As some of the largest US banks begin to release their second quarter results, investors can anticipate a reduction in earnings as many had to set aside significantly more liquidity in order to cover increasing loan losses. Conversely however, some banks will most likely also see a rise in fee income from the spike in trading activity despite the continuation of the pandemic crisis.
Wells Fargo was one of the banks to release its financials on Tuesday – and according to the numbers, the major bank reported its first ever quarterly loss since the Great Depression. Wells Fargo had amassed a total loss of $2.4 billion, which is a sharp decline compared to the Bank’s $6.2 billion in earnings in the previous year. In addition, Wells Fargo had also foregone $0.66 per share, which is three times more than initially anticipated.
In the meantime, Wells Fargo’s revenues dropped by 18% to a total of $17.8 billion. With growing concerns over the future of the US economy amid the pandemic, the lender had to set aside an additional $8.4 billion in the first quarter in order to cover residential and real estate loan losses.
As a result of the grim financial results, the bank stated it will be cutting back its dividend to only $0.10 per share, dependent on board approval. So far, Wells Fargo is the only major US bank to propose such measures; a stark contrast compared to the 2009 Great Recession, where the bank was experiencing relative strength and was the last of the banks to reduce dividends.
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