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First Republic 4Q net income rises 14 pct

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2013 at 9:15 am •  Published: January 16, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — First Republic Bank said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter net income rose 14 percent, as the bank made more money off its loans and investments and recorded a hefty gain on the sale of loans.

Its results topped Wall Street estimates and its shares briefly traded at a new high.

The San Francisco-based bank earned $103.6 million, or 77 cents per share, up from $90.7 million, or 68 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

Analysts, on average, expected a profit of 73 cents per share, according to FactSet.

Net interest income rose 6 percent to $302.3 million, as interest on its loans rose 2 percent to $294.8 million. Net interest income combines interest on loans that the bank collects and interest on deposits and debt that the bank pays out. It is a measure of the bank's ability to profit from its lending.

Meanwhile, noninterest income, which includes revenue from fees and other sources, jumped 89 percent to $55.6 million, helped by a $17.7 million gain on the sale of loans and a 37 percent jump in investment advisory fees to $16.3 million.

Total revenue rose 14 percent to $357.9 million. Analysts expected $343.5 million.

The company's provision for loan losses, or the amount of money it set aside to cover soured loans, rose 6 percent to $17.2 million. The company attributed the growth to increases in its loan portfolio over the last few years.

For the full year 2012, First Republic earned $370.5 million, or $2.76 per share, up from $352.1 million, or $2.65 per share, in 2011. Revenue rose 13 percent to $1.34 billion from $1.18 billion.

First Republic shares rose $1.12, or 3.2 percent, to $35.66 in morning trading after trading as high as $36.10 earlier in the session. FactSet says that was an all-time high..


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