SOURCE: GFI Group

GFI Group

October 29, 2009 16:15 ET

GFI Group Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2009 Results; Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

GAAP Revenues: $192.2 Million; Non-GAAP Revenues: $197.5 Million; GAAP Net Income: $2.8 Million or $0.02 per Diluted Share; Non-GAAP Net Income: $6.9 Million or $0.06 per Diluted Share; Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.05 per Share

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 29, 2009) - GFI Group Inc. (NASDAQ: GFIG), a leading provider of wholesale brokerage, electronic execution and trading support products for global financial markets, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009.

Highlights

--  Total revenues for the third quarter of 2009 were $192.2 million
    compared with $243.1 million in the third quarter of 2008.  In the third
    quarter of 2009, total revenues included a $5.2 million mark-to-market
    unrealized loss on forward hedges of future foreign currency revenues. In
    the third quarter of 2008, total revenues included a $9.6 million pre-tax
    charge related to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. Excluding these items,
    revenues declined 22% to $197.5 million for the third quarter of 2009
    compared with $252.7 million in the third quarter of 2008 on a non-GAAP
    basis.
    
--  Brokerage revenues for the third quarter of 2009 were $184.4 million
    compared with $226.4 million on a GAAP basis and $235.9 million on a non-
    GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2008.
    
--  In the third quarter of 2009, compensation and employee benefits
    expense was 70.3% of total revenues on a GAAP basis and 68.4% on a non-GAAP
    basis, compared with 72.6% of total revenues on a GAAP basis and 62.9% on a
    non-GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2008.
    
--  Non-compensation expenses as a percentage of revenues were 27.4% of
    total revenues on a GAAP basis and 26.0% on a non-GAAP basis in the third
    quarter of 2009 compared with 31.8% of total revenues on a GAAP basis and
    24.6% on a non-GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2008.
    
--  Net income for the third quarter of 2009 was $2.8 million, or $0.02
    per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $6.7 million, or ($0.06) per
    diluted share, in the third quarter of 2008, which included a pre-tax
    charge of $20.9 million related to restructuring initiatives.  On a non-
    GAAP basis, net income for the third quarter of 2009 was $6.9 million, or
    $0.06 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $20.0
    million, or $0.17 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2008.
    

Michael Gooch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GFI, commented: "Our third quarter revenues were in line with our expectations as we experienced uneventful trading activity compared to the third quarter last year, which was marked by extreme volatility due to the credit crisis.

"Credit product non-GAAP revenues decreased 2% from the third quarter of 2008 and were down 16% sequentially. Within the credit category, our revenues from credit derivatives declined 48% year over year while our revenues from cash fixed income brokerage operations rose 122% from the third quarter of 2008. However, we saw a change in sequential trend in the third quarter with credit derivative revenues rising 2% over the second quarter of 2009 following several quarters of declines.

"Equity product revenues were down 36% year over year and 9% sequentially due to continued depressed share values in Europe and declines in equity trading volumes in both the U.S. and Europe, as equity market volatility was dramatically lower than in the third quarter of 2008.

"Our financial product revenues declined 27% from the third quarter of 2008 but were approximately level with the second quarter of 2009. While revenues from emerging market products and interest rate derivatives were lower year over year, we saw growth in each category sequentially.

"Commodity product revenues decreased 25% from the third quarter of 2008, but rose 2% sequentially. Dry and wet freight shipping derivatives accounted for the majority of the decline in comparison with last year, but after several quarters of weakness, shipping revenues increased 45% sequentially.

"Compensation and employee benefits expense, which is the largest component of our costs, decreased 15% year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis and 8% from the second quarter of 2009, but increased as a percentage of total revenues in comparison to both prior periods on a non-GAAP basis. The increase in compensation expense as a percentage of revenues in the third quarter of 2009 is due to the active restructuring of our business and product focus as we adjust to changing market dynamics, lower revenues in some historically higher margin derivative markets, and amortization of previously paid sign-on and retention bonuses.

"Looking at the fourth quarter of 2009, we currently expect total revenues to decrease by 3% to 7% versus total non-GAAP revenues in the fourth quarter of 2008."

