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Bremer Financial Corporation reports second quarter results


St. Paul, Minn.– Bremer Financial Corporation, parent company of Bremer Bank, reported its second quarter 2019 financial results today.

Results include a return on average equity of 12.42 percent and a return on assets of 1.15 percent. The company earned net income of $36.4 million for the second quarter of 2019, resulting in $71.5 million in year-to-date net income for 2019. Results include the impact of nearly 6% loan growth from the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019 and stable credit quality.

Bremer Financial Corporation paid a dividend of $14.4 million for the second quarter of 2019, which followed $44.4 million in dividends paid during the first quarter of 2019. Consistent dividend growth to shareholders reflect the company’s earnings stability, strong capital position, and commitment to disciplined and strategic growth.

Each year, 92 percent of Bremer’s dividends are paid to the company’s majority owner, the Otto Bremer Trust, and 8 percent of the dividends are paid to employees of Bremer Financial Corporation. In 2018, the company distributed $76.4 million in dividends to shareholders, including $70.3 million to the Otto Bremer Trust and $6.1 million to Bremer employees.

“Our strong second quarter performance is a reflection of our ongoing success to advance our market position as a specialized commercial and ag bank. We had fun creating excitement for our team and our customers when we revealed our fresh new look in May. Our updated brand reflects our ability to invest in our business for the long term and stay relevant in a fast-changing world. As always, our results are driven by our collaborative and curious team that goes above and beyond for the benefit of our customers,” said Jeanne Crain, Bremer Financial Corporation President and CEO.

About Bremer Financial Corporation

Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately held, $13 billion regional financial services company jointly owned by the Otto Bremer Trust and Bremer employees. Founded in 1943 by Otto Bremer, the company is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and provides a comprehensive range of banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, trust and insurance products and services throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Clients include small businesses, mid-sized corporations, agribusinesses, nonprofits, public and government entities, and individuals and families.