Capital One (COF) Last Update 5/24/22
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Capital One Company


  1. Credit Cards constitute 47% of the Trefis price estimate for Capital One's stock.
  2. Consumer Loans constitute 39% of the Trefis price estimate for Capital One's stock.
  3. Commercial Loans constitute 14% of the Trefis price estimate for Capital One's stock.


Latest Earnings

In Q1 2022, Capital One reported revenues of $8.2 billion, which was 15% more than the previous year. This could be attributed to a 10% y-o-y jump in Net-Interest Revenues, followed by a 38% rise in Non-Interest Income.

Impact of coronavirus outbreak

Capital One’s top line has suffered due to lower consumer spending in 2020. The credit card giant derives most of its revenues from the card business and is very sensitive to changes in consumer spending patterns.

That said, Capital One's top line has increased steadily since Q2 2021 and we expect the trend to continue going forward.


Below are key drivers of Capital One’s value that present opportunities for upside or downside to the current Trefis price estimate for the bank:

Credit Cards

  • Provisions % of Outstanding Credit Card Loans: Capital One’s credit card provisions increased from 4.7% of the outstanding loan portfolio in 2007 to 8.3% in 2009 before declining to 3% by 2011. Major acquisitions pushed this figure to 5.1% for 2012 before Capital One’s decision to run off/sell some of the loan portfolios helped provisions to fall to below 3.5% in 2014 before jumping to 5.9% by 2017. In FY 2018, it reported provisions of 4.5%, which were reduced to -0.88% in 2021 due to reserve release. We estimate the figure to normalize at 4.5% over our forecast period.
  • Net Interest Yield on Credit Card Balances: Capital One’s net interest yield on its credit card portfolio has remained around 13-14% over recent years, and we forecast it to stay at that level over the rest of the forecast period. However, if the yield figure falls to 12% for this period, then there would be a downside of about 9% to the current price estimate.


Capital One is one of the largest banks in the United States, whose banking and non-banking subsidiaries market a variety of financial products and services. The corporation’s principal subsidiaries include Capital One Bank (USA) and National Association (COBNA) which currently offer credit and debit card products, other lending products, and deposit products; and Capital One, National Association (CONA) which offers a broad spectrum of banking products and financial services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients.

Big-Ticket Acquisitions

In June 2011, Capital One bought the American banking operations of ING Direct for $9 billion, which significantly boosted Capital One’s consumer and commercial loan portfolio.

Capital One also agreed to buy the United States credit card business of HSBC Holdings for $2.6 billion, which boosted Capital One’s credit card loans by more than $30 billion. The company is also expected to realize cost savings of about $350 million from the business combination.

In late 2015, Capital One acquired GE’s healthcare financing unit - adding $8.5 billion in healthcare loans to its total portfolio.


The Credit Cards division is the primary source of value for Capital One for the following reasons.

Largest revenue contributor

Capital One’s Credit Card division accounted for 60.5% of the firm’s total revenues in 2021 compared to 28.9% from the Consumer Loans division and 10.6% from the Commercial Loans division.


Rise in Prime Loan Interest Rates Will Benefit Capital One

As a result of the economic downturn, the U.S. government decreased the prime loan interest rate (the interest rate that commercial banks charge their most credit-worthy customers) from levels of around 8.25% in late 2007 to 3.25% in 2008. The prime rate remained at this level for more than seven years, before a series of rate hikes by the Fed brought this figure to 4.75% at the end of 2019. However, the rates were slashed back to the 2008 level of 3.25% in May 2020, due to the Covid-19 crisis. That said, As economic conditions improve, interest rates will eventually return to historical levels, at which point Capital One’s revenues will be positively impacted.

Fast Growth in Electronic, Cashless Payment Solutions

Capital One also operates in the cashless payment solution market. This includes payments using credit cards. The market for such transactions is growing at a rapid pace. Consumers are moving toward cashless transactions in large numbers, particularly in international markets where credit and debit cards are becoming more prevalent. We expect significant growth in this segment in the near future as more customers and merchants embrace credit/debit card payment solutions.