Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC) today announced non-GAAP net income of $2.1 million (1), or $0.11 (1) per diluted common share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011. On a GAAP basis, the net loss was $116.4 million, or $7.38 per diluted common share. The non-GAAP figures exclude the $118.4 million after-tax goodwill impairment charge that the firm disclosed on Jan. 10. For the fourth quarter of 2010, net income was $9.4 million, or $0.49 per diluted common share. For the third quarter of 2011, results were a net loss of $3.6 million, or $0.23 per diluted common share.
Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $99.2 million, compared to a record of $176.4 million in the year-ago period, and $98.2 million for the third quarter of 2011.
“It was a difficult second half to 2011, and our fourth quarter results were similar to the third quarter, with modest profitability (1),” said Andrew S. Duff, chairman and chief executive officer. “Asset management and investment banking revenues improved compared to the third quarter, and M&A revenues, while down, were solid. Institutional brokerage revenues were lower.”
Duff added “We navigated reasonably well against a challenging and volatile operating environment in 2011, achieving positive pre-tax earnings in each quarter during the year, on a non-GAAP basis (1). We remain focused on our key objective to increase the proportion of higher-margin, higher-return businesses—public finance, M&A and asset management— in order to improve our return on equity. We remain committed to our strategy to accomplish this goal and we executed against it in 2011: 1) made solid progress in building a national public finance franchise; 2) selectively added M&A talent and transitioned European investment banking operations to an M&A-only model; and 3) maintained competitive performance in key investment strategies, and grew mutual fund and MLP assets. As we head into 2012, we are well-positioned to serve our clients and compete in the marketplace.”Fourth Quarter Consolidated Expenses For the fourth quarter of 2011, compensation and benefits expenses were $63.9 million, down 40 percent compared to $106.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. The decrease was primarily due to lower performance. Compensation and benefits expenses decreased 2 percent compared to the third quarter of 2011.