Ranked top restructuring advisor by volume globally for first half of year

Assets under management increased 11% from first to second quarter

Returned $264 million of capital to shareholders in first half of year

Lazard Ltd (NYSE: LAZ) today reported operating revenue1 of $543 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. Net income, as adjusted2, was $75 million, or $0.67 per share (diluted) for the quarter. On a U.S. GAAP basis, second-quarter 2020 net income was $73 million, or $0.66 per share (diluted).

First-half 2020 net income, as adjusted, was $142 million, or $1.25 per share (diluted). On a U.S. GAAP basis, first-half 2020 net income was $137 million, or $1.22 per share (diluted).

“Lazard continues to perform well in a period of unprecedented uncertainty, reflecting the strength and resilience of our business model and the dedication of our people,” said Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard. “Our broad array of Financial Advisory services, including our preeminent Restructuring franchise, mitigates the impact of a slowdown in global M&A markets. In Asset Management, the diversification of our investment platforms and global client base continue to be a solid foundation for long-term growth.”

($ in millions, except per share data and AUM)

Quarter Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

%’20-’19

 

2020

2019

%’20-’19

Net Income

 

 

 

 

U.S. GAAP

$73

$66

12%

 

$137

$163

(16)%

Per share, diluted

$0.66

$0.55

20%

 

$1.22

$1.36

(10)%

Adjusted2

$75

$86

(12)%

 

$142

$191

(26)%

Per share, diluted

$0.67

$0.73

(8)%

 

$1.25

$1.61

(22)%

Operating Revenue1

 

 

 

 

Total operating revenue

$543

$630

(14)%

 

$1,106

$1,250

(12)%

Financial Advisory

$293

$329

(11)%

 

$588

$659

(11)%

Asset Management

$245

$291

(16)%

 

$514

$575

(11)%

AUM ($ in billions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Period End

$215

$237

(10)%

 

Average

$208

$237

(12)%

 

$215

$233

(8)%

Note: Endnotes are on page 6 of this release. A reconciliation of adjusted GAAP to U.S. GAAP begins on page 13.

COVID-19 ENVIRONMENT UPDATE

During the second quarter of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to have a negative impact on economic activity around the world. Governments and central banks have taken extraordinary measures to support local economies and capital markets, but the macroeconomic outlook remains uncertain while significant health risks persist.

Lazard’s offices around the world have continued to operate in the context of applicable local regulations and guidelines regarding business activity, and in the second quarter, the majority of our people worked from home, employing virtual and secure cloud-based systems to continue communicating, collaborating and conducting client business.

We continue to expect a challenging environment in the near-term due to elevated uncertainty, capital markets volatility and a downturn in global M&A activity. We believe that our strong financial position, the diversity of our business, and our consistent focus on cost discipline will enable us to weather the economic downturn.

OPERATING REVENUE

Operating revenue1 was $543 million for the second quarter of 2020, and $1,106 million for the first half of 2020, down 14% and 12% for both periods from the respective 2019 periods.

Financial Advisory

Our Financial Advisory results include M&A Advisory, Capital Advisory, Capital Raising, Restructuring, Shareholder Advisory, Sovereign Advisory, and other strategic advisory work for clients.

For the second quarter of 2020, Financial Advisory operating revenue was $293 million, 11% lower than the second quarter of 2019. The decrease reflected lower M&A completions offset by higher Restructuring advisory fees.

For the first half of 2020, Financial Advisory operating revenue was $588 million, 11% lower than the first half of 2019.

During and since the second quarter of 2020, Lazard has been engaged in significant and complex M&A transactions and other advisory assignments globally, including the following (clients are in italics): Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Foundation in thyssenkrupp’s €17.2 billion sale of its Elevator Technology business to a consortium led by Advent, Cinven and RAG foundation; Anheuser-Busch InBev’s AUD 16.0 billion sale of Carlton & United Breweries to Asahi Group Holdings; Apergy in its combination with ChampionX, valuing the combined entity at $7.4 billion; Sempra Energy on its $3.6 billion sale of its equity interests in its Peruvian businesses to China Yangtze Power, and its $2.2 billion sale of its equity interests in its Chilean businesses to State Grid International Development; Visa’s $5.3 billion acquisition of Plaid; Arqiva’s £2.0 billion sale of its Telecoms division to Cellnex; and Teladoc Health’s $600 million acquisition of InTouch Health.

Lazard has one of the world’s preeminent restructuring practices, with a long track record of successfully advising businesses and governments. During and since the second quarter of 2020, we have been engaged in a broad range of highly visible and complex restructuring and debt advisory assignments for debtors or creditors, including roles involving: 24 Hour Fitness; CSM Bakery Solutions; Diamond Offshore Drilling; Foresight Energy; Gavilan Resources; Global Cloud Xchange; Hi-Crush; J.C. Penney; J.Crew; Libbey; Macy’s; Neiman Marcus; PG&E; Pioneer Energy Services; Premier Oil; Pyxus International; Technicolor; Trevi Finanziaria Industriale; and Valaris. Lazard was the global leader in announced restructurings by volume for the first half of 2020 (Source: Refinitiv).

