Feb 12 Western Union Co, the world's
largest money transfer company, forecast lower earnings for 2013
and reported a 47 percent decrease in fourth-quarter earnings,
hurt by lower transaction fees in its consumer-to-consumer
The company expects to earn between $1.33 and $1.43 per
share in 2013. It reported earnings of $1.69 per share in 2012.
Net income fell to $237.9 million, or 40 cents per share, in
the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $452.3 million, or 73
cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding items the company
earned 42 cents per share.
Revenue fell less than 1 percent to $1.42 billion.
Consumer-to-consumer revenue, which accounts for more than
81 percent of the company's total revenue, fell more than 2
Analysts on average had expected earnings of 35 cents per
share on revenue of $1.4 billion.
The Englewood, Colorado-based company's shares were down 2
percent after the bell. They closed at $14.34 on the New York
Stock Exchange on Tuesday.