Mr. Gooch concluded: "Trading volumes continue to be depressed to some degree due to the uncertainty in the banking and regulatory environment. In a recent favorable development, our core businesses are likely to fall into the category of swap execution facilities under proposed U.S. legislation. Companies such as GFI with proven execution, strong market share and sophisticated trading technology should benefit from increased transparency and clearing of standardized derivatives. GFI, through its association with industry trade groups, has been actively engaged in the discussion amongst regulators and legislators in Washington, London and Brussels. We are optimistic in our belief that the regulatory issues that have clouded the prospects of the derivatives market will be largely resolved over the coming months."

Revenues

For the third quarter of 2009, total revenues were $192.2 million on a GAAP basis and $197.5 million on a non-GAAP basis. This compares with total revenues of $243.1 million on a GAAP basis and $252.7 million on a non-GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2008.

Brokerage revenues in the third quarter of 2009 were $184.4 million compared with $226.4 million on a GAAP basis and $235.9 million on a non-GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2008. Revenues from financial, equity and commodity products decreased 27%, 36% and 25%, respectively, from the third quarter of 2008. Credit product revenues increased 14% on a GAAP basis but declined 2% on a non-GAAP basis from the prior year period. By geographic region, third quarter 2009 GAAP brokerage revenues decreased 13% in the Americas, 21% in EMEA and 28% in Asia-Pacific compared with the third quarter of 2008. EMEA revenues were down 27% on a non-GAAP basis compared with the third quarter 2008.

Revenues from trading software, analytics and market data products for the third quarter of 2009 were $13.6 million, down 3% from the same period of 2008. Included in the 2009 period was an $8.0 million contribution to software revenue from Trayport Limited. Trayport's software revenues decreased 2% on a reported basis but increased 14% in its functional currency, the British Pound Sterling, compared with the third quarter of 2008.

Expenses

For the third quarter of 2009, compensation and employee benefits expense was $135.1 million on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis compared with $176.5 million on a GAAP basis and $159.0 million on a non-GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2008. Compensation and employee benefits expense was 70.3% of total revenues on a GAAP basis and 68.4% on a non-GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2009 compared with 72.6% of total revenues on a GAAP basis and 62.9% on a non-GAAP basis, in the third quarter of 2008.

Non-compensation expenses for the third quarter of 2009 on a GAAP basis were $52.7 million or 27.4% of total revenues compared with $77.3 million or 31.8% of total revenues in the third quarter of 2008. On a non-GAAP basis, non-compensation expenses for the third quarter of 2009 were $51.3 million or 26.0% of total revenues compared with $62.3 million or 24.6% of total revenues in the third quarter of 2008.

The effective tax rate for the first nine months of 2009 was 37.0%, compared to 36.5% for the same period of 2008.

Earnings

Net income for the third quarter of 2009 was $2.8 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $6.7 million, or ($0.06) per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2008. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the third quarter of 2009 was $6.9 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with net income of $20.0 million or $0.17 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2008.

Nine-Month Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, total revenues were $633.1 million and net income was $30.7 million or $0.25 per diluted share, compared with revenues of $819.3 million and net income of $52.9 million or $0.44 per diluted share for the first nine months of 2008. On a non-GAAP basis, total revenues for the first nine months of 2009 were $630.2 million and net income was $34.5 million or $0.28 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP revenues of $828.9 million and net income of $84.0 million or $0.70 per diluted share for the first nine months of 2008.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement GFI's unaudited financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, the Company uses certain non-GAAP measures of financial performance. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures used by GFI include non-GAAP revenues, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. These non-GAAP financial measures currently exclude amortization of acquired intangibles and certain other items that management views as non-operating or non-recurring from the Company's statement of income as detailed below.

In addition, GFI may consider whether other significant non-operating or non-recurring items that arise in the future should also be excluded in calculating the non-GAAP financial measures it uses. The non-GAAP financial measures also take into account income tax adjustments with respect to the excluded items.

GFI believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's performance by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of the Company's core business, operating results or future outlook. GFI's management uses, and believes that investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the Company's operating results, as well as when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate comparisons of the Company's performance to prior periods.

