Raymond James Financial Inc. (RJF - Free Report) announced third-quarter fiscal 2018 (ended Jun 30) earnings per share of $1.55, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.64. On a year-over-year basis, the bottom line jumped 23%.
Results benefited from improvement in net revenues, reflecting solid investment banking performance and higher interest rates. Also, growth in assets acted as a tailwind. However, higher expenses and dismal trading performance were on the downside.
Net income for the quarter totaled $232.3 million, up 25% from the year-ago quarter.
Revenues Improve, Costs Rise
Net revenues for the quarter amounted to $1.84 billion, rising 13% year over year. The rise was attributable to an increase in almost all the revenue components except net trading profits. Further, the reported figure topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.82 billion.
Segment wise, in the reported quarter, RJ Bank registered an increase of 25% in net revenues. Further, Asset Management and Private Client Group depicted top-line improvement of 34% and 13%, respectively. However, Capital Markets witnessed a decline of 7% in net revenues, while Others reported negative revenues against positive revenues in the prior-year quarter.
Non-interest expenses increased 13% year over year to $1.52 billion. The rise was largely due to increase in all cost components, except for the absence of acquisition-related costs and lower bank loan loss provision.
As of Jun 30, 2018, client assets under administration increased 14% on a year-over-year basis to $754.3 billion, while financial assets under management surged 49% to $135.5 billion.
Balance Sheet Strong, Capital Ratios Improve
As of Jun 30, 2018, Raymond James reported total assets of $36.4 billion, relatively stable sequentially. Total equity rose 5% from the prior quarter to $6.2 billion.
Book value per share was $42.24, up from $37.46 as of Jun 30, 2017.
As of Jun 30, 2018, total capital ratio came in at 24.9%, increasing from 23.3% as of Jun 30, 2017. Also, Tier 1 capital ratio was 24.0% compared with 22.3% in the year-ago period.
Also, return on equity came in at 15.4% at the end of the reported quarter, up from 13.8% a year ago.
Raymond James remains well positioned to grow via acquisitions, given its strong liquidity position. Also, given a solid capital position, it is expected to continue enhancing shareholder value through efficient capital deployment activities.
However, mounting expenses mainly due to higher compensation costs and bank loan loss provisions are likely to continue hurting bottom-line growth. Lack of geographic diversification also remains a major concern as it might hamper the company’s financials and limit flexibility.
Currently, Raymond James carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Performance of Other Investment Brokerage Firms
Charles Schwab’s (SCHW - Free Report) second-quarter 2018 earnings of 60 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 58 cents. Revenue growth (driven by a rise in interest income and trading revenues) and absence of fee waivers supported the results. Further, the quarter witnessed an impressive rise in total client assets and new brokerage accounts. However, higher expenses remained the undermining factor.
Interactive Brokers Group, Inc.’ (IBKR - Free Report) second-quarter 2018 earnings per share of 58 cents surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 51 cents. Results benefited from an improvement in revenues and rise in Daily Average Revenue Trades (DARTs) along with lower expenses. Further, the Electronic Brokerage segment continued to perform decently.
E*TRADE Financial (ETFC - Free Report) recorded a positive earnings surprise of 6.7% in second-quarter 2018. Earnings of 95 cents per share easily surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 89 cents. Results reflected improved net revenues and a benefit to provision for loan losses. DARTs increased year over year. Further, the quarter witnessed rise in customer accounts and reduced delinquencies. However, elevated operating expenses were on the downside.
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