Pzena Investment Management, Inc. Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2020

New York, New York, UNITED STATES


  • Pzena reports full year 2020 Diluted EPS of $0.52 and fourth quarter 2020 Diluted EPS of $0.22.
  • Assets under management ends the fourth quarter at $43.3 billion.
  • 2020 full year revenue decreases 8 percent to $138.6 million.
  • Board declares a year-end dividend of $0.25 per share.

NEW YORK, Feb. 02, 2021 (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 and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 (in thousands, except per-share amounts):

  GAAP Basis  GAAP Basis 
  For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
  For the Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
 
  2020 2019  2020 2019 
           
  (unaudited) 
Basic Net Income $4,012 $(1,482) $8,874 $8,462 
Basic Earnings per Share $0.24 $(0.08) $0.52 $0.47 
               
Diluted Net Income $17,646 $(5,913) $40,766 $34,046 
Diluted Earnings per Share $0.22 $(0.08) $0.52 $0.46 
               
  As Adjusted1  As Adjusted1 
  For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
  For the Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
 
  2020 2019  2020 2019 
           
  (unaudited) 
Basic Net Income $4,012 $3,801  $8,874 $13,745 
Basic Earnings per Share $0.24 $0.21  $0.52 $0.77 
               
Diluted Net Income $17,646 $14,723  $40,766 $54,103 
Diluted Earnings per Share $0.22 $0.20  $0.52 $0.73 

Please refer to Pages 5, 6, 7, and 11 of this release for more information on as adjusted items and reconciliations to the GAAP financial measures.

 

GAAP diluted net income and GAAP diluted earnings per share were $17.6 million and $0.22, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2020, and $(5.9) million and $(0.08), respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2019. GAAP diluted net income and GAAP diluted earnings per share were $40.8 million and $0.52, respectively, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, and $34.0 million and $0.46, respectively, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019.

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 and twelve months ended December 31, 2020, no adjustments were made to GAAP earnings. For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019, earnings were adjusted to exclude non-recurring Compensation and Benefits expenses related primarily to the issuance of certain unit-based and other awards to a number of the firm’s key contributors pursuant to the terms of our equity incentive plans, in addition to costs related to certain employee departures. As adjusted, diluted net income and as adjusted diluted earnings per share were $14.7 million and $0.20, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2019, and $54.1 million and $0.73, respectively, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. 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 
  December 31,  September 30,  December 31,  December 31,  December 31, 
  2020  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Separately Managed Accounts                    
Assets                    
Beginning of Period $13.3  $13.0  $13.7  $16.4  $12.6 
Inflows  0.6   0.2   1.3   1.8   3.2 
Outflows  (0.7)  (0.3)  (0.3)  (1.7)  (2.0)
Net Flows  (0.1)  (0.1)  1.0   0.1   1.2 
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)  3.7   0.1   1.4   0.3   2.5 
Foreign Exchange1  0.4   0.3   0.3   0.5   0.1 
End of Period $17.3  $13.3  $16.4  $17.3  $16.4 
                     
Sub-Advised Accounts                    
Assets                    
Beginning of Period Assets $18.0  $16.4  $19.8  $22.4  $18.8 
Inflows  1.0   2.5   1.2   5.0   3.0 
Outflows  (1.2)  (1.2)  (0.7)  (4.6)  (3.4)
Net Flows  (0.2)  1.3   0.5   0.4   (0.4)
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)  5.2   0.2   2.0   0.2   4.0 
Foreign Exchange1  0.3   0.1   0.1   0.3    
End of Period $23.3  $18.0  $22.4  $23.3  $22.4 
                     
Pzena Funds                    
Assets                    
Beginning of Period Assets $2.0  $2.1  $2.3  $2.4  $2.0 
Inflows  0.2   0.1   0.1   0.5   0.4 
Outflows  (0.2)  (0.2)  (0.2)  (0.5)  (0.4)
Net Flows     (0.1)  (0.1)      
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)  0.6      0.2   0.2   0.4 
Foreign Exchange1  0.1         0.1    
End of Period $2.7  $2.0  $2.4  $2.7  $2.4 
                     
