Sprott Inc. announces second quarter 2008 results



    Results highlighted by 14% growth in assets under management over Q1 2008

    TORONTO, July 31 /CNW/ - Sprott Inc. (TSX:SII) ("Sprott"or the "Company")
today announced its financial results for the three- and six-month periods
ended June 30, 2008.

    
    Q2 2008 Highlights

    -   Assets under management (AUM) increased to $7.7 billion, compared to
        $6.8 billion as at March 31, 2008 and $5.2 billion as at June 30,
        2007

    -   Total revenue was $39.5 million, an increase of $35.8 million from Q2
        2007

    -   Net income was $11.4 million, or $0.08 per share, compared with a net
        loss of $7.7 million in Q2 2007

    -   Completed $200 million IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange via a
        secondary public offering

    -   Declared a second quarter dividend of $0.025 per share on July 29,
        2008
    

    "The second quarter was highlighted by our successful initial public
offering and continued solid growth in assets under management in the face of
turbulent equity markets," said Eric Sprott, President and Chief Executive
Officer. "The rise in assets reflects our strong investment performance and
solid net sales of our funds across multiple channels. We remain focused on
protecting our fundholders' investments and believe our proven strategies
position our portfolios well for the current environment. Investment
outperformance remains a key growth driver, and we are also working on
increasing marketing efforts, expanding our offshore segment and introducing
new products."

    
    Financial Review

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                        3 months   3 months   6 months   6 months  12 months
                           ended      ended      ended      ended      ended
                         June 30,   June 30,   June 30,   June 30,  December
    $ millions              2008       2007       2008       2007   31, 2007
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    AUM, beginning of
     period                6,801      4,648      6,215      4,239      4,239
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    Net sales                259      482(*)       561      621(*)     1,350
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    Market value
     appreciation of
     portfolios              666         21        950        291        626
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    AUM, end of period     7,726      5,151      7,726      5,151      6,215
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    (*) Includes the initial public offering of Sprott Molybdenum
        Participation Corporation.
    

    In Q2 2008, AUM rose by $925 million, or 14%, to $7.7 billion from
$6.8 billion as at March 31, 2008. The increase reflects net sales in the
second quarter of $259 million combined with market value appreciation of
portfolios of $666 million. In the first six months of 2008, AUM increased by
$1.5 billion, or 24%, to $7.7 billion from $6.2 billion as at December 31,
2007. The increase reflects net sales of $561 million and market value
appreciation of $950 million. The Company's offshore funds posted the
strongest asset growth and accounted for 18% of AUM at June 30, 2008 compared
with 13% at June 30, 2007.
    On a year-over-year basis, AUM increased by 50% from $5.2 billion due to
net sales of $1.3 billion and market value appreciation of $1.3 billion.
    Total revenue was $39.5 million and $82.6 million in the three and six
months ended June 30, 2008. Total revenue consists of management fees,
crystallized performance fees, gains (losses) from proprietary investments,
and interest and other income. While management fees are earned throughout the
year, performance fees (with the exception of one fund and performance fees
attributable to redeemed units together termed as crystallized performance
fees) are earned on the last day of the fiscal year and therefore are not
included in the financial results for the first three quarters of the year.
    For the three months ended June 30, 2008, management fees increased by
38% to $36.6 million, from $26.6 million in the comparable period in 2007. For
the six months ended June 30, 2008, management fees rose 41% to $69.4 million,
from $49.1 million in the prior year period. The increase in management fees
is due to the increase in AUM.
    Crystallized performance fees for the three- and six-month periods ended
June 30, 2008 were $4.0 million and $4.3 million, respectively, compared to
$0.3 million and $0.3 million for the corresponding periods in 2007. The
Sprott offshore funds were the largest contributors to the increase in 2008.
    Gains (losses) from proprietary investments totaled a net loss of
$2.8 million for the quarter and a gain of $5.4 million for the six months
ended June 30, 2008. As discussed in the Company's Prospectus dated May 8,
2008, Sprott Asset Management Inc. (SAM) sold the majority of its proprietary
investments in anticipation of the initial public offering (IPO). However, SAM
retained investments in certain funds that, on a mark-to-market basis,
resulted in a net loss from investments for the quarter.
    For the quarter ended June 30, 2007, losses on these investments, a
dilution loss on the IPO of Sprott Molybdenum Participation Corporation
(Sprott Moly) and an impairment of long term assets amounted to $23.6 million
and led to unusually low revenues. The dilution loss was in effect a reversal
of $11.8 million in unrealized gains on investments held by Sprott Moly in
anticipation of its IPO that was completed in April 2007.
    Interest and other income increased to $1.6 million and $3.5 million for
the three- and six-month periods ended June 30, 2008, compared to $0.4 million
and $1.0 million for the comparables periods in 2007. The increase is mainly
due to early redemption fees, foreign exchange gains on fees receivable from
offshore funds and commissions earned by SAM as part of the selling group for
the Sprott Inc.
    Expenses for the three- and six-month periods ended June 30, 2008 were
$22.6 million and $40.7 million, respectively, compared with $14.1 million and
$25.4 million for the corresponding periods in 2007. The increase in expenses
reflects costs associated with higher AUM and management fees, primarily
trailer fees, additional employees, as well as the change in the way the
Company accounts for quarterly employee bonuses.
    Net income was $11.4 million, or $0.08 per share, compared with a net
loss of $7.7 million in Q2 2007, mainly as a result of the investment and
dilution losses described above. For the six months ended June 30, 2008, net
income was $28.1 million, or $0.20 per share, versus net income of
$11.1 million in the corresponding period of 2007.

