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GAMCO Investors, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

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GAMCO Investors, Inc. (GAMCO) (NYSE:GBL) today reported its 2014 third quarter results including revenues of $110.9 million, net income of $23.7 million and earnings of $0.93 per diluted share. On a comparable basis, revenues were $96.4 million, net income was $33.1 million, and earnings were $1.29 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2013. Other income, primarily investment income, accounted for a $12.9 million reduction in net income, or $0.51 per share, on a quarter to quarter basis.

Assets Under Management (AUM) were $46.9 billion at September 30, 2014, up 7.9% from $43.5 billion at September 30, 2013.

Financial Highlights Q3 Q3

YTD YTD
($’s in 000’s except AUM and per share data) 2014 2013

%

2014 2013

%

AUM – end of period (in millions) $ 46,947 $ 43,507 7.9 % $ 46,947 $ 43,507 7.9 %
AUM – average (in millions) 48,399 42,620 13.6 47,840 40,478 18.2
Revenues 110,858 96,377 15.0 323,631 274,848 17.7
Operating income before management fee (a) 47,342 38,357 23.4 131,250 109,694 19.7
Operating margin before management fee 42.7 % 39.8 % 40.6 % 39.9 %
Operating income 43,586 32,728 33.2 117,622 95,239 23.5
Operating margin 39.3 % 34.0 % 36.3 % 34.7 %
Other income/(expense), net (9,989 ) 17,991 5,025 34,991
Income before income taxes 33,597 50,719 (33.8 ) 122,647 130,230 (5.8 )
Effective tax rate 38.8 % 34.5 % 36.5 % 35.7 %
Net income 23,665 33,098 (28.5 ) 80,569 83,536 (3.6 )
Operating income per share (a) $ 1.03 $ 0.88 17.0 $ 2.94 $ 2.48 18.5
Other income/(expense) per share (a) (0.10 ) 0.41 0.21 0.77
Net income per share $ 0.93 $ 1.29 (27.9 ) $ 3.15 $ 3.25 (b) (3.1 )
Shares outstanding at September 30 25,879 26,017 25,879 26,017
(a) See GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation on page 9.
(b) After a $0.11 per fully diluted share charge in the first quarter 2013 for our shareholder-designated charitable contribution program.

For the first nine months of 2014, the Company generated revenues of $323.6 million, net income of $80.6 million and earnings of $3.15 per diluted share, a decrease of 3.1% from earnings of $3.25 per diluted share in the first nine months of 2013.

Assets Under Management

% Change From
September 30, June 30, September 30, June 30, September 30,
2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
Equities:
Open-end Funds $ 17,458 $ 18,508 $ 15,581 (5.7 %) 12.0 %
Closed-end Funds 6,963 7,224 6,721 (3.6 ) 3.6
Institutional & PWM – direct 16,223 16,941 15,026 (4.2 ) 8.0
Institutional & PWM – sub-advisory 3,525 3,883 3,503 (9.2 ) 0.6
Investment Partnerships 899 897 805 0.2 11.7
SICAV (a) 121 94 94 28.7 28.7
Total Equities 45,189 47,547 41,730 (5.0 ) 8.3
Fixed Income:
Money-Market Fund 1,698 1,766 1,714 (3.9 ) (0.9 )
Institutional & PWM 60 64 63 (6.3 ) (4.8 )
Total Fixed Income 1,758 1,830 1,777 (3.9 ) (1.1 )
Total Assets Under Management $ 46,947 $ 49,377 $ 43,507 (4.9 ) 7.9

Total firm AUM were $46.9 billion at September 30, 2014. Average AUM were $48.4 billion, an increase of 13.6% from $42.6 billion in the comparable 2013 quarter and $48.1 billion in the second quarter 2014. Our third quarter 2014 decline was mostly due to market depreciation of $2.2 billion, net outflows of $36 million and open- and closed-end fund net distributions of $145 million. (Details of our quarter and year to date fund flows are found in tables I and II on page 6)

Revenues

  • Total revenues for the third quarter of 2014 were $110.9 million, up 15.0% from $96.4 million in the prior year.
  • Investment advisory and incentive fees were $92.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, an increase of $12.2 million or 15.1% from the comparable 2013 quarter. Revenues are generally driven by growth in average AUM in our open- and closed-end funds and higher billable assets in our institutional and private wealth management accounts. There were $0.1 million of incentive fees earned during the 2014 quarter versus $0.5 million in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Distribution fees from our open-end funds and other income were $15.7 million for the third quarter 2014, an increase of $2.2 million, or 16.1%, from the prior year quarter of $13.5 million. Driving this increase was a 19.8% rise in average AUM in the open-end equity mutual funds.
  • Our institutional research services revenues were $2.5 million in the third quarter 2014 versus $2.4 million in the prior year period.

Operating Income Third Quarter

Operating income, which is net of management fee expense, increased 33.2% or $10.9 million to $43.6 million in the third quarter of 2014 versus $32.7 million in the prior year period. The operating margin rose to 39.3% in the third quarter of 2014 versus 34.0% in the comparable prior year period. The lower management fee, which was impacted by lower non-operating income, partially offset by higher stock compensation costs in the current quarter, contributed to the higher operating margin. The Company issued restricted stock awards during the second half of 2013 resulting in a $1.0 million increase in stock compensation costs in the 2014 quarter versus the prior year quarter. Incentive management fee expense, which is entirely variable, is based on pre-tax income and is impacted by changes in both operating and non-operating income.

Operating income before management fee was $47.3 million in the third quarter 2014 versus $38.4 million in the third quarter 2013. Operating margin before management fee rose to 42.7% versus 39.8% in the third quarter of 2013 due to increased leverage of our fixed costs as a result of higher revenues. Management believes evaluating operating income before management fee is an important measure in analyzing the Companys operating results. Further information regarding Non-GAAP measures is included in Notes on Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Table V included elsewhere herein.

Other income (expense)

We recognized other expenses of $10.0 million in the 2014 quarter versus income of $18.0 million in the third quarter of 2013. Losses, due to lower market valuations from firm investments were $9.1 million in the 2014 quarter versus gains of $19.3 million in the third quarter of 2013. Dividend and interest income remained the same quarter over quarter at $1.1 million. The purchase of a portion of our zero coupon debentures over the last twelve months lowered interest expense to $2.0 million in the 2014 third quarter versus $2.2 million in the prior year quarter.

Income Taxes

The third quarter 2014 effective tax rate (ETR) was 38.8% compared to 34.5% in the 2013 quarter. Excluding net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests the ETR was 35.5% and 34.6% for the third quarters of 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Business and Investment Highlights

  • Standard & Poors Ratings Services issued a report on September 8, 2014 reaffirming its investment grade rating on GAMCO.
  • In July 2014, The Gabelli Healthcare & WellnessRx Trust (NYSE:GRX) and the Gabelli Multimedia Trust (NYSE:GGT) completed rights offerings raising $44 million and $54 million, respectively, of new equity. Both offerings were heavily over-subscribed.
  • In September 2014, the Gabelli Healthcare & WellnessRx Trust (NYSE:GRX) completed an offering of 1.4 million shares of 5.875% Series B Cumulative Preferred Shares totaling $35 million.
  • Gabelli Funds, LLC launched the RBI Unit Investment Trust, sponsored by First Trust, focusing on Roads, Bridges and Infrastructure.
  • Six of G.researchs analysts were recognized by StarMine as one of the top three stock pickers within their categories in Thomson Reuters StarMine 2014 Awards of Excellence. Rosemarie Morbelli, CFA was named the top rated stock picker in the chemicals category.
  • In September 2014, Gabelli & Company hosted its 20th Annual Aircraft Supplier Conference featuring presentations by senior management of several leading aerospace and defense companies.
  • Gabelli Securities, Inc., our 94% owned subsidiary, announced that Salvatore F. Sodano joined its board of directors as Vice Chairman. Mr. Sodano, Chairman & CEO of Worldwide Capital Advisory Partners, was formerly Chairman & CEO of the American Stock Exchange and Vice Chairman of the NASD.

Balance Sheet

We ended the quarter with cash and investments of $760.0 million, net payables of $96.6 million, debt of $111.9 million ($113.1 million face value) and equity attributable to GAMCO shareholders of $508.5 million. We have $400 million available on our universal shelf registration. Together with earnings from operations, the shelf provides us with flexibility to do acquisitions, lift-outs, seed new investment strategies, and co-invest, as well as fund shareholder compensation including, share repurchases and dividends.

