Lazard Ltd Reports Second-Quarter and First-Half 2011 Results

– Record First-Half Revenues –

Highlights

  • Net income per sharea of $0.48 (diluted) for the second quarter of 2011, up 23% compared to the second quarter of 2010
  • Core operating business revenueb of Financial Advisory and Asset Management, increased 12% for the second quarter and 6% for the first half of 2011, to $486.9 million and $939.7 million, respectively, compared to the corresponding 2010 periods
  • M&A and Strategic Advisory, Capital Markets and Other Advisory operating revenue increased 21% to $200.9 million for the second quarter and 18% to $394.2 million for the first half of 2011, versus the corresponding 2010 periods; Restructuring operating revenue decreased 39% to $48.3 million for the second quarter and 53% to $83.9 million for the first half of 2011, compared to the corresponding 2010 periods
  • Asset Management operating revenue increased 27% to $237.7 million and increased 24% to $461.7 million, both records, for the second quarter and first half of 2011; Asset Management management fees increased 32% to $221.2 million and 30% to $428.0 million, both records, for the second quarter and first half of 2011, compared to the corresponding 2010 periods
  • Asset Management achieved a record $161.6 billion of Assets Under Management at June 30, 2011, a 31% increase compared to $123.5 billion at June 30, 2010, and increased from $160.5 billion at March 31, 2011, despite modest outflows of $0.3 billion
  • Compensation and benefits expense ratioc for the first half of 2011 was 58.5% compared to 60.0% for the first half of 2010
  • Repurchased approximately 2.4 million shares of its Class A common stock during the 2011 second quarter, resulting in 3.2 million shares and exchangeable interests repurchased in the first half of 2011

NEW YORK--()--Lazard Ltd (NYSE: LAZ) today announced financial results for the second quarter and first half ended June 30, 2011. Net income, on a fully exchanged basisd, was $65.8 million, or $0.48 per share (diluted), compared to net income of $53.0 million, or $0.39 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of 2010. Net income, on a fully exchanged basis, was $124.3 million, or $0.91 per share (diluted) for the first half of 2011, compared to $114.5 million, on a fully exchanged and adjusted basise, or $0.84 per share (diluted) for the first half of 2010.

Net income, on a U.S. GAAP basis, was $62.0 million, or $0.48 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of 2011, compared to net income of $44.6 million, or $0.39 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of 2010. For the first half of 2011, net income on the same basis was $117.0 million or $0.91 per share (diluted), compared to $11.0 million or $0.10 per share (diluted) for the 2010 period.

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

Lazard believes that presenting results and measures on a fully exchanged and adjusted basis in conjunction with U.S. GAAP measures provides the most meaningful basis for comparison of its operating results across periods.

Comments

“Our strong first-half performance underscores the power of Lazard’s advice-driven, intellectual capital model,” said Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard. “Companies, government bodies and investors continue to demand independent advice with a geographic perspective, deep understanding of capital structure, informed research, and knowledge of global economic conditions during this uneven economic recovery.”

“Over the past year, we have invested strategically in both our Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses through hires and initiatives to continue to grow the franchise and serve our clients worldwide,” said Mr. Jacobs.

"Our simple business model of Financial Advisory and Asset Management is well positioned, as the need for independent strategic advice and superior investment solutions continues to increase," said Matthieu Bucaille, Chief Financial Officer of Lazard. "We remain focused on growing revenue, maintaining cost discipline, managing our capital and investing in our businesses for the future.”

Operating Revenue and Earnings from Operations

Operating revenue for the second quarter of 2011 increased 12% to $491.8 million, compared to $438.4 million for the second quarter of 2010, and increased 6% to $948.6 million for the first half of 2011, compared to $895.3 million for the first half of 2010.

Earnings from Operationsf increased 19% to $106.5 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to $89.2 million for the corresponding 2010 period. Earnings from Operations increased 7% to $201.7 million for the first half of 2011, compared to $188.2 million for the corresponding 2010 period. Margin from operationsg was 21.7% and 21.3%, respectively for the 2011 second quarter and first half, compared to 20.3% and 21.0% for the corresponding 2010 periods.

Pre-Tax Income

Pre-tax incomeh increased 33% to $89.2 million for the 2011 second quarter compared to $67.1 million for the second quarter of 2010, and increased 13% to $162.6 million for the first half of 2011, compared to $144.5 million for the first half of 2010.

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.

Core Operating Business Revenue

Lazard’s core operating business includes its Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses. Core operating business revenue increased 12% to $486.9 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to $432.9 million for the second quarter of 2010, and increased 6% to $939.7 million for the first half of 2011, compared to $885.7 million for the first half of 2010.

FINANCIAL ADVISORY

Financial Advisory operating revenue was $249.2 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to $245.7 million for the second quarter of 2010, and was $478.1 million for the first half of 2011, compared to $514.7 million for the corresponding 2010 period.

