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Most midsize banks report higher earnings YOY in Q3

Most midsize banks reported higher third-quarter EPS year over year.

During the first three weeks of earnings, from Oct. 15 to Nov. 1, 46 out of 77 banks between $10 billion to $100 billion in total assets reported higher EPS. Twenty-four banks reported lower EPS year over year, while seven reported no change.

Hilltop Holdings Inc. reported the largest year-over-year EPS increase for midsize banks during the week ended Nov. 1. Hilltop Holdings reported 86 cents per share for the third quarter, a 126.3% increase from the 38 cents per share reported in the year-ago quarter.

During the third quarter of 2018, Hilltop Holdings reported $6.6 million in transaction expenses related to its acquisition of Bank of River Oaks.

Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. reported the largest year-over-year EPS decline for midsize banks during the week ended Nov. 1. The company reported 46 cents per share for the third quarter, a 37.1% decline from the 72 cents per share reported in the year-ago quarter.

Berkshire Hills' results included a $16 million loan loss provision due to the full charge-off of a loan that defaulted in September from potential fraud.

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