In addition to the reasons stated above, which are generally applicable to each of the items GFI excludes from its non-GAAP financial measures, the Company believes it is appropriate to exclude amortization of acquired intangibles because when analyzing the operating performance of an acquired business, GFI's management focuses on the total return provided by the investment (i.e., operating profit generated from the acquired entity as compared to the purchase price paid) without taking into consideration any charges for allocations made for accounting purposes. Further, because the purchase price for an acquisition necessarily reflects the accounting value assigned to intangible assets, when analyzing the operating performance of an acquisition in subsequent periods, the Company's management excludes the GAAP impact of acquired intangible assets on its financial results. GFI believes that such an approach is useful in understanding the long-term return provided by an acquisition and that investors benefit from a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure that excludes the accounting expense associated with acquired intangible assets.

Set forth below is specific detail regarding items excluded in our non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP to GAAP figures follows this press release.

In the third quarter of 2009, the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP revenues was $5.2 million and the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP net income was $4.1 million and reflected for non-GAAP purposes:

--  The exclusion from revenues of a $5.2 million mark-to-market
    unrealized loss on forward hedges of future foreign currency revenues;
--  The exclusion of $1.4 million of amortization on all acquired
    intangible assets; and
--  The effect of adjusting for these items would increase the Company's
    income tax expense by $2.4 million.
    

In the first nine months of 2009, the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP revenue was $2.9 million and the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP net income was $3.7 million and reflected for non-GAAP purposes:

--  The exclusion from revenues of:
    --  $2.2 million mark-to-market unrealized gains on forward hedges of
        future foreign currency revenues; and
    --  a $0.7 million gain on the Company's exchange of its investment in
        The Clearing Corporation for an investment in a holding company of
        ICE Trust;
--  The exclusion of $4.1 million of amortization on all acquired
    intangible assets;
--  The exclusion of $4.6 million related to severance and other
    restructuring initiatives, including an $0.8 million charge relating to
    the termination of a joint venture; and
--  The effect of adjusting for these items would increase the Company's
    income tax expense by $2.1 million.

In the third quarter of 2008, the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP revenues was $9.6 million and the difference between the GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net income was $26.7 million and reflected for non-GAAP purposes:

--  The exclusion from revenues of a $9.6 million charge for unsettled
    trades directly related to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy;
--  The exclusion of $1.4 million of amortization on all acquired
    intangible assets;
--  The exclusion of $1.8 million in expenses related to discontinued
    merger discussions;
--  The exclusion of items related to the relocation of the Company's New
    York offices to larger premises completed in the third quarter of 2008,
    including:
    --  $0.8 million of duplicate rent expense; and
    --  $7.8 million of costs related to the abandonment of and move from
        the Company's previous headquarters;
--  The exclusion of $3.5 million of reduced compensation expenses related
    to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy;
--  The exclusion of $20.9 million related to the Company's restructuring
    initiatives, including:
    --  $14.5 million for costs related to desk closings and other
        restructuring charges; and
    --  $6.4 million adjustment related to deferred compensation expense;
--  The exclusion of a $3.1 million write-off of an investment in an
    unconsolidated affiliate; and
--  The effect of adjusting for these items would increase the Company's
    income tax expense by $15.3 million.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2008, the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP revenues was $9.6 million and the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP net income was $31.1 million and reflected for non-GAAP purposes:

--  The exclusion from revenues of a $9.6 million charge for unsettled
    trades directly related to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy;
--  The exclusion of $3.9 million of amortization on all acquired
    intangible assets;
--  The exclusion of $1.8 million in expenses related to discontinued
    merger discussions;
--  The exclusion of items related to the relocation of the Company's New
    York offices to larger premises completed in the third quarter of 2008,
    including:
    --  $2.5 million of duplicate rent expense;
    --  $2.7 million of accelerated depreciation expense related to assets
        to be abandoned; and
    --  $7.8 million of costs related to the abandonment of and move from
        the Company's previous headquarters;
--  The exclusion of $3.5 million of reduced compensation expenses related
    to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy;
--  The exclusion of $20.9 million related to the Company's restructuring
    initiatives, including:
    --  $14.5 million for costs relating to desk closings and other
        restructuring charges; and
    --  $6.4 million adjustment related to deferred compensation expense;
--  The exclusion of a $3.1 million write-off of an investment in an
    unconsolidated affiliate; and
--  The effect of adjusting for these items would increase the Company's
    income tax expense by $17.9 million.

