Jones Lang LaSalle Reports Full-Year Adjusted Earnings per Share of $5.48; Revenue of $3.9 billion Record full-year revenue increased 12 percent; fee revenue grew 10 percent

CHICAGO, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (NYSE: JLL) today reported adjusted EPS for 2012 of $5.48, up from $4.83 last year.  Record full-year revenue of $3.9 billion was up 12 percent in local currency.  Fee revenue was $3.6 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

  • Adjusted EPS growth of 13 percent driven by broad-based revenue performance
  • Significant full-year margin improvement in EMEA from management actions despite challenging market conditions
  • Strong Q4 finish in Asia Pacific with 20 percent revenue growth driven by Capital Markets and continued success in corporate outsourcing
  • Continued healthy, above-market leasing performance in the Americas
  • $275 million, 10-year bond issuance strengthened investment-grade balance sheet

 




Summary Financial Results

   ($ in millions, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

December 31,


Twelve Months Ended

December 31,


2012

2011


2012

2011







Revenue

$    1,249

$  1,148


$    3,933

$  3,585

Fee Revenue1

$    1,165

$  1,081


$    3,640

$  3,374

Adjusted Net Income2

$       117

$     114


$       245

$     215

U.S. GAAP Net Income

$       107

$       85


$       208

$     164

Adjusted Earnings per Share2

$      2.60

$    2.56


$      5.48

$    4.83

Earnings per Share

$      2.38

$    1.91


$      4.63

$    3.70

Adjusted EBITDA3

$       185

$     179


$       436

$     395








Adjusted Operating Income Margin1

14.1%

14.6%


9.3%

9.4%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin1

15.9%

16.6%


12.0%

11.7%

See Financial Statement Notes (1), (2) and (3) following the Financial Statements in this News Release.

"Our 2012 performance met our expectations, with a strong finish to the year in challenging global markets," said Colin Dyer, Chief Executive Officer of Jones Lang LaSalle. "Again, we continue to secure market share growth, productivity improvements and expanded client relationships.  Our quarterly and full-year performance leaves us confident that we will continue to progress in 2013," Dyer added.







Consolidated Revenue

   ($ in millions, "LC" = local currency)

Three Months Ended

December 31,


% Change

 in LC


Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

% Change

 in LC



2012

2011



2012

2011












Real Estate Services ("RES")










Leasing

$      439.2

$      408.7


8%


$   1,277.8

$   1,189.1

9%


Capital Markets & Hotels

194.4

173.2


12%


512.9

459.6

13%


Property & Facility Management

283.9

261.5


9%


1,012.3

864.4

19%


Property & Facility Management Fee Revenue1

242.4

222.7


9%


850.1

761.7

13%


Project & Development Services

143.2

126.7


15%


486.2

441.5

14%


Project & Development Services Fee Revenue1

101.4

98.6


4%


355.8

333.7

9%


Advisory, Consulting and Other

124.8

115.6


8%


382.2

358.3

9%


     Total RES Revenue

$   1,185.5

$   1,085.7


9%


$     3,671.4

$   3,312.9

13%


Total RES Fee Revenue1

$   1,102.2

$   1,018.8


8%


$     3,378.8

$   3,102.4

10%












LaSalle Investment Management










Advisory Fees

$        56.2

$        60.1


(7%)


$        228.1

$      245.0

(6%)


Transaction Fees & Other

4.6

2.3


104%


10.5

7.3

47%


Incentive Fees

2.4

0.1


n/m


22.8

19.3

18%


     Total LaSalle Investment Management Revenue

$        63.2

$        62.5


0%


$        261.4

$      271.6

(3%)












Total Firm Revenue

$   1,248.7

$   1,148.2


9%


$     3,932.8

$   3,584.5

12%


Total Firm Fee Revenue1

$   1,165.4

$   1,081.3


8%


$     3,640.2

$   3,374.0

10%












n/m – not meaningful

Consolidated fee revenue growth for the full year was driven by solid Leasing performance and continued growth in Property & Facility Management.  Leasing revenue grew 9 percent in local currency for the year, with the largest growth in the Americas.  Property & Facility Management fee revenue rose 13 percent in local currency, also led by the Americas region, which increased 15 percent in local currency, followed by Asia Pacific, up 13 percent.  LaSalle Investment Management's advisory fees decreased from 2011 due to significant asset and portfolio sales, but have remained consistent throughout each quarter of 2012.  LaSalle generated $23 million of incentive fees and $24 million of equity earnings during the year.   

