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JPMorgan Chase Reports Fourth-Quarter 2012 Net Income of $5.7 Billion, or $1.39 Per Share, on Revenue1of $24.4 Billion

Third Consecutive Year of Record Net Income and 15% Return on Tangible Common Equity1

Full-Year 2012 Record Net Income of $21.3 Billion, or Record $5.20 Per Share, on Revenue1of $99.9 Billion


JPMorgan Chase Announces Completion of Board Review of CIO and Management Task Force Report

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYS: JPM) :

  • Strong performance across our businesses2: strong lending in Commercial Banking, Business Banking, Mortgage Banking and Asset Management
    • Consumer & Business Banking average deposits up 10%; Business Banking loan growth for the ninth consecutive quarter to a record $18.9 billion, up 7%
    • Mortgage Banking reported strong production revenue; originations of $51.2 billion, up 33%
    • Credit Card sales volume1up 9%
    • Corporate & Investment Bank reported record debt underwriting fees and maintained #1 ranking for Global Investment Banking fees; record assets under custody of $18.8 trillion, up 12%
    • Commercial Banking reported record revenue; loan growth for the tenth consecutive quarter to a record $128.2 billion, up 14%
    • Asset Management reported record revenue; fifteenth consecutive quarter of positive net long-term client flows; record loan balances of $80.2 billion
  • JPMorgan Chase supported consumers, businesses and communities in 2012
    • Over $1.8 trillion of capital raised and credit1provided
      • $275 billion for consumers; originated more than 920,000 mortgages
      • $20 billion for U.S. small businesses, up 18%
      • $520 billion for corporations
      • $915 billion of capital raised for clients
      • $85 billion of capital raised and credit1for nearly 1,500 nonprofit and government entities, including states, municipalities, hospitals and universities
    • Hired nearly 5,000 U.S. veterans and service members since the beginning of 2011
  • Fourth-quarter results included the following significant items
    • $900 million pretax expense ($0.14 per share after-tax reduction in earnings) for mortgage-related matters in Mortgage Banking, predominantly the Independent Foreclosure Review settlement
    • $567 million pretax loss ($0.09 per share after-tax reduction in earnings) from debit valuation adjustments ("DVA") in the Corporate & Investment Bank
    • $620 million after-tax benefit ($0.16 per share after-tax increase in earnings) from tax adjustments in Corporate
    • $700 million pretax benefit ($0.11 per share after-tax increase in earnings) from reduced mortgage loan loss reserves in Real Estate Portfolios
  • Fortress balance sheet strengthened
    • Basel I Tier 1 common1of $140 billion, or 11.0%, up from 10.4% in the prior quarter
    • Estimated Basel III Tier 1 common1of 8.7%3, up from 8.4% in the prior quarter
    • Loan loss reserves of $21.9 billion; Global Liquidity Reserve of $491 billion

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYS: JPM) today reported net income for the fourth-quarter of 2012 of $5.7 billion, compared with net income of $3.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011. Earnings per share were $1.39, compared with $0.90 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenue1 for the quarter was $24.4 billion, up 10% compared with the prior year. The Firm's return on tangible common equity1 for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 15%, compared with 11% in the prior year.

Net income for full-year 2012 was a record $21.3 billion, compared with $19.0 billion for the prior year. Earnings per share were a record $5.20 for 2012, compared with $4.48 for 2011. Revenue1 for 2012 was $99.9 billion, flat compared with 2011.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. also announced today that the Firm's Management Task Force and the independent Review Committee of the Firm's Board of Directors (the "Board Review Committee") have each concluded their reviews relating to the 2012 losses by the Firm's Chief Investment Office ("CIO") and have released their respective reports. Both reports are available on the Firm's website and are discussed at greater length in a Form 8-K filed with the SEC today.

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the financial results: "For the third consecutive year, the Firm reported both record net income and a return on tangible common equity1 of 15%. The Firm's results reflected strong underlying performance across virtually all our businesses for the fourth quarter and the full year, with strong lending and deposit growth. We also maintained our leadership positions and continued to gain market share in key areas of our franchise. As we highlight upfront in this release, there were several significant items that affected our results this quarter, but they largely offset each other."

Dimon added: "We continued to see favorable credit conditions across our wholesale loan portfolios and strong credit performance in our credit card portfolio, where charge-off rates remain at historic lows. The real estate portfolios, while at elevated levels of losses, continued to show improvement as the housing market and economy continued to recover. As a result, we reduced the related allowance for credit losses by $700 million in the fourth quarter and we are likely to continue to see reductions in the allowance as the environment improves."

