* Q3 EPS $2.01 vs $1.77 year ago
* Q3 rev up 40 percent
* Expects to exceed Basel III Tier 1 ratio target of 8 pct
* Shares up 2 percent after the bell
By Jochelle Mendonca
Oct 18 Capital One Financial Corp's
quarterly profit rose 44 percent after two big acquisitions, but
the lender said increasing competition for automobile and
commercial loans may curb future growth.
Capital One's loan book has been boosted by its purchase of
online bank ING Direct for nearly $9 billion and its purchase of
HSBC Holdings Plc's U.S. credit card portfolio, which
added another $30 billion in credit card loans.
Like other banks, auto loans and commercial and industrial
lending have helped Capital One offset lackluster consumer loan
demand but, as more lenders chase the same customers,
underwriting standards have fallen.
McLean, Virginia-based Capital One said new auto loans fell
9 percent from second-quarter levels.
"I think there's more competition which takes a bit off some
of the extremely high growth that we've had in the past," CEO
Rich Fairbanks said on a post-earnings conference call.
Fairbanks added the company expects to see weak consumer
demand for the foreseeable future.
Capital One has spent much of the past decade transforming
itself from a specialty credit card issuer dependent on bond
market funding into a bank that relies on deposits. With a
market value of about $34 billion, it is now a top 10 U.S. bank
Net income for the third quarter rose to $1.17 billion, or
$2.01 per share, from $813 million, or $1.77 per share, a year
Revenue rose 40 percent to $5.78 billion.
The company's capital ratios rose as well. Its estimated
Basel I Tier 1 common ratio was about 10.7 percent as of Sept.
30, up from 9.9 percent at the end of June.
"Given our strong capital trajectory, we expect to exceed an
assumed Basel III Tier 1 common ratio target of 8 percent in
2013," Chief Financial Officer Gary Perlin said in a statement.
The company signaled again that it may return more capital
next year to shareholders as a result of the strong growth, if
"With every passing quarter we get more capital and more
clarity on what the rules of the game are and that puts us in a
position to distribute more of it," Perlin said on the
The results were a stark contrast to the company's second
quarter, when profit fell 90 percent on higher credit loss
reserves related to the HSBC card purchase. The lender said then
it expected the impact to moderate thereafter.
The company's shares were up 2 percent after the bell. They
closed at $57.24 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.