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Jones Lang LaSalle Reports Record Full-Year Revenue Driven by Strong Fourth Quarter

Adjusted annual net income of $166 million; adjusted EPS of $3.77


 
CHICAGO, February 1, 2011 – Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (NYSE: JLL) today reported net income of $154 million on a U.S. GAAP basis, or $3.48 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared with a net loss of $4 million, or $0.11 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2009.  Adjusting for Restructuring and co-investment charges, full-year 2010 net income would have been $166 million, or $3.77 per share, compared with $70 million, or $1.75 per share, in 2009.  Full-year revenue was a record high $2.9 billion, an increase of 18 percent in U.S. dollars, 17 percent in local currency, compared with 2009.  The firm’s adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“adjusted EBITDA”) were $337 million for the year.  
 
For the quarter ended December 31, 2010, net income was $84 million on a U.S. GAAP basis, or $1.91 per share, compared with $52 million, or $1.19 per share, for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009.   Adjusting for Restructuring and certain non-cash co-investment charges, fourth-quarter 2010 net income would have been $86 million, or $1.94 per share, compared with fourth-quarter 2009 net income of $63 million, or $1.44 per share, on an adjusted basis.  Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $956 million, a 17 percent increase from $815 million in 2009, 18 percent in local currency.  Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2010 was $143 million.
 
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2010 Full-Year Highlights:
 
  • Record high revenue of $2.9 billion, up 18 percent for the year

  • Continued transactional revenue improvement; Leasing revenue of $1.0 billion

  • Adjusted operating income margin improves to 9.1 percent from 6.6 percent in 2009; adjusted EBITDA margin improves to 11.5 percent

  • $5.0 billion of net capital raised by LaSalle Investment Management

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Results for full-year 2010 included $6 million of Restructuring charges as well as $10 million of non-cash co-investment charges, compared with $47 million and $51 million in 2009, respectively.

Results for the fourth quarter of 2010 included $1 million of Restructuring charges and $1 million of non-cash co-investment charges.  Restructuring charges are excluded from segment operating results although they are included for consolidated reporting.  The non-cash charges relate primarily to impairments of the firm’s investments in real estate ventures and are included in Equity losses at the consolidated and segment reporting levels.
 
“Our strong fourth-quarter and full-year results were achieved with activity from all our regions as well as LaSalle Investment Management,” said Colin Dyer, CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle. “As markets continue to recover, we are working to take additional market share and maintain good growth momentum into 2011,” Dyer added.

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Year-to-date operating expenses excluding Restructuring charges were $2.7 billion, an increase of 14 percent in local currency compared with 2009.  On a full-year basis, total compensation as a percentage of firm revenue improved to 64.9 percent, from 65.5 percent in 2009, driven by better productivity across the firm.  Full-year adjusted operating income margin, which excludes Restructuring charges, was 9.1 percent, up from 6.6 percent in 2009. Full-year adjusted EBITDA margin was 11.5 percent, up from 9.6 percent in 2009.

Operating expenses excluding Restructuring charges were $832 million for the fourth quarter, compared with $722 million in 2009.  On a local currency basis, operating expenses excluding Restructuring charges increased 15 percent over 2009, with increases the result of business growth and performance compensation.  Adjusted operating income margin improved to 13.0 percent in the fourth quarter, compared with an 11.4 percent margin in the same period of 2009. 

Balance Sheet

In 2010, the firm reduced its net debt position by $250 million, including a reduction in net bank debt of $155 million and a reduction in deferred acquisition obligations of $95 million.  The firm’s total net debt position at December 31, 2010, was $273 million.  The net debt reduction during the year was driven by strong cash flows generated from operations and modest cash outflows due to disciplined capital expenditures, effective tax management and low cash interest expense associated with reduced borrowing levels on the firm’s investment-grade balance sheet.
 
Business Segment Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter Performance Highlights

Americas Real Estate Services

Full-year revenue in the Americas region was nearly $1.3 billion, an increase of 22 percent over the prior year, driven by increased transactional activities both in Leasing, which increased 28 percent to $638 million, and Capital Markets and Hotels, which more than doubled to $84 million.

