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National Holdings Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter

NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National Holdings Corporation (NHLD) (“National” or the “Company”), a leading full service independent brokerage, investment banking, trading and asset management firm providing diverse services including tax preparation, today announced its financial results for the 2019 fiscal third quarter.

Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue of $50.8 million, up $4.1 million, or 9%, from the $46.7 million recorded in the fiscal 2019 second quarter.  

  • Net income of $0.2 million compared to a net loss of $2.8 million for the 2019 fiscal second quarter.

  • Quarterly adjusted EBITDA recovered as expected to $2.0 million from the ($2.1) million adjusted EBITDA recorded in the fiscal 2019 second quarter. 

  • Cash and cash equivalents of $30.7 million and no debt as of June 30, 2019 versus $33.6 million as of the fiscal year-end 2018.

  • Equity of $49.3 million as of June 30, 2019, versus $46.9 million as of September 30, 2018.

Management Commentary

Michael Mullen, Chief Executive Officer of National stated, “We are pleased with our results for the quarter, with fiscal Q3 Investment Banking and Investment Advisory revenue rebounding as expected and finishing up strong. Many of our businesses performed extremely well for the quarter, and while legal expenses are currently up, I expect this number to decline thanks to our continued initiatives in Enterprise Risk Management. When it does, the true earning power of our organization will become apparent.”

Mr. Mullen added, “We continue to broaden our platform and focus on the long-term success of National, which has allowed us to attract and expand our team with a number of high-quality advisors. Year-to-date, we have added advisors with a total of over $1 billion of represented AUM and have seen growth across our major revenue categories of investment banking, private shares, advisory and tax. Of note this year is the growth we have seen in our private shares business, as we participated in high quality deals such as Airbnb and Slack. Our funds successfully liquidated our Slack holdings at the end of this last fiscal quarter, which generated significant returns for our clients, and we remain focused on this vertical and have built a robust pipeline of future deals. We continue to strive for excellence across the entire platform and remain vigilant on costs as we focus on growing the tangible book value of our company for all of our stakeholders.”

Fiscal Third Quarter 2019 and Nine Month Financial Results

National reported fiscal third quarter revenue of $50.8 million, up from the $46.7 million recorded in the second quarter of 2019, but down from the $56.2 million recognized in the third quarter of fiscal 2018, which included a $4.5 million banking advisory fee. Most all revenue categories rebounded well from the fiscal second quarter 2019 levels that were directly affected by the U.S. Government shutdown and market volatility. In the fiscal 2019 second quarter, the shutdown impacted banking deal execution, investment management fee levels, and retail investor trading. Despite the revenue increase, expenses were down at $49.6 million versus the current year second quarter and were down $5.1 million from $54.7 million in the comparable fiscal 2018 quarter. The broadening of our platform has kept our variable cost of sales under our target ratios. As a result, net income of $0.2 million and adjusted EBITDA of $2.0 million, rebounded nicely from the ($2.8) million net loss, and ($2.1) million negative adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2019.

For the nine month year to date period, total revenue declined $11.1 million, or 7%, to $155.6 million, from the $166.7 million recorded in the year-ago period. All major revenue categories with the exception of brokerage commissions and related fees increased over the prior-year period.  The transactions-driven commissions category has declined due to various factors including better enterprise risk management, the redistribution of revenue to other revenue categories, early year Fed action, the December 2018 market correction, the January government shutdown, and what we see as the overall market level driven retail client trading volume reductions.

Year-to-date, total expenses have declined $3.6 million to $157 million. Across our revenue lines, our variable expense ratio remained well under our targets. Fixed and semi-fixed operating expenses have been negatively impacted year-to-date by legacy arbitration and litigation related reserves and expenses, as well as corporate legal expenses, and compensation and benefits from changes to our corporate staff. As a result, the current year net loss of $1.6 million and adjusted EBITDA of $4.2 million have declined from a comparative net loss of $9.5 million and $12.1 million of adjusted EBITDA.

Revenue

As noted above, our revenue categories have performed well both in the current quarter and year-to-date periods, with the exception of brokerage commissions and related fees. The brokerage commissions and related fees category, while down slightly from the first and second quarters, was down approximately $7.1 million from the 2018 fiscal third quarter, and down $21 million on a year-over-year comparative basis.

