Penson Reports Advanced Strategic Discussions And 1Q12 Results

Penson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNSN) reported today that it is actively engaged in advanced discussions regarding strategic transactions and will provide further information when appropriate. The Company also reported results from continuing operations for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012 and the filing of its related Form 10-Q.

Penson noted that it has not reached a final agreement with its note holders to exchange their notes for new securities under the proposed exchange offer previously announced, but is continuing with its efforts to restructure its balance sheet. Meanwhile, Penson announced that it made its scheduled interest payment today of $12.5 million on its 12.5% Senior Secured Second Lien Notes due 2017.

1Q12 Results from Continuing Operations

Continuing operations include the Company’s US subsidiary, Penson Financial Services, Inc. (PFSI), including its Penson Futures division, and Nexa Technologies, Inc. The Company’s Canadian subsidiary, Penson Financial Services Canada, Inc., and UK subsidiary, Penson Financial Services Ltd, are treated as discontinued operations and are excluded.
  • Net revenues were $29.3 million, which included in “other revenue” a non-cash $8.8 million write-down of Retama Development Corporation (RDC) related assets. As previously announced, subsequent to the quarter Penson sold substantially all of its RDC related assets. The Company recorded a write-down to fair value of $8.8 million as of March 31, 2012 in respect of these assets and will record a further write-down of $6.3 million that will be reflected in the second quarter of 2012 in respect of the sale. Excluding the first quarter write-down, net revenues from continuing operations were $38.1 million as compared to $42.7 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011 (4Q11).
  • Expenses were $72.3 million, which included $7.9 million in non-recurring items, primarily related to Penson’s strategic initiatives. Excluding non-recurring items from both periods, expenses from continuing operations were $64.4 million as compared to $66.1 million in 4Q11, reflecting progress with the Company’s cost savings plan.
  • Pre-tax operating loss was $43.0 million. Excluding the above mentioned write-down and non-recurring expense items from both periods, pre-tax operating loss from continuing operations was $26.3 million compared to a loss of $23.4 million in 4Q11. On the same basis, and excluding non-cash items for both periods, pre-tax operating loss was $20.3 million as compared to a loss of $14.3 million in 4Q11.
  • Net loss was $43.1 million, or ($1.54) per share, compared to a net loss of $184.7 million, or ($6.68) per share, in 4Q11, which included a $137.4 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge. Excluding the previously noted write-down and non-recurring expense items from both periods, net loss from operations was $26.4 million, or ($0.94) per share, compared to a net loss of $25.6 million, or ($0.93) per share, in 4Q11.

1Q12 Additional Information (Continuing Operations)
  • Non-interest revenues, excluding the above mentioned RDC write-down, were $30.3 million compared to $32.9 million in 4Q11. This reflects the continued slowdown in trading volumes, which saw average daily volumes for the industry decline approximately 8% in equities compared to 4Q11.
  • Net interest revenues were $7.8 million compared to $9.8 million in 4Q11. The change reflected (i) lower yield on excess cash balances in FDIC insured bank accounts, where virtually all customer segregated balances are held, and (ii) lower volumes in securities lending.
  • Regulatory capital: At March 31, 2012, PFSI’s net capital totaled $119.1 million, approximately four times the minimum regulatory requirement of $30.9 million.
  • Correspondent count: At March 31, 2012, PFSI had 305 revenue-generating correspondents, comprised of 237 in securities clearing and 68 in futures operations. Due principally to its technology conversion, which was completed during the quarter, PFSI refrained from on boarding new correspondents. At March 31, 2012, Penson had a signed “pipeline” of 35 new correspondents.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses certain non-GAAP measures of financial performance to supplement the unaudited financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company presents non-GAAP measures when we believe that the additional information is useful and meaningful to investors. Non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meaning and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The presentation of non-GAAP measures is not intended to be a substitute for, and should not be considered in isolation from, the financial measures reported in accordance with GAAP.

EBITDAS (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation) is considered a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by SEC Regulation G. The Company considers EBITDAS an important measure of our financial performance and of our ability to generate cash flows to service debt, fund capital expenditures and fund other corporate investing and financing activities. EBITDAS eliminates the non-cash effect of tangible asset depreciation and amortization, intangible asset amortization and stock-based compensation.

