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ITG Reports Fourth Quarter 2015 Results

Records Gain of $91 million for Energy Research Sale

NEW YORK, Feb. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ITG (NYSE:ITG), a leading independent broker and financial technology provider, today reported results for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.

Fourth quarter 2015 highlights included:

  • GAAP net income of $82.3 million, or $2.40 per diluted share compared to GAAP net income of $13.0 million, or $0.36 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 includes (i) a gain from the sale of the energy research business of $91.3 million after taxes, or $2.66 per diluted share; and (ii) a tax charge of $6.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, to amend the capital structure of ITG’s operations outside North America.

  • An adjusted net loss of $2.5 million, or $0.07 per share excluding the gain on the sale of the energy research business and the tax charge. There were no non-GAAP adjustments to earnings in the fourth quarter of 2014.

  • Revenues of $224.2 million, compared to revenues of $149.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Adjusted revenues, excluding the gain on the sale of the energy research business, were $116.5 million.

  • Expenses of $119.5 million compared to expenses of $131.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

  • Average daily trading volume in the U.S. of 125 million shares versus 190 million shares in the fourth quarter of 2014. POSIT® average daily U.S. volume was 49 million shares compared to 90 million shares in the fourth quarter of 2014. Total average daily U.S. volume traded through POSIT Alert® was 8 million shares, compared to 16 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

  • In Europe, average daily value traded in POSIT was $1.24 billion, compared with $946 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Total average daily value traded through POSIT Alert in Europe declined 9% in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with the prior-year period.

  • The repurchase of 561,000 shares of common stock for a total of $10.3 million under ITG’s authorized share repurchase program. Repurchases since the first quarter of 2010 have totaled $231.0 million for a total of 15.3 million shares, resulting in a decrease in shares outstanding, net of issuances, by more than 24%. 

Regional Segment Results

ITG's North American revenues were $75.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $104.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. ITG reported a net loss of $2.0 million in North America in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to net income of $9.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. U.S. revenues were $63.3 million, down from $81.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, while Canada revenues were $12.5 million, down from $22.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, including the impact of currency translation. The overall revenue capture rate per share in the U.S. was $0.0044, up from $0.0040 in the third quarter of 2015 and unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2014.

ITG’s Europe and Asia Pacific revenues were $40.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $44.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, including the impact of currency translation. European revenues were $30.7 million, down from $31.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 while Asia Pacific revenues were $9.8 million, down from $12.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. ITG’s Europe and Asia Pacific operations reported net income of $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $5.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. 

Corporate activity increased GAAP net income by $81.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, including the after-tax impact of the gain on the sale of the energy research business and the tax charge to amend the capital structure outside of North America. Corporate activity reduced net income by $2.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Corporate activity includes investment income and non-operating gains, as well as costs not associated with operating ITG's regional and product group business lines including, among others, the costs of being a public company, intangible amortization, interest expense, the costs of maintaining a global transfer pricing structure and certain non-operating items. Prior to the first quarter of 2015, the majority of these costs were presented in the U.S. segment.

Full Year Results

For the full year 2015, revenues were $634.8 million and adjusted revenues were $527.1 million. GAAP net income for the full year 2015 was $91.6 million, or $2.63 per diluted share, and adjusted net income was $29.8 million, or $0.86 per diluted share. For the full year 2014, revenues were $559.8 million and net income was $50.9 million, or $1.40 per diluted share. There were no non-GAAP adjustments to earnings in full year 2014. 

The discussion of results above includes adjusted net income, adjusted net loss and related per share amounts, in addition to adjusted revenue amounts, which are non-GAAP financial measures that are described in the attached tables along with a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP results.

“With the fourth quarter behind us and the energy sale closed, ITG is well positioned and well capitalized for a path of growth,” said ITG Chief Executive Officer and President Frank Troise. “After just three weeks back at the firm, I truly believe that ITG’s best days are ahead. We will build on our expertise in brokerage, measurement and financial technology to deliver innovative solutions and world-class service to our clients.”

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the firm's results will be held at 11:00 am ET on February 4, 2016. Those wishing to listen to the call should dial 1-877-317-6789 (1-412-317-6789 outside the U.S.) at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to ensure connection.  The webcast and accompanying slideshow presentation will be available on ITG’s website at investor.itg.com. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast of the call, a replay will be available for one week by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (1-412-317-0088 outside the U.S.) and entering conference number 10078784. The replay will be available starting approximately one hour after the completion of the conference call.

