LPL Financial’s LPLA fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of $1.68 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.62. The figure reflects an increase of 13% from the prior-year quarter.
Revenue growth, and an increase in total brokerage and advisory assets aided results. However, higher expenses acted as a headwind.
After taking into consideration non-recurring items, net income was $126.7 million, increasing 5% year over year.
For 2019, adjusted earnings of $7.17 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $7.12. The figure reflects an increase of 35% from the previous year. Net income was $559.9 million, increasing 27% year over year.
Revenues Improve, Expenses Rise
Total quarterly net revenues were $1.45 billion, up 10% year over year. The rise was supported by an increase in almost all revenue components, except for transaction and fee income; and interest income, net of interest expenses. The reported figure marginally surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.44 billion.
For 2019, total net revenues were $5.62 billion, up 8% year over year. The figure surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.56 billion.
Total quarterly operating expenses increased 11% year over year to $1.25 billion. All expense components increased, except for professional services costs; brokerage, clearing and exchange-related costs; and other costs.
At the end of the fourth quarter, LPL Financial’s total brokerage and advisory assets were $764.4 billion, up 22% year over year.
Total net new assets were $8.8 billion at the end of the quarter, up from $5.9 billion recorded at the end of the prior-year quarter. Total client cash balances decreased 3% year over year to $33.7 billion.
Balance Sheet Position
As of Dec 31, 2019, the company had total assets of $5.88 billion, up 7% from the Dec 31, 2018 level. As of the same date, cash and cash equivalents totaled $590.2 million, up from $511.1 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
Also, total stockholders’ equity was $1.02 billion as of Dec 31, 2019, up from $974.1 million recorded as of Dec 31, 2018.
Share Repurchase Update
LPL Financial repurchased $120 million worth of shares during the quarter.
For 2020, management expects core G&A expenses of $915-$940 million.
LPL Financial delivered a decent performance in the fourth quarter. The company’s recruiting efforts and solid advisor productivity will likely continue to aid revenues. Moreover, its inorganic growth efforts (including the acquisition of Allen & Company) look impressive and will likely aid the top line.
LPL Financial Holdings Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Currently, LPL Financial sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Performance & Earnings Release Date of Other Companies
BlackRock, Inc.’s BLK fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of $8.34 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $7.67. Moreover, the figure was 37.2% higher than the year-ago quarter’s number.
Cohen & Steers’ CNS fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of 74 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 67 cents. Also, the bottom line was 32.1% higher than the year-ago quarter figure.
Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. AMG is slated to announce results on Feb 3.
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