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ITG Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results

NEW YORK, July 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ITG (NYSE:ITG), a leading independent broker and financial technology provider, today reported results for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Second quarter 2016 highlights included:

  • GAAP net loss of $5.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted share compared to GAAP net loss of $10.2 million, or $0.30 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2015. GAAP results for the second quarter of 2016 include the impact of charges and a partial offsetting gain netting to $7.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share after taxes, for (i) settlement costs and associated legal fees related to the arbitration with ITG’s former CEO, (ii) restructuring charges related to our U.S. high-touch trading and sales organizations and the closing of the U.S. matched-book securities lending operations and the Canadian arbitrage trading desk, (iii) the amount expensed for upfront cash and stock awards granted to ITG’s new CEO, and (iv) a gain primarily related to the receipt of proceeds from a business interruption insurance claim arising from a U.S. data center service interruption in August 2015. The GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2015 includes a reserve for the Company’s settlement with the SEC and related legal and other fees totaling $22.6 million pre-tax, or $0.62 per diluted share after taxes.

  • Adjusted loss of $0.8 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to adjusted net income of $11.4 million, or $0.32 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2015 in each case excluding the charges and gain listed above.

  • Revenues of $120.6 million, compared to revenues of $140.5 million in the second quarter of 2015. Adjusted revenues, excluding the gain amount noted above, were $118.2 million.

  • GAAP expenses of $130.3 million and adjusted expenses of $120.7 million compared to GAAP expenses of $149.4 million and adjusted expenses of $126.8 million in the second quarter of 2015.  Adjusted expenses exclude the charges listed above.

  • Average daily trading volume in the U.S. of 132 million shares versus 183 million shares in the second quarter of 2015. POSIT® average daily U.S. volume was 50 million shares compared to 93 million shares in the second quarter of 2015. Total average daily U.S. volume traded through POSIT Alert® was 11 million shares, compared to 15 million shares in the second quarter of 2015.

  • In Europe, average daily value traded in POSIT was $1.19 billion compared to $1.25 billion in the second quarter of 2015. Total average daily value traded through POSIT Alert in Europe increased 11% compared to the second quarter of 2015.

  • The repurchase of 322,000 shares of common stock for a total of $5.3 million under ITG’s authorized share repurchase program. Repurchases since the first quarter of 2010 have totaled $246.0 million for a total of 16.2 million shares, resulting in a decrease in shares outstanding, net of issuances, of nearly 25%. 


Commenting on the results, ITG Chief Executive Officer and President Frank Troise said, “Our performance in the second quarter demonstrates the imperative to invest in our business and in our team as we strive to be the global leader in technology-driven liquidity, execution, analytics and workflow solutions. I believe that with passion, discipline and a commitment to excellence we will capitalize on the significant opportunities available across all of our businesses. Over the last several months, we have conducted an end-to-end business review and developed a plan to grow our revenues and expand our margins. I look forward to sharing the details of how the plan is focused on strengthening our client franchise and delivering greater shareholder value on the earnings call this morning.”

Regional Segment Results

ITG's North American revenues were $74.4 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to $92.2 million in the second quarter of 2015. ITG reported a net loss of $0.5 million in North America in the second quarter of 2016, compared to net income of $6.3 million in the second quarter of 2015. U.S. revenues were $58.6 million, compared to $75.5 million in the second quarter of 2015 including the impacts of the sale of the energy research operations in December 2015 and the sale of the remaining investment research operations in May 2016. Canada revenues were $15.8 million, compared to $16.7 million in the second quarter of 2015, including the impact of currency translation.

ITG’s Europe and Asia Pacific revenues were $43.5 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to $48.1 million in the second quarter of 2015, including the impact of currency translation. European revenues were $32.2 million, compared to $33.6 million in the second quarter of 2015. Asia Pacific revenues were $11.3 million, compared to $14.5 million in the second quarter of 2015. ITG’s Europe and Asia Pacific operations reported net income of $5.1 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to $8.0 million in the second quarter of 2015. 

