National Holdings Corporation Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2017 Results

NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:NHLD) (“National” or the “Company”), a leading full service independent brokerage, investment banking and asset management firm providing diverse services including tax preparation, today announced its financial results for the fiscal first quarter 2017 ended December 31, 2016.

First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue of $44.6 million, versus $39.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2016
  • Investment banking revenue increased 59% to $9.7 million
  • Commissions and related revenues increased 6.5% over the prior year comparative quarter
  • Pre-tax earnings of $5.7 million
    - $4.1 million of pre-tax earnings was due to a non-operating, non-taxable income adjustment, due to a change in the fair value of the firm's warrant liability
    - Adjusted pre-tax earnings (minus the warrant liability valuation change) was $1.6 million versus a loss of $.6 million in first quarter 2016

Management Commentary

Michael Mullen, Chief Executive Officer of National stated, "The first quarter of fiscal 2017 kicked off on a positive note after the close of the Fortress tender offer near the end of the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter, and ended even stronger with tremendous current period results from our investment banking division. This quarter truly marked the beginning of a new focus and unified vision for our company that hinges on the premise of streamlining our business and focusing on creating value for our clients and shareholders. With our management team’s support and dedication, we have seen growth across very important lines of our business and believe our Company is on the path for great success.“

Fiscal First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

National reported first quarter revenue of $44.6 million, up $4.9 million or 12.5% over the first quarter of fiscal 2016. Total expenses increased $2.7 million or 6.6% to $42.9 million in the quarter.

Investment banking revenue increased to $9.7 million in fiscal 2017, up 59% from a very good quarter in fiscal 2016.

Net dealer inventory gains were essentially flat at $2.5 million; Investment Advisory was down $.3 million to $3.4 million, principally due to the elimination of an unprofitable business in December 2015; and Tax preparation and accounting services was essentially flat to the prior year in an off-season quarter. Each of these businesses has been reviewed for efficiency and is operating profitably.

Total expenses increased $2.7 million in the comparative quarter, and $2.5 million of that was in the commissions, compensation and fees category. The increase in this category of expense is due to the increase in Investment banking and commission revenue and associated compensation agreements.

Pre-tax earnings were positively impacted by $4.1 million, due to the change in the fair value of warrants issuable in the current quarter, as the value of the warrant liability declined at the December 31, 2016 measurement date. This adjustment is a non-operating, non-taxable income adjustment and should be viewed as such.

As a result of the positive operating and non-operating pre-tax results, net income increased to $5.7 million in the current quarter, versus a loss of $.6 million in the comparative prior year quarter. Earnings per share, basic and fully diluted, were $.41 and $(.04) respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA increased to $2.1 million in the quarter from $(0.2) million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2016, National had $26.2 million of cash and cash equivalents, versus $27.5 million as of September 30, 2016. The Company's balance sheet remains debt free.

About National Holdings Corporation

National Holdings Corporation is a full-service investment banking and asset management firm that provides a range of services, including independent retail brokerage and advisory services, investment banking, institutional sales and trading and equity research, financial planning, market making, tax preparation, insurance and annuities, to corporations, institutional investors and high net-worth clients. With over 1,100 independent advisors, registered reps, traders, sales associates and corporate staff, the Company is a leading Independent Advisor and Broker services company. National operates through five subsidiaries: National Securities Corporation, vFinance Investments, Inc., National Insurance Corporation, National Asset Management, Inc. and Gilman Ciocia, Inc. The Company’s National Securities subsidiary was founded in 1947. National was organized in 1999 and is headquartered in New York and Florida. For more information, visit


This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements. Any such statements, other than statements of historical fact, are based on management’s current expectations, estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions about the Company, its current and prospective portfolio investments, and its industry. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control, difficult to predict and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Actual developments and results are likely to vary materially from these estimates and projections as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in National’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such statements speak only as of the time when made, and National undertakes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

