Raymond James RJF reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2019 (ended Sep 30) adjusted earnings of $2.00 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. Also, on a year-over-year basis, it increased 19%.
Results benefited from increase in revenues and decent assets growth. However, higher operating expenses acted as an undermining factor.
Net income (GAAP basis) was $265 million or $1.86 per share, up from $263 million or $1.76 per share in the prior-year quarter.
For fiscal 2019, adjusted earnings of $7.40 per share increased 14%, and also surpassed the consensus estimate by a penny. Net income (GAAP basis) totaled $1.03 billion or $7.17 per share, up from $857 million or $5.75 per share in fiscal 2018.
Revenues & Costs Rise
Net revenues amounted to $2.02 billion, growing 7% year over year. The rise was largely driven by increase in all components except total brokerage revenues. Also, the top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.99 billion.
For fiscal 2019, net revenues increased 6% to $7.74 billion. The top line also outpaced the consensus estimate of $7.71 billion.
Segment wise, in the reported quarter, RJ Bank registered an increase of 11% in net revenues. Capital Markets witnessed a rise of 10% in the top line, and Private Client Group recorded 6% growth. Further, Asset Management witnessed a 3% rise, and Others recorded significant top- line growth.
Non-interest expenses were up 8% year over year to $1.67 billion. The increase was mainly due to rise in almost all cost components except professional fees.
As of Sep 30, 2019, client assets under administration grew 6% from the prior-year quarter to $838.3 billion. Further, financial assets under management were $143.1 billion, on par with the prior-year quarter level.
Strong Balance Sheet & Capital Ratios
As of Sep 30, 2019, Raymond James reported total assets of $38.8 billion, up slightly sequentially. Total equity increased 1% from the prior quarter to $6.6 billion.
Book value per share was $47.76, up from $43.73 as of Sep 30, 2018.
As of Sep 30, 2019, total capital ratio came in at 25.7%, increasing from 25.3% on Sep 30, 2018. Also, Tier 1 capital ratio was 24.8% compared with 24.3% as of September 2018 end.
Return on equity (annualized basis) was 16.2% at the end of the reported quarter compared with 16.8% in the prior-year quarter.
Share Repurchase Update
During the fiscal fourth quarter, Raymond James repurchased nearly 2.13 million shares for $161.2 million.
Raymond James remains well positioned to grow via acquisitions, given its strong liquidity position. However, mounting expenses are likely to continue hurting bottom-line growth.
Raymond James Financial, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Currently, the company has 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 third-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of 74 cents per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 65 cents. Also, the bottom line increased 14% from the prior-year quarter.
Riding on top-line strength, E*TRADE Financial ETFC delivered a positive earnings surprise of 8% in third-quarter 2019. Earnings of $1.08 per share comfortably surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.00. Moreover, the results compared favorably with the prior-year quarter’s $1.00.
Interactive Brokers Group IBKR recorded third-quarter 2019 earnings per share of 45 cents. The figure compared unfavorably with the prior-year quarter’s earnings of 51 cents.
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