Corporate activity reduced GAAP net income by $9.9 million in the second quarter of 2016, including the (i) settlement costs and associated legal fees related to the arbitration with ITG’s former CEO, (ii) restructuring charges related to the U.S. high-touch trading and sales organizations and the business closures, and (iii) after-tax impact of the amount expensed during the second quarter of 2016 for the upfront cash and stock awards to ITG’s new CEO. These charges were partially offset by a gain primarily related to a business interruption insurance claim. Corporate activity reduced GAAP net income by $24.5 million in the second quarter of 2015, including the reserve for the SEC settlement and related legal and other fees. 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, foreign exchange gains and losses and certain non-operating items.

Year-to-Date Results

For the first six months of 2016, revenues were $245.3 million and adjusted revenues were $242.8 million. GAAP net loss for the first six months of 2016 was $7.7 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, and adjusted net income was $1.1 million, or $0.03 per diluted share. For the first six months of 2015, revenues were $290.2 million, GAAP net income was $6.5 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, and adjusted net income was $28.1 million, or $0.80 per diluted share.

The discussion of results above includes adjusted revenues, adjusted expenses, adjusted net income and related per share 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.

Conference Call on 2Q16 Results and Business Review

A conference call to discuss the firm's results, as well as the findings of the recent end-to-end business review, will be held today at 11:00 am ET. Those wishing to listen to the call should dial 1-844-881-0134 (1-412-317-6722 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 10089267. The replay will be available starting approximately one hour after the completion of the conference call.

About ITG

ITG applies technology and trading expertise to reduce implementation costs, helping clients improve investment performance. ITG provides liquidity, execution, analytics and workflow solutions to leading asset management and brokerage firms. Investment Technology Group, Inc. (NYSE: ITG) has offices in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America and offers trading services in more than 50 countries. For more information go to www.itg.com.

In addition to historical information, this press release may contain "forward-looking" statements that reflect management’s expectations for the future. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential” or “continue” and the negative of these terms and other comparable terminology. A variety of important factors could cause results to differ materially from such statements.  Certain of these factors are noted throughout ITG’s 2015 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, political and financial market conditions, both internationally and domestically, 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 protect our intellectual property, our ability to execute on strategic initiatives or transactions, our ability to attract and retain talented employees, and our ability to pay dividends or repurchase our common stock in the future. 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
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
             
    Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
Revenues:                        
Commissions and fees   $ 94,696     $ 110,860     $ 193,656     $ 229,786  
Recurring   21,811     26,447     44,006     53,379  
Other   4,103     3,187     7,616     7,056  
Total revenues   120,610     140,494     245,278     290,221  
                         
Expenses:                        
Compensation and employee benefits   48,315     53,899     100,779     111,307  
Transaction processing   22,098     25,187     44,932     49,760  
Occupancy and equipment   14,066     14,470     28,044     28,842  
Telecommunications and data processing services   14,848     13,011     29,621     25,783  
Restructuring charges   4,355         4,355      
Other general and administrative   26,014     42,408     49,736     60,165  
Interest expense   572     468     1,107     973  
Total expenses   130,268     149,443     258,574     276,830  
(Loss) income before income tax expense   (9,658 )   (8,949 )   (13,296 )   13,391  
Income tax (benefit) expense   (4,441 )   1,261     (5,573 )   6,868  
Net (loss) income   $ (5,217 )   $ (10,210 )   $ (7,723 )   $ 6,523  
                         
(Loss) income per share:                        
Basic   $ (0.16 )   $ (0.30 )   $ (0.23 )   $ 0.19  
Diluted   $ (0.16 )   $ (0.30 )   $ (0.23 )   $ 0.18  
                         
Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding   33,189     34,076     33,147     34,172  
Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding   33,189     34,076     33,147     35,329  


INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Financial Data (unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
    Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
    2016   2015   2016   2015  
Revenues by Geographic Region:                  
U.S. Operations   $ 58,574   $ 75,474   $ 124,903   $ 155,928  
Canadian Operations   15,790   16,705   31,886   35,617  
European Operations   32,203   33,574   63,342   70,180  
Asia Pacific Operations   11,280   14,512   22,037   28,034  
Corporate   2,763   229   3,110   462  
  Total Revenues   $ 120,610   $ 140,494   $ 245,278   $ 290,221  


           
    Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
    2016   2015   2016   2015  
Revenues by Product Group:                  
Execution Services (1)   $ 83,408   $ 105,427   $ 173,201   $ 218,394  
Workflow Technology (2)   23,094   23,550   46,687   48,623  
Analytics   11,345   11,288   22,280   22,742  
Corporate (non-product)   2,763   229   3,110   462  
  Total Revenues   $ 120,610   $ 140,494   $ 245,278   $ 290,221  
                           

Notes:

(1) In December 2015, the Company sold its energy research operations and in May 2016 the Company sold its remaining investment research operations, both of which were within the Research Sales and Trading (RS&T) product group. Beginning in the second quarter 2016, the remaining portfolio trading and high-touch execution offerings, previously grouped within RS&T, were combined with the electronic execution and liquidity solutions, previously grouped with the Electronic Brokerage (EB) product group, to form the new Execution Services product group to create better alignment for cross-selling synergies. The entire historic activity of EB and RS&T, including the divested research operations, has been reclassified to the Execution Services product group to conform to the current presentation.
(2) Previously known as Platforms.


INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(In thousands, except share amounts)
   
  June 30,
2016
December 31,
2015
Assets (unaudited)      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 237,512   $ 330,653  
Cash restricted or segregated under regulations and other   38,110     37,852  
Deposits with clearing organizations   94,422     70,860  
Securities owned, at fair value   4,433     5,598  
Receivables from brokers, dealers and clearing organizations   383,779     1,036,777  
Receivables from customers   174,611     49,176  
Premises and equipment, net   52,723     55,496  
Capitalized software, net   39,445     39,379  
Goodwill   10,590     11,933  
Intangibles, net   16,751     24,611  
Income taxes receivable   132     128  
Deferred taxes   27,440     23,590  
Other assets   26,268     22,969  
Total assets $ 1,106,216   $ 1,709,022  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity            
Liabilities:    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 158,594   $ 169,530  
Short‑term bank loans   166,004     81,934  
Payables to brokers, dealers and clearing organizations   258,794     960,559  
Payables to customers   73,933     9,957  
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value   1,733     2,637  
Income taxes payable   4,331     17,017  
Term debt   9,457     12,567  
Total liabilities   672,846     1,254,201  
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; 52,410,571 and 52,300,885 shares issued at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively   525     523  
Additional paid‑in capital   237,792     239,090  
Retained earnings   559,169     571,626  
Common stock held in treasury, at cost; 19,432,976 and 19,207,419 shares at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively   (339,842 )   (336,923 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (net of tax)   (24,274 )   (19,495 )
Total stockholders’ equity   433,370     454,821  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,106,216   $ 1,709,022  

                                         


INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.
  Reconciliation of US GAAP Results to Adjusted Results
 
In evaluating ITG’s financial performance, management reviews results from operations, which excludes certain unique or non-operating items. Adjusted net (loss) income 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 provide investors with greater transparency and supplemental data relating to our financial condition and results of operation, and therefore a more complete understanding of factors affecting our business than U.S. GAAP measures alone. These measures should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, ITG’s reported results under GAAP.
 
