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BNY Mellon (BK) Q1 Earnings Top Estimates, Revenues Down Y/Y

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Bank of New York Mellon Corporation’s (BK - Free Report) first-quarter 2021 earnings per share of 97 cents surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 87 cents. However, the figure represents a decline of 7.6% from the prior-year quarter’s level.

In the reported quarter, the company recorded a provision benefit, which was a major positive. Also, growth in asset balances was a tailwind. However, a decline in revenues and higher expenses were the undermining factors.

Net income applicable to common shareholders was $858 million, down from $944 million recorded in the prior-year quarter.

Revenues Decline, Expenses Rise

Total revenues declined 4.6% year over year to $3.92 billion. However, the figure surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.84 billion.

Net interest revenues, on a fully taxable-equivalent basis (non-GAAP basis), were $658 million, down 19.4% year over year. The decline was due to lower interest rates on interest-earning assets, partially offset by benefits from low deposit and funding rates, higher deposits and a larger securities portfolio.

Non-GAAP net interest margin (FTE basis) contracted 34 basis points (bps) year over year to 0.67%.

Total fee and other revenues declined marginally year over year to $3.27 billion. The fall was due to a decline in investment and other income, foreign exchange revenues, financing-related fees, and distribution and servicing fees.

Total non-interest expenses were $2.85 billion, up 5.1% from the prior-year quarter. The rise was due to an increase in staff expenses, software and equipment costs, costs related to professional, legal and other purchased services, sub-custodian and clearing costs, and other expenses.

Asset Position Strong

As of Mar 31, 2021, assets under management (AUM) were $2.2 trillion, up 22.8% year over year. The rise was mainly driven by higher market values, the favorable impact of a weaker U.S. dollar and net inflows.

Assets under custody and/or administration of $41.7 trillion grew 18.5% year over year, reflecting higher market values, net new business and the favorable impact of a weaker U.S. dollar.

Credit Quality: A Mixed Bag

As of Mar 31, 2021, non-performing assets were $112 million, up 27.3% year over year. Also, allowance for loan losses — as a percentage of total loans — was 0.54%, up 32 bps from the prior-year quarter.

However, in the reported quarter, the company recorded a provision benefit of $83 million against provision for credit losses of $169 million in the year-ago quarter.

Capital Ratios Worsen

As of Mar 31, 2021, common equity Tier 1 ratio was 12.6% compared with 13.1% on Dec 31, 2020. Tier 1 Leverage ratio was 5.8%, down from 6.3% on Dec 31, 2020.

Our Viewpoint

BNY Mellon’s global reach, strong balance sheet position and a solid AUM balance will go a long way in supporting profitability. However, near-zero interest rates will likely continue to hurt margins in the near term.

Currently, BNY Mellon carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Earnings Schedule of Other Banks

KeyCorp (KEY - Free Report) is scheduled to release results on Apr 20. SVB Financial Group (SIVB - Free Report) and East West Bancorp (EWBC - Free Report) are scheduled to announce quarterly numbers on Apr 22.

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