Total                    
Assets                    
Beginning of Period $33.3  $31.5  $35.8  $41.2  $33.4 
Inflows  1.8   2.8   2.6   7.3   6.6 
Outflows  (2.1)  (1.7)  (1.2)  (6.8)  (5.8)
Net Flows  (0.3)  1.1   1.4   0.5   0.8 
Market Appreciation/(Depreciation)  9.5   0.3   3.6   0.7   6.9 
Foreign Exchange1  0.8   0.4   0.4   0.9   0.1 
End of Period $43.3  $33.3  $41.2  $43.3  $41.2 

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 
  December 31,  September 30,  December 31, 
  2020  2020  2019 
Separately Managed Accounts $20,834  $18,457  $20,250 
Sub-Advised Accounts  13,863   11,880   14,197 
Pzena Funds  5,164   3,611   3,981 
Total $39,861  $33,948  $38,428 
             
      For the Twelve Months Ended 
      December 31,  December 31, 
      2020  2019 
Separately Managed Accounts     $74,725  $76,210 
Sub-Advised Accounts      48,714   58,911 
Pzena Funds      15,180   15,625 
Total     $138,619  $150,746 

 

Revenue was $39.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 17.4% from $33.9 million for the third quarter of 2020, and an increase of 3.7% from $38.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.

There were $1.1 million of performance fees recognized in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to no performance fees recognized during the third quarter of 2020 and the fourth quarter of 2019.

Average assets under management for the fourth quarter of 2020 were $37.7 billion, increasing 13.9% from $33.1 billion for the third quarter of 2020, and decreasing 1.0% from $38.1 billion for the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase from the third quarter of 2020, primarily reflects market appreciation. The variance from fourth quarter of 2019 primarily reflects fluctuation in asset levels due to market appreciation during November and December of 2020.

The weighted average fee rate was 0.423% for the fourth quarter of 2020, increasing from 0.410% for the third quarter of 2020, and from 0.404% for the fourth quarter of 2019.

The weighted average fee rate for separately managed accounts was 0.557% for the fourth quarter of 2020, increasing from 0.549% for the third quarter of 2020 and from 0.541% for the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase from the third quarter of 2020 and the fourth quarter of 2019 primarily reflects the addition of assets to certain strategies that typically carry higher fee rates.

The weighted average fee rate for sub-advised accounts was 0.272% for the fourth quarter of 2020, increasing from 0.270% for the third quarter of 2020 and relatively flat from 0.273% for the fourth quarter of 2019. 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 fourth quarter of 2020, third quarter of 2020, and fourth quarter of 2019 we recognized a $1.0 million, $1.0 million, and $0.8 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 0.893% for the fourth quarter of 2020, increasing from 0.687% for the third quarter of 2020, and from 0.690% for the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase from the third quarter of 2020 and from the fourth quarter of 2019 primarily reflects performance fees recognized in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Total operating expenses were $21.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, increasing from $19.0 million for the third quarter of 2020 and decreasing from $43.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase from the third quarter of 2020 reflects increases in both compensation and benefits expense and general and administrative expenses. The increase in compensation and benefits expense is driven by an increase in the bonus accrual and in the market performance of strategies tied to the Company’s deferred compensation obligations during the fourth quarter of 2020. The increase in general and administrative expense is primarily driven by an increase in professional fees and data and systems expense. Included in operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2019 is approximately $22.7 million in compensation and benefits expenses, relating to the one-time issuance of certain unit-based and other awards to a number of the firm’s key contributors pursuant to the terms of our equity incentive plans in addition to costs related to certain employee departures. Excluding these non-recurring expenses, the increase in compensation and benefits expense from the fourth quarter of 2019 reflects an increase in compensation. The decrease in general and administrative expense from the fourth quarter of 2019 reflects a decrease in travel and entertainment and professional fees.

Operating Expenses (unaudited)            
($ thousands)            
  For the Three Months Ended 
  December 31,  September 30,  December 31, 
  2020  2020  2019 
Compensation and Benefits Expense $17,961  $15,808  $38,889 
General and Administrative Expense  3,679   3,183   4,787 
Operating Expenses $21,640  $18,991  $43,676 
             
      For the Twelve Months Ended 
      December 31,  December 31, 
      2020  2019 
Compensation and Benefits Expense     $68,487  $88,109 
General and Administrative Expense      14,859   16,973 
Operating Expenses     $83,346  $105,082 

 

As of December 31, 2020, employee headcount was 121, remaining flat from 121 at September 30, 2020, and up from 115 at December 31, 2019.