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Year-to-date operating expenses were $1.1 billion, compared with $945 million for the same period in 2009, an 18 percent increase.  Americas operating income margin improved to 11.8 percent, from 8.4 percent in 2009 on a full-year basis.  Full-year EBITDA for 2010 was $184 million, a margin of 14.6 percent, compared with $134 million for 2009, a margin of 13.0 percent. 
Operating expenses were $359 million in the fourth quarter, 19 percent higher than a year ago, but operating income margin improved to 16.2 percent, from 12.4 percent in the fourth quarter last year.  EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $79 million, compared with $52 million for the fourth quarter of 2009.
 
EMEA Real Estate Services

EMEA’s full-year revenue was $729 million in 2010 compared with $644 million in 2009, an increase of 13 percent, 17 percent in local currency, with the most significant contribution from Capital Markets and Hotels.  Transactional activity improved in the firm’s largest European markets. Capital Markets and Hotels momentum picked up in the fourth quarter, driving revenue up 41 percent in local currency compared with the fourth quarter of 2009.

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Year-to-date operating expenses were $709 million, an increase of 9 percent, 12 percent in local currency.  On a full-year basis, operating income margin was 2.7 percent, compared with an operating loss of 1.5 percent in the prior year.  Full-year EBITDA for 2010 was $38 million, a margin of 5.3 percent, compared with $11 million in 2009, a margin of 1.8 percent.
Operating expenses were $217 million in the fourth quarter, an increase of 4 percent from the prior year, 9 percent in local currency, primarily due to increased variable compensation expense related to improved year-over-year performance.  Operating income margin in EMEA improved to 8.5 percent in the fourth quarter, from 7.2 percent in 2009.  The region’s EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $26 million, compared with $22 million for the same period last year. 

Asia Pacific Real Estate Services

Revenue in the Asia Pacific region was $679 million in 2010, an increase of 26 percent compared with 2009, 17 percent in local currency.  The year-over-year increase was principally driven by transactional revenue improvement across most countries in the region compared with a year ago.  Fourth-quarter revenue was $223 million, compared with $178 million for the same period in 2009, an increase of 25 percent, 18 percent in local currency. 

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Operating expenses for the region were $629 million for full-year 2010, compared with $507 million in 2009, an increase of 16 percent in local currency.  Full-year operating income margin was 7.3 percent, compared with 5.9 percent in 2009.  EBITDA for 2010 was $62 million, a margin of 9.2 percent, compared with $44 million in 2009, a margin of 8.2 percent. 
Fourth-quarter operating expenses were $198 million, compared with $153 million in 2009, an increase of 22 percent year over year in local currency.  The region’s EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $29 million, consistent with very strong EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2009. 

LaSalle Investment Management

LaSalle Investment Management’s full-year Advisory fees were $238 million, compared with $242 million in 2009, a decrease of 3 percent in local currency.   Fourth-quarter Advisory fees were $61 million, down 1 percent compared with last year in both U.S. dollars and local currency. Transaction and incentive fees increased to $5.9 million in the fourth quarter versus $2.3 million in the prior year due to increased acquisition levels, bringing the year-to-date fees to $19.6 million.

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Full-year adjusted operating income margin, which excludes non-cash co-investment impairment charges, was 19.1 percent compared with 17.6 percent in 2009. 
LaSalle Investment Management raised net capital of $5.0 billion during the year, making 2010 the second-best year of capital raise in LaSalle history.  Investments totaled $3.2 billion for the year.  At the end of the fourth quarter assets under management were $41.3 billion.

Summary

The firm had a record-setting year of revenue and a strong recovery in profit performance.  It finished the year with a strong foundation for future growth and performance.  The Americas expanded its market positions, EMEA returned to positive operating income, and Asia Pacific demonstrated continued annuity and transaction revenue growth.  LaSalle Investment Management generated healthy margins on its advisory fees and raised significant levels of capital.  Profitability improved in all operating segments.  The firm is well positioned to take advantage of a consolidating industry and global economic recovery.

About Jones Lang LaSalle

Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate.  The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate.  With 2010 global revenue of more than $2.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from 750 locations worldwide, including 180 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.7 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 more than $41 billion of assets under management.  For further information, please visit the company’s website, www.joneslanglasalle.com.

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