Accounting & Tax

The Big Five, By the Numbers (Updated)

How do the top professional services firms stack up in revenues, clients, and service lines?
John GoffMarch 22, 2002

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)

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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%

$1,202

45.9% $2,561.3 2,877
Ernst & Young * $4,094.8 1,934 22,526 58.0% $2,375 39.0%

$1,597

3.0% $122.8 2,923
Arthur Andersen * $3,970.6 1,584 27,867 42.0% $1,668.6 32.0%

$1,270

26.0% $1,032 2,311
KPMG $3,171 1,471 17,577 63.7% $1,957 38.3%

$1,214

0% $0 1,808

2000

U.S. Partners Staff Acctg & Audit Tax Consulting Total SEC
Firm

Net Rev

Total Total % Rev Rev % Rev Rev % Rev Rev Clients
Pricewaterhouse Coopers $8,298.6 2,794 46,925 32.5% $2,698.9 17.6% $1,461.5 49.9% $4,138.2 2,975
Deloitte &    Touche * $5,312.6 2,155 28,667 31.0% $1,646.9 19.0% $1,009.4 50.0% $2,656.3 2,763
Ernst & Young * $3,781 1,885 22,977 57.1% $2,158 38.6% $1,458.7 4.3% $164.3 2,922
Arthur Andersen * $3,545.5 1,313 25,860 42.8% $1,518.2 30.8% $1,092.3 26.4% $935 2,407
KPMG # $2,874 1,455 17,374 60.1% $1,728 39.9% $1,146 0% $0 1,802