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US Bancorp Disappoints: Fool by Numbers

On July 17, US Bancorp (NYSE: USB  ) released second-quarter earnings for the period ended June 30.

  • The flat yield curve and US Bancorp's commitment to credit quality squeezed net interest margins by 24 basis points year over year, and 17 basis points sequentially.

  • Non-interest expenses increased 7.2% year over year, compared to flat revenue growth. The company spent money ramping up growth initiatives, resulting in some front-loaded expenses.

  • Despite its mediocre results, the company continues to perform well, with returns on assets and equity of 2.1% and 23%, respectively.

  • In Motley Fool CAPS, the bank currently sports a so-so three-star rating. CAPS players must feel pretty average about the space, since fellow banks such as Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC  ) and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC  ) also rate three stars.

(Figures in millions, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

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Net Interest Income




Net Profit








Get back to basics with the income statement.

Margin Checkup

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Net Interest Margin




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*Expressed in percentage points.
** Tangible efficiency ratio.

Margins are the earnings engine.

Balance Sheet Highlights


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The balance sheet reflects the company's health.

Bank on further Foolishness:

Fool by Numbers is designed to give you the raw earnings information in a timely fashion, putting all the numbers you need in one easy-to-read place. But at The Motley Fool, we believe numbers tell only part of the story, so check for more of our in-depth discussion of what the numbers mean.

US Bancorp and Bank of America areMotley Fool Income Investor recommendations. Dividend-loving investors can try the service risk-free for 30 days.

Fool contributor Emil Lee is an analyst and a disciple of value investing. He doesn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned above. Emil appreciates your comments, concerns, and complaints. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy won't nickel-and-dime you.

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