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Legg Mason Reports Results for First Fiscal Quarter 2011

Monday, July 26, 2010

Legg Mason Reports Results for First Fiscal Quarter 201116:00 EDT Monday, July 26, 2010- First Quarter Net Income of $48 Million, or $0.30 per Diluted Share - - $1.3 Billion Closed-End Fund Raise Resulted in $0.07 per Diluted Share of Related Expenses - - First Quarter Adjusted Income of $96 Million, or $0.60 per Diluted Share - - Assets Under Management of $645 Billion -BALTIMORE, July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE: LM) today reported its operating results for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2010.  The Company reported net income(1) of $47.9 million or $0.30 per diluted share, as compared with $63.6 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, in the previous quarter.  In the quarter, Legg Mason raised $1.3 billion(2) through a closed-end fund launch, the largest in the industry since 2007.  Adjusted income(3), for the first quarter was $96.3 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, as compared to $111.3 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. For the first quarter, revenues were $674.2 million, up from $671.4 million in the prior quarter.  Operating expenses of $571.4 million were up 1% from $565.6 million in the fourth quarter for fiscal year 2010 and included $17.6 million in costs related to the closed-end fund launch.Assets Under Management (?AUM?) were $645.4 billion, down 6% as compared with $684.5 billion as of March 31, 2010 and down 2% from $656.9 billion as of June 30, 2009.Legg Mason also announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock in the amount of $0.04 per share.(Amounts in millions, except per share amounts)Quarters EndedJuneMarch%June % 20102010Change2009ChangeTotal Operating Revenues$ 674.2$ 671.40%$ 613.110%Total Operating Expenses571.4565.61%554.83%Operating Income 102.8105.8-3%58.376%Net Income147.963.6-25%50.1-4%Adjusted Income396.3111.3-13%86.811%Net Income Per Share - Diluted10.300.39-23%0.35-14%Adjusted Income Per Share 30.600.69-13%0.61-2%(1) Net income represents net income attributable to Legg Mason, Inc.(2) Assuming full exercise of underwriters?  over allotment option(3) Adjusted income was formerly reported as ?cash income, as adjusted.? Please see Supplemental Data below for non-GAAP performance measuresComments on First Fiscal Quarter 2011 ResultsMark R. Fetting, Chairman and CEO, said, ?We delivered a solid quarter in a volatile market with more work to do to fully position Legg Mason for future growth.  We are pleased to announce our first quarter of equity inflows in over four years, including the largest closed-end fund capital raise in the industry since 2007.  In fixed income, we are hard at work on the longer term process of turning flows to positive following sustained improved investment performance.  We believe that Western Asset?s improved performance is a testament to both the strength of their investment process and the enhancements they made in integrating their risk management efforts with that process.  Over the short term, market volatility has led to swings in equity performance, but our affiliates are positioning well for improvement in client results.  Our overall 3- and 5-year performance numbers show improvement over the past year, and we are working in partnership with our affiliates to create investment vehicles that will bring clients back into the market and help them rebuild wealth. ?We are making progress on our plans to transfer certain support functions to our affiliates and we are on track to meet our targets. Even as we streamline our business model, we continue to look at growth opportunities, and our affiliates continue to add talent, including an experienced professional to service sovereign wealth clients at Permal. We are actively evaluating the addition of investment capabilities.  With regard to use of capital, we have entered into an accelerated share repurchase arrangement and remain fully committed to additional ways to drive shareholder value," concluded Mr. Fetting.  Assets Under Management Decreased to $645 Billion AUM decreased to $645.4 billion at June 30, 2010 from $684.5 billion, driven by net outflows of $23.1 billion and market declines of $16.0 billion. Long-term asset net outflows of $8.7 billion continue to trend favorably.  Fixed income outflows were $9.4 billion and liquidity outflows were $14.4 billion for the quarter ended June 30th. Equity inflows of $0.7 billion mark the first quarter of equity inflows in over four years.  