Jul 29, 2009

Lazard Ltd Reports Second-Quarter and First-Half 2009 Results

NEW YORK, Jul 29, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ) today announced financial results for the second quarter and first half ended June 30, 2009. Net income(c) on a fully exchanged basis was $43.1 million, or $0.34 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $64.6 million, or $0.54 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of 2008, and compared to a net loss of $(29.7) million, or $(0.26) per share (diluted), for the first quarter of 2009. Net income on a fully exchanged basis was $13.5 million, or $0.11 per share (diluted), for the first half of 2009, excluding a $62.6 million pre-tax charge during the first quarter of 2009, compared to $80.5 million, or $0.71 per share (diluted) for the first half of 2008.

On a U.S. GAAP basis, which is before exchange of exchangeable interests, net income was $28.2 million, or $0.34 per share, for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $34.3 million, or $0.54 per share, for the second quarter of 2008. Net loss was $(25.3) million, or $(0.36) per share (diluted), for the first half of 2009, including the first-quarter pre-tax charge, compared to net income of $42.1 million or $0.70 per share (diluted) for the first half of 2008.

Lazard believes that results assuming full exchange of outstanding exchangeable interests provide the most meaningful basis for comparison among present, historical and future periods.

Comments

"Of course, we are pleased with these results and to have raised the dividend. We have performed well in these turbulent markets. Although the markets may continue to be erratic and the general economy may lag, we feel 'it is the end of the beginning' of the stabilization of the financial sector," said Bruce Wasserstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard. "We believe there is a need by major corporate leaders to go beyond surviving the downturn and start thinking about future growth."

"In thinking about the future, we are planning for a gradual increase in traditional M&A activity, reaching the prior period highs in about four years," said Mr. Wasserstein. "In addition, new markets such as China, India, Brazil, Australia and Russia are becoming more active. We also are broadening our client base through new hires and initiatives such as Lazard Middle Market and Wealth Management."

"We also expect the pace of our other advisory activities, including advice to governments and sovereign funds, as well as capital markets advice to major corporates, will continue to increase," said Mr. Wasserstein.

"We believe high levels of defaults will continue over the next four years and, therefore, our restructuring business will continue to be very active," said Mr. Wasserstein.

"In addition, we continue to win new mandates in Asset Management and to have superior performance in many products," said Mr. Wasserstein. "As of today, we have over $100 billion in Assets Under Management and are in a net inflow position, year-to-date."

"We are committed to our distinct franchise and are well positioned for the upside in the recovery," said Mr. Wasserstein. "Globalization and effectively managing assets are the imperatives of the new economy. We are a special bracket advisory firm and a global platform asset manager. The combination of increased M&A volume, broader advisory services, highly active restructuring activity and increased assets under management from new markets, asset appreciation and new products should propel our growth. Nevertheless, we recognize the need to expect the unexpected, and any plans may need to be adapted."

"Our fundamentals and financial position are strong. We are returning value to our shareholders through our share repurchases and are increasing our quarterly dividend by 25%. We are a low-risk, diversified business, and the only major investment bank to which the U.S. Government did not provide emergency financial support," said Michael J. Castellano, Chief Financial Officer of Lazard.

"We are uniquely a global-scale specialized firm that focuses on advice and asset management, which sets us apart from the boutiques," said Mr. Castellano. "We also continue to compete successfully with the large, multi-product, commercial investment banks in our comparable businesses, largely because of their conflicts, lack of focus on our products, the high quality of our teams and the personal senior attention we give clients."

"Our strategy is working through this volatile period," said Mr. Castellano. "We are building new product revenue streams for growth and are leveraging our geographic breadth for clients. We are serving our clients' needs for trusted advice in managing institutional and private assets, and for finding the needed capital to repair and strengthen corporate balance sheets to support growth."

"We continue to generate significant cash flow and contain discretionary spending," said Mr. Castellano. "We can therefore invest where we see potential for superior returns, such as wealth management, accelerate our senior-level hiring and seed new asset management strategies."

"We believe it is better to over achieve than to over promise, and the facts speak for themselves," said Steven J. Golub, Vice Chairman of Lazard. "Although we expect our results to continue to fluctuate from quarter to quarter, we are confident in our abilities to continue to forge a path of growth."

"Lazard's Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses are poised to capture the upturn in the next cycle," said Mr. Golub. "Clients can trust and rely on our deep, experienced, long-standing leadership teams around the globe. As a result, we have increased market share in M&A and strategic financial advisory assignments, and added new global and complex mandates in the second quarter. These include advising Xstrata in its possible offer to merge with Anglo American, BHP in its Western Australian iron ore production joint venture with Rio Tinto, Barclays in its sale of the Barclays Global Investors business to BlackRock, and Amazon.com in its acquisition of Zappos.com."

"Our award-winning global restructuring team, paired with our M&A industry specialist bankers, has advised on over 100 restructuring assignments worldwide in 2009, of which the majority are non-bankruptcy assignments. Notable assignments by our restructuring teams in Europe and the US, include advising Capmark Financial, Cemex, Evraz, INEOS, Kellwood and the first-lien lenders to Monier, and on Chapter 11 bankruptcies for Charter Communications, Lehman Brothers, Nortel, RH Donnelley, Tribune Co., and a number of automotive suppliers," said Mr. Golub. "We have advised debtors and creditors on 20 of the top 30 Chapter 11 bankruptcies during the past 18 months, which include nine out of the top 10 filed in 2009. We fully expect that defaults will continue to increase to record levels. At the same time, as equity markets start to rise, and our Asset Management business continues to gather assets and deliver superior solutions for clients, we expect that business to continue to rebound."

Operating Revenue and Operating Income

Operating revenue was $398.8 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $494.0 million for the second quarter of 2008 and $272.9 million for the first quarter of 2009. Operating income was $56.9 million for the 2009 second quarter, compared to $87.7 million for the second quarter of 2008 and compared to an operating loss of $(28.2) million in the first quarter of 2009, excluding the $62.6 million pre-tax charge in the 2009 first quarter.