Commenting on the balance sheet, Dimon said: "We strengthened our fortress balance sheet, ending the fourth quarter with a strong Basel I Tier 1 common ratio1 of 11.0%, up from 10.4% in the third quarter. We estimate that our Basel III Tier 1 common ratio1 was approximately 8.7% 3 at the end of the fourth quarter, up from 8.4% in the third quarter."

Dimon added: "During the course of 2012, JPMorgan Chase was able to make more of an impact on our communities than ever before. The Firm provided credit1 and raised capital of over $1.8 trillion for our clients during the year. This included $20 billion for small businesses, up 18%. We also originated more than 920,000 mortgages; provided credit cards to about 6.7 million people; and raised capital and provided credit1 of approximately $85 billion for nearly 1,500 not-for-profit and government entities, including states, municipalities, hospitals and universities. As part of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, which JPMorgan Chase helped launch, since the beginning of 2011, the Firm has hired nearly 5,000 U.S. veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve; and, through our nonprofit partners, we have provided 386 mortgage-free homes for deserving veterans and their families."

"We are committed to doing our part to speed the recovery of the housing market. This includes working with struggling homeowners to modify their loans, or pursue other options to allow them to prevent foreclosure. Through these efforts, since 2009, we have offered more than 1.4 million mortgage modifications and completed 610,000 for both loans we own and those we service for others. With respect to Chase-owned mortgages, through modifications and short-sales, we have effectively forgiven more than $10 billion of principal and reduced borrowers' interest payments by approximately $2 billion. Our efforts are not only helping people, they are also helping set the stage for a recovery in America's housing market, which will ultimately reward our customers, shareholders and communities alike."

Dimon concluded: "We are particularly proud that, through the turbulence of recent years, we never stopped serving clients and investing in the future of our franchise - opening new offices and branches, adding bankers in key markets, innovating and gaining market share. The capital strength and earnings power of the Firm is as strong as it has ever been, and our 260,000 employees are doing more than ever to serve our customers and clients, and support our communities around the world. Challenges still exist, but as we look forward to 2013, we remain optimistic."

In the discussion below of the business segments and of JPMorgan Chase as a Firm, information is presented on a managed basis. For more information about managed basis, as well as other non-GAAP financial measures used by management to evaluate the performance of each line of business, see page 14. The following discussion compares the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2011 unless otherwise noted.

CONSUMER & COMMUNITY BANKING (CCB)

 
Results for CCB
($ millions)
    3Q12 4Q11
 4Q12 3Q12 4Q11 $ O/(U) O/(U) % $ O/(U) O/(U) %
Net Revenue $12,378 $12,738 $11,209 ($360) (3)% $1,169 10%
Provision for Credit Losses 1,091 1,862 1,839 (771) (41) (748) (41)
Noninterest Expense 7,966 6,954 6,763 1,012 15 1,203 18
Net Income $2,014 $2,366 $1,574 ($352) (15)% $440 28%

Discussion of Results:

Net income was $2.0 billion, compared with $1.6 billion in the prior year.

Net revenue was $12.4 billion, an increase of $1.2 billion, or 10%, compared with the prior year. Net interest income was $7.3 billion, down $220 million, or 3%, driven by lower deposit margins and lower loan balances due to portfolio runoff, largely offset by higher deposit balances. Noninterest revenue was $5.1 billion, an increase of $1.4 billion, or 37%, driven by higher mortgage fees and related income.

The provision for credit losses was $1.1 billion, compared with $1.8 billion in the prior year and $1.9 billion in the prior quarter. The current-quarter provision reflected a $700 million reduction in the allowance for loan losses and total net charge-offs of $1.8 billion. The prior-quarter provision reflected a $955 million reduction in the allowance for loan losses and total net charge-offs of $2.8 billion, including $880 million of incremental charge-offs reported in accordance with regulatory guidance for Chapter 7 loans. For more information, see the Consumer Credit Portfolio section of the Firm's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Noninterest expense was $8.0 billion, an increase of $1.2 billion from the prior year, driven by costs related to mortgage-related matters, including the impact of the Independent Foreclosure Review settlement and the write-off of intangible assets associated with a non-strategic relationship in Credit Card.

