For more than a century, Northern Trust has worked hard building our legacy of outstanding service, expertise and integrity. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has offices in the United States in 19 states and Washington, D.C., 23 international locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, and 18,100 employees globally. We serve the world’s most-sophisticated clients – from sovereign wealth funds and the wealthiest individuals and families, to the most-successful hedge funds and corporate brands.
Our guiding principles not only survived but thrived during the Great Depression, two world wars and the 2008 financial crisis. We burnished our reputation as a global leader delivering innovative investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking solutions enabled by sophisticated, leading technology. And through it all, we continually laid a solid, forward-looking foundation on which future generations can continue growing and achieving greater.
As of December 31, 2018, Northern Trust Corporation had:
Michael O’Grady, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Northern Trust’s performance in the fourth quarter 2018 produced revenue growth of 6% and earnings per share growth of 19% compared to the prior year. For the full year 2018, the Company generated revenue growth of 11%, earnings per share growth of 35% and a return on average common equity of 16.2%. Our full year results also produced positive fee and total operating leverage, and solid improvements in profitability and returns.
We announced yesterday that we are increasing our quarterly dividend to $0.60 per share, representing an increase of 9% from the prior quarter and 43% compared to one year ago. During 2018, we returned a record $1.4 billion to common shareholders through dividends and the repurchase of 9.0 million shares. As we enter 2019, we remain focused on providing our clients with exceptional service, improving our productivity, and investing in future growth.”