Bank of Montreal sees no surge in Canada's equity markets despite positive signs

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Bank of Montreal sees no surge in Canada's equity markets despite positive signs
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Despite positive recovery signs in Canada's equity markets, such as Enbridge (NYSE: ENB ) Inc.'s C$4.6 billion ($3.4 billion) jumbo share sale and Bank of Montreal's (BMO) increased new issues volume after oversubscribed Labor Day offerings, Peter Miller, head of equity capital markets for BMO, does not foresee a spike in activity. This outlook comes as businesses are likely holding off initial public offerings (IPOs), possibly due to 2021's high valuations.

BMO has maintained a significant role in the market, with its top ranking in equity offerings and its position as joint bookrunner in several key deals. Among these are Enbridge's acquisition of Dominion Energy (NYSE: D ) Inc., and share sales for Intact Financial Corp. and Peyto Exploration. Despite these achievements, the anticipated surge in market activity remains elusive.

Adding to the context, BMO's financial performance has been under scrutiny. According to InvestingPro, the bank's market cap is currently at $57.43 billion, with a P/E ratio of 11.02. The bank's revenue for LTM2023.Q3 stands at $23835.85 million, reflecting a growth of 5.74 % over the period. The bank's dividend yield for Y2023.D277 is at 5.35 %, which is a point of interest for investors seeking steady income.

InvestingPro Tips also shed light on BMO's situation. Analysts have noted that the bank is quickly burning through cash and has low earnings quality, with free cash flow trailing net income. This could potentially lead to cuts in dividend payments, despite the bank maintaining dividend payments for 51 consecutive years. The bank's net income is expected to drop this year, and its stock is trading near a 52-week low. However, it remains a prominent player in the Banks industry and analysts predict it will be profitable this year.

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