Morgan Stanley’s ( MS Quick Quote MS - Free Report) second-quarter 2023 earnings of $1.24 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.14. However, the bottom line reflects a decline of 11% from the year-ago quarter. As expected, the performance of the investment banking (“IB”) business was not very impressive. While equity and fixed income underwriting fees increased 52% and 21%, respectively, from the prior-year quarter, advisory fees declined 24%. Therefore, total IB fees increased only marginally from the prior-year quarter. Further, because of subdued volatility and client activity, Morgan Stanley’s trading business performance was weak. Fixed-income trading revenues decreased 31% and equity trading income declined 14% year over year. Higher expenses and provisions were the other headwinds in the quarter. Despite a significant increase in interest income (driven by higher rates), the company’s net interest income (NII) declined year over year because of substantially higher interest expenses. Net income applicable to common shareholders was $2.05 billion, down 14% from the year-ago quarter. Our estimate for the metric was $2.48 billion. Revenues Improve, Expenses Rise
Net revenues were $13.46 billion, up 2% from the prior-year quarter. The top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $12.76 billion.
NII was $2.01 billion, down 12% year over year. We had projected NII of $2.32 billion for the second quarter. Total non-interest revenues of $11.45 billion increased 6%. Our estimate for the metric was $10.91 billion. Total non-interest expenses were $10.48 billion, up 8% year over year. Our estimate for expenses was $9.70 billion. Provision for credit losses was $161 million in the second quarter, up 59% from $101 million recorded in the prior-year quarter. Our estimate for the metric was $123.4 million. Quarterly Segment Performance Pre-tax income was $977 million, down 37% from the prior-year quarter. Our estimate for the same was $1.34 billion. Net revenues were $5.65 billion, down 8%. We had projected total revenues to be $5.68 billion. The downside resulted from a fall in advisory revenues, and fixed-income and equity trading revenues. Institutional Securities: Pre-tax income totaled $1.68 billion, up 11% year over year. Our estimate for the same was $1.86 billion. Net revenues were $6.66 billion, up 16%, driven by higher net interest income and transactional revenues. We had projected total revenues of $6.35 billion. Wealth Management: Total client assets were $4.89 trillion as of Jun 30, 2023, up 15% year over year. Pre-tax income was $170 million, falling 32% from the year-ago quarter. Our estimate for the same was $202.6 million. Net revenues were $1.28 billion, down 9%. The fall was due to a decline in asset management and related fees, along with a fall in performance-based income and other income. We had projected total revenues of $1.33 billion. Investment Management: As of Jun 30, 2023, total assets under management or supervision were $1.41 trillion, up 5% from Jun 30, 2022. Capital Position Improves
As of Jun 30, 2023, the book value per share was $55.24, up from $54.46 in the corresponding period of 2022. The tangible book value per share was $40.79, up from $40.07 as of Jun 30, 2022.
Morgan Stanley’s Tier 1 capital ratio (advanced approach) was 17.8% compared with 17.1% in the year-ago quarter. Common equity Tier 1 capital ratio was 15.9%, up from 15.5% a year ago. Capital Deployment Update
In the reported quarter, Morgan Stanley repurchased 12 million shares for $1 billion.
Moreover, the company’s board of directors reauthorized a multi-year share repurchase program of up to $20 billion, beginning in the third quarter of 2023. MS declared a quarterly dividend of 85 cents per share, representing an increase of 9.7% from the prior payout. The dividend will be paid out on Aug 15, to shareholders of record as of Jul 31. Our View
Elevated expenses due to investments in franchises will likely continue to hurt Morgan Stanley’s profits. Uncertainty about the performance of the capital markets makes us apprehensive. Yet, the company’s increased focus on corporate lending will likely keep aiding revenues. Also, higher interest rates are expected to aid net interest income growth.
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