LPL Financial Announces Plans for New Charlotte-Area Office

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Anne Springs Close, chairman emeritus, Anne Springs Close Greenway, accepts a $50,000 gift from Mark Casady, chairman and CEO of LPL Financial.

- Fort Mill, S.C., campus environment, amenities to support Company's aspirations as employer of choice in the Carolinas –

- Company shows commitment to community with a $50,000 gift to Anne Springs Close Greenway -

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LPL Financial LLC, the nation's largest independent broker/dealer,* an RIA custodian, and a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq:LPLA), today announced its plans to construct a new regional headquarters in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and expand at the location by adding new jobs in the coming years.

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LPL Financial currently employs more than 1,000 Charlotte-based employees in three buildings dispersed across West Charlotte, North Carolina. The new corporate campus will allow the company to bring all area employees together in a unique office environment that will be planned with the highest principles of sustainability and a user-centric design in mind. The Charlotte area has been designated by LPL Financial as its primary destination for job growth during the next five years, and the company has plans to invest at least $150 million in the region by December 31, 2022.

Mark Casady, chairman and CEO of LPL Financial, was joined by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to make today's announcement.

"This is a proud moment for all of us at LPL Financial as we are standing on the threshold of a new era for our Charlotte-area employees," said Casady. "We plan to create a work environment that supports innovation, collaboration, and engagement—a space that promotes employees' overall well-being and a place that they will feel proud and excited to come to work every day. We believe that by building such an exciting workplace, our employees will be further empowered to do their best to support our clients."

"LPL Financial is one of the nation's premier financial advisor firms, and we couldn't be more excited that they are choosing to grow and succeed here in South Carolina – investing $150 million and intending to create a total of 3,000 new jobs in the state of South Carolina," said Governor Haley. "We welcome LPL Financial to our state and look forward to a successful partnership for many years to come."

Construction will begin in 2015 with completion expected in the fall of 2016. The building will demonstrate LPL Financial's commitment to sustainability by leveraging site features, technology and materials to minimize the impact on the environment. Planned amenities—including a fitness and health center, ergonomically designed furnishings, an onsite eatery and access to commerce and outdoor spaces, including the adjacent Anne Springs Close Greenway—will promote the health and well-being of employees.

Earlier this year, the company opened its new regional San Diego headquarters, which is believed to be the largest net-zero energy commercial office building in the United States.

"We are deeply committed to our community, and we are proud to carry that legacy of community involvement and our focus on environmental sustainability to our new location," said Casady, who also presented the Greenway with a $50,000 gift on behalf of the company.

"I look forward to the completion of our new campus and to our continued partnership with Governor Haley, York County, and the greater Charlotte region for years to come," he added.

The new LPL Financial regional headquarters will be located in Kingsley Park immediately off Interstate 77 at exit 85 (South Carolina state highway 160). 

*Based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2014

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About LPL Financial

LPL Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq:LPLA), is the nation's largest independent broker/dealer (based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2014), an RIA custodian, and an independent consultant to retirement plans. LPL Financial offers proprietary technology, comprehensive clearing and compliance services, practice management programs and training, and independent research to more than 13,700 financial advisors and more than 720 financial institutions. In addition LPL Financial supports approximately 4,500 financial advisors licensed with insurance companies by providing customized clearing, advisory platforms and technology solutions. LPL Financial and its affiliates have more than 3,000 employees with primary offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. For more information, please visit www.lpl.com.

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