Our last post, Who Audits Broker-Dealers, discussed the auditor market share of broker-dealers simply by the number of clients audited.
The total assets of a company provides a general idea of how large a company is, and we use this metric to look at the broker-dealer market from a different perspective- market share by total assets.
Despite not auditing a significant percent of broker dealers as a whole, the Big Four firms audit many of the larger broker-dealers. Ten percent of the broker-dealer population has greater than $50 million in total assets and the Big Four firms audit 72% of this subset. The Big Four, together with RSM US, lead the way with the most number of broker-dealer clients with assets greater than $50 million.
The largest broker-dealer with assets greater than $50 million is Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC with $424,649 million in total assets. Goldman Sachs is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC audits seven of the largest 13 broker-dealers (in terms of total assets).
When looking at the market share of broker-dealers with less than $50 million in total assets, the data becomes much more congested.
While the Big Four still has clients in the smaller markets, many of the non-Big Four firms provide stiffer competition. Breard & Associates has 119 clients with less than $50 million in assets (the clear leader of smaller market). Edward Richardson Jr CPA, a Michigan firm specializing in broker-dealer audits, has 88 clients with less than $50 million in assets. Only two of the Big Four firms (PwC and KPMG) reside in the top five of the smaller market share subset.
The largest broker-dealer with assets less than $50 million is MTG, LLC with $49,968,574 in total assets, and they are audited by Friedman LLP.
76 firms have at least ten clients with less than $50 million in assets. Meanwhile, PwC has a balanced allocation of broker dealer clients: 86 clients with greater than $50 million in assets and 97 clients with less than $50 million in assets. Ninety percent of the broker-dealer population has less than $50 million in total assets and the Big Four firms audit roughly 10% of this subset.
Overall, the Big Four firms dominate the broker dealer market for larger companies, while market share is much more balanced among the smaller sized broker dealers.
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