Liquid Holdings Group Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Liquid Holdings Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:LIQD) ("Liquid" or the "Company"), a provider of cloud-based order and execution management, risk and reporting software solutions for the financial services community, today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter of 2013
  • Software services revenue increased 8.2% quarter over quarter to $0.7 million
  • GAAP EPS of $(1.04)
  • Adjusted EPS of $(0.18)
  • Liquid completes its Initial Public Offering ("IPO") on July 31, 2013

"We are pleased with our second quarter results and the recent completion of our IPO, and look forward to focusing our efforts on our sales and development plans. During the quarter, we continued to execute on our strategy by expanding our executive team and our sales team with several key hires, growing our customer base, and delivering important system enhancements and upgrades," said Brian Storms, CEO of Liquid Holdings. "The growth and market acceptance we have achieved at such a formative stage of the Company's development is a testament to the strength of our cloud based platform and unique SaaS business model."

Second Quarter 2013 Results

Total revenue for the second quarter of 2013 was $1.4 million compared to $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2013. During the second quarter, Liquid exited the over-the-counter ("OTC") brokerage business, which accounted for the decline in total revenue.

Software services revenue, however, increased during the second quarter of 2013 to $0.7 million, or 8.2%, from $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2013.

GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2013 was $21.7 million, or $1.04 per basic share, compared to a net loss of $5.1 million, or $0.26 per basic share, in the first quarter of 2013. The net loss for the second quarter was due primarily to share-based compensation of $16.1 million and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $1.8 million, both non-cash expenses on our statement of operations.   

Excluding share-based compensation and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, as well as the related income tax effect of each, on a non-GAAP basis, adjusted net loss for the second quarter of 2013 was $3.8 million, or $0.18 per basic share, compared to an adjusted net loss of $2.4 million, or $0.12 per basic share, in the first quarter of 2013.

Cash used in operating activities totaled $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2013.

On July 26, 2013 Liquid priced its initial public offering of 3,175,000 shares of its common stock at $9.00 per share. 

A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to their related GAAP financial measures is set forth in the financial tables below.

Key Operating Metrics:
  • Liquid had 23 customers as of June 30, 2013 compared to 25 customers as of March 31, 2013 comprised of proprietary traders, small to mid-sized hedge funds and risk managers.
  • Total software units deployed rose to 385 as of June 30, 2013, up 9.7% from 351 units as of March 31, 2013.

About Liquid Holdings Group

Liquid Holdings Group, Inc. provides technology solutions and services to the global hedge fund and active trading markets. Liquid's solutions are delivered efficiently and securely through the cloud in a SaaS model. The Liquid platform was purpose built to manage the entire trade lifecycle by seamlessly integrating trade order management and execution with real-time risk, portfolio management and shadow account reporting through a single solution. The Company offers the Liquid platform or any of its components on a subscription basis to hedge fund managers, asset managers, family offices and financial institutions worldwide. Liquid will use its website, www.liquidholdings.com , as a means of disclosing important information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

Headquartered in New York City with offices in London and Aventura, Florida, Liquid Holdings Group was formed in 2012. For more information, please visit www.liquidholdings.com .

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LIQUID HOLDINGS GROUP, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
     
   (Unaudited)   
   June 30, 2013  December 31, 2012
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 345,466  $ 1,380,078
Note receivable from related party - QuantX Management, LLP  --  2,250,000
Deferred offering costs  7,090,303  3,476,427
Other receivable  1,271,662  1,637,075
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  211,547  119,417
Total current assets  8,918,978  8,862,997
     
Property and equipment, net  380,700  325,285
     
Other assets:    
Due from related parties  359,030  359,030
Deposits  540,653  478,258
Other intangible assets, net of amortization  15,159,281  18,740,125
Goodwill  13,182,936  13,182,936
Total other assets  29,241,900  32,760,349
     
TOTAL ASSETS  $ 38,541,578  $ 41,948,631
     
     
LIABILITIES AND MEMBERS' EQUITY    
     
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $ 5,940,766  $ 3,199,869
Due to related parties  285,486  61,873
Deferred income  13,838  2,062
Deferred tax liability  259,995  268,160
Total current liabilities  6,500,085  3,531,964
     
Long-term liabilities:    
Deferred rent  90,036  51,338
Contingent consideration payable on Fundsolve acquisition  1,605,129  1,561,000
Deferred tax liability  253,059  429,100
     
Total liabilities  8,448,309  5,573,402
     
Commitments and contingencies    
     
Members' equity:    
Capital contributed  95,116,792  74,639,166
Accumulated deficit  (65,022,368)  (38,245,864)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  (1,155)  (18,073)
Total members' equity  30,093,269  36,375,229
     
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND MEMBERS' EQUITY  $ 38,541,578  $ 41,948,631
 
 
LIQUID HOLDINGS GROUP, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(Unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended June 30, 2013   Period From April 24, 2012 to June 30, 2012   Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 
Revenues:      
Brokerage activities  $ 726,795  $ 163,551  $ 1,872,647
Software services  667,159  --   1,283,771
   1,393,954  163,551  3,156,418
       
