Laurentian Bank profit up 71 pct

Wed Dec 5, 2012 9:28am EST

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Laurentian Bank of Canada's fourth-quarter profit rose 71 percent on loan growth and it raised its quarterly dividend.

Laurentian, Canada's eighth-largest bank by market capitalization, reported profit of C$45.7 million, or C$1.51 per share, compared with C$26.7 million, or 99 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier.

Total revenue rose 15 percent to C$210.4 million

Montreal-based Laurentian increased its quarterly dividend by 2 Canadian cents to 49 Canadian cents per share.

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