• Sherwin-Williams Rises on Good Earnings
    Posted by on July 23rd, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Shares of Sherwin-Williams (SHW) are up nicely this morning. The company reported Q2 earnings of $6.57 per share. That was 20 cents higher than expectations.

    For the quarter, consolidated net sales rose 2.2% to $4.88 billion. Net sales in stores open more than a year rose by 4.3%. Sherwin stood by its full-year EPS guidance $20.40 to $21.40 per share.

    Commenting on the second quarter, John G. Morikis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Sherwin-Williams delivered record results in net sales, EBITDA, profit before taxes and net operating cash in the second quarter, overcoming uneven demand in end markets outside the U.S. and persistently challenging selling conditions in North American architectural paint markets. Gallon growth in our North American paint stores and continued progress on our pricing initiatives in all segments combined to drive consolidated adjusted gross margin to 44.9% and support our continued investments in solutions for our customers. We also continued to effectively manage costs, which combined with the gross margin improvement, drove a 15% year-over-year increase in adjusted earnings per share. We expect gross margins to continue to improve in the second half of the year, driven by continued volume growth and lower projected year-over-year raw material pricing.

    “All three of our segments increased profit and margin year-over-year. In The Americas Group, we generated sales growth in all end markets in our North American paint stores, led by high single digit growth in residential repaint. We leveraged the sales growth to expand segment margin by 50 basis points to 22.2%. We’ve opened 20 net new stores year to date, and our professional painting contractor customers continue to report solid backlogs and project pipelines going forward. In our Consumer Brands Group, our growth initiatives with our largest partners in North America are performing well and more than offset softer demand in some international markets. Adjusted segment margin improved 490 basis points to 20.3%, driven by sales growth and good cost control. Performance Coatings Group sales declined in the quarter mainly related to softer demand in some end markets in Asia and Europe. Despite the sales decline, adjusted segment margin increased 150 basis points to 15.5% – evidence of our good cost control and that our recent pricing actions are gaining traction to offset raw material inflation.

    “For the third quarter, we anticipate our consolidated net sales will increase by a low single digit percentage compared to last year’s third quarter. For the full year 2019, we expect our consolidated net sales will increase two to four percent compared to the full year 2018. We are updating our full year 2019 diluted net income per share guidance to be in the range of $16.14 to $17.14 per share as a result of the $.79 per share charge related to the tax credit investment loss. Diluted net income per share in 2018 was $11.67 per share, including a charge of $4.15 per share for acquisition-related costs and charges for non-operating expenses of $2.71 per share. We are reaffirming our full year 2019 adjusted diluted net income per share guidance to be in the range of $20.40 to $21.40 per share, excluding acquisition-related costs and charges for non-operating expenses, compared to $18.53 per share for the full year 2018 on a comparable basis.”

  • Morning News: July 23, 2019
    Posted by on July 23rd, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Globalization Isn’t Dying, It’s Just Evolving

    UBS CEO Warns of ‘Dangerous’ Bubbles Spurred by Central Banks

    Cash Is King When It Comes to Credit Card Rewards

    Did the FTC Go Soft on Facebook?

    What the Equifax Data-Breach Settlement Means for You

    Beijing Auto Buys Stake in Daimler, Deepening Their Alliance

    AB InBev Brews Up Elderflower Ale and Canned Cocktails for Growth

    Bird Is Said to Raise New Funding at $2.5 Billion Valuation

    Alibaba Welcomes U.S. Small Businesses to Sell Globally on Its Platform

    Huawei First-Half Revenue Up About 30% Despite U.S. Ban

    Microsoft’s $1 Billion Investment in AI Startup Is Good News for Nvidia

    Microsoft Will Pay Out $26 Million in Settlement Over Hungarian Bribery Scheme

    Lawrence Hamtil: Compendium of Low Volatility Articles

    Jeff Carter: Wait Or Go

    Jeff Miller: Stock Exchange: Models Gone Wild

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  • Bloomberg Appearance
    Posted by on July 22nd, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Here’s my appearance on Bloomberg from Friday. I’m introduced at 1:30:45.

