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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 : 6/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash-to-Debt 1.32
LAZ's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
75% of the 686 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. LAZ: 1.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
LAZ' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.4  Med: 1.11 Max: N/A
Current: 1.32
Equity-to-Asset 0.27
LAZ's Equity-to-Asset is ranked lower than
70% of the 638 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.54 vs. LAZ: 0.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
LAZ' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.46  Med: 0.19 Max: 0.29
Current: 0.27
-0.46
0.29
Interest Coverage 10.29
LAZ's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
66% of the 642 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 95.15 vs. LAZ: 10.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
LAZ' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.18  Med: 2.67 Max: 10.29
Current: 10.29
0.18
10.29
Beneish M-Score: -2.54
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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industry
vs
history
Operating Margin % 22.18
LAZ's Operating Margin % is ranked higher than
59% of the 670 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 13.46 vs. LAZ: 22.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
LAZ' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -11.91  Med: 11.86 Max: 22.58
Current: 22.18
-11.91
22.58
Net Margin % 16.62
LAZ's Net Margin % is ranked higher than
58% of the 671 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 9.94 vs. LAZ: 16.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
LAZ' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -8.51  Med: 8.63 Max: 41.91
Current: 16.62
-8.51
41.91
ROE % 31.76
LAZ's ROE % is ranked higher than
94% of the 674 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 4.06 vs. LAZ: 31.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
LAZ' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -42.99  Med: 28.36 Max: 97.65
Current: 31.76
-42.99
97.65
ROA % 8.99
LAZ's ROA % is ranked higher than
86% of the 690 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. LAZ: 8.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
LAZ' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -4.33  Med: 5.34 Max: 25.26
Current: 8.99
-4.33
25.26
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate 5.80
LAZ's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked higher than
54% of the 549 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. LAZ: 5.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
LAZ' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: -9.6 Max: 9
Current: 5.8
0
9
3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate 31.20
LAZ's 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate is ranked higher than
73% of the 425 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 8.20 vs. LAZ: 31.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate only.
LAZ' s 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: -35.4 Max: 33.5
Current: 31.2
0
33.5
3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate 34.10
LAZ's 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate is ranked higher than
74% of the 416 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. LAZ: 34.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate only.
LAZ' s 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: -3.8 Max: 183
Current: 34.1
0
183
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Guru Trades

Q1 2016

LAZ Guru Trades in Q1 2016

Signature Select Canadian Fund 77,400 sh (New)
Columbia Wanger 1,176,000 sh (New)
Ken Heebner 220,000 sh (+238.46%)
Chuck Royce 1,510,207 sh (+127.39%)
Ken Fisher 1,839,943 sh (+18.71%)
John Rogers 6,481,882 sh (+17.00%)
Pioneer Investments 1,698,562 sh (+1.49%)
Jim Simons 236,300 sh (-49.19%)
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Q2 2016

LAZ Guru Trades in Q2 2016

Columbia Wanger 3,023,066 sh (+157.06%)
Chuck Royce 1,859,207 sh (+23.11%)
Ken Fisher 1,859,896 sh (+1.08%)
John Rogers 6,539,522 sh (+0.89%)
Ken Heebner Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 1,167,086 sh (-31.29%)
Jim Simons 88,000 sh (-62.76%)
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Q3 2016

LAZ Guru Trades in Q3 2016

Signature Select Canadian Fund 107,150 sh (+38.44%)
John Rogers 6,541,286 sh (+0.03%)
Ken Fisher 1,817,547 sh (-2.28%)
Chuck Royce 1,701,170 sh (-8.50%)
Columbia Wanger 2,611,751 sh (-13.61%)
Jim Simons 49,000 sh (-44.32%)
Pioneer Investments 57,183 sh (-95.10%)
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Q4 2016

LAZ Guru Trades in Q4 2016

Jim Simons 469,500 sh (+858.16%)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
John Rogers 6,483,375 sh (-0.89%)
Ken Fisher 1,716,334 sh (-5.57%)
Columbia Wanger 2,310,013 sh (-11.55%)
Chuck Royce 1,482,420 sh (-12.86%)
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Business Description

Industry: Brokers & Exchanges » Capital Markets    NAICS: 523930    SIC: 6282
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Lazard Ltd, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial advisory and asset management firm. It provides crafting solutions to the complex financial and strategic challenges around the world, including corporations, governments and individuals.

