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Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and 2012 Results

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Quarterly Revenues Increase 21% Year-over-Year;</b></i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Assets Under Management Increase to Record $14.2 Billion</b></i> </p>

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and 2012 Results16:00 EST Thursday, February 07, 2013 DALLAS (Business Wire) -- Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. (NYSE: WHG) today reported 2012 fourth quarter revenues of $20.6 million, a 21.4% increase compared to revenues of $17.0 million in the same period of 2011. Economic Earnings were $6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $6.7 million for the last quarter of 2011. Economic Earnings per share (“Economic EPS”) were $0.89 in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $0.92 in the last quarter of 2011. Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $0.49 compared to $0.57 in the same period in 2011. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $3.6 million compared to $4.1 million in the prior year period. Westwood's 2012 fourth quarter results include a pre-tax gain of $1.0 million related to the sale of 100,000 shares of Teton Advisors. Fourth quarter 2012 costs continued to reflect our significant up-front investment in Westwood International Advisors, Inc. (“WIA”), our Toronto-based subsidiary launched in mid-2012. WIA costs aggregated $3.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 while revenues totaled less than $2 million. Excluding WIA related items, fourth quarter Economic EPS and diluted earnings per share would have been $1.05 and $0.64, respectively. Brian Casey, Westwood's President & CEO, commented, “We are very pleased with our fourth quarter results which provided an excellent finish to a successful year for Westwood. WIA's Emerging Markets and Global Equity strategies have experienced strong demand with assets under management now approaching $1 billion, and WIA has built a robust pipeline of prospective new customers. We are confident that WIA offers attractive investment opportunities and will drive significant long term growth for Westwood. We experienced significant cash inflows to our Income Opportunity strategy last year, and benefited from improved equity markets. Income Opportunity recently completed its 10 year track record finishing in the top decile of its peer group. Our strong financial position enables us to continue to make disciplined investments that enhance client service and grow our platform. At December 31, 2012 Westwood had over $63.7 million of cash and investments, with stockholders' equity of $76.5 million and no debt.” Aggregate assets under management reached a record $14.2 billion as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 8.3% compared to $13.1 billion as of December 31, 2011. The increase was primarily due to market appreciation and asset inflows from new and existing clients which were partially offset by withdrawals of assets by certain clients. Mutual fund assets, now comprising ten Westwood Funds, stood at $1.6 billion as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 24% compared to $1.3 billion as of December 31, 2011. As of December 31, 2012, WIA had total assets under management of $888 million. For the 2012 full year, Westwood reported revenues of $77.5 million, an increase of 12.5% compared to 2011 revenues of $68.9 million. Our 2012 full year results include a pre-tax gain of $1.9 million related to the sale of 200,000 shares of Teton Advisors. Economic EPS for 2012 was $3.17 compared to $3.52 for 2011, while diluted earnings per share for 2012 were $1.65 compared to $2.04 for 2011. Total expenses for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $14.8 million compared with $10.7 million in the same quarter of 2011, while Economic Expenses were $11.8 million compared with $8.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Full year 2012 results include WIA related costs of $10.3 million while WIA contributed less than $2 million in revenue. WIA costs include one-time recruiting related fees of $1.4 million. Excluding WIA related items, full year 2012 Economic EPS and diluted earnings per share would have been $3.98 and $2.46 respectively. Westwood's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 per common share, payable on April 1, 2013 to stockholders of record on March 15, 2013. Economic Earnings, Economic EPS, and Economic Expenses are non-GAAP performance measures and are explained and reconciled with the most comparable GAAP numbers in the attached tables. Westwood will host a conference call to discuss 2012 results and other business updates at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time today. To join the conference call, dial 866-548-2699 (domestic) or 904-271-2009 (international). The conference call can also be accessed via our Investor Relations page at westwoodgroup.com and will be available for replay through February 14 by dialing 888-284-7564 (domestic) or 904-596-3174 (international) and entering passcode 2973091. About Westwood Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. provides investment management services to institutional investors, private wealth clients and financial intermediaries. Westwood manages a variety of investment strategies including U.S., Global, and Emerging Markets equities as