  • RPM International Earns $1.24 per Share
    Posted by on July 22nd, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Good news for RPM International (RPM). The company made $1.24 per share for its fiscal Q4. That was 10 cents more than estimates.

    “We are very pleased with our significant earnings leverage for the quarter, which was bolstered by our 2020 MAP to Growth operating improvement plan, the benefits of which are beginning to be realized. Also contributing to the bottom line were recently implemented price increases and stabilizing raw material cost inflation. These gains were partially offset by continuing increases in costs for distribution and labor,” stated RPM chairman and CEO Frank C. Sullivan.

    “Sales grew organically by 3.5%, while acquisitions contributed 1.9%. This sales growth was offset by unfavorable foreign exchange of 2.6%. Sales in North America, our largest market, were slowed by some of the wettest spring months on record, which caused delays in painting and construction projects. In addition, conditions in Europe, our second largest market, remained soft. Despite these challenges, our operating units were able to drive top-line growth and gain market share,” stated Sullivan.

    This was a very good quarter for RPM. Net sales rose by 2.8% to $1.6 billion. The company also sees 2020 earnings of $3.30 to $3.42 per share.

  • Q2 2019 Earnings Calendar
    Posted by on July 22nd, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Over the next few weeks, several of our Buy List stocks will be reporting earnings. Here’s a list of reporting dates, Wall Street’s consensus estimates and actual reported results.

    Company Ticker Date Estimate Result
    Eagle Bancorp EGBN 17-Jul $1.12 $1.08
    Danaher DHR 18-Jul $1.16 $1.19
    Signature Bank SBNY 18-Jul $2.71 $2.72
    RPM International RPM 22-Jul $1.14 $1.24
    Sherwin-Williams SHW 23-Jul $6.36
    Torchmark TMK 24-Jul $1.65
    Check Point Software CHKP 24-Jul $1.37
    Cerner CERN 24-Jul $0.64
    Stryker SYK 25-Jul $1.94
    AFLAC AFL 25-Jul $1.07
    Hershey HSY 25-Jul $1.17
    Raytheon RTN 25-Jul $2.64
    Fiserv FISV 25-Jul $0.81
    Moody’s MCO 31-Jul $2.01
    Church & Dwight CHD 31-Jul $0.52
    Cognizant Technology Solutions CTSH 31-Jul $0.92
    Continental Building Products CBPX 1-Aug $0.51
    Intercontinental Exchange ICE 1-Aug $0.93
    Disney DIS 6-Aug $1.76
    Becton, Dickinson BDX 6-Aug $3.06
    Broadridge Financial BR TBA $1.71
  • Morning News: July 22, 2019
    Posted by on July 22nd, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Sawdust Might Be One Answer to the World’s Plastic Problem

    Millions of Barrels of Iranian Oil Are Piled Up in China’s Ports

    Brexit May Have Already Triggered U.K. Recession, Niesr Says

    Chinese Buyers Seek Tariff Exemptions for U.S. Farm Goods

    Chinese Money in the U.S. Dries Up as Trade War Drags On

    Batman and AT&T: A New Dynamic Duo?

    How to Prepare for Retirement If You’re Worried About Social Security

    Hyundai Motor Lays out U.S. Recovery Plan, Places Hope on New SUV Models

    Fire Forces Philadelphia Energy Solutions to File for Bankruptcy Again

    Halliburton Profit Beats on International Demand for Oilfield Services

    ‘Lion King’ Remake Becomes Disney’s Latest Box-Office Smash

    Equifax Settlement in Data Breach Will Cost at Least $650 Million

    Joshua Brown: Elizabeth Warren’s Banking Sector Napalm

    Ben Carlson: The Work Required to Behave in the Markets

    Howard Lindzon: Momentum Monday – It’s Always Something….

