Declares $0.20 per Share Quarterly Cash Dividend
Financial Highlights for the three months ended March 31, 2016:
- Net revenues of $17.9 million
- Net loss of $5.5 million, or $0.72 per share
- Repurchased 545 thousand shares of common stock, through a combination of open market purchases and tax settlements on employee share vestings, at a total cost of $9.1 million
- Shareholders’ equity of $195 million and tangible book value per share of $24.60 on March 31, 2016
ARLINGTON, Va., April 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FBR & Co. (NASDAQ:FBRC) ("FBR" or the “Company"), a leading investment bank serving the middle market, today reported a net loss of $5.5 million, or $0.72 per share, on revenues of $17.9 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to a net loss of $2.5 million, or $0.29 per share, on revenues of $27.1 million for the first quarter of 2015, and a net loss of $4.4 million, or $0.59 per share, on revenues of $23.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.
“The initial equity market faced significant headwinds during the first quarter of 2016, with volumes down over 80 percent from the year ago period and at a level not seen since the first quarter of 2009. Despite valuations in the market having recovered from marked first quarter volatility, the IPO market continues to be challenged,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard J. Hendrix. “We continue to focus our efforts on those aspects of our business that are most controllable – fixed expenses and capital management – along with reestablishing transaction momentum and building the pipeline of opportunities within our capital markets business.”
Composition of Revenues
Investment banking revenue was $4.2 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $12.7 million for the first quarter of 2015 and $14.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. During the quarter, FBR completed 11 client engagements representing $975 million in transaction value, compared to 13 transactions representing $2.5 billion in transaction value for the same period in 2015, and 16 transactions representing $1.9 billion in transaction value in the fourth quarter of 2015. Advisory revenue represented 39 percent of investment banking revenues in the first quarter of 2016 compared to 27 percent in the first quarter of 2015 and 30 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Net revenue generated in institutional brokerage was $14.4 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $13.7 million for the same period in 2015, and $12.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Cash equities trading and securities lending both contributed to the increase in revenues year-over-year, as the same volatility that caused difficulties in the new issue markets brought improved volumes and liquidity opportunities for our institutional clients.
Investment Income, Net Interest Income and Dividends
Net investment losses, including interest and dividends, were $0.7 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to net income of $0.6 million for the same period in 2015, and net losses of $2.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.
Non-compensation fixed expenses for the first quarter of 2016 totaled $9.7 million, compared to $10.1 million and $11.7 million for the first and fourth quarters of 2015, respectively. Compensation and benefits expense for the first quarter of 2016 was $18.0 million, compared to $18.0 million for the same period in 2015, and $17.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.
At March 31, 2016, the Company had 287 full-time employees, compared to 303 at December 31, 2015, and 290 at March 31, 2015.
Share Repurchase Activity
During the quarter ended March 31, 2016, the Company repurchased approximately 152 thousand shares of its common stock in the open market at an aggregate price of $2.7 million, or an average price of $17.45 per share. Also, FBR acquired an additional 393 thousand shares outside of the share repurchase program as a result of tax settlements relating to employee stock vestings for $6.5 million. As of March 31, 2016, the Company had 848 thousand shares remaining under its repurchase authorization.
Since 2010, FBR has repurchased 11.6 million shares in the open market, thereby returning over $227 million to shareholders.
The Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per common share to be paid May 27, 2016 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 9, 2016.
As of March 31, 2016, FBR continues to maintain an unlevered and transparent balance sheet, with cash and cash equivalents of $52.8 million, compared to $70.1 million as of December 31, 2015. Over the last twelve months, FBR has significantly reduced its investment and trading desk positions in order to fund repurchase activity and expects to reduce positions further over the next several months. The Company ended the first quarter of 2016 with net investment positions of approximately $65 million, down from $87 million at the end of 2015.
Shareholders’ equity as of March 31, 2016 was $195 million, and tangible book value per share was $24.60, based on 7.66 million shares outstanding, compared to shareholders’ equity of $211 million and tangible book value per share of $27.83 as of December 31, 2015. The decline in tangible book value per share was primarily due to the net issuance of 464 thousand new common shares related to the vesting of long-term equity awards during the first quarter of 2016.
Investors wishing to listen to the earnings call at 9:00 A.M. U.S. EDT, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, may do so via the Web or conference call at:
Webcast link: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/yfq5kek7
Conference call dial-in number (domestic, toll-free): 855.425.4204
Conference call dial-in number (international): 484.756.4245
Access code: 81793294
FBR & Co. (Nasdaq:FBRC) provides investment banking, merger and acquisition advisory, institutional brokerage, and research services through its subsidiaries FBR Capital Markets & Co. and MLV & Co. FBR focuses capital and financial expertise on the following industry sectors: consumer; energy & natural resources; financial institutions; healthcare; industrials; insurance; real estate; and technology, media & telecom. FBR is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with offices throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.fbr.com.
