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 fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.
Dan Glaser, President and CEO, said: “We are pleased with Marsh & McLennan Companies' performance. Adjusted operating income rose 10% in the fourth quarter. For the third consecutive year, both Risk and Insurance Services and Consulting achieved double-digit growth in adjusted operating income, contributing to overall growth of 12%.
“Marsh's results in 2012 were excellent. Underlying revenue grew 5%. This performance was driven by growth in new business and continued high client revenue retention rates. Guy Carpenter's underlying revenue growth of 6% marked its highest increase in several years. In Consulting, both Mercer and Oliver Wyman contributed to the segment's growth in revenue and profitability in 2012.
“We look forward to the next chapter in our journey to become one of the world's elite enterprises. We will strive to provide outstanding, innovative services to clients, make Marsh & McLennan Companies a great place to work for our colleagues and deliver long-term profitable growth for shareholders,” concluded Mr. Glaser.
Consolidated revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $3 billion, an increase of 3% on both a reported and underlying basis compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. Underlying revenue measures the change in revenue using consistent currency exchange rates, excluding the impact of certain items such as acquisitions, dispositions and transfers among businesses. Operating income rose 4% to $406 million, compared with $391 million in the prior year period. Adjusted operating income, which excludes noteworthy items as presented in the attached supplemental schedules, rose 10% in the fourth quarter to $450 million.
Income from continuing operations was $265 million, or $.47 per share, in the fourth quarter. This compares with $244 million, or $.44 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net income was $259 million, compared with $256 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Adjusted earnings per share in the quarter was $.52, an increase of 13% from $.46 in the fourth quarter of 2011.