Consolidated quarter-to-date revenue rose to $1.2 billion, 9 percent higher in local currency than the fourth quarter of 2011, and was up 8 percent on a fee revenue basis.   

Operating expenses, excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, were $3.6 billion for the year, an increase of 10 percent, 12 percent in local currency, compared with $3.3 billion in 2011.  The increase was driven by higher variable compensation resulting from improved Leasing revenue, as well as higher compensation resulting from increased headcount primarily to service new and expanded Property & Facility Management contracts.  Compensation expense was further impacted by the firm's previously disclosed decision to eliminate its Stock Ownership Program ("SOP"), which resulted in approximately $11 million of accelerated compensation expense in the current year, a timing difference rather than a permanent increase in compensation, as well as a timing difference of $5 million related to the acceleration of the final deferred payment for the Staubach acquisition and extension of employment agreements with the majority of the Staubach shareholders who are working in the firm.  Fee-based operating expenses1, excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, were $3.3 billion, an increase of 9 percent in local currency, also mostly attributable to higher compensation expense.

Full-year results included $45 million of restructuring and acquisition charges, principally related to integration and retention costs for the second-quarter 2011 acquisition of King Sturge, but also including severance and lease exit costs in targeted areas of the business that are anticipated to remain economically challenged for an extended period of time.  The firm's results also included $5 million of intangibles amortization related to the King Sturge acquisition.  

Fourth-quarter fee-based operating expenses excluding restructuring and acquisition charges were $1.0 billion, up 8 percent from $928 million last year.  The majority of the increase was due to increases in variable compensation, notably bonus and commission expense, as several of the firm's businesses reached higher bonus and commission hurdles in the fourth quarter, particularly in the United States.

Balance Sheet

During the fourth quarter, the firm issued $275 million of 4.4% Senior Notes due November 2022.  The investment-grade notes were sold to a diverse group of investors and further strengthen the firm's liquidity and balance sheet position.  The proceeds from the issuance were used to reduce borrowings on the firm's long-term revolving credit facility.  Outstanding debt on this facility was $169 million as of December 31, 2012, compared with $463 million last year.   

Also in the quarter, the firm made a payment of $115 million to certain former Staubach shareholders.  This represents an acceleration of the majority of a $156 million deferred acquisition payment previously recorded and scheduled to be paid in August 2013.  In addition, the Americas' Leasing performance since the 2008 merger produced an earn-out of $36 million, of which $5 million was paid in the second quarter of 2012.  The remaining $31 million has been recorded as a deferred acquisition obligation as of December 31, 2012, and will be paid in the first half of 2013.  Total net debt, which includes deferred acquisition obligations, decreased $105 million during 2012 to $538 million as of December 31, 2012.

Business Segment Performance Highlights

Americas Real Estate Services

Full-year revenue in the Americas region was $1.7 billion, an increase of 15 percent from 2011.  On a fee revenue basis, revenue increased 11 percent.  The largest growth was in Capital Markets & Hotels, which increased 25 percent, and Property & Facility Management, which increased 15 percent.  Leasing revenue increased 9 percent despite overall office leasing volumes dropping 20 percent in the United States.

 








Americas Revenue

   ($ in millions, "LC" = local currency)

Three Months Ended

December 31,


% Change in LC


Twelve Months Ended  December 31,


% Change in LC



2012

2011



2012

2011














Leasing

$      278.9

$     258.6


8%


$       829.6

$    760.7


9%


Capital Markets & Hotels

59.4

48.1


24%


168.5

135.6


25%


Property & Facility Management

133.2

117.8


13%


458.7

349.7


32%


Property & Facility Management Fee Revenue1

111.1

101.2


10%


375.0

329.3


15%


Project & Development Services

51.9

54.3


(4%)