At June 30, 2010, fixed income represented 56% of AUM, while equity represented 24% and liquidity represented 20% of AUM.  By business division, 70% of AUM was in the Americas Division and 30% of AUM was in the International Division.  Average AUM during the quarter was $668.3 billion compared to $681.2 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 and $647.2 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. Comparison to the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2010Net income was $47.9 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, as compared with $63.6 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010. Revenues of $674.2 million were up from $671.4 million in the prior quarter, due to higher realization rates which more than offset a 2% decline in average AUM.  Performance fees of $22.8 million were in line with the prior quarter due to fees earned at Western Asset Management, Brandywine Global and Permal. Operating expenses of $571.4 million increased 1% from $565.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 due to $17.6 million of expenses related to the launch of the closed-end fund this quarter.  The current quarter?s expenses also included $3.2 million in severance and other costs related to the previously announced streamlining initiative. Operating margin was 15.2%, as compared to 15.8% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.  Operating margin, as adjusted(4), was 20.9% as compared with 23.3% in the fourth quarter. The impact of the closed-end fund launch on our operating margin, as adjusted, was 2.9% Adjusted income was $96.3 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, compared to adjusted income of $111.3 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, in the prior quarter. (4) Please see Supplemental Data below for non-GAAP performance measuresComparison to the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2010Net income was $47.9 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, as compared with net income of $50.1 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. Revenues of $674.2 million increased 10% from $613.1 million in the prior year quarter reflecting higher performance fees and a 3% increase in average AUM. Operating expenses of $571.4 million increased by 3% from $554.8 million in the prior year quarter. This was primarily due to costs associated with this quarter?s closed-end fund launch.Operating margin was 15.2% as compared to 9.5% in the prior year quarter.  Operating margin, as adjusted, was 20.9% as compared with 20.4% in the same period a year ago.  Adjusted income was $96.3 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, compared to adjusted income of $86.8 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, for the first fiscal quarter 2010. Quarterly Business Developments Product Legg Mason and ClearBridge Advisors raised $1.3 billion for the ClearBridge Energy MLP Fund Inc. (CEM), assuming full exercise of the underwriters? over allotment option. Legg Mason International and Western Asset launched the Legg Mason Western Asset Global Credit Absolute Return Fund in the UK and Ireland.    Legg Mason Japan received an award for ?Best Sales, Client Service and Marketing Support for fiscal year 2010? from MaDo, an industry publication focused on the marketing and retail distribution of mutual funds in Japan.Western Asset?s Global Inflation-Linked composite won the top honor in the Global Fixed Income, Inflation-Linked category by AsianInvestor Magazine. PerformanceAt June 30, 2010: Of Legg Mason?s long-term U.S. mutual fund assets, 46% were beating their Lipper category averages for the 1-year period; 71% for the 3-year period; 73% for the 5-year period and 78% for the 10-year period.Of Legg Mason?s long-term U.S. mutual funds assets, 55% were rated 4 or 5 stars by Morningstar, including 92% of Royce?s fund assets and 73% of Western?s fund assets.All 9 of the Western Asset funds outperformed their benchmarks for the 1-year period; 4 out of 9 outperformed their benchmarks for the 3-year period; 3 out of 8 outperformed for the 5-year period and all 4 funds outperformed for the 10-year period.Ten out of 24 funds managed by Royce outperformed their benchmarks for the 1-year period; 16 out of 19 for the 3-year period; all 17 outperformed for the 5-year period and all 9 outperformed for the 10-year period.Five out of six funds managed by Legg Mason Capital Management outperformed their benchmarks for the 1-year period; none outperformed for the 3- and 5-year periods and 1 out of 6 outperformed for the 10-year period.None of the funds managed by ClearBridge Advisors outperformed in the 1-year period; 5 out of 13 funds outperformed for the 3-year period; 4 out 13 outperformed for the 5-year period and 8 out of 13 outperformed for the 10-year period.Balance Sheet At June 30, 2010, Legg Mason?s cash position was $1.2 billion.  