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|Discover Financial Services Reports Third Quarter Net Income of $593 Million or $1.20 Per Diluted Share|
Third Quarter Highlights
"Discover's card loan growth continues to exceed industry growth while
charge-offs achieved new record lows," said
Direct Banking pretax income of
Discover card sales volume grew 3% from the prior year to
Total loans ended the quarter at
Revenue net of interest expense increased
Net interest margin was 9.65%, up 26 basis points from the prior year. The increase in net interest margin from the prior year reflects decreased funding costs partially offset by lower loan yield. Credit card yield was 12.00%, a decrease of 14 basis points from the prior year. The decline in credit card yield from the prior year reflects an increase in promotional rate balances and a decline in higher rate balances, partially offset by lower interest charge-offs. Interest expense as a percent of total loans decreased 39 basis points from the prior year as the company continued to take advantage of available low rate funding.
Net interest income increased
Other income decreased
The delinquency rate for credit card loans over 30 days past due was 1.67%, an improvement of 16 basis points from the prior year, and an increase of 9 basis points from the prior quarter. Credit card net charge-off rate for the third quarter was 2.05%, down 29 basis points from the prior year and prior quarter. The student loan net charge-off rate excluding PCI loans was 1.33%, up 59 basis points from the prior year due to a larger portion of the portfolio entering repayment and down 25 basis points from the prior quarter due to seasonality. Strong growth in personal loans resulted in the net charge-off rate decreasing by 8 basis points from the prior year and 23 basis points from the prior quarter to 2.01%.
Provision for loan losses of
Expenses were down
Payment Services pretax income was
Payment Services dollar volume was
During the third quarter of 2013, the company repurchased approximately
7 million shares of common stock for
Conference Call and Webcast Information
The company will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter
A financial summary follows. Financial, statistical, and business
related information, as well as information regarding business and
segment trends, is included in the financial supplement filed as Exhibit
99.2 to the company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed today with the
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements, which speak to our expected business and financial performance, among other matters, contain words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “aim,” “will,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “likely,” and similar expressions. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and there is no undertaking to update or revise them as more information becomes available.
The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: changes in economic variables, such as the availability of consumer credit, the housing market, energy costs, the number and size of personal bankruptcy filings, the rate of unemployment, the levels of consumer confidence and consumer debt, and investor sentiment; the impact of current, pending and future legislation, regulation, supervisory guidance, and regulatory and legal actions, including, but not limited to, those related to financial regulatory reform, consumer financial services practices, anti-corruption, and funding, capital and liquidity; the actions and initiatives of current and potential competitors; the company's ability to manage its expenses; the company's ability to successfully achieve full card acceptance across its networks and maintain relationships with network participants; the company's ability to sustain and grow its private student loan portfolio and mortgage loan products; losses as a result of mortgage loan repurchase and indemnification obligations to secondary market purchasers; the company's ability to manage its credit risk, market risk, liquidity risk, operational risk, legal and compliance risk, and strategic risk; the availability and cost of funding and capital; access to deposit, securitization, equity, debt and credit markets; the impact of rating agency actions; the level and volatility of equity prices, commodity prices and interest rates, currency values, investments, other market fluctuations and other market indices; losses in the company's investment portfolio; limits on the company's ability to pay dividends and repurchase its common stock; limits on the company's ability to receive payments from its subsidiaries; fraudulent activities or material security breaches of key systems; the company's ability to increase or sustain Discover card usage or attract new customers; the company's ability to maintain relationships with current merchants; the effect of political, economic and market conditions, geopolitical events and unforeseen or catastrophic events; the company's ability to introduce new products or services; the company's ability to manage its relationships with third-party vendors; the company's ability to maintain current technology and integrate new and acquired systems; the company's ability to collect amounts for disputed transactions from merchants and merchant acquirers; the company's ability to attract and retain employees; the company's ability to protect its reputation and its intellectual property; difficulty obtaining regulatory approval for, financing, closing, transitioning, integrating or managing the expenses of acquisitions of or investments in new businesses, products or technologies; and new lawsuits, investigations or similar matters or unanticipated developments related to current matters. The company routinely evaluates and may pursue acquisitions of or investments in businesses, products, technologies, loan portfolios or deposits, which may involve payment in cash or the company's debt or equity securities.
Additional factors that could cause the company's results to differ
materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be
found under “Risk Factors,” “Business - Competition,” “Business -
Supervision and Regulation” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the company's Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
1 Total Loans includes mortgages and other loans.
2 Purchased Credit Impaired ("PCI") loans are loans that were acquired in which a deterioration in credit quality occurred between the origination date and the acquisition date. These loans were initially recorded at fair value and accrete interest income over the estimated lives of the loans as long as cash flows are reasonably estimable, even if the loans are contractually past due. PCI loans are private student loans and are included in total loan receivables.
3 Excludes PCI loans (described above) which are accounted for on a pooled basis. Since a pool is accounted for as a single asset with a single composite interest rate and aggregate expectation of cash flows, the past-due status of a pool, or that of the individual loans within a pool, is not meaningful. Because the company is recognizing interest income on a pool of loans, it is all considered to be performing.
4 Volume is derived from data provided by licensees for
Note: See Glossary for definitions of financial terms in the financial
supplement which is available online at the