Shareholder Compensation

During the quarter ended September 30, 2014, we returned $8.9 million of our earnings to shareholders through dividends and stock repurchases. We repurchased 94,942 shares at an average price of $77.67 per share through our stock buyback program, for a total investment of $7.4 million. We returned $1.5 million through cash dividends. Since our IPO, in February 1999, we have returned $863.7 million to shareholders.

About GAMCO Investors, Inc.

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

NOTES ON NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

A. Operating income before management fee expense is used by management to evaluate its business operations. We believe this measure is useful in illustrating the operating results of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (the Company) as management fee expense is based on pre-tax income before management fee expense, which includes non-operating items including investment gains and losses from the Companys proprietary investment portfolio and interest expense. The reconciliation of operating income before management fee expense to operating income is provided in Table V.
B. Operating income before management fee expense per share and other income/(expense), net per share are used by management for purposes of evaluating its business operations. We believe these measures are useful in comparing the operating and non-operating results of the Company for the purposes of understanding the composition of net income per fully diluted share. The negative swings in other income/(expense), net of $0.51 and $0.56 per fully diluted share for the quarter and year to date, respectively, are derived by making certain necessary adjustments, as shown in the table below, to arrive at a net impact for each period and then calculating the difference. The reconciliation of operating income before management fee expense per share and other income/(expense), net per share to net income per fully diluted share, is provided below.
3rd Quarter YTD September
2014 2013 2014 2013
Operating income before management fee $ 47,342 $ 38,357 $ 131,250 $ 109,694
Management fee expense (4,755 ) (3,836 ) (13,125 ) (10,956 )
Tax expense (16,536 ) (11,921 ) (43,144 ) (35,205 )
Noncontrolling interest expense 66 5 236 201
Operating income (after management fee and taxes) 26,117 22,605 75,217 63,734
Per fully diluted share $ 1.03 $ 0.88 $ 2.94 $ 2.48
Other income/(expense), net $ (9,989 ) $ 17,991 $ 5,025 $ 34,991
Management fee (expense)/benefit 999 (1,793 ) (503 ) (3,499 )
Tax (expense)/benefit 3,491 (5,594 ) (1,652 ) (11,229 )
Noncontrolling interest (expense)/benefit 3,047 (111 ) 2,482 (461 )
Other income, net (after management fee and taxes) $ (2,452 ) $ 10,493 $ 5,352 $ 19,802
Per fully diluted share $ (0.10 ) $ 0.41 $ 0.21 $ 0.77
Net income per fully diluted share $ 0.93 $ 1.29 $ 3.15 $ 3.25
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 25,517 25,700 25,595 25,717
The Company reported Assets Under Management as follows (in millions):
Table I: Fund Flows – 3rd Quarter 2014
Fund
Market distributions,
June 30, appreciation/ Net cash net of September 30,
2014 (depreciation) flows reinvestments 2014
Equities:
Open-end Funds $ 18,508 $ (839 ) $ (175 ) $ (36 ) $ 17,458
Closed-end Funds 7,224 (326 ) 174 (109 ) 6,963
Institutional & PWM – direct 16,941 (772 ) 54 16,223
Institutional & PWM – sub-advisory 3,883 (296 ) (62 ) 3,525
Investment Partnerships 897 (12 ) 14 899
SICAV (a) 94 (4 ) 31 121
Total Equities 47,547 (2,249 ) 36 (145 ) 45,189
Fixed Income:
Money-Market Fund 1,766 (68 ) 1,698
Institutional & PWM 64 (4 ) 60
Total Fixed Income 1,830 (72 ) 1,758
Total Assets Under Management $ 49,377 $ (2,249 ) $ (36 ) $ (145 ) $ 46,947
(a) Includes $77 million and $70 million of proprietary seed capital at June 30, 2014 and September 30, 2014, respectively.
Table II: Fund Flows – Nine Months ended September 30, 2014
