Have you been eager to see how Citizens Financial GroupCFG performed in Q3 in comparison with the market expectations? Let's quickly scan through the key facts from this Providence, RI-based financial services company's earnings release this morning:
An Earnings Beat
Citizens Financial came out with adjusted earnings per share of 68 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 64 cents. The adjusted earnings exclude the impact of after-tax benefit from the sale of a Troubled Debt Restructuring portfolio.
Higher revenues along with lower provisions were primarily responsible for the beat.
How Was the Estimate Revision Trend?
You should note that the earnings estimate for Citizens Financial depicted neutral stance prior to the earnings release. The Zacks Consensus Estimate remained unchanged over the last 7 days.
Notably, Citizens Financial has an impressive earnings surprise history. Before posting earnings beat in Q3, the company delivered positive surprises in all the trailing four quarters with an average of 9.07%.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise
Revenue Came in as Expected
Citizens Financial posted total revenues of $1.44 billion for the quarter, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.43 billion. Further, revenues improved 4.6% year over year.
- Net interest margin improved 21 basis points year over year to 3.05%.
- Efficiency ratio improved to 59% from 63% in the prior year quarter. Generally, lower ratio is indicative of the improved efficiency of the bank.
- Provision for credit losses decreased 16% year over year to $72 million.
What Zacks Rank Says
The estimate revisions that we discussed earlier have driven a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) for Citizens Financial. However, since the latest earnings performance is yet to be reflected in the estimate revisions, the rank is subject to change. While things apparently look favorable, it all depends on what sense the just-released report makes to the analysts.
Check back later for our full write up on this Citizens Financial earnings report!
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