Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2015 Earnings and Announces Quarterly Dividend

NEW YORK, July 31, 2015 /CNW/ - Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. (NYSE: OPY) today reported net income of $0.3 million or $0.02 basic earnings per share for the second quarter of 2015 compared with net loss of $1.6 million or $0.11 basic loss per share for the second quarter of 2014.  Income before income tax provision was $2.6 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared with income before income tax provision of $0.1 million for the second quarter of 2014.  Revenue for the second quarter of 2015 was $238.9 million compared with revenue of $249.7 million for the second quarter of 2014, a decrease of 4.3%.


Summary Operating Results (Unaudited)

('000s, except Earnings (Loss) Per Share and Book Value Per Share)


For the 3-Months Ended



For the 6-Months Ended



6/30/2015




6/30/2014



% Change




6/30/2015




6/30/2014



% Change

Revenue

$

238,928



$

249,689



(4.3)



$

484,489



$

504,857



(4.0)

Income Before Income Tax Provision

$

2,630



$

136



1,833.8



$

12,481



$

5,245



138.0

Net Income (Loss) (1)(2)

$

295



$

(1,554)



*



$

6,014



$

1,670



260.1

Earnings (Loss) Per Share (1)






















Basic

$

0.02



$

(0.11)



*



$

0.44



$

0.12



266.7


Diluted

$

0.02



$

(0.11)



*



$

0.42



$

0.12



250.0

Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding










Basic

13,746



13,618



0.9



13,725



13,578



1.1


Diluted

14,391



13,618



5.7



14,342



14,184



1.1


As of:



As of:



6/30/2015




6/30/2014



% Change




6/30/2015




12/31/2014



% Change

Book Value Per Share

$

38.68



$

38.46



0.6



$

38.68



$

38.71



(0.1)

Tangible Book Value Per Share

$

26.34



$

26.01



1.3



$

26.34



$

26.27



0.3

(1)

Attributable to Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.

(2)

Effective tax rate negatively impacted by one-time items during the second quarters of 2015 and 2014 (see Provision for Income Taxes below for more information).

*

Not comparable

Equity markets in the U.S. were lower as the S&P 500 ended the second quarter of 2015 down 0.2%. Markets were adversely affected by geo-political factors including the Greek debt crisis and weakness in the Chinese equity markets.  Interest rates continued to be volatile during the period due to the aforementioned factors despite the likelihood the Federal Reserve has stated that it intends to take action on short-term interest rates by year-end.  While the U.S. economy continued to grow, its rate of growth was impacted during the second quarter of 2015 by slack in the labor market, lower oil prices, the strong U.S. dollar and the slow pace of consumer spending.

Albert G. Lowenthal, Chairman and CEO commented, "Operating results for the period were affected by a general slowdown in market activity affecting both our Private Client and Capital Markets results.  This was partially offset by improved results from Investment Banking.  Operating results were also favorably impacted by a significant reduction in provisions related to legal and regulatory matters compared to the same period last year.  The Company will continue to invest in its people and technology to further its culture of compliance throughout the enterprise. We were also pleased with the continued strong performance of our Commercial Mortgage Banking business. Our asset management and fee-based business remained strong as a result of the high level of assets under management during the period."

Financial Highlights

  • Commission revenue was $103.6 million for the second quarter of 2015, a decrease of 10.8% compared with $116.1 million for the second quarter of 2014 due to reduced transaction volumes from retail and institutional investors during the second quarter of 2015.

  • Advisory fees were $72.2 million during the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 2.6% compared with $70.4 million for the second quarter of 2014 due to increases in advisory fees on traditional managed products.

  • Investment banking revenue increased 8.3% to $29.0 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared with $26.8 million for the second quarter of 2014 due to higher fees from mergers and acquisitions activity during the second quarter of 2015.

  • Principal transactions revenue decreased 85.5% to $1.7 million during the second quarter of 2015 compared with $11.8 million for the second quarter of 2014 primarily due to declines in equities and fixed income trading during the second quarter of 2015.

Business Segment Results (Unaudited)

('000s)













For the 3-Months Ended



For the 6-Months Ended



6/30/2015




6/30/2014



% Change




6/30/2015




6/30/2014



% Change

Revenue






















Private Client

$

133,783



$

145,344



(8.0)



$

273,715



$

293,164



(6.6)


Asset Management

25,344



25,032



1.2



49,805



49,642



0.3


Capital Markets

69,531



72,217



(3.7)



141,697



150,098



(5.6)


Commercial Mortgage Banking

10,969



6,958



57.6



19,355



11,830



63.6


Corporate/Other

(699)



138



*



(83)



123



*


238,928



249,689



(4.3)



484,489



504,857



(4.0)

Income Before Income Tax Provision












Private Client

13,402



7,560



77.3



30,159



17,868



68.8


Asset Management

7,801



8,353



(6.6)