Total debt was $1.4 billion and stockholders' equity was $5.6 billion.  The ratio of total debt to total capital (total equity plus total debt) was 20%. In the quarter, the Company announced it had entered into an accelerated share repurchase arrangement.  As of June 30, Legg Mason has repurchased and retired 9.7 million shares of common stock.  The balance sheet amounts exclude consolidated investment vehicles.The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock in the amount of $0.04 per share. The dividend is payable on October 25, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 7, 2010. Conference Call to Discuss Results A conference call to discuss the Company's results, hosted by Mr. Fetting, will be held at 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. today. The call will be open to the general public. Interested participants should access the call by dialing 1-877-269-7756 (or for international calls 1-201-689-7817) at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start to ensure connection.The presentation slides that will be reviewed during the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Legg Mason website (www.leggmason.com/about/investor_relations.aspx) shortly after the release of the financial results.A replay or transcript of the live broadcast will be available on the Legg Mason website, in the investor relations section, or by dialing 1-877-660-6853 (or for international calls 1-201-612-7415), enter account number 369 and replay ID number 353728 when prompted.  Please note that the replay will be available beginning at 11:00 p.m., E.D.T. on July 26, 2010 and ending on August 9, 2010.About Legg MasonLegg Mason is a global asset management firm, with $645 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2010.  The Company provides active asset management in many major investment centers throughout the world. Legg Mason is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: LM).This release contains forward-looking statements subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially. For a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, see "Risk Factors" and ?Management?s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations? in Legg Mason's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. LEGG MASON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)Quarters EndedJune 2010March 2010June 2009Operating Revenues:Investment advisory fees:Separate accounts$ 200,972$  208,104$ 190,888Funds352,699341,135328,024Performance fees22,77424,6565,684Distribution and service fees96,31496,11386,701Other1,4061,4121,787Total operating revenues674,165671,420613,084Operating Expenses:Compensation and benefits266,074267,270268,812Transition-related compensation (1)2,713--Total compensation and benefits268,787267,270268,812Distribution and servicing184,702167,419172,464Communications and technology39,97642,22540,490Occupancy33,67525,46932,584Amortization of intangible assets5,7285,7315,628Other (1)38,52057,47034,791Total operating expenses571,388565,584554,769Operating Income 102,777105,83658,315Other Non-Operating Income (Expense)Interest income1,8151,5831,821Interest expense(22,801)(25,095)(43,390)Fund support--17,558Other income (expense)(7,291)14,98641,311Other non-operating income (expense) of consolidated investment vehicles(2,393)4,4105,089Total other non-operating income (expense)(30,670)(4,116)22,389Income Before Income Tax Provision72,107101,72080,704Income tax provision27,06436,61928,380Net Income 45,04365,10152,324Less: Net income (loss) attributableto noncontrolling interests(2,888)1,4942,270Net Income Attributable toLegg Mason, Inc. $   47,931$    63,607$   50,054Net income per shareattributable to Legg Mason, Inc. common shareholders:Basic$       0.30$        0.40$       0.35Diluted $       0.30$        0.39$       0.35Weighted average number of sharesoutstanding:Basic160,123160,952142,006Diluted160,762161,703143,126(1) Costs related to streamlining our business model.  Other operating expenses for June 2010 include  transition-related costs of $442.   LEGG MASON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESSUPPLEMENTAL DATARECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO LEGG MASON, INC. TO ADJUSTED INCOME (1)(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)Quarters Ended June 2010 March 2010 June 2009 Net Income Attributable to Legg Mason, Inc.