Strong Balance Sheet, Reflexive Cost Structure and Monthly DividendsU.S. Global’s strong cash position as a percentage of the capital structure provides adequate liquidity, buffers the company from market volatility and allows the company to pursue potential investment opportunities. The company had net working capital of approximately $25.7 million at the end of fiscal year 2012. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $20.6 million and marketable securities totaled $14 million as of June 30, 2012. In addition, the company has had no long-term debt since 2004 and owns its headquarters building. Because of the company’s reflexive cost structure, expenses were decreased compared to the prior year. Employee compensation and benefits decreased nearly 20 percent, general and administrative expense declined almost 29 percent, and advertising expenses were lower by 52 percent over the prior year. In addition, the company continued to pay monthly dividends of $0.02 per share in fiscal 2012. The monthly dividend equates to an annual yield of 5.49 percent on an annual basis at the June 30, 2012, closing price of $4.37 per share. “At the current price, GROW’s dividend yield is higher than the industry peer average yield, as well as leading the 10-year Treasury yield and U.S. and emerging market indices,” says Holmes. Market Commentary Global economic uncertainty from Europe to China along with rising regulatory costs in every sector of the economy caused investor sentiment to continue to deteriorate toward equities, especially emerging markets and natural resources stocks over the past year. Central banks have responded to slowing growth by changing their position from a tightening cycle to a massive global easing cycle that has been in effect now for a year. Since Brazil unexpectedly cut rates by 50 basis points on August 31, 2011, there have been more than 200 stimulative monetary and fiscal policy moves that have been initiated across several countries, including the Philippines, China, France, and Colombia, according to ISI. Investors should soon see the effects of these easing measures throughout the global economy over the next several months.
“The 10-year Treasury yield reached a low of 1.49 percent this summer, but inflation is at 1.7 percent. With investors losing 0.2 percent, we believe they will seek higher-yielding investments,” Holmes says. “U.S. Global’s family of funds is positioned to benefit.”Fund highlights that we believe will attract shareholders over the coming year: Financial Planning recently touted the power of natural resources, indicating that over the past 10 years, natural resources stocks strengthened a balanced portfolio and had a low correlation to U.S. large stocks. When included in a diversified portfolio and rebalanced annually, of natural resources funds with 10-year returns, the Global Resources Fund (PSPFX) added the most return. U.S. Global’s equity funds, including the All American Equity Fund (GBTFX), the Eastern European Fund (EUROX), the Global Emerging Markets Fund (GEMFX) and the China Region Fund (USCOX), seek to identify “growth at a reasonable price” (GARP) companies that have superior growth and value metrics and pay dividends. As of June 30, 2012, the stocks in each of the funds’ portfolios had an average dividend yield higher than the 10-Year Treasury and the S&P 500 Index. As of June 30, 2012, the Near-Term Tax Free Fund (NEARX) had a 30-day SEC yield of 1.03 percent. On a tax-equivalent basis based on a 35 percent tax rate, the fund had a yield of 1.77 percent, which is higher than the 10-year Treasury. “With the Fed likely keeping interest rates low through 2014, investors’ portfolios cannot afford to remain sidelined. As we often tell investors, anticipate before you participate, and understand that investing in global markets has moments of tremendous rises along with temporary setbacks. Global investors who have persevered through these ups and downs have historically been rewarded,” says Holmes. Earnings Webcast Information The company has scheduled a webcast for 7:30 a.m. Central time on Thursday, August 30, 2012, to discuss the company's key financial results for the fiscal year. Frank Holmes, CEO and chief investment officer, will be accompanied on the webcast by Susan McGee, president and general counsel, and Catherine Rademacher, chief financial officer. Click here to register or visit www.usfunds.com. The earnings presentation can also be accessed by dialing 1 (800) 446-1671. The confirmation number is 33174709. Please dial in at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the call.
|Selected financial data (unaudited):|
|Three months ended|
|Income (loss) before taxes||(120,913||)||795,425||2,381,001|
|Tax expense (benefit)||(5,309||)||308,287||838,418|
|Net (loss) income||(115,604||)||487,138||1,542,583|
|Earnings (loss) per share (basic and diluted)||(0.01||)||0.03||0.11|
|Avg. common shares outstanding (basic)||15,456,056||15,448,100||15,404,447|
|Avg. common shares outstanding (diluted)||15,456,056||15,448,518||15,404,447|
|Avg. assets under management (billions)||$||1.72||$||1.97||$||2.89|
|Selected financial data for fiscal year:|
|Income before taxes||2,499,387||12,030,019|
|Earnings per share (basic and diluted)||0.10||0.51|
|Avg. common shares outstanding (basic)||15,441,464||15,384,435|
|Avg. common shares outstanding (diluted)||15,441,582||15,384,435|
|Avg. assets under management (billions)||$||2.06||$||2.82|
|Total Annualized Returns||One-||Three-||Five-||Ten-|
|as of 6/30/2012||Year||Year||Year||Year|
|Global Resources Fund|
|Near-Term Tax Free Fund|
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