Key Metrics and Business Updates:
(All comparisons refer to the prior-year quarter except as noted; banking portal ranking is per compete.com, as of November 2012)

  • Number of branches was 5,614, an increase of 106 from the prior year and 18 from the prior quarter.
  • Number of active mobile customers was 12.4 million, an increase of 51% compared with the prior year and 7% compared with the prior quarter.
  • Number of active online customers was 31.1 million, an increase of 5% compared with the prior year and 1% compared with the prior quarter; Chase.com is the #1 most visited banking portal in the U.S.
  • #1 in American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey for customer satisfaction in retail banking among large banks.

Consumer & Business Banking reported net income of $756 million, a decrease of $36 million, or 5%, compared with the prior year.

Net revenue was $4.3 billion, down 1% from the prior year. Net interest income was $2.6 billion, down 3% compared with the prior year, driven by the impact of lower deposit margin, largely offset by higher deposit balances. Noninterest revenue was $1.6 billion, an increase of 3%, driven by higher debit card revenue and investment sales revenue, partially offset by lower deposit-related fees.

The provision for credit losses and net charge-offs were both $110 million (2.36% net charge-off rate), compared with $132 million (3.02% net charge-off rate) in the prior year.

Noninterest expense was $2.9 billion, up 2% from the prior year, largely driven by new branch builds.

Key Metrics and Business Updates:
(All comparisons refer to the prior-year quarter except as noted)

  • Average total deposits were $404.0 billion, up 10% from the prior year and 3% from the prior quarter; deposit growth rates were among the best in the industry (as of November 2012).
  • Deposit margin was 2.44%, compared with 2.76% in the prior year and 2.56% in the prior quarter.
  • Accounts totaled 28.1 million, up 5% from the prior year and 1% from the prior quarter.
  • Chase Private Client locations totaled 1,218, an increase of 956 from the prior year and 258 from the prior quarter.
  • Record end-of-period Business Banking loans of $18.9 billion, up 7% from the prior year and 2% from the prior quarter.
  • Average Business Banking loans were $18.5 billion, up 7% from the prior year and 1% from the prior quarter; originations were $1.5 billion, up 10% from the prior year and down 9% from the prior quarter; Chase continues to be the #1 SBA lender (in number of loans, as of November 2012).
  • Branch sales of investment products were up 49% compared with the prior year and 11% compared with the prior quarter.
  • Client investment assets, excluding deposits, were $158.5 billion, up 15% from the prior year and 2% from the prior quarter.

Mortgage Banking reported net income of $418 million, compared with a net loss of $269 million in the prior year.

Net revenue was $3.3 billion, an increase of $1.2 billion compared with the prior year. Net interest income was $1.2 billion, down $94 million. Noninterest revenue was $2.1 billion, an increase of $1.3 billion, driven by higher mortgage fees and related income.

The provision for credit losses reflected a benefit of $269 million2, compared with provision expense of $647 million in the prior year. The current quarter reflected a $700 million reduction in the allowance for loan losses.

Noninterest expense was $2.9 billion, an increase of $1.0 billion from the prior year. The current quarter included approximately $900 million of expense for mortgage-related matters, including approximately $700 million for the impact of the Independent Foreclosure Review settlement.

Mortgage Production reported pretax income of $789 million, an increase of $628 million from the prior year. Mortgage production-related revenue, excluding repurchase losses, was $1.6 billion, an increase of $543 million, or 51%, from the prior year. These results reflected wider margins, driven by favorable market conditions, and higher volumes due to historically low interest rates and the Home Affordable Refinance Programs ("HARP"). Production expense2 was $876 million, an increase of $358 million from the prior year, reflecting higher volumes and an expense for additional litigation reserves. Repurchase losses for the current quarter reflected a benefit of $53 million, compared with a loss of $390 million in the prior year and a loss of $13 million in the prior quarter. The current quarter reflected a $249 million reduction in the repurchase liability and lower realized repurchase losses compared with prior year and prior quarter, primarily driven by improved cure rates on Agency repurchase demands.

Mortgage Servicing reported a pretax loss of $913 million, compared with a pretax loss of $586 million in the prior year. Mortgage servicing revenue, including amortization, was $618 million, a decrease of $98 million, or 14%, from the prior year. Mortgage servicing rights ("MSR") risk management income was $42 million, compared with a loss of $377 million in the prior year. Servicing expense was $1.6 billion, an increase of $648 million from the prior year. The current quarter included approximately $700 million of expense for the impact of the Independent Foreclosure Review settlement.

