Goldman Sachs Reports Third Quarter Earnings Per Common Share of $2.88 and Increases the Quarterly D
Goldman Sachs Reports Third Quarter Earnings Per Common Share of $2.88 and Increases the Quarterly Dividend to $0.55 Per Common Share
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYS: GS) today reported net revenues of $6.72 billion and net earnings of $1.52 billion for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. Diluted earnings per common share were $2.88 compared with $2.85 for the third quarter of 2012 and $3.70 for the second quarter of 2013. Annualized return on average common shareholders' equity (ROE) (1) was 8.1% for the third quarter of 2013 and 10.4% for the first nine months of 2013.
- Goldman Sachs continued its leadership in investment banking, ranking first in worldwide announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for the year-to-date. (2)
- The firm ranked first in worldwide equity and equity-related offerings, common stock offerings and initial public offerings for the year-to-date. (2)
- Assets under supervision (3) increased to a record $991 billion, with net inflows in long-term assets under supervision (3) of $16 billion during the quarter.
- The firm continues to manage its liquidity and capital conservatively. The firm's global core excess liquidity (4) was $175 billion (5) as of September 30, 2013. In addition, the firm's Tier 1 capital ratio (6) was 16.3% (5) and the firm's Tier 1 common ratio (6) was 14.2% (5) as of September 30, 2013, in each case under Basel 1 and reflecting the revised market risk regulatory capital requirements which became effective on January 1, 2013.
"The third quarter's results reflected a period of slow client activity," said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Still, we saw various signs that our clients are prepared to act on significant transactions and we believe that the firm is well positioned to help our clients accomplish their objectives. As longer term U.S. budget issues are resolved, we could see an improvement in corporate and investor sentiment that would help lay the basis for a more sustained recovery."
Net revenues in Investment Banking were $1.17 billion, essentially unchanged compared with the third quarter of 2012 and 25% lower than the second quarter of 2013. Net revenues in Financial Advisory were $423 million, 17% lower than the third quarter of 2012, reflecting a decrease in industry-wide completed mergers and acquisitions. Net revenues in the firm's Underwriting business were $743 million, 13% higher than the third quarter of 2012. This increase reflected significantly higher net revenues in equity underwriting, primarily due to higher net revenues from initial public offerings. Net revenues in debt underwriting were essentially unchanged compared with the third quarter of 2012. The firm's investment banking transaction backlog increased significantly compared with the end of the second quarter of 2013. (7)
Institutional Client Services
Net revenues in Institutional Client Services were $2.86 billion, 32% lower than the third quarter of 2012 and 34% lower than the second quarter of 2013.
Net revenues in Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution were $1.25 billion, 44% lower than the third quarter of 2012, reflecting significantly lower net revenues in mortgages and interest rate products, as well as in currencies. In addition, net revenues in credit products were lower, while net revenues in commodities were higher compared with the third quarter of 2012. During the third quarter of 2013, Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution operated in a challenging environment, which was characterized by economic uncertainty, difficult market-making conditions in certain businesses and lower levels of activity.
Net revenues in Equities were $1.62 billion, 18% lower than the third quarter of 2012, primarily due to the sale of the firm's Americas reinsurance business (8). Net revenues in equities client execution (excluding net revenues from the firm's Americas reinsurance business) and commissions and fees were both essentially unchanged compared with the third quarter of 2012. In addition, securities services net revenues were lower compared with the third quarter of 2012, primarily due to the sale of the firm's hedge fund administration business in 2012. Although global equity prices increased during the quarter, Equities operated in an environment characterized by lower levels of activity and volatility.
The net loss attributable to the impact of changes in the firm's own credit spreads on borrowings for which the fair value option was elected was $72 million ($47 million and $25 million related to Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution and equities client execution, respectively) for the third quarter of 2013, compared with a net loss of $370 million ($225 million and $145 million related to Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution and equities client execution, respectively) for the third quarter of 2012.
