Lazard Ltd Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Results

Highlights

  • Net income per sharea of $0.76 (diluted) for the fourth quarter of 2010, on a fully exchanged basisb; net income per share of $2.06 (diluted) for full-year 2010, on a fully exchanged basis, and before special charges in the 2010 first quarterc
  • Both Financial Advisory and Asset Management contributed to the 17% increase in core operating business revenued to $607.1 million for the fourth quarter and the 23% increase to $1,955.2 million for full-year 2010, compared to the equivalent 2009 periods
  • M&A and Strategic Advisory operating revenue increased 53% to $260.0 million for the fourth quarter and increased 36% to $714.1 million for full-year 2010, compared to the equivalent 2009 periods. Restructuring operating revenue decreased 54% for the fourth quarter and 22% for the full year of 2010, compared to the equivalent 2009 periods
  • Asset Management fourth-quarter management fees increased 33% to $203.1 million and increased 47% to $715.9 million for full-year 2010, compared to the equivalent 2009 periods
  • Assets Under Management increased 20% to a record $155.3 billion at December 31, 2010, compared to $129.5 billion at December 31, 2009, and increased 8%, compared to $143.6 billion at September 30, 2010; achieved net inflows of $3.2 billion and $9.3 billion for the 2010 fourth quarter and full year, respectively
  • Compensation expense ratioe for the fourth-quarter and full-year 2010 of 57.1% and 59.1%, respectively.

NEW YORK--()--Lazard Ltd (NYSE: LAZ) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010. Net income on a fully exchanged basis was $104.5 million, or $0.76 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to a net loss of $54.9 million, or $(0.46) per share, for the fourth quarter of 2009. Net income on a fully exchanged basis was $281.1 million, or $2.06 per share (diluted), for the full year of 2010, compared to $11.1 million, or $0.09 per share (diluted) for the full year of 2009, excluding special charges in the first quarter of each year and the fourth quarter of 2009.f

a Refers to net income or loss attributable to Lazard Ltd.

b Refers to the full conversion of all outstanding exchangeable interests held by the members of LAZ-MD holdings and is a non-GAAP measure.

c Refers to first-quarter 2010 pre-tax charges of $87.1 million as a result of staff reductions and realignments, and a $24.9 million non-cash special charge related to the implementation and amendment of a previously approved retirement policy, which accelerated the expense recognition for certain deferred stock awards during the same period.

d Core operating business revenue includes the Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses, and excludes revenues from the Corporate business.

e Refers to the ratio of compensation and benefits expense to operating revenue and excludes the $24.9 million charge for the full year, as described in footnote (c) above.

f 2009 refers to the first-quarter pre-tax charge of $62.6 million as a result of staff reductions and realignments and the fourth-quarter pre-tax charges of $147.0 million, including $60.5 million due to the accelerated vesting of previously deferred cash incentive awards and $86.5 million due to the accelerated amortization of restricted stock units previously granted to our former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer who passed away in October 2009.

Net income, on a U.S. GAAP basis, which is before exchange of exchangeable interests, was $99.9 million, or $0.77 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to a net loss of $142.4 million, or $(1.64) per share, for the fourth quarter of 2009. Net income, on a U.S. GAAP basis, which includes the special charges in the first quarter of each year and the fourth quarter of 2009, was $175.0 million, or $1.36 per share (diluted), for the full year of 2010, compared to net loss of $130.2 million, or $(1.68) per share, for the full year of 2009.

A reconciliation of the U.S. GAAP results to the adjusted results is presented on page 14 of this release.

Lazard believes that results assuming full exchange of outstanding exchangeable interests and excluding special charges provide the most meaningful basis for comparison among present, historical and future periods.

Operating Revenue and Operating Income

Operating revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 19% to $610.1 million, compared to $514.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. Operating income was $122.8 million for the 2010 fourth quarter, compared to an operating loss of $74.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, excluding special charges.

Operating revenue increased 22% to $1,978.5 million for the full year 2010, compared to $1,617.6 million for the full year of 2009. Operating income was $346.8 million for the full year 2010, compared to operating income of $27.3 million for the full year of 2009, excluding special charges.

The Company’s quarterly revenue and profits can fluctuate materially depending on the number, size and timing of completed transactions on which it advised, as well as seasonality and other factors. Accordingly, the revenue and profits in any particular quarter may not be indicative of future results. As such, Lazard management believes that annual results are the most meaningful.

Comments

“Lazard’s performance this quarter and in 2010 underscores the power of our firm’s advice-driven, intellectual capital model,” said Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard. “In this environment marked by an uneven economic recovery, companies, government bodies and investors demand independent advice with a geographic perspective, deep understanding of capital structure, informed research, and knowledge of global economic conditions.”

“Revenues in our core operating businesses of Financial Advisory and Asset Management increased 23% for the year, with combined revenue matching our 2007 performance, which was a record year,” said Mr. Jacobs. “During 2010, our Financial Advisory business advised on over 350 transactions, across a broad range of industries in over 40 countries. Our Asset Management business achieved record revenues and its fifth consecutive year of net inflows, nearly $10 billion in 2010.”

"Our solid performance in 2010 demonstrates the substantial opportunities for growth in Financial Advisory and Asset Management," said Michael J. Castellano, Chief Financial Officer of Lazard. "We enter 2011 with momentum in both of our businesses."

“At the outset of 2010, we stated that our goal is to grow annual compensation expense at a slower rate than revenues. We have achieved that goal for 2010 and we intend to maintain that discipline in the future,” said Mr. Castellano. “Our fundamentals and financial position remain strong. While generating significant cash flow, we contained discretionary spending, decreased our compensation ratio and made strategic senior level hires to position us for future growth.”

Operating Revenue

Core Operating Business

Lazard’s core operating business includes its Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses. Core operating business revenue increased 17% to $607.1 million for the 2010 fourth quarter, compared to $517.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. Core operating business revenue increased 23% for the full year of 2010 to $1,955.2 million, compared to $1,586.3 million for the full year of 2009.

Financial Advisory

Financial Advisory operating revenue increased 12% to $351.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $313.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, and increased 38%, sequentially, compared to $254.4 million for the third quarter of 2010.

