Goldman Sachs Group Crushes Estimates

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Goldman Sachs Group (NYS: GS) reported earnings on Jan. 18. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Goldman Sachs Group missed on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped significantly, and earnings per share dropped significantly.

Margins contracted across the board.

Revenue details
Goldman Sachs Group recorded revenue of $6.0 billion. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $6.3 billion. Sales were 30% lower than the prior-year quarter's $8.6 billion

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.

EPS details
EPS came in at $1.84. The 16 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.41 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.84 for Q4 were 51% lower than the prior-year quarter's $3.79 per share.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 90.7%, 260 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.6%, 2,150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 16.7%, 1,090 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $8.6 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $3.03.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $32.6 billion. The average EPS estimate is $12.04.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 5,538 members out of 6,237 rating the stock outperform, and 699 members rating it underperform. Among 1,369 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,220 give Goldman Sachs Group a green thumbs-up, and 149 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Goldman Sachs Group is outperform, with an average price target of $137.59.

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