Selling, general and administrative expenses (excludes amortization of intangible assets) were $82.7 million, up from $79.2 million in Q3 and below the high-end of our estimates for the quarter. The sequential increase included costs of added headcount and other expenses in the operating divisions to drive growth in 2013 and in the corporate departments to enhance our platform to support the larger organization.Amortization of intangible assets (which is not included in SG&A) was $11.9 million, up from $3.3 million in Q3. The increase was attributable to adjustments made in Q4 for differences between the finalized asset valuation and amortization rates for the customer relationship intangible asset related to the acquisition of Apex Systems and the preliminary determinations reflected in Q2 and Q3. These adjustments are on a retrospective basis to the purchase date and Q4 includes an adjustment of $5.0 million related to Q2 and Q3. The customer relationship asset final valuation was $92.1 million and is being amortized on an accelerated basis over a 10-year period using the customer relationship attrition rate used in valuing the asset.
On Assignment Reports Results For Fourth Quarter 2012
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