Second-quarter 2011 operating revenue of $200.9 million from M&A and Strategic Advisory, Capital Markets and Other Advisory, in the aggregate, increased 21% compared to the corresponding second-quarter 2010 operating revenue of $165.8 million. Second-quarter 2011 Restructuring revenue of $48.3 million decreased 39%, compared to second-quarter 2010 revenue of $79.9 million.

First-half 2011 operating revenue of $394.2 million from M&A and Strategic Advisory, Capital Markets and Other Advisory, in the aggregate, increased 18% compared to the corresponding first-half 2010 revenue of $334.7 million. First-half 2010 Restructuring revenue of $83.9 million decreased 53% compared to the first-half 2010 revenue of $180.1 million.

M&A and Strategic Advisory

M&A and Strategic Advisory operating revenue increased 17% to $170.6 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to $145.9 million for the second quarter of 2010, and increased 14% to $334.3 million for the first half of 2011, compared to $293.4 million for the first half of 2010. 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.

Among the publicly announced M&A transactions completed during the second quarter of 2011 on which Lazard advised were the following:

  • 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
  • Wind Telecom’s $21 billion combination with VimpelCom
  • The Special Independent Committee of Vivo Participaçoes’ $15.2 billion merger with Telecomunicações de São Paulo (Telesp)
  • Vodafone’s $11.3 billion sale of its stake in SFR
  • Centro Properties Group’s $9.4 billion sale of its US assets
  • Mitsubishi UFJ’s $7.8 billion exchange of convertible preferred stock in Morgan Stanley into common stock
  • 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
  • Deutscher Sparkassen-und Giroverband’s €2.3 billion acquisition of 50% of the outstanding shares in DekaBank
  • Lazard Real Estate Partners’ $3.1 billion sale of Atria Senior Living’s real estate assets to Ventas
  • Asda Stores’ $1.1 billion acquisition of Netto Foodstores
  • ContourGlobal’s €545 million acquisition of 73% of Maritza East 3 from Enel
  • Stirling Square Capital Partners’ and A2A’s €436 million sale of Metroweb to F2i and Imi Investimenti
  • Bonneville International’s $505 million sale of 17 radio stations to Hubbard Broadcasting
  • Tabcorp’s spin-off of Echo Entertainment
  • Skanska’s sale of its shares in Autopista Central to AIMCo
  • Carillion’s acquisition of Eaga
  • Ameristar Casinos’ share repurchase from the estate of Craig H. Neilsen
  • Wilmington Trust’s merger with M&T Bank
  • Hilite International’s sale to 3i

Among the ongoing, publicly announced M&A transactions on which Lazard advised in the 2011 second quarter, continued to advise, or completed since June 30, 2011, are the following:

  • Medco Health Solutions in its $29 billion merger with Express Scripts
  • Progress Energy’s $26 billion merger with Duke Energy
  • Northeast Utilities’ $17.5 billion merger of equals with NSTAR
  • Silver Lake in the $8.5 billion sale of Skype to Microsoft
  • Tognum’s Board of Management and Supervisory Board in the €3.2 billion takeover offer by Daimler and Rolls-Royce
  • Nortel Networks’ $4.5 billion sale of its patent portfolio to a consortium consisting of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony
  • The Johnson Family in the $4.3 billion sale of Diversey to Sealed Air
  • Consortium led by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice together with AXA Private Equity and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in their €2.1 billion acquisition of SPIE
  • DISH Network’s $1.4 billion acquisition of the reorganized DBSD North America and $1.4 billion acquisition of TerreStar Networks
  • Citadel Broadcasting’s $2.5 billion sale to Cumulus Media
  • Landis+Gyr’s $2.3 billion sale to Toshiba
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland Group's structured sale of a £1.4 billion UK commercial real estate loan portfolio to Blackstone
  • EDF Energies Nouvelles’ in the €1.6 billion public takeover offer and subsequent squeeze-out by EDF
  • The Carlyle Group’s £1 billion acquisition of RAC from Aviva and acquisition of Sagemcom from The Gores Group
  • Hertz’s $1.9 billion exchange offer for Dollar Thrifty
  • Wind Telecom’s $1.5 billion demerger of OTMT
  • Demag Crane’s Supervisory Board in the €1 billion public takeover offer by Terex
  • Etex Group’s €1 billion acquisition of Lafarge’s plasterboard business in Europe and Latin America
  • Delhaize Group’s €933 million acquisition of Delta Maxi Group
  • Shell’s $1.3 billion sale of Stanlow Refinery to Essar Energy
  • The Independent Committee of the Board of Directors of Niscayah in the SEK 7. 6 billion public offer by Stanley Black & Decker
  • Sberbank’s $1 billion acquisition of Troika Dialog
  • Western Union’s £606 million acquisition of Travelex Global Business Payments
  • Gloucester Coal’s $780 million acquisition of Donaldson Coal and Monash Group
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Harbin Electric in its $722 million sale to Tech Full Electric Company and Tech Full Electric Acquisition
  • Central Vermont Public Service’s $702 million sale to Gaz Métro
  • Royalty Pharmaceuticals’ $609 million acquisition of the Dipeptidyl Peptidase IV (DPP-IV) patent estate and associated royalty interest from Astella’s Prosidion subsidiary
  • Eurazeo’s €418 million investment for a 45% stake in Moncler
  • EDF regarding its interest in the Constellation and Exelon merger and its US business
  • ITT’s plan to separate into three independent publicly traded companies
  • Carrefour’s spin-off and stock market listing of Dia
  • BASF’s joint venture with INEOS to create Styrolution
  • Antin Infrastructure Partners’ and RREEF Pan European Infrastructure Fund's acquisition of 90% of Grupo ACS's stake in two thermosolar plants in Spain
  • 3i Group’s acquisition of a majority stake in Dutch retailer Action
  • Nestlé Health Science’s acquisition of Prometheus Laboratories
  • Trimble Navigation’s offer to acquire Tekla
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s sale of Tote to Betfred
  • HgCapital’s sale of Mondo Minerals to Advent International
  • Sumitomo Metals’ and Sumitomo Corporation’s acquisition of Standard Steel

