October 28, 2015

Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

Quarterly Dividend Increased 14%

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. (NYSE: WHG) today reported that third quarter 2015 revenues rose 15% to $32.5 million, a $4.4 million increase compared to revenues of $28.1 million in the third quarter of 2014, with $2.5 million of the increase attributable to the Woodway acquisition. Assets Under Management ("AUM") totaled $20.4 billion at September 30, 2015.

Third quarter 2015 net income of $7.0 million was relatively flat versus the third quarter of 2014. Diluted earnings per share ("Diluted EPS") was $0.87, compared to Diluted EPS of $0.92 for the same period of the prior year, primarily due to an increase in diluted weighted average shares outstanding. Shares issued or contingently issuable in connection with the Woodway acquisition accounted for $0.02 of the decrease in Diluted EPS. Third quarter 2015 non-GAAP Economic Earnings of $12.4 million increased 14% from $10.9 million in the third quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP Economic Earnings per share of $1.55 increased 10% from $1.41 in the third quarter of 2014.

Highlights related to our third quarter 2015 results include:

  • Revenues increased 15% to $32.5 million compared to the same period last year.
  • Cash dividend of $0.57, an increase of 14% from the previous quarterly dividend rate.
  • Strong relative performance for our high conviction U.S. value equity and global convertible strategies.

Brian Casey, Westwood's President & CEO, commented, "The third quarter reminded us that volatility remains alive and well across the capital markets. We believe the sell-off was indiscriminate, particularly in the Emerging Markets and MLP asset classes. The performance of many of our strategies has been strong this year, especially for our U.S. value equity and convertible offerings. Our business continues to perform well, and we are pleased to announce a meaningful increase in our dividend this quarter, extending our history of providing our shareholders with an attractive yield."

Westwood's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.57 per common share, an increase of 14% from the previous quarterly dividend rate, payable on January 4, 2016 to stockholders of record on December 15, 2015. At quarter end, Westwood had $80 million in cash and investments, stockholders' equity of $130 million, and no debt.

Economic Earnings and Economic EPS are non-GAAP performance measures and are explained and reconciled with the most comparable GAAP numbers in the attached tables.

Westwood will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2015 results and other business matters at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time today. To join the conference call, dial 877-303-6235 (domestic and Canada) or 631-291-4837 (international). The conference call can also be accessed via our Investor Relations page at westwoodgroup.com and will be available for replay through November 4, 2015 by dialing 855-859-2056 (domestic and Canada) or 404-537-3406 (international) and then entering the passcode 55597552.

About Westwood

Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. provides investment management services to institutional investors, private wealth clients and financial intermediaries. With $20.4 billion in assets under management (as of September 30, 2015), the firm offers a range of investment strategies including U.S. equities, Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), Multi-Asset, Global and Emerging Markets equities, and Global Convertible securities portfolios. Access to these strategies is available through separate accounts, commingled funds, the Westwood Funds® family of mutual funds, and UCITS funds. Westwood benefits from significant, broad-based employee ownership and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "WHG." Based in Dallas, Westwood also maintains offices in Toronto, Boston, Omaha and Houston.

For more information on Westwood, please visit www.westwoodgroup.com.

For more information on the Westwood Funds®, please visit www.westwoodfunds.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not purely historical facts, including, without limitation, statements about our expected future financial position, results of operations or cash flows, as well as other statements including without limitation, words such as "anticipate," "forecast," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "should," "could," "goal," "may," "target," "designed," "on track," "comfortable with," "optimistic" and other similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Actual results and the timing of some events could differ materially from those projected in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including, without limitation: regulations adversely affecting the financial services industry; the composition and market value of our assets under management; competition in the investment management industry; our investments in foreign companies; our ability to develop and market new investment strategies successfully; our ability to pursue and properly integrate acquired businesses; litigation risks; our ability to retain qualified personnel; our relationships with current and potential customers; our ability to properly address conflicts of interest; our ability to maintain adequate insurance coverage; our ability to maintain an effective information systems; our ability to maintain effective cyber security; our ability to maintain an effective system of internal controls; our ability to maintain our fee structure in light of competitive fee pressures; our relationships with investment consulting firms; the significant concentration of our revenues in a small number of customers; and the other risks detailed from time to time in Westwood's SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2015, June 30, 2015, and September 30, 2015. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, Westwood is not obligated to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

