Lazard Earnings: Here’s Why the Stock is Falling Now

Lazard Ltd. (NYSE:LAZ) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, BUT came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are down 0.36%.

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Lazard Ltd. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 125354.55% to $414 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.33 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Decreased 99.94% to $280,000 from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Lazard Ltd. reported adjusted EPS income of $414 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.31. It missed the average revenue estimate of $455.78 million.

Quoting Management: “Our first-quarter results reflect the uneven pace of the M&A markets, balanced by the strength of the equity markets,” said Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard. “Record first-quarter operating revenue in our Asset Management business was offset by a weak quarter in Financial Advisory.”

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue decreased 99.95% from $580.86 million in the previous quarter. EPS increased 67768.85% from $0.61 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.43 to a profit $0.45. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $1.89 to a profit of $1.95 over the last ninety days.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)

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