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(PITTSBURGH, Pa., 01/25/2007 09:22 AM) — Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE: FII), one of the nation's largest investment managers, today reported earnings per diluted share from continuing operations (EPS) of $0.51 for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2006, compared to $0.47 for Q4 2005. For the year ended Dec. 31, 2006, Federated reported EPS of $1.80 compared to $1.49 for 2005. Federated’s income from continuing operations was $53.1 million for Q4 2006 compared to $51.4 million for Q4 2005. For the year ended Dec. 31, 2006, income from continuing operations was $191.0 million compared to $161.0 million for 2005.
Federated’s total managed assets reached a record $237.4 billion at Dec. 31, 2006, up $24.0 billion or 11 percent from $213.4 billion at Dec. 31, 2005 and up $14.7 billion or 7 percent from $222.7 billion at Sept. 30, 2006. Through its mutual funds and separate accounts, Federated managed a record $63.8 billion in equity and fixed-income assets as of Dec. 31, 2006, an $11.0 billion or 21 percent increase from $52.8 billion as of Dec. 31, 2005 and a $3.9 billion or 7 percent increase from $59.9 billion as of Sept. 30, 2006. Average managed assets for Q4 2006 were $231.7 billion, up $21.6 billion or 10 percent from $210.1 billion reported for Q4 2005 and up $12.0 billion or 5 percent from $219.7 billion reported for Q3 2006.
”Catalysts for Federated’s equity asset growth during 2006 included strong equity market conditions in the second half of the year, the acquisition of MDTA LLC (MDT) and improved performance in some of our key equity products,” said President and CEO J. Christopher Donahue. “Additionally, as money market yields increased over the course of the year, Federated continued to see growth in its money market assets as demand increased among broker/dealers and trust clients.”
The company also announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share. The dividend is payable on Feb. 15, 2007 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 8, 2007. During Q4 2006, Federated purchased 1,348,500 shares of Federated class B common stock for $45.0 million. For 2006, the company purchased 5,236,344 shares for $168.9 million.
Federated’s equity assets were a record $40.9 billion at Dec. 31, 2006, up $11.1 billion or 37 percent from $29.8 billion at Dec. 31, 2005 and up $2.6 billion or 7 percent from $38.3 billion at Sept. 30, 2006. Federated’s top selling equity mutual funds on a net basis were: Federated Strategic Value Fund, Federated Kaufmann Small Cap Fund, Federated Muni and Stock Advantage Fund and Federated MDT All Cap Core Fund. Federated saw solid organic growth in its equity separate account products, which had $154 million in net sales during Q4 2006.
Federated’s fixed-income assets were $22.9 billion at Dec. 31, 2006, down slightly from $23.0 billion at Dec. 31, 2005 and up $1.2 billion or 6 percent from $21.7 billion at Sept. 30, 2006. Federated’s top selling fixed-income mutual funds on a net basis were: Federated Total Return Bond Fund, Federated Total Return Government Bond Fund, Federated Ultrashort Bond Fund and Federated Institutional High Yield Bond Fund.
Money market assets were $173.6 billion at Dec. 31, 2006, up $13.0 billion or 8 percent from $160.6 billion at Dec. 31, 2005 and up $10.8 billion or 7 percent from $162.8 billion at Sept. 30, 2006. Money market mutual fund assets were $155.2 billion at the end of Q4 2006, up $9.9 billion or 7 percent from $145.3 billion at Dec. 31, 2005 and up $8.4 billion or 6 percent from $146.8 billion at Sept. 30, 2006. Average money market mutual fund assets were $152.2 billion for Q4 2006, up $8.5 billion or 6 percent from $143.7 billion for Q4 2005 and up $6.4 billion or 4 percent from $145.8 billion for Q3 2006.
For Q4 2006, revenue increased $21.1 million or 9 percent to $259.7 million compared to $238.6 million for the same quarter last year. The increase is primarily due to increases in revenue from average money market assets under management ($9.4 million); increases in average equity assets under management due to the acquisition of MDT ($8.4 million); and increases in average equity assets under management beyond MDT ($8.6 million). The increases were partially offset by a decrease in revenue from average fixed-income assets under management ($3.2 million). For Q4 2006, Federated derived 47 percent of its revenue from money market assets, 40 percent from equity assets, 12 percent from fixedincome assets and 1 percent from other products and services.
Revenue for 2006 increased $82.7 million or 9 percent to $978.9 million compared to $896.2 million for 2005, primarily due to the acquisition of the cash management business of Alliance Capital Management L.P. ($43.2 million) and other increases in average money market assets under management ($27.6 million); increases in average equity assets under management due to the acquisition of MDT ($15.2 million); and increases in average equity assets under management beyond MDT ($27.5 million). The increases were partially offset by a decrease in revenue from average fixedincome assets under management ($18.0 million). For 2006, Federated derived 47 percent of its revenue from money market assets, 39 percent from equity assets, 13 percent from fixed-income assets and 1 percent from other products and services.
Operating expenses for Q4 2006 increased by $21.8 million or 14 percent to $175.0 million, compared to $153.2 million for Q4 2005. This increase in operating expenses was caused primarily by marketing and distribution expenses related to increased money market assets ($7.5 million); expenses related to MDT ($6.0 million), which was acquired in July 2006; and increased incentive compensation ($3.3 million).
For 2006, operating expenses increased by $69.1 million or 11 percent to $670.4 million compared to $601.3 million for 2005. Operating expenses for 2005 included the recognition of a $23.6 million insurance reimbursement related to costs incurred for various legal, regulatory and compliance matters, which primarily reduced professional service fee expenses. Other increases in 2006 operating expenses, as compared to 2005, were caused primarily by marketing and distribution expenses related to both the Alliance acquisition ($36.3 million) and other increases in money market assets ($19.8 million); as well as increases to various operating expenses due to the MDT acquisition ($11.7 million).
Federated will host an earnings conference call at 9 a.m. Eastern on Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. Investors are invited to listen to Federated’s Q4 earnings teleconference by calling 877-407-0782 (domestic) or 201-689-8567 (international) prior to the 9 a.m. start time for the teleconference. The call may also be accessed in real time on the Internet via the About Us section of FederatedInvestors.com. A replay will be available after 12:30 p.m. and until Feb. 2, 2007 by calling 877-660-6853 (domestic) or 201-612-7415 (international) and entering access code 286 and conference ID code 227469.
Federated Investors, Inc. is one of the largest investment managers in the United States, managing $237.4 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2006. With 148 mutual funds and a variety of separately managed account options, Federated provides comprehensive investment management to more than 5,400 institutions and intermediaries including corporations, government entities, insurance companies, foundations and endowments, banks and broker/dealers. Federated ranks in the top 2 percent of money market fund managers in the industry, the top 7 percent of equity fund managers and the top 10 percent of fixed-income fund managers1. For more information, visit FederatedInvestors.com.
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1 Strategic Insight, November 30, 2006. Based on assets under management in open-end funds.