LPL Financial Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results


Fourth Quarter 2017 Key Performance Indicators

Earnings per share ("EPS") increased 50% year-over-year to $0.69, up 10% sequentially.

◦ EPS prior to $0.24 of cost from NPH and $0.10 of benefit from tax reform increased 81% year-over-year to $0.83.

◦ Net Income increased 54% year-over-year to $64 million, up 10% sequentially.

◦ Net Income prior to NPH and tax reform increased 85% year-over-year to $77 million.

EPS prior to Amortization of Intangible Assets** increased 46% year-over-year to $0.76.

◦ Prior to NPH and tax reform, EPS prior to Amortization of Intangible Assets increased 71% year-over-year to $0.89.

Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets increased 21% year-over-year to $615 billion, up 10% sequentially.

◦ Prior to NPH, Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets increased 14% year-over-year to $581 billion.

Total Net New Assets were an inflow of $37.5 billion, including $34.2 billion from NPH.

◦ Total Net New Assets prior to NPH were an inflow of $3.3 billion, translating to a 2.4% annualized growth rate.

• Net new advisory assets prior to NPH were an inflow of $6.3 billion, translating to a 10% annualized growth rate.

• Net new brokerage assets prior to NPH were an outflow of $3.0 billion, translating to a (4)% annualized rate.

◦ Advisor count increased to 15,210, up 957 sequentially, including 953 advisors joining from NPH.

Gross Profit** increased 16% year-over-year to $403 million, up 4% sequentially, including approximately $4 million generated by NPH advisors.

EBITDA** increased 17% year-over-year to $139 million, down 11% sequentially.

◦ EBITDA prior to NPH increased 43% year-over-year to $170 million, and increased 7% sequentially.

◦ EBITDA as a percentage of Gross Profit was 35%, up from 34% a year ago.

• EBITDA as a percentage of Gross Profit prior to NPH was 43%, up 820 bps year-over-year.

◦ Core G&A** increased 8% year-over-year to $195 million, and increased 9% sequentially.

• Core G&A prior to NPH increased 1% year-over-year to $183 million, and increased 4% sequentially.

Full Year 2017 Key Performance Indicators
EPS increased 22% year-over-year to $2.59.
◦ EPS prior to $0.26 of cost from NPH and $0.10 of benefit from tax reform increased 29% year-over-year to $2.75.
◦ Net Income increased 24% year-over-year to $239 million.
• Net Income prior to NPH and tax reform increased 32% year-over-year to $254 million.
EPS prior to Amortization of Intangible Assets** increased 19% year-over-year to $2.84.
◦ Prior to NPH and tax reform, EPS prior to Amortization of Intangible Assets increased 26% year-over-year to $3.00.
Gross Profit** increased 12% year-over-year to $1.6 billion.
EBITDA** increased 21% year-over-year to $616 million.
◦ EBITDA prior to NPH increased 28% year-over-year to $651 million.
◦ EBITDA as a percentage of Gross Profit was 40%, up from 36% in 2016.
• EBITDA as a percentage of Gross Profit prior to NPH was 42%.
◦ Core G&A** increased 4% year-over-year to $727 million.
• Core G&A prior to NPH increased 2% year-over-year to $712 million, compared to an initial outlook range of $710 - $725 million.
◦ Production retention rate for the year was 95%. Prior to the impact of client departures discussed during the Company's Q2 2017 earnings call, the full year production retention rate was 97%.

Key Updates
Estimate NPH overall production transfer rate of approximately 70% and run-rate EBITDA accretion equivalent to production transfer rate of approximately 80%, or $85 million.
Established 2018 Core G&A** outlook range of $730 to $750 million prior to NPH, and total Core G&A outlook range of $800 to $830 million.
Estimate tax reform will lower the Company's 2018 effective tax rate to within a range of 27% to 29%.
Returned $53 million of capital to shareholders in Q4 through $30 million of share repurchases and $23 million of dividends for the quarter.

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LPLA) (the “Company”) today announced results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017, reporting net income of $64 million, or $0.69 per share. This compares with $42 million, or $0.46 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $58 million, or $0.63 per share, in the prior quarter.

“We delivered another solid quarter capping a year of consistent business and financial results,” said Dan Arnold, president and CEO. “We onboarded the first group of advisors from our NPH acquisition in December and the second group of advisors will join us in February. As we look forward to 2018, we remain focused on our strategic priorities of growing our core business and executing with excellence.”

“We drove operating leverage, grew earnings, and created shareholder value in 2017,” said Matt Audette, CFO. “As we look ahead to 2018, the combined benefit of a strong macro environment, tax reform, and onboarding of NPH is likely to increase our cash flow generation and provide more flexibility to deploy capital. We will continue to be disciplined in our approach as we evaluate the best way to deploy this capital, with a focus on investing for organic growth, taking advantage of M&A opportunities if they arise, and returning capital to shareholders.”

Additional Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial and Business Highlights
NPH Update
• Onboarded $34.4 billion in Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets, including $26.7 billion in brokerage assets and $7.7 billion in advisory assets, and 953 advisors as of year-end.
• Q4 onboarding expenses were $17 million, including $7 million of Core G&A expense and $10 million of promotional expense. These expenses, combined with $3 million of Core G&A expense in Q3, make $20 million of onboarding expense in 2017, which were included in the Company’s estimated total onboarding costs of approximately $40 to $60 million.
• Q4 financial assistance was $44 million, including $32 million provided as forgivable loans and $12 million provided as cash assistance and expensed in Q4. This assistance was included in the Company’s estimated financial assistance of around $100 million.
• Recorded $98 million in intangible assets and $62 million in goodwill in December related to the Wave 1 onboarding of NPH assets. This increased Q4 amortization of intangible assets expense by $1 million sequentially.

