Legg Mason Reports Results For Third Fiscal Quarter 2013 -- Third Quarter Net Loss of $454 Million, or $3.45 per Diluted Share --

-- Third Quarter Adjusted Income of $92 Million, or $0.70 per Diluted Share --

-- Results Include Non-Cash Impairment Charges of $734 Million, or $3.86 per Diluted Share --

-- Results Reduced by $9.2 Million, or $0.07 per Diluted Share, from Tax Reserve Adjustments --

-- Assets Under Management of $649 Billion --

BALTIMORE, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE: LM) today reported its operating results for the third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2012.  The Company reported a net loss1 of $453.9 million, or $3.45 per diluted share, as compared with net income of $80.8 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, in the previous quarter and net income of $28.1 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Included in this quarter's results were $734.0 million, $508.3 million after-tax, or $3.86 per diluted share, in non-cash impairment charges related to intangible assets.  Also included in this quarter's results were net tax expenses of $9.2 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, related to tax reserve adjustments, offset in part by a tax reserve release arising from favorable results of tax audits.  Adjusted income2 for the third quarter was $91.8 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, as compared to $100.1 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, in the previous quarter and $76.8 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.  For the third quarter, operating revenues were $673.9 million, up 5% from $640.3 million in the prior quarter and up 7% from $627.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.  Operating expenses, excluding the non-cash impairment charge of $734.0 million, were up 2% from the prior quarter of fiscal 2013, and up 1% from the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

Assets Under Management ("AUM") were $648.9 billion, as compared with $650.7 billion as of September 30, 2012 and up 3% from $627.0 billion as of December 31, 2011.

Legg Mason also announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.11 per share.

 (Amounts in millions, except per share amounts)




Quarters Ended


Nine Months Ended


Dec


Sep


Dec


Dec


Dec


2012


2012


2011


2012


2011

Total Operating Revenues

$     673.9


$    640.3


$    627.0


$  1,944.9


$  2,014.0

Total Operating Expenses

1,307.2


560.6


567.7


2,422.4


1,747.4

Operating Income (Loss)

(633.3)


79.7


59.3


(477.5)


266.5

Net Income (Loss)1

(453.9)


80.8


28.1


(382.5)


144.7

Adjusted Income2

91.8


100.1


76.8


280.5


273.4

Net Income (Loss)  Per Share - Diluted1

(3.45)


0.60


0.20


(2.84)


1.00

Adjusted Income Per Share - Diluted2

0.70


0.75


0.55


2.08


1.89











(1)  Net Income (Loss)  attributable to Legg Mason, Inc.

(2)  See Supplemental Data below for non-GAAP performance measures.

Comments on the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 Results

Joseph A. Sullivan, Interim CEO of Legg Mason said, "We are disappointed with our results this quarter, which were negatively impacted by the significant non-cash impairment charges that we previously announced.  However, Legg Mason delivered solid core earnings and, importantly, made good progress on a number of strategic fronts, including announcing the strategic acquisition of Fauchier Partners, which better positions us for growth.  As I outlined last quarter, we are committed to advancing our business strategy while the Board continues the CEO search process."

"Furthermore, our affiliate investment performance continued to improve over the 1-, 3- and 5-year time frames, which contributed to stronger performance fees in the quarter.  Longer-term, we are focused on improving flows and continuing to work with our distribution teams and affiliates to evolve our sales models to capture opportunities we see in the marketplace.  In the quarter, we received SEC approval to offer active ETFs and launched an innovative non-exchange traded middle market debt closed-end fund, a new category for which we see growth potential.  Our global distribution team and our affiliates will continue to collaborate to identify additional new product categories to meet current and future needs of investors across channels and geographies." 

Assets Under Management Decreased to $648.9 Billion

AUM decreased to $648.9 billion compared with $650.7 billion at September 30, 2012, primarily driven by $7.5 billion of client outflows which were offset in part by $5.7 billion in market performance and other.  AUM was up 3% from $627.0 billion as of December 31, 2011.

  • Equity and fixed income outflows were $8.3 billion and $6.8 billion, respectively, while liquidity inflows were $7.6 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2012.  
  • At December 31, 2012, fixed income represented 57% of AUM, while equity represented 22% and liquidity represented 21% of AUM. 
  • By client domicile, 60% of AUM was United States and 40% of AUM was non-U.S.
  • Average AUM during the quarter was $648.3 billion compared to $639.4 billion in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013 and $622.0 billion in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012.  Average long-term AUM was $516.9 billion compared to $516.3 billion in the prior quarter and $507.3 billion in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012.

Comparison to the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013

Net loss was $453.9 million, or $3.45 per diluted share, as compared with net income of $80.8 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013. The current quarter's results included $734.0 million, or $3.86 per diluted share, of non-cash impairment charges.  Also included in this quarter's results were net tax expenses of $9.2 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, related to tax reserve adjustments, offset in part by a tax reserve release related to favorable results of tax audits. The prior quarter's results included a United Kingdom tax benefit of $18.1 million, or $0.13 per diluted share.