Operating revenue was $671.8 million for the 2009 first half, compared to $835.2 million for the first half of 2008. Operating revenue for the first half of 2009 includes Corporate revenue of $20.7 million, compared to a negative revenue of $(13.4) million for the first half of 2008. Operating income, excluding the $62.6 million pre-tax charge in the first quarter, was $28.7 million for the 2009 first half, compared to operating income of $105.8 million for the first half of 2008.

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

Lazard's core operating business includes its Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses. Core operating business revenue was $384.7 million for the 2009 second quarter, compared to $467.8 million for the second quarter of 2008. M&A and Strategic Advisory, Restructuring and Asset Management all contributed to the improvement in the second quarter from $266.4 million in the 2009 first quarter, with M&A revenue up 40% sequentially from the first quarter of 2009. Core operating business revenue was $651.1 million for the first half of 2009, compared to $848.7 million for the first half of 2008. Core operating business revenue for the first half of 2009 reflects lower M&A and Corporate Finance revenues than occurred during the first half of 2008 as well as the continuing effects of market depreciation on asset management fees, offset by significantly higher restructuring fees due to the increased level of restructuring advisory activity in the U.S. and Europe.

Financial Advisory

Financial Advisory operating revenue was $253.1 million for the 2009 second quarter, compared to $289.0 million for the second quarter of 2008 and $163.5 million for the first quarter of 2009. Financial Advisory operating revenue was $416.6 million for the first half of 2009, compared to $501.4 million for the first half of 2008.

Lazard's Financial Advisory business of M&A and Strategic Advisory, Restructuring and Corporate Finance encompasses general strategic and transaction-specific advice to public and private companies, governments and other parties, and includes various corporate finance advisory services. Some of our assignments and, therefore, related revenue, are not reflected in publicly available statistical information. Restructuring assignments normally are executed over a six- to eighteen-month period, which has an impact on the timing of the recognition of restructuring revenue.

M&A and Strategic Advisory

M&A and Strategic Advisory operating revenue was $134.9 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $225.1 million for the second quarter of 2008. This was an increase of 40% over 2009 first-quarter M&A and Strategic Advisory operating revenue of $96.5 million. M&A and Strategic Advisory operating revenue was $231.3 million for the first half of 2009, compared to $391.1 million for the first half of 2008.

Among the transactions completed during the second quarter of 2009 on which Lazard advised were the following:

  • Haas Family Trusts in Rohm and Haas' $18.8 billion sale to Dow Chemical
  • GMAC related to the $7.5 billion investment by the US Treasury
  • Ciba's CHF 6.1 billion sale to BASF
  • TM International's INR72.9 billion acquisition of a 14.99% stake in Idea Cellular, and Idea Cellular's subsequent merger with Spice Communications
  • Kulczyk's $1.1 billion contribution of its 28% stake in Kompania Piwowarska to SABMiller
  • Special Committee of Transatlantic in Transatlantic's $1.1 billion follow-on offering of shares owned by AIG
  • Hammerson's £445 million (implied value) sale of a 75% interest in Bishops Square to Oman Investment Fund
  • Debenhams' £323 million Firm Placing and Placing and Open Offer of new ordinary shares
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev's $902 million aggregate sales of a 19.9% stake in Tsingtao to Asahi and remaining 7% stake to a private investor
  • Natixis' EUR 595 million sale of 35% of CACEIS capital to Crédit Agricole
  • PaperlinX's A$790 million sale of Australian Paper to Nippon Paper Group
  • Swedish National Debt Office's SEK2,275 million sale of both Carnegie Investment Bank and Max Matthiessen
  • Kingdom of Belgium in its agreement with BNP Paribas on ownership structure of Fortis Bank Belgium and Fortis Insurance Belgium

Among the pending, publicly announced M&A transactions on which Lazard advised in the second quarter, continued to advise, or completed since June 30, 2009, are the following:

  • BHP's $58.0 billion Western Australian iron ore production joint venture with Rio Tinto
  • Xstrata's £29.4 billion possible offer to merge with Anglo American
  • Acciona's EUR 11.1 billion sale of its 25% stake in Endesa to ENEL
  • Barclays' $13.5 billion sale of the Barclays Global Investors business to BlackRock
  • Audit, Conflicts and Governance Committee of the GP of Enterprise Products Partners' in EPP's $6 billion merger with TEPPCO
  • GlaxoSmithKline's up to $3.6 billion acquisition of Stiefel Laboratories
  • Resolution's £1.7 billion possible offer for Friends Provident
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev's $1.8 billion sale of Oriental Brewery to KKR
  • Nortel's $1.13 billion sale of its CDMA Business and LTE Access assets to Ericsson
  • Amazon.com's $807 million acquisition of Zappos.com
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev's $577 million sale of four metal beverage container manufacturing plants to Ball
  • Nortel's $475 million sale of its Enterprise Solutions Business to Avaya
  • Independent directors of KKR Private Equity Investors, L.P. in KKR Private Equity Investors, L.P.'s business combination with KKR
  • Veolia Environnement in the merger of its Veolia Transport division with Transdev
  • Caisse Nationale des Caisses d'Epargne's merger with Banque Fédérale des Banques Populaires
  • Pfizer's agreement with GlaxoSmithKline to create a world-leading, specialist HIV company
  • Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Magellan Midstream Holdings GP, LLC in Magellan Midstream's capital structure simplification
  • Clickair's merger with Vueling

Financial Restructuring

Financial Restructuring operating revenue was a quarterly record of $93.2 million, compared to $32.7 million for the second quarter of 2008 and compared to $60.9 million for the first quarter of 2009. Financial Restructuring operating revenue was a first-half record of $154.2 million, compared to $48.2 million for the first half of 2008.

Over the past decade, Lazard has advised on more than 450 restructurings worldwide, with an aggregate value over $1 trillion. The firm has been recognized as having the world leading restructuring group, including receiving numerous awards since 2003, most recently being named by Euromoney as the Best Global Corporate Restructuring House for 2009. Lazard has advised debtors and creditors on 20 of the top 30 Chapter 11 bankruptcies over the past 18 months, which include nine out of the top 10 that were filed in 2009.

