Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ: HBAN; www.huntington.com) reported 2013 second quarter net income of $150.7 million, a decrease of $2.1 million, or 1%, from the 2012 second quarter and a decrease of $1.1 million, or 1%, from the 2013 first quarter. Earnings per common share were $0.17, unchanged from the prior and year ago quarters.
The board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.05 per common share. The dividend is payable October 1, 2013, to shareholders of record on September 17, 2013.
Strategies Continue to Drive Business Performance
"Huntington had a good quarter that demonstrates progress in our strategic priorities," said Stephen D. Steinour, chairman, president and CEO of Huntington Bank. “I am extremely pleased that we have returned to pre-recession, normal credit levels ahead of our prior expectations. This reflects our disciplined and prudent lending approach. We also continue to experience double-digit household growth. Expenses were managed slightly below our expectations. Revenue was relatively unchanged as strategic growth overcame multiple environmental headwinds and the prior quarters’ Low Income Housing Tax Credit related gains. Consumer lending and deposits have increased over the same quarter last year as consumer confidence in the recovery rises. Our commercial pipeline continues to be strong as business owners are seeing more signs of economic growth. Employment across our Midwest markets continues to improve with Ohio creating the largest month-to-month employment increase in the nation in May and Michigan coming in third.""We remain on track to deliver sustainable levels of long-term profitability," added Steinour. "Our estimate for the negative impact from Basel III is approximately 90 basis points better than last year’s estimate. Our existing strategic investments continue to mature. We are focused on expense management and a more robust continuous improvement effort across the enterprise.”