Discover Financial Services, through its subsidiaries, operates as a direct banking and payment services company in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. The Direct Banking segment offers Discover-branded credit cards to individuals; and other consumer products and services, including private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, and other consumer lending, as well as deposit products, such as certificates of deposit, money market accounts, savings accounts, checking accounts, and individual retirement arrangement certificates of deposit. The Payment Services segment operates the Discover Network, which processes transactions for Discover-branded credit cards, and provides payment transaction processing and settlement services; and PULSE network, an electronic funds transfer network that provides financial institutions issuing debit cards on the PULSE network with access to automated teller machines and point-of-sale terminals. This segment also operates the Diners Club International, a payments network that issues Diners Club branded charge cards and provides card acceptance services. The company was incorporated in 1960 and is based in Riverwoods, Illinois.
Business Analysis of Discover Financial Services
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- Revenue Growth: Discover Financial Services reported a revenue growth of 0.2% year-on-year during 2016. Consumer Finance Industry grew at 5.0% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: Discover Financial Services COGS share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- R&D share of Revenues: Discover Financial Services R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Discover Financial Services spent 49.5% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Consumer Finance industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 43.3%
- Inventory share of Revenues: Discover Financial Services Inventory share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: Discover Financial Services Accounts Payable share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: Discover Financial Services Accounts Receivable share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Discover Financial Services invested 10.1% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Consumer Finance industry average PPE investment in the same period was 25.3%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Discover Financial Services invested 5.8% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Consumer Finance industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 71.0%
- Net Margins: Discover Financial Services Net Margins in the year 2016 were 32.3%. Consumer Finance industry average Net Margins in the same period were 22.9%
Sector and Industry Association of Discover Financial Services
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Discover Financial Services is associated with Financials Sector Group, Financial Services Sector, and Consumer Finance Industry.
Financial Services sector is comprised of the following industries: Investment Services; Consumer Finance; Payment and Transaction Processing Services; Financial News, Research and Data. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Investment Services industry includes investment banking companies, asset management companies, securities brokers and dealers, online brokers, and security/commodity exchanges.
- Consumer Finance industry includes companies providing credit services and mortgage finance services.
- Payment and Transaction Processing Services industry includes companies providing financial news, research, and data services.
- Financial News, Research and Data industry includes companies providing payments and transaction processing services.
Industry Ranking of Discover Financial Services
With $7.2 billion revenues, Discover Financial Services ranked number 5 of all the companies in the US Consumer Finance industry. There were a total of 48 public companies in the US Consumer Finance industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Consumer Finance industry by revenues during 2016 were:
- American Express ($30.1 billion)
- Capital One Financial ($19 billion)
- Visa ($15.1 billion)
- Mastercard ($10.8 billion)
- Discover Financial Services ($7.2 billion)
- Synchrony Financial ($7 billion)
- Ally Financial ($5.4 billion)
- Equifax ($3.1 billion)
- Santander Consumer USA Holdings ($2.3 billion)
- CIT Group Inc ($2.1 billion)
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