  • Commissions and related revenue were down 6% from the second quarter of fiscal 2019 to $22.9 million, and down slightly from the $23.2 million recorded in the first quarter of the current year.  The quarter declined $7.1 million from the $30.0 million in the strong 2018 third quarter, and declined approximately $20.7 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2019 compared to the comparative nine month period in fiscal 2018.  Enterprise risk controls along with the company’s strategy of diversifying revenue across product lines, combined with the previously discussed early year market dislocations and retail client volume reduction, have collectively resulted in an overall decline in commission transaction revenue.

  • Investment Banking rebounded as expected to $15.8 million in the current quarter, up approximately $6 million from the second quarter of 2019. While investment banking declined $2.9 million from the $18.7 million recorded in the comparative third quarter, on a year to date basis this category has increased $4.9 million, or 10%, from the nine months of fiscal 2018.

  • Revenue from investment advisory increased to $7.6 million, a 37% increase over the second quarter of 2019, and a 43% increase over the third quarter of fiscal 2018. While the second quarter of 2019 was negatively impacted by market values that determine investment advisory fee billing, versus a positive impact on the current quarter, this business has continued to grow assets under management steadily and consistently over the past two years as we further diversify our assets and revenue streams.  The current quarter was also positively impacted by the recognition of carried interest on the liquidation of our private shares investment in Slack Technologies.  This positive performance continues when viewing year-to-date results—$18.9 million of revenue in fiscal 2019 to date compares favorably to the comparable period of fiscal 2018 at $15.8 million, a 20% increase year-over-year.

  • Tax preparation and accounting revenue increased $0.2 million in the quarter to $2.7 million, up 9% from the fiscal 2018 third quarter revenue of $2.5 million. The third and fourth quarters are traditionally slower quarters for this business, however we continue to strategically to acquire tax and accounting practices when opportunities arise to add revenue, earnings, clients and investment growth. On a year-to-date basis, revenue has increased to $7.6 million, up from $6.8 million in the comparable period of last year, an 11% increase year-over-year.

Expenses

Total expenses decreased to $49.6 million in the current fiscal year quarter, down $5.1 million, or 9%, over the comparative prior year quarter. Compensation and other variable expenses directly associated with revenue generation were responsible for approximately $6 million of this decrease, principally from the decline in brokerage commissions. As noted above our variable expense ratios continue to operate within our strategic goals.

The remaining increase of approximately $0.9 million over the third quarter of fiscal 2018 is due to legacy litigation and arbitration reserves and corporate legal fees. Our remaining operating expense categories changed immaterially during the quarter.

For the nine-month period, total expenses declined $3.6 million, or 2%, to $157 million versus $160.6 million a year ago. Our variable expense ratio has improved year-over-year, generating an increase in our gross margins in line with our goals and objectives. As a result of a small decline in revenue and lower cost of sales, variable expenses associated with revenue generating compensation and execution declined $11.6 million, or 9%, in the first nine months of the year.   

While our non-variable operating expenses increased year-over-year $8 million, many of these operating expense categories either declined or increased immaterially which is the result of expense management initiatives that are under constant review. The overall increase is largely due to corporate legal expenses and legacy arbitration and litigation reserves that have increased operating costs approximately $4 million year-to-date. The remaining increase is due to increased compensation and benefits associated with the company’s changes to staff, increases in software licensing costs due to the upgrade of our technology platform, and amortization of intangibles due to tax and accounting firm acquisitions.

Earnings

Income before other income and income taxes totaled $1.2 million, versus a loss of $3.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, and income of $1.6 million in the fiscal 2018 third quarter.   For the nine months, the loss before other income and income taxes was $1.4 million versus earnings of $6.1 million in the prior nine month period.

Net income attributable to shareholders of $0.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 declined from the $0.8 million in the comparative 2018 quarter. For the nine-month period, the net loss of $1.6 million compared to a loss of $9.5 million in the prior-year period. As in prior year quarterly results, the previously discussed fair value warrant adjustment totaled $11.2 million for the nine-month 2018 period.

The net income per share, both basic and fully diluted, was $0.02 in the fiscal third quarter of 2019, versus income per share, basic and fully diluted, of $0.07 and $0.06, respectively in the fiscal third quarter of 2018. For the nine-month periods of 2019 and 2018, the net loss per share, both basic and fully diluted, was $0.13 and $0.763.

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest in both the third quarter and year-to-date fiscal 2019 is due to National Asset Management Inc.’s (“NAM”) majority voting interest in Innovation X Management, LLC (“Innovation”), which together serve as the investment manager of an investment fund. Because NAM has the majority voting interest in Innovation, the results of operations of Innovation are included in the Company's consolidated financial statements, and the amount attributable to the other investor is recorded as a non-controlling interest. During the three and nine months ended June 30, 2019, National recognized a carried interest earned from the investment fund of $2,247,000, of which $899,000 was attributable to the non-controlling interest.

