Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette

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Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette
Corporation
Industry Investment services
Fate Acquired
Successor Credit Suisse
Founded 1959
Defunct 2001
Headquarters New York, New York, U.S.
Products Financial Services
Investment Banking
Number of employees
11,300

Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) was a U.S. investment bank founded by William H. Donaldson, Richard Jenrette and Dan Lufkin in 1959. Its businesses included securities underwriting; sales and trading; investment and merchant banking; financial advisory services; investment research; venture capital; correspondent brokerage services; online, interactive brokerage services; and asset management.

The firm was headquartered at 277 Park Avenue in New York, New York and employed about 11,300 when it was acquired in August 2000, by Credit Suisse for $11.5 billion.[1]

History[edit]

Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette founded the firm on the principle that no one else on Wall Street was doing high quality independent corporate research. They centered the firm around this notion and grew substantially. As research became more of a commodity throughout the 1980s and 1990s, they expanded into other businesses and grew dominant in high yield fixed income, or so-called, "junk bond" securities. A major factor in DLJ's underwriting and trading success with these securities were the employees they had recruited from Drexel Burnham Lambert, during Drexel's decline in the late 1980s and its bankruptcy in 1990.

By 1997, the firm was ranked first in junk-bond underwriting (up from seventh in 1990). DLJ, however, was not limited to junk-bonds. From 1990 to 1997, it grew substantially in the stock underwriting business, rising from 20th to 4th highest volume in the United States. In the lucrative business of advising corporations in mergers and acquisitions, DLJ ranked seventh in 1997.

Though never considered a powerhouse investment bank like old-line Wall Street giants as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, DLJ generated $3.49 billion in revenues with net income of $291 million in fiscal year 1996. This performance, in turn, pushed up the price of the stock of its majority owner, The Equitable.

According to Barron's, "In many ways, the Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette saga is the classic tale of David beating Goliath." By all measures but one (junk bonds), DLJ had significantly less capital, offices and personnel that its competitors. Yet it was aggressive in acquiring new clients, doing deals and making lots of money. DLJ was termed the "new Drexel."[2]

1990s DLJdirect logo for the firm's online brokerage business

DLJ's online brokerage business was first called the Personal Computer Financial Network (PCFN). It was renamed DLJDirect in 1997 and spun off from DLJ in 1999. Following DLJ's 2000 acquisition by Credit Suisse, DLJDirect was renamed CSFBDirect. CSFBDirect was renamed HarrisDirect after being sold to the Bank of Montreal in 2002 and was eventually re-sold to E-Trade in early 2006. The Pershing Division of DLJ (Harris) remained until being sold to the Bank of New York in 2003.

Credit Suisse's acquisition of DLJ closed in November 2000 with a purchase price of approximately $11.5 billion. Credit Suisse still uses the DLJ brand for its private equity operations, including DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners. DLJ Investment Partners and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners both spun off as separate companies in 2013 and 2014 (respectively). Both originally retained the 'DLJ' in their corporate names, with the merchant bank changing its name to aPriori Capital Partners in 2014.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Press Release (August 30, 2000). "Credit Suisse Buys DLJ for $11.5B". ABC News. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Jacqueline Doherty (September 8, 1997). "The New Drexel". Barrons. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  3. ^ Press Release (March 31, 2014). "DLJ Merchant Banking Partners Spins Off from Credit Suisse". PRNewsire. Retrieved October 7, 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rolfe, John; Peter Troob (2000). Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle. New York: Warner Books. ISBN 0-446-52556-1.
  • Vault Reports (1999). Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. New York: Vault Reports. ISBN 1-58131-016-1.
  • Wet Feet Press (1998). Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc.: Cash and Culture. San Francisco, CA: Wet Feet Press. ISBN 1-58207-016-4.
  • Jenrette, Richard H; John S Chalsty (1989). Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Collection of Americana. New York: Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
  • Jenrette, Richard H (1997). Jenrette: The Contrarian Manager. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-032935-4.

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