Some of the notable recent assignments include our retention to advise unsecured creditors of Abitibi Bowater, Cemex, Citadel Broadcasting Group, lenders to Eddie Bauer, Evraz, Kellwood, the first-lien lenders to Monier, Pacific Energy Resources and a number of automotive suppliers, including Hayes-Lemmerz and Metaldyne Corporation.

Among ongoing in-court Chapter 11 bankruptcies, on which Lazard has advised debtors or creditors during the first half of 2009, are:

  • Chemicals: Chemtura, Lyondell
  • Gaming, Entertainment and Hospitality: Midway Games, Tropicana Entertainment, Trump Entertainment Resorts, Twin River Casino
  • Professional/Financial Services: BearingPoint, Lehman Brothers
  • Real Estate/Property Development: Crescent Resources, Extended Stay Hotels, LandSource, Tarragon Corp., TOUSA, WCI Communities
  • Technology/Media/Telecom: Charter Communications, Hawaiian Telcom, Journal Register, Nortel, Tribune Co., R.H. Donnelley
  • Other industries: Masonite, Pilgrim's Pride, Smurfit-Stone Container, Spectrum Brands

Among other publicly announced restructuring and debt advisory assignments on which Lazard has advised during or since the first half of 2009, are:

  • Alliance Bank (Kazakhstan) in the restructuring of its existing debt obligations
  • Belvédère - advising the FRN noteholder committee
  • Trustee for the Liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC in connection with the sale of the market making business
  • Capmark Financial on its debt and capital structure matters
  • Cemex on its debt restructuring
  • Countrywide - advised senior secured noteholders and senior noteholders in the company's restructuring
  • Evraz on concurrent convertible bond and equity offerings
  • Ferretti - advised the senior and second lien creditor coordinating committee in the company's restructuring
  • Gamma Holding on the negotiation of improved financing terms
  • The Hellenic Republic on the sale of assets of Olympic Airlines and Olympic Airways Services to Marfin Investment Group
  • Honsel - advisor to the senior creditor committee in the company's restructuring
  • INEOS on its covenant negotiations
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings, including on the sale of Lehman Brothers Banque France to Nomura
  • Manitou on the renegotiation of its debt financing terms
  • Monier - advising the consortium of Apollo, Towerbrook and York Capital on the company's creditor-led restructuring
  • Morris Publishing in evaluating its strategic options regarding the company's existing capital structure
  • Republic of Côte d'Ivoire -- advised the Ministry of Finance on the restructuring of the Republic's external public debt
  • Rhône Capital on its investment in Quiksilver
  • Saeco's board of directors on its financial restructuring and sale to Philips
  • Thomson - advising US private placement noteholders in the company's restructuring
  • True Temper on exploring alternatives regarding its capital structure
  • UAW in negotiating VEBA restructurings with GM, Ford and Chrysler
  • Verenium Corp. in evaluating alternatives with respect to its existing debt structure
  • Vita Group on its restructuring
  • Weather Investments on the restructuring and refinancing of the debt of Wind Telecomunicazioni

Corporate Finance and Other

Corporate Finance and Other operating revenue was $25.0 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $31.2 million for the second quarter of 2008 and $6.1 million for the first quarter of 2009. Corporate Finance and Other operating revenue decreased to $31.1 million for the first half of 2009, compared to $62.1 million for the first half of 2008. These results were due to a decline, particularly during the first quarter of 2009, in the value of fund closings by our Private Fund Advisory Group as well as declines in Equity Capital Markets transactions and private placements.

Assignments in the second quarter of 2009 included serving as lead advisor to Iconix Brand Group on its follow-on capital raising transaction and Callaway on its cumulative perpetual convertible preferred stock offering. We also advised Transatlantic Holdings, SunPower and Clean Energy Fuels on their follow-on capital markets transactions; SunPower and CommScope on their issuance of new convertible debentures; Genesco on an exchange of convertible debentures for shares of common stock; and Affymetrix on a buyback of its convertible notes.

In addition, we advised on a number of rights offerings, rights issues and convertible bond offerings for such clients as Danone, Pernod Ricard, and Segro. We also recently advised on a number of PIPEs and Registered Direct Offerings during the second quarter of 2009, including for Savient Pharmaceuticals, Capstone Turbine, Discovery Laboratories, Cytokinetics, Altair Nanotechnologies, Globalstar and FuelCell Energy. Additionally, we served as a financial advisor to Trico Marine on a private debt exchange offering.

Asset Management

Asset Management operating revenue was $131.6 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $178.8 million for the 2008 second quarter and $102.9 million for the first quarter of 2009. Asset Management operating revenue was $234.5 million for the first half of 2009, compared to $347.3 million for the first half of 2008.

Our Asset Management business provides investment management and advisory services to institutional clients, 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 investment and private equity funds. As of June 30, 2009, approximately 78% of Lazard's AUM was invested in equities and 17% in fixed income.

Asset Management net revenue is derived from fees for investment management and advisory services. The main driver of Asset Management net revenue is the level of AUM, which is influenced by Lazard's investment performance, its ability to successfully attract and retain assets, the broader performance of the global equity markets and, to a lesser extent, fixed income markets.

Assets under management at the end of the second quarter of 2009 were $98.0 billion, representing a 21% increase from the level of assets under management of $81.1 billion at March 31, 2009, primarily due to market and foreign exchange appreciation of $16.6 billion as well as net inflows of $353 million during the second quarter. We have continued to have strong net inflows in the month of July, aggregating $2.3 billion so far this month.

Average assets under management were $89.6 billion for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $134.2 billion for the second quarter of 2008. Second-quarter 2009 average assets under management increased 4% over first-quarter 2009 average assets under management. Average assets under management were $90.1 billion for the first half of 2009, compared to $136.6 billion for the first half of 2008.

Management fees were $107.1 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $157.1 million for the 2008 second quarter and $93.5 million for the first quarter of 2009. Management fees were $200.6 million for the first half of 2009, compared to $315.1 million for the first half in 2008.

Incentive fees were $13.2 million and $18.6 million for the second quarter and first half of 2009, respectively, compared to $8.4 million for the comparable periods in 2008. Incentive fees are recorded on the measurement date, which for most of our alternative strategies that are subject to incentive fees falls in the fourth quarter.