    Three Months
Ended
  Six Months
Ended
       
      2016     2015   2016       2015        
Total revenues   $ 120,610   $ 140,494   $ 245,278   $ 290,221      
Less:                      
Other revenues - gains (1)   (2,438 )   (2,438 )      
Adjusted revenues   118,172   140,494   242,840       290,221      
                       
Total expenses   130,268   149,443   258,574       276,830      
Less:                      
Restructuring (2)   (4,355 )   (4,355 )      
CEO compensation (3)   (519 )   (3,315 )      
Contingencies for legal proceedings and related costs (4)  

(4,710


)
 

(7,522
)      
Reserve for SEC settlement and related costs (5)     (22,647 )       (22,647 )    
Adjusted expenses   120,684   126,796   243,382       254,183      
                       
(Loss) income before income tax (benefit) expense   (9,658 ) (8,949 ) (13,296 )     13,391      
Effect of adjustments   7,146   22,647   12,754       22,647      
Adjusted pre-tax (loss) income   (2,512 ) 13,698   (542 )     36,038      
                       
Income tax (benefit) expense   (4,441 ) 1,261   (5,573 )   6,868      
Tax effect of adjustments (1)   2,715   1,077   3,977     1,077      
Adjusted income tax (benefit) expense   (1,726 ) 2,338   (1,596 )   7,945      
                       
Net (loss) income   (5,217 ) (10,210 ) (7,723 )     6,523      
Net effect of adjustments   4,431   21,570   8,777       21,570      
Adjusted net (loss) income   $ (786 ) $ 11,360   $ 1,054   $ 28,093      
                       
Diluted (loss) earnings per share   $ (0.16 ) $ (0.30 ) $ (0.23 ) $ 0.18      
Net effect of adjustments   0.14   0.62   0.26       0.62      
Adjusted diluted (loss) earnings per share   $ (0.02 ) $ 0.32   $ 0.03   $ 0.80      
                               

Notes:

(1) The Company received insurance proceeds of $2.4 million in June 2016 from its corporate insurance carrier to settle a claim for lost profits arising from an August 2015 outage in its outsourced primary data center in the U.S. Additionally, the Company generated a nominal gain on the completion of the sale of its investment research operations in May 2016.
(2) During the three months ended June 30, 2016, the Company incurred restructuring charges related to (a) the reduction in its high-touch trading and sales organizations and (b) the closing of its U.S. matched-book securities lending operations and its Canadian arbitrage trading desk.
(3) The Company’s new Chief Executive Officer was granted cash and stock awards upon the commencement of his employment in January 2016, a significant portion of which replaced awards he forfeited at his former employer. Due to U.S. tax regulations, only a small portion of the amount expensed for these awards during the three months ended March 31, 2016 was eligible for a tax deduction.
(4) During the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2016, the Company established a reserve of $2.3 million and $4.8 million, respectively, for the arbitration case with its former CEO. In addition, the Company incurred legal fees related to this matter of $2.4 million and $2.7 million during the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2016, respectively. The Company settled the arbitration case in June 2016.
(5) In the second quarter of 2015, the Company reserved $20.3 million for a settlement with the SEC in connection with the investigation into a proprietary trading pilot and incurred $2.3 million in legal and other related costs associated with this matter.

             
                                                                                                            

Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings
Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization
(In thousands)
 
                   
    Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
    2016   2015   2016   2015    
                             
Net (Loss) Income (1)(2)   $   (5,217 )   $   (10,210 )   $   (7,723 )   $   6,523      
Impact of adjustments, after-tax       4,431         21,570         8,777         21,570      
Adjusted net (loss) income       (786 )       11,360         1,054         28,093      
                             
Deduct:                            
Investment income        (316 )       (221 )       (623 )       (443 )    
                                 
Add Back:                                
Interest expense       572         468         1,107         973      
Provision for income taxes       (4,441 )       1,261         (5,573 )       6,868      
Tax effect of adjustments       2,715         1,077         3,977         1,077      
Depreciation and Amortization       10,903         11,112         21,684         22,273      
Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation,
and amortization
  $   8,647     $   25,057     $   21,626     $   58,841      
                             

Notes:

(1) Net (loss) income includes pre-tax charges for non-cash stock-based compensation of $7.8 million and $4.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
(2) Net (loss) income includes pre-tax charges for non-cash stock-based compensation of $14.5 million and $9.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

ITG Media/Investor Contact:
J.T. Farley
1-212-444-6259
corpcomm@itg.com

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