E*TRADE (ETFC) reported second quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday. Excluding a one-time tax benefit, E*TRADE earned 25 cents per share in the second quarter. The average estimate from analysts was for 27 cents per share. E*TRADE reported revenue of $445 million, which was a slight increase from last year’s $438 million. Analysts expected E*TRADE to bring in $447 million on the top line.
Daily Average Revenue Trades (DARTs) dropped four percent from a year ago to a level of 149,000. That was 12 percent lower than DARTs from the first quarter. Commissions, fees, and service charges edged up from $164 million last year to $167 million this year. The average commission per trade was $10.96 in the quarter, which was up from $10.72 in the second quarter of 2014. Total operating expenses rose by $25 million to $309 million.
The company added 25,000 net new accounts during the quarter, down from 33,000 in the same period a year ago. Total customer assets jumped to $302 billion, a healthy increase from $281 billion a year ago. E*TRADE now has a total of 3.2 million brokerage accounts.
E*TRADE CEO Paul Idzik said, “Despite slower trading volumes across the industry, our business continued to grow, with customer margin receivables just below record highs and total customer assets surpassing $300 billion.”
Shares of ETFC initially traded lower in after hours trading following this report. Overall though, the stock is up more than 40 percent in the past 52 weeks.
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