Statements in this release concerning future performance, developments, events, market forecasts, revenues, expenses, earnings, run rates and any other guidance on present or future periods constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors, risks and uncertainties that might cause actual results to differ materially from stated expectations or current circumstances. These factors include, but are not limited to, the effect of demand for public and private securities offerings, activity in the secondary securities markets, interest rates, the risks associated with merchant banking investments, the realization of gains and losses on principal investments, available technologies, competition for business and personnel, and general economic, political and market conditions. Financial results may fluctuate substantially from quarter-to-quarter depending on the number, size and timing of completed transactions. We have experienced, and expect to experience in the future, significant variations in our revenues and results of operations and, as a result, are unlikely to achieve steady and predictable earnings on a quarterly basis. For a discussion of these and other risks and important factors that could affect FBR's future results and financial condition, see "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in Part II, Item 7 of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015; and other items throughout the Company's Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.
Financial data follows.
|FBR & CO.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Net investment (loss) income||(918||)||3,350|
|Dividends & other||123||271|
|Revenues, net of interest expense||17,900||27,095|
|Compensation and benefits||17,995||17,955|
|Clearing and brokerage fees||1,284||1,223|
|Occupancy and equipment||3,333||3,058|
|Other operating expenses||1,585||1,430|
|Total non-interest expenses||29,985||30,938|
|Loss before income taxes||(12,085||)||(3,843||)|
|Income tax benefit||(6,631||)||(1,321||)|
|Basic loss per share||$||(0.72||)||$||(0.29||)|
|Diluted loss per share||$||(0.72||)||$||(0.29||)|
|Weighted average shares - basic||7,567||8,827|
|Weighted average shares - diluted||7,567||8,827|
|Cash dividends per common share||$||0.20||$||-|
|FBR & CO.|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||52,783||$||70,067|
|Due from brokers, dealers and clearing organizations||10,981||5,513|
|Financial instruments owned, at fair value||69,318||94,923|
|Other investments, at cost||6,539||6,539|
|Goodwill and intangibles||6,142||6,273|
|Furniture, equipment, software and leasehold improvements, net||14,466||15,071|
|Deferred tax assets, net of valuation allowance||44,642||37,497|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||5,367||5,172|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Financial instruments sold but not yet purchased, at fair value||2,177||1,934|
|Accrued compensation and benefits||3,476||13,325|
|Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities||17,433||19,947|
|Additional paid-in capital||263,537||259,011|
|Restricted stock units||20,077||35,929|
|Total shareholders' equity||194,500||210,767|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||1,068,043||$||933,416|
|Book Value per Share||$||25.40||$||28.69|
|Tangible Book Value per Share||$||24.60||$||27.83|
|Shares Outstanding (in thousands)||7,658||7,347|
|FBR & CO.|
|Financial & Statistical Supplement - Operating Results|
|(Dollars in thousands)|
|Q-1 16||Q-4 15||Q-3 15||Q-2 15||Q-1 15|
|Revenues, net of interest expense||$||17,900||$||23,464||$||25,580||$||44,256||$||27,095|
|Income (loss) before income taxes||(12,085||)||(10,004||)||(6,309||)||4,398||(3,843||)|
|Income tax (benefit) provision||(6,631||)||(5,594||)||(2,881||)||1,499||(1,321||)|
|Net (loss) income||$||(5,454||)||$||(4,410||)||$||(3,428||)||$||2,899||$||(2,522||)|
|Return on equity (trailing twelve months)||-4.8||%||-3.2||%||-0.9||%||1.8||%||3.3||%|
|Less: Non-cash expenses1||-||1,701||2,373||1,134||2,398|
|Corporate transaction costs2||-||-||691||-||-|
|Core fixed costs3||$||23,549||$||24,300||$||23,114||$||21,630||$||23,126|
|Revenues per employee (annualized)||$||249||$||310||$||337||$||604||$||374|
|1 Non-cash expenses include compensation costs associated with stock-based awards and amortization of intangibles.|
|2 Corporate transaction costs in Q3 2015 include non-recurring costs related to a business combination.|
|3 Core fixed costs is a non-GAAP measurement used by management to analyze and assess the Company’s fixed operating costs. Management believes that this non-GAAP measurement assists investors in understanding the impact of the items noted in footnotes 1 and 2 on the performance of the Company.|
|A limitation of utilizing this non-GAAP measure is that the GAAP accounting effects of these items do in fact reflect the underlying financial results of the Company and these effects should not be ignored in evaluating and analyzing the Company's financial results. Therefore, management believes fixed expenses on a GAAP basis and core fixed costs on a non-GAAP basis should be considered together.|
Source:FBR & Co.