182.9

178.4


4%


Project & Development Services Fee Revenue1

51.7

53.9


(3%)


182.1

177.9


4%


Advisory, Consulting and Other

31.5

30.7


3%


107.0

98.2


9%


     Operating Revenue

$     554.9

$     509.5


9%


$    1,746.7

$ 1,522.6


15%













Equity Earnings

0.1

-


n/m


-

2.7


n/m


Total Segment Revenue

$     555.0

$     509.5


9%


$     1,746.7

$ 1,525.3


15%


Total Segment Fee Revenue1

$     532.7

$     492.5


9%


$    1,662.2

$ 1,504.4


11%













n/m – not meaningful

Operating expenses were $1.6 billion for the year, a 16 percent increase from 2011.  Fee-based operating expenses increased 12 percent from last year.  The year-over-year increase was due to higher fixed compensation costs associated with a larger employee base, as well as higher commission expenses related to improved Leasing and Capital Markets & Hotels revenue.  The SOP elimination earlier this year has added approximately $5 million to compensation expense compared with 2011.  Also impacting Americas full-year and fourth-quarter operating expenses was $5 million of compensation expense related to acceleration of the deferred acquisition payment.

Operating income was $168 million for the year, up from $163 million in 2011.  EBITDA for the year was $210 million, compared with $201 million in 2011.  EBITDA margin calculated on a fee revenue basis was 12.7 percent compared with 13.4 percent last year.  Adjusting for the impact of the SOP elimination and acceleration of deferred acquisition payments, 2012 EBITDA margin would have been equal to a similarly adjusted 2011.

Fourth-quarter fee-based operating expenses were $457 million, compared with $408 million in 2011, a 12 percent increase, and included the $5 million of compensation expense related to the accelerated deferred acquisition payment and $2 million from the elimination of the SOP.

EMEA Real Estate Services

EMEA's full-year revenue was $1.0 billion, a 12 percent increase in local currency.  Revenue increased on a fee revenue basis by 9 percent, broad-based but driven by Project & Development Services, which includes the Tetris fit-out business, and Leasing.  Fourth-quarter fee revenue was $318 million, consistent with 2011 levels.








EMEA Revenue

   ($ in millions, "LC" = local currency)

Three Months Ended

December 31,


% Change

in LC


Twelve Months Ended

December 31,


% Change

in LC


2012

2011



2012

2011












Leasing

$    83.7

$     81.0


4%


$    250.0

$   236.1


11%

Capital Markets & Hotels

94.9

103.1


(9%)


235.1

229.1


5%

Property & Facility Management

42.4

42.5


(1%)


155.2

147.9


9%

Property & Facility Management Fee Revenue1

42.4

42.5


(1%)


155.2

147.9


9%

Project & Development Services

64.5

51.4


28%


219.8

182.0


28%

Project & Development Services Fee Revenue1

30.5

28.8


7%


106.5

96.3


16%

Advisory, Consulting and Other

66.8

62.3


7%


189.1

178.9


10%

     Operating Revenue

$   352.3

$   340.3


4%


$ 1,049.2

$   974.0


12%










Equity Losses

(0.1)

-


n/m


(0.3)

(0.3)


n/m

Total Segment Revenue

$   352.2

$   340.3


4%


$ 1,048.9

$   973.7


12%

Total Segment Fee Revenue1

$   318.2

$     317.7


0%


$    935.6

$     888.0


9%











n/m – not meaningful

Operating expenses, which include $5 million of King Sturge intangibles amortization, were $1.0 billion for the year, an increase of 10 percent in local currency from 2011.  Operating expenses also include $28 million of additional gross contract costs related to the Project & Development Services business line compared with last year. Fee-based operating expenses increased 7 percent from 2011.  The year-over-year increase was primarily due to higher fixed compensation from the addition of King Sturge for a full year in 2012, compared with just over seven months in 2011.

Full-year EBITDA was $75 million, compared with $57 million in 2011.  EBITDA margin calculated on a fee revenue basis was 8.0 percent compared with 6.5 percent last year reflecting the benefits of cost actions taken across the region during the year.

