Press Release

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

Company Release - 7/17/2019 4:15 PM ET
  • Assets under management ended the second quarter at $37.3 billion.
  • Revenue was $37.8 million for the second quarter of 2019.
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.18 for the second quarter of 2019.
  • Board declared a quarterly dividend of $0.03 per share.

NEW YORK, July 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pzena Investment Management, Inc. (NYSE: PZN) reported the following U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basic and diluted net income and earnings per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018 (in thousands, except per-share amounts):

  GAAP Basis 
  For the Three Months Ended
June 30,
 
  2019  2018 
  (unaudited) 
Basic Net Income $3,364  $3,472 
Basic Earnings Per Share $0.19  $0.20 
         
Diluted Net Income $13,218  $14,020 
Diluted Earnings Per Share $0.18  $0.20 
         
  GAAP Basis 
  For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
  2019  2018 
  (unaudited) 
Basic Net Income $6,466  $6,995 
Basic Earnings Per Share $0.36  $0.39 
         
Diluted Net Income $26,026  $28,248 
Diluted Earnings Per Share $0.35  $0.39 

GAAP diluted net income and GAAP diluted earnings per share were $13.2 million and $0.18 respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2019, and $14.0 million and $0.20, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2018. GAAP diluted net income and GAAP diluted earnings per share were $26.0 million and $0.35, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2019, and $28.2 million and $0.39, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 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 and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, no adjustments were made to GAAP earnings, resulting in the same GAAP and non-GAAP measures of earnings. 

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 
  June 30,  March 31,  June 30,  June 30,  June 30, 
  20191  2019  2018  20191  2018 
Separately Managed Accounts                    
Assets                    
Beginning of Period $13.8  $12.6  $14.6  $13.8  $13.8 
Inflows  0.2   1.2   0.3   2.4   1.2 
Outflows  (0.3)  (1.1)  (0.8)  (1.9)  (2.2)
Net Flows  (0.1)  0.1   (0.5)  0.5   (1.0)
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)  0.2   1.1   (0.3)  (0.4)  1.0 
End of Period $13.9  $13.8  $13.8  $13.9  $13.8 
                     
Sub-Advised Accounts                    
Assets                    
Beginning of Period Assets $21.0  $18.8  $21.3  $21.2  $18.2 
Inflows  0.4   1.0   0.7   3.0   3.3 
Outflows  (0.6)  (0.7)  (0.5)  (2.5)  (2.2)
Net Flows  (0.2)  0.3   0.2   0.5   1.1 
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)  0.3   1.9   (0.3)  (0.6)  1.9 
End of Period $21.1  $21.0  $21.2  $21.1  $21.2 
                     
Pzena Funds                    
Assets                    
Beginning of Period Assets $2.3  $2.0  $1.8  $1.9  $1.5 
Inflows  0.1   0.2   0.2   0.7   0.7 
Outflows  (0.1)  (0.1)  (0.1)  (0.3)  (0.3)
Net Flows     0.1   0.1   0.4   0.4 
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)     0.2          
End of Period $2.3  $2.3  $1.9  $2.3  $1.9 
                     
Total                    
Assets                    
Beginning of Period $37.1  $33.4  $37.7  $36.9  $33.5 
Inflows  0.7   2.4   1.2   6.1   5.2 
Outflows  (1.0)  (1.9)  (1.4)  (4.7)  (4.7)
Net Flows  (0.3)  0.5   (0.2)  1.4   0.5 
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)  0.5   3.2   (0.6)  (1.0)  2.9 
End of Period $37.3  $37.1  $36.9  $37.3  $36.9 
 
1  Adjusted from the preliminary assets under management amount of $37.4 billion reported on July 8, 2019.


Financial Discussion

Revenue (unaudited)            
($ thousands)            
  For the Three Months Ended 
  June 30,  March 31,  June 30, 
  2019  2019  2018 
Separately Managed Accounts $18,815  $18,596  $19,160 
Sub-Advised Accounts  15,057   15,007   16,256 
Pzena Funds  3,971   3,807   2,932 
Total $37,843  $37,410  $38,348 
             
      For the Six Months Ended 
      June 30,  June 30, 
      2019  2018 
Separately Managed Accounts     $37,411  $39,242 
Sub-Advised Accounts      30,064   32,707 
Pzena Funds      7,778   5,651 
Total     $75,253  $77,600 

Revenue was $37.8 million for the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 1.2% from $37.4 million for the first quarter of 2019, and a decrease of 1.3% from $38.3 million for the second quarter of 2018. 