Strategic Advisory also includes our sovereign advisory work. Publicly announced sovereign and government advisory assignments that occurred during or since the 2011 first half include: advising the US Treasury with respect to the full exit of its TARP investment in Chrysler Group, continuing to advise the government of Greece on general financial matters, and on its voluntary bond exchange and debt buyback plan, advising the Gabonese Republic and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on various strategic sovereign financial issues, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire on the resolution of external debt arrears, SNIM on its mining joint ventures, and the PNG State Holding Company on financing and potential strategic partnerships.

Capital Markets and Other Advisory

Capital Markets and Other Advisory operating revenue increased 52% to $30.3 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to $19.9 million for the second quarter of 2010, and increased 45% to $59.8 million for the first half of 2011, compared to $41.2 million for the first half of 2010. The increase for both periods was due primarily to the increased value of fund closings by our Private Fund Advisory Group and to an increase in underwriting fees from public offerings.

Capital Markets and Other Advisory assignments in the second quarter of 2011 included advising on:

  • IPOs: Box Ships, GSV Capital, SCG Financial, Solazyme, Vanguard Health Systems
  • Follow-On Offerings: A123 Systems, American International Group, Cobalt International Energy, IntraLinks, Kenexa, Targacept, Vera Bradley
  • Convertible Transactions: A123 Systems
  • PIPEs, Registered Directs, Underwritten Registered Directs, Bond/Note Offerings and Private Placements as well as other Capital Markets transactions: AVI BioPharma, Birch Communications, Cereplast, Cyclacel, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Gasco, Globalstar, Satcon

Restructuring

Restructuring operating revenue was $48.3 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to $79.9 million for the second quarter of 2010, and was $83.9 million for the first half of 2011, compared to $180.1 million for the first half of 2010. The increase in Restructuring operating revenue in the second quarter of 2011, compared to the 2011 first quarter, was due to higher success fees on several completed assignments.

Restructuring and debt advisory assignments completed during the second quarter of 2011 include: Station Casinos and Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex) in connection with their Chapter 11 filings; Frans Bonhomme and Hampson Industries on their covenant amendments; Pfleiderer on its debt restructuring; Prelios Sgr on the restructuring of its “Social and Public Initiatives” real estate fund; and Steria on the refinancing of its syndicated loan.

Notable Chapter 11 bankruptcies, on which Lazard advised debtors or creditors during or since the second quarter of 2011, are:

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

Among other publicly announced restructuring and debt advisory assignments on which Lazard has advised during or since the second quarter of 2011, are:

  • Alapis on its capital structure
  • Belvédère – advising the FRN noteholder committee
  • Centro Properties Group on the restructuring of its Australian assets
  • Dynegy on its debt restructuring activities
  • Lucchini on the restructuring of its current indebtedness
  • OPTI Canada in connection with its CCAA proceedings
  • Spanish Broadcasting on the refinancing of its debt
  • Värde Partners on the restructuring of Crest Nicholson
  • Westgate Resorts on its debt restructuring and related transactions

ASSET MANAGEMENT

Asset Management operating revenue increased 27% to a second-quarter record of $237.7 million, compared to $187.2 million for the 2010 second quarter. Asset Management operating revenue increased 24% to a first-half record of $461.7 million, compared to $370.9 million for the 2010 second quarter.

Assets Under Management at June 30, 2011, were a record $161.6 billion, representing a 31% increase over Assets Under Management of $123.5 billion at June 30, 2010, and increased 1% compared to Assets Under Management of $160.5 billion at March 31, 2011. The increase includes net outflows of $0.3 billion for the second quarter and net inflows of $0.4 billion for the first half of 2011.

Average Assets Under Management were $161.0 billion for the second quarter of 2011, representing increases of 25% and 2%, compared to the quarters ended June 30, 2010, and March 31, 2011, respectively.

Average Assets Under Management were $159.1 billion for the first half of 2011, representing a 23% increase over average Assets Under Management of $129.3 billion for the first half of 2010.

Management fees increased 32% to a record $221.2 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to $167.0 million for the 2010 second quarter, and increased 30% to a record $428.0 million for the first half of 2011, compared to $328.8 million for the 2010 first half.