Adjusted EBITDA increased to $2.0 million in the current year quarter, from a loss of $2.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, but declined from $5.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.  For the nine-month period, adjusted EBITDA totaled $4.2 million, versus $12.1 million in the prior year to date period.

Balance Sheet 

As of June 30, 2019 National had $30.7 million of cash and cash equivalents, versus $33.6 million as of September 30, 2018. The Company's balance sheet remains debt free.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call today, August 15, 2019, at 8:30 AM ET, to discuss the Company’s fiscal third quarter 2019 financial results and provide a business outlook for the remainder of 2019.

In order to participate in the conference call, please call 1-800-681-1608-and provide the conference name: National Q3 Earnings Call. An audio recording of the conference call will be available for replay on the Company’s website at www.yournational.com, for a period of 30 days after the call.

Non-GAAP Measures

The Non-GAAP measures shown in this release exclude various items detailed further below.

  • National defines non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA as GAAP net income (loss) excluding: interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, change in fair value of warrant liability, forgivable loan amortization and unrealized gain/loss on the firm’s warrant portfolio.

Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included with the financial information included in this press release. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Management believes that the presentation of non-GAAP results, when shown in conjunction with corresponding GAAP measures, provides useful information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends related to the company's operating results.

About National Holdings Corporation

National Holdings Corporation (NHLD) is a full-service investment banking and asset management firm that, through its affiliates, provides a range of services, including independent retail brokerage and advisory services, investment banking, institutional sales and trading, equity research, financial planning, market making, tax preparation, insurance, to corporations, institutions, high net-worth and retail investors. With over 1000 advisors, registered reps, traders, sales associates and corporate staff, National Holdings operates through various subsidiaries including National Securities Corporation, National Asset Management, Inc., National Insurance Corporation, National Tax and Financial Services Inc. (formerly Gilman Ciocia, Inc.) and GC Capital Corporation. Formed as a holding company in 1999, National Holdings’ largest subsidiary National Securities Corporation has been in business since 1947. National Holdings is headquartered in New York and Florida. For more information, visit www.yournational.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements. Any such statements, other than statements of historical fact, are based on management’s current expectations, estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions about the Company, its current and prospective portfolio investments, and its industry. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control, difficult to predict and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Actual developments and results are likely to vary materially from these estimates and projections as a result of a number of factors, including investor confidence may weaken, negatively affecting brokerage services revenue, investment banking revenue may be negatively affected if market conditions worsen, the value of our carried interest may decline prior to being recognized and other risks described from time to time in National’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such statements speak only as of the time when made, and National undertakes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

CONTACT:

Investor Relations:

Email: ir@yournational.com

Telephone: +1 212 554 4351


NATIONAL HOLDINGS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION

  June 30,
2019
(Unaudited)
  September 30,
2018
ASSETS      
Cash $ 25,331,000     $ 27,920,000  
Restricted cash 1,159,000     1,353,000  
Cash deposits with clearing organizations 336,000     336,000  
Securities owned, at fair value 7,589,000     7,786,000  
Receivables from broker-dealers and clearing organizations 3,252,000     3,967,000  
Forgivable loans receivable 1,511,000     1,567,000  
Other receivables, net 6,234,000     4,265,000  
Prepaid expenses 4,789,000     4,065,000  
Fixed assets, net 4,538,000     2,671,000  
Intangible assets, net 5,734,000     4,730,000  
Goodwill 5,153,000     5,153,000  
Deferred tax asset, net 4,166,000     4,192,000  
Other assets, principally refundable deposits 684,000     444,000  
Total Assets $ 70,476,000     $ 68,449,000  
       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
       
Liabilities      
Securities sold, but not yet purchased, at fair value $ 1,000     $  
Accrued commissions and payroll payable 11,267,000     12,862,000  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 8,815,000     8,019,000  
Deferred clearing and marketing credits 419,000     576,000  
Other 708,000     57,000  
Total Liabilities 21,210,000     21,514,000  
       
Commitments and Contingencies      
       
Stockholders’ Equity      
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized; none outstanding      
Common stock $0.02 par value, authorized 75,000,000 shares at June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018; 13,064,964 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019 and 12,541,890 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018 261,000     250,000  
Additional paid-in-capital 89,662,000     86,510,000  
Accumulated deficit (41,556,000 )   (39,825,000 )
Total National Holdings Corporation Stockholders’ Equity 48,367,000     46,935,000  
Non-controlling interest 899,000      
Total Stockholders’ Equity 49,266,000     46,935,000  
       
