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BlackRock profit and revenue fall, but beat expectations


Shares of BlackRock Inc.
was little changed in premarket trading Thursday, after the investment management giant reported third-quarter profit and revenue that fell from a year ago but beat expectations, as strong bond inflows continued while equities declined. Net income declined to $1.41 billion, or $9.25 a share, from $1.68 billion, or $10.89 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding nonrecurring items, adjusted earnings per share of $9.55 was well above the FactSet consensus of $7.06. Revenue fell 14.6% to $4.31 billion, topping the FactSet consensus of $4.20 billion. Assets under management (AUM) dropped 16% to $7.96 trillion. For results by product type, equity net flows were down $29.28 billion, with AUM as of Sept. 30 of $4.02 trillion, while fixed income were up $90.62 billion, with AUM of $2.35 trillion. By client type, retail net flows were down $4.89 billion, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) was up $22.37 billion and total institutional was up $47.73 billion. BlackRock’s stock has dropped 11.0% over the past three months while the S&P 500
has lost 5.9%.


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