Boston, MA 10/18/2013 (wallstreetpr) – An insolated strong show in income earnings for a company doesn’t always mean much. This is why even after posting profit growth in its just latest quarter earnings, Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ:HBAN) is getting more under investor’s microscope. The company has of course drawn an encouraging trajectory for the coming quarter, but can the dreams be realized? This is one question that the company itself cannot adequately answers in a convincing manner and that is why those who study the company deserve an ear.
There are particular strengths which exit for HBAN to hit the anticipated targets that the directors have issued on the company. HBAN’s in-store banking deals and the acquisition of the Fidelity Bank are particular strengths which require proper mention. Then of course, the company also has very commendable capital deployment initiatives. The company’s growth trajectory is also very strongly supported by its strong franchise in Midwest.
However, the growing low interest rate in the banking industry and the tepid manner in which the economy is recovering send some chill down the spin. To this weakness add the increasingly stringent regulatory environment that the banking sector has been placed. These are, unfortunately, perfect headwinds to consider and perhaps be concerned about.
The skepticism about HBAN is however not as high as that on its peers. Its shock absorbers are equal to the task ahead; perhaps what might strain the absorbers is the expected bulge in expense bases.
In the just released income results, HBAN exceeded analysts’ estimates in per share earning by posting $0.20, against $0.17 estimation by analysts. Its net income expanded to $178.5 million, up from $167.8 million a year earlier. In a comparable quarter a year ago, the bank realized $0.19 in per share earning.
Following these results, it’s indicative that HBAN is sliding into the green zone. It has declared $0.05 per share dividend, payable on the second day of January next year. This captures shareholders of record December 19, 2013.