JPMorgan Chase & Co., the biggest U.S. lender by assets, posted first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street estimates as the firm slashed bankers’ pay, and trading revenue declined less than most analysts predicted. The shares rose.
Net income fell 6.7% to $5.52 billion, or $1.35 a share, from $5.91 billion, or $1.45, a year earlier, the New York-based company said Wednesday in a statement. On an adjusted basis, per-share earnings were $1.41, beating the $1.25 average estimate of 29 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
Wall Street pays keen attention to JPMorgan’s report, as it’s the first to show how much money the biggest U.S. banks are making from trading and advising on deals. Firms already warned that market turbulence and global growth concerns deterred clients from trading or issuing securities in the first quarter, typically the strongest of the year. Analysts including Jason Goldberg of Barclays Plc have predicted the industry’s worst start to the year since the financial crisis.
“While challenging markets impacted the industry, we maintained our leadership positions and market share,” Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said in the statement. “Even in a challenging environment, clients continue to turn to us in the global markets.”
Revenue slipped 3% to $24.1 billion, compared with the $23.8 billion average estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Matthew Burnell of Wells Fargo & Co. had predicted $23.9 billion. JPMorgan said non-interest expenses fell 7% to $13.8 billion on lower investment-banking and trading compensation and legal costs. That compares with Burnell’s $14.9 billion estimate. Pay in the investment bank fell 14% to $2.6 billion, down more than $420 million from a year earlier.
Return on tangible common equity declined to 12% from 14% a year earlier.
JPMorgan climbed 2.9% to $61.01 at 7:46 a.m. in New York. The stock had dropped 10% this year through Tuesday.