Incentive fees were $6.3 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to $12.6 million for the second quarter of 2010, and were $11.5 million for the first half of 2011, compared to $26.4 million for the first half of 2010. 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 investments and private equity funds.

Expenses

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation and benefits expensec, including related accruals, was $285.6 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to second-quarter 2010 expense of $262.2 million, and was $554.6 million for the first half of 2011, compared to first-half 2010 expense of $536.8 million.

The compensation and benefits expense ratioc was 58.1% and 58.5% for the second quarter and first half of 2011, respectively, compared to 59.8% and 60.0% for the corresponding periods in 2010.

Our goal remains 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.

The compensation and benefits expense ratio 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.

Non-Compensation

Non-compensation expensei was $99.6 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to $87.0 million for the second quarter of 2010, and was $192.4 million for the first half of 2011, compared to $170.2 million for the first half of 2010.

The non-compensation expense ratioj for the second quarter and first half of 2011 was 20.2% and 20.3%, respectively, compared to 19.8% and 19.0% for the comparable 2010 periods, respectively. This increase is due to investment in our business and a higher level of business activity.

Contributing in particular to the increase in non-compensation expense for both periods were expenses related to the growth of our Asset Management activity, higher costs related to technology and business development, and the weakening of the U.S. dollar versus foreign currencies.

The non-compensation expense ratio 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 taxesk was $17.9 million and $31.5 million for the second quarter and first half of 2011, respectively, and was $13.5 million and $27.2 million for the second quarter and first half of 2010, respectively. The effective tax ratel for the second quarter of 2011 and 2010 was 21.4% and 20.3%, respectively, and was 20.2% and 19.2 %, respectively, for the 2011 and 2010 first half.

Liquidity, Capital Resources and Other Items

During the first half of 2011, Lazard repurchased approximately 3.2 million shares of its Class A common stock and exchangeable interests at an aggregate cost of $127 million. Lazard’s remaining share repurchase authorization at June 30, 2011, was $166 million.

On July 22, 2011, Lazard entered into an agreement with Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A., pursuant to which Lazard repurchased its $150 million subordinated convertible promissory note due 2016, guaranteed by Lazard Group and held by Intesa, for a purchase price of approximately $131.8 million plus accrued interest of approximately $1.6 million. The repurchase was funded from available cash on hand.

On July 27, 2011, Lazard declared a quarterly dividend of $0.16 per share on its outstanding Class A common stock. On April 26, 2011, Lazard had increased the quarterly dividend on its outstanding Class A common stock by 28% to $0.16 per share.

Lazard’s financial position remains strong with over $1.1 billion in cash, US Government and agency securities, and marketable equity securities at June 30, 2011, and total stockholders’ equity related to Lazard’s interests was $710.5 million.

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-U.S. GAAP measures used in the accompanying financial information:

  • Fully exchanged basis
  • Fully exchanged and adjusted basis
  • Operating Revenue
  • Compensation and benefit expense
  • Non-compensation expense
  • Earnings from Operations
  • Earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests
  • Pre-tax income
  • Net income
  • Diluted net income per share
  • Diluted weighted average shares
  • Provision for income taxes

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.

Conference Call

Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Matthieu Bucaille, Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. EDT to discuss the Company’s financial results for the second quarter and first half of 2011. 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 (888) 515-2880 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 (719) 457-2631 (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. EDT, through August 11, 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 2421537.

About Lazard

Lazard, one of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 42 cities across 27 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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  • 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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Endnotes:

a Refers to diluted net income per share on both a fully exchanged and U.S. GAAP basis. (See Endnotes (d) and (m))

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

c Refers to the percentage of compensation and benefits expense to operating revenue, both on a fully exchanged and adjusted basis. Compensation and benefits expense excludes expenses related to noncontrolling interests and, for the 2010 six-month period, excludes special charges related to the amendment of our retirement policy in the 2010 first quarter, and is a non-GAAP measure. (See Endnotes (e) and (m))

d Refers to the full conversion of all outstanding exchangeable interests held by the members of LAZ-MD holdings and is a non-GAAP measure. (See Endnote (m))

e Fully exchanged and adjusted basis includes full conversion of all outstanding exchangeable interests held by the members of LAZ-MD Holdings and excludes for the 2010 six-month period pre-tax special charges, and is a non-GAAP measure. (See Endnote (m))

f Excludes revenues and expenses attributable to noncontrolling interests, amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions and interest expense primarily related to corporate financing activities and for the 2010 six-month period, excludes pre-tax special charges recorded in the 2010 first quarter, and is a non-U.S. GAAP measure. (See Endnote (m))

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

h Excludes pre-tax special charges for the 2010 six-month period, and is a non-GAAP measure. (See Endnote (m))

i Non-compensation expense excludes intangible assets related to acquisitions, expenses related to noncontrolling interests and, for the 2010 six-month period, restructuring charges recorded in the 2010 first quarter, and is a non-GAAP measure. (See Endnote (m))

j Refers to the ratio of non-compensation expense to operating revenue, and is a non-GAAP measure. (See Endnotes (i) and (m))

k Net of the provision pursuant to the tax receivable agreement, when applicable, and is a non-GAAP measure.

l Refers to the provision for income taxes as a percentage of pre-tax earnings, excluding net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, and is a non-GAAP measure (See Endnotes (k) and (m)).

m See Fully Exchanged and Adjusted Statement of Operations, U.S. GAAP Reconciliation to Fully Exchanged and Adjusted Statement of Operations and Notes to Financial Schedule on pages 12, 14, and 19, respectively.

