Moelis & Company MC recorded first-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings per share of $1.02, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 97 cents. Also, the bottom line improved from the year-ago quarter’s 45 cents per share.
Results were driven by a substantial improvement in revenues. Moreover, the company had a solid liquidity position in the reported quarter. However, a rise in expenses was the undermining factor.
Net income (GAAP basis) was $75.8 million or $1.00 per share, significantly up from $30.1 million or 44 cents per share recorded in the prior-year quarter.
Revenues Improve, Expenses Rise
Total revenues jumped 72% year over year to $263.9 million. Further, the top line outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $238.4 million.
Total operating expenses (adjusted basis) were $191.4 million, up 48% year over year. The rise was primarily due to an increase in compensation and benefits costs.
Other income was $3.2 million against other expenses of $1.7 million recorded in the prior-year quarter.
As of Mar 31, 2021, the company had cash and liquid investments of $227.7 million, with no debt or goodwill.
Capital Deployment Update
In the reported quarter, the company repurchased 1.4 million shares for $74.2 million.
Moreover, concurrent with the earnings release, it announced a special dividend (in addition to the regular quarterly dividend) of $2.00 per share. The dividend will be paid out on Jun 18 to shareholders of record as of May 10.
Moelis & Company’s global expansion initiatives, and solid merger and acquisition activities bode well for the future. The company's enhanced capital deployments reflect a strong balance sheet.
Moelis & Company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Currently, Moelis & Company carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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