Our Capital and Shareholder Advisory practices remain active globally, advising on a broad range of public and private assignments. Our Sovereign Advisory practice continues to be active advising governments, sovereign and sub-sovereign entities across developed and emerging markets.

For a list of publicly announced Financial Advisory transactions on which Lazard advised in the second quarter of 2020, or continued to advise or completed since June 30, 2020, please visit our website at www.lazard.com/businesses/transactions.

Asset Management

In the text portion of this press release, we present our Asset Management results as 1) Management fees and other revenue, and 2) Incentive fees.

For the second quarter of 2020, Asset Management operating revenue was $245 million, 16% lower than the second quarter of 2019. For the first half of 2020, Asset Management operating revenue was $514 million, 11% lower than the first half of 2019.

For the second quarter of 2020, management fees and other revenue was $245 million, 14% lower than the second quarter of 2019, and 9% lower than the first quarter of 2020. For the first half of 2020, management fees and other revenue was $512 million, 10% lower than the first half of 2019.

Average assets under management (AUM) for the second quarter of 2020 was $208 billion, 12% lower than the second quarter of 2019, and 6% lower than the first quarter of 2020. Average AUM for the first half of 2020 was $215 billion, 8% lower than the first half of 2019.

AUM as of June 30, 2020, was $215 billion, down 10% from June 30, 2019, and up 11% from March 31, 2020. The sequential increase was primarily driven by market appreciation of $25 billion and foreign exchange appreciation of $2.4 billion, partially offset by $6 billion in net outflows.

For the second quarter of 2020, incentive fees were $1 million, compared to $5 million for the second quarter of 2019. For the first half of 2020, incentive fees were $2 million, compared to $6 million for the first half of 2019.

OPERATING EXPENSES

Compensation and Benefits

In managing compensation and benefits expense, we focus on annual awarded compensation (cash compensation and benefits plus deferred incentive compensation with respect to the applicable year, net of estimated future forfeitures and excluding charges), a non-GAAP measure. We believe annual awarded compensation is an appropriate measure to assess actual annual compensation cost when also presented with the GAAP measure of compensation cost, which includes applicable-year cash compensation and the amortization of deferred incentive compensation principally attributable to previous years’ deferred compensation. We believe that by managing our business using awarded compensation with a consistent deferral policy, we can better manage our compensation costs, increase our flexibility in the future and build shareholder value over time.

For the second quarter of 2020, we accrued compensation and benefits expense1 at an adjusted compensation1 ratio of 60%. This resulted in $326 million of adjusted compensation and benefits expense, compared to $362 million for the second quarter of 2019.

For the first half of 2020, adjusted compensation and benefits expense1 was $663 million, compared to $719 million for the first half of 2019.

We manage our compensation and benefits expense based on awarded compensation with a consistent deferral policy. We take a disciplined approach to compensation, and our goal is to maintain a compensation-to-operating revenue ratio over the cycle in the mid- to high-50s percentage range on both an awarded and adjusted basis, with consistent deferral policies.

Non-Compensation Expense

Adjusted non-compensation expense1 for the second quarter of 2020 was $100 million, 22% lower than the second quarter of 2019. The decrease primarily reflects lower marketing and business development expenses, including travel. The ratio of adjusted non-compensation expense to operating revenue for the second quarter of 2020 was 18.3%, compared to 20.3% for the second quarter of 2019.

Adjusted non-compensation expense1 for the first half of 2020 was $212 million, 13% lower than the first half of 2019. The ratio of adjusted non-compensation expense to operating revenue for the first half of 2020 was 19.2%, compared to 19.5% for the first half of 2019.

Our goal remains to achieve an adjusted non-compensation expense-to-operating revenue ratio over the cycle of 16% to 20%.

TAXES

The provision for taxes, on an adjusted basis1, was $24 million for the second quarter of 2020 and $50 million for the first half of 2020. The effective tax rate on the same basis was 23.9% for the second quarter and 26.3% for the first half of 2020, compared to 28.8% and 23.9% for the respective 2019 periods.

CAPITAL MANAGEMENT AND BALANCE SHEET

Our primary capital management goals include managing debt and returning capital to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

For the second quarter of 2020, Lazard returned $53 million to shareholders, which included: $49 million in dividends and $4 million in satisfaction of employee tax obligations in lieu of share issuances upon vesting of equity grants.

For the first half of 2020, Lazard returned $264 million to shareholders, which included: $98 million in dividends; $95 million in share repurchases of our Class A common stock; and $71 million in satisfaction of employee tax obligations in lieu of share issuances upon vesting of equity grants.