Fourth-quarter 2010 operating revenue of $303.6 million from M&A and Strategic Advisory, Capital Markets and Other Advisory in the aggregate increased 44% compared to the equivalent fourth-quarter 2009 revenue and increased 61%, sequentially, compared to the equivalent third-quarter 2010 revenue. Fourth-quarter 2010 Restructuring revenue of $47.8 million decreased 54%, compared to fourth-quarter 2009 revenue and decreased 28%, sequentially, compared to third-quarter 2010 revenue.

Financial Advisory operating revenue increased 13% to $1,120.6 million for the full year of 2010, compared to $990.4 million for the full year of 2009.

Full-year 2010 operating revenue of $826.7 million from M&A and Strategic Advisory, Capital Markets and Other Advisory in the aggregate increased 35% compared to the equivalent full-year 2009 revenue. Full-year 2010 Restructuring revenue of $293.9 million decreased 22%, compared to full-year 2009 revenue.

M&A and Strategic Advisory

M&A and Strategic Advisory operating revenue increased 53% to $260.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $170.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, and increased 62%, sequentially, compared to $160.7 million for the third quarter of 2010. For the full year of 2010, M&A and Strategic Advisory operating revenue increased 36% to $714.1 million, compared to $526.2 million for the full year of 2009. M&A and Strategic Advisory operating revenue generally does not include M&A fees for the sale of distressed assets, which are recognized in Restructuring operating revenue. Strategic Advisory also includes our sovereign advisory work.

Among the publicly announced M&A transactions completed during the fourth quarter of 2010 on which Lazard advised were the following:

  • BASF’s €3.1 billion acquisition of Cognis
  • SSL International's £2.5 billion sale to Reckitt Benckiser
  • 3G Capital’s $4.0 billion acquisition of Burger King Holdings
  • Abraxis BioScience’s $2.9 billion sale to Celgene
  • CSR’s A$1.75 billion sale of Sucrogen to Wilmar International
  • Endo Pharmaceuticals’ $1.2 billion acquisition of Qualitest Pharmaceuticals and its $144 million acquisition of Penwest Pharmaceuticals
  • BSS Group's £557.6 million sale to Travis Perkins
  • Munters' SEK 5.7 billion sale to Nordic Capital
  • Oil States International’s $681 million acquisition of The MAC Services Group
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold’s (Special Committee) $500 million investment in preferred stock of McMoRan Exploration
  • OPI Products’ sale to Coty
  • Danone’s merger of its Fresh Dairy Products businesses in the CIS area with Unimilk and subsequent sale of its stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods
  • RBS and Sempra Energy on the sale of RBS Sempra Commodities’ North American Power and Gas business lines to JP Morgan and the sale of Sempra Energy Solutions to Noble Group
  • Barclays Private Equity's sale of GHD GesundHeits to IK Investment Partners
  • Prelios’ (formerly Pirelli & C. Real Estate) spin-off from Pirelli & C.
  • Österreichische Volksbanken’s sale of Europolis to CA Immobilien Anlagen
  • Sodiaal’s acquisition of Entremont Alliance
  • UTEX Industries' sale to Rhone Capital
  • SUPERVALU’s sale of Total Logistic Control to Ryder Integrated Logistics

Among the pending, publicly announced M&A transactions on which Lazard advised in the 2010 fourth quarter, continued to advise, or completed since December 31, 2010, are the following:

  • Progress Energy’s $26 billion merger with Duke Energy
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of The Mosaic Company on the split-off and orderly distribution of Cargill’s $24 billion stake in Mosaic
  • Qwest's $22.4 billion merger with CenturyLink
  • Wind Telecom’s (formerly Weather Investments) $21 billion combination with VimpelCom
  • Northeast Utilities’ $17.5 billion merger of equals with NSTAR
  • Alcon’s $12.9 billion merger with Novartis
  • New South Wales Government’s A$5.3 billion sale of its energy retailers and selected generation rights
  • Rhein-Ruhr Consortium of Municipal Utilities’ €3.8 billion acquisition of 51% of the shares in Evonik

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  • Smurfit-Stone Container’s $4.3 billion sale to RockTenn
  • Caisse des Dépôts’ and the French State’s €2.7 billion investment in La Poste
  • Lazard Real Estate Partners’ $3.1 billion sale of Atria Senior Living’s real estate assets to Ventas
  • Crucell N.V.’s Supervisory Board in the €1.75 billion recommended cash tender offer by Johnson & Johnson
  • Vivendi’s €1.25 billion sale of their stake in PTC to Deutsche Telekom
  • Vedanta Resources’ $1.3 billion acquisition of the zinc assets of Anglo American
  • AREVA's €900 million investment by KIA and the French State
  • Asda Stores’ $1.1 billion acquisition of Netto Foodstores
  • DISH Network’s $1 billion acquisition of the reorganized DBSD North America
  • Bonneville International’s $505 million sale of 17 radio stations to Hubbard Broadcasting
  • ITT’s plan to separate into three independent publicly traded companies
  • Grupo ACS’s announced tender offer to acquire shares in Hochtief
  • Caja Madrid’s integration with Bancaja, Caja Insular de Canarias, Caixa Laietana, Caja Ávila, Caja Segovia and Caja Rioja
  • BASF’s joint venture with INEOS to create Styrolution
  • Veolia Environnement in the merger of its Veolia Transport division with Transdev
  • Flint Beheer on Prysmian’s recommended offer for Draka
  • Skanska’s sale of its shares in Autopista Central to AIMCo
  • Wilmington Trust’s merger with M&T Bank

Publicly announced sovereign and government advisory assignments that occurred during or since the 2010 fourth quarter include: advising the US Treasury with respect to the General Motors IPO and SNIM in its mining joint ventures. We also continue to advise the government of Greece on general financial matters, the Gabonese Republic and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on various strategic sovereign financial issues, and the PNG State Holding Company on financing and potential strategic partnerships.

Restructuring

Restructuring operating revenue decreased 54% to $47.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $103.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, and decreased 28% compared to $66.0 million for the third quarter of 2010. Restructuring operating revenue decreased 22% to $293.9 million for the full year of 2010, compared to $376.7 million for the full year of 2009.

