Schwab Reports Monthly Activity Highlights

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 5:45 am PDT

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SAN FRANCISCO

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SCHW

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Charles Schwab Corporation released its Monthly Market Activity Report today. Company highlights for the month of August 2010 include:

  • Net new assets entering the company by new and existing clients in August 2010 totaled $4.2 billion.
  • Total client assets were $1.394 trillion as of month-end August, up 6% from August 2009 and down 2% from July 2010.
  • Client daily average trades were 346.7 thousand in August 2010, down 16% from August 2009 and down 5% from July 2010.

CFO Joe Martinetto commented, “Our ongoing focus on building stronger relationships continues to resonate with our clients and helped to sustain growth in our business even in August, when client trading and asset flows slowed in keeping with vacation season and signs of a potential pause in the economic recovery. We currently expect that the company’s third quarter earnings will be comparable to the $205 million we earned in the second quarter, prior to including the effect of two recent developments. First, we expect that our third quarter results will include a pre-tax charge of approximately $20 million relating to our Invest First and WorldPoints Visa credit cards, as we are ending our sponsorship due to challenging card industry economics. Additionally, the company has chosen to cover all losses recognized by Schwab money market mutual funds as a result of their investments in a single structured investment vehicle that defaulted in 2008. Our third quarter results will include a pre-tax charge of approximately $130 million in connection with this action. Our clients currently hold $154 billion in money fund balances at Schwab.”

Mr. Martinetto concluded, “With interest rates and equity market valuations remaining at or above their year-to-date lows, our operating performance continues to recover. We expect that third quarter revenues will show a year-over-year increase for the first time since the second quarter of 2008, and we are poised to resume sequential improvement in revenues and earnings as soon as interest rates and equity valuations stabilize or improve.”

The SMART report can be viewed with its accompanying 12-month data at www.aboutschwab.com/investor/financials/financial_reports.html.

This press release contains forward looking statements relating to the company’s expected third quarter financial results, including earnings, revenues and pre-tax charges, and the company's improving financial performance. Achievement of these expectations is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expressed expectations. Important factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to, general market conditions, including the level of interest rates, equity valuations and trading activity; the company’s ability to attract and retain clients and grow client assets/relationships; the impact of changes in market conditions on money market fund fee waivers, revenue, expenses and pre-tax margins; competitive pressures on rates and fees; the level of client assets, including cash balances; unanticipated adverse developments in litigation or regulatory matters and the extent of any charges associated with legal matters, including the outcome of ongoing discussions with state and federal regulators and FINRA regarding the Schwab YieldPlus Fund; the unknown costs of complying with new regulations emerging from recent financial reform legislation; and other factors set forth in the company’s Form 10-Q for the period ending June 30, 2010.

About Charles Schwab

The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW) is a leading provider of financial services, with more than 300 offices and 7.9 million client brokerage accounts, 1.5 million corporate retirement plan participants, 824,000 banking accounts, and $1.4 trillion in client assets. Through its operating subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of securities brokerage, banking, money management and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Named Highest in Investor Satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, its broker-dealer subsidiary, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC, http://www.sipc.org), and affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; referrals to independent fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through its Advisor Services division. Its banking subsidiary, Charles Schwab Bank (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender), provides banking and mortgage services and products. More information is available at www.schwab.com.

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