Investing & Lending
Net revenues in Investing & Lending were $1.48 billion for the third quarter of 2013. Results for the third quarter of 2013 included net gains of $938 million from investments in equities, primarily in private equities, driven by strong corporate performance and company-specific events. In addition, Investing & Lending net revenues included net interest income and net gains of $300 million from debt securities and loans, and other net revenues of $237 million related to the firm's consolidated investments.
Net revenues in Investment Management were $1.22 billion, 2% higher than the third quarter of 2012 and 9% lower than the second quarter of 2013. The increase in net revenues compared with the third quarter of 2012 reflected higher management and other fees, primarily due to higher average assets under supervision and favorable changes in the mix of assets under supervision, partially offset by lower transaction revenues. During the quarter, total assets under supervision (3) increased $36 billion to $991 billion. Long-term assets under supervision (3) increased $35 billion, reflecting market appreciation of $19 billion, primarily in equity assets, and net inflows of $16 billion, primarily in fixed income assets. In addition, liquidity products (3) increased $1 billion.
Operating expenses were $4.56 billion, 25% lower than the third quarter of 2012 and 24% lower than the second quarter of 2013.
Compensation and Benefits
The accrual for compensation and benefits expenses (including salaries, estimated year-end discretionary compensation, amortization of equity awards and other items such as benefits) was $2.38 billion for the third quarter of 2013, 35% lower than the third quarter of 2012. The ratio of compensation and benefits to net revenues for the first nine months of 2013 was 41.0%, compared with 43.0% for the first six months of 2013 and 44.0% for the first nine months of 2012. Total staff (9) increased 3% compared with the end of the second quarter of 2013.
Non-compensation expenses were $2.17 billion, 9% lower than the third quarter of 2012 and 4% lower than the second quarter of 2013. The decrease compared with the third quarter of 2012 included a decline in insurance reserves, reflecting the sale of the firm's Americas reinsurance business, and lower depreciation and amortization expense, primarily reflecting lower expenses related to consolidated investments. These decreases were partially offset by increased net provisions for litigation and regulatory proceedings and higher brokerage, clearing, exchange and distribution fees. The third quarter of 2013 included net provisions for litigation and regulatory proceedings of $142 million.
Provision for Taxes
The effective income tax rate for the first nine months of 2013 was 30.3%, essentially unchanged compared with 30.4% for the first half of 2013.
As of September 30, 2013, total capital was $245.70 billion, consisting of $77.62 billion in total shareholders' equity (common shareholders' equity of $70.42 billion and preferred stock of $7.20 billion) and $168.08 billion in unsecured long-term borrowings. Book value per common share was $153.58 and tangible book value per common share (10) was $143.86, both approximately 2% higher compared with the end of the second quarter of 2013. Book value and tangible book value per common share are based on common shares outstanding, including restricted stock units granted to employees with no future service requirements, of 458.5 million as of September 30, 2013.
During the quarter, the firm repurchased 10.2 million shares of its common stock at an average cost per share of $161.59, for a total cost of $1.65 billion. The remaining share authorization under the firm's existing repurchase program is 65.7 million shares. (11)
On October 1, 2013, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, Berkshire Hathaway) exercised in full their warrant to purchase shares of the firm's common stock. The warrant agreement required net share settlement and the firm delivered 13.1 million shares of common stock to Berkshire Hathaway on October 4, 2013. The impact to both the firm's book value per common share and tangible book value per common share was a reduction of approximately 3% in October.
Under the regulatory capital requirements currently applicable to bank holding companies, the firm's Tier 1 capital ratio (6) was 16.3% (5) and the firm's Tier 1 common ratio (6) was 14.2% (5) as of September 30, 2013, up from 15.6% and 13.5%, respectively, as of June 30, 2013 (in each case under Basel 1 and reflecting the revised market risk regulatory capital requirements which became effective on January 1, 2013).
Other Balance Sheet and Liquidity Metrics
- The firm's global core excess liquidity (GCE) (4) was $175 billion (5) as of September 30, 2013 and averaged $187 billion (5) for the third quarter of 2013, compared with an average of $180 billion for the second quarter of 2013.
