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Why Shares of Jefferies Financial Group Are Down Today

By Bram Berkowitz – Jan 12, 2022 at 9:57AM

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The company reported earnings results for the three and 12 months ending Nov. 30, 2021.

What happened

Share of the investment bank Jefferies Financial Group (JEF 2.48%) had fallen roughly 10% as of 1:55 p.m. ET today after the company reported earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2021.

So what

For the three months ending Nov. 30, 2021, Jefferies reported $1.20 diluted earnings per share (EPS) on total revenue of roughly $1.8 billion, missing on both EPS and revenue estimates. Analysts on average had projected Jefferies to report $1.34 EPS on total revenue of $1.9 billion. On an adjusted basis after removing some expenses related to the repayment of debt in the quarter, Jefferies would have beat EPS estimates.

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For the full year ending Nov. 30, Jefferies reported $6.13 EPS on total revenue of $8.2 billion. Both numbers missed on full-year estimates as well.

The company's board of directors increased the quarterly dividend from $0.25 to $0.30, a 140% increase from just two years ago. Management also said the bank will potentially be able to buy back stock in the future.

Now what

Revenue and earnings can be a bit tougher to predict for investment banks but overall Jefferies had a nice year, with revenue from investment banking and capital markets, asset management, and merchant banking all much higher than in 2020. For the year ending Nov. 30, the bank generated a 24.5% return on adjusted tangible equity. I am not overly concerned about the miss.

Bram Berkowitz has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns and recommends Jefferies Financial Group Inc. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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