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SLM Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

November 02, 2012 | About:
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SLM Corp. (SLM) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2012-09-30.

Slm Corp has a market cap of $8.21 billion; its shares were traded at around $17.69 with a P/E ratio of 8.2 and P/S ratio of 1.4. The dividend yield of Slm Corp stocks is 2.9%. Slm Corp had an annual average earning growth of 3.6% over the past 10 years.

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Third-quarter 2012 GAAP net income was $188 million ($.39 diluted earnings per share), versus a net loss of $(47) million ($(.10) diluted loss per share) in the third-quarter 2011. The changes in GAAP net income are driven by the same types of Core Earnings items discussed below as well as changes in mark-to-market unrealized gains and losses on derivative contracts and amortization and impairment of goodwill and intangible assets that are recognized in GAAP but not in Core Earnings results. Third-quarter 2012 and 2011 GAAP results included losses of $140 million and $371 million, respectively, resulting from derivative accounting treatment which is excluded from Core Earnings results.

For the three months ended September 30, 2012, net income was $188 million, or $.39 diluted earnings per common share, compared with a net loss of $47 million, or $.10 diluted loss per common share, for the three months ended September 30, 2011. The increase in net income was primarily due to a $247 million decrease in net losses on derivative and hedging activities, a $139 million decrease in provisions for loan losses, a $41 million decrease in operating expenses, and a $44 million increase in gains on debt repurchases, which were partially offset by a $66 million decline in net interest income.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, net income was $591 million, or $1.18 diluted earnings per common share, and $122 million, or $.21 diluted earnings per common share, respectively. The increase in net income was primarily due to a $631 million decrease in net losses on derivative and hedging activities, a $237 million decrease in provisions for loan losses, a $114 million decrease in operating expenses and a $64 million increase in gains on debt repurchases, which more than offset the $275 million decline in net interest income.

Our Business Services segment earns intercompany loan servicing fees from servicing the FFELP Loans in our FFELP Loans segment. The average balance of this portfolio was $129 billion and $140 billion for the quarters ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $132 billion and $142 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The decline in intercompany loan servicing revenue from the year-ago period is primarily the result of a lower outstanding principal balance in the underlying portfolio.

Operating expenses for our FFELP Loans segment primarily include the contractual rates we pay to service loans in term asset-backed securitization trusts or a similar rate if a loan is not in a term financing facility (which is presented as an intercompany charge from the Business Services segment who services the loans), the fees we pay for third-party loan servicing and costs incurred to acquire loans. The intercompany revenue charged from the Business Services segment and included in those amounts was $164 million and $183 million for the quarters ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $512 million and $559 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, respectively. These amounts exceed the actual cost of servicing the loans. Operating expenses were 53 basis points and 52 basis points of average FFELP Loans in the quarters ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and 54 basis points and 53 basis points for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The decline in operating expenses from the prior-year quarter was primarily the result of the reduction in the average outstanding balance of our FFELP Loans portfolio.

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