JLL Reports Strong Third-Quarter 2017 Performance

JLL Reports Strong Third-Quarter 2017 Performance

JLL Reports Strong Third-Quarter 2017 Performance

The FINANCIAL -- Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated on November 6 reported strong operating performance for the third quarter of 2017, resulting in diluted earnings per share of $1.89 and adjusted diluted earnings per share1 of $1.96.

•Revenue up 14 percent to $1.9 billion; fee revenue1 up 12 percent to $1.6 billion

–Broad-based Real Estate Services and LaSalle revenue growth, primarily organic
–Balanced expansion of annuity and transactional businesses

•Margin improvement across all segments against solid market fundamentals

–Accretive organic and M&A contributions, partially offset by Integral integration
–Accelerated LaSalle incentive fees

•Operating cash flows continue to strengthen; 20 percent reduction in net debt during the quarter
•Semi-annual dividend of $0.37 per share; up 13 percent annually over 2016

CEO Comment:

“Solid organic growth and strong cash flows from operations contributed to our third-quarter performance,” said Christian Ulbrich, JLL CEO. “Continued healthy market fundamentals in the global economy and many real estate markets worldwide provide a good foundation through the end of the year and into 2018.”

Consolidated Third-Quarter 2017 Performance Highlights:

•Consolidated revenue was $1.9 billion and consolidated fee revenue was $1.6 billion, representing broad-based increases of 13 percent and 12 percent, respectively, against the prior-year quarter. Revenue growth reflects expansion of both transactional and annuity businesses and was geographically led by EMEA and Asia Pacific. Organic expansion accounted for approximately 70 percent of the RES fee revenue increase.

•Consolidated operating expenses, excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, were $1.8 billion, an increase of 12 percent compared with $1.6 billion in the prior year, and consolidated fee-based operating expenses, excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, were $1.5 billion, an increase of 11 percent compared with 2016. The increase in expenses was due to revenue growth as well as continued increases to investments in data, technology and people.

•LaSalle's performance was driven by incentive fees, up $27.2 million compared with the prior year, earned on opportunistic dispositions of real estate assets on behalf of clients in Asia Pacific. LaSalle's results also reflect notable equity earnings, primarily from net valuation increases across its co-investment portfolio.

Net income attributable to common shareholders was $86.6 million compared with $48.0 million last year. Adjusted EBITDA was $167.9 million, compared with $127.3 million in 2016. Adjusted EBITDA margin, calculated on a fee-revenue basis, was 10.3 percent in USD and local currency, compared with 8.8 percent last year. The consolidated results reflect increased performance across all segments, with notable contributions from transactional businesses and LaSalle incentive fees, along with management initiatives to contain controllable expenses, according to JLL.

•Diluted earnings per share were $1.89, compared with $1.05 last year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.96, compared with $1.42 in 2016.
Balance Sheet and Net Interest Expense:

•Total net debt was $1.0 billion as of September 30, 2017, a decrease of $254.1 million from last quarter, primarily reflecting business performance and continued improvements in working capital management.

•Net interest expense for the third quarter was $15.0 million, up from $12.4 million in 2016. The increase was driven by a higher effective interest rate on debt, partially offset by a net period-over- period decrease in average borrowings, attributable to an improvement of over $180 million in operating cash flows compared with the third quarter of 2016.

•The company's Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.37 per share that will be paid on December 15, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 16, 2017. Total dividends declared for 2017 were $0.72 per share, an increase of 13 percent over dividends paid in 2016.

Americas Third-Quarter 2017 Performance Highlights:

•Total revenue was $796.7 million and fee revenue was $749.2 million, representing increases of 3 percent and 5 percent, respectively, compared with 2016. The growth was led by Advisory, Consulting and Other, with contributions from Technology Solutions and the recently acquired U.S. valuations platform. Leasing continued its strong year-to-date performance in favorable market conditions, specifically in the U.S. Northwest, New York and New England markets.