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  • RIP: @Nonrelatedsense
    Posted by on July 19th, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    I didn’t know the Tweeter known as @Nonrelatedsense, but I interacted with him many times. I’m deeply saddened to learn of his passing. He was a great addition to the sometimes-raucous arena we call Finance Twitter.

    Jason Zweig added in the WSJ:

    That’s never been clearer than it was a few days ago, when the person behind the @Nonrelatedsense account died, prompting an outpouring of love and grief in the financial quadrant of Twitter known as FinTwit. (Although I know who he was and where he worked, I’m honoring the wishes of his family and friends to preserve his anonymity.)

    Those who followed him, even without meeting him in real life, felt as if we had lost one of our smartest friends.

    NRS tweeted more than 117,000 times—an inimitable mix of investing insights, snarky quips, nature photographs and cocktail recipes. He exchanged what had to be thousands of direct messages with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of people who sought his opinions. (I was among them.)

    NRS was blunt, cynical, often profane, but seldom cruel—even though he saw clearly that the business model of many financial companies is to pile up mountains of fees from a blizzard of flim-flam and gibberish. A financial adviser obsessed with mutual funds and income-oriented investments, he could smell baloney in a single sniff—and as soon as he detected it, he mocked it.

    At the same time, his tweets and messages were infused with skeptical wisdom and profound uncertainty about how much anyone can ever know (“your confidence in this thesis is far too high to be credible”).

    “I only knew him through his Twitter identity,” Cliff Asness, co-founder of AQR Capital Management in Greenwich, Conn., which manages $194 billion in assets, told me this week. “But it was very clear he was very knowledgeable about finance, a great wit and committed to the truth.”

    Jason was kind enough to add me to his list of Tweeters who provide “witty but informative market takes.”

  • CWS Market Review – July 19, 2019
    Posted by on July 19th, 2019 at 7:08 am

    “Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to do nothing.” – David Tepper

    Second-quarter earnings season has arrived. There’s been a blizzard of earnings reports this week, and even more are coming next week.

    This week, three of our Buy List stocks reported Q2 earnings. We had good news from Signature Bank and Danaher, and we had very bad news from Eagle Bank. (Actually, I think the market dramatically over-reacted on Eagle. I’ll explain it all in a bit.)

    We also have ten Buy List earnings reports coming next week. That may be a record. In this week’s issue, I’ll preview them all. There’s a lot to get to, so let’s jump into this week’s earnings.

    Three Buy List Earnings Reports this Week

    Let’s start with the bad news. On Thursday, Eagle Bancorp (EGBN) had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. For the June quarter, the bank earned $1.08 per share. That was four cents below expectations.

    However, the big news was the news that Eagle said that its legal bill jumped in the second quarter due to “investigations and related document requests and subpoenas from government agencies.” What’s this all about?

    In their SEC report, Eagle specified “the Company’s identification, classification and disclosure of related party transactions; the retirement of certain former officers and directors; and the relationship of the Company and certain of its former officers and directors with a local public official.”

    All this sounds fishy but the bank made it clear that this will not materially impact its results. Also, the bank isn’t under any regulatory restrictions. One problem is that due to the nature of the legal issues, Eagle can’t say very much. I suspect this is connected to local Washington, DC political scandals. The problem is that it’s combined with an earnings miss. Also, there were flimsy (in my opinion) allegations of impropriety a few years ago.

    On Thursday, the stock got nailed for a 26.75% loss. Still, digging through the numbers, Eagle didn’t do that bad, especially considering the tough environment for interest rates.

    Let’s run through some numbers. Eagle now has assets of $8.7 billion which is a 10% increase over last year. Average total loans grew by 11% and average deposits grew by 10%. For the quarter, net interest margin was 3.91%. That’s down 24 basis points from a year ago. I was pleased to see Eagle’s efficiency ratio improved to 38.04% compared with 38.55% a year ago.

