BMO had a total profit of $1.5 billion over three months ended Jan. 31, 2019. That’s an increase of 55 per cent from last year, though it dropped from $1.7 billion in the previous quarter. Scotiabank slipped to $2.2 billion in profit this quarter, compared to $2.3 billion last year. BMO CEO Darryl White identified the U.S. as a key growth market in a Tuesday morning conference call. Earnings at Scotiabank’s Canadian banking unit were down three per cent. (Financial Post)
Talking point: Both banks said their latest earnings got a big boost from international markets; a flat domestic market and volatile stocks caused them to slip back at home. Scotiabank’s international earnings grew by 17 per cent to $782 million, partially due to acquisitions in Latin America. However, it’s still slimming down in international markets—also on Tuesday, it announced it would be entering a deal to reduce its 49 per cent stake in Thailand-based TBank. And, CEO Brian Porter said the company will continue to make more of its profits at home than overseas.