0.49$ per common share declared at its meeting held on December 5, 2012, the Board of Directors elected to issue common shares under the plan from treasury at a 2% discount from the average market price.COMMON SHARE DIVIDENDS AND PAYOUT RATIO                       FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE YEARS ENDED In Canadian dollars, except payout ratiosOCTOBER 31 JULY 31 OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 (Unaudited)2012 2012 2011 2012 2011 2010 2009                Dividends declared per common share$ 0.47  $ 0.47 $ 0.42 $ 1.84  $ 1.62 $ 1.44 $ 1.36 Dividend payout ratio [1][2]31.2 %44.2%42.6%37.0 %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 CGAAP.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-Québec ●Laurentian Bank Securities & Capital Markets●Real Estate & Commercial ●Other●B2B Bank  Retail & SME-Québec FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE YEAR ENDED   OCTOBER 31   JULY 31  OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 In thousands of Canadian dollars, except percentage amounts (Unaudited) 2012  2012  2011  2012  2011                 Net interest income$75,792 $80,163 $80,112 $310,776 $321,578 Other income 35,234  34,662  33,090  135,121  132,346 Total revenue 111,026  114,825  113,202  445,897  453,924 Provision for loan losses 6,433  6,474  6,082  23,978  24,060 Non-interest expenses 93,359  91,107  91,352  366,994  363,825 Income before income taxes 11,234  17,244  15,768  54,925  66,039 Income taxes 1,941  3,709  3,174  11,018  14,148 Net income$9,293 $13,535 $12,594 $43,907 $51,891 Efficiency ratio [1] 84.1% 79.3% 80.7% 82.3% 80.2%[1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.Year ended October 31, 2012The Retail & SME-Québec business segment's contribution to net income was $43.9 million in 2012, compared to $51.9 million for 2011.Total revenue decreased from $453.9 million in 2011 to $445.9 million in 2012, as lower net interest income more than offset growth in other income. Year-over-year, net interest income decreased by $10.8 million or 3% as the business segment's strong organic growth in loan and deposit volumes throughout the year did not compensate for the compressed margins resulting from the very low interest rate environment and the run-off of higher-margin point-of-sale financing loans. Other income increased by $2.8 million or 2% to $135.1 million in 2012 from $132.3 million a year ago. Higher revenues from card services due to increased fees and transactional volumes, and higher fees on deposits were partly offset by lower credit insurance income resulting from higher claims.Loan losses were down marginally to $24.0 million in 2012 compared to $24.1 million in 2011, despite a $0.8 billion or 6% increase in the loan portfolio year-over-year. This continued low level reflects the good credit quality of all loan portfolios and marked improvements in the SME and point-of-sale financing portfolios, which more than offset the higher losses on the credit card portfolio. Non-interest expenses were up marginally by $3.2 million or less than 1%, from $363.8 million in 2011 to $367.0 million in 2012 as cost control measures, including restructuring initiatives, were taken to mitigate the reduced level of earnings.Three months ended October 31, 2012The Retail & SME-Québec business segment's contribution to net income was $9.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $12.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.Total revenue decreased from $113.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to $111.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Year-over-year, net interest income decreased by $4.3 million, as significant growth in loan and deposit volumes, notably in the residential mortgage loan, home-equity lines of credit and SME portfolios, did not fully compensate for the decline in net interest margin stemming from the persistently low interest rate environment and run-off of the high margin point-of-sale financing loan portfolio. Other income increased from $33.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to $35.2 million for the same period in 2012 mainly due to higher fees on deposits and higher revenues from card services resulting from increased business activity, partly offset by higher claims on credit insurance. Income from sales of mutual funds also contributed to the increase during the quarter, as the business segment leveraged its new distribution agreement of LBC-Mackenzie funds in its branch network.Loan losses were up by $0.4 million, from $6.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to $6.