Schwab Reports Strongest Quarterly Performance in Company History
October 17, 2022 at 08:45 AM EDT
$115 Billion in Core Net New Assets Represents a 7% Annualized Growth Rate
The Charles Schwab Corporation announced today that its net income for the third quarter of 2022 was a record $2.0 billion compared with $1.8 billion for the second quarter of 2022, and $1.5 billion for the third quarter of 2021. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 was $5.2 billion, compared with $4.3 billion for the year-earlier period.
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Co-Chairman and CEO Walt Bettinger said, “Schwab’s performance during the third quarter reflected the continued success of our 'Through Clients’ Eyes' strategy and our contemporary full-service approach to helping clients achieve their financial goals. As we assisted investors with navigating persistent macroeconomic headwinds, we continued to drive robust business growth. Bolstered by record third quarter retail inflows, core net new assets equaled $115 billion for the period – a 7% annualized growth rate. Total client assets were $6.6 trillion at quarter-end, down 13% from a year ago, as robust asset gathering was more than offset by the $1.4 trillion impact of lower market valuations on client portfolios over the past 12 months. At the same time, our success in attracting and retaining clients supported a 4% year-over-year rise in active brokerage accounts – we ended the quarter at approximately 34 million.”
“Our modern wealth management approach provides a wide array of investing and financial capabilities to support investors through a range of market conditions – particularly in difficult times like these,” Mr. Bettinger continued. “Equity markets remained under pressure throughout the quarter – including the largest percentage drop for a September since 2008 – with the S&P 500® extending its year-to-date losses to 25%. The Federal Reserve assumed an increasingly hawkish stance, tightening monetary policy at the fastest rate in four decades, as it wrestled with elevated inflation and lingering effects from the global pandemic. Additionally, the continued war in Ukraine, along with increasing challenges across other major global economies weighed on overall market sentiment. That being said, clients remained engaged – with daily average trading volume of 5.5 million essentially flat versus the third quarter of last year, including net buying activity across both equities and fixed income securities.”
“Given our four decades of experience assisting individual investors and the advisors who serve them, we know prolonged environmental challenges can impact clients’ financial confidence, reinforcing the importance of continued investment across our three strategic initiatives: scale and efficiency, client segmentation, and win-win monetization,” Mr. Bettinger added. “Schwab’s extensive suite of advisory solutions, along with the recently introduced personalized investing capabilities, are designed to help clients achieve their evolving goals throughout their financial lives. This suite includes Wasmer SchroederTM Strategies, which offers investors a range of tax-exempt and taxable fixed income solutions. This team’s expertise, along with an attractive value proposition, increasing client demand for income solutions, and rising interest rates has helped these strategies attract over $5 billion in net flows over the last two years, including $1 billion during the third quarter of 2022 alone. Another example of win-win monetization is the recent steps we have taken to bolster our fund offering for RIAs by expanding our institutional no transaction fee (INTF) mutual fund platform to include over 800 additional highly rated equity and bond funds across 15 leading third-party asset managers.”
Mr. Bettinger concluded, “Through consistent strategic focus and disciplined execution, we believe we can drive sustained business momentum while continuing to deliver a high-quality wealth experience for clients and to build long-term value for stockholders.”
CFO Peter Crawford noted, “Schwab’s diversified financial model and a significant benefit from higher rates helped us convert ongoing success with clients into record total revenues of $5.5 billion, up 20% on a year-over-year basis. Net interest revenue increased by 44% to $2.9 billion, as rising rates helped our net interest margin to expand sequentially by 35 basis points to 1.97%. This movement more than offset the 6% contraction in interest-earning assets driven by clients’ cash sorting behavior and their continued market engagement. Asset management and administration fees decreased 5% to $1.0 billion as the challenging equity markets weighed on client asset balances. Trading revenue also declined slightly to $930 million primarily due to a mix shift within client trading activity.”
Mr. Crawford continued, “Driven largely by ongoing investments in our people and technology, GAAP expenses for the quarter increased 10% year-over-year to $2.8 billion. This amount includes $101 million in acquisition and integration-related costs and $152 million in amortization of acquired intangibles. Exclusive of these items, adjusted total expenses (1) were up 12% versus the third quarter of 2021 – consistent with our planned spending in 2022. Our pre-tax profit margin expanded to 48.7%, or 53.3% on an adjusted basis (1) – both all-time highs.”