During the first half of 2020, we repurchased 2.9 million shares at an average price of $32.70 per share. As of June 30, 2020, our remaining share repurchase authorization was $306 million.

On July 29, 2020, Lazard declared a quarterly dividend of $0.47 per share on its outstanding common stock. The dividend is payable on August 21, 2020, to stockholders of record on August 10, 2020.

Lazard’s financial position remains strong. As of June 30, 2020, our cash and cash equivalents were $897 million, and stockholders’ equity related to Lazard’s interests was $601 million.

CONFERENCE CALL

Lazard will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. EDT on July 31, 2020, to discuss the company’s financial results for the second quarter and first half of 2020. The conference call can be accessed via a live audio webcast available through Lazard’s Investor Relations website at www.lazard.com, or by dialing 1 (800) 458-4148 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 (323) 794-2093 (outside of the U.S. and Canada), 15 minutes prior to the start of the call.

A replay of the conference call will be available by 10:00 a.m. EDT on July 31, 2020, via the Lazard Investor Relations website, or by dialing 1 (888) 203-1112 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 (719) 457-0820 (outside of the U.S. and Canada). The replay access code is 1611226.

ABOUT LAZARD

Lazard, one of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from more than 40 cities across 25 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. With origins dating to 1848, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments and individuals. For more information on Lazard, please visit www.lazard.com. Follow Lazard at @Lazard.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “may”, “might”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “would”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “target,” “goal”, or “continue”, and the negative of these terms and other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements, which are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about us, may include projections of our future financial performance based on our growth strategies, business plans and initiatives and anticipated trends in our business. These statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and projections about future events. There are important factors that could cause our actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results, level of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

These factors include, but are not limited to, those discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K under Item 1A “Risk Factors,” and also discussed from time to time in our reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K, including the following:

  • A decline in general economic conditions or the global or regional financial markets;
  • A decline in our revenues, for example due to a decline in overall mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, our share of the M&A market or our assets under management (AUM);
  • Losses caused by financial or other problems experienced by third parties;
  • Losses due to unidentified or unanticipated risks;
  • A lack of liquidity, i.e., ready access to funds, for use in our businesses; and
  • Competitive pressure on our businesses and on our ability to retain and attract employees at current compensation levels.

Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance or achievements. Neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any of these forward-looking statements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. We are under no duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this release to conform our prior statements to actual results or revised expectations and we do not intend to do so.

Lazard Ltd is committed to providing timely and accurate information to the investing public, consistent with our legal and regulatory obligations. To that end, Lazard and its operating companies use their websites to convey information about their businesses, including the anticipated release of quarterly financial results, quarterly financial, statistical and business-related information, and the posting of updates of assets under management in various mutual funds, hedge funds and other investment products managed by Lazard Asset Management LLC and Lazard Frères Gestion SAS. Investors can link to Lazard and its operating company websites through www.lazard.com.

ENDNOTES

1 A non-U.S. GAAP measure. See attached financial schedules and related notes for a detailed explanation of adjustments to corresponding U.S. GAAP results. We believe that presenting our results on an adjusted basis in addition to the U.S. GAAP results is a meaningful and useful basis to compare our operating results across periods.

2 Second-quarter and first-half 2020 adjusted results1 exclude pre-tax charges of $2.5 million and $6.2 million, respectively, of costs relating to an office space reorganization. On a U.S. GAAP basis, these resulted in a net charge of $1.7 million, or $0.02 (diluted) per share, for the second quarter, and a net charge of $4.2 million, or $0.04 (diluted) per share, for the first half of 2020.

LAZ-EPE

LAZARD LTD UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (U.S. GAAP)  

Three Months Ended

 

 

% Change From

June 30,

 

March 31,

 

June 30,

 

 

March 31,

 

June 30,

($ in thousands, except per share data)

2020

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

2019

  Total revenue

$592,264

 

$558,157

 

$650,801

 

6

%

(9

%)

Interest expense

(19,972

)

(20,143

)

(20,111

)

Net revenue

572,292

 

538,014

 

630,690

 

6

%

(9

%)

Operating expenses: Compensation and benefits

351,568

 

319,755

 

372,470

 

10

%

(6

%)

  Occupancy and equipment

30,574

 

32,198

 

30,953

 

Marketing and business development

6,517

 

20,186

 

28,784

 

Technology and information services

32,629

 

31,358

 

38,825

 

Professional services

16,728

 

14,545

 

19,144

 

Fund administration and outsourced services

24,053

 

26,390

 

28,493

 

Amortization and other acquisition-related costs

455

 

446

 

5,042

 

Other

13,903

 

9,039

 

5,294

 

Subtotal

124,859

 

134,162

 

156,535

 

(7

%)

(20

%)

Operating expenses

476,427

 

453,917

 

529,005

 

5

%

(10

%)

  Operating income

95,865

 

84,097

 

101,685

 

14

%

(6

%)

  Provision for income taxes

22,789

 

