5 Bank Earnings Winners From Jefferies
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Jefferies analyst Ken Usdin on Friday highlighted five regional bank "winners" based on first-quarter earnings reports this week.
The analyst said that in addition to beating consensus earnings estimates, the group of five banks "have also put up decent loan growth and kept
Usdin said the only "definitive miss" this week was First Horizon National (FHN) of Memphis, Tenn., which on Thursday reported first-quarter net income available to common shareholders of $30.5 million, or 12 cents a share, missing the consensus EPS estimate of 13 cents, among analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, which the analyst blamed on higher-than-expected mortgage putback expenses, along with net interest margin pressure.
The analyst said that "as expected," industry "loan growth has moderated in the first quarter, driven by a seasonal slowdown in
Heading into next week, Usdin thinks that Signature Bank (SBNY) and SVB Financial Group (SIVB) "could fare better on loan growth," while Regions Financial (RF) and Zions Bancorporation (ZION) , "could be a bit more challenged."
Usdin also said that among banks that haven't yet reported, SunTrust (STI) "is most exposed" to new mortgage repurchase claims.
The following are the five regional bank earnings winners for this week, from Jefferies: