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Pzena Investment Management, Inc. Reports Results for the First Quarter of 2019

  • Assets under management ends the first quarter at $37.1 billion.
  • Q1 2019 revenue decreases 5 percent to $37.4 million from Q1 2018.
  • Q1 2019 GAAP diluted earnings per share decreases 15 percent to $0.17 from Q1 2018.
  • Board declares a quarterly dividend of $0.03 per share.

NEW YORK, April 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pzena Investment Management, Inc. (PZN) reported the following U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and non-GAAP basic and diluted net income and earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 (in thousands, except per-share amounts):

    GAAP Basis  
    For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
    2019     2018  
          (unaudited)      
Basic Net Income   $ 3,102     $ 3,523  
Basic Earnings Per Share   $ 0.17     $ 0.20  
                 
Diluted Net Income   $ 12,808     $ 14,226  
Diluted Earnings Per Share   $ 0.17     $ 0.20  
                 

GAAP diluted net income and GAAP diluted earnings per share were $12.8 million and $0.17 respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2019, and $14.2 million and $0.20, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

In evaluating the results of operations, management also reviews non-GAAP measures of earnings, which are adjusted to exclude accounting items that add a measure of non-operational complexity which obscures the underlying performance of the business.  For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, no adjustments were made to GAAP earnings, resulting in the same GAAP and non-GAAP measures of earnings.  For the three months ended December 31, 2018, earnings were adjusted to exclude changes to the deferred tax asset and corresponding liability to the Company's selling and converting shareholders during the fourth quarter of 2018.  Management uses the non-GAAP measures to assess the strength of the underlying operations of the business.  It believes the non-GAAP measures provide information to further analyze the Company's operations between periods and over time.  Investors should consider the non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.  

Net income for diluted earnings per share generally assumes all operating company membership units are converted into Company stock at the beginning of the reporting period, and the resulting change to Company net income associated with its increased interest in the operating company is taxed at the Company's effective tax rate, exclusive of the adjustments noted above and other adjustments.  When this conversion results in an increase in earnings per share or a decrease in loss per share, diluted net income and diluted earnings per share are assumed to be equal to basic net income and basic earnings per share for the reporting period.

Assets Under Management (unaudited)                                        
($ billions)                                        
    For the Three Months Ended     For the Twelve Months Ended  
    March 31,     December 31,     March 31,     March 31,     March 31,  
    20191     2018     2018     20191     2018  
Separately Managed Accounts                                        
Assets                                        
Beginning of Period   $ 12.6     $ 14.6     $ 15.0     $ 14.6     $ 13.0  
Inflows     1.2       0.1       0.4       2.5       1.3  
Outflows     (1.1 )     (0.2 )     (0.6 )     (2.4 )     (1.6 )
Net Flows     0.1       (0.1 )     (0.2 )     0.1       (0.3 )
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)     1.1       (1.9 )     (0.2 )     (0.9 )     1.9  
End of Period   $ 13.8     $ 12.6     $ 14.6     $ 13.8     $ 14.6  
                                         
Sub-Advised Accounts                                        
Assets                                        
Beginning of Period Assets   $ 18.8     $ 22.2     $ 21.8     $ 21.3     $ 17.6  
Inflows     1.0       0.6       0.6       3.4       3.2  
Outflows     (0.7 )     (0.6 )     (0.7 )     (2.4 )     (2.0 )
Net Flows     0.3             (0.1 )     1.0       1.2  
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)     1.9       (3.4 )     (0.4 )     (1.3 )     2.5  
End of Period   $ 21.0     $ 18.8     $ 21.3     $ 21.0     $ 21.3  
                                         
Pzena Funds                                        
Assets                                        
Beginning of Period Assets   $ 2.0     $ 2.1     $ 1.7     $ 1.8     $ 1.4  
Inflows     0.2       0.3       0.1       0.9       0.5  
Outflows     (0.1 )     (0.1 )           (0.3 )     (0.3 )
Net Flows     0.1       0.2       0.1       0.6       0.2  
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)     0.2       (0.3 )           (0.1 )     0.2  
End of Period   $ 2.3     $ 2.0     $ 1.8     $ 2.3     $ 1.8  
                                         
Total                                        
Assets                                        
Beginning of Period   $ 33.4     $ 38.9     $ 38.5     $ 37.7     $ 32.0  
Inflows     2.4       1.0       1.1       6.8       5.0  
Outflows     (1.9 )     (0.9 )     (1.3 )     (5.1 )     (3.9 )
Net Flows     0.5       0.1       (0.2 )     1.7       1.1  
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)     3.2       (5.6 )     (0.6 )     (2.3 )     4.6  
End of Period   $ 37.1     $ 33.4     $ 37.7     $ 37.1     $ 37.7  

1 Adjusted from the preliminary assets under management amount of $37.0 billion reported on April 8, 2019.

Financial Discussion

Revenue (unaudited)                        
($ thousands)                        
    For the Three Months Ended  
    March 31,     December 31,     March 31,  
    2019     2018     2018  
Separately Managed Accounts   $ 18,596     $ 18,324     $ 20,082  
Sub-Advised Accounts     15,007       14,832       16,451  
Pzena Funds     3,807       3,243       2,719  
Total   $ 37,410     $ 36,399     $ 39,252  
                         

Revenue was $37.4 million for the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 2.8% from $36.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, and a decrease of 4.7% from $39.3 million for the first quarter of 2018. 

Included in these amounts for the first quarter of 2019 were performance fees recognized of $0.4 million, compared to $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, and $0.9 million for the first quarter of 2018.  

Average assets under management for the first quarter of 2019 were $36.1 billion, compared to $36.1 billion for the fourth quarter of 2018, and decreasing 7.0% from $38.8 billion for the first quarter of 2018.  The decrease from the first quarter of 2018 primarily reflects market depreciation during the fourth quarter of 2018. 

The weighted average fee rate was 0.414% for the first quarter of 2019, increasing from 0.404% for the fourth quarter of 2018, and from 0.405% for the first quarter of 2018. 

The weighted average fee rate for separately managed accounts was 0.550% for the first quarter of 2019, increasing from 0.541% for the fourth quarter of 2018, and from 0.534% for the first quarter of 2018. The increase from the fourth and first quarters of 2018 reflects an increase in assets in non-U.S. strategies that generally carry higher fee rates.

The weighted average fee rate for sub-advised accounts was 0.295% for the first quarter of 2019, increasing from  0.289% for the fourth quarter of 2018, and decreasing from 0.300% for the first quarter of 2018. The increase from the fourth quarter of 2018 reflects an increase in assets in non-U.S. strategies that generally carry higher fee rates. The decrease from the first quarter of 2018 reflects a decrease in performance fees recognized during the first quarter of 2019, partially offset by an increase in assets in non-U.S. strategies that generally carry higher fee rates. In addition, certain accounts related to one retail client relationship have fulcrum fee arrangements. These fee arrangements require a reduction in the base fee or allow for a performance fee if the relevant investment strategy underperforms or outperforms, respectively, the agreed-upon benchmark over the contract's measurement period, which extends to three years.  During the first quarter of 2019 and fourth quarter of 2018, we recognized a $0.3 million and $0.2 million reduction in base fees, respectively, related to one client account.  A reduction in base fees was not recognized during first quarter of 2018.  To the extent the three-year performance record of this account fluctuates relative to its relevant benchmark, the amount of base fees recognized may vary.

The weighted average fee rate for Pzena funds was 0.679% for the first quarter of 2019, increasing from 0.644% for the fourth quarter of 2018, and from 0.599% for the first quarter of 2018. The increase from the fourth and first quarters of 2018 reflects a decrease in fund expense cap reimbursements recognized during the first quarter of 2019, which are presented net against revenue. The remainder of the increase from the fourth and first quarters of 2018 reflects an increase in assets in products that generally carry higher fee rates.

Total operating expenses were $21.2 million for the first quarter of 2019, increasing from $17.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 and from $19.3 million for the first quarter of 2018.  The increase in operating expenses from the fourth quarter of 2018 primarily reflects an increase in compensation and benefits expense and an increase in general and administrative costs during the first quarter of 2019.  First quarter 2019 and 2018 compensation expenses include expenses associated with tax payments and the Company's employee profit sharing and savings plan, which generally do not recur during the year. The remainder of the increase from the fourth quarter of 2018 and from the first quarter of 2018 reflects an increase in compensation rates. The increase in general and administrative expenses from the fourth and first quarters of 2018 reflects an increase in professional fees. The increase in general and administrative expenses from the first quarter of 2018 also reflects an increase in data and systems expenses.