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. This increase reflects higher provisions required for the credit card portfolio, partly offset by lower provisions on the point-of-sale portfolio stemming from the reduced exposure. Non-interest expenses increased by $2.0 million or 2%, from $91.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to $93.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Higher advertising costs and higher reward points expenses resulting from growth in card activity mainly accounted for the increase, as other expenses were relatively unchanged year-over-year. Non-interest expenses in the fourth quarter of 2012 also include a $1.0 million restructuring charge affecting head office departments.Real Estate & Commercial FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE YEAR ENDED  OCTOBER 31 JULY 31 OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 In thousands of Canadian dollars, except percentage amounts (Unaudited)2012 2012 2011 2012 2011            Net interest income$ 21,833 $ 21,731 $ 22,105 $ 87,825 $ 90,656 Other income7,646 8,327 8,956 34,430 33,738 Total revenue29,479 30,058 31,061 122,255 124,394 Provision for loan losses(2,040) 436 3,982 3,002 22,677 Non-interest expenses8,586 7,756 8,293 31,582 30,211 Income before income taxes22,933 21,866 18,786 87,671 71,506 Income taxes6,204 5,915 5,378 23,716 20,469 Net income$ 16,729 $ 15,951 $ 13,408 $ 63,955 $ 51,037 Efficiency ratio [1]29.1%25.8%26.7%25.8%24.3%[1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section. Year ended October 31, 2012The Real Estate & Commercial business segment's contribution to net income improved by $12.9 million, or 25%, to $64.0 million in 2012, compared with $51.0 million in 2011.Total revenue decreased by $2.1 million, from $124.4 million in 2011 to $122.3 million in 2012. In 2012, strong growth in loan and deposit volumes, notably in the real estate portfolio, did not offset the effect of margin compression stemming from persistently low interest rates. Other income increased by $0.7 million or 2% in 2012 reflecting the combined effect of a $3.2 million gain on the sale of $85.2 million of commercial mortgage loans during the year, partly offset by lower revenue from foreign exchange operations resulting from a relatively stable currency environment. Loan losses were significantly lower at $3.0 million in 2012, compared with $22.7 million in 2011, a $19.7 million or 87% decrease. This improvement includes the effect of favourable settlements and adjustments to individual allowances and reflects the overall strong health of the loan portfolios as further evidenced by a significantly lower level of impaired loans. Non-interest expenses increased by $1.4 million, from $30.2 million in 2011 to $31.6 million in 2012. Higher salaries and benefits, hiring fees and rental costs related to investments in the sales force and management development mainly contributed to the overall increase in 2012.Three months ended October 31, 2012The Real Estate & Commercial business segment's contribution to net income increased by $3.3 million or 25% to $16.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $13.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.Total revenue decreased by $1.6 million, from $31.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to $29.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. This decrease mainly results from reduced other income due to lower underwriting fees and foreign exchange activity related to more stable rates. Net interest income was relatively unchanged compared to last year as solid loan and deposit growth compensated for reduced margins. Loan losses continued to improve and generated a net loan loss credit of $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with losses of $4.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, a $6.0 million year-over-year decrease. During the quarter, the business segment benefitted from favourable settlements and overall improvements as well as from continued good credit conditions in Canada. Non-interest expenses increased marginally to $8.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $8.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 essentially due to salary costs related to additional headcount hired to support increased business activity.B2B Bank  FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE YEAR ENDED  OCTOBER 31  JULY 31  OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31 In thousands of Canadian dollars, except percentage amounts (Unaudited)2012  2012  2011  2012  2011                Net interest income$ 49,821 $32,119 $30,475 $143,593 $117,769 Other income8,923  8,408  1,913  34,590  8,967 Total revenue58,744  40,527  32,388  178,183  126,736 Gain on acquisition and amortization of net premium on    purchased financial instruments23,795  -  -  23,795  - Provision for loan losses3,607  590  2,935  6,020  4,343 Non-interest expenses35,259  22,913  15,927  106,077  64,040 Costs related to business combinations and other [1]8,830  7,157  1,349  21,997  1,349 Income before income taxes34,843  9,867  12,177  67,884  57,004 Income taxes9,650  2,612  3,446  18,436  16,149 Net income$ 25,193 $7,255 $8,731 $49,448 $40,855 Adjusted net income [2]$ 15,694 $12,510 $9,932 $49,600 $42,056 Efficiency ratio [2]75.1% 74.2% 53.3% 71.9% 51.6%Adjusted efficiency ratio [2]60.0% 56.5% 49.2% 59.5% 50.5%[1] Integration costs related to the acquisition of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust.[2] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.Year ended October 31, 2012B2B Bank business segment's contribution to adjusted net income was $49.6 million for 2012, up $7.5 million or 18% from $42.1 million in 2011. Reported net income for 2012 was $49.5 million compared to $40.9 million in 2011.Total revenue increased by $51.4 million or 41% to $178.2 million in 2012, compared with $126.7 million in 2011, essentially as a result of B2B Bank's strategic acquisitions of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust. Net interest income increased by $25.8 million compared to last year, mainly due to B2B Bank's significant increase in loan portfolios and deposit portfolios year-over-year. This was partially offset by narrower margins on B2B Bank's deposit portfolios. Other income increased to $34.6 million, essentially as a result of a $26.2 million contribution from MRS-sourced fees related to investment accounts. The gain on acquisition and amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments amounted to $23.8 million in 2012, essentially reflecting the preliminary allocation of the purchase price of AGF Trust.Provision for loan losses increased from $4.3 million in 2011 to $6.0 million in 2012. Excluding $3.1 million of loan losses associated with AGF Trust's loan portfolios, loan losses decreased by 32% or $1.4 million, reflecting the underlying quality of B2B Bank's loan portfolios.Non-interest expenses, as shown in the table above, totalled $106.1 million in 2012, compared to $64.0 million in 2011. Excluding ongoing operating costs related to MRS Companies of $30.1 million and AGF Trust of $8.3 million, non-interest expenses otherwise increased by $3.7 million or 6% year-over-year, mainly from the effect of additional employees required to support non acquisition-related business activity and enhanced service levels. T&I Costs, included in the costs related to business combinations and other line item in the table above, totalled $22.0 million for 2012, of which $19.0 million was related to the MRS Companies and $3.0 million to AGF Trust, compared to $1.3 million a year ago. In 2012, T&I Costs were mainly related to IT systems conversion, legal and communication expenses for the integration of the MRS Companies, as well as to severance costs and other transaction costs related to the acquisition of AGF Trust.With regards to the MRS Companies, the integration process is progressing according to plan, with significant milestones reached in 2012. Management remains focused on materializing all revenue and cost synergies to reap the full benefits from the integration of both the MRS Companies and AGF Trust to increase overall productivity and revenues over the next five quarters.Three months ended October 31, 2012B2B Bank business segment's contribution to adjusted net income was $15.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, up $5.8 million from $9.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Reported net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $25.2 million.Total revenue increased to $58.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $32.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net interest income increased by $19.3 million compared to last year, to $49.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, essentially as a result of business acquisitions which added significant loan and deposit volumes and compensated for compressed margins on deposits. Over the same period, other income also increased by $7.0 million to $8.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 mainly as a result of MRS-sourced fees on investment accounts. As mentioned above, a gain on acquisition and amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments of $23.8 million was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012.Loan losses increased from $2.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to $3.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, as a $3.1 million provision related to the acquired AGF Trust portfolio was offset by a notable improvement in B2B Bank's loan portfolios.Non-interest expenses, as shown in the table above, increased by $19.3 million to $35.