The decrease in Restructuring operating revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to both the fourth quarter of 2009 and the third quarter of 2010, was due both to a decrease in completion fees and retainer fees earned, related to the decline of the number and value of corporate defaults since the peak in early 2009. The decrease in the full year of 2010 was due primarily to a decrease in retainer fees.

Restructuring assignments completed during the fourth quarter of 2010 included advising creditors of AbitibiBowater, American Safety Razor, Chem Rx, Chemtura, Extended Stay Hotels and MIG Inc. in connection with their Chapter 11 proceedings. Other completed assignments include Bondholders of A-TEC Industries on the company’s debt restructuring, Limoni on its covenant reset and balance sheet recapitalization, Intercos on its debt restructuring and balance sheet recapitalization and Wheelabrator Allevard on its covenant reset.

Notable Chapter 11 bankruptcies on which Lazard advised debtors or creditors during or since the fourth quarter of 2010, are:

  • Consumer/Food: The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P)
  • Gaming, Entertainment and Hospitality: Station Casinos
  • Paper and Packaging: White Birch Paper Company
  • Professional/Financial Services: Ambac, Lehman Brothers
  • Real Estate/Property Development: Capmark Financial
  • Technology/Media/Telecom: Local Insight, Nortel, Tribune Co.

Among other publicly announced restructuring and debt advisory assignments on which Lazard has advised during or since the fourth quarter of 2010, are:

  • Alinta Energy on its debt restructuring
  • Belvédère – advising the FRN noteholder committee
  • Evergreen Solar on its convertible note exchange
  • Frans Bonhomme on its covenant reset
  • Highland Hospitality on its debt restructuring
  • Hampson Industries on its covenant reset
  • iStar Financial on its debt and capital structure matters
  • Jost on its debt restructuring
  • Lucchini on the restructuring of its current indebtedness
  • Satmex on balance sheet restructuring and satellite financing
  • Sacyr Vallehermoso on the completion of its refinancing through a capital raise
  • Värde Partners on the restructuring of Crest Nicholson
  • Westgate Resorts on its debt restructuring and related transactions

Capital Markets and Other Advisory

Capital Markets and Other Advisory operating revenue increased 9% to $43.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $39.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. Capital Markets and Other Advisory operating revenue increased 29% to $112.6 million for the full year of 2010, compared to $87.4 million for the full year of 2009. The increase in both periods was due primarily to growth in the number and value of fund closings by our Private Fund Advisory Group, partially offset by a decrease in underwriting for public offerings.

Capital Markets and Other Advisory assignments in the fourth quarter of 2010 included advising on:

  • IPOs: Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Bitauto, Booz Allen Hamilton, China Xiniya Fashion, IMRIS, LPL Investment Holdings, Sinotech Energy and Vera Bradley
  • Follow-Ons: HeartWare International, IntraLinks and Westport Innovations
  • Convertible Transactions: Hologic, Micron Technology and PDL BioPharma
  • PIPEs, Registered Directs, Underwritten Registered Directs and Private Placements as well as other

Capital Markets transactions: Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Ciris Energy, Geron, GTx and Michelin

Asset Management

Asset Management operating revenue increased 25% to a record $255.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $204.1 million for the 2009 fourth quarter. Asset Management operating revenue increased 40% to a record $834.7 million for the full year of 2010, compared to $596.0 million for the full year of 2009.

Assets Under Management at December 31, 2010, were a record $155.3 billion, representing a 20% increase over Assets Under Management of $129.5 billion at December 31, 2009, and an 8% increase compared to Assets Under Management of $143.6 billion at September 30, 2010. The increase for the 2010 fourth quarter and full year includes net inflows of $3.2 billion and $9.3 billion for the respective periods.

Average Assets Under Management were a quarterly record $149.5 billion for the fourth quarter of 2010, representing a 20% increase over average Assets Under Management of $124.9 billion for the fourth quarter of 2009. Average Assets Under Management were $137.4 billion for the full year of 2010, a 32% increase, compared to $104.0 billion for the full year of 2009.

Management fees increased 33% to a record $203.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $152.8 million for the 2009 fourth quarter, and increased 47% to a record $715.9 million for the full year of 2010, compared to $486.8 million for the full year of 2009.

Incentive fees were $44.4 million and $86.3 million for the fourth quarter and full year of 2010, respectively, compared to $41.0 million and $74.8 million for the comparable periods in 2009. Incentive fees are recorded on the measurement date, which for most of our alternative strategies that are subject to incentive fees occurs in the fourth quarter.

Our Asset Management business provides investment management and advisory services to governments, institutions, financial intermediaries, private clients and investment vehicles around the world. Our goal in our Asset Management business is to produce superior risk-adjusted investment returns and provide investment solutions customized for our clients. Asset Management includes the management of equity and fixed income securities as well as alternative investment and private equity funds.

Operating Expenses

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation and benefits expense includes base salaries and benefits, amortization of deferred incentive awards and year-end discretionary cash incentive compensation. Compensation and benefits expense for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $348.2 million compared to fourth-quarter 2009 expense of $615.5 million and of $468.5 million excluding 2009 special charges.

Compensation and benefits expense for the full year of 2010 was $1,194.2 million, compared to full-year 2009 expense of $1,309.2 million. Excluding special charges, compensation and benefits expense for the full year of 2010 was $1,169.3 million, compared to $1,162.2 million for 2009.

While operating revenue increased 22% for the full year of 2010, compensation and benefits expense, excluding special charges, increased 1% compared to the same 2009 period. Excluding the effects on 2009 expense of headcount reductions related to the first-quarter 2009 restructuring charge and to certain other former employees, the increase was 10%.

The compensation ratio was 57.1% for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 91.1% for the same 2009 period, and was 59.1% and 71.8% for the full year of 2010 and 2009, respectively, excluding special charges in each year.

The reduction in the compensation ratio for the fourth quarter and full year of 2010 is due to increased operating revenue and the execution on our previously announced goals to grow annual compensation expense at a slower rate than operating revenues, while maintaining the ratio of the deferred component of year end incentive awards to total incentive awards at 38% for 2010 in line with the 2009 ratio and keeping the same vesting schedule as 2009. It is our goal to grow annual compensation expense at a slower rate than revenues, and to achieve over the cycle compensation levels on average consistent with the targets established at the time we went public in 2005.

