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GAMCO Investors, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2019 Earnings

RYE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

  • Net income of $19.9 million
  • Fully diluted earnings of $0.70 per share
  • March 31, 2019 AUM of $37.3 billion vs. $34.4 billion at December 31, 2018

GAMCO Investors, Inc. (“GAMCO”) (GBL) today reported first quarter 2019 revenues of $74.3 million, net income of $19.9 million, and earnings of $0.70 per diluted share.

AUM of $37.3 billion at March 31, 2019 versus $34.4 billion at December 31, 2018 and $40.9 billion at March 31, 2018.

Financial Highlights
  First Quarter   Fourth Quarter
($'s in 000's except AUM and per share data) 2019   2018 2018
 
AUM - average (in millions) $   36,837 $   42,499 $ 37,405
AUM - end of period (in millions) 37,273 40,854 34,354
             
 
Revenues $ 74,336 $ 87,497 $ 80,977
 
Operating income 28,613 41,256 52,458
 
Income before income taxes 26,787 35,201 30,636
Effective tax rate 25.7 % 22.6 % 23.8 %
 
Net income 19,892 27,261 23,337
 
Net income per fully diluted share (a)   $   0.70     $   0.94     $ 0.81  
 
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 28,539 28,916 28,636
 
Shares outstanding 28,853 28,855 28,982
 
(a) CEO waivers of compensation bolstered EPS by $0.36, $0.17 and $0.40, respectively.
 

Revenues

  • Total revenues for the first quarter of 2019 were $74.3 million compared with $87.5 million in the prior year.
  • Investment advisory fees were $65.9 million in the first quarter of 2019 versus $77.3 million in the first quarter of 2018. Open-end and closed-end fund revenues were $43.6 million compared to $50.1 million in the first quarter of 2018. Institutional and Private Wealth Management revenues, which are generally billed on portfolio values at the beginning of the quarter, were $20.8 million compared to $25.9 million in 2018. SICAV revenues were $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2019 versus $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Distribution fees from our open-end equity funds and other income were $8.4 million for the first quarter of 2019 versus $10.1 million in the prior-year quarter.

Operating Income

Operating income was $28.6 million in the first quarter of 2019 versus $41.3 million in the prior year period. The previously announced waivers of CEO compensation boosted operating income by $13.9 million and $6.6 million for the first quarter 2019 and 2018, respectively. Higher amortization of deferred compensation relating primarily to the change in GBL share price, a non-cash charge, increased operating costs by $12.7 million and $0.9 million in the first quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively. Excluding GAAP treatment of the deferral, but reflecting the lower compensation expense due to the waivers, adjusted operating income was $41.2 million in the first quarter of 2019 versus $42.2 million in the year-ago quarter. See pages 8 and 9 for a reconciliation of GAAP operating income to this adjusted operating income.

Other income/(expense), net

Mark to market investment losses were $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2019 versus a $4.9 million loss in the prior year quarter. Interest expense for the three months was $0.7 million versus $1.2 million in the year ago quarter.

Income Taxes

The Company’s effective tax rate (“ETR”) for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 was 25.7% versus 22.6% for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.

Commitment to Community - Over $50 million given back

Our firm has long held the belief that generating returns for our stakeholders, while important, is not the only factor in measuring our corporate success. As a corollary to our belief, GAMCO has been involved in the field of responsible investing since 1987. In 2013, we began our shareholders’ designated contribution program of corporate giving under which GAMCO shareholders may select organizations to receive GAMCO’s charitable grants. Last November, we renewed our program announcing that shareholders of record on December 31st were eligible to designate a 501(c)(3) organization. The majority of our shareholders registered their shares, and $4.8 million was distributed to 90 charities in the first quarter 2019. Since the inception of our program in 2013, we have donated approximately $27 million to charities across the United States. This brings the total charitable contributions since our IPO to $52 million.

