Saturday, October 20, 2012

JPMorgan Earnings Review: Solid Quarter!

JPMorgan reported QE September 2012 financial results on October 12

CEO Jamie Dimon and accomplices reported a solid quarter with an impressive earnings per share of $1.40, a post-financial crisis high. Both financial performance and position improved. Capital is adequate. Risk management is always the great uncertainty at the largest of the Wall Street Banksters.

At QE 9-30-12, I have rated JPMorgan a "D" on a scale of A+ to G-. This is no change in the rating from the prior QE 6-30-12. The median rating is "D" and the average rating at QE 6-30-12 was "C". Financial position is weighted more than financial performance. The QE 6-30-12 bank ratings review is here.

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented on financial results: "The Firm reported strong performance across all our businesses in the third quarter of 2012. Revenue for the quarter was $25.9 billion, up 6% compared with the prior year, or 16% before the impact of DVA. These results reflected continued momentum in all our businesses."

Dimon continued: "The Investment Bank reported favorable Fixed Income Markets results and maintained its #1 ranking for Global Investment Banking fees. Consumer & Business Banking average deposits were up 9% and Business Banking loan balances grew for the eighth consecutive quarter to a record $19 billion, up 8% compared with the prior year. Mortgage Banking originations were $47 billion, up 29% compared with the prior year. Credit Card sales volume1 was up 11% compared with the prior year. Commercial Banking reported record revenue and grew loan balances for the ninth consecutive quarter to a record $124 billion, up 15% compared with the prior year. Treasury & Securities Services assets under custody rose to a record $18.2 trillion, up 12% compared with the prior year. Asset Management reported positive net long-term product flows for the fourteenth consecutive quarter and record loan balances of $75 billion."

Dimon commented: "Importantly, we believe the housing market has turned the corner. In our Mortgage Banking business, we were encouraged that credit trends continued to modestly improve, and, as a result, the Firm reduced the related loan loss reserves by $900 million. Despite this improvement, the absolute level of charge-offs remains elevated. We also expect to see high default-related expense for a while longer. We are acting responsibly to help homeowners and prevent foreclosures, offering nearly 1.4 million mortgage modifications and completing 578,000 since 2009. Credit trends in our credit card portfolio continued to improve, and the wholesale credit environment remained stable."


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