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Discover Financial Services shares surge following FDIC consent order

Published Oct 02, 2023 12:57PM ET
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Shares of Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) experienced a significant increase on Monday, surging by 6.6% to $92.38. This is the largest percentage increase for the company since November 2022, outperforming the S&P 500. The rise in share value came in response to a consent order from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) regarding compliance-management system issues that were revealed in an October audit.

The audit found incorrect credit-card account classifications within DFS's operations. In response, DFS has outlined plans to rectify these classifications and enhance its governance and risk management practices, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Despite the issues identified, no fines were imposed by the FDIC.

DFS's strong response to the audit findings aligns with its high earnings quality, with free cash flow exceeding net income, a key indicator of financial health as per InvestingPro Tips. The company has also been known for its aggressive share buyback strategy, further demonstrating its commitment to delivering shareholder value.

In a significant leadership change, CEO Roger Hochschild will step down as part of the company's response to the audit findings. The timeline for his departure and details about his potential successor have not been disclosed yet.

Analyst at RBC Capital Markets indicated that they do not foresee any business restrictions from the FDIC as a result of these issues. In fact, they have set a price target of $120 for DFS shares, suggesting confidence in the company's ability to navigate through this regulatory challenge and implement necessary changes.

InvestingPro's real-time metrics offer further insight into DFS's performance and potential. With a market capitalization of 22.87B USD and a low P/E ratio of 6.3, DFS presents a potentially attractive investment opportunity. The company's strong gross profit margin of 94.85% also reflects its operational efficiency and profitability.

The consent order and subsequent actions by DFS highlight the ongoing regulatory scrutiny faced by financial institutions and their efforts to ensure compliance with federal regulations. DFS's swift response and proactive measures appear to have been well-received by investors, as evidenced by Monday's surge in share prices.

For more insightful tips and real-time metrics, check out InvestingPro. The platform offers 12 additional tips specifically for DFS, providing a comprehensive overview of the company's financial health and investment potential.

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Discover Financial Services shares surge following FDIC consent order

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