The Company also considers “Adjusted EBITDA” (another non-GAAP financial measure as defined by SEC Regulation G) an important measure of our financial performance and of our ability to generate cash flows to service debt, fund capital expenditures and fund other corporate investing and financing activities. “Adjusted EBITDA” eliminates the effect in the first quarter ended March 31, 2012 of certain litigation, severance and restructuring costs; the RDC write-down; and certain bad debt expense. EBITDAS and “Adjusted EBITDA” should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, pre-tax income, net income and cash flows from operating activities.

About Penson Worldwide: www.penson.com

The Penson Worldwide group of companies provides execution, clearing, custody, settlement and technology infrastructure products and services to financial services firms and others servicing the global financial services industry. The Penson Worldwide group of companies includes Penson Financial Services, Inc., Penson Financial Services Canada Inc., Penson Financial Services Ltd., and Nexa Technologies, Inc., among other companies. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Penson has served the clearing needs of the global financial services industry since 1995.

Penson Financial Services, Inc. is a member of FINRA, New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Arca Exchange, NYSE Amex Equities, NYSE Amex Options, BATS Exchange, Direct Edge Exchanges (EDGA and EDGX), Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Stock Exchange, International Securities Exchange, NASDAQ OMX BX, NASDAQ OMX PHLX, NASDAQ Stock Market, NASDAQ LIFFE, LLC, National Stock Exchange, Options Clearing Corp., Fixed Income Clearing Corp., MSRB, National Securities Clearing Corp., DTC, Euroclear, and SIPC. Penson Financial Services, Inc. is also a registered Futures Commission Merchant and clearing member at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, New York Mercantile Exchange, Comex, Kansas City Board of Trade, Minneapolis Grain Exchange, NYSE Liffe US, NYSE Euronext LIFFE, ONEChicago, ICE CLEAR Europe and ICE Futures USA.

Penson Financial Services Canada Inc. is a participating organization with the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Montreal Exchange, the CNSX Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange, is regulated by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, is a member of the CIPF, CDCC and CDS and subscribes to various Canadian Alternative Trading Systems.

Penson Financial Services Ltd. is a member of the London Stock Exchange, Chi-X Europe, BATS Europe, NYSE Arca, NYSE Euronext, and SmartPool, and is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Forward-Looking Statements: Statements contained in this news release that are not based on current or historical fact are forward-looking in nature. Such forward-looking statements are based on current plans, estimates and expectations. Forward-looking statements are based on known and unknown risks, assumptions, uncertainties and other factors. Actual results, performance, or achievements may differ materially from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Penson undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.
Penson Worldwide, Inc.
           
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
March 31, December 31, March 31,

2012

2011

2011
Revenues
Clearing and commission fees $ 19,223 $ 20,492 $ 30,374
Technology 5,252 5,086 6,020
Interest, gross 12,271 13,268 23,916
Other   (2,985 )   7,296     9,193  
Total revenues 33,761 46,142 69,503
Interest expense from securities operations   4,481     3,431     6,210  
Net revenues   29,280     42,711     63,293  
 
Expenses
Employee compensation and benefits 19,996 17,468 20,260
Floor brokerage, exchange and clearance fees 7,966 7,816 9,183
Communications and data processing 16,893 16,144 14,664
Occupancy and equipment 4,590 6,381 5,792
Bad debt expense 2,692 7,038 194
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment - 137,421 -
Other expenses 10,595 6,546 6,744
Interest expense on long-term debt   9,538     11,415     9,711  
  72,270     210,229     66,548  
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (42,990 ) (167,518 ) (3,255 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   97     17,173     (1,811 )
Loss from continuing operations (43,087 ) (184,691 ) (1,444 )
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax   (5,387 )   4,345     (1,417 )
Net loss $ (48,474 ) $ (180,346 ) $ (2,861 )
 
Income (loss) per share — basic and diluted:
Loss per share from continuing operations $ (1.54 ) $ (6.68 ) $ (0.05 )
Income (loss) per share from discontinued operations $ (0.19 ) $ 0.16   $ (0.05 )
Loss per share $ (1.73 ) $ (6.52 ) $ (0.10 )
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted 27,975 27,672 28,478
 
 
Penson Worldwide, Inc.
       
