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LPL Financial Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results

/EIN News/ -- GAAP Results

  • Q4 2015 net income of $27 million, or $0.28 per share; FY 2015 net income of $169 million, or $1.74 per share
  • Q4 2015 pre-tax income of $45 million; FY 2015 pre-tax income of $283 million

Non-GAAP Results

  • Q4 2015 Adjusted Earnings of $36 million, or $0.37 per share; FY 2015 Adjusted Earnings of $215 million, or $2.22 per share; includes non-recurring cost of $0.04 per share
  • Q4 2015 Adjusted EBITDA of $100 million; FY 2015 Adjusted EBITDA of $489 million
  • Q4 2015 gross profit of $322 million; FY 2015 gross profit of $1,358 million

Key Metrics

  • End of period total brokerage and advisory assets of $476 billion
  • Q4 2015 net new advisory assets of $3.1 billion; FY 2015 net new advisory assets of $16.7 billion
  • End of period cash sweep balances of $29.0 billion

Capital Management

  • Q4 2015 share repurchases of $250 million for more than 5.6 million shares; FY 2015 share repurchases of $391 million for more than 8.9 million shares
  • Q1 2016 to date share repurchases of $25 million for more than 630 thousand shares
  • Q4 2015 dividends of $24 million; FY 2015 dividends of $96 million

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LPLA) (the "Company") today announced results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015, reporting net income of $27 million, or $0.28 per share. This compares with $41 million, or $0.43 per share, in the prior quarter and $49 million, or $0.49 per share in the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter 2015 adjusted earnings totaled $36 million, or $0.37 per share. This compares to $53 million, or $0.55 per share, in the prior quarter and $66 million, or $0.66 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“The market environment was volatile and challenging in 2015, particularly for brokerage sales,” said Mark Casady, chairman and CEO. “So we focused on bringing assets onto our platform and executing on our operational, efficiency, and capital plans.”

Casady continued, “As we move into 2016, market volatility has only increased, and we expect continued pressure on brokerage sales. That being said, we believe our scale and stability give us an advantage in markets like this.  We remain focused on growth, delivering on our expense and capital plans, and managing the DOL rule transition.”

“The market environment was tough in the fourth quarter, but we made progress on expenses and capital,” said Matt Audette, chief financial officer. “We managed our expenses slightly lower than our outlook while executing several efficiency initiatives to position us for lower G&A growth in 2016.”

Audette continued, “We also completed our debt transaction and the first $250 million of our $500 million share repurchase plan in the fourth quarter. In the first quarter of 2016 to date, we have repurchased another $25 million of our shares. Given the volatile start to the year, we will be flexible and dynamic going forward in our expense and capital plans.”

  Q4 2015   Q3 2015    Seq
Growth
  Q4 2014    YoY
Growth
  Fiscal Year
End 2015
  Fiscal Year
End 2014
   %
Change
Financial Highlights (unaudited) (dollars in thousands, except per share data)
GAAP Measures:                              
Net Income $ 26,812     $ 41,052     (35 %)   $ 48,545     (45 %)   $ 168,784     $ 178,043     (5 %)
Earnings Per Share — diluted $ 0.28     $ 0.43     (35 %)   $ 0.49     (43 %)   $ 1.74     $ 1.75     (1 %)
Non-GAAP Measures:                              
Gross Profit(1) $ 322,383     $ 339,757     (5 %)   $ 335,351     (4 %)   $ 1,357,725     $ 1,325,945     2 %
Adjusted Earnings $ 35,664     $ 52,772     (32 %)   $ 66,044     (46 %)   $ 214,854     $ 247,621     (13 %)
Adjusted Earnings Per Share $ 0.37     $ 0.55     (33 %)   $ 0.66     (44 %)   $ 2.22     $ 2.44     (9 %)
Adjusted EBITDA $ 100,269     $ 118,353     (15 %)   $ 137,953     (27 %)   $ 489,116     $ 516,507     (5 %)

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A full reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures, along with an explanation of these metrics, follows later in this release.

