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GFI Group Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results; Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend
Oct 25, 2012 (04:10 PM EDT)
- GAAP Total Revenues: $219.4 Million; Non-GAAP Total Revenues: $219.6 Million
- GAAP Net Revenues: $184.2 Million; Non-GAAP Net Revenues: $184.4 Million
- GAAP Net Loss: $8.7 Million or a loss of $0.08 per Diluted Share
- Non-GAAP Net Income: $0.7 Million or $0.01 per Diluted Share
- Cash Earnings: $21.0 Million or $0.17 per Diluted Share
- Quarterly Cash Dividend Declared of $0.05 per Share
NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GFI Group Inc. (NYSE: GFIG), a leading provider of wholesale brokerage services, clearing services, and electronic execution and trading support products for global financial markets, reported today its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.
Michael Gooch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GFI, commented: "Trading conditions remained challenging due to sluggish global economic conditions, regulatory, fiscal, tax, political and market uncertainty and the ongoing sovereign debt issues in the Eurozone. The risk averse trading environment and broad uncertainty continue to depress trading volumes. We believe that markets will remain subdued into 2013 until there is greater regulatory certainty, the problems in Europe dissipate and/or investor risk appetite improves.
GFI's software, analytics and market data revenues, which are largely subscription based and are less immediately affected by trading volumes, were up 12.6% in the third quarter of 2012 over the same period in the prior year, with growth from both Trayport and FENICS. We continue to see growth opportunities in these subscription-based, higher margin software businesses.
"Despite the slow trading conditions, we remained focused on enhancing and expanding GFI's electronic execution capabilities with approximately 61% of third quarter brokerage revenues, excluding Kyte, supported with GFI proprietary trading technology. Revenues from matching sessions have notably increased year-to-date in fixed income derivatives globally, and we have made significant progress in our cash bond businesses in the Americas, with over 30% of third quarter revenues derived from electronic matching sessions. We have significant electronic capabilities across all regions which, we believe, positions GFI well in the face of global financial regulatory reform.
"In addition to expanding GFI's technology footprint, we also continued to adjust GFI's front and back office cost structure with $21 million in cost savings year-to-date, largely related to compensation expense, and we expect to reach our goal of $50 million in cumulative cost savings in 2013, as compared to 2011 expense levels. We are committed to delivering profitable, technology enhanced brokerage services.
"We are two weeks into the migration of the U.S. OTC energy swaps markets to listed energy futures products. We were prepared for this change and, as of now, have seen no immediate diminishment in our client service or North American energy brokerage revenues. We are monitoring the situation and intend to be similarly prepared for further regulatory changes to come.
"Looking at October activity to-date, GFI's preliminary total revenues are tracking down approximately 3% compared with total revenues for the same month last year. We believe that GFI's October performance is within the range of volume declines reported in the broader exchange-traded markets and is consistent with a lower volatility environment.
Mr. Gooch concluded: "We are pleased to declare a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share to GFI shareholders."
Net revenues were $184.2 million and $184.4 million on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, respectively, in the third quarter of 2012, as compared with $238.5 million and $235.4 million on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, respectively, in the third quarter of 2011.
Brokerage revenues in the third quarter of 2012 were $162.5 million compared with $213.2 million in the third quarter of 2011. Revenues from fixed income, equity, commodity and financial product revenues were down 30.0%, 32.6%, 18.6% and 13.8%, respectively, compared with the third quarter of 2011. By geographic region, brokerage revenues for the third quarter of 2012 declined 25.3% in the Americas, 22.4% in Europe, Middle East and Africa and 24.5% in Asia-Pacific, as compared with the same quarter of 2011.
Revenues from trading software, analytics and market data products for the third quarter of 2012 were $21.2 million, up 12.6% from the third quarter of 2011.
For the third quarter of 2012, compensation and employee benefits expense was $130.5 million on a GAAP basis and $130.4 million on a non-GAAP basis. This compares with $160.0 million on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2011. Compensation and employee benefits expense was 70.9% and 70.7% of net revenues on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, respectively, in the third quarter of 2012 compared with 67.1% and 68.0% of net revenues on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, respectively, in the third quarter of 2011.
On a GAAP basis, non-compensation expenses for the third quarter of 2012 were $60.8 million, or 33.0% of net revenues, compared with $69.5 million, or 29.1% of net revenues, in the third quarter of 2011. On a non-GAAP basis, non-compensation expenses for the third quarter of 2012 were $54.7 million, or 29.7% of net revenues, compared with $58.1 million, or 24.7% of net revenues, in the third quarter of 2011.
Net loss on a GAAP basis for the third quarter of 2012 was $8.7 million, or a loss of $0.08 per diluted share, compared with net income of $6.1 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2011. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $0.7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with net income of $11.6 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011.
