Expenses were up $33 million, or 4%, from the prior year primarily due to higher information processing expense, increased headcount and higher other expense, partially offset by lower professional fees.
Payment Services pretax income was $26 million in the quarter, down $6 million from the prior year. Revenue decreased $2 million from the prior year primarily due to lower transaction processing revenue for PULSE.
Payment Services dollar volume was $49.8 billion for the fourth quarter of 2013, down 1% from the prior year. PULSE transaction dollar volume was flat year-over-year.
The Board of Directors of the company declared a quarterly cash dividend on its Fixed Rate Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B, in the amount of $16.25 per share. The dividend equals $0.40625 per depositary share, each representing 1/40th interest in a share of the Series B Preferred Stock. The dividend will be payable on March 3, 2014, to the holders of record at the close of business on February 14, 2014.
The Board of Directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share of common stock payable on February 20, 2014, to holders of record at the close of business on February 6, 2014.
During the fourth quarter of 2013, the company repurchased approximately 7 million shares of common stock for $345 million. Shares of common stock outstanding declined by 1% from the prior quarter.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
The company will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter results on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Central time. Interested parties can listen to the conference call via a live audio webcast at
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers home loans, private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit
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