Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2017 Earnings and Announces Quarterly Dividend

NEW YORK, July 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. (NYSE: OPY) today reported a net loss of $1.3 million or $0.10 basic net loss per share for the second quarter of 2017 compared with net income of $5.2 million or $0.39 basic net income per share for the second quarter of 2016.  Loss before income taxes from continuing operations was $1.6 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared with a loss before income taxes from continuing operations of $5.2 million for the second quarter of 2016.  The Company incurred $1.2 million in charges related to the refinancing of its Senior Secured Notes during the second quarter of 2017.  Net income from discontinued operations was $53,000 for the second quarter of 2017 compared with net income from discontinued operations of $9.6 million for the second quarter of 2016.  Revenue from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2017 was $215.9 million compared with revenue from continuing operations of $212.1 million for the second quarter of 2016.  Revenue from discontinued operations for the second quarter of 2017 was $111,000 compared with revenue from discontinued operations of $17.9 million for the second quarter of 2016.


Summary Operating Results (Unaudited)

('000s, except Per Share Amounts)













For the 3-Months Ended


For the 6-Months Ended


6/30/2017


6/30/2016


% Change


6/30/2017


6/30/2016


% Change

Revenue

$

215,884


$

212,074


1.8


$

429,145


$

427,030


0.5

Expenses (1)

217,521


217,320


0.1


437,807


439,616


(0.4)

Loss Before Income Taxes from Continuing Operations

(1,637)


(5,246)


(68.8)


(8,662)


(12,586)


(31.2)

Income Taxes

(274)


(2,391)


(88.5)


(1,961)


(6,439)


(69.5)

Net Loss from Continuing Operations

(1,363)


(2,855)


(52.3)


(6,701)


(6,147)


9.0

Net Income from Discontinued Operations

53


9,566


(99.4)


640


8,949


(92.8)

Net Income (Loss )

(1,310)


6,711


*


(6,061)


2,802


*

Less Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest, Net of Tax

9


1,523


(99.4)


105


1,461


(92.8)

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.

$

(1,319)


$

5,188


*


$

(6,166)


$

1,341


*













Basic Net Income (Loss) Per Share (2)













Continuing Operations

$

(0.10)


$

(0.21)


(52.4)


$

(0.50)


$

(0.46)


8.7


Discontinued Operations


0.60


(100.0)


0.04


0.56


(92.9)


Net Income (Loss) Per Share

$

(0.10)


$

0.39


*


$

(0.46)


$

0.10


*













Diluted Net Income (Loss) Per Share (2)













Continuing Operations

$

(0.10)


$

(0.21)


(52.4)


$

(0.50)


$

(0.46)


8.7


Discontinued Operations


0.60


(100.0)


0.04


0.56


(92.9)


Net Income (Loss) Per Share

$

(0.10)


$

0.39


*


$

(0.46)


$

0.10


*













Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding












Basic

13,261


13,367


(0.8)


13,330


13,374


(0.3)


Diluted

13,261


13,367


(0.8)


13,330


13,374


(0.3)



As of


As of



6/30/2017


6/30/2016


% Change


6/30/2017


12/31/2016


% Change

Book Value Per Share

$

37.73


$

38.45


(1.9)


$

37.73


$

38.22


(1.3)

Tangible Book Value Per Share

$

24.91


$

25.75


(3.3)


$

24.91


$

25.53


(2.4)

*

Percentage not meaningful.

(1)

During the first quarter of 2017, the Company recorded a charge of $6.4 million related to a value-added-tax matter in its Oppenheimer Israel business.

(2)

Attributable to Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.

 

U.S. equities markets increased 2.6% during the second quarter of 2017 extending the rally that began after the U.S. presidential election which was based on expectations of lower tax rates, reduced regulatory requirements, higher inflation, and increased spending on infrastructure. This coupled with economic expansion and lower unemployment continued to fuel investor optimism driving equity valuations near all-time highs.  The U.S. dollar continued to decline during the second quarter of 2017 compared to other currencies as yields on long-term U.S. Treasuries declined from first quarter levels.  The Federal Reserve followed up its December 2016 and March 2017 rate increases with another 25 basis point increase in June 2017.  The Federal Reserve also announced that it would soon begin the process of reducing its bond holdings.  The 10-Year Treasury yield ended the quarter at 2.30%.