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $15.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. This increase includes current operating costs of $8.8 million related to the MRS Companies and of $8.3 million related to AGF Trust. Otherwise, expenses increased by $2.3 million or 14% year-over-year, due to higher salary and variable compensation as well as advertising and legal expenses related to B2B Trust becoming a Schedule I federally chartered bank under the name of B2B Bank. T&I Costs amounted to $8.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, mainly related to IT systems conversion and communication expenses for the integration of the MRS Companies as well as restructuring and other transaction costs related to AGF Trust of $2.4 million.Laurentian Bank Securities & Capital Markets FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE YEAR ENDED   OCTOBER 31  JULY 31  OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31 In thousands of Canadian dollars, except percentage amounts (Unaudited) 2012  2012  2011  2012  2011                 Total revenue$15,726 $13,256 $10,389 $59,902 $56,353 Non-interest expenses 12,081  11,668  10,246  48,439  47,902 Income before income taxes 3,645  1,588  143  11,463  8,451 Income taxes 953  412  12  2,941  2,180 Net income$2,692 $1,176 $131 $8,522 $6,271 Efficiency ratio [1] 76.8% 88.0% 98.6% 80.9% 85.0%[1] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.Year ended October 31, 2012For the year ended October 31, 2012, the Laurentian Bank Securities & Capital Markets (LBS & CM) business segment's contribution to net income increased to $8.5 million compared to $6.3 million in 2011.Total revenue increased by 6% from $56.4 million in 2011 to $59.9 million in 2012, as a result of higher underwriting fees and trading income. This was partly offset by reduced retail brokerage income, resulting from a lower level of activity throughout the year. Although market conditions improved compared to 2011, they remained challenging in 2012 as bond market uncertainty persisted and small-cap equity markets were sidelined. Non-interest expenses increased marginally by $0.5 million to $48.4 million in 2012, as a result of performance-based compensation accruals partly compensated by cost control initiatives.Three months ended October 31, 2012LBS & CM business segment's contribution to net income increased to $2.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.Total revenue increased by $5.3 million to $15.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $10.4 million for the same quarter of 2011, as underwriting, trading and retail brokerage activities benefited from improving market conditions compared to the difficult environment a year ago. Non-interest expenses increased by $1.8 million to $12.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, as performance-based compensation accruals were partly offset by other expense control and lower allocated costs.Other Sector FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE YEAR ENDED  OCTOBER 31 JULY 31 OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER 31 In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited)2012 2012 2011 2012 2011            Net interest income$ (6,255) $ (5,134) $ (7,394) $ (14,376) $ (28,664) Other income1,676 301 2,776 4,782 5,604 Total revenue(4,579) (4,833) (4,618) (9,594) (23,060) Non-interest expenses7,262 8,354 2,328 29,374 15,127 Costs related to business combinations and other [1] - - 7,657 - 7,657 Loss before income taxes(11,841) (13,187) (14,603) (38,968) (45,844) Income taxes recovery(3,619) (5,268) (6,448) (13,644) (19,507) Net loss$ (8,222) $ (7,919) $ (8,155) $ (25,324) $ (26,337) Adjusted net loss [2]$ (8,222) $ (7,919) $ (2,690) $ (25,324) $ (20,872) [1] Compensation for the termination in 2012 of a mutual fund distribution agreement.[2] Refer to the non-GAAP financial measures section.Year ended October 31, 2012The Other segment posted a negative contribution to net income of $25.3 million in 2012 compared to a negative contribution of $26.3 million in 2011. Excluding a compensation expense of $5.5 million (net of income taxes) for termination in 2012 of a mutual fund distribution agreement, adjusted negative contribution to net income in 2011 was $20.9 million.Net interest income improved to negative $14.4 million in 2012, compared to negative $28.7 million in 2011, reflecting good market positioning as well as some adjustments to inter-segment transfer pricing initiated in early 2012. Other income in 2012 was $4.8 million, compared to $5.6 million for 2011 and essentially relates to gains on treasury activities.Non-interest expenses, as shown in the table above, increased by $14.2 million to $29.4 million in 2012. The increase was largely due to higher pension costs and employee benefits expenses related to group insurance programs, as well as to higher professional service fees related to the ongoing project to adopt the internal ratings based approach under Basel II and other regulatory compliance projects. In 2011, T&I Costs, included in the costs related to business combinations and other line item in the table above, related to a $7.7 million compensation expense for termination in 2012 of a mutual fund distribution agreement.Three months ended October 31, 2012The Other sector posted a reported negative contribution to net income of $8.