Operating Expenses (unaudited)                        
($ thousands)                        
    For the Three Months Ended  
    March 31,     December 31,     March 31,  
    2019     2018     2018  
Compensation and Benefits Expense   $ 17,189     $ 13,899     $ 16,174  
General and Administrative Expense     4,027       3,549       3,155  
Operating Expenses   $ 21,216     $ 17,448     $ 19,329  
                         

As of March 31, 2019, employee headcount was 110, up from 106 at December 31, 2018, and from 105 at March 31, 2018. 

The operating margin was 43.3% for the first quarter of 2019, compared to 52.1% for the fourth quarter of 2018, and 50.8% for the first quarter of 2018.

Other income/ (expense) was income of approximately $1.8 million for the first quarter of 2019, an expense of $3.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, and an expense of $0.1 million for the first quarter of 2018. 

Other income/ (expense) primarily reflects the fluctuations in the gains/ (losses) and other investment income recognized by the Company on its direct equity investments, the majority of which are held to satisfy obligations under its deferred compensation plan.  Other income/ (expense) also includes a portion of gains/ (losses) and other investment income recognized by external investors on their investments in investment partnerships that the Company consolidates, which are offset in net income attributable to non-controlling interests. Excluding the outside interests of the Company's investment partnerships and the impact of changes in the liability to the Company’s selling and converting shareholders during the fourth quarter of 2018, other income/ (expense) was income of approximately $1.7 million for the first quarter of 2019, an expense of $2.9 million for fourth quarter of 2018, and an expense of $0.1 million for the first quarter of 2018.  Details of other income/ (expense), as well as a reconciliation of the related GAAP and non-GAAP measures, are shown below:

Other Income/ (Expense) (unaudited)                        
($ thousands)                        
    For the Three Months Ended  
    March 31,     December 31,     March 31,  
    2019     2018     2018  
Net Interest and Dividend Income   $ 279     $ 332     $ 98  
Gains/ (Losses) and Other Investment Income     1,595       (3,386 )     (163 )
Change in Liability to Selling and Converting Shareholders1           87        
Other (Expense)/ Income     (55 )     (34 )     15  
GAAP Other Income/ (Expense)     1,819       (3,001 )     (50 )
Change in Liability to Selling and Converting Shareholders1           (87 )      
Outside Interests of Investment Partnerships2     (128 )     221       (30 )
Non-GAAP Other Income/ (Expense), Net of Outside Interests   $ 1,691     $ (2,867 )   $ (80 )
                         

1          Reflects the change in the liability to the Company’s selling and converting shareholders associated with the deferred tax asset generated by the Company’s initial public offering and subsequent unit conversions.
2          Represents the non-controlling interest allocation of the income of the Company's consolidated investment partnerships to its external investors.

The Company recognized income tax expenses of $2.1 million for the first quarter of 2019, $2.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, and $2.2 million for the first quarter of 2018. 

Details of the income tax expense, as well as a reconciliation of the related GAAP and non-GAAP measures, are shown below: 

Income Tax Expense (unaudited)                        
($ thousands)                        
    For the Three Months Ended  
    March 31,     December 31,     March 31,  
    2019     2018     2018  
GAAP Income Tax Expense   $ 2,071     $ 2,101     $ 2,207  
                         
Non-GAAP Corporate Income Tax Expense   $ 1,365     $ 993     $ 1,469  
Non-GAAP Unincorporated and Other Business Tax Expense     706       775       738  
Non-GAAP Income Tax Expense     2,071       1,768       2,207  
Change due to Prior Period Adjustments1           333        
GAAP Income Tax Expense   $ 2,071     $ 2,101     $ 2,207  
                         

1       Reflects the impact of a prior period adjustment to the deferred tax asset established as part of the Company’s initial public offering and subsequent unit conversions recognized during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Details of the net income attributable to non-controlling interests of the Company's operating company and consolidated subsidiaries are shown below:

GAAP Non-Controlling Interests (unaudited)                        
($ thousands)                        
    For the Three Months Ended  
    March 31,     December 31,     March 31,  
    2019     2018     2018  
Operating Company Allocation   $ 12,712     $ 11,533     $ 14,113  
Outside Interests of Investment Partnerships1     128       (221 )     30  
GAAP Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests   $ 12,840     $ 11,312     $ 14,143  
                         

1          Represents the non-controlling interest allocation of the income of the Company's consolidated investment partnerships to its external investors.

