LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Oct 25, 2010

LPL Financial Announces Third Quarter 2010 and Year-to-Date Financial Results

Boston, MA - October 25, 2010 - LPL Investment Holdings Inc. (the "Company"), parent company of LPL Financial Corporation ("LPL Financial"), today announced net income of $26.1 million for the third quarter of 2010, or 26 cents per diluted share, compared to a loss of $1.5 million, or 2 cents per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2009.

Adjusted Net Income for the third quarter rose 16.7% to $40.5 million, or 41 cents per diluted share, from $34.7 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2009. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $98.6 million, up 10.1% from $89.6 million in the year-ago quarter. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to GAAP measures, along with an explanation of these metrics, is provided below.

Net revenue for the third quarter of 2010 increased 8.2% to $760.0 million from $702.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Strong growth in the Company's fee-based and asset-based revenues, combined with modest growth in commission and transaction based fees, highlighted an expansion of revenues during the quarter despite the equity market correction at the end of the second quarter and continued uncertainty in the capital markets.

The Company's solid results were achieved in the third quarter of 2010 through a combination of factors including: the Company's diversified sources of recurring revenues; growth in advisory and brokerage assets; a continued focus on disciplined expense management and operational efficiencies across the organization arising from its significant scale; and lower interest expense resulting from an opportunistic debt refinancing in the second quarter of 2010, which included a redemption of its senior unsecured subordinated notes. Additionally, financial results for the third quarter of 2009 include recognition of restructuring charges in connection with the conversion of the operations of the Affiliated Entities into the LPL Financial platform.

Third quarter results include the Focus Conference, the Company's national conference and one of the key seasonal factors affecting its performance. The Focus Conference serves as a critical training, sales and marketing event, and the Company receives revenues from product sponsors that only partially offset the cost of hosting the event.

For the first nine months of 2010, net revenue increased 13.8% to $2.3 billion, from $2.0 billion in the prior year period. The solid growth was led by strong equity market performance relative to the comparable prior-year period which helped drive strong growth in the Company's advisory fee and asset-based revenues, as well as trail-based commissions.

Net income was up 106.4% to $59.7 million for the first nine months of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. Adjusted Net Income through September 30, 2010, was $128.0 million, up 46.3% from the year-ago period. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months increased 20.2% to $314.0 million versus the same period in 2009.

Operational Highlights

  • Advisory assets in the Company's fee-based platforms were $86.2 billion for the third quarter of 2010, up 18.7% from $72.6 billion for the year-ago quarter, which outpaced the growth of the average S&P 500 for the period of 10.0%

  • Net new advisory assets were $6.3 billion during the twelve months ended September 30, 2010, reflecting strong new business development in 2009 due to the extraordinary industry and market conditions

  • Aset-based fees increased by 15.1% due to growth in record-keeping, omnibus processing and other administrative fees

  • Commission and transaction fee growth slowed due to softer client activity stemming from the equity market correction near the end of the second quarter of 2010 and the continued uncertainty in the capital markets


*  Not Meaningful

  1. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per share have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation, or as substitutes for analysis of the Company's results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

    • oAdjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per share do not reflect all cash expenditures, future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;

    • -Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per share do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital needs; and

    • oAdjusted EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on debt.


    -The reconciliation from net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income for the periods presented is as follows (in thousands):

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    1. Represents amortization of intangible assets and software as a result of the Company's purchase accounting adjustments from its merger transaction in 2005 and 2007 acquisitions of UVEST Financial Services Group, Inc. ("UVEST"), Mutual Service Corporation, Associated Financial Group, Inc., Associated Securities Corp, Inc., Associated Planners Investment Advisory, Inc. and Waterstone Financial Group, Inc. (collectively, the "Affiliated Entities") and IFMG Securities, Inc., Independent Financial Marketing Group, Inc. and LSC Insurance Agency of Arizona, Inc. (together, "IFMG").


    2. Represents share-based compensation related to vested stock options awarded to employees and non-executive directors based on the grant date fair value under the Black-Scholes valuation model.


    3. Represents acquisition and integration costs resulting from the Company's 2007 acquisitions of the Affiliated Entities and IFMG. Included in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, are expenditures for certain legal settlements that have not been resolved with the indemnifying party.