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity $ 70,476,000     $ 68,449,000  



NATIONAL HOLDINGS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)

  Three Month Period Ended
June 30,
  Nine Month Period Ended
June 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
Revenues              
Commissions $ 21,434,000     $ 28,397,000     $ 65,246,000     $ 85,422,000  
Net dealer inventory gains (losses) 167,000     (1,263,000 )   933,000     2,402,000  
Investment banking 15,824,000     18,733,000     52,692,000     47,812,000  
Investment advisory 7,577,000     5,281,000     18,949,000     15,811,000  
Interest and dividends 1,434,000     772,000     4,430,000     2,003,000  
Transaction fees and clearing services 1,465,000     1,605,000     5,202,000     5,680,000  
Tax preparation and accounting 2,675,000     2,445,000     7,572,000     6,835,000  
Other 199,000     267,000     559,000     697,000  
Total Revenues 50,775,000     56,237,000     155,583,000     166,662,000  
               
Operating Expenses              
Commissions, compensation and fees 42,077,000     48,555,000     132,120,000     141,462,000  
Clearing fees 492,000     451,000     1,781,000     1,772,000  
Communications 720,000     857,000     2,239,000     2,429,000  
Occupancy 966,000     738,000     2,872,000     2,834,000  
License and registration 934,000     861,000     2,260,000     2,028,000  
Professional fees 1,130,000     1,077,000     4,848,000     3,047,000  
Interest 8,000     25,000     26,000     30,000  
Depreciation and amortization 461,000     387,000     1,320,000     1,145,000  
Other administrative expenses 2,773,000     1,727,000     9,484,000     5,839,000  
Total Operating Expenses 49,561,000     54,678,000     156,950,000     160,586,000  
Income (Loss) before Other Income (Expense) and Income Taxes 1,214,000     1,559,000     (1,367,000 )   6,076,000  
               
Other Income (Expense)              
Change in fair value of warrant liability             (11,194,000 )
Other income (expense) 6,000     (146,000 )   18,000     90,000  
Total Other Income (Expense) 6,000     (146,000 )   18,000     (11,104,000 )
Income (Loss) before Income Taxes 1,220,000     1,413,000     (1,349,000 )   (5,028,000 )
               
Income tax expense (benefit) 88,000     601,000     (652,000 )   4,452,000  
Net Income (Loss) 1,132,000     812,000     (697,000 )   (9,480,000 )
               
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest (899,000 )       (899,000 )    
Net income (loss) attributable to National Holdings Corporation common shareholders $ 233,000     $ 812,000     $ (1,596,000 )   $ (9,480,000 )
               
Net income (loss) per share attributable to National Holdings Corporation common shareholders - Basic $ 0.02     $ 0.07     $ (0.13 )   $ (0.76 )
Net income (loss) per share attributable to National Holdings Corporation common shareholders - Diluted $ 0.02     $ 0.06     $ (0.13 )   $ (0.76 )
               
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - Basic 12,931,660     12,490,539     12,751,712     12,461,776  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - Diluted 13,251,379     13,899,374     12,751,712     12,461,776  


RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) TO NON-GAAP* ADJUSTED EBITDA

  Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Nine Months Ended
June 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders, as reported $ 233,000     $ 812,000     $ (1,596,000 )   $ (9,480,000 )
Interest expense 8,000     25,000     26,000     30,000  
Income taxes 88,000     601,000     (652,000 )   4,452,000  
Depreciation 168,000     158,000     509,000     487,000  
Amortization 293,000     229,000     811,000     658,000  
EBITDA 790,000     1,825,000     (902,000 )   (3,853,000 )
Non-cash compensation expense 720,000     929,000     3,522,000     1,605,000  
Change in fair value of warrant liability             11,194,000  
Forgivable loan amortization 167,000     164,000     500,000     474,000  
Unrealized loss (gain) on the firm's warrant portfolio 343,000     2,254,000     $ 1,065,000     $ 2,723,000  
EBITDA, as adjusted $ 2,020,000     $ 5,172,000     $ 4,185,000     $ 12,143,000  

* National defines non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA as GAAP net income (loss) excluding: interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, change in fair value of warrant liability, forgivable loan amortization and unrealized loss (gain) on the firm’s warrant portfolio.