$     47,931$       63,607$     50,054Plus (Less):Amortization of intangible assets 5,7285,7315,628Deferred income taxes on intangible assets 33,68733,07735,297Imputed interest on convertible debt8,9098,8628,364Net money market fund support gains (2)--(12,524)Adjusted Income $     96,255$     111,277$     86,819Net Income per Diluted Share attributable to Legg Mason, Inc. common shareholders$         0.30$           0.39$         0.35Plus (Less):Amortization of intangible assets0.040.040.04Deferred income taxes on intangible assets0.210.200.24Imputed interest on convertible debt0.050.060.06Net money market fund support gains (2)--(0.08)Adjusted Income per Diluted Share$         0.60$           0.69$         0.61(1) See explanations for Use of Supplemental Data as Non-GAAP Performance Measures.(2)  Net of income taxes.   LEGG MASON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESSUPPLEMENTAL DATA RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING MARGIN, AS ADJUSTED(1) (Amounts in thousands)(Unaudited)Quarters EndedJune 2010March 2010June 2009Operating Revenues, GAAP basis$    674,165$    671,420$  613,084Plus (Less):Operating revenues eliminated uponconsolidation of investment vehicles779528784Distribution and servicing expense excludingconsolidated investment vehicles(184,689)(167,401)(172,446)Operating Revenues, as adjusted$    490,255$    504,547$  441,422Operating Income $    102,777$    105,836$    58,315Plus (Less):Gains (losses) on deferred compensation  and seed investments (4,621)11,18231,386Transition-related costs(2)3,155--Operating income and expenses of consolidated investment vehicles1,243758339Operating Income, as adjusted$    102,554$    117,776$    90,040Operating margin, GAAP basis15.2%15.8%9.5%Operating margin, as adjusted20.923.320.4(1) See explanations for Use of Supplemental Data as Non-GAAP Performance Measures.(2) Transition-related costs:Compensation$        2,713Other442     Total$        3,155LEGG MASON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES(Amounts in billions)(Unaudited)Assets Under ManagementQuarters EndedJune 2010March 2010December 2009September 2009June 2009By asset class:Equity$    155.8$      173.8$             168.7$              165.6$    143.6Fixed Income357.9364.3365.8385.7366.6Liquidity131.7146.4147.1151.4146.7Total$    645.4$      684.5$             681.6$              702.7$    656.9By asset class (average):Equity$    167.6$      167.4$             164.6$              155.7$    138.0Fixed Income362.0365.6378.8377.5362.3Liquidity138.7148.2149.9150.8146.9Total$    668.3$      681.2$             693.3$              684.0$    647.2By division:Americas$    450.3$      475.8$             472.9$              484.3$    457.1International195.1208.7208.7218.4199.8Total$    645.4$      684.5$             681.6$              702.7$    656.9Component Changes in Assets under ManagementQuarters EndedJune 2010March 2010December 2009September 2009June 2009Beginning of period$    684.5$      681.6$             702.7$              656.9$    632.4Net client cash flows(23.1)(10.9)(32.7)(8.1)(30.3)Market performance and other(16.0)13.811.653.954.8Acquisitions (Dispositions), net-----End of period$    645.4$      684.5$             681.6$              702.7$    656.9BY DIVISIONAmericasBeginning of period$    475.8$      472.9$             484.3$              457.1$    446.7Net client cash flows(17.6)(10.9)(21.4)(11.8)(27.0)Market performance and other(7.9)13.810.039.037.4Acquisitions (Dispositions), net-----End of period$    450.3$      475.8$             472.9$              484.3$    457.1InternationalBeginning of period$    208.7$      208.7$             218.4$              199.8$    185.7Net client cash flows(5.5)-(11.3)3.7(3.3)Market performance and other(8.1)-1.614.917.4Acquisitions (Dispositions), net-----End of period$    195.1$      208.7$             208.7$              218.4$    199.8LEGG MASON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESRECONCILIATION OF GAAP BASIS CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME TO NON-GAAP BASIS CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME EXCLUDING INVESTMENT VEHICLES (1)(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)Quarter Ended June 30, 2010GAAP BasisConsolidatedInvestment VehiclesNon-GAAP Basis -ExcludingInvestment VehiclesOperating Revenues:Investment advisory fees $   576,445$                       767$                 577,212Distribution and service fees96,3141296,326Other1,406-1,406Total operating revenues 674,165779674,944Operating Expenses:Compensation and benefits268,787-268,787Distribution and servicing184,702(13)184,689Other 