25,766

 

28,172

 

(12

%)

(19

%)

Net income

73,076

 

58,331

 

73,513

 

25

%

(1

%)

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

(382

)

(5,691

)

7,736

 

Net income attributable to Lazard Ltd

$73,458

 

$64,022

 

$65,777

 

15

%

12

%

  Attributable to Lazard Ltd Common Stockholders: Weighted average shares outstanding: Basic

106,662,064

 

106,303,962

 

111,981,204

 

0

%

(5

%)

Diluted

111,487,749

 

114,120,179

 

116,175,349

 

(2

%)

(4

%)

  Net income per share: Basic

$0.68

 

$0.59

 

$0.57

 

15

%

19

%

Diluted

$0.66

 

$0.56

 

$0.55

 

18

%

20

%

LAZARD LTD UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (U.S. GAAP)  

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

 

($ in thousands, except per share data)

2020

 

2019

 

 

% Change

  Total revenue

$1,150,421

 

$1,312,479

 

(12%)

Interest expense

(40,115

)

(38,115

)

 

Net revenue

1,110,306

 

1,274,364

 

(13%)

Operating expenses:

 

Compensation and benefits

671,323

 

744,724

 

(10%)

 

Occupancy and equipment

62,772

 

59,248

 

 

Marketing and business development

26,703

 

56,768

 

 

Technology and information services

63,987

 

70,880

 

 

Professional services

31,273

 

33,361

 

 

Fund administration and outsourced services

50,443

 

57,423

 

 

Amortization and other acquisition-related costs

901

 

8,512

 

 

Other

22,942

 

22,100

 

 

Subtotal

259,021

 

308,292

 

(16%)

Operating expenses

930,344

 

1,053,016

 

(12%)

 

Operating income

179,962

 

221,348

 

(19%)

 

Provision for income taxes

48,555

 

51,359

 

(5%)

Net income

131,407

 

169,989

 

(23%)

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

(6,073

)

7,170

 

 

Net income attributable to Lazard Ltd

$137,480

 

$162,819

 

(16%)

 

Attributable to Lazard Ltd Common Stockholders:

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

Basic

106,483,013

 

111,962,729

 

(5%)

Diluted

112,803,964

 

118,497,717

 

(5%)

 

Net income per share:

 

Basic

$1.27

 

$1.44

 

(12%)

Diluted

$1.22

 

$1.36

 

(10%)

LAZARD LTD UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL CONDITION (U.S. GAAP)  

June 30,

 

December 31,

($ in thousands)

2020

 

2019

  ASSETS   Cash and cash equivalents

$896,843

 

$1,231,593

 

Deposits with banks and short-term investments

1,155,539

 

1,180,686

 

Cash deposited with clearing organizations and other segregated cash

40,283

 

43,280

 

Receivables

652,112

 

663,138

 

Investments

523,366

 

531,995

 

Goodwill and other intangible assets

369,159

 

373,594

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

525,193

 

551,504

 

Deferred tax assets

563,243

 

586,750

 

Other assets

586,380

 

477,041

 

  Total Assets

$5,312,118

 

$5,639,581

 

  LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   Liabilities Deposits and other customer payables

$1,230,920

 

$1,246,200

 

Accrued compensation and benefits

365,989

 

602,777

 

Operating lease liabilities

618,362

 

644,345

 

Tax receivable agreement obligation

221,890

 

247,344

 

Senior debt

1,680,845

 

1,679,562

 

Other liabilities

510,144

 

537,779

 

Total liabilities

4,628,150

 

4,958,007

 

  Commitments and contingencies   Stockholders' equity Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share

-

 

-

 

Common stock, par value $.01 per share

1,128

 

1,128

 

Additional paid-in capital

52,274

 

41,020

 

Retained earnings

1,140,015

 

1,193,570

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax

(308,921

)

(293,648

)

Subtotal

884,496

 

942,070

 

Class A common stock held by subsidiaries, at cost

(283,899

)

(332,079

)

Total Lazard Ltd stockholders' equity

600,597

 

609,991

 

Noncontrolling interests

83,371

 

71,583

 

Total stockholders' equity

683,968

 

681,574

 

  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$5,312,118

 

$5,639,581

 

LAZARD LTD SELECTED SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION (a) (Non-GAAP - unaudited)  

Three Months Ended

 

 

% Change From

June 30,

 

March 31,

 

June 30,

 

 

March 31,

 

June 30,

($ in thousands, except per share data)

2020

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

2019

  Revenues:   Financial Advisory

$292,906

$294,773

$328,814

(1%)

 

(11%)

Asset Management

245,346

268,953

291,269

(9%)

 

(16%)

Corporate

4,662

(915)

9,617

NM

 

(52%)

 

 

 

Operating revenue (b)

$542,914

$562,811

$629,700

(4%)

 

(14%)

 

 

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted compensation and benefits expense (c)

