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Goldman Sachs just reported earnings that missed on the top and bottom lines.
The bank reported adjusted earnings per share of $2.64 on revenue of $6.86 billion.
Analysts were expecting adjusted earnings per share of $3.00 on revenue of $7.12 billion, according to Bloomberg.
“We experienced lower levels of activity and declining asset prices during the quarter, reflecting renewed concerns about global economic growth,” CEO Lloyd Blankfein said in a statement.
“We continue to see strong levels of activity in Investment Banking and growth in Investment Management, and looking ahead, are encouraged by the competitive positioning of our global client franchise.”
The stock was down 2% in early trading.
In the same quarter last year, Goldman crushed expectations with earnings of $4.57 per share ($3.21 expected) on revenue of $8.39 billion.
Here’s the breakdown for Q3:
- Net income of$1.43 billion was down 36% from the same quarter last year.Investment-banking revenue came in at $1.56 billion, right in line with expectations and up 6% year-over-year. That’s a 23% drop from Q2.Fixed income, currency, and commodities trading revenue came in at $1.46 billion, or 33% lower than the third quarter of 2014.Equities revenues were $1.75 billion, up 9% year-over-year.Investing and lending revenue came in at $670 million, or 60% lower year-over-year and 63% lower than the previous quarter’s.In investment management, revenues were $1.42 billion, or 3% lower year-over-year and 14% lower than Q2.Legal fees were $416 million, up from $194 million in the same quarter last year.
The second quarter was a good one for Goldman, but only if you ignored legal costs – the bank reported earnings per share of $1.98 ($3.97 expected), but excluding legal fees it was $4.75.
In September, Blankfein announced he had a highly curable form of lymphoma. President and COO Gary Cohn has been taking the lead in terms of public appearances and speaking engagements in the meantime.
Citi will report next, around 8 a.m. Thursday.