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Synchrony Financial (SYF)

Participants
Kathryn Miller SVP, Director IR
Margaret Keane Chief Executive Officer
Brian Doubles President
Brian Wenzel Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Ryan Nash Goldman Sachs
Sanjay Sakhrani KBW
Moshe Orenbuch Credit Suisse
Mihir Bhatia Bank of America
Don Fandetti Wells Fargo
Betsy Graseck Morgan Stanley
Bill Carcache Wolfe Research
John Hecht Jefferies
Call transcript
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Operator

Welcome to the Synchrony Financial Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. My name is Vanessa and I will be your operator for today's call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a question and answer session. Please note that this conference is being recorded. the of to Investor turn Vice Miller, now Director President, Relations. will call Kathryn over Senior I

You may begin.

Kathryn Miller

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Margaret Keane

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Brian Doubles

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Brian Wenzel

Thanks, Brian, and good morning, everyone.

Margaret I want for for Brian thank and them they to for for congratulate I to Synchrony the when in them and in I I Before with say have company the on chapter speak begin, new closely personally. me working for forward their Synchrony. and done we what roles look next everyone

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Operator

[Operator Instructions].

have We Ryan Goldman from first with Nash our question Sachs.

Ryan Nash

your Margaret, next best you that opportunity the the learn years. role enjoyed first, say with I've Executive over as working just wanted X Chair. to a last and in of to it's really from luck pleasure been you

Margaret Keane

so you much, Thank Ryan.

Ryan Nash

off So kick for maybe it question I'll Wenzel. Brian a

RSA in you loans So think And if wondering to If credit. year? just given it dipping over quarter, we XXXX? the maybe RSA before how in us X% RSA slide Brian, plays the was a was can this just to about X% you of kind give base on could loans framework better-than-expected eventually the the to remain later I outlined the in range for to your out, the expect that case

Brian Wenzel

basis on was better really as But and Thanks, interest seen expense some Ryan. that by elevated. clearly, driven Obviously, we've by net we offset into XXXX enter by the charge-offs. of or NIM. Slightly was points -- the which XXX offset elevation credit,

I XXXX, expect we NIM as normalizes, flow that pushing is upward. slide back as a the retailers it. benefit to think see as what there that will through to you're be to deflate RSA So will to will you the rise, But going into credit it continue then

is expect the in as our normal we elevation So out it pre-pandemic. think type the end I not should range that expectation beyond, into you exit back operated type as XXXX. at bit that year get we've remains be And would little elevated. of of XXXX We it a of the into and

Ryan Nash

started X how color thank for Can over look, and Got time? it. And I you products it on the if the generally equal strategy. payment financing. Doubles, just Brian of offering evolve around months your think all maybe on product you So expand the you can

the could buy charging some now see short-term new if So evolve of given these second, for potential, space are into And there fees product? later players the in I pay pretty was some of products? equal merchants just own away maybe products volumes your was we these rates healthy as in you your offering merchant And drive towards about use some just can of you and can entrants? your of these talk maybe some the to pricing lever on newer pricing a pay products, wondering discount from maybe

Brian Doubles

Yes, Ryan, great that's a question.

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wants And the the so again, of it partner comes what back the really to end at day.

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Operator

our KBW. question have from We with Sanjay Sakhrani next

Sanjay Sakhrani

benefit, mean? My time, congratulations some in at credit stimulus is some off affecting we think like a off a quarter? well And bit there forecast as do point figure remains point? it's of much how to because of as more because the wear to of helping to to you you the the this this to that all. I'm a the how guess long guys I out it have -- weird you sort start in benefit quality? it you're how at I'm little of so favorable strong just sort revert understanding the quality credit curious, being the the stimulus retailers. stimulus just with is upside expect sharing see credit little might you Did trying fourth wear things your bit little

Brian Wenzel

Yes. Thanks, Sanjay.

