Have you been eager to see how Citigroup Inc. (C - Free Report) performed in Q3 in comparison with the market expectations? Let’s quickly scan through the key facts from this New York-based money center bank’s earnings release this morning:
Citigroup came out with earnings per share of $1.42, compared favorably with earnings of $1.24 in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted earnings came in at $1.29 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate was $1.32.
Improvement in earnings was primarily driven by higher revenues.
How Was the Estimate Revision Trend?
You should note that the earnings estimate for Citigroup depicted optimism prior to the earnings release. The Zacks Consensus Estimate increased 1.5% over the last seven days.
Also, Citigroup has a decent earnings surprise history. The company also delivered positive surprises in the prior four quarters. Overall, the company surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by an average of 6.28% in the trailing four quarters.
Revenue Came in Higher Than Expected
Citigroup’s revenues of $18.2 billion outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $17.7 billion. Moreover, revenues increased 2% year over year.
- Net Income stood at $4.1 billion, up 8% from the prior year quarter.
- Costs of credit surged 15% year over year to $2 billion.
- Returned around $6.4 billion to shareholders as common stock repurchases and dividends.
What Zacks Rank Says
The estimate revisions that we discussed earlier have driven a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) for Citigroup. However, since the latest earnings performance is yet to be reflected in the estimate revisions, the rank is subject to change. It all depends on what sense the just-released report makes to the analysts.
(You can seethe complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.)
How the Market Reacted So Far
Following the earnings release, Citigroup shares were up marginally in the pre-trading session. This is in contrary to what the stock witnessed in the prior-day’s session. Clearly, the initial reaction shows that the investors have considered the results in their favor. However, the full-session’s price movement may indicate a different picture.
Check back later for our full write up on this Citigroup earnings report!
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