Posted on 10 Feb 2010
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC) today reported fourth quarter and year-end 2009 earnings.
MMC's consolidated revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009 was $2.7 billion, an increase of 3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008, or a decline of 2 percent on an underlying basis. Underlying revenue measures the change in revenue before the impact of acquisitions and dispositions, using consistent currency exchange rates. For 2009, MMC's consolidated revenue was $10.5 billion, a decline of 9 percent from $11.5 billion in 2008, or 5 percent on an underlying basis.
Due to the settlement in the fourth quarter of 2009 of the securities and ERISA class action lawsuits filed in 2004, MMC's net income declined to $38 million, or $.07 per share, compared with net income of $80 million, or $.15 per share, in 2008. Earnings per share on an adjusted basis, which excludes noteworthy items as presented in the attached supplemental schedules, increased 6 percent to $.38, compared with $.36 in 2008. For the year, net income was $242 million, compared with a net loss of $73 million in 2008. Adjusted earnings per share increased 13 percent to $1.58, compared with $1.40 in 2008.
As part of court-approved settlements, without admitting wrongdoing, MMC paid a total of $435 million to settle both the securities and related ERISA class action lawsuits and received $230 million from its insurance carriers. The net settlement of $205 million is tax deductible.
Adjusted operating income in the quarter increased 13 percent to $213 million, compared with $189 million last year. For the year, segment revenue declined 3 percent to $5.3 billion, or 1 percent on an underlying basis. Operating income increased to $796 million, compared with $460 million in 2008. Adjusted operating income increased 35 percent to $985 million, compared with $729 million in 2008.
Marsh's revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009 was $1.2 billion, an increase of 4 percent from the same period last year, or a decline of 1 percent on an underlying basis. For the year, Marsh reported revenue of $4.3 billion, a decline of 5 percent, or 1 percent on an underlying basis.
In the fourth quarter of 2009, Marsh announced an agreement to acquire HSBC Insurance Brokers Ltd, an international provider of risk intermediary and risk advisory services headquartered in London. The transaction is expected to close early in the second quarter. In addition, Marsh also announced the acquisition of three U.S. insurance agencies: The NIA Group, Insurance Alliance, and Haake Companies.