IFMI Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

PHILADELPHIA and NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Institutional Financial Markets, Inc. (NYSE MKT:IFMI), a financial services firm specializing in credit-related fixed income investments, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Adjusted operating loss was $5.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2013, as compared to adjusted operating loss of $5.6 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2013, and adjusted operating income of $2.8 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2012. Adjusted operating loss was $10.7 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2013, compared to adjusted operating loss of $1.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2012. The Company's first and second quarters of 2013 were unfavorably impacted by mark-to-market losses on the Company's Star Asia investment of $6.0 million and $3.6 million, respectively, primarily driven by weakening of the Japanese Yen during the first half of 2013. Adjusted operating income (loss) is not a measure recognized under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). See Note 1.

"We continued to experience significant weakness in trading volumes and mark-to-market losses on our trading book, both of which negatively impacted IFMI's second quarter results, and were further compounded by an unfavorable mark-to-market loss on our Star Asia investment," said Daniel G. Cohen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IFMI. "We believe that investor concern over the tapering of the Federal Reserve's Quantitative Easing Programs contributed to subdued fixed income secondary volumes and, consequently, fewer opportunities for smaller trading operations like IFMI's. While we are not pleased with our second quarter results, we believe our expanded leadership team, prudent cost management, and the capital investment from Mead Park and Cohen Bros. Financial will increase our ability to grow shareholder value over the long term."

Lester Brafman, President of IFMI, added, "In this difficult market for broker-dealers of our size, we feel we can add value to our clients and shareholders by focusing on our core competencies in structured products and structured credit. Within these verticals, we continue to grow sales, trading, and origination efforts while seeking niches that are underserved by the bulge bracket institutions."

Brafman continued, "During my brief tenure as President of IFMI, I have been impressed by the many talented professionals across the various IFMI platforms. Together we will work to make IFMI an employer of choice for financial service professionals while enhancing value for all of our stakeholders."

Comparisons to Prior Year & Prior Quarter Periods

Revenue was $13.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013, compared to revenue of $14.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013, and revenue of $25.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012. The decrease in revenue in the second quarter of 2013, as compared to the first quarter of 2013, was the result of net trading revenue declining by $1.4 million, asset management revenue declining by $0.6 million, and new issue and advisory revenue declining by $0.4 million, which was partially offset by principal transactions and other revenue experiencing a less significant loss by $2.2 million. The second quarter 2013 year-over-year decrease in revenue was primarily the result of reductions in net trading revenue of $8.3 million, in principal transactions and other revenue of $2.9 million, and in asset management revenue of $0.5 million, while new issue and advisory revenue increased by $0.4 million. The sequential quarter decline in net trading revenue was due primarily to decreases at the Company's JVB subsidiary, which were partially offset by increases in Europe, while PrinceRidge was basically flat. The decline in net trading revenue in the second quarter of 2013 from the prior-year quarter was experienced across all of the Company's trading operations. The declines in asset management revenue in the periods presented were primarily due to the scheduled conclusion of the three-year monthly services agreement payments related to the sale of the Alesco 10-17 management contracts in 2010. In principal transactions and other income, in the second quarter of 2013, IFMI recorded losses on its investment in Star Asia of $3.6 million, compared to losses of $6.0 million in the first quarter of 2013, and a gain of $0.1 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Revenue was $27.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, compared to revenue of $43.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012. The decrease in revenue was primarily the result of a $13.0 million decline in net trading revenue, which occurred across all of the Company's trading operations. There was a $0.6 million decline in asset management revenue that was primarily due to the scheduled conclusion of the three-year services agreement related to the sale of the Alesco 10-17 management contracts in 2010. The losses in principal transactions and other revenue were $2.8 million greater during the first six months of 2013 as compared to the prior-year period, which was mostly due to mark-to-market losses on the Company's Star Asia investment. These decreases were partially offset by an increase of $0.3 million in new issue and advisory revenue.

Net loss attributable to IFMI was $4.7 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2013, compared to a net loss attributable to IFMI of $4.5 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2013, and net loss attributable to IFMI of $2.1 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2012. Operating expenses, excluding compensation and benefits and depreciation and amortization, declined by $0.5 million, or 7%, in the second quarter of 2013, from the first quarter of 2013.

Net loss attributable to IFMI was $9.2 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2013, compared to a net loss attributable to IFMI of $5.9 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2012. Operating expenses, excluding compensation and benefits and depreciation and amortization, were essentially flat during the two periods.

Total Permanent Equity and Dividend Declaration
  • At June 30, 2013, total permanent equity was $62.7 million, as compared to $75.8 million as of December 31, 2012.
  • The Company's Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $0.02 per share. The dividend will be payable on September 4, 2013 to stockholders of record on August 21, 2013.

Conference Call

Management will hold a conference call this morning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results. The conference call will also be available via webcast. Interested parties can access the live webcast by clicking the webcast link on the Company's homepage at www.IFMI.com . Those wishing to listen to the conference call with operator assistance can dial (877) 686-9573 (domestic) or (706) 643-6983 (international), participant pass code 26268878, or request the IFMI earnings call. A recording of the call will be available for two weeks following the call by dialing (800) 585-8367 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international), participant pass code 26268878.

