May 4, 2018 / 7:19 AM / 2 months ago

SocGen and BNP Paribas shares fall as first-quarter results underwhelm

PARIS (Reuters) - Shares in Societe Generale (SOGN.PA) and BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA) both fell sharply on Friday, as traders and analysts expressed disappointment with a weak-looking set of first-quarter results from the French banks.

SocGen shares were down 4.9 percent while BNP Paribas fell 2.7 percent.

SocGen reported a higher-than-expected quarterly net income, amid a top management reshuffle happening in the middle of discussions with the U.S. authorities over litigation issues, but its group revenues missed forecasts.

SocGen’s corporate and investment bank (CIB) was a particularly weak spot.

“Disappointing performance in Q1. Stock under pressure due to a lower performance in CIB, the unexpected change of management is not helpful at this stage and no finalization of the litigation,” Jefferies’ analysts wrote on SocGen’s results.

BNP Paribas showed a similar picture to SocGen, with BNP Paribas also impacted by sluggish fixed income trading.

“A difficult CIB quarter but not a bad performance,” wrote UBS analysts on the BNP Paribas results.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Leigh Thomas

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