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FULLY EXCHANGED AND ADJUSTED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (a)

(Non-GAAP - unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
       
2011 2010 % Change 2011 2010 (i) % Change
($ in thousands)
 
Financial Advisory
M&A and strategic advisory $ 170,568 $ 145,854 17 % $ 334,320 $ 293,411 14 %
Capital markets & other advisory   30,298     19,918   52 %   59,847     41,249   45 %
Subtotal 200,866 165,772 21 % 394,167 334,660 18 %
Restructuring   48,333     79,879   (39 %)   83,890     180,067   (53 %)
Total 249,199 245,651 1 % 478,057 514,727 (7 %)
 
Asset Management
Management fees 221,217 166,987 32 % 427,985 328,783 30 %
Incentive fees 6,331 12,635 (50 %) 11,477 26,422 (57 %)
Other revenue   10,115     7,597   33 %   22,213     15,743   41 %
Total   237,663     187,219   27 %   461,675     370,948   24 %
 
Core operating business revenue (b) 486,862 432,870 12 % 939,732 885,675 6 %
 
Corporate   4,911     5,498   (11 %)   8,892     9,603   (7 %)
 
Operating revenue 491,773 438,368 12 % 948,624 895,278 6 %
 
Less:
Compensation & benefits expense (c) 285,645 262,189 9 % 554,566 536,838 3 %
Non-compensation expense (d)   99,580     86,999   14 %   192,350     170,234   13 %
 
Earnings from operations (e) 106,548 89,180 19 % 201,708 188,206 7 %
 
Earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests (f) 6,703 1,771 8,717 5,040
Amortization of intangibles (1,706 ) (1,769 ) (3,180 ) (3,539 )
Interest expense   (22,343 )   (22,131 )   (44,597 )   (45,169 )
 
Pre-tax income 89,202 67,051 33 % 162,648 144,538 13 %
 
Less:
Provision for income taxes (g) 17,873 13,535 31,538 27,232
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   5,550     480     6,792     2,839  
Net income $ 65,779   $ 53,036   24 % $ 124,318   $ 114,467   9 %
 
Diluted weighted average shares 139,347,933 139,944,310 (0 %) 138,969,263 138,231,502 1 %
 
Diluted net income per share $ 0.48 $ 0.39 23 % $ 0.91 $ 0.84 8 %
 
Ratio of compensation to operating revenue 58.1 % 59.8 % 58.5 % 60.0 %
Ratio of non-compensation to operating revenue 20.2 % 19.8 % 20.3 % 19.0 %
Margin from operations (h) 21.7 % 20.3 % 21.3 % 21.0 %
Effective tax rate 21.4 % 20.3 % 20.2 % 19.2 %
 
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 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 U.S. GAAP Reconciliation to Fully Exchanged and Adjusted Statement of Operations.
See Notes to Financial Schedules and Reconciliation of US GAAP Results to Fully Exchanged and Adjusted Statement of Operations
 
 
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UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(U.S. GAAP - unaudited)
           
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
Ended June 30, Ended June 30,
 
2011 2010 % Change 2011 2010 % Change
($ in thousands, except per share data)
 
Total revenue $ 500,605 $ 443,153 13 % $ 961,946 $ 906,961 6 %
Interest expense   (23,313 )   (24,118 )   (46,631 )   (49,715 )
Net revenue 477,292 419,035 14 % 915,315 857,246 7 %
Operating expenses:
Compensation and benefits 286,480 263,021 9 % 556,479 563,398 (1 %)
 
Occupancy and equipment 22,977 21,320 45,685 42,590
Marketing and business development 20,879 18,252 38,990 33,855
Technology and information services 20,582 16,996 40,149 34,648
Professional services 13,120 10,814 22,961 18,985
Fund administration and outsourced services 13,507 10,996 26,758 22,370
Amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions 1,706 1,769 3,180 3,539
Other   8,839     8,816     18,465     18,183  
Subtotal 101,610 88,963 14 % 196,188 174,170 13 %
 
Restructuring expense   -     -     -     87,108  
Operating expenses   388,090     351,984   10 %   752,667     824,676   (9 %)
 
Operating income 89,202 67,051 33 % 162,648 32,570 NM
 
Provision for income taxes   17,636     13,523   30 %   31,099     19,936   NM
Net income 71,566 53,528 34 % 131,549 12,634 NM
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   9,562     8,956     14,538     1,596  
Net income attributable to Lazard Ltd $ 62,004   $ 44,572   39 % $ 117,011   $ 11,038   NM
 
