Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. (WHG) today reported second quarter 2012 revenues of $20.1 million, net income of $2.2 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.30. This compares to revenues of $18.9 million, net income of $3.7 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.52 in the second quarter of 2011. Economic Earnings were $5.2 million compared to $6.7 million for the second quarter of 2011. Economic Earnings per share (Economic EPS) were $0.72 per diluted share compared to $0.94 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2011. (Economic Earnings and Economic EPS are non-GAAP performance measures and are explained and reconciled with the most comparable GAAP numbers in the attached tables.)
Several significant items impacted second quarter 2012 pretax results:
- Performance fees recorded for our Master Limited Partnership (MLP) strategy totaled approximately $1.2 million versus $1.0 million for the second quarter of 2011.
- A gain of approximately $899,000 related to the sale of 100,000 shares of Teton Advisors, Inc.
- One-time recruiting and legal fees related to hiring Westwood International Advisors (WIA) team members were approximately $1.4 million.
- Amortization of WIA bonus awards totaled approximately $1.2 million.
- Ongoing expenses related to WIA operations aggregated approximately $1.3 million. No revenues were contributed by WIA this quarter.
Assets under management were $13.2 billion as of June 30, 2012, down 6% compared to $13.9 billion as of June 30, 2011 primarily due to asset outflows from certain clients and market depreciation, partially offset by asset inflows from new and existing clients. Mutual fund assets, now comprising eight Westwood FundsTM, totaled $1.5 billion as of June 30, 2012, an increase of 15% compared to $1.3 billion as of June 30, 2011.
Brian Casey, Westwoods President & CEO, commented, In a volatile quarter for financial markets, our ongoing asset management business essentially kept pace with the first quarter of 2012 as well as with the second quarter of 2011. Several significant items were recorded during the quarter, including yet another MLP strategy performance fee, a gain on selling a portion of our Teton Advisors share position, as well as one-time and ongoing expenses associated with the launch of Westwood International Advisors (WIA), each of which are positive developments for Westwood. WIA costs certainly impacted our financial results in the short term however we remain confident that WIAs Emerging Markets and Global Equity strategies will fuel significant long-term growth for Westwood.
Westwoods Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.37 per common share, payable on October 1, 2012 to stockholders of record on September 14, 2012.
For the six months ended June 30, 2012, Westwood reported revenues of $37.9 million, net income of $6.0 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.82, compared to revenues of $35.9 million, net income of $7.3 million and earnings per diluted share of $1.01, for the same 2011 period. Economic Earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $11.1 million compared to $12.8 million for the same period in 2011, while Economic EPS for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $1.52 per diluted share compared to $1.79 per diluted share for the same period in 2011.
Total expenses for the quarter were $16.3 million compared with $12.9 million for the second quarter of 2011. Economic Expenses were $13.3 million compared with $10.0 million for the prior year quarter. (Economic Expenses represents a non-GAAP performance measure and is explained and reconciled with the most comparable GAAP number in the attached tables.)
Westwood will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2012 results and other business matters at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time today. To join the conference call, dial 866-337-6663 (domestic) or 904-520-5771 (outside the U.S. & Canada). The conference call can also be accessed via the Investor Relations page at westwoodgroup.com and will be available for replay through July 26, 2012 by dialing 888-284-7564 (dial 904-596-3174 outside the U.S. & Canada) and entering passcode 2735901.
Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. provides investment management services to institutional investors, private wealth clients and financial intermediaries. Westwood manages a variety of investment strategies including U.S., Global and Emerging Markets equities as well as income-oriented portfolios. Access to these strategies is available through separate accounts, commingled funds and the Westwood FundsTM family of mutual funds. Westwood has significant, broad-based employee ownership and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WHG. Based in Dallas, Westwood also maintains offices in Omaha and Toronto.
For more information on Westwood, please visit our website at www.westwoodgroup.com.
For more information on the Westwood FundsTM, please visit www.westwoodfunds.com.
Note on Forward-looking Statements
Statements in this press release that are not purely historical facts, including statements about our expected future financial position, results of operations or cash flows, as well as other statements including words such as anticipate, believe, plan, estimate, expect, intend, should, could, goal, may, target, designed, on track, comfortable with, optimistic and other similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Actual results and the timing of some events could differ materially from those projected in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including, without limitation: our ability to identify and successfully market services that appeal to our customers; the significant concentration of our revenues in four of our customers; our relationships with investment consulting firms; our relationships with current and potential customers; our ability to retain qualified personnel; our ability to successfully develop and market new asset classes; our ability to maintain our fee structure in light of competitive fee pressures; competition in the marketplace; downturns in the financial markets; new legislation adversely affecting the financial services industries; interest rates; changes in our effective tax rate; our ability to maintain an effective system of internal controls; and the other risks detailed from time to time in Westwoods SEC filings, including but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, Westwood is not obligated to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or otherwise.
