Weekly 10-Q: The big question — how did Wall Street banks perform this quarter?
- Q2 results show how well (or not) the quarter ended for big banks.
- Citigroup will now count payments from peer-to-peer services as direct deposits, enabling customers to get rid of monthly fees on checking accounts.
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How did Wall Street banks perform this quarter?
- Net income fell 48% to $2.79 billion, or $7.73 a share.
- Net revenue fell to $11.8 billion from $15.3 billion in Q2 21.
- Net interest income came out to $1.73 billion which is more than $1.6 billion in Q2 21.
- The provision for credit losses was $6.6 billion compared to $9.2 billion in Q2 21.
The bear-market induced decline of M&A throughout the industry impacted Goldman Sachs. Goldman also tends to benefit from rising asset prices through its various investment vehicles, and so declines in financial assets hit the firm in the quarter.
Bank of America
- Net income of $6.2 billion, or $0.73 per diluted share.
- Total revenue, net of interest expense increased 6% to $22.7 billion, from $21.5 billion in Q2 21.
- Noninterest expense increased by $228 million, or 2%, to $15.3 billion.
- Provision for credit losses of $523 million increased by $2.1 billion
The increase in net interest income is a result of the lender reaping the benefits of Federal Reserve rate hikes, while second-quarter results were impacted by higher expenses related to regulatory settlements.
- Net income was $2.5 billion, or $1.39 per diluted share, compared with net income of $3.5 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share in Q2 21.
- Net revenue was $13.1 billion compared to $14.7 billion in Q2 21.
- Provision for credit losses was $101 billion from $73 billion in Q2 21.
The bank hinted at the current macro environment, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the long tail of the pandemic, and inflation — as influencing factors on its earnings.
- Net income of $4.5 billion, or $2.19 per diluted share compared to net income of $6.2 billion, or $2.85 per diluted share.
- Net revenue rose to $19.6 billion compared to revenue of $17.8 billion for Q2 21, up by 11%.
- The provision for credit losses is $1.2 billion, compared to $1.0 billion in Q2 21.
Citi exceeded its revenue expectations as the bank reaped more interest income and saw strong results in its trading division and institutional services business.
- Net income was $8.6 billion, down 28%, predominantly driven by a net credit reserve build of $428 million compared to a net release of $3.0 billion in the prior year, or $2.76 per diluted share.
- Net revenue was $31.6 billion, up 1% from Q2 21.
- Noninterest expense was $18.7 billion, up 6%, driven by continued investments in the business, including technology and marketing, and higher structural expense, primarily compensation, partially offset by lower revenue-related compensation.
- The provision for credit losses was $1.1 billion, compared to $3.3 billion in Q2 21.
The downturn in Wall Street deals struck JPMorgan, which has one of the biggest operations on the Street. Investment banking fees fell and revenue in that division was impacted by $257 million in markdowns on positions held in the firm’s bridge loans portfolio.
Top stories of the week
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