Saxon Financial reports second quarter results

    TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Saxon Financial Inc. (TSX:SFI) today reported
financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008. Assets under
management (AUM) increased by 1.1% in the second quarter to $13.4 billion. A
significant improvement in mutual fund flows and continued positive flows in
the institutional client segment contributed to the second quarter growth in
    Saxon earned management fees of $12.8 million, up from $12.3 million in
the prior quarter. Net income was $2.5 million for the quarter, or 18 cents
per share. Saxon's net income was adversely impacted by a $2.2 million
non-recurring item related to the departure of the former President and CEO.
Exclusive of this charge, EBITDA increased 23% from the previous quarter and
earnings per share would have been approximately 30 cents for the quarter.
    On August 5, Saxon announced that it had entered into a definitive
agreement with IGM Financial Inc. pursuant to which IGM Financial will make an
offer to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Saxon by way of a
take-over bid. Under the terms of the offer, Saxon shareholders who tender
their shares will receive $21.00 per share, valuing the all cash transaction
at approximately $287 million. The offer is subject to certain customary
conditions, including acceptance of the offer by holders of at least 66 2/3%
of the outstanding common shares of SFI, calculated on a fully diluted basis,
and receipt of all regulatory approvals.


    Financial Highlights
    (unaudited - $ thousands,     Three month period      Six month period
     except per share data)         ended June 30          ended June 30
                                2008    2007  Change    2008    2007  Change
                              ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
                                 $       $               $       $

    Revenue(*)                12,815  14,182    -10%  25,116  27,807    -10%
    EBITDA(xx)                 3,853   7,096    -46%   8,787  13,369  -34.5%
    EBITDA Adjusted(xxx)       6,066   7,096  -14.5%  11,000  13,369  -17.7%
    Net Income                 2,483   4,602    -46%   5,800   8,690  -33.3%
    Earnings per share          0.18    0.34  -47.1%    0.43    0.64  -32.8%

    (*)   Revenue refers to management fee revenue and excludes investment
    (xx)  The amount of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and
          amortization ("EBITDA") is a non-GAAP measure used by management,
          investors and analysts to evaluate and analyze the Company's
          results. EBITDA does not have a standardized meaning and may not be
          comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. EBITDA
          is defined as earnings before investment income, interest expense,
          income taxes, depreciation and amortization.
    (xxx) Adjusted EBITDA excludes the $2.2 million non-recurring item
          related to the departure of the former President and CEO.

            -  Saxon's AUM increased by 1.1% in the second quarter to
               $13.4 billion. Net flows of $24 million and market
               appreciation of $124 million contributed positively to growth
               in AUM.

            -  Saxon's institutional segment continued to receive positive
               inflows from CMAH mandates, registering $80 million in the
               second quarter and $535 million year-to-date.

            -  Saxon mutual fund flows recovered significantly in the second
               quarter; net redemptions declined to $18 million as compared
               to $96 million the first quarter.

    For detailed financial statements, including management's discussion and
analysis, please refer to Saxon's website at

    Conference call

    Saxon will host a conference call to discuss these results on Thursday
August 7, 2008, at 10:00 am EST. Please dial 416-695-7806, or toll-free
1-888-789-9572. Passcode 3266253 followed by the number sign.
    To participate in the call, please dial in five to ten minutes prior to
the 10:00am start time. This conference call will be recorded and available
for replay for two weeks following the earnings announcement at 416-695-5800
and 1-800-408-3053 passcode: 3266253 followed by the number sign.

    About Saxon Financial Inc.:

    Saxon Financial Inc. (SFI) is one of Canada's most respected value-style
investment management firms. The Company has three principal businesses: Saxon
Funds Management Limited, which manages a family of high-performing mutual
funds; Howson Tattersall Investment Counsel Limited, an institutional asset
management business; and Howson Tattersall Private Asset Management Inc., a
private client asset management business.

For further information:

For further information: Mel Gabel, Chief Financial Officer, Saxon
Financial Inc., (416) 227-1617,

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