Dividend Declaration

The Board of Directors of GFI Group has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share payable on November 27, 2009 to shareholders of record on November 13, 2009.

Conference Call

GFI has scheduled an investor conference call to discuss the third quarter results at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday, October 30. Those wishing to listen to the live conference call via telephone should dial 866-383-8009 in North America, passcode 86671125; and +1 617-597-5342 in Europe, same passcode.

A live audio web cast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of GFI's Website. For web cast registration information, please visit: http://www.gfigroup.com. Following the conference call, an archived recording will be available at the same site.

Supplementary Financial Information

GFI Group has posted details of its historical monthly brokerage revenues on the Investor Relations page of its web site under the heading Supplementary Financial Information. The Company currently plans to post this information quarterly in conjunction with its announcement of earnings, but does not undertake a responsibility to continue to provide or update such information.

About GFI Group Inc.

GFI Group Inc. (http://www.GFIgroup.com) is a leading provider of wholesale brokerage, electronic execution and trading support products for global financial markets. GFI Group Inc. provides brokerage services, market data, trading platform and analytics software products to institutional clients in markets for a range of credit, financial, equity and commodity instruments.

Headquartered in New York, GFI was founded in 1987 and employs more than 1,700 people with additional offices in London, Dublin, Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Cape Town, Santiago, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Calgary, Englewood (NJ) and Sugar Land (TX). GFI provides services and products to over 2,100 institutional clients, including leading investment and commercial banks, corporations, insurance companies and hedge funds. Its brands include GFI™, GFInet®, CreditMatch®, GFI ForexMatch®, EnergyMatch®, FENICS®, Starsupply®, Amerex®, and Trayport®.

Forward-looking statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "may," "might," "intend," "expect" and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements. Actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those contemplated, expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the expectations of the Company and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with: acquisitions by us of businesses or technologies; economic, political and market factors affecting trading volumes, securities prices or demand for the Company's brokerage services; competition from current and new competitors; the Company's ability to attract and retain key personnel, including highly-qualified brokerage personnel; the Company's ability to identify and develop new products and markets; changes in laws and regulations governing the Company's business and operations or permissible activities; the Company's ability to manage its international operations; financial difficulties experienced by the Company's customers or key participants in the markets in which the Company focuses its brokerage services; the Company's ability to keep up with technological changes; and uncertainties relating to litigation. Further information about factors that could affect the Company's financial and other results is included in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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                      GFI Group Inc. and Subsidiaries
              Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)
              (In thousands except share and per share data)



                           Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
                              September 30,             September 30,
                            2009         2008         2009         2008
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
REVENUES:
  Brokerage revenues:
   Agency commissions   $   119,396  $   182,591  $   366,283  $   613,754
   Principal
    transactions             64,989       43,771      216,770      156,397
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
     Total brokerage
      revenues              184,385      226,362      583,053      770,151
  Software, analytics
   and market data           13,627       14,034       39,698       38,450
  Interest income               172        2,187          895        6,948
  Other income (loss)        (5,938)         555        9,501        3,718
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
   Total revenues           192,246      243,138      633,147      819,267
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

EXPENSES:
  Compensation and
   employee benefits        135,139      176,462      427,262      528,390
  Communications and
   market data               11,661       12,640       34,399       35,565
  Travel and promotion        8,280       11,845       24,310       36,859
  Rent and occupancy          6,008       14,969       16,455       28,342
  Depreciation and
   amortization               7,680        7,192       23,534       23,563
  Professional fees           4,508        7,756       13,728       20,119
  Clearing fees               7,153       12,026       23,366       33,714
  Interest                    2,769        3,508        7,895       10,341
  Other expenses              4,632        7,317       13,407       19,045
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
   Total expenses           187,830      253,715      584,356      735,938
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE
 PROVISION FOR
 (BENEFIT FROM) INCOME  -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
 TAXES                        4,416      (10,577)      48,791       83,329
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