The operating margin was 45.7% for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to 44.1% for the third quarter of 2020, and (13.7)% for the fourth quarter of 2019. The as adjusted operating margin for the fourth quarter of 2019 was 45.5%. The increase in operating margin from the third quarter of 2020 is primarily driven by the increase in revenue.

Other income/ (expense) was income of approximately $6.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, $0.5 million for the third quarter of 2020, and $3.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.

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 
  December 31,  September 30,  December 31, 
  2020  2020  2019 
Net Interest and Dividend Income $206  $187  $361 
Gains/ (Losses) and Other Investment Income  5,867   295   2,738 
Other Income/ (Expense)  59   52   114 
GAAP Other Income/ (Expense)  6,132   534   3,213 
Outside Interests of Investment Partnerships1  (240)  (83)  (274)
As Adjusted Other Income/ (Expense), Net of Outside Interests $5,892  $451  $2,939 
             
      For the Twelve Months Ended 
      December 31,  December 31, 
      2020  2019 
Net Interest and Dividend Income     $778  $1,431 
(Losses)/ Gains and Other Investment Income      (298)  4,236 
Other Income/ (Expense)      72   (60)
GAAP Other Income/ (Expense)      552   5,607 
Outside Interests of Investment Partnerships1      (243)  (444)
As Adjusted Other Income/ (Expense), Net of Outside Interests     $309  $5,163 

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

 

The Company recognized an income tax expense of $2.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an income tax benefit of $0.1 million for the third quarter of 2020 and an income tax expense of $1.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. The third quarter of 2020 income tax benefit reflects a $1.6 million benefit associated with the reversal of uncertain tax position liabilities and interest related to unincorporated and other business tax expenses due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. Tax expense for the fourth quarter of 2019 also includes the impact of $22.7 million of non-recurring expenses. Corporate tax expense for the fourth quarter of 2019 as adjusted was $1.4 million. The increase from the third quarter of 2020 and fourth quarter of 2019 primarily reflects an increase in pre-tax income in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Details of the income tax expense are shown below:

Income Tax Expense (unaudited)            
($ thousands)            
  For the Three Months Ended 
  December 31,  September 30,  December 31, 
  2020  2020  2019 
Corporate Income Tax Expense $1,300  $961  $968 
Unincorporated and Other Business Tax Expense  707   (1,044)  674 
Income Tax Expense $2,007  $(83) $1,642 
             
      For the Twelve Months Ended 
      December 31,  December 31, 
      2020  2019 
Corporate Income Tax Expense     $3,429  $4,508 
Unincorporated and Other Business Tax Expense      858   1,287 
Income Tax Expense     $4,287  $5,795 

 

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 
  December 31,  September 30,  December 31, 
  2020  2020  2019 
Operating Company Allocation $18,094  $12,827  $(2,469)
Outside Interests of Investment Partnerships1  240   83   274 
GAAP Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests $18,334  $12,910  $(2,195)
             
      For the Twelve Months Ended 
      December 31,  December 31, 
      2020  2019 
Operating Company Allocation     $42,421  $36,570 
Outside Interests of Investment Partnerships1      243   444 
GAAP Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests     $42,664  $37,014 

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

 

The operating company allocation as adjusted for the impact of the $22.7 million in non-recurring expenses during the fourth quarter of 2019 was $14.5 million.

On January 26, 2021, the Company's Board of Directors approved a year-end dividend of $0.25 per share of its Class A common stock. The following dates apply to the dividend:

 Record Date:

February 12, 2021

 Payment Date:

February 25, 2021

 During the last twelve months, inclusive of the dividend noted above, the Company declared total dividends of $0.34 per share of its Class A common stock.

Fourth Quarter 2020 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, February 3, 2021. 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 844-378-6482; Canada callers should dial 855-669-9657; international callers should dial 412-317-5106. Please reference the Pzena Investment Management call.

