Key Takeaways from Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) 1Q18 Earnings


On Friday, Wells, which maintains its biggest employee hub in Charlotte, said it is in ongoing discussions with both agencies over its practices, as well as to resolve matters regarding Wells' compliance risk management.

The lingering shadow of the customer-account scandal led Wells Fargo to take the unusual step of filing a preliminary first-quarter performance. They noted that the move was a valuation call. The business had revenue of $21.93 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $21.74 billion. Ws Management Lllp, Florida-based fund reported 1.77M shares.

"At this time, we are unable to predict final resolution of the CFPB/OCC matter and can not reasonably estimate our related loss contingency", it added. The efforts to build a better Wells Fargo during the quarter included continuing to improve our compliance and operational risk management programs, investing in innovative products and services that enhance the customer experience including the roll-out of our digital mortgage application and predictive banking service, and increasing the minimum hourly pay rate for USA -based team members.

The nation's top consumer watchdog, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is now mulling a record $1 billion fine for the lending abuses, Reuters reported this week.

For personal guess ROI is usually expressed as a percentage and is typically used for taking any financial decisions, for the goal of comparing a Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC)'s profitability or to compare the efficiency of different investments, hence, WFC return on investment (ROI) is 9.80%. That number has more than tripled since October 2016. "We feel no need to focus on raw headcount numbers", the spokeswoman said in a statement.

Mike Mulvaney, Trump's interim appointee as CFPB head, is reviewing at least 14 open investigations into the bank, according to multiple media reports in December. Wells Fargo said it reduced assets by about $15 billion to comply with the sanction, and shrank further because of the loss of some clients' deposits.

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In other Wells Fargo news, Director Ronald Sargent bought 9,000 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Monday, February 12th. Capital World Investors boosted its holdings in shares of Wells Fargo by 10.8% during the second quarter.

Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan repeatedly sought to reassure investors that the bank was stable, despite the regulatory restrictions. (NYSE: PNC) is one of the largest US diversified financial services organizations and the sixth largest USA bank by deposits, with $375 billion in assets.

"However, we recognize that it will take time to put all of our challenges behind us".

The bank said it is making progress on hitting planned expense savings that aim to cut costs by $4 billion by the end of next year. Officials confirmed in January plans to close up to 900 branches over the next four years.

The bank also reported revenue of $21.9 billion, topping the $21.7 billion forecast from the analyst survey. The firm owned 6,890 shares of the financial services provider's stock after selling 15,445 shares during the quarter. The average yield for non-U.S. C&I loans was 3.23% compared to 2.73% in 2017. The only positive core fee-income category was trust and investment fees at $3.68 billion, up 3 percent. Wells Fargo is the largest residential mortgage lender among traditional financial institutions. The bank said other factors behind the decline include the roll-out of new overdraft fee policies, and the sale of an insurance business.

Citigroup reported that quarterly profit jumped 13 percent to $4.6 billion, the highest it's been in three years, while revenue was up 2.8 percent to $18.9 billion. With positive industry catalysts and several initiatives created to restore consumer confidence in the bank, it's possible that the first quarter and the rest of 2018 could be a much better year for the bank.