Business Highlights

  • On March 18, 2019, we announced that Howard M. Green, C.P.A. joined GAMCO as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. Howard Green has more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles as a senior financial executive in wealth management, FinTech and international financial firms, including broker dealers and asset managers.
  • As of March 31st, the transition of the majority of the Trevor Stewart portfolios was completed and is reflected in GAMCO’s AUM. On April 2, 2019, Peter Tcherepnine officially joined GAMCO from Loeb Partners Corporation, and the assets will be reflected in our June 30, 2019 AUM.
  • We introduced the Innovations Trust to launch two funds, the Gabelli Media Mogul™ Fund and the Gabelli Pet Parents’™ Fund which began operating as traditional open-end mutual funds under the new trust on April 1, 2019.

Balance Sheet

We ended the quarter with cash and investments of $96.0 million and debt of $24.2 million, and $43.7 million of deferred compensation, net of tax, that is payable.

Returns to Shareholders

We paid $0.6 million in dividends during the quarter ended March 31, 2019 and purchased 126,354 shares at an average investment of $20.15 per share. Since our IPO in February 1999, we have returned $2.0 billion to shareholders consisting of $1.0 billion of spin-offs, $493.9 million in the form of dividends, and $466.2 million through stock buybacks of approximately 10.9 million shares.

Subsequent to the end of the quarter, on April 16, 2019, GAMCO repurchased 1.2 million shares of GBL class A stock at $21.00 per share in a private transaction. This transaction resulted in a 12.4% reduction in Class A shares outstanding from 9.8 million to 8.6 million and a 4.2% reduction in the total shares outstanding from 28.8 million to 27.6 million.

On May 7, 2019, GAMCO’s Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.02 per share payable on June 25, 2019 to its Class A and Class B shareholders of record on June 11, 2019.

About GAMCO Investors, Inc.

GAMCO Investors, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manages open-end funds and closed-end funds (Gabelli Funds, LLC) and private advisory accounts (GAMCO Asset Management Inc.).

The Company reported Assets Under Management as follows (in millions):
     
March 31, December 31, March 31,

2019

2018

2018

Equities:
Open-end Funds $   11,452 $ 10,589 $   12,964
Closed-end Funds 7,550 6,959 7,768
Institutional & PWM (a) 15,243 14,078 17,643
SICAV     522     507       527  
Total Equities     34,767     32,133       38,902  
Fixed Income:
100% U.S. Treasury Fund 2,487 2,195 1,922
Institutional & PWM     19     26       30  
Total Fixed Income     2,506     2,221       1,952  
Total Assets Under Management $   37,273   $ 34,354   $   40,854  

(a) Includes $251 million, $247 million and $212 million of 100% U.S. Treasury Fund AUM at March 31, 2019, December 31, 2018 and March 31, 2018, respectively.

 

Table I: Fund Flows - 1st Quarter 2019    
        Fund
Market distributions,
December 31, appreciation/ Net cash net of March 31,

2018

(depreciation) flows reinvestments

2019

Equities:
Open-end Funds $ 10,589 $

1,190

 

$   (319 ) $ (8 ) $   11,452
Closed-end Funds 6,959 725 (6 ) (128 ) 7,550
Institutional & PWM 14,078 1,803 (638 ) - 15,243
SICAV   507     8       7     -       522  
Total Equities   32,133     3,726       (956 )   (136 )     34,767  
Fixed Income:
100% U.S. Treasury Fund 2,195 14 278 - 2,487
Institutional & PWM   26     -       (7 )   -       19  
Total Fixed Income   2,221     14       271     -       2,506  
Total Assets Under Management $ 34,354   $ 3,740   $   (685 ) $ (136 ) $   37,273  
 
Table II    
GAMCO INVESTORS, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
 
For the Quarter Ended
March 31,
2019 2018
 
Investment advisory and incentive fees $   65,888 $   77,348
Distribution fees and other income     8,448       10,149  
Total revenues 74,336 87,497
 
Compensation costs (a) 30,347 25,950
Management fee expense (a) 1,449 4,634
Distribution costs 8,670 10,204
Other operating expenses     5,257       5,453  
Total expenses 45,723 46,241
 
Operating income before management fee 28,613 41,256
 
Investment income / (loss) (1,171 ) (4,855 )
Interest expense     (655 )     (1,200 )
Other expense, net     (1,826 )     (6,055 )
 
Income before income taxes 26,787 35,201
Income tax expense     6,895       7,940  
Net income $   19,892   $   27,261  
 
Net income:
Basic $   0.70   $   0.94  
 
Diluted $   0.70   $   0.94  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic     28,507       28,916  
 
Diluted     28,539       28,916  
 
Actual shares outstanding (b)     28,853       28,855  
Notes:

(a) CEO waiver reduced compensation costs by $12,178 and $4,883, respectively and management fee expense by $1,689 and $1,678, respectively.

