Rise in auto finance revenues drove
Ally Financial Inc.
) second-quarter 2014 adjusted earnings of 42 cents per share. The
figure outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 32 cents and
improved from a loss of 13 cents in the year-ago quarter.
Shares of Ally Bank gained nearly 1.4% in the pre-trading session,
indicating positive investors' response following the earnings
release. The movement of the stock price during full trading
session will give a better idea about whether Ally Bank has been
able to meet expectation.
Better-than-expected results were attributable to a rise in top
line, a fall in provision for loan losses and lower controllable
expenses, partially offset by a rise in other non-interest
expenses. Further, improvement in asset quality and growth in loan
and deposit balances acted as tailwinds, while capital ratios
Ally Bank reported a net income of $323 million or 54 cents per
share compared with a loss of $927 million or $2.73 per share in
the prior-year quarter.
Performance in Detail
Total net revenue (excluding original issue discount) came in at
$1.28 billion, up 17.7% from the prior-year quarter. The rise was
primarily driven by 32.4% growth in net financing revenues.
Controllable expenses declined 12.3% year over year to $455
million. The decrease was largely due to initiatives undertaken to
streamline the business. However, other non-interest expenses rose
29.8% from the year-ago quarter to $366 million.
Total finance receivables and loans climbed 4.0% year over year to
$99.6 billion as of Jun 30, 2014. Further, total deposits were
$56.1 billion, up 11.9% from the prior-year quarter.
Ally Bank's credit quality showed a marked improvement in the
quarter. Provision for loan losses declined 29.2% year over year to
$63 million. Non-performing loans were $611 million as of Jun 30,
2014, down 39.4% from the prior year quarter level.
Ally Bank's capital ratios deteriorated. As of Jun 30, 2014, total
capital ratio came in at 13.2%, down from 16.5% as of Jun 30, 2013.
Also, Tier I capital ratio was 12.3%, down from 15.4% at the
prior-year quarter end.
The company undertook several strategic initiatives to return
additional capital to the U.S. tax payers and lower the U.S.
Treasury's common equity stake in Ally Bank. In January, the
Treasury completed the private placement of $3 billion worth of the
company's common shares. Further, in April, Ally Bank closed the
initial public offering of $2.4 billion.
Hence, in aggregate, Ally Bank returned $17.7 billion to the tax
payers, reflecting a profit of $500 million. Notably, the Treasury
still holds 17% stake in the company.
We believe that with the economy turning around and a rise in
disposable income and consumer spending, Ally Bank's financials
will benefit from the further rise in auto finance. Further, the
company's efforts to contain expenses will aid bottom-line growth.
However, the Treasury stake and rise in provision for loan losses
remain primary near-term concerns.
Currently, Ally Bank carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Performance of Other Banks
Lower credit cost and growth in fee income drove Capital One
Financial Corp's (
) second-quarter earnings of $2.04 per share, which surpassed the
Zacks Consensus Estimate by 14%.
SLM Corporation (
) or Sallie Mae delivered a positive earnings surprise in its
standalone financials for second-quarter 2014. Core earnings of 10
cents per share outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny.
However, results compared unfavorably with 17 cents earned in the
Lower provisions and prudent expense-management drove Westamerica
) second-quarter earnings of 58 cents per share. The figure was in
line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate, but lower than 64 cents
earned in the year-ago quarter.
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