Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) — Citigroup Inc.(C), the third-biggest U.S. bank, reported fourth-quarter profit that missed Wall Street estimates as bond trading slumped. The stock fell more than 3% in New York trading.
Net income more than doubled to $2.69 billion from $1.2 billion a year earlier, when Citigroup reported a $653 million charge, and earnings per share rose to 85 cents from 38 cents, the New York-based bank said today in a statement. Excluding accounting charges and special items, profit was 82 cents a share, less than the 95-cent average estimate of 26 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
CEO Michael Corbat, 53, sought to cut costs and boost revenue even as trading from bond and foreign exchange markets came under pressure. The effort was marred by a 15% drop in fixed income revenue excluding accounting charges. Adjusted profit decreased 8% at the securities and banking unit and 16% for global consumer banking, according to the firm.
“We haven’t seen any rebound in fixed income,” Marty Mosby, a bank analyst with Guggenheim Securities LLC, said in an interview before the results were announced. That’s what the bank “really needs because they are more heavily dependent on that than the other money-center banks,” he said. Mosby has a buy rating on the stock with a $68 price target.
The results were close to the most pessimistic Wall Street estimates, and Citigroup fell 3.3% to $53.19 at 10:20 a.m. in New York. The stock gained 32% last year, trailing the 35% return for the 24-company KBW Bank Index.
Quarterly revenue excluding an accounting charge tied to the value of the firm’s own debt and other items declined 2% to $17.9 billion. For the full year, net income rose 84% to $13.9 billion on a 10% increase in revenue to $76.4 billion.
Adjusted quarterly profit was $1.06 billion at the securities and banking unit and $778 million at the transaction services segment. Both businesses are overseen by co-President James “Jamie” Forese, 50.
Within securities and banking, fixed income revenue excluding an accounting adjustment shrank 15% to $2.33 billion from a year earlier. That compares with the $2.5 billion estimate of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.’s John McDonald. The bank generated $13.1 billion from fixed-income markets for the year, a 7% decline from 2012. Francisco “Paco” Ybarra, 52, oversees the bank’s global markets operations.
Revenue from investment banking, which includes managing bond and share sales for clients and providing advice on mergers and acquisitions, rose 3% to $1.04 billion, according to the bank. Equity markets revenue climbed 16% to $539 million from a year earlier while falling 24% from the third quarter, the company said.
The decline in fixed-income revenue from the third quarter was led by weaker customer activity in credit and securitized products, Chief Financial Officer John Gerspach said on a call with journalists. The businesses account for about one-third of the segment’s revenue, and interest rates and currencies account for a little more than half, he said. “We saw a fall-off in client volumes,” he said. “It’s not that we’ve got something that’s broken and that needs to be fixed. For the full year, it was an excellent performer.”
Within fixed income, Carey Lathrop is global head of credit, and Jeffrey Perlowitz and Mark Tsesarsky are co-heads for securitized products. Andy Morton manages interest rates and Anil Prasad runs the currency business. Howard Marsh is head of municipal bonds. Stu Staley oversees commodities.