CHICAGO, November 2, 2011 – Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (NYSE: JLL) today reported strong revenue and profit growth for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.
- Revenue for the quarter rose 28 percent to $903 million
- Improved performance led by Asia Pacific and LaSalle Investment Management
- Increased annuity revenue from Property & Facility Management in all regions, led by the Americas
- Adjusted net income for the quarter up 30 percent to $50 million, or $1.12 per share
- Strong start to the King Sturge integration in EMEA
Net income on a U.S. GAAP basis was $34 million, or $0.76 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. The decline in net income from $37 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 was the result of acquisition-related expenses in 2011. Adjusting for Restructuring and acquisition charges and intangible amortization related to the King Sturge acquisition, net income for the third quarter of 2011 was $50 million, or $1.12 per share. Revenue for the third quarter of 2011 was $903 million, an increase of 28 percent in U.S. dollars, 23 percent in local currency, compared with the third quarter of 2010.
“Our third-quarter results were solid, and we continue to see healthy business pipelines into our seasonally strong fourth quarter,” said Colin Dyer, President and Chief Executive Officer. “While helping our clients keep a careful watch on market conditions, we are extending our winning competitive position with increased market share and superior service delivery,” Dyer added.
Consolidated Business Line Revenue Comparison
Revenue grew in the quarter across all three geographic segments and in LaSalle Investment Management driven by increased market share, the addition of King Sturge in EMEA and higher incentive fees. Strong conversion of the firm’s business pipelines drove growth in the transactional businesses of Leasing and Capital Markets, while ongoing success in corporate outsourcing drove the nearly 20 percent growth in Property & Facility Management revenue.
Operating expenses, excluding Restructuring and acquisition charges, were $833 million for the third quarter, an increase of 24 percent in local currency, compared with $646 million for the same period in 2010. The increase was driven by higher variable compensation and benefits resulting from improved transactional revenue generated in the quarter, and by variable costs to support client wins and to continue building the firm’s pipeline.
Third-quarter results included $16 million of Restructuring and acquisition charges and $5 million of intangible amortization related to the King Sturge acquisition completed in EMEA during the second quarter of 2011. Restructuring and acquisition charges are excluded from segment operating results, although they are included for consolidated reporting. Intangible amortization from King Sturge is included in Depreciation and amortization in the firm’s consolidated results as well as in EMEA’s segment results.
Year-to-date operating expenses, excluding Restructuring and acquisition charges, were $2.3 billion, an increase of 20 percent in local currency compared with the first nine months of 2010.
Interest Expense, Credit Facility and Dividend
Net interest expense during the third quarter was $9.7 million, comparable with the second quarter of 2011 and down from $11.5 million in the third quarter last year. Outstanding debt on the firm’s $1.1 billion long-term credit facility was $567 million. The Board of Directors declared a semi-annual dividend of $0.15 per share of its common stock, consistent with the semi-annual dividend paid in June 2011. The dividend payment will be made on Thursday, December 15, 2011, to holders of record at the close of business on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.
Business Segment Third-Quarter and Year-to-Date Performance Highlights
Americas Real Estate Services
Third-quarter revenue in the Americas region was $379 million, an increase of $70 million, or 22 percent in local currency, over the prior year and an increase of $31 million, or 9 percent in local currency, over the second quarter of 2011. The growth was led by Capital Markets & Hotels, Property & Facility Management, and Leasing. Year-to-date revenue in the region was $1.0 billion in 2011, compared with $833 million in 2010, an increase of 22 percent.
Operating expenses were $342 million in the third quarter and $938 million for the year to date, 26 percent and 24 percent higher than in the same periods a year ago, respectively. The increase was driven by higher commission expense related to the higher Leasing and Capital Markets & Hotels revenue. Operating income improved to $37 million for the third quarter from $32 million for the second quarter of 2011, which represents a sequential incremental margin of 20 percent, excluding the impact of equity earnings.
EBITDA for the quarter and year to date ended September 30, 2011, was $46 million and $107 million, respectively.
EMEA Real Estate Services
EMEA’s revenue in the third quarter of 2011 was $247 million, compared with $169 million in 2010, an increase of 46 percent, 38 percent in local currency. King Sturge contributed approximately $60 million of revenue for the third quarter of 2011. Year-to-date revenue in the region was $633 million in 2011, compared with $491 million in 2010, an increase of 29 percent, 21 percent in local currency.
Operating expenses, which include a full quarter of King Sturge ongoing operating expenses and $5 million of King Sturge intangibles amortization, were $247 million in the third quarter, an increase of 49 percent from the prior year, 40 percent in local currency. Gross contract vendor costs related to the PDS business line increased by more than $10 million in the quarter compared with the same period in the prior year. Year-to-date operating expenses were $639 million, an increase of 30 percent, 22 percent in local currency.
EBITDA for the third quarter was $10 million, compared with $7 million for the same period last year. Year-to-date EBITDA for 2011 was $14 million, compared with $13 million for the first nine months of 2010.
Asia Pacific Real Estate Services
Revenue in Asia Pacific was $201 million for the third quarter of 2011, compared with $165 million for the same period in 2010, an increase of 22 percent, 12 percent in local currency. The year-over-year increase was driven by continued growth in our market-leading positions in Greater China and India. Year-to-date revenue in the region was $581 million in 2011, an increase of 28 percent compared with the same period in 2010, 18 percent in local currency.
Operating expenses for the region were $187 million for the quarter, an increase of 18 percent, 10 percent in local currency on a year-over-year basis. The increase was primarily due to staff and gross contract vendor costs that related to a higher volume of PDS work, as well as other corporate client activities. Operating expenses were $540 million for the first nine months of 2011, compared with $432 million in 2010, an increase of 25 percent, 16 percent in local currency.
The region’s EBITDA for the third quarter of 2011 was $17 million, compared with $11 million for the third quarter of 2010. Year-to-date EBITDA for 2011 was $50 million, compared with $34 million for the first nine months of 2010.
LaSalle Investment Management
LaSalle Investment Management’s third-quarter Advisory fees were $59 million, compared with $62 million for the third quarter of 2010. Year-to-date Advisory fees were $¬¬¬185 million, compared with $176 million for the first nine months of 2010. The business recognized higher incentive fees resulting from investment performance for clients.
LaSalle Investment Management raised nearly $5 billion of net equity in 2011, and assets under management were $47.9 billion at September 30, 2011. EBITDA was $20 million, compared with $14 million in the third quarter of 2010. Year-to-date EBITDA was $46 million for 2011, compared with $33 million for the first nine months of 2010.
Solid revenue and profit growth in the quarter was driven by increased market share and outstanding execution for clients. Despite economic and sovereign-debt concerns, the firm’s healthy business pipelines are expected to generate a positive finish for 2011 in the firm’s seasonally strong fourth quarter. The firm’s expanded local and regional service capabilities, connected global platform and leading investment management business, all supported by a strong balance sheet, are proving to be distinct competitive advantages.
About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2010 global revenue of more than $2.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.8 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $47.9 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website, www.joneslanglasalle.com.
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