On Friday, Citigroup Inc reported a 25 per cent drop in third-quarter profit as the most global of US banks set aside funds to cover soured loans from a potential economic downturn, while its investment bank struggled with a slump in global dealmaking.
The aggressive actions of the United States Federal Reserve to combat decades-long high inflation have sparked fears of an economic downturn, which could result in a surge in loan losses for banks.
Citi increased its loan-loss reserves by $370 million in the most recent quarter, compared to a reserve release of $1.16 billion the previous year.
Citi’s overall credit costs increased to $1.36 billion, the highest in eight quarters since the third quarter of 2020.
This compares to a $192 million benefit a year ago, when extraordinary government stimulus helped the economy recover from pandemic lows.
Investment banking revenue fell 64% year on year to $631 million, despite Citi having its best M&A quarter and second-best investment banking quarter in a decade.
Citi shares, which fell 1.2 per cent, have been trading at roughly half of the company’s net worth as it struggles to keep up with larger rivals in stock valuations and profitability.
According to Eric Compton, equity strategist at Morningstar, it will take Citi “3-5 years to hit more ‘normalized’ profitability measures.”
Among large US banks, Citigroup has the most undervalued bank stock. Citigroup is the most undervalued US bank stock.
Among large US banks, Citigroup has the most undervalued bank stock. Among large US banks, Citigroup has the most undervalued stock.
Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions division, which processes nearly $3 trillion per day in 140 currencies and 160 countries, increased revenue by 40% to $3.2 billion as fees and trade loans increased.
In the three months ended September 30, net profit was $3.5 billion, or $1.63 per share, compared to $4.6 billion, or $2.15 per share, a year earlier.
According to Refinitiv IBES data, analysts expected a profit of $1.42 per share on average. It was unclear whether the reported figures were comparable to estimates.
(Adapted from TheGlobeAndMail.com)