Goldman Sachs (GS) earnings 3Q 2023

Goldman Sachs (GS) earnings 3Q 2023

David Solomon, chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., at the Goldman Sachs Financial Services Conference in New York, Dec. 6, 2022.

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Goldman Sachs posted third-quarter profit and revenue Tuesday that exceeded analysts’ estimates on stronger-than-expected trading revenue.

Here’s what the company reported:

Earnings: $5.47 a share, topping the $5.31 a share estimate from LSEG, formerly known as RefinitivRevenue: $11.82 billion vs. $11.19 billion expected

The bank said profit dropped 33% to $2.058 billion, or $5.47 a share, from a year earlier. Revenue also slipped 1% to $11.82 billion, though that topped expectations by roughly $600 million.

Bond trading revenue fell 6% from a year earlier to $3.38 billion, but that was almost $600 million more than what analysts had expected. Goldman cited strength in interest rate products and mortgages, which helped offset declines in trading of currencies, commodities and credit.

Equities trading revenue climbed 8% from a year earlier to $2.96 billion helped by higher activity in derivatives, topping the estimate by roughly $200 million.

Among its big bank peers, Goldman Sachs is the most reliant on investment banking and trading revenue.

While it’s made efforts under CEO David Solomon to diversify its revenue stream, first in an ill-fated retail banking push and later as it emphasized growth in asset and wealth management, it is Wall Street that powers the company. Last quarter, trading and advisory accounted for two-thirds of Goldman’s revenue.

That’s been a headwind as mergers, initial public offerings and debt issuance all have been muted this year as the Federal Reserve boosted interest rates to slow the economy down. With signs that activity has picked up lately, analysts will be eager to hear about Goldman’s pipeline of deals.

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At the same time, Goldman has taken hits from two areas: Its strategic retrenchment away from retail banking has saddled the firm with losses as it finds buyers for unwanted operations, and its exposure to commercial real estate has resulted in write-downs as well.

Last week, Goldman said that its sale of lending business GreenSky will result in a 19 cents per share hit to third-quarter results.

“We continue to make significant progress executing on our strategic priorities,” CEO David Solomon said in the release. “I also expect a continued recovery in both capital markets and strategic activity if conditions remain conducive.”

Analysts will be keen to hear Solomon’s view on the investment banking outlook, as well as how the remaining parts of its consumer effort — mainly, its Apple Card business — fit in the latest iteration of Goldman Sachs.

Goldman shares have dropped 8.4% this year through Monday, a better showing than the 21% decline of the KBW Bank Index.

Last week, JPMorgan, Wells Fargo and Citigroup each topped expectations for third-quarter profit, helped by better-than-expected credit costs. Morgan Stanley posts results Wednesday.  

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