Have you been eager to see how Citizens Financial GroupCFG performed in Q4 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 earnings per share of 98 cents, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 94 cents. Higher revenues 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 seven days.
Notably, Citizens Financial has an impressive earnings surprise history. Before posting earnings beat in Q4, the company delivered positive surprises in all the trailing four quarters with an average of 3.6%.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise
Revenues Came in Lower Than Expected
Citizens Financial posted total revenues of $1.59 billion for the quarter lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.60 billion. The reported figure improved 7.3% year over year.
- Net interest margin improved 14 basis points year over year to 3.22%.
- Efficiency ratio improved to 60% from 61% in the prior year quarter. Generally, lower ratio is indicative of the improved efficiency.
- Provision for credit losses increased 8% year over year to $78 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 lates t 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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