Federated Investors, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Earnings

  • Equity and fixed-income assets generate 50% of Q1 2011 revenue
  • Separate account equity and fixed-income flows positive for Q1 2011
  • Board declares $0.24 per share quarterly dividend

(PITTSBURGH, Pa., ) — Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE: FII), one of the nation's largest investment managers, today reported earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $0.32 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 compared to $0.38 for the same quarter last year.  Q1 2011 results included an $0.11 per diluted share after-tax charge for nonrecurring legal expenses related to the expected settlement of previously disclosed litigation. Net income was $33.2 million for Q1 2011 compared to $42.0 million for Q1 2010. 

Federated's total managed assets were $354.9 billion at March 31, 2011, up $5.0 billion or 1 percent from $349.9 billion at March 31, 2010 and down $3.3 billion or 1 percent from $358.2 billion reported at Dec. 31, 2010.  Average managed assets for Q1 2011 were $356.3 billion, down $10.6 billion or 3 percent from $366.9 billion reported for Q1 2010 and up $10.6 billion or 3 percent from $345.7 billion reported for Q4 2010.  Combined equity and fixed-income net flows for funds and separate accounts were a positive $327 million for the quarter.

"As markets have recovered over the past two years, investors are once again becoming comfortable assuming moderate amounts of risk in their portfolios," said J. Christopher Donahue, president and chief executive officer.  "Federated has seen this trend over the past several quarters as our clients have sought out products such as dividend-focused equity and higher-yielding fixed-income strategies."

Federated's board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.24 per share.  The dividend is payable on May 13, 2011 to shareholders of record as of May 6, 2011.  During Q1 2011, Federated purchased 110,300 shares of Federated class B common stock for $2.9 million.

Federated's fixed-income assets were $41.8 billion at March 31, 2011, up $6.3 billion or 18 percent from $35.5 billion at March 31, 2010 and up $1.1 billion or 3 percent from $40.7 billion at Dec. 31, 2010.  Fixed-income assets in liquidation portfolios were $10.4 billion at March 31, 2011.  Federated experienced continued positive flows into its bond funds adding $529 million during Q1 2011.  Sales were driven by strong net flows into Federated's Capital Preservation Fund, Federated Ultrashort Bond Fund, Federated Institutional High Yield Bond Fund, Federated Strategic Income Fund and Federated Short-Term Income Fund. 

Federated's equity assets were $31.6 billion at March 31, 2011, up $1.5 billion or 5 percent from $30.1 billion at March 31, 2010 and up $0.8 billion or 3 percent from $30.8 billion at Dec. 31, 2010.  Top selling equity funds on a net basis were Federated Strategic Value Dividend Fund, Federated Kaufmann Large Cap Fund, Federated International Leaders Fund, Federated Clover Small Value Fund and Federated InterContinental Fund.

Money market assets in both funds and separate accounts were $271.1 billion at March 31, 2011, down $1.2 billion or less than 1 percent from $272.3 billion at March 31, 2010 and down $4.9 billion or 2 percent from $276.0 billion at Dec. 31, 2010.  Money market mutual fund assets were $239.0 billion at March 31, 2011, down $1.2 billion or less than 1 percent from $240.2 billion at March 31, 2010 and down $5.8 billion or 2 percent from $244.8 billion at Dec. 31, 2010. 

Financial Summary
Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010
For Q1 2011, revenue increased by $5.9 million or 3 percent from the same quarter last year.  The increase in revenue primarily reflects a decrease in voluntary fee waivers related to certain money market funds in order to maintain positive or zero net yields during Q1 2011 compared to Q1 2010 as well as an increase in average fixed-income and equity assets.  These increases were partially offset by the impact of lower average money market assets.  See additional information about voluntary fee waivers related to certain money market funds in order to maintain positive or zero net yields in the table at the end of this financial summary. 

In Q1 2011, Federated derived 50 percent of its revenue from fluctuating assets (32 percent from equity assets and 18 percent from fixed-income assets), 49 percent from money market assets and 1 percent from other products and services.
Operating expenses for Q1 2011 were $182.4 million compared to $161.2 million for Q1 2010.  This increase of $21.2 million was primarily a result of higher professional services fees related to the aforementioned nonrecurring legal expenses.

Q1 2011 vs. Q4 2010
Compared to the prior quarter, revenue decreased by $6.4 million or 3 percent.  The decrease in revenue primarily related to the impact of two fewer days in Q1 2011 as compared to Q4 2010 as well as an increase in voluntary fee waivers related to certain money market funds in order to maintain positive or zero net yields (see table). These decreases were partially offset by an increase in revenue related to higher average money market and equity assets.

Operating expenses for Q1 2011 increased by $16.1 million compared to Q4 2010 primarily as a result of higher professional services fees related to the aforementioned nonrecurring legal expenses. 

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 based on market conditions.  The amount of these waivers will be determined by a variety of factors including, but not limited to, available yields on instruments held by the money market funds, changes in assets within money market funds, actions by the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and other governmental entities, changes in the mix of money market customer assets, changes in expenses of the money market funds and Federated's willingness to continue these waivers.

Money Market Fund Yield Waiver Impact
(in millions)
(Decrease)/IncreaseQuarter Ended Change Q1 2010 to Q1 2011Quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010 Change Q4 2010 to Q1 2011 
March 31, 2011March 31, 2010

Revenue

Distribution Expense

 

(63.4)

(49.5) 

$

 

(69.5)

(51.2) 

$

 

6.1

1.7

$

 

(60.0)

(47.7) 

$

 

(3.4)

(1.8) 

Operating income

Noncontrolling interest

$

 

(13.9)

 (0.8)

$

 

(18.3)

 (0.5) 

$

 

4.4

(0.3) 

$

 

(12.3)

 (0.2) 

$

 

(1.6)

(0.6) 

Net impact  $ (13.1)  (17.8)  4.7  (12.1)  (1.0) 
1 Reflects income statement reclassifications.

Federated will host an earnings conference call at 9 a.m. Eastern on Friday, April 29, 2011.  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 6, 2011 by calling 877-660-6853 (domestic) or 201-612-7415 (international) and entering codes 286 and 370381.

Federated Investors, Inc. is one of the largest investment managers in the United States, managing $354.9 billion in assets as of March 31, 2011.  With 133 funds and a variety of separately managed account options, Federated provides comprehensive investment management to approximately 4,900 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 fixed-income fund managers and the top 8 percent of equity fund managers1.  For more information, visit FederatedInvestors.com.

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1 Strategic Insight, Feb. 28, 2011. Based on assets under management in open-end funds.

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, and settlement expectations 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.

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Separately managed accounts are made available through Federated Global Investment Management, Corp.; Federated Investment Counseling; and Federated MDTA LLC, each a registered investment advisor.
* The preceding financial statements represent only a portion of the quarterly press release.
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