15,687



16,036



(2.2)


Capital Markets

3,623



7,082



(48.8)



10,358



18,266



(43.3)


Commercial Mortgage Banking

3,731



3,605



3.5



7,768



5,454



42.4


Corporate/Other

(25,927)



(26,464)



(2.0)



(51,491)



(52,379)



(1.7)


$

2,630



$

136



1,833.8



$

12,481



$

5,245



138.0













* Not comparable












Private Client

Private Client reported revenue of $133.8 million for the second quarter of 2015, 8.0% lower than the second quarter of 2014, due to decreases in transaction-based business during the second quarter of 2015.  Income before income tax provision was $13.4 million for the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 77.3% compared with the second quarter of 2014 primarily due to decreases in legal and regulatory costs during the second quarter of 2015.

  • Client assets under administration were $84.9 billion at June 30, 2015 compared to $87.3 billion at December 31, 2014, a decrease of 2.7%.

  • Financial adviser headcount was 1,273 at the end of the second quarter of 2015 (1,301 at the end of the first quarter of 2015), down from 1,370 at the end of the second quarter of 2014. The reduction primarily reflects the Company's review of its financial adviser standards for productivity, compliance and client service.

  • Retail commissions were $62.9 million for the second quarter of 2015, a decrease of 14.8% from the second quarter of 2014.

  • Advisory fee revenue on traditional and alternative managed products was $48.2 million for the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 2.5% over the second quarter of 2014 (see Asset Management below for further information).

  • Money market fee waivers totaled $685,000 during the second quarter of 2015 versus waivers of $7.6 million during the second quarter of 2014. The elimination of money market fee waivers was due to the movement of client assets out of money market fund products and into FDIC-insured bank deposits reflecting the upcoming changes in regulatory rules that govern money market fund products which should make such temporary investment vehicles significantly less attractive to investors. The Company has discontinued offering retail money market funds and has transferred most of its client money market fund balances to FDIC-insured bank deposits. Interest earned on FDIC-insured bank deposits was $3.0 million during the second quarter of 2015 versus $1.3 million for the second quarter of 2014.

Asset Management

Asset Management reported revenue of $25.3 million for the second quarter of 2015, 1.2% higher than the second quarter of 2014.  Income before income tax provision was $7.8 million for the second quarter of 2015, a decrease of 6.6% compared with the second quarter of 2014.

  • Advisory fee revenue on traditional and alternative managed products was $24.0 million for the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 2.7% over the second quarter of 2014. Advisory fees are calculated based on the value of client assets under management ("AUM") at the end of the prior quarter which totaled $26.6 billion at March 31, 2015 ($25.6 billion at March 31, 2014) and are allocated to the Private Client and Asset Management business segments.

  • AUM decreased 3.4% to $25.6 billion at June 30, 2015, compared to $26.5 billion at June 30, 2014, which is the basis for advisory fee billings for the third quarter of 2015. The decrease in AUM was comprised of asset appreciation of $0.3 billion and net redemption of assets of $1.2 billion.

Capital Markets

Capital Markets reported revenue of $69.5 million for the second quarter of 2015, 3.7% lower than the second quarter of 2014, primarily due to lower revenue from Taxable Fixed Income during the second quarter of 2015.  Income before income tax provision was $3.6 million for the second quarter of 2015, a decrease of 48.8% compared with income before income tax provision of $7.1 million for the second quarter of 2014.

  • Institutional equities commissions decreased 2.7% to $27.6 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared with the second quarter of 2014.

  • Advisory fees from investment banking activities increased 26.5% to $11.5 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared with the prior year quarter due to an increase in mergers and acquisitions activity during the second quarter of 2015.

  • Equity underwriting fees decreased 7.4% to $10.2 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared with the second quarter of 2014.

  • Revenue from Taxable Fixed Income decreased 13.5% to $15.6 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared with the second quarter of 2014.

  • Public Finance and Municipal Trading revenue decreased 2.5% to $5.9 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared with the second quarter of 2014.

Commercial Mortgage Banking

Commercial Mortgage Banking reported revenue of $11.0 million for the second quarter of 2015, 57.6% higher than the second quarter of 2014, primarily due to an increase in loan modifications of commercial mortgages during the second quarter of 2015.  Income before income tax provision was $3.7 million for the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 3.5% compared with the second quarter of 2014.

  • Premium income earned from loan modifications was $9.6 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared with $2.1 million in the second quarter of 2014 as the Company modified 14 commercial loans (3 in the second quarter of 2014) with an aggregate principal loan balance of $118.0 million ($25.5 million in the second quarter of 2014).

  • Loan origination fees for the second quarter of 2015 were $1.1 million, an increase of 23.7% compared with the second quarter of 2014, as the Company originated 9 commercial loans (9 in the second quarter of 2014) with an aggregate principal loan balance of $116.3 million ($44.9 million in the second quarter of 2014).

