Pzena Investment Management, Inc. Reports Results for the First Quarter of 2022

New York, New York, UNITED STATES


  • Pzena reports first quarter 2022 Diluted EPS of $0.16.

  • Assets under management ends the first quarter at $52.8 billion.

  • Q1 2022 revenue increases 15 percent to $52.8 million from Q1 2021.

  • Board declares a quarterly dividend of $0.03 per share.

NEW YORK, April 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pzena Investment Management, Inc. (NYSE: PZN) reported the following U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basic and diluted net income and earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 (in thousands, except per-share amounts):

  GAAP Basis 
  For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
  2022  2021 
  (unaudited) 
Basic Net Income $2,815  $4,187 
Basic Earnings per Share $0.16  $0.24 
       
Diluted Net Income $13,489  $19,731 
Diluted Earnings per Share $0.16  $0.24 
         

GAAP diluted net income and GAAP diluted earnings per share were $13.5 million and $0.16, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and $19.7 million and $0.24, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

In evaluating the results of operations, management also reviews adjusted measures of earnings, which are adjusted to exclude accounting items that add a measure of non-operational complexity which obscures the underlying performance of the business. For the three months ended March 31, 2022, December 31, 2021, and March 31, 2021, no adjustments were made to GAAP earnings. Management uses the as adjusted measures to assess the strength of the underlying operations of the business. It believes the as adjusted measures provide information to further analyze the Company's operations between periods and over time. Furthermore, management targets a cash dividend payout ratio at approximately 60% to 70% of our as adjusted diluted net income, subject to growth initiatives and other funding needs. Investors should consider the as adjusted measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Net income for diluted earnings per share generally assumes all operating company membership units are converted into Company stock at the beginning of the reporting period, and the resulting change to Company net income associated with its increased interest in the operating company, is taxed at the Company's effective tax rate, exclusive of the adjustments noted above and other adjustments. When this conversion results in an increase in earnings per share or a decrease in loss per share, diluted net income and diluted earnings per share are assumed to be equal to basic net income and basic earnings per share for the reporting period.

                
Assets Under Management (unaudited)               
($ billions)               
  For the Three Months Ended  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  March 31,  December 31,  March 31,  March 31,  March 31, 
  2022  2021  2021  2022  2021 
Separately Managed Accounts               
Assets               
Beginning of Period $19.4  $18.8  $17.3  $19.4  $10.8 
Inflows  0.3   0.5   0.7   1.6   2.1 
Outflows  (0.3)  (0.2)  (1.0)  (2.2)  (2.4)
Net Flows     0.3   (0.3)  (0.6)  (0.3)
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)  0.1   0.5   2.7   1.0   8.5 
Foreign Exchange1  (0.1)  (0.2)  (0.3)  (0.4)  0.4 
End of Period $19.4  $19.4  $19.4  $19.4  $19.4 
                
Sub-Advised Accounts               
Assets               
Beginning of Period Assets $30.5  $29.3  $23.3  $26.9  $14.3 
Inflows  1.2   1.2   1.5   6.8   5.7 
Outflows  (1.3)  (1.1)  (1.3)  (5.0)  (5.2)
Net Flows  (0.1)  0.1   0.2   1.8   0.5 
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)  0.5   1.2   3.6   2.5   11.9 
Foreign Exchange1  (0.2)  (0.1)  (0.2)  (0.5)  0.2 
End of Period $30.7  $30.5  $26.9  $30.7  $26.9 
                
Pzena Funds               
Assets               
Beginning of Period Assets $2.6  $2.7  $2.7  $2.9  $1.7 
Inflows  0.2   0.1   0.2   0.6   0.6 
Outflows  (0.1)  (0.2)  (0.3)  (0.8)  (0.8)
Net Flows  0.1   (0.1)  (0.1)  (0.2)  (0.2)
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)        0.4      1.3 
Foreign Exchange1        (0.1)     0.1 
End of Period $2.7  $2.6  $2.9  $2.7  $2.9 
                
