Discover Financial (DFS) Beats on Q3 Earnings & Revenues

Discover Financial Services ' DFS third-quarter 2017 earnings of $1.59 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4%. The bottom line also rose 2% year over year.

For the reported quarter, the company's revenue net of interest expenses increased 9.7% year over year to $2.5 billion. The top line also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 35%.

Operational Update

Consumer deposits grew 10% from the year-ago quarter to $38.7 billion.

Interest expenses of $426 million jumped 18.7%, mainly due to change in funding mix and higher market rates.

Total other expenses increased 6% to $948 million due to higher employee compensation and benefits, Marketing and Business Development expenses and Information Processing & Communications fees.

Segment Update

Direct Banking Segment

This segment's pre-tax income declined 7% to $831 million. This was because higher provision for loan losses and operating expenses more than offset higher net interest income.

Total loans increased 9% year over year to $80.4 billion.

Credit card loans rose 9% to $63.5 billion.

Personal loans increased 18%, private student loans increased 2% and jumped 11% excluding purchased student loans, all on a year-over-year basis.

Net interest income increased 12% to $2 billion from the prior year, driven by loan growth and a higher net interest margin. Net interest margin was 10.28%, up 28 basis points.

Total other income decreased 2% to $475 million from the prior-year quarter, driven by higher rewards expense.

Provision for loan losses of $675 million increased 64.8% year over year due to higher net charge-offs and a larger reserve build.

Payment Services Segment

Payment Services pretax income was $36 million in the quarter, up 20% from the year-ago quarter, primarily driven by higher transaction processing revenues and interchange revenues.

Payment Services transaction dollar volume was $51.6 billion, up 16% from the prior year-quarter.

PULSE transaction dollar volume went up 17% year over year.

Diners Club International volume rose 9% from the last-year quarter, driven by continued strength of newer franchise relationships.

Network Partners volume increased 15%, driven by AribaPay.

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Financial Position

Discover Financial had total assets worth $97.6 billion as of Sep 30, 2017, up 7.8% year over year.

Total liabilities as of Sep 30, 2017 were $86.4 billion, up 9.1% year over year.

Total equity was $11.2 billion on Sep 30, 2017, down 1.4% year over year.

Discover Financial's return on equity for the third quarter was 22%.

Share Repurchase Update

During the third quarter, the company repurchased approximately 9.2 million shares of common stock for $555 million.

Shares of common stock outstanding declined 2.4% from the prior quarter.

Zacks Rank and Performance of Other Peers

Discover Financial presently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

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Among other players in the Finance sector that have reported their third-quarter earnings so far, American Express Company AXP , Alliance Data Systems Corporation. ADS and Navient Corporation NAVI beat their respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.

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