Goldman Sachs has more than halved the amount it has paid its London bankers so far in 2022, as dealmaking bonuses are expected to slide after a slump in fees.
The US investment has paid out $1.4bn in compensation for employees in Goldman Sachs International — which encompasses its UK operations — for the first nine months of 2022, a 53% decline on the previous year, according accounts released on 9 November.
The accounts show that Goldman has 3,915 staff in the region, meaning an average payment of around $360,000 each for the period, compared to $746,000 at the same point in 2021.
Investment banks have cut back on costs as fees from dealmaking have slipped by over 40% so far this year from the record $130bn that was hauled in last year. Goldman is among the banks to announce layoffs, cutting 1-5% of its employees during a cull in September. Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley have also either cut or draw up plans for headcount reductions.
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A closely-watched report by Wall Street compensation consultants Johnson Associates predicts a 45% decline in the 2023 annual bonus round for bankers who underwrite debt and equity deals and a 25% fall for those advising on mergers and acquisitions.
Goldman’s investment banking fees in its international operations fell 58% during the first nine months, slipping to $845m due to “significantly lower” revenue across capital markets and advisory work. While dealmaking has stumbled, revenue from fixed income, currencies and commodities trading hit $3.7bn over the period, a 56% increase on the same period last year.
Cost-cutting combined with the trading surge meant overall profit at Goldman Sachs International increased by 53% to $3.3bn.
Goldman announced its largest class of partners in six years on 8 November, with 80 employees making the cut. However, only 26% were from its investment banking unit — just three people in Emea — while 34% came from its sales and trading business.
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