JPMorgan Chase & Co. third-quarter profits rose 7 percent from a year earlier, as the bank as able to increase revenue in its consumer banking business even though the company saw a sizeable drop in trading revenue in the quarter.
The biggest bank by deposits and assets said Thursday that it earned a profit of $6.73 billion, or $1.76 per share, compared with $6.29 billion, or $1.58 a share, in the same period a year earlier. The results beat analysts’ forecast of $1.65 a share, according to FactSet.
JPMorgan’s consumer bank was the driver of this quarter’s growth, reporting a 16 percent rise in net income. The bank saw higher deposit and loan growth and higher revenue in its credit card division, which the bank has been expanding aggressively in the last year with a new high-end credit card known as Chase Sapphire Reserve. Charge-offs in that business have been creeping steadily higher for several quarters, however, and the bank had to set aside an additional $223 million to cover potential losses.
Despite the creep up in delinquencies, “the U.S. consumer remains healthy,” JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said in a statement. In a call with reporters on Thursday, JPMorgan Chief Financial Officer Marianne Lake said the creep up in delinquencies was within the bank’s expectations.
The bank was able to grow loans across the board in its consumer business: credit cards, business loans, auto loans as well as mortgages. Along with the growth in loans, the bank benefited from a rise in interest rates. Net interest income rose to $16.68 billion in the quarter, up from $14.07 billion a year earlier. And the bank’s net interest margin, which measures a bank’s profitability by comparing how much it makes from lending money versus how much it costs to borrow, grew to 2.37 percent from 2.24 percent.
The gains in JPMorgan’s consumer banking division were more than enough to make up for declines in corporate and investment banking, its other major business. That division…