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BankUnited Management Still Optimistic On Loan Growth


BMO Capital’s Lana Chan mentioned that BankUnited (NYSE: BKU)'s management continues to be optimistic about meeting the annual new loan growth target of $4.5-$5.0 billion, despite the slow start to Q1. Chan maintained an Outperform rating on the company, with a price target of $35.

Management Expectations

“To make the low end of its annual target, BKU needs a quarterly average of $1.3 billion for the rest of the year and it needs pay-down activity to slow from the elevated 1Q level of $179 million,” the analyst stated.

Chan expects loan originations to rebound from $532 million in Q1 to $1.1 billion.

Management also expects CRE concentration to rise from 270 percent of risk-based capital on March 31 to 300 percent in the near future.

BankUnited has been working on improving its data reporting and expects to meet regulators’ expectations by end Q2.

“On the deposit side, we await BKU’s announcement of a new national deposit program that it alluded to last quarter, that should accelerate deposit growth going into next year,” Chan said.


Management guided to net interest margin in the range of 3.60-3.80 percent for FY16, while the analyst expects a margin decline of 9 bps to 3.74 percent in Q2 and margin of 3.68 percent for FY16.

The 2Q16 EPS estimate has been lowered to reflect a flatter yield curve, while the full year EPS estimates for 2016 and 2017 have also been lowered.

Latest Ratings for BKU

Jun 2020UBSUpgradesNeutralBuy
Jun 2020B of A SecuritiesUpgradesNeutralBuy
Jun 2020Morgan StanleyMaintainsEqual-Weight

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