Goldman Sachs profits nearly half as dealmaking slows

Goldman Sachs has reported a 47 percent drop in second-quarter profits, as the Wall Street giant suffered from a slowdown in investment banking fees and plummeting revenues in asset management.

In second-quarter earnings, Goldman reported on Monday net income of $ 2.9bn or $ 7.73 per share, down from $ 5.5bn or $ 15.02 per share in the same period last year. This was still ahead of analysts’ estimates for $ 2.6bn or $ 6.65 per share, according to consensus data compiled by Bloomberg.

Net revenues for the first quarter totaled $ 11.9bn, down from $ 15.4bn a year earlier but beating analysts’ forecast for $ 10.7bn.

Revenue from investment banking was down 41 per cent at $ 2.1bn, in line with analysts’ estimates for $ 2.1bn. Rivals JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley last week reported falls of 61 per cent and 55 per cent respectively in investment banking revenue.

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