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  • Previous Rank29
  • Revenues ($M)88,372
  • Revenue Percent Change0.3%
  • Profits ($M)23,057
  • Profits Percent Change5.4%
  • Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)279,920

Wells Fargo is the most focused on main street—traditional lending—of the nation’s largest banks. And that has been a boon lately. Increased regulation since the financial crisis has made investment banking less profitable, and a drag on other banks. As a result, Wells Fargo in recent years has been consistently more profitable than nearly all of its rivals. And it’s done so while being less complicated than other banks, which has drawn investors, like Warren Buffett. It’s large mortgage operation also benefited from the refi-boom that followed the financial crisis. But with interest rates likely on the rise, that mortgage boom seems to be coming to an end.

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Company Info

John G. Stumpf
Commercial Banks
HQ Location
San Francisco, CA
Years on List21

Key Financials (last fiscal year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)88,3720.3%
Profits ($M)23,0575.4%
Total Stockholder Equity184,394-
Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)279,920-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues26.1%
Profits as % of Assets1.4%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity12.5%

Earnings Per Share (last fiscal year)

Earnings Per Share ($)4.1
EPS % Change (from 2013)5.4%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)18.6%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)7.2%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2014)24%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)17.7%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)9%