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ITG Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results

GAAP Loss Driven by Reserve for Probable SEC Settlement

Asia Pacific Posts Record Revenues and Earnings

Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.07 per share


NEW YORK, Aug. 03, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ITG (NYSE:ITG), an independent execution broker and research provider, today reported results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Second quarter 2015 highlights included:

  • GAAP net loss of $10.2 million, or $0.30 per diluted share compared to GAAP net income of $12.9 million, or $0.35 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2014. The GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2015 includes a reserve for a probable settlement with the SEC and related legal and other fees totaling $22.6 million pre-tax and $21.6 million after taxes, or $0.62 per diluted share.

  • As previously announced, the probable SEC settlement relates to customer disclosures, Form ATS regulatory filings and customer information controls relating to a proprietary trading pilot operated by ITG subsidiary AlterNet for 16 months in 2010 through mid-2011, which included (a) crossing against sell-side clients in POSIT and (b) violations of ITG policy and procedures by a former employee. These violations principally involved information breaches for a period of several months in 2010 regarding sell-side parent orders flowing into ITG’s algorithms and executions by all customers in non-POSIT markets that were not otherwise available to ITG clients.

  • Adjusted net income of $11.4 million, or $0.32 per diluted share. There were no adjustments to earnings in the second quarter of 2014.

  • Revenues of $140.5 million, compared to revenues of $138.5 million in the second quarter of 2014, including record revenues in Asia Pacific.

  • GAAP expenses of $149.4 million and adjusted expenses of $126.8 million, compared to GAAP expenses of $121.8 million in the second quarter of 2014.

  • Average daily trading volume in the U.S. of 183 million shares versus 149 million shares in the second quarter of 2014. POSIT® average daily U.S. volume was 93 million shares compared to 67 million shares in the second quarter of 2014. Total average daily volume traded through POSIT Alert® was 15 million shares, consistent with the second quarter of 2014.

  • In Europe, average daily value traded in POSIT was $1.3 billion, compared with $1.0 billion in the second quarter of 2014. Total average daily value traded through POSIT Alert dipped 6% in the second quarter of 2015 compared with the prior-year period.

  • The repurchase of 280,000 shares of common stock under ITG’s authorized share repurchase program for a total of $8.1 million. Repurchases since the first quarter of 2010 have totaled $213.6 million for a total of 14.2 million shares, resulting in a decrease in shares outstanding, net of issuances, of 22%.


Regional Segment Results

Starting with the first quarter of 2015, ITG changed its segment measures and is now presenting regional segment results excluding the impact of Corporate activity. Corporate activity reduced GAAP net income by $24.5 million in the second quarter of 2015, including the after-tax impact of the reserve for a probable SEC settlement and related fees noted above of $21.6 million. Corporate activity reduced net income by $3.3 million in the second quarter of 2014. Corporate activity includes investment income 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. Previously, the majority of these costs were presented in the U.S. segment.

ITG's North American revenues were $92.2 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $95.1 million in the second quarter of 2014. ITG reported net income of $6.3 million in North America in the second quarter of 2015, down from $8.3 million in the second quarter of 2014. U.S. revenues were $75.5 million, down 2% from the second quarter of 2014 while Canada revenues were down 6% to $16.7 million in the second quarter of 2015 due to currency translation. The overall revenue capture rate per share in the U.S. was $0.0042, down from $0.0045 in the first quarter of 2015 and down from $0.0050 in the second quarter of 2014. The decline in the overall average rate was due in large part to the impact of increased trading activity from sell-side clients.

ITG’s Europe and Asia Pacific revenues were $48.1 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $43.1 million in the second quarter of 2014. European revenues were $33.6 million, up 8% from the second quarter of 2014 while Asia Pacific revenues were a record $14.5 million, up 20% from the second quarter of 2014. ITG’s Europe and Asia Pacific operations reported net income of $8.0 million in the second quarter of 2015 nearly unchanged from the second quarter of 2014.

“We are pleased with the progress of our international business during the second quarter, as evidenced by the record revenues and profitability in our Asia Pacific operations,” said ITG Chair Maureen O’Hara. “In the U.S., we look forward to finalizing the SEC settlement so we can put this matter behind us. We are focused on restoring the confidence of all of our clients and delivering world-class execution and trading solutions.”

Year-to-Date Results

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. For the first six months of 2014, revenues were $276.1 million and GAAP net income was $26.5 million, or $0.72 per diluted share. There were no adjustments to earnings in the first six months of 2014.

The discussion of results above includes adjusted net income and related per share amounts, in addition to adjusted expense 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.

Quarterly Dividend

For the third quarter of 2015, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.07 per share. The dividend is payable on September 10, 2015, to shareholders of record on August 21, 2015.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the firm's results will be held at 8:30am ET on August 4, 2015. 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 10069526. The replay will be available starting approximately one hour after the completion of the conference call.

