Susquehanna Bancshares in Lititz, Pa., reported a profit of $43.5 million in the second quarter, down 5% from a year ago, as mortgage and capital markets revenues fell sharply.

Nonetheless, its earnings per share of 23 cents came in three cents higher than the estimates of analysts polled by Bloomberg. In a research note, analysts from Sandler O'Neill said that the earnings — per-share results were aided by a lower-than-expected provision for loan losses.

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