Other Asset Management revenue was $11.3 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $13.3 million for the second quarter of 2008, and was $15.3 million for the first half of 2009, compared to $23.7 million for the first half of 2008. The decrease was due primarily to lower interest and commission revenue during the first and second quarters of 2009.

Corporate

Corporate operating revenue was $14.2 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $26.2 million for the second quarter of 2008, and was $20.7 million for the first half of 2009, compared to a negative $(13.4) million for the first half of 2008. Revenue in the 2009 first half primarily represents investment gains and returns on average cash balances. In the 2008 first half, the negative revenue was due to markdowns in our portfolios of debt and equity securities during the first quarter of 2008, which offset other investment gains.

Expenses

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation and benefits expense decreased 15% to $239.3 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $280.0 million for the second quarter of 2008, and decreased 6% to $442.8 million for the first half of 2009, compared to $473.6 million for the first half of 2008. The ratio of compensation and benefits expense to operating revenue was 60% in the second quarter of 2009, reducing the ratio for the first half to 65.9%. In 2008, the ratio was 56.7% for both the second quarter and the first half.

Our compensation ratio for the first half of 2009 is not necessarily representative of the ratio for the full year. The timing of our actual operating revenue during the year will impact the compensation ratio for each quarter. The ratio may also be impacted in the short term by our accelerated global senior-level hiring initiative and competitive considerations to meet our employee retention objectives. Our plan is for compensation expenses to usually be below 57.5% of operating revenue in any year and to average below 57.5% over time in our existing businesses. Of course, as in the first half of 2009, this ratio may rise above 57.5% during periods of significant revenue decline.

Compensation and benefits expense includes the amortization of restricted stock unit and deferred cash incentive awards. This amortization is determined on a straight-line basis over the vesting periods and not on the basis of revenue recognition, and amounted to $87.4 million and $170.2 million in the second quarter and first half of 2009, respectively, compared to $56.7 million and $112.3 million in the respective 2008 periods.

Non-Compensation

Non-compensation expense decreased 20% to $79.4 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $99.6 million for the second quarter of 2008 and decreased 22% to $152.5 million for the first half of 2009, compared to $196.1 million for the first half of 2008. The ratio of non-compensation expense to operating revenue was lower in both the second quarter and first half of 2009, compared to the corresponding 2008 periods. The ratio was 19.9% for the second quarter of 2009, compared to 20.2% for the second quarter of 2008 and was 22.7% for the first half of 2009, compared to 23.5% for the first half of 2008. Factors contributing to the decrease include lower spending for travel and other business development expenses, consulting and recruiting fees as well as the strengthening of the U. S. dollar versus foreign currencies.

The percentage of non-compensation expenses to operating revenue 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 taxes on a fully exchanged basis was $13.5 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $21.5 million for the second quarter of 2008, and was $16.1 million for the first half of 2009 (excluding the effect of the first-quarter restructuring expense), compared to $26.8 million for the first half of 2008. The effective tax rate for the second quarter and first half of 2009 was 23.9% and 54.5% respectively, compared to 25% for the corresponding 2008 periods, exclusive of LAM general partnership interest-related revenue.

Capital

At June 30, 2009, total stockholders' equity related to Lazard's interest was $324.1 million, which includes positive adjustments to total Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss during the first half of 2009, due primarily to (i) net foreign currency translation adjustments of $34.3 million, and (ii) net unrealized gains of $6.9 million related to securities designated as available for sale.

During the second quarter of 2009, current and former Lazard Managing Directors who held LAZ-MD Holdings exchangeable interests and/or Class A common stock (the "Selling Shareholders") sold 4 million shares of Lazard Ltd Class A common stock. Lazard did not receive any proceeds from such sales. Separately, Lazard Group purchased 1.7 million shares of Class A common stock and 69,623 exchangeable interests from the Selling Shareholders for an aggregate cost of $46.0 million. Lazard's remaining share repurchase authorization at June 30, 2009, was $74.7 million. At June 30, 2009, current and former Lazard Managing Directors and employees now own 52% of Lazard Ltd, assuming full vesting of their Restricted Stock Units and including exchangeable interests and Class A shares that they own.

Strategic Business Developments

During the first half of 2009, Lazard continued to invest in both its Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses. These investments support the firm's ongoing five-year strategy to create growth opportunities.

  • We have continued to accelerate our major global hiring initiative at the senior level. During the second quarter, we hired a number of senior professionals in our Financial Advisory business, including in telecommunications, oil and gas, European industrials, healthcare and financial institutions, as well as M&A in Australia. We also made hires in healthcare, consumer and retail in the US Middle Market. Earlier in the first half of the year we added senior hires in debt advisory in France and Benelux, restructuring in the US, financial institutions and global healthcare advisory in the UK, and financial and capital structure advisory in Germany. We also recently named a global head of M&A.
  • In Asset Management, we continued to seed new strategies in our traditional and alternative investments business.
  • On July 28, 2009, we elected Laurent Mignon, Chief Executive Officer of Natixis, to the firm's Board of Directors. Mr. Mignon succeeds Dominique Ferrero, former Chief Executive of Natixis, who has retired from Lazard's Board of Directors, for which he served since March 2008.
  • In July 2009, we established a Chicago-based private equity business with The Edgewater Funds, a Chicago-based private equity firm, through the acquisition of The Edgewater Funds' management vehicles. Edgewater, which will continue to be managed by its current leadership team who retains a substantial economic interest, is focused on growth-oriented investments and buyouts in the US middle market. The addition of Edgewater will bring a nationally prominent middle market private equity management business to Lazard and will serve as an enhancement to our expanding effort in Chicago, the highly active base for our Financial Advisory business in the Midwest.
  • In June 2009, Thaddeus Shelly joined Lazard to lead a newly formed Wealth Management subsidiary of Lazard Group in the U.S. Lazard Wealth Management will provide customized investment management and financial planning services to high net worth investors.
  • In February 2009, we entered into a strategic alliance with Alfaro, Davila y Rios S.C. (ADR), a financial advisory firm in Mexico, to provide global M&A advisory services for clients, both inside and outside of Mexico, who are seeking to acquire or sell Mexican assets or have interests in other financial transactions with Mexican companies, and to provide restructuring advisory services to Mexican clients. As a result of this alliance, as well as our relationships with Signatura Lazard in Brazil and MBA Lazard throughout Central and South America, Lazard now has complete coverage throughout the Latin American region.

