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$GS expects medium-term share buybacks of $5-6Bil annually. The company said there are many factors that drive the buyback. Those factors include earnings profile, next CCAR cycle and the evolution of the test. The test especially depends on severity of the macro shock.
For 1Q18, assuming current stock price levels, $GS estimates the equity compensation related accounting benefit to be about $175MM. Given the positive backdrop for investing further in franchise and the impact of tax legislation on capital ratios, $GS does not expect to use all of its 2017 CCAR cycle authorization in 2018.
In 4Q17, $GS consolidated its online lending and deposit platforms under the Marcus brand. Feedback on lending and deposit products has been positive. The company plans to build on this momentum in 2018, while remaining disciplined in its underwriting standard, focused on lending to creditworthy customers.
$GS said it took a one-time charge of $4.4Bil in 4Q17 with regard to the effect of U.S. tax reform. The charge includes about $3.3Bil associated with the one-time deemed repatriation tax on foreign earnings and about $1.1Bil related to the remeasurement of deferred tax assets. $GS said there is clearly potential for increased business activity.
$GS' BoD declared on Jan. 16 a dividend of $0.75 per common share, payable on March 29, 2018 to shareholders of record on March 1, 2018. During 4Q17, the company repurchased 6.6MM shares at an average cost per share of $241.13, for a total cost of $1.59Bil.
$GS' revenue in Investment Management for 4Q17 rose 4% year-over-year to $1.66Bil. This was primarily due to higher management and other fees, reflecting higher average assets under supervision, partially offset by lower incentive fees. During 4Q17, total assets under supervision increased $38Bil to $1.49 trillion.
$GS' equity securities revenue for 4Q17 grew 18% year-over-year to $1.21Bil, reflecting a significant increase in net gains from private equities. Revenue in debt securities and loans declined 2% to $449MM, due to higher provisions for loan losses, primarily from impairment of a secured loan.
$GS' trading revenue for 4Q17 plunged 50% year-over-year to $1Bil. This was due to significant lower revenues in currencies, credit products, interest rate products and commodities. Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution continued to operate in a challenging environment due to low levels of volatility and low client activity.
$GS slipped to a loss in 4Q17 from a profit last year, due to a $4.40Bil record of income tax expenses related to Tax Legislation. Net loss of $2.14Bil or $5.51 per share compared to a profit of $2.15Bil or $5.08 per share last year. Excluding expense, EPS were $5.68 for 4Q17. Revenue fell 4% to $7.8Bil.
$GS appointed Karen Patton Seymour as a partner and co-general counsel of the firm. With Greg Palm, Seymour will advise Goldman Sachs beginning in January 2018 and have responsibility for all legal matters affecting the firm’s operations worldwide.
On the $5Bil of revenue targets, $GS said that they don't depend on any improvement in the underlying market conditions or any change in regulation. Of that $5Bil opportunity that the company is pursuing over the next three years, $2Bil relates to lending. $GS will issue regular updates as these opportunities materialize over the next three years.
For 3Q17, $GS said revenue strength in investment banking and investment management helped to offset weaker FICC performance. The company's investing and lending activities posted strong performance, driven by the quality of its portfolio, increasing asset prices and the ongoing expansion of its lending and financing footprint.
$GS' revenue in Investment Management for 3Q17 rose 3% to $1.53Bil from last year, on slightly higher management and other fees, reflecting higher average assets under supervision and higher transaction revenues, partially offset by lower incentive fees. Total assets under supervision during the quarter increased $50Bil to $1.46 trillion.
$GS' revenue in equity securities for 3Q17 climbed 51% to $1.39Bil from last year, reflecting an increase in net gains from investments in private equities, which were positively impacted by corporate performance and company-specific events. Revenue in debt securities and loans rose 3% to $492MM, on higher net interest income.
$GS' revenue in Financial Advisory for 3Q17 jumped 38% to $911MM from last year, reflecting an increase in completed M&A. Revenue in Underwriting were $886MM, essentially unchanged compared to 3Q16, as higher revenue from investment-grade activity were largely offset by lower revenue in industry-wide offerings.
$GS reported a 3% decline in 3Q17 earnings due to higher expenses and a rise in preferred stock dividends. Net income fell to $2.04Bil from $2.1Bil last year, while EPS increased to $5.02 from $4.88 on lower average common shares. Revenue rose 2% to $8.33Bil.