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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
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Cash to Debt 1.00
LAZ's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
54% of the 383 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 4.52 vs. LAZ: 1.00 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.26   Max: No Debt
Current: 1

Equity to Asset 0.19
LAZ's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
57% of the 434 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.26 vs. LAZ: 0.19 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.51   Max: 0.25
Current: 0.19

-0.51
0.25
Interest Coverage 2.73
LAZ's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
51% of the 349 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 14.11 vs. LAZ: 2.73 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 9999.99
Current: 2.73

0.18
9999.99
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 2.88
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 5/10

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Operating margin (%) 17.24
LAZ's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 439 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 19.89 vs. LAZ: 17.24 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -11.91   Max: 33.6
Current: 17.24

-11.91
33.6
Net-margin (%) 13.52
LAZ's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 439 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 16.23 vs. LAZ: 13.52 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -8.51   Max: 22.56
Current: 13.52

-8.51
22.56
ROE (%) 57.03
LAZ's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 439 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 7.70 vs. LAZ: 57.03 )
LAZ' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -42.99   Max: 53.66
Current: 57.03

-42.99
53.66
ROA (%) 10.28
LAZ's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 440 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. LAZ: 10.28 )
LAZ' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -4.33   Max: 9.87
Current: 10.28

-4.33
9.87
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 163.05
LAZ's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 434 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 134.17 vs. LAZ: 163.05 )
LAZ' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -107.72   Max: 368.83
Current: 163.05

-107.72
368.83
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 2.60
LAZ's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 376 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.60 vs. LAZ: 2.60 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 99.2
Current: 2.6

0
99.2
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -0.30
LAZ's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 306 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: -0.30 vs. LAZ: -0.30 )
LAZ' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 75
Current: -0.3

0
75
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -1.60
LAZ's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 307 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.20 vs. LAZ: -1.60 )
LAZ' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 194
Current: -1.6

0
194
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Equity & Asset
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

LAZ Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Mario Gabelli 4,500 sh (New)
John Rogers 6,818,350 sh (+0.83%)
Pioneer Investments 46,000 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 1,556,713 sh (-0.18%)
Chuck Royce 1,912,065 sh (-16.22%)
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Q1 2014

LAZ Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Mario Gabelli 4,500 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 46,000 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 1,513,193 sh (-2.8%)
John Rogers 6,273,224 sh (-7.99%)
Chuck Royce 1,523,017 sh (-20.35%)
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Q2 2014

LAZ Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 150,700 sh (New)
Jim Chanos 125,750 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 772,675 sh (+1579.73%)
Ken Fisher 1,666,097 sh (+10.1%)
Mario Gabelli 4,500 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 1,267,117 sh (-16.8%)
John Rogers 5,051,368 sh (-19.48%)
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Q3 2014

LAZ Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jim Simons 488,100 sh (+223.89%)
Pioneer Investments 1,251,876 sh (+62.02%)
Jim Chanos 161,601 sh (+28.51%)
Ken Fisher 1,673,491 sh (+0.44%)
Mario Gabelli 4,500 sh (unchged)
John Rogers 4,852,010 sh (-3.95%)
Chuck Royce 1,062,157 sh (-16.18%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with LAZ

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Rogers 2014-09-30 Reduce -3.95%0.13%$49.91 - $54.96 $ 50.01-5%4852010
John Rogers 2014-06-30 Reduce -19.48%0.7%$44.2 - $52.49 $ 50.012%5051368
John Rogers 2014-03-31 Reduce -7.99%0.3%$41.37 - $47.24 $ 50.0111%6273224
Mario Gabelli 2013-12-31 New Buy$35.48 - $45.05 $ 50.0124%4500
John Rogers 2013-06-30 Add 12.4%0.4%$31.62 - $35.38 $ 50.0150%6881941
John Rogers 2012-06-30 Add 8.16%0.29%$22.46 - $29.09 $ 50.01100%6609084
John Keeley 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.04%$22.46 - $29.09 $ 50.01100%0
Ken Fisher 2012-06-30 Add 37.33%0.03%$22.46 - $29.09 $ 50.01100%1345050
John Rogers 2011-12-31 Add 9.49%0.33%$19.65 - $28.89 $ 50.01103%6305134
John Rogers 2011-09-30 Add 20.84%0.56%$22.4 - $37.29 $ 50.0169%5758665
John Keeley 2011-09-30 Reduce -37.54%0.03%$22.4 - $37.29 $ 50.0169%88575
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Guru Investment Theses on Lazard Ltd

