December 5, 2014 / 6:18 PM / 4 years ago

WRAPUP 1-Scotia, Nat'l close out weak results season for Canada lenders

TORONTO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Shares of Bank of Nova Scotia and National Bank of Canada weakened after the lenders reported quarterly results on Friday, closing out an earnings season in which Canadian banks largely disappointed investors.

Scotiabank, Canada’s No. 3 lender, reported a weaker-than-expected profit, with earnings down in both its Canadian and international banking divisions.

National Bank of Canada, the country’s sixth-largest lender, reported a higher profit largely in line with analysts’ expectations, led by its financial markets and wealth management businesses.

Scotiabank shares fell 2.1 percent to C$66.13 in Toronto, while National declined 1.3 percent to C$49.75.

Banking stocks took a hit earlier this week after results from Bank of Montreal, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce fell short of analysts’ expectations. Royal Bank of Canada was the only other lender to meet them.

“It’s the weakest I’ve seen in a while,” said Edward Jones analyst Tom Lewandowski. “I would characterize it as good performance, just not that beating-expectations type of performance we saw previously.”

Scotiabank said it earned C$1.4 billion ($1.23 billion), or C$1.10 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31, down from C$1.7 billion, or C$1.29 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding notable items, the bank reported earnings of C$1.32 a share. Scotia noted that if amortization of intangibles and other one-time loan losses and adjustments were removed, core earnings per share were C$1.39.

Analysts on average expected adjusted earnings per share of C$1.40, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Scotiabank had warned it November it expected to book charges from its international operations.

Chief Executive Officer Brian Porter said the headwinds of the last few quarters were likely to persist into the first half of 2015, with better growth expected later in the year.

Porter told analysts on a conference call the bank still targeted annual earnings-per-share growth of 5 percent to 10 percent.

Separately, National Bank CEO Louis Vachon said his bank also had that goal for the mid-term.

$1 = 1.1405 Canadian dollars With additional reporting by Ashutosh Pandey in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn

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