Liquid Holdings Group Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 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 third quarter ended September 30, 2013.

Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter of 2013
  • Annual Contract Value rose 85% quarter over quarter to $3.2 million  
  • Customer base grew 60% from June 30, 2013 to 48 customers  
  • Total contracted software units rose 35% from June 30, 2013 to 565 units  
  • Software services revenue increased 10% quarter over quarter to $732,000  
  • GAAP basic and diluted EPS of $(0.52)  
  • Adjusted basic and diluted EPS of $(0.18)

"We are pleased with our third quarter performance and the continued momentum of our cloud-based platform in the market. During the quarter, we entered into two major strategic partnerships, expanded our presence in international markets and substantially grew our client base. We attribute this success to our next-generation OERMS platform, which is the only solution in the market that integrates real-time risk within an OEMS system," said Brian Storms, CEO of Liquid Holdings. "In addition to executing on the large market opportunity in front of us, we are also exploring the potential to expand our product suite into new applications and customer segments."

Third Quarter 2013 Results

Software services revenue increased during the third quarter of 2013 to $732,000, or 10%, from $667,000 in the second quarter of 2013. Total revenue decreased in the third quarter of 2013 to $732,000 from $1.4 million in the second quarter of 2013. As previously disclosed, during the second quarter of 2013, Liquid exited the over-the-counter brokerage business in order to focus on software services, which accounted for the decline in total revenue.

GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2013 was $12.2 million, or $0.52 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $21.7 million, or $1.04 per basic and diluted share, in the second quarter of 2013. The net loss for the third quarter was due primarily to compensation expense of $6.1 million, depreciation and amortization of $1.8 million, professional fees of $1.3 million and income tax expense of $1.3 million. Compensation expense included $1.9 million of share-based compensation. Depreciation and amortization was predominantly for amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets. Professional fees included an increase in costs associated with Liquid now being a publicly traded company. During the third quarter, Liquid converted to a corporation from a limited liability company. As such, a tax adjustment was made to revalue deferred tax liabilities at current corporate income tax rates, the result of which was a charge to income tax expense of $1.3 million. Also contributing to the third quarter loss was an expense of $650,000 incurred in connection with the completion of last year's Fundsolve acquisition via the settlement of a contingent consideration payable that was paid in shares of Liquid common stock (the "Fundsolve Issuance").  

Excluding share-based compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, and the Fundsolve Issuance, all of which are non-cash expenses, as well as the related income tax effect of each, on a non-GAAP basis, adjusted net loss for the third quarter of 2013 was $4.3 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share, compared to an adjusted net loss of $3.8 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share, in the second quarter of 2013.

Cash used in operating activities totaled $2.7 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2013. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $13.5 million as of September 30, 2013.

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
  • Annual contract value ("ACV") totaled $3.158 million at the end of the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 85% from $1.707 million at the end of the second quarter of 2013, driven by solid growth in new client acquisitions. ACV represents the aggregate annual value of our subscription contracts and is a leading indicator of future revenue growth. For more information about ACV, see "About Annual Contract Value (ACV)" below.  
  • Liquid had 48 customers as of September 30, 2013 consisting of 27 customers contributing to GAAP revenue and 21 customers under contract and expected to contribute to future GAAP revenue, compared to 30 customers as of June 30, 2013 consisting of 23 customers contributing to GAAP revenue and 7 customers under contract and expected to contribute to future GAAP revenue, representing a 60% increase in our customer base.  
  • Total software units rose to 565 units representing 455 units deployed and 110 units under contract as of September 30, 2013, an increase of 34.5% from a total of 420 units representing 385 units deployed and 35 units under contract as of June 30, 2013.

Business Highlights

The Company expanded its business in the international markets by commencing a strategic relationship with Global Prime Partners in London. Under the arrangement, Global Prime Partners is now offering the Liquid platform to its significant portfolio of existing European clients as well as all new prime brokerage clients. In addition, Global Prime Partners is implementing the Liquid platform internally to monitor its firm-wide risk exposure to its prime brokerage clients, including hedge funds and other asset managers. The Company's Liquid Prime Services business also expanded its trade execution and clearing services by entering into a new clearing arrangement with a major financial institution.

Version 3.5 of the Liquid platform was released during the third quarter. Key product highlights include continued expansion of destination- and broker-neutral order routing, post-trade allocation, strategy order tagging, execution and position reporting, and order routing and pre-trade compliance engines.