  Q4 2015   Q3 2015    Seq
Growth
  Q4 2014    YoY
Growth
Business Highlights (unaudited)                  
Brokerage Assets (billions)(2) $ 288.4     $ 282.1     2 %   $ 299.3     (4 %)
Advisory Assets Under Custody (billions)(3) 187.2     179.7     4 %   175.8     6 %
Advisory and Brokerage Assets (billions)(2) $ 475.6     $ 461.8     3 %   $ 475.1     %
                   
Net New Advisory Assets (billions)(4) $ 3.1     $ 4.2     n/m     $ 4.1     n/m  
                   
Insured Cash Account Balances (billions)(2) $ 20.9     $ 19.5     7 %   $ 18.6     12 %
Money Market Account Balances (billions)(2) 8.1     8.2     (1 %)   7.4     9 %
Total Cash Sweep Balances (billions)(2) $ 29.0     $ 27.7     5 %   $ 26.0     12 %
                   
Insured Cash Account Fee - bps(5) 50     48     2 bps   55     (5 bps)
Money Market Fee - bps(5) 13     9     4 bps   7     6 bps
Cash Sweep Fee - bps 39     37     2 bps   41     (2 bps)


Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial and Business Highlights

Assets

  • Brokerage and advisory assets were $476 billion, up 3% sequentially.
  • Net new advisory assets were $3.1 billion, translating to a 7% annualized growth rate.

Advisors

  • Advisor count was 14,054, down 19 from the third quarter.
  • Advisor production retention finished the year above 96%.

Gross Profit

  • Commissions were $464 million, down 4% from the prior quarter. Sales commissions declined mostly due to an industry-wide slowdown in alternative investments, and trailing commissions were relatively flat.
  • Advisory fees were $324 million, down 5% from the prior quarter. Advisory fees are primarily billed on prior quarter balances, and third quarter asset levels declined sequentially along with the S&P 500 index.
  • Asset-based fees were $124 million, flat sequentially. Sponsor revenues declined 4% due to lower billable assets. Cash sweep revenue increased 13% from client cash sweep balance growth and the mid-December increase in the target range for the federal funds rate.
  • Transaction and fee revenues were $97 million, down 8% sequentially primarily due to the timing of conferences as well as slightly lower trading volumes.

Expenses

  • Core G&A expenses were $179 million, up $8 million sequentially. $4 million of this increase was due to non-recurring costs, which were mostly severance. The remaining increase was primarily due to annual disclosures and investments in service and technology offset by lower performance-based compensation. For 2015, core G&A expenses were $695 million, below LPL’s expected range of $697 to $703 million.
  • Promotional expenses were $35 million, down $7 million sequentially. Conference expenses declined $13 million sequentially while increased transition assistance and year-end marketing expenses added $6 million.
  • Regulatory-related charges, which include the cost of restitution and remediation of previously settled regulatory matters, were $8 million, flat sequentially. For 2015, regulatory related expenses totaled $34 million, down $2 million from 2014.
  • Depreciation and amortization of intangibles was $32 million, up $5 million sequentially mostly due to non-recurring real estate consolidation.
  • Interest expense was $18 million, up $5 million sequentially following LPL’s November debt transaction.

Adjusted Earnings

  • Adjusted Earnings were $36 million, or $0.37 per share. These results included $0.04 per share of non-recurring costs totaling $7 million of pre-tax expense.
  • The non-recurring costs included $4 million of non-recurring core G&A that was primarily related to severance for role eliminations, and $3 million of non-recurring depreciation for real estate consolidation.
  • Historically, these non-recurring costs would have been adjusted out of Adjusted Earnings.

Capital Management

  • Completed a $700 million debt transaction on November 20, 2015 and used $150 million to fully pay off the Company's revolving credit facility. At the end of the fourth quarter, net debt as defined in the Company's credit agreement was $1.9 billion(6), resulting in a leverage ratio of 3.8 times. This compares to a covenant maximum leverage ratio of 5 times.
  • Generated EBITDA as defined in the credit agreement of $111 million in the fourth quarter and $509 million over the trailing twelve months.
  • Completed a $250 million accelerated share repurchase plan on December 15, 2015 - purchasing more than 5.6 million shares at an average price of $44.46.
  • In the first quarter 2016 to date, the Company purchased more than 630,000 additional shares for $25 million with an average price of $39.41.
  • Paid a dividend of $24 million on November 24, 2015.
  • Capital expenditures were $21 million, up $1 million sequentially. The majority of capital expenditures were for technology and for the construction of the Company's new campus in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Conference Call and Additional Information

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its results at 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 11, 2016. The conference call can be accessed by dialing either 877-677-9122 (domestic) or 708-290-1401 (international) and entering passcode 9969864. For additional information, please visit the Company's website to access the Q4 2015 Financial Supplement.

