JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon said today that he might quit if the company decides to split his two roles. Now Forbes staff writer Halah Touryalai reports that one analyst believes the bank’s stock will decline 10 percent if he ends up leaving.
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3 Reasons JPMorgan Shares Will Drop If Dimon Leaves
Touryalai focused on CLSA analyst Mike Mayo’s three main reasons he’s predicting that JPMorgan shares will decline if Dimon leaves. He points out that Dimon is tops among his peers in terms of generating stock price returns under his direction.
In addition, there’s no clear successor to Dimon, so finding a replacement would be very difficult and could be time-consuming. Also changing the bank’s CEO would just add increase the difficulties involved in changing up operations and other management, if the decision is made to replace them too.
Of course the London Whale trading incident was a major disaster, so it makes sense that shareholders will think carefully about pushing Dimon out as chairman. But unfortunately this may mean tossing Dimon out completely, which as Mayo explains, might not be in shareholders’ best interest.