On Aug 24, 2013, Zacks Investment Research upgraded
Webster Financial Corp.
) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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Why the Upgrade?
Webster Financial has been witnessing rising earnings estimates
on the back of strong second-quarter results. Moreover, the
company has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 4.0%.
On Jul 12, Webster Financial reported second-quarter earnings of
48 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a
penny. Moreover, it surpassed the prior-quarter earnings of 44
cents. Better-than-expected results were driven by top-line
growth and a decline in operating expenses. Further, improved
asset quality and capital ratios were the other highlights for
Webster Financial's net interest income came in at $147.0
million, up 1.9% from the prior quarter. Moreover, non-interest
income came in at $52.3 million, up 10.3% sequentially. Further,
total noninterest expenses decreased 2.8% from the previous
quarter to $123.6 million.
Webster Financial's asset quality showed an improvement.
Nonperforming assets were $190.5 million as of Jun 30, 2013, down
6.3% from the prior quarter. As of Jun 30, 2013, allowance for
loan losses as a percentage of total loans stood at 1.33%, down 7
basis points (bps) from the prior quarter.
Capital ratios also showed improvement. As of Jun 30, 2013, Tier
1 risk-based capital ratio was 12.90% compared with 12.75% as of
Mar 31, 2013. Moreover, total risk-based capital stood at 12.90%
as of Jun 30, 2013 compared with 12.75% as of Mar 31, 2013.
Over the last 60 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013 went
up by 3.2% to $1.91 per share. Moreover, for 2014, the Zacks
Consensus Estimate increased 5.9% to $1.97 per share over the
same time frame.
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