About IFMI

IFMI is a financial services company specializing in credit-related fixed income investments. IFMI was founded in 1999 as an investment firm focused on small-cap banking institutions, but has grown to provide an expanding range of asset management, capital markets, and investment banking solutions to institutional investors and corporations. IFMI's primary operating segments are Capital Markets and Asset Management. The Capital Markets segment consists of credit-related fixed income sales, trading, and financing as well as new issue placements in corporate and securitized products and advisory services, operating primarily through IFMI's subsidiaries, C&Co/PrinceRidge Holdings LP and JVB Financial Holdings, LLC in the United States, and Cohen & Company Financial Limited in Europe. The Asset Management segment manages assets through collateralized debt obligations, permanent capital vehicles, and managed accounts. As of June 30, 2013, IFMI managed approximately $6.2 billion in credit-related fixed income assets in a variety of asset classes including U.S. trust preferred securities, European hybrid capital securities, Asian commercial real estate debt, and mortgage- and asset-backed securities. For more information, please visit www.IFMI.com .

Note 1: Adjusted operating income (loss) and adjusted operating income (loss) per share are non-GAAP measures of performance. Please see the discussion of non-GAAP measures of performance below. Also see the tables below for the reconciliations of non-GAAP measures of performance to their corresponding GAAP measures of performance.

Forward-looking Statements

This communication contains certain statements, estimates and forecasts with respect to future performance and events. These statements, estimates and forecasts are "forward-looking statements." In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "seek" or "continue" or the negatives thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this communication are forward-looking statements and are based on various underlying assumptions and expectations and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and may include projections of our future financial performance based on our growth strategies and anticipated trends in our business. These statements are based on our current expectations and projections about future events. There are important factors that could cause our actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results, level of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition" in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which are available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and our website at www.IFMI.com/sec-filings. Such risk factors include the following: (a) a decline in general economic conditions or the global financial markets, (b) losses caused by financial or other problems experienced by third parties, (c) losses due to unidentified or unanticipated risks, (d) a lack of liquidity, i.e., ready access to funds for use in our businesses, (e) the ability to attract and retain personnel, (f) litigation and regulatory issues, (g) competitive pressure, (h) an inability to generate incremental income from acquired businesses, (i) unanticipated market closures due to inclement weather or other disasters, (j) approval by the Company's stockholders of the contemplated transactions with Mead Park and Cohen Bros. Financial, and (k) consummation of the transactions with Mead Park and Cohen Bros. Financial. As a result, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements included in this communication will prove to be accurate or correct. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the future performance or events described in the forward-looking statements in this communication might not occur. Accordingly, you should not rely upon forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Cautionary Note Regarding Quarterly Financial Results

General

Due to the nature of our business, our revenue and operating results may fluctuate materially from quarter to quarter. Accordingly, revenue and net income in any particular quarter may not be indicative of future results. Further, our employee compensation arrangements are in large part incentive-based and therefore will fluctuate with revenue. The amount of compensation expense recognized in any one quarter may not be indicative of such expense in future periods. As a result, we suggest that annual results may be the most meaningful gauge for investors in evaluating our business performance.
           
 
INSTITUTIONAL FINANCIAL MARKETS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)
           
   Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  6/30/13 3/31/13 6/30/12 6/30/13 6/30/12
Revenues          
Net trading  $ 11,630  $ 13,059  $ 19,951  $ 24,689  $ 37,642
Asset management  4,155  4,762  4,608  8,917  9,545
New issue and advisory  572  995  189  1,567  1,266
Principal transactions and other income  (2,623)  (4,790)  289  (7,413)  (4,656)
Total revenues  13,734  14,026  25,037  27,760  43,797
Operating expenses          
Compensation and benefits  12,521  13,497  17,053  26,018  33,327
Business development, occupancy, equipment  1,387  1,455  1,276  2,842  2,450
Subscriptions, clearing, and execution  2,349  2,317  2,899  4,666  5,972
Professional services and other operating  3,016  3,519  2,636  6,535  5,687
Depreciation and amortization  359  310  343  669  734
Total operating expenses  19,632  21,098  24,207  40,730  48,170
Operating income (loss)  (5,898)  (7,072)  830  (12,970)  (4,373)
Non-operating income (expense)          
Interest expense, net  (1,035)  (1,029)  (1,104)  (2,064)  (2,319)
Other non-operating income (expense)  --   --   (4,357)  --   (4,354)
Income from equity method affiliates  95  1,519  1,526  1,614  2,042
Income (loss) before income taxes  (6,838)  (6,582)  (3,105)  (13,420)  (9,004)
Income tax expense (benefit)  34  12  63  46  54
Net income (loss)  (6,872)  (6,594)  (3,168)  (13,466)  (9,058)
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest  (2,170)  (2,094)  (1,090)  (4,264)  (3,121)
Net income (loss) attributable to IFMI  $ (4,702)  $ (4,500)  $ (2,078)  $ (9,202)  $ (5,937)
           