Key Metrics and Business Updates:
(All comparisons refer to the prior-year quarter except as noted)

  • Mortgage loan originations were $51.2 billion, up 33% from the prior year and 8% from the prior quarter; Retail channel originations (branch and direct-to-consumer) were $26.4 billion, up 14% from the prior year and 4% from the prior quarter.
  • Mortgage loan application volumes were $65.7 billion, up 25% from the prior year and down 10% from the prior quarter.
  • Total third-party mortgage loans serviced were $859.4 billion, down 5% from the prior year and up 6% from the prior quarter, including the impact of a portfolio acquisition in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Real Estate Portfolios reported pretax income of $812 million, compared with a pretax loss of $18 million in the prior year. The increase was driven by a benefit from the provision for credit losses, reflecting the continued improvement in credit trends.

Net revenue was $965 million, a decrease of $95 million, or 9%, from the prior year. The decrease was driven by a decline in net interest income, resulting from lower loan balances due to portfolio runoff.

The provision for credit losses reflected a benefit of $283 million, compared with provision expense of $646 million in the prior year. The current-quarter provision reflected a $700 million reduction in the allowance for loan losses due to improved delinquency trends and lower estimated losses, primarily in the home equity portfolio. Net charge-offs totaled $417 million. Home equity net charge-offs were $257 million (1.49% net charge-off rate1), compared with $579 million (2.90% net charge-off rate1) in the prior year. Subprime mortgage net charge-offs were $92 million (4.35% net charge-off rate1), compared with $143 million (5.74% net charge-off rate1). Prime mortgage, including option ARMs, net charge-offs were $66 million (0.63% net charge-off rate1), compared with $151 million (1.33% net charge-off rate1).

Nonaccrual loans were $7.9 billion, compared with $5.9 billion in the prior year and $8.1 billion in the prior quarter. The current-quarter and prior-quarter nonaccrual loans reflected the effect of regulatory guidance implemented in the third and first quarters of 2012 as a result of which the Firm began reporting Chapter 7 loans and performing junior liens that are subordinate to nonaccrual senior liens as nonaccrual loans. For more information, see the Consumer Credit Portfolio section of the Firm's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Excluding the impact of the regulatory guidance noted above, nonaccrual loans would have been $4.9 billion in the fourth quarter, down from $5.9 billion in the prior year.

Noninterest expense was $436 million, up by $4 million from the prior year.

Key Metrics and Business Updates:
(All comparisons refer to the prior-year quarter except as noted. Average loans include PCI loans)

  • Average home equity loans were $89.7 billion, down $12.3 billion.
  • Average mortgage loans were $89.1 billion, down $9.1 billion.
  • Allowance for loan losses was $10.6 billion, compared with $14.4 billion.
  • Allowance for loan losses to ending loans retained, excluding PCI loans, was 4.14%, compared with 6.58%.

Card, Merchant Services & Auto net income was $840 million, a decrease of $211 million, or 20%, compared with the prior year. The decrease was driven by higher provision for credit losses and higher noninterest expense.

Net revenue was $4.8 billion, flat compared with the prior year. Net interest income was $3.5 billion, down $45 million, or 1%, from the prior year. The decrease was driven by lower average credit card loan balances and narrower auto loan spreads. These decreases were offset by lower revenue reversals associated with lower net charge-offs in credit card and lower funding costs. Noninterest revenue was $1.3 billion, an increase of $39 million, or 3%, from the prior year. The increase was driven by higher net interchange and merchant servicing revenue, partially offset by higher amortization of loan origination costs.

The provision for credit losses was $1.3 billion, compared with $1.1 billion in the prior year and $1.2 billion in the prior quarter. The current-quarter provision reflected lower net charge-offs. The prior-year provision included a $500 million reduction in the allowance for loan losses. The Credit Card net charge-off rate1 was 3.50%, down from 4.29% in the prior year and 3.57% in the prior quarter; the 30+ day delinquency rate1 was 2.10%, down from 2.81% in the prior year and 2.15% in the prior quarter. The Auto net charge-off rate was 0.36%, down from 0.37% in the prior year and 0.74% in the prior quarter. The prior quarter included the impact of incremental charge-offs related to auto loans discharged under Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Noninterest expense was $2.2 billion, an increase of $146 million, or 7%, from the prior year, driven by the write-off of intangible assets associated with a non-strategic relationship.