  • Operating revenues of $673.9 million were up 5% from $640.3 million in the prior quarter, primarily due to higher performance fees, largely driven by Western Asset and the wind-down of its participation in the U.S. Treasury's Public-Private Investment Program.    
  • Operating expenses of $1.3 billion were up from $560.6 million in the prior quarter primarily due to $734.0 million in non-cash impairment charges relating to intangible assets.  The current quarter's expenses also included approximately $6 million in costs associated with the Permal restructuring, as previously disclosed.  In addition, the current quarter's expenses included a $3.7 million gain in the market value of deferred compensation and seed investments which are recorded as an increase in compensation and benefits with an offset in other non-operating income, compared to a gain of $24.4 million in the prior quarter.  Excluding the above items, operating expenses increased by 5% from the second quarter of fiscal 2013, reflecting higher revenue share compensation primarily related to higher revenues.
  • Other non-operating expense was $5.4 million, as compared to $17.8 million of income in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Gains on corporate investments, not offset in compensation, were $6.8 million compared with $4.7 million in the prior quarter.  The current quarter also included gains on funded deferred compensation and seed investments, as described above.  In addition, the current quarter included $4.0 million in losses associated with consolidated investment vehicles compared to $1.0 million in gains in the prior quarter.   The consolidation of investment vehicles has no impact on net income as the effects of consolidation are fully attributable to noncontrolling interests.
  • Operating margin was negative, as compared to 12.5% in the prior quarter as a result of the non-cash impairment charges this quarter.  Operating margin, as adjusted, 2 was 19.8%, as compared with 21.2% in the prior quarter.
  • Adjusted income was $91.8 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, compared to adjusted income of $100.1 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, in the prior quarter.

Comparison to the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012

Net loss was $453.9 million, or $3.45 per diluted share, as compared with net income of $28.1 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012. The current quarter's results included $734.0 million, or $3.86 per diluted share, of non-cash impairment charges. Also included in this quarter's results were net tax expenses of $9.2 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, related to tax reserve adjustments, offset in part by a tax reserve release related to the favorable results of tax audits. The third quarter of fiscal year 2012 results included transition-related costs of $42.3 million

  • Operating revenues of $673.9 million increased 7% from $627.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, reflecting a $40.3 million increase in performance fees.
  • Operating expenses of $1.3 billion were up from $567.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 quarter primarily due to $734.0 million in non-cash impairment charges relating to intangible assets. The current quarter's expenses also included a $3.7 million gain in the market value of deferred compensation and seed investments which are recorded as an increase in compensation and benefits with an offset in other non-operating income, compared to a gain of $1.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012.  The current quarter's expenses also included approximately $6 million in costs associated with the Permal restructuring, as previously disclosed. The third quarter of fiscal 2012 expenses included transition-related costs of $42.3 million.  Excluding the above items, operating expenses increased by 7% from the prior year quarter, reflecting higher revenue share compensation primarily related to higher revenues.
  • Other non-operating expense was $5.4 million, as compared to $11.6 million in expenses in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012. Gains on corporate investments, not offset in compensation were $6.8 million compared with $1.8 million of losses in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.  Interest expenses also decreased by $8.3 million in the current quarter, compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2012 due to extinguishment of debt.  The current quarter also included $4.0 million in losses associated with consolidated investment vehicles, as compared to $7.8 million in gains in the prior year quarter.  The consolidation of investment vehicles has no impact on net income as the effects of consolidation are fully attributable to noncontrolling interests.  
  • Operating margin was negative, as compared to 9.5% in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, due to the non-cash impairment charges this quarter.  Operating margin, as adjusted, was 19.8%, as compared with 21.7% in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.   
  • Adjusted income was $91.8 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, compared to adjusted income of $76.8 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. 

Quarterly Business Developments

  • Legg Mason and Permal announced a definitive agreement to acquire Fauchier Partners, a leading European-based manager of funds-of-hedge funds, from BNP Paribas Investment Partners. The transaction, which is expected to be accretive to Legg Mason's earnings in the first year, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, and will create an institutionally focused platform with offices in nine locations around the world, and a global investment team based in New York, London, Paris and Singapore.
  • Legg Mason and Western Asset raised $178 million for the Western Asset Middle Market closed-end fund.
  • RLJ Western Asset Management, LLC and the US Treasury returned substantially all assets of the RLJ Western Asset Public/Private Master Fund.  The Treasury received a 23.9% internal rate of return on its equity investment, net of fees and expenses, since the fund's inception in November 2009. 
  • Western Asset and Legg Mason received the Best-in-Class Designation for Asia Fixed Income and an Outstanding Achiever for Global Fixed Income in the Benchmark Magazine House Awards 2012.3 
  • ClearBridge and Western Asset were named to the 2012 Pensions & Investments "Best Places to Work in Money Management" list. 

