BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) today reported second quarter 2013 diluted EPS of $4.19, up 36% from a year ago. Revenue increased 11% from the second quarter 2012, reflecting growth in markets, long-dated net new business and higher performance fees. Operating income for the second quarter 2013 was $849 million with an operating margin of 34.2%. In connection with the PennyMac IPO during the second quarter 2013, the Company recorded a non-cash, non-operating pre-tax gain of $39 million related to the carrying value of the Company’s equity method investment. Subsequent to the PennyMac IPO, the Company contributed 6.1 million units of its PennyMac investment to a new Donor Advised Fund (“DAF”) (the “Charitable Contribution”). The Charitable Contribution resulted in an operating expense of $124 million, offset by an $80 million non-cash, non-operating pre-tax gain on the contributed units and a tax benefit of approximately $57 million.
As adjusted results
Second quarter 2013 diluted EPS of $4.15 improved 34% and operating income of $982 million rose 18% compared with the second quarter 2012. Diluted EPS included operating income of $4.10 per diluted share and net non-operating income of $0.05 per diluted share, including the $39 million non-cash, pre-tax gain related to the PennyMac IPO. The financial impact related to the Charitable Contribution has been excluded from as adjusted results. Operating margin of 41.3% in the second quarter 2013 rose 210 bps from the second quarter 2012. Compared with the first quarter 2013, operating margin rose 130 bps, reflecting growth in base fees, lower payroll taxes and lower organizational costs, partially offset by lower performance fees and higher brand campaign costs.
“Our second quarter results, which reflect adjusted operating income up 18% year-over-year, once again highlight the strength of our globally diversified multi-client platform that was built to deliver in all market environments,” commented Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock. “During the quarter we generated record base fees and $11.9 billion in long-dated net new business across a broad range of products, including 11 funds that each raised more than $1 billion. These funds showcased the diversity of our offering, with representation across all major asset classes, client segments and geographies. Results were driven by global demand from retail and institutional clients for multi-asset class, unconstrained fixed income and retail alternative products. Our strong product capabilities in the retail alternative mutual fund space, coupled with our broad distribution platform, uniquely position us in this high growth segment, where second quarter net flows of $1.1 billion drove sequential quarter AUM growth of 72%.”