Albert G. Lowenthal, Chairman and CEO commented, "Results from continuing operations improved slightly over the comparable prior period as the business continued to be impacted by low volatility and trading volumes in the equity and fixed income markets as well as significantly reduced turnover in the accounts of our retail investors. Continued weakness in the U.S. equities underwriting market weighed on investment banking results during the period.  The fee-based business continued to perform well given the strong equity markets and continued adoption of fee-based strategies by our retail clients.  Spreads increased on our interest rate sensitive assets as we saw short term interest rates increase once again during the period.  We are pleased with the successful refinancing of our outstanding Senior Secured Notes at a lower rate and look forward to redeploying the excess proceeds in a manner that is additive to our current businesses."

Financial Highlights

  • Commission revenue was $83.9 million for the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of 9.4% compared with $92.6 million for the second quarter of 2016 due to reduced transaction volumes from retail and institutional investors and a lower financial adviser headcount during the second quarter of 2017.

  • Advisory fees were $72.8 million for the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 10.1% compared with $66.1 million for the second quarter of 2016 due to a higher level of client assets under management.

  • Investment banking revenue decreased 18.5% to $15.4 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared with $18.9 million for the second quarter of 2016 due to lower merger and acquisition advisory fees during the second quarter of 2017.

  • Principal transactions revenue decreased 30.0% to $5.3 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared with $7.6 million for the second quarter of 2016 due to lower income from equities and fixed income trading and changes in the fair value of auction rate securities partially offset by increases in the value of firm investments.

 


Business Segment Results (Unaudited)

('000s)






For the 3-Months Ended


For the 6-Months Ended




6/30/2017


6/30/2016


% Change


6/30/2017


6/30/2016


% Change

Revenue














Private Client (1)


$

140,252


$

121,358


15.6


$

277,641


$

248,902


11.5


Asset Management (1)


19,304


22,770


(15.2)


37,970


45,744


(17.0)


Capital Markets


53,707


65,524


(18.0)


109,610


126,589


(13.4)


Corporate/Other


2,621


2,422


8.2


3,924


5,795


(32.3)




215,884


212,074


1.8


429,145


427,030


0.5

Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes from Continuing Operations














Private Client(1)


28,051


14,345


95.5


56,813


30,662


85.3


Asset Management(1)


4,081


5,703


(28.4)


7,792


12,471


(37.5)


Capital Markets


(10,982)


4,045


*


(23,596)


(2,753)


757.1


Corporate/Other


(22,787)


(29,339)


(22.3)


(49,671)


(52,966)


(6.2)




$

(1,637)


$

(5,246)


(68.8)


$

(8,662)


$

(12,586)


(31.2)


*

Percentage not meaningful.

(1)

Effective January 1, 2017, the allocation of advisory fees between Private Client and Asset Management changed from 77.5% and 22.5% to 90.0% and 10.0%, respectively.

 

Private Client

Private Client reported revenue of $140.3 million for the second quarter of 2017, 15.6% higher than the second quarter of 2016 due to increased advisory fee revenue and higher fees earned on client deposits in the FDIC-insured bank deposit program during the second quarter of 2017.  Income before income taxes was $28.1 million for the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 95.5% compared with the second quarter of 2016 due to the revenue and fee increases referred to above offset by higher production-related compensation costs, communications and technology costs and legal and regulatory costs during the second quarter of 2017.

  • Client assets under administration were $81.2 billion at June 30, 2017 compared with $77.2 billion at December 31, 2016, an increase of 5.2%.

  • Financial adviser headcount was 1,132 at the end of the second quarter of 2017 (1,159 at the end of the first quarter of 2017), down from 1,199 at the end of the second quarter of 2016. The decline in financial adviser headcount from the second quarter of 2016 has been a result of the Company's attention to productivity leading to attrition for less productive financial advisers. The decline in headcount also has been impacted by retirements and normal attrition.

  • Retail commissions were $50.7 million for the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of 2.3% from the second quarter of 2016 due to reduced transaction volumes from retail investors and a lower financial adviser headcount during the second quarter of 2017.

  • Advisory fee revenue on traditional and alternative managed products was $53.8 million for the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 20.9% from the second quarter of 2016 (see Asset Management below for further information). The increase in advisory fees was due to the increase in the value of client assets under management ("AUM") and the change in the allocation of advisory fees between the Private Client and Asset Management segments, effective January 1, 2017, which contributed to an increase of $5.5 million in revenue in the Private Client segment.

  • Fees earned on client cash deposits in the FDIC-insured bank deposit program were $17.7 million during the second quarter of 2017 versus $8.4 million for the second quarter of 2016. The increase was due primarily to higher short-term interest rates during the second quarter of 2017.