Please see additional information relating to the trend of Lazard’s compensation and benefits is presented in the tables on pages 16 and 17 of this release.

Non-Compensation

The ratio of non-compensation expense to operating revenue, excluding amortization of intangibles related to acquisitions and the effects of our Tax Receivable Agreement in both periods, was 18.0% and 18.7% for the fourth quarter and full year of 2010, respectively, compared to 19.4% and 20.8% for the respective 2009 periods.

Non-compensation expense increased 10% to $112.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 and increased 10% to $378.1 million for the full year of 2010, compared to $102.1 million and $342.2 million for the respective periods in 2009, excluding the effects of our Tax Receivable Agreement in both periods. Non-compensation expense includes the amortization of intangibles related to acquisitions of $2.6 million and $7.9 million for the fourth quarter and full year of 2010, respectively, and $2.3 million and $5.0 million in the respective 2009 periods.

Factors contributing to the fourth-quarter and full-year 2010 increases include higher business development expenses for travel and market related data and fund administration expenses related to the increased level of business activity and assets under management. Also contributing was a significant increase in industry-wide fees assessed by the UK regulators.

The percentage of non-compensation expenses to operating revenue can vary from quarter to quarter due to quarterly fluctuation in revenues, among other things. Accordingly, the results in a particular quarter may not be indicative of future results. Lazard management believes that annual results are the most meaningful basis for comparison.

Provision for Income Taxes

The provision for income taxes, on a fully exchanged basis, was $58.8 million for the full year of 2010, compared to $13.4 million for the full year of 2009, excluding the effects of special charges in each period. The effective tax rate on the same basis for the full year of 2010 and 2009 was 19.9% and 52.4%, respectively, exclusive of noncontrolling interests and including the effects of the tax receivable agreement in each period.

Noncontrolling interests

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, on a fully exchanged basis, amounted to $3.9 million and $6.9 million for the fourth quarter and full year of 2010, respectively, compared to $1.6 million and $2.8 million for the respective periods of 2009. Noncontrolling interests, on a fully exchanged basis, principally represents interests that the Company is deemed to control but not own in Edgewater management vehicles acquired during the third quarter of 2009.

Liquidity, Capital Resources and Other Items

Lazard continues to maintain a strong liquidity position with over $1.3 billion in cash, US Government and agency securities, and marketable equity securities at December 31, 2010.

At December 31, 2010, total stockholders’ equity related to Lazard’s interests was $652 million.

During the fourth quarter of 2010, current and former Lazard Managing Directors who held LAZ-MD Holdings exchangeable interests and/or Class A common stock (the “Selling Shareholders”) sold 3.0 million shares of Lazard Ltd Class A common stock in a public offering. Lazard did not receive any proceeds from such sales.

During the fourth quarter of 2010, Lazard repurchased 1.22 million shares of Class A common stock and 57,096 exchangeable interests at an aggregate cost of $45.8 million, the majority of which were in separate transactions with the Selling Shareholders. Lazard’s remaining share repurchase authorization at December 31, 2010, was $42.8 million.

At December 31, 2010, current and former Lazard Managing Directors and employees owned 30% of Lazard Ltd, assuming full vesting of their deferred equity-based incentive awards and including exchangeable interests and Class A shares that they own.

Non-GAAP Information

Lazard discloses certain non-GAAP financial information, which management believes provides the most meaningful basis for comparison among present, historical and future periods. The following are non-GAAP measures used in the accompanying financial information:

  • Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd, assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests (or fully exchanged basis) and excluding special charges
  • Net income (loss) assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests (or fully exchanged basis) and excluding special charges
  • Core operating business revenue
  • Operating revenue
  • Operating income, excluding special charges
  • Compensation and benefits, excluding special charges
  • Compensation and benefits on a plan year basis
  • Pro forma compensation and benefits
  • Noncontrolling interests assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests
  • Weighted average shares outstanding, assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests and excluding special charges
  • Net income (loss) per share, assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests and excluding special charges
  • Provision for income taxes on a fully exchanged basis
  • Net income (loss) attributable to LAZ-MD
  • Net income (loss) attributable to other noncontrolling interests

Additional financial, statistical and business-related information is included in a financial supplement. This earnings release, the financial supplement and selected transaction information will be available today on our website at www.lazard.com.

About Lazard

Lazard, one of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 41 cities across 26 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. With origins dating back 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.

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Conference Call

Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Michael J. Castellano, Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call today at 10 am EST to discuss the company’s financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2010. The conference call can be accessed via a live audio web cast available through Lazard’s

Investor Relations website at www.lazard.com, or by dialing 1 (877) 741-4241 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 (719) 325-4837 (outside of the U.S. and Canada), 15 minutes prior to the start of the conference call.

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning today at 1:00 p.m. EST, through February 16, 2011,

via the Lazard Investor Relations website, or by dialing 1 (888) 203-1112 (for the U.S. and Canada) or +1 (719)

457-0820 (outside of the U.S. and Canada). The replay access code is 7653248.

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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”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential” or “continue”, and the negative of these terms and other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent only our belief regarding future results, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of our control. 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 disclosed 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 financial markets;

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.

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LAZARD LTD
OPERATING REVENUE
(unaudited)
  Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
       
2010   2009   % Change   2010   2009   % Change  
($ in thousands)
Financial Advisory
M&A and Strategic Advisory $259,986 $170,206 53 % $714,059 $526,226 36 %
Restructuring 47,809 103,449 (54 %) 293,875 376,710 (22 %)
Capital Markets & Other Advisory 43,616   39,943   9 % 112,616   87,431   29 %
Total 351,411 313,598 12 % 1,120,550 990,367 13 %
 
Asset Management
Management Fees 203,127 152,810 33 % 715,885 486,810 47 %
Incentive Fees 44,407 40,988 8 % 86,298 74,795 15 %
Other Revenue 8,203   10,324   (21 %) 32,469   34,366   (6 %)
Total 255,737   204,122   25 % 834,652   595,971   40 %
 
Core Operating Business Revenue (a) 607,148 517,720 17 % 1,955,202 1,586,338 23 %
 
Corporate 2,932   (3,327 ) NM 23,321   31,290   (25 %)
 
Operating Revenue (b) 610,080 514,393 19 % 1,978,523 1,617,628 22 %
 
Revenue related to noncontrolling interests (c) 7,140 4,062 16,277 6,965
Other Interest Expense (22,335 ) (23,672 ) (89,432 ) (94,075 )
 
Net Revenue $594,885   $494,783   20 % $1,905,368   $1,530,518   24 %
 
 
 
(a) Core operating business revenue includes the results of Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses and excludes the results of Corporate.
(b) Operating revenue excludes interest expense relating to financing activities and revenue relating to noncontrolling interests, each of which are included in net revenue.
(c) Represents the revenues related to noncontrolling interests other than LAZ-MD in which the company has no economic interest.
 