U.S. GAAP Financial Information

The following table presents selected financial results for the second quarter and first half of 2009, compared to the second quarter and first half of 2008 on a U.S. GAAP basis, which is before exchange of exchangeable interests and for the first half of 2009 includes the $62.6 million first quarter pre-tax charge.

Three Months Six Months
Ended June 30, Ended June 30,
2009 2008

2009

2008
($ in millions, except per share data)
Operating income (loss)

$56.9

$87.7

$(33.8

)

$105.8

Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd

$28.2

$34.3

$(25.3

)

$42.1

Net income (loss) per share - diluted $0.34 $0.54

$(0.36

)

$0.70

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-GAAP measures used in the accompanying financial information:

  • Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd, assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests (or fully exchanged basis)
  • Operating revenue
  • Noncontrolling interests assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests
  • Provisions for income taxes on a fully exchanged basis
  • Net income (loss) attributable to LAZ-MD
  • Net income (loss) attributable to other noncontrolling interests
  • Net income (loss) and related amount per share (diluted), assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests and excluding the restructuring expense

A reconciliation of non-U.S. GAAP financial information is presented on page 16 of this press release.

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.

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Lazard, one of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 39 cities across 24 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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Conference Call

Bruce Wasserstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Steven Golub, Vice Chairman, and Michael Castellano, Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call today at 10am EDT to discuss the company's financial results for the second quarter of 2009. 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 (877) 397-0235 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 (719) 325-4847 (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 at 1:00 p.m. EDT on July 29, 2009, through August 12, 2009, 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 8120144.

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These factors include, but are not limited to, those discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K under Item 1A "Risk Factors," and also disclosed from time to time in reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K including the following:

  • 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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Lazard Ltd is committed to providing timely and accurate information to the investing public, consistent with our legal and regulatory obligations. To that end, Lazard and its operating companies use their websites to convey information about their businesses, including the anticipated release of quarterly financial results, quarterly financial, statistical and business-related information, and the posting of updates of assets under management in various hedge funds and mutual funds and other investment products managed by Lazard Asset Management LLC and its subsidiaries. Monthly updates of these funds will be posted to the Lazard Asset Management website (www.lazardnet.com) on the third business day following the end of each month. Investors can link to Lazard and its operating company websites through www.lazard.com.

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

(b) Excludes a $62.6 million pre-tax charge during the first quarter of 2009 as a result of staff reductions and realignments.

(c) Refers to net income or loss attributable to Lazard Ltd.

LAZARD LTD
OPERATING REVENUE
(unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

20092008% Change 20092008% Change
($ in thousands)
Financial Advisory
M&A and Strategic Advisory $134,855 $225,108 (40%) $231,329 $391,092 (41%)
Financial Restructuring 93,231 32,666 185% 154,160 48,204 220%
Corporate Finance and Other 25,00531,220 (20%) 31,09962,126 (50%)
Total 253,091 288,994 (12%) 416,588 501,422 (17%)
Asset Management
Management Fees 107,123 157,108 (32%) 200,623 315,117 (36%)
Incentive Fees 13,170 8,429 56% 18,605 8,429 121%
Other Revenue 11,27313,289 (15%) 15,27323,713 (36%)
Total 131,566178,826 (26%) 234,501347,259 (32%)
Core Operating Business Revenue (a) 384,657 467,820 (18%) 651,089 848,681 (23%)
Corporate14,19026,219 (46%) 20,663(13,439) NM
Operating Revenue (b) 398,847 494,039 (19%) 671,752 835,242 (20%)
LAM GP Related Revenue/(Loss) 257 1,643 - (813 ) (1,610 ) -
Other Interest Expense (23,479)(28,294) - (46,919)(58,165) -
Net Revenue$375,625$467,388 (20%) $624,020$775,467 (20%)
(a) Core operating business revenue includes the results of Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses and excludes the results of all investments in Corporate.
(b) Operating revenue excludes interest expense relating to financing activities and revenue/(loss) relating to the consolidation of LAM General Partnerships, each of which are included in net revenue.
NM - Not meaningful
LAZARD LTD
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
Ended June 30,Ended June 30,
20092008% Change20092008% Change
($ in thousands, except per share data)
Total revenue (a) $402,476 $504,002 (20%) $679,398 $854,106 (20%)
LFB interest expense (3,629)(9,963)(7,646)(18,864)
Operating revenue 398,847 494,039 (19%) 671,752 835,242 (20%)
LAM GP related revenue/(loss) 257 1,643 (813 ) (1,610 )
Other interest expense (23,479)(28,294)(46,919)(58,165)
Net revenue 375,625 467,388 (20%) 624,020 775,467 (20%)
Operating expenses:
Compensation and benefits 239,279 280,021 (15%) 442,811 473,582 (6%)
Occupancy and equipment 19,990 22,277 40,084 51,771
Marketing and business development 15,788 25,220 29,241 45,684
Technology and information services 16,156 17,089 32,078 33,330
Professional services 11,871 16,237 20,060 29,504
Fund administration and outsourced services 8,057 6,573 15,803 13,143
Other 7,53812,23315,21622,693

Total non-compensation expense

79,400 99,629 (20%) 152,482 196,125 (22%)
Restructuring expense (b) --62,550-
Operating expenses 318,679379,650 (16%) 657,843669,707 (2%)
Operating income (loss) 56,946 87,738 (35%) (33,823 ) 105,760 NM
Provision for income taxes 13,51918,110 (25%) 9,34422,950 (59%)
Net income (loss) 43,427 69,628 (38%) (43,167 ) 82,810 NM
Net income (loss) attributable to LAZ-MD 14,981 33,667 (17,046 ) 42,303
Net income (loss) attributable to other noncontrolling interests 2591,644(812)(1,609)
Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $28,187$34,317 (18%) ($25,309)$42,116 NM
Attributable to Lazard Ltd Common Stockholders:
Weighted average shares outstanding (c):
Basic 74,935,658 56,416,850 33% 72,539,998 53,198,522 36%
Diluted 127,984,819 126,711,796 1% 72,539,998 113,713,062 (36%)
Net income (loss) per share:
Basic $0.38 $0.61 (38%) ($0.36 ) $0.80 NM
Diluted $0.34 $0.54 (37%) ($0.36 ) $0.70 NM
Supplemental Information Assuming Full Exchange of Exchangeable Interests and excluding restructuring expenses:
Operating income excluding restructuring expense $56,946$87,738 (35%) $28,727$105,760 (73%)