Capital Management

  • The Company returned capital to shareholders totaling $53 million in Q4 2017 and $204 million in full-year 2017, translating to $0.57 per share for Q4 and $2.21 per share for 2017 respectively.
    • Deployed $30 million of capital to repurchase 603 thousand shares at an average price of $49.76 per share in Q4 2017. This contributed to a total of $114 million of capital deployed to repurchase 2.6 million shares at an average price of $43.42 per share in 2017.
    • Increased the Company’s share repurchase authorization up to an aggregate of $500 million of its issued and outstanding common stock.
    • Paid dividends of $23 million on November 27, 2017. This contributed to $90 million of total dividends paid in 2017.
  • Capital expenditures were primarily driven by technology spend and totaled $26 million in Q4 and $112 million for 2017.
  • Cash available for corporate use was $439 million as of quarter-end, and Credit Agreement Net Leverage Ratio, which only applies to the revolving credit facility, was 2.81x, down 0.40x from the prior quarter.
    • After applying $300 million of cash available for corporate use to Credit Agreement Net Debt, this left an additional $139 million of cash, which if applied to the debt, would further reduce the Credit Agreement Net Leverage Ratio to 2.63x.

Conference Call and Additional Information

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its results at 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 1. To listen, call 877-677-9122 (domestic) or 708-290-1401 (international); passcode 1698747, or visit investor.lpl.com (webcast). Replays will be available by phone and on investor.lpl.com beginning two hours after the call and until Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, respectively. For telephonic replay, call 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international); passcode 1698747.

About LPL Financial

LPL Financial is a leader in the retail financial advice market and the nation’s largest independent broker/dealer*. We serve independent financial advisors and financial institutions, providing them with the technology, research, clearing and compliance services, and practice management programs they need to create and grow thriving practices. LPL enables them to provide objective guidance to millions of American families seeking wealth management, retirement planning, financial planning and asset management solutions. LPL.com

*based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine June 1996-2017.

Securities and Advisory Services offered through LPL Financial. A Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC.

**Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Management believes that presenting certain non-GAAP financial measures by excluding or including certain items can be helpful to investors and analysts who may wish to use this information to analyze the Company’s current performance, prospects, and valuation. Management uses this non-GAAP information internally to evaluate operating performance and in formulating the budget for future periods. Management believes that the non-GAAP measures and metrics discussed below are appropriate for evaluating the performance of the Company.

EPS Prior to Amortization of Intangible Assets is defined as EPS plus Amortization of Intangible Assets expense, net of applicable tax benefit, divided by the number of shares outstanding for the applicable period. The Company presents EPS Prior to Amortization of Intangible Assets because management believes that it can be a useful financial metric to investors because it provides greater insight into the Company’s core operating performance by excluding non-cash items that management does not believe impact the Company’s ongoing operations. EPS Prior to Amortization of Intangible Assets is not a measure of the Company's financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP EPS or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. For a reconciliation of EPS Prior to Amortization of Intangible Assets to net income, please see footnote 31 on page 22 of this release.

Gross Profit is calculated as net revenues, which were $1,116 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, less commission and advisory expenses and brokerage, clearing, and exchange fees, which were $698 million and $15 million, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2017. All other expense categories, including depreciation and amortization, are considered general and administrative in nature. Because the Company’s gross profit amounts do not include any depreciation and amortization expense, the Company considers its gross profit amounts to be non-GAAP measures that may not be comparable to those of others in its industry. Management believes that Gross Profit can be useful to investors because it shows the Company’s core operating performance before indirect costs that are general and administrative in nature.

Core G&A consists of total operating expenses, which were $1,008 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, excluding the following expenses: commission and advisory, regulatory charges, promotional, employee share-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, amortization of intangible assets, and brokerage, clearing, and exchange. Management presents Core G&A because it believes Core G&A reflects the corporate operating expense categories over which management can generally exercise a measure of control, compared with expense items over which management either cannot exercise control, such as commission and advisory expenses, or which management views as promotional expense necessary to support advisor growth and retention including conferences and transition assistance. Core G&A is not a measure of the Company’s total operating expenses as calculated in accordance with GAAP. For a reconciliation of Core G&A against the Company’s total operating expenses, please see footnote 3 on page 20 of this release. The Company does not provide an outlook for its total operating expenses because it contains expense components, such as commission and advisory expenses, that are market-driven and over which the Company cannot exercise control. Accordingly a reconciliation of the Company’s outlook for Core G&A to an outlook for total operating expenses cannot be made available without unreasonable effort. Prior to 2016, the Company calculated Core G&A as consisting of total operating expenses, excluding the items described above, as well as excluding other items that primarily consisted of acquisition and integration costs resulting from various acquisitions and organizational restructuring and conversion costs. Beginning with results reported for Q1 2016, Core G&A was presented as including these items that were historically adjusted out.

EBITDA is defined as net income plus interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation, and amortization. The Company presents EBITDA because management believes that it can be a useful financial metric in understanding the Company’s earnings from operations. 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, the Company’s EBITDA can differ significantly from EBITDA calculated by other companies, depending on long-term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which companies operate, and capital investments.

