Despite it being Friday the 13th, JPMorgan chief Jamie Dimon has no superstitions about reporting record profits for second quarter as bank reporting season kicks off.
The globe’s largest bank by assets locked in a profit of $8.3 billion on higher trading and investment banking revenue as compared to year earlier results. Overall the bank beat on both the top line of $28.39 billion, beating estimates of $27.34 billion and bottom line of EPS of $2.29, vs expectations of a $2.22.
The 18% profit number nearly doubled the street estimate of 9.4%.
JPMorgan’s income rose to $8.32 billion, or $2.29 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $7.03 billion, or $1.82 per share, a year earlier.
Analysts expected the bank to earn $2.22 per share.
Is Jamie Dimon looking to goose-step into Frankfurt and take over troubled Deutsche Bank using Chinese money?
That appears to be to the story coming out of Germany as Deutsche’s stock spikes more than 6% in European trading on the news.
JPMorgan and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China are looking to take a stake — size unknown –to bolster the troubled bank, the report from the business weekly WirtschaftsWoche said.
WIWO also reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had met Axel Weber, the former Bundesbank head who is now chairman of Swiss bank UBS, to discuss his thoughts on Deutsche Bank.
Newly installed CEO Christian Sewing has not given the market any confidence in his ability to turn around the much maligned institution, which has paid nearly $500 billion in penalties and fines to global regulators for its bad banking actions over the last decade.
Sewing is also seen as an impediment to change since he made his bones at the bank during this troubling time as I have written before.
Before the summer ends something will happen with Deutsche Bank. Whether that’s a merger with fellow-troubled German firm Commerzbank or a bailout through cash injections from EU this bank right now is on the ropes and getting pummelled.
Deutsche Bank announced over the weekend that its top C-Suite executives would not be getting a bonus again this year.
CEO John Cryan strangely made the announcement Friday night at Austin’s South By Southwest conference, stating that for the third consecutive year top execs would forego year end payouts as the bank struggles to pull itself out of the mire of questionable trading practices.
As many of you may know I wrote extensively three years ago about the rash of suicides within the bank just as the Libor scandal was breaking.
The German uber bank did note that bonuses for other employees would total just over $2B for 2017.
The news comes as the 10-year anniversary of Bear Stearns’ demise hits Thursday, which led to the Great Recession. On March 14th 2008, the Federal Reserve agreed to provide a $25B loan to keep the bank solvent for 28 days as they unwound Jimmy Cayne’s troubled bank.
As the Fed dug deeper into Bear’s books that offer was pulled a day later and on the 16th of March, JPM CEO found the pot gold scooping up Bear for seven cents on the dollar with a $2 a share offer.
Dimon also made sure that nothing on the troubled bank’s books could come back and bite him with Fed chief Ben Bernanke assuring Dimon the Fed would take the hit as it put up $29B and JPM invested $1B for the sale.
In the following week a Bear shareholder lawsuit was filed and JPMorgan raised its offer price from $2 a share to $10 a share to quell the suit. As a point of contrast Bear Stearns stock was trading at $93 a share in late February 2008.