Attributable to Lazard Ltd Common Stockholders:
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 119,107,386 103,527,014 15 % 117,221,070 96,631,576 21 %
Diluted 139,347,933 139,944,310 (0 %) 138,969,263 108,995,837 27 %
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.52 $ 0.43 21 % $ 1.00 $ 0.11 NM
Diluted $ 0.48 $ 0.39 23 % $ 0.91 $ 0.10 NM
 
 
LAZARD LTD
U.S. GAAP RECONCILIATION TO FULLY EXCHANGED AND ADJUSTED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (a)
(unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
Ended June 30, Ended June 30,
   
2011 2010 2011 2010
($ in thousands, except per share data)
 
Operating Revenue
Net revenue - U.S. GAAP Basis $ 477,292 $ 419,035 $ 915,315 $ 857,246
 
Adjustments:
Revenue related to noncontrolling interests other than LAZ-MD (7,862 ) (2,798 ) (11,288 ) (7,137 )
Other interest expense   22,343     22,131     44,597     45,169  
 
Operating revenue $ 491,773   $ 438,368   $ 948,624   $ 895,278  
 
 
Compensation & Benefits Expense
Compensation & benefits expense - U.S. GAAP Basis $ 286,480 $ 263,021 $ 556,479 $ 563,398
 
Adjustments for special charges (i):
Acceleration of restricted stock unit vesting related to retirement policy change - - - (24,860 )
Adjustments:
Compensation related to noncontrolling interests   (835 )   (832 )   (1,913 )   (1,700 )
 
Compensation & benefits expense $ 285,645   $ 262,189   $ 554,566   $ 536,838  
 
 
Non-Compensation Expense
Operating expenses - subtotal - U.S. GAAP Basis $ 101,610 $ 88,963 $ 196,188 $ 174,170
 
Adjustments:
Amortization of intangibles (1,706 ) (1,769 ) (3,180 ) (3,539 )
Non-comp related to noncontrolling interests   (324 )   (195 )   (658 )   (397 )
 
Non-compensation expense $ 99,580   $ 86,999   $ 192,350   $ 170,234  
 
 
Pre-Tax Income
Operating income - U.S. GAAP Basis $ 89,202 $ 67,051 $ 162,648 $ 32,570
 
Adjustments for special charges (i):
Acceleration of restricted stock unit vesting related to retirement policy change - - - 24,860
Restructuring expense   -     -     -     87,108  
 
Pre-tax income $ 89,202   $ 67,051   $ 162,648   $ 144,538  
 
 
Net Income attributable to Lazard Ltd
Net income attributable to Lazard Ltd - U.S. GAAP Basis $ 62,004 $ 44,572 $ 117,011 $ 11,038
Adjustments for special charges (i):
Acceleration of restricted stock unit vesting related to retirement policy change - - - 24,860
Restructuring expense - - - 87,108
Tax benefits associated with special charges - - - (7,043 )
Net loss attributable to LAZ-MD - - - (24,388 )
 
Adjustment for full exchange of exchangeable interests (j):
Tax adjustment for full exchange (237 ) (12 ) (439 ) (253 )
Amount attributable to LAZ-MD   4,012     8,476     7,746     23,145  
 
Net income $ 65,779   $ 53,036   $ 124,318   $ 114,467  
 
 
Diluted net income per share:
U.S. GAAP Basis - Net income attributable to Lazard Ltd $ 0.48 $ 0.39 $ 0.91 $ 0.10
 
Net income (fully exchanged and adjusted) $ 0.48 $ 0.39 $ 0.91 $ 0.84
 
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 comparable U.S. GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
 
See Notes to Financial Schedules
 
 
LAZARD LTD
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
( $ in thousands)
 
  June 30,   December 31,
2011 2010

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents $ 984,012 $ 1,209,695
Deposits with banks 248,944 356,539
Cash deposited with clearing organizations and other segregated cash 100,162 92,911
Receivables 532,141 568,704
Investments 435,139 417,410
Goodwill and other intangible assets 365,441 361,439
Other assets   415,175     415,834  
 
Total Assets $ 3,081,014   $ 3,422,532  
 

LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Liabilities
Deposits and other customer payables $ 273,465 $ 361,553
Accrued compensation and benefits 183,660 498,880
Senior debt 1,076,850 1,076,850
Other liabilities 539,247 539,132
Subordinated debt   150,000     150,000  
Total liabilities 2,223,222 2,626,415
 
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 1,204 1,197
Class B - -
Additional paid-in capital 642,269 758,841
Retained earnings 244,633 166,468
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax   (17,827 )   (46,158 )
870,279 880,348
Class A common stock held by a subsidiary, at cost   (159,763 )   (227,950 )
Total Lazard Ltd stockholders' equity 710,516 652,398
Noncontrolling interests   147,276     143,719  
Total stockholders' equity   857,792     796,117  
 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,081,014   $ 3,422,532  
 