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January. elevated early the back part actually of in rates higher payment So

clearly, effect, it off. is do So you in and see wear stimulus

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we We XX% as to effectiveness even on further shifted. portfolio to move our with subprime, XX% stimulus, now the subprime. we're So continue used be

of hold. effects will the that So not

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though, there what So control, a is with you with we that the which have the hope stimulus bridge, loss would vaccine may a and if get is under curve here the you future ultimate chance, the and for. pandemic flatten that

Sanjay Sakhrani

the on seeing I'm least Venmo important at recover. story Got for maybe how you're if part I'm they're they're and Card. over Brian of Margaret, we're curious Doubles, intermediate doing your the just waiting Verizon X just expectations? just growth it. relative sort an -- know for -- to period curious, to offline I progress and And and of as the

Margaret Keane

Yes. I'd say summer, in the both was we pandemic. our launch are and again, first during well. back it launched doing really Verizon, the

have there. seeing and the liking real we People stores I momentum as started prop. more we're think are online out definitely value as opened up, positive the

So also within we and feel gone the the really that's positive soft about liking our product are the Verizon operates very relationship consumers and where really that in how could be. well, app. did Venmo On the fall, launch Venmo, we

technology that of built we an parties for consumers, integrated of experience make a getting lot momentum that and out both are a positive really there's lot to think there. I

population As a we soon, big we that as to company. roll to out broader expect our we be continue part story to go of growth the forward with the

technology investments So where even to continue technology investments as further. X really our off, and advance programs X paid integrate really exciting and to look forward we programs, we in to continue our have

Brian Doubles

I that of customers, is to Walgreens. that as can us for put same I We're excited over terms XX wouldn't we're the would about about as Sanjay, that well. I Yes. The thing Verizon in opportunity what only for the Walgreen loyalty category add gloss in relationship, and excited really do and us. really million that relationship Venmo

Operator

And from Suisse. Credit Orenbuch we Moshe have question with our next

Moshe Orenbuch

type of discuss both the kind you to how congratulations, that these Margaret them maybe at clearly, way, particular way large Brian. translate perhaps just combination about a is independently there of maybe of follow-up a each the of brand credit see of how of of ranking thinking bases them of them has to and proposition in the some the But And of opportunities. that to and kind the Great. even offering. Mar And of a growth is contributing value And terms X into and Synchrony? that in kind exact and on kind loyalty question. kind And customer customer large

Margaret Keane

we that Yes. them. because early. it's But them customers can been our rank that still compartmentalize has I say could don't experience yet know always I'd if

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So we're about that. excited

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Moshe Orenbuch

Got mean about know the And I certainly phone plan. you it. what

As a follow-up question there.

simply, positioning, talked the balance strong mean, it I Given year over this Wenzel, shrunk. in -- mean, $X earned Brian the how guys sheet and of capital you what about terms past given And I is. you billion

do developed? it you billion that how that to that? like of and kind so feels I talk just mean, buyback over relate $X.X authorization about time how of was could And maybe get stronger the

Brian Wenzel

Yes. Thanks, Moshe.

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piece the first As we half optimistic the that going There's -- under look uncertain. it's picks we're XXXX, and pandemic the again, up. into control in macroeconomic to we volatility, be but comes that

uncertainty. then was start. amount, we'll end with that a capital given April. of right, amount circle it beginning that's to we prudent visibility March, is what go through the year, submit at and So We think We'll to formal a this Fed a transitional right, back our the thought of prudent is. plan to and relative process And the

haven't really we to. get obviously, regards where the It's to to want and capital with long-term So pace. we our view changed just

can good comfortable year. And we're through we to move start, we revisit a this that and place is always so as the

Operator

question have America. our next with Mihir Bhatia We of Bank from

Mihir Bhatia

start me comments lot on there your to going Maybe of to be, specific maybe Brian. then to Margaret back let about there different program? Retail co-brand is which also, can that? no with makes of should we -- congratulations guess the typical I implication RSA And lower has -- and wanted historically, just or any are on was I I Walgreens, add sector? both a just Because your my release, in to Walgreens, clarify, in CareCredit. than going CareCredit And it going is a be in Card be there thinking sit looked RSA. or had is or my Because is it it something would And just in that to first -- like terms it to program, it Card my your question CareCredit to from Retail your really we think just follow-up

Margaret Keane

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believe looking So Does around -- a the clarify sit Walgreens is Walgreen were rewards. We that. that already where consumers I because in We the accepting in should for partner believe great the is area are card. there CareCredit. CareCredit everyday spend wellness we an

know, So we see don't space mentioned expand the knowledge and if a the of we experience this as years, us for is ourselves to to business. XX Brian, really Walgreens and real our RSA. a ripe way healthcare because really continue in you'd and believe in unique differentiate opportunity over this I space for

Brian Doubles

Yes.

the So I'd a operates we'll technology, with the partner we're Margaret's really healthcare talent to us most folks thing of that. dual the Card relationships add that that exists when for about Retail card those combining to ability the in And take have co-band the certainly a manages inside while and on is tools, knowledge will the that, business, CareCredit one comments you already there. capabilities, -- we think big certainly the

the solutions RSA. some do in have platform, have other limited We in we so platforms, payment

So again, $XX us. a billion would for RSA you see that's platform but some here,

wouldn't So to I be material early in the here. part consider most it certainly

you over So develop -- see some but will time there.

