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Another Good Quarter for Discover as Strong Credit Performance Continues

Michael Miller Equity Analyst

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| Michael Miller |

Narrow-moat Discover reported strong second-quarter earnings with reported EPS of $5.55 easily beating the FactSet consensus of $4.11. Net revenue also grew 34% year over year and 28% sequentially. However, results benefited from a $321 million reserve release and $729 million unrealized gain on its investment in Marqeta. Without the one-time gain, revenue would have increased 7%, still a strong result relative to Discover’s peers. The bank’s net charge-off rate has remained low, at 2.45% for the quarter, and a 30+ day delinquency rate of 1.43% suggests that credit costs will likely remain low for Discover for the remainder of 2021. With the allowance for bad loans at 8.01% of total loans there is still room for further reserve releases, though the majority should be behind us and the timing of the remainder is difficult to predict. After incorporating these results, we are increasing our fair value estimate for Discover to $113 from $110 which includes our projection of a corporate tax hike to a statutory rate of 26% in 2022.

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Business Description

Discover Financial Services is a bank operating in two distinct segments: direct banking and payment services. The company issues credit and debit cards and provides other consumer banking products including deposit accounts, students loans, and other personal loans. It also operates the Discover, Pulse, and Diners Club networks. The Discover network is the fourth- largest payment network in the United States as ranked by overall purchase volume, and Pulse is one of the largest ATM networks in the country.

2500 Lake Cook Road
Riverwoods, IL, 60015
T +1 224 405-0900
Sector Financial Services
Industry Credit Services
Most Recent Earnings Jun 30, 2021
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2020
Stock Type Cyclical
Employees 17,600


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