Wright Investors' Service Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results

Wright Investors' Service Holdings, Inc. (OTC Markets:WISH) announced today $1,417,000 of revenue for the three month period ended September 30, 2016, compared to $1,536,000 of revenue reported for the three month period ended September 30, 2015. Net loss was $(398,000) for the three month period ended September 30, 2016, $(0.02) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(766,000), $(0.04) per basic and diluted share, for the three month period ended September 30, 2015.

The Company reported revenue of $4,348,000 for the nine month period ended September 30, 2016, compared to $4,519,000 of revenue reported for the nine month period ended September 30, 2015. Net loss was $(1,747,000) for the nine month period ended September 30, 2016, $(0.09) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(2,399,000), $(0.12) per basic and diluted share, for the nine month period ended September 30, 2015. Included in the net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 is $294,000 for the Company's share of loss from an equity investment in an LLC.

For the three months ended September 30, 2016, Adjusted EBITDA of the operating segment (Earnings (loss) Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization), as stated before corporate expenses, equity compensation expense, change in liability for contingent consideration, amortization of stay and retention bonuses, and share of loss from equity investment in LLC, was $225,000 as compared to $187,000 for the same period last year.

For the nine month period ended September 30, 2016, Adjusted EBITDA of the operating segment, before corporate expenses, equity compensation expense, change in liability for contingent consideration, amortization of stay and retention bonuses, relocation and severance costs and share of loss from equity investment in LLC, was $550,000 as compared to $245,000 for the first nine months of 2015.

Mr. Harvey Eisen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated that "Our operating results have continued to improve due to reduced operating costs. We are committed to our goal of increasing assets under management in all of our business channels as well as working to improve our operating results."

Wright Investors' Service Holdings, Inc. through its wholly-owned subsidiary Wright Investors' Service, Inc. is an investment management and financial advisory firm that is known for its disciplined and quality focus. For more than 50 years, Wright has used well-defined and sophisticated investment strategies to help institutions, plan sponsors, bank trust departments, trust companies and individual investors achieve their financial objectives through a sensible approach to managing assets that balances risk and return. At the center of Wright's investment process is the Wright Investment Committee. The Committee consists of a select group of senior investment professionals who are supported by an experienced staff. Founded as a research organization in 1960, Wright develops and publishes investment research reports on over 35,000 companies worldwide along with its established investment commentaries on the economy and investment markets.

Forward-Look Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve significant risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company's long-term growth prospects. Forward-looking information may be identified by such forward-looking terminology as "anticipate," "believe," "may," "will," and similar terms or variations of such terms. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Additional information on these and other risks, uncertainties and factors is included in Wright's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC. You are urged to consider all such risks and uncertainties. In light of the uncertainty inherent in such forward-looking statements, you should not consider their inclusion to be a representation that such forward-looking matters will be achieved. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to, and do not plan to, update any such forward-looking statements, other than as required by law.

WRIGHT INVESTORS' SERVICE HOLDINGS, INC.

Non- GAAP Reconciliation- EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

(in thousands)

(unaudited)
 
 

Three months ended
 

Nine months ended

September 30,

September 30,

2016
 

2015

2016
 

2015
 
Net loss $ (398 ) $ (766 ) $ (1,747 ) $ (2,399 )
Interest income (expense) and other, net (3 ) 118 33 222
Income tax expense 5 11 31 44
Depreciation and amortization   162       163       488       490
EBITDA (234 ) (474 ) (1,195 ) (1,643 )
 
Equity based compensation 31 127 146 344

Change in liability for contingent consideration
- 176 - 196

Amortization of stay and retention bonuses
- 33 - 101
Share of loss (income) from equity investment in LLC - (37 ) 294 (60 )
Relocation and severance costs   -       -       99       56
Adjusted EBITDA $ (203 )   $ (175 )   $ (656 )   $ (1,006 )
 

EBITDA is a widely used non-GAAP financial measure of operating performance. It is presented as supplemental information that the Company believes is useful to investors to evaluate its results because it excludes certain items that are not directly related to the Company's core operating performance. EBITDA is calculated by adding back net interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization to net income. EBITDA should not be considered as a substitute either for net income, as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, or cash flow, or as a measure of the Company's liquidity. In addition, because EBITDA may not be calculated identically by all companies, the presentation here may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as EBITDA prior to non-cash stock compensation expense and non-recurring items shown above.

Following is a non-GAAP, unaudited reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA of the operating segment to loss from operations before income taxes (in thousands):

Wright Investors' Service Holdings, Inc.

Segment Information
 
  Three months ended   Nine months ended

September 30,

September 30,
2016   2015 2016   2015
Adjusted EBITDA of operating segment $ 225 $ 187 $ 550 $ 245
 
Corporate (428 ) (362 ) (1,206 ) (1,251 )
               
Adjusted EBITDA (loss)   (203 )   (175 )   (656 )   (1,006 )
 

Other operating expenses:
Depreciation and amortization (162 ) (163 ) (488 ) (490 )
Equity based compensation (31 ) (127 ) (146 ) (344 )
Amortization of stay and retention bonuses - (33 ) - (101 )
Relocation and severance costs - - (99 ) (56 )
               
Operating loss   (396 )   (498 )   (1,389 )   (1,997 )
 

Non- operating income (expense):
Interest income (expense) and other, net 3 (118 ) (33 ) (222 )
Share of loss from equity investment in LLC - 37 (294 ) 60
Change in fair value of contingent consideration   -   (176 )   -   (196 )
 
 
Loss from operations before income taxes $ (393 ) $ (755 ) $ (1,716 ) $ (2,355 )
 

WRIGHT INVESTORS' SERVICE HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 

Three Months Ended September 30,
 

Nine Months Ended September 30,
2016   2015 2016   2015
Revenues
Investment management services $ 535 $ 627 $ 1,706 $ 1,867
Other investment advisory services 702 721 2,124 2,136
Financial research and related data   180   188   518   516
  1,417   1,536   4,348   4,519
Expenses
Compensation and benefits 904 1,176 2,940 3,693
Other operating   909   858   2,797   2,823
  1,813   2,034   5,737   6,516
 
Operating loss (396 ) (498 ) (1,389 ) (1,997 )
 
Share of (loss) income from investment in LLC - 37 (294 ) 60
Interest income (expense) and other, net 3 (118 ) (33 ) (222 )
Change in fair value of contingent consideration   -   (176 )   -   (196 )
Loss from operations before income taxes (393 ) (755 ) (1,716 ) (2,355 )
Income tax expense (5 ) (11 ) (31 ) (44 )
               
Net loss $ (398 ) $ (766 ) $ (1,747 ) $ (2,399 )
 
Basic and diluted (loss) per share                
Net loss $ (0.02 ) $ (0.04 ) $ (0.09 ) $ (0.12 )

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