Cost of revenues:      
Brokerage activities  500,945  82,887  1,248,192
Software services  648,307  --   1,225,467
   1,149,252  82,887  2,473,659
Gross profit  244,702  80,664  682,759
       
Operating expenses:      
Compensation  6,851,735  8,262,374  8,939,191
Consulting fees  11,630,299  2,822,466  11,955,031
Depreciation and amortization  1,824,903  184,750  3,649,245
Professional fees  425,591  1,127,876  1,002,138
Rent  316,627  125,611  607,321
Computer related and software development  223,293  47,914  331,322
Other  741,776  215,960  1,124,581
Total operating expenses  22,014,224  12,786,951  27,608,829
Loss from operations  (21,769,522)  (12,706,287)  (26,926,070)
       
Non-operating income (expense):      
Unrealized loss on contingent consideration payable  (9,510)  --   (44,129)
Interest and other, net  (388)  10,719  9,489
Total non-operating expense  (9,898)  10,719  (34,640)
Loss before income taxes  (21,779,420)  (12,695,568)  (26,960,710)
Income tax benefit  112,231  34,278  184,206
Net loss  (21,667,189)  (12,661,290)  (26,776,504)
Other comprehensive income (loss):      
Foreign currency translation  2,359  (7,144)  16,918
Total comprehensive loss  $ (21,664,830)  $ (12,668,434)  $ (26,759,586)
       
Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share  $ (1.04)  $ (1.01)  $ (1.31)
       
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period - basic and diluted  20,873,494  12,483,782  20,422,326
       
       
Supplemental Information to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Software services revenues from related parties  $ 552,020  $ --   $ 1,086,053
       
Software services cost of revenues to related parties  $ 299,295  $ --   $ 582,513
       
Share-based compensation included in compensation  $ 4,679,071  $ 8,121,888  $ 5,527,933
       
Share-based compensation included in consulting fees  $ 11,470,715  $ 2,404,992  $ 11,649,693
 
 
LIQUID HOLDINGS GROUP, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended June 30, 2013   Period from April 24, 2012 to June 30, 2012   Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES      
Net loss   $ (21,667,189)  $ (12,661,290)  $ (26,776,504)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:       
Unrealized loss on contingent consideration payable  9,510  --   44,129
Depreciation and amortization expense  1,824,903  184,750  3,649,245
Share-based compensation  4,679,071  8,121,888  5,527,933
Share-based payments for consulting services  11,470,715  2,404,992  11,649,693
Other  16,678  4,878  32,883
Deferred tax benefit  (112,231)  (34,278)  (184,206)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (289,048)  1,423,625  (676,702)
NET CASH USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES   (4,067,591)  (555,435)  (6,733,529)
       
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES   (4,390)  (5,943,731)  2,152,845
       
NET CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES   250,000  11,250,000  3,550,000
       
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   1,251  (7,144)  (3,928)
       
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (3,820,730)  4,743,690  (1,034,612)
       
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - Beginning   4,166,196  --   1,380,078
       
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - Ending   $ 345,466  $ 4,743,690  $ 345,466
 
 
LIQUID HOLDINGS GROUP, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
(Unaudited)
       
To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP adjusted net loss and non-GAAP adjusted net loss per share. Non-GAAP adjusted net loss excludes share-based compensation and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, as well as the related income tax effect. The presentation of these financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. In particular, the adjustments to our GAAP financial measures reflect the exclusion of items, specifically share-based compensation expense, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and the related income tax effect, that are recurring and will be reflected in our financial results for the foreseeable future as well as non-recurring that we do not expect to report going forward. In addition, these measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures.
       
We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with useful supplemental information about the financial performance of our business, enable comparison of financial results between periods where certain items may vary independent of business performance, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in operating our business. 
       
  Three Months Ended June 30, 2013  Three Months Ended  March 31, 2013  Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 
Net loss  $ (21,667,189)  $ (5,109,315)  $ (26,776,504)
Share-based compensation 1  16,149,786  1,027,840  17,177,626
Amortization of acquired intangibles 2  1,798,416  1,799,570  3,597,986
Related income tax effect 3  (110,706)  (71,038)  (181,744)
Adjusted net loss  $ (3,829,693)  $ (2,352,943)  $ (6,182,636)
       
Basic and diluted loss per share  $ (1.04)  $ (0.26)  $ (1.31)
Net effect of pro forma adjustment  0.86  0.14  1.01
Adjusted basic and diluted loss per share  $ (0.18)  $ (0.12)  $ (0.30)
       
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period - basic and diluted  20,873,494  19,966,153  20,422,326
       
1 Represents recurring share-based compensation expense, as well as non-recurring share-based compensation expense from the sale or transfer of common shares by the Company, its founders and certain employees that were below fair value or for no monetary consideration which were accounted for as share-based compensation in accordance with GAAP.
 
2 Represents the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets.
 
3 Represents the tax effect on the reduction to share-based compensation and amortization in footnotes (1) and (2) above. 
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