On April 17, 2019, the Company's Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.03 per share of its Class A common stock.  The following dates apply to the dividend:

Record Date:       April 30, 2019

Payment Date:     May 17, 2019

During the last twelve months, inclusive of the dividend noted above, the Company declared total dividends of $0.58 per share of its Class A common stock.

First Quarter 2019 Earnings Call Information

Pzena Investment Management, Inc. (PZN) will hold a conference call to discuss the Company's financial results and outlook at 10:00 a.m. ET, Thursday, April 18, 2019.  The call will be open to the public.

Webcast Instructions: To gain access to the webcast, which will be "listen-only," go to the Events page in the Investor Relations area of the Company's website, www.pzena.com.

Teleconference Instructions: To gain access to the conference call via telephone, U.S. callers should dial 844-378-6482; Canada callers should dial 855-669-9657; international callers should dial 412-317-5106.  Please reference the Pzena Investment Management call.

Replay: The conference call will be available for replay through May 2, 2019, on the web using the information given above.

About Pzena Investment Management

Pzena Investment Management, LLC, the firm's operating company, is a value-oriented investment management firm.  Founded in 1995, Pzena Investment Management has built a diverse, global client base.  More firm and stock information is posted at www.pzena.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements provide the Company’s current views, expectations, or forecasts of future events and performance, and include statements about our expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, intentions, assumptions and other statements that are not historical facts. Words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project” or similar words or phrases, or the negatives of those words or phrases, may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not necessarily mean that a statement is not forward-looking.

Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed or implied by a forward-looking statement are those described in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the SEC on March 8, 2019 and in the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC.  In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and factors, actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date stated, or if no date is stated, as of the date of this release.

The Company is not under any obligation and does not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized.

Contact: Gary Bachman, 212-583-0225 or bachman@pzena.com.

PZENA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(in thousands)

    As of  
    March 31,     December 31,  
    2019     2018  
    (unaudited)          
ASSETS                
Cash and Cash Equivalents   $ 14,731     $ 38,099  
Restricted Cash     1,029       1,028  
Due from Broker     177       64  
Advisory Fees Receivable     32,866       32,590  
Investments     39,033       50,470  
Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets     3,741       6,099  
Right-of-use Assets     14,704        
Deferred Tax Asset     35,631       37,232  
Property and Equipment, Net of Accumulated                
Depreciation of $3,974 and $3,724, respectively     5,658       5,394  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 147,570     $ 170,976  
                 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                
Liabilities:                
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses   $ 18,018     $ 37,266  
Due to Broker     74       360  
Liability to Selling and Converting Shareholders     32,389       32,389  
Lease Liabilities     15,066        
Deferred Compensation Liability     1,190       1,845  
Other Liabilities           108  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     66,737       71,968  
                 
Equity:                
Total Pzena Investment Management, Inc.'s Equity     22,880       33,002  
Non-Controlling Interests     57,953       66,006  
TOTAL EQUITY     80,833       99,008  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 147,570     $ 170,976  

PZENA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per-share amounts)

    For the Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2019     2018  
REVENUE   $ 37,410     $ 39,252  
                 
EXPENSES                
Compensation and Benefits Expense     17,189       16,174  
General and Administrative Expense     4,027       3,155  
TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES     21,216       19,329  
Operating Income     16,194       19,923  
                 
Other Income     1,819       (50 )
                 
Income Before Taxes     18,013       19,873  
                 
Income Tax Expense     2,071       2,207  
Consolidated Net Income     15,942       17,666  
                 
Less: Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests     12,840       14,143  
                 
Net Income Attributable to Pzena Investment Management, Inc.   $ 3,102     $ 3,523  
                 
Earnings per Share - Basic and Diluted Attributable to Pzena Investment Management, Inc. Common Stockholders:                
                 
Net Income for Basic Earnings per Share   $ 3,102     $ 3,523  
Basic Earnings per Share   $ 0.17     $ 0.20  
Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding     18,278,773       18,015,368  
                 
Net Income for Diluted Earnings per Share   $ 12,808     $ 14,226  
Diluted Earnings per Share   $ 0.17     $ 0.20  
Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding     74,258,120       72,285,962  

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