Total               
Assets               
Beginning of Period $52.5  $50.8  $43.3  $49.2  $26.8 
Inflows  1.7   1.8   2.4   9.0   8.4 
Outflows  (1.7)  (1.5)  (2.6)  (8.0)  (8.4)
Net Flows     0.3   (0.2)  1.0    
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)  0.6   1.7   6.7   3.5   21.7 
Foreign Exchange1  (0.3)  (0.3)  (0.6)  (0.9)  0.7 
End of Period $52.8  $52.5  $49.2  $52.8  $49.2 

1 Foreign exchange reflects the impact of translating non-U.S. dollar denominated AUM into U.S. dollars for reporting purposes.

Financial Discussion

Revenue (unaudited)         
($ thousands)         
  For the Three Months Ended 
  March 31,  December 31,  March 31, 
  2022  2021  2021 
Separately Managed Accounts $26,184  $25,753  $24,547 
Sub-Advised Accounts  21,939   20,400   16,628 
Pzena Funds  4,637   4,811   4,696 
Total $52,760  $50,964  $45,871 
          

Revenue was approximately $52.8 million for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 3.5% from $51.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 and an increase of 15.0% from $45.9 million for the first quarter of 2021.

There were $0.5 million of performance fees recognized during the first quarter of 2022, compared to $0.1 million of performance fees recognized during the fourth quarter of 2021 and no performance fees recognized during the first quarter of 2021.

Average assets under management for the first quarter of 2022 were $53.1 billion, increasing 3.1% from $51.5 billion for the fourth quarter of 2021, and increasing 17.0% from $45.4 billion for the first quarter of 2021. The increase from the first quarter of 2021 reflects market appreciation and net inflows.

The weighted average fee rate was 0.397% for the first quarter of 2022, remaining relatively flat from 0.396% for the fourth quarter of 2021, and decreasing from 0.404% for the first quarter of 2021.

The weighted average fee rate for separately managed accounts was 0.532% for the first quarter of 2022, decreasing from 0.539% for the fourth quarter of 2021 and from 0.545% for the first quarter of 2021. The decrease from the fourth quarter of 2021 primarily reflects a shift in assets to certain strategies that typically carry lower fee rates. The decrease from the first quarter of 2021 primarily reflects an increase in assets due to market appreciation as the rates we earn in the majority of our fee schedules decline as the assets increase.

The weighted average fee rate for sub-advised accounts was 0.285% for the first quarter of 2022, increasing from 0.274% for the fourth quarter of 2021, and from 0.270% for the first quarter of 2021. The increase from the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2021 reflects an increase in performance fees recognized during the first quarter of 2022. Certain accounts related to one retail client relationship have fulcrum fee arrangements. These fee arrangements require a reduction in the base fee or allow for a performance fee if the relevant investment strategy underperforms or outperforms, respectively, the agreed-upon benchmark over the contract's measurement period, which extends to three years. During the first quarter of 2022, the Company recognized $0.5 million of performance fees related to this client relationship. During the fourth quarter of 2021, and first quarter of 2021, the Company recognized a $0.9 million and $1.0 million reduction in base fees, respectively, related to this client relationship. To the extent the three-year performance record of this account fluctuates relative to its relevant benchmark, the amount of base fees recognized may vary.

The weighted average fee rate for Pzena funds was 0.695% for the first quarter of 2022, decreasing from 0.717% for the fourth quarter of 2021, and increasing from 0.681% for the first quarter of 2021. The decrease from the fourth quarter of 2021 primarily reflects a shift in assets to certain strategies that typically carry lower fee rates. The increase from the first quarter of 2021 primarily reflects an increase in performance fees recognized in the first quarter of 2022.

Total operating expenses were $26.1 million for the first quarter of 2022, increasing from $24.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, and from $22.8 million for the first quarter of 2021. The increase in compensation and benefits expense from the fourth quarter of 2021 primarily reflects compensation expenses recognized in the first quarter associated with tax payments and the Company's employee profit sharing and savings plan, which generally do not recur during the year. The increase in general and administrative expenses from the fourth quarter of 2021 primarily reflects an increase in occupancy costs and professional fees. The increase in compensation and benefits expense from the first quarter of 2021 reflects an increase in employee headcount and compensation. The increase in general and administrative expenses from the first quarter of 2021 primarily reflects an increase in professional fees and occupancy costs. The increase in occupancy costs for the first quarter of 2022 is due to the extension of the Company's New York office lease.

          
Operating Expenses (unaudited)         
($ thousands)         
  For the Three Months Ended 
  March 31,  December 31,  March 31, 
  2022  2021  2021 
Compensation and Benefits Expense $21,186  $19,981  $19,135 
General and Administrative Expense  4,945   4,483   3,696 
Operating Expenses $26,131  $24,464  $22,831 
             

As of March 31, 2022, employee headcount was 143, increasing from 140 at December 31, 2021, and from 124 at March 31, 2021.

The operating margin was 50.5% for the first quarter of 2022, compared to 52.0% for the fourth quarter of 2021, and 50.2% for the first quarter of 2021.

Other income/ (expense) was income of approximately $0.1 million for the first quarter of 2022, $2.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, and $4.4 million for the first quarter of 2021.

Other income/ (expense) primarily reflects the fluctuations in the gains/ (losses) and other investment income recognized by the Company on its direct equity investments, the majority of which are held to satisfy obligations under its deferred compensation plan. Other income/ (expense) also includes a portion of gains/ (losses) and other investment income recognized by external investors on their investments in investment partnerships that the Company consolidates, which are offset in net income attributable to non-controlling interests.

          
Other Income/ (Expense) (unaudited)         
($ thousands)         
  For the Three Months Ended 
  March 31,  December 31,  March 31, 
  2022  2021  2021 
Net Interest and Dividend Income $462  $340  $197 
Gains/ (Losses) and Other Investment Income  (245)  1,023   4,100 
Other Income/ (Expense)  (139)  594   58 
GAAP Other Income/ (Expense)  78   1,957   4,355 
Outside Interests of Investment Partnerships1  (844)  (323)  (194)
As Adjusted Other Income/ (Expense), Net of Outside Interests $(766) $1,634  $4,161 

1 Represents the non-controlling interest allocation of the (income)/ loss of the Company's consolidated investment partnerships to its external investors.

The Company recognized income tax expense of $8.2 million for the first quarter of 2022, $2.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, and $2.4 million for the first quarter of 2021. The first quarter of 2022 income tax expense reflects a $5.9 million expense associated with a change in estimate of uncertain tax positions due to a change in interpretation of administrative rulings.

Details of the income tax expense are shown below:

Income Tax Expense (unaudited)         
($ thousands)         
  For the Three Months Ended 
  March 31,  December 31,  March 31, 
  2022  2021  2021 
Corporate Income Tax Expense $1,111  $1,576  $1,500 
Unincorporated and Other Business Tax Expense  7,114   1,213   866 
Income Tax Expense $8,225  $2,789  $2,366 
             

Details of the net income attributable to non-controlling interests of the Company's operating company and consolidated subsidiaries are shown below:

GAAP Non-Controlling Interests (unaudited)         
($ thousands)         
  For the Three Months Ended 
  March 31,  December 31,  March 31, 
  2022  2021  2021 
Operating Company Allocation $14,823  $20,524  $20,648 
Outside Interests of Investment Partnerships1  844   323   194 
GAAP Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests $15,667  $20,847  $20,842 

1 Represents the non-controlling interest allocation of the income/ (loss) of the Company's consolidated investment partnerships to its external investors.

On April 19, 2022, the Company's Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.03 per share of its Class A common stock. The following dates apply to the dividend:

Record Date: April 29, 2022

Payment Date: May 20, 2022

During the last twelve months, inclusive of the dividend noted above, the Company declared total dividends of $0.62 per share of its Class A common stock.

First Quarter 2022 Earnings Call Information

Pzena Investment Management, Inc. (NYSE: PZN) will hold a conference call to discuss the Company's financial results and outlook at 10:00 a.m. ET, Wednesday, April 20, 2022. The call will be open to the public.

Webcast Instructions: To gain access to the webcast, which will be "listen-only," go to the Events page in the Investor Relations area of the Company's website, www.pzena.com.

Teleconference Instructions: To gain access to the conference call via telephone, U.S. callers should dial 844-200-6205; Canada callers should dial 833-950-0062; international callers should dial 929-526-1599. All callers will need to use access code 695982 to join the call.

Replay: The conference call will be available for replay through May 4, 2022, on the web using the information given above.

About Pzena Investment Management

Pzena Investment Management, LLC, the firm's operating company, is a value-oriented investment management firm. Founded in 1995, Pzena Investment Management has built a diverse, global client base. More firm and stock information is posted at www.pzena.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements provide the Company’s current views, expectations, or forecasts of future events and performance, and include statements about our expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, intentions, assumptions and other statements that are not historical facts. Words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project” or similar words or phrases, or the negatives of those words or phrases, may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not necessarily mean that a statement is not forward-looking.

Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed or implied by a forward-looking statement are those described in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the SEC on March 9, 2022 and in the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC. These risk factors include a pandemic or health crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on financial institutions, the global economic or capital markets as well as Pzena’s products, clients, vendors and employees, and Pzena’s results of operations, the full extent of which may be unknown. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and factors, actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date stated, or if no date is stated, as of the date of this release.

The Company is not under any obligation and does not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized.


PZENA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(in thousands)

  As of 
  March 31,  December 31, 
  2022  2021 
  (unaudited)    
ASSETS      
Cash and Cash Equivalents $35,576  $81,133 
Restricted Cash  2,214   1,056 
Due from Broker  131   55 
Advisory Fees Receivable  41,999   41,127 
Investments  71,584   95,506 
Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets  7,986   5,836 
Right-of-use Assets  32,516   10,014 
Deferred Tax Asset  24,106   25,886 
Property and Equipment, Net of Accumulated      
Depreciation of $7,367 and $7,086, respectively  4,003   3,687 
TOTAL ASSETS $220,115  $264,300 
       
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
Liabilities:      
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses $27,884  $44,167 
Due to Broker  124    
Securities Sold Short  276   237 
Liability to Selling and Converting Shareholders  24,679   24,679 
Lease Liabilities  33,042   10,323 
Deferred Compensation Liability  2,066   6,840 
TOTAL LIABILITIES  88,071   86,246 
       
Equity:      
Total Pzena Investment Management, Inc.'s Equity  37,313   42,588 
Non-Controlling Interests  94,731   135,466 
TOTAL EQUITY  132,044   178,054 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $220,115  $264,300 
         

PZENA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per-share amounts)

  For the Three Months Ended 
  March 31, 
  2022  2021 
  (unaudited)    
REVENUE $52,760  $45,871 
       
EXPENSES      
Compensation and Benefits Expense  21,186   19,135 
General and Administrative Expense  4,945   3,696 
TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES  26,131   22,831 
Operating Income  26,629   23,040 
       
Other Income/ (Loss)  78   4,355 
       
Income Before Taxes  26,707   27,395 
       
Income Tax Expense  8,225   2,366 
Consolidated Net Income  18,482   25,029 
       
Less: Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests  15,667   20,842 
       
Net Income Attributable to Pzena Investment Management, Inc. $2,815  $4,187 
       
Earnings per Share - Basic and Diluted Attributable to Pzena Investment Management, Inc. Common Stockholders:      
       
Net Income for Basic Earnings per Share $2,815  $4,187 
Basic Earnings per Share $0.16  $0.24 
Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding  17,350,846   17,240,412 
       
Net Income for Diluted Earnings per Share $13,489  $19,731 
Diluted Earnings per Share $0.16  $0.24 
Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding  86,694,305   83,451,997 
         

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