Citigroup reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, helped by higher bond trading revenue and strength in its consumer banking business in Mexico.The Wall Street bank’s shares rose 2.82 percent in early trading.
Bond trading revenue at Citi rose 9 percent, in sharp contrast to bigger rival JPMorgan Chase, which reported a 10 percent drop in bond trading revenue earlier on Friday.
Citi said in September total fixed income and trading revenue was likely to be flat to slightly higher, while investment banking revenue would be slightly lower to reflect volumes and transactions that may close in the fourth quarter.
Investment banking revenue fell 8 percent, to $1.2 billion. Consumer banking revenue in Latin America rose 20 percent, including a gain on the sale of an asset management business in Mexico. Excluding that gain, revenue rose 8 percent and boosted total global consumer banking revenue up 3 percent on a constant currency basis, the bank said.
Net income for the third-largest US bank by assets rose to $4.62 billion in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, from $4.13 billion a year earlier.
Earnings per share rose to $1.73 from $1.42, helped by buybacks that reduced shares outstanding by 8 percent from a year earlier.
Analysts on average had expected earnings per share of $1.69, according to I/B/E/S data from Refinitiv.
Total revenue was slightly lower at $18.39 billion, compared with $18.42 billion a year earlier.
Operating expenses fell 1 percent, to $10.31 billion, and the company’s widely watched efficiency ratio improved to 56.1 percent, from 56.6 percent a year earlier.