Mihir Bhatia

I had you've of question and entire other to capital your my just -- some on deploying peers, to you was time capital closer I capital if excess public. liquidity then your comments be been on And like back ratios and Understood. going going getting your feel to the just

between it's feel of Or on capital near should your portfolio be should via you Venmo, economy through the thinking more or like an guess, on? that's that other growth, we do Walgreens, something hands opportunity interest is that M&A I there we So focused you reopening, or about? term, in whether Verizon, else be enough just have acquisitions deploying inorganic probably that some or what

Brian Wenzel

Yes. first about we capital we that the of us priority have. the organic for Great the When priorities is question. think growth the company,

opportunity Verizon, penetration an the whether lots that. it's we'd These will some to standing Amazon TJX, there. into longer continue there's Venmo, deploy Sam's, like when most capital So PayPal march -- programs, think certainly our or programs, of you or Walgreens of newer about existing Lowe's, to

will that grow book. So that's ability beyond our the to capital piece. first priority to But we that grow have

resiliency portfolio If and we find back be we return, you an acquisition and the then to excess we the share be think look think maintain And the do believe business, our first shareholders. about will then you our will be that. have resiliency provide that about that in the of the or we'll capital, beyond the which that that, makes to RSA, it priority businesses, next deployed there a repurchase to sense, extent about will whether of the excess you capital to generation dividend is think that

Margaret Keane

was that by think I of this the demonstrated acquisition Allegro. quarter

they strategy right come forward. should us, the So with looking are opportunity for if return we fits and those the certainly opportunities is long-term right comes our at that along, at

Brian Wenzel

would part And deploy gladly something do large. enough value capital that an to valuations of that cycle, long-term exists, would they we that's do the But creation. extent not key and checked point. I'm where this the the in opportunity up the Still sure we have for

Operator

from next have We our Fargo. question Don with Wells Fandetti

Don Fandetti

your and become sort there any business more from of mostly about is getting a CFPB more of regulation, to get we're perspective questions how et of on And could around parts focus cetera? Brian, that wanted your just you're thinking that risk? the I

Margaret Keane

be take I able through It's all new I'm -- this really administration, in even make. manage are any the we'd assuming administration. We've is to would I'll time. feel that -- may say that in new We a relation we Don, they for the around changes administrations. we've long that. Yes, to had confident been

positioned. think we And look, like the we're consumers and is this being really I to well transparent always feel and that's and I our think the focus I fair regulation think of idea on job. whole

place. to ensure consumer perspective in people we right place, with the from this So we're we things have in the partners the as We're doing infrastructure trying a also working our all have in well. and

concerned. we overly look, more probably to. we'll I as things but out, adjust there'll not have we're mean, So be coming

Operator

have our with question We next from Morgan Betsy Graseck Stanley.

Betsy Graseck

Margaret, Synchrony in time pleasure for Brian, have even influence But given to it's been thanks closer. the you've you. And your working forward going us with over such role. over you very at a that years. I like you're much And working the all know fantastic to looking new still with

Brian Doubles

Betsy. Thanks,

Margaret Keane

you very Thank much.

Betsy Graseck

of couple SetPay. A Okay. questions on

in a platform partners out XXXX, RFP that? some want to So that merchants? wait with really which Just been the a can do there hard And helpful. give us that the from the I things is color for and their years? have another you? into where you to add would much How see to PL understanding at wanted top some come to in could Just like think that you guys color if being SetPay or percentage you going you on get period partners your few push pure-play push to have take-up rate what whether see today have of think can an not of some rolled of do you're get be to Or on for up programs to? you