$325,749

$337,686

$362,078

(4%)

 

(10%)

Ratio of adjusted compensation to operating revenue

60.0%

60.0%

57.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-compensation expense (d)

$99,617

$112,632

$128,014

(12%)

 

(22%)

Ratio of non-compensation to operating revenue

18.3%

20.0%

20.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings from operations (e)

$117,548

$112,493

$139,608

4%

 

(16%)

Operating margin (f)

21.7%

20.0%

22.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted net income (g)

$75,151

$66,552

$85,746

13%

 

(12%)

 

 

 

Diluted adjusted net income per share

$0.67

$0.58

$0.73

16%

 

(8%)

 

 

 

Diluted weighted average shares (h)

111,845,101

114,160,044

117,422,884

(2%)

 

(5%)

  Effective tax rate (i)

23.9%

28.8%

28.8%

This presentation includes non-U.S. GAAP ("non-GAAP") measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the corresponding U.S. GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For a detailed explanation of the adjustments made to the corresponding U.S. GAAP measures, see Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Selected Summary Financial Information and Notes to Financial Schedules. LAZARD LTD SELECTED SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION (a) (Non-GAAP - unaudited)  

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

($ in thousands, except per share data)

2020

2019

% Change

  Revenues:   Financial Advisory

$587,679

$658,808

(11%)

Asset Management

514,299

575,003

(11%)

Corporate

3,747

15,879

(76%)

 

Operating revenue (b)

$1,105,725

$1,249,690

(12%)

 

Expenses:

 

 

Adjusted compensation and benefits expense (c)

$663,435

$718,572

(8%)

Ratio of adjusted compensation to operating revenue

60.0%

57.5%

 

 

Non-compensation expense (d)

$212,249

$243,751

(13%)

Ratio of non-compensation to operating revenue

19.2%

19.5%

 

 

Earnings:

 

 

Earnings from operations (e)

$230,041

$287,367

(20%)

Operating margin (f)

20.8%

23.0%

 

 

Adjusted net income (g)

$141,703

$191,283

(26%)

 

Diluted adjusted net income per share

$1.25

$1.61

(22%)

 

Diluted weighted average shares (h)

113,002,572

119,178,774

(5%)

  Effective tax rate (i)

26.3%

23.9%

This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the corresponding U.S. GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For a detailed explanation of the adjustments made to the corresponding U.S. GAAP measures, see Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Selected Summary Financial Information and Notes to Financial Schedules. LAZARD LTD ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT ("AUM") (unaudited) ($ in millions)  

As of

 

Variance

June 30,

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2020

 

2019

 

Qtr to Qtr

 

YTD

  Equity: Emerging Markets

$28,937

 

$27,716

 

$40,612

4.4%

 

(28.7%)

Global

45,178

 

39,094

 

49,759

15.6%

 

(9.2%)

Local

43,477

 

37,496

 

48,985

16.0%

 

(11.2%)

Multi-Regional

55,923

 

50,335

 

66,185

11.1%

 

(15.5%)

Total Equity

173,515

 

154,641

 

205,541

12.2%

 

(15.6%)

Fixed Income:

 

 

 

Emerging Markets

12,412

 

11,424

 

14,387

8.6%

 

(13.7%)

Global

9,883

 

9,100

 

9,233

8.6%

 

7.0%

Local

5,436

 

5,421

 

5,450

0.3%

 

(0.3%)

Multi-Regional

9,153

 

8,376

 

9,193

9.3%

 

(0.4%)

Total Fixed Income

36,884

 

34,321

 

38,263

7.5%

 

(3.6%)

Alternative Investments

2,028

 

1,902

 

2,149

6.6%

 

(5.6%)

Private Equity

1,412

 

1,406

 

1,385

0.4%

 

1.9%

Cash Management

865

 

778

 

901

11.2%

 

(4.0%)

Total AUM

$214,704

 

$193,048

 

$248,239

11.2%

 

(13.5%)

     

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

  AUM - Beginning of Period

$193,048

 

$234,979

 

$248,239

$214,734

  Net Flows

(5,968

)

(5,246

)

(10,881)

(5,208)

Market and foreign exchange appreciation (depreciation)

27,624

 

7,733

 

(22,654)

27,940

  AUM - End of Period

$214,704

 

$237,466

 

$214,704

$237,466

  Average AUM

$208,454

 

$236,978

 

$215,008

$232,740

  % Change in average AUM

(12.0

%)

(7.6%)

  Note: Average AUM generally represents the average of the monthly ending AUM balances for the period. LAZARD LTD RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP TO SELECTED SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION (a) (unaudited)

Three Months Ended

 

 

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

March 31,

 

June 30,

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

($ in thousands, except per share data)

2020

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

2019

  Operating Revenue Net revenue - U.S. GAAP Basis

$572,292

 

$538,014

 

$630,690

 

$1,110,306

 

