Check Out Financial Services Q4 Earnings, Revenue Growth Misses Wall Street Targets – Earnings Review

By Maria Armental

Discover Financial Services posted higher profits and revenue for the December quarter, but the results missed Wall Street projections, sending shares down about 4% in after-hours trading.

PROFIT: Fourth-quarter profit rose to $1.07 billion from $799 million a year earlier. On a per share basis, earnings were $3.64. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected $3.72 per share.

REVENUES: Revenue for the quarter, net of interest expense, reached $2.94 billion, compared with $2.82 billion a year earlier. Analysts expected about $3 billion.

YEAR: Discover ended the year with a profit of $5.45 billion on revenue of $12.09 billion, net of interest expense, compared to profit of $1.14 billion and revenue of 11 .09 billion a year earlier.

AWARDS: Rewards costs reached $697 million for the quarter and $2.51 billion for the year, compared to $569 million and $1.95 billion, respectively, a year earlier.

CREDIT LOSSES: Provision for credit losses in the fourth quarter was $263 million, down $268 million from the same period a year ago, due to lower net write-offs and a release of reserves during the quarter.

RESERVES: The fourth quarter included a release of reserves of $39 million.


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