Net income attributable to Lazard Ltd assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests and excluding restructuring expense

$43,145$64,570 (33%) $13,454$80,526 (83%)
Attributable to Lazard Ltd Common Stockholders:

Weighted average shares outstanding, assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests and excluding restructuring expense (d):

Basic 115,759,285 110,463,868 5% 115,885,804 107,883,427 7%
Diluted 125,353,249 126,711,796 (1%) 120,682,786 118,554,347 2%

Net income per share - assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests and excluding restructuring expense:

Basic $0.37 $0.58 (36%) $0.12 $0.75 (84%)
Diluted $0.34 $0.54 (37%) $0.11 $0.71 (85%)
Ratio of compensation to operating revenue 60.0 % 56.7 % 65.9 % 56.7 %
Ratio of non-compensation to operating revenue 19.9 % 20.2 % 22.7 % 23.5 %
See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
LAZARD LTD
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(a) Excluding LAM General Partnership related revenue
(b) Expenses related to severance, benefits and other charges in the three month period ended March 31, 2009 in connection with the reduction and realignment of staff.
(c) See "Reconciliation of Shares Outstanding and Basic & Diluted Net Income (Loss) Per Share".
(d) Represents a reversal of noncontrolling interests related to LAZ-MD Holdings' ownership of Lazard Group common membership interests net of an adjustment for Lazard Ltd entity-level taxes to effect a full exchange of interests as of January 1, 2008 and excluding the restructuring expense noted in (b) above (see "Reconciliation of US GAAP to Full Exchange Results Excluding Restructuring Expense").
NM Not meaningful
LAZARD LTD
RECONCILIATION OF US GAAP RESULTS TO FULL EXCHANGE EXCLUDING RESTRUCTURING EXPENSE
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
Ended June 30,Ended June 30,
($ in thousands, except per share data)
2009200820092008
Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd$28,187$34,317($25,309)$42,116
Adjustment to exclude Restructuring expense:
Restructuring expense - - 62,550 -
Provision (benefit) for income taxes - - (6,401 ) -
Net income (loss) attributable to LAZ-MD --(21,075)-

Net income attributable to Lazard Ltd excluding Restructuring expense

$28,187$34,317$9,765 $42,116
Adjustment for full exchange of exchangeable interests (a):
Tax adjustment for full exchange (23 ) (3,414 ) (340 ) (3,893 )
Amount attributable to LAZ-MD 14,98133,6674,02942,303

Net income attributable to Lazard Ltd excluding Restructuring expense and assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests

$43,145$64,570$13,454$80,526
Diluted net income per share (b):
Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $0.34 $0.54 ($0.36 ) $0.70

Net income attributable to Lazard Ltd and excluding Restructuring expense

$0.34 $0.54 $0.14 $0.70

Net income assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests and excluding Restructuring expense

$0.34 $0.54 $0.11 $0.71
(a) Represents a reversal of noncontrolling interests related to LAZ-MD Holdings' ownership of Lazard Group common membership interests to effect a full exchange of interests as of January 1, 2008 and an adjustment to the Lazard Ltd tax provision to effect a full exchange of LAZ-MD Holdings' ownership of Lazard Group common membership interests.
(b) See "Reconciliation of Shares Outstanding and Basic & Diluted Net Income Per Share".
LAZARD LTD
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
( $ in thousands)
June 30, December 31,
2009 2008

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents $895,984 $909,707
Cash segregated for regulatory purposes or deposited with clearing organizations 7,904 14,583
Receivables 529,126 712,526
Investments (a)
Debt 320,743 333,070
Equity 73,115 71,105
Other 224,147215,792
618,005 619,967
Goodwill and other intangible assets 189,613 175,144
Other assets 412,698431,004
Total Assets $2,653,330$2,862,931

LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Liabilities
Deposits and other customer payables $382,334 $541,784
Accrued compensation and benefits 139,430 203,750
Senior debt 1,086,850 1,087,750
Other liabilities 518,734 567,895
Subordinated debt 150,000150,000
Total liabilities 2,277,348 2,551,179
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 870 763
Class B - -
Additional paid-in capital 538,227 429,694
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax (47,759 ) (79,435 )
Retained earnings 179,144221,410
670,482 572,432
Less: Class A common stock held by a subsidiary, at cost (346,406)(321,852)
Total Lazard Ltd stockholders' equity 324,076 250,580
Noncontrolling interests 51,90661,172
Total stockholders' equity (b) 375,982311,752
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $2,653,330$2,862,931
(a) At fair value, with the exception of $75,644 and $75,695 of investments accounted for under the equity method at June 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively.
(b) Effective January 1, 2009 in accordance with SFAS No. 160 "Noncontrolling Interests in Consolidated Financial Statements" noncontrolling interests are reported within Stockholders' Equity.
LAZARD LTD
SELECTED QUARTERLY OPERATING RESULTS
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended
June 30, Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Sept. 30, June 30, Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Sept. 30, June 30,
20092009 (a)20082008 (b)20082008200720072007
($ in thousands, except per share data)
Financial Advisory
M&A and Strategic Advisory