 
LAZARD LTD
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
           
Three Months Ended Year Ended
Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
 
2010   2009   % Change   2010   2009   % Change  
($ in thousands, except per share data)
 
Total revenue (a) $611,666 $517,487 18 % $1,986,800 $1,631,443 22 %
LFB interest expense (1,586 ) (3,094 ) (8,277 ) (13,815 )
Operating revenue 610,080 514,393 19 % 1,978,523 1,617,628 22 %
Revenue related to noncontrolling interests 7,140 4,062 16,277 6,965
Other interest expense (22,335 ) (23,672 ) (89,432 ) (94,075 )
Net revenue 594,885 494,783 20 % 1,905,368 1,530,518 24 %
Operating expenses:
Compensation and benefits 348,242 615,515 (43 %) 1,194,168 1,309,240 (9 %)
 
Occupancy and equipment 23,324 24,679 88,328 88,453
Marketing and business development 25,699 20,736 77,057 64,047
Technology and information services 20,192 19,950 73,744 69,620
Professional services 13,786 12,686 43,502 44,569
Fund administration and outsourced services 13,167 11,852 47,574 37,927
Amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions 2,609 2,270 7,867 4,990
Other 13,892   9,929   40,009   32,614  
Subtotal 112,669 102,102 10 % 378,081 342,220 10 %
Provision (benefit) pursuant to tax receivable agreement 2,361   (1,258 ) 2,361   (1,258 )
Total non-compensation expense 115,030 100,844 14 % 380,442 340,962 12 %
 
Restructuring expense (b) -   -   87,108   62,550  
Operating expenses 463,272   716,359   (35 %) 1,661,718   1,712,752   (3 %)
 
Operating income (loss) 131,613 (221,576 ) NM 243,650 (182,234 ) NM
 
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 20,178   (23,301 ) NM 49,227   6,011   NM
Net income (loss) 111,435 (198,275 ) NM 194,423 (188,245 ) NM
Net income (loss) attributable to LAZ-MD 7,655 (57,539 ) 12,564 (60,836 )
Net income attributable to other noncontrolling interests 3,930   1,615   6,880   2,833  
Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $99,850   ($142,351 ) NM $174,979   ($130,242 ) NM
 
Attributable to Lazard Ltd Common Stockholders:
Weighted average shares outstanding (c):
Basic 113,293,399 87,411,073 104,411,253 78,311,947
Diluted 139,321,507 87,411,073 138,469,654 78,311,947
Net income (loss) per share:
Basic $0.88 ($1.64 ) $1.68 ($1.68 )
Diluted $0.77 ($1.64 ) $1.36 ($1.68 )
                         
Supplemental Information Assuming Full Exchange of Exchangeable Interests and excluding Special Charges (d):
 
Compensation and benefits excluding special charges $348,242   $468,489   (26 %) $1,169,308   $1,162,214   1 %
 
Operating income (loss) excluding special charges $122,779   ($74,550 ) NM $346,784   $27,342   NM
 

Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests and excluding special charges

$104,451   ($54,870 ) NM $281,074   $11,071   NM
 
Attributable to Lazard Ltd Common Stockholders:
Weighted average shares outstanding, assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests and excluding special charges (e):
 
 
Basic 122,315,211 118,935,403 3 % 122,525,809 116,342,862 5 %
Diluted 139,321,507 118,935,403 17 % 138,469,654 122,284,372 13 %

Net income (loss) per share - assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests and excluding special charges:

 
 
Basic $0.85 ($0.46 ) $2.29 $0.10
Diluted $0.76 ($0.46 ) $2.06 $0.09
 
Ratio of compensation to operating revenue (f) 57.1 % 91.1 % 59.1 % 71.8 %
Ratio of non-compensation to operating revenue (g) 18.0 % 19.4 % 18.7 % 20.8 %
                         
 
See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
and Reconciliation of US GAAP Results to Full Exchange Excluding Special Charges
 
LAZARD LTD
RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP RESULTS TO FULL EXCHANGE EXCLUDING SPECIAL CHARGES (d)
(unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
   
2010   2009   2010   2009  
($ in thousands, except per share data)
 
Compensation & Benefits                
Compensation & benefits - U.S. GAAP Basis $348,242 $615,515 $1,194,168 $1,309,240
 
Adjustments to exclude special charges (d):
Acceleration of unamortized restricted stock units - (86,514 ) - (86,514 )
Acceleration of unamortized deferred cash awards - (60,512 ) - (60,512 )
Acceleration of restricted stock unit vesting related to retirement policy change -   -   (24,860 ) -  
 
Compensation & benefits excluding special charges $348,242   $468,489   $1,169,308   $1,162,214  
                 
 
Operating Income (Loss)                
Operating income (loss) - U.S. GAAP Basis $131,613 ($221,576 ) $243,650 ($182,234 )
 
Adjustments to exclude special charges (d):
Acceleration of unamortized restricted stock units - 86,514 - 86,514
Acceleration of unamortized deferred cash awards - 60,512 - 60,512
Acceleration of restricted stock unit vesting related to retirement policy change - - 24,860 -
Restructuring expense - - 87,108 62,550
Adjustment related to the provision (benefit) pursuant to the tax receivable agreement ("TRA") (8,834 ) -   (8,834 ) -  
 
Operating income (loss) excluding special charges $122,779   ($74,550 ) $346,784   $27,342  
                 
