Citigroup reported 21% decline in net profit in the fourth quarter 2022 primarily driven by higher cost of credit
Citigroup today reported financial results for the fourth quarter 2022 that were part below analysts′ expectations, with net income for the fourth quarter of $2.5 billion, or $1.16 per diluted share.
This compares to net income of $3.2 billion, or $1.46 per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2021, meaning a 21% decrease.
However, fourth quarter revenues of $18.0 billion were almost 6% up compared to the same period from 2021 as growth in net interest income was partially offset by lower non-interest revenues.
Fourth quarter results included divestiture-related impacts of approximately $192 million in earnings before taxes, primarily driven by a gain on the sale of the Thailand consumer business. Excluding these divestiture-related impacts, earnings per share was $1.10.
The higher net interest income was driven by the impact of higher interest rates across businesses and strong loan growth in Personal Banking and Wealth Management (PBWM).
The lower non-interest revenues reflected declines in Investment Banking in Institutional Clients Group (ICG) and lower investment product revenues in Global Wealth Management in PBWM.
Net income of $2.5 billion decreased 21% from the prior-year period, primarily driven by higher cost of credit, largely resulting from the loan growth in PBWM and deterioration in macroeconomic assumptions, partially offset by the higher revenues and lower expenses.
Earnings per share of $1.16 decreased 21% from the prior-year period, reflecting the lower net income, partially offset by an approximate 2% decline in average diluted shares outstanding.
For the full year 2022, Citigroup reported net income of $14.8 billion on revenues of $75.3 billion, compared to net income of $22.0 billion on revenues of $71.9 billion for the full year 2021.
Citi CEO Jane Fraser said, “One of our major goals in 2022 was to put in place a strategic plan designed to create long-term value for our shareholders and I am pleased with the significant progress we have already made in terms of our Transformation, simplification and strengthening our five interconnected businesses, some of which delivered excellent results this quarter.
“With their revenues up 32%, Services delivered another excellent quarter, and we have gained significant share in both Treasury and Trade Solutions and Securities Services.
Markets had the best fourth quarter in recent memory, driven by a 31% increase in Fixed Income, while Banking and Wealth Management were impacted by the same market conditions they faced throughout the year.
Our cards businesses had double-digit revenue growth for the second straight quarter, and we continue to make progress on our international consumer exits, closing five sales to date.
“Over the course of 2022, we returned over $7 billion to our shareholders. We ended the year with a CET1 capital ratio of 13% and a tangible book value per share of $81.65.
We intentionally designed a strategy that can deliver for our shareholders in different environments, and we are very much on track to reach the medium-term return targets we shared on Investor Day,” Ms. Fraser concluded.