From where I sit, Washington Mutual
This quarter was really no different. Revenue rose 17%, but adjusted net income was up only 9% (and income was actually down from last year on a reported basis). And even factoring in those one-time items that hurt income, the company's return on assets and equity and efficiency ratio are still pretty much suboptimal. In other words, they're growing pretty nicely, but not particularly profitably.
Earnings weren't the only news this quarterly release. The company is selling a big chunk of mortgage servicing rights (as well as a processing center) to Wells Fargo
I also found it a little interesting that the company's card services group appears to be posting above-market growth, but with above-market trends in delinquencies as well. Perhaps that's just the trade-off that WaMu is willing to take with the business in general -- it'll absorb higher risk in exchange for higher growth.
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