Replay: The conference call will be available for replay through February 17, 2021, 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 10, 2020 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 
  December 31,  December 31, 
  2020  2019 
  (unaudited)     
ASSETS        
Cash and Cash Equivalents $65,534  $52,480 
Restricted Cash  1,050   1,036 
Due from Broker  87   149 
Advisory Fees Receivable  36,524   32,887 
Investments  34,104   55,934 
Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets  5,603   4,876 
Right-of-use Assets  11,578   13,860 
Deferred Tax Asset  29,831   32,683 
Property and Equipment, Net of Accumulated        
Depreciation of $5,980 and $4,765, respectively  4,376   5,547 
TOTAL ASSETS $188,687  $199,452 
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
Liabilities:        
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses $36,317  $44,715 
Due to Broker  56   40 
Securities Sold Short  714    
Liability to Selling and Converting Shareholders  25,701   28,652 
Lease Liabilities  11,905   14,235 
Deferred Compensation Liability  5,039   3,600 
TOTAL LIABILITIES  79,732   91,242 
         
Equity:        
Total Pzena Investment Management, Inc.'s Equity  31,106   31,444 
Non-Controlling Interests  77,849   76,766 
TOTAL EQUITY  108,955   108,210 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $188,687  $199,452 

 

 

PZENA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, INC.

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

  For the Three Months Ended  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31,  December 31, 
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
REVENUE $39,861  $38,428  $138,619  $150,746 
                 
EXPENSES                
Compensation and Benefits Expense  17,961   38,889   68,487   88,109 
General and Administrative Expense  3,679   4,787   14,859   16,973 
TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES  21,640   43,676   83,346   105,082 
Operating Income  18,221   (5,248)  55,273   45,664 
                 
Other Income  6,132   3,213   552   5,607 
                 
Income Before Taxes  24,353   (2,035)  55,825   51,271 
                 
Income Tax Expense  2,007   1,642   4,287   5,795 
Consolidated Net Income  22,346   (3,677)  51,538   45,476 
                 
Less: Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests  18,334   (2,195)  42,664   37,014 
                 
Net Income Attributable to Pzena Investment Management, Inc. $4,012  $(1,482) $8,874  $8,462 
                 
Earnings per Share - Basic and Diluted Attributable to Pzena Investment Management, Inc. Common Stockholders:                
                 
Net Income for Basic Earnings per Share $4,012  $(1,482) $8,874  $8,462 
Basic Earnings per Share $0.24  $(0.08) $0.52  $0.47 
Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding  16,898,940   17,783,818   17,208,174   17,945,686 
                 
Net Income for Diluted Earnings per Share $17,646  $(5,913) $40,766  $34,046 
Diluted Earnings per Share $0.22  $(0.08) $0.52  $0.46 
Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding  79,326,835   74,112,012   79,143,710   74,199,308 

 

 

PZENA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, INC.

GAAP TO AS ADJUSTED RECONCILIATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per-share amounts)

  For the Three Months Ended  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31,  December 31, 
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
GAAP Net Income/ (Loss) $4,012  $(1,482) $8,874  $8,462 
Change due to Non-Recurring Compensation and Benefits Expense     5,283      5,283 
As Adjusted Net Income $4,012  $3,801  $8,874  $13,745 
                 
Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding  16,898,940   17,783,818   17,208,174   17,945,686 
GAAP Basic Earnings per Share $0.24  $(0.08) $0.52  $0.47 
Change due to Non-Recurring Compensation and Benefits Expense     0.29      0.30 
As Adjusted Basic Earnings per Share $0.24  $0.21  $0.52  $0.77 
                 
GAAP Net Income for Diluted Earnings per Share $17,646  $(5,913) $40,766  $34,046 
Change due to Non-Recurring Compensation and Benefits Expense     20,636      20,057 
As Adjusted Net Income for Diluted Earnings per Share $17,646  $14,723  $40,766  $54,103 
                 
Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding  79,326,835   74,112,012   79,143,710   74,199,308 
GAAP Diluted Earnings per Share $0.22  $(0.08) $0.52  $0.46 
Change due to Non-Recurring Compensation and Benefits Expense     0.28      0.27 
As Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share $0.22  $0.20  $0.52  $0.73 

 

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