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Goldman Sachs back to 2021 highs with strong quarter

Goldman's profit rose 28 percent to $4.13 billion, or $11.58 per share, in the first quarter

By News Desk
April 16, 2024
The Goldman Sachs & Co logo is displayed at the companys booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. — Bloomberg/File
The Goldman Sachs & Co logo is displayed at the company's booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. — Bloomberg/File

NEW YORK: Goldman Sachs' profit beat Wall Street estimates, fueled by a recovery in underwriting, deals and bond trading in the first quarter that lifted its earnings per share to the highest since late 2021.

The bank's shares rose more than 3 percent on Monday after it reported a strong comeback in investment banking -- its traditional mainstay -- after a slowdown over the last two years.

Rivals JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup cited improving conditions for dealmaking on Friday when they reported profits that beat market expectations. But their executives also cautioned about risks to the economic outlook, including the uncertain path of U.S. interest rates.

Goldman's profit rose 28 percent to $4.13 billion, or $11.58 per share, in the first quarter. That was higher than the $8.56 earnings per share (EPS) that analysts expected.It is the highest EPS since the third quarter of 2021, according to LSEG, and beat market estimates for a slight decline.

The bank's stock has climbed more than 4 percent this year, compared with an almost 7 percent drop for rival Morgan Stanley."We're in the early stages of a reopening of capital markets," CEO David Solomon told investors on a conference call, citing rising risk appetite among investors for initial public offerings and solid debt underwriting activity. "We continue to be constructive on the health of the U.S. economy."

Oppenheimer analyst Chris Kotowski wrote in a report that the earnings were a "near-perfect print," with most profit drivers performing better than expected.The results could relieve pressure on Solomon after a foray into consumer banking lost billions, drawing rancor and prompting senior departures.

"A rebound in a variety of capital market sensitive revenue areas may finally be underway, while an exit from the ill-fated entry into consumer businesses has removed some headline risk," said Stephen Biggar, a banking analyst at Argus Research.