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Advanta reports record earnings for fourth quarter and full year.

HORSHAM, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 24, 1995--Advanta (NASDAQ: ADVNB; ADVNA) Tuesday announced record earnings for both the fourth quarter and full year 1994. For the quarter, Advanta reported earnings per share of 70 cents and net income of $28.6 million, increases of 25% and 24%, respectively, over fourth quarter 1993. For the full year, earnings per share rose to $2.58 and total net income was $106.1 million, increasing 32% and 36%, respectively, over 1993 results before extraordinary item. At December 31, 1994, the Company's portfolio of managed receivables increased by $2.9 billion to $8.2 billion, or 56% over December 31, 1993. Total managed credit card receivables expanded by $2.6 billion during the year, bringing total credit card outstandings to $6.5 billion at year-end 1994, a 67% increase.

Dennis Alter, chairman and chief executive officer, commented, "Advanta's sixth consecutive year of record earnings provides evidence of the Company's ability to manage sucessfully through a changing environment." Richard Greenawalt, president and chief operating officer, noted that the Company's performance in 1994 was led by strong receivable growth and improving credit quality in the credit card business. In the fourth quarter alone, Advanta expanded its credit card receivables by $1.4 billion, building a strong foundation for continued growth into the future.

Highlights include the following items:

-- Continued strong receivable growth demonstrated by the 49% year-over-year increase in total average managed receivables to $7.3 billion for the fourth quarter. From the third quarter, average managed receivables grew 17%;

-- Improved loss rates as the managed credit card charge-off rate fell to 2.1% in the fourth quarter from 2.9% in the year-earlier period and 2.4% in the third quarter. The consolidated managed charge-off rate declined to 2.0% in the fourth quarter, down from 2.7% in the year-earlier period and 2.2% in the third quarter;

-- The 30-plus day delinquency rate on managed credit cards declined to 2.0% at December 31, down from 2.4% in the year-ago quarter and 2.1% in the September quarter; the consolidated 30-plus day delinquency rate also fell, totalling 2.7% in the fourth quarter, down from 3.6% in the previous fourth quarter, and 2.9% in the third quarter;

-- The fourth quarter managed net interest margin fell to 6.06% from 7.64% in the year-earlier quarter and 6.79% in the third quarter primarily due to introductory pricing on new credit card receivables and a lag in the repricing associated with the increase in rates during the quarter;

-- The Company added nearly 700,000 new credit card accounts during the fourth quarter versus 310,000 in the previous year's fourth quarter and 190,000 in the third quarter; new credit card accounts generated in 1994 totalled 1.5 million versus 853,000 in 1993;

-- Disciplined cost management resulted in an operating expense ratio of 3.60% in the fourth quarter, compared to 3.95% in the comparable year-ago period and 3.40% in the third quarter;

-- Return on equity of 26.6% for the quarter and 27.0% for the full year. With four million customers, $9.3 billion in managed assets and more than 1,700 employees, Advanta is a rapidly growing consumer financial services company. The Company's primary businesses are credit card and mortgage services, as well as small-ticket equipment leasing, credit insurance and deposit products.

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 ADVANTA AND SUBSIDIARIES
 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
 (Dollars in millions except per share data)
 Three Months Ended % Change
 December 31, 1994 versus
 1994 1993 1993
OPERATING RESULTS
Net Revenues $127.3 $ 94.8 34.3%
Provision for Losses $ 6.2 $ 8.2 (24.8%)
Operating Expenses(1) $ 77.7 $ 51.7 50.4%
Net Income $ 28.6 $ 23.0 24.3%
Earnings Per Common Share $ .70 $ .56 25.0%
Average Shares 40.8 41.2 (1.1%)
Return on Equity 26.56% 27.58% (3.7%)
Managed Net Interest Margin 6.06 7.64 (20.7%)


 Year Ended % Change
 December 31, 1994 versus
 1994 1993 1993
OPERATING RESULTS
Net Revenues(2) $447.8 $334.2 34.0%
Provision for Losses $ 34.2 $ 29.8 14.8%
Operating Expenses(1) $266.8 $181.2 47.3%
Net Income
 Before extraordinary item $106.1 $ 77.9 36.1%
 After extraordinary item $106.1 $ 76.6 38.4%
Earnings Per Common Share
 Before extraordinary item $ 2.58 $ 1.95 32.3%
 After extraordinary item $ 2.58 $ 1.92 34.4%
Average Shares 41.0 39.8 3.2%
Return on Equity 26.97% 27.50% (1.9%)
Managed Net Interest Margin 6.72 7.77 (13.5%)


(1) Operating expenses have been restated for all periods presented
to include the amortization of credit card deferred acquisition
expenses which previously had been netted against net interest
income.


(2) Full year 1994 figure excludes $18.4 million gain on sale of credit card
relationships.


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 ADVANTA AND SUBSIDIARIES
 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
 (Dollars in millions except per share data)
 % Change
 December 31, December 31, 1994 versus
 1994 1993 1993
FINANCIAL CONDITION
Gross Receivables
 Owned $1,964 $1,277 53.8%
 Managed $8,155 $5,246 55.5%
Total Assets
 Owned $3,094 $2,140 44.6%
 Managed $9,285 $6,109 52.0%
Deposits $1,159 $1,255 (7.6%)
Stockholders' Equity $ 442 $ 343 28.9%
Book Value Per Common Share $11.12 $ 8.82 26.1%
Equity/Owned Assets 14.27% 16.01% (10.9%)
CREDIT QUALITY
Reserves as a % of
 Impaired Assets
 Owned Credit Cards 186.5% 183.7% 1.5%
 Owned Mortgages 18.9% 38.2% (50.5%)
 Total Owned Receivables 96.1% 138.6% (30.7%)
Net Charge-off Rate for the Year
 Managed Credit Cards 2.5% 3.5% (28.6%)
 Managed Mortgages 1.7% 1.3% 30.8%
 Total Managed Receivables 2.3% 2.9% (20.7%)
30-Plus Day Delinquency Rate
 Managed Credit Cards 2.0% 2.4% (16.7%)
 Managed Mortgages 4.9% 6.6% (25.8%)
 Total Managed Receivables 2.7% 3.6% (25.0%)
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Statistical Supplement Available Upon Request


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investor relations

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