Quarterly Performance

At December 31, 2012:

  • Of Legg Mason's long-term U.S. mutual fund assets, 62% were beating their Lipper category averages for the 1-year period; 66% for the 3-year period; 83% for the 5-year period and 68% for the 10-year period.
  • Of Legg Mason's long-term U.S. mutual fund assets, 57% were rated 4 or 5 stars by Morningstar, including 68% of all funds managed by Royce and 60% of all funds managed by Western.
  • Seven out of 8 funds in the Western Asset institutional fund family outperformed their benchmarks for the 1-year period; 4 out of 7 outperformed their benchmarks for the 3- and 5-year periods; and 3 out of 6 funds outperformed for the 10-year period.
  • Eight out of 29 funds managed by Royce outperformed their benchmarks for the 1-year period; 4 out of 24 for the 3-year period; 16 out of 21 for the 5-year period; and 8 out of 11 outperformed for the 10-year period.
  • Eight out of 14 funds managed by ClearBridge Investments outperformed their benchmarks for the 1-year period; 3 out of 12 for the 3-year period; 6 out of 12 for the 5-year period; and 5 out of 12 for the 10-year period.

3 The House awards identify fund companies that excelled in key qualitative areas in both investment and operational capabilities.  Judges examined 58 finalists in 22 categories to pick the Best-in-Class and Outstanding Achievers. Runner-ups who were within a 3% margin of difference from the Best-in-Class or the baseline score were named Outstanding Achievers.

Balance Sheet

At December 31, 2012, Legg Mason's cash position was $906 million.  Total debt was $1.1 billion and stockholders' equity was $4.9 billion.  The ratio of total debt to total capital (total equity plus total debt excluding consolidated investment vehicles) was 19%, up-slightly from the prior quarter.   In the quarter, the Company completed additional open market purchases of 2.8 million shares, which reduced weighted average shares by 735 thousand. 

The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock in the amount of $0.11 per share.  The dividend is payable April 15, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 14, 2013.

Conference Call to Discuss Results

A conference call to discuss the Company's results, hosted by Mr. Sullivan, will be held at 8:00 am EST today. The call will be open to the general public. Interested participants should access the call by dialing 1-800-447-0521 (or for international calls 1-847-413-3238), confirmation number 34052660 at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start to ensure connection.

The presentation slides that will be reviewed during the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Legg Mason website shortly after the release of the financial results.

A replay of the live broadcast will be available on the Legg Mason website, in the investor relations section, or by dialing 1-888-843-7419 (or for international calls 1-630-652-3042), enter pass code 34052660# when prompted.  Please note that the replay will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 1, 2013, and ending at 11:59 p.m. EST on February 15, 2013. 

About Legg Mason

Legg Mason is a global asset management firm, with $649 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2012.  The Company provides active asset management in many major investment centers throughout the world. Legg Mason is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: LM).

This release contains forward-looking statements subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially. For a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, see "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in Legg Mason's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, in the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and the Company's current report on Form 8-K filed January 22, 2013.

 





LEGG MASON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES





CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)





(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)





(Unaudited)































Quarters Ended


For the Nine Months Ended


















December


September


December


December


December





2012


2012


2011


2012


2011

Operating Revenues:











Investment advisory fees:












Separate accounts

$  181,755


$  183,426


$  187,570


$   547,617


$    588,382



Funds

360,827


362,907


351,598


1,080,208


1,128,577



Performance fees

46,395


10,279


6,079


65,240


34,677


Distribution and service fees

83,083


81,915


80,709


246,621


258,547


Other

1,840


1,768


1,022


5,201


3,800




Total operating revenues

673,900


640,295


626,978


1,944,887


2,013,983














Operating Expenses(1):











Compensation and benefits

308,248


302,492


254,402


881,002


812,405


Transition-related compensation

-


-


8,818


-


32,559



Total compensation and benefits

308,248


302,492


263,220


881,002


844,964


Distribution and servicing

143,410


145,135


148,275


458,370


489,422


Communications and technology

38,400


35,831


43,466


111,861


125,538


Occupancy

31,072


27,318


56,401


88,642


125,339


Amortization of intangible assets

3,505


3,504


4,869


10,514


15,951


Impairment of intangible assets

734,000


-


-


734,000


-


Other

48,588


46,281


51,424


138,010


146,228




Total operating expenses

1,307,223


560,561


567,655


2,422,399


1,747,442














Operating Income (Loss)

(633,323)


79,734


59,323


(477,512)


266,541














Other Non-Operating Income (Expense):