- Total assetswere $923 billion (5) as of September 30, 2013, compared with $938 billion as of June 30, 2013.
- Level 3 assetswere $42 billion (5) as of September 30, 2013, compared with $43 billion as of June 30, 2013, and represented 4.5% of total assets.
The Board of Directors of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. increased the firm's quarterly dividend to $0.55 per common share from $0.50 per common share. The dividend will be paid on December 30, 2013 to common shareholders of record on December 2, 2013. The firm also declared dividends of $239.58, $387.50, $255.56, $255.56, $371.88 and $343.75 per share of Series A Preferred Stock, Series B Preferred Stock, Series C Preferred Stock, Series D Preferred Stock, Series I Preferred Stock and Series J Preferred Stock, respectively (represented by depositary shares, each representing a 1/1,000th interest in a share of preferred stock), to be paid on November 12, 2013 to preferred shareholders of record on October 28, 2013. In addition, the firm declared dividends of $1,000.00 per each share of Series E Preferred Stock and Series F Preferred Stock, to be paid on December 2, 2013 to preferred shareholders of record on November 17, 2013.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but instead represent only the firm's beliefs regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the firm's control. It is possible that the firm's actual results and financial condition may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results and financial condition indicated in these forward-looking statements. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could affect the firm's future results and financial condition, see "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the firm's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.
Certain of the information regarding the firm's capital ratios, risk-weighted assets, total assets, level 3 assets and global core excess liquidity consist of preliminary estimates. These estimates are forward-looking statements and are subject to change, possibly materially, as the firm completes its financial statements.
Statements about the firm's investment banking transaction backlog also may constitute forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to the risk that the terms of these transactions may be modified or that they may not be completed at all; therefore, the net revenues, if any, that the firm actually earns from these transactions may differ, possibly materially, from those currently expected. Important factors that could result in a modification of the terms of a transaction or a transaction not being completed include, in the case of underwriting transactions, a decline or continued weakness in general economic conditions, outbreak of hostilities, volatility in the securities markets generally or an adverse development with respect to the issuer of the securities and, in the case of financial advisory transactions, a decline in the securities markets, an inability to obtain adequate financing, an adverse development with respect to a party to the transaction or a failure to obtain a required regulatory approval. For a discussion of other important factors that could adversely affect the firm's investment banking transactions, see "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the firm's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.
A conference call to discuss the firm's results, outlook and related matters will be held at 9:30 am (ET). The call will be open to the public. Members of the public who would like to listen to the conference call should dial 1-888-281-7154 (U.S. domestic) or 1-706-679-5627 (international). The number should be dialed at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the conference call. The conference call will also be accessible as an audio webcast through the Investor Relations section of the firm's web site, www.gs.com/shareholders. There is no charge to access the call. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available on the firm's web site or by dialing 1-855-859-2056 (U.S. domestic) or 1-404-537-3406(international) passcode number 32039597, beginning approximately two hours after the event. Please direct any questions regarding obtaining access to the conference call to Goldman Sachs Investor Relations, via e-mail, at email@example.com.
THE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT NET REVENUES
$ in millions
|Three Months Ended||% Change From|
|Total Investment Banking||1,166||1,552||1,164||(25||)||-|
|Institutional Client Services|
|Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution||1,247||2,463||2,224||(49||)||(44||)|
|Equities client execution (8)||549||638||847||(14||)||(35||)|
|Commissions and fees||727||836||721||(13||)||1|
|Total Institutional Client Services||2,863||4,313||4,184||(34||)||(32||)|
|Investing & Lending|
|Debt securities and loans||300||658||558||(54||)||(46||)|
|Total Investing & Lending||1,475||1,415||1,804||4||(18||)|
|Management and other fees||1,085||1,098||1,016||(1||)||7|
|Total Investment Management||1,218||1,332||1,199||(9||)||2|
|Total net revenues||$||6,722||$||8,612||$||8,351||(22||)||(20||)|
|Nine Months Ended||% Change From|
|Total Investment Banking||4,286||3,521||22|
|Institutional Client Services|
|Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution||6,927||7,876||
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