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Capital One Announces Acquisition of Discover Financial Services – One America News Network


MCLEAN, VIRGINIA - JANUARY 20: The logo for consumer lending firm Capital One Financial Corp is seen on its headquarters on January 20, 2023 in McLean, Virginia. The company has reportedly eliminated up to 1,100 technology positions this week as its digital structure matures. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The logo for consumer lending firm Capital One Financial Corp is seen on its headquarters on January 20, 2023 in McLean, Virginia. The company has reportedly eliminated up to 1,100 technology positions this week as its digital structure matures. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

OAN’s James Meyers
2:05 PM – Monday, February 19, 2024

Credit card issuer and Warren Buffet-backed consumer bank Capital One, will acquire the credit card lender Discover Financial Services, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

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The reported move is expected to be finalized on Tuesday as Capital One has been working with advisers to negotiate a deal to buy Discover. Bloomberg reported on Monday that Capital One was considering making an offer for Discover.

“Discover has done a better job of bringing in a lot of deposits and [has] access to a lot of institutions to run the debit card network and provide service. So it gives them a lot of deposit gathering ability, which particularly in the current market is enormously important,” said David Schiff, West Monroe’s head of consumer retail and banking.

Discover has a market value of roughly $28 billion and The Wall Street Journal reported that an acquisition would be expected to value it at above the $28 billion. Meanwhile, Capital One’s market value is just over $52 billion.

Additionally, in January, Discover and Capital One reported declines in fourth-quarter profits of 62% and 43%, with bank declines resulting from bad loans as rising interest rates have caused consumers to default on credit card debt and mortgages at a higher rate.

Capital One uses Visa and Mastercard but plans to also offer some of its cards through the Discover Network, according to the report. The company also bought digital concierge service Velocity Black, which is a premium credit card and luxury market platform, in June of last year.

“It’s a good example of the risk we’re seeing in the market, where the competing interests from regulators for increased control and rigor balance against the competitive demands that are being made quite clearly, in terms of the overall market,” Schiff said.

The latest merger would be one of the biggest deals announced so far this year. Synopsys bought Ansys for $35 billion in January and Diamondback Energy’s $26 billion deal to buy privately held oil and gas producer Endeavor Energy was announced last week.

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