$1,274,364

 

  Adjustments: (Revenue) loss related to noncontrolling interests (j)

(2,173

)

2,772

 

(11,819

)

599

 

(14,090

)

(Gains) losses related to Lazard Fund Interests ("LFI") and other similar arrangements

(23,803

)

19,637

 

(6,484

)

(4,166

)

(20,354

)

Distribution fees, reimbursable deal costs and bad debt expense (k)

(21,936

)

(16,384

)

(13,357

)

(38,320

)

(37,689

)

Private Equity investment adjustment (l)

-

 

-

 

11,948

 

-

 

11,948

 

Interest expense

18,534

 

18,772

 

18,722

 

37,306

 

35,511

 

  Operating revenue, as adjusted (b)

$542,914

 

$562,811

 

$629,700

 

$1,105,725

 

$1,249,690

 

  Compensation and Benefits Expense Compensation and benefits expense - U.S. GAAP Basis

$351,568

 

$319,755

 

$372,470

 

$671,323

 

$744,724

 

  Adjustments: (Charges) credits pertaining to LFI and other similar arrangements

(23,803

)

19,637

 

(6,484

)

(4,166

)

(20,354

)

Compensation related to noncontrolling interests (j)

(2,016

)

(1,706

)

(3,908

)

(3,722

)

(5,798

)

  Compensation and benefits expense, as adjusted (c)

$325,749

 

$337,686

 

$362,078

 

$663,435

 

$718,572

 

  Non-Compensation Expense Non-compensation expense - Subtotal - U.S. GAAP Basis

$124,859

 

$134,162

 

$156,535

 

$259,021

 

$308,292

 

  Adjustments: Expenses associated with ERP system implementation (m)

-

 

-

 

(7,626

)

-

 

(10,831

)

Expenses related to office space reorganization (n)

(2,487

)

(3,664

)

-

 

(6,151

)

-

 

Distribution fees, reimbursable deal costs and bad debt expense (k)

(21,936

)

(16,384

)

(13,357

)

(38,320

)

(37,689

)

Amortization and other acquisition-related costs (o)

(455

)

(446

)

(5,042

)

(901

)

(8,512

)

Charges pertaining to Senior Debt refinancing (p)

-

 

-

 

(2,262

)

-

 

(6,505

)

Non-compensation expense related to noncontrolling interests (j)

(364

)

(1,036

)

(234

)

(1,400

)

(1,004

)

  Non-compensation expense, as adjusted (d)

$99,617

 

$112,632

 

$128,014

 

$212,249

 

$243,751

 

  Pre-Tax Income and Earnings From Operations Operating Income - U.S. GAAP Basis

$95,865

 

$84,097

 

$101,685

 

$179,962

 

$221,348

 

  Adjustments: Expenses associated with ERP system implementation (m)

-

 

-

 

7,626

 

-

 

10,831

 

Expenses related to office space reorganization (n)

2,487

 

3,664

 

-

 

6,151

 

-

 

Acquisition-related costs (o)

-

 

-

 

4,612

 

-

 

7,651

 

Private Equity investment adjustment (l)

-

 

-

 

11,948

 

-

 

11,948

 

Charges pertaining to Senior Debt refinancing (p)

-

 

-

 

2,348

 

-

 

6,805

 

Net (income) loss related to noncontrolling interests (j)

382

 

5,691

 

(7,736

)

6,073

 

(7,170

)

Pre-tax income, as adjusted

98,734

 

93,452

 

120,483

 

192,186

 

251,413

 

Interest expense

18,534

 

18,772

 

18,636

 

37,306

 

35,211

 

Amortization (LAZ only)

280

 

269

 

489

 

549

 

743

 

Earnings from operations, as adjusted (e)

$117,548

 

$112,493

 

$139,608

 

$230,041

 

$287,367

 

    Net Income attributable to Lazard Ltd Net income attributable to Lazard Ltd - U.S. GAAP Basis

$73,458

 

$64,022

 

$65,777

 

$137,480

 

$162,819

 

Adjustments: Expenses associated with ERP system implementation (m)

-

 

-

 

7,626

 

-

 

10,831

 

Expenses related to office space reorganization (n)

2,487

 

3,664

 

-

 

6,151

 

-

 

Acquisition-related costs (o)

-

 

-

 

4,612

 

-

 

7,651

 

Private Equity investment adjustment (l)

-

 

-

 

11,948

 

-

 

11,948

 

Charges pertaining to Senior Debt refinancing (p)

-

 

-

 

2,348

 

-

 

6,805

 

Tax benefit allocated to adjustments

(794

)

(1,134

)

(6,565

)

(1,928

)

(8,771

)

  Net income, as adjusted (g)

$75,151

 

$66,552

 

$85,746

 

$141,703

 

$191,283

 

  Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - U.S. GAAP Basis

111,487,749

 

114,120,179

 

116,175,349

 

112,803,964

 