The conference call will also be webcast simultaneously on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website (www.lpl.com), where a replay of the call will also be available following the live webcast. A telephonic replay will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international) and entering passcode 9969864. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 p.m. EST on February 18, 2016.


LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended  December 31,       Years Ended  December 31,    
  2015   2014   %  Change   2015   2014   %  Change
Revenues                      
Commission $ 463,486     $ 528,355     (12 )%   $ 1,976,845     $ 2,118,494     (7 )%
Advisory 324,241     339,943     (5 )%   1,352,454     1,337,959     1 %
Asset-based 124,062     122,101     2 %   493,687     476,595     4 %
Transaction and fee 96,849     93,537     4 %   401,948     369,821     9 %
Other 11,708     20,332     (42 )%   50,120     70,793     (29 )%
Net revenues 1,020,346     1,104,268     (8 )%   4,275,054     4,373,662     (2 )%
Expenses                      
Production 697,963     768,917     (9 )%   2,917,329     3,047,717     (4 )%
Compensation and benefits 104,938     104,370     1 %   440,049     421,829     4 %
General and administrative 121,339     99,209     22 %   452,396     422,441     7 %
Depreciation and amortization(7) 22,526     16,405     37 %   73,383     57,977     27 %
Amortization of intangibles(7) 9,532     9,822     (3 )%   38,239     38,868     (2 )%
Restructuring charges 480     8,179     (94 )%   11,967     34,652     (65 )%
Total operating expenses 956,778     1,006,902     (5 )%   3,933,363     4,023,484     (2 )%
Non-operating interest expense 18,465     12,887     43 %   59,136     51,538     15 %
Loss on extinguishment of debt     3,943     n/m           3,943     n/m    
Total expenses 975,243     1,023,732     (5 )%   3,992,499     4,078,965     (2 )%
Income before provision for income taxes 45,103     80,536     (44 )%   282,555     294,697     (4 )%
Provision for income taxes 18,291     31,991     (43 )%   113,771     116,654     (2 )%
Net income $ 26,812     $ 48,545     (45 )%   $ 168,784     $ 178,043     (5 )%
Earnings per share                      
Basic $ 0.29     $ 0.50     (42 )%   $ 1.77     $ 1.78     (1 )%
Diluted $ 0.28     $ 0.49     (43 )%   $ 1.74     $ 1.75     (1 )%
Weighted-average shares outstanding — basic 93,878   97,853   (4 )%   95,273   99,847   (5 )%
Weighted-average shares outstanding — diluted 95,340   99,469   (4 )%   96,786   101,651   (5 )%



LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations Trend
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

  Quarterly Results
  Q4 2015   Q3 2015   Q2 2015
REVENUES          
Commission $ 463,486     $ 480,271     $ 509,689  
Advisory 324,241     341,217     344,884  
Asset-based 124,062     123,921     125,072  
Transaction and fee 96,849     105,593     97,811  
Other 11,708     3,743     13,205  
Net revenues 1,020,346     1,054,745     1,090,661  
EXPENSES          
Production 697,963     714,988     750,390  
Compensation and benefits 104,938     110,494     112,337  
General and administrative 121,339     117,246     99,457  
Depreciation and amortization(7) 22,526     17,232     17,196  
Amortization of intangibles(7) 9,532     9,534     9,536  
Restructuring charges 480     3,071     4,492  
Total operating expenses 956,778     972,565     993,408  
Non-operating interest expense 18,465     13,493     13,163  
Total expenses 975,243     986,058     1,006,571  
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 45,103     68,687     84,090  
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 18,291     27,635     33,848  
NET INCOME $ 26,812     $ 41,052     $ 50,242  
EARNINGS PER SHARE          
Basic $ 0.29     $ 0.43     $ 0.52  
Diluted $ 0.28     $ 0.43     $ 0.52  
Weighted-average shares outstanding — basic 93,878   94,972     95,724  
Weighted-average shares outstanding — diluted 95,340   96,472     97,239  