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

Average assets under management for the second quarter of 2019 were $37.1 billion, increasing 2.8% from $36.1 billion for the first quarter of 2019, and decreasing 1.6% from $37.7 billion for the second quarter of 2018. The increase from the first quarter of 2019 reflects market appreciation, partially offset by net outflows. The decrease from the second quarter of 2018 primarily reflects market depreciation, partially offset by net inflows. 

The weighted average fee rate was 0.408% for the second quarter of 2019, decreasing from 0.414% for the first quarter of 2019, and increasing from 0.407% for the second quarter of 2018. 

The weighted average fee rate for separately managed accounts was 0.545% for the second quarter of 2019, decreasing from 0.550% for the first quarter of 2019, and increasing from 0.535% for the second quarter of 2018. The decrease from the first quarter of 2019 was driven by large client relationships that generally carry lower fee rates, partially offset by an increase in assets in non-U.S. strategies that generally carry higher fee rates. The increase from the second quarter of 2018 reflects the increase in assets in non-U.S. strategies.

The weighted average fee rate for sub-advised accounts was 0.287% for the second quarter of 2019, decreasing from 0.295% for the first quarter of 2019, and from 0.303% for the second quarter of 2018. The decrease from the first quarter of 2019 and second quarter of 2018 reflects a decrease in performance fees recognized during the second 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 second quarter of 2019 and first quarter of 2019, we recognized a $0.5 million and $0.3 million reduction in base fees, respectively, related to one client account.  A reduction in base fees was not recognized during second 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 0.694% for the second quarter of 2019, increasing from 0.679% for the first quarter of 2019, and from 0.624% for the second quarter of 2018. The increase from the first quarter of 2019 and second quarter of 2018 reflects a decrease in fund expense cap reimbursements recognized during the second quarter of 2019, which are presented net against revenue. The remainder of the increase reflects an increase in assets in products that generally carry higher fee rates.

Total operating expenses were $20.3 million for the second quarter of 2019, decreasing from $21.2 million for the first quarter of 2019, and increasing from $18.6 million for the second quarter of 2018.  The decrease in operating expenses from the first quarter of 2019 primarily reflects a decrease in compensation and benefits expense, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative costs during the second quarter of 2019.  First quarter 2019 compensation expenses included expenses associated with tax payments and the Company's employee profit sharing and savings plan, which generally do not recur during the year.  The increase in general and administrative costs from the first quarter of 2019 reflects an increase in business activities.  The increase in operating expenses from the second quarter of 2018 reflects an increase in compensation and benefits expense and an increase in general and administrative costs during the second quarter of 2019.  The increase in compensation and benefits expense from the second quarter of 2018 reflects an increase in compensation rates. The increase in general and administrative expenses from the second quarter of 2018 reflects an increase in professional fees and data and systems expenses.

             
Operating Expenses (unaudited)            
($ thousands)            
  For the Three Months Ended 
  June 30,  March 31,  June 30, 
  2019  2019  2018 
Compensation and Benefits Expense $16,019  $17,189  $15,224 
General and Administrative Expense  4,254   4,027   3,379 
Operating Expenses $20,273  $21,216  $18,603 
             
      For the Six Months Ended 
      June 30,  June 30, 
      2019  2018 
Compensation and Benefits Expense     $33,208  $31,398 
General and Administrative Expense      8,281   6,534 
Operating Expenses     $41,489  $37,932 

As of June 30, 2019, employee headcount was 110, compared to 110 at March 31, 2019, and up from 108 at June 30, 2018. 

The operating margin was 46.4% for the second quarter of 2019, compared to 43.3% for the first quarter of 2019, and 51.5% for the second quarter of 2018.

Other income/ (expense) was income of approximately $0.6 million for the second quarter of 2019, income of $1.8 million for the first quarter of 2019, and an expense of $0.2 million for the second 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, other income/ (expense) was income of approximately $0.5 million for the second quarter of 2019, income of $1.7 million for first quarter of 2019, and an expense of $0.2 million for the second quarter of 2018.  Details of other income/ (expense) are shown below:

Other Income/ (Expense) (unaudited)            
($ thousands)            
  For the Three Months Ended 
  June 30,  March 31,  June 30, 
  2019  2019  2018 
Net Interest and Dividend Income $360  $279  $125 
Gains/ (Losses) and Other Investment Income  245   1,595   (327)
Other Expense  (44)  (55)  (10)
GAAP Other Income/ (Expense)  561   1,819   (212)
Outside Interests of Investment Partnerships1  (38)  (128)  33 
Other Income/ (Expense) Net of Outside Interests $523  $1,691  $(179)
             
      For the Six Months Ended 
      June 30,  June 30, 
      2019  2018 
Net Interest and Dividend Income     $639  $223 
Gains/ (Losses) and Other Investment Income      1,840   (490)
Other (Expense)/ Income      (99)  5 
GAAP Other (Expense)/ Income      2,380   (262)
Outside Interests of Investment Partnerships1      (166)  3 
Other Income/ (Expense) Net of Outside Interests     $2,214  $(259)

1  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 $1.8 million for the second quarter of 2019, $2.1 million for the first quarter of 2019, and $2.2 million for the second quarter of 2018. 

