LYNNFIELD, Mass., Feb. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investors Capital Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE Amex:ICH) ("the Company"), a financial services holding company, posted third quarter net income of $0.35 million on total revenue of $21.43 million for the period ended December 31, 2010 ("the quarter") compared to net income of $0.43 million on total revenue of $21.05 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 ("prior period"). The Company operates primarily through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Investors Capital Corporation ("ICC"), a dually registered broker-dealer and investment advisory firm.
Total revenue for the quarter grew by $0.38 million, or 1.8%, compared to the prior period. The increase is due primarily to a rise in commissionable revenues as markets continue to rebound from the recent recession. Commission revenue, which accounts for 81.5% of total revenue, increased 1.7% to $17.47 million. Advisory fees, which account for 15.2% of total revenue, grew 3.4% to $3.27 million. The rise in advisory revenue reflects growth in market asset values, as well as new investment contributions.
"Our focus continues to be on quality advisors, assets, and profits," said Timothy B. Murphy, the Company's President and CEO. "Our net capital position remains strong; the markets and economy are improving; trading volume is increasing. We know where we want to go and how we want to get there. All we have to do is execute."At quarter end, the firm's net capital position strengthened to $2.99 million (an excess of $2.51 million) with a net capital ratio of 2.38:1. The SEC Uniform Net Capital Rule (Rule 15c3-1) requires that Investors Capital maintain net capital of $100,000 and a ratio of specified aggregate indebtedness to net capital (a "net capital ratio") not to exceed 15 to 1. Investors Capital continues to benefit from improving the overall quality of its representatives, a key component of the Company's strategy for achieving growth in revenues and net income. The firm seeks to continually improve the quality of its representatives by helping them expand their skills and practices, recruiting established, high-quality representatives, and terminating low-quality advisors. The firm's average revenue per representative, based on a rolling 12-month period, rose again in the third quarter to $145,153, an increase of 12.5% over $129,006 for the prior rolling 12-month period.