Ameriprise Financial’s ( AMP Quick Quote AMP - Free Report) fourth-quarter 2021 adjusted operating earnings per share of $6.15 surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.77. The bottom line reflects a rise of 35.8% from the year-ago quarter. Results were aided by growth in revenues, partly offset by higher expenses. Improvements in the assets under management (AUM) and assets under administration (AUA) balance were tailwinds. Notably, in November 2021, Ameriprise completed the deal with Canada-based BMO Financial Group to take over its EMEA asset management operations. The all-cash transaction, valued at £615 million ($829 million), has helped strengthen Ameriprise’s wealth and asset management businesses. After considering significant items, net income (GAAP basis) was $701 million or $5.96 per share, up from $177 million or $1.43 per share in the prior-year quarter. In 2021, adjusted operating earnings per share of $22.70 surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $22.30. The bottom line increased 61.2% from 2020. Net income (GAAP basis) was $2.76 billion or $23.00 per share, up from $1.53 billion or $12.20 per share in the previous year. Revenues Improve, Expenses Rise
On an operating basis, total adjusted net revenues were $3.71 billion, up 18.1% year over year. The top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.56 billion. On a GAAP basis, net revenues were $3.76 billion, up 18.1% year over year.
Adjusted operating expenses totaled $2.81 billion, up 14.1% from the prior-year quarter. AUM & AUA Improve
Driven by solid client flows in the Advice & Wealth and the Asset Management segments (including the BMO-related flows), total AUM and AUA were $1.42 trillion, up 28.7% year over year. BMO EMEA added $136 billion of acquired assets.
Share Repurchase Update
In the reported quarter, Ameriprise repurchased shares worth $499 million.
Concurrent with the earnings release, the company announced an authorization to repurchase up to an additional $3 billion of its common stock through Mar 31, 2024. Our Take
Ameriprise’s solid AUM balance, diversified investment portfolio and business-restructuring efforts are expected to keep aiding profitability. However, rising expenses make us apprehensive.
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