Ariel Investments' John Rogers Comments on Lazard Ltd. - Feb 25, 2014

In addition, restructuring specialist and asset manager Lazard Ltd (LAZ) surged +27.36%, topping estimates for earnings and revenue by a significant margin. Its earnings per share for the third quarter were $0.46 versus the estimate of $0.37. The company’s operating revenue was $489 million, well above the $452 million expectation. Its September 30 AUM reached $176 billion, an all-time high to that date. We closely watch that figure, because we think it is an overlooked part of the business. Meanwhile, the global leading restructuring business had $42 million in revenue, 23% higher than a year ago. Still, restructurings continue to be well below the usual rate, leading us to believe the future is even brighter..

From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' Ariel Investments fourth quarter 2013 commentary.

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John Rogers Comments on Lazard Ltd. - Nov 05, 2013

With Lazard (LAZ), we are able to look beyond the negatively-impacted emerging markets stocks held by the firm's investment management business. We like the enduring economics of money management and treat this meaningful profit contributor as icing on the cake of the company's diversified investment banking operation.

From John Rogers' Ariel Fund and Ariel Appreciate Fund portfolio manager letter third quarter 2013.
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Ariel Investments' John Rogers Comments on Lazard Ltd.
In addition, restructuring specialist and asset manager Lazard Ltd (LAZ) surged +27.36%, topping estimates for earnings and revenue by a significant margin. Its earnings per share for the third quarter were $0.46 versus the estimate of $0.37. The company’s operating revenue was $489 million, well above the $452 million expectation. Its September 30 AUM reached $176 billion, an all-time high to that date. We closely watch that figure, because we think it is an overlooked part of the business. Meanwhile, the global leading restructuring business had $42 million in revenue, 23% higher than a year ago. Still, restructurings continue to be well below the usual rate, leading us to believe the future is even brighter.. Read more...
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 21.60
LAZ's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
73% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 23.60 vs. LAZ: 21.60 )
LAZ' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.15   Max: 712.05
Current: 21.6

10.15
712.05
P/B 10.66
LAZ's P/B is ranked lower than
53% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. LAZ: 10.66 )
LAZ' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 3.24   Max: 32.93
Current: 10.66

3.24
32.93
P/S 2.94
LAZ's P/S is ranked higher than
74% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 3.58 vs. LAZ: 2.94 )
LAZ' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.97   Max: 7.95
Current: 2.94

0.97
7.95
PFCF 8.91
LAZ's PFCF is ranked higher than
90% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 65.20 vs. LAZ: 8.91 )
LAZ' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 3.12   Max: 303.07
Current: 8.91

3.12
303.07
EV-to-EBIT 15.71
LAZ's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
79% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 27.06 vs. LAZ: 15.71 )
LAZ' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -52.8   Max: 105.2
Current: 15.71

-52.8
105.2
Shiller P/E 56.73
LAZ's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
73% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 54.15 vs. LAZ: 56.73 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 18.03   Max: 100.11
Current: 56.73

18.03
100.11

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 2.40
LAZ's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
52% of the 354 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.65 vs. LAZ: 2.40 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 2.99
Current: 2.4

0.16
2.99
Dividend Payout 0.50
LAZ's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
73% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.86 vs. LAZ: 0.50 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 1.67
Current: 0.5

0.1
1.67
Dividend growth (3y) 14.50
LAZ's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
86% of the 229 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. LAZ: 14.50 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 41.2
Current: 14.5

