TCF Financial Corporation posted 1Q/11 net income of $29.7 million, compared with $33.9 million in the first quarter of 2010. With this, card revenues totaled $26.6 million, down 1.8% from 1Q/10 and down $1 million by 3.8% from 4Q/10, thanks in great part to seasonal decreases in sales volume. Meanwhile, the net interest margin was 4.06 percent, compared with 4.21 percent in the first quarter of 2010 and 4.05 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010. Also, its banking fees and service charges only reached $53.5 million, down $12.7 million by 19.1% from 1Q/10 and down $8 million by 13% from 4Q/10. This is a direct reflection of overdraft fee regulations implemented in 3Q/10, a decrease in the number of checking accounts and customers maintaining higher average deposit balances, lower seasonal activity and lower monthly maintenance fees as more customers qualified for fee waivers.
TCF is leading the fight against the Durbin Interchange amendment. Questioning the constitutionality of the Durbin Amendment’s exemption for banks with assets less than $10 billion under the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, TCF is adamant the government’s position on a two-tier pricing system for banks above and below $10 billion in assets will eventually result in a single rate to all banks is speculation on the government’s part.Details