Diversification Pays at Wachovia: Fool by Numbers

On Monday, April 16, Wachovia (NYSE: WB  ) released first-quarter earnings for the period ended March 31. Here are the quick and dirty details for the quarter.

  • Total revenue grew 15% to $8.1 billion. Management cited a "focus on cost control and risk management," while recent acquisitions of Golden West Financial and Westcorp also boosted results.

  • Net interest income improved 27.1%, even as the net interest margin decreased to 3.01% -- slightly below analyst expectations.

  • Subprime issues don't appear to be causing a stir at Wachovia, and management doesn't see any significant problems with the $122 billion in mortgages acquired from Golden West.

  • Total diluted earnings grew 10.1%. Last year's quarter included a $100 million payment that Wachovia received for allowing Bank of America (NYSE: BAC  ) to acquire credit card firm MBNA.

  • Wachovia carries a two-star rating in Motley Fool CAPS, while crosstown rival B of A carries a more favorable four-star rating. Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC  ) , Citigroup (NYSE: C  ) , and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM  ) all carry average three-star ratings.    

(Figures in millions, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Change

Total Revenue

$8,061.0

$6,995.0

15.2%

Net Interest Income (FTE)

$4,497.0

$3,539.0

27.1%

Net Profit

$2,302.0

$1,728.0

33.2%

EPS

$1.20

$1.09

10.1%

Get back to basics with a look at the income statement.

Ratio Checkup

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Change*

Net Interest Margin

3.01%

3.21%

(0.20%)

Efficiency Ratio

55.70%

60.07%

(4.37%)

Nonperforming Assets / Assets

0.25%

0.14%

0.11%

Return on Average Assets

1.34%

1.34%

0.00%

Return on Average Equity

13.47%

14.62%

(1.15%)

*Expressed in percentage points.

Find out more about bank ratios.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Change

Cash & Investments

$183,959

$189,951

(3.2%)

Net Loans

$433,317

$285,755

51.6%

Liabilities

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Change

Deposits

$408,148

$328,564

24.2%

Total Liabilities

$633,521

$489,073

29.5%

Learn about bank assets and bank liabilities.

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Fool contributor Ryan Fuhrmann has no financial interest in any company mentioned. Feel free to email him with feedback or to discuss any companies mentioned. The Fool has an ironclad disclosure policy.


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