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ITG Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

Global Block Crossing Momentum Continues in POSIT Alert

NEW YORK, Aug. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ITG (NYSE:ITG), a leading independent broker and financial technology provider, today reported results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • GAAP net income of $4.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share.  This compares to a GAAP net loss of $5.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, and an adjusted net loss of $0.8 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2016.
  • GAAP results for the second quarter of 2016 include the impact of pre-tax charges and a partial offsetting pre-tax gain netting to $7.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share after-taxes, for (i) charges related to the arbitration settlement with ITG’s former CEO, (ii) restructuring charges related to our high-touch U.S. sales and trading operation and the closure of non-core business operations, (iii) the amount expensed for upfront awards to ITG’s CEO, and (iv) a gain primarily from a claim for business interruption insurance related to a U.S. data center outage in 2015. There were no non-GAAP adjustments to results for the second quarter of 2017.
  • Revenues of $121.6 million, compared to revenues of $120.6 million and adjusted revenues of $118.2 million in the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted revenues for the second quarter of 2016 exclude the gain noted above.
  • Expenses of $116.5 million compared to expenses of $130.3 million and adjusted expenses of $120.7 million in the second quarter of 2016.  Adjusted expenses for the second quarter of 2016 exclude the charges listed above.
  • Average daily trading volume in the U.S. was 148 million shares versus 132 million shares in the second quarter of 2016. POSIT® average daily U.S. volume was 61 million shares compared to 50 million shares in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Total average daily U.S. volume traded through POSIT Alert® was 17 million shares, the highest since the first quarter of 2015. This compares to 11 million shares in the second quarter of 2016. 
  • In Europe, average daily value traded in POSIT was $1.1 billion compared to $1.2 billion in the second quarter of 2016, including the effects of currency translation. Total average daily value traded through POSIT Alert in Europe set a new quarterly record, rising 62% compared to the second quarter of 2016.
  • The repurchase of approximately 90,000 shares of common stock for a total of $1.8 million under ITG’s authorized share repurchase program. Repurchases since the first quarter of 2010 have totaled $258 million for a total of 16.9 million shares, resulting in a decrease in shares outstanding, net of issuances, of approximately 25%. 

Commenting on the results, ITG President and Chief Executive Officer, Frank Troise, said, “We posted a third consecutive quarter of profitability, with strong results in our international operations and continued global momentum in POSIT Alert block crossing. After a challenging April, we finished the quarter on a strong note, narrowing the profitability gap in the U.S. We are making progress on our ten-quarter Strategic Operating Plan, which is enhancing our client offerings in execution, liquidity, workflow technology and analytics.”

Second Quarter Regional Segment Results

North American revenues were $68.7 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to revenues of $74.4 million in the second quarter of 2016.

ITG reported a net loss of $1.9 million in North America in the second quarter of 2017, including a $1.2 million pre-tax charge, or $0.7 million after-tax, related to headcount reductions. North American net loss was $0.5 million in the second quarter of 2016. 

U.S. revenues in the second quarter of 2017 were $52.8 million, compared to $58.6 million in the second quarter of 2016, including the impact of the divesture of the investment research operations in May 2016.

Canada revenues in the second quarter of 2017 were $16.0 million, compared to $15.8 million in the second quarter of 2016, including the impact of the closing of the Canadian arbitrage trading desk in April 2016.

Europe and Asia Pacific revenues were $52.5 million in the second quarter of 2017, up from $43.5 million in the second quarter of 2016.

ITG reported net income for its Europe and Asia Pacific operations of $10.1 million in the second quarter, compared to $5.1 million in the second quarter of 2016.

European revenues were a record $38.7 million in the second quarter of 2017, up from $32.2 million in the second quarter of 2016.

Asia Pacific revenues were $13.7 million, up from $11.3 million in the second quarter of 2016, driven in part by a new quarterly record for the average daily value traded in POSIT Alert in the region.

Corporate activity reduced GAAP net income by $3.6 million in the second quarter of 2017 and $9.9 million in the second quarter of 2016. Corporate activity in the second quarter of 2016 included the impact of the settlement costs related to the arbitration with ITG’s former CEO, charges related to restructuring activities and business closures and the amount expensed during the second quarter of 2016 for upfront awards to ITG’s CEO. These charges were partially offset by a gain primarily related to a business interruption insurance claim.

Corporate activity includes investment income and non-operating revenues and gains, as well as costs not associated with operating the businesses within ITG's regional segments including, costs of being a public company, intangible amortization, interest expense, costs of maintaining a global transfer pricing structure, foreign exchange gains and losses and certain non-operating expenses.