well as income-oriented portfolios. Access to these strategies is available through separate accounts, commingled funds and the Westwood FundsTM family of mutual funds. Westwood has significant, broad-based employee ownership and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "WHG." Based in Dallas, Westwood also has offices in Omaha and Toronto. For more information on Westwood, please visit www.westwoodgroup.com. For more information on the Westwood Funds, please visit www.westwoodfunds.com. Forward-looking Statements Statements in this press release that are not purely historical facts, including statements about our expected future financial position, results of operations or cash flows, as well as other statements including words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “should,” “could,” “goal,” “target,” “designed,” “on track,” “comfortable with,” “optimistic” and other similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Actual results and the timing of some events could differ materially from those projected in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including, without limitation: our ability to identify and successfully market services that appeal to our customers; the significant concentration of our revenues among a few customers; our relationships with investment consulting firms; our relationships with current and potential customers; our ability to retain qualified personnel; our ability to successfully develop and market new asset classes; our ability to maintain our fee structure in light of competitive fee pressures; competition in the marketplace; downturns in the financial markets; new legislation adversely affecting the financial services industries; interest rates; changes in our effective tax rate; our ability to maintain an effective system of internal controls; and the other risks detailed from time to time in Westwood's SEC filings, including but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, June 30 and September 30, 2012. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, Westwood is not obligated to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.     WESTWOOD HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME(in thousands, except per share data)(unaudited)       Three months ended     Year endedDecember 31,December 31,2012     20112012     2011REVENUES: Advisory fees Asset-based $ 15,259 $ 13,212 $ 57,936 $ 54,246 Performance-based - - 1,251 991 Trust fees 4,026 3,156 14,969 13,453 Other revenues, net   1,339     625   3,339     219 Total revenues   20,624     16,993   77,495     68,909   EXPENSES: Employee compensation and benefits 11,496 7,997 43,692 35,081 Sales and marketing 309 328 1,132 994 WHG mutual funds 377 267 1,153 790 Information technology 681 551 2,555 2,054 Professional services 739 543 4,420 2,981 General and administrative   1,163     1,030   4,517     3,900 Total expenses   14,765     10,716   57,469     45,800 Income before income taxes 5,859 6,277 20,026 23,109 Provision for income taxes   2,256     2,160   7,936     8,423 Net income $ 3,603   $ 4,117 $ 12,090   $ 14,686 Other comprehensive income: Available-for-sale investments: Change in unrealized gain on investment securities 361 297 (40 ) 1,014 Less: reclassification adjustment for net gains included in earnings   (992 )   -   (1,900 )   - Net change (net of income taxes of $(344), $174, $(1,058) and $560, respectively) (631 ) 297 (1,940 ) 1,014 Foreign currency translation adjustments   (30 )   -   30     - Other comprehensive income   (661 )   297   (1,910 )   1,014 Total comprehensive income $ 2,942   $ 4,414 $ 10,180   $ 15,700   Earnings per share: Basic $0.50   $0.59$1.69   $2.11 Diluted $0.49   $0.57$1.65   $2.04   Weighted average shares outstanding: Basic   7,166,020     6,950,779   7,145,701     6,970,382 Diluted   7,424,890     7,211,526   7,338,104     7,208,515   Economic Earnings$6,627   $6,656$23,231   $25,342Economic EPS$.89   $.92$3.17   $3.52     WESTWOOD HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSAs of December 31, 2012 and 2011(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)         2012         2011   ASSETSCurrent Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,817 $ 5,264 Accounts receivable 8,920 7,707 Investments, at fair value 59,906 54,868 Deferred income taxes 3,362 3,142 Other current assets   1,365     1,501   Total current assets 77,370 72,482 Goodwill 11,255 11,255 Deferred income taxes 1,696 - Intangible assets, net 4,149 4,621 Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $1,747 and $1,647   2,145     2,239   Total assets $ 96,615   $ 90,597     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent Liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 1,636 $ 1,674 Dividends payable 1,201 3,074 Compensation and benefits payable 14,537 12,677 Income taxes payable 1,438 85 Other current liabilities   14     13   Total current liabilities 18,826 17,523 Deferred income taxes - 969 Deferred rent   1,238     1,348   Total long-term liabilities   1,238     2,317   Total liabilities   20,064     19,840   Stockholders' Equity: Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 25,000,000 shares, issued 8,526,598 and outstanding 8,031,045 shares at December 31, 2012; issued 8,105,018 and outstanding 7,707,189 shares at December 31, 2011   85   81 Additional paid-in capital 88,483 76,969 Treasury stock, at cost – 495,553 shares at December 31, 2012; 397,829 shares at December 31, 2011 (18,502 ) (14,706 ) Accumulated other comprehensive income 30 1,940 Retained earnings   6,455     6,473   Total stockholders' equity   76,551     70,757   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 96,615   $ 90,597       WESTWOOD HOLDINGS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(in thousands)(unaudited)         2012         2011   CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $ 12,090 $ 14,686 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities, net of business combinations: Depreciation 349 264 Amortization of intangible assets 472 498 Fair value adjustment of deferred acquisition liabilities - (31 ) Gain on sale of available for sale investment (1,900 ) - Unrealized losses (gains) on investments (344 ) 291 Loss on disposal of property 1 20 Restricted stock amortization 10,515 9,969 Deferred income taxes (1,817 ) (93 ) Excess tax benefits from stock based compensation (676 ) (805 ) Net purchases of investments – trading securities (7,692 ) (10,285 ) Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (1,208 ) (359 ) Other current assets 61 (755 ) Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (39 ) 381 Compensation and benefits payable 1,846 3,308 Income taxes payable and prepaid taxes 2,147 989 Other liabilities   (25 )   470   Net cash provided by operating activities   13,780     18,548     CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Sales of available for sale investments 1,900 - Cash paid for business combination, net of cash acquired - (816 ) Purchases of property and equipment (264 ) (1,431 ) Sale of property and equipment   -     3   Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   1,636     (2,244 )   CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Purchases of treasury stock (3,796 ) (5,957 ) Excess tax benefits from stock based compensation 676 805 Proceeds from exercise of stock options 210 286 Cash dividends   (13,981 )   (7,918 ) Net cash used in financing activities   (16,891 )   (12,784 )     EFFECT OF CURRENCY RATE CHANGES ON CASH   28     -     NET (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (1,447 ) 3,520 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year   5,264     1,744   Cash and cash equivalents, end of year $ 3,817   $ 5,264     Supplemental cash flow information: Cash paid during the year for income taxes $ 7,600 $ 7,502     Reconciliation of Net Income to Economic Earnings and Total Expenses to Economic Expenses(in thousands, except per share data and share amounts)(unaudited)       Three Months Ended     December 31%   2012         2011   ChangeNet Income $ 3,603 $ 4,117 (12 )% Add: Restricted stock expense 2,880 2,367 22 Add: Intangible amortization 106 125 (15 ) Add: Tax benefit from goodwill amortization   38     47   (19 ) Economic earnings $ 6,627   $ 6,656   -     Diluted weighted average shares 7,424,890 7,211,526 3 Economic EPS $ 0.89 $ 0.92 (3 )   Total expenses $ 14,765 $ 10,716 38 Less: Restricted stock expense (2,880 ) (2,367 ) 22 Less: Intangible amortization   (106 )   (125 ) (15 ) Economic Expenses $ 11,779   $ 8,224   43 %   Year EndedDecember 31%   2012     2011   ChangeNet Income $ 12,090 $ 14,686 (18 )% Add: Restricted stock expense 10,515 9,969 5 Add: Intangible amortization 472 498 (5 ) Add: Tax benefit from goodwill amortization   154     189   (19 ) Economic earnings $ 23,231   $ 25,342   (8 )   Diluted weighted average shares 7,338,104 7,208,515 2 Economic EPS $ 3.17 $ 3.52 (10 )   Total expenses $ 57,469 $ 45,800 25 Less: Restricted stock expense (10,515 ) (9,969 ) 5 Less: Intangible amortization   (472 )   (498 ) (5 ) Economic Expenses $ 46,482   $ 35,333   32 %   As supplemental information, we are providing non-GAAP performance measures that we refer to as Economic Earnings, Economic Earnings per share (or Economic EPS), and Economic Expenses. We provide these measures in addition to, not as a substitute for, net income, earnings per share and total expenses, which are reported on a GAAP basis. Management reviews Economic Earnings, Economic EPS and Economic Expenses to evaluate Westwood's ongoing performance allocate resources and review dividend policy. We believe that these non-GAAP performance measures, while not substitutes for GAAP net income, earnings per share and total expenses, are useful for both management and investors when evaluating Westwood's underlying operating and financial performance and its available resources. We do not advocate that investors consider these non-GAAP measures without considering financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. We define Economic Earnings as net income plus non-cash equity-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets and deferred taxes related to goodwill. We define Economic Expenses as total expenses less non-cash equity-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets. Although depreciation on fixed assets is a non-cash expense, we do not add it back when calculating Economic Earnings or deduct it when calculating Economic Expenses because depreciation charges represent an allocation of the decline in the value of the related assets that will ultimately require replacement. In addition, we do not adjust Economic Earnings for tax deductions related to restricted stock expense or amortization of intangible assets. Economic EPS represents Economic Earnings divided by diluted weighted average shares outstanding. (WHG-G) Westwood Holdings Group, Inc.Mark A. Wallace, 214-756-6900