The Adjusted Pro Forma compensation ratio for the year was 59.7%, compared to 59.2% in 2011 and 59.5% for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2012. The Adjusted Pro Forma compensation ratio for the current quarter was 58.0%, compared to 55.6% and 59.9% for the quarters ended December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012, respectively. The U.S. GAAP trailing twelve-month compensation ratio of 67.0% compares to 68.2% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2011 and 68.6% for the twelve months ended September 30, 2012. The U.S. GAAP compensation ratio for the three months ended December 31, 2012, December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012 was 62.6%, 66.4% and 66.2%, respectively.
Evercore’s quarterly results may fluctuate significantly due to the timing and amount of transaction fees earned, as well as other factors. Accordingly, financial results in any particular quarter may not be representative of future results over a longer period of time.
“The fourth quarter was a record for Evercore in every respect and 2012 was another record year, our fourth consecutive year of significantly increased net revenues and earnings. Our success has been driven first and foremost by continued market share gains in our Investment Banking businesses, particularly our Advisory business” said Ralph Schlosstein, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our record results, both for the quarter and the year, demonstrate the strength of our independent investment banking advisory model, and the receptivity of business leaders and Boards of Directors to our approach. Our Wealth Management business continued its strategy of organic and inorganic growth ending the year with $4.5 billion of AUM, while our Institutional Asset Management affiliates continued to improve investment performance. I am most proud of the fact that we achieved these results while continuing to make meaningful investments in our business. We recruited six Senior Managing Directors to our Advisory business and promoted three internally, and continued to invest in our Institutional Equities and Private Funds businesses. Notwithstanding these investments, we maintained our focus on our shareholders, returning $96.5 million through dividends and share repurchases, more than offsetting the effect of equity awards to employees, and we were able to improve our operating margins and keep the compensation ratio almost flat, despite these investments and higher cash payouts in bonuses this year.”