About ITG

ITG is an independent execution broker and research 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, the ultimate resolution of the SEC’s AlterNet investigation and any customer or shareholder actions resulting from the matter or the underlying circumstances, 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
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenues:
Commissions and fees $110,860 $106,453 $229,786 $214,877
Recurring 26,447 24,975 53,379 50,552
Other 3,187 7,038 7,056 10,646
Total revenues 140,494 138,466 290,221 276,075
Expenses:
Compensation and employee benefits 53,899 52,720 111,307 103,897
Transaction processing 25,187 20,109 49,760 40,605
Occupancy and equipment 14,470 14,985 28,842 30,063
Telecommunications and data processing services 13,011 12,655 25,783 25,352
Other general and administrative 42,408 20,715 60,165 39,820
Interest expense 468 594 973 1,230
Total expenses 149,443 121,778 276,830 240,967
(Loss) income before income tax expense (8,949) 16,688 13,391 35,108
Income tax expense 1,261 3,762 6,868 8,562
Net (loss) income $(10,210) $12,926 $6,523 $26,546
(Loss) income per share:
Basic $(0.30) $0.36 $0.19 $0.74
Diluted $(0.30) $0.35 $0.18 $0.72
Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding 34,076 35,720 34,172 35,900
Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding 34,076 36,641 35,329 36,933

INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Financial Data (unaudited)
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenues by Geographic Region:
U.S. Operations $75,473 $77,267 $155,927 $152,873
Canadian Operations 16,703 17,794 35,616 37,012
European Operations 33,575 31,064 70,180 63,854
Asia Pacific Operations 14,514 12,063 28,036 21,760
Corporate 229 278 462 576
Total Revenues $140,494 $138,466 $290,221 $276,075

Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenues by Product Group:
Electronic Brokerage $75,048 $73,193 $155,502 $146,076
Research, Sales and Trading 30,379 30,311 62,892 59,556
Platforms 23,550 23,333 48,623 47,066
Analytics 11,288 11,351 22,742 22,801
Corporate (non-product) 229 278 462 576
Total Revenues $140,494 $138,466 $290,221 $276,075

INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(In thousands, except share amounts)
June 30,
2015
December 31,
2014
Assets(unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents$211,787 $275,210
Cash restricted or segregated under regulations and other 35,426 38,080
Deposits with clearing organizations 110,033 72,527
Securities owned, at fair value 10,612 12,073
Receivables from brokers, dealers and clearing organizations 1,010,335 644,614
Receivables from customers 105,551 107,935
Premises and equipment, net 55,236 60,306
Capitalized software, net 39,283 38,333
Goodwill 12,945 12,803
Intangibles, net 29,985 31,595
Income taxes receivable 3,642 105
Deferred taxes 29,419 37,209
Other assets 24,241 20,059
Total assets$1,678,495 $1,350,849
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$189,904 $199,211
Short‑term bank loans 81,149 78,360
Payables to brokers, dealers and clearing organizations 954,103 600,041
Payables to customers 31,324 11,132
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value 6,996 8,253
Income taxes payable 7,525 19,772
Deferred taxes 703
Term debt 11,962 17,781
Total liabilities 1,282,963 935,253
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; 52,265,654 and 52,229,962 shares issued at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively 523 522
Additional paid‑in capital 235,766 240,135
Retained earnings 491,600 487,462
Common stock held in treasury, at cost; 18,299,591 and 18,000,756 shares at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively (321,443) (306,629)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (net of tax) (10,914) (5,894)
Total stockholders’ equity 395,532 415,596
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$1,678,495 $1,350,849


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 non-operating items. Adjusted net income, and related per share amounts, adjusted expenses, 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
June 30, 2015
Six Months
Ended
June 30, 2015
Total revenues $140,494 $290,221
Total expenses 149,443 276,830
Less:
Reserve SEC settlement and related costs (1) (22,647) (22,647)
Adjusted expenses 126,796 254,183
(Loss) income before income tax expense (8,949) 13,391
Effect of adjustments 22,647 22,647
Adjusted pre-tax income 13,698 36,038
Income tax expense 1,261 6,868
Tax effect of adjustments (1) 1,077 1,077
Adjusted income tax expense 2,338 7,945
Net (loss) income (10,210) 6,523
Net effect of adjustments 21,570 21,570
Adjusted net income $11,360 $28,093
Diluted (loss) earnings per share $(0.30) $0.18
Net effect of adjustments 0.62 0.61
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $0.32 $0.80

Notes:

(1) In the second quarter of 2015, the Company reserved $20.3 million for a probable settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the Company incurred legal and other related costs of $2.3 million. A tax benefit of $1.1 million was recorded primarily on the legal and other related costs.


Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings
Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net Income (1)(2) $ (10,210) $ 12,926 $ 6,523 $ 26,546
Impact of adjustments, after-tax 21,570 - 21,570 -
Adjusted net income 11,360 12,926 28,093 26,546
Deduct:
Investment income (221) (271) (443) (559)
Add Back:
Interest expense 468 594 973 1,230
Provision for income taxes 1,261 3,762 6,868 8,562
Tax effect of adjustments 1,077 - 1,077 -
Depreciation and Amortization 11,112 12,831 22,273 25,865
Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization $ 25,057 $ 29,842 $ 58,841 $ 61,644
Notes:
(1) Net income includes pre-tax charges for non-cash stock-based compensation of $4.6 million and $3.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
(2) Net income includes pre-tax charges for non-cash stock-based compensation of $9.5 million and $7.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.





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

Source:Investment Technology Group Inc.