 
Net Income (Loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd                
Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd - U.S. GAAP Basis $99,850 ($142,351 ) $174,979 ($130,242 )
 
Adjustments to exclude special charges (d):
Acceleration of unamortized restricted stock units - 86,514 - 86,514
Acceleration of unamortized deferred cash awards - 60,512 - 60,512
Acceleration of restricted stock unit vesting related to retirement policy change - - 24,860 -
Restructuring expense - - 87,108 62,550
Tax benefits associated with special charges including impact of the TRA, as applicable (1,766 ) (2,566 ) (15,877 ) (8,967 )
Net loss attributable to LAZ-MD - (36,815 ) (24,388 ) (57,890 )
 
Adjustment for full exchange of exchangeable interests (e):
Tax adjustment for full exchange (1,288 ) 560 (2,560 ) 1,540
Amount attributable to LAZ-MD 7,655   (20,724 ) 36,952   (2,946 )
 
Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests and excluding special charges
$104,451   ($54,870 ) $281,074   $11,071  
                 
 
Diluted net income (loss) per share (c):
U.S. GAAP Basis - Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $0.77 ($1.64 ) $1.36 ($1.68 )
 
Net income (loss) assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests
and excluding special charges $0.76 ($0.46 ) $2.06 $0.09
 
This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. For a detailed explanation of the adjustments made to comparable GAAP measures, see item (d) in notes to unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations and reconciliation of US GAAP results to full exchange excluding special charges. Lazard believes that results assuming full exchange of outstanding exchangeable interests and excluding special charges provides the most meaningful basis for comparison among present, historical and future periods.
                 
See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
and Reconciliation of US GAAP Results to Full Exchange Excluding Special Charges
 
   
LAZARD LTD
 
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
and Reconciliation of US GAAP Results to Full Exchange Excluding Special Charges
 
 
 
(a) Excludes revenue related to noncontrolling interests.
 
(b) Expenses related to severance, benefits and other charges in connection with the reduction and realignment of staff.
 
(c) See "Reconciliation of Shares Outstanding and Basic & Diluted Net Income Per Share".
 
(d) For the year ended December 31, 2010, special charges consist of (i) the expenses related to the reduction and realignment of staff noted in (b) above and (ii) a charge aggregating $24,860 recorded to compensation and benefits expense in connection with the accelerated vesting of restricted stock units related to the Company's change in retirement policy. For the year ended December 31, 2009, special charges consist of (i) the expenses related to the reduction and realignment of staff noted in (b) above and (ii) the charges recorded to compensation and benefits expense in the three month period ended December 31, 2009 in connection with the acceleration of unamortized restricted stock units previously granted to our former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and the accelerated vesting of deferred cash awards previously granted of $86,514 and $60,512, respectively.
 
(e) Represents a reversal of noncontrolling interests related to LAZ-MD Holdings’ ownership of Lazard Group common membership interests net of an adjustment for Lazard Ltd entity-level taxes to effect a full exchange of interests and excluding the items noted in (d) above (see "Reconciliation of US GAAP to Full Exchange Excluding Special Charges").
 
(f) Excludes the charges noted in (d) above.
 
(g) Excludes the amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions and the provision (benefit) pursuant to tax receivable agreement.
 
NM Not meaningful
 
 
LAZARD LTD
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS - ANALYSIS
(unaudited)
($ in millions except share price)
         
 
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
 
ADJUSTED US GAAP BASIS (EXCLUDING SPECIAL CHARGES)
 
Base salary and benefits $397.8 $456.2 $467.7 $424.3 $456.2
Cash incentive compensation 470.6 562.1 224.7 404.5 472.6
Total cash compensation and benefits 868.4 1,018.3 692.4 828.8 928.8
Amortization of deferred incentive awards 23.0 104.8 238.3 333.4 240.5
Compensation and benefits - US GAAP basis excluding special charges
$891.4 $1,123.1 $930.7 (a) $1,162.2 (a) $1,169.3 (a)
 
% of Operating Revenue 56.7% 55.7% 55.6% 71.8% 59.1%
                             
                             
ON A COMPENSATION PLAN YEAR BASIS - NOTIONAL
 
Total cash compensation and benefits (per above) $868.4 $1,018.3 $692.4 $828.8 $928.8
Plus: Deferred cash-based year end incentive awards - - 147.7 1.8 1.0
Other deferred year end incentive awards (b) - - - - 26.7
Deferred equity-based year end incentive awards 198.9 332.2 202.3 233.8 259.2
Compensation and benefits - Plan year basis before special deferred incentive awards
1,067.3 1,350.5 1,042.4 1,064.4 1,215.7
Sign-on and other special deferred incentive awards (c) 12.8 87.9 179.6 39.2 27.3
Total Compensation and benefits - Plan year basis $1,080.1 $1,438.4 $1,222.0 $1,103.6 $1,243.0
 
% of Operating Revenue 68.7% 71.4% 73.0% 68.2% 62.8%
 
 
Memo:
Equity-based year end awards - share equivalents ('000) 3,971 8,787 6,489 6,477 TBD
Average price at issuance $50.08 $37.81 $31.17 $36.10 TBD
 
Ratio of deferred component of year end incentive awards to total incentive awards
29.7% 37.1% 60.9% 36.8% 37.8%
 
Ratio of total deferred compensation awards to total notional compensation
19.6% 29.2% 43.3% 24.9% 25.3%
 
 
Operating revenue $1,571.1 $2,014.8 $1,675.1 $1,617.6 $1,978.5
 
 
(a) For the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, see "Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Full Exchange excluding Special Charges"; for the year ended December 31, 2008 special charge consists of $197,550 recorded to compensation and benefits expense in connection with the company's purchase of all outstanding LAM Equity units held by certain current and former MDs and employees of LAM.
 
(b) The portion of deferred year end incentive awards to be apportioned among eligible Lazard-managed investment fund interests as elected by the recipient.
 
(c) Special deferred incentive awards are granted outside the year end compensation process and include grants to new hires.
 
TBD - To be determined
 
This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.
 