“Diligent balance sheet management keeps us positioned to navigate a rapidly evolving environment while concurrently enhancing our financial performance and returning excess capital to our owners,” added Mr. Crawford. “In late July, the board of directors approved a 10% increase in our common dividend and a $15 billion stock repurchase authorization. During the third quarter, we repurchased 21.9 million shares for $1.5 billion. We’ve also announced the redemption of the $400 million Series A Preferred stock effective November 1. Inclusive of these actions, the company’s preliminary Tier 1 Leverage Ratio at quarter-end was 6.8%, above our recently updated operating objective of 6.50% – 6.75%. This quarter’s record overall results further demonstrate the durability of our all-weather model and its ability to deliver both profitable growth and meaningful return of excess capital through the cycle.”
(1) Further details on non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of such measures to GAAP reported results are included on pages 10-11 of this release.
Commentary from the CFO
Periodically, our Chief Financial Officer provides insight and commentary regarding Schwab’s financial picture at: https://www.aboutschwab.com/cfo-commentary. The most recent commentary, which provides perspective on the recent repurchase of nonvoting common stock, was posted on August 1, 2022.
Fall Business Update
The company has scheduled a Fall Business Update for institutional investors on Thursday, October 27, 2022. The Update, which will be held via webcast, is scheduled to run from approximately 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PT, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET. Registration for this Update is accessible at https://www.aboutschwab.com/schwabevents.
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to success with clients; strategic initiatives; investments to attract and retain talent, improve service and the client experience, expand products, services and offerings to meet client needs, diversify revenues, and drive scale and efficiency; business momentum; stockholder value; balance sheet management; financial performance; returning excess capital to stockholders; Tier 1 Leverage Ratio operating objective; and all-weather model. These forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations as of the date hereof. Achievement of these expectations and objectives is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expressed expectations.
Important factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the company’s ability to attract and retain clients and independent investment advisors and grow those relationships and client assets; develop and launch new and enhanced products, services, and capabilities, as well as enhance its infrastructure and capacity, in a timely and successful manner; hire and retain talent; support client activity levels; successfully implement integration strategies and plans; manage expenses; and monetize client assets. Other important factors include client use of the company’s advisory solutions and other products and services; general market conditions, including equity valuations and the level of interest rates; the level and mix of client trading activity; market volatility; margin loan balances; securities lending; competitive pressures on pricing; client cash sorting; client sensitivity to rates; level of client assets, including cash balances; capital and liquidity needs and management; balance sheet positioning relative to changes in interest rates; interest earning asset mix and growth; the migration of bank deposit account balances; and other factors set forth in the company’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.
About Charles Schwab
The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) is a leading provider of financial services, with 33.9 million active brokerage accounts, 2.3 million corporate retirement plan participants, 1.7 million banking accounts, and $6.64 trillion in client assets. Through its operating subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, asset management, custody, and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Its broker-dealer subsidiaries, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., TD Ameritrade, Inc., and TD Ameritrade Clearing, Inc., (members SIPC, https://www.sipc.org), and their affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; referrals to independent, fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through Schwab Advisor Services. Its primary banking subsidiary, Charles Schwab Bank, SSB (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender), provides banking and lending services and products. More information is available at https://www.aboutschwab.com.
TD Ameritrade, Inc. and TD Ameritrade Clearing, Inc. are separate but affiliated companies and subsidiaries of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Charles Schwab Corporation. TD Ameritrade is a trademark jointly owned by TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc. and The Toronto-Dominion Bank.
THE CHARLES SCHWAB CORPORATION
In addition to disclosing financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (GAAP), Schwab’s third quarter earnings release contains references to the non-GAAP financial measures described below. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information about the financial performance of the Company, and facilitate meaningful comparison of Schwab’s results in the current period to both historic and future results. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and may not be comparable to non-GAAP financial measures presented by other companies.
Schwab’s use of non-GAAP measures is reflective of certain adjustments made to GAAP financial measures as described below.
The Company also uses adjusted diluted EPS and return on tangible common equity as components of performance criteria for employee bonus and certain executive management incentive compensation arrangements. The Compensation Committee of CSC’s Board of Directors maintains discretion in evaluating performance against these criteria.