(CTN News) – BlackRock, one of the largest asset managers in the world, announced on Tuesday that approximately 3 percent of its existing staff would be eliminated as part of a restructuring process.
As of December 2022, the company is expected to have a workforce of 19,800, so these cuts are expected to total approximately 600 positions.
In spite of this reduction, BlackRock still aims to have a higher headcount by the end of 2024, even though this reduction is temporary.
Interestingly, over the past year, the asset manager has seen a modest 5 per cent increase in its share price, in contrast to the benchmark S&P 500, which has enjoyed a robust 22 per cent increase at the same time.
In an interview with a source within the company, the source clarified that there will not be any single team that will be impacted by the job cuts, reflecting the firm’s holistic approach to enhancing its efficiency.
As BlackRock seeks to enhance its growth trajectory, Chief Executive Larry Fink’s vision is influencing its strategic decisions. In October, he signaled the company’s intent to explore acquisition opportunities, signaling that it intends to increase its acquisition programme.
There was a slight dip in BlackRock’s total assets under management from $9.4 trillion in the previous quarter’s third quarter of 2023 to $9.1 trillion in the third quarter of 2023.
According to Fink, the third quarter of the year was challenging for the industry as a whole.
According to Fink’s report on Monday, clients are earn a real return on cash for the first time in nearly two decades and are able to wait until policy and market certainty has been restored before undergoing a re-risk in the third quarter. This dynamic weighed on the industry and BlackRock’s flows as a whole..”
During afternoon trade on Tuesday, as the market awaited the release of BlackRock’s fourth-quarter results, the organization’s shares experienced a marginal decline of 0.5 percent as the organization’s earnings were expected.