Key Metrics and Business Updates:
(All comparisons refer to the prior-year quarter except as noted)

  • Credit Card average loans were $124.7 billion, down 3% from prior year and flat compared with the prior quarter.
  • #1 credit card issuer in the U.S. based on outstandings2; #1 Global Visa issuerbased on consumer and business credit card sales volume.2
  • Credit Card sales volume2 was $101.6 billion, up 9% compared with the prior year and 5% compared with the prior quarter; Card Services general purpose credit card sales volume growth has outperformed the industry since the first quarter of 2008.2
  • Card Services net revenue as a percentage of average loans was 12.82%, compared with 12.26% in the prior year and 12.46% in the prior quarter.
  • Merchant processing volume was $178.6 billion, up 17% from the prior year and 9% from the prior quarter; total transactions processed were 8.2 billion, up 21% from the prior year and 11% from the prior quarter.
  • Average auto loans were $49.3 billion, up 5% from the prior year and 2% from the prior quarter.
  • Auto originations were $5.5 billion, up 12% from the prior year and down 13% from the prior quarter.

CORPORATE & INVESTMENT BANK (CIB)

 
Results for CIB
($ millions)
    3Q12 4Q11
 4Q12 3Q12 4Q11 $ O/(U) O/(U) % $ O/(U) O/(U) %
Net Revenue $7,642 $8,360 $6,320 ($718) (9)% $1,322 21%
Provision for Credit Losses (445) (60) 291 (385) NM (736) NM
Noninterest Expense 4,996 5,350 4,532 (354) (7) 464 10
Net Income $2,005 $1,992 $976 $13 1% $1,029 105%

Discussion of Results:

Net income was $2.0 billion, up significantly from the prior year. These results reflected higher net revenue and benefit from the provision for credit losses, partially offset by higher noninterest expense. Net revenue was $7.6 billion, compared with $6.3 billion in the prior year. Net revenue included a $567 million loss from debit valuation adjustments ("DVA") on certain structured and derivative liabilities resulting from the tightening of the Firm's credit spreads; the prior year included the same size loss from DVA of $567 million. Excluding the impact of DVA, net income was $2.4 billion1, up $1.0 billion, or 77%, from the prior year, and net revenue was $8.2 billion1, up $1.3 billion, or 19%, from the prior year.

Banking revenue was $3.2 billion, compared with $2.4 billion in the prior year. Investment banking fees were $1.7 billion (up 54%), which consisted of record debt underwriting fees of $990 million (up 79%), equity underwriting fees of $265 million (up 57%), and advisory fees of $465 million (up 17%). Treasury Services revenue was $1.1 billion, up 1% from the prior year. Lending revenue was $382 million, compared with $279 million in the prior year, driven by higher fees and net interest income, as well as lower mark-to-market losses from hedges of retained loans.

Markets & Investor Services revenue was $4.5 billion, up 16% from the prior year. Fixed Income and Equity Markets combined revenue was $4.1 billion, up 19% from the prior year, driven by solid client revenue and improved performance in credit-related products. The portion of the synthetic credit portfolio transferred from the Chief Investment Office in Corporate to the CIB on July 2, 2012 experienced a modest loss during the current quarter, which was included in Fixed Income Markets revenue. Securities Services revenue was $995 million, up 2% from the prior year. Credit Adjustments & Other was a net loss of $586 million, compared with a loss of $532 million in the prior year; both periods were driven predominantly by the impact of DVA.

The provision for credit losses was a benefit of $445 million, compared with a provision for credit losses in the prior year of $291 million. The current-period benefit was primarily driven by recoveries and a reduction in the allowance for credit losses, both related to certain restructured nonperforming loans. The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to end-of-period loans retained was 1.19%, compared with 1.35% in the prior year. Excluding the impact of the consolidation of Firm-administered multi-seller conduits and trade finance loans, the ratio of the allowance for loan losses to end-of-period loans retained was 2.52%1, compared with 3.06%1 in the prior year.

Noninterest expense was $5.0 billion, up 10% from the prior year, driven by higher compensation expense on stronger revenue performance. The compensation ratiofor the current quarter was 27%, excluding the impact of DVA1.

Key Metrics and Business Updates:
(All comparisons refer to the prior-year quarter except as noted, and all rankings are according to Dealogic)

  • Ranked #1 in Global Investment Banking Fees for the year ended December 31, 2012.
  • Ranked #1 in Global Debt, Equity and Equity-related; #1 in Global Long-Term Debt; #1 in Global Syndicated Loans; #2 in Global Announced M&A; and #4 in Global Equity and Equity-related, based on volume, for the year ended December 31, 2012.
  • Average client deposits and other third-party liabilities were $366.5 billion, up 1% from the prior year.
  • Assets under custody were a record $18.8 trillion, up 12% from the prior year.
  • International revenue was $3.5 billion, up 10% from the prior year, representing 46% of total revenue (47%1 of total revenue excluding DVA).
  • Return on equity was 17% on $47.5 billion of average allocated capital (20%1 excluding DVA).
  • End-of-period total loans were $115.3 billion, up 1% from the prior year and 3% from the prior quarter. Nonaccrual loans were $617 million, down 49% from the prior year and 23% from the prior quarter.
  • End-of-period trade finance loans were $35.8 billion, down 2% from the prior year.