Year-to-Date Results

For the first six months of 2017, revenues were $242.4 million and net income was $9.9 million, or $0.29 per diluted share. For the first six months of 2016, revenues were $245.3 million and adjusted revenues were $242.8 million.  For the first six months of 2016, GAAP net loss was $7.7 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, and adjusted net income was $1.1 million, or $0.03 per diluted share.

Conference Call on 2Q17 Results

An investor conference call to discuss ITG’s results will be held today at 8:00 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 at: investor.itg.com. A replay will be available for one week by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (1-412-317-0088 outside the U.S.) and entering replay number 10110474. The replay will be available starting approximately one hour after the completion of the conference call.

About ITG

Investment Technology Group (NYSE:ITG) is a global financial technology company that helps leading brokers and asset managers improve returns for investors around the world. We empower traders to reduce the end-to-end cost of implementing investments via liquidity, execution, analytics and workflow technology solutions. ITG has offices in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America and offers execution services in more than 50 countries. Please visit www.itg.com for more information. 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial information presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“GAAP”), management uses certain “non-GAAP financial measures” as such term is defined in Regulation G promulgated by the SEC. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s operating performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes or includes amounts that are included in, or excluded from, the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Management believes the presentation of these measures provides investors with greater transparency and supplemental data relating to our financial condition and results of operations, and therefore a more complete understanding of factors affecting our business than GAAP measures alone. In addition, management believes the presentation of these matters is useful to investors for period-to-period comparison of results as the items may reflect certain unique and/or non-operating items such as acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring charges, write-offs and impairments, charges associated with litigation or regulatory matters together with related expenses or items outside of management’s control.

Adjusted revenues, adjusted expenses, adjusted pre-tax loss, adjusted income tax benefit, adjusted net (loss) income and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), together with related per share amounts, are non-GAAP performance measures that we believe are useful to assist investors in gaining an understanding of the trends and operating results for our core business. These measures should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, results reported under GAAP.

Reconciliations of (i) adjusted revenues, adjusted expenses, adjusted pre-tax loss, adjusted income tax benefit and adjusted net (loss) income to revenues, expenses, loss before income tax benefit, income tax benefit and net loss and related per share amounts as determined in accordance with GAAP for the three months ended June 30, 2016 and (ii) adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) as determined in accordance with GAAP for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016, are provided in the accompanying supplemental tables at the end of this release.

Forward Looking Statements

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,” “could” “should,” “would,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “trend,” “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 2016 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, the outcome of contingencies such as legal proceedings or governmental or regulatory investigations and customer or shareholder reaction to, or further proceedings or sanctions based on, such matters, the volatility of our stock price, changes in tax policy or accounting rules, the ability of the Company to recognize its deferred tax assets, 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, operational risks related to misconduct or errors by our employees or entities with which we do business, 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   Six Months Ended
    June 30,    June 30, 
    2017   2016     2017     2016  
Revenues:                        
Commissions and fees   $  100,564   $  94,696     $  200,444     $  193,656  
Recurring      18,933      21,811        37,883        44,006  
Other      2,084      4,103        4,089        7,616  
Total revenues      121,581      120,610        242,416        245,278  
                         
Expenses:                        
Compensation and employee benefits      45,994      48,315        92,678        100,779  
Transaction processing      25,482      22,098        50,338        44,932  
Occupancy and equipment      14,680      14,066        30,302        28,044  
Telecommunications and data processing services      12,129      14,848        24,156        29,621  
Restructuring charges      —      4,355        —        4,355  
Other general and administrative      17,699      26,014        35,014        49,736  
Interest expense      510      572        1,030        1,107  
Total expenses      116,494      130,268        233,518        258,574  
Income (loss) before income tax expense (benefit)      5,087      (9,658 )      8,898        (13,296 )
Income tax expense (benefit)      444      (4,441 )      (1,047 )      (5,573 )
Net income (loss)   $  4,643   $  (5,217 )   $  9,945     $  (7,723 )
Income (loss) per share:                        
Basic   $  0.14   $  (0.16 )   $  0.30     $  (0.23 )
Diluted   $  0.14   $  (0.16 )   $  0.29     $  (0.23 )
Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding      33,125      33,189        33,037        33,147  
Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding            34,222      33,189        34,180        33,147  
                               

 

INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Financial Data (unaudited)
(In thousands)
                         
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,    June 30, 
    2017   2016   2017   2016
Revenues by Geographic Region:                              
U.S. Operations   $  52,763   $  58,574   $  106,156   $  124,903
Canadian Operations      15,984      15,790      32,466      31,886
European Operations      38,739      32,203      75,451      63,342
Asia Pacific Operations      13,720      11,280      27,663      22,037
Corporate (non-product)      375      2,763      680      3,110
Total Revenues   $  121,581   $  120,610   $  242,416   $  245,278
                         