Asset Management

Asset Management reported revenue of $19.3 million for the second quarter of 2017, 15.2% lower than the second quarter of 2016 due to the change in revenue allocation (see below).  Income before income taxes was $4.1 million for the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of 28.4% compared with the second quarter of 2016.

  • Advisory fee revenue on traditional and alternative managed products was $18.9 million for the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of 12.5% from the second quarter of 2016. Advisory fees are calculated based on the value of AUM at the end of the prior quarter which totaled $25.8 billion at March 31, 2017 ($23.7 billion at March 31, 2016) and are allocated to the Private Client and Asset Management business segments. Advisory fees decreased $5.5 million due to the change in the allocation of advisory fees between the Private Client and Asset Management segments which became effective January 1, 2017.

  • AUM increased 7.4% to $26.1 billion at June 30, 2017 compared with $24.3 billion at June 30, 2016, which is the basis for advisory fee billings for the third quarter of 2017. The increase in AUM was comprised of asset appreciation of $1.4 billion and net contributions of assets of $0.4 billion.

Capital Markets

Capital Markets reported revenue of $53.7 million for the second quarter of 2017, 18.0% lower than the second quarter of 2016 due to lower institutional equities and fixed income commissions and lower fees from investment banking activities during the second quarter of 2017.  Loss before income taxes was $11.0 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with income before income taxes of $4.0 million for the second quarter of 2016 due to the decreases in revenue referred to above as well as an increase in allocated incentive compensation costs during the second quarter of 2017.

  • Institutional equities commissions decreased 11.2% to $23.9 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared with the second quarter of 2016 due to lower volatility and trading volumes in the equity markets.

  • Advisory fees from investment banking activities decreased 20.8% to $5.7 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the second quarter of 2016 due to fewer completed mergers and acquisitions transactions during the second quarter of 2017.

  • Equity underwriting fees increased 1.9% to $5.5 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared with the second quarter of 2016.

  • Revenue from Taxable Fixed Income decreased 29.4% to $12.7 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared with the second quarter of 2016 due to lower institutional fixed income commissions during the second quarter of 2017.

  • Public Finance and Municipal Trading revenue decreased 13.1% to $5.3 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared with the second quarter of 2016.

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 $142.7 million during the second quarter of 2017, roughly flat compared with the second quarter of 2016.  Lower salaries and production-related expenses were offset by higher incentive compensation costs during the second quarter of 2017. Compensation and related expenses as a percentage of revenue was 66.1% during the second quarter of 2017 compared with 66.8% during the second quarter of 2016.

Non-Compensation Expenses

Non-compensation expenses were $74.9 million during the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of 1.0% compared with $75.6 million during the second quarter of 2016 due to lower legal and regulatory costs partially offset by higher interest and communications and technology costs during the second quarter of 2017.

Income Taxes

The effective income tax rate from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2017 was 16.7% compared with 45.6% for the second quarter of 2016 and reflects the Company's estimate of the annual effective tax rate adjusted for certain discrete items. The elevated income tax benefit during the second quarter of 2016 was primarily due to book-to-tax return adjustments recorded during the period partially offset by non-deductible regulatory charges.

Discontinued Operations

During 2016, the Company completed the sales of substantially all of the assets of its Oppenheimer Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Finance Inc. ("OMHHF") subsidiary.  The following table is a summary of revenue and expenses from discontinued operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016:






('000s)





For the 3-Months Ended


For the 6-Months Ended


6/30/2017


6/30/2016


6/30/2017


6/30/2016

Revenue









Interest                                                

$

2


$

472


$

5


$

809


Principal transactions, net


(1,541)



(6,628)


Other (1)

109


18,986


1,104


27,474


Total revenue

111


17,917


1,109


21,655

Expenses









Compensation and related expenses

6


734


17


3,652


Communications and technology

4


60


12


161


Occupancy and equipment costs


287



362


Interest


159



380


Other

12


1,311


15


2,391


Total expenses

22


2,551


44


6,946

Income before income taxes

89


15,366


1,065


14,709

Income taxes

36


5,800


425


5,760

Net income from discontinued operations

$

53


$

9,566


$

640


$

8,949










(1)

Other revenue for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 was primarily due to an earn-out from the sale of OMHHF's pipeline of business in 2016.

 

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

  • On April 15, 2017, the Company redeemed $30 million of its 8.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2018 plus accrued and unpaid interest with the proceeds from the sale of the assets of OMHHF.

