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ITG Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results

Announces Reserve for Inquiry into Discontinued Securities Lending Operations

Asia Pacific Operations Return to Profitability

NEW YORK, Nov. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ITG (NYSE:ITG), a leading independent broker and financial technology provider, today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Third Quarter 2016 Highlights

  • GAAP net loss of $23.9 million, or $0.73 per share compared to GAAP net income of $2.7 million, or $0.08 per share for the third quarter of 2015.

  • GAAP results for the third quarter of 2016 include the establishment of a reserve for the potential settlement of an SEC inquiry into activity involving pre-release American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). The firm discontinued transacting in pre-release ADRs in the fourth quarter of 2014. The settlement reserve of $22.1 million, together with related legal expenses of $1.6 million in the quarter, reduced after-tax earnings by $0.68 per share. A substantial portion of the reserve represents anticipated disgorgement of approximately $15 million in revenue for the period 2011 through the fourth quarter of 2014, as well as pre-judgment interest.  The rest relates to an anticipated civil monetary penalty.  

    GAAP results for the third quarter of 2016 were also impacted by (i) a translation gain that was reclassified from equity to earnings upon the substantial wind-down of the Company’s Israel entity, (ii) proceeds from an insurance claim for the recovery of previously expensed legal fees related to the arbitration settlement with ITG’s former CEO and (iii) the amount expensed for upfront awards granted to ITG’s current CEO. GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2015 includes legal and other fees related to the August 2015SEC settlement of $2.5 million pre-tax, or $0.04 per share after taxes.  

  • Adjusted net loss of $2.8 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to adjusted net income of $4.2 million, or $0.12 per share in the third quarter of 2015, in each case excluding the charges and gains listed above.

  • Revenues of $104.2 million, compared to revenues of $120.4 million in the third quarter of 2015.

  • GAAP expenses of $132.0 million and adjusted expenses of $109.7 million compared to GAAP expenses of $117.2 million and adjusted expenses of $114.7 million in the third quarter of 2015.  Adjusted expenses exclude the charges and gains listed above.

  • Average daily trading volume in the U.S. of 116 million shares versus 152 million shares in the third quarter of 2015. POSIT® average daily U.S. volume was 45 million shares compared to 67 million shares in the third quarter of 2015. Total average daily U.S. volume traded through POSIT Alert® was 11 million shares, compared to 9 million shares in the third quarter of 2015.

  • In Europe, average daily value traded in POSIT was $857 million compared to $1.2 billion in the third quarter of 2015, including the effects of currency translation. Total average daily value traded through POSIT Alert in Europe increased 26% compared to the third quarter of 2015.

  • Repurchased 426,000 shares of common stock for a total of $7.2 million under ITG’s authorized share repurchase program. Repurchases since the first quarter of 2010 have totaled $253 million for a total of 16.6 million shares, resulting in a decrease in shares outstanding, net of issuances, of more than 25%. 

Commenting on the results, ITG President and Chief Executive Officer, Frank Troise, said, “We remain focused on executing on our strategic operating plan which includes investing in ITG’s global capabilities in liquidity, execution, analytics and workflow solutions. We are determined to address legacy issues, including through our efforts to reach a settlement of the SEC regulatory inquiry concerning pre-release ADRs.”  

“While much work lies ahead, with disciplined investment and a commitment to excellence, we will continue to focus our efforts on gaining significant market share. We are assembling a team to deliver world-class client solutions and significant value for our shareholders,” he concluded.

Third Quarter Regional Segment Results

North American revenues were $62.5 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to revenues of $80.9 million in the third quarter of 2015.

ITG reported a net loss of $4.8 million in North America in the third quarter of 2016, compared to net income of $2.4 million in the third quarter of 2015.

U.S. revenues were $48.8 million, compared to $66.0 million in the third quarter of 2015 including the impact of the research divestitures in December 2015 and May 2016.

Canada revenues were $13.7 million, compared to $14.9 million in the third quarter of 2015, including the impact of currency translation.

Europe and Asia Pacific revenues were $41.4 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $39.3 million in the third quarter of 2015, including the impact of currency translation.

ITG reported net income for its Europe and Asia Pacific operations of $4.7 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $3.6 million in the third quarter of 2015.

European revenues were $28.9 million in the third quarter of 2016 and $29.0 million in the third quarter of 2015, including the impact of currency translation.

Asia Pacific revenues were $12.5 million, up from $10.3 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Corporate activity reduced GAAP net income by $23.8 million in the third quarter of 2016, including the reserve for a potential resolution of the pre-release ADR matter and related legal fees in the quarter, the translation gain, the recovery of legal fees from insurance and the charges related to upfront awards to ITG’s current CEO.

Corporate activity reduced GAAP net income by $3.3 million in the third quarter of 2015, including the legal and other related fees associated with the August 2015SEC settlement.

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, 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 items.