PROVISION FOR (BENEFIT
 FROM) INCOME TAXES           1,633       (3,861)      18,052       30,415

                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
NET INCOME (LOSS)       $     2,783  $    (6,716) $    30,739  $    52,914
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========


Basic earnings (loss)
 per share              $      0.02  $     (0.06) $      0.26  $      0.45
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========
Diluted earnings (loss)
 per share              $      0.02  $     (0.06) $      0.25  $      0.44
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

Weighted average shares
 outstanding - basic    118,062,749  118,039,998  118,117,384  117,812,412

Weighted average shares
 outstanding - diluted  122,552,882  118,039,998  121,382,317  119,382,347



                      GFI Group Inc. and Subsidiaries
                Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)
                    As a Percentage of Total Revenues


                          Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
                            September 30,              September 30,
                           2009         2008         2009         2008
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
REVENUES:
  Brokerage revenues:
   Agency commissions          62.1%        75.1%        57.9%        74.9%
   Principal
    transactions               33.8%        18.0%        34.2%        19.1%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
     Total brokerage
      revenues                 95.9%        93.1%        92.1%        94.0%
  Software, analytics
   and market data              7.1%         5.8%         6.3%         4.7%
  Interest income               0.1%         0.9%         0.1%         0.8%
  Other income (loss)          -3.1%         0.2%         1.5%         0.5%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
   Total revenues             100.0%       100.0%       100.0%       100.0%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

EXPENSES:
  Compensation and
   employee benefits           70.3%        72.6%        67.5%        64.5%
  Communications and
   market data                  6.1%         5.2%         5.4%         4.3%
  Travel and promotion          4.3%         4.9%         3.8%         4.5%
  Rent and occupancy            3.1%         6.2%         2.6%         3.5%
  Depreciation and
   amortization                 4.0%         3.0%         3.7%         2.9%
  Professional fees             2.3%         3.2%         2.2%         2.5%
  Clearing fees                 3.7%         4.9%         3.7%         4.1%
  Interest                      1.4%         1.4%         1.2%         1.3%
  Other expenses                2.4%         3.0%         2.1%         2.3%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
   Total expenses              97.6%       104.4%        92.2%        89.9%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE
 PROVISION FOR
 (BENEFIT FROM) INCOME  -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
  TAXES                         2.4%        -4.4%         7.8%        10.1%
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

PROVISION FOR (BENEFIT
 FROM) INCOME TAXES             0.8%        -1.6%         3.0%         3.7%

                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
NET INCOME (LOSS)               1.6%        -2.8%         4.8%         6.4%
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========




                      GFI Group Inc. and Subsidiaries
                    Selected Financial Data (unaudited)
                          (Dollars in thousands)


                                 Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                    September 30,         September 30,
                                  2009       2008       2009       2008
                                ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

Brokerage Revenues by Product
 Categories:
        Credit                  $   68,235 $   60,029 $  223,727 $  246,999
        Financial                   33,166     45,542     97,662    143,884
        Equity                      44,673     69,941    146,920    218,293
        Commodity                   38,311     50,850    114,744    160,975
                                ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

           Total brokerage
            revenues            $  184,385 $  226,362 $  583,053 $  770,151
                                ========== ========== ========== ==========


Brokerage Revenues by
 Geographic Region:
        Americas                $   74,986 $   86,677 $  253,034 $  297,208
        Europe, Middle East,
         and Africa                 93,406    117,612    282,616    397,467
        Asia-Pacific                15,993     22,073     47,403     75,476
                                ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

           Total brokerage
            revenues            $  184,385 $  226,362 $  583,053 $  770,151
                                ========== ========== ========== ==========




                                September   December
                                    30,        31,
                                   2009       2008
                                ---------- ----------

Consolidated Statement of
 Financial Condition Data:
        Cash and cash
         equivalents            $  316,295 $  342,375
        Total assets (1)         1,302,983  1,085,911
        Total debt, including
         current portion           188,557    223,823
        Stockholders' equity       504,318    476,963


Selected Statistical Data:
        Brokerage personnel
         headcount (2)               1,078      1,037
        Employees                    1,758      1,740
        Broker productivity for
         the period (3)         $      171 $      184



(1) Total assets include receivables from brokers, dealers and clearing
    organizations of $403.2 million and $149.7 million at September 30,
    2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively. These receivables primarily
    represent securities transactions entered into in connection with our
    matched principal business which have not settled as of their stated
    settlement dates. These receivables are substantially offset by
    corresponding payables to brokers, dealers and clearing organizations
    for these unsettled transactions.