    Second Quarter Dividend

    The Company announced on July 29, 2008 that it has declared a dividend of
$0.025 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2008. The dividend will be
paid on August 29, 2008 to shareholders of record on August 11, 2008.

    Conference Call and Webcast

    A conference call and webcast will be held today, Thursday, July 31,
2008, at 10:30 am ET to discuss the company's financial results and outlook
for 2008. To access the conference call, please dial 416-915-5763 or
1-800-590-1508. To access the live webcast, please visit www.sprottinc.com or
www.newswire.ca. Participants will require Windows Media Player(TM) to listen
to the webcast.

    Non-GAAP Financial Measures

    This press release includes financial terms (including AUM and net sales)
that the Company utilizes to assess the financial performance of its business
that are not measures recognized under Canadian generally accepted accounting
principles (GAAP). These non-GAAP measures should not be considered
alternatives to performance measures determined in accordance with GAAP and
may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. For
additional information regarding the Company's use of non-GAAP measures,
including the calculation of these measures, please refer to the "Non-GAAP
Financial Measures" section of the Company's Management's Discussion and
Analysis and its financial statements available on the Company's website at
www.sprottinc.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This release contains "forward-looking statements" which reflect the
current expectations of the Company. These statements reflect management's
current beliefs with respect to future events and are based on information
currently available to management. Forward-looking statements involve
significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many
factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements to be
materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that
may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements including,
without limitation, those listed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the
Company's prospectus. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties
materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements
prove incorrect, actual results, performance or achievements could vary
materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements
contained in this release. Although the forward-looking statements contained
in this release are based upon what the Company and Sprott Asset Management
(SAM) believe to be reasonable assumptions, neither the Company nor SAM can
assure investors that actual results, performance or achievements will be
consistent with these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking
statements are made as of the date of this release and neither the Company nor
SAM assumes any obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or
circumstances.

    About Sprott Inc.

    Sprott Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary Sprott Asset Management
Inc., is an independent asset management company with approximately
$7.7 billion of assets under management mainly among its 21 investment funds,
discretionary managed accounts and management of certain public companies.
Sprott Asset Management has a history of offering investment management
services to high net worth individuals and institutions for more than 26
years. For more information about the Company, please visit www.sprottinc.com.

    
    Summary Financial Information

                                               Balance Sheet Information
                                         ------------------------------------
                                                  As at          As at
                                                 June 30,     December 31,
                                                  2008           2007
                                                    $              $

    Total Assets                                96,556,139    280,872,838
    Total Liabilities                           34,726,036    142,785,169
                                         ------------------------------------
    Shareholders' Equity                        61,830,103    138,087,669



                              For the      For the      For the      For the
                                three        three          six          six
                               months       months       months       months
                                ended        ended        ended        ended
                              June 30,     June 30,     June 30,     June 30,
                                 2008         2007         2008         2007
                                    $            $            $            $
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                                Assets Under Management (at period end)
                          ---------------------------------------------------
    Assets Under
     Management
     (in $000's)            7,726,326    5,150,827    7,726,326    5,150,827


                                      Income Statement Information
                          ---------------------------------------------------

    Revenue
    Management fees        36,627,349   26,559,536   69,390,612   49,107,910
    Crystallized
     Performance Fees       3,991,360      312,069    4,296,418      345,779
    Unrealized and
     realized gain (loss)
     on proprietary
     investments           (2,753,506) (10,619,620)   5,396,118   (6,564,541)
    Dilution loss related
     to Sprott Molybdenum
     Participation
     Corporation                    -  (11,808,172)           -            -
    Impairment of long
     term assets                    -   (1,137,945)           -   (1,137,945)
    Other income            1,440,947      373,177    3,060,621      562,045
    Interest income           193,096        8,064      484,334      427,519
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    Total revenue          39,499,246    3,687,109   82,628,103   42,740,767
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    Expenses
    Compensation and
     benefits              11,281,865    5,887,945   19,800,570   10,528,874
    Trailer fees            7,947,954    6,131,877   15,055,607   11,360,795
    General and
     administration         2,845,916    1,053,009    5,074,699    2,343,138
    Donations                 365,830       29,400      690,830       30,900
    Amortization              172,100      219,846      113,301      388,165
    Interest expense                -      728,656            -      739,899
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    Total expenses         22,613,665   14,050,733   40,735,007   25,391,771
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    Income (loss) before
     income taxes for
     the period            16,885,581  (10,363,624)  41,893,096   17,348,996

    Provision for
     (recovery of) income
      taxes                 5,494,835   (2,687,360)  13,792,835    6,238,000
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    Net income (loss) and
     comprehensive income
     (loss) for the period 11,390,746   (7,676,264)  28,100,261   11,110,996
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For further information: Investor contact information: (416) 203-2310 or
(877) 403-2310 or ir@sprott.com

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