Federated Investors, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Earnings
- Record equity and fixed-income assets increase $1.4 billion during Q2 2012 to $90 billion
- Equity and fixed-income fund gross sales reach a record $7 billion for Q2 2012
- 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 $0.39 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 as compared to $0.41 for the same quarter last year. Net income was $40.4 million for Q2 2012 compared to $42.4 million for Q2 2011.
Federated's total managed assets were $355.9 billion at June 30, 2012, up $6.5 billion or 2 percent from $349.4 billion at June 30, 2011 and down $7.7 billion or 2 percent from $363.6 billion reported at March 31, 2012. Average managed assets for Q2 2012 were $360.6 billion, up $6.4 billion or 2 percent from $354.2 billion reported for Q2 2011 and down $9.5 billion or 3 percent from $370.1 billion reported for Q1 2012. Net sales of equity and fixed-income funds and separate accounts were a positive $2.0 billion for Q2 2012.
“Continued demand for high-quality, income-oriented investment strategies fueled Federated's record gross sales of mutual funds, which topped $7 billion, during the quarter," said J. Christopher Donahue, president and chief executive officer. "Federated continued to meet investor demand for bond products from short-duration strategies to high yield, while a variety of dividend-oriented equity products, including an international-dividend strategy, were among the top sellers during the quarter."
Federated's board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.24 per share. The dividend is payable on Aug. 15, 2012 to shareholders of record as of Aug. 8, 2012. During Q2 2012, Federated purchased 69,443 shares of Federated class B common stock for $1.2 million.
Federated's equity assets were $33.2 billion at June 30, 2012, up $1.8 billion or 6 percent from $31.4 billion at June 30, 2011 and down $0.9 billion or 3 percent from $34.1 billion at March 31, 2012. Top-selling equity funds during Q2 2012 on a net basis were Federated Strategic Value Dividend Fund, Federated International Leaders Fund and Federated International Strategic Value Dividend Fund.
Federated's fixed-income assets were a record $49.0 billion at June 30, 2012, up $6.6 billion or 16 percent from $42.4 billion at June 30, 2011 and up $2.8 billion or 6 percent from $46.2 billion at March 31, 2012. Fixed-income assets in liquidation portfolios were $8.1 billion at June 30, 2012. Fixed-income sales were driven by strong net flows into Federated Government Ultrashort Duration Fund, Federated Short-Term Income Fund, Federated Intermediate Government/Corporate Fund and Federated Institutional High Yield Bond Fund.
Money market assets in both funds and separate accounts were $265.5 billion at June 30, 2012, down slightly from $265.7 billion at June 30, 2011 and down $9.2 billion or 3 percent from $274.7 billion at March 31, 2012. Money market mutual fund assets were $238.6 billion at June 30, 2012, up $2.5 billion or 1 percent from $236.1 billion at June 30, 2011 and down $6.6 billion or 3 percent from $245.2 billion at March 31, 2012.
Q2 2012 vs. Q2 2011
Revenue increased by $6.4 million or 3 percent due primarily to a decrease of $9.1 million in voluntary fee waivers related to certain money market funds in order for those funds to maintain positive or zero net yields and due to an increase in average fixed-income assets. The reduction in fee waivers was primarily the result of improved yields available on securities held by money market funds. The revenue increase was partially offset by a decrease due to a change in the mix of average equity assets. See additional information about voluntary fee waivers in the table at the end of this financial summary.
Federated derived 52 percent of its revenue from equity and fixed-income assets (31 percent from equity assets and 21 percent from fixed-income assets), 47 percent from money market assets and 1 percent from other products and services.
Operating expenses increased $9.4 million or 6 percent primarily as a result of a $4.5 million increase in distribution expense related primarily to reduced fee waivers and increased compensation and related expense.
Q2 2012 vs. Q1 2012
Revenue increased by $1.9 million or 1 percent primarily related to a decrease in the aforementioned voluntary fee waivers due mainly to improved yields available on securities held by money market funds. This increase was partially offset by lower average money market assets and a change in the mix of average equity assets.
Operating expenses increased by $3.2 million or 2 percent. This increase was primarily related to an increase in compensation and related expense and intangible asset related expense.
YTD 2012 vs. YTD 2011
Revenue for the first half of 2012 decreased by $2.2 million, or less than 1 percent from the first half of 2011. The decrease in revenue was primarily related to an increase in the aforementioned voluntary fee waivers primarily as a result of higher average money market assets along with lower average yields available on securities held by money market funds in the first half of 2012, compared to the first half of 2011, and a change in the mix of average equity assets. This revenue decrease was partially offset by an increase related to higher average fixed-income and money market assets.
For the first half of 2012, Federated derived 52 percent of its revenue from equity and fixed-income assets (31 percent from equity assets and 21 percent from fixed-income assets), 47 percent from money market assets and 1 percent from other products and services.
Operating expenses for the first half of 2012 decreased by $13.0 million or 4 percent compared to the same period last year. The decrease primarily reflects a decrease in professional service fees due to nonrecurring legal expenses incurred in Q1 2011. Additionally, intangible asset related expense decreased due to certain intangible assets becoming fully amortized in 2011 as well as mark-to-market adjustments of an acquisition-related contingent payment liability in both periods.
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 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 July 27, 2012. 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 Aug. 3, 2012 by calling 877-660-6853 (domestic) or 201-612-7415 (international) and entering codes 286 and 397419.
Federated Investors, Inc. is one of the largest investment managers in the United States, managing $355.9 billion in assets as of June 30, 2012. With 138 funds and a variety of separately managed account options, Federated provides comprehensive investment management to approximately 4,700 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 7 percent of fixed-income fund managers1. For more information, visit FederatedInvestors.com.
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1 Strategic Insight, May 31, 2012. Based on assets under management in open-end funds.
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Certain statements in this press release, such as those related to the level of fee waivers incurred by the company, and 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.
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