LPL Financial Holdings Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

    December 31,   September 30,
    2015   2015
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 724,529     $ 410,036  
Cash and securities segregated under federal and other regulations   671,339     470,721  
Restricted cash   27,839     22,462  
Receivables from:        
Clients, net of allowance of $1,464 at December 31, 2015 and $1,337 at September 30, 2015   339,089     344,351  
Product sponsors, broker-dealers, and clearing organizations   161,224     154,306  
Advisor loans, net allowance of $697 at December 31, 2015 and September 30, 2015(8)   148,978     144,489  
Others, net of allowance of $9,856 at December 31, 2015 and $11,340 at September 30, 2015(8)   180,161     178,749  
Securities owned:        
Trading — at fair value   11,995     16,611  
Held-to-maturity   9,847     10,847  
Securities borrowed   6,001     6,488  
Income taxes receivable       17,370  
Fixed assets, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $328,880 at December 31, 2015 and $320,897 at September 30, 2015   275,419     256,998  
Goodwill   1,365,838     1,365,838  
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $342,740 at December 31, 2015 and $333,207 at September 30, 2015   392,031     401,563  
Other assets   203,473     167,487  
Total assets   $ 4,517,763     $ 3,968,316  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
LIABILITIES:
Drafts payable   $ 189,083     $ 144,307  
Payables to clients   747,421     558,540  
Payables to broker-dealers and clearing organizations   48,032     43,531  
Accrued commission and advisory expenses payable   129,512     132,682  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   332,492     308,884  
Income taxes payable   8,680      
Unearned revenue   65,480     71,847  
Securities sold, but not yet purchased — at fair value   268     226  
Senior secured credit facilities, net of unamortized debt issuance cost of $30,095 at December 31, 2015 and $11,042 at September 30, 2015(9)   2,184,942     1,655,087  
Leasehold financing obligation   59,940     43,182  
Deferred income taxes, net   36,303     64,633  
Total liabilities   3,802,153     3,022,919  
Commitments and contingencies        
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:        
Common stock, $.001 par value; 600,000,000 shares authorized; 119,572,352 shares and 119,238,650 shares issued at December 31, 2015 and September 30, 2015, respectively   119     119  
Additional paid-in capital   1,418,298     1,401,441  
Treasury stock, at cost — 30,048,027 shares and 24,435,356 shares at December 31, 2015 and September 30, 2015, respectively   (1,172,490 )   (922,817 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   553     595  
Retained earnings   469,130     466,059  
Total stockholders’ equity   715,610     945,397  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 4,517,763     $ 3,968,316  


The Company reports Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Earnings, and Adjusted Earnings per share to present information about its earnings that eliminates the effects of items that it does not consider indicative of its core operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Earnings, and Adjusted Earnings per share have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of the Company's results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

a.  Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Earnings, and Adjusted Earnings per share do not reflect all cash expenditures, or contractual commitments; and do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital needs; and 

b.  Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on debt.

The reconciliation from net income to Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, for the periods presented is as follows (in thousands):

  Three Months Ended  December 31,   Years Ended  December 31,
  2015   2014   2015   2014
  (unaudited)
Net income $ 26,812     $ 48,545     $ 168,784     $ 178,043  
Non-operating interest expense 18,465     12,887     59,136     51,538  
Provision for income taxes 18,291     31,991     113,771     116,654  
Amortization of intangible assets 9,532     9,822     38,239     38,868  
Depreciation and amortization of fixed assets 22,526     16,405     73,383     57,977  
EBITDA 95,626     119,650     453,313     443,080  
EBITDA Adjustments:              
Employee share-based compensation expense(a) 4,083     5,159     23,296     21,246  
Acquisition and integration related expenses(b) (8 )   650     50     1,414  
Restructuring and conversion costs(c) 489     8,177     11,976     34,783  
Debt amendment and extinguishment costs(d)     4,361         4,361  
Other(e) 79     (44 )   481     11,623  
Total EBITDA Adjustments 4,643     18,303     35,803     73,427  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 100,269     $ 137,953     $ 489,116     $ 516,507  


The reconciliation from net income to Adjusted Earnings, a non-GAAP measure, for the periods presented is as follows (in thousands, except per share data):

  Three Months Ended  December 31,   Years Ended  December 31,
  2015   2014   2015   2014
  (unaudited)
Net income $ 26,812     $ 48,545     $ 168,784     $ 178,043  
After-Tax:              
EBITDA Adjustments(f)              
Employee share-based compensation expense(g) 2,656     3,397     14,912     14,175  
Acquisition and integration related expenses (5 )   399     31     366  
Restructuring and conversion costs 300     5,021     7,353     21,357  
Debt amendment and extinguishment costs     2,678         2,678  
Other 48     (27 )   295     7,137  
Total EBITDA Adjustments 2,999     11,468     22,591     45,713  
Amortization of intangible assets(f) 5,853     6,031     23,479     23,865  
Adjusted Earnings $ 35,664     $ 66,044     $ 214,854     $ 247,621  
Adjusted Earnings per share(h) $ 0.37     $ 0.66     $ 2.22     $ 2.44  
Weighted-average shares outstanding — diluted 95,340     99,469     96,786     101,651  

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(a)  Represents share-based compensation for equity awards granted to employees, officers, and directors. Such awards are measured based on the grant-date fair value and recognized over the requisite service period of the individual awards, which generally equals the vesting period.

