JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) just announced its latest earnings results, missing the estimates for the first time in 2 years. As the market digests the results, most notably markdowns related to Russia, the stock sank to a 14-month low.
Q1 2022 earnings
- Revenue: US$31.59b
- Net income: US$8.28b / US$2.63 per share
Credit costs were US$1.5b with US$902m for potential loan losses and US$524m for costs related to the war in Ukraine
Highlights by Divisions
- Consumer and Community: US$12.23b in net revenue (-2% Y/Y)
- Corporate and Investment: US$13.53b in net revenue (-7% Y/Y)
- Commercial: US$2.4b (no changes)
- Asset and Wealth Management: US$4.3b in net revenue (+6% Y/Y)
Reflecting on the earnings results, CFO Jeremy Barnum noted some of the setbacks in performance:
- Mortgage loans falling with the rise in rates
- Card & Auto is down due to higher acquisition costs and a lack of vehicle supplies
- Debt & Equity underwriting fees are down due to market volatility and lower issuance activity
Yet, there are some positives as well, as analyst Glenn Schorr (Evercore ISI) noted an increase in average loans, average deposits, debit/credit card sales volume, and long-term flows in asset & wealth management.
CEO Jamie Dimon stated that while he's cautious about the geopolitical and economic challenges due to supply chain problems, high inflation, and war, he believes that the bank has enough capital and healthy margins to get through those issues. He added that the bank won't be deploying any excess liquidity.
A Look at the Low P/E Ratio
A price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 8x is well below the average, as around half of the companies have P/E ratios above 17x and even P/Es above 36x are quite common. Nonetheless, we'd need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the highly reduced P/E.
One possibility is that the P/E is low because investors think this strong earnings performance might be less impressive moving forward.
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To justify its P/E ratio, JPMorgan Chase would need to produce anemic growth that's substantially trailing the market. Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 73% gain to the company's bottom line. The recent solid performance means it was also able to grow EPS by 70% in total over the last three years. Therefore, it's fair to say that the recent earnings growth has been very good.
The Final Word
Despite rising interest rates, bank stocks have been hit in recent months. With the flattening yield curve (or even inverted) signaling a possible recession, the statement from JP Morgan executives about "storm clouds on the horizon" doesn't come as a surprise.
Looking at the current price declines, we can see they're due to analysts' expectations of declining earnings growth at a rate of 3.4% per annum (over the next 3 years).
Yet there are 2 positives we see: solid margins and the reluctance to take on additional risks by deploying excess liquidity. Finally, looking into our database, we can see that the bank is well-positioned to absorb any potential turmoil.
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