December 31,
September 30,
Cash$22,176,000 $21,694,000
Restricted cash354,000 354,000
Cash deposits with clearing organizations1,030,000 1,030,000
Securities owned, at fair value1,206,000 2,357,000
Receivables from broker-dealers and clearing organizations2,858,000 3,357,000
Forgivable loans receivable1,528,000 1,712,000
Other receivables, net3,868,000 5,430,000
Prepaid expenses1,854,000 1,910,000
Fixed assets, net1,230,000 1,164,000
Intangible assets, net5,718,000 5,704,000
Goodwill6,531,000 6,531,000
Deferred tax asset, net8,690,000 8,958,000
Other assets, principally refundable deposits344,000 345,000
Total Assets$57,387,000 $60,546,000
Securities sold, but not yet purchased, at fair value$1,000 $298,000
Accrued commissions and payroll payable10,191,000 11,940,000
Accounts payable and accrued expenses5,213,000 7,166,000
Deferred clearing and marketing credits943,000 995,000
Warrants issuable9,963,000 14,055,000
Other244,000 319,000
Total Liabilities26,555,000 34,773,000
Stockholders’ Equity
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized; none outstanding
Common stock $0.02 par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized; 12,437,916 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 and September 30, 2016248,000 248,000
Additional paid-in-capital66,353,000 66,353,000
Accumulated deficit(35,784,000) (40,843,000)
Total National Holdings Corporation Stockholders’ Equity30,817,000 25,758,000
Non-Controlling interest15,000 15,000
Total Stockholders’ Equity30,832,000 25,773,000
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity$57,387,000 $60,546,000

Three Month Period Ended
December 31,
2016 2015
Commissions$24,506,000 $22,995,000
Net dealer inventory gains2,511,000 2,544,000
Investment banking9,726,000 6,117,000
Investment advisory3,385,000 3,660,000
Interest and dividends716,000 918,000
Transaction fees and clearing services2,498,000 2,372,000
Tax preparation and accounting856,000 900,000
Other371,000 116,000
Total Revenues44,569,000 39,622,000
Operating Expenses
Commissions, compensation and fees37,258,000 34,710,000
Clearing fees738,000 763,000
Communications722,000 829,000
Occupancy1,008,000 935,000
License and registration405,000 355,000
Professional fees1,263,000 1,086,000
Interest4,000 1,000
Depreciation and amortization295,000 300,000
Other administrative expenses1,230,000 1,287,000
Total Operating Expenses42,923,000 40,266,000
Income (Loss) before Other Income and Income Taxes1,646,000 (644,000)
Other Income
Change in fair value of warrants issuable4,092,000
Total Other Income4,092,000
Income (Loss) before Income Taxes5,738,000 (644,000)
Income tax expense (benefit)679,000 (191,000)
Net Income (Loss)$5,059,000 $(453,000)
Net income (loss) per share - Basic$0.41 $(0.04)
Net income (loss) per share - Diluted$0.41 $(0.04)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - Basic12,437,916 12,446,064
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - Diluted12,438,474 12,446,064

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To provide investors with greater insight, promote transparency and allow for a more comprehensive understanding of the information used by management in its financial and operational decision-making, the Company supplements its consolidated statements of income presented on a GAAP basis with non-GAAP financial measures of earnings. Please refer to the schedule in this release for a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures.

Management uses Earnings before Interest, Income Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”) and adjusted EBITDA as financial measures to evaluate the profitability and efficiency of the Company’s business model. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not presented in accordance with GAAP.

Investors should consider the non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, the Company’s non-GAAP measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, even if similar terms are used to identify such measures.

National Holdings Corporation
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Measures
Three Months Ended December 31,
2016 2015
Net income (loss), as reported$5,059,000 $(453,000)
Interest expense4,000 1,000
Income taxes (benefit)679,000 (191,000)
Depreciation98,000 107,000
Amortization197,000 193,000
EBITDA6,037,000 (343,000)
Non-cash compensation expense 37,000
Change in fair value of warrants issuable(4,092,000)
Forgivable loan amortization201,000 141,000
EBITDA, as adjusted$2,146,000 $(165,000)

Contacts: National Holdings Corporation: Michael Mullen, Chief Executive Officer, Email:, Telephone: +1 212-417-8055 Investor Relations, Email:, Telephone: +1 212 554 4351

Source:National Holdings Corporation