Net Income Falls At Discover Financial Minus Antitrust Payments

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RIVERWOODS, Ill. – Discover Financial Services on Tuesday reported a 55% decline in third quarter earnings to $260.6 million, from last year’s $577.5 million, which included a $287 million gain from the company’s antitrust settlements with MasterCard and Visa.

The company’s Payment Services division processed a record $39 billion in transactions as Discover card sales volume rose 5% on an annualized basis to $24 billion. Write-offs for loans deemed uncollectible fell $102 million from the second quarter as Discover released $187 million from an account to cover future loan losses.

The company, which owns the PULSE EFT network, last week agreed to buy Citigroup’s Student Loan Corp. in a $600 million deal that would make Discover the third-biggest U.S. provider of private student loans.

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