    This was a difficult quarter for Eagle but I’m not nearly as upset by this news as Wall Street is. What happened is that a four-cent earnings miss translated to a 1,430-cent share price reduction. This is a giant over-reaction.

    Thanks to the selloff, shares of Eagle are now going for just over eight times next year’s earnings. That’s a good deal. The dividend yield is up to 2.25%. I’m not giving up on Eagle. This week, I’m lowering our Buy Below price on Eagle to $43 per share.

    Now let’s look at some good news. On Thursday, Danaher (DHR) reported adjusted earnings of $1.19 per share. That’s an increase of 3.5% over last year. It was also above Danaher’s own range. The company told us to expect Q2 earnings of $1.13 to $1.16 per share. Quarterly revenues rose by 3.5% and non-GAAP core revenues rose by 5.5%. For the quarter, operating cash flow came in at $1.2 billion and non-GAAP free cash flow was $1.0 billion.

    Let’s look at guidance. For Q3, Danaher sees earnings ranging between $1.12 and $1.15 per share. For the full year, the company now sees earnings between $4.75 and $4.80 per share. That’s an increase of three cents to the lower end.

    Thomas P. Joyce, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are very pleased by our strong start to 2019, with our team’s execution driving another quarter of 5.5% core revenue growth. We believe that recent investments in innovation and commercial initiatives contributed to share gains in many of our businesses. Combined with solid operating margin expansion and cash flow generation, the strength of our results is a testament to our team and the power of the Danaher Business System.”

    Joyce added, “We continue to make progress on our anticipated acquisition of GE Biopharma and the planned initial public offering of our Dental business, which will be called Envista. Both transactions remain on track relative to our previously indicated expectations. We are excited about the opportunities ahead, and we believe the combination of our differentiated portfolio and our team’s DBS-driven execution positions us well to continue our strong performance through 2019 and beyond.”

    Three months ago, Danaher lowered its full-year range down from $4.75 to $4.85 per share. That was due to share dilution for the GE Biopharma deal. That deal should close sometime in Q4. This revised guidance nearly brings us back to the original forecast.

    Sometime in the second half of this year, Danaher will IPO Envista Holdings, their dental business. The ticker symbol will be NVST. Shares of DHR hit a new 52-week high on Thursday. Danaher remains a buy up to $150 per share.

    Also on Thursday, Signature Bank (SBNY) reported Q2 earnings of $2.72 per share. That was one penny more than expectations.

    Signature seems to have a nasty habit of plunging after each earnings report so it’s nice to see the shares gain some ground after this report.

    The details are pretty good. Total assets rose 8.1% to $48.88 billion. For the quarter, average assets are up 9.4% from a year ago. Deposits rose 7.3% to $37.54 billion. Net interest margin came in at 2.75%. That’s down 20 basis points from a year ago. That’s not great, but it’s certainly respectable for this environment.

    I’m happy to say that Signature is almost done with its taxi medallion mess. The bank went into this in a big way, but then thanks to ride-sharing apps, the medallions plunged in price. That left the bank holding a bunch of bum loans. Last quarter, Signature sold off $46.4 million in medallion loans. That leaves them with $18.8 million in non-performing medallion loans plus $43.8 million in repo-ed medallions. It was a costly mistake, but the issue is basically behind them.

    This week, I’m raising my Buy Below on Signature Bank to $130 per share. Now let’s look at all the earnings reports coming next week.