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(In thousands)
 
March 31, December 31,

2012

2011
(unaudited)

 
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 22,599 $ 43,509
Cash and securities — segregated under federal and other regulations 2,719,217 2,529,301
Receivable from broker-dealers and clearing organizations 395,381 146,313
Receivable from customers, net 1,012,107 983,420
Receivable from correspondents 82,108 74,521
Securities borrowed 363,104 544,109
Securities owned, at fair value 32,201 34,686
Deposits with clearing organizations 555,629 496,775
Property and equipment, net 20,246 22,452
Other assets 76,318 71,374
Assets held-for-sale   1,683,918   1,250,946
Total assets $ 6,962,828 $ 6,197,406
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Liabilities
Payable to broker-dealers and clearing organizations $ 354,847 $ 133,110
Payable to customers 3,806,637 3,692,140
Payable to correspondents 129,546 124,863
Short-term bank loans 88,500 80,800
Notes payable 265,454 271,302
Securities loaned 577,353 549,166
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value 571 499
Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities 74,955 70,579
Liabilities associated with assets held-for-sale   1,636,415   1,199,362
Total liabilities 6,934,278 6,121,821
 
Stockholders' Equity
Total stockholders’ equity   28,550   75,585
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 6,962,828 $ 6,197,406
 
 
Penson Worldwide, Inc.
Supplemental Data

(Unaudited)
                       
Three Months Ended
March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31, March 31,
(in thousands) 2011 2011 2011 2011 2012
 
Interest revenue
 
Interest on asset based balances $ 21,144 $ 21,918 $ 17,917 $ 11,375 $ 9,933
Interest on conduit borrows 1,713 1,887 1,472 1,351 1,515
Money market     1,059       731     432     542     823  
23,916 24,536 19,821 13,268 12,271
 
Interest expense
 
Interest expense on liability based balances 5,075 5,308 4,514 2,545 3,454
Interest on conduit loans     1,135       1,177     836     886     1,027  
6,210 6,485 5,350 3,431 4,481
 
Net interest revenue   $ 17,706     $ 18,051   $ 14,471   $ 9,837   $ 7,790  
 
Average daily balance (1)
 
Interest earning average daily balance $ 7,887,490 $ 8,165,664 $ 5,841,380 $ 3,977,480 $ 4,383,208
Interest paying average daily balance 6,996,801 7,369,544 5,432,994 3,703,470 3,742,194
 
Conduit borrow 652,845 661,567 451,351 386,653 282,943
Conduit loan 652,402 660,906 450,280 385,878 282,366
 
Average interest rate on balances (1)
 
Interest earning average daily balance 1.07 % 1.07 % 1.23 % 1.14 % 0.91 %
Interest paying average daily balance   0.29 %   0.29 %   0.33 %   0.27 %   0.37 %
0.78 % 0.78 % 0.90 % 0.87 % 0.54 %
 
Conduit borrow 1.05 % 1.14 % 1.30 % 1.40 % 2.14 %
Conduit loan   0.70 %   0.71 %   0.74 %   0.92 %   1.45 %
Spread 0.35 % 0.43 % 0.56 % 0.48 % 0.69 %
 
(1) Excludes money market revenues and balances. Money market balances are not recorded on the PWI balance sheet.
 
Fed rate
Average 0.25 % 0.25 % 0.25 % 0.25 % 0.25 %
Ending 0.25 % 0.25 % 0.25 % 0.25 % 0.25 %
 
 
Penson Worldwide, Inc.
   
Non-GAAP Disclosure
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
Three Months
Ended
March 31,

2012
 
Net revenues, GAAP basis $ 29,280
Non-GAAP adjustments
Retama write-down to fair value   8,799  
Net revenues, as adjusted $ 38,079  
 
Loss from continuing operations, GAAP basis $ (43,087 )
Non-GAAP adjustments, net of tax:
Litigation costs 927
Severance costs 1,345
Restructuring costs 2,925
Retama write-down (including bad debt) 9,363
Bad debt   2,151  
Loss from continuing operations, as adjusted $ (26,376 )
 
Loss per share from continuing operations — basic and diluted, GAAP basis $ (1.54 )
Loss per share from continuing operations — basic and diluted, as adjusted $ (0.94 )
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted 27,975
 
 
Penson Worldwide, Inc.
   
Reconciliation of loss from continuing operations to EBITDAS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
Three Months
Ended
March 31,

2012
 
Loss from continuing operations $ (43,087 )
Income tax expense 97
Depreciation 2,637
Amortization 906
Interest expense on long-term debt :
Cash interest expense 7,986
Noncash interest expense 1,552
Stock-based compensation   905  
EBITDAS (1) $ (29,004 )
Litigation costs 925
Severance costs 1,342
Restructuring costs 2,919
Retama write-down (including bad debt) 9,344
Bad debt   2,147  
Adjusted EBITDA $ (12,327 )

(1) Defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation.

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