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WFC Wells Fargo & Co.

Participants
Charles Scharf Chief Executive Officer
John Campbell Director of Investor Relations
Michael Santomassimo Chief Financial Officer
Scott Siefers Piper Sandler
Ken Usdin Jefferies
Steven Chubak Wolfe Research
John McDonald Autonomous Research
Ebrahim Poonawala Bank of America
John Pancari Evercore ISI
Matt O'Connor Deutsche Bank
Gerard Cassidy RBC
Betsy Graseck Morgan Stanley
Vivek Juneja JPMorgan
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Operator

Welcome and thank you for joining the Wells Fargo Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speaker's remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Please note that today's call is being recorded. I would now like to turn the call over to John Campbell, Director of Investor Relations. the begin may you conference. Sir,

John Campbell

(ph). Thank for everyone. you morning, our you call [Indiscernible] joining today. Thank Good

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Charles Scharf

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Michael Santomassimo

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Operator

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Scott Siefers

the regarding my in particular. I could you certainly address the Good morning. commentary fourth for I the Thanks quarter was cost taking hoping appreciate outlook. question.

expectation for come as had of the you year-over-year costs I guys we down have next the could think years. that forward, look couple

guys inflation in many Of a very - course, peers, people your many things vis position right now. puts unique vis-a about so are but like you talking wage of

your importantly, what there couple and you of even cost such to still wage years? could for next that, year-over-year outlook higher is curious, flexibility see despite seeing in Just you are that more degree enough the pressures down existing

Charles Scharf

is question. -- This Charlie. for with start I the me Sure. the wage let guess Thanks inflation.

we are seeing very the inflation. wage categories we different have. different it's parts across and shot I across different very I that Company think would certainly say different of

job. where Company wage we're these you of acting and we of and middle to the as very, when question, we look see the approach in it first thank they're do look We we're we roughly making in very paying through this time I'm as are everywhere pressure, as from calls longer-term. of it, broader year. our about it's so $X.XX every for we're be do of whatnot. actually entire accordingly, at but be our the exists And the are of trying what in ensuring to see with well that them fair say address across regularly which doing, And be from would people prepared think, everyone we an we're for things Company that thoughtful like the branches, to attrition at competitively. as sure continuing we're end very October not I they all, makes as it hear we people that can and competitiveness as to awards equate something at what I but But certainly To single the places of that year. To the for beginning doing the the evaluating out hour budgets also as now sense there and we

we've still that overall base. said in the the which would net like expense goal still Our past, same to is is the reductions we see in

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Scott Siefers

quarter. Perfect. for might access bit Thank that in made Mike, have seems where expand larger please. on color to between be demand hoping, little in later better instance, more was just seeing able loan you markets. I that improving growth, seeing you're loan And to say companies, a divergence about could versus might much. you we're little with to and very demand, emerging middle-market then, you a smaller or be the provide the excuse if on comment a the corporates of Curious me, it you improved demand we're capital what There seeing

Michael Santomassimo

I the for we're contrary are the will still demand their you you need But some divergence and in of right And see assume which the think in have a client-base, asked clients because I middle and little for But on and to the far bit end the chain end, we're what supply lower excess of base with the seeing Commercial Yeah. emerging what pipeline liquidity in now. of demand you the so question. way build know impacting crunches lower I in a less is credit. part you end of the and other at client seeing an as that's still their peers look I sort the actually upper that's if the some -- at of across the different with need liquidity we dealing think -- issues example, lot look our Bank that as this. of And they're

see we'll -- think out, over so as the more demand things that'll commercial play that's seeing what to consistently the I time across more And start client think base bank. I we're in

too. I we you, think loans give more growth on and when When in we at as them consumer whether we bit And That's the sectors there, things non-conforming seeing the across declines growth -- really finance, we growth. core, balances that well. data in we've lending driving seen that our on are by through corporate of book see you corporate investment and seen some broadly really that of some then, a seeing the are Investment other mortgage we little that's some you side, grow But auto, year. in the look you bank. of Bank, estate, growth last securities in have offset home that a real look And it's look lot card. of the the happening bought from kind you commercial subscription, are out

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Scott Siefers

guys That's very much. terrific. Thank you,

Operator

Ken The Jefferies. of comes question next from Usdin

is Your line open.

Kenneth Usdin

Hey, guys. Thanks. Good morning.

just there. just bit a you bit how in could underneath meaning talk your of need of to just what works you incremental ongoing we and us little to the from if like sheet securities about have to movements, some closer that or replacements getting improvement Thanks. do the what's are terms -- balance rates remind a on at how point premium, book you where are Mike, And outside closer in to the increase on mechanism off? outs ins saw and you wondering, can little purchases the rolling point NII Just of

Michael Santomassimo

Thanks, Yes. Ken.

