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Wells Fargo (WFC) Advances Commercial Lending Digitalization

Wells Fargo & Company WFC has partnered with nCino, Inc. NCNO in its efforts to boost its digital transformation within its commercial banking and corporate & investment banking businesses. The banking giant will use nCino Bank Operating System to streamline operations digitally.

nCino’s single platform extends business lines; offers connectivity between employees, clients, and third parties; and removes silos for financial institutions. Hence, Well Fargo can leverage the platform and enhance its ability to offer a more comprehensive view of clients, collaboration opportunities, generate more loans, and cut costs.

Given the complex and ever-changing needs of clients in its commercial lending operations, the adoption of the nCino Bank Operating System will offer Wells Fargo a flexible and speedy digital solution to efficiently manage all facets of the commercial banking lending process. This, in turn, will help in driving greater automation, speed and efficiency across its commercial banking operations.

Kyle Hranicky, EVP and head of middle-market banking at Wells Fargo, noted, “Wells Fargo is investing in digital capabilities to improve our clients’ experience and enable our teams to more quickly and effectively serve clients.”

With regulatory restrictions and scandals plaguing its growth, Wells Fargo has resorted to other measures to drive its growth momentum. Of late, the company has been shifting its focus to rebuilt capabilities by investing in businesses core to its consumers and the corporate client base, while monetizing stake in less attractive ones. The efforts have started to bear fruits by boosting efficiency, strengthening the balance sheet and leading to significant cost savings.

It is focused on reducing its expense base to $53 billion in 2021 by building a more efficient company, with a streamlined organizational structure, closing branches, and reducing headcount by optimizing operations and other back-office teams. Such efforts are likely to support bottom-line growth for the company.

With the gradual revival of the economy and the resumption of business activities, the deposit balance is likely to continue improving, particularly in the consumer business and commercial banking segments.

However, legal hassles continue to haunt the company. Recently, Bloomberg reported that per people with knowledge of the situation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have privately indicated that the bank might face new sanctions, ensuing unsatisfactory progress on remedial efforts and fulfilling its obligations related to sales practice scandals.

The asset cap constraint is the biggest concern for the company, limiting its ability to offer loans and grow loan balances. Hence, if regulators are unsatisfied with the company’s efforts, the penalty could be here to stay for an extended period. Any additional sanctions could also hurt the bank's prospects.

Shares of the company have jumped 76.8% over the past year compared with 57.7% growth recorded by the industry.


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Wells Fargo currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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