118,497,717

 

Adjustment: participating securities including profits interest participation rights

357,352

 

39,865

 

1,247,535

 

198,609

 

681,057

 

  Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding, as adjusted (h)

111,845,101

 

114,160,044

 

117,422,884

 

113,002,572

 

119,178,774

 

  Diluted net income per share: U.S. GAAP Basis

$0.66

 

$0.56

 

$0.55

 

$1.22

 

$1.36

 

Non-GAAP Basis, as adjusted

$0.67

 

$0.58

 

$0.73

 

$1.25

 

$1.61

 

This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable U.S. GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For a detailed explanation of the adjustments made to comparable U.S. GAAP measures, see Notes to Financial Schedules.   See Notes to Financial Schedules LAZARD LTD RECONCILIATION OF NON-COMPENSATION U.S. GAAP TO ADJUSTED (a) (unaudited)    

Three Months Ended

 

 

Six Months Ended

 

June 30,

 

March 31,

 

June 30,

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

($ in thousands)  

2020

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

2019

            Non-compensation expense - U.S. GAAP Basis:           Occupancy and equipment  

$30,574

 

 

$32,198

 

 

$30,953

 

 

$62,772

 

 

$59,248

 

Marketing and business development  

6,517

 

 

20,186

 

 

28,784

 

 

26,703

 

 

56,768

 

Technology and information services  

32,629

 

 

31,358

 

 

38,825

 

 

63,987

 

 

70,880

 

Professional services  

16,728

 

 

14,545

 

 

19,144

 

 

31,273

 

 

33,361

 

Fund administration and outsourced services  

24,053

 

 

26,390

 

 

28,493

 

 

50,443

 

 

57,423

 

Amortization and other acquisition-related costs  

455

 

 

446

 

 

5,042

 

 

901

 

 

8,512

 

Other  

13,903

 

 

9,039

 

 

5,294

 

 

22,942

 

 

22,100

 

Non-compensation expense - Subtotal - U.S. GAAP Basis  

$124,859

 

 

$134,162

 

 

$156,535

 

 

$259,021

 

 

$308,292

 

            Non-compensation expense - Adjustments:           Occupancy and equipment (j) (n)  

($2,448

)

 

($3,733

)

 

($25

)

 

($6,181

)

 

($58

)

Marketing and business development (j) (k) (m)  

(755

)

 

(2,691

)

 

(6,493

)

 

(3,446

)

 

(9,897

)

Technology and information services (j) (k) (m)  

(167

)

 

(435

)

 

(7,427

)

 

(602

)

 

(10,703

)

Professional services (j) (k) (m) (n)  

(1,658

)

 

(1,778

)

 

(2,091

)

 

(3,436

)

 

(3,455

)

Fund administration and outsourced services (j) (k)  

(10,129

)

 

(12,120

)

 

(12,549

)

 

(22,249

)

 

(28,458

)

Amortization and other acquisition-related costs (o)  

(455

)

 

(446

)

 

(5,042

)

 

(901

)

 

(8,512

)

Other (j) (k) (m) (p)  

(9,630

)

 

(327

)

 

5,106

 

 

(9,957

)

 

(3,458

)

Subtotal Non-compensation adjustments  

($25,242

)

 

($21,530

)

 

($28,521

)

 

($46,772

)

 

($64,541

)

            Non-compensation expense, as adjusted:           Occupancy and equipment  

$28,126

 

 

$28,465

 

 

$30,928

 

 

$56,591

 

 

$59,190

 

Marketing and business development  

5,762

 

 

17,495

 

 

22,291

 

 

23,257

 

 

46,871

 

Technology and information services  

32,462

 

 

30,923

 

 

31,398

 

 

63,385

 

 

60,177

 

Professional services  

15,070

 

 

12,767

 

 

17,053

 

 

27,837

 

 

29,906

 

Fund administration and outsourced services  

13,924

 

 

14,270

 

 

15,944

 

 

28,194

 

 

28,965

 

Amortization and other acquisition-related costs  

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

Other  

4,273

 

 

8,712

 

 

10,400

 

 

12,985

 

 

18,642

 

Non-compensation expense, as adjusted (d)  

$99,617

 

 

$112,632

 

 

$128,014

 

 

$212,249

 

 

$243,751

 

This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable U.S. GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For a detailed explanation of the adjustments made to comparable U.S. GAAP measures, see Notes to Financial Schedules.   See Notes to Financial Schedules LAZARD LTD     Notes to Financial Schedules    

(a)

 

Selected Summary Financial Information are non-GAAP measures. Lazard believes that presenting results and measures on an adjusted basis in conjunction with U.S. GAAP measures provides a meaningful and useful basis for comparison of its operating results across periods.

