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Goldman Sachs Reports Earnings Per Common Share Of $14.13 For 2012

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Net revenues in Equities were $8.21 billion for 2012, essentially unchanged compared with 2011. Net revenues in securities services were significantly higher compared with 2011, reflecting a gain of approximately $500 million on the sale of the firm’s hedge fund administration business. In addition, equities client execution net revenues were higher than 2011, primarily reflecting significantly higher results in cash products, principally due to increased levels of client activity. These increases were partially offset by lower commissions and fees, reflecting lower market volumes. During 2012, Equities operated in an environment generally characterized by an increase in global equity prices and lower volatility levels.

The net loss attributable to the impact of changes in the firm’s own credit spreads on borrowings for which the fair value option was elected was $714 million ($433 million and $281 million related to Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution and equities client execution, respectively) for 2012, compared with a net gain of $596 million ($399 million and $197 million related to Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution and equities client execution, respectively) for 2011.

Fourth QuarterNet revenues in Institutional Client Services were $4.34 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012, 42% higher than the fourth quarter of 2011 and 4% higher than the third quarter of 2012.

Net revenues in Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution were $2.04 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012, 50% higher than the fourth quarter of 2011, reflecting significantly higher net revenues in credit products and mortgages compared with difficult market-making conditions during the fourth quarter of 2011, and higher net revenues in currencies. These increases were partially offset by significantly lower net revenues in commodities and lower net revenues in interest rate products. During the fourth quarter of 2012, Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution operated in an environment characterized by generally tighter credit spreads and improved activity levels in credit products and mortgages compared with the fourth quarter of 2011.

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