 

    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,    June 30, 
    2017   2016   2017   2016
Revenues by Product Group:                                      
Execution Services   $  86,797   $  83,408   $  173,084   $  173,201
Workflow Technology      23,352      23,094      46,452      46,687
Analytics      11,057      11,345      22,200      22,280
Corporate (non-product)      375      2,763      680      3,110
Total Revenues   $  121,581   $  120,610   $  242,416   $  245,278
                         

 

INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(In thousands, except share amounts)
             
    June 30,    December 31, 
    2017     2016  
    (unaudited)      
Assets            
Cash and cash equivalents   $  251,963     $  277,977  
Cash restricted or segregated under regulations and other      16,982        40,353  
Deposits with clearing organizations      74,114        62,556  
Securities owned, at fair value      1,923        2,557  
Receivables from brokers, dealers and clearing organizations      242,924        152,294  
Receivables from customers      177,185        54,486  
Premises and equipment, net      56,369        59,333  
Capitalized software, net      40,140        38,606  
Goodwill      10,613        10,102  
Intangibles, net      14,823        15,390  
Income taxes receivable      49        873  
Deferred taxes      46,619        38,688  
Other assets      22,972        22,070  
Total assets   $ 956,676     $  775,285  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity            
Liabilities:            
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $  146,932     $  174,343  
Short-term bank loans      85,509        72,150  
Payables to brokers, dealers and clearing organizations      196,412        100,188  
Payables to customers      105,539        12,272  
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value      —        249  
Income taxes payable      5,055        4,552  
Term debt      3,050        6,367  
Total liabilities      542,497        370,121  
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; 52,605,650 and 52,456,165 shares issued at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively            526        525  
Additional paid-in capital      242,236        248,748  
Retained earnings      540,986        536,350  
Common stock held in treasury, at cost; 19,484,422 and 19,830,032 shares at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively      (342,348 )      (346,482 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (net of tax)      (27,221 )      (33,977 )
Total stockholders’ equity      414,179        405,164  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity    956,676      775,285  

 

INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of US GAAP Results to Adjusted Results
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
             
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30, 2016   June 30, 2016
Total revenues   $  120,610     $  245,278  
Less:            
Other revenues - gains (1)      (2,438 )      (2,438 )
Adjusted revenues      118,172        242,840  
             
Total expenses   $  130,268     $  258,574  
Less:            
Restructuring (2)      (4,355 )      (4,355 )
Compensation awards for current CEO (3)      (519 )      (3,315 )
Arbitration case with former CEO and associated costs (4)            (4,710 )      (7,522 )
Adjusted expenses   $  120,684     $  243,382  
             
Loss before income tax benefit   $  (9,658 )   $  (13,296 )
Effect of adjustments      7,146        12,754  
Adjusted pre-tax loss   $  (2,512 )   $  (542 )
             
Income tax benefit   $  (4,441 )   $  (5,573 )
Tax effect of adjustments (1)      2,715        3,977  
Adjusted income tax benefit   $  (1,726 )   $  (1,596 )
             
Net loss   $  (5,217 )   $  (7,723 )
Net effect of adjustments      4,431        8,777  
Adjusted net (loss) income   $  (786 )   $  1,054  
             
Diluted loss per share   $  (0.16 )   $  (0.23 )
Net effect of adjustments      0.14        0.26  
Adjusted diluted (loss) income per share   $  (0.02 )   $  0.03  

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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 and six months ended June 30, 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.

 

Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings
Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization
(In thousands)
                         
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,    June 30, 
    2017     2016     2017     2016  
Net Income (Loss) (1)(2)   $  4,643     $  (5,217 )   $  9,945     $  (7,723 )
Impact of adjustments, after-tax      —        4,431        —        8,777  
Adjusted net income (loss)      4,643        (786 )      9,945        1,054  
                         
Deduct:                        
Investment income      (367 )      (316 )      (648 )      (623 )
                         
Add Back:                        
Interest expense      510        572        1,030        1,107  
Income tax expense (benefit)      444        (4,441 )      (1,047 )      (5,573 )
Tax effect of adjustments      —        2,715        —        3,977  
Depreciation and amortization      11,210        10,903        22,437        21,684  
Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization         $  16,440     $  8,647     $  31,717     $  21,626  

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Notes:
(1) Net income (loss) includes pre-tax charges for non-cash stock-based compensation of $5.1 million and $7.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

(2) Net income (loss) includes pre-tax charges for non-cash stock-based compensation of $10.8 million and $14.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

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

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