Wells Fargo

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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, a customer uses a Wells Fargo bank ATM in New York. Opting for a small local bank over a big national institution can mean fewer and lower fees and an appealing focus on community, helping offset some technological and access drawbacks for consumers. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)Patrick Sison — AP
  • Previous Rank
    27
  • Revenues ($M)
    94176
  • Revenue Percent Change
    4.6
  • Profits ($M)
    21938
  • Profits Percent Change
    -4.2
  • Assets ($M)
    1930115
  • Employees
    269100
  • Market Value — as of March 31, 2017 ($M)
    278516

Though it had little impact on the bank's bottom line, a phony accounts scandal dominated 2016 for Wells Fargo, which continues to deal with the costs and fallout stemming from its aggressive sales tactics. (The company paid a $185 million fine and fired more than 5,000 employees who were found to have opened as many as 2 million unauthorized accounts for consumers. Former CEO John Stumpf also resigned in the wake of the scandal, replaced by company COO Tim Sloan.) Still, Wells Fargo grew sales almost 5% in 2016 as higher interest rates also benefited the bank, which is America's largest retail mortgage and auto lender, with a larger loan portfolio than any of its U.S. peers. Despite the regulatory penalties, the bank's profits fell just about 4% last year, preserving its place among the most profitable companies in the Fortune 500. Wells Fargo also recently announced plants to close more than 400 branches, following the rest of the industry's shift away from brick-and-mortar banking in order to boost earnings.

Company Info

CEOTimothy J. Sloan
CEO TitlePresident, Chief Executive Officer & Director
SectorFinancials
IndustryCommercial Banks
HQ LocationSan Francisco, CA
Websitewww.wellsfargo.com
Years on Fortune 500 List23
Employees269,100

Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)

Revenues ($M)$94,176
Profits ($M)$21,938
Assets ($M)$1,930,115
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$199,581
Market Value — as of March 31, 2017 ($M)$278,516

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues23.3%
Profits as % of Assets1.1%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity11%

Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)

Earnings Per Share ($)4
EPS % Change (from 2015)-3.2%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)7.2%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)4.8%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2016)4.4%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)18.1%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)7.5%