About ITG

ITG is an independent broker and financial technology provider that partners with global portfolio managers and traders to provide unique data-driven insights throughout the investment process. From investment decision through settlement, ITG helps clients understand market trends, improve performance, mitigate risk and navigate increasingly complex markets. ITG is headquartered in New York with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.itg.com.

In addition to historical information, this press release may contain "forward-looking" statements that reflect management’s expectations for the future. A variety of important factors could cause results to differ materially from such statements.  Certain of these factors are noted throughout ITG’s 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K, and its Form 10-Qs (as amended, if applicable) and include, but are not limited to, general economic, business, credit and financial market conditions, both internationally and nationally, financial market volatility, fluctuations in market trading volumes, effects of inflation, adverse changes or volatility in interest rates, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, evolving industry regulations and increased regulatory scrutiny, customers’ reactions to the settlement in August 2015 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the outcome of contingencies such as legal proceedings or governmental or regulatory investigations, the volatility of our stock price, changes in tax policy or accounting rules, the actions of both current and potential new competitors, changes in commission pricing, rapid changes in technology, errors or malfunctions in our systems or technology, cash flows into or redemptions from equity mutual funds, ability to meet liquidity requirements related to the clearing of our customers’ trades, customer trading patterns, the success of our products and service offerings, our ability to continue to innovate and meet the demands of our customers for new or enhanced products, our ability to successfully integrate acquired companies and our ability to attract and retain talented employees. The forward-looking statements included herein represent ITG’s views as of the date of this release. ITG undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason unless required by law.

INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
 
    2015   2014   2015   2014  
Revenues:                  
Commissions and fees   $ 85,959   $ 118,395   $ 405,679   $ 436,172  
Recurring   27,146   26,790   107,184   103,794  
Other   111,068   3,781   121,940   19,848  
Total revenues   224,173   148,966   634,803   559,814  
                   
Expenses:                  
Compensation and employee benefits   51,711   59,453   209,323   215,758  
Transaction processing   20,111   24,234   91,492   86,400  
Occupancy and equipment   14,424   14,811   57,495   59,811  
Telecommunications and data processing services   12,961   12,893   51,523   51,187  
Other general and administrative   19,894   19,248   101,915   79,349  
Interest expense   427   526   1,829   2,322  
Total expenses   119,528   131,165   513,577   494,827  
Income before income tax expense   104,645   17,801   121,226   64,987  
Income tax expense   22,308   4,820   29,656   14,095  
Net income   $ 82,337   $ 12,981   $ 91,570   $ 50,892  
                   
Income per share:                  
Basic   $ 2.46   $ 0.38   $ 2.70   $ 1.44  
Diluted   $ 2.40   $ 0.36   $ 2.63   $ 1.40  
                   
Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding   33,433   34,521   33,907   35,349  
Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding   34,359   35,640   34,815   36,365  



INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Supplemental Financial Data (unaudited)
(In thousands)

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
 
    2015   2014   2015   2014  
Revenues by Geographic Region:                  
U.S. Operations   $ 63,263   $ 81,352   $ 285,230   $ 306,540  
Canadian Operations   12,512   22,791   63,028   77,633  
European Operations   30,650   31,921   129,729   127,410  
Asia Pacific Operations   9,794   12,631   48,179   46,926  
Corporate (non-product)   107,954   271   108,637   1,305  
  Total Revenues   $ 224,173   $ 148,966   $ 634,803   $ 559,814  


    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
 
    2015   2014   2015   2014  
Revenues by Product Group:                          
Electronic Brokerage   $ 53,898   $ 79,790   $ 268,818   $ 294,529  
Research, Sales and Trading   28,132   32,016   117,340   122,042  
Platforms   22,657   25,290   94,117   95,926  
Analytics   11,532   11,599   45,891   46,012  
Corporate (non-product)   107,954   271   108,637   1,305  
  Total Revenues   $ 224,173   $ 148,966   $ 634,803   $ 559,814  


INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(In thousands, except share amounts)

