TOKYO (REUTERS) – Nomura Holdings, Japan’s biggest brokerage and investment bank, said on Wednesday (July 29) its first-quarter net profit more than doubled on the year as it continues to slash costs in its wholesale business.
April-June profit came in at 142.5 billion yen (S$1.87 billion) versus 55.8 billion yen a year earlier. The results compared with the 80.3 billion yen average of two analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv.
Pretax income for the wholesale segment, which serves corporations and institutional investors, came in at 87.9 billion yen in the quarter, compared with a pretax income of 20 billion yen last year.
“As a result of proceeding cost-cutting measures, wholesale business reported a drastic increase in pretax income,” the company said in a statement.
Nomura said last year that it was aiming for about 140 billion yen in cost cuts by March 2022.
While the firm had suspended over-the-counter business at all branches for a month until mid-May, retail division posted 15.1 billion yen of pretax income, or a 86 per cent increase year on-year.
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