Lazard has a storied history that can be traced back to 1848. The company focuses on merger and acquisition advisory, restructuring advisory, and asset management. Lazard has offices in over 40 cities across more than 25 countries and over 2,500 employees.

Guru Investment Theses on Lazard Ltd

Royce Funds Comments on Lazard - Sep 12, 2016

There are two holdings that have struggled this year that we think have a lot of potential over the long run. Lazard (NYSE:LAZ) has a franchise in the global financial advisory business and, in our estimation, an underappreciated asset management segment.



Market volatility and economic uncertainty have fueled concerns about a deceleration in mergers and acquisitions activity ("M&A") while also pressuring fund flows.



We believe these near-term headwinds are more than fairly discounted in Lazard's valuation. An uptick in restructuring revenue, mostly from energy and mining, has partially cushioned a near-term slowdown in M&A. In addition, while they're inherently cyclical, most of the important drivers of a vibrant M&A environment remain in place.



For example, there are attractive borrowing costs (even if rates rise off their current historic lows), the need for larger companies to supplement limited organic revenue growth, the improving economic outlook, and C-Suite confidence.



The stock also currently has a 4% dividend yield, and management has a history of shareholder-friendly capital allocation including dividend increases, special dividends, and share repurchases.





From Lauren Romeo's Today's Opportunities in Quality Small-Caps.



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John Rogers Comments on Lazard Ltd - Aug 03, 2016

Other holdings experienced a short-term struggle. Asset manager and transaction advisor Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ) fell -22.44% after a weak earnings report. Specifically, the company reported adjusted quarterly earnings of $0.50 per share, short of the consensus $0.65 expectation. Revenues were a bit light, while a higher compensation ratio drove the bulk of the miss. In addition, there were net outflows of $361 million in the quarter. We continue to believe the company has a considerable advantage in the crucial emerging markets investment niche.

From John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio)' Ariel Fund second quarter 2016 commentary.

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John Rogers Comments on Lazard Ltd Guru stock highlight
Other holdings experienced a short-term struggle. Asset manager and transaction advisor Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ) fell -22.44% after a weak earnings report. Specifically, the company reported adjusted quarterly earnings of $0.50 per share, short of the consensus $0.65 expectation. Revenues were a bit light, while a higher compensation ratio drove the bulk of the miss. In addition, there were net outflows of $361 million in the quarter. We continue to believe the company has a considerable advantage in the crucial emerging markets investment niche. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
PE Ratio 15.32
LAZ's PE Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 621 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 19.86 vs. LAZ: 15.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio only.
LAZ' s PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.25  Med: 20.35 Max: 174.06
Current: 15.32
4.25
174.06
Forward PE Ratio 14.06
LAZ's Forward PE Ratio is ranked higher than
71% of the 90 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 17.89 vs. LAZ: 14.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward PE Ratio only.
N/A
PE Ratio without NRI 15.32
LAZ's PE Ratio without NRI is ranked higher than
63% of the 549 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 20.25 vs. LAZ: 15.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio without NRI only.
LAZ' s PE Ratio without NRI Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.25  Med: 20.31 Max: 174.06
Current: 15.32
4.25
174.06
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 26.14
LAZ's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked lower than
72% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 16.57 vs. LAZ: 26.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Owner-Earnings only.
LAZ' s Price-to-Owner-Earnings Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.28  Med: 31.15 Max: 900.41
Current: 26.14
5.28
900.41
PB Ratio 4.46
LAZ's PB Ratio is ranked lower than
85% of the 754 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.26 vs. LAZ: 4.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
LAZ' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.11  Med: 7.66 Max: 32.96
Current: 4.46
3.11
32.96
PS Ratio 2.56
LAZ's PS Ratio is ranked higher than
63% of the 747 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 3.90 vs. LAZ: 2.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
LAZ' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.97  Med: 2.13 Max: 3.34
Current: 2.56
0.97
3.34
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 10.54
LAZ's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
61% of the 245 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 15.10 vs. LAZ: 10.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
LAZ' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.79  Med: 10.26 Max: 228.44
Current: 10.54
2.79
228.44
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 9.86
LAZ's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
62% of the 281 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 12.84 vs. LAZ: 9.86 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
LAZ' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.71  Med: 9.34 Max: 623.55
Current: 9.86
2.71
623.55
EV-to-EBIT 10.59
LAZ's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
62% of the 619 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 14.74 vs. LAZ: 10.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
LAZ' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -343.7  Med: 14.75 Max: 747.5
Current: 10.59
-343.7
747.5
EV-to-EBITDA 9.36
LAZ's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
63% of the 635 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 12.78 vs. LAZ: 9.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
LAZ' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -72.2  Med: 13.9 Max: 259.8
Current: 9.36
-72.2
259.8
Shiller PE Ratio 22.52
LAZ's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 95 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 25.96 vs. LAZ: 22.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
LAZ' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.34  Med: 31.63 Max: 42.7
Current: 22.52
15.34
42.7

