Business Strategy and Outlook| Michael Wong, CFA, CPA |
Goldman Sachs has made progress on the strategic plan that it laid out at the beginning of 2020 and set even more ambitious goals in 2022. The company is now targeting a medium-term return on tangible equity of 15% to 17% compared with a previous goal of over 14%. In addition to the ROTE target, management also set an expense ratio goal of about 60% and growth targets for its asset management and consumer banking businesses. While we’re not sure the company will hit all of those goals over the next three years, we forecast the company exceeding a 15% ROTE in the long run after its consumer business has reached a more profitable scale. Goldman Sachs’ trading business also remains a large swing factor, as it requires more capital and tends to have lower operating margins than the other business segments.