  • On June 23, 2017, the Company issued $200 million aggregate principal amount of 6.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2022. The Company used a portion of the net proceeds from the offering to redeem in full the remaining $120 million of its 8.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2018, and pay all related fees and expenses in relation thereto. The remaining net proceeds from the offering are expected to be used for general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions of or investments in other businesses that the Company believes will complement its current businesses.

  • At June 30, 2017, total equity was $501.1 million compared with $513.3 million at December 31, 2016.

  • At June 30, 2017, book value per share was $37.73 (compared with $38.22 at December 31, 2016) and tangible book value per share was $24.91 (compared with $25.53 at December 31, 2016).

  • The Company's level 3 assets, primarily auction rate securities, were $107.4 million at June 30, 2017 (compared with $86.0 million at December 31, 2016). The increase in level 3 assets was primarily due to the purchase of auction rate securities during the six-month period ended June 30, 2017 pursuant to regulatory and legal settlements.

Dividend Announcement

The Company today announced a quarterly dividend in the amount of $0.11 per share payable on August 25, 2017 to holders of Class A non-voting and Class B voting common stock of record on August 11, 2017.

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 offices in 24 states and 5 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 Exhibit 99.1 – Risk Factors in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on June 7, 2017.


Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)

('000s, except Per Share Amounts)
















For the 3-Months Ended


For the 6-Months Ended




6/30/2017


6/30/2016


% Change


6/30/2017


6/30/2016


% Change

REVENUE














Commissions


$

83,852


$

92,591


(9.4)


$

170,569


$

196,424


(13.2)


Advisory fees


72,783


66,104


10.1


142,192


132,130


7.6


Investment banking


15,386


18,881


(18.5)


33,407


31,264


6.9


Interest


12,829


12,007


6.8


23,394


25,049


(6.6)


Principal transactions, net


5,302


7,577


(30.0)


10,675


14,195


(24.8)


Other


25,732


14,914


72.5


48,908


27,968


74.9


Total revenue


215,884


212,074


1.8


429,145


427,030


0.5

EXPENSES














Compensation and related expenses


142,657


141,721


0.7


286,535


290,216


(1.3)


Communications and technology


18,399


17,638


4.3


36,105


35,318


2.2


Occupancy and equipment costs


15,161


14,984


1.2


30,433


29,887


1.8


Clearing and exchange fees


5,916


6,199


(4.6)


11,770


13,120


(10.3)


Interest


6,854


4,972


37.9


12,210


9,839


24.1


Other


28,534


31,806


(10.3)


60,754


61,236


(0.8)


Total expenses


217,521


217,320


0.1


437,807


439,616


(0.4)

Loss before income taxes from continuing operations


(1,637)


(5,246)


(68.8)


(8,662)


(12,586)


(31.2)

Income taxes


(274)


(2,391)


(88.5)


(1,961)


(6,439)


(69.5)

Net loss from continuing operations


(1,363)


(2,855)


(52.3)


(6,701)


(6,147)


9.0














Discontinued operations













Income from discontinued operations


89


15,366


(99.4)


1,065


14,709


(92.8)

Income taxes


36


5,800


(99.4)


425


5,760


(92.6)

Net income from discontinued operations


53


9,566


(99.4)


640


8,949


(92.8)














Net income (loss)


(1,310)


6,711


*


(6,061)


2,802


*

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


9


1,523


(99.4)


105


1,461


(92.8)

Net income (loss) attributable to Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.


$

(1,319)


$

5,188


*


$

(6,166)


$

1,341


*















Basic net income (loss) per share attributable to Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.









Continuing operations


$

(0.10)


$

(0.21)


(52.4)


$

(0.50)


$

(0.46)


8.7


Discontinued operations



0.60


(100.0)


0.04


0.56


(92.9)


Net income (loss) per share


$

(0.10)


$

0.39


*


$

(0.46)


$

0.10


*

Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.









Continuing operations


$

(0.10)


$

(0.21)


(52.4)


$

(0.50)


$

(0.46)


8.7


Discontinued operations



0.60


(100.0)


0.04


0.56


(92.9)


Net income (loss) per share


$

(0.10)


$

0.39


*


$

(0.46)


$

0.10


*

Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding











Basic


13,261


13,367


(0.8)


13,330


13,374


(0.3)


Diluted


13,261


13,367


(0.8)


13,330


13,374


(0.3)















*

Percentage not meaningful.













 

SOURCE Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.

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