Guardian Capital Group Limited
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Guardian Capital Group Limited

November 12, 2015 17:41 ET

Guardian Capital Group Limited Announces 2015 Third Quarter Operating Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 12, 2015) - Guardian Capital Group Limited (TSX:GCG)(TSX:GCG.A) -

All per share figures disclosed below are stated on a diluted basis.

For the periods ended September 30
($ in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Nine Months
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net revenue $ 33,188 $ 30,806 $ 98,558 $ 87,785
Operating earnings 10,876 10,051 32,742 27,806
Net gains (losses)(1) (2,407 ) (194 ) 1,382 6,412
Net earnings before net gains on securities held for sale(1) 6,278 7,877 27,615 28,789
Net gains on securities held for sale(1) -- -- -- 386
Net earnings available to shareholders 6,053 7,715 26,967 28,794
EBITDA(2) $ 12,115 $ 11,251 $ 36,329 $ 31,458
Adjusted cash flow from operations(2) 10,385 9,882 29,070 26,398
Per Share:
Net earnings available to shareholders $ 0.20 $ 0.25 $ 0.88 $ 0.92
EBITDA(2) 0.40 0.36 1.18 1.01
Adjusted cash flow from operations(2) 0.34 0.32 0.95 0.85
As at Sep 30, Jun 30, Dec 31, Sep 30,
($ in millions, except per share amounts) 2015 2015 2014 2014
Assets under management $ 24,015 $ 25,007 $ 24,968 $ 25,039
Assets under administration 14,530 14,821 13,126 12,849
Shareholders' equity 471 474 489 482
Fair value of corporate holdings of securities 507 515 525 525
Per Share:
Shareholders' equity $ 15.23 $ 15.32 $ 15.62 $ 15.39
Fair value of corporate holdings of securities 16.40 16.64 16.78 16.75

The Company's operating earnings for the current quarter were $10.9 million, an increase of 8% from $10.1 million in Q3 2014. All segments of the Company's operations contributed positively to the overall growth in operating earnings. Net losses of $2.4 million in the current quarter increased from the losses of $0.2 million recorded in 2014, due to declines in global equity markets and foreign currency losses during the current quarter, compared to the prior year.

Net earnings available to shareholders for the quarter were $6.1 million, or $0.20 per share, compared to $7.7 million, or $0.25 per share, for Q3 2014. The reduction in the current quarter was due largely to the increase in net losses, referred to above, offsetting the increase in operating earnings.

The Company's assets under management ("AUM") as at September 30, 2015 were $24.0 billion, down 4% from $25.0 billion as at June 30, 2015, December 31, 2014 and September 30, 2014. Assets under administration ("AUA") were $14.5 billion as at September 30, 2015, a slight decrease of 2% since June 30, 2015, but an increase of 11% and 13% since December 31, 2014 and September 30, 2014, respectively. The declines in AUM and AUA over the past quarter were due largely to the Canadian equity market decline.

EBITDA(2) for the quarter was $12.1 million, or $0.40 per share, compared to $11.3 million, or $0.36 per share for Q3 2014. Adjusted cash flow from operations(2) for the quarter was $10.4 million, or $0.34 per share, compared to $9.9 million, or $0.32 per share for Q3 2014.

The Company's shareholders' equity as at September 30, 2015 was $471 million, or $15.23 per share, compared to $489 million, or $15.62 per share, at December 31, 2014 and $482 million, or $15.39 per share, as at September 30, 2014. The fair value of the Company's corporate holdings of securities as at September 30, 2015 was $507 million, or $16.40 per share, compared to $525 million, or $16.78 per share, as at December 31, 2014 and $525 million, or $16.75 per share, as at September 30, 2014.

The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.075 per share, payable on January 18, 2016, to shareholders of record on January 11, 2016.

(1) During the second quarter of 2015, certain of the Company's investments in mutual funds were reclassified from the held for sale category to the held for trading category on a retrospective basis. The reclassification had the effect of re-presenting net gains, income tax expenses, net earnings before net gains on securities held for sale, and net gains on securities held for sale in prior periods but did not Impact operating earnings or net earnings available to shareholders. The above and below tables reflect the effects of the retrospective application of the reclassification.

(2) The Company's management uses EBITDA and Adjusted cash flow from operations to evaluate and assess the performance of its business. These two measures do not have standardized measures under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), and are therefore unlikely to be strictly comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. However, management believes that most shareholders, creditors, other stakeholders and investment analysts prefer to include the use of these measures in analyzing the Company's results. The Company defines EBITDA as net earnings before interest, income taxes, amortization, stock-based compensation, net gains or losses and net gains or losses on securities held for sale, less amounts attributable to non-controlling interest. The Company defines Adjusted cash flow from operations as Net cash from operating activities, net of changes in non-cash working capital items and net of non-controlling interests. The most comparable IFRS measures are Net earnings, which was $6,278 and $27,615 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 (2014 - $7,877 and $29,175), and Net cash from operating activities, which was $14,751 and $30,027 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 (2014 - $19,541 and $26,769). More detailed descriptions of these two non-IFRS measures are provided in the Company's quarterly Management's Discussions and Analysis, including a reconciliation of these measures to their most comparable IFRS measures.

The following table summarizes Guardian's financial results for the past eight quarters.

Quarters ended
($ in thousands)
Sep 30,
2015
Jun 30,
2015
Mar 31,
2015
Dec 31,
2014
Sep 30,
2014
Jun 30,
2014
Mar 31,
2014
Dec 31,
2013
Net revenue $ 33,188 $ 33,066 $ 32,304 $ 31,490 $ 30,806 $ 29,257 $ 27,722 $ 27,907
Operating earnings 10,876 11,390 10,476 10,335 10,051 9,199 8,556 8,564
Net gains (losses) (1) (2,407 ) 602 3,119 311 (168 ) 2,959 3,647 7,218
Net earnings before net gains on securities held for sale (1) 6,278 9,786 11,551 8,438 7,877 10,288 10,624 14,879
Net gains on securities held for sale (1) -- -- -- -- -- -- 386 238
Net earnings available to shareholders 6,053 9,604 11,310 8,223 7,715 10,163 10,916 14,980
Shareholders' equity 470,533 473,944 477,901 488,835 482,242 463,306 438,363 414,985
($ in dollars)
Per average Class A and Common Share
Net earnings:
- Basic $ 0.21 $ 0.33 $ 0.38 $ 0.27 $ 0.26 $ 0.34 $ 0.36 $ 0.49
- Diluted 0.20 0.31 0.37 0.27 0.25 0.33 0.35 0.48
Shareholders' equity:
- Basic $ 15.96 $ 16.08 $ 16.15 $ 16.33 $ 16.08 $ 15.34 $ 14.49 $ 13.68
- Diluted 15.23 15.32 15.42 15.62 15.39 14.72 13.93 13.17

Guardian Capital Group Limited is a diversified financial services company founded in 1962. Guardian provides institutional and high net worth investment management services to clients; financial services to international investors; and services to financial advisors in its national mutual fund dealer, securities dealer, and insurance distribution network. Its Common and Class A shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange.

Contact Information

  • Guardian Capital Group Limited
    Donald Yi
    Chief Financial Officer
    (416) 350-3136

    Guardian Capital Group Limited
    George Mavroudis
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (416) 364-8341