Interest income

1,646


1,718


2,577


5,300


8,614


Interest expense

(13,564)


(14,118)


(21,831)


(46,909)


(65,828)


Other income (expense)

9,926


28,655


255


(34,052)


(31,844)


Other non-operating income (expense) of 












consolidated investment vehicles

(3,449)


1,503


7,424


(6,080)


15,607




Total other non-operating income (expense)

(5,441)


17,758


(11,575)


(81,741)


(73,451)














Income (Loss) Before Income Tax (Benefit) Provision

(638,764)


97,492


47,748


(559,253)


193,090















Income tax (benefit) provision 

(180,214)


16,397


12,607


(168,814)


38,868














Net Income (Loss)  

(458,550)


81,095


35,141


(390,439)


154,222


Less: Net income (loss) attributable












to noncontrolling interests

(4,680)


298


7,009


(7,908)


9,474














Net Income (Loss) Attributable to











Legg Mason, Inc. 

$(453,870)


$    80,797


$    28,132


$(382,531)


$   144,748














Net Income (Loss) per Share











Attributable to Legg Mason, Inc. 











Common Shareholders:











Basic

$      (3.45)


$        0.60


$        0.20


$      (2.84)


$         1.00















Diluted

$      (3.45)


$        0.60


$        0.20


$      (2.84)


$         1.00














Weighted Average Number of Shares











Outstanding:













Basic

131,534


134,098


140,053


134,770


144,363




Diluted (2)

131,534


134,128


140,082


134,770


144,428














(1) Operating expenses in fiscal 2012 include transition costs related to streamlining our business model.


  See Supplemental Data - Operating margin, as adjusted for additional details.














(2)  Diluted shares are the same as basic shares for periods with a loss and any adjustment for Adjusted Income is not material.

 

LEGG MASON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATING STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)




Quarters Ended




















December 2012


September 2012


December 2011




















Balance Before Consolidation of Consolidated Investment Vehicles


Consolidated Investment Vehicles


Consolidated Totals


Balance Before Consolidation of Consolidated Investment Vehicles


Consolidated Investment Vehicles


Consolidated Totals


Balance Before Consolidation of Consolidated Investment Vehicles


Consolidated Investment Vehicles


Consolidated Totals



















Total operating revenues 

$                 674,506


$                       (606)


$                 673,900


$                 640,884


$                       (589)


$                 640,295


$                 627,731


$                       (753)


$                 626,978

Total operating expenses 

1,307,124


99


1,307,223


560,335


226


560,561


567,550


105


567,655

Operating Income (Loss)

(632,618)


(705)


(633,323)


80,549


(815)


79,734


60,181


(858)


59,323

Other non-operating income (expense)

(1,385)


(4,056)


(5,441)


16,763


995


17,758


(19,357)


7,782


(11,575)

Income (Loss) Before Income Tax Provision 

(634,003)


(4,761)


(638,764)


97,312


180


97,492


40,824


6,924


47,748

Income tax (benefit) provision

(180,214)


-


(180,214)


16,397


-


16,397


12,607


-


12,607

Net Income (Loss) 

(453,789)


(4,761)


(458,550)


80,915


180


81,095


28,217


6,924


35,141

Less: Net income (loss) attributable

to noncontrolling interests


















81


(4,761)


(4,680)


118


180


298


85


6,924


7,009

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Legg Mason, Inc. 

$                (453,870)


$                           -


$                (453,870)


$                   80,797


$                           -


$                   80,797


$                   28,132


$                           -


$                   28,132






































For the Nine Months Ended 


























December 2012


December 2011






















Balance Before Consolidation of Consolidated Investment Vehicles


Consolidated Investment Vehicles


Consolidated Totals


Balance Before Consolidation of Consolidated Investment Vehicles


Consolidated Investment Vehicles


Consolidated Totals

























Total operating revenues 

$              1,946,667


$                    (1,780)


$              1,944,887


$              2,016,413


$                    (2,430)


$              2,013,983







Total operating expenses 

2,421,982


417


2,422,399


1,746,967


475


1,747,442







Operating Income (Loss)

(475,315)


(2,197)


(477,512)


269,446


(2,905)


266,541







Other non-operating income (expense)

(75,651)


(6,090)


(81,741)


(85,586)


12,135


(73,451)







Income (Loss) Before Income Tax Provision 

(550,966)


(8,287)


(559,253)


183,860


9,230


193,090







Income tax (benefit) provision

(168,814)


-


(168,814)


38,868


-


38,868







Net Income (Loss) 

(382,152)


(8,287)


(390,439)


144,992


9,230


154,222







Less: Net income (loss) attributable

to noncontrolling interests


















379


(8,287)


(7,908)


244


9,230


9,474







Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Legg Mason, Inc. 

$                (382,531)


$                           -


$                (382,531)


$                 144,748


$                           -


$                 144,748