   
WESTWOOD HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(in thousands, except per share and share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
2015
    June 30,
2015
    September 30,
2014
REVENUES:
Advisory fees:
Asset based $ 24,940 $ 27,458 $ 22,857
Performance based 1,918
Trust fees 7,973 7,921 5,282
Other, net   (462 )   14   (17 )
Total revenues   32,451     37,311   28,122  
 
EXPENSES:
Employee compensation and benefits $ 15,686 $ 16,512 $ 13,309
Sales and marketing 419 496 430
Westwood mutual funds 865 901 591
Information technology 1,626 1,422 807
Professional services 1,178 1,031 983
General and administrative   2,175     2,197   1,410  
Total expenses   21,949     22,559   17,530  
Income before income taxes 10,502 14,752 10,592
Provision for income taxes   3,489     4,957   3,474  
Net income $ 7,013   $ 9,795 $ 7,118  
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Foreign currency translation adjustments   (1,386 )   233   (578 )
Total comprehensive income $ 5,627   $ 10,028 $ 6,540  
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.90   $ 1.25 $ 0.95  
Diluted $ 0.87   $ 1.23 $ 0.92  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic   7,808,239     7,806,031   7,525,489  
Diluted   8,037,080     7,961,406   7,734,309  
     
Economic Earnings $ 12,434   $ 14,352 $ 10,881  
Economic EPS $ 1.55   $ 1.80 $ 1.41  
     
Dividends declared per share $ 0.50   $ 0.50 $ 0.44  
 
   
WESTWOOD HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(in thousands, except per share and share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
2015     2014
REVENUES:
Advisory fees:
Asset based $ 76,327 $ 65,341
Performance based 2,206 3,806
Trust fees 21,044 15,461
Other, net   (207 )   368  
Total revenues   99,370     84,976  
 
EXPENSES:
Employee compensation and benefits 47,507 39,026
Sales and marketing 1,310 1,092
Westwood mutual funds 2,593 1,965
Information technology 4,085 2,536
Professional services 4,281 3,554
General and administrative   5,962     4,242  
Total expenses   65,738     52,415  
Income before income taxes 33,632 32,561
Provision for income taxes   11,214     11,290  
Net income $ 22,418   $ 21,271  
Other comprehensive loss:
Foreign currency translation adjustments   (2,541 )   (600 )
Total comprehensive income $ 19,877   $ 20,671  
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 2.90   $ 2.83  
Diluted $ 2.78   $ 2.73  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic   7,737,608     7,507,937  
Diluted   8,076,055     7,801,073  
   
Economic Earnings $ 36,201   $ 31,758  
Economic EPS $ 4.48   $ 4.07  
   
Dividends declared per share $ 1.50   $ 1.32  
 
       
WESTWOOD HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)
(unaudited)
 

September 30,
2015

December 31,
2014

ASSETS
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 23,883 $ 18,131
Accounts receivable 19,997 14,540
Investments, at fair value 56,457 79,620
Deferred income taxes 6,634 4,060
Other current assets   2,309     2,413  
Total current assets 109,280 118,764
Goodwill 25,091 11,255
Deferred income taxes 3,066 3,792
Intangible assets, net 25,866 3,430
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $3,293 and $2,720   2,914     2,633  
Total assets $ 166,217   $ 139,874  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 2,634 $ 2,334
Dividends payable 5,060 4,868
Compensation and benefits payable 15,449 18,504
Contingent consideration 9,102
Income taxes payable   1,305     1,498  
Total current liabilities 33,550 27,204
Accrued dividends 1,392 1,450
Deferred rent   1,138     1,213  
Total liabilities   36,080     29,867  
 