COMMERCIAL BANKING (CB)

 
Results for CB
($ millions)
    3Q12 4Q11
 4Q12 3Q12 4Q11 $ O/(U) O/(U) % $ O/(U) O/(U) %
Net Revenue $1,745 $1,732 $1,687 $13 1% $58 3%
Provision for Credit Losses (3) (16) 40 13 81 (43) NM
Noninterest Expense 599 601 579 (2) - 20 3
Net Income $692 $690 $643 $2 - $49 8%

Discussion of Results:

Net income was $692 million, an increase of $49 million, or 8%, from the prior year. The improvement was driven by an increase in net revenue and lower provision for credit losses, partially offset by higher noninterest expense.

Net revenue was a record $1.7 billion, an increase of $58 million, or 3%, from the prior year. Net interest income was $1.2 billion, an increase of $51 million, or 5%, driven by growth in loan balances, partially offset by spread compression on loan products. Noninterest revenue was $578 million, up $7 million, or 1%, compared with the prior year.

Revenue from Middle Market Banking was $838 million, an increase of $28 million, or 3%, from the prior year. Revenue from Commercial Term Lending was $312 million, an increase of $13 million, or 4%, compared with the prior year. Revenue from Corporate Client Banking was $406 million, an increase of $80 million, or 25%, from the prior year. Revenue from Real Estate Banking was $113 million, a decrease of $2 million, or 2%, from the prior year.

The provision for credit losses was a benefit of $3 million compared with a $40 million expense in the prior year. Net charge-offs were $50 million in the current quarter (0.16% net charge-off rate), compared with net charge-offs of $99 million (0.36% net charge-off rate) in the prior year and net recoveries of $18 million (0.06% net recovery rate) in the prior quarter. The allowance for loan losses to period-end loans retained was 2.06%, down from 2.34% in the prior year and 2.15% in the prior quarter. Nonaccrual loans were $673 million, down by $380 million, or 36%, from the prior year due to repayments and loan sales, and down by $203 million, or 23%, from the prior quarter due to repayments and charge-offs.

Noninterest expense was $599 million, an increase of $20 million, or 3%, from the prior year, reflecting higher headcount-related2 expense.

Key Metrics and Business Updates:
(All comparisons refer to the prior-year quarter except as noted)

  • Return on equity was 29% on $9.5 billion of average allocated capital.
  • Overhead ratio was 34%, unchanged from the prior year.
  • Gross investment banking revenue (which is shared with the Corporate & Investment Bank) was $443 million, up $93 million, or 27%, from the prior year and up $12 million, or 3%, from the prior quarter.
  • Record average loan balances were $126.0 billion, up $16.1 billion, or 15%, from the prior year and $3.9 billion, or 3%, from the prior quarter.
  • Record end-of-period loan balances were $128.2 billion, up $16.2 billion, or 14%, from the prior year and up $4.5 billion, or 4%, from the prior quarter.
  • Average client deposits and other third-party liabilities were $199.3 billion, flat compared with the prior year and up $8.4 billion, or 4%, from the prior quarter.

ASSET MANAGEMENT (AM)

 
Results for AM
($ millions)
    3Q12 4Q11
 4Q12 3Q12 4Q11 $ O/(U) O/(U) % $ O/(U) O/(U) %
Net Revenue $2,753 $2,459 $2,284 $294 12% $469 21%
Provision for Credit Losses 19 14 24 5 36 (5) (21)
Noninterest Expense 1,943 1,731 1,752 212 12 191 11
Net Income $483 $443 $302 $40 9% $181 60%

Discussion of Results:

Net income was $483 million, an increase of $181 million, or 60%, from the prior year. These results reflected higher net revenue, partially offset by higher noninterest expense.

Net revenue was a record $2.8 billion, an increase of $469 million, or 21%, from the prior year. Noninterest revenue was $2.2 billion, up $363 million, or 20%, from the prior year due to higher performance fees, the effect of higher market levels and net client inflows. Net interest income was $552 million, up by $106 million, or 24%, due to higher loan and deposit balances.

Revenue from Private Banking was $1.4 billion,

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