Nine Month Results
Net revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were $613.6 million on a GAAP basis, compared to net revenues of $676.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Net income was $1.4 million on a GAAP basis, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with net income of $19.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. On a non-GAAP basis, net revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were $606.6 million compared to $681.9 million for the same period in 2011. Non-GAAP net income was $11.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with net income of $34.0 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2011.
The effective tax rate for the first nine months of 2012 was 82.0% on a GAAP basis, and 30.0% on a non-GAAP basis, as compared with 28.0% and 30.0% on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, respectively, in the first nine months of 2011. For calendar year 2011, GFI's effective tax rate was 39.0% on a non-GAAP basis.
The Board of Directors of GFI has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share payable on November 30, 2012 to shareholders of record as of November 15, 2012.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement GFI's unaudited financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, the Company uses certain non-GAAP measures of financial performance. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures used by GFI include non-GAAP total revenues, non-GAAP net revenues, non-GAAP provision for or benefit from income taxes, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, cash earnings and cash earnings per share. These non-GAAP financial measures currently exclude from the Company's statement of income amortization of acquired intangibles and certain other items that management views as non-operating, non-recurring or non-cash as detailed in the reconciliation included in the financial tables attached to this release.
In addition, GFI may consider whether other significant non-operating, non-recurring or non-cash items that arise in the future should also be excluded in calculating the non-GAAP financial measures it uses. The non-GAAP financial measures also take into account estimated adjustments to income tax expense with respect to the excluded items.
GFI believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's performance by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of the Company's core business, operating results or future outlook. GFI's management uses, and believes that investors benefit from referring to, these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the Company's operating results, as well as when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate comparisons of the Company's performance to prior periods.
In addition to the reasons stated above, which are generally applicable to each of the items GFI excludes from its non-GAAP financial measures, the Company believes it is appropriate to exclude amortization of acquired intangibles because when analyzing the operating performance of an acquired business, GFI's management focuses on the total return provided by the investment (i.e., operating profit generated from the acquired entity, as compared to the purchase price paid) without taking into consideration any charges for allocations made for accounting purposes. Further, because the purchase price for an acquisition necessarily reflects the accounting value assigned to intangible assets, when analyzing the operating performance of an acquisition in subsequent periods, the Company's management excludes the GAAP impact of acquired intangible assets on its financial results. GFI believes that such an approach is useful in understanding the long-term return provided by an acquisition and that investors benefit from a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure that excludes the accounting expense associated with acquired intangible assets.
A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP is included in the financial tables attached to this release.
GFI has scheduled an investor conference call to discuss its third quarter results at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday, October 26, 2012. Those wishing to listen to the live conference call via telephone should dial 1-800-860-2442 in North America and +1-412-858-4600 outside of North America, and ask for "GFI".
A live audio web cast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of GFI's Website. For web cast registration information, please visit: http://www.gfigroup.com. Following the conference call, an archived recording will be available.
Supplementary Financial Information
GFI has posted details of its historical monthly brokerage revenues on the Investor Relations page of its web site under the heading Supplementary Financial Information. The Company currently plans to post this information quarterly in conjunction with its announcement of earnings, but does not undertake a responsibility to continue to provide or update such information.
About GFI Group Inc.
GFI Group Inc. (NYSE: "GFIG") is a leading provider of wholesale brokerage services, clearing services, electronic execution and trading support products for global financial markets. GFI Group Inc. provides brokerage services, market data, trading platform and analytics software products to institutional clients in markets for a range of fixed income, financial, equity and commodity instruments.
Headquartered in New York, GFI was founded in 1987 and employs more than 2,100 people with additional offices in London, Paris, Nyon, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Cape Town, Santiago, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and Sugar Land (TX). GFI Group Inc. provides services and products to over 2,600 institutional clients, including leading investment and commercial banks, corporations, insurance companies and hedge funds. Its brands include GFISM, GFInet®, CreditMatch®, GFI ForexMatch®, EnergyMatch®, FENICS®, Starsupply®, Amerex®, Trayport® and Kyte®.
Certain matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "may," "might," "intend," "expect" and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements. Actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those contemplated, expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the expectations of GFI Group Inc. (the "Company") and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with: economic, political and market factors affecting trading volumes; securities prices or demand for the Company's brokerage services; competition from current and new competitors; the Company's ability to attract and retain key personnel, including highly-qualified brokerage personnel; the Company's ability to identify and develop new products and markets; changes in laws and regulations governing the Company's business and operations or permissible activities; the Company's ability to manage its international operations; financial difficulties experienced by the Company's customers or key participants in the markets in which the Company focuses its brokerage services; the Company's ability to keep up with technological changes; uncertainties relating to litigation and the Company's ability to assess and integrate acquisition prospects. Further information about factors that could affect the Company's financial and other results is included in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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