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield % 3.39
LAZ's Dividend Yield % is ranked higher than
60% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.85 vs. LAZ: 3.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield % only.
LAZ' s Dividend Yield % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.49  Med: 2.02 Max: 4.78
Current: 3.39
0.49
4.78
Dividend Payout Ratio 0.51
LAZ's Dividend Payout Ratio is ranked higher than
65% of the 317 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.51 vs. LAZ: 0.51 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout Ratio only.
LAZ' s Dividend Payout Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.13  Med: 0.45 Max: 6.67
Current: 0.51
0.13
6.67
3-Year Dividend Growth Rate 25.70
LAZ's 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate is ranked higher than
73% of the 232 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 7.70 vs. LAZ: 25.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate only.
LAZ' s 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 12 Max: 41.2
Current: 25.7
0
41.2
Forward Dividend Yield % 3.38
LAZ's Forward Dividend Yield % is ranked higher than
60% of the 516 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.95 vs. LAZ: 3.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield % only.
N/A
5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 7.99
LAZ's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked higher than
84% of the 656 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 3.19 vs. LAZ: 7.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
LAZ' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.15  Med: 4.76 Max: 11.26
Current: 7.99
1.15
11.26
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -0.70
LAZ's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
56% of the 307 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: -1.50 vs. LAZ: -0.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
LAZ' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -29.7  Med: -4 Max: 0
Current: -0.7
-29.7
0

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price-to-Tangible-Book 6.46
LAZ's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked lower than
88% of the 708 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. LAZ: 6.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
LAZ' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.92  Med: 18.07 Max: 93.06
Current: 6.46
5.92
93.06
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 0.89
LAZ's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked higher than
70% of the 313 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.39 vs. LAZ: 0.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
LAZ' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.72  Med: 1.23 Max: 1.61
Current: 0.89
0.72
1.61
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 1.20
LAZ's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked lower than
61% of the 680 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. LAZ: 1.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
LAZ' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.51  Med: 1.04 Max: 1.43
Current: 1.2
0.51
1.43
Price-to-Graham-Number 2.10
LAZ's Price-to-Graham-Number is ranked lower than
70% of the 490 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. LAZ: 2.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Graham-Number only.
LAZ' s Price-to-Graham-Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.27  Med: 4 Max: 25.64
Current: 2.1
1.27
25.64
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % 9.43
LAZ's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked higher than
70% of the 739 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 5.36 vs. LAZ: 9.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
LAZ' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.1  Med: 5.8 Max: 24.9
Current: 9.43
0.1
24.9

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $2,333
EPS (TTM) $ 2.92
Beta1.92
Short Percentage of Float1.16%
52-Week Range $26.21 - 47.09
Shares Outstanding (Mil)129.77

Analyst Estimate

Dec17 Dec18 Dec19
Revenue (Mil $) 2,401 2,726 2,934
EPS ($) 3.07 3.62 4.15
EPS without NRI ($) 3.07 3.62 4.15
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
-15.20%
Dividends per Share ($) 2.83 1.83 2.03
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