|WESTWOOD HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME|
|(in thousands, except per share data)|
Three months ended
Six months ended
|Other revenues, net||1,025||62||1,328||390|
|Employee compensation and benefits||11,885||10,134||20,799||18,789|
|Sales and marketing||261||247||473||445|
|Westwood mutual funds||275||233||484||489|
|General and administrative||1,201||994||2,171||1,882|
|Income before income taxes||3,752||5,916||9,836||11,535|
|Provision for income taxes||1,554||2,179||3,853||4,249|
|Other comprehensive income:|
|Unrealized gain (loss) on investment securities, net of income taxes of $(476), $92, $(714), and $381, respectively||
Foreign currency translation loss
|Total comprehensive income||$||1,306||$||3,908||$||4,656||$||7,993|
|Earnings per share:|
|Dividends declared per share||$||0.37||$||0.35||$||0.74||$||0.70|
|WESTWOOD HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011|
|(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)|
December 31, 2011
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||7,138||$||5,264|
|Investments, at fair value||44,509||54,868|
|Deferred income taxes||1,654||3,142|
|Prepaid income taxes||2,470||-|
|Other current assets||3,861||1,501|
|Total current assets||68,244||72,482|
|Intangible assets, net||4,377||4,621|
|Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $1,671 and $1,647||2,226||2,239|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS EQUITY|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||1,794||$||1,674|
|Compensation and benefits payable||7,506||12,677|
|Income taxes payable||-||85|
|Other current liabilities||14||13|
|Total current liabilities||12,793||17,523|
|Deferred income taxes||624||969|
|Total long-term liabilities||1,918||2,317|
|Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 25,000,000 shares, issued 8,522,998 and outstanding 8,027,445 shares at June 30, 2012; issued 8,105,018 and outstanding 7,707,189 shares at December 31, 2011||
|Additional paid-in capital||82,666||76,969|
|Treasury stock, at cost 495,553 shares at June 30, 2012; 397,829 shares at December 31, 2011||
|Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of deferred taxes||613||1,940|
|Total stockholders equity||71,391||70,757|
|Total liabilities and stockholders equity||$||86,102||$||90,597|
|WESTWOOD HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
For the six months
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Amortization of intangible assets||244||250|
|Fair value adjustment of liabilities||(96||)||40|
|(Gain) on sale of available for sale investment||(803||)||-|
|Unrealized (gains) and losses on trading investments||170||(213||)|
|Restricted stock amortization||4,750||5,192|
|Loss on disposal of property||1||
|Deferred income taxes||1,857||1,157|
|Excess tax benefits from stock based compensation||(676||)||(558||)|
|Net purchases of investments trading securities||8,166||(160||)|
|Change in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Other current assets||(2,362||)||(381||)|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||(2,459||)||420|
|Compensation and benefits payable||(5,171||)||(2,031||)|
|Income taxes payable and prepaid income taxes||(1,814||)||(600||)|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||6,989||8,671|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:|
|Sale of available for sale investment||950||
|Purchase of property and equipment||(194||)||(576||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities||756||(576||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|Purchase of treasury stock||(3,796||)||(2,618||)|
|Excess tax benefits from stock based compensation||676||558|
|Proceeds from exercise of stock options||210||40|
|Net cash used in financing activities||(5,853||)||(4,665||)|
|EFFECT OF CURRENCY RATE CHANGES ON CASH||(18||)||-|
|NET INCREASE IN CASH||1,874||3,430|
|Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period||5,264||1,744|
|Cash and cash equivalents, end of period||$||7,138||$||5,174|
|Supplemental cash flow information:|
|Cash paid during the period for income taxes||$||3,785||$||3,750|
|Reconciliation of Net Income to Economic Earnings and Total Expenses to Economic Expenses|
|(in thousands, except per share data and share amounts)|
Three Months Ended
|Add: Restricted stock expense||2,885||2,809||3|
|Add: Intangible amortization||122||125||(2||)|
|Add: Tax benefit from goodwill amortization||47||52||(10||)|
|Diluted weighted average shares||7,250,707||7,186,366||1|
|Economic earnings per share||$||0.72||$||0.94||(23||)|
|Less: Restricted stock expense||(2,885||)||(2,809||)||3|
|Less: Intangible amortization||(122||)||(125||)||(2||)|
Six Months Ended
|Add: Restricted stock expense||4,750||5,192||(9||)|
|Add: Intangible amortization||244||250||(2||)|
|Add: Tax benefit from goodwill amortization||95||105||(10||)|
|Diluted weighted average shares||7,272,690||7,183,941||1|
|Economic earnings per share||$||1.52||$||1.79||(15||)|
|Less: Restricted stock expense||(4,750||)||(5,192||)||(9||)|
|Less: Intangible amortization||(244||)||(250||)||(2||)|
As supplemental information, we are providing non-GAAP performance measures that we refer to as Economic Earnings, Economic Earnings per share (or Economic EPS), and Economic Expenses. We provide these measures in addition to, not as a substitute for, net income, earnings per share and total expenses, which are reported on a GAAP basis. Management and our Board of Directors review Economic Earnings, Economic EPS and Economic Expenses to evaluate Westwoods ongoing performance, allocate resources and review dividend policy. We believe that these non-GAAP performance measures, while not substitutes for GAAP net income, earnings per share and total expenses, are useful for both management and investors when evaluating Westwoods underlying operating and financial performance and its available resources. We do not advocate that investors consider these non-GAAP measures without considering financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.
We define Economic Earnings as net income plus non-cash equity-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets and deferred taxes related to goodwill. We define Economic Expenses as total expenses less non-cash equity-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. Although depreciation on fixed assets is a non-cash expense, we do not add it back when calculating Economic Earnings or deduct it when calculating Economic Expenses because depreciation charges represent a decline in the value of the related assets that will ultimately require replacement. In addition, we do not adjust Economic Earnings for tax deductions related to restricted stock expense or amortization of intangible assets. Economic EPS represents Economic Earnings divided by diluted weighted average shares outstanding.
Westwood Holdings Group, Inc.
Bill Hardcastle, 214-756-6900
Source: Westwood Holdings Group, Inc.Copyright Business Wire 2012