Goldman profit blows past estimates on trading surge

Bank posts 93% revenue rise in global markets unit, which houses its trading business

Overall revenue jumped 41 per cent to $13.30 billion, comfortably beating estimates

Overall revenue jumped 41 per cent to $13.30 billion, comfortably beating estimates

 

Goldman Sachs’s trading revenue doubled in the second quarter, driven by big swings in stock and bond markets since March, helping the bank beat estimates for quarterly profit by a wide margin.

The bank’s shares jumped nearly 4 per cent in premarket trading as it posted a 93 per cent surge in revenue in its global markets unit, which houses the trading business, cushioning it from the coronavirus downturn.

The performance highlighted the resurgence in trading across Wall Street banks in the second quarter, with JPMorgan Chase also reporting a huge quarter as financial market volumes hit record-breaking levels.

The bank’s net earnings applicable to common shareholders rose 2 per cent to $2.25 billion in the quarter ended June 30th. Earnings per share rose to $6.26 from $5.81 a year earlier.

Analysts had expected a profit of $3.78 per share, on average, according to the IBES estimate from Refinitiv.

Investment banking revenue, which includes underwriting, jumped 36 per cent to $2.66 billion. Overall revenue jumped 41 per cent to $13.30 billion, comfortably beating estimates.

The bank reported a return on equity (ROE) of 11.1 per cent for the quarter and return on tangible common equity (ROTE) of 11.8 per cent, two key measures of profitability. Goldman said in January it aims to deliver a 13 per cent return on equity and over 14 per cent return on tangible equity within the next three years.

- Reuters