(b) Includes 425,150 and 0 of RSAs, respectively.
 
Table III  
GAMCO INVESTORS, INC.
UNAUDITED QUARTERLY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
 
2019   2018
1st 1st   2nd   3rd   4th  
Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Full Year
Income Statement Data:
 
Revenues $ 74,336 $ 87,497 $ 87,193 $ 85,788 $ 80,977 $ 341,455
 
Expenses   45,723     46,241     45,820     34,088     28,519     154,668  
 

Operating income before management fee

28,613 41,256 41,373 51,700 52,458 186,787
 
Investment income / (loss) (1,171 ) (4,855 ) 2,111 (3,797 ) (16,391 ) (22,932 )
Interest expense (655 ) (1,200 ) (922 ) (759 ) (644 ) (3,525 )
Shareholder-designated contribution   -     -     (176 )   (708 )   (4,787 )   (5,671 )
Other income/(expense), net (1,826 ) (6,055 ) 1,013 (5,264 ) (21,822 ) (32,128 )
 
Income before income taxes 26,787 35,201 42,386 46,436 30,636 154,659
Income tax expense   6,895     7,940     10,804     11,420     7,299     37,463  
 
Net income $ 19,892   $ 27,261   $ 31,582   $ 35,016   $ 23,337   $ 117,196  
 
Net income:
Basic $ 0.70   $ 0.94   $ 1.10   $ 1.22   $ 0.82   $ 4.08  
 
Diluted $ 0.70   $ 0.94   $ 1.10   $ 1.22   $ 0.81   $ 4.07  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic   28,507     28,916     28,777     28,677     28,611     28,744  
 
Diluted   28,539     28,916     28,819     28,739     28,636     28,777  
   
Table IV
GAMCO INVESTORS, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
 
March 31,   December 31,   March 31,

2019

2018

2018
 
ASSETS
 
Cash and cash equivalents $   64,389 $ 41,202 $   27,383
Investments 31,623 33,789 31,407
Receivable from brokers 3,529 3,423 1,876
Other receivables 28,769 31,135 33,014
Deferred tax asset and income tax receivable 15,661 15,001 12,878
Other assets     10,258     10,062       10,435  
 
Total assets $   154,229   $ 134,612   $   116,993  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
Payable to brokers $ 478 $ 112 $ 164
Income taxes payable and deferred tax liabilities 8,068 2,388 7,491
Compensation payable (a) 59,142 60,408 84,333
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     35,496     37,926       33,477  
Sub-total 103,184 100,834 125,465
 
5.875% Senior notes (due June 1, 2021) 24,174 24,168 24,150
4% PIK note (due November 30, 2020)     -     -       40,000  
Total debt     24,174     24,168       64,150  
Total liabilities 127,358 125,002 189,615
 
GAMCO Investors, Inc.'s stockholders' equity (deficit)     26,871     9,610       (72,622 )
 
Total liabilities and equity $   154,229   $ 134,612   $   116,993  

(a) Excludes $8.9, $11.3 million and $39.1 million of DCCA expense that is not yet recorded under GAAP as of March 31, 2019, December 31, 2018 and March 31, 2018, respectively.

 

Non-GAAP information and reconciliation:

GAMCO’s non-GAAP measures include adjusted operating income, adjusted income before taxes, adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted net income and adjusted net income per fully diluted share. GAMCO’s calculation of these non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to potential differences between companies in the method of calculation. As a result, the use of these non-GAAP measures has limitations and should not be considered superior to, in isolation from, or a substitute for, related U.S. GAAP measures.

These non-GAAP measures allow management and investors to view operating trends, perform analytical comparisons and benchmark performance between periods to understand operating performance without regard to items that we do not consider to be a component of our core operating performance. Management uses these measures in its financial, investment and operational decision-making processes, for internal reporting and as part of its forecasting and budgeting processes. For these reasons we believe these non-GAAP measures are useful for our investors.