The Company expanded its sales and client service organization with the appointment of Ralph Lafferty as Head of West Coast Sales and established a customer care center in Hoboken, NJ to service its growing client base.

Earnings Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 8:00 am ET on October 31, 2013 to discuss its third quarter results.

Conference call and webcast information:
US:  (877) 312-5519
   
International:  (760) 666-3771
   
Conference ID:  83751129

The call will be simultaneously webcast live on the investor relations section of Liquid Holdings' website at: http://ir.liquidholdings.com/

A replay of the call will be available starting at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on October 31, 2013 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 7, 2013. To listen to the replay, dial (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 for international participants and use the passcode 83751129. The replay will also be available via webcast at: http://ir.liquidholdings.com/

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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About Annual Contract Value (ACV)

Liquid supplements its financial statements with a calculation of Annual Contract Value ("ACV"), which represents the annualized aggregate revenue value of all subscription contracts as of the end of the quarter. ACV is driven by Annual Contract Value per Client ("ACVC") and the number of clients. Most of Liquid's revenues are generated from subscription contracts, which are paid monthly and typically have a minimum term of one year, with revenues recognized ratably over the term of the subscription contract. ACV is not a financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and should not be considered as an alternative to revenue or any other financial measures so calculated. Management uses this information as a basis for planning and forecasting core business activity for future periods and believes it is useful in understanding the results of its operations.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words "will," "may," "could," "would," "should," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "estimate," "target," "project," "intend" and similar expressions. These statements include, among others, statements regarding our expected business outlook, anticipated financial and operating results, our business strategy and means to implement the strategy, our objectives, the amount and timing of investments by us in our business and capital expenditures, the likelihood of our success in expanding our business, financing plans, budgets, working capital needs and sources of liquidity.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance. These statements are based on our beliefs and assumptions, which in turn are based on currently available information. Important assumptions relating to the forward-looking statements include, among others, assumptions regarding demand for and our ability to market our products and services, the expansion of product offerings through new applications or geographically, the timing and cost of investments by us in our business and planned capital expenditures, competitive conditions and general economic conditions. These assumptions could prove inaccurate. Forward-looking statements also involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or predict. We urge you to refer to the risk factors and other disclosures included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release.  We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

LIQUID HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
     
   (Unaudited)   
   September 30, 2013  December 31, 2012
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $13,537,015  $1,380,078
Note receivable from related party - QuantX Management, LLP  --  2,250,000
Deferred offering costs  --  3,476,427
Accounts receivable  652,171  467,507
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  1,150,840  1,288,985
Total current assets  15,340,026  8,862,997
     
Property and equipment, net  448,515  325,285
     
Other assets:    
Due from related parties  659,030  359,030
Deposits  607,982  478,258
Other intangible assets, net of amortization  13,326,779  18,740,125
Goodwill  13,182,936  13,182,936
Deferred tax asset  459,780  -- 
Total other assets  28,236,507  32,760,349
     
TOTAL ASSETS  $44,025,048  $41,948,631
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $3,842,680 $3,199,869
Due to related parties  43,930  61,873
Deferred income  1,696  2,062
Deferred tax liability  2,282,737  268,160
Total current liabilities  6,171,043  3,531,964
     
Long-term liabilities:    
Deferred rent  104,893  51,338
Contingent consideration payable on Fundsolve acquisition  --  1,561,000
Deferred tax liability  --  429,100
     
Total liabilities  6,275,936  5,573,402
     
Commitments and contingencies     
     
Stockholders' equity:    
Preferred stock  --  --
Common stock  2,448  1,779
Additional paid-in capital  116,136,741  74,637,387
Retained earnings  (77,271,532)  (38,245,864)
Treasury stock  (1,029,078)  --
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  (89,467)  (18,073)
Total stockholders' equity  37,749,112  36,375,229
     
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  $44,025,048 $41,948,631
 
LIQUID HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(Unaudited)
         
         
  Three Months  Ended  September 30, 2013  Three Months  Ended  September 30, 2012   Nine Months Ended  September 30, 2013    Period from April 24, 2012 to September 30, 2012 
Revenues:        
Brokerage activities  $--   $251,803  $1,872,647  $415,354
Software services  732,388  424,143  2,016,159  424,143
   732,388  675,946  3,888,806  839,497
Cost of revenues:        
Brokerage activities  --   151,989  1,248,192  234,876
Software services  402,623  115,445  1,006,682  115,445
   402,623  267,434  2,254,874  350,321
Gross profit  329,765  408,512  1,633,932  489,176
         