    4. Represents organizational restructuring charges incurred in 2009 and 2010 for severance and one-time termination benefits, asset impairments, lease and contract termination fees and other transfer costs.


    5. Represents debt amendment costs incurred in 2010 for amending and restating the credit agreement to establish a new term loan tranche and to extend the maturity of an existing tranche on the senior credit facilities, and debt extinguishment costs to redeem the subordinated notes, as well as certain professional fees incurred.


    6. Represents excise and other taxes.


    7. EBITDA Adjustments and amortization of purchased intangible assets and software have been tax effected using a federal rate of 35% and the applicable effective state rate, which ranged from 4.23% to 4.71%, net of the federal tax benefit. In April 2010, a step up in basis of $89.1 million for internally developed software that was established at the time of the 2005 merger transaction became fully amortized, resulting in lower balances of intangible assets that are amortized.


    8. Represents the after-tax expense of non-qualified stock options in which the Company receives a tax deduction upon exercise, and the full expense impact of incentive stock options granted to employees that have vested and qualify for preferential tax treatment and conversely, the Company does not receive a tax deduction. Share-based compensation for vesting of incentive stock options was $1.3 million and $0.8 million, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009, and $3.8 million and $2.1 million, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009.


    9. Represents Adjusted Net Income divided by weighted average number of shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis. Set forth is a reconciliation of earnings (loss) per share on a fully diluted basis as calculated in accordance with GAAP to Adjusted Net Income per share:




  2. Advisors are defined as those investment professionals who are licensed to do business with the Company's broker-dealer subsidiaries. The Company consolidated the operations of the Affiliated Entities with LPL Financial in the third quarter of 2009, which resulted in attrition of 138 advisors in the fourth quarter of 2009. Excluding this attrition, the Company added 128 new advisors during the twelve month period ended September 30, 2010.


  3. Advisory and brokerage assets are comprised of assets that are custodied, networked, and non-networked and reflect market movement in addition to new assets, inclusive of new business development and net of attrition.

About LPL Financial

LPL Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Investment Holdings Inc., is an independent broker-dealer. LPL Financial and its affiliates offer proprietary technology, comprehensive clearing and compliance services, practice management programs and training, and independent research to over 12,000 independent financial advisors and financial advisors at financial institutions. Additionally, LPL Financial supports approximately 4,000 financial advisors who are affiliated and licensed with insurance companies with customized clearing, advisory platforms and technology solutions. LPL Financial and its affiliates have over 2,500 employees with employees and offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. For more information, please visit www.lpl.com. Member FINRA/SIPC

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements (regarding the Company's future financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs, and other similar matters) that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "believes," "plans," "predicts," and similar terms. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to, changes in general economic and financial market conditions, fluctuations in the value of assets under management, effects of competition in the financial services industry, changes in the number of the Company's financial advisors and institutions and their ability to effectively market financial products and services, the effect of current, pending and future legislation, regulation and regulatory actions, and other factors set forth in the Company's Amendment No. 3 to Form S-1/A filed on August 10, 2010, which is available on www.sec.gov.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted Net Income represents net income before: (a) share-based compensation expense, (b) amortization of intangible assets and software, a component of depreciation and amortization, resulting from the merger transaction in 2005 and the 2007 acquisition of UVEST, the Affiliated Entities, and IFMG, © debt amendment and extinguishment costs and (d) restructuring and conversion costs. Reconciling items are tax effected using the income tax rates in effect for the applicable period, adjusted for any potentially non-deductible amounts. Adjusted Net Income per share represents Adjusted Net Income divided by weighted average outstanding shares on a fully diluted basis. The Company prepared Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per share to eliminate the effects of items that it does not consider indicative of its core operating performance. The Company believes this measure provides investors with greater transparency by helping illustrate the underlying financial and business trends relating to results of operations and financial condition and comparability between current and prior periods. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per share are not measures of the Company's financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or earnings per share or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of profitability or liquidity.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA (net income plus interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization), further adjusted to exclude certain non-cash charges and other adjustments set forth in the table above. The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA because the Company considers it a useful financial metric in assessing the Company's operating performance from period to period by excluding certain items that the Company believes are not representative of its core business, such as certain material non-cash items and other adjustments that are outside the control of management. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of the Company's financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of profitability or liquidity. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA can differ significantly from company to company depending on long-term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which companies operate and capital investments.



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