Details of the income tax expense are shown below: 

Income Tax Expense (unaudited)            
($ thousands)            
  For the Three Months Ended 
  June 30,  March 31,  June 30, 
  2019  2019  2018 
Corporate Income Tax Expense $1,051  $1,365  $1,338 
Unincorporated and Other Business Tax Expense  785   706   838 
Income Tax Expense $1,836  $2,071  $2,176 
             
      For the Six Months Ended 
      June 30,  June 30, 
      2019  2018 
Corporate Income Tax Expense     $2,416  $2,807 
Unincorporated and Other Business Tax Expense      1,491   1,576 
Income Tax Expense     $3,907  $4,383 

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 
  June 30,  March 31,  June 30, 
  2019  2019  2018 
Operating Company Allocation $12,893  $12,712  $13,918 
Outside Interests of Investment Partnerships1  38   128   (33)
GAAP Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests $12,931  $12,840  $13,885 
             
      For the Six Months Ended 
      June 30,  June 30, 
      2019  2018 
Operating Company Allocation     $25,605  $28,031 
Outside Interests of Investment Partnerships1      166   (3)
GAAP Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests     $25,771  $28,028 
             
1  Represents the non-controlling interest allocation of the income of the Company's consolidated investment partnerships to its external investors.


On July 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:       July 30, 2019

Payment Date:     August 23, 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.

Second Quarter 2019 Earnings Call Information

Pzena Investment Management, Inc. (NYSE: PZN) will hold a conference call to discuss the Company's financial results and outlook at 10:00 a.m. ET, Thursday, July 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 August 1, 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 
  June 30,  December 31, 
  2019  2018 
  (unaudited)     
ASSETS        
Cash and Cash Equivalents $33,783  $38,099 
Restricted Cash  1,031   1,028 
Due from Broker  255   64 
Advisory Fees Receivable  32,659   32,590 
Investments  40,501   50,470 
Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets  4,587   6,099 
Right-of-use Assets  14,222    
Deferred Tax Asset  34,473   37,232 
Property and Equipment, Net of Accumulated        
Depreciation of $4,234 and $3,724, respectively  5,432   5,394 
TOTAL ASSETS $166,943  $170,976 
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
Liabilities:        
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses $26,227  $37,266 
Due to Broker  83   360 
Liability to Selling and Converting Shareholders  32,389   32,389 
Lease Liabilities  14,622    
Deferred Compensation Liability  2,410   1,845 
Other Liabilities     108 
TOTAL LIABILITIES  75,731   71,968 
         
Equity:        
Total Pzena Investment Management, Inc.'s Equity  26,016   33,002 
Non-Controlling Interests  65,196   66,006 
TOTAL EQUITY  91,212   99,008 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $166,943  $170,976 


PZENA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per-share amounts)
 
  For the Three Months Ended  For the Six Months Ended 
  June 30,  June 30, 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
REVENUE $37,843  $38,348  $75,253  $77,600 
                 
EXPENSES                
Compensation and Benefits Expense  16,019   15,224   33,208   31,398 
General and Administrative Expense  4,254   3,379   8,281   6,534 
TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES  20,273   18,603   41,489   37,932 
Operating Income  17,570   19,745   33,764   39,668 
                 
Other Income  561   (212)  2,380   (262)
                 
Income Before Taxes  18,131   19,533   36,144   39,406 
                 
Income Tax Expense  1,836   2,176   3,907   4,383 
Consolidated Net Income  16,295   17,357   32,237   35,023 
                 
Less: Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests  12,931   13,885   25,771   28,028 
                 
Net Income Attributable to Pzena Investment Management, Inc. $3,364  $3,472  $6,466  $6,995 
                 
Earnings per Share - Basic and Diluted Attributable to Pzena Investment Management, Inc. Common Stockholders:                
                 
Net Income for Basic Earnings per Share $3,364  $3,472  $6,466  $6,995 
Basic Earnings per Share $0.19  $0.20  $0.36  $0.39 
Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding  17,874,842   17,759,396   18,075,692   17,886,675 
                 
Net Income for Diluted Earnings per Share $13,218  $14,020  $26,026  $28,248 
Diluted Earnings per Share $0.18  $0.20  $0.35  $0.39 
Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding  74,153,408   71,773,989   74,212,207   72,045,221 
                 

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