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$ITG, which agreed to sell its ITG Investment Research to $LUK, said it plans to take a restructuring charge of approx. $1.6MM to reduce the headcount within its U.S. high-touch sales trading operation as a result of this sale. $ITG expects to realize cost savings of approx. $3MM annually as a result of this action.
$MS reported a 3% sequential increase in its Institutional Securities business to $4.5Bil during 4Q17. Investment Banking witnessed 13% QoQ rise to $1.4Bil, driven by underwriting, particularly in equity, which increased 52%. From a regional perspective, $MS reported sequential increase in Asia, particularly in equity underwriting.
$ICE and Blockstream, a leader in blockchain technologies and financial cryptography, have launched the Cryptocurrency Data Feed. ICE Data Services’ new feed offers real-time cryptocurrency information and will initially include data from more than 15 cryptocurrency exchange venues globally.
$MS, like other major banks, recorded a net discrete tax provision of $990MM related to the new tax law during 4Q17. This led to a 59% drop in earnings to $686MM, or $0.29 per share, from $1.6Bil, or $0.81 per share during 4Q16. Adj. EPS was $0.84. Net revenue during the quarter was $9.5Bil, up 5% from $9Bil.
$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.