(b)  Represents acquisition and integration costs resulting from various acquisitions, including changes in the estimated fair value of future payments, or contingent consideration that may be required to be made to former shareholders of certain acquired entities.

(c)  Represents organizational restructuring charges, conversion, and other related costs primarily resulting from the expansion of the Company's Service Value Commitment initiative. Results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 also include charges related to the restructuring of the business of the Company's subsidiary, Fortigent Holdings Company, Inc.

(d)  Represents expenses incurred resulting from the early extinguishment and repayment of amounts outstanding on our prior senior secured credit facilities, including the accelerated recognition of unamortized debt issuance costs that had no future economic benefit, as well as various other charges incurred in connection with the repayment under prior senior secured credit facilities and the establishment of new or amended senior secured credit facilities.

(e)  Results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014 include approximately $0.4 million and $9.6 million, respectively, in parallel rent, property tax, common area maintenance expenses, and fixed asset disposals incurred in connection with the Company's relocation to its San Diego office building.

(f)  Generally, EBITDA Adjustments and amortization of intangible assets have been tax effected using a federal rate of 35.0% and the applicable effective state rate, which was 3.6%, net of the federal tax benefit, for the periods ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, except as discussed in footnotes (g) and (h) below.

(g)  Includes the impact of incentive stock options granted to employees that qualify for preferential tax treatment and conversely for which the Company does not receive a tax deduction.

(h)  Represents Adjusted Earnings, a non-GAAP measure, divided by weighted-average number of shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis. Set forth below is a reconciliation of earnings per share on a fully diluted basis, as calculated in accordance with GAAP, to Adjusted Earnings per share:

  Three Months Ended  December 31,   Years Ended  December 31,
  2015   2014   2015   2014
  (unaudited)
Earnings per share — diluted $ 0.28     $ 0.49     $ 1.74     $ 1.75  
After-Tax:              
EBITDA Adjustments per share 0.03     0.11     0.24     0.45  
Amortization of intangible assets per share 0.06     0.06     0.24     0.24  
Adjusted Earnings per share $ 0.37     $ 0.66     $ 2.22     $ 2.44  


End Note Disclosures

(1)  Because the Company’s gross profit amounts do not include any depreciation and amortization expense, the Company considers its gross profit amounts to be non-GAAP measures that may not be comparable to those of others in its industry.

(2)  End of period advisory and brokerage assets are comprised of assets that are custodied, networked, and non-networked, and reflect market movement in addition to new assets, inclusive of new business development and net of attrition. End of period insured cash account and money market account balances are also included in advisory and brokerage assets.

(3)  Advisory assets under custody is a component of advisory and brokerage assets and consists of advisory assets under management, as well as assets of independent advisors that are custodied by LPL Financial.

(4)  Reflects net new advisory assets consisting of funds from new accounts and additional funds deposited into advisory accounts that are custodied in the Company's fee-based advisory platforms and exclude market impact.

(5)  Reflects insured cash account and money market fees quarterly average.

(6)  The Company's credit agreement limits the total amount of cash available for corporate use that can be used in the net debt calculation to $300 million. The Company had $512 million of cash available for corporate use at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015.

(7)  For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015, the Company reclassified amortization of intangibles costs out of Depreciation and Amortization costs. Prior period amounts in the table have also been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.

(8)  As of September 30, 2015 receivables from advisor loans have been reclassified out of Receivables from Other Receivables in the consolidated statements of financial condition.