0
41.2
Yield on cost (5-Year) 5.54
LAZ's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
80% of the 357 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.67 vs. LAZ: 5.54 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 6.9
Current: 5.54

0.37
6.9
Share Buyback Rate 1.20
LAZ's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
89% of the 323 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: -0.90 vs. LAZ: 1.20 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: -31.2
Current: 1.2

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 28.25
LAZ's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
52% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.36 vs. LAZ: 28.25 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 6.61   Max: 92.61
Current: 28.25

6.61
92.61
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.60
LAZ's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
77% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.77 vs. LAZ: 1.60 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.9   Max: 2.13
Current: 1.6

0.9
2.13
Price/Median PS Value 1.47
LAZ's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
65% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.19 vs. LAZ: 1.47 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 3.65
Current: 1.47

0.55
3.65
Price/Graham Number 4.94
LAZ's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
62% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.28 vs. LAZ: 4.94 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.54   Max: 9.61
Current: 4.94

1.54
9.61
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.40
LAZ's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
77% of the 431 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. LAZ: 6.40 )
LAZ' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1   Max: 17
Current: 6.4

1
17

Business Description

Industry: Brokers & Exchanges » Capital Markets
Compare:PJC, SIEB, GHL, GS, SF » details
Traded in other countries:LBJ.Germany,
Lazard Ltd is a Bermuda holding company founded in 1848 in New Orleans. Over time it has extended its activities beyond its roots in New York, Paris and London. It is a preeminent international financial advisory and asset management firm that has long specialized in crafting solutions to the complex financial and strategic challenges of its clients. It serves a diverse set of clients around the world, including corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. The Company's sole operating asset is its indirect ownership of common membership interests of Lazard Group and its managing member interest of Lazard Group, whose main operating activities are included in two business segments: Financial Advisory, which includes providing advice on mergers and acquisitions and strategic advisory matters, restructurings and capital structure advisory services, capital raising and other transactions; and Asset Management, which includes the management of equity and fixed income securities and alternative investment and private equity funds. In addition, the Company records selected other activities in its Corporate segment, including management of cash, certain investments and the commercial banking activities of Lazard Group's Paris-based Lazard Freres Banque SA ( LFB). LFB is a registered bank regulated by the Banque de France and its main operations include asset and liability management for Lazard Group's businesses in France through its money market desk and commercial banking operations, deposit taking and, to a lesser extent, financing activities and custodial oversight over assets of various clients. The Company also allocates outstanding indebtedness to its Corporate segment. The Company currently operates from 40 cities in key business and financial centers across 25 countries throughout Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, and Central and South America. Its competitors are other investment banking and financial advisory firms, broker-dealers, commercial and 'universal' banks, insurance companies, investment management firms, hedge fund management firms, alternative investment firms and other financial institutions. The Company competes with some of its competitors globally and with others on a regional, product or niche basis. It competes on the basis of a number of factors, including quality of people, transaction execution skills, investment track record, quality of client service, individual and institutional client relationships, absence of conflicts, products and services, innovation, brand recognition and business reputation. Its businesses, as well as the financial services industry generally, are subject to regulation throughout the world. Certain U.K. subsidiaries of the Company, including LCL, Lazard Fund Managers Limited and Lazard Asset Management Limited are regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Certain other U.S. and non-U.S. subsidiaries are subject to various capital
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Articles On GuruFocus.com
Ariel Capital Management and John Rogers' Top Five Stocks May 14 2014 
Ariel Investments' John Rogers Recommends Stocks Mar 03 2014 
Ariel Investments' John Rogers Comments on Lazard Ltd. Feb 25 2014 
John Rogers' Ariel Investments Q4 2013 Commentary Feb 25 2014 
Ariel Capital and John Rogers' Top Five Fourth Quarter Positions Feb 19 2014 
John Rogers Comments on Lazard Ltd. Nov 05 2013 
My 4 Favorite Global Dividend Achievers with Over 10% Annual Net Earnings Growth Predictions Sep 19 2013 
Optimistic John Rogers of Ariel Investments Gives Top Stock Ideas Jul 26 2013 
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