 
LAZARD LTD
SELECTED QUARTERLY OPERATING RESULTS ON A FULLY EXCHANGED AND ADJUSTED BASIS (a)
(unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
               
June 30, Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Sept. 30, June 30, Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Sept. 30, June 30,
2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 (i) 2009 (i) 2009 2009
($ in thousands, except per share data)

Financial Advisory

M&A and Strategic Advisory $ 170,568 $ 163,752 $ 259,986 $ 160,662 $ 145,854 $ 147,557 $ 170,206 $ 124,691 $ 134,855
Capital Markets & Other Advisory   30,298     29,549     43,616     27,750     19,918     21,331     39,943     16,390     25,005  
Subtotal 200,866 193,301 303,602 188,412 165,772 168,888 210,149 141,081 159,860
Restructuring   48,333     35,557     47,809     66,000     79,879     100,188     103,449     119,101     93,231  
Total 249,199 228,858 351,411 254,412 245,651 269,076 313,598 260,182 253,091
 

Asset Management

Management Fees 221,217 206,768 203,127 183,975 166,987 161,796 152,810 133,377 107,123
Incentive Fees 6,331 5,146 44,407 15,469 12,635 13,787 40,988 15,202 13,170
Other Revenue   10,115     12,098     8,203     8,523     7,597     8,147     10,324     8,769     11,273  
Total   237,663     224,012     255,737     207,967     187,219     183,730     204,122     157,348     131,566  
 
Core operating business revenue 486,862 452,870 607,148 462,379 432,870 452,806 517,720 417,530 384,657
 
Corporate   4,911     3,981     2,932     10,786     5,498     4,104     (3,327 )   13,953     14,190  
 
Operating revenue $ 491,773   $ 456,851   $ 610,080   $ 473,165   $ 438,368   $ 456,910   $ 514,393   $ 431,483   $ 398,847  
 
Earnings from operations $ 106,548   $ 95,160   $ 153,679   $ 102,219   $ 89,180   $ 99,026   $ (52,563 ) $ 95,816   $ 80,512  
 
Pre-tax income (loss) (k) $ 89,202   $ 73,446   $ 133,974   $ 79,467   $ 67,051   $ 77,487   $ (75,808 ) $ 73,165   $ 56,946  
 
Net income (loss) attributable to
Lazard Ltd $ 65,779   $ 58,539   $ 104,451   $ 62,156   $ 53,036   $ 61,431   $ (54,870 ) $ 52,487   $ 43,145  
 
Diluted net income (loss) per share $ 0.48 $ 0.43 $ 0.76 $ 0.46 $ 0.39 $ 0.46 ($0.46 ) $ 0.41 $ 0.34
 
Margin from operations 21.7 % 20.8 % 25.2 % 21.6 % 20.3 % 21.7 % -10.2 % 22.2 % 20.2 %
 
Supplemental Information:
Assets Under Management ($ millions) $ 161,597 $ 160,451 $ 155,337 $ 143,573 $ 123,483 $ 134,972 $ 129,543 $ 120,185 $ 98,020
 
 
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 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 U.S. GAAP Reconciliation to Fully Exchanged and Adjusted Statement of Operations.
                                     
See Notes to Financial Schedules
 
 
LAZARD LTD
RECONCILIATION OF SHARES OUTSTANDING AND BASIC & DILUTED NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE
(unaudited)
 

U.S. GAAP BASIS

         
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
($ in thousands, except per share data)
 
Net income attributable to Lazard Ltd $ 62,004 $ 44,572 $ 117,011 $ 11,038

Add - net income (loss) associated with Class A common shares issuable on a non-contingent basis

  103   192   199   (20 )
Basic net income attributable to Lazard Ltd 62,107 44,764 117,210 11,018
Add - dilutive effect, as applicable, of:
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
 
 
  4,649   9,258   9,074   (212 )
Diluted net income attributable to Lazard Ltd $ 66,756 $ 54,022 $ 126,284 $ 10,806  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding 115,326,051 100,608,379 113,503,750 93,717,395

Add - adjustment for shares of Class A common issuable on a non-contingent basis

  3,781,335   2,918,635   3,717,320   2,914,181  
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 119,107,386 103,527,014 117,221,070 96,631,576
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
 
 
  20,240,547   36,417,296   21,748,193   12,364,261  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   139,347,933   139,944,310   138,969,263   108,995,837  
 

Basic net income per share attributable to Lazard Ltd

$ 0.52 $ 0.43 $ 1.00 $ 0.11  
 
Diluted net income per share attributable to Lazard Ltd $ 0.48 $ 0.39 $ 0.91 $ 0.10  
 

FULLY EXCHANGED AND ADJUSTED BASIS (a)

 
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Net income $ 65,779 $ 53,036 $ 124,318 $ 114,467
Add - dilutive effect of adjustments to income for interest expense on convertible notes, net of tax
  977   986   1,966   1,984  
Diluted net income $ 66,756 $ 54,022 $ 126,284 $ 116,451  
 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 119,107,386 103,527,014 117,221,070 96,631,576
 
Add - adjustment for shares of Class A common issuable relating to exchangable interests
7,217,373 21,052,809 7,427,386 25,731,451

- 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

 
 
 
  13,023,174   15,364,487   14,320,807   15,868,475  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   139,347,933   139,944,310   138,969,263   138,231,502  
 
Diluted net income per share $ 0.48 $ 0.39 $ 0.91 $ 0.84  
 
 
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 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 U.S. GAAP Reconciliation to Fully Exchanged and Adjusted Statement of Operations.
                   
