Top 10 Independent BDs by Annual Revenue

Investment Advisor’s 2012 BD Reference Guide helps sort and rank IBDs in five major categories, this one by annual revenue

These 10 BDs on the list will be jumping for joy. These 10 BDs on the list will be jumping for joy.

Europe, regulation, margin squeeze, market volatility, succession planning and … oh yes, the day-to-day pressures of running a business. We tick the list off so often, it’s getting a bit cliché. But as with last year, we’re not much further along in figuring out these issues. Lawsuits related to Medical Capital and other poorly thought-out products spelled trouble for certain broker-dealers last year, and a few shut their doors entirely. The field is a little less crowded, but for those doing it right, the confusion spells opportunity. With all that in mind, which broker-dealers are thriving, which are merely surviving and which are shutting their doors?

Investment Advisor magazine releases its 2012 Broker-Dealer Reference Guide, a review of the top 25 BDs in five major categories using numbers through 2011 to help you sort it all out and ensure a lasting and profitable relationship for you and your clients. All data is as of April 1, 2012, and was supplied by the broker-dealers themselves. (Investment Advisor has not independently confirmed the data.)

Here, AdvisorOne hightlights the Top 10 BDs in annual revenue of the 25 listed in the Reference Guide. AdvisorOne will look at the Top 10 in other categories in the days ahead. (Check out Top 10 Indie BDs With Best-Producing Advisors.)

When IA asked about the issues broker-dealer presidents felt were the most challenging to their business, more than half of respondents replied with margin squeeze, more than triple the next answer, which was (once again) keeping technology up to date. It’s a perennial problem and one that shows little promise of being solved anytime soon (at least not until boomer retirement is in full swing).

Jessica Bibliowicz, CEO NFP Advisors (Bloomberg)

(Jessica Bibliowicz, CEO NFP Advisors. Photo: Bloomberg)

10. NFP Advisor Service Group (and Affiliates)

2011 Gross Revenue ($ in Millions):  $369.2

2011 BD Total Expenses (in Mil):  NA

2011 Fee-Based Revenue (in Mil):  $94.4

2011 Average BD Concession per Rep. (in Mil):  $274.5

 

9. Royal Alliance Associates

2011 Gross Revenue (in Mil):  $395.8

2011 BD Total Expenses (in Mil):  NA

2011 Fee-Based Revenue (in Mil):  $151.7

2011 Average BD Concession per Rep. (in Mil):  $202.6

Jim Nagengast, CEO of Securities America

(Jim Nagengast, CEO of Securities America)

8. Cambridge Investment Research

2011 Gross Revenue (in Mil):  $396.9

2011 BD Total Expenses (in Mil):  $373.8

2011 Fee-Based Revenue (in Mil):  $221.3

2011 Average BD Concession per Rep. (in Mil):  $183.5

 

7. Securities America
(Acquired by Ladenburg Thalmann in late 2011)

2011 Gross Revenue (in Mil):  $444.3

2011 BD Total Expenses (in Mil):  NA

2011 Fee-Based Revenue (in Mil):  $185.7

2011 Average BD Concession per Rep. (in Mil):  $242.8

MetLife building in New York. (AP Photo)

(MetLife building in New York. Photo: AP)

6. Northwestern Mutual

2011 Gross Revenue (in Mil):  $510.1

2011 BD Total Expenses (in Mil):  NA

2011 Fee-Based Revenue (in Mil):  $195.4

2011 Average BD Concession per Rep. (in Mil):  $62.2

 

5. MetLife Securities

2011 Gross Revenue (in Mil):  $542.7

2011 BD Total Expenses (in Mil):  NA

2011 Fee-Based Revenue (in Mil):  $58.8

2011 Average BD Concession per Rep. (in Mil):  NA

AXA CEO Henri de Castries. (Photo: AP)

(AXA CEO Henri de Castries. Photo: AP)

4. AXA Advisors

2011 Gross Revenue (in Mil):  $573.0

2011 BD Total Expenses (in Mil):  NA

2011 Fee-Based Revenue (in Mil):  $86.0

2011 Average BD Concession per Rep. (in Mil):  $31.0

 

3. Commonwealth Financial Network

2011 Gross Revenue (in Mil):  $646.5

2011 BD Total Expenses (in Mil):  NA

2011 Fee-Based Revenue (in Mil):  $336.6

2011 Average BD Concession per Rep. (in Mil):  $385.0

LPL executives at celebrating their IPO in 2010.

(LPL executives celebrating their IPO in 2010.)

2. Raymond James Financial Services

2011 Gross Revenue (in Mil):  $1,180.0

2011 BD Total Expenses (in Mil):  $1,060.0

2011 Fee-Based Revenue (in Mil):  $411.6

2011 Average BD Concession per Rep. (in Mil):  $356.5

 

1. LPL Financial

2011 Gross Revenue (in Mil):  $3,340.0

2011 BD Total Expenses (in Mil):  $2,950.0

2011 Fee-Based Revenue (in Mil):  $1,010.0

2011 Average BD Concession per Rep. (in Mil):  $206.4

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For complete rankings in all five categories check out IA's 2012 Broker-Dealer Reference Guide.

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