    December 31, 
2015
  December 31, 
2014
 
           
Assets          
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 330,653   $ 275,210  
Cash restricted or segregated under regulations and other   37,852   38,080  
Deposits with clearing organizations   70,860   72,527  
Securities owned, at fair value   5,598   12,073  
Receivables from brokers, dealers and clearing organizations   1,036,777   644,614  
Receivables from customers   49,176   107,935  
Premises and equipment, net   55,496   60,306  
Capitalized software, net   39,379   38,333  
Goodwill   11,933   12,803  
Intangibles, net   24,611   31,595  
Income taxes receivable   128   105  
Deferred taxes   23,590   37,209  
Other assets   22,969   20,059  
Total assets   $ 1,709,022   $ 1,350,849  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity          
Liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 169,530   $ 199,211  
Short-term bank loans   81,934   78,360  
Payables to brokers, dealers and clearing organizations   960,559   600,041  
Payables to customers   9,957   11,132  
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value   2,637   8,253  
Income taxes payable   17,017   19,772  
Deferred taxes     703  
Term debt   12,567   17,781  
  Total liabilities   1,254,201   935,253  
Commitments and contingencies          
Stockholders’ Equity:          
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding      
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 52,300,885 and 52,229,962 shares issued at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively   523   522  
Additional paid-in capital   239,090   240,135  
Retained earnings   571,626   487,462  
Common stock held in treasury, at cost; 19,207,419 and 18,000,756 shares at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively   (336,923 ) (306,629 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (net of tax)   (19,495 ) (5,894 )
  Total stockholders’ equity   454,821   415,596  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 1,709,022   $ 1,350,849  


INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In evaluating ITG’s financial performance, management reviews results from operations, which excludes non-operating items. Adjusted net income, adjusted net loss and related per share amounts, adjusted revenues, adjusted expenses, adjusted pre-tax (loss) income, adjusted income tax (benefit) expense, and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) are non-GAAP performance measures that the Company believes are useful to assist investors in gaining an understanding of the trends and operating results for ITG’s core businesses. These measures should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, ITG’s reported results under GAAP.

  Three Months
Ended
December 31, 2015
  Year
 Ended
December 31, 2015
 
Total revenues $ 224,173   $ 634,803  
Less:        
Gain on the sale of energy research business (1) (107,699 )   (107,699 )
Adjusted revenues 116,474     527,104   
         
Total expenses 119,528     513,577   
Less:        
SEC settlement and related costs (2)     (25,198 )
Adjusted expenses 119,528     488,379   
         
Income before income tax expense 104,645     121,226   
Effect of adjustments (1)(2) (107,699 )   (82,501 )
Adjusted pre-tax (loss) income (3,054 )   38,725   
         
Income tax expense 22,308     29,656   
Tax effect of adjustments (1)(2) (16,358 )   (14,201 )
Tax incurred to amend capital structure outside North America (3) (6,526 )   (6,526
Adjusted income tax (benefit) expense (576 )   8,929   
         
Net income 82,337     91,570   
Net effect of adjustments (84,815 )    (61,774
Adjusted net (loss) income $ (2,478 ) $ 29,796  
         
Diluted earnings per share $ 2.40   $ 2.63  
Net effect of adjustments (2.47 )   (1.77 )
Adjusted (loss) per share/earnings per diluted share $ (0.07 ) $ 0.86  


Notes:

(1)  In December 2015, the Company completed the sale of the subsidiaries conducting its energy research business to Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm, for $120.5 million. The pre-tax gain of $107.7 million is net of a working capital adjustment on the closing balance sheet, direct costs related to the sale and the carrying value of the net assets disposed.
(2)  In August 2015, the Company reached a final settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to pay an aggregate amount of $20.3 million. In the third quarter of 2015, the Company incurred $2.6 million in legal and related costs to finalize the settlement order. In the second quarter of 2015, the Company reserved $20.3 million for the settlement and incurred $2.3 million in legal and other related costs associated with this matter.
(3)  In December 2015, the Company amended the capital structure of its holding company outside North America to provide continued flexibility for the movement of capital. This amendment accelerated the U.S. taxation of amounts earned outside of North America resulting in a tax charge of $6.5 million.

Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings
Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization
(In thousands)
 
                   
    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
 
    2015   2014   2015   2014  
                           
Net Income (1)(2)   $   82,337     $   12,981     $   91,570     $   50,892    
Impact of adjustments, after-tax       (84,815 )       -         (61,774 )       -    
Adjusted net (loss) income       (2,478 )       12,981         29,796         50,892    
                           
Deduct:                          
Investment income        (205 )        (265 )       (863 )       (1,104 )  
                           
Add Back:                          
Interest expense       427         526         1,829         2,322    
Provision for income taxes       22,308         4,820         29,656         14,095    
Tax effect of adjustments       (22,884 )       -         (20,727 )       -    
Depreciation and Amortization       10,827         11,495         44,151         49,384    
Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization   $   7,995     $   29,557     $   83,842     $   115,589    
                           
Notes:          
(1)  Net income includes pre-tax charges for non-cash stock-based compensation of $4.5 million and $4.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.          
(2)  Net income includes pre-tax charges for non-cash stock-based compensation of $16.7 million and $15.4 million for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
         


 

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