117,899(451)117,448Total operating expenses 571,388(464)570,924Operating Income 102,7771,243104,020Other Non-Operating Income (Expense)Net interest income (expense)(20,986)-(20,986)Other income (expense)(9,684)1,699(7,985)Other non-operating income (expense)(30,670)1,699(28,971)Income Before Income Tax Provision 72,1072,94275,049Income tax provision 27,064-27,064Net Income 45,0432,94247,985Less: Net income (loss) attributableto noncontrolling interests(2,888)2,94254Net Income Attributable to Legg Mason, Inc. $     47,931$                          -$                   47,931Effective Income Tax Rate37.5%Effective Income Tax Rate ExcludingConsolidated Investment Vehicles36.1%(1) See explanations for Use of Supplemental Data as Non-GAAP Performance Measures.LEGG MASON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESRECONCILIATION OF GAAP BASIS CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME TO NON-GAAP BASIS CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME EXCLUDING INVESTMENT VEHICLES (1)(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)Quarter Ended March 31, 2010GAAP BasisConsolidatedInvestment VehiclesNon-GAAP Basis  - Excluding Investment VehiclesOperating Revenues:Investment advisory fees $   573,895$                       515$                 574,410Distribution and service fees96,1131396,126Other1,412-1,412Total operating revenues   671,420528671,948Operating Expenses:Compensation and benefits267,270-267,270Distribution and servicing167,419(18)167,401Other 130,895(212)130,683Total operating expenses 565,584(230)565,354Operating Income 105,836758106,594Other Non-Operating Income (Expense)Net interest income (expense)(23,512)(1)(23,513)Other income (expense)19,396(2,202)17,194Other non-operating income (expense)(4,116)(2,203)(6,319)Income (Loss) Before Income Tax Provision 101,720(1,445)100,275Income tax provision 36,619-36,619Net Income (Loss)65,101(1,445)63,656Less: Net income (loss) attributableto noncontrolling interests1,494(1,445)49Net Income Attributable to Legg Mason, Inc. $     63,607$                          -$                   63,607Effective Income Tax Rate36.0%Effective Income Tax Rate ExcludingConsolidated Investment Vehicles36.5%(1) See explanations for Use of Supplemental Data as Non-GAAP Performance Measures.LEGG MASON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESRECONCILIATION OF GAAP BASIS CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME TO NON-GAAP BASIS CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME EXCLUDING INVESTMENT VEHICLES (1)(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)Quarter Ended June 30, 2009GAAP BasisConsolidated Investment VehiclesNon-GAAP Basis  - Excluding Investment VehiclesOperating Revenues:Investment advisory fees $   524,596$                       784$                 525,380Distribution and service fees86,701-86,701Other1,787-1,787Total operating revenues 613,084784613,868Operating Expenses:Compensation and benefits268,812-268,812Distribution and servicing172,464(18)172,446Other 113,493463113,956Total operating expenses 554,769445555,214Operating Income 58,31533958,654Other Non-Operating Income (Expense)Net Interest income (expense)(41,569)-(41,569)Fund support17,558-17,558Other income (expense)46,400(2,573)43,827Other non-operating income (expense)22,389(2,573)19,816Income (Loss) Before Income Tax Provision 80,704(2,234)78,470Income tax provision 28,380-28,380Net Income (Loss)52,324(2,234)50,090Less: Net income (loss) attributableto noncontrolling interests2,270(2,234)36Net Income Attributable to Legg Mason, Inc. $     50,054$                          -$                   50,054Effective Income Tax Rate35.2%Effective Income Tax Rate ExcludingConsolidated Investment Vehicles36.2%(1) See explanations for Use of Supplemental Data as Non-GAAP Performance Measures.Use of Supplemental Data as Non-GAAP Performance Measures As supplemental information, we are providing performance measures that are based on methodologies other than generally accepted accounting principles (?non-GAAP?) for ?adjusted income", ?consolidated statements of income, excluding consolidated investment vehicles?, and ?operating margin, as adjusted? that management uses as benchmarks in evaluating and comparing the period-to-period operating performance of Legg Mason, Inc. and its subsidiaries.Adjusted IncomeAdjusted Income was formerly reported as ?Cash Income, as Adjusted.? We define ?adjusted income? as net income (loss) attributable to Legg Mason Inc., plus amortization and deferred taxes related to intangible assets and goodwill, and imputed interest and tax benefits on contingent convertible debt less deferred income taxes on goodwill and intangible asset impairment.  