Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. (NYSE: WHG) today reported 2012 fourth quarter revenues of $20.6 million, a 21.4% increase compared to revenues of $17.0 million in the same period of 2011. Economic Earnings were $6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $6.7 million for the last quarter of 2011. Economic Earnings per share (“Economic EPS”) were $0.89 in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $0.92 in the last quarter of 2011. Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $0.49 compared to $0.57 in the same period in 2011. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $3.6 million compared to $4.1 million in the prior year period.
Westwood’s 2012 fourth quarter results include a pre-tax gain of $1.0 million related to the sale of 100,000 shares of Teton Advisors. Fourth quarter 2012 costs continued to reflect our significant up-front investment in Westwood International Advisors, Inc. (“WIA”), our Toronto-based subsidiary launched in mid-2012. WIA costs aggregated $3.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 while revenues totaled less than $2 million. Excluding WIA related items, fourth quarter Economic EPS and diluted earnings per share would have been $1.05 and $0.64, respectively.
Brian Casey, Westwood’s President & CEO, commented, “We are very pleased with our fourth quarter results which provided an excellent finish to a successful year for Westwood. WIA’s Emerging Markets and Global Equity strategies have experienced strong demand with assets under management now approaching $1 billion, and WIA has built a robust pipeline of prospective new customers. We are confident that WIA offers attractive investment opportunities and will drive significant long term growth for Westwood. We experienced significant cash inflows to our Income Opportunity strategy last year, and benefited from improved equity markets. Income Opportunity recently completed its 10 year track record finishing in the top decile of its peer group. Our strong financial position enables us to continue to make disciplined investments that enhance client service and grow our platform. At December 31, 2012 Westwood had over $63.7 million of cash and investments, with stockholders’ equity of $76.5 million and no debt.”
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