$134,855

$96,474

$192,678

$230,890

$225,108

$165,984

$313,622

$295,401

$164,318

Financial Restructuring 93,231 60,929 47,135 23,944 32,666 15,538 32,321 56,161 29,073
Corporate Finance and Other 25,0056,09412,54215,34931,22030,90647,19028,255 51,619
Total 253,091 163,497 252,355 270,183 288,994 212,428 393,133 379,817 245,010
Asset Management
Management Fees 107,123 93,500 107,987 145,332 157,108 158,009 165,432 157,424 142,230
Incentive Fees 13,170 5,435 16,353 10,179 8,429 - 48,959 7,315 5,752
Other Revenue 11,2734,0001,01853613,28910,42416,78212,798 13,666
Total 131,566102,935125,358156,047178,826168,433231,173177,537 161,648
Core operating business revenue (c) 384,657 266,432 377,713 426,230 467,820 380,861 624,306 557,354 406,658
Corporate 14,1906,47324,83511,07626,219(39,658)(6,710)12,16432,868
Operating revenue (d) $398,847$272,905$402,548$437,306$494,039$341,203$617,596 $569,518$439,526
Operating income (loss) (e) $56,946$(28,219)$54,093$64,837$87,738$18,022$132,278$118,586$89,163

Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd

$28,187$(18,422)$37,979$31,671$34,317$7,799$59,125$40,267$29,296

Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd per share

Basic $0.38 ($0.27 ) $0.54 $0.48 $0.61 $0.16 $1.17 $0.79 $0.57
Diluted $0.34 ($0.27 ) $0.50 $0.44 $0.54 $0.14 $1.04 $0.73 $0.52
Supplemental Information:

Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests

$43,145$(29,691)$61,154$54,750$64,570$15,956$122,577$83,565$61,515

Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd per share assuming full exchange of exchangeable interests

Basic $0.37 ($0.26 ) $0.52 $0.47 $0.58 $0.15 $1.16 $0.78 $0.57
Diluted $0.34 ($0.26 ) $0.50 $0.44 $0.54 $0.14 $1.04 $0.73 $0.53
Assets Under Management ($ millions) $98,020 $81,084 $91,109 $113,287 $134,139 $134,193 $141,413 $142,084 $135,350
(a) The three month period ended March 31, 2009 represents U.S. GAAP results less restructuring expense of $62,550 and related tax effect.
(b) The three month period ended September 30, 2008 represents U.S. GAAP results less an operating expense charge of $199,550 and related tax effect in connection with the company's purchase of all outstanding LAM Equity units held by certain current and former MDs and employees of LAM.
(c) Core operating business revenue includes the results of Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses and excludes the results of Corporate.
(d) Operating revenue excludes interest expense relating to financing activities and revenue/(loss) relating to the consolidation of LAM General Partnerships, each of which are included in net revenue.
(e) Operating income is after interest expense and before income taxes and noncontrolling interests.
LAZARD LTD
RECONCILIATION OF SHARES OUTSTANDING AND BASIC & DILUTED NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE

BEFORE FULL EXCHANGE

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2009200820092008
TotalTotalTotal

excluding
Restructuring

Total
($ in thousands, except per share data)
Basic
Numerator:
Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd

$28,187

$34,317

($25,309 )

$9,765

$42,116

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

342308(473)63397
Basic net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $28,529$34,625($25,782)$9,828$42,513
Denominator:
Weighted average shares outstanding (a) 74,935,65856,416,85072,539,99872,539,99853,198,522
Basic net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd per share $0.38$0.61($0.36)$0.14$0.80
Diluted
Numerator:
Basic net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $28,529 $34,625 ($25,782 ) $9,828 $42,513
Add - dilutive effect of adjustments to income for:
Interest expense on convertible debt, net of tax (b) 654 1,785 - - -

Noncontrolling interest in net income resulting from assumed share issuances (see incremental issuable shares in the denominator calculation below) and Ltd level income tax effect

14,91531,554--37,527
Diluted net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $44,098$67,964($25,782)$9,828$80,040
Denominator:
Weighted average shares outstanding 74,935,658 56,416,850 72,539,998 72,539,998 53,198,522
Add - dilutive effect of incremental issuable shares (c):
Restricted stock units 8,321,968 5,005,928 - - 4,240,368
Equity security units - 7,051,000 - - -
Convertible notes 2,631,570 2,631,570 - - -
Series A and Series B convertible preferred stock (d) 1,271,996 1,559,430 - - 1,589,267
Exchangeable interests 40,823,62754,047,018--54,684,905
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 127,984,819126,711,79672,539,99872,539,998113,713,062

Diluted net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd per share

$0.34$0.54($0.36)$0.14$0.70
(a) For the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2009, includes 993,024 weighted average shares and for the three and six month period ended June 30, 2008, includes 1,185,282 weighted average shares, respectively, related to the Class A common stock that are issuable on a non-contingent basis with respect to acquisitions. For the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2009, includes 2,225,438 related to the Class A common stock that are issuable on a non-contingent basis with respect to the purchase of all outstanding LAM Equity units.
(b) For the three month periods ended June 30, 2009 and June 30, 2008, includes interest expense, net of tax related to the convertible notes. For the three month period ended June 30, 2008, includes interest expense, net of tax, related to the equity security units.
(c) Incremental issuable shares included if dilutive.
(d) For the three month period ended June 30, 2009 includes 9,724 shares of Series A convertible preferred stock that will be convertible into Class A common stock on a non-contingent basis with respect to acquisitions. The rate of conversion into Class A common stock is dependant, in part, on the future value of the Class A common stock and currency exchange rates, therefore, the shares are excluded from the basic net income per share calculation but included in the diluted net income per share calculation. For the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2008, includes 12,155 shares of Series A convertible preferred stock and 277 shares of Series B convertible preferred stock that will be convertible into Class A common stock on a non-contingent basis with respect to acquisitions.
LAZARD LTD
RECONCILIATION OF SHARES OUTSTANDING AND BASIC & DILUTED NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE

ASSUMING FULL EXCHANGE OF EXCHANGEABLE INTERESTS AS OF JANUARY 1, 2008

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2009200820092008
TotalTotalTotal

excluding
Restructuring

Total
Basic ($ in thousands, except per share data)
Numerator:

Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd

$43,145

$64,570

($42,695 )

