The Big Five, By the Numbers (Updated)

How do the top professional services firms stack up in revenues, clients, and service lines?

Given the recent travails at Arthur Anderson, several Big Five accountancies have made inquiries into buying part or all of the Chicago-based firm. The question to be answered: what’s the right fit, and for whom? AA may be in deep trouble, but as the following chart shows, both its domestic tax and accounting/audit operations would plum pick ups for rival firms.

(NOTES: Chart courtesy of Bowman’s Accounting Report. Bowman’s also provides a complete analysis of firms’ fiscal performance. * indicates Bowman’s estimates. # means the figures were restated; KPMG sold its consulting practice after FY2000. N/A is used when a firm doesn’t have data or refuses to provide it.)

NATIONAL FIRMS RANKED BY U.S. NET REVENUE
(in millions of dollars)

2001

U.S.

Partners Staff Acctg & Audit Tax Consulting Total SEC

Firm

Net Rev

Total

Total

% Rev Rev % Rev Rev % Rev Rev Clients
Pricewaterhouse Coopers $8,056.5 2,784 43,134 34.9% $2,812.7 20.3%

$1,633.7

44.8% $3,610.1 3,025
Deloitte &    Touche * $5,578.3 2,283 28,992 32.5% $1,815 21.5%

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