Morgan Stanley reported a drop in fourth quarter profits on Tuesday, January 16th, impacted by $535 million in one-time regulatory charges. However, revenues still managed to beat expectations, lifted by strength in its wealth management division.
While profits fell short due to the charges, Morgan Stanley still saw growth in other key areas:
- Wealth management revenue increased 4%
- Investment management revenue rose 7%
- Advisory fees were up 11%
These gains helped offset declines in trading activity during the quarter.
Key Financial Metrics
- Revenue: $12.75 billion vs $12.3 billion expected
- EPS: $1.26 vs $1.19 expected
- Wealth management revenue: $6.25 billion
- Investment banking revenue: $1.27 billion
The one-time regulatory charges are not expected to be an ongoing issue. As such, analysts still have a positive long term outlook for Morgan Stanley.
Morgan Stanley CFO Sharon Yeshaya reaffirmed the bank’s strategic financial targets for 2024 and beyond:
- 17% return on tangible equity
- Expense efficiency ratio between 70-72%
With strong wealth and asset management divisions helping to diversify revenue streams, Morgan Stanley looks poised for continued growth this year. However, some softness in trading activity and investment banking fees will need to be monitored going forward.
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