 

 

 

 

(b)

 

A non-GAAP measure which excludes (i) (revenue)/loss related to noncontrolling interests (see (j) below), (ii) (gains)/losses related to the changes in the fair value of investments held in connection with Lazard Fund Interests and other similar deferred compensation arrangements for which a corresponding equal amount is excluded from compensation & benefits expense, (iii) revenue related to distribution fees and reimbursable deal costs in accordance with the revenue recognition guidance and bad debt expense (see (k) below), (iv) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019, private equity investment adjustment (see (l) below), (v) interest expense primarily related to corporate financing activities, and (vi) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019, excess interest expense pertaining to Senior Debt refinancing (see (p) below).

 

 

 

 

(c)

 

A non-GAAP measure which excludes (i) (charges)/credits related to the changes in the fair value of the compensation liability recorded in connection with Lazard Fund Interests and other similar deferred compensation arrangements, and (ii) compensation and benefits related to noncontrolling interests (see (j) below).

 

 

 

 

(d)

 

A non-GAAP measure which excludes (i) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019, expenses associated with ERP system implementation (see (m) below), (ii) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2020 and for the three month period ended March 31, 2020, expenses related to office space reorganization (see (n) below), (iii) expenses related to distribution fees and reimbursable deal costs in accordance with the revenue recognition guidance and bad debt expense (see (k) below), (iv) amortization and other acquisition-related costs (see (o) below), (v) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019, charges pertaining to Senior Debt refinancing (see (p) below), and (vi) expenses related to noncontrolling interests (see (j) below).

 

 

 

 

(e)

 

A non-GAAP measure which excludes (i) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019, expenses associated with ERP system implementation (see (m) below), (ii) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2020 and for the three month period ended March 31, 2020, expenses related to office space reorganization (see (n) below), (iii) amortization and for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019, other acquisition-related costs (see (o) below), (iv) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019, private equity investment adjustment (see (l) below), (v) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019, charges pertaining to Senior Debt refinancing (see (p) below), (vi) net revenue and expenses related to noncontrolling interests (see (j) below), and (vii) interest expense primarily related to corporate financing activities.

 

 

 

 

(f)

 

Represents earnings from operations as a percentage of operating revenue, and is a non-GAAP measure.

 

 

 

 

(g)

 

A non-GAAP measure which excludes (i) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019, expenses associated with ERP system implementation (see (m) below), (ii) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2020 and for the three month period ended March 31, 2020, expenses related to office space reorganization (see (n) below), (iii) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019, acquisition-related costs (see (o) below), (iv) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019, private equity investment adjustment, (see (l) below), and (v) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019, charges pertaining to Senior Debt refinancing (see (p) below), net of tax benefits.

 

 

 

 

(h)

 

A non-GAAP measure which includes units of the long-term incentive compensation program consisting of profits interest participation rights, which are equity incentive awards that, subject to certain conditions, may be exchanged for shares of our common stock. Certain profits interest participation rights and other participating securities may be excluded from the computation of outstanding stock equivalents for U.S. GAAP net income per share.

 

 

 

 

(i)

 

Effective tax rate is a non-GAAP measure based upon the U.S. GAAP rate with adjustments for the tax applicable to the non-GAAP adjustments to operating income, generally based upon the effective marginal tax rate in the applicable jurisdiction of the adjustments. The computation is based on a quotient, the numerator of which is the provision for income taxes of $23,583, $26,900, and $34,737 for the three month periods ended June 30, 2020, March 31, 2020, and June 30, 2019, respectively, $50,483 and $60,130 for the six month periods ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 and the denominator of which is pre-tax income of $98,734, $93,452, and $120,483 for the three month periods ended June 30, 2020, March 31, 2020, and June 30, 2019, respectively, $192,186 and $251,413 for the six month periods ended June 30, 2020 and 2019.

 

 

 

 

(j)

 

Noncontrolling interests include revenue and expenses related to Edgewater and ESC funds.

 

 

 

 

(k)

 

Represents certain distribution fees and reimbursable deal costs paid to third parties for which an equal amount is excluded from both non-GAAP operating revenue and non-compensation expense, respectively, and excludes bad debt expense, which represents fees that are deemed uncollectible.

 

 

 

 

(l)

 

Represents write-down of private equity investment to potential transaction value.

 

 

 

 

(m)

 

Represents expenses associated with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation.

 

 

 

 

(n)

 

Represents incremental rent expense related to office space reorganization.

 

 

 

 

(o)

 

Primarily represents the change in fair value of the contingent consideration associated with certain business acquisitions.

 

 

 

 

(p)

 

The company incurred charges related to the extinguishment of the remaining 4.25% Senior Notes maturing in November 2020. $168 million of the 2020 Notes were redeemed in March 2019 and the remaining $82 million have been redeemed in April 2019. The charges include a pre-tax loss on the extinguishment of $6.5 million and excess interest expense of $0.3 million (due to the period of time between the issuance of the 2029 notes and the settlement of the 2020 notes).

 

 

 

 

NM

 

Not meaningful

 

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