 
LAZARD LTD
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS - ANALYSIS
(unaudited)
($ in millions)
      2010  
  % of 2010
Operating
$   Revenue
Operating revenue $1,978.5   -
 
US GAAP basis
Compensation and benefits - US GAAP basis $1,194.2 60.4 %
Less: Acceleration due to change in retirement policy (a) (24.9 )
Compensation and benefits - US GAAP basis excluding special charges 1,169.3 59.1 %
Less: Adjustment for departures (b) (29.6 )
Pro forma compensation and benefits - US GAAP basis - excluding special charges and adjusted for departures
1,139.7 57.6 %
Less: 2010 amortization of deferred incentive awards (240.5 )
Plus: Estimated 2011 amortization of deferred incentive awards (c) 283.7  
Pro forma compensation and benefits - US GAAP basis - going into 2011 (d) $1,182.9   59.8 %

 

Notional basis
Compensation and benefits - Notional basis $1,243.0 62.8 %
Less: Adjustment for departures (b) (29.6 )
Pro forma compensation and benefits - Notional basis - going into 2011 (d) $1,213.4   61.3 %
 
 
 

(a) Charge aggregating $24,860 recorded to compensation and benefits expense in connection with the accelerated vesting of restricted stock units related to the Company's change in retirement policy.

(b) Reflects reduction for compensation and benefits related to employees that have departed in 2010 and excludes amounts included in 2010 restructuring expenses.

(c) Includes the estimated impact of deferred incentive awards for the 2010 compensation year.

(d) Assumes current levels of pay for continuing employees, no increases in staffing, and no change in mix between current and deferred compensation. It is our goal to grow annual compensation expense at a slower rate than revenues.

 
 
This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.
 
 
LAZARD LTD
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
( $ in thousands)
 
  December 31,   December 31,
2010   2009  
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $1,209,695 $917,329
Deposits with banks 356,539 143,778
Cash deposited with clearing organizations and other segregated cash 92,911 20,217
Receivables 568,704 525,697
Investments (a) 417,410 807,693
Goodwill and other intangible assets 361,439 317,780
Other assets 415,834   415,268  
 
Total Assets $3,422,532   $3,147,762  
 

LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Liabilities
Deposits and other customer payables $361,553 $322,101
Accrued compensation and benefits 498,880 515,033
Senior debt 1,076,850 1,086,850
Other liabilities 539,132 550,681
Subordinated debt 150,000   150,000  
Total liabilities 2,626,415 2,624,665
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Stockholders' equity
Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share:
Series A - -
Series B - -
Common stock, par value $.01 per share:
Class A 1,197 922
Class B - -
Additional paid-in capital 758,841 549,931
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax (46,158 ) (57,048 )
Retained earnings 166,468   52,726  
880,348 546,531
Class A common stock held by a subsidiary, at cost (227,950 ) (191,140 )
Total Lazard Ltd stockholders' equity 652,398 355,391
Noncontrolling interests 143,719   167,706  
Total stockholders' equity 796,117   523,097  
 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $3,422,532   $3,147,762  
 
 
(a) At fair value, with the exception of $11,291 and $62,558 of investments under the equity method for December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively and $136,630 at amortized cost for December 31, 2009.
 
 
LAZARD LTD
SELECTED QUARTERLY OPERATING RESULTS ON A FULLY EXCHANGED BASIS, EXCLUDING SPECIAL CHARGES, WHERE APPLICABLE
(unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
               
Dec. 31, Sept. 30, June 30, Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Sept. 30, June 30, Mar. 31, Dec. 31,
2010 2010 2010 2010 (a) 2009 (b) 2009 2009 2009 (c) 2008
($ in thousands, except per share data)
Financial Advisory
M&A and Strategic Advisory $259,986 $160,662 $145,854 $147,557 $170,206 $124,691 $134,855 $96,474 $192,678
Restructuring 47,809 66,000 79,879 100,188 103,449 119,101 93,231 60,929 47,135
Capital Markets & Other Advisory 43,616 27,750 19,918 21,331   39,943   16,390 25,005 6,094   12,542
Total 351,411 254,412 245,651 269,076 313,598 260,182 253,091 163,497 252,355
 
Asset Management
Management Fees 203,127 183,975 166,987 161,796 152,810 133,377 107,123 93,500 107,987
Incentive Fees 44,407 15,469 12,635 13,787 40,988 15,202 13,170 5,435 16,353
Other Revenue 8,203 8,523 7,597 8,147   10,324   8,769 11,273 4,000   1,018
Total 255,737 207,967 187,219 183,730   204,122   157,348 131,566 102,935   125,358
 
Core operating business revenue (d) 607,148 462,379 432,870 452,806 517,720 417,530 384,657 266,432 377,713
 
Corporate 2,932 10,786 5,498 4,104   (3,327 ) 13,953 14,190 6,473   24,835
 
Operating revenue (e) $610,080 $473,165 $438,368 $456,910   $514,393   $431,483 $398,847 $272,905   $402,548
 
Operating income (loss) (f) $122,779 $79,467 $67,051 $77,487   $(74,550 ) $73,165 $56,946 $(28,219 ) $54,093
 
Net income (loss) attributable to
Lazard Ltd assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests
$104,451 $62,156 $53,036 $61,431   $(54,870 ) $52,487 $43,145 $(29,691 ) $61,154
 
Net income (loss) attributable to
Lazard Ltd per share assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests
 
Basic $0.85 $0.51 $0.43 $0.51 ($0.46 ) $0.46 $0.37 ($0.26 ) $0.52
Diluted $0.76 $0.46 $0.39 $0.46 ($0.46 ) $0.41 $0.34 ($0.26 ) $0.50
 
Supplemental Information:
Assets Under Management ($ millions) $155,337 $143,573 $123,483 $134,972 $129,543 $120,185 $98,020 $81,084 $91,109
 
(a) The three month period ended March 31, 2010 excludes the restructuring expense of $87,108 and expenses related to the accelerated vesting of restricted stock units in connection with the company's change in retirement policy of $24,860 and related tax effect.
 
(b) The three month period ended December 31, 2009 excludes expenses related to the acceleration of unamortized restricted stock units previously granted to our former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and the accelerated vesting of deferred cash awards previously granted of $86,514 and $60,512, respectively and related tax effect.
 
(c) The three month period ended March 31, 2009 excludes the restructuring expense of $62,550 and related tax effect.
 
