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(PITTSBURGH, Pa., 04/25/2013 02:13 PM) — Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE: FII), one of the nation's largest investment managers, today reported earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $0.41 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, which was unchanged from the same quarter last year. Net income was $43.0 million for Q1 2013 compared to $42.3 million for Q1 2012.
Federated's total managed assets were $377.3 billion at March 31, 2013, up $13.7 billion or 4 percent from $363.6 billion at March 31, 2012 and down $2.5 billion or 1 percent from $379.8 billion reported at Dec. 31, 2012. Average managed assets for Q1 2013 were $381.2 billion, up $11.1 billion or 3 percent from $370.1 billion reported for Q1 2012 and up $12.5 billion or 3 percent from $368.7 billion reported for Q4 2012.
“With more than 80 percent of Federated's rated equity-fund assets finishing in the top half of their respective categories for the one-year period, we saw strong demand for a range of strategies, including our Kaufmann large growth portfolio, international equity funds and balanced products,” said J. Christopher Donahue, president and chief executive officer. “At the same time, we continued to see significant sales in a variety of income-oriented strategies, both equity and fixed income.”
Federated's board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.24 per share. The dividend is payable on May 15, 2013 to shareholders of record as of May 8, 2013. During Q1 2013, Federated purchased 131,472 shares of Federated class B common stock for $2.7 million.
Federated's equity assets were $37.9 billion at March 31, 2013, up $3.8 billion or 11 percent from $34.1 billion at March 31, 2012 and up $2.9 billion or 8 percent from $35.0 billion at Dec. 31, 2012. Top-selling equity funds during Q1 2013 on a net basis were Federated Kaufmann Large Cap Fund, Federated International Strategic Value Dividend Fund, Federated Capital Income Fund, Federated International Leaders Fund and Federated Managed Volatility Fund II.
Federated's fixed-income assets were a record $52.8 billion at March 31, 2013, up $6.6 billion or 14 percent from $46.2 billion at March 31, 2012 and up $0.1 billion from $52.7 billion at Dec. 31, 2012. Bond assets in the liquidation portfolio were $7.0 billion at March 31, 2013. Fixed-income sales during Q1 2013 were driven by net sales in Federated Institutional High Yield Bond Fund, Federated's short-duration products, Federated Floating Rate Strategic Income Fund and Federated Bond Fund.
Money market assets in both funds and separate accounts were $279.7 billion at March 31, 2013, up $5.0 billion or 2 percent from $274.7 billion at March 31, 2012 and down $5.0 billion or 2 percent from $284.7 billion at Dec. 31, 2012. Money market mutual fund assets were $242.7 billion at March 31, 2013, down $2.5 billion or 1 percent from $245.2 billion at March 31, 2012 and down $13.0 billion or 5 percent from $255.7 billion at Dec. 31, 2012.
Q1 2013 vs. Q1 2012
Revenue decreased by $2.3 million or 1 percent due primarily to an increase in voluntary fee waivers related to certain money market funds in order for these funds to maintain positive or zero net yields. The decrease was partially offset by an increase
in revenue due to higher average fixed-income and equity assets. See additional information about voluntary fee waivers in the table at the end of this financial summary.
During Q1 2013, Federated derived 56 percent of its revenue from equity and fixed-income assets (33 percent from equity assets and 23 percent from fixed-income assets), 43 percent from money market assets and 1 percent from other products and services.
Operating expenses were down slightly from the prior year.
Q1 2013 vs. Q4 2012
Revenue decreased by $16.9 million or 7 percent primarily due to an increase in voluntary fee waivers and fewer days in the quarter, partially offset by an increase in average assets.
Operating expenses decreased by $1.9 million or 1 percent. The decrease primarily reflects lower distribution expense related to the aforementioned increase in fee waivers. The decrease was partially offset by an increase in compensation and related expense and an increase in professional service fees, as Q4 2012 included the recognition of insurance proceeds.
Federated's level of business activity and financial results are dependent upon many factors including market conditions, investment performance and investor behavior. These factors and others including asset levels, product sales and redemptions, market appreciation or depreciation, revenues, fee waivers and expenses can impact Federated's activity levels and financial results significantly. Risk factors and uncertainties that can influence Federated's financial results are discussed in the company's annual and quarterly reports as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Fee waivers to maintain positive or zero net yields could vary significantly in the future as they are contingent on a number of variables including, but not limited to, changes in assets within the money market funds, available yields on instruments held by the money market funds, actions by the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Stability Oversight Council and other governmental entities, changes in expenses of the money market funds, changes in the mix of money market customer assets, Federated’s willingness to continue the fee waivers and changes in the extent to which the impact of the waivers is shared by third parties.
Federated will host an earnings conference call at 9 a.m. Eastern on April 26, 2013. Investors are invited to listen to Federated's earnings teleconference by calling 877-407-0782 (domestic) or 201-689-8567 (international) prior to the 9 a.m. start time. The call may also be accessed in real time on the Internet via the About Federated section of FederatedInvestors.com. A replay will be available after 12:30 p.m. and through May 3, 2013 by calling 877-660-6853 (domestic) or 201-612-7415 (international) and entering access code 411857.
Federated Investors, Inc. is one of the largest investment managers in the United States, managing $377.3 billion in assets as of March 31, 2013. With 137 funds and a variety of separately managed account options, Federated provides comprehensive investment management to approximately 5,500 institutions and intermediaries including corporations, government entities, insurance companies, foundations and endowments, banks and broker/dealers. Federated ranks in the top 3 percent of money market fund managers in the industry, the top 7 percent of equity fund managers and the top 8 percent of fixed-income fund managers1. For more information, visit FederatedInvestors.com.
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1 Strategic Insight, Feb. 28, 2013. Based on assets under management in open-end funds.
*These financial statements represent only a portion of the quarterly press release.
Certain statements in this press release, such as those related to the level of fee waivers incurred by the company, product demand and asset flows constitute or may constitute forward-looking statements, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements of the company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Other risks and uncertainties include the ability of the company to predict the level of fee waivers in future quarters, which could vary significantly depending on a variety of factors identified above, and include the ability of the company to sustain product demand and asset flows, which could vary significantly depending on market conditions, investment performance and investor behavior. Other risks and uncertainties also include the risk factors discussed in the company's annual and quarterly reports as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result, no assurance can be given as to future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements, and neither the company nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of such statements in the future.