Daily News: July 15, 2013

Wells Fargo Reports Record Quarterly Net Income

Wells Fargo reported record net income of $5.5 billion, or $0.98 per diluted common share, for second quarter 2013, up from $4.6 billion, or $0.82 per share, for second quarter 2012, and up from $5.2 billion, or $0.92 per share, for first quarter 2013.

For the first six months of 2013, net income was a record $10.7 billion, or $1.90 per share, compared with $8.9 billion, or $1.57 per share, for the same period in 2012.

“Wells Fargo achieved outstanding results for the second quarter, with our diluted EPS growing for the 14th consecutive quarter and our returns on assets and equity increasing from second quarter 2012 and first quarter 2013,” said chairman and CEO John Stumpf.

Total loans were $802 billion at June 30, 2013, up $2.0 billion from March 31, 2013, driven by growth in commercial and industrial, auto, foreign, credit card and non-conforming first mortgage, partially offset by decreases in junior lien mortgage and commercial real estate mortgage, and a decline of $3.3 billion due to the continued runoff in the liquidating/non-strategic portfolio.

Total average loans were $800.2 billion, up $2.2 billion from the prior quarter. The asset-backed finance, commercial banking, corporate banking, credit card, government and institutional banking, mortgage, personal credit management, real estate capital markets, retail brokerage, and retail sales finance portfolios all experienced year-over-year, double digit growth

Regarding credit quality, chief risk officer Mike Loughlin said, “Credit performance was very strong in the second quarter with improvement in all key metrics. Credit losses were $1.2 billion in second quarter 2013, compared with $2.2 billion in second quarter 2012, representing a 48% year-over-year improvement. The quarterly loss rate fell to 0.58% with commercial losses of only five basis points and consumer losses of 1.01%. The consumer loss levels have improved rapidly due primarily to the positive momentum in the residential real estate market, with home prices improving faster and in more markets than expected. Nonperforming assets declined by $1.8 billion, or 8% from last quarter. We released $500 million from the allowance for credit losses in the second quarter, reflecting improvement in home prices and credit.”

Net loan charge-offs improved to $1.2 billion in second quarter 2013, or 58 basis points of average loans, compared with $1.4 billion in first quarter 2013, or 72 basis points of average loans.

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