Goldman Sachs first quarter 2016 earnings per share of $2.68

Goldman Sachs first quarter 2016 earnings per common share were $2.68 compared with $5.94 for the first quarter of 2015.

goldman sachsGoldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS) reported net revenues of $6.34 billion and net earnings of $1.14 billion for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Diluted earnings per common share were $2.68 compared with $5.94 for the first quarter of 2015 and $1.27 for the fourth quarter of 2015. Annualized return on average common shareholders’ equity (ROE) was 6.4% for the first quarter of 2016.

Highlights:

– Goldman Sachs ranked first in worldwide announced mergers and acquisitions for the year-todate and in worldwide common stock offerings for the year-to-date.

– Assets under supervision increased to a record $1.29 trillion, with net inflows of $26 billion during the quarter, including net inflows of $10 billion in long-term assets under supervision.

– Non-compensation expenses were $2.10 billion for the first quarter of 2016, the lowest quarterly amount in nearly seven years.

– The firm maintained strong capital ratios and liquidity. As of March 31, 2016, the firm’s Common Equity Tier 1 ratio as calculated in accordance with the Standardized approach and the Basel III. Advanced approach was 13.4% and 12.2%, respectively. In addition, the Goldman Sachs’s global core liquid assets were $196 billion as of March 31, 2016.

Net revenues in Investment Banking were $1.46 billion for the first quarter of 2016, 23% lower than the first quarter of 2015 and 5% lower than the fourth quarter of 2015. Net revenues in Financial Advisory were $771 million, 20% lower compared with a strong first quarter of 2015, reflecting a decrease in completed mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Net revenues in Underwriting were $692 million, 27% lower than the first quarter of 2015, due to significantly lower net revenues in equity underwriting, reflecting low levels of industry-wide activity during the quarter. Net revenues in debt underwriting were significantly higher compared with the first quarter of 2015, primarily reflecting an increase in investment-grade activity. The firm’s investment banking transaction backlog decreased compared with the end of 2015, but was higher compared with the end of the first quarter of 2015.

The operating environment this quarter presented a broad range of challenges, resulting in headwinds across virtually every one of our businesses. Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on delivering superior service to our clients and managing our business efficiently, which remain essential to generating shareholder value over the long term” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Goldman Sachs Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.