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Goldman Sachs’ profit and revenue jump to a record high in fiscal Q1

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) said on Wednesday that its profit and revenue jumped to a record high in the fiscal first quarter to beat market expectations by a significant margin.

Goldman Sachs shares were reported about 1.5% up in premarket trading on Wednesday. Including the price action, the stock is now exchanging hands at £242 per share. In comparison, it had started the year at £192.60 per share after recovering from a low of £100 per share in March 2020, when the COVID-19 crisis was at its peak.

Goldman Sachs’ Q1 financial results versus analysts’ estimates


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Goldman Sachs said that its net income in the first quarter came in at £4.88 billion that translates to £13.52 per share. In the comparable quarter of last year, its net income was capped at a sharply lower £810 million, or £2.26 per share.

The investment bank posted an over 100% growth in total revenue in Q1 to £12.86 billion versus the year-ago figure of £6.35 billion.

According to FactSet, experts had forecast the company to record £9.13 billion of revenue in the recent quarter. Their estimate for per-share earnings stood at a lower £7.43. In the prior quarter (Q4), Goldman Sachs’ net income jumped more than 100%.

The American multinational’s net interest income printed at £1.08 billion in the first quarter or 12.9% higher than last year. FactSet consensus for its net interest income was for a lower £970 million.

In separate news from the United States, Wedbush assumed coverage of Snap’s stock on Wednesday with a rating of ‘outperform’.

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Other prominent figures in Goldman Sachs’ earnings report

Other prominent figures in Goldman Sachs’ earnings report on Wednesday include a 73% annualised growth in investment banking revenue and a 47% increase in global markets revenue. Within global markets, FICC (fixed income, currencies, and commodities) revenue jumped 31% in Q1 to £2.83 billion versus £2.21 billion expected. Equities revenue registered at £2.68 billion or 68% higher than lasts year – also above market expectations.

Credit loss provisions in the first quarter, Goldman Sachs added, swung to £50.87 million of net benefit from £681 million of provisions.

Goldman Sachs performed fairly upbeat in the stock market last year with an annual gain of a little under 15%. At the time of writing, the financial services company has a market cap of £81.66 billion and a price to earnings ratio of 13.24.