Stifel Financial Corp. Sees 73% 3rd Quarter Earnings Rise and Completes Purchase of 56 UBS Financial Services Inc. Branches

Even as Stifel Financial Corp. continues to deal with securities fraud lawsuits and claims accusing the broker-dealer of misrepresenting the risks associated with investing in auction-rate securities, the company exhibited a 73% increase in 3rd quarter earnings due to a growth in transaction revenue.

Its profit posted at $22.1 million, an increase from earlier this year when it’s posted profit was $12.8 million. Net revenue hit $289.7 million-a 32% increase. Principal transaction revenue went up 81%, hitting $123.2 million. Commissions went up to $90.9 million-that’s a 2.5% increase.

Stifel has been working to turn its business into a full-service investment bank and its subsidiary, Stifel, Nicolaus, & Co., recently completed its buy of 56 UBS Financial Services Inc. branches, which it purchased for at least $46 million. Stifel says the deal should increase the company’s earnings within the first year.

Stifel Nicolaus has retained support staff and 495 financial advisers in the branches. The investment bank has converted some 144,000 accounts with some $16.2 billion in assets under management. This includes money market accounts ($1.7 billion) Reg U and Reg T loans ($204.4 million), and FDIC-insured balances.

UBS was paid $29 million in cash for the financial advisers and branches. It also received $17 million for employee forgivable loans and net fixed assets. UBS is also expected to receive a contingent earn-out payment based on the performances of its financial advisers, now with Stifel, over the first two years.

Our securities fraud lawyers continue to represent clients with ARS claims against broker-dealers that misled them about the risks associated with these investments.

Related Web Resources:
Stifel Financial 3Q Profit Climbs 73%; Results Top Views, Wall Street Journal, November 9, 2009
Stifel, Nicolaus Buys UBS, Dealbreaker, March 23, 2009