Goldman Sachs said profit dropped 58 percent, beating analysts’ estimates as the company cut compensation in response to falling revenue. Fourth-quarter net income dropped to $1.01 billion, or $1.84 a share, from $2.39 billion, or $3.79, in the same period a year earlier, the New York-based company said today in a statement. Per-share earnings exceeded the $1.23 average estimate of 26 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, whose predictions ranged from 70 cents to $2.50. “There seems to be continued emphasis on cost control and compensation control and that’s a good thing,” said Charles Bobrinskoy, the Chicago-based vice chairman and director of research at Ariel Investments. [Bloomberg, earlier]
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Back in August, it was revealed that Goldman Sachs had added a disturbing element to its cost-cutting efforts: plant murder. The lobby philodendrons? Gone. Boston Ferns by the elevator? To the dumpster. The third floor Geraniums that lined the windows? Left for dead.
The While every bank on Wall Street is bracing for serious reductions in staff, compensation and “extras,” Goldman had been the only one to date that choose to commit genocide to help its bottom line. Employees were, understandably, shocked by the decision, which reportedly “provoked disquiet at the bank,” with some putting their jobs on the line to “block the move, leading to a stand-off between the plant pickers and staff. In some cases, a solution was found only after employees agreed to sign forms guaranteeing to take responsibility for particular plants.”
At the time, other institutions scoffed at the seemingly heartless move to save a few bucks, claiming you’d never catch them following suit. And yet? According to the Times, Goldman is not alone. Read more »