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Insight Weekly: US banks' loan growth; record share buybacks; utility M&A outlook

In this edition, we take a close look at the U.S. banking industry’s third-quarter loan growth, which came to a year-over-year rate of 3.1%, excluding loans under the Paycheck Protection Program. Credit card loans rose 1.2% from a year ago, following five consecutive quarters of declines as consumer spending continued to accelerate. Construction loans climbed 4.1%, with loans for residential and nonresidential properties logging increases, while loan delinquencies continued to shrink. Auto loans grew robustly at 8.4%, as lenders resorted to competitive product offerings amid high demand and prices.

Share buybacks by S&P 500 companies totaled $232 billion in the third quarter of 2021, beating the quarterly record of $222.98 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to data from S&P Dow Jones Indices. Share buybacks are on track for a new annual record this year as companies spend cash stockpiled during the early part of the pandemic.

North American electric utilities could flood the M&A market with contracted renewables portfolios in 2022 as those assets fetch attractive prices and the trend toward pure-play, investor-owned and regulated rate bases persists. While there may be some corporate-level and whole-subsidiary transactions, minority stake transactions and contracted renewable power asset recycling will likely dominate deal-making in 2022, analysts said.

US Banks' Loan Growth in Focus

Loan growth lags QOQ at largest US banks in Q3

Loans excluding the Paycheck Protection Program at the 15 largest U.S. banks grew by 1.7% quarter over quarter, compared to 2.0% growth for the wider industry.

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Banks see credit card loans rise YOY in Q3 as spending further accelerates

Credit card loans rose 1.2% year over year during the third quarter, compared to a 2.0% drop in the previous quarter, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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Banks' exposure to construction loans kept climbing in Q3

Banks continued to increase their real estate construction lending portfolios, both nominally and relative to their balance sheets.

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'Planets aligned' for auto sector as banks record robust loan growth in Q3

Banks' total auto loans rose to $530.20 billion in the third quarter, up from $518.11 billion in the second quarter and $489.16 billion in the year-ago period.

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Credit and Markets

US share buybacks on track for record year after rebound

Record levels of bond issuance and a sharp economic recovery have left companies flush with cash, encouraging corporate board rooms to return capital to shareholders.

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Fed risks liquidity crisis as it manages withdrawal from Treasury market

The size and structure of the Treasury market means it is likely the Federal Reserve will have to step in to provide liquidity in times of market stress.

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Financials

Top 50 US banks in Q3'21

Forty-one of the 50 largest U.S. banks and thrifts reported an increase in assets during the third quarter.

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US regulators worried about stablecoin risk weigh broader bank participation

A recent speech by a Federal Reserve official and the President's Working Group's stablecoin report suggested that banks can take on a larger role in the evolution toward a future monetary system through the use of stablecoins.

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European banks' Q3 profits rebound as provisions decline

The biggest banks in Europe booked significantly lower loan loss provisions in the third quarter, largely due to reduced downside risks as economies rebound from a coronavirus-prompted downturn, S&P Global Market Intelligence data shows.

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Better asset quality, economic rebound brighten Indian banks' earnings outlook

India's largest banks are well-positioned to see improved earnings for the rest of the fiscal year that ends in March 2022 as bad loans decline and the country's economic recovery picks up pace.

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Insurance

Berkshire leads the way as US P&C insurers grow share buybacks in Q3

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway accounted for the lion's share of buybacks at $7.63 billion, up 28% from the second quarter but down 15% from a year ago.

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Fintech

Chile's fintech bill raises expectations for growth in the sector

The proposed bill sets the stage for regulation of cryptocurrency providers, peer-to-peer lending, digital banks and online investment brokers, among other subsectors in the fintech industry.

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Lending fintechs in Argentina target low-income adults

During the pandemic, fintechs expanded to the interior of Argentina to deliver loan products. Online lenders in Argentina serve the underbanked, a high-risk segment overlooked by traditional banks that can provide opportunities for strong gains.

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Energy and Utilities

2022 utility M&A to focus on renewable asset recycling, minority stake sales

Industry analysts expect North American electric utilities to shed contracted renewables portfolios as momentum for shrinking unregulated businesses continues.

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Gas generators make their move as Texas redesigns power market

Plant developers are lobbying Texas regulators to create market products that would incentivize new gas-fired generation. One company, WattBridge, is leading the charge.

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US utilities ramp up spending plans, brace for winter and legislation

Management teams kept their eyes on rising gas prices, supply chain constraints and the passage and impact of federal energy policy during third-quarter earnings calls and the 2021 Edison Electric Institute Financial Conference.

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Metals and Mining

US coal employment holds steady as producers face tight labor market

The number of workers employed at U.S. coal mines was steady during the third quarter, barely budging as producers struggled to keep up with a rebound in coal demand tied to surging natural gas prices.

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Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Twitter CEO change 'pivotal' as new chief confronts stalling user growth

After Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed his resignation, investor groups and analysts said the leadership change is a net positive for the microblogging platform as it seeks to expand its user base and product offerings.

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The Week in M&A

Private equity investment in European financial services poised to dip in 2021
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Private equity firms keen on UK midtier banks, but deals prove elusive
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Chinese steel deal tops metals, mining M&A for week ended Nov. 26
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