CHICAGO, January 31, 2012 – Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (NYSE: JLL) today reported record revenue for the year ended December 31, 2011.
- Consolidated revenue for the year increased 23 percent to $3.6 billion
- Adjusted net income for the year rose 29 percent to $215 million
- Americas continued delivery of strong revenue growth
- Leasing revenue up 19 percent to $760 million for the year
- EMEA finished the year with robust performance and successful King Sturge integration
- Capital Markets & Hotels revenue increased 62 percent for the year, and nearly doubled in the fourth quarter compared with a year ago
- Asia Pacific’s contributions to the Global Corporate Solutions business drove strong recurring revenue growth
- Property & Facility Management revenue up 20 percent to $365 million for the year
“Our strong finish to the year closed out a solid 2011 performance of record revenue and robust profit growth coupled with significantly strengthened market positions across the firm,” said Colin Dyer, President and Chief Executive Officer. “These results and the strategic actions we took during the year position us for continued growth and success in 2012,” Dyer added.
Consolidated Business Line Revenue Comparison
Consolidated revenue grew 23 percent for the year, 19 percent in local currency, driven by double-digit growth in all three geographic segments and the acquisition of King Sturge completed in EMEA during the second quarter of 2011. Strong conversion of the firm’s business pipelines drove growth in the transactional businesses of Leasing and Capital Markets, while Property & Facility Management revenue increased with ongoing success in corporate outsourcing. LaSalle Investment Management, which continued to perform well for its clients within a mixed investment environment, delivered solid results.
Operating expenses, excluding Restructuring and acquisition charges, were $3.3 billion for the year, an increase of 23 percent, 20 percent in local currency, compared with $2.7 billion in 2010. The increase was driven by higher variable compensation resulting from improved transactional revenue and by variable costs to support client wins and to continue building the firm’s pipeline for 2012.
Full-year results included $56 million of Restructuring and acquisition charges, of which $16 million related to employee retention, and $11 million of intangible amortization related to the addition of King Sturge. 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.
Fourth-quarter operating expenses, excluding Restructuring and acquisition charges, were $1.0 billion, an increase of 20 percent in both U.S. dollars and local currency compared with the fourth quarter of 2010.
Interest Expense and Credit Facility
Net interest expense for 2011 was $36 million, compared with $46 million in 2010. Outstanding debt on the firm’s $1.1 billion long-term credit facility was $463 million as of December 31, 2011. During the fourth quarter, the firm reduced its total net debt position by more than $180 million.
Business Segment Performance Highlights
Americas Real Estate Services
Full-year revenue in the Americas region was $1.5 billion, an increase of $264 million, or 21 percent, over the prior year. The growth was led by Capital Markets & Hotels and Leasing. Fourth-quarter revenue in the region was $510 million, compared with $429 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 19 percent.
Operating expenses were $1.4 billion for the year, a 22 percent increase over the prior year. The increase was impacted by higher commission expense related to the higher Leasing and Capital Markets & Hotels revenue, as well as increases in gross contract vendor costs related to corporate client activities in Property & Facility Management, $16 million of which was added in the fourth quarter. Americas operating income improved to $163 million for the year, from $148 million in 2010, while operating income margin was 10.7 percent in 2011 compared with 11.8 percent in 2010.
Operating expenses were $425 million for the fourth quarter, 18 percent more than a year ago. Operating income margin improved to 16.6 percent from 16.2 percent in the fourth quarter last year.
EBITDA for the year to date and quarter ended December 31, 2011, was $201 million and $94 million, compared with $184 million and $79 million, respectively. EBITDA margin was 13.2 percent for full-year 2011.
EMEA Real Estate Services
EMEA’s revenue in 2011 was $974 million, compared with $729 million in 2010, an increase of 34 percent, 29 percent in local currency, the result of strong growth in Capital Markets & Hotels and Advisory revenue and the successful integration of King Sturge. Fourth-quarter revenue in the region was $340 million, compared with $237 million in 2010, an increase of 43 percent, 45 percent in local currency.
Operating expenses, which include seven months of King Sturge ongoing operating expenses and $11 million of King Sturge intangibles amortization, were $946 million for the year, an increase of 33 percent from the prior year, 29 percent in local currency. Gross contract vendor costs related to the PDS business line increased by more than $40 million in the year compared with 2010. EMEA’s adjusted operating income margin, which excludes the King Sturge intangibles amortization, was 4.0 percent compared with 2.7 percent in 2010.
Fourth-quarter operating expenses were $306 million, an increase of 41 percent, 43 percent in local currency. Adjusted operating income margin, which excludes $5 million of King Sturge intangibles amortization, was 11.4 percent in the quarter compared with 8.5 percent in the same period a year ago.
EBITDA for the year was $57 million, compared with $38 million for 2010. Fourth-quarter EBITDA in 2011 was $43 million, compared with $26 million in the fourth quarter last year.
Asia Pacific Real Estate Services
Revenue in Asia Pacific was $816 million in 2011, compared with $679 million in 2010, an increase of 20 percent, 14 percent in local currency. Continued expansion of the firm’s market-leading positions in Greater China and India contributed to increased revenue, as did growth in Property & Facility Management. Fourth-quarter revenue in the region was $236 million in 2011, an increase of 6 percent in both U.S. dollars and local currency compared with the same period in 2010. The Capital Markets & Hotels revenue decrease in the fourth quarter resulted from lower market investment volumes overall and fewer Hotels transactions during the quarter following a very robust start to the year.
Operating expenses for the region were $750 million for the year, an increase of 19 percent, 13 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. Asia Pacific’s operating income margin for the year increased to 8.1 percent from 7.3 percent a year ago.
Operating expenses were $211 million for the fourth quarter, compared with $198 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 7 percent, 6 percent in local currency. Operating income margin was 10.7 percent in the fourth quarter compared with 11.5 percent for the same period a year ago, resulting from lower Capital Markets & Hotels revenue during the quarter.
The region’s EBITDA for the year was $78 million, compared with $62 million in 2010. Fourth-quarter EBITDA in 2011 was $28 million, compared with $29 million for the fourth quarter of 2010.
LaSalle Investment Management
LaSalle Investment Management’s full-year Advisory fees were $245 million, compared with $238 million in 2010. Fourth-quarter Advisory fees were $60 million, compared with $61 million in the last quarter of 2010. The business recognized higher incentive fees during the year resulting from investment performance for clients.
LaSalle Investment Management raised nearly $5 billion of net equity in 2011, and assets under management were $47.7 billion at December 31, 2011. EBITDA was $60 million, compared with $43 million for full-year 2010. Fourth-quarter EBITDA was $14 million for 2011, compared with $10 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. The full-year EBITDA margin was 21.7 percent compared with 17.3 percent in 2010.
The firm finished the year with record consolidated revenue levels and solid performance in each of the geographic segments and LaSalle Investment Management. King Sturge contributed positively to EMEA results, notably in Capital Markets & Hotels and Advisory, and has been successfully integrated into the firm. Within the challenging economic conditions of many of the countries in which we operate, the firm’s strong market share and healthy pipelines across most of its businesses
provide good momentum and reason for optimism entering 2012.
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 2011 global revenue of $3.6 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 2.1 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 $47.7 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website, www.joneslanglasalle.com.
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