Aston Hill announces first quarter results

CALGARY, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Aston Hill Financial Inc. ("Aston Hill" or the "Company") (TSX:AHF) announces it has filed its unaudited interim Consolidated Financial Statements for the period ended March 31, 2013 and related Management Discussion and Analysis with Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

For the period ended March 31, 2013, Aston Hill's revenues were $7.3 million, an increase of 18% from March 31, 2012 revenue of $6.2 million.  The revenue increase was due mainly to the continued growth and performance of the Aston Hill mutual funds and additional overhead recoveries from the services agreement with Argent Energy Trust.  Aston Hill Assets under Management, Administration and Advisory ("AUM") increased 15% year-over-year from $5.9 billion to $6.8 billion at March 31, 2013. The rise in AUM is mainly the result of new mutual fund subscriptions, Argent acquisitions later in 2012 and the continued increase in the IA Clarington sub-advised funds.

General and administrative expenses were $4.5 million for the first three months of 2013 as compared to $4.7 million for the prior quarter.  EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was $2.4 million before stock-based compensation ($2.0 million after stock-based compensation) up from the prior year amount of $2.1 million before stock-based compensation ($1.5 million after stock-based compensation). The year-over-year EBITDA increase is a result of revenue increases from the Company's investment management services and products offset by increased compensation, office, marketing and product development costs related to the growth of Aston Hill's mutual funds. The first quarter EBITDA of $2.0 million represents a notable increase from the fourth quarter of 2012 EBITDA of $371,000 due to increased revenues and net gains on investments and decreases in G&A expenses and product development costs.

Aston Hill Financial Inc. is a diversified asset management company with a suite of retail mutual funds, closed end funds, private equity funds, hedge funds and segregated institutional funds. The Company is also engaged in the administration of Argent Energy Trust (TSX: AET.UN).  Aston Hill Financial has offices in Calgary, Toronto and Halifax.

The TSX has neither approved nor disapproved the information contained herein.

  1. EBITDA: EBITDA is not a standardized earnings measure prescribed by IFRS; however, management believes that most of its shareholders, creditors, other stakeholders and investment analysts prefer to use this performance measure in analyzing Aston Hill's results.

  2. Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of such statements under applicable securities law. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "continue", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "potential", "proposed" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. These statements are only predictions. Various assumptions were used in drawing the conclusions or making the projections contained in the forward-looking statements throughout this news release.  Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

For a detailed description of the risks and uncertainties facing the Company and its business and affairs, readers should refer to the Company's annual financial statements and management discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2012, both of which are available at  The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

SOURCE: Aston Hill Financial Inc.

For further information:

concerning this press release, please contact:

Eric Tremblay    
Chief Executive Officer
Aston Hill Financial Inc.
(403) 770-4817

Larry Titley
Vice President and CFO
Aston Hill Financial Inc.
(403) 770-4808

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