    Ten Buy List Stocks Due to Report Next Week

    Here’s the updated Earnings Calendar:

    Company Ticker Date Estimate Result
    Eagle Bancorp EGBN 17-Jul $1.12 $1.08
    Danaher DHR 18-Jul $1.16 $1.19
    Signature Bank SBNY 18-Jul $2.71 $2.72
    RPM International RPM 22-Jul $1.14
    Sherwin-Williams SHW 23-Jul $6.37
    Torchmark TMK 24-Jul $1.65
    Check Point Software CHKP 24-Jul $1.37
    Cerner CERN 24-Jul $0.64
    Stryker SYK 25-Jul $1.94
    AFLAC AFL 25-Jul $1.07
    Hershey HSY 25-Jul $1.17
    Raytheon RTN 25-Jul $2.64
    Fiserv FISV 25-Jul $0.81
    Moody’s MCO 31-Jul $2.01
    Church & Dwight CHD 31-Jul $0.52
    Cognizant Technology Solutions CTSH 31-Jul $0.92
    Continental Building Products CBPX 1-Aug $0.52
    Intercontinental Exchange ICE 1-Aug $0.93
    Disney DIS 6-Aug $1.76
    Becton, Dickinson BDX 6-Aug $3.06
    Broadridge Financial BR TBA $1.71

    RPM International (RPM) will report its fiscal Q4 results before the market opens Monday, July 22. The company’s fourth quarter ended in May. The company owns a broad selection of well-known brands like Rust-Oleum.

    RPM got off to a rough start for us this year, but things have improved lately. The April earnings report was very encouraging. (Incidentally, this is why we hold our positions for the entire year. Our strategy gives good stocks a chance to rebound.)

    I am concerned about the currency issue. That’s a big one for RPM. For fiscal Q4, RPM sees earnings ranging between $1.12 and $1.16 per share. That sounds about right. RPM has increased its dividend every year for the last 45 years. I’m expecting #46 in October.

    Earlier I mentioned the big drop in shares of Eagle Bank. That’s nothing compared to what happened to Sherwin-Williams (SHW) last fall. Shares of the paint company dropped 26% in just a few weeks. That was scary but we held on and the stock has rallied back impressively.

    Sherwin’s last earnings report was a bit light but the key is that they didn’t alter their full-year forecast. The company still sees 2019 earnings ranging between $20.40 and $21.40 per share. For Q2, Wall Street expects $6.37 per share.

    Sherwin also settled a 19-year legal battle over lead paint. I can’t speak to the merits of the claim, but the settlement was in Sherwin’s favor.

    We have three earnings reports on Wednesday.

    First up is Cerner (CERN) which is having an outstanding year for us. For Q2, Cerner expects earnings of 63 to 65 cents per share on revenue of $1.41 to $1.46 billion.

    For all of 2019, Cerner sees earnings of $2.64 to $2.72 per share. That’s up from the previous guidance of $2.57 to $2.67 per share. Earlier this year, Cerner reached an agreement with Starboard Value to start paying a dividend and increase its buyback authorization by $1.5 billion.

    For Q1, Check Point Software (CHKP) had a decent earnings report. The cyber-security firm earned $1.32 per share. That beat estimates by one penny per share. CEO Gil Shwed said, “We had good results in the first quarter with 13 percent growth in our security subscriptions including advanced solutions for Cloud and Mobile as well as SandBlast Zero day threat prevention.”

    The problem was that guidance was light. Check Point said it sees Q2 revenues coming in between $474 million and $500 million. For earnings, CHKP sees EPS ranging between $1.32 and $1.40. Frankly, I had expected more. The stock has pulled back since the spring. I’ll be curious to hear what CHKP has to say.

    Torchmark (TMK) is probably the most boring stock on our Buy List, and it’s having a very good year for us. The last earnings report was quite good. Net income as an ROE was 12.9%. Net operating income as an ROE, excluding net unrealized gains on fixed maturities, was 14.7%. For Q2, Wall Street expects $1.65 per share.

    Thursday will be a very busy day for us. Five of our Buy List stocks are due to report.

    Let’s start with AFLAC (AFL). The duck stock has been rallying well for us lately. For Q1, AFLAC earned $1.13 per share. That beat the Street by seven cents per share.