Adjusted operating income, adjusted income before taxes, adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted net income and adjusted net income per fully diluted share can be used by investors to review our results on a consistent basis. Examples of adjustments to these measures include the GAAP impact of the 2016 Deferred Cash Compensation Agreement (“DCCA”), First Half 2017 DCCA, and the Fourth Quarter 2017 DCCA that were put in place to enable the Company to more quickly pay down its debt.

The following tables reconcile adjusted income before taxes, adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share to their closest GAAP equivalent:

  For the three months ended March 31, 2019
  Impact of    
Reported Fourth Quarter Impact of
GAAP 2017 DCCA 2016 DCCA Adjusted
 
Total revenues $ 74,336 $ - $ - $ 74,336
 
Compensation costs 30,347 (2,983 ) (8,184 ) 19,180
Management fee expense 1,449 (419 ) (1,030 ) -
Distribution costs 8,670 - - 8,670
Other operating expenses   5,257     -     -     5,257  
Total expenses 45,723 (3,402 ) (9,214 ) 33,107
 
Operating income before management fee 28,613 3,402 9,214 41,229
 
Other income/(expense), net (1,826 ) - - (1,826 )
 
Income before income taxes 26,787 3,402 9,214 39,403
Income tax expense   6,895     816     2,211     9,922  
Net income $ 19,892   $ 2,586   $ 7,003   $ 29,481  
 
Net income:
Basic $ 0.70   $ 0.09   $ 0.25   $ 1.03  
Diluted $ 0.70   $ 0.09   $ 0.25   $ 1.03  
 
  For the three months ended March 31, 2018
  Impact of   Impact of    
Reported Fourth Quarter First Half Impact of
GAAP 2017 DCCA 2017 DCCA 2016 DCCA Adjusted
 
Total revenues $ 87,497 $ - $ - $ - $ 87,497
 
Compensation costs 25,950 (1,391 ) 213 3,016 27,788
Management fee expense 4,634 (419 ) (1,368 ) (1,030 ) 1,817
Distribution costs 10,204 - - - 10,204
Other operating expenses   5,453     -     -     -     5,453  
Total expenses 46,241 (1,810 ) (1,155 ) 1,986 45,262
 
Operating income before management fee 41,256 1,810 1,155 (1,986 ) 42,235
 
Other expense, net (6,055 ) - - - (6,055 )
 
Income before income taxes 35,201 1,810 1,155 (1,986 ) 36,180
Income tax expense   7,940     409     261     (449 )   8,161  
Net income $ 27,261   $ 1,401   $ 894   $ (1,537 ) $ 28,019  
 
Net income:
Basic $ 0.94   $ 0.05   $ 0.03   $ (0.05 ) $ 0.97  
Diluted $ 0.94   $ 0.05   $ 0.03   $ (0.05 ) $ 0.97  
 

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

The financial results set forth in this press release are preliminary. Our disclosure and analysis in this press release, which do not present historical information, contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements convey our current expectations or forecasts of future events. You can identify these statements because they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They use words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” and other words and terms of similar meaning. They also appear in any discussion of future operating or financial performance. In particular, these include statements relating to future actions, future performance of our products, expenses, the outcome of any legal proceedings, and financial results. Although we believe that we are basing our expectations and beliefs on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of what we currently know about our business and operations, the economy, the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and other conditions, there can be no assurance that our actual results will not differ materially from what we expect or believe. Therefore, you should proceed with caution in relying on any of these forward-looking statements. They are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance.

Forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors, some of which are listed below, that are difficult to predict and could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that could cause our actual results to differ from our expectations or beliefs include a decline in the securities markets that adversely affect our assets under management, negative performance of our products, the failure to perform as required under our investment management agreements, a general downturn in the economy that negatively impacts our operations, and the ongoing impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with respect to tax rates and the non-deductibility of certain portions of NEO compensation. We also direct your attention to the more specific discussions of these and other risks, uncertainties and other important factors contained in our Form 10-K and other public filings. Other factors that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We do not undertake to update publicly any forward-looking statements if we subsequently learn that we are unlikely to achieve our expectations whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

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