 
INSTITUTIONAL FINANCIAL MARKETS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
Earnings per share
   Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  6/30/13 3/31/13 6/30/12 6/30/13 6/30/12
Basic          
Net income (loss) attributable to IFMI  $ (4,702)  $ (4,500)  $ (2,078)  $ (9,202)  $ (5,937)
Basic shares outstanding  11,659  11,351  10,756  11,505  10,600
Net income (loss) attributable to IFMI per share  $ (0.40)  $ (0.40)  $ (0.19)  $ (0.80)  $ (0.56)
Fully Diluted          
Net income (loss) attributable to IFMI  $ (4,702)  $ (4,500)  $ (2,078)  $ (9,202)  $ (5,937)
Net income (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest  (2,170)  (2,094)  (1,090)  (4,264)  (3,121)
Net loss (income) attributable to the noncontrolling interest that is not converted  12  3  109  15  238
Adjustment  8  (14)  (23)  (6)  (39)
Enterprise net income (loss)  $ (6,852)  $ (6,605)  $ (3,082)  $ (13,457)  $ (8,859)
Basic shares outstanding  11,659  11,351  10,756  11,505  10,600
Unrestricted Operating LLC membership units exchangeable into IFMI shares  5,324  5,324  5,252  5,324  5,252
Fully diluted shares outstanding  16,983  16,675  16,008  16,829  15,852
Fully diluted net income (loss) per share  $ (0.40)  $ (0.40)  $ (0.19)  $ (0.80)  $ (0.56)
 
Reconciliation of adjusted operating income (loss) to operating income (loss) and calculations of per share amounts
Operating income (loss)  $ (5,898)  $ (7,072)  $ 830  $ (12,970)  $ (4,373)
Noncontrolling interest portion of PrinceRidge operating loss (income)  14  5  196  19  390
Depreciation and amortization  359  310  343  669  734
Share-based compensation  425  1,129  1,420  1,554  1,968
Adjusted operating income (loss)  $ (5,100)  $ (5,628)  $ 2,789  $ (10,728)  $ (1,281)
Fully diluted shares outstanding  16,983  16,675  16,008  16,829  15,852
Adjusted operating income (loss) per share  $ (0.30)  $ (0.34)  $ 0.17  $ (0.64)  $ (0.08)
 
           
 
INSTITUTIONAL FINANCIAL MARKETS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
     
  June 30, 2013  
  (unaudited) December 31, 2012
Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 9,916  $ 14,500
Receivables from brokers, dealers, and clearing agencies  11,189  12,253
Due from related parties  1,222  452
Other receivables  7,138  8,488
Investments - trading  176,875  176,139
Other investments, at fair value  28,686  38,323
Receivables under resale agreements  101,444  70,110
Goodwill  11,113  11,113
Other assets  9,538  9,623
Total assets  $ 357,121  $ 341,001
     
Liabilities    
Payables to brokers, dealer, and clearing agencies  $ 70,440  $ 96,211
Accounts payable and other liabilities  9,405  13,080
Accrued compensation  3,235  8,203
Trading securities sold, not yet purchased  74,362  44,167
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase  103,443  70,273
Deferred income taxes  6,573  6,603
Debt  26,400  25,847
Total liabilities  293,858  264,384
     
Temporary Equity    
Redeemable noncontrolling interest  518  829
     
Permanent Equity    
Voting nonconvertible preferred stock  5  5
Common stock  12  11
Additional paid-in capital  66,489  64,829
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (765)  (495)
Accumulated deficit  (17,090)  (7,370)
Total IFMI stockholders' equity  48,651  56,980
Noncontrolling interest  14,094  18,808
Total permanent equity  62,745  75,788
Total liabilities and equity  $ 357,121  $ 341,001

Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted operating income (loss) and adjusted operating income (loss) per diluted share

Adjusted operating income (loss) is not a financial measure recognized by GAAP. Adjusted operating income (loss) represents operating income (loss), computed in accordance with GAAP, before depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation expense, and the non-convertible non-controlling interest's share of operating income (loss). Depreciation, amortization, and share based compensation expenses that have been excluded from adjusted operating income (loss) are non-cash items. Adjusted operating income (loss) per diluted share is calculated, by dividing adjusted operating income (loss) by diluted shares outstanding calculated in accordance with GAAP.

We present adjusted operating income (loss) and related per diluted share amounts in this release because we consider them to be useful and appropriate supplemental measures of our performance. Adjusted operating income (loss) and related per diluted share amounts help us to evaluate our performance without the effects of certain GAAP calculations that may not have a direct cash or recurring impact on our current operating performance. In addition, our management uses adjusted operating income (loss) and related per diluted share amounts to evaluate the performance of our operations. Adjusted operating income (loss) and related per diluted share amounts, as we define them, are not necessarily comparable to similarly named measures of other companies and may not be appropriate measures for performance relative to other companies. Adjusted operating income (loss) should not be assessed in isolation from or construed as a substitute for operating income (loss) prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted operating income (loss) is not intended to represent, and should not be considered to be a more meaningful measure than, or an alternative to, measures of operating performance as determined in accordance with GAAP.

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