$13,454

$80,526

Denominator:
Weighted average shares outstanding (a) 115,759,285110,463,868115,885,804115,885,804 107,883,427
Basic net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd per share $0.37$0.58($0.37)$0.12$0.75
Diluted
Numerator:
Net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $43,145 $64,570 ($42,695 ) $13,454 $80,526
Add dilutive effect of adjustments to income for:
Interest expense on convertible debt, net of tax (b) -3,396-- 3,396
Diluted net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd $43,145$67,966($42,695)$13,454$83,922
Denominator:
Weighted average shares outstanding 115,759,285 110,463,868 115,885,804 115,885,804 107,883,427
Add - dilutive effect of incremental issuable shares (c):
Restricted stock units 8,321,968 5,005,928 - 4,160,984 4,240,368
Equity security units - 7,051,000 - - 3,525,500
Convertible notes - 2,631,570 - - 1,315,785
Series A and Series B convertible preferred stock (d) 1,271,9961,559,430-635,9981,589,267
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 125,353,249126,711,796115,885,804120,682,786 118,554,347
Diluted net income (loss) attributable to Lazard Ltd per share $0.34$0.54($0.37)$0.11$0.71
(a) For the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2009, includes 993,024 weighted average shares and for the three and six month period ended June 30, 2008, includes 1,185,282 weighted average shares, respectively, related to the Class A common stock that are issuable on a non-contingent basis with respect to acquisitions. For the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2009, includes 2,225,438 related to the Class A common stock that are issuable on a non-contingent basis with respect to the purchase of all outstanding LAM Equity units.
(b) For the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2008, includes interest expense, net of tax related to the equity security units and convertible notes.
(c) Incremental issuable shares included if dilutive.
(d) For the three month period ended June 30, 2009 includes 9,724 shares of Series A convertible preferred stock that will be convertible into Class A common stock on a non-contingent basis with respect to acquisitions. The rate of conversion into Class A common stock is dependant, in part, on the future value of the Class A common stock and currency exchange rates, therefore, the shares are excluded from the basic net income per share calculation but included in the diluted net income per share calculation. For the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2008, includes 12,155 shares of Series A convertible preferred stock and 277 shares of Series B convertible preferred stock that will be convertible into Class A common stock on a non-contingent basis with respect to acquisitions.
LAZARD LTD
ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT ("AUM")
As ofVariance
June 30, March 31, December 31,
200920092008Qtr to QtrYTD
($ in millions)
Equities $76,352 $61,773

$69,730

23.6 % 9.5 %
Fixed Income 16,975 14,818 15,824 14.6 % 7.3 %
Alternative Investments 2,950 2,805 3,196 5.2 % (7.7 %)
Private Equity (a) 1,592 1,512 1,579 5.3 % 0.8 %
Cash 151176780(14.2%)(80.6%)
Total AUM $98,020$81,084$91,10920.9%7.6%

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2009200820092008
($ in millions) ($ in millions)
AUM - Beginning of Period $81,084 $134,193 $91,109 $141,413
Net Flows 353 2,550 (2,093 ) 4,265

Market and foreign exchange appreciation (depreciation)

16,583(2,604)9,004(11,539)
AUM - End of Period $98,020$134,139$98,020 $134,139
Average AUM (b) $89,551$134,166$90,071 $136,582
% Change in average AUM (33.3%)(34.1%)
(a) Includes $1.3 billion, $1.2 billion and $1.2 billion as of June 30, 2009, March 31, 2009 and June 30, 2008, respectively, held by an investment company for which Lazard may earn carried interests.
(b) Average AUM is based on an average of quarterly ending balances for the respective periods.
LAZARD LTD
SCHEDULE OF INCOME TAX PROVISION

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2009200820092008
TotalTotalTotalexcluding RestructuringTotal

Lazard Ltd Consolidated Effective Tax Rate

($ in thousands)
Operating Income (Loss)
Lazard Group
Allocable to LAZ-MD Holdings $19,480 $41,217 ($14,674 ) $8,800 $50,413
Allocable to Lazard Ltd 38,63546,933(18,119)20,95755,534
Total Lazard Group operating income (loss) 58,115 88,150 (32,793 ) 29,757 105,947
Lazard Ltd and its wholly owned subsidiaries (1,169)(412)(1,030)(1,030)(187)
Total Lazard Ltd consolidated operating income (loss) $56,946$87,738(33,823)$28,727$105,760
Provision for income taxes

Lazard Group (effective tax rates of 22.7% and (26.4%) for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2009 and 15.9% and 17.4% for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2008, respectively.) (a)

Allocable to LAZ-MD Holdings $4,361 $6,669 $2,636 $5,034 $8,910
Allocable to Lazard Ltd 8,8587,3866,02910,0329,482
Total Lazard Group provision for income taxes 13,219 14,055 8,665 15,066 18,392
Tax adjustment for Lazard Ltd entity-level (b) 3004,0556796794,558
Lazard Ltd consolidated provision for income taxes $13,519$18,110$9,344$15,745$22,950
Lazard Ltd consolidated effective tax rate 23.7%20.6% (27.6%)54.8%21.7%

Lazard Ltd Fully Exchanged Tax Rate

Operating Income (Loss)
Lazard Ltd consolidated operating income (loss) $56,946 $87,738 ($33,823 ) $28,727 $105,760
Adjustments for LAM GP related loss/(revenue) (257)(1,643)8138131,610
Operating income (loss) excluding LAM GP related revenue $56,689$86,095($33,010)$29,540$107,370
Provision for income taxes
Lazard Ltd consolidated provision for income taxes $13,519 $18,110 $9,344 $15,745 $22,950
Tax adjustment for full exchange (c) 233,4143403403,893
Total fully exchanged provision for income taxes $13,542$21,524$9,684$16,085$26,843
Lazard Ltd fully exchanged tax rate 23.9%25.0% (29.3%)54.5%25.0%
(a) Lazard Group effective tax rate of 50.6% excluding the restructuring expense for the six month period ended June 30, 2009.
(b) Represents an adjustment to the Lazard Ltd tax provision applicable to its ownership interest in Lazard Group's operating income exclusive of its share of LAM GP related gains and losses. For the six month period ended June 30, 2009, the income tax benefit associated with the restructuring expense was $6,401 which significantly impacted the effective tax rate.
(c) Represents an adjustment to the Lazard Ltd tax provision to effect a full exchange of LAZ-MD Holdings' ownership of Lazard Group common membership interests.

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SOURCE: Lazard Ltd

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