Three of the top credit card issuers beefed up provisions for credit card losses in the third quarter. Reports suggest late stage delinquency metrics may be signaling a possible inflection point in credit loss performance.
The top six U.S. credit card issuers are all reporting a slight uptick in delinquency for the third quarter. However, Bank of America held steady. Therefore, charge-offs will likely head higher in the first quarter of 2015 as the fourth quarter denominator will be higher.
Among the nation’s top six credit card issuers charge-offs for the third quarter (Q3/14) of 2.49% are down 51 basis points (bps) year-on-year (Y/Y) and down 15 bps, quarter-to-quarter (Q/Q). However, the trend may reverse in the fourth quarter as delinquency took a turn North in the third quarter.
The top four U.S. Visa and MasterCard issuers are seeing a credit quality reversal as delinquency rates headed higher in the third quarter. Chase, Capital One and Citibank all reported upticks in the 30+ day delinquency rate, while Bank of America held steady.
Pre-tax profits among the nation’s top four bank credit card issuers declined 10.7% in the third quarter (Q3/14), compared to one year ago. Sequentially net income rose by 9.4%, according to CardData.
U.S. bank credit card outstandings for the third quarter were essentially flat year-on-year (Y/Y), historically and disappointingly weak compared to the prior quarter. Rising a mere 70 basis points (bps) from one-year ago.
Among the nation’s top four Visa and MasterCard (V/M) issuers, bank credit card charge-offs for the third quarter (Q3/14) of 2.83% are down 56 basis points (bps) year-on-year (Y/Y) and down 41 bps, quarter-to-quarter (Q/Q). However, the trend may reverse in the fourth quarter as delinquency took a turn North in the third quarter.
Bank credit card purchase dollar volume (PDV) increased 8.6% year-on-year (Y/Y) and 0.7% quarter-on quarter (Q/Q) in the third quarter (Q3/14), as outstandings continue to contract. The change in consumer behavior is significant for issuers who rely on interest income to subsidize purchase-based reward program expenses, according to CardData.
Bank of America (BofA) reported a decline of 1.2% in Year-on-Year (Y/Y) average U.S. bank credit card outstandings of $88.9 billion for the third quarter (Q3/14). Meanwhile, Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) for BofA’s U.S. bank credit cards rose 1.9% Y/Y and flat Quarter-to-Quarter (Q/Q) to $53.8 billion.
CardWeb.com’s CardData financial database projects bank credit charge-offs among the nation’s top four Visa and MasterCard (V/M) issuers will decline four bps for the third quarter to 3.20%. Chase and Citi report Q3 results on October 14th before the market opening. BofA reports October 15th before the market opening. Cap One reports October 16th after the market close.
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