On January 8, Zacks Investment Research upgraded
) to Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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Why the Upgrade?
IberiaBank has been witnessing rising earnings estimates on the
back of its strong third-quarter 2012 results. Moreover, this
Southeast American bank delivered positive earnings surprises in
the last five quarters with an average beat of 17.7%. The
long-term expected earnings growth rate for this stock is 9.0%.
IberiaBank reported third-quarter (ended September 30) results on
October 23, 2012. Non-GAAP earnings per share came in at 83
cents, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 48.2%.
Earnings were primarily aided by a year-over-year growth of 6.3%
in net interest income and a 25.4% surge in non-interest income,
partially offset by a 10.3% increase in operating expenses.
Further, asset quality at IberiaBank improved considerably. The
ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets was 0.81%, down 8
basis points from the prior-year quarter. Allowance for loan
losses to loans was 1.10%, down 24 bps year over year.
Total loans as of September 30, 2012, increased 14.8% year over
year to $8.2 billion. Moreover, deposits hiked 7.9% year over
year to $9.9 billion.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2012 increased 0.8% to $2.62 per
share as all the estimates were revised higher over the last 60
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First Interstate Bancsystem Inc.
). Both carry Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).