Piper Jaffray 1Q profit triples on lower costs

Piper Jaffray 1Q net income more than triples, helped by lower expenses with revenue down

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Piper Jaffray Cos. said Wednesday that first-quarter net income more than tripled, helped by lower expenses.

The Minneapolis-based firm posted a profit of $9 million, or 57 cents per share, compared with $2.5 million, or 15 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

Excluding losses related to its shuttered Hong Kong capital markets business and an asset management division that it plans to sell, Piper posted a profit from continuing operations of 60 cents per share, up from 33 cents per share a year ago.

Revenue fell 3 percent to $109.5 million, hurt by a 16 percent drop in investment banking revenue.

Analysts, on average, expected 53 cents per share on $115 million in revenue, according to FactSet.

Total non-interest expenses fell 7 percent to $91.4 million. The drop included a 4 percent decrease in compensation and benefits expenses to $66.1 million. Occupancy and equipment expenses fell 15 percent to $5.8 million.

Piper Jaffray shares fell $1.13, or 3.5 percent, to $31.49 in morning trading.

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