Wells 2018 Revenue Down Slightly While Earnings Hold Steady

Wells Fargo reported net income of $22.4 billion in 2018, compared with $22.2 billion in 2017. Revenue of $86.4 billion was down from $88.4 billion year over year. 2018 noninterest expense of $56.1 billion was down from $58.5 billion in 2017.

Q4/18 financial highlights:

  • Net income of $6.1 billion, compared with $6.2 billion in Q4/17
  • Revenue of $21.0 billion was down from $22.1 billion year over year.
  • Net interest income of $12.6 billion was up $331 million from Q4/17
  • Noninterest income of $8.3 billion was down $1.4 billion year over year.

Chief Financial Officer John Shrewsberry said, “Wells Fargo reported $6.1 billion of net income in the fourth quarter. Compared with the third quarter, we grew both loans and deposits and credit performance remained strong. In addition, our effective income tax rate was lower compared with the prior quarter, and we maintained solid capital levels even as we reduced our common shares outstanding. We continued to have positive business trends in the fourth quarter with primary consumer checking customers, consumer credit card active accounts, debit and credit card usage, commercial loan balances, and loan originations in auto, small business, home equity and student lending all growing compared with a year ago. Our focus on reducing expenses enabled us to meet our 2018 expense target, and we are on track to meet our 2019 expense target as well.”

Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan said, “I’m proud of the transformational changes we made at Wells Fargo during 2018 including significant progress on our six goals. We have made meaningful improvements to how we manage risk across the company, particularly operational and compliance risk. We improved customer service which resulted in both ‘Customer Loyalty’ and ‘Overall Satisfaction with Most Recent Visit’ branch survey scores reaching a 24-month high in December. Our voluntary team member attrition in 2018 improved to its lowest level in six years reflecting our efforts to make Wells Fargo a better place to work, and we continue to attract impressive leaders from outside the company.

“Our commitment to building stronger communities was demonstrated by exceeding our target of donating $400 million to communities across the U.S., and a recent example was our Holiday Food Bank program which provided over 50 million meals during the holidays. Our focus on delivering long-term shareholder value included meeting our 2018 expense target and returning a record $25.8 billion to shareholders in 2018, up 78% from 2017. I want to thank our team members for their commitment to making Wells Fargo a better bank in 2018. I’m confident that we’ll continue to make Wells Fargo even better in 2019.”

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