Fund
Market distributions,
December 31, appreciation/ Net cash net of September 30,
2013 (depreciation) flows reinvestments 2014
Equities:
Open-end Funds $ 17,078 $ 158 $ 320 $ (98 ) $ 17,458
Closed-end Funds 6,945 180 178 (340 ) 6,963
Institutional & PWM – direct 16,486 157 (420 ) 16,223
Institutional & PWM – sub-advisory 3,797 (112 ) (160 ) 3,525
Investment Partnerships 811 12 76 899
SICAV (a) 96 (2 ) 27 121
Total Equities 45,213 393 21 (438 ) 45,189
Fixed Income:
Money-Market Fund 1,735 (37 ) 1,698
Institutional & PWM 62 (2 ) 60
Total Fixed Income 1,797 (39 ) 1,758
Total Assets Under Management $ 47,010 $ 393 $ (18 ) $ (438 ) $ 46,947
(a) Includes $94 million and $70 million of proprietary seed capital at December 31, 2013 and September 30, 2014, respectively.
Table III
GAMCO INVESTORS, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
For the Quarter Ended September 30,
% Inc.
2014 2013 (Dec.)
Revenues:
Investment advisory and incentive fees $ 92,591 $ 80,438 15.1 %
Distribution fees and other income 15,727 13,545 16.1
Institutional research services 2,540 2,394 6.1
Total revenues 110,858 96,377 15.0
Expenses:
Compensation 43,316 39,803 8.8
Distribution 15,101 12,769 18.3
Other operating 5,099 5,448 (6.4 )
Total expenses 63,516 58,020 9.5
Operating income before management fee 47,342 38,357 23.4
Investment income (8,002 ) 20,468
Interest expense (1,987 ) (2,164 )
Shareholder-designated contribution (313 )
Other income/(expense), net (9,989 ) 17,991
Income before management fee and income taxes 37,353 56,348 (33.7 )
Management fee expense 3,756 5,629
Income before income taxes 33,597 50,719 (33.8 )
Income tax expense 13,045 17,515
Net income 20,552 33,204 (38.1 )
Net income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests (3,113 ) 106
Net income attributable to GAMCO Investors, Inc. $ 23,665 $ 33,098 (28.5 )
Net income per share attributable to GAMCO Investors, Inc.:
Basic $ 0.94 $ 1.29 (27.1 )
Diluted $ 0.93 $ 1.29 (27.9 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 25,296 25,625 (1.3 )
Diluted 25,517 25,700 (0.7 )
Actual shares outstanding (a) 25,879 26,017 (0.5 )
Notes:
(a) Includes 639,750 and 427,700 of RSAs, respectively.
See GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation on page 9.
Table IV
GAMCO INVESTORS, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
% Inc.
2014 2013 (Dec.)
Revenues:
Investment advisory and incentive fees $ 270,544 $ 230,488 17.4 %
Distribution fees and other income 46,367 37,420 23.9
Institutional research services 6,720 6,940 (3.2 )
Total revenues 323,631 274,848 17.7
Expenses:
Compensation 131,258 113,214 15.9
Distribution 44,087 35,650 23.7
Other operating 17,036 16,290 4.6
Total expenses 192,381 165,154 16.5
Operating income before management fee 131,250 109,694 19.7
Investment income 11,159 48,752
Interest expense (6,000 ) (8,448 )
Shareholder-designated contribution (134 ) (5,313 )
Other income/(expense), net 5,025 34,991
Income before management fee and income taxes 136,275 144,685 (5.8 )
Management fee expense 13,628 14,455
Income before income taxes 122,647 130,230 (5.8 )
Income tax expense 44,796 46,434
Net income 77,851 83,796 (7.1 )
Net income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests (2,718 ) 260
Net income attributable to GAMCO Investors, Inc. $ 80,569 $ 83,536 (3.6 )
Net income per share attributable to GAMCO Investors, Inc.:
Basic $ 3.17 $ 3.25 (2.5 )
Diluted $ 3.15 $ 3.25 (3.1 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 25,385 25,682 (1.2 )
Diluted 25,595 25,717 (0.5 )
Actual shares outstanding (a) 25,879 26,017 (0.5 )
Notes:
(a) Includes 639,750 and 427,700 of RSAs, respectively.
See GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation on page 9.
Table V
GAMCO INVESTORS, INC.
UNAUDITED QUARTERLY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
2013 2014
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd
Quarter Quarter Quarter Quarter Full Year Quarter Quarter Quarter
