: Discover results beat, but signs grow that customers are falling behind; company declares dividends

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Discover Financial Services DFS, -2.91% on Wednesday signaled it was bracing for more soured credit and more signs that consumers were falling behind on payments, despite reporting fourth-quarter results that beat expectations. The banking and credit-card provider said it had set aside $883 million for potential credit losses during the quarter, up $620 million from the same quarter last year. Management also said its overall net charge-off rate — a measure of debt a company thinks is unlikely to be recovered — rose to 2.13% during the quarter, from 1.37% in the prior-year quarter. Shares fell 6% after hours. The results come as concerns grow about rising prices and their effect on consumers. But a jump in loan growth helped Discover’s fourth-quarter results. Discover reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.03 billion, or $3.77 a share, compared with $1.07 billion, or $3.64 a share, in the same quarter last year. Revenue jumped 27% to $3.73 billion, compared with $2.94 billion in the prior-year quarter. Net interest income climbed 24%. For the fourth quarter, analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings per share of $3.65, on revenue of $3.668 billion. Discover ended the quarter with $112.1 billion in loans, up 20% from the same quarter in 2021. Management also said its board declared semi-annual cash dividends, as well as a quarterly cash dividend of 60 cents a share.

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