Citi reports Q3 operating expense $10.3B
Citigroup's operating expenses of $10.3 billion in the third quarter 2018 decreased 1%, as higher volume-related expenses and investments were more than offset by efficiency savings and the wind-down of legacy assets. Citigroup's allowance for loan losses was $12.3 billion at quarter end, or 1.84% of total loans, compared to $12.4 billion, or 1.91% of total loans, at the end of the prior-year period. Total non-accrual assets declined 19% from the prior-year period to $4.0 billion. Consumer non-accrual loans declined 15% to $2.4 billion and corporate non-accrual loans decreased 25% to $1.5 billion. Citigroup's cost of credit in the third quarter 2018 was $2.0 billion, a 1% decrease, primarily driven by lower reserve builds in Citi Retail Services and Citi-Branded Cards in North America GCB, partially offset by a net reserve build in ICG. Citigroup's end-of-period loans were $675 billion as of quarter end, up 3% from the prior-year period. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange translation, Citigroup's end-of-period loans grew 4%, as 6% aggregate growth in ICG and GCB was partially offset by the continued wind-down of legacy assets in Corporate / Other.