    The supplemental insurer expects to buy back between $1.3 billion and $1.7 billion in shares this year. AFLAC recently raised its dividend for the 36th year in a row. For 2019, AFLAC is standing by its previous guidance for earnings of $4.10 to $4.30 per share. That assumes the yen trades at ¥110.39 to the dollar. For Q2, Wall Street expects $1.07 per share.

    Last year was Fiserv’s (FISV) 33rd year in a row of double-digit earnings growth. I think they have a good shot at #34. The company made $3.10 per share last year so they need to hit $3.41 per share this year. For 2019, Fiserv has given us a range of $3.39 to $3.52 per share. I’ll be curious to see if they raise guidance next week.

    Of course, the big news for Fiserv is the planned merger with First Data. This is a massive deal. Fiserv expects it to be completed later this year.

    Jeffery Yabuki, Fiserv’s CEO, warned that Q2 “will be the low watermark for both internal revenue and adjusted EPS growth.” Wall Street expects earnings of 81 cents per share. The stock gapped up to a new high on Thursday.

    Hershey (HSY) has been another strong stock for us lately. The Q4 earnings weren’t that good, but Q1 was a big improvement. For all of 2019, Hershey expects EPS of $5.63 to $5.74. The chocolate stock is up 37.6% for us this year. For Q2, Wall Street expects $1.17 per share.

    In April, Raytheon (RTN) crushed estimates. The Tomahawk-maker earned $2.77 per share for Q1 which beat the Street by 30 cents per share.

    Raytheon is doing especially well with cyber-security and its intelligence and information unit. For 2019, RTN sees earnings between $11.40 and $11.60 per share and sales of $28.6 billion to $29.1 billion. Earlier this year, Raytheon hiked its dividend by 8.6%. That was its 15th annual dividend increase in a row. For Q2, the consensus is for $2.64 per share.

    For Q2, Stryker (SYK) expects earnings between $1.90 and $1.95 per share. For the full year, Stryker sees earnings between $8.05 and $8.20 per share. The shares are up 34.3% for us this year.

    That’s all for now. There will be lots more reports next week. On Tuesday, the report on sales of existing homes will be released. Then on Wednesday, the report on sales of new homes comes out. Thursday is durable goods and jobless claims. Then on Friday, we’ll get our first look at Q2 GDP. The economy grew by 3.1% during the first three months of the year. It may have grown at half that rate for the second quarter. Be sure to keep checking the blog for daily updates. I’ll have more market analysis for you in the next issue of CWS Market Review!

    – Eddy

  • Morning News: July 19, 2019
    Posted by on July 19th, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Fed Officials Shake Markets With Rate Cut Comments

    Wall Street Trading Costs to Surge as New Rules Hit Derivatives

    Central Banks’ Gold-Buying Spree Is Far From Over

    Trump to Nominate Eugene Scalia for Labor Secretary Job

    As ‘Superstar’ Cities Keep Winning, Worrisome U.S. Divide Widens

    Amazon Prime Day Inks Another Record, But That’s Not The Big Takeaway

    Microsoft Earnings: Sales Jump 12 Percent, Fueled by Cloud

    Boeing Takes $4.9 Billion Charge for Prolonged Grounding of 737 MAX Planes

    PepsiCo to Buy South Africa’s Pioneer Food for $1.7 Billion

    Netflix’s Indian Ambitions Face a Wall of Cheaper Rivals

    The Corvette Gets Radical Makeover as Stick Shift Makes Way for Touchscreen

    When Corporate Lobbies Started to Look Like Museum Galleries

    Ben Carlson: Why History Gets Stuff Wrong All the Time

    Michael Batnick: Come Do A Podcast

    Jeff Miller: You Can’t Have All the Answers

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  • Earnings from Signature Bank and Danaher
    Posted by on July 18th, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Press release from Signature Bank:

    Net Income for the 2019 Second Quarter Was $147.9 Million, or $2.72 Diluted Earnings Per Share, Versus $154.6 Million, or $2.83 Diluted Earnings Per Share, Reported in the 2018 Second Quarter

    The Bank Declared a Cash Dividend of $0.56 Per Share, Payable on or After August 15, 2019 to Common Stockholders of Record at the Close of Business on August 1, 2019

    During the 2019 Second Quarter, the Bank Repurchased 412,977 Shares of Common Stock For a Total of $50.0 Million. Thus Far, the Bank Has Repurchased $114.7 Million of Common Stock From Its $500 Million Authorization

    Total Deposits in the Second Quarter Grew $917.9 Million to $37.54 Billion; Total Deposits Have Grown $2.55 Billion, or 7.3 Percent, Since the End of the 2018 Second Quarter. Average Deposits Increased $456.0 Million in the 2019 Second Quarter

    For the 2019 Second Quarter, Loans Increased $466.5 Million, or 1.2 Percent, to $37.93 Billion. Since the End of the 2018 Second Quarter, Loans Have Increased 11.1 Percent, or $3.78 Billion. During the 2019 Second Quarter, the Bank Sold $46.4 Million of Taxi Medallion Loans and Sold a $91.8 Million Portfolio of Signature Financial Equipment Loans. Excluding These Sales, Loans Would Have Increased $604.7 Million

    Non-Accrual Loans Were $41.3 Million, or 0.11 Percent of Total Loans, at June 30, 2019, Versus $94.7 Million, or 0.25 Percent, at the End of the 2019 First Quarter and $158.1 Million, or 0.46 Percent, at the End of the 2018 Second Quarter. Excluding Taxi Medallion Loans, Non-Accrual Loans Were $22.5 Million, or Six Basis Points of Total Loans

    Net Interest Margin on a Tax-Equivalent Basis was 2.74 Percent, Compared with 2.75 Percent for the 2019 First Quarter and 2.94 Percent for the 2018 Second Quarter. Core Net Interest Margin on a Tax-Equivalent Basis Excluding Loan Prepayment Penalty Income Decreased Two Basis Points to 2.71 Percent, Compared with 2.73 Percent for the 2019 First Quarter

    Tier 1 Leverage, Common Equity Tier 1 Risk-Based, Tier 1 Risk-Based, and Total Risk-Based Capital Ratios were 9.70 Percent, 11.59 Percent, 11.59 Percent, and 12.82 Percent, Respectively, at June 30, 2019. Signature Bank Remains Significantly Above FDIC “Well Capitalized” Standards. Tangible Common Equity Ratio was 9.46 Percent

    In the 2019 Second Quarter, the Bank Appointed Two Private Client Banking Teams. Thus Far in 2019, Four Teams have Joined the Bank, Including the 28 Person Venture Banking Group and the Eight Person Kanno-Wood Team Which Specializes in Banking to Mortgage Servicing Clients

    Signature Bank (SBNY), a New York-based full service commercial bank, today announced results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

    Net income for the 2019 second quarter was $147.9 million, or $2.72 diluted earnings per share, versus $154.6 million, or $2.83 diluted earnings per share, for the 2018 second quarter. The decrease in net income for the 2019 second quarter, versus the comparable quarter last year, is due to an increase of $19.3 million in non-interest expenses mostly due to the significant hiring of private client banking teams, including nearly 50 employees added for the Fund Banking Division, Venture Banking Group and the Kanno-Wood Team.

    Net interest income for the 2019 second quarter reached $326.3 million, up $5.3 million, or 1.6 percent, when compared with the 2018 second quarter. This increase is primarily due to growth in average interest-earning assets. Total assets reached $48.88 billion at June 30, 2019, an increase of $3.66 billion, or 8.1 percent, from $45.22 billion at June 30, 2018. Average assets for the 2019 second quarter reached $48.78 billion, an increase of $4.20 billion, or 9.4 percent, compared with the 2018 second quarter.