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, relatively unchanged compared to a year ago. Adjusted negative contribution to net income in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $2.7 million.Net interest income improved to negative $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to negative $7.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, reflecting good market positioning. Other income for the fourth quarter of 2012 decreased to $1.7 million, compared to $2.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, due to a lower level of gains on treasury activities.Non-interest expenses increased by $4.9 million to $7.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $2.3 million a year ago, essentially for the same reasons as noted above. In the fourth quarter of 2011, T&I Costs related to a $7.7 million compensation expense for termination in 2012 of a mutual fund distribution agreement.Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThe Bank uses both generally accepted accounting principles (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 share The 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.Net interest margin Net interest margin is the ratio of net interest income to total average assets, expressed as a percentage or basis points.Efficiency ratio and operating leverage The 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 ratio The dividend payout ratio is defined as dividends declared on common shares as a percentage of net income available to common shareholders.Dividend yield The dividend yield is defined as dividends declared per common share divided by the closing common share price.Adjusted GAAP and non-GAAP measures Certain analyses presented throughout this document are based on the Bank's core activities and therefore exclude the effect of certain amounts designated as adjusting items, as presented in the table in the Adjusting Items section.Most of the adjusting items relate to gains and expenses that arise as a result of acquisitions. The gain on acquisition and ensuing amortization of net premium on purchased financial instruments are considered adjusting items since they represent, according to management, significant non-cash adjustments and due to their non-recurrence. Transaction and integration-related costs in respect of the MRS Companies and AGF Trust have been designated as adjusting items due to the significance of the amounts and the fact that some of these costs have been incurred with the intent to generate benefits in future periods. The one-time compensation for the termination in 2012 of a mutual fund distribution agreement has been designated as an adjusting item due to its significance and non-recurrence.About Laurentian BankLaurentian Bank of Canada is a pan-Canadian banking institution that has nearly $35 billion in balance sheet assets and $33 billion in assets under administration. Founded in 1846, Laurentian Bank was selected in 2012 as one of the 10 winners of the Canada's Passion Capitalists program in recognition of its sustained success through the promotion of passion within its ranks. The Bank employs more than 4,200 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 as well as investment accounts and services to financial advisors and brokers, while Laurentian Bank Securities is an integrated broker, widely recognized for its expertise and effectiveness nationwide.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 Wednesday, December 5, 2012. The live, listen-only, toll-free, call-in number is 416 340-2217 or 1 866 696-5910 Code 1404266#.You can listen to the call on a delayed basis at any time from 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 until 11:59 p.m. on January 5, 2013, by dialing the following playback number: 905 694-9451 or 1 800 408-3053 Code 7380033#. 