This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

JPMorgan's EPS Could Jump to $7.50, Analysts Say

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report) a year ago laid out a path toward "normalized" earnings of $27.5 billion, and that figure may be pushed significantly higher at the bank's annual investor conference on Tuesday.

The nation's largest bank holding company earned $17.9 billion, or $4.35 a share during 2013, with earnings lowered significantly by $7.2 billion, or $1.85 a share in after-tax litigation expenses, including a build-up of litigation reserves, during the third quarter. This prepared the company for $17.5 billion in residential mortgage-backed securities settlements with government authorities and private investors during the third quarter. JPMorgan's 2013 earnings also suffered from $1.1 billion, or 27 cents a share in fourth-quarter legal expenses, which included the company's deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice over its role in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

To put the normalized annual earnings goal of $27.5 billion into better perspective, JPMorgan earned a record $19.0 billion, or $4.48 a share, during 2012, despite losses exceeding $6 billion, before tax, from the "London Whale" hedge trading debacle.

JPMorgan's executives may be relieved that the company hasn't seen much in the way of negative headlines this month, following the Madoff settlement in January and a seemingly endless array of headlines -- many seemingly driven by leaks from regulators and the Justice Department -- last year.

Must Read: Mortgage Servicers Face Washington Hammer

The company's stock is the second-cheapest among large-cap U.S. banks, trading for just ___ times the consensus 2015 earnings estimate of $6.35 a share, among analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, based on Thursday's closing price of $57.58. The consensus 2014 EPS estimate is $4.98.

When looking at all 288 U.S. bank stocks for which consensus 2015 EPS estimate are available, JPMorgan is among only 18 names trading for less than 9.5 times forward earnings estimates. When limiting the list to actively traded names with average daily trading volume of at least 50,000 shares, JPMorgan is the 6th cheapest.

Looking ahead to Tuesday Jefferies analyst Ken Usdin expects the company to need "a little help" reaching the $27.5 billion target, because of continued pressure on the bank's net interest margins, since the Federal Reserve continue to keep the short-term federal funds rate in a historically low target range of zero to 0.25%.

But in a note to clients on Tuesday, Usdin wrote that "We believe JPM can deliver the full $27.5B given last year with some help from incremental cost control and other new growth initiatives."

"The range implies EPS of $6.50-$7.00 on today's share count, but longer-term, we believe capital deployment can drive EPS toward $7.50," Usdin added, alluding to expected common-share buybacks.

Usdin rates JPMorgan a "buy" with a price target of $66, implying 15% upside over the next 12 months.

Credit Suisse analyst Moshe Orenbuch is even more upbeat for JPMorgan's investor conference, as he expects the bank's normalized annual net income target could rise as high as $29 billion, "which would put EPS roughly at ~$7.50 depending on the share count."

"While this EPS level may be somewhat aspirational over the near-term given environmental factors, we think the target is achievable over the longer-term as legal and mortgage expenses normalize and JPM realizes benefits of its growth initiatives," Orenbuch wrote in a client note Friday.

A silver lining for JPMorgan Chase will be the eventual decision by the Federal Open Market Committee to raise the federal funds rate, which together with the tapering of "QE3" bond-purchases by the Fed are expected to lead to a parallel rise in long-term and short-term interest rates. The company in its annual 10-K filing on Wednesday estimated that a parallel rise in long-term and short-term rates of 100 basis points would increase its annual net interest income by $2.518 billion, while a parallel rate-rise of 200 basis points would grow net interest income by $4.718 billion, based on its Dec. 31 balance sheet.

Orenbuch estimates JPMorgan will face litigation expenses of $2.5 billion during 2014, and also estimates the company has $8 billion in remaining litigation reserves, providing plenty of cover.

Orenbuch rates JPMorgan "outperform," with a price target of $70, implying 22% upside over the next year.

JPMorgan's shares were up down slightly during the first minutes of trading, to $57.56.

This chart shows the stock's performance against the KBW Bank Index (I:BKX) and the S&P 500 (^GSPC) since the end of 2011:

JPM Chart data by YCharts

Mortgage Servicers Face Washington Hammer

Buying a Home? Now May Be the Best Time

Philip W. van Doorn is a member of TheStreet's banking and finance team, commenting on industry and regulatory trends. He previously served as the senior analyst for Ratings, responsible for assigning financial strength ratings to banks and savings and loan institutions. Mr. van Doorn previously served as a loan operations officer at Riverside National Bank in Fort Pierce, Fla., and as a credit analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, where he monitored banks in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Mr. van Doorn has additional experience in the mutual fund and computer software industries. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Long Island University.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
JPM $62.94 -1.00%
AAPL $93.06 -1.90%
FB $116.52 -0.18%
GOOG $689.78 -0.18%
TSLA $238.00 -3.90%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,695.50 -135.26 -0.76%
S&P 500 2,054.52 -21.29 -1.03%
NASDAQ 4,752.9240 -52.3670 -1.09%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs