Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. Reports First Quarter 2019 Earnings and Announces Quarterly Dividend

Date : 04/26/2019 @ 12:00PM
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Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. Reports First Quarter 2019 Earnings and Announces Quarterly Dividend

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NEW YORK, April 26, 2019 /CNW/ - Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. (NYSE: OPY) today reported net income of $11.2 million or $0.86 basic net income per share for the first quarter of 2019 compared with net income of $6.7 million or $0.51 basic net income per share for the first quarter of 2018. Income before income taxes was $16.1 million for the first quarter of 2019 compared with income before income taxes of $9.6 million for the first quarter of 2018.

Summary Operating Results (Unaudited)

('000s)


For the 3-Months Ended


March 31,


2019


2018


% Change

Revenue

$

251,770


$

234,530


7.4

Expenses

235,718


224,909


4.8

Income Before Income Taxes

16,052


9,621


66.8

Income Taxes

4,858


2,916


66.6

Net Income

$

11,194


$

6,705


67.0







Net Income Per Share






       Basic

$

0.86


$

0.51


68.6

       Diluted

$

0.81


$

0.48


68.8










As of




March 31, 2019


December 31, 2018


% Change

Book Value Per Share

$

42.58


$

41.81


1.8

Tangible Book Value Per Share (1)

$

29.52


$

28.78


2.6







(1) Represents book value less goodwill and intangible assets divided by number of shares outstanding.

 

First Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Quarterly revenues in excess of $250 million
  • Profit margin in Private Client Division of 26.2%
  • Assets under management increase of 4.6% to $29.5 billion, near all-time highs
  • Increase of over 77% in fees earned from M&A activities
  • Relocated our largest branch office in midtown Manhattan which will result in significant annual savings
  • Book value per share of $42.58, a record high

During the first quarter of 2019, the major stock indexes in the U.S. were up 13.1% rebounding from a 14% decline during the fourth quarter of 2018. This was the best first quarter performance in the equities markets in over a decade.   The markets benefited from the Federal Reserve's decision to adopt a more dovish stance, indicating that they do not expect to further increase short-term interest rates in the near term. A continued strong economy, record low unemployment, the end of the government shutdown, as well as optimism around trade negotiations between the U.S. and China helped fuel the rally in the equities markets. Consumer spending continues to be driven by strong business and consumer confidence and is providing the impetus for a strong economy. Concerns around an imminent recession impacted long-term interest rates during the quarter. The 10-year Treasury yield began the quarter yielding 2.69% and fell to as low as 2.39% before ending the quarter at 2.41% indicating a flight to safety sentiment by investors.

Albert G. Lowenthal, Chairman and CEO commented, "We are pleased with the performance of the business during the first quarter of 2019. Although our results were aided by a strong equities market, the firm's core businesses performed well and we believe that the strong underlying economic landscape will continue to provide support for the growth objectives of the firm. After the sharp sell-off in the equities markets during the fourth quarter of 2018, our asset management fees for the first quarter, which are based on asset values at December 31, 2018, declined 5.0%. The significant increase in equity asset values in the first quarter of 2019 will favorably impact our asset management fees for the second quarter of 2019. Our investment banking business performed well as a result of increased fees from advisory assignments and despite a significant decline in underwriting income. Our operating results continue to benefit from the present level of short-term interest rates as we continue to realize the effect of interest rate hikes in 2018.

Our institutional equities commission business showed improvement during the first quarter of 2019 as a result of an increase in volatility which drove greater activity by institutional counterparties. However, our retail transaction-based business declined during the period reflecting an ongoing secular reduction in portfolio turnover as our clients continue to move to more passive investment strategies. We continue to be optimistic about our investment banking business for 2019, particularly as we foresee a strong pipeline for initial public offerings as private equity investments enter the public markets. Finally, we are encouraged by the decline in legal and regulatory costs as many of the investments in our compliance efforts are realized."

Business Segment Results (Unaudited)

('000s)



For the 3-Months Ended



March 31,



2019


2018


% Change

Revenue







Private Client

$

163,527


$

154,094


6.1


Asset Management

16,586


17,644


(6.0)


Capital Markets

70,961


61,529


15.3


Corporate/Other

696


1,263


(44.9)



251,770


234,530


7.4








Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes







Private Client

42,834


40,162


6.7


Asset Management

2,242


3,718


(39.7)


Capital Markets

(2,647)


(6,057)


56.3


Corporate/Other

(26,377)


(28,202)


6.5



$

16,052


$

9,621


66.8








 

Private Client

Private Client reported revenue of $163.5 million for the first quarter of 2019, 6.1% higher than the first quarter of 2018 due to higher bank deposit sweep income and an increase in the cash surrender value of Company-owned life insurance partially offset by lower retail commissions and asset management fees during the first quarter of 2019.  Income before income taxes was $42.8 million for the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 6.7% compared with the first quarter of 2018 due to the aforementioned items partially offset by higher interest costs and communications and technology costs during the first quarter of 2019.

  • Client assets under administration were $87.5 billion at March 31, 2019 compared with $80.1 billion at December 31, 2018, an increase of 9.2%.

  • Financial adviser headcount was 1,062 at the end of the first quarter of 2019, down from 1,082 at the end of the first quarter of 2018. The decline in financial adviser headcount since the first quarter of 2018 has resulted from the Company's emphasis on adviser productivity as well as retirements.

  • Retail commissions were $47.1million for the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of 7.9% from the first quarter of 2018.

  • Advisory fee revenue on traditional and alternative managed products was $57.0 million for the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of 5.1% from the first quarter of 2018 (see Asset Management below for further information). The decrease in advisory fees was due to a decrease in assets under management ("AUM") at December 31, 2018 as a result of the sell-off in the equities markets during the fourth quarter of 2018.

  • Bank deposit sweep income was $34.0 million for the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 34.3% compared with $25.3 million for the first quarter of 2018 due to higher short-term interest rates during the first quarter of 2019.

Asset Management

Asset Management reported revenue of $16.6 million for the first quarter of 2019, 6.0% lower than the first quarter of 2018 due to lower AUM at December 31, 2018, which is the basis for advisory fees earned during the first quarter of 2019, as a result of the sell-off in the equities markets during the fourth quarter of 2018. Income before income taxes was $2.2 million for the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of 39.7% compared with the first quarter of 2018 due to lower AUM at December 31, 2018.

  • Advisory fee revenue on traditional and alternative managed products was $16.6 million for the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of 4.4% from the first quarter of 2018 primarily due to lower AUM at December 31, 2018.


    • Advisory fees are calculated based on the value of client AUM at the end of the prior quarter which totaled $26.7 billion at December 31, 2018 ($28.3 billion at December 31, 2017) and are allocated between the Private Client and Asset Management business segments.

  • AUM increased 4.6% to $29.5 billion at March 31, 2019, near all-time highs, compared with $28.2 billion at March 31, 2018, which is the basis for advisory fee billings for the second quarter of 2019. The increase in AUM was comprised of asset appreciation of $0.8 billion and a positive net contribution of assets of $0.5 billion.

Capital Markets

Capital Markets reported revenue of $71.0 million for the first quarter of 2019, 15.3% higher than the first quarter of 2018 due to higher investment banking fees and principal transactions revenue. Loss before income taxes was $2.6 million for the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of 56.3% compared with loss before income taxes of $6.1 million for the first quarter of 2018.

  • Institutional equities commissions increased 1.4% to $23.5 million for the first quarter of 2019 compared with the first quarter of 2018 due to higher levels of turnover in client portfolios and improved market penetration by the Company.

  • Advisory fees earned from investment banking activities increased 77.7% to $16.7 million for the first quarter of 2019 compared with $9.4 million for the first quarter of 2018 due to an increase in mergers and acquisitions activity during the first quarter of 2019.

  • Equities underwriting fees decreased 45.2% to $7.5 million for the first quarter of 2019 compared with the first quarter of 2018 due primarily to the U.S. government shutdown which limited access to the equities markets during the first quarter of 2019.

