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Marsh & McLennan Companies Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Stocks in this article: MMC

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: MMC), a global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in risk, strategy and human capital, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Brian Duperreault, President and CEO, said: “Our Company delivered another strong quarter. Each of our operating companies continued to generate growth in underlying revenue, which, combined with ongoing expense discipline, produced across-the-board improvement in operating margins and profitability.

“Marsh's underlying revenue grew across all geographies, reflecting solid client revenue retention rates and continued new business development. Guy Carpenter's trend of underlying revenue growth continued. In Consulting, both Mercer and Oliver Wyman contributed to the segment's growth in revenue and profitability.

"For the nine months, we produced double-digit growth in operating income, substantial margin improvement, and excellent growth in earnings per share,” concluded Mr. Duperreault.

Consolidated Results

Consolidated revenue in the third quarter of 2012 was $2.8 billion, an increase of 1%, or 3% on an underlying basis from the third quarter of 2011. Underlying revenue measures the change in revenue using consistent currency exchange rates, excluding the impact of items such as acquisitions, dispositions and transfers among businesses. Operating income rose 22% to $378 million. Adjusted operating income, which excludes noteworthy items as presented in the attached supplemental schedules, rose 12% to $358 million in the third quarter.

Income from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2012 was $246 million, or $.43 per share, compared with $133 million, or $.23 per share, in the third quarter of 2011. The prior period includes $72 million of expense, or approximately $.09 per share, related to the early extinguishment of debt. Adjusted earnings per share in the current quarter was $.39, compared with $.24 in the third quarter of 2011. Without the impact of the early extinguishment of debt last year, adjusted earnings per share increased 18%. Net income was $241 million, compared with $130 million in the third quarter of 2011.

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