C iti’s third quarter of 2023 results demonstrated the strength of its diversified business model and progress towards its priorities. Revenues increased 9%, driven by higher net interest income and non-interest revenues. Expenses increased 6%, largely due to investments in risk and controls, inflation, and severance. Management has implemented initiatives to reduce expenses, increase revenues, and invest in risk and controls. C iti’s key performance metrics have improved, with increased revenue and profits, and its return on tangible common equity is higher than its cost of capital. C iti is managing global risk and revising its regulatory capital requirements to remain competitive in the future.
Revenues have increased 9% in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the prior year period. Excluding divestiture-related impacts, revenues increased 10%, driven by higher net interest income and non-interest revenues. This is an improvement from the prior year period. Operating expenses increased 6% from the prior-year period, due to investments in risk and controls, inflation, and severance. C iti expects to incur higher expenses in the fourth quarter of 2023, including additional severance costs. C ost of credit also increased due to higher loan loss provisions. C iti’s net interest margin (NIM) is expressed as a yield percentage, calculated as annualized net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets for the period. It is not clear from the context information whether the NIM has improved or declined, or how it compares to industry peers.
Management Discussion and Analysis
Management has implemented initiatives to reduce expenses, increase revenues, and invest in risk and controls. These initiatives have been successful, with expenses increasing 6% and revenues increasing 9% compared to the prior year period. Management assesses C iti’s competitive position in the industry by considering the impact of competitors being subject to less stringent legal and regulatory requirements, the introduction of new or emerging technologies, growth in digital asset markets, and changes in the payments space. C iti’s risk management process is designed to monitor, evaluate and manage the principal risks it assumes in conducting its activities. C redit risk, market risk, and other quantitative and qualitative information are managed through stress testing, consumer and corporate credit portfolios, and Pillar 3 Basel III Advanced Approaches Disclosures. C iti’s risk management is designed to be consistent with its Mission and Value Proposition and Leadership Principles.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
C ompetition from non-financial services firms, changes in the payments space, increasing risk of cyber incidents, and changes in macroeconomic conditions are external factors that pose risks to the company operations and financial performance. C iti assesses and manages cybersecurity risks by continually evolving its sophisticated cybersecurity incidents prevention and response measures. This includes theft prevention, loss prevention, misuse prevention, and disclosure prevention of confidential C iti, client, and customer information and assets. Yes, C itigroup has contingencies and legal issues that could impact its financial position and reputation. It accrues for these matters when it believes a loss is probable and estimates the amount. It also discloses any matters for which it has not accrued. It is addressing these matters by implementing targeted action plans and submitting progress reports.
C orporate Governance and Sustainability
C iti’s Board of Directors is composed of 12 members, including the C hairman and C EO. There have been no notable changes in leadership or independence since the amendments to the By-laws were adopted. C iti is committed to diversity and inclusion in its governance practices and workforce. It has a Board Diversity Policy that promotes diversity in its board composition and encourages the consideration of diverse candidates for board positions. C iti disclosed activities pursuant to Section 219 of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012, and proposed changes to the GSIB surcharge rule and the TLAC rule. These initiatives demonstrate C iti’s commitment to responsible business practices and sustainability.
C iti’s forward-looking guidance outlines potential risks and uncertainties that could affect its strategic initiatives and priorities outlined in the annual report. It also provides insight into how C iti is managing these risks and how it is positioning itself to remain competitive in the future. C itigroup is factoring in macroeconomic, geopolitical, and other challenges, such as governmental fiscal and monetary actions, recessions, inflation, trade tensions, and election outcomes, into its forward-looking guidance. It plans to capitalize on these trends by managing global risk and revising its regulatory capital requirements. No, there are no investments or strategic shifts indicated in the forward-looking guidance. It focuses on potential risks and uncertainties, such as macroeconomic and geopolitical challenges, legal and regulatory proceedings, and risks in emerging markets.
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