  • Revenue from taxable fixed income increased to $16.5 million during the first quarter of 2019 from $12.1 million during the first quarter of 2018 due to higher trading income in taxable fixed income products as a result of institutional investors reacting to greater volatility in the fixed income markets as a result of sharply declining interest rates.

  • Revenue from public finance and municipal trading increased to $5.2 million during the first quarter of 2019 from $2.4 million during the first quarter of 2018 due to higher fixed income advisory fees as well as higher municipal trading income during the first quarter of 2019.

Compensation and Related Expenses

Compensation and related expenses totaled $160.4 million during the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 4.7% compared with the first quarter of 2018. The increase was due to higher salaries, share-based, and deferred compensation expenses partially offset by lower production-related compensation costs during the first quarter of 2019. Compensation and related expenses as a percentage of revenue was 63.7% during the first quarter of 2019 compared with 65.3% during the first quarter of 2018.

Non-Compensation Expenses

Non-compensation expenses were $75.4 million during the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 5.0% compared with $71.8 million during the first quarter of 2018 due primarily to higher interest costs and communication and technology costs partially offset by lower legal and regulatory costs during the first quarter of 2019.

Provision for Income Taxes

The effective income tax rate from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2019 was 30.3% unchanged compared with 30.3% for the first quarter of 2018. The effective rate reflects the Company's estimate of the annual effective tax rate adjusted for certain discrete items.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

  • At March 31, 2019, total equity was $554.5 million compared with $545.3 million at December 31, 2018.

  • At March 31, 2019, book value per share was $42.58 (compared with $41.81 at December 31, 2018) and tangible book value per share was $29.52 (compared with $28.78 at December 31, 2018).

  • The Company's level 3 assets, primarily auction rate securities, were $21.8 million at March 31, 2019 (unchanged compared with $21.8 million at December 31, 2018).

Dividend Announcement

The Company today announced a quarterly dividend in the amount of $0.11 per share payable on May 24, 2019 to holders of Class A non-voting and Class B voting common stock of record on May 10, 2019.

Company Information

Oppenheimer Holdings Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading middle market investment bank and full service broker-dealer that provides a wide range of financial services including retail securities brokerage, institutional sales and trading, investment banking (both corporate and public finance), research, market-making, trust, and investment management. With roots tracing back to 1881, the firm is headquartered in New York and has 94 retail branch offices in the United States and has institutional businesses located in London, Tel Aviv, and Hong Kong.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes certain "forward-looking statements" relating to anticipated future performance. For a discussion of the factors that could cause future performance to be different than anticipated, reference is made to Factors Affecting "Forward-Looking Statements" and Part 1A – Risk Factors in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018.


Oppenheimer Holdings Inc


Consolidated Income Statement (Unaudited)

('000s, except number of shares and per share amounts)







For the 3-Months Ended



March 31,



2019


2018


% Change

REVENUE







Commissions

$

79,409


$

83,407


(4.8)


Advisory fees

73,647


77,548


(5.0)


Investment banking

28,043


28,210


(0.6)


Bank deposit sweep income

33,968


25,297


34.3


Interest

12,727


12,227


4.1


Principal transactions, net

11,438


2,726


319.6


Other

12,538


5,115


145.1


Total revenue

251,770


234,530


7.4

EXPENSES







Compensation and related expenses

160,355


153,104


4.7


Communications and technology

20,086


18,688


7.5


Occupancy and equipment costs

15,273


15,428


(1.0)


Clearing and exchange fees

5,332


6,096


(12.5)


Interest

12,986


8,963


44.9


Other

21,686


22,630


(4.2)


Total expenses

235,718


224,909


4.8

Income before income taxes

16,052


9,621


66.8

Income taxes

4,858


2,916


66.6

Net income

$

11,194


$

6,705


67.0








Net income per share






        Basic

$

0.86


$

0.51



68.6

        Diluted

$

0.81


$

0.48



68.8








Weighted average number of common shares outstanding







Basic

13,020,344


13,239,628


(1.7)


Diluted

13,851,321


13,977,492


(0.9)

 

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