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Goldman Beats Estimates, Will Issue Equity

Goldman Sachs beat analyst estimates in the first quarter, and said it will issue $5 billion in common equity to pay back the $10 billion preferred investment it received from the federal government.
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Goldman Sachs

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on late Monday beat analyst estimates in the first quarter, as it said it will issue $5 billion in common equity to pay back federal bailout funds.

Goldman, which had been expected to report earnings Tuesday morning, said it earned $3.39 per share, beating the Thomson Reuters average estimate of $1.67. The company reported net revenue of $9.43 billion, also easily outpacing the $7.19 billion expected by analysts.

Goldman shares initially jumped in aftermarket trading, but more recently were trading down 1.7% to $127.91. It closed trading in Monday's regular session up 4.7% to $130.15.

Goldman said it will issue $5 billion in equity, which it will combine with "additional resources" to repay the government's $10 billion investment made through the Troubled Assets Relief Program in October. Goldman noted it will pay back the funds "if permitted by our supervisors and if supported by the results of the stress assessment."

The government's TARP investment came just weeks after

Warren Buffett's

Berkshire Hathaway

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made a $5 billion preferred equity investment in Goldman paying a 10% dividend.

The largest segment of Goldman's revenues came from "trading and principal investments" in its fixed-income currencies and commodities division.

Goldman also touted a slightly higher capital ratio than it had at the end of its fourth quarter last year, using updated international capital requirements known as Basel II. Goldman also says its "global core excess liquidity" has improved to $163.74 billion from $111.43 billion at the end of last year. This effectively means that it claims to have a much bigger cash pile than it did before, in case its trading partners should get nervous.

Goldman, along with rival

Morgan Stanley

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and major national banks like

JPMorgan Chase

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,

Citigroup

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,

Bank of America

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and

Wells Fargo

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were among the initial nine recipients of preferred equity investments made through TARP in October.

After hitting a 10-year low of $47.41 in November, however, Goldman shares have more than doubled leading to rampant speculation about an

equity offering

in recent weeks.

While big banks like Wells Fargo and BofA have talked about repaying TARP investments, Goldman is the biggest name yet to take steps to repay the government capital. Several smaller financial institutions have also moved to repay the money.

First Niagara

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on Monday said it was issuing new stock to repay the government's $184 million TARP investment and several other

small banks

also have sought to get out from under the government's thumb.