Operating expenses:        
Compensation  6,065,772  328,665  14,928,963  8,591,039
Consulting fees  221,333  169,679  12,182,417  2,992,145
Depreciation and amortization  1,817,081  758,158  5,455,016  942,908
Professional fees  1,259,884  218,185  2,262,022  1,346,061
Rent  319,390  197,417  926,711  323,028
Computer related and software development  609,676  124,641  1,643,663  172,555
Other  497,240  189,494  1,621,821  405,454
Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets  --   1,550,652  --   1,550,652
Total operating expenses  10,790,376  3,536,891  39,020,613  16,323,842
Loss from operations  (10,460,611)  (3,128,379)  (37,386,681)  (15,834,666)
         
Non-operating income (expense):        
Unrealized gain (loss) on contingent consideration payable  44,129  43,000  --   43,000
Gain (loss) on contingent consideration payable  (649,688)  1,545,000  (649,688)  1,545,000
Interest and other, net  126,909  (90,797)  136,398  (80,078)
Total non-operating expense  (478,650)  1,497,203  (513,290)  1,507,922
Loss before income taxes  (10,939,261)  (1,631,176)  (37,899,971)  (14,326,744)
Income tax expense (benefit)  1,309,903  (4,404)  1,125,697  (38,682)
Net loss  (12,249,164)  (1,626,772)  (39,025,668)  (14,288,062)
Other comprehensive income (loss):        
Foreign currency translation  (88,312)  (3,671)  (71,394)  (10,815)
Total comprehensive loss  $(12,337,476)  $(1,630,443)  $(39,097,062)  $(14,298,877)
         
Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share  $(0.52)  $(0.11)  $(1.82)  $(1.02)
         
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period - basic and diluted  23,533,756  15,136,725  21,470,866  14,009,224
         
Supplemental Information to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Software services revenues from related parties  $ 604,682  $ 360,889  $ 1,690,735  $ 360,889
Software services cost of revenues to related parties  $ 87,268  $ 24,291  $ 248,808  $ 24,291
Share-based compensation included in compensation  $ 1,902,154  $ --   $ 7,430,087  $ 8,121,888
Share-based compensation included in consulting fees  $ --   $ --   $ 11,649,693  $ 2,404,992
 
LIQUID HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
     
     
   Nine Months  Ended  September 30, 2013  Period from April 24, 2012 to  September 30, 2012 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES    
Net loss   $(39,025,668)  $(14,288,062)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:     
Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets    1,550,652
Unrealized (gain) loss on contingent consideration payable  --   (43,000)
(Gain) loss on settlement of contingent consideration payable  649,688  (1,545,000)
Depreciation and amortization expense  5,472,329  943,109
Share-based compensation  7,430,087  8,121,888
Share-based payments for consulting services  11,649,693  2,404,992
Other  47,740  19,241
Deferred taxes  1,125,697  (38,682)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   3,246,353  (408,389)
 NET CASH USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES   (9,404,081)  (3,283,251)
     
 NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES   2,060,958  (5,243,694)
     
 NET CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES   19,558,810  11,250,000
     
 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (58,750)  (10,815)
     
 NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   12,156,937  2,712,240
     
 CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - Beginning   1,380,078  -- 
     
 CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - Ending   $13,537,015  $2,712,240

LIQUID HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. 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.

LIQUID HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
(Unaudited)
       
       
     Three Months Ended September 30, 2013   Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013 
Net loss    $(12,249,164)  $(39,025,668)
Share-based compensation 1    1,902,154  19,079,780
Amortization of acquired intangibles 2  1,808,618  5,406,604
Loss on contingent consideration payable 3  649,688  649,688
Related income tax effect 4    3,593,992  3,412,248
Adjusted net loss    $(4,294,712)  $(10,477,348)
       
Basic and diluted loss per share  $(0.52)  $(1.82)
Net effect of pro forma adjustment  0.34  1.33
Adjusted basic and diluted loss per share  $(0.18)  $(0.49)
       
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period - basic and diluted    23,533,756  21,470,866
       
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 non-cash loss on the completion of the Fundsolve acquisition via settlement of a contingent consideration payable that was paid in shares of Liquid common stock.
4 Represents the tax effect on the adjustments in footnotes (1), (2) and (3) above.  
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