We also adjust for non-core items that are not reflective of our economic performance, such as impairment charges on indefinite-life intangible assets and goodwill, including the related impact on deferred income taxes, and net money market fund support losses (gains). We believe that adjusted income provides a good representation of our operating performance adjusted for non-cash acquisition related items and other items that facilitate comparison of our results to the results of other asset management firms that have not issued contingent convertible debt, made significant acquisitions, including any related goodwill or intangible asset impairments, or engaged in money market fund support transactions.  We also believe that adjusted income is an important metric in estimating the value of an asset management business.  Adjusted income only considers adjustments for certain items that relate to operating performance and comparability, and therefore, is most readily reconcilable to Net income determined under GAAP.  This measure is provided in addition to net income, but is not a substitute for net income and may not be comparable to non-GAAP performance measures, including measures of adjusted earnings or adjusted income, of other companies. Further, adjusted income is not a liquidity measure and should not be used in place of cash flow measures determined under GAAP.  Legg Mason considers adjusted income to be useful to investors because it is an important metric in measuring the economic performance of asset management companies, as an indicator of value, and because it facilitates comparison of Legg Mason?s operating results with the results of other asset management firms that have not engaged in significant acquisitions, issued contingent convertible debt, or engaged in money market fund support transactions.In calculating adjusted income, we add the impact of the amortization of intangible assets from acquisitions, such as management contracts, to net income to reflect the fact that these non-cash expenses distort comparisons of Legg Mason?s operating results with the results of other asset management firms that have not engaged in significant acquisitions.  Deferred taxes on indefinite-life intangible assets and goodwill represent actual tax benefits that are not realized under GAAP absent an impairment charge or the disposition of the related business.  Because we actually receive these tax benefits on indefinite-life intangibles and goodwill over time, we add them to net income in the calculation of adjusted income.  Conversely, we subtract the income tax benefits on impairment charges that have been recognized under GAAP.  We also add back imputed interest on contingent convertible debt, which is a non-cash expense, as well as the actual tax benefits on the related contingent convertible debt that are not realized under GAAP.  We also add (subtract) non-core items, such as net money market fund support losses (gains) (net of losses on the sale of the underlying SIV securities, if applicable) and impairment charges to net income to reflect that these charges distort comparisons of Legg Mason?s operating results to prior periods and the results of other asset management firms that have not engaged in money market fund support transactions or significant acquisitions, including any related impairments.  Should a disposition or impairment charge for indefinite-life intangibles or goodwill occur, its impact on adjusted income may distort actual changes in the operating performance or value of our firm. Also, realized losses on money market fund support transactions are reflective of changes in the operating performance and value of our firm. Accordingly, we monitor these items and their related impact, including taxes, on adjusted income to ensure that appropriate adjustments and explanations accompany such disclosures.Although depreciation and amortization of fixed assets are non-cash expenses, we do not add these charges in calculating adjusted income because these charges are related to assets that will ultimately require replacement.Consolidated Statements of Income, Excluding Consolidated Investment VehiclesEffective with the April 1, 2010 adoption of the new financial accounting standard on consolidations, ?Amendments to FASB Interpretation No. 46 (R)?, Legg Mason now consolidates and separately identifies certain sponsored investment vehicles, primarily comprised of a collateralized loan obligation entity.  