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 annual audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended October 31, 2012, including the notes to consolidated financial statements, are also available on the Bank's Web site at www.laurentianbank.ca.Consolidated Balance Sheet [1]  AS AT OCTOBER 31  AS AT OCTOBER 31  AS AT NOVEMBER 1In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited) 2012  2011  2010         ASSETS        Cash and non-interest-bearing deposits with other banks$90,860 $81,600 $72,444Interest-bearing deposits with other banks  480,183  285,459  99,394Securities         Available-for-sale 2,822,588  2,108,075  2,138,861 Held-to-maturity 1,446,751  885,822  559,457 Held-for-trading 1,873,622  2,181,969  1,496,583 Designated as at fair value through profit or loss -  -  624,642  6,142,961  5,175,866  4,819,543Securities purchased under reverse repurchase agreements 631,202  720,317  994,674Loans         Personal 7,806,067  5,774,207  5,636,203 Residential mortgage 14,169,095  11,869,412  10,859,647 Commercial mortgage 2,443,634  2,363,808  2,166,375 Commercial and other 2,150,953  1,900,977  1,691,190 Customers' liabilities under acceptances 211,130  179,140  165,450  26,780,879  22,087,544  20,518,865 Allowances for loan losses (117,542)  (143,150)  (131,567)  26,663,337  21,944,394  20,387,298Other         Premises and equipment 71,871  61,708  55,727 Derivatives 167,643  228,261  158,066 Goodwill 64,077  29,224  29,224 Software and other intangible assets 159,973  113,949  101,671 Deferred tax assets 4,751  4,160  47,995 Other assets 459,968  318,272  289,289  928,283  755,574  681,972 $34,936,826 $28,963,210 $27,055,325         LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        Deposits         Personal$19,369,310 $15,609,853 $15,354,851 Business, banks and other 4,672,133  4,406,428  4,250,819  24,041,443  20,016,281  19,605,670Other         Obligations related to securities sold short 1,349,932  1,471,254  1,362,336 Obligations related to securities sold under repurchase agreements 244,039  36,770  60,050 Acceptances 211,130  179,140  165,450 Derivatives 100,867  129,969  115,235 Deferred tax liabilities 16,128  6,362  27,543 Other liabilities 951,467  901,720  945,939  2,873,563  2,725,215  2,676,553Debt related to securitization activities 6,037,097  4,760,847  3,486,634Subordinated debt 443,594  242,551  150,000Shareholders' equity         Preferred shares 303,249  205,527  205,527 Common shares 428,526  252,601  252,472 Share-based payment reserve 227  227  243 Retained earnings 774,899  694,371  621,847 Accumulated other comprehensive income 34,228  65,590  56,379  1,541,129  1,218,316  1,136,468 $34,936,826 $28,963,210 $27,055,325[1] Comparative figures have been prepared in accordance with IFRS. See Note 30 to the audited consolidated financial statements as at October 31, 2012 for further details.Consolidated Statement of Income [1] FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE YEAR ENDED  OCTOBER 31  JULY 31  OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts (Unaudited) 2012  2012  2011  2012  2011               Interest income               Loans$280,762 $248,073 $241,963 $1,014,861 $962,820 Securities 17,250  16,802  18,797  71,320  74,059 Deposits with other banks 1,544  2,304  1,084  6,148  5,277 Other, including derivatives 14,529  14,457  15,752  59,240  61,345  314,085  281,636  277,596  1,151,569  1,103,501Interest expense               Deposits 124,926  108,394  110,069  445,646  444,463 Debt related to securitization activities 43,809  40,891  38,552  163,880  140,743 Subordinated debt 2,654  2,408  2,432  9,839  11,574 Other, including derivatives 285  279  152  1,176  2,236  171,674  151,972  151,205  620,541  599,016Net interest income 142,411  129,664  126,391  531,028  504,485Other income               Fees and commissions on loans and deposits 30,263  31,522  29,333  119,953  115,006 Income from brokerage operations 14,386  12,517  8,332  54,806  48,429 Income from registered self-directed plans 7,440  7,190  1,505  29,079  7,253 Income from sales of mutual funds 4,731  4,478  4,258  18,026  17,308 Income from treasury and financial market    operations 4,563  2,398  5,897  17,531  20,938 Credit insurance income 4,415  3,682  4,994  15,529  18,591 Other income 2,187  2,382  1,712  10,691  6,337  67,985  64,169  56,031  265,615  233,862Total revenue 210,396  193,833  182,422  796,643  738,347Gain on acquisition and amortization of    net premium on purchased financial instruments 23,795  -  -  23,795  -Provision for loan losses 8,000  7,500  12,999  33,000  51,080Non-interest expenses               Salaries and employee benefits 87,112  77,177  70,431  320,603  282,630 Premises and technology 39,111  38,644  35,375  152,919  141,212 Other 30,324  25,977  22,340  108,944  97,263 Costs related to business combinations and other 8,830  7,157  9,006  21,997  9,006  165,377  148,955  137,152  604,463  530,111Income before income taxes 60,814  37,378  32,271  182,975  157,156Income taxes 