Barclays (BARC.L) and BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA) reported bumper first-quarter earnings on Friday, as an equities buying and selling growth offset a stoop in demand for mounted revenue merchandise, displaying the worth of getting a broad-based banking enterprise.
The topsy-turvy buying and selling outcomes for 2 of Europe’s largest remaining funding banks highlighted how risky markets amid the worldwide pandemic brought on seesawing demand for various asset courses.
Barclays’ January-March revenue greater than doubled to 2.4 billion kilos from 923 million kilos a yr in the past, whereas its French rival mentioned internet revenue rose 37.9% to 1.77 billion euros($2.14 billion), each beating analyst forecasts.
However a comparatively sluggish efficiency by their historically sturdy mounted revenue buying and selling companies lagged rivals, together with Deutsche Financial institution (DBKGn.DE), JP Morgan (JPM.N) and Goldman Sachs (GS.N).
BNP Paribas shares fell 1%, whereas Barclays shares fell 5% as analysts famous its rising prices, which the financial institution mentioned was partly as a result of paying merchants extra for his or her sturdy efficiency.
Each Barclays and BNP benefited from decrease than anticipated expenses for dangerous loans, as authorities assist measures of their home economies helped to defer the financial ache from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barclays took an impairment cost of simply 55 million kilos in contrast with 2.1 billion kilos in the identical interval a yr in the past, whereas BNP Paribas mentioned its related measure fell 37% to 896 million euros.
Barclays’ method contrasted nevertheless with bullish strikes by rivals equivalent to HSBC (HSBA.L) and Lloyds (LLOY.L) to launch massive chunks of provisions put aside for potential soured loans. read more
European banks have usually been extra cautious on provisioning for dangerous loans than U.S. friends equivalent to JPMorgan, which earlier this month launched greater than $5 billion. read more
The bumper equities performances from the 2 banks partly made up for skinny returns from mounted revenue, currencies and commodities (FICC), the place consumer demand slumped.
Barclays reported a 35% decline in FICC revenue, whereas at BNP Paribas it fell 16% as rate of interest and international exchange-related merchandise specifically fell out of favour.
“We’d have preferred to do higher than we did on FICC, we take a prudent method to threat,” Barclays CEO Jes Staley informed reporters.
Rival banks which have already revealed first-quarter earnings appeared to dodge the mounted revenue decline, with Deutsche Financial institution’s (DBKGn.DE) fixed-income and foreign money gross sales income growing 34% whereas Goldman Sachs (GS.N) reported a 31% rise in such buying and selling.
For Barclays and BNP Paribas, the equities buying and selling growth coincided with a flood of company listings in Europe. The turnaround in equities was well timed for BNP Paribas specifically, after earnings within the first quarter a yr in the past had been worn out by losses associated to dividend-linked derivatives as European corporations suspended payouts.
The itemizing bonanza bolstered Barclays’ banking advisory enterprise inside its funding financial institution, as revenue rose 35% to 859 million kilos from charges for advising on fairness fundraisings.
The commonly sturdy efficiency previously few years from Barclays’ funding financial institution has vindicated Staley’s backing of the enterprise, throughout a interval when activist shareholder Ed Bramson urged him to chop it again.
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