ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - In an effort to provide timely information to investors about general trends in our major business segments, we are releasing selected operating data for February 2016. Due to the limited nature of this data, a consistent correlation to earnings should not be assumed.
Total securities commissions and fees of $280 million were essentially flat compared to February 2015 and down 1 percent compared to January 2016. While institutional fixed income commissions were robust, the weak equity markets negatively impacted commissions in both the Private Client Group segment and Equity Capital Markets division during the month.
Client assets under administration of $488.4 billion decreased 2 percent compared to February 2015 but increased 1 percent compared to January 2016. The year-over-year decline in client assets was entirely attributable to the equity markets, as the S&P 500 index depreciated 8 percent since February 2015. Meanwhile, organic growth of client assets under administration remains strong, driven by continued success in recruiting and retaining financial advisors. Financial assets under management of $64.9 billion decreased 6 percent compared to February 2015 and were essentially flat compared to January 2016.
“Similar to January, investment banking results in February were hampered by the challenging market environment,” said CEO Paul Reilly. “While market conditions have improved in March and the M&A pipeline remains healthy, the timing of closings is inherently difficult to predict.”
Total net loans at Raymond James Bank resumed their growth trend and reached a new record of $13.9 billion, increasing 17 percent over February 2015 and 2 percent over January 2016.
“The turbulent equity markets in January and February resulted in a difficult start to our fiscal second quarter, which is typically challenged by seasonal expenses such as elevated payroll taxes and year-end mailings,” Reilly said. “Fortunately, it seems that market conditions have begun to stabilize in March, and we continue to experience solid organic growth of our key business drivers.”
“I am pleased to report,” Reilly continued, “that three months after our announced acquisition of the US Private Client Services unit of Deutsche Bank Wealth Management, virtually all of its advisors have visited our headquarters and had an opportunity to evaluate the Raymond James platform. As of today, over 90 percent have committed to join us and form upon closing the new Alex. Brown division of Raymond James. This accomplishment is directly attributable to the efforts of Haig Ariyan, future president of this division, and the entire team. We are on track to complete this transaction in September 2016.”
About Raymond James Financial, Inc.
Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE: RJF) is a leading diversified financial services company providing private client group, capital markets, asset management, banking and other services to individuals, corporations and municipalities. The company has approximately 6,700 financial advisors serving in excess of 2.7 million client accounts in more than 2,700 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are approximately $488 billion. Public since 1983, the firm has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 1986 under the symbol RJF. Additional information is available at www.raymondjames.com.
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|% Change||January 2016
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|Total securities commissions and fees (in mil.) (1)||$279.8||$280.3||–||$282.0||(1) %|
|Client assets under administration (in bil.)||$488.4||$495.9||(2) %||$485.2||1%|
|Private Client Group assets under administration (in bil.)||$461.2||$471.6||(2) %||$457.9||1%|
|Financial assets under management (in bil.) (2)||$64.9||$69.1||(6) %||$64.7||–|
|Raymond James Bank total loans, net (in bil.)||$13.9||$11.9||17%||$13.6||2%|
(1) Includes all securities commissions and fees generated by our financial advisors, both private client and institutional.
(2) This is the primary revenue driver for the asset management segment. Investment advisory fees are based on a percentage of assets at either a single point in time within the quarter, typically the beginning or end of a quarter, or the “average daily” balances of assets under management.