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somewhat look quarters. couple I think will the it be of as we at gradual next

to going not You're see step-downs. big

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over of happen. exactly the be it lag and over trajectory mortgage amortization. of a data. period place. matter as It's the as it have what a are to the rates down rates three little the function expect months, there's time But bit through It's to you've rates, been fast where that'll a of still coming a little just As we over last all comes seen a on premium general how and

I of the again, the question, think -- the part second second on part was the what Ken,

Kenneth Usdin

rates the the and reinvestment underlying versus about book. portfolio securities Just

Michael Santomassimo

-- third second most on even were much, And today as rates No. I Yeah. quarter, I than you for the reminding people they of the quarter. keep that, look are lower again, at much

really, in them to of for the have And obviously, of is rate since reinvestment overall and match portfolio, a stabilize tail still and off come gap to week rolling portfolio. to so, for but That the go closer of getting -- rates to the we've what's way average out rolling at slightly over closing, to the end little we down so. the or quarter terms in the what's seen then rally last

Kenneth Usdin

Got Okay. quick just one. And last it.

continue is reduce that improving Thanks, to footprint reducing meaningfully and it? Just the balance on an is. debt been of long-term helped that mix, debt to the much the Mike. and lower the long-term footprint you've of sheet opportunity cost by more How

Michael Santomassimo

going and I be think good we you I much hold. Yeah. No. how have think a TLAC, And question bit. out a little probably our know, It's TLAC that to constraints to you model can

a debt it's change. some at mix point more go next continue bit at likely to point the to room some -- to bring optimize here it's have little to But down. likely we long-term the and So year, that'll start

Operator

The Chubak question Research. from of next Steven comes Wolfe

open. line is Your

Steven Chubak

pieces I'd is blender. ask it of a I good last the that Hi, all you And if line around Ken's component mentioned, the outlook. in stored different questioning take on afternoon. the NII follow-up

NII to excess commentary, peers. balance given and loan many grow still elevated the relative is growth So reinvestment reserves still expect modest of Fed, but headwinds. a of overall the some steady premium, but more that versus your just Is guidance of at appetite you some end and percentage can constructive lower to range separately, what's the it your deploy reasonable benefit, for the liquidity quite at sheet, your parked least excess as 'XX to

Michael Santomassimo

Yes. Maybe second I'll and back first part, the Steven. start come I'll one with to the

last happening mortgages patient. redeployment, look think the we're pretty I bit more being and bit been at question, we about little just same mentioned the And lower, the rallied months. they made much time, Rates were you a still As Ken's compressed a them to over actually as between what's so recently. basis treasuries is relatively few At expensive.

that we with I And on this there's coming rates and you tapering we're at downside and more there think happening upside at so point. think what's -- and than still is to look if risk -- inflation in so

And that the did the little sort redeployment making as when the at there. them the so themselves, spike a end third we take right saw we of opportunities being our of look were of some rally given And we we where there. quarter and we that advantage accelerated in at that we'll present patient we're bit still purchases

see be months. we to that, we'll over things the continue we're develop coming so but to patient as And how going do

we a to If that'll rates faster see move pieces If growth portfolio there's months And I bit that'll to giving you be and for of positive. expect, a lot the see there's think a out. lot a curve securities just range obviously in play higher the We still full the about loan for up still been we year, of we forward a to range the because be quarter. the what to, little a a where keep moving have a make reason purchases to than has, than try we few we've if positive. with have fourth think

end and And so like be there's client things determined base. up factors see then rates forgiveness that drive will that be PPP where margin, on we that that important. based in our sort other on will of client the trends the throughout And and

where where out. those we could scenarios there projected than bit little be play we I and a So depending we all factors think bit better are could scenarios there, a what be there's how some little worse on

Steven Chubak

color. And Thanks my that's taking great for question.

Operator

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John McDonald

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Michael Santomassimo

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John McDonald

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Michael Santomassimo

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John McDonald

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Michael Santomassimo

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John McDonald

Okay. Thanks.

Operator

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Ebrahim Poonawala

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Charles Scharf

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Ebrahim Poonawala

on what full-year shedding one we implied impact for third the quarter, should perspective. was your number? And you on one, Mike, does the that quarter guidance, third-quarter the levels? And from quick NII at just fourth for of NII. can NII that that PPP look all grow of Thanks When the -- you net at the disclose least fourth-quarter should

Michael Santomassimo

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Ebrahim Poonawala

you. Thank Understood.

Operator

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John Pancari

Good morning.

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Michael Santomassimo

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John Pancari

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Michael Santomassimo

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Charles Scharf

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So hopefully that helps.

John Pancari

Appreciate Charlie. it. Thanks,

Operator

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Matthew O’Connor

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Charles Scharf

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Matthew O’Connor

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Charles Scharf

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Matthew O’Connor

Okay. That's helpful color. you. Thank

Operator

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Gerard Cassidy

you. similar strong the very can you Mike, with to quality many us share industry. credit your in Thank is

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Michael Santomassimo

A couple of things. Gerard. Thanks,

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Gerard Cassidy

as Very us market an then good. customer existing initiatives? successfully base? you a update penetrating you your investment guys the And in follow-up, in middle banking can How give been

Michael Santomassimo

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Gerard Cassidy

Thank you much. Great. very

Operator

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Betsy Graseck

Hi, you doing? how are

Charles Scharf

Hey, Betsy.

Betsy Graseck

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Charles Scharf

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Betsy Graseck

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Charles Scharf

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Betsy Graseck

Thanks.

Michael Santomassimo

Betsy. Thanks,

Operator

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Vivek Juneja

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Charles Scharf

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Vivek Juneja

plus there? -- is timeframe so several already you Charlie, and right, been think And terms should with of direction so three-year before any say, in as of when you're we you this just so there's X years, sense got all timeframe, in dealing years, that been there, that five-year we've

Charles Scharf

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Vivek Juneja

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Operator

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John Campbell

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Operator

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