•Operating expenses were $723.3 million, up 2 percent from $707.3 million in 2016, and fee-based operating expenses, excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, were $682.9 million, up 4 percent from $654.7 million in 2016, both correlating with the increase in revenue.

•Operating income was $73.4 million, up 15 percent from $63.8 million last year. Adjusted EBITDA was $90.5 million, compared with $82.2 million in 2016. Adjusted EBITDA margin, calculated on a fee-revenue basis, was 12.1 percent in USD and local currency, compared with 11.5 percent last year. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA margin was driven by changes in service mix augmented by management initiatives to contain controllable expenses.

EMEA Third-Quarter 2017 Performance Highlights:

•EMEA revenue was $635.2 million and fee revenue was $463.6 million, reflecting increases of 19 percent and 21 percent, respectively, from last year, with growth across all service lines. The largest source of revenue expansion was in Property & Facility Management, reflecting incremental fee revenue from the August 2016 acquisition of Integral UK Ltd. (“Integral”). Strong growth in Capital Markets & Hotels reflects notable contributions from investment sales in Finland, the UK and Germany. Project & Development Services fee revenue growth was most prominent in MENA and France.

•Operating expenses were $633.0 million, up 19 percent from $523.5 million in 2016. Fee-based operating expenses, excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, were $461.4 million, up 21 percent from $377.4 million last year, due to incremental fee-based operating expenses relating to Integral along with continued increases to investments in data, technology and people.

•Operating income was $2.2 million, compared with an operating loss of $0.8 million in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA was $13.9 million, an increase from $8.5 million last year. Adjusted EBITDA margin, calculated on a fee-revenue basis, was 3.0 percent in USD (2.7 percent in local currency), compared with 2.3 percent last year. The increase in profitability reflects revenue performance for the quarter and management initiatives to contain expenses, partially offset by continued integration of Integral.

Asia Pacific Third-Quarter 2017 Performance Highlights:

•Asia Pacific revenue was $413.0 million, an increase of 24 percent from 2016; fee revenue was $309.7 million, an increase of 13 percent from last year. Fee revenue growth reflects strong performance in Capital Markets & Hotels and Property & Facility Management and was geographically led by Australia, Greater China and Japan.

•Operating expenses were $388.8 million, up 23 percent from $313.5 million last year. Fee-based operating expenses, excluding restructuring and acquisition charges, were $285.5 million, up 12 percent from $254.3 million last year. The increase in expenses correlated with the revenue growth.

•Operating income was $24.2 million, compared with $17.6 million in 2016. Adjusted EBITDA was $30.3 million, an increase from $22.3 million in 2016. Adjusted EBITDA margin, calculated on a fee- revenue basis, was 9.8 percent in USD and local currency, compared with 8.2 percent last year, reflecting strong organic growth and higher margin transactional businesses during the quarter coupled with ongoing cost containment initiatives.

LaSalle Third-Quarter 2017 Performance Highlights:

•Total revenue of $102.1 million increased 28 percent from 2016 due to incentive fees earned on opportunistic dispositions of real estate assets on behalf of clients in Asia Pacific.

•Equity earnings were $11.6 million, compared with $4.9 million in 2016. Both periods were driven by net valuation increases to investments in Europe and Asia.

•Operating expenses were $80.4 million, up 12 percent from $71.9 million last year, reflecting the increase in variable compensation expense associated with the noted increase in incentive fees, offset by management initiatives to contain controllable expenses.

•Operating income was $21.7 million, an increase from $8.4 million in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA was $33.3 million, compared with $14.1 million last year. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 32.6 percent in USD (32.9 percent in local currency), compared with 17.6 percent in the prior-year period.

•Assets under management were $59.0 billion as of September 30, 2017, an increase of 2 percent in USD (1 percent in local currency) from $57.6 billion as of June 30, 2017. The net increase in assets under management during the third quarter resulted from $1.4 billion of acquisitions, $0.9 billion of net valuation increases and $0.9 billion of foreign currency increases, partially offset by $1.8 billion of dispositions and withdrawals.