15,129  7,380  5,562  42,467  33,439Net income$45,685 $29,998 $26,709 $140,508 $123,717Preferred share dividends, including applicable taxes 3,273  3,164  3,111  12,768  12,436Net income available to common shareholders$42,412 $26,834 $23,598 $127,740 $111,281Average number of common shares outstanding (in thousands)               Basic 28,118  25,250  23,925  25,634  23,924 Diluted 28,135  25,267  23,941  25,652  23,943Earnings per share               Basic$1.51 $1.06 $0.99 $4.98 $4.65 Diluted$1.51 $1.06 $0.99 $4.98 $4.65Dividends declared per share               Common share$0.47 $0.47 $0.42 $1.84 $1.62 Preferred share - Series 9$0.38 $0.38 $0.38 $1.50 $1.50 Preferred share - Series 10$0.33 $0.33 $0.33 $1.31 $1.31 Preferred share - Series 11$-    n.a.   n.a.  $-    n.a. [1] Comparative figures have been prepared in accordance with IFRS. See Note 30 to the audited consolidated financial statements as at October 31, 2012 for further details.Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income [1] FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED FOR THE YEAR ENDED  OCTOBER 31  JULY 31  OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31  OCTOBER 31In thousands of Canadian dollars (Unaudited) 2012  2012  2011  2012  2011               Net income$45,685 $29,998 $26,709 $140,508 $123,717               Other comprehensive income, net of income taxes               Unrealized net gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities 307  (2,714)  (3,974)  (7,641)  (11,810) Reclassification of net (gains) losses on available-for-sale securities to net income (831)  (334)  (617)  (2,374)  (3,045) Net change in value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges (3,577)  13,774  21,514  (21,347)  24,066  (4,101)  10,726  16,923  (31,362)  9,211Comprehensive income$41,584 $40,724 $43,632 $109,146 $132,928[1] Comparative figures have been prepared in accordance with IFRS. See Note 30 to the audited consolidated financial statements as at October 31, 2012 for further details.Consolidated Statement of Changes in Shareholders' Equity [1]               FOR THE YEAR ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2012       AOCI RESERVES  In thousands of Canadian dollars(Unaudited) PREFERRED SHARES COMMON SHARES RETAINED EARNINGS AVAILABLE- FOR-SALE SECURITIES CASH FLOW HEDGES TOTAL SHARE- BASED PAYMENT RESERVE TOTAL SHARE- HOLDERS' EQUITY                 Balance as at October 31, 2011$205,527$252,601$694,371$22,216$43,374$65,590$227$1,218,316Net income     140,508         140,508Other comprehensive income (net of income taxes)                Unrealized net gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities       (7,641)   (7,641)   (7,641) Reclassification of net (gains) losses on available-for-sale securities to net income       (2,374)   (2,374)   (2,374) Net change in value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges         (21,347) (21,347)   (21,347)Comprehensive income     140,508 (10,015) (21,347) (31,362)   109,146Net proceeds from issuance of new common shares 97,722 175,925           273,647Equity dividends                Preferred shares, including applicable taxes     (12,768)         (12,768)Common shares     (47,212)         (47,212)Balance as at October 31, 2012$303,249$428,526$774,899$12,201$22,027$34,228$227$1,541,129                                FOR THE YEAR ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2011       AOCI RESERVES    In thousands of Canadian dollars(Unaudited) PREFERREDSHARES COMMONSHARES RETAINEDEARNINGS AVAILABLE-FOR-SALESECURITIES CASHFLOWHEDGES TOTAL SHARE-BASEDPAYMENTRESERVE TOTALSHARE-HOLDERS'EQUITY                 Balance as at November 1, 2010$205,527$252,472$621,847$37,071$19,308$56,379$243$1,136,468Net income     123,717         123,717Other comprehensive income (net of income taxes)                 Unrealized net gains (losses) on available-for-salesecurities       (11,810)   (11,810)   (11,810) Reclassification of net (gains) losses on available-for-sale securities to net income       (3,045)   (3,045)   (3,045) Net change in value of derivatives designated as cash flow hedges         24,066 24,066   24,066Comprehensive income     123,717 (14,855) 24,066 9,211   132,928Issuance of common shares under share purchase option plan   129           129Share-based payments             (16) (16)Equity dividends                 Preferred shares, including applicable taxes     (12,436)         (12,436) Common shares     (38,757)         (38,757)Balance as at October 31, 2011$205,527$252,601$694,371$22,216$43,374$65,590$227$1,218,316[1] Comparative figures have been prepared in accordance with IFRS. See Note 30 to the audited consolidated financial statements as at October 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