Brian Doubles

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years. our important actually for those some then sell, that, that to We to their of much our partners drive a things that, is priority partners you last in And they how creating big relationship with closed All that's base lasting they're have depending interested really short-term types a products customers are we for talk X get installment and product. that X about the to they've that trying the on frankly, been end and always reuse the of And customer. on or their we customer card. also more of

they're It's company, very the integrate one have just digital in than the biggest curve. we point absolutely into one The on sure do investments is want that's I earlier, what we're on can the growth thing individual is types really I that rates think for other tell on this their that products SetPay, can well achieve. to partners in as And to evolving. you how short-term, good And do make in provide portfolio, touched which sale. I I trying of we product able higher to to piece term. stay look partners this of we is is can installment the of it I the different customized we're is terms rapidly our we're what of ahead mean, is can on that and But so depending if slightly the that we making are do the one partner equation. we news. across of But through seeing we ones. products those of the seeing really do. it the And very longer

is do a lot cases. enough not our inside to it's of the of have the actually product, the you But product of how digital in all So partners' integrate seamlessly easier just assets. part having

their to online? partner given that for mobile do imagine, can you customize it how we of you have app? How do each in solutions So the And of individual have breadth that you partners. do base, do our those

end And your I is at question? so actual it than day. really Did answer the the the product of experience about more the

Betsy Graseck

see your partners course that the -- your or for opinion, And up much that really XXXX is is shouldn't do where -- this you? different take normal slightly that, how of amount that a is, this the wondering tone we -- SetPay underlying anticipate a this difference year your question guess is a I'm on interact in product you with there my explosive here I is you I you expect going equal offering. different partners be to to a understand on to Yes, have by pay slightly balances today. if in is And equal significant pay product?

Brian Doubles

repeat we they'd And but drive they do you to the relationship. rates products. down where that see sit kind the With consider the see because the going in explosive can have continue partner have broadly day. to definitely what wouldn't revolving to like continue like to across it the ongoing on you're said, end of growth some usage than other to pay comes really a is achieve higher they to are it growth that strategy where account focused trying think SetPay partners very I product, see a that of us at equal and I on

Margaret Keane

is And customer really the I choice, What right? does want? piece think customer the other

Brian Doubles

for some… And Yes.

Margaret Keane

one consumer we're the right offer the on that's our to think in them choice. that really consumer they sure And to I focused things is and job products is can the digital very have integrated way the of assets. making position Our so in

So it's customer. a choice for a

Brian Doubles

revolving Yes. consumers it our to and what what the to do wants. what we the to our does comes we'll the down partner the that. suite product the partners full At customer very be long-term a breadth provide able want. down of installment, the have end day, it want be short-term, And partners, and again, to to and given come of able But

Operator

We have Carcache question Wolfe our with next Bill from Research.

Bill Carcache

I you Margaret to also congrats Brian. both, add and my

in as and level out of of but on programs investment you're active how new color that give investing have in a you're lot great gauging maybe little You in give maybe terms what you But look coming context, can you of of the more of a expenses efficiency right a this. more resumption growth bit to the calls accounts operating is, higher you for bit for can your guidance ratio? an investments, new

Brian Wenzel

Yes. Thanks, Bill.

did during whether down a slow technology initiatives, short-term not of we've that, So peers, even in that greater we've in we than we inside a certain investments, opportunities. lot these resources were or towards continued any of allocated of things growth different -- pandemic, the our reprioritized was it

we've that so forward Venmo to looking stand launch Verizon. we're again, XXXX a about in to investment when invest. mean, big we're And Venmo think you XXXX. So to for maintained a to full up and I was us, us here going the continue a year for

right behind we've So quite comes Walgreens bit. a this. invested

is out revenue we for historically it do maintain incremental that going range the for efficiency really ratio at long-term. mix the something loss and That are into that We a in investment. more we in mix. we're productivity to continuing going the medium drive margin we drive of order need is if the expand or term, I'm That to and again, continue -- to but the Bill, and look ROA, we that in either ROA see ways content to where find to that that perhaps do been has thinking investment given company technology. core the which drive is positioning increase want back out costs to to feel longer being the said, portfolio to to an and And we're above-average and that way we're XXXX, we portfolios delivers the what down

Bill Carcache

and increase we a give there we you thinking your you super capital? of on macro XXXX? as That's excess is can to guys amount you billion sizable you bit return I under favorable CECL CARES more through about guys phase-ins guess, releasing on Separately, just ability that see helpful. And that could progress are end capital, the scenario authorization how guys a possibility Act a a where reserves of $X.X color on up little

Brian Wenzel

Yes.