Income Statement Data:
Revenues $ 86,181 $ 92,290 $ 96,377 $ 122,714 $ 397,562 $ 104,477 $ 108,296 $ 110,858
Expenses 51,474 55,660 58,020 71,167 236,321 63,250 65,615 63,516
Operating income before
management fee 34,707 36,630 38,357 51,547 161,241 41,227 42,681 47,342
Investment income/(loss) 13,636 14,648 20,468 13,524 62,276 8,085 11,076 (8,002 )
Interest expense (3,488 ) (2,796 ) (2,164 ) (2,063 ) (10,511 ) (1,992 ) (2,021 ) (1,987 )
Shareholder-designated contribution (5,000 ) (313 ) (5,313 ) (10,626 ) (134 )
Other income/(expense), net 5,148 11,852 17,991 6,148 41,139 6,093 8,921 (9,989 )
Income before management
fee and income taxes 39,855 48,482 56,348 57,695 202,380 47,320 51,602 37,353
Management fee expense 3,980 4,846 5,629 4,374 18,829 4,728 5,144 3,756
Income before income taxes 35,875 43,636 50,719 53,321 183,551 42,592 46,458 33,597
Income tax expense 13,195 15,724 17,515 19,752 66,186 14,616 17,135 13,045
Net income 22,680 27,912 33,204 33,569 117,365 27,976 29,323 20,552
Net income/(loss) attributable
to noncontrolling interests 135 19 106 252 512 22 373 (3,113 )
Net income attributable to
GAMCO Investors, Inc. $ 22,545 $ 27,893 $ 33,098 $ 33,317 $ 116,853 $ 27,954 $ 28,950 $ 23,665
Net income per share
attributable to GAMCO
Investors, Inc.:
Basic $ 0.88 $ 1.09 $ 1.29 $ 1.30 $ 4.56 $ 1.10 $ 1.14 $ 0.94
Diluted $ 0.88 $ 1.09 $ 1.29 $ 1.29 $ 4.54 $ 1.09 $ 1.13 $ 0.93
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 25,742 25,679 25,625 25,567 25,653 25,481 25,381 25,296
Diluted 25,758 25,689 25,700 25,733 25,712 25,684 25,586 25,517
Reconciliation of non-GAAP
financial measures to GAAP:
Operating income before
management fee $ 34,707 $ 36,630 $ 38,357 $ 51,547 $ 161,241 $ 41,227 $ 42,681 $ 47,342
Deduct: management fee expense 3,980 4,846 5,629 4,374 18,829 4,728 5,144 3,756
Operating income $ 30,727 $ 31,784 $ 32,728 $ 47,173 $ 142,412 $ 36,499 $ 37,537 $ 43,586
Operating margin before
management fee 40.3 % 39.7 % 39.8 % 42.0 % 40.6 % 39.5 % 39.4 % 42.7 %
Operating margin after
management fee 35.7 % 34.4 % 34.0 % 38.4 % 35.8 % 34.9 % 34.7 % 39.3 %
Table VI
GAMCO INVESTORS, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
September 30, December 31, September 30,
2014 2013 2013
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 358,421 $ 210,451 $ 245,411
Investments (a) 401,584 371,262 379,184
Receivable from brokers 79,885 49,461 43,854
Other receivables 40,569 60,390 38,975
Income tax receivable 2,433 445 433
Other assets 15,868 17,476 26,765
Total assets $ 898,760 $ 709,485 $ 734,622
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Payable to brokers $ 46,790 $ 10,765 $ 14,675
Income taxes payable and deferred tax liabilities 27,412 39,846 28,726
Compensation payable 93,535 34,663 86,174
Securities sold short, not yet purchased 14,180 6,178 7,725
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 37,583 39,189 35,564
Sub-total 219,500 130,641 172,864
5.875% Senior notes (due June 1, 2021) 100,000 100,000 100,000
0% Subordinated Debentures (due December 31, 2015) (b) 11,941 11,911 17,347
Total debt 111,941 111,911 117,347
Total liabilities 331,441 242,552 290,211
Redeemable noncontrolling interests 56,086 6,751 5,765
GAMCO Investors, Inc.’s stockholders’ equity 508,494 457,331 435,857
Noncontrolling interests 2,739 2,851 2,789
Total equity 511,233 460,182 438,646
Total liabilities and equity $ 898,760 $ 709,485 $ 734,622
(a) Includes investments in sponsored registered investment companies of $39.5 million, $44.0 million and $43.7 million, respectively.
(b) The 0% Subordinated Debentures due December 31, 2015 have a face value of $13.1 million, $13.8 million and $20.5 million, respectively.

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 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. 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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