Fourth-quarter fee-based operating expenses were $272 million, compared with $284 million in 2011, a reduction of 4 percent in local currency.  Included in operating expenses was $1 million of intangibles amortization compared with $5 million last year.

Asia Pacific Real Estate Services

Asia Pacific's revenue for the year increased 9 percent in local currency, to $876 million.  Fee revenue was $781 million, an increase of 11 percent, led by 15 percent growth in Capital Markets & Hotels and 13 percent annuity growth in Property & Facility Management. 







Asia Pacific Revenue

   ($ in millions, "LC" = local currency)

Three Months Ended

December 31,


% Change

in LC


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


% Change

in LC



2012

2011



2012

2011














Leasing

$      76.6

$      69.1


10%


$     198.2

$     192.3


4%


Capital Markets & Hotels

40.1

22.0


79%


109.3

94.9


15%


Property & Facility Management

108.3

101.2


7%


398.4

366.8


10%


Property & Facility Management Fee Revenue1

88.9

79.0


12%


319.9

284.5


13%


Project & Development Services

26.8

21.0


28%


83.5

81.1


6%


Project & Development Services Fee Revenue1

19.2

15.9


21%


67.2

59.5


16%


Advisory, Consulting and Other

26.5

22.6


16%


86.1

81.2


6%


     Operating Revenue

$     278.3

$      235.9


18%


$     875.5

$     816.3


9%













Equity Earnings

-

0.1


n/m


0.1

0.2


n/m


Total Segment Revenue

$     278.3

$      236.0


18%


$     875.6

$     816.5


9%


Total Segment Fee Revenue1

$     251.3

$      208.7


20%


$     780.8

$     712.6


11%













n/m – not meaningful

Operating expenses were $810 million for the year, an increase of 9 percent in local currency.  Operating expenses included $95 million of gross contract costs, down from $104 million last year.  Fee-based operating expenses rose 12 percent, to $716 million, due to a larger employee base servicing new and expanded Property & Facility Management contracts and inflationary compensation pressure across the region.  

The region's EBITDA for the year was $78 million, consistent with 2011.  EBITDA margin calculated on a fee revenue basis improved significantly in the fourth quarter; however, full-year EBITDA margin was 10.0 percent, down from 11.0 percent last year due to the slower growth challenges of the previous quarters.

Fee-based operating expenses for the quarter were $218 million, compared with $184 million in 2011. 

LaSalle Investment Management

LaSalle Investment Management's advisory fees were $228 million for the year, down 6 percent in local currency.  Advisory fees in the fourth quarter remained flat compared with the first three quarters of 2012.  During the year, the business recognized $23 million of incentive fees as a result of positive performance for clients, and $24 million of equity earnings, primarily from asset sales. 








LaSalle Investment

  Management Revenue

Three Months Ended

December 31,


% Change

in LC


Twelve Months Ended

  December 31,


% Change

in LC


   ($ in millions, "LC" = local currency)

2012

2011



2012

2011














Advisory Fees

$    56.2

$    60.1


(7%)


$    228.1

$     245.0


(6%)


Transaction Fees & Other

4.6

2.3


104%


10.5

7.3


47%


Incentive Fees

2.4

0.1


n/m


22.8

19.3


18%


     Operating Revenue

$    63.2

$    62.5


0%


$     261.4

$     271.6


(3%)













Equity Earnings

1.4

3.7


(62%)


24.0

3.8


n/m


Total Segment Revenue

$    64.6

$    66.2


(3%)


$     285.4

$     275.4


5%













n/m – not meaningful

Assets under management remained at $47 billion as of December 31, 2012.  EBITDA was $74 million for the year, compared with $60 million in 2011.  EBITDA margin was 25.9 percent in 2012 compared with 21.7 percent last year.

Summary

The firm finished the year with a strong fourth-quarter performance and delivered record revenue in 2012.  Notable market share gains continued as the firm won new mandates and expanded existing client relationships.  Healthy new business pipelines and moderately improving global market dynamics, combined with an ongoing focus on productivity and cost discipline, provide confidence for the firm's performance in 2013.

About Jones Lang LaSalle

Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 2.6 billion square feet. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $47.0 billion of real estate assets under management. For further information, visit www.jll.com.

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