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Post : Wells Fargo 3Q results fall 18 per cent due to legal costs
URL : http://business.financialpost.com/pmn/pmn-business/wells-fargo-3q-results-fall-18-per-cent-due-to-legal-costs
Posted : October 13, 2017 at 4:25 am
Author : The Associated Press
Tags : AP
Categories : PMN Business

NEW YORK -- Wells Fargo is reporting an 18 per cent decline in third-quarter profits, caused by a significant increase in the bank's legal expenses.

The San Francisco-based bank earned $4.6 billion in the third quarter, or 84 cents a share, down from $5.64 billion, or $1.03 a share, in the same period a year earlier. Wells' results missed the forecasts of analysts, who were looking for the bank to post a profit of $1.02 a share, according to FactSet.

Wells Fargo's expenses jumped in the quarter, mostly due to the money it had to set aside to cover legal settlements. The bank says the $1 billion for legal costs are for investigations into Wells' mortgage practices before the financial crisis.

Quarterly revenue was $21.9 billion, which also missed analysts' forecasts of $22.38 billion.

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