Stockholders' Equity:
Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 25,000,000 shares, issued 9,428,773 and outstanding 8,614,207 shares at September 30, 2015; issued 9,010,255 and outstanding 8,308,460 shares at December 31, 2014 94 90
Additional paid-in capital 139,874 119,859
Treasury stock, at cost - 814,566 shares at September 30, 2015; 701,795 shares at December 31, 2014 (35,976 ) (29,028 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,772 ) (1,231 )
Retained earnings   29,917     20,317  
Total stockholders' equity   130,137     110,007  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 166,217   $ 139,874  
 
   
WESTWOOD HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
2015     2014
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income $ 22,418 $ 21,271
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation 606 436
Amortization of intangible assets 951 270
Unrealized gains on trading investments 484 (29 )
Stock based compensation expense 12,560 10,103
Deferred income taxes (1,923 ) (4,227 )
Excess tax benefits from stock based compensation (1,432 ) (1,850 )
Net sales of investments - trading securities 22,679 (8,528 )
Other (3 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (5,332 ) 478
Other current assets 236 367
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 537 10
Compensation and benefits payable (2,052 ) (3,887 )
Income taxes payable and prepaid income taxes 1,899 6,496
Other liabilities   (28 )   (42 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   51,600     20,868  
 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property and equipment (704 ) (337 )
Acquisition of Woodway   (24,133 )    
Net cash used in investing activities   (24,837 )   (337 )
 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of treasury stock (1,327 ) (669 )
Restricted stock returned for payment of taxes (5,621 ) (5,190 )
Excess tax benefits from stock based compensation 1,432 1,850
Cash dividends   (13,065 )   (10,637 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (18,581 )   (14,646 )
Effect of currency rate changes on cash (2,430 ) (264 )
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 5,752 5,621
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   18,131     10,864  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 23,883   $ 16,485  
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Cash paid during the period for income taxes $ 11,664   $ 9,073  
Common stock issued for acquisition $ 5,292   $  
Non-cash accrued contingent consideration $ 9,102   $  
 
   
WESTWOOD HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Net Income to Economic Earnings
(in thousands, except per share and share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
2015
    June 30,
2015
    September 30,
2014
Net Income $ 7,013 $ 9,795 $ 7,118
Add: Stock based compensation expense 4,865 4,017 3,635
Add: Intangible amortization 400 462 90
Add: Tax benefit from goodwill amortization   156   78   38
Economic earnings $ 12,434 $ 14,352 $ 10,881
 
Diluted weighted average shares 8,037,080 7,961,406 7,734,309
Economic EPS $ 1.55 $ 1.80 $ 1.41
 
   
Nine Months Ended September 30,
2015     2014
Net Income $ 22,418 $ 21,271
Add: Stock based compensation expense 12,560 10,103
Add: Intangible amortization 951 270
Add: Tax benefit from goodwill amortization   272   114
Economic earnings $ 36,201 $ 31,758
 
Diluted weighted average shares 8,076,055 7,801,073
Economic EPS $ 4.48 $ 4.07
 

As supplemental information, we are providing non-GAAP performance measures that we refer to as Economic Earnings and Economic Earnings per share ("Economic EPS"). We provide these measures in addition to, not as a substitute for, net income and earnings per share, which are reported on a GAAP basis. Management reviews Economic Earnings and Economic EPS to evaluate Westwood's ongoing performance, allocate resources, and review dividend policy. We believe that these non-GAAP performance measures, while not substitutes for GAAP net income or earnings per share, are useful for management and investors when evaluating Westwood's underlying operating and financial performance and its available resources. We do not advocate that investors consider these non-GAAP measures without also considering financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

We define Economic Earnings as net income plus non-cash equity-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets and deferred taxes related to goodwill. Although depreciation on fixed assets is a non-cash expense, we do not add it back when calculating Economic Earnings because depreciation charges represent an allocation of the decline in the value of the related assets that will ultimately require replacement. In addition, we do not adjust Economic Earnings for tax deductions related to restricted stock expense or amortization of intangible assets. Economic EPS represents Economic Earnings divided by diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

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Westwood Holdings Group, Inc.
Tiffany B. Kice, 214-756-6900
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

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