Credit Agreement EBITDA is defined in, and calculated by management in accordance with, the Company's credit agreement (“Credit Agreement”) as “Consolidated EBITDA,” which is Consolidated Net Income (as defined in the Credit Agreement) plus interest expense, tax expense, depreciation and amortization and further adjusted to exclude certain non-cash charges and other adjustments, including unusual or non-recurring charges and gains, and to include future expected cost savings, operating expense reductions or other synergies from certain transactions, including the NPH acquisition. The Company presents Credit Agreement EBITDA because management believes that it can be a useful financial metric in understanding the Company’s debt capacity and covenant compliance under its Credit Agreement. Credit Agreement 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, the Company’s Credit Agreement-defined EBITDA can differ significantly from adjusted EBITDA calculated by other companies, depending on long-term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which companies operate, capital investments, and types of adjustments made by such companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release regarding the Company's future financial and operating results, outlook, success in recruiting and onboarding advisors from the broker/dealer network of National Planning Holdings, Inc. (“NPH”), future effective tax rate, growth, prospects, business strategies, future market position, future operating environment, and goals, including forecasts and statements relating to the Company’s future expenses, capital plans, as well as any other statements that are not related to present facts or current conditions or that are not purely historical, constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company's historical performance and its plans, estimates, and expectations as of February 1, 2018. The words “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “plans,” “will,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees that the future results, plans, intentions, or expectations expressed or implied by the Company will be achieved. Matters subject to forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including economic, legislative, regulatory, competitive, and other factors, which may cause actual financial or operating results, levels of activity, or the timing of events, to be materially different than those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include: changes in general economic and financial market conditions, including retail investor sentiment; fluctuations in the value of advisory and brokerage assets; fluctuations in levels of net new assets and the related impact on revenue; fluctuations in the number of retail investors served by the Company; effects of competition in the financial services industry and the success of the Company in attracting and retaining financial advisors and institutions; changes in the number of the Company's financial advisors and institutions, and their ability to market effectively financial products and services; whether the retail investors served by newly-recruited advisors choose to open accounts and/or move their respective assets to new accounts at the Company; changes in interest rates and fees payable by banks participating in the Company's cash sweep program, the Company's strategy and success in managing cash sweep program fees; changes in the growth and profitability of the Company's fee-based business; the effect of current, pending and future legislation, regulation and regulatory actions, including changes in the retail retirement savings area and disciplinary actions imposed by federal and state securities regulators and self-regulatory organizations; the costs of settling and remediating issues related to pending or future regulatory matters or legal proceedings; execution of the Company's capital management plans, including its compliance with the terms of its existing credit agreement and the indenture governing its senior notes; the price, the availability of shares, and trading volumes of the Company's common stock, which will affect the timing and size of future share repurchases by the Company; changes made to the Company’s offerings and services, and the effect that such changes may have on the Company’s gross profit streams and costs; execution of the Company's plans and its success in realizing the expense savings, service improvements, and/or efficiencies expected to result from its initiatives and programs; the Company's success in negotiating and developing commercial arrangements with third-party services providers; the performance of third-party service providers to which business processes are transitioned from the Company; the Company's ability to control operating risks, information technology systems risks, cybersecurity risks, and sourcing risks; and the other factors set forth in Part I, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in the Company's 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K, as may be amended or updated in the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC. In particular, the Company can provide no assurance that the assets reported as serviced by NPH financial advisors will translate into assets serviced at LPL Financial or that such financial advisors will join LPL Financial or remain at LPL Financial. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include: difficulties and delays in recruiting or transferring the licenses of NPH’s advisors and/or onboarding the clients or businesses of NPH’s advisors; disruptions of the Company’s business due to transaction-related uncertainty or other factors making it more difficult to maintain relationships with its financial advisors and their clients, employees, other business partners or governmental entities; the choice by clients of NPH’s advisors not to open brokerage and/or advisory accounts at LPL Financial and/or move their respective assets from NPH to a new account at LPL Financial; and effects of competition in the financial services industry, including competitors’ success in recruiting NPH’s advisors. Except as required by law, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this earnings release, even if its estimates change, and you should not rely on statements contained herein as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended December 31, Years Ended December 31,
2017 2016 % Change 2017 2016 % Change
REVENUES
Commission$425,943 $423,267 1% $1,670,824 $1,737,435 (4%)
Advisory375,928 325,383 16% 1,409,247 1,289,681 9%
Asset-based193,707 144,136 34% 708,333 556,475 27%
Transaction and fee103,145 102,788 % 424,667 415,715 2%
Interest income, net of interest expense6,542 5,342 22% 24,473 21,282 15%
Other11,177 6,541 71% 43,937 28,795 53%
Total net revenues1,116,442 1,007,457 11% 4,281,481 4,049,383 6%
EXPENSES
Commission and advisory697,725 646,501 8% 2,669,599 2,600,624 3%
Compensation and benefits119,748 108,741 10% 456,918 436,557 5%
Promotional60,066 35,602 69% 171,661 148,612 16%
Depreciation and amortization20,138 19,783 2% 84,071 75,928 11%
Amortization of intangible assets9,997 9,499 5% 38,293 38,035 1%
Occupancy and equipment26,343 25,609 3% 97,332 92,956 5%
Professional services20,675 17,944 15% 71,407 67,128 6%
Brokerage, clearing and exchange expense15,480 14,213 9% 57,047 54,509 5%
Communications and data processing12,416 12,652 (2%) 44,941 44,453 1%
Other25,070 27,075 (7%) 96,210 96,587 %
Total operating expenses1,007,658 917,619 10% 3,787,479 3,655,389 4%
Non-operating interest expense28,894 24,895 16% 107,025 96,478 11%
Loss on extinguishment of debt n/m 22,407 n/m
Income before provision for income taxes79,890 64,943 23% 364,570 297,516 23%
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES15,792 23,207 (32%) 125,707 105,585 19%
NET INCOME$64,098 $41,736 54% $238,863 $191,931 24%
Earnings per share, basic$0.71 $0.47 51% $2.65 $2.15 23%
Earnings per share, diluted$0.69 $0.46 50% $2.59 $2.13 22%
Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic 89,921 89,212 1% 90,002 89,072 1%
Weighted-average shares outstanding, diluted 92,386 91,014 2% 92,115 90,013 2%


LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income Trend
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Quarterly Results
Q4 2017 Q3 2017 Q2 2017
REVENUES
Commission$425,943 $403,011 $420,706
Advisory375,928 356,945 346,515
Asset-based193,707 183,953 173,450
Transaction and fee103,145 103,999 109,361
Interest income, net of interest expense6,542 6,162 5,976
Other11,177 10,038 9,496
Total net revenues1,116,442 1,064,108 1,065,504
EXPENSES
Commission and advisory697,725 663,765 663,046
Compensation and benefits119,748 113,659 110,299
Promotional60,066 42,935 32,006
Depreciation and amortization20,138 21,996 21,190
Amortization of intangible assets9,997 9,352 9,453
Occupancy and equipment26,343 22,803 22,987
Professional services20,675 16,438 18,757
Brokerage, clearing and exchange expense15,480 13,491 13,890
Communications and data processing12,416 10,866 10,645
Other25,070 24,376 24,201
Total operating expenses1,007,658 939,681 926,474
Non-operating interest expense28,894 26,519 26,261
Loss on extinguishment of debt 1,268
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES79,890 96,640 112,769
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES15,792 38,498 44,335
NET INCOME$64,098 $58,142 $68,434
Earnings per share, basic$0.71 $0.65 $0.76
Earnings per share, diluted$0.69 $0.63 $0.74
Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic 89,921 89,967 90,251
Weighted-average shares outstanding, diluted 92,386 92,042 92,013


LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(Dollars in thousands, except par value)
(Unaudited)
December 31,
2017
December 31, 2016
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $811,136 $747,709
Cash and securities segregated under federal and other regulations 763,831 768,219
Restricted cash 50,688 42,680
Receivables from:
Clients, net of allowance of $466 at December 31, 2017 and $1,580 at December 31, 2016 344,230 341,199
Product sponsors, broker-dealers, and clearing organizations 196,207 175,122
Advisor loans, net of allowance of $3,264 at December 31, 2017 and $1,852 at December 31, 2016 219,157 194,526
Others, net of allowance of $6,115 at December 31, 2017 and $12,851 at December 31, 2016 228,986 189,632
Securities owned:
Trading — at fair value 17,879 11,404
Held-to-maturity 11,833 8,862
Securities borrowed 12,489 5,559
Fixed assets, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $427,344 at December 31, 2017 and $355,919 at December 31, 2016 412,684 387,368
Goodwill 1,427,769 1,365,838
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $419,066 at December 31, 2017 and $380,775 at December 31, 2016 414,093 353,996
National Planning Holdings acquisition 162,500
Other assets 285,269 242,812
Total assets $5,358,751 $4,834,926
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
LIABILITIES:
Drafts payable $185,929 $198,839
Payables to clients 962,891 863,765
Payables to broker-dealers and clearing organizations 54,262 63,032
Accrued commission and advisory expenses payable 147,095 128,476
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 461,149 385,545
Income taxes payable 469 4,607
Unearned revenue 72,222 62,785
Securities sold, but not yet purchased — at fair value 1,182 183
Long-term borrowings, net 2,385,022 2,175,436
Leasehold financing and capital lease obligations 107,518 105,649
Deferred income taxes, net 16,004 25,614
Total liabilities 4,393,743 4,013,931
Commitments and contingencies
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:
Common stock, $.001 par value; 600,000,000 shares authorized; 123,030,383 shares issued at December 31, 2017 and 119,917,854 shares issued at December 31, 2016 123 120
Additional paid-in capital 1,556,117 1,445,256
Treasury stock, at cost — 33,262,115 shares at December 31, 2017 and 30,621,270 shares at December 31, 2016 (1,309,568) (1,194,645)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 315
Retained earnings 718,336 569,949
Total stockholders’ equity 965,008 820,995
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $5,358,751 $4,834,926


LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Management's Statements of Operations (1)
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

The information presented on pages 10-19 of this release is presented as reviewed by the Company’s management and includes information derived from the Company’s Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income, non-GAAP financial measures, and operational and performance metrics. For information on non-GAAP financial measures, please see the section titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" that begins on page 4 of this release.

Quarterly Results
Q4 2017 Q3 2017 % Change Q4 2016 % Change
Gross Profit(1)
Sales-based commissions$174,052 $160,098 9% $188,943 (8%)
Trailing commissions251,891 242,913 4% 234,324 7%
Advisory375,928 356,945 5% 325,383 16%
Commission and advisory fees801,871 759,956 6% 748,650 7%
Commission and advisory expense(697,725) (663,765) 5% (646,501) 8%
Commission and advisory fees, net of payout104,146 96,191 8% 102,149 2%
Cash sweep88,333 81,617 8% 48,756 81%
Other asset-based(2)105,374 102,336 3% 95,380 10%
Transaction and fee103,145 103,999 (1%) 102,788 %
Interest income and other17,719 16,200 9% 11,883 49%
Total net commission and advisory fees and attachment revenue418,717 400,343 5% 360,956 16%
Brokerage, clearing, and exchange expense(15,480) (13,491) 15% (14,213) 9%
Gross Profit(1)403,237 386,852 4% 346,743 16%
G&A Expense
Core G&A(3)194,607 178,769 9% 180,974 8%
Regulatory charges5,433 4,433 n/m 6,275 n/m
Promotional60,066 42,935 40% 35,602 69%
Employee share-based compensation4,212 4,940 (15%) 4,772 (12%)
Total G&A264,318 231,077 14% 227,623 16%
EBITDA(1)138,919 155,775 (11%) 119,120 17%
Depreciation and amortization20,138 21,996 (8%) 19,783 2%
Amortization of intangible assets9,997 9,352 7% 9,499 5%
Non-operating interest expense28,894 26,519 9% 24,895 16%
Loss on extinguishment of debt 1,268 n/m n/m
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES79,890 96,640 (17%) 64,943 23%
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES15,792 38,498 (59%) 23,207 (32%)
NET INCOME$64,098 $58,142 10% $41,736 54%
Earnings per share, diluted$0.69 $0.63 10% $0.46 50%
Weighted-average shares outstanding, diluted 92,386 92,042 % 91,014 2%


LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Management's Statements of Operations Trend (1)
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

The information presented on pages 10-19 of this release is presented as reviewed by the Company’s management and includes information derived from the Company’s Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income, non-GAAP financial measures, and operational and performance metrics. For information on non-GAAP financial measures, please see the section titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" that begins on page 4 of this release.