unpack So let that. me

through as as points 'XX I assuming stay -- and, 'XX, The the is out years modeling first to view really certainly, basis roughly that XX and always rules think, piece CECL intact. the most of relative that we've out. we in capital adjustment move modeled the transition around, all we would come This those in our generation in move we

stakeholders with obviously dialogues a believe plus permanent you, continuing, that about are honest and form reserves XX% in relative sits look that whether should be to our that to we we there X CECL. it high, be of relief credit, in where engage we are believe our because Tier or We at Tier when X at with capital that is you very X Tier with

get really of it regard impact to in $X.X in perspective. capital your a the approved where your been the tied come potentially fuller view hopefully, second not to That's the And today. here question, return the March, go scenario, factor it. we that with it part a most by you part the plan to as we'll With and in planning the capital and we're submit there quarter where billion. is shouldn't in process first a So quarter macroeconomic Board then second back through we certainly, our April. always plans that's capital. can of going more our our But We're scenario to improvement clearly in

sitting the we're to $X.X little place right is in start is a is bit think now, bad transition a I that uncertain year not and January at. XX billion a year

of So same do of weren't quarter to to to half thought we we're continue anything the back until We out. this going going way monitor the year.

continue evaluate Bill. to So it, we'll

Kathryn Miller

time for but in more we only more X X people queue, have question. the Vanessa,

Operator

Hecht last from question We with have Jefferies. our John

John Hecht

average sounds Brian, anything our X RSA of time? cycle. RSA is average back modest may Kathryn. I'm like question where it on transition. we welcome, and it where question is, I sit anything long-term look should mean, levels? levels But understand different, that of because change there some the I was, don't look Margaret else of and it Number the RSA. over change kind just historical because and charge-off Congratulations, would might wondering, there another that there maybe at Walmart elevated because be like -- A average be the the can is

Brian Wenzel

Yes. Thanks, John.

is the higher operated answer mean, fundamental. no. RSA strip simple you Absent nothing because at company a than it I we'll Walmart, level push out, the RSA the clearly, there's that, if So that lower average.

to retail see delinquency even it's of can and formation people, dramatically a perspective company. you is an though come CECL, it but here's million, to lagged $XXX outside-in impacted We've appreciate $XXX haven't challenging And okay, has when going don't and profitability to partner, they're difficult the at I CECL at some very from the delinquencies, think say, I go what's them seen point, I difficult. it's million.

higher here. the So NIM, outperforming RSA And unfortunately credit really RSA. look you in the pushing loss highest then that have is when a at we

as I back and pandemic, nothing the you to level going And think down look should structurally we average. operate get they 'XX Walmart certainly, look exit 'XX over when that ex together, most there's combined you the it's the at at different at if time, impact. it

John Hecht

new is the products. about some of products I the products, question start economics appreciate different that -- what the a instance, flow line P&L. the focus -- do last through mix it, fully a item a closed kind customer-centric for of my your you've And call different would the and I the of talked have At of merchant impact, end new and point business? though of your to in the might I mean, product imagine discount bigger new

point should we what in that what what form might envision at changes that that And like mix? take? So -- might

Brian Doubles

I And the gives Yes. attractive Thanks, we disciplined product think and try are the pricing. program mean, or for either know, I start we pretty John. us as just overall that. pricing maintain look, an I'll around on underwriting. we're that you that return and

remain will consistent. And so that

trade-offs. off on through profitability you're getting is change, shorter-dated a run our know, And having the getting I those products material net term, you these the are there you're see APR just both overall how interest think return, certainly earn less Obviously, promotions, discount, components consumer. might see as little you think the merchant But more bit income. different. which, longer I of impact you I wouldn't on maybe a or of

don't don't Brian, there. significant I know, see you'd So anything. think I it add wouldn't have if a you impact

Brian Wenzel

Yes. in The only billion have $XX we assets. -- I mean, John,

is shouldn't So most think to constructive. materially, obviously, move in have be to a to it try large. I our material way metrics $XX certainly you would billion, the relative and growth effect to short medium-term with But much see I rates competitors. smaller mean, this at incredibly P&L have

Brian Doubles

I going be whole about This think best it a growth I these avenues for we way of do to think lot business for us think longer than attractive are realize. this strategy, to the really is term. people product more

comfortable we're seeing pricing. lot like said, do we for obviously, we It's revolving have. And a bit but credit, very We're comfortable other there better well-known of -- with growth a very products think than we're installment. the little something I we're that we underwriting. I

able want. that end they that for Again, it our provide that's choice, partner solution think comes I we're exciting in to customer and the at So down position is the to whatever a day. of and to partners be

Operator

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