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Logo JP Morgan ChaseJPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) today reported fourth-quarter 2009 net income of $3.3 billion, compared with net income of $702 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. Earnings per share were $0.74, compared with $0.06 in the fourth quarter of 2008. For the full year of 2009, net income was $11.7 billion, or $2.26 per share, up from $5.6 billion, or $1.35 per share, in 2008.

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the results: "We are gratified that we generated earnings of $3.3 billion for the fourth quarter and nearly $12 billion for the year. Though these results showed improvement, we acknowledge that they fell short of both an adequate return on capital and the firm's earnings potential. We benefited from the diversity of our leading franchises, as demonstrated by the continued earnings strength of our Investment Bank, Commercial Banking, Asset Management and Retail Banking franchises. We are proud that, throughout these tumultuous times, we never stopped investing in the fundamental growth drivers of our consumer businesses - such as checking and credit card accounts in our Retail Banking and Card Services franchises - and have developed new products and services to meet the needs of consumers and small businesses. While we are seeing some stability in delinquencies, consumer credit costs remain high, and weak employment and home prices persist. Accordingly, we remain cautious."

Commenting on the firm's balance sheet, Dimon added: "In the fourth quarter, we further strengthened our credit reserves to nearly $33 billion, or 5.5% of total loans. Our earnings generated additional capital, and we ended 2009 with a very strong Tier 1 Capital ratio of 11.1% and a Tier 1 Common ratio of 8.8%. We remain confident that this capital and reserve strength, combined with our significant earnings power, will allow us to meet the uncertainties that lie ahead and still continue investing in our businesses and serving our clients and shareholders over the long term."

Dimon further remarked: "We remain committed to helping homeowners meet the challenges of declining home prices and rising unemployment. Since 2007, we have initiated more than 900,000 actions to prevent foreclosures through our own programs and through government mortgage modification programs. During 2009 alone we offered approximately 600,000 new trial loan modifications to struggling homeowners. Of these, 89,000 loans have achieved permanent modification. By March 31, 2010, we will have opened 51 Chase Homeownership Centers across the country, and we already have more than 14,000 employees dedicated to mortgage loss mitigation."

Reflecting on the events of the previous year, Dimon concluded: "Throughout this period of financial turbulence, our employees have never lost focus on what a bank should do - support and serve our 90 million customers and the communities in which we operate; deliver consumer-friendly products and policies; and continue to lend. We extended nearly $250 billion in new credit to consumers during the year, and for our corporate and municipal clients, either lent or assisted them in raising approximately $1 trillion in loans, stocks or bonds. Lastly, I am very proud of our more than 200,000 employees around the world, from our programmers to our receptionists to our bankers. Through their tremendous efforts, we have been able to protect our company and keep it healthy and vibrant, while doing our part to support the global financial system and helping the countries where we do business."

Source: JP Morgan Chase
Date: 15.01.2010
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