Quarterly Results
Q4 2017 Q3 2017 Q2 2017
Gross Profit(1)
Sales-based commissions$174,052 $160,098 $181,843
Trailing commissions251,891 242,913 238,863
Advisory375,928 356,945 346,515
Commission and advisory fees801,871 759,956 767,221
Commission and advisory expense(697,725) (663,765) (663,046)
Commission and advisory fees, net of payout104,146 96,191 104,175
Cash sweep88,333 81,617 71,848
Other asset-based(2)105,374 102,336 101,602
Transaction and fee103,145 103,999 109,361
Interest income and other17,719 16,200 15,472
Total net commission and advisory fees and attachment revenue418,717 400,343 402,458
Brokerage, clearing, and exchange expense(15,480) (13,491) (13,890)
Gross Profit(1)403,237 386,852 388,568
G&A Expense
Core G&A(3)194,607 178,769 176,428
Regulatory charges5,433 4,433 5,428
Promotional60,066 42,935 32,006
Employee share-based compensation4,212 4,940 5,033
Total G&A264,318 231,077 218,895
EBITDA(1)138,919 155,775 169,673
Depreciation and amortization20,138 21,996 21,190
Amortization of intangible assets9,997 9,352 9,453
Non-operating interest expense28,894 26,519 26,261
Loss on extinguishment of debt 1,268
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES79,890 96,640 112,769
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES15,792 38,498 44,335
NET INCOME$64,098 $58,142 $68,434
Earnings per share, diluted$0.69 $0.63 $0.74
Weighted-average shares outstanding, diluted 92,386 92,042 92,013


LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Operating Measures (1)
(Dollars in billions, except where noted) (Unaudited)

Q4 2017 Q3 2017 Change Q4 2016 Change
Market Drivers
S&P 500 Index (end of period)2,674 2,519 6% 2,239 19%
Fed Funds Daily Effective Rate (FFER) (average bps)120 116 4bps 45 75bps
Assets
Advisory Assets(4)$273.0 $250.2 9% $211.6 29%
Brokerage Assets(5)342.1 309.8 10% 297.8 15%
Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets$615.1 $560.0 10% $509.4 21%
Advisory % of Total Assets44.4% 44.7% (30bps) 41.5% 290bps
Assets Prior to NPH
Advisory Assets(4)$265.2 $250.2 6% $211.6 25%
Brokerage Assets(5)315.5 309.8 2% 297.8 6%
Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets$580.7 $560.0 4% $509.4 14%
Advisory % of Total Assets45.7% 44.7% 100bps 41.5% 420bps
Assets by Platform
Corporate Platform Advisory Assets(6)$160.0 $145.0 10% $127.0 26%
Hybrid Platform Advisory Assets(7)113.0 105.2 7% 84.6 34%
Total Brokerage Assets342.1 309.8 10% 297.8 15%
Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets$615.1 $560.0 10% $509.4 21%
Assets by Platform Prior to NPH
Corporate Platform Advisory Assets(6)$152.7 $145.0 5% $127.0 20%
Hybrid Platform Advisory Assets(7)112.5 105.2 7% 84.6 33%
Total Brokerage Assets315.5 309.8 2% 297.8 6%
Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets$580.7 $560.0 4% $509.4 14%
Centrally Managed Assets
Centrally Managed Assets (8)$32.9 $29.3 12% $23.2 42%
Centrally Managed Assets % of Total Advisory Assets12.1% 11.7% 40bps 11.0% 110bps
Centrally Managed Assets Prior to NPH
Centrally Managed Assets (8)$31.8 $29.3 9% $23.2 37%
Centrally Managed Assets % of Total Advisory Assets12.0% 11.7% 30bps 11.0% 100bps
Retirement Assets
Advisory Retirement Assets(9)$152.6 $139.3 10% $116.2 31%
Brokerage Retirement Assets(9)168.7 155.5 8% 148.9 13%
Total Brokerage and Advisory Retirement Assets (9)$321.3 $294.8 9% $265.1 21%
Retirement % of Total Assets52.2% 52.6% (40bps) 52.0% 20bps
Retirement Assets Prior to NPH
Advisory Retirement Assets(9)$147.8 $139.3 6% $116.2 27%
Brokerage Retirement Assets(9)158.6 155.5 2% 148.9 7%
Total Brokerage and Advisory Retirement Assets (9)$306.4 $294.8 4% $265.1 16%
Retirement % of Total Assets52.8% 52.6% 20bps 52.0% 80bps

LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Operating Measures (1)
(Dollars in billions, except where noted) (Unaudited)

Q4 2017 Q3 2017 Change Q4 2016 Change
Net New Assets (NNA)
Net New Advisory Assets(10)$14.0 $6.9 n/m $4.8 n/m
Net New Brokerage Assets(11)23.5 (4.0) n/m (2.3) n/m
Total Net New Assets$37.5 $2.9 n/m $2.5 n/m
Net Brokerage to Advisory Conversions(12)$2.1 $1.9 n/m $1.7 n/m
Net New Assets Prior to NPH
Net New Advisory Assets(10)$6.3 $6.9 n/m $4.8 n/m
Net New Brokerage Assets(11)(3.0) (4.0) n/m (2.3) n/m
Total Net New Assets$3.3 $2.9 n/m $2.5 n/m
Advisory NNA Annualized Growth(13)10% 12% n/m 9% n/m
Total NNA Annualized Growth(13)2% 2% n/m 2% n/m
Net New Advisory Assets
Corporate Platform Net New Advisory Assets(14)$11.1 $4.0 n/m $1.9 n/m
Hybrid Platform Net New Advisory Assets(15)2.9 2.9 n/m 2.9 n/m
Total Net New Advisory Assets$14.0 $6.9 n/m $4.8 n/m
Centrally Managed Net New Advisory Assets(16)$2.5 $1.5 n/m $0.3 n/m
Net New Advisory Assets Prior to NPH
Corporate Platform Net New Advisory Assets(14)$3.9 $4.0 n/m $1.9 n/m
Hybrid Platform Net New Advisory Assets(15)2.4 2.9 n/m 2.9 n/m
Total Net New Advisory Assets$6.3 $6.9 n/m $4.8 n/m
Centrally Managed Net New Advisory Assets(16)$1.4 $1.5 n/m $0.3 n/m
Cash Sweep Balances
Insured Cash Account Balances$22.9 $21.9 5% $22.8 %
Deposit Cash Account Balances4.2 4.1 2% 4.4 (5%)
Money Market Account Cash Balances2.7 2.3 17% 4.1 (34%)
Total Cash Sweep Balances$29.8 $28.3 5% $31.3 (5%)
Cash Sweep % of Total Assets4.8% 5.1% (30bps) 6.1% (130bps)
Cash Sweep Balances Prior to NPH
Insured Cash Account Balances$22.5 $21.9 3% $22.8 (1%)
Deposit Cash Account Balances4.0 4.1 (2%) 4.4 (9%)
Money Market Account Cash Balances2.3 2.3 % 4.1 (44%)
Total Cash Sweep Balances$28.8 $28.3 2% $31.3 (8%)
Cash Sweep % of Total Assets5.0% 5.1% (10bps) 6.1% (110bps)
Cash Sweep Average Fees
Insured Cash Account Average Fee - bps(17)132 124 8 73 59
Deposit Cash Account Fee Average Fee - bps(17)113 100 13 39 74
Money Market Account Average Fee - bps(17)69 67 2 43 26
Total Cash Sweep Average Fee - bps(17)124 116 8 64 60


LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Monthly Metrics (1)
(Dollars in billions, except where noted)
(Unaudited)
December 2017 November 2017 Nov to Dec Change October 2017 September 2017
Assets Served
Advisory Assets(4) $273.0 $260.7 4.7% $254.8 $250.2
Brokerage Assets(5) 342.1 314.3 8.8% 311.6 309.8
Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets $615.1 $575.0 7.0% $566.4 $560.0
Assets Served Prior to NPH
Advisory Assets(4) $265.2 $260.7 1.7% $254.8 $250.2
Brokerage Assets(5) 315.5 314.3 0.4% 311.6 309.8
Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets $580.7 $575.0 1.0% $566.4 $560.0
Net New Assets
Net New Advisory Assets(10) $10.0 $2.3 n/m $1.7 $1.7
Net New Brokerage Assets(11) 25.6 (1.0) n/m (1.1) (0.8)
Total Net New Assets $35.6 $1.3 n/m $0.6 $0.9
Net Brokerage to Advisory Conversions(12) $0.7 $0.7 n/m $0.7 $0.5
Net New Assets Prior to NPH
Net New Advisory Assets(10) $2.4 $2.3 n/m $1.7 $1.7
Net New Brokerage Assets(11) (0.9) (1.0) n/m (1.1) (0.8)
Total Net New Assets $1.5 $1.3 n/m $0.6 $0.9
Cash Sweep Balances
Insured Cash Account Balances $22.9 $21.6 6.0% $21.5 $21.9
Deposit Cash Account Balances 4.2 3.9 7.7% 3.9 4.1
Money Market Account Cash Balances 2.7 2.2 22.7% 2.3 2.3
Total Client Cash Sweep Balances $29.8 $27.7 7.6% $27.7 $28.3
Cash Sweep Balances Prior to NPH
Insured Cash Account Balances $22.5 $21.6 4.2% $21.5 $21.9
Deposit Cash Account Balances 4.0 3.9 2.6% 3.9 4.1
Money Market Account Cash Balances 2.3 2.2 4.5% 2.3 2.3
Total Client Cash Sweep Balances $28.8 $27.7 4.0% $27.7 $28.3
Market Indices
S&P 500 Index (end of period) 2,674 2,648 1.0% 2,575 2,519
Fed Funds Effective Rate (average bps) 130 116 14bps 116 116


LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Financial Measures (1)
(Dollars in thousands, except where noted)
(Unaudited)
Q4 2017 Q3 2017 % Change Q4 2016 % Change
Commission Revenue by Product
Variable annuities$174,209 $163,778 6% $172,147 1%
Mutual funds137,316 131,339 5% 131,749 4%
Alternative investments6,547 6,676 (2%) 9,511 (31%)
Fixed annuities32,054 32,764 (2%) 34,439 (7%)
Equities20,659 17,748 16% 22,108 (7%)
Fixed income26,373 23,912 10% 22,661 16%
Insurance19,998 17,338 15% 18,613 7%
Group annuities8,638 9,319 (7%) 11,817 (27%)
Other149 137 9% 222 (33%)
Total commission revenue$425,943 $403,011 6% $423,267 1%
Commission Revenue by Sales-based and Trailing Commission
Sales-based commissions
Variable annuities$51,523 $46,148 12% $58,430 (12%)
Mutual funds32,318 30,638 5% 32,651 (1%)
Alternative investments2,940 2,550 15% 7,411 (60%)
Fixed annuities26,767 27,906 (4%) 31,310 (15%)
Equities20,659 17,748 16% 22,108 (7%)
Fixed income20,548 17,967 14% 17,999 14%
Insurance18,512 15,906 16% 17,115 8%
Group annuities636 1,098 (42%) 1,697 (63%)
Other149 137 9% 222 (33%)
Total sales-based commissions$174,052 $160,098 9% $188,943 (8%)
Trailing commissions
Variable annuities$122,686 $117,630 4% $113,717 8%
Mutual funds104,998 100,701 4% 99,098 6%
Alternative investments3,607 4,126 (13%) 2,100 72%
Fixed annuities5,287 4,858 9% 3,129 69%
Fixed income5,825 5,945 (2%) 4,662 25%
Insurance1,486 1,432 4% 1,498 (1%)
Group annuities8,002 8,221 (3%) 10,120 (21%)
Total trailing commissions$251,891 $242,913 4% $234,324 7%
Total commission revenue$425,943 $403,011 6% $423,267 1%


LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Financial Measures (1)
(Dollars in thousands, except where noted)
(Unaudited)

Q4 2017 Q3 2017 Change Q4 2016 Change
Payout Rate
Base Payout Rate82.56% 83.01% (45bps) 82.28% 28bps
Production Based Bonuses3.28% 3.04% 24bps 3.40% (12bps)
GDC Sensitive Payout85.84% 86.05% (21bps) 85.68% 16bps
Non-GDC Sensitive Payout1.17% 1.29% (12bps) 0.68% 49bps
Total Payout Ratio87.01% 87.34% (33bps) 86.36% 65bps
Production Based Bonuses Ratio (Trailing Twelve Months)2.7% 2.7% —bps 2.6% 10bps


LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Capital Management Measures (1)
(Dollars in thousands, except where noted)
(Unaudited)

Q4 2017 Q3 2017
Credit Agreement EBITDA(1)
Net income$64,098 $58,142
Non-operating interest expense28,894 26,519
Provision for income taxes15,792 38,498
Loss on extinguishment of debt 1,268
Depreciation and amortization20,138 21,996
Amortization of intangible assets9,997 9,352
EBITDA(1)$138,919 $155,775
Credit Agreement Adjustments:
Employee share-based compensation expense4,211 4,940
Advisor share-based compensation expense2,426 3,120
NPH run-rate EBITDA accretion(18)42,500
NPH onboarding costs28,970 2,861
Other(19)6,200 6,383
Credit Agreement EBITDA(1)$223,226 $173,079
Cash Available for Corporate Use(20)
Cash at Parent$387,446 $384,404
Excess Cash at Broker-Dealer subsidiary per Credit Agreement44,031 120,454
Other Available Cash7,996 9,261
Total Cash Available for Corporate Use$439,473 $514,119
Credit Agreement Net Leverage
Total Debt (does not include unamortized premium)$2,396,250 $2,400,000
Cash Available (up to $300 million)300,000 300,000
Credit Agreement Net Debt$2,096,250 $2,100,000
Credit Agreement EBITDA (trailing twelve months)(21)$745,336 $655,172
Credit Agreement Net Leverage Ratio2.81x 3.21x


LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

Debt Schedule (1)
(Dollars in thousands, except where noted)
(Unaudited)

Total Debt Outstanding (end of period) Current Applicable
Margin
Yield At Issuance Interest Rate (end of period) Maturity
Revolving Credit Facility Loans(a) $ LIBOR+150bps(b) % 9/21/2022
Senior Secured Term Loan B 1,496,250 LIBOR+225 bps(b) 3.81% 9/21/2024
Senior Unsecured Notes(c) 500,000 5.75% Fixed 5.750% 5.75% 9/15/2025
Senior Unsecured Notes(c) 400,000 (d)5.75% Fixed 5.115% 5.75% 9/15/2025
Total / Weighted Average $2,396,250 4.54%

  1. The Revolving Credit Facility has a borrowing capacity of $500 million.
  2. The LIBOR rate option is one-, two-, three- or six-month LIBOR rate and subject to an interest rate floor of 0 basis points.
  3. The Senior Unsecured Notes were issued in two separate transactions; $500 million in notes were issued in March 2017 at par; the remaining $400 million were issued in September 2017 and priced at 103% of the aggregate principal amount.
  4. Does not include unamortized premium of approximately $12 million as of December 31, 2017.


LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Key Business and Financial Metrics (1)
(Dollars in thousands, except where noted)
(Unaudited)

Q4 2017 Q3 2017 Change Q4 2016 Change
Advisors
Advisors15,210 14,253 7% 14,377 6%
Net New Advisors957 (3) n/m 192 n/m
Annualized commission and advisory fees per Advisor(22)$218 $213 2% $210 4%
Average Total Assets per Advisor ($ in millions)(23)$40.4 $39.3 3% $35.4 14%
Transition assistance loan amortization($ in millions)(24)$14.5 $13.9 4% $12.8 13%
Total client accounts (in millions)4.8 4.7 2% 4.7 2%
Employees - period end3,736 3,564 5% 3,288 14%
Productivity Metrics
Annualized Advisory Revenue as a percentage of Corporate Advisory Assets1.04% 1.04% bps 1.04% bps
Gross Profit ROA(25)27.5bps 27.9bps (0.4bps) 27.6bps (0.1bps)
OPEX ROA(26)20.1bps 19.0bps 1.1bps 20.5bps (0.4bps)
EBIT ROA(27)7.4bps 8.9bps (1.5bps) 7.1bps 0.3bps
Production Retention Rate (YTD annualized)(28)95.0% 94.6% 40bps 95.6% (60bps)
Recurring Gross Profit Rate (trailing twelve months) (29)82.6% 82.2% 40bps 81.2% 140bps
EBITDA as a percentage of Gross Profit34.5% 40.3% (580bps) 34.4% 10bps
Productivity Metrics Prior to NPH
Gross Profit ROA(25)27.8bps 27.9bps (0.1bps) 27.6bps 0.2bps
OPEX ROA(26)18.0bps 19.0bps (1.0bps) 20.5bps (2.5bps)
EBIT ROA(27)9.8bps 8.9bps 0.9bps 7.1bps 2.7bps
EBITDA as a percentage of Gross Profit42.6% 40.3% 230bps 34.4% 820bps
Capital Allocation per Share(30)
(in millions, except per share data)
Share Repurchases$30.0 $25.0 20% $ n/m
Dividends22.5 22.5 % 22.3 1%
Total Capital Allocated$52.5 $47.5 11% $22.3 135%
Weighted-average Share Count, Diluted92.4 92.0 % 91.0 2%
Total Capital Allocated per Share(30)$0.57 $0.52 10% $0.25 128%


Endnote Disclosures

  1. The information presented on pages 10-19 includes non-GAAP financial measures and operational and performance metrics. For more information on non-GAAP financial measures, please see the section titled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” on page 4.
  2. Other asset-based revenues consist of revenues from the Company's sponsorship programs with financial product manufacturers and omnibus processing and networking services, but does not include fees from cash sweep programs. Other asset-based revenues are a component of asset-based revenues and are derived from the Company's Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.
  3. Core G&A is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see a description of Core G&A under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” on page 4 of this release for additional information. Below is a reconciliation of Core G&A against the Company’s total operating expense for the periods presented:

