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Wells Fargo Q4 earnings easily top expectations

Fri 14 January 2022 12:38 | A A A

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(Sharecast News) - Financial services giant Wells Fargo reported fourth-quarter earnings on Friday that easily topped expectations on the Street.

Wells Fargo posted quarterly profits of $5.75 bn, or $1.38 on a per share basis, well ahead of the $4.5bn, or $1.11 per share, predicted by analysts. Revenue of $20.9bn also bested projections for a print of $18.8bn.

The San Francisco-based firm's fourth-quarter results were a marked increase compared to 2020 when it earned just $0.66 per share on revenues of $18.5bn.

Wells Fargo's return on equity, a measure of profitability, nearly doubled to 12.8% from 6.6%.

The group's improved results were partly driven by the sale of its corporate trust and asset management units, which added $943.0m, or $0.18cents per share, to its bottom line.

Net interest income slid 1% in the quarter due to low rates and soft loan demand, while loan balances elevated pre-payments. Non-interest income, on the other hand, surged 27% on the back of strong results in Wells Fargo's venture capital and private equity divisions.

As of 1320 GMT, Wells Fargo shares were up 0.89% in pre-market trading at $56.50 each.

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