Year-to-Date Results

For the first nine months of 2016, revenues were $349.5 million and adjusted revenues were $347.0 million. GAAP net loss for the first nine months of 2016 was $31.6 million, or $0.96 per share, and adjusted net loss was $1.7 million, or $0.05 per share.

For the first nine months of 2015, revenues were $410.6 million, GAAP net income was $9.2 million, or $0.26 per share, and adjusted net income was $32.3 million, or $0.92 per share.

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, large write-offs, significant charges associated with litigation or regulatory matters together with related expenses or items outside of management’s control.

Adjusted revenues, adjusted expenses, adjusted pretax (loss) income, adjusted income tax (benefit) expense, 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 adjusted revenues, adjusted expenses, adjusted pre-tax (loss) income, adjusted income tax (benefit) expense, adjusted net (loss) income and adjusted EBITDA to revenues, expenses, (loss) income before income tax (benefit) expense, income tax (benefit) expense and net (loss) income and related per share amounts as determined in accordance with GAAP for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 and September 30, 2015, respectively, are provided in the accompanying supplemental tables at the end of this release.

Conference Call on 3Q16 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 1-844-419-9270 (1-213-358-0776 outside the U.S.) and enter conference number 359 7794 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 1-855-859-2056 (1-404-537-3406 outside the U.S.) and entering conference number 359 7794. The replay will be accessible approximately two hours 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 technology-enabled liquidity, execution, analytics and workflow 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. 

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, the ultimate resolution of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s inquiry regarding pre-released American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) and any customer or shareholder reaction to the matter or further proceedings or sanctions based on our ADR activity, the outcome of other 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
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
    2016   2015   2016   2015  
Revenues:                  
Commissions and fees   $ 83,485   $ 89,934   $ 277,141   $ 319,720  
Recurring   19,214   26,659   63,220   80,038  
Other   1,486   3,816   9,102   10,872  
Total revenues   104,185   120,409   349,463   410,630  
                   
Expenses:                  
Compensation and employee benefits   45,127   46,305   145,906   157,612  
Transaction processing   20,799   21,621   65,731   71,381  
Occupancy and equipment   13,849   14,229   41,893   43,071  
Telecommunications and data processing services   13,720   12,779   43,341   38,562  
Restructuring charges       4,355    
Other general and administrative   37,927   21,856   87,663   82,021  
Interest expense   561   429   1,668   1,402  
Total expenses   131,983   117,219   390,557   394,049  
(Loss) income before income tax expense   (27,798 ) 3,190   (41,094 ) 16,581  
Income tax (benefit) expense   (3,887 ) 480   (9,460 ) 7,348  
Net (loss) income   $ (23,911 ) $ 2,710   $ (31,634 ) $ 9,233  
                   
(Loss) income per share:                  
Basic   $ (0.73 ) $ 0.08   $ (0.96 ) $ 0.27  
Diluted   $ (0.73 ) $ 0.08   $ (0.96 ) $ 0.26  
                   
Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding   32,725   33,859   33,006   34,066  
Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding   32,725   34,547   33,006   34,976  


INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Financial Data (unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
   
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
    2016   2015   2016   2015  
Revenues by Geographic Region:                  
U.S. Operations   $ 48,774   $ 66,039   $ 173,677   $ 221,967  
Canadian Operations   13,719   14,899   45,605   50,516  
European Operations   28,894   28,899   92,236   99,079  
Asia Pacific Operations   12,502   10,351   34,539   38,385  
Corporate (non-product)   296   221   3,406   683  
  Total Revenues   $ 104,185   $ 120,409   $ 349,463   $ 410,630  


    Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
    2016   2015   2016   2015  
Revenues by Product Group:                  
Execution Services (1)   $ 70,240   $ 85,734   $ 243,441   $ 304,128  
Workflow Technology (2)   22,723   22,837   69,410   71,460  
Analytics   10,926   11,617   33,206   34,359  
Corporate (non-product)   296   221   3,406   683  
  Total Revenues   $ 104,185   $ 120,409   $ 349,463   $ 410,630  
                           

____________

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 an optimal 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)
 
   
    September 30,
2016
  December 31,
2015
 
    (unaudited)      
Assets          
Cash and cash equivalents    $ 260,875   $ 330,653  
Cash restricted or segregated under regulations and other    37,611   37,852  
Deposits with clearing organizations   72,741   70,860  
Securities owned, at fair value    8,678   5,598  
Receivables from brokers, dealers and clearing organizations   283,012   1,036,777  
Receivables from customers    74,869   49,176  
Premises and equipment, net   52,663   55,496  
Capitalized software, net    39,104   39,379  
Goodwill   10,615   11,933  
Intangibles, net   15,872   24,611  
Income taxes receivable   8   128  
Deferred taxes   35,629   23,590  
Other assets   25,425   22,969  
Total assets    $ 917,102   $ 1,709,022  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity          
Liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 165,387   $ 169,530  
Short-term bank loans   133,487   81,934  
Payables to brokers, dealers and clearing organizations   171,279   960,559  
Payables to customers   25,606   9,957  
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value    6,143   2,637  
Income taxes payable   6,032   17,017  
Term debt   7,918   12,567  
Total liabilities   515,852   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 September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively 
  525   523  
Additional paid-in capital   242,573   239,090  
Retained earnings   532,956   571,626  
Common stock held in treasury, at cost; 19,846,254 and 19,207,419 shares at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively   (346,779 ) (336,923 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (net of tax)    (28,025 ) (19,495 )
Total stockholders’ equity   401,250   454,821  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity    $ 917,102   $ 1,709,022  


INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of US GAAP Results to Adjusted Results
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
         
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
Total revenues $   104,185   $   120,409   $   349,463   $   410,630  
Less:        
Other revenues - gains (1)           (2,438 )    
Adjusted revenues   104,185     120,409     347,025     410,630  
         
Total expenses   131,983     117,219     390,557     394,049  
Less:                        
Reserve for potential settlement related to ADRs and associated costs (2)   (23,743 )       (23,743 )    
Restructuring (3)           (4,355 )    
Compensation awards for current CEO (4)   (541 )       (3,857 )    
Arbitration case with former CEO and associated costs(5)   941         (6,580 )    
Settlement related to trading pilot and associated costs (6)       (2,551 )       (25,198 )
Gain from currency translation adjustment (7)   1,066         1,066      
Adjusted expenses   109,706     114,668     353,088     368,851  
         
(Loss) income before income tax (benefit) expense   (27,798 )   3,190     (41,094 )   16,581  
Effect of adjustments   22,277     2,551     35,031     25,198  
Adjusted pre-tax (loss) income   (5,521 )   5,741     (6,063 )   41,779  
         
Income tax (benefit) expense   (3,887 )   480     (9,460 )   7,348  
Tax effect of adjustments (1) – (6)   1,125     1,080     5,101     2,157  
Adjusted income tax (benefit) expense   (2,762 )   1,560     (4,359 )   9,505  
         
Net (loss) income   (23,911 )   2,710     (31,634 )   9,233  
Net effect of adjustments   21,152     1,471     29,930     23,041  
Adjusted net (loss) income $   (2,759 ) $   4,181   $   (1,704 ) $   32,274  
         
Diluted (loss) earnings per share $   (0.73 ) $   0.08   $   (0.96 ) $   0.26  
Net effect of adjustments   0.65     0.04     0.91     0.66  
Adjusted diluted (loss) earnings per share $   (0.08 ) $   0.12   $   (0.05 ) $   0.92  


Notes:
(1) In the second quarter of 2016, the Company received insurance proceeds of $2.4 million 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) In the third quarter of 2016, the Company accrued $22.1 million for a potential settlement with the SEC with respect to an inquiry involving pre-released ADRs and incurred legal fees associated with this matter of $1.6 million.
(3) During the second quarter of 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.
(4) The Company’s current 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 was eligible for a tax deduction.
(5) In the first half of 2016, the Company incurred a charge of $4.8 million, net of an insurance recovery of $0.5 million, to settle an arbitration case with its former CEO and incurred legal fees of $2.7 million. During the three months ended September 30, 2016, the Company recorded a reimbursement of $0.9 million of these legal fees from its insurance carrier.
(6) In the second quarter of 2015, the Company reserved $20.3 million for a settlement with the SEC related to an investigation into a proprietary trading pilot and incurred legal and related costs of $2.3 million. In the third quarter of 2015, the Company incurred $2.6 million in legal and related costs to finalize the settlement order.
(7) In the three months ended September 30, 2016, the Company substantially completed the liquidation of its investment in its Israel entity that ceased operations in December 2013. During the Company’s period of ownership and through December 2013, the Company had accumulated foreign exchange translation gains as a component of equity, which have been reclassified as a gain that reduced other general and administrative expenses in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations.


Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings
Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization
(In thousands) 
 
                   
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
   
    2016   2015   2016   2015    
                             
Net (Loss) Income (1)(2)   $   (23,911 )   $   2,710     $   (31,634 )   $   9,233      
Impact of adjustments, after-tax       21,152         1,471         29,930         23,041      
Adjusted net (loss) income       (2,759 )       4,181         (1,704 )       32,274      
                             
Deduct:                            
Investment income       (281 )       (215 )       (904 )       (658 )    
                                 
Add Back:                                
Interest expense       561         429         1,668         1,402      
Provision for income taxes       (3,887 )       480         (9,460 )       7,348      
Tax effect of adjustments       1,081         1,080             5,059         2,157      
Depreciation and Amortization       10,767         11,050             32,450         33,324      
Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization   $   5,482     $   17,005     $   27,109     $   75,847      
                             
Notes:            
(1)  Net income includes pre-tax charges for non-cash stock-based compensation of $4.9 million and $2.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively.    
(2)  Net income includes pre-tax charges for non-cash stock-based compensation of $19.4 million and $12.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively.    


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

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