(2) Brokerage personnel headcount includes brokers, trainees and clerks.

(3) Broker productivity is calculated as brokerage revenues divided by
    average monthly brokerage personnel headcount for the quarter.


                      GFI Group Inc. and Subsidiaries
    Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)
              (In thousands except share and per share data)



                           Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
                              September 30,             September 30,
                            2009         2008         2009         2008
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

GAAP revenues           $   192,246  $   243,138  $   633,147  $   819,267
 Net charge related to
  Lehman unsettled
  trades (a)                      -        9,586            -        9,586
 Gain on exchange of
  cost-method
  investments (a)                 -            -         (697)           -
 Mark-to-market
  (gain)/loss on
  forward hedges
  of future foreign
  currency revenues (a)       5,218            -       (2,202)           -
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
 Total Non-GAAP
  Revenues                  197,464      252,724      630,248      828,853

GAAP expenses               187,830      253,715      584,356      735,938
Non-operating
 adjustments:
 Amortization of
  intangibles                (1,356)      (1,378)      (4,084)      (3,909)
 Discontinued merger
  discussion costs                -       (1,832)           -       (1,832)
 Severance and other
  restructuring                   -      (14,541)      (4,644)     (14,541)
 Adjustment related to
  deferred compensation
  expense                         -       (6,408)           -       (6,408)
 Duplicate rent                   -         (849)           -       (2,547)
 Accelerated
  depreciation on 100
  Wall Street                     -            -            -       (2,730)
 Abandonment of 100
  Wall Street                     -       (7,830)           -       (7,830)
 Reduction in
  compensation related
  to Lehman                       -        3,469            -        3,469
 Write-off investment
  in unconsolidated
  affiliate                       -       (3,071)           -       (3,071)
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
      Total Non-GAAP
       adjustments (a)       (1,356)     (32,440)      (8,728)     (39,399)
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Non-GAAP operating
 expenses                   186,474      221,275      575,628      696,539

GAAP income (loss)
 before provision             4,416      (10,577)      48,791       83,329
 for income taxes
Sum of Non-GAAP items =
 (a)                          6,574       42,026        5,829       48,985
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Non-GAAP income before
 tax provision               10,990       31,449       54,620      132,314


GAAP provision for
 (benefit from) income
 taxes                        1,633       (3,861)      18,052       30,415

Income tax impact on
 Non-GAAP items (b)           2,432       15,339        2,116       17,856
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Non-GAAP provision for
 income taxes                 4,065       11,478       20,168       48,271


GAAP net income (loss)        2,783       (6,716)      30,739       52,914

Sum of Non-GAAP
 adjustments
 [ (a) - (b) ]                4,142       26,687        3,713       31,129
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Non-GAAP net income     $     6,925  $    19,971  $    34,452  $    84,043
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GAAP basic net income
 (loss) per share       $      0.02  $     (0.06) $      0.26  $      0.45
Basic non-operating
 income per share              0.04         0.23         0.03         0.26
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Non-GAAP basic net
 income per share       $      0.06  $      0.17  $      0.29  $      0.71
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========


GAAP diluted net income
 (loss) per share       $      0.02  $     (0.06) $      0.25  $      0.44
Diluted non-operating
 income per share              0.04         0.23         0.03         0.26
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Non-GAAP diluted net
 income per share       $      0.06  $      0.17  $      0.28  $      0.70
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

Weighted average
 Non-GAAP shares
 outstanding - basic    118,062,749  118,039,998  118,117,384  117,812,412

Weighted average
 Non-GAAP shares
 outstanding - diluted  122,552,882  118,903,953  121,382,317  119,382,347

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