    Deposits for the 2019 second quarter rose $917.9 million to $37.54 billion at June 30, 2019. When compared with deposits at June 30, 2018, overall deposit growth for the last twelve months was 7.3 percent, or $2.55 billion. Average deposits for the 2019 second quarter reached $36.93 billion, an increase of $456.0 million.

    “During the past several years, and particularly over the last twelve months, Signature Bank has been focused on expanding our franchise and securing a larger presence throughout the national banking landscape. To reflect, we began diversifying our revenue streams with the launch of Signature Financial, our specialty finance subsidiary. We continued the diversification and expansion of the Bank with the addition of the Digital Banking Team and the Fund Banking Division, which have both already made meaningful contributions. Moreover, we recently added the Venture Banking Group as well as the Kanno-Wood team, which will provide treasury management products and services to residential and commercial mortgage servicers. We also launched Signet, our 24/7 payments platform, which today continues to be the only such platform offered by an FDIC-insured institution. All these banking teams, which are national in scope, have raised Signature Bank’s profile and offerings and are contributing to a more diversified credit and asset liability position over the short and long term,” explained Joseph J. DePaolo, President and Chief Executive Officer.

    “Signature Bank is establishing a banking presence across the country. We have always grown this institution prudently and methodically, utilizing our strong reputation and solid capital position to attract the best bankers available in their industry and keeping the needs of our clients and their depositor safety at the forefront of all we do,” DePaolo concluded.

    “In spite of a challenging deposit environment, we once again delivered solid deposit and loan growth leading to strong earnings. Also, we further reduced our risk in the Taxi Medallion portfolio with the sale of $46.4 million in NYC taxi loans on 375 medallions. Additionally, we have put in place several major new initiatives, which will provide significant benefit to our institution over the coming years. Personally, I have never been more positive on our future growth prospects. Our model of doing business remains robust, and we will continue to build value for our long-term investors,” explained Scott A. Shay, Chairman of the Board.

    From Danaher:

    Danaher Corporation today announced results for the second quarter 2019. For the quarter ended June 28, 2019, net earnings were $731.3 million, or $0.97 per diluted share which represents a 2.0% year-over-year increase from the comparable 2018 period.

    Non-GAAP adjusted diluted net earnings per share were $1.19 which represents a 3.5% increase over the comparable 2018 period. For the second quarter 2019, revenues increased 3.5% year-over-year to $5.2 billion, with non-GAAP core revenue growth of 5.5%.

    Operating cash flow for the second quarter 2019 was $1.2 billion and non-GAAP free cash flow was $1.0 billion.

    For the third quarter 2019, the Company anticipates that diluted net earnings per share will be in the range of $0.86 to $0.89 and non-GAAP adjusted diluted net earnings per share will be in the range of $1.12 to $1.15.

    For the full year 2019, the Company now anticipates that diluted net earnings per share will be in the range of $3.38 to $3.43 versus previous guidance of $3.34 to $3.42. The Company is raising its 2019 non-GAAP adjusted diluted net earnings per share guidance to $4.75 to $4.80 versus previous guidance of $4.72 to $4.80.

    Thomas P. Joyce, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are very pleased by our strong start to 2019, with our team’s execution driving another quarter of 5.5% core revenue growth. We believe that recent investments in innovation and commercial initiatives contributed to share gains in many of our businesses. Combined with solid operating margin expansion and cash flow generation, the strength of our results is a testament to our team and the power of the Danaher Business System.”

    Joyce added, “We continue to make progress on our anticipated acquisition of GE Biopharma and the planned initial public offering of our Dental business, which will be called Envista. Both transactions remain on track relative to our previously indicated expectations. We are excited about the opportunities ahead, and we believe the combination of our differentiated portfolio and our team’s DBS-driven execution positions us well to continue our strong performance through 2019 and beyond.”