See Notes to Financial Schedules
 
 
LAZARD LTD
ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT ("AUM")
         
As of Variance
June 30, March 31, December 31,
2011 2011 2010 Qtr to Qtr YTD
($ in millions)
Equities $ 136,178 $ 135,749 $ 131,300 0.3 % 3.7 %
Fixed Income 17,939 17,255 17,144 4.0 % 4.6 %
Alternative Investments 5,877 6,041 5,524 (2.7 %) 6.4 %
Private Equity 1,440 1,333 1,294 8.0 % 11.3 %
Cash   163     73     75   123.3 %   117.3 %
Total AUM $ 161,597   $ 160,451   $ 155,337   0.7 %   4.0 %
 
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
($ in millions) ($ in millions)
AUM - Beginning of Period $ 160,451 $ 134,972 $ 155,337 $ 129,543
 
Net Flows (327 ) 2,064 368 5,031
Market and foreign exchange
appreciation (depreciation)   1,473     (13,553 )   5,892     (11,091 )
 
AUM - End of Period $ 161,597   $ 123,483   $ 161,597   $ 123,483  
 
Average AUM $ 161,024   $ 129,227   $ 159,129   $ 129,333  
 
% Change in average AUM   24.6 %   23.0 %
 
 
Note: Average AUM is based on an average of quarterly ending balances for the respective periods.
 
LAZARD LTD
 
Notes to Financial Schedules
 
 
(a) Fully Exchanged and Adjusted Statement of Operations begins with information that is prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, (i) adjusted to reflect the full conversion of outstanding exchangeable interests held by members of LAZ-MD Holdings; (ii) excluding special charges in certain periods as described more thoroughly in (i) below; (iii) and is presented in a non-GAAP format including non-U.S. GAAP ("non-GAAP") measures. Lazard believes that presenting results and measures on a fully exchanged and adjusted basis in conjunction with U.S. GAAP measures provides the most meaningful basis for comparison of its operating results across periods. (see Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Fully Exchanged and Adjusted Statement of Operations)
 
(b) Core operating business revenue includes the results of Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses and excludes revenues from Corporate.
 
(c) Excludes expenses related to noncontrolling interests, which are included in "Earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests" and for the 2010 six-month period excludes a special charge related to the amendment of our retirement policy, and is a non-U.S. GAAP measure. (see note (i) below and adjustments in the Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Fully Exchanged and Adjusted Statement of Operations)
 
(d) Excludes amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions and expenses related to noncontrolling interests, which are included in "Earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests" and is a non-GAAP measure. (see adjustments in the Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Fully Exchanged and Adjusted Statement of Operations)
 
(e) Excludes amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions, interest expense primarily related to corporate financing activities, revenues and expenses related to noncontrolling interests and special charges noted in (i) in applicable periods and is a non-GAAP measure. (see adjustments in the Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Fully Exchanged and Adjusted Statement of Operations)
 
(f) Includes noncontrolling interests share of revenue net of related compensation and benefits and non-compensation expenses and is a non-GAAP measure.
 
(g) Net of the provision pursuant to the tax receivable agreement, when applicable, and is a non-GAAP measure.
 
(h) Represents earnings from operations as a percentage of operating revenues and is a non-GAAP measure.
 
(i) For the three-month and six-month period ended March 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010 respectively, special charges comprise of restructuring expense related to severance, benefits and other charges in connection with the reduction and realignment of staff and expenses related to the accelerated vesting of restricted stock units in connection with the company's change in retirement policy and related tax effect (see adjustments for special charges within the Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Fully Exchanged and Adjusted Statement of Operations.) For 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.
 
(j) 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 (i) above.
 
(k) Pre-tax income for the three-month periods ended December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 is net of the provision (benefit) pursuant to tax receivable agreement of $11,195 and ($1,258), respectively.
 
NM Not meaningful

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Lazard Ltd
Media contacts:
Judi Frost Mackey, +1 212-632-1428
judi.mackey@lazard.com
or
Richard Creswell, +44 207 187 2305
richard.creswell@lazard.com
or
Investor contacts:
Matthieu Bucaille, +1 212-632-6259
Chief Financial Officer
or
Investor Relations, +1 212-632-2685
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Lazard Ltd
Media contacts:
Judi Frost Mackey, +1 212-632-1428
judi.mackey@lazard.com
or
Richard Creswell, +44 207 187 2305
richard.creswell@lazard.com
or
Investor contacts:
Matthieu Bucaille, +1 212-632-6259
Chief Financial Officer
or
Investor Relations, +1 212-632-2685
or 1 877-266-8601 (US only)
investorrelations@lazard.com