  • Net servicing revenue for the second quarter of 2015 was $1.5 million compared with $1.4 million for the comparable period in 2014, an increase of 7.1%.

  • Principal loan balances related to servicing activities totaled $4.1 billion at June 30, 2015, up 2.5% from June 30, 2014.

Compensation and Related Expenses

Compensation and related expenses (including salaries, production and incentive compensation, share-based compensation, deferred compensation, and other benefit-related items) totaled $158.2 million during the second quarter of 2015, a decrease of 1.0% compared to the second quarter of 2014.  The decrease was due to lower production and deferred compensation expenses partially offset by higher share-based compensation expenses during the second quarter of 2015.  Compensation and related expenses as a percentage of revenue was 66.2% during the second quarter of 2015 compared to 64.0% during the second quarter of 2014.

Non-Compensation Expenses

Non-compensation expenses were $78.1 million during the second quarter of 2015, a decrease of 13.0% compared to $89.7 million during the same period in 2014 primarily due to lower legal and regulatory costs during the second quarter of 2015.

Provision for Income Taxes

The effective income tax rate for the second quarter of 2015 was 75.5%.  The effective income tax rate for the second quarter of 2015 was negatively impacted due to increases in reserves taken on tax positions, non-deductible regulatory charges, as well as lower operating results of the international businesses (which benefit from lower tax rates) and by the size of these factors relative to income before income tax provision.  The effective income tax rate for the second quarter of 2014 was significantly impacted by the non-deductible nature of the charges associated with low-priced securities regulatory matters and their size relative to income before income tax provision.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

  • At June 30, 2015, total equity was $538.6 million compared with $533.7 million at December 31, 2014.

  • At June 30, 2015, book value per share was $38.68 (compared with $38.71 at December 31, 2014) and tangible book value per share was $26.34 (compared with $26.27 at December 31, 2014).

  • The Company's level 3 assets, primarily auction rate securities, were $114.6 million at June 30, 2015 (compared with $108.7 million at December 31, 2014). The increase in level 3 assets was due to increases in auction rate securities.

Dividend Announcement

The Company today announced a quarterly dividend in the amount of $0.11 per share payable on August 28, 2015 to holders of Class A non-voting and Class B voting common stock of record on August 14, 2015.

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, investment management, and commercial mortgage banking.  With roots tracing back to 1881, the firm is headquartered in New York and has 91 offices in 24 states and 6 foreign jurisdictions.

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, 2014.


Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.

Consolidated Income Statement (unaudited)

('000s, except EPS)






For the 3-Months Ended



For the 6-Months Ended



6/30/2015




6/30/2014



% Change




6/30/2015




6/30/2014



% Change

REVENUE






















Commissions

$

103,556



$

116,062



(10.8)



$

213,251



$

238,200



(10.5)


Advisory fees

72,243



70,430



2.6



143,209



138,635



3.3


Investment banking

29,020



26,799



8.3



56,325



60,323



(6.6)


Interest

12,030



12,548



(4.1)



23,065



24,938



(7.5)


Principal transactions, net

1,710



11,794



(85.5)



20,265



20,611



(1.7)


Other

20,369



12,056



69.0



28,374



22,150



28.1


238,928



249,689



(4.3)



484,489



504,857



(4.0)













EXPENSES













Compensation and related expenses

158,214



159,851



(1.0)



321,305



331,801



(3.2)


Communications and technology

16,407



17,536



(6.4)



33,575



34,270



(2.0)


Occupancy and equipment costs

15,984



15,907



0.5



31,762



31,304



1.5


Clearing and exchange fees

6,231



6,024



3.4



12,633



11,916



6.0


Interest

4,505



4,412



2.1



8,415



9,576



(12.1)


Other

34,957



45,823



(23.7)



64,318



80,745



(20.3)


236,298



249,553



(5.3)



472,008



499,612



(5.5)













Income before income tax provision

2,630



136



1,833.8



12,481



5,245



138.0

Income tax provision

1,985



1,389



42.9



5,715



3,078



85.7

Net income (loss) for the period

645



(1,253)



(151.5)



6,766



2,167



212.2

Less net income attributable to non-controlling interest, net of tax

350



301



16.3



752



497



51.3

Net income (loss) attributable to Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.

$

295



$

(1,554)



*



$

6,014



$

1,670



260.1













Earnings (loss) per share attributable to Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.








Basic

$

0.02



$

(0.11)



*



$

0.44



$

0.12



266.7


Diluted

$

0.02



$

(0.11)



*



$

0.42



$

0.12



250.0













Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding










Basic

13,746



13,618



0.9



13,725



13,578



1.1


Diluted

14,391



13,618



5.7



14,342



14,184



1.1













* Not comparable












 

SOURCE Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.

For further information: Jeffrey Alfano, 212-825-4331

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