Q4 2017 Q3 2017 Q4 2016
Operating Expense Reconciliation (in thousands)
Core G&A$194,607 $178,769 $180,974
Regulatory charges5,433 4,433 6,275
Promotional60,066 42,935 35,602
Employee share-based compensation4,212 4,940 4,772
Total G&A264,318 231,077 227,623
Commissions and advisory697,725 663,765 646,501
Depreciation & amortization20,138 21,996 19,783
Amortization of intangible assets9,997 9,352 9,499
Brokerage, clearing and exchange15,480 13,491 14,213
Total operating expense$1,007,658 $939,681 $917,619

  1. Consists of total advisory assets under custody at LPL Financial.
  2. Consists of brokerage assets serviced by advisors licensed with the Company’s broker-dealer subsidiary LPL Financial LLC (“LPL Financial”).
  3. Consists of total assets on LPL Financial's corporate advisory platform serviced by advisors who are investment advisor representatives of LPL Financial.
  4. Consists of total assets on LPL Financial's independent advisory platform serviced by advisors who are investment advisor representatives of separate investment advisor firms ("Hybrid RIAs"), rather than of LPL Financial.
  5. Centrally Managed Assets represents those Advisory Assets in LPL Financial’s Model Wealth Portfolios, Optimum Market Portfolios, Personal Wealth Portfolios, and Guided Wealth Portfolios platforms.
  6. Total Brokerage and Advisory Retirement Assets are a component of Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets. This measure does not include additional retirement plan assets custodied with third parties, estimated to be $135 billion.
  7. Consists of total client deposits into advisory accounts less total client withdrawals from advisory accounts. The Company considers conversions from and to brokerage accounts as deposits and withdrawals respectively.
  8. Consists of total client deposits into brokerage accounts less total client withdrawals from brokerage accounts. The Company considers conversions from and to advisory accounts as deposits and withdrawals respectively.
  9. Consists of existing custodied assets that converted from brokerage to advisory, less existing custodied assets that converted from advisory to brokerage.
  10. Calculated as annualized current period net new assets divided by preceding period assets in their respective categories of advisory assets or total brokerage and advisory assets.
  11. Consists of total client deposits into advisory accounts on LPL Financial's corporate advisory platform (FN 6) less total client withdrawals from advisory accounts on its corporate advisory platform.
  12. Consists of total client deposits into advisory accounts on LPL Financial's independent advisory platform (FN 7) less total client withdrawals from advisory accounts on its independent advisory platform.
  13. Consists of total client deposits into Centrally Managed Assets (FN 8) less total client withdrawals from Centrally Managed Assets accounts.
  14. Calculated by dividing revenue for the period by the average balance during the period.
  15. Represents estimated potential future cost savings, operating expense reductions or other synergies included in Credit Agreement EBITDA in accordance with the Credit Agreement relating to the acquisition of NPH. Such amounts do not represent actual performance and there can be no assurance that any such cost savings, operating expense reductions or other synergies will be realized.
  16. Represents items that are adjustable in accordance with the Credit Agreement to calculate Credit Agreement EBITDA, including employee severance costs, employee signing costs, employee retention or completion bonuses, and other non-recurring costs.
  17. Consists of cash unrestricted by the Credit Agreement and other regulations available for operating, investing, and financing uses.
  18. Under the Credit Agreement, management calculates Credit Agreement EBITDA for a four-quarter period at the end of each fiscal quarter, and in so doing may make further adjustments to prior quarters.
  19. Calculated based on the average advisor count from the current period and prior period.
  20. Calculated based on the end of period Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets divided by end of period Advisor count.
  21. Represents the amortization expense amount of forgivable loans from transition assistance paid to advisors and financial institutions.
  22. Represents annualized Gross Profit (see FN 1) for the period, divided by average month-end Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets for the period. Prior to Q4 2017, Management calculated Gross Profit ROA by dividing annualized Gross Profit for the period by Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets at the end of the period. Amounts in this release reflect this new methodology.
  23. Represents annualized operating expenses for the period, excluding production-related expense, divided by average month-end Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets for the period. Production-related expense includes commissions and advisory expense and brokerage, clearing and exchange expense. For purposes of this metric, operating expenses includes Core G&A (see FN 3), Regulatory, Promotional, Employee Share Based Compensation, Depreciation & Amortization, and Amortization of Intangible Assets. Prior to Q4 2017, Management calculated OPEX ROA by dividing annualized operating expenses for the period by Total Brokerage and Advisory Assets at the end of the period. Amounts in this release reflect this new methodology.
  24. EBIT ROA is calculated as Gross Profit ROA less OPEX ROA.
  25. Reflects retention of commission and advisory revenues, calculated by deducting the prior year production of the annualized year-to-date attrition rate, over the prior year total production.
  26. Recurring Gross Profit Rate refers to the percentage of the Company’s gross profit, a non-GAAP financial measure, that was recurring for the period presented. Management tracks recurring gross profit, a characterization of gross profit and a statistical measure, which is defined to include the Company’s revenues from asset-based fees, advisory fees, trailing commissions, cash sweep programs, and certain other fees that are based upon client accounts and advisors, less the expenses associated with such revenues and certain other recurring expenses not specifically associated with a revenue line. Management allocates such other recurring expenses, such as non-GDC sensitive production expenses, on a pro-rata basis against specific revenue lines at its discretion.
  27. Capital Allocation per Share equals the amount of capital allocated for share repurchases and cash dividends divided by the diluted weighted-average shares outstanding.
  28. EPS prior to amortization of intangible assets is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see a description of EPS prior to amortization of intangible assets under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” on page 4 of this release for additional information. Below is a reconciliation of EPS, prior to amortization of intangible assets against the Company’s GAAP EPS for the periods presented:

EPS Reconciliation (in thousands, except per share data)Q4 2017 Full Year 2017
EPS$0.69 $2.59
Amortization of Intangible Assets$9,997 $38,293
Tax Benefit$(3,899) $(14,934)
Amortization of Intangible Assets Net of Tax Benefit$6,098 $23,359
Diluted Share Count92,386 92,115
EPS Impact$0.07 $0.25
EPS Prior to Amortization of Intangible Assets$0.76 $2.84

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