In presenting our ?Consolidated Statements of Income, Excluding Consolidated Investment Vehicles?, we add back the investment advisory and distribution and servicing fees that are eliminated upon the consolidation of investment vehicles and exclude the operating expenses and the impact on non-operating income (expense) and noncontrolling interests of consolidated investment vehicles.  We believe it is important to provide the Consolidated Statements of Income, Excluding Consolidated Investment Vehicles to present the underlying performance and economics of our core asset management operations, which does not include the results of the investment funds that we manage but do not own.  By deconsolidating the consolidated investment vehicles from the Consolidated Statements of Income, the investment advisory and distribution fees earned by Legg Mason from consolidated investment vehicles are added back to reflect our actual revenues.  Similarly the operating expenses and the impact on non-operating income (expense) and noncontrolling interests of consolidated vehicles are removed from the GAAP basis Statements of Income since this activity does not actually belong to Legg Mason.  The deconsolidation of the investment vehicles does not have any impact on Net Income Attributable to Legg Mason, Inc. in any period presented.  The Consolidated Statements of Income, Excluding Consolidated Investment Vehicles are presented in addition to our GAAP basis Consolidated Statements of Income, but are not substitutes for the GAAP basis Consolidated Statements of Income and may not be comparable to Consolidated Statements of Income presented on a non-GAAP basis of other companies.Operating Margin, as Adjusted  We  calculate ?operating margin, as adjusted,? by dividing (i) operating income, adjusted to exclude the impact on compensation expense of gains or losses on investments made to fund deferred compensation plans, the impact on compensation expense of gains or losses on seed capital investments by our affiliates under revenue sharing agreements, transition-related costs of streamlining our business model, primarily termination benefits, income (loss) of consolidated investment vehicles, and impairment charges by (ii) our operating revenues, adjusted to add back net investment advisory fees eliminated upon consolidation of investment vehicles, less distribution and servicing expenses which we use as an approximate measure of revenues that are passed through to third parties, which we refer to as ?adjusted operating revenues?.  The compensation items, other than transition-related costs, are removed from operating income in the calculation because they are offset by an equal amount in Other non-operating income (expense), and thus have no impact on Net Income.  Transition-related costs and income (loss) of consolidated investment vehicles are removed from operating income in the calculation because these items are not reflective of our core asset management operations.  We use adjusted operating revenues in the calculation to show the operating margin without distribution and servicing expenses, which we use to approximate our distribution revenues that are passed through to third parties as a direct cost of selling our products, although distribution and servicing expenses may include commissions paid in connection with the launching of closed-end funds for which there is no corresponding revenue in the period.  Adjusted operating revenues also include our advisory revenues we receive from consolidated investment vehicles that are eliminated in consolidation under GAAP.  Legg Mason believes that operating margin, as adjusted, is a useful measure of our performance because it provides a measure of our core business activities excluding items that have no impact on net income and because it indicates what Legg Mason?s operating margin would have been without the distribution revenues that are passed through to third parties as a direct cost of selling our products, transition-related costs, and the impact of the consolidation of certain investment vehicles described above.  The consolidation of these investment vehicles do not have an impact to net income attributable to Legg Mason, Inc.  This measure is provided in addition to the Company?s operating margin calculated under GAAP, but is not a substitute for calculations of margins under GAAP and may not be comparable to non-GAAP performance measures, including measures of adjusted margins, of other companies. SOURCE Legg Mason, Inc.For further information: Investor Relations: Alan Magleby, +1-410-454-5246, amagleby@leggmason.com, or Media: Mary Athridge, +1-212-805-6035, mkathridge@leggmason.com, both of Legg Mason, Inc.