(9)  The Company early adopted Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") 2015-03, Interest—Imputation of Interest, which simplifies the presentation of debt issuance costs on the balance sheet by presenting debt issuance costs as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of the related debt liability. The debt issuance costs as of September 30, 2015 in the table have been reclassified to be a direct deduction to our senior secured credit facility.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted Earnings represent net income before: (a) employee share-based compensation expense, (b) acquisition and integration related expenses, (c) restructuring and conversion costs, (d) amortization of intangible assets resulting from various acquisitions, and (e) other. Reconciling items are tax effected using the income tax rates in effect for the applicable period, adjusted for any potentially non-deductible amounts. Adjusted Earnings per share represents Adjusted Earnings divided by weighted average outstanding shares on a fully diluted basis. The Company prepared Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted Earnings per share to eliminate the effects of items that it does not consider indicative of its core operating performance. The Company believes this measure provides investors with greater transparency by helping illustrate the underlying financial and business trends relating to results of operations and financial condition and comparability between current and prior periods. Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted Earnings per share are not measures of the Company's financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or earnings per share or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of profitability or liquidity.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA (net income plus interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization), further adjusted to exclude certain non-cash charges and other adjustments set forth in the table above. The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA because the Company considers it a useful financial metric in assessing the Company's operating performance from period to period by excluding certain items that the Company believes are not representative of its core business, such as certain material non-cash items and other adjustments that are outside the control of management. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of the Company's financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of profitability or liquidity. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA can differ significantly from company to company depending on long-term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which companies operate, and capital investments.

Gross Profit is calculated as net revenues less production expenses. Production expenses consist of the following expense categories from the Company’s consolidated statements of income: (i) commission and advisory and (ii) brokerage, clearing, and exchange. All other expense categories, including depreciation and amortization, are considered general and administrative in nature. Because the Company’s gross profit amounts do not include any depreciation and amortization expense, the Company considers its gross profit amounts to be non-GAAP measures that may not be comparable to those of others in its industry.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release regarding the Company's future financial and operating results, growth, business strategies and plans, including statements relating to the Company’s execution of its expense and capital plans, future expense growth and management of the Department of Labor rule transition, as well as any other statements that are not related to present facts or current conditions or that are not purely historical, constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company's historical performance and its plans, estimates, and expectations as of February 11, 2016. The words “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “plans,” “predicts,” “will,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees that the future results, plans, intentions or expectations expressed or implied by the Company will be achieved. Matters subject to forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including economic, legislative, regulatory, competitive, and other factors, which may cause actual financial or operating results, levels of activity, or the timing of events, to be materially different than those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include: changes in general economic and financial market conditions, including retail investor sentiment; fluctuations in the value of advisory and brokerage assets; fluctuations in levels of net new advisory assets and the related impact on fee revenue; effects of competition in the financial services industry; changes in the number of the Company's financial advisors and institutions, and their ability to market effectively financial products and services; changes in interest rates and fees payable by banks participating in the Company's cash sweep program, including the Company's success in negotiating agreements with current or additional counterparties; changes in the growth and profitability of the Company's fee-based business; the effect of current, pending and future legislation, regulation and regulatory actions, including the fiduciary rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor and disciplinary actions imposed by federal and state securities regulators or self-regulatory organizations; the costs of settling and remediating issues related to pending or future regulatory matters; execution of the Company's capital management plans; the price and availability of shares and trading volumes of the Company's common stock, which will determine the timing and size of future share repurchases; execution of the Company's expense management plans and its success in realizing the savings and service improvements expected to result from its initiatives and programs, particularly its technological initiatives; the Company's success in negotiating and developing commercial arrangements with third-party service providers; the performance of third-party service providers on which the Company relies; the Company's ability to control operating risks, information technology systems risks, and sourcing risks; the Company’s ability to recruit new advisors and attract new business to its platform; and the other factors set forth in Part I, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in the Company's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent SEC filings. Except as required by law, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this earnings release, even if its estimates change, and you should not rely on those statements as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

About LPL Financial

LPL Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LPLA), is a leader in the retail financial advice market and currently serves $476 billion in advisory and brokerage assets. LPL is one of the fastest growing RIA custodians and is the nation's largest independent broker-dealer (based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine June 1996-2015). The Company provides proprietary technology, comprehensive clearing and compliance services, practice management programs and training, and independent research to more than 14,000 independent financial advisors and over 700 banks and credit unions, enabling them to help their clients turn life's aspirations into financial realities. Advisors associated with LPL also service an estimated 40,000 retirement plans with an estimated $118 billion in retirement plan assets, as of December 31, 2015. LPL also supports more than 4,000 financial advisors licensed and affiliated with insurance companies with customized clearing, advisory platforms, and technology solutions. LPL Financial and its affiliates have more than 3,400 employees with primary offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. For more information, please visit www.lpl.com

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