(d) Core operating business revenue includes the results of Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses and excludes the results of Corporate.
 
(e) Operating revenue excludes interest expense relating to financing activities and revenue/(loss) related to the consolidation of noncontrolling interests, each of which are included in net revenue.
 
(f) Operating income is after interest expense and before income taxes and noncontrolling interests.
 
 
LAZARD LTD
RECONCILIATION OF SHARES OUTSTANDING AND BASIC & DILUTED NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE
(unaudited)
 

BEFORE FULL EXCHANGE

         
Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2010 2009   2010   2009  
($ in thousands, except per share data)
Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $99,850 ($142,351 ) $174,979 ($130,242 )
Add - net income (loss) associated with Class A common shares issuable on a non-contingent basis
156 (1,167 ) 251 (1,292 )
Basic net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd 100,006 (143,518 ) 175,230 (131,534 )
Add - dilutive effect, as applicable, of (a):
Adjustments to income relating to interest expense and changes in net income attributable to noncontrolling interests resulting from assumed incremental Class A common share issuances, net of tax
 
 
7,189 -   13,689 -  
Diluted net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $107,195 ($143,518 ) $188,919 ($131,534 )
 
Weighted average shares outstanding 110,662,587 84,509,140 101,607,301 75,220,897
Add - adjustment for shares of Class A common issuable on a non-contingent basis
2,630,812 2,901,933   2,803,952 3,091,050  
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 113,293,399 87,411,073 104,411,253 78,311,947
Add - dilutive effect, as applicable, of:
Weighted average number of incremental Class A common shares issuable from equity-based compensation awards, convertible notes, convertible preferred stock and exchangeable interests
 
 
26,028,108 -   34,058,401 -  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 139,321,507 87,411,073   138,469,654 78,311,947  
 
Basic net income (loss) per share attributable to Lazard Ltd $0.88 ($1.64 ) $1.68 ($1.68 )
 
Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to Lazard Ltd. $0.77 ($1.64 ) $1.36 ($1.68 )
 

ASSUMING FULL EXCHANGE OF EXCHANGEABLE INTERESTS

& EXCLUDING SPECIAL CHARGES (b)

 
Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2010 2009   2010   2009  
Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $104,451 ($54,870 ) $281,074 $11,071
Add - dilutive effect of adjustments to income for:
Interest expense on convertible notes, net of tax 977 -   3,936 -  
Diluted net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $105,428 ($54,870 ) $285,010 $11,071  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding 110,662,587 84,509,140 101,607,301 75,220,897
Add - adjustment for shares of Class A common issuable on a non-contingent basis
2,630,812 2,901,933 2,803,952 3,091,050
Add - adjustment for shares of Class A common issuable relating to exchangable interests
9,021,812 31,524,330   18,114,556 38,030,915  
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 122,315,211 118,935,403 122,525,809 116,342,862
Add - dilutive effect, as applicable, of:
Weighted average number of incremental Class A common shares issuable from equity-based compensation awards, convertible notes and convertible preferred stock
 
 
17,006,296 -   15,943,845 5,941,510  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 139,321,507 118,935,403   138,469,654 122,284,372  
 
Basic net income (loss) per share attributable to Lazard Ltd $0.85 ($0.46 ) $2.29 $0.10  
 
Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to Lazard Ltd. $0.76 ($0.46 ) $2.06 $0.09  
 
(a) Incremental income included if related shares are dilutive.
 
(b) For the year ended December 31, 2010, special charges consist of (i) expenses aggregating $87,108 related to the severance, benefits and other charges in connection with reduction and realignment of staff and (ii) a charge aggregating $24,860 recorded to compensation and benefits expense in connection with the accelerated vesting of restricted stock units related to the Company's change in retirement policy. For the year ended December 31, 2009, special charges consist of (i) expenses aggregating $62,550 related to the severance, benefits and other charges in connection with reduction and realignment of staff and (ii) the charges recorded to compensation and benefits expense in the three month period ended December 31, 2009 in connection with the acceleration of unamortized restricted stock units previously granted to our former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and the accelerated vesting of deferred cash awards previously granted of $86,514 and $60,512, respectively.
 
 
LAZARD LTD
ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT ("AUM")
         
As of Variance
December 31, September 30, December 31,
2010   2010 2009 Qtr to Qtr YTD
($ in millions)
Equities $131,300 $120,538 $106,603 8.9 % 23.2 %
Fixed Income 17,144 17,485 18,056 (2.0 %) (5.1 %)
Alternative Investments 5,524 4,603 3,936 20.0 % 40.3 %
Private Equity 1,294 864 839 49.8 % 54.2 %
Cash 75   83 109 (9.6 %) (31.2 %)
Total AUM $155,337   $143,573 $129,543 8.2 % 19.9 %
 
 
 
Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2010   2009 2010   2009  
($ in millions) ($ in millions)
AUM - Beginning of Period $143,573 $120,185 $129,543 $91,109
 
Net Flows 3,173 4,603 9,346 10,253
Acquisitions (dispositions) - - - (831 )
Market and foreign exchange appreciation (depreciation)
8,591   4,755 16,448   29,012  
 
AUM - End of Period $155,337   $129,543 $155,337   $129,543  
 
Average AUM (a) $149,455   $124,863 $137,381   $103,988  
 
% Change in average AUM 19.7 % 32.1 %
 
 
(a) Average AUM is based on an average of quarterly ending balances for the respective periods.
 

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Contacts

Lazard Ltd
Media:
Judi Frost Mackey, +1 212 632 1428
judi.mackey@lazard.com
or
Richard Creswell, +44 207 187 2305
richard.creswell@lazard.com
or
Investors:
Michael J. Castellano, +1 212 632 8262
Chief Financial Officer
or
Investor Relations, +1 212 632 2685 or 1 877 266 8601(US only)
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Lazard Ltd
Media:
Judi Frost Mackey, +1 212 632 1428
judi.mackey@lazard.com
or
Richard Creswell, +44 207 187 2305
richard.creswell@lazard.com
or
Investors:
Michael J. Castellano, +1 212 632 8262
Chief Financial Officer
or
Investor Relations, +1 212 632 2685 or 1 877 266 8601(US only)
investorrelations@lazard.com