NEW YORK– June 21, 2016 -- Jefferies Group LLC today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter 2016.
Highlights for the three months ended May 31, 2016:
Total Sales and Trading Net Revenues of $462 million
Investment Banking Net Revenues of $253 million
Total Net Revenues of $719 million
Earnings Before Income Taxes of $103 million
Net Earnings of $54 million (tax rate 47.4%)
Rich Handler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Brian Friedman, Chairman of the Executive Committee, commented: “We are pleased to report quarterly results at a more normal level, reflecting better equity and fixed income secondary trading conditions, although new issue capital markets activity remained somewhat muted. Our equity net revenues were $224 million, compared to $228 million for the second quarter of last year. The two listed equity block positions, including KCG, that were marked down during the first quarter by $82 million, were marked back up during the second quarter by a total of $60 million. Fixed Income net revenues were $238 million for the quarter, with virtually all our fixed income business lines across all regions delivering improved performance. We are particularly pleased with these results as the trading environment was merely stable versus robust, and our performance shows the continued opportunity and potential of our business after a significant bottoms up rightsizing and strengthening, and an overall reduction in risk. Investment banking net revenues for the second quarter were $253 million, reflecting solid advisory revenue, but continued slow activity both in the new issue equity capital markets and in leveraged finance. Our third quarter investment banking backlog is showing encouraging improvement.
We believe our industry is experiencing yet another fundamental and strategic inflection point. We expect this will lead to further consolidation of market share and we are all working hard to ensure that Jefferies is a major beneficiary. To this end, we are particularly focused on continuing to expand our investment banking footprint in the U.S. and Europe, and are meeting and hiring talented individuals who we believe will enhance our ability to serve our clients.”
The attached financial tables should be read in conjunction with our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended February 29, 2016 and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended November 30, 2015. Amounts herein pertaining to May 31, 2016 represent a preliminary estimate as of the date of this earnings release and may be revised in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended May 31, 2016.
This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include statements about our future results and performance, including our future market share and expected financial results. It is possible that the actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results indicated in these forward-looking statements. Please refer to our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for a discussion of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements.
Jefferies, the world's only independent full-service global investment banking firm focused on serving clients for over 50 years, is a leader in providing insight, expertise and execution to investors, companies and governments. Our firm provides a full range of investment banking, sales, trading, research and strategy across the spectrum of equities, fixed income and foreign exchange, as well as wealth management, in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Jefferies Group LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK), a diversified holding company.
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