Sotheby’s said second-quarter profit rose 7 percent, thanks primarily to a net income tax benefit recognized by the New York auctioneer.
Sotheby’s reported a profit of $91.7 million, or $1.33 a share, up from a year-ago profit of $85.4 million, or $1.24 a share. Revenue was little changed, at $304.9 million.
Profit per share fell short of the $1.37 average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. The auctioneer benefited from a $6.8 million tax benefit in the second quarter, it said in a release. Expenses rose 2 percent to $171.6 million.
“Our business and the market for quality